Motorcycle Training Institute Inc.

Certified: 2006

Certification

MSF RiderCoach

• Basic RiderCourse
• Basic RiderCourse 2
• Advanced RiderCourse
• Bike Bonding Basic RiderCourse
• Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse

Retired Certifications

Motorcycle RiderCourse: Riding & Street Skills
Dirt Bike School
Skill Enhancement RiderCourse
Harley-Davidson New Rider Course - Rider's Edge
Florida Driver License Examiner

Motorcycle Life

Current

2006 Kawasaki ZX6R- 636
1977 Honda CB550F

Past

1996 Kawasaki ZX6R
1994 Kawasaki ZX7R
1993 Yamaha FZR1000
1998 Honda CBR 900RR
2001 Honda CBR 929RR
2003 Honda CBR 954RR
2006 Suzuki GSXR 1000

Professional Development

Penguin Road Racing School
California Superbike School

Memberships

American Motorcyclist Association - AMA
U.S. Army Veteran
Scott Van Utrecht

RiderCoach Mentor

I was introduced to riding by my older brother at the age of 5. Born and raised in Bronx, NY I spent my summers upstate in Ellenville, NY. Before I was able to ride on my own I would sit on the gas tank of my brothers dirt bike and hold on to the center of the handlebars as he rode down back roads and trails. It was a blast and I never wanted to get off the thing...always wanting to take rides with my brother. When I was 6 he finally taught me to ride on my own, and I would ride all day only returning to the house to fuel up. It gave me the freedom to explore the wilderness and a sense of independence.

My brother later gave me that 1973 Yamaha YZ80 when he upgraded to a bigger bike. I had my first crash on that bike....going too fast over some uneven terrain. When I was a kid I didn't think much about safety....I just wanted to go fast and take chances. I loved the smell of gasoline and two stroke exhaust. I would cut through the woods so my father wouldn't catch me riding my dirt bike on the street. The fun and speed of a riding was overwhelming and addictive. Only by the grace of God was I able to live through my stupidity and carelessness.

I don't think I really became a motorcyclist until I became a coach. It didn't happen right away and I have learned many lessons the hard way. Being a coach has opened my eyes to different learning experiences and improved my riding as well. I enjoy teaching and sharing my passion with others. I've learned to be humble over the years and realize that I can always take my riding to the next level. The more I improve my skills the safer I feel out on the road. I plan to be riding well into my golden years.

 

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