TC ARC Level 1@ DCC, April 2012
I just wanted to say Thank You once again. This course helped me overcome some of the fears I had while riding. I now feel more confident in my ability as well as my bikes capability. Not only was the class extremely fun but you, Mike, and Ed were magnificent coaches. The atmosphere made for a great learning environment and your encouragement was excellent as well. I certainly would recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their skills and become a safer rider. With some practice I plan on taking the next level when I’m ready. Keep up the good work guys! Thanks – Gerard
Christine, Thank you so much for my lesson today. It was an added bonus buying my bike at Cliff’s to get a free hour to spend with you. I now feel comfortable with my body position when trying to reach the ground at stops on my bike…and with a full foot on the ground! My slow maneuvering skills definitely needed a refresher after completing the BRC course about 3 years ago. Now I know how to put my big butt to good use – literally! :o) Even spending just an hour with you was enough to take the knowledge from the BRC (that I remembered) with the 3 years of experience on the street to learn my good habits, bad habits, and for you to give me pointers on how to correct those bad habits. Not to mention your great personality that makes me want to go out for drinks with you to hear some stories, because I’m sure you’ve got some good ones! I look forward to spending a full course with you at the ARC in September to learn more and make the transition from street to track riding much smoother. I’ll have a name for my bike picked out by then!Thanks again, Kim
Christine, I didn’t focus on getting my knee down during the class. I actually lost my vision when I thought about it for a about 20 min so I focused back on the class. I went out this morning and right after warming up my tires, I was able to consistently get my knees down on both sides. (see the pics). Thanks for everything, I learned a lot and have more confidence and control. Tomorrow I’m going to take the S1000RR out, run the drills from the class and see how it compares with the CBR F4i. I predict everything will be easier and sharper on the BMW. Please pass this on and my thanks to the rest of the instructors. I look forward to level 3 😉 Regards, Keith
TC ARC @ DCC, May 2010
Hi Christine, Took this class yesterday and it was simply amazing! Learned so much about riding and know and felt my riding skills have significantly improved even on my way home. This class is a must for all riders. Best investment I’ve ever made! Miguel Alexis
Hi Christine, Firehock and her instructors are all excellent, motivating, funny and attentive. Range work is challenging and fun. The classroom stuff is great too, especially the section on maintaining a balanced mental state. Highly recommended. Tom Beaujour Editor In Chief – Guitar Aficiondao Magazine
Hi Christine, I took the arc level 1 course just a few days ago now. I decided to take it because i wanted to improve my riding skills, but did not want to do it at 100+ mph like at a track school. I had read some really positive reviews about lee parks total control so decided to give it a shot. I had really high expectations going in, and they where surpassed. You think you know your bike, until you cant do something as simple as proper throttle control taught the right way. Iv been riding 2 years, and i made more improvement in that one day then i have all 2 years after i got my license. In all the reviews i read everyone said that a light goes off and you finally get it. You finally get to just let go and let the bike do all the work. My light bulb was a little slower then most as dam thing didnt go off till the end lol. But my improvement was so noticeable. I couldn’t believe how much better of a rider i felt and how much more confidence i had. I loved the course so much Im taking it again next month and then signing up for the skills drill later in August. You can decide what you rather spend your money on. Wasting 200 bucks on something like a seat cowl or invest it in something that will improve your skills exponentially. Michel Wanis
Hi Christine, Thanks very, very much for such an amazing weekend at ARC. I’m sitting here not knowing what to do with myself – not in my leathers, not on the range, and not trying to push my Duc a little bit further or a little bit differently. I had a great time with you guys this weekend. Now I’m bored! I’ll still be coming up to see you again this year if you have another Skills day. Just don’t do it the first week of June, cause I’ll be on the Skyline and Blue Ridge, cutting east to NC to see my family, and then on up the coast on my K1200RS. YES… Best, John Veon
Hi Christine, Several things :
- YOU ROCK!!!, Most fun I’ve had in forever on the bike. great instructors too wow can they ride! Your enthusiasm and knowledge is phenomenal.
- Thanks to Micheal and Ed for helping me out with the battery ( can you pass my email to Ed i nee to help him out with a cross Canada ride)
- I’m confirming the august 17 date for a day of one on one – I’m actually on vacation so if you need to move the day to get range time let me know. Everything is on the table for the day, whatever you want to teach me based on what you saw on the weekend.
- Nancy and I rode back on Sunday and got lost in the best possible way. We ended up not taking 17 but got on 28 ( ok road) then turned onto route 30 – WOW what a road to ride right after the course. I was hanging off, trail braking and grinning the entire time. We had dinner at 10 Pm and were charged up like you wouldn’t believe!. ( pictures enclosed )
- The 3 minutes that you took to sit on my bike and show me the position you were in was a huge help. Just bracing my inside foot made feel much more stable ]
- Your comments about “Not Today” made a big impression. even on the way home when O got deep into a turn just thinking that calmed me down and let me get through turns that last week would have had me tensing up.
- Did I mention YOU ROCK!!
