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In an exciting announcement at the end of July, the Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) announced that it would make available scholarships for rider training to all residents of Arizona.  This is groundbreaking news for motorcyclists in Arizona.  Rider training scholarships have never been provided on this scale and with the support of so many safety organizations within Arizona.

The funding comes from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) and from the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC).  A mix of Federal and State grant funds directed to AMSAF make this all possible.  It is a pilot program that will be analyzed heavily to see if this scholarship model could be rolled out on a national level.

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This program would not have come to fruition if it weren’t for the efforts of AMSAF Chairman Mick Degn and Director of AZGOHS Alberto Gutier.  The motorcycling community will be greatly improved thanks to the efforts of these visionary individuals.

Currently, every rider training program in Arizona, including TEAM Arizona, is participating in this program.  If you know someone who as been riding without a motorcycle endorsement or is looking to ride a motorcycle legally on the roadway, obtaining training is necessary first step.  The AMSAF rider training scholarship is the most cost-effective way to obtain that training.

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Kelly’s Korner: Riding Changes Everything

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Kelly Teal BeforeI am such a different person compared to when I decided to start riding. And you are not the same, either. You’re better. More fulfilled, more confident, open to more life. That’s all true for me. I look back at who I was seven years ago and almost don’t recognize myself in that woman. I certainly looked different — fat; drab clothes; unkempt, over-dyed hair — but the inside was in even worse shape. I lacked confidence, assertiveness, direction and, in many areas, hope.

That all has changed. Other resources in life also have helped me to become who I am today, but the whole journey started one early-summer evening on the back of my husband’s bike. That night, I understood that relying on other people would keep me bored and stunted. My husband had asked me for years whether I was interested in riding and my response each time was that it wasn’t for me. My (screwed-up) thinking? I wasn’t the adventurous type, I didn’t trust myself, I was afraid to try something out of my comfort zone. That night, though, something broke. I was tired of the confines I had constructed around myself, and I saw riding as a way to start busting through those walls.

Kelly_NewOf course, I had no clue how much riding would impact my life. There’s too much to describe so let’s go with this: Riding has led to unexpected friendships, experiences, sights, frustrations, answers, philosophies, epiphanies and pursuits. My life is bigger, if that makes sense, because riding creates ripple effects. For instance, choosing to ride boosted my confidence. It gave me the capacity to take on other challenges in my life and make necessary changes. As one example, I’m a CrossFit nut and coach. This from a lifelong non-athlete. There are other, more important evolutions that have taken place as well. The takeaway is that I like myself at last, and helping other people is important to me; I finally feel I have something positive to share.

Riding changes everything. Whether you’ve fallen as low as I had by the time I started riding doesn’t matter. What matters is taking stock of how far you’ve come and being grateful for where you are right now. So, how are you different? What unexpected changes have you experienced? What hoped-for changes has riding brought about in your life? Most of all, what’s next? Keep in touch with me at kellyteal13@gmail.com.

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Heather Herr: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month August 2014!

Heather Herr

We’ve all heard the saying, “Ya have to start somewhere.”  When we’re children and a person we trust tells us these words, they are essentially giving us permission to make as many mistakes necessary as part of the learning process because we lack experience.  What a great way to remove the pressure of failing!

What does the expression mean when you’re 30?  40?  60?  70?  Something completely different because we drag along expectations.  We “have to” be perfect because we now have time and experience on our side.  This kind of restrictive thinking stops many people from fulfilling their dreams and realizing their potential.  Not Heather Herr.  She abandoned restrictive thinking and started a journey towards being, among many other things, a motorcyclist.  For her act of courage and bravery, we are happy to share our TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month honor.

We all know that motorcycling is challenging; the first few thousand miles are especially difficult for a rider learning the sport.  We think Heather captures the new rider experience brilliantly:

It feels like learning how to drive all over again. I learned on a manual transmission, and others who also learned on a manual might empathize – a lot of things happen all at once and it’s a lot to remember! Learning how to time the clutch and the gas for smooth acceleration… At some point, all of that becomes muscle memory. I don’t have that muscle memory on Gonzo (ed: name of her motorcycle) yet. And I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve stalled because I forgot to open the fuel supply line.

