I have enjoyed motorcycling for over 40 years and am so pleased to be able to offer professional advice and assistance to both new riders just entering the sport as well as the seasoned riders wanting to improve their skills though continued education. Having been a rider and someone interested in motorcycle safety I became a certified MSF Instructor in 1998, then went on to become a MSF RiderCoach in 2001 and then a RiderCoach Trainer in 2003. As a member of the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program’s Quality Assurance Team I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit and work with students and RiderCoaches at training sites all over the state of New York. I also sit on the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board as its motorcycle representative which allows me the opportunity to address the safety related needs of our motorcycling community.
As owner/operator of SmartRider it has been such a pleasure and an honor to have met and worked with so many wonderful people over the past 15 years.
Hello! My name is Aj W. One of the reasons I became a RiderCoach was in response to taking the Safety Course back in 2003. I had no experience riding a motorcycle before and was impressed with the course and coaches who trained me. So a few years and many miles later, I found Smartrider and asked to become a Ridercoach. The training was both humbling and rewarding. Coaching
both new and experienced riders is exciting and a lot of fun. I am a member of the AMA and love riding in all conditions to any destination that I can feasibly arrive safely to. The thrill of the open road and the adventures that can only take place when one decides to ride on two wheels instead of four is what keeps me riding. I can also say from personal experience that the range and the training through MSF can have a profound difference in a rider’s abilities. Hope to see you on the range or on the road!
As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to ride motorcycles! When I was just about 7 years old, Honda had a Christmas ad in a magazine – Buy their Z50 dirt bike, and they would deliver it in a Christmas stocking!! How I begged my parents for that!! Well, I didn’t get the bike that year, but I kept dreaming about riding until I was finally old enough to get a job and buy a bike of my own! it was love at first ride!! I taught myself to ride, but I eventually ended up taking the MSF class about 20 years ago! Even though I knew how to ride, I loved the class! I learned so much about riding and safety, I knew some day I would like to pay that forward. I became certified as a RiderCoach in 2007, and love watching people improve and grow as they progress through the class. Over the years Ive enjoyed all kinds of riding, but my favorite rides get done at the race track! I enjoy the thrill of speed and control possible at the racetrack. I’m a lifelong learner – Ive taken classes in everything from racing to math to surfing – it helps me to remember how humbling it is to be a novice learner.I believe this makes me be a better rider coach. Along with everything else, I’m a dad too, so life is pretty exciting! Hope to see you at a class soon!
Growing up in a motorcycling family, in 2006 I decided that I no longer wanted to be a passenger; I wanted to ride when I wanted to ride. In 2009 I was presented with the opportunity that has since been rewarding in so many ways, how could I pass on the opportunity to share with others something that I am so passionate about; RIDING!!! I have been a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and N.Y.S Driving Instructor for Smartrider MSP since 2010. I enjoy coaching riders no matter how much experience they may or may not have. Motorcycling is a way of life, my bikes are always ready for the ride spring, summer, fall and yes; winter. I am a member of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). When I’m not on the range or out riding I am an accountant for a local manufacturing company. I also volunteer my time with my certified therapy dog, Aries. Certified by Therapy Dogs International we visit hospitals, nursing homes and participate in Tail Waggin Tutors with young children at local libraries…… Now to get a sidecar!
Teaching and riding have been a part of my life for over 25 years. I wanted to pair my love of teaching with my love of riding. What better way to combine the two than to become a RiderCoach. In the summer of 2013, I went through the training to become a certified MSF RiderCoach and NYS Driving Instructor. My experience as a rider, along with the safety skills I learned, transfer to riders during the Smartrider MSP’s Basic Rider Course (BRC). I believe my patience and calm demeanor, coupled with my knowledge of safety skills, make for fun, stress-free learning both in the classroom and on the range. There is great satisfaction in teaching new riders the rules of the road and to help them enjoy the ride. I look forward to a great riding season. See you soon!!
My name is Michael and I like bikes!! I started riding over 50 years ago and haven’t stopped since. I currently have 7 motorcycles on the road (only one at a time), 6 BMWs and 1 Norton, and I enjoy them all equally. I do most of the upkeep myself and all the riding myself, approximately 700,000 miles so far.
I belong to the International Norton Owners Association, the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association (#15249, Lifetime Member) and the Airheads Beemer Club (founding member #46), along with many local clubs. I chaired three National Rallies for the BMWMOA and served on the Board of Directors for 8 years. I served on the Board of Directors for the ABC for 12 years and have been the NY Airmarshal since 1991.
I became certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in 1998 (MSF # 27713) and have been pretty much teaching full time from March through November since then. I teach at a number of sites all over the Hudson Valley and am active in motorcycle safety programs and presentations all year long. I love teaching other riders, both new and experienced, to enjoy the experience as much as I have always enjoyed riding. As the MSF used to say, “The more you know, the better it gets!”. As we say now, “riding is serious fun !”, a mental activity that involves physical skills. You need to practice both to ride well.
I am certified to offer all the various courses the MSF offers. I ride year round when the roads are ice free. I hope to see you on the road and maybe even on the range soon.
During the week I am a Marketing Manager for an Insurance Company. This has taught me a lot over the years about understanding and managing risk. I have been a long time motorcycle enthusiast and have been riding now for 45 years starting out as a kid on a mini bike in my grandparent’s yard. My oldest son and I ride together whenever we get the chance. As a long distance motorcyclist and member of the Iron Butt Association. I place a great emphasis on continued training, safety and preparation in my riding. I have been a certified MSF RiderCoach and NYS Driving Instructor for Smartrider MSP, Inc. since 2007. I enjoy teaching new riders the knowledge and skills needed to be safe and to enjoy the ride. Each class is a rewarding experience and I always learn from students and enjoy meeting new people. Additionally, I am a member of the Riders Association of Triumph and enjoy the history of motorcycling. Therefore, I am a member and supporter of The Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Inc. (AMCA) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the AMA Hall of Fame. Ride, Eat, Sleep, Repeat!