Brandon W.

  • Nickname: Hollywood, PeePaw, B-Wise
  • Riding Since: 2009
  • Bikes: 2009 Yamaha R6, 2000 Kawasaki ZRX 1100, 1996 Suzuki GS500
  • Riding Style: Gettin' it!
  • Most Asked Question: Is this Anthony?

When I was 17 years old I was dying to get a motorcycle, or a “two wheeled death machine” as my Mom liked to call them. I always remember seeing them fly by on the twisty back roads of my home state, North Carolina. I took a motorcycle safety course at my local community college to show that I was serious about my passion for two wheels.

“There was no way she would let her little boy have a motorcycle"

Once the class was complete, my old man and I drove the old beat up Dually to our closest motorcycle dealership. My Dad was clearly on board with getting me a motorcycle and we were ready to bring one home that day. My Dad had a bike for a few years, and I think a big part of him wanted me to have one so he could ride it too. When we were at the dealership we got a call from my Mom. There was no way she could let her little boy have a motorcycle. At the time it crushed me but I now understand why. We all know that saying: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it!” I basically had to bury this passion and accept the fact that I was 17 with no say in the situation.

“That ride awakened the motorcycle beast inside me and there was no turning back"

A couple years later, my buddy John came home from a trip to Tennessee with an old Kawasaki. He asked if I wanted to take it for a spin -- I immediately grabbed his keys and helmet and bolted towards the door before he had the chance to change his mind. That ride awakened the motorcycle beast inside me and there was no turning back. Soon after that I had my own bank account, insurance, and motorcycle that I kept hidden from my folks for fair amount of time. Never really goes over well when you break the news to your folks that you have been hiding a motorcycle from them, but eventually they came around.

Favorite thing about working at RevZilla:

Luckily, I found RevZilla and my hobby became a career. I now work with a family of people who share some of the same passions as I do. Sorry for the motorcycle Mom, but hey, at least I got a kickass job.