Thanks a million Dr. Peter G. Bastian DDS, MAGD, Cert. Est., FACD, FADI, FIADFE
Christine, Just got back from a weekend in poughkeepsie NY taking level 1 and 2 Lee Parks ARC. It was the second time that I had taken the level 1 but the first at this location with Christine Firehock as an instructor. These were 2 long days 8am -6pm that flew by. the amount of range time earning about corner preparation, body position, high speed stops, speed shifting up and down, handling decreasing radius turns and topped off by a track course laid out over four acres on sunday afternoon was great. The motorcycle mix was sport bikes custom harleys, off the rack sportsters and a full dresser whose owner was going on a tour of the alps in august (not on the Harley). Christine is a phenomenal chief instructor with incredible experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm about all things motorcycle. She co planned the ARC courses with Lee Parks and its obvious why. Her group of instructors are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable as well. My battery died on Saturday and They called the local honda shop had one put on charge and drove me to get it so I only missed an hour and half which they were more than happy to make up with individual instruction so that I wouldn’t miss anything. Christine borrowed my wing ( full monty traxxion) for a demo – seeing a wing leaned over enough to drag knee and no scraping was phenomenal! Gave me a goal to aspire to. I had the best two days on the wing ever and then had the pleasure of riding back though some great road in NY and Ontario to use my new skills. I loved this course so much I’m going back in August to spend a full day of one on one instruction with Christine. If anyone ( particularly on the east coast) wants to take their riding skills to an whole different level I highly recommend taking this course. You will not regret it. Peter
Christine, Just thought I would check in see how things are going and say thanks to you and the crew for a fun and interesting day back in April. Take care and extend my thanks to the entire team. Steve Stone (aka Mr. Stone, really need to loose that label) Stephen P. Stone Shelton, CT
Hi Christine, What a great day I had. I tried some of the techniques on the way home. What a difference in my riding. My hat is off (but not my helmet)to you and your team. It’s really great to work with people who clearly are there to make a difference in other people’s riding skills. I expect to see you all next year for Level 2. Thanks again. Ed Fisher
Skills Drill at DCC 2010
Christine, I took the skills day this past week (4/10/10) as a brush up after taking the ARC level 1 last fall. It was a great experience and tremendously helpful. It was fantastic to get the time and the reps to practice the skills from the course with feedback from so many different instructors throughout the day. All of the guys (Ed, Cary, Stephan, Romy, Emile) gave me something to think about. Sometimes it was hearing the same thing but stated in a different way, sometimes it was an entirely new tip. Great value, great fun, thanks. Paul Ackerman –Suffern, NY
TC ARC Level I, April 25, 2010 at DCC
Hi Christine, I just wanted to write to you and let you know how much fun I had at class on Sunday, even though the weather was not great, after going out on the range and practicing the weather was just a blur, My father Ed McCaughey Treated me to your class for my 30 th b-day, this was the best birthday present ever, your instructors were fantastic and I love the 1 on 1 coaching that they were giving, I can’t wait to ride this upcoming weekend and continue to practice the new skills you have shown me.
My Name is Ryan McCaughey, I ride a 2009 Silver Triumph Sprint St. I am definatly going to come back for step 2. Thanks for the great day and the motivation to become a better rider. Ryan McCaughey
CKS-KickSTART Training Series – Intermediate Course at KICC – 3/10
Christine, Thanks again! The tip about using my hips and knees just opened up a whole new world. I was swerving all over the whole ride back (purposely) and it feels great. These lessons are saving my life, literally! Can’t wait for the ARC clinic… Adam Mason
CKS KickSTART Beginner Course 2008-09
Dear Christine, I am soooo sorry I have not written sooner, after each and every ride, I think of you and how grateful I am that I found you AND you were able to teach me to ride. And ride I do!!! I attached one picture, just click on attach then click on the picture. This was my most recent ride and most exciting so far. I rode with 13 long time bikers. It was just incredible. It was everything I ever dreamed it would be and more!!! We went to Great Barrington Mass for lunch and the guys said “Girl……you can RIDE” Me on my little nighthawk, just keepin up with everyone!! They said your turns are perfect, you stay with the group, no wobbling, really smooth when you take off!!! My face hurt from smiling. All because of YOU. I was telling them how I came to you right before I was going to trash the whole idea of riding. I came to you and said “I am here to learn to ride, you up for a BIG challenge??” I have been riding since I last saw you. I bought the nighthawk and I rode it short rides here and there, Sunday rides, entire weekends rides and then several long trips. I rode to Ogonquit Maine for a week with friends. And about 3 weeks ago we rode up to the Adironack Part, to Speculator, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Blue Mountain. The weather was beautiful and the scenery, Paul said it was the most beautiful he thinks he’s ever seen, and he has been riding 30 or more years. I still ride mostly with Paul because I am most comfortable. He thinks it is time for a bigger bike. I tried the Road King, totally out of my comfort zone, I did OK in a parking lot and then…….I fell and dropped the bike. I knew I shouldn’t have done it without you, I remember you telling me when i want to move to a bigger bike, you would teach me. I think the problem was he has forward controls and mine are standard, plus the bike is so big, it was all just too much for me. So……I will be back. I hope all is well with you. Amber must be getting bigger by leaps and bounds!! Please keep in touch. Fondly and with gratitude, Donna Guthartz
Hi Christine, Just a quick note of thanks to you and your staff for helping teach me the basics of motorcycle riding this Spring. I bought a 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 in Watertown when I got up here to our summer home on the St. lawrence. Ive been riding it all summer and fall, and I LOVE RIDING!!! My wife and I soon travel to Florida, and (rats) I have to leave the bike here with my buddy Paul Turner for the winter. Of course its still possible that I may buy another bike in FL if I cant wait to get back up here, but who knows? You are a true professional, and I value the good teaching you gave me. If I ever take an advanced course, I hope it will be with you. I recommend you to everyone I speak to from the Dutchess Co. area. Again, Thanks, Robert MacMillan Robert MacMillan
ARC1 at DCC 9/09
Hi Christine, I attended your Total Control ARC class on 9/13/2009 and I have to admit that I improved my riding skills/knowledge more in one day with you and your team than the past 6 years I have been riding. The incremental approach to the range exercises combined with the insightful class instruction is extremely effective. I think the course answered all the “why” questions I had which helped me really understand the techniques. The end result – dragging my knee for the first time – something I thought was way outside my skill set. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who really wants to improve the riding ability. Can’t wait for Level 2 next year! Thanks for a great day, Peter Lang – ’04 BMW R1150R Rockster
Hi Christine, Just wanted to say Hey and thank you again for everything! It has been very exciting for me since I got my license; I am attaching a picture of the gift Louie surprised me with for my 50th Birthday last week…(her name is Misty)! I have been having fun and getting to be a better rider daily! Thanks again and maybe I will see you soon out on the road!!! P.S. I am selling Ruby Rose (2001 Vulcan 500) if you know of anyone who is looking for a great beginner bike! Penney
Christine & Michael, I don’t know if you remember me but I took your beginner course with my father in law last summer. You managed to get me a road test before I had to head back to Germany (Army). Anyway, I am now in Viginia and finally got my first bike. I bought a 2008 Yamaha FZ6 and absolutely love it. I just wanted tell you both thank you. I remember everything you taught me every time I ride. I was able to hop on my new bike & ride it home after over a year of not riding (right after I got my liscense) with no problems. I have been taking it very slow and being very careful until I get some experience under my belt but thanks to your great class I am able to ride. My family is still in NY and I actually plan on riding down at the end of July. I really hope to take some more of your courses in the near future. Hopefully, you’ll be teaching me to drag my knee soon. Oh, I hope you don’t mind but I posted a link to your site on my Yamaha forum and told them how great you guys are. Hopefully, it will get you some new students. Thanks again and take care.
