Todd and I met through motorcycle road racing. We competed against each other on Suzuki SV 650’s for a few years, and finally decided to grab a third friend and to create an endurance racing team. That only lasted a year, but Todd and I have remained friends. It really helps that we both love many types of motorcycles. We both ride on the street, we both road race, and we both love riding in the dirt. I’ve got a sidecar that I ride from time to time, and Todd races a vintage road race bike (Honda 450) in addition to his modern road race bike. He has also been known to compete in flat track races from time to time on a different vintage Honda 450. So, On Any Sunday Todd and I can find something to do no matter the weather!
Todd is a very skilled racer, and he even won the AMA Vintage Grand Championship in 2011. This is a huge honor that is given to the rider that competes in multiple disciplines of track racing- in Todd’s case, it was vintage road racing, and vintage flat track racing. He beat out every other rider in multiple races and multiple racing disciplines to win this prestigious award.
Todd also travelled 9000 miles by bike (BMW GS1200) in the summer of 2011- to Alaska and back home to Ohio. His girlfriend Jill accompanied him on this trip, on her own bike! So Todd knows a little about adventure touring, which will help me, since I do not.
Todd is not an engineer, although he seems to know more than most engineers (and I mean no disrespect to the engineers of the world). He’s just one of those guys that knows how everything works, and has the ability to fix it all. This is another bonus for me in a travel partner. I’m not very good at fixing anything.
Todd has chosen a BMW F650GS for our Continental Divide trip. He and most of his friends have lots of BMW motorcycles. I on the other hand, had to Google that to make sure I had the right model.