- Nickname: “Dusty Jim”
- Riding since: 2006
- Bikes: '71 Honda CB100 (Mid-Ohio pitbike), '75 Yamaha RD350 (She drips, but she rips!), ‘90 Harley Davidson Sportster XLH, ‘76 Honda CB400F SS, '79 Kawasaki KX80 (wheelie machine), ‘80 Yamaha XS400 (gnarliest four-stroke exhaust note), ‘81 Yamaha XS400 (Ol' Reliable), ‘84 Honda CB125S (way cooler than a moped), ‘08 Honda Ruckus (sold, but wish I never did!)
- Riding style: Mainly street riding around town, occasional camping trips, and constant tom-foolery
James’ first bike was a 1984 Honda CB125S, which was given to him by a co-worker. While learning to ride it in a hotel parking garage, he dumped it while wearing shorts, and learned very quickly the importance of riding in protective gear. (He still has the exhaust scar on his leg as a constant reminder.) Since then, he has owned a plethora of bikes, the majority of which have been café-styled UJMs. His most recently owned bike was an EVO-powered Sportster, which taught him the grin-inducing concept of torque.
James enjoys vintage bikes, cars, and classic apparel, likes to tool around on his bikes, and is constantly altering their cosmetics. He recently restored a ‘71 CB100 with Hilary White-Speir, a former RZ co-worker and talented artist. He’s a founding member of the Dusters Motorcycle Club. (Follow them on Instagram @the_dusters). He participated in the Red Bull Flugtag Philadelphia in 2010, where his team set a record for negative distance.
James is regularly involved in the vintage motorcycle scene in Philadelphia. You can catch him on one of his bikes at regular meet ups, such as Two Wheel Tuesday, the Thursday night Chin on the Tank ride, and just hanging out at his buddies' garages throughout the city.
Favorite part of being on TeamZilla?: “Besides getting first dibs on the latest gear? Undoubtedly, my co-workers. It’s rarity to be part of a workforce with so many like-minded individuals who are truly interested in the work they perform and the company’s success. Plus everyone rides!”