ARC 1 and 2, Memorial Day Weekend9 at DCC
Christine and Lee, Thank you thank you thank you!!! At the end of ARC 2 Lee said I was brave – the best compliment I could have gotten from anyone! My confidence in riding has quadrupled because of your instruction – I signed up for the course in January, looked forward to it all winter and it definitely will be the highlight of my riding season. Now, 250 miles in one day with lots of twisties are nothing! You made getting the kinks out and learning new skills so rewarding. Now, everything that you taught comes back to me every time I ride when the situation to use the skill arises. Looking through the turn …. it definitely works! LOL I was wondering why on sweepers yesterday they felt so smooth and were going by so quick!! Now that my cornering is a breeze on the street, I can’t wait to use what I learned on a track. 🙂 Arleen Colón
TC ARC Level 2 May 24, 2009 at DCC
Christine, Just want to thank you again for a great session this past Sunday. Lee is an outstanding instructor and the support crew with you, Emily, and Ed could not have been better in motivating and assisting during the exercises. The class size of 20 was just right for a balanced practice session. Any more would have been too long in the tooth for waiting during the class exercises. I hope you enjoyed a well deserved day off on Monday but I get the felling you can’t really stand still for too long. I look forward to attending future classes at your site. Tony Celini–BMW K1200s
(TC ARC Level 2 May 24, 2009 at DCC) This weekend was F****** AWESOME. You rule, completely. Gave your card to a guy at the gas station this morning while I was fueling up (Mike somebody). Will be spreading the word. Hope to see you and your crew again soon. I’m hooked. THANK YOU. John Veon
TC ARC May 23th Level One & May 24th Level Two @ DCC 2009
Hi Christine, I wanted to thank you and your staff this weekend for a great time! I was your new rider, with 1 year of experience on the Honda CBR 600RR this Saturday. I had a great time practicing the drill. I had a question which I forgot to ask regarding purchasing new tires. You pointed out that the tires have the month and date that they were made by the manufacturer. In good conditions (temperature controlled by the seller), what is the maximum age we should be purchasing these tires before they start getting hard? 1 year or less? (2 years for a Sportbike) I would also like to thank Romy. I wasn’t great with all of the drills, but with practice I was getting better. Romy was patient and pointed out what I was doing wrong and helped me by offering suggestions of what I should be doing. One suggestion was, since the time to get to the circle was short, he said, why don’t you start the bike in 2nd gear, so there is one less thing you have to do by the time you get to the turning point. Regarding the drills, tt wasn’t until the figure 8 where the lightswitch came on and it started to click. Romy did a great thing before the drill, he came to everyone and gave them one thing that we should be doing. For me, he said, “ride the bike with authority. Don’t let it take you for a ride, you put the bike where you want to.” That’s all it took. I was hanging off my bike like I never have before and was feeling more relaxed and more comfortable. I didn’t drag knee, but I feel with more practice, and when the time warrants it, I’ll be there. On the ride home, I felt the improvement. I felt more confident on my bike. I’m glad I took this class, the summer will help me practice what I learned. Thanks again, and I’ll see you next year! Harry
TC ARC @ DCC May 23, 2009
Christine, Attached please find the picture the “Jersey Boys” took of us on Saturday. (Ha Ha !!) I wanted to “Thank You” for the class I believe that I gained a lot of valuable knowledge that I can use to work on my skills. I am really glad I took the course even though I was very nervous about not having any riding time under my belt. I also wanted to let you and your team know I think you guys rock !!! I wish you guys were closer so we could ride together. I might end up looking into a couple of “private” lessons a little further down the road. I can’t wait to take level two (maybe by next year,) right now I have so much to work on as it is! Even just from the ride back to central Jersey I can tell I was riding a lot better and being more comfortable and fluid with my adjustments. So thanks once again! Kimberley – one of the “Jersey Girls”
Christine, I have to share this with you because your mother has been such an important part in my “motorcycle” life. As you know your mom taught me how to ride back in 1990. I had some great classes with her. All throughout my time in the club I’ve looked up to your mom as an example of what women can do. I knew that your mom had been President of Lost Wheels and that helped me make my decision to run for the Presidency. Now I have been honored by the members of Lost Wheels. Last night they gave me the “Diana Marafioti Award” for my service to the club. It’s an award that’s never been given before. I was totally blown away when Dan made the presentation and even more honored when your mom’s name was given to the award. Pat MacGregor – President, Lost Wheels Motorcycle Club, NY
Christine’s KickSTART Motorcycle Rider Training Series DVD : January 10th, 2009 Thanks Christine, I got the DVD and it’s great. You are very clear, easy to follow and understand. Thanks again I hope this will save me some skin as it’s been 35 years between rides. Stay safe! Art Parker – FL, USA
Christine, (ARC at DCC: September 14, 2008) What can I say? Sundays ARC at DCC class on 9/14 was…wet…HOT…HUMID… and more fun than any group of people should have! (LEGALLY!!) Instruction was AWESOME! Thank you to PAT, Emile, Brian and of course to you Christine and Mike. In one day my riding improved exponentially. Both technically as well as confidence wise. When my son takes the class next spring I will be there again but this time with my Knee on the Ground screaming WOOOOHOOOOOOOO! Tom Drugan – “NYX” – 08 Yamaha R6S
Christine, (ARC at DCC: September 14, 2008) What can I say? Sundays ARC at DCC class on 9/14 was…wet…HOT…HUMID… and more fun than any group of people should have! (LEGALLY!!) Instruction was AWESOME! Thank you to PAT, Emile, Brian and of course to you Christine and Mike. In one day my riding improved exponentially. Both technically as well as confidence wise. When my son takes the class next spring I will be there again but this time with my Knee on the Ground screaming WOOOOHOOOOOOOO! Tom Drugan – “NYX” – 08 Yamaha R6S
Christine, (CKS KickSTART Motorcycle Training DVD, May 2008) I just wanted to thank you for the quick delivery of your training DVD. The DVD is well-done and definitely worth the money. Thank you, Thomas Hein Enterprises – San Diego, CA, United States
