- Riding Since: 2014
- Bikes: Honda CBR250R, Honda CBR600RR
- Riding Style: Aggressive commuting
- Most Common / Favorite Gear Question: Your commute is how long!?
- Favorite Quote: There's no such thing as traffic on a motorcycle
I remember standing up in the backseat of my mom’s car (seat belt laws weren't what they are today), face pressed up against the window, pointing out every motorcycle that passed by. As a kid, I rode my bike everywhere until I got my Driver’s License. So it would have been a natural progression for me to upgrade to a motorcycle when my friends started riding when I was in my early 20's. But I knew myself, and I knew I wouldn't respect it like I needed to. That, and I couldn't figure out how to put a system and some subs on a bike.
"After all my years of driving, my car began to feel like an appliance."
Next thing I know I'm in my late 20's and commuting 45 minutes to NJ 5 days a week. After all my years of driving, my car began to feel like an appliance. Driving became a chore. Looking for a change, I got my Rider's Permit. I spent way more than anyone should on their first bike, but it was mine. With no one to teach me, I watched YouTube videos and practiced riding around my neighborhood. Once I started getting the hang of it, it was like a switch was flipped. I started looking forward to my commute. I went out after work and on weekends just to ride. I sought every opportunity to ride. No task was too menial. "Oh you need to go to the bank? I'll take you to the bank. Yeah, c’mon, let's go to the bank!"
Within a year, I was already looking for my next bike. Don't get me wrong, the 250 was the perfect little learner. I got to practice shifting (a lot), and I had to be much more aware of my surroundings, since it wasn’t quick enough to just "nope" my way out of a hairy situation. Finally, after 2 years of shifting into third gear just to get to the next stop sign, I knew I was ready to upgrade. I scoured CycleTrader every day from October to February and regularly dropped into the dealership where I bought my 250, but I never saw anything I loved. That is until I found a dealership in Maryland offering a 15’ CBR600RR still in the crate, never even had gas in the tank for $9k. So I packed up and rode my 250 the 120 miles in the slightly breezy February weather.
I found out about Revzilla by word of mouth and Reddit. I stumbled onto the job while shopping for a new helmet and gloves, after watching the videos and getting "watch, decide, and ride" stuck in my head. Then I saw that "Now hiring in Philadelphia" banner on the website, and it was like it was calling me. I applied, and within 3 weeks, I was here starting what I know will be yet another great ride.
Favorite part about working at RevZilla:
Well, I get paid to talk about motorcycles and I'm surrounded by people who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable, so there's definitely that. But to be honest, I think what I actually enjoy the most is getting to help people get their gear and parts when they need them. It's also really nice to not have your co-workers turn their head sideways when you take off your Dainese gear or have the imprint of your helmet on your forehead for the first 20 minutes of the day.