What was your first motorcycle? My first motorcycle was a 1974 Honda Z50 Mini Trail bike that I obtained in 1979 and rode during several Wisconsin summers.
Current motorcycles? My stable of motorcycles are all Hondas: 2004 ST1300, 1994 CB1000, 1986 CB700SC Nighthawk, 1985 Gold Wing GL1200, 1984 VF700 and 1975 CB360T.
What is your all-time favorite motorcycle? That would be a 1985 Honda VFR1000. I always liked the style of that bike and when I rode one, it was a Hoot!
How long have you been riding? I’ve been riding motorcycles for 33 years, ever since my Dad threw me on a Honda Z50 when I was seven years old.
When did you join the MSTA? I joined the club in April, 1995.
How did you hear about the MSTA? I had just move to Ohio and was at a local shopping mall walking around. I stopped by some Gold nWing folks putting on an expo. I got to talking with Tom McKiernan and he told me about the club. I joined the Ohio squadron soon after.
Who or what was your biggest influence in motorcycling? Two people in my life have influenced my approach to motorcycling. My Dad showed me how to ride and gave me the basics to learn from. MSTA member Tom Bartels helped me improve my riding skills over the years. Tom taught me to trust my bike, if I have it set up correctly. And to ride at my own pace!
What are your favorite places to ride? I really enjoyed riding in the southeast part of Germany known as Bavaria, it was some of the best riding I have ever experienced. The Blue Ridge Parkway, New York state route 9N along the western shore of Lake George and various Colorado mountain passes are also entertaining.
Describe a memorable motorcycle adventure? One of my best motorcycle adventures was riding through Europe in the early 1990s. It was so much fun to travel and stay in B&Bs, youth hostels, seeing so much and eating some of the best meals of my life.
What is the best motorcycle advice or tip learned through the years? Ride at your own pace and skill level. Know your bike and what it can do. Learn from watching others. Practice the basics on occasion, in a parking lot, just to stay sharp.
What turns you on about motorcycles or riding? I grew up in a family of riders. It’s “in the blood,” as one would say!
What do you get out of your MSTA membership? I’ve gotten a lot out of my membership. I’ve attended different rallies over the years and have always had fun meeting and riding with different folk. And I have always felt welcome at the various rallies I’ve attended.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of motorcycling? I enjoy photography, traveling, building model airplanes and just plain goofing off!