To Christine & Michael, (TC ARC at DCC: April 27, 2008) I had the pleasure of being in your ARC Level 1, at Dutchess County Community College on April 27,2008. For someone like me, who only 2 years ago was shown where the controls are and let loose on the unsuspecting public, this was a great experience. I received validation for what I’ve been doing right (but I wasn’t sure of), learned many new things, and noticed a couple of bad habits which must be changed. Through the exercises I leaned the bike over more than I ever have before, and started getting comfortable getting out of the seat and hanging off. When you get it right it feels as if the bike is turning itself – pure joy. Its not exactly time for knee pucks, but in the future…. More importantly, I learned to self-evaluate my riding, and the techniques required to improve my riding. It’s one thing to be an expert rider, and a different matter to be a good teacher. All of the instructors yesterday were both. Christos Mousiadis – Bayside, NY Kawi Z750s
Christine, (ARC at DCC: April 5, 2008 ) I took the level 1 ARC class on 4/5/08 and had a great day. You and your instructors did an excellent job teaching to all the levels of experience (and egos) in the class. Everyone that attended I am sure enjoyed each other and the class. Motorcycles attract such nice people as you know. I just had a track day yesterday and I had an awesome experience. My lap times were dramatically reduced and my level of safety and confidence significantly increased! Thank You, your coaches, and Lee Parks for getting me to slow down to learn the basics. I am anxious to take level 2, unfortunately it is full this year. By the way, there is no way my knee pucks will last the season. How cool is that! Best wishes, Bill Logue
Christine & Mike, (TC ARC at DCC: April 6, 2008 ) Just wanted to thank you both again, for today. I really enjoyed it, and felt some improvement in aspects of my riding, although I guess I want “more, sooner”, but also realize things happen when the time is right. By the way, Pat and Emile were great, and really supportive. What a great team you have assembled. Well done. Ed Busse
Christine, (TC ARC at DCC: April 6, 2008) I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the class Sunday. It was very well run… and fun. I already see the difference in my riding skills due to what I learned in the class. With some more practice I’ll be a better safer rider. Rob Stout
Hey Christine, (CKS KickSTART Beginner Rider Training DVD, Oct 2007) That (KickSTART) DVD was 10 times more informative than the (MSF- BRC) class I took. (In the BRC) It was never explained about the turning methods of slow speeds. This (cks KickSTART) instructional DVD is incredibly detailed and I feel more confident about controlling and operating a motorcycle then anything else I have learned from. Plus, it’s a lot more enjoy to watch a beautiful woman than be taught by some fat guy with a mustache barking orders at you. Thanks for the advice! – Milo T.
Hi Christine, (CKS KickSTART Beginner Training – Oct 2007) I am writing to let you know that this past Tuesday I took my road test and passed it. I am so happy. Needless to say, I needed a lot more practice. My husband spent a great deal of time taking me out on the road as well as practicing circles and figure eights in a parking lot. The morning I arrived for my road test I was a lot more confident. When I began my circles I thought of you remembering to keep my head up and look into the turn. I was nervous, but I did great. I have never been so proud of myself. I set out to do this and succeeded. I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for all of your knowledge and patience. You are truly a great teacher. I tell everyone I know about you. Thank you so much. Look for me out there on the road riding safely. Your student, Rebecca Cole
Hi Christine, ( ARC at DCC with KickSTART – Sept 2007) I was in your ARC class a few weeks ago (last class of the season) and had a fantastic learning experience (I was on the BMW GS). Thank you. I’ve been practicing what I learned over the weeks and I’m working on breaking my old, limiting habits. I clearly remember my ride home back to Manhattan using the trail braking technique and paying close attention to what it did to my suspension. I have been thinking about the techniques I learned and am still so surprised that I could make such a large change in the way I rode in such a short period of time. Really powerful stuff! I wear many hats, and one of the things I do on the side is life and success coaching. I get a particular high when I help one of my clients climb up their interim-peak to achieve that next level of performance in their lives and careers. After your ARC class, I felt this same high, but it was because I felt that mini-peak for myself. I was impressed. And moved. About two weeks before your class I was riding with my club when one of the members low sided in a serious accident. I called the ambulance and comforted him while they came. He survived, but is now paralyzed from the waist down; he’s almost about to be released into long-term rehab. I can’t help but to think of him every day, and I also can’t help but to think that if he had taken the ARC that he would still be riding today. Thanks, John Ha
Hi Christine, (DVD Testimonial July 30, 2007) I’ve just received my copy of your “Motorcycle Rider Training Series DVD” and am very pleased and impressed by it’s content and quality. This should be a real asset to me as I venture toward my practical test. We just don’t get anything like that over here in the UK! Thanks again, Phil
Hi Christine & Lee, (Course Date: ARC at DCC June 17, 2007) I have been meaning to write you earlier and it is over a month from the class I took on June 17th. I just wanted to let you know the class was great, It was the perfect class for me. I have been riding for many years and will probably never have a “track day” so this is exactly what I needed. A perfect middle of the road class. The problem is I do not get to ride as much as I wish, but ever since the class when I do get out it is a big difference. Additionally you guys (Gal) are very talented but also very down to earth which is a combination that you do not find very often. Many times talented people are more “stuck up” (for lack of a better word). You made us feel very comfortable. I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks, John Sagaria – Information Technology Corporation
Hi Christine, (Course Date: ARC at DCC June 17, 2007) I just saw that the pictures from the June 17th ARC class are finally up. Thank you so much for putting them up. I’ve been telling friends all about the class, how much fun I had, how much I learned, and that they need to take it; and, now with the pictures, I can show them a bit of what I’ve been trying to explain. Additionally, I wanted to extend a very sincere thank you to you, Parks, and your coaches for a most excellent day of great lessons, fantastic exercises, and (dare I say it) a good deal of fun too! In the ensuing weeks since the 17th, I’ve noticed that my riding has improved considerably. I’m now much more precise with my steering inputs, smoother on the throttle, and more in control of my bike because of the lessons (and their immediate application in the exercises) that I went through in the ARC. I cannot wait to get to a track and truly apply some of these techniques and then look at my performance through the microscope of (hopefully ever-decreasing) lap times. Thanks again, Vin Longano (’05 R6…the guy in the blue “power ranger” suit).
