About the Author
Lee is avid street motorcycle rider, track rider, instructor and owner of 1st Gear Motorcycle Training. He rides as much as he can on trips and track days. If it has two wheels he is interested. Since learning to ride in 2005 it has been his life. Most of his motorcycling kilometers have been spent outside city limits in California, Arizona, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam. Organizing multi day rides to great roads and places with several other riders is his favorite part of motorcycling.
Lee started 1st Gear Motorcycle Training in 2014 and has trained thousands of students since. Motorcycling changed Lee’s life and he wants everyone he teaches to experience why motorcycling is amazing. At the same time showing how safe it can be. While he is an instructor, he is very much a student too. He has taken programs at West Coast Superbike School, American Supercamp, Optimum Performance Rider Training, Go FlatTrack and trained with experienced racers such as Josh Hayes, Danny Walker, and Jake Gagne and is a track day rider at The Ridge Motorsports Park, Thunderhill, Pitt Meadows Track Days, and Mission Raceway. Lee is also a safety rider at Pitt Meadows Track Days.
You can read more about him and his adventures at www.ridefar.ca and www.1stgear.ca
About Your First Motorcycle
From the Author
Motorcycling has had a profound effect on my life both personally and professionally. Writing a book on getting into motorcycling seemed natural as I really want to show what it can be to you. Society (and your parents!) can easily vilify and scare you out of ever wanting to ride a motorcycle. Is it really that dangerous? Yes, it can be. With common sense, knowing the stats, education, and motorcycle gear there is no reason why you can have the same life changing experiences I’ve had.
We live in a society that constantly wants to make everything safe. We go along with it because it makes sense. Yet we seek out danger in the things we watch and experience. We need that thrill, it is in our DNA. We did not evolve to live in plush environments watching a screen all day long. Getting out there and experiencing the world is where we will get the most of out of life. Adventure my hurt us, but monotony will kill us.
If your curiosity can’t ignore motorcycles take the first step and read about it. Motorcycling is a skill that you can take with you for the rest of your life. It can be that quick weekend ride, a ride along dirt roads, big trips across country, a scooter ride in Thailand, or a speedy day on the track. Motorcycling can be anything you want and you can control most of the risk. It isn’t just sheer luck I’ve made it this far on motorcycles. My friends are still here riding along with me. Join us, make new friends, experiences, and have new adventures.