The Motorcycle Training Academy RiderCoach Staff
All RiderCoaches at Motorcycle Training Academy are seasoned riders and have been hand-selected for their experience, attitude, ability and dedication to excellence in training.
Every MTA RiderCoach has been certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation through an intensive process including 75+ hours of hands-on training. All RiderCoaches are regularly evaluated and also attend annual skills updates.
Feel free to contact any of us for more information.
Since playing basketball in college, flying helicopters in the Army, coaching basketball and being a patrol officer weren’t enough…I now get to be self-employed! I am blessed to have an amazing husband I get to share everyday with. We have two wonderful children who also enjoy our passions. Since starting MTA, we also have been able to share our passion with people in the community. Not many people are blessed to be able to spend each day doing something they love with the people they love. I feel very blessed to be given this opportunity. I currently ride a Heritage Softtail, Suzuki Boulevard and a Honda ST1100.
I am blessed to be an MSF certified RiderCoach Trainer as well as a certified motorcycle repair technician. Most of the rest of my time is taken up with a beautiful wife (picture above) and 2 awesome children. I retired from the Army after 20 years. I now teach motorcycle classes full time and have a job that I thoroughly love! I currently ride a Heritage Softail, Kawasaki Vulcan, Honda ST1100 and a Suzuki Boulevard. I really need a SportBike now.
All weather active motorcycle rider since 1996. 12 1/2 years of Experienced Rider and Beginning Rider instruction. Awaiting a prestigious slot as a RiderCoach Trainer to continue his Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) career progression. He rides a 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R Ninja or a 1998 Kawasaki ZX-9R Ninja. (If the wife is asleep, he steals a ride on a 2001 Yamaha R6, but don't tell her that.) He loves the challenge of using diverse coaching methods to meet each individuals' learning objectives.
I started on a dirtbike when I was about 12 years old, by the age of 19 or so I started riding sportbikes, the last couple I've owned were a Ninja ZX10r and a Yamaha R1. Next one will most likely be a V-twin RC51. I became a RiderCoach around 2000, taught for about 6 years and took 4 years off and just started back up in 2010. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I got back on the range. I really enjoy helping people learn how to ride and ride safer. MTA is a great company that really cares!
I started riding a motorcycle in April 2006 when I bought my first 2006 Harley Davidson Sportster Low 1200 while I was deployed in Iraq. I received my Harley while I was on R&R from Iraq and had it delivered to my home of record (South Texas). I now had a motorcycle and didn't know how to ride. So I convinced my Father to attend a Motorcycle Safety Foundation class with me to learn to ride properly. During the two weeks on R&R I put over a 1 thousand mile on my Harley. I have since owed four Harleys (2007 Road King, 2005 Softail Deuce, 2009 Road Glide and a Honda CBR 600RR). I would like to start riding Enduro bikes but need to find the right bike and time to learn. I love to ride motorcycles and teaching other to ride safety is a sign of accomplishment.
I've been riding on and off for about seven years. I started riding full-time in Colorado in 2006 and subsequently became a RiderCoach that same year. Currently I'm a Hog owner, 2007 Dyna Wide Glide, which has been discontinued. Bummer... Primary riding is and has been for pleasure but I do ride to and from work on occasion.
I started riding the wrong way in my teens with no license or registration! My mom kept telling me I'd kill myself so I stopped riding after a short time to keep from giving her a heart attack. I got into teaching both martial arts, fitness, and later Dave Ramsey's FPU among other things. Dave and Jennifer both encouraged me to become a RiderCoach and so I took the plunge and the old desire to ride came right back! It's great knowing we can help beginning and experienced riders hone their skills and become safer and more capable on their bikes.
I started at 8 yrs old riding dirtbikes and atvs. At the age of 24 I bought my first Harley Davidson Sportster which is what I currently ride. At first I only rode on the weekends, but now it has progressed to 6 days a week. I enjoy getting on my bike and taking a road trip wherever the gas tank will allow me to go. Safety remains the top priority for me, which drove me to become a safety instructor. I enjoy coaching and learning from others and wish to share the motorcycle passion with everyone.