Christine, your husband, Lee Parks and everybody, As an old warhorse, I thought there was nothing left to learn. Well that proved to be wrong. I learned to ride closer to the edge than I had been. I leaned lower and more comfortably so, having spent time in your class. The turning techniques, throttle/brake control and time spent on my shocks helped advance me to a new level of speed riding. I think I may redo the course again next year. If you are reading this, get in shape and come to the course…. I came home exhausted. It is definitely a lot of fun and very instructive. And yes… it was good pizza! Thanks Christine.. hope to see you soon…Take care and thanks for one great day–Peter Wolff
Dear Christine, (DVD Testimonial) Just got your video. I am a new rider with a learner’s permit and have found your video to be so informative!
I took the msf class at the local college and failed the riding portion and now I know why and can’t wait to practice all the techniques you show in the video. When is your book coming out, I can’t wait, thank you so much! Sincerely, Bobbi Lynn
Christine, (Course Date: ARC at DCC June 3, 2007) Very good ARC class last week, 6/3! I learned much and naturally it is now it is up to me to practice these techniques to make them a natural part of the way I ride. I practiced a few on the way back home. I also watched your DVD. Very good! It plugged some holes in how I ride that I’ll try to incorporate. I especially enjoyed the “Special Features.” It was nice to see your mom, who I understand passed away recently — very sorry about that — must have been difficult. I showed my wife, who does not ride, some excerpts and she was very impressed with your enthusiasm and up-beat approach! Lee Cashman
Christine, (Course Date: CKS Intermediate Rider Course 06/02/07 DCC) Sign up Questions from CKS: Moto License: Yes, Owns_A_Bike: No, Riding Exp: Yes, but Not much! , Years_Riding: 1-5 , Did you take a RiderCourse where / when: MSF / BRC course in Poughkeepsie–Didn’t know about yours at the time! Wish I did. I had a Private KickSTART lesson with Gina on Saturday, and totally regained my confidence on a bike. She helped me clarify exactly where I need help and what I should recognize as my strengths. I can’t wait for more lessons and guidance from you and your team. Thanks! Claudia Bonforte
Christine and Crew, (Course Date: ARC 06/02/07 DCC) I recently switched from a cruiser to a sport touring bike and took this class in an effort to raise my abilities to those of the new bike. I want to thank you, your staff and Lee Parks for showing me how to make that happen. I used to tense up scraping the floorboards on the cruiser – now I look forward to dragging my knee on the FJR! I cannot say enough about the quality of the course and instructors (especially the guest instructor – Lee Parks). I had a fantastic time and cannot wait to practice more and utilize the skills and concepts learned this past weekend out on the streets. I kept hearing Lee’s voice in my head the whole ride back to NJ – LOOK THROUGH THOSE TURNS! Thanks again, Warren Purn Little Falls, NJ
Hi Christine! (Course Date: CKS Intermediate Rider Course 06/02/07 DCC) Just wanted to write and thank you for a great class this past weekend. I learned a LOT and though it was definitely a class for someone with more experience than myself, you and all the instructors were very encouraging and patient and I learned a whole lot. Most of all, it was really fun. Thanks again! Also, please let me know when the pictures from that day will be up. Thanks! Imran Ahmed
Christine,(Course Date: CKS Intermediate Rider Course 06/02/07 DCC) I took the ARC at DCC on June 2nd. I really enjoyed the experience, learned a lot and met some wonderful people. It doesn’t get much better than that. I even had my suspension adjusted by Lee. All of the instructors were very helpful and encouraging. I appreciated the fact that they were willing to be constructively critical for the sake of rider improvement. After all, improving my abilities and techniques is why I came. I believe that no matter how much riding experience we have, there is always room for improvement. Thanks so much for the great job that you all do. Keep up the good work. John Thompson
Hi Christine, (Course Date: ARC 06/02/07 DCC) Nuri and I had a great time on Saturday at the ARC. We enjoyed the classroom and the range tremendously. There is alot of information to digest, and you guys presented it in a fun, easy manner style that was enjoyable. I just found out three more guys from your Wed night seminar signed up for the course. Oscar Delucio, Kenneth Hilley, and Byrd Levy. That’s nine from that night. Not too bad. As I find out about more guys signing up, I’ll let you know and I’ll spread the word for you. See you soon. Thanks again, Michael and Nuri
New Roc HD – HOG / CKS Intermediate Rider Update
Christine & Michael, I thought you might like to read these comments from our chapter members who participated in today’s class, so I’ll forward them to you as they come in. Again, thanks so much for a really great day. ~Mark
Speaking only for myself, I found Christine’s course to be well constructed, very practical and valuable, as it offered theories and techniques I’d never heard nor read elsewhere. I truly believe that, if I practice what we learned today, I’ll be a much better rider. We lucked-out as far as the weather. Aside from a slight drizzle in the mid-afternoon we had a pretty nice day – dry with mild temperatures. I’d appreciate participant feedback. If positive, we can begin to think about scheduling another intermediate course (in a couple months) for those unable to attend today. ~MM
I would second Mark’s comments. Christine and Michael were very informative and we did practical drills. I learned a few things that I believe will be helpful in my riding safety. It was worth the $75 bucks. We were lucky and the weather held out for the class.
