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. Each RiderCoach has been certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Colorado Motorcycle Operator's Safety Training program through an intensive process including 75+ hours of hands-on training. All RiderCoaches are regularly evaluated and also attend annual skill updates.

Click any RiderCoach to find out more about them.

  • Ben Caperton

    Born in Waco, Texas. Raised in Dallas, Texas. Graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BFA in Commercial Art. Joined the Dallas Police Department in 1971 and retired in May 2002. My assignments were Patrol, Accident Investigations, and Traffic Enforcement (Motorcycles). I was Chief Instructor for the Dallas Motor Unit for my last 7 of 20 years on Motors. Graduated from the Dallas Police Motor School and the HD Police Motorcycle Instructor's School. Retired as a Senior Sgt. Graduate of the Texas Leadership and Command College for Law Enforcement.

    I have been a fundraiser for the Texas Law Enforcement Torchrun. Receiving Officer of the Year in 1995 for my fundraising efforts. I was on the board for the North American Police Ski Championships from 1989 to 2014. Raising dollars for the Winter Sports Programs of Special Olympics. I initiated the Twin Towers Initiative benefitting the Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. This effort honored the 72 Officers lost on 9-11-01.

    For the last 3 years I have been a Rider Coach at Pikes Peak Harley Davidson, instructing the BRC Course.

  • Earl Edwards

    I started riding motorcycles in 1980 in Grand Rapids, MI. My first motorcycle was a 1980 Honda 500 CX Deluxe, modified with a Vetter fairing with radio and luggage rack. After returning from Germany, I bought my first Goldwing in El Paso TX. I took some safety classes to learn how to ride safely. After several tours overseas, my family and I settled in Colorado Springs, CO.

    I became instructor in 2001 to teach people how to ride safely. Over the years, I have owned five different Goldwing motorcycles. I currently ride a 2005 Anniversary model Goldwing. Ride safe and keep the shiny side up.

  • Danny Foster

    Hi, my name is Dan Foster. I’ve been riding motorcycles since 1968 and have always favored sport bikes. I drag-raced for a few years and then road-raced for a few years. I thought that I was pretty good until I started taking motorcycle classes and learned how to ride more defensively and better handle a motorcycle on the road. That’s really a great feeling. My mantra is to always keep learning and practicing. My last adventure was traveling through Europe in 2017 with some friends. We rented BMW RT 1200 motorcycles and rode through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Northern Italy, and France. The Alps were fantastic (Stelvio)! Presently I drive a 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 and a 2012 BMW K1600 GTL. I hope to see you on the range for our basic or one of our many advanced rider courses.

  • Tony Galles

    Tony's love for motorcycling began at the age of 14 when he worked after school and weekends for a BMW and Yamaha dealer. A military career kept him away from bike ownership at times, but his passion for motorcycling has endured. Tony is a BMW GS rider and a former PPIHC competitor. He'’'s ridden extensively in Europe and South America and enjoys helping others advance their riding skills.

  • Wayne Gilstrap

    I started riding in the 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.

  • Crystal Hodge

    I'm a Colorado transplant on loan from Texas. My husband and I moved here in 2014 and we've enjoyed every single moment. We have, between us, four beautiful daughters and one handsome son, aged from 15 to 25, with a grandson on the way. We travel every chance we get, lots in Colorado for now, from breathtaking views on dirt trails and camping under the stars to fantastic mountain twisties and cool B&Bs in amazing little mountain towns, we are taking in and enjoying every moment and every mile.

    One of my favorite things to do is encourage and inspire other gals and guys to get out there and have fun. I enjoy every weekend coaching with MTA that I can… It hardly seems like a job, getting to hang out with cool folks and play with motorcycles all day. I currently ride a BMW R1150 RT and a BMW F650 GS. One of my favorite quotes is one that I try to live every day…

    "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." ~ Mae West

  • AJ Johnson

    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.

  • Leslie Larson

    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!

  • Dennis Mellinger

    Motorcycling has been a part of my life for more than 40 years. I've been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor since 2003 and enjoy every class that I teach. A 20 Year Retired US Air Force NCO, with tours in Texas, Okinawa, Viet Nam, Germany, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Maryland. I'm also a software troubleshooter for MCI & World Com, a security officer for Citadel Mall & US Olympic Training Center and a Motorcycle Rental Agent for Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson.

  • Greg Schmitz

    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 his family.

  • Harrison Sundgren

    My name is Harrison Sundgren and I have worked for MTA since 2009. I started riding dirt bikes when my family moved to Colorado in 1995. I have been riding street bikes since 2003. I currently ride a BMW F650.

    My favorite part of riding is getting to experience the beautiful scenery of Colorado and getting to spend time with family and friends.

  • Kent Sundgren

    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 riding. I've had the good fortune of participating in the training of new motorcycle riders for 14 years and hope to continue for many more.

  • Dave Tolbert

    As the owner of Motorcycle Training Academy I am blessed to be able to do what I love everyday!

    I retired from the Army after 20 years and was fortunate enough to started MTA. I now teach motorcycle classes full time to local students. I am a RiderCoach and RiderCoach Trainer and am certified in many of the MSF additional certification courses, most notably the Advanced RiderCourse, 3-Wheel Courses and the Street RiderCourse. I recently served as a RiderCoach Trainer for the MSF RiderCoach Trainer Preparation Course.

    In my free time I also enjoy woodworking using the lathe and scroll saw, as well as spending time with my family. After almost 30 years of riding Harleys, I now ride a 2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure. I really need a SportBike now.