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Spurgeon D.

  • Nicknames: Spurg (“Spurge”), Sturgis
  • Riding Since: 2005
  • Current Bikes: 2005 Triumph Bonneville T-100 (The only one that is not for sale) 1999 Honda VFR 800 (A perfect sport touring machine) 1976 Honda CB550 (An electrical nightmare) 1981 Kawasaki 440 LTD (Chopped her frame, building a Street Tracker)
  • Riding Style: What have you got? I’ll ride anything with two wheels, I love ‘em all.
  • Most Asked Question: “What’s your real name?” Followed by “What’s your first name?”

I am many things in addition to being a motorcyclist. I am a teacher, a historian, a guitar picker, a collector of vinyl, a photographer, a lover of nature, a runner, a mechanic, a brother, a son, a fisherman, a writer, and a hell of a drinker. But none of those things is as cool as zipping up a well worn leather jacket, kicking an old oil soaked motorcycle to life, and tearing off down the road while kids press their noses against the back windows of minivans in an effort to catch a glimpse of the noise and chaos that is motorcycling.

I grew up in a home where my father forbid me from having a motorcycle but then filled the house with motorcycle magazines and toted me around on the weekends to every motorcycle shop in Eastern Pennsylvania. It was nothing short of torture. When I was 12 years old, my Uncle Bob took me for a ride on his old KLR650. I can still see my mother chasing us all the way down the street, screaming at him. I had no idea a motorcycle could have such a maddening effect. I was sold.

I brought home my first motorcycle my junior year of college, a brand-new 2005 Triumph Bonneville T-100 that I paid for by working as a night janitor at a local office building. A history teacher by trade, my post-collegiate years were spent in the classrooms of Los Angeles while my summers were spent riding motorcycles all over the country. Whether it be crashing KTMs in the deserts north of Los Angeles, tearing up the Bonneville Salt Flats on a Triumph that bears the same name, or terrorizing the back roads of East Nashville on a Honda Metropolitan 50, I love being on two wheels.

Within six months of riding home on my Triumph, my father rolled a Suzuki V-Strom into the garage and we have been riding together ever since.

Favorite part of being on TeamZilla?: My number-one goal at RevZilla is to get more people into the sport. I don’t care if it is a teenage kid riding a hand-me-down rust bucket or a 55-year-old business executive who buys a brand-new machine because he has always wanted to ride and is finally realizing his dream, I want to educate and inspire people to get out on two wheels.