Ditto that! Great technique info, and the woman is a firecracker, not a Firehock. What pleasure learning from someone who is not only knowledgeable, but genuinely enthusiastic. You can’t beat the location (NRHD) either…very convenient thanks to Jack. I would even consider taking the course again. Thanks also to Mark for coordinating this for us. That makes two valuable classes (ERC + CPR) I’ve had the opportunity to complete thanks to New Roc HOG! ~Evana
Mark, thanks for setting up the class, up it was well worth the time and money. ~Michael H.
As with most things in life, it’s what you learn after you know it all that count the most. Thank you Christine for a very informative and fun day. Do not miss the chance to take this course if the opportunity comes around again. Today’s rider course was a learning experience. New techniques can always be learned. Kudos to Christine for her interest, involvement, caring, and patience. P.S. Let’s also not forget her helpmate who stood in the shadows or was it in the rain? Thank you Michael. Way to go Mark, thanks for putting it together. Christine and hubby were excellent. ~John
It was a course with a great learning experience, not only what I learned but how Christine kept it all interesting. Thanks to Christine, Mike, Mark and Jack. ~Eddie
Hi Christine, (DVD Testimonial): Just to let you know I received your DVD & can advise that I have learned a lot from it although I still have a lot of practicing to do!! I never realized there were 3 ways to take corners – everytime when I go around the many roundabouts we have here in Scotland, I keep saying “Elvis Presley”! When my mum & I come to New York, we will be staying in Manhattan. How far is your school from there? Please could you also advise of any good motorcycle clothing shops around Manhattan (I have tried to find them on the Internet but I haven’t found any – to be honest, I am useless with the search engines). I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Annette – Internet supporter
Hi Christine, (Course Date: ARC 4/29/07 DCC) I was in the process of ordering replacement bobbins for the sliders on my bike and just could not wipe the grin off my face remembering yesterday’s class. Hands down it was the best money I ever spent! My wife had dropped by earlier in the day and took some pictures. There are 68 pics all in all. Of course they are not as “up close” as the ones you took. I can’t wait until you post them on your site! Thanks again for a great class! ~Regards, Alan Silverio
Hi Christine, (Course Date: ARC 4/29/07 DCC) My ARC day on April 29th was wonderful. I definitely feel a lot more robust on the bike, and went a long way to getting rid of some of the knots I’d developed after dropping on the track last year. Feel like I should do an ARC every month! Every year at least. And all you for everything. ~Angus – NYC
Hi Christine, (Course Date: After ARC @ DCC, April 22nd 2007) Subject: Body Position Drill Pics from Class. Just wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you for an AWESOME class. I’ve been promoting it to anyone who will listen. The class has planted seeds that I know will grow—I’ve been slowing trying to put it all together during my commute this week. What I really need is another parking lot. A bunch of us are talking about finding places to practice. I also wanted to share some pics with you that you might want to include on your site—it shows the body leaning drill we did outside in the parking lot. I think that’s worth showing such a “hands-on” feature of the clinic. The first couple are of me on my Monster. Tim McNeely ‘rides’ his Speed Triple. ~Cheers, Steve Russak
Hi Christine, (Course Date: After ARC @ DCC, April 22nd 2007) I had the pleasure to participate in the “ARC @ DCC” event this past Sunday. I would like to let you know that I enjoyed it a lot and – as you said I would – I was surprised by the improvements in my technique. I will be thinking about it, practicing if possible, and looking forward to both your Level 1 and – when available – Level 2 schools next season. I just ordered your DVD. I am hoping that it will be useful for myself and, even more so, for my brother whose riding mind is full of cobwebs… Best regards, Robert Walker – West Milford, NJ
Hi Christine, (Course Date: ARC 4/15/07 DCC) I think that last Sunday’s Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic was a great experience! In my daily riding, I think about and apply many of the techniques that were taught in the class such as trail braking, looking through the turn, and dropping to maximum lean angle to minimize the time being in the lean. In the class, I had some difficulty with the vision component, riding in circle and looking 90 degrees right or left. It took until the end of the class that I started to improve. Of course, all of these new techniques will take practice, practice, practice to master…and I’ll love every minute of it! I like the idea that it’s the “possibility” of achieving skills to the next level as opposed to having expectations with negative or positive outcomes. David, Mike, and you have great passion for teaching the class. I appreciated the good coaching when I needed it. Thank you for a great class. ~Sincerely, Jeffrey Litt