I started riding dirt bikes when I was knee high to a grasshopper, and rode on Dad's '52 shovelhead every chance I got. I was born with a passion for motorcycles, and rode every chance I got, and continue to ride when ever the opportunity presents itself. I currently ride an 883 Custom Sportster that I've had for almost 10 years, but am thinking of upgrading to something bigger in the near future! I became a RiderCoach in 2004 and after an extended break, am ecstatic to be back! I love being a RiderCoach and seeing the growth of the students skills from the first exercise to the last! Hope to see you soon!
Bonnie and Mike Gerald
Started riding in 2004, after I purchased my first bike. Realized the value of getting properly trained after the first day on the bike and have been an avid learner ever since. Became a Ridercoach in 2009 and really enjoy teaching and working with students watching their progression. Recently returned from a two year hiatus and look forward to working with everyone who wants to learn and ride anytime.
I started riding in 70's when I couldn't touch the foot pegs on a Kawasaki 175. My ride now is a Harley Davidson Road King Classic. I enjoy teaching and helping others experience the joy in safe motorcycle riding. The classes are promised to be relaxed and fun for all.
Riding experience over 40 years. Current rides range from a 1944 WLA Harley (Army Model), CBX (6 cylinder), GTS1000 (no front fork, hub steering) and a race prepped R1. I love all motorcycles (even British and Italian ones I have to push home from time to time). Riding philosophy is simple-riding is a way of life that allows you to enjoy it to the fullest, so share it with everyone! Many thanks to my wife for letting me have my toys.....
16 yrs on the street, first bike 84 Honda Magna, 2nd bike 98 GSXR 750R; 3rd bike 00 TL1000R; 4th bike 01 GSXR1000R; all are Suzuki's; 5th bike Ducati 748; 6th bike Suzuki 08 GXR600R. Prior to that 10 yrs on dirt bikes as a kid, started on a 50cc YZ, also the first time I was pulled over by the cops, rode 80cc up to 125cc's dirt bikes and various 3 wheelers. 1 crash walked away ok due to helmet use...
I grew up on a farm in Boulder County. In 1969 at 8 years old, I was given a choice of a Horse or a Dirt Bike. Since I could ride my sister’s horses anytime I wanted, I took the dirt bike. That obviously was not the only reason I chose the bike, but it was a good one. My first bike was a little scooter with a pull start Briggs and Stratton engine with a slip clutch. I had a hard time riding it since because it just didn’t have enough power for me to get it going and balanced, so I sold it to some friends of ours. Eventually, my Father found a used 1963 Honda 80cc 2 stroke street bike in which he took and striped it down, cut out parts of the old box frame, eliminated all electronics and turned it into a dirt bike for me. Believe it or not, it was an awesome machine. I raced it in the 80cc class for years and if I did not take first, I would be in the top 5 every race. I have been riding ever since. I became an MSF instructor in 1991 after learning about the course from a co-worker. In 1994, I became the site coordinator of my own site. In 1996, I got my second site and had a total of 15 instructors that taught with and for me. I teach for the love of the sport that I have enjoyed since I began. I enjoy giving my knowledge to those that have the desire to learn the right way and the safe way. I am always so surprised when someone comes up to me in public and remembers me from the class and what a joy and learning experience it was for them. It is very gratifying when they tell me they ride and think of me when they experience the joys of riding or experience a close encounter and the training and reactions from that come naturally. I currently have two bikes, one dirt and one street. My ultimate ride, someday, will be to ride from Colorado up through the Canadian Rockies all the up through Alaska. I will continue to ride and teach until my body will not allow me. Keep the Shiny side up and the Rubber side down.
I have been riding Off and on since I was 8. Started on a old Harley 175 and just kept going up to dirt bike,moped, ATV, Ninja, and now I'm back where I started, on a Harley. I have made several cross country trips and have ridden in 4 different countries other than the United States. I look forward to working withing you during your training into the area of Motorcycles.
I've been riding motorcycles since I was 16 years old. I started on a 360 and graduated up to a 1500 Goldwing. I have been a certified MSF instructor since 1997, primarily teaching beginning riders. My wife, son and I enjoy riding on the weekends and have taken some long trips and traveled in several states.
