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John K.

  • Nickname: "Kraus-e," "Captain Impulse"
  • Riding since: 2011
  • Bike: 2006 Triumph Scrambler, 2013 KTM 990 SMT
  • Riding style: Rebel without a cause
  • Favorite question: I’m a new rider. I need everything. Help!

As a relatively new rider myself, I relate well to people who approach the sport with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and most importantly, a sense of humor. I’m definitely not the TeamZilla clown, but my sarcasm does make waves.

I spend most all of my free time reading books, watching films, and listening to music. I love learning and never want to stop expanding my knowledge base. I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades. I can never quite master one thing, but have the capacity to get excited about everything.

I’m probably the least mechanically inclined Geek here at RevZilla (I prefer “Product Ninja,” or “Apparel Assassin”), but I will talk your ear off about all kinds of gear.

I’m a newer rider who, in a fit of rebelliousness, sold a perfectly good car and bought a motorcycle. It has been an adventure ever since. I often brag that two of the most irresponsible decisions I’ve ever made, selling that perfectly good car and getting two liberal arts degrees (English Literature and European History), have led to my current state of happiness. They have. I am passionate about everything that I do, and though my life has not always revolved around motorcycles, it does now. I dove head-first into the industry on a whim and it was the best decision that I’ve ever made. Happiness is subjective. Only you can decide what’s best for you, and you’ll never find out what that is if you don’t chase dreams and try new things.

I’m interested in all types of bikes and all types of riding, but there will always be a special place in my heart for café racing. The track is all well and good, but doesn’t have quite the same charm as city riding does. Where the track is for experts and the elite, the street is for everyone. To quote the Jam: “sounds from the street, sounds just fine.”

My favorite thing about RevZilla: I’m a Punk. I wore a torn-up Sex Pistols T-shirt to my interview and was welcomed with open arms. Any company that allows someone to do something so ill-advised is awesome in my book. You don’t need to change who you are to be successful. As long as you can explain yourself and your actions with tact and intelligence, you can fearlessly be whoever you are. RevZilla has allowed me to do just that.