Ahhhh Christine, (Course Date: 10/2005 NY) My rule of thumb was ‘if we have, I can use it’ and that applied to all tools and vehicles…so when I bought my spouse a 2004 Fat Boy, that became my newest challenge -to become adept enough to ride that big Boy. After all, I drove a stick shift extended P/U, could trailer, launch and dock a boat, deliver babies, build a patio and so on and so on….BUT that MC, kicked my butt! Not allowing it to get the best of me, Christine was right there—positive, when I was clearly not, that I WOULD ride that Fat Boy down the street… Well after a few lessons on the lil’ 250ccs, I must say, the Harley was a bit more aggressive (good choice of words, huh?)…but I am proud to say that in my 49th year I became a LICENSED drive-1st time out, excelled in the NOW class, purchased my own Harley and have motivated a few others to feel the wind in their hair! Christine deserves 101% credit for keeping me on that bike—and everytime I ride, she’s with me in spirit (thank God). So when in doubt—keep your eyes focused on your destination—and you will surely get there! PS—that Fat Boy? Well, lets just say, I own two bikes now! Thanx Christine—–you are the BEST! ~Thanks, Susan — Beacon, NY
Hi Christine! (Sept 18, 2005 DCC, NY) The ARC was the first school where I dragged my knee. I’ve taken a total of six levels of training between 2 other schools. For me personally, the problem seemed to be related to throttle control. I learned to apply the throttle while leaned over. This required better body positioning on my part. Previous training didn’t focus on this…other instructors just wanted me to follow the “correct” line on the track. Thanks, Christine and staff, –Jim
Christine, (Course Date: Sept 18, 2005) Just wanted to thank you again for yesterday’s class. I really got a lot out of it. I know, I know, my ass is hanging off too much and my shoulders are all over the place but I’m 100% better than I was before the class. I’m excited to practice what I’ve learned and I’m sure eventually I’ll be able to come up and see you and make you proud. I do plan on taking another course, first thing in the spring. Please let me know when you have dates as I’d like to take the very first class available. Once again thank you. –Anthony
Hi Christine, (Course Date: Sept 18, 2005) Thank you for this past Sunday….I discovered that even though knee dragging isn’t my style of riding, I learned some new techniques –Jerry J.
Christine, (Course Date: Sept 18, 2005) Well, I am finally recovered from Sunday. Another thing I learned – later that night and in the morning – is how you need to be in great physical condition. I had sore muscles in places I didn’t know I had muscles. But I have learned, and will practice every time I’ve on either bike, the techniques I learned to be a more confident rider. Hope all goes well with the little Harley you’re carrying. Let me know when the blessed event occurs. See you at the NYC show in January. Regards, –Frank S.
Dear Christine, (Course Date: Sept 18, 2005) I wanted to thank you for the excellent course you put on this past Sunday. As you know I found out about it at the last minute and was thrilled to find out that you had room for one more. I have to tell you that I left the class exhausted (more mentally than physically) and more than a little humbled, but still anxious to work with the tools that you taught me. As I headed home up Salt Point Turnpike after class I encountered a nice little 30mph corner. Instead of my old “sweep through” technique, I trail braked, flopped the bike right over into full lean, hit the throttle, straightened up and shot out the other side. Wow!! Motorcycling for me has been changed forever – and in only one day. I know I probably did 7 out of the 10 steps wrong but the feeling was exhilarating. Thanks again to you and your team for opening my mind to a new way of riding. Your enthusiasm for motorcycling (and life in general) is absolutely infectious. Good luck with the new baby, –Tom F.
Hi Christine! (NY – ARC August 7, 2005) I must say that the Lee Parks course benefited me very much. Mostly because I do not panic any more when I occasionally feel I am entering a turn a little too fast. I have acquire a great deal of confidence and the knowledge that the “bike can do it”, all I have to do is apply the technique. I am still struggling with where I look though. That still needs some work. Thanks again to all. Regards, –Philippe
Hi Christine, (Course Date: 9/18/05) I am writing to once more thank you for the ARC course. I enjoyed the course and learned a lot. I appreciated the amount of energy you put into this session and I hope that all is well with you. I had an enjoyable ride back to Northern Ontario. It didn’t rain and the back roads that I took were near empty since cottage season appears to be over in Ontario. A few of us are going on a day trip tomorrow to see the colors. The trees here have changed color and we had a near frost a few days ago. The afternoons are still warm enough for riding but the mornings require a few layers. When I purchased the Kickstart video from you, I was told to email you and ask for some documentation. I don’t know that the video needs any documentation. It is clear and concise and gives even a seasoned veteran a few helpful hints. Everyone expects us to learn to ride a bike by osmosis. It’s a lot easier when you learn the tricks from your video. Again, I hope all is well. Take care of yourself and post a few pictures of the new addition on your website when it is time. Regards, Roy Kari
Hi Christine – Hope all is well with you. (Course Date: 8/07/05) I wanted to let you know that the lessons and exercises in the ARC you held are continuing to take my riding to another level. Twisty, curving roads strangely seem straighter now! I am always looking for fun roads to meander down and experiment with the techniques you taught. When I am riding in a group, I have to leave more room between me and the person in front as we approach the curves…it seems so many people feel the need to slam on their brakes as they enter the turns! I still happily show anyone interested my beautiful (and expensive) chrome HD foot-pegs ground down (both L and R sides!) into smaller, flat sided semi-circles!! Great stuff… ~Will M.