2006 Harley Street Bob. I've ridden dirt bikes for 10 years and street bikes for 8 years.
Brenda began her love for motorcycles when her father-in-law bought a small "Trail 90". The motorcycle bug bit her bad and she and husband Floyd both started racing dirt bikes. She won numerous trophies for hare scrambles, enduros and motorcross (all of which are in boxes in the attic because it is more fun now to be riding her '07 Suzuki V-Strom 650 than dusting). For a few short years she rode behind Floyd on various Goldwings, but it didn't take long until she was back on her own bike, where she has remained. She is a Life member of the American Motorcycle Association, a full member of Women on Wheels and a member of the Goldwing Road Riders Association local chapter (where she held the offices of newsletter editor, secretary & treasurer). Brenda became a MSF Instructor in 2000 and later updated to RiderCoach. She is a legal secretary in McComb, MS, and organist at her church. Her main hobby is riding her V-Strom, whether short rides to work and church, or on vacations and long weekends to other states. Brenda is a RiderCoach who shares her love of motorcycling with students through coaching and making the students smile.
Floyd started riding motorcycles in 1967. His first motorcycle was a Hodaka Ace 100. After several years of offroad riding and racing Penton/KTM motorcycles, Floyd moved on to street riding. Floyd has served as chapter director, ride educator, and motorist awareness officer for the Goldwing Road Riders Association. In 2000,While serving as ride educator for the GWRRA, Floyd and His Wife Brenda became Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructors, and later RiderCoaches. Floyd is retired with the United States Department of Agriculture/Forest Service and enjoys teaching and riding his Suzuki V-Strom motorcycle as much as possible.
Greg started riding in 1994 after taking an RSS (former BRC course), purchasing a Honda Gold Wing GL1500 as his first bike. He became a RiderCoach with CMSP and MSF in 1996 after taking an ERC course and realizing he had picked up too many bad habits. Currently an airhead riding a 1984 BMW R100RS. Primary riding is and has been commuting to and from work, sometimes as much as 200 plus miles per day riding between customer sites. The only riding that he manages to get in during the weekend is teaching the BRC and ERC courses when not spending time with hi family.
Jordan took is first MSF course in southern Florida after purchasing is first bike, a 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50 (800cc). After riding in the warm Florida rain for years, he finally bought rain gear after moving to Colorado. One day he will upgrade his starter bike, but for now it works for him.
Chuck rides an '05 Victory Kingpin. He and his family also ride dirt bikes and ATVs whenever they can.
Mike St. Charles
I have been riding motorcycles for 22 years including 6 years as a Motorcycle Police Officer in Southern California. I am a certified Police Motorcycle Instructor and have been teaching/coaching for 8 years. My most recent motorcycle is a Suzuki Boulevard C50 but I am in the market to get a new Honda Goldwing. I spend my free time with my wife, Sharon, and our little girl when I am not in the Classroom or on the Range. I love coaching for MTA and enjoy the interaction with my classes. I try to coach with humor and promise you will have a low-stress, fun learning environment!
I have ridden motorcycles since I was about 12, started on a Honda 50 that I begged my dad to get for me. Since moving to Colorado Springs in late 1995, I've been involved with both off road and on road ridding. I've had the good fortune of participating in the training of new motorcycle riders for almost ten years and hope to continue for may more.
Art has been riding for over 30 years. He started on an RM 80 age 8 and he's ridden most everything that has 2, 3 or 4 wheels that could be considered a motorcycle. His current ride is a 2006 Honda ST1300. Art has been coaching for more than 3 years for both the military and community and says there's something new with every class and that is what keeps him coming back.
I grew up in Colorado and have been riding on the dirt since I was 4 years old (34 years ago). I started racing about 7 years ago and was ranked 8th nationally in the AMA Western Hare Scrambles Open B class in 2008. For 2010 I will contest the Open A class for the WeBe Hare Scrambles series. Current dirt ride is a 07 KTM300XC. My current street bike is a 2006 Suzuki VStrom 1000. This bike does it all. I have taken the Military SportBike RiderCourse on it as well as tackled some jeep trails around Canyon City. If the weather is above 35 and dry, I am riding. I became a RiderCoach in April 2009 because I have taken multiple BRCs, and ERCs and every time I did the coaches were having so much fun. I wanted to have that much fun too. It is pure joy to be able to teach people of all skill levels how to ride. I think it is a privilege to be able to do what we do, and I know that we are creating safer more responsible riders.
Have owned and ridden motorcycles continuously since 1970. Have been a qualified MSF RiderCoach since April of 2003. I ride a 2004 Yamaha FJR1300 and also have a Honda XR600 for off road.