Heather MotorcycleOf course stalling isn’t reserved for only newbie riders–experienced riders do it too.  As a newbie, though, we tend to have a disconnect between the image and meaning others apply to us and what we’re actually feeling on the inside.  This kind of incongruence is kindly referred to by Heather as an “Imposter Complex”.  She explains more:

Since I started riding the bike, I get the feeling that some people think I’m a bad ass.  I almost feel like telling them, ‘Wait, wait, I’m new at this.  I go slow!’

As riders, we all understand this and come to grips with assumptions made by others in our own way.  Heather has decided to meet these assumptions on her own terms.  With the strength and confidence of a more experienced rider, she defines her own ride:

Friends and others who ride will be eager to welcome you into the fold, and eager to ride with you. That eagerness might come across as impatience, but ultimately, they can wait for you to be ready. It’s your journey. You’re at the controls and you get to pick your speed.

So much of learning how to ride is about earning a sense of accomplishment.  She loves the moments when her solo riding pays off with better control and refined skills.

I’m conscious that my skills are undeveloped. Whenever I am on Gonzo, I am constantly evaluating how I am riding – what am I doing well and what do I need to improve on. I am probably in my head too much.  But every once in awhile, I catch myself doing something really well. I love the surprise and delight I feel in these moments.

We’re excited to have Heather as part of the TEAM Arizona family.  We appreciate the way she articulates and gets to the core of her burgeoning riding experience.  We think Heather and her “Imposter Complex” will fit right in with this sordid crew of misfits!  We wouldn’t have it any other way….

Riders, we want to honor YOU!  Do you know someone who should be TEAM Arizona’s Rider of the Month?  Entering  their name is SIMPLE.

  • Email Bill (bill@motorcycletraining.com )
  • In the subject line, type “Rider of the Month”
  • In one paragraph, tell us why this rider deserves the title TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month!

Let’s have some serious FUN with this gang!  There are some great stories out there and we don’t want to miss them, so tell us about yourselves!

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TEAM AZ Rides Europe: England and the Isle of Man

<Part Three of TEAM AZ Rides Europe – CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS>

JOLLY OLD ENGLAND

Bill Big BenI thought I’d take a moment to discuss driving and riding around England. For the most part, it is easy to get around. Major cities like London and Manchester are like driving in major US cities: not fun. Fortunately, the English do a good job of positioning themselves in the appropriate lane and understand that slow traffic stays to the outside WAY BETTER than folks in Phoenix.

Let’s analyze this small, yet valuable point.  When riding/driving on the highways, Americans do a terrible job of leaving the inside most lane as a passing lane.  Left lane sitters are common.  This is unfortunate because I notice traffic moves much more easily when people adhere to this simple principle.  What do you think is the motivation behind this behavior?  Are you guilty of this habit?  I’ve done it a time or three myself, but seeing how keeping that lane clear really helps traffic flow, I’ll be removing that habit from my riding.

ON YOUR LEFT?

By the time I reach the Isle, I’ve been passenger in a vehicle for a week now and have driven a car several times myself. Coming to grips with riding on the left side of the road will take some effort. Roundabouts present the biggest challenges as I have to orient myself; I boil it down to muttering to me these words as I approach a roundabout, “Look right, look right.” Slow and steady and all is well.

A few other items present challenges:
• Standard highways are everywhere in England, but smaller country roads often mean sharing a single lane with oncoming vehicles. The English are quite good at giving way and helping each other out. Being on a motorcycle helps make managing space tremendously easy.
• Gas is a bit more expensive than I anticipated. In extreme cases, I’ve paid more than $11 per gallon.
• Driving a stick shift takes a small bit of time to grasp the motor control necessary. A few trips around the block and it is easy peasy.

Time for the Isle of Man.  My friends and I load up into a transit van and make our way to the ferry in Heysham, England.  In three short hours we arrive at the Douglas port and our Isle of Man experience begins.  What is the Isle of Man you say?  Let me explain.

THAT’S A MAN’S CORNER, THAT

To the uninitiated, I’ll do my best to describe the Isle of Man TT races. Scrub that, I’ll just include a video and you can decide for yourself the kind of lunacy I’m about to embark upon.

Without a doubt, the TT races are the craziest thing I’ve ever witnessed on two wheels. The guys who decide to whip around the Isle at speeds in excess of 190 mph bewilder me. I can’t fathom how they are capable of managing these extreme speeds for such extended period of times. I’m just as amazed at how the bikes can withstand the punishment. Truly, the race is a testament to the indefatigable pursuit of excellence.

As a rider, I am floored by the skill level these riders possess.  As a human being, I am perplexed as to their motivations.  Death is at the doorstep, several riders and participants lose their life while I’m here.  Such is life during the TT on the Isle.

The 2014 races are exceptional.  Racing happened everyday which is unusual because weather typically cuts into the racing schedule; not this year.  I witness a new lap record, Michael Dunlop’s domination of four races, and watch the maturation of several newcomers.   The table is set for 2015.  How can I possibly make it again next year?

<RiderCoach Bill finds himself UNDER the English Channel and at the mercy of a Belgian waffle!!> <CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS

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TEAM Arizona Riding Tip: MacGyver Your Ride Part I

Riding around Europe, we run into a few situations riders might not typically encounter.  Since we have very little luggage space and couldn’t have possibly thought of EVERY riding scenario, inevitably we miss a thing or two.  Happily, the items we haven’t missed come to our rescue.  In this piece, we’ll discuss how to keep those hands warm!

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

So you set off on your trip and aren’t expecting any cold weather, then BAM!  A cold front moves and suddenly your summer motorcycle gloves just aren’t getting the job done and the grip warmers haven’t seemed to make their way onto your ride just yet.  What do you do to keep your hands warm?

blue nitrile glovesSNAP goes the blue nitrile glove as you place it onto your hands before slipping into your regular motorcycle gloves.  Yep, you read that right.  Latex gloves underneath your summer gloves will help you cut some of the cold your hands experience.  Also, it will help with waterproofing.  You may experience a bit of too much warmth and your hands may start to sweat.  It may not be a perfect solution, but if we are to error on one side, we want our hands to be able to move freely to manipulate our motorcycle’s controls.

GETTING IT DONE

The first step is to locate a glove if you haven’t already packed some extras in your luggage.  There are a few ways this can happen:

  • Go to an auto store or any big box store (Walmart) and buy yourself a bunch.
  • Stop off at a local auto repair shop.  Most of the time they’ll empathize with your situation and donate a pair or two (even in a foreign country!).
  • Some gas stations are now providing nitrile, and in some cases, plastic gloves for pumping gas.  In a pinch, these might be the next best thing to having frozen fingers.  Plus, you can use the air dryers to heat your hands before venturing out on your next leg.

Of course, if your hands are losing their dexterity and you’re unable to properly control your motorcycle, we advise riders to stop riding immediately.  Why risk a crash when simply warming up your hands could solve the problem?

Do you have any interesting ways to keep your hands warm when the riding gets unexpectedly cold?  We’d love to hear about your solutions.  Visit us on Facebook and tell us your ideas!

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TEAM AZ Rides Europe: Leaving Is The Hardest Part

<Part Two of TEAM AZ Rides Europe – CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS>

I’ve been completely packed for two days now, but I find myself making a couple last minute decisions regarding attire. I’m scurrying around my condo when I hear a concerned voice from the living room, “Whatever you do, don’t kill yourself.”

The statement from the kind, attractive woman in the living room freezes me in my tracks. Fair enough…I deserved that one. In my excitement and prepartion for the trip, I made the poor choice of showing her some video about the Isle of Man TT races. I also showed her some of the more daunting riding routes I would be taking. Her concern is genuine and unfortunate. I didn’t mean to create unnecessary worry, but my excitement clouded my better judgment.

I assure her as best I can. “I’ll be right as rain; nothing to worry about,” I say, trying to relieve some of the fear and provide confidence simultaneously. Reality is her concern is warranted. I’m accepting a larger than usual amount of risk this trip and the Isle of Man is not to be considered lightly. Several motorcyclists, including racers, will lose their life this year during the TT fortnight.

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OFF HE GOES

The flight is a bit more convoluted than hoped. Thirty hours after departing from Phoenix I arrive at my chosen destination of Southport, England. I visit some friends, have a nice meal, and retire at the Bed and Breakfast (farmhouse) they’ve chosen for me. It is nice to be among friends; I’ve missed them immensely. Sadly, it initially seems like all work and no play as they are VERY busy. I can’t wait for the weekend.

On Sunday, the first major event for my trip is the World Superbike Race at Donington Park. I’ve visited several race circuits throughout the years and find the track surface to be outstanding. The venue, however, leaves me underwhelmed. The racing was fantastic and I meet up with Mike, the first friend from the US to join me this trip.

Donington Race CircuitMike and I part ways with my friend Tommo. We leave the circuit and head south towards London with an eye on the Ace Café for the Margate Meltdown rally which will happen the following day. Hope is high when we hit the sack. All we need is for that bright orange orb to make an appearance the next day and life will be good.

DOWN HE GOES

Crash! Bang! Ouch! That was the start to my morning as I slip and fall in a handicapped shower at the hotel. It feels like I’ve cracked a few ribs. The pain is immense and the aspirin I brought with me doesn’t come close to cutting the pain. Sonufa!

Not wanting to slow us down, I suck it up and we crack on with our plan to be at Ace Café by 9am. We meet our deadline, but I’m in a world of hurt. Regardless, I find a way to enjoy this iconic motorcycling spot. Plenty of shopping to do be done and lots of cool Ace Cafe stuff to buy.  British sunshine, aka rain, puts a damper on the day. What typically is a 500+ biker rally ends up being about 80 strong.

Ace Cafe

L-R: Mike Essig, author Bill Seltzer, and Ace Cafe CEO Mark Wilsmore

Instead of following the rally in our rental car, we decide to head north where my friends live so I can obtain some type of medical treatment. We take our time and hit a few motorcycle dealerships and sights along the way. Eventually, we return back to the farmhouse in Southport. We spend a few days receiving some local hospitality, including pain relievers, and then make room for the rest of the crew to join us: Jim, Brad, and Jon.

We are ready to head to the Isle of Man where five motorcycles and a cottage await our arrival. Chops officially licked!

<Find out what happens on the Isle of Man when five Americans meet their first UNLIMITED speed sign!> <CLICK HERE FOR ALL SEGMENTS>

TEAM AZ Expands Offerings At North Phoenix Buddy Stubbs Site

Paul Schaffran RiderCoach of the Month Dec 2012You may have seen the construction in recent months just north of the Buddy Stubbs Cave Creek Road dealership in North Phoenix.  The Stubbs family have been working hard to add even more value to their dealership by installing a rider training pad.   No expenses have been spared, and lots of blood, sweat, and tears on the part of the dealership resulted in an outstanding place to learn how to ride or advance one’s skills.   The asphalt is immaculate and the learning environment is outstanding.  TEAM  Arizona is excited to announce that we’ll be providing the training in cooperation with the dealership.

TEAM Arizona owner, Ron Arieli, shares his perspective about the location.  “It has been great working with the Stubbs family.  They have a very clear sense about the value of training riders to be safe, and we couldn’t be happier to be in the mix.  This is a huge win for the North Phoenix motorcycling community. ”

Phillip_McKee_AdvancedBoth parties agree that better trained, better educated riders in Arizona is a good thing for everyone.  Initially, the Basic RiderCourse will be offered there in full; both the classroom and riding sessions will happen on site.  This is a change from the past few years where TEAM  Arizona offered the classroom portion at the dealership but the riding at Glendale Community College.   In the near future, possibly as soon as this fall, TEAM Arizona will offer more advanced courses like Total Control.

If you know someone who is interested in fulfilling their dream of riding a motorcycle, have them visit our LOCATIONS page and have them select, “Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson North Phoenix”.  Check back with us in the near future to check out the advanced rider training options.

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TEAM AZ Rides Europe: An Introduction

motorcycle-cover-europeI’ve been asked by several people why I’m taking this trip, how I go about planning, and how will I make it all happen.  Fair enough.  This is my effort to provide the who, what, when, where, why, and the how (travel philosophy).

First, The WHY

Does one ever need an excuse to travel?  If pressed, I’ll say I turned 40 and had to do something special.  That’s the easy answer I suppose.  More to the point, I really enjoy the adventures, the magical moments, and just the plain act of getting lost when traveling.  Sadly, I misplaced the joy of traveling when I was on the road more than 280 days per year for my business.  This is my attempt to regain the spark and embrace travel once again.  An even darker truth, and something probably not expected from a motorcycle enthusiast and RiderCoach, is that I’ve lost some of the passion for riding on two wheels.  I’m hoping to rekindle those flames as well as I ponder my next professional career move.

Why Europe?  Primarily I have a group of friends in England I’d like to see; plus, there are some outstanding opportunities to check out the world’s best motorcycle racing and some of the greatest motorcycling roads on the planet.

WHAT will be happening and WHEN?

For planning purposes, I’ve broken up the two month adventure into four parts:

  1. English Invasion- (Hey look kids, there’s Big Ben!) – End of May
    1. Spend time with friends Nick and Tommo
    2. Attend World SuperBike at Donington Park
    3. Visit the Ace Cafe in London
    4. Eat at Jay’s (home of former MasterChef UK Celeb and friend)
  2. Isle of Man for TT Races (That’s a Man’s Corner that) – Beginning of June
  3. European Vacation (Bruges is a fairy-tale town) – Mid June to Mid July
    1. Belgium (Bruges,Ghent)
    2. Luxembourg (Soundgarden Concert)
    3. West Germany(Black Forest, B500 Road; Romantic Road)
    4. Austria and Northern Italy (Stelvio Pass, Dolomites)
    5. East Germany (Motogp at Sachsenring)
  4. Return to England/Return to Arizona  -Mid July to End of July

2009 Suzuki Bandit 1250SA is WHAT I’ll be Riding

Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABSFortunately for me, I have very generous English friends who are providing me with a motorcycle and insurance under their business licenses.  If that weren’t happening, and I doubt it will happen again, then renting a motorcycle would be another feasible option.  Renting is not a bad option, it is just more expensive when considering a journey of this length of time and this magnitude of miles.  Ultimately, I’m being well taken care of by my English mates.

WHO  is going?

For the first part of the trip, I’ll be accompanied by some friends.  I’ve primarily been placed as the planner of the first leg of the trip for everyone, so there is a bit of weight to what I do.  I’d hate to spoil a person’s trip based on my poor planning, so I started that bit almost ten years ago, with the majority taking place within the last twelve months.  I have no doubt that Jim, Mike, Brad, and Jon will approve.

When I head to continental Europe, I’ll be doing it S-O-L-O.  Some might consider this a “bad” thing or risky thing to do, but Europe is motorcyclist friendly and what’s an adventure without a little risk?

My Travel Philosophy Retains the HOW

With the desire to be quickly and widely understood, and without sounding overly pretentious, I describe my travel method to be two parts Rick Steves and one part Ted Simon.  Don’t get me wrong by placing Rick first; riding is at the core of what I’ll be doing, but putting on miles just to put on miles is not my thing.  I admire guys like Ted who have millions of miles under their belts and travel the world with grace.  I daydream about that kind of life occasionally, but in the end, it just isn’t me.  For the record, I don’t claim to be an expert in this field of long distance touring, merely an enthusiast.  I plan on making mistakes and learning from them; the bright side is that you can learn from my mistakes too!

Motorcycle Rider In AlpsWhen I decide which roads to take, usually I choose motorways to get the primary destination (hub), but then I choose “A” and “B” roads when I venture out from the hub.  This may be sacrosanct to adventure riders who claim to never use a motorway, but I like to unladen the motorcycle of the bags so that I can ride unfettered.  Just a preference really; neither is the “right way”.

I like using a hub-and-spoke method of traveling where I hunker down in one place for several days, typically a week or more, so that I can get to know the area.  Then I take day trips to points of interest with an intent to return back to the hub.  Also, I like to take every third or fourth day as a day of rest and relaxation in the town I’m staying.  I find that a place begins to reveal itself only after the third day.  These aren’t steadfast rules, just general guidelines I tend to follow.

Part of the joy I receive from traveling comes from exposing myself to the cultures and habits of the locals.  Making myself vulnerable, taking myself out of my comfort zone nets the biggest personal growth and typically helps me achieve a personal connection with the locals that only a day or two in a tourist zone won’t produce.

bnb_alpsWith that said, I tend not to stay in hotels.  I prefer BnBs and homestays.  Often, they are less expensive and more culturally rich in experience.  As I am out and about so much, I find spending a lot of money on housing to be inefficient and unnecessary.

In regards to money, I suspect my trip, including airfare, may run close to $4,000.  I’m ultra conservative and use the “rule of 3″ when budgeting, so over the past ten years, I was able to save $12,000 for the trip.  One never knows when a medical emergency not covered by travel insurance may occur or a motorcycle may need to be purchased post-incident.  While I hope neither happens, they are realities.

READY TO TAKE THE TRIP?

Are you ready to join me on the ride?  I’ll be posting as I complete portions of my journey.  To look at the postings, simply visit this page:  TEAM AZ RIDES EUROPE

We want to know what you think about the trip.  Visit our Facebook page and tell us what you think or ask questions about the trip!

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Kelly’s Korner: Changing the Approach to Riding

Kelly's KornerIt’s official: making my dirt bike a supermoto for the track is one of the best riding decisions I’ve made yet.

Remember last fall when I was too afraid of crashing my Triumph to enjoy Horsethief Mile? That all changed in early May. This time, I took my new-to-me Honda CRF 230 outfitted for the track and had more fun than I’ve ever had at a Total Control track clinic. Not worrying about hurting my bike freed me to enjoy the rush of being on the track, and gave me real focus to work on vision and line, and body positioning. I have much practice to do in those areas, and others, but I am so excited to keep doing so without fear of crashing my Street Triple R.

kelly_dirt_bikeThere’s a lot to be said for taking a small, humble bike out amongst the BMWs and Ducatis. For the first time ever, I was passing people (despite riding a woefully underpowered bike, which will not remain the case) and smiling the entire weekend because I was simply having a great time, both on the bike and off.

And that’s what riding should be — fun. The minute I turn being on my bike into a negative competition against myself or feel too much stress, I lose the purity of the experience. The solution I have found is to take a different approach to certain forms of riding. For example, up until this past year, I only rode sport bike on the street and at the occasional track clinic. Now I also ride a dirt bike out in the desert and forests, and on the track. That basic change has made everything about my riding more fun and exciting, and it has bettered my street riding, too. (See last month’s Kelly’s Korner)

I guess the message is that, if we want more out of our riding, we should apply more than one strategy. Of course, that’s just a parallel for living in general, which is another reason why I love riding — it’s full of life lessons.

Get out and ride!

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Sean Mullineaux: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month July 2014!

Sean Mullineaux

Ever meet a person and walk away thinking, what a nice guy?  Sean fits that model for us.  He’s attended multiple training sessions, we’ve chatted with him at several Bike Night events, and he was the winner of the WHY WE RIDE film poster when we held a special WHY WE RIDE film viewing earlier this year.  To say he is part of the TEAM Arizona family would be an understatement; he is at the core of what integrates us into the motorcycling community…he IS family.

When several nominations for him to be Rider of the Month came into us, it was a no brainer.  The only question we had was about why he started riding.  We were somewhat surprised by the answer:

A buddy of mine used to ride his Ninja 636 to work everyday.  I was never really interested in motorcycles, but seeing him ride everyday caught my attention.  I took a ride on the back and I was sold.  I bought a CBR250 to start out, truthfully, as I considered it a cheaper form of transportation.

Upon taking my permit test I realized I needed help in learning how to ride the thing. I then took theSean_Cornering Basic RiderCourse (ed:  You’re not alone Sean!  Many people “back into” training).  At the time just to get the licence, but then I realized what I was getting into and how much more that class would mean for my riding.

Afterwards, I attended the first TEAM AZ bike night. It was there I learned how much the people really make the difference in this hobby. It was no longer a cheap mode of transportation; it was a fraternity.

And from that point on, I met the best people on two wheels. I made great friends…some I could call family. I love two wheels and could not imagine not doing it.

When asked what challenges him the most about riding, Sean says it is maintaining the attitude to never be complacent.  We agree with this challenge.  No matter how experienced or how skilled a rider may be, the laws of physics may bite you at any given moment if we’re not dedicated to riding our best.

Sean_CactusIf he were to proffer one piece of information to newbies, it would be take the classes and buy all the gear; they supercede any motorcycle upgrades.

Sean’s next sights are set on a little bit of track time.  He’s hoping to possible even race one day, although he’s in no big rush.  Ultimately, he sees it as part of his much larger motorcycling journey.

We’re thankful he’s chosen TEAM Arizona to be part of that motorcycling journey.  We wouldn’t want it any other way!

Riders, we want to honor YOU!  Do you know someone who should be a TEAM Arizona’s Rider of the Month?  Entering their name is SIMPLE.

  • Email Bill (bill@motorcycletraining.com )
  • In the subject line, type “Rider of the Month”
  • In one paragraph, tell us why this rider deserves the title TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month!

Let’s have some serious FUN with this gang!  There are some great stories out there and we don’t want to miss them, so tell us about yourselves!

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