How long have you been riding for and what got you into riding?
Riding has been something I love since the first time I pull started a little red 50 cc Honda over 30 years ago. Gas was leaded, and hockey helmets were top-of-the-line protective gear. We used to rip around the old rail grades for hours after school, until we ran out of gas and had to push the bikes back home. That was just the beginning for me. In small mountain towns there are endless backroads to explore, trails to follow, and swimming holes to find - finding freedom where there is no one around for miles, experiencing something maybe a handful of others will ever see in this life time. Since then the bike I am on has changed a lot, but the need for the freedom it provides never has.
What kind of impact had riding had for you? Has riding helped you to overcome a hardship in your life, if yes how?
There are a lot of bad days in life. There is no way to avoid that. Riding is meditation for me, a way to clear my mind. To be safe on a bike you need to be focused. No anger, no emotion, just being present in the moment and letting everything else wash away. I have never been big on focusing on the end game, it isn’t for me, I want the experiences of living day to day. Good and bad.
Journey before destination. Get some rain gear on, buckle up, get messy.
Do you prefer to ride solo or groups and why?
All in all I like to ride alone or with one or two people. Getting into a flow on the road with a large group is difficult and gives you other things to think about, not to mention the effort in trying to coordinate everyone. For that reason you won’t see me on many group rides. It’s not my thing. But having a riding community to come back to and find friendly faces (and good food) when I am tired and road weary is very important to me.
Being out with a couple people that know how each other ride, you get into a rhythm and start reacting and moving as a unit. No comms, no chatter, just music and the highway.
What kind of bike do you have and why? What kind of riding do you do or have you done? (Dirt, off road/enduro, road trips etc.)
Over the years I have been lucky enough to try almost everything and being honest I really don’t have a preference. I find each style of bike is a very different tool, for a very different job. It's like comparing skiing and cross country skiing; sure you have poles and ski’s strapped to your feet…but the experiences are very different.
Pushing a sport bike into hard corners on a track, riding single track in the desert or up a mountain, or putting in 1000km days through the mountains on a cruiser are all very different experiences. If you are lucky enough to be able to try different bikes and different terrain, do it.
I ride a 2009 Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle (VRSCF). Only having the room for one bike in my garage, it does everything I need it to in the city. I was once told if you can walk away from your bike without looking back at it, you picked the wrong bike. I turn back and look at this beast every single time.
What's been your favorite or most memorable riding experience
Even the shortest answer here would need at least two drinks. Doing a lot of long rides, you end up with a lot of great memories and get caught in a lot of weird stuff. Rain, snow, buffalos… One hundred bad days is one hundred good stories, the worse the ride the better the story.
I did get to experience close to 100km of a completely closed off three lane highway between Golden and Revelstoke. Three of us on a private race track was beyond incredible.
Future riding goals/ plans?
I really want to spend a few weeks in South Asia. There is an amazing loop through Kathmandu on my bucket list, passing through Nepal and Tibet along the Himalayas. I am a mountain boy at heart, and some of my best riding experiences have been in the Selkirks and Rockies. I really want to experience riding in some of the other high places around the world.
A little closer to home, I definitely want to spend more time in southern Utah and down from there to La Ventana in the Baja.