Motorcycle Training Institute Inc.
When I was very young, my family moved from Buffalo to Highland Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago, where I was raised. My interests always seemed to center around the same two subjects, motorcycles and music. When I was thirteen years old, my father, who had been riding motorcycles since his own teenage years, seem to renew that interest and purchased another motorcycle. His attention to the subject, again, seemed casual, but it planted the seeds of motorcycling in my heart.
As I varied my involvement in various recreational activities during my youth, from little league and football, to skateboarding and computers, I was always making music and keeping a beat. My respect and love of all types of music, especially Rock and Jazz, led to hours of practice and hundreds of performances. I played in various Jazz bands, Rock bands, and Orchestras. I produced a CD, and won an award for a vibe solo in the Perdue Jazz Festival in 1995. I was the floor manager of a Jazz Club for 2 years.
After an eleven year hiatus, the spirit of motorcycling returned to stay. The moment seemed as casual as the sun rises, when a few friends of mine showed up on bikes, which collectively cost $600.00. One week later, and $100.00 poorer, I had what I was looking for. One week after that, the bike, a 1980 Honda CM 400 T (which I brought home in the trunk of my car) was running. A brand new part of my life had begun.
I literally continued to purchase any bike I could find, under $500.00 from the classic motorcycling era of the '60's and '70's. In a two year period, I purchased scores motorcycles. I became somewhat of a connoisseur, buying fixing, and selling these machines. Later I became a mechanic’s apprentice, doing frame up restoration of 1970s Kawasaki Z1s and KZ1000s.
I have yet to find something I don’t enjoy when a motorcycle is involved. I attended motorcycle riding school in Northern IL, after riding for a year. My instructor then suggested I take classes to become an instructor myself. I was an instructor in IL for a brief time, became aware of MTII, and relocated to Miami to be a Rider Coach Here. This is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I take extreme pride in my part of shaping motorcycle novices into safe motorcyclists.