Dear Christine, I recently received your DVD and it was very helpful and easy for me to get it. I’m a 47 year old female who knew nothing about bikes and have been scared to death even after taking a safety course. I talk a lot with God while riding. He’s working with me to relax. But what I need to understand more is in your book. Is it out yet? If so please notify me. Thank you so much! ~Sincerely, Kim Kalis
Hi Christine, It was nice to meet you on Sunday at the Americade rally in Lake George. I appreciate you taking the time to speak with myself & my boyfriend, Tim. I really enjoyed the conversation. You got me excited about riding! Per your suggestion, I am emailing you to remind you to send me an autographed copy of excerpts from your book (my address is listed below). I look forward to its release in full and if possible, would welcome you letting me know when it will be available for purchase. In preparation for my Motorcycle safety course that I will be taking this weekend, I purchased and began to watch your instructional DVD. I am finding it most helpful; even Tim (who has been riding for 4 years) picked up a few tips from it! ~Patti Murray
Hey Christine… Once again you showed me things I thought was a lot harder to do. The Lee Parks Total Control course was such a fun experience and it gave me the extra kick in the ass to want to instruct for you and also race…One again thank you very much….I have been recommending your class and using your lines “If you think your hot shit, come out and show me what you’ve got”…You’re the best.. ~Phillip DiPinto
Dear Christine and Lee, Although I’ve been riding for 30+ years and have taken various motorcycle training courses, I found that I learned some new and valuable information and techniques at your ARC course. If anyone had told me I would be dragging a knee at the course (especially on my GPZ!), I would not have believed them. But lo and behold, as a result of Lee’s expert (yet highly understandable) classroom explanations on motorcycle dynamics, coupled with the well structured sequencing, excellent demos, and very creative static exercises of the skills involved, I have experienced a wonderful new technique for cornering my motorcycle. I also found Lee’s discussion of fear and attitude unique and extremely beneficial. Needless to say, I had to monitor my speed a little more closely on my way home, due to the fact that I was actually comfortable cornering at slightly faster speeds. And it was all due to Lee’s great curriculum and the supportive coaching and encouragement of Lee, yourself, Romey, and Bill. Thank you all for such a fun and enlightening time. You gave me a whole new meaning to “cornering”! I will be back for more! Tracktime, here I come! – Kath
Unbelievable! After riding the better part of my entire life, I finally discovered how to really turn a motorcycle. I must admit, around lunch time I wasn’t sure I would ever do it, but the supportive instruction I received, keep me trying. Now I keep hearing Lee Parks (of all people) say over and over in my head “You nailed those “transitions” that time Ed! The “transition” he was referring to, was when you wound quickly relocate the Center of Gravity (CoG) of your motorcycle, using the better part of your entire body (can you spell exercise?) as the counterweight, as do Matt Maladin and Miguel Duhamel each weekend. More fun than I’ve had on a MC in years!! Of course you didn’t have to be so “committed” to the turn, if you choose not to be. The choice was yours. Thanks Christine and Lee, for a wonderful day. ~Ed Busse
Its always a pleasure when you get more satisfaction than promised or expected… Your class does deliver lots. Lots of fun, lots of learning with great like-minded new friends , lots of action, lots of practice with instant expert advice, lots of new skills- so you stay safer even when you go faster. I think Lee Parks is a genius teacher. I wonder how many lives his ARC courses have saved. Thank you for a terrific day. One that I’ll remember with pleasure whenever I ride. ~Best Regards, Allen
Hi Christine, The class today was great! I had a great time and now I have a whole bunch of new things to practice 🙂 My bike felt so much better on the ride home and I can’t wait to get back out tomorrow! Thanks to all of you and I will definitely spread the good word about your school 🙂 ~Chris
Hi Lee, It’s me Geoffrey with the purple F2, I took your class this past Sun the 24th. I was finally able to go out today since Sun. and practice some more. And so after 30 mins I got both my knees down! First my right though 🙂 Could have never done it without your expert advice! I just learned to relax more and just to have faith that the bike can do it. Also I worked on my throttle control, so now it’s getting super steady with the slow roll on and off. I still need alot more practice though! Thanks again for all your help, I really appreciate it Lee. You’re the man!! Here’s a pic of my knee sliders with thanks : ) Also my first time riding in the rain today, unexpected downpour all of a sudden. Got soaked. It was alot of fun though and probably will do it some more with the warmer rain. I got cold quick. Thanks again for all your help Lee! I greatly appreciate it! Sincerely, Jeff
When I heard about the Lee Parks Total Control Advanced Rider Course, I was skeptical about how that would be of any value to me on my Harley Davidson RoadKing. I bought and read the book and decided I would give it a try. I couldn’t have been more wrong! The Course and the exercises allowed me to learn to trust my RoadKing’s ability as well as learn a whole lot about my own abilities in a safe, non-threatening environment. By the third exercise, my new 2005 RoadKing was cornering tighter than I imagined it could. The coaching and practice exercises were excellent and I would recommend this to any rider interested in learning something new that might make a difference out on the road one day. Thanks Chrissy, Lee, Mike, Romy, Bill and everyone else who participated in making this day fun and educational. Dick Granai
Hi Christine, I’m sitting here and watching Southern Steel when your e-mail came in. I was thinking about when the weather will be good to get out and ride. I watched your DVD and really enjoyed it. I watched it twice and picked up something different each time. I gave it to my sons to watch. When they’re done I’ll let you know what they think. I was very impressed by your style of teaching. You have a very natural style. Your mother must be a great teacher. Because it shows in you. My sons and I can’t wait to take your lessons. We’d like to get started right away. But the weather has been cold. Well, I’ll get back to you. Thanks for thinking of us. Be good. ~Joe
If you aren’t learning, you aren’t living. This is my official un-official motto, mantra, and probably the best words of wisdom I have to offer. Learning is living. Most people look at learning as something done in a classroom, sitting at a desk, taking notes, studying for tests, and making the grade. Twenty-three years of my life were spent in the classroom as a student, and yet that is hardly the sum and total of my learning. From the moment we are born our lives depend on the sacred art of learning. In fact, learning may be the most primal and essential tool for human survival. One of the most incomprehensible of mysteries of our being human is our ability to extract information by way of our senses and process them in an intelligible and useful manner. A generous gift, a sincere interest, a healthy dose of fear, natural curiosity, and an adventurous spirit all merged together to put me on the seat of a motorcycle last summer. Mike Kocan, my friend and proprietor of a motorcycle/coffee shop known as the Ground Hog in Wappingers Falls, NY gave me a gift. He and a number of patrons of his shop had secretly collected money to send a priest with a biker spirit to learn to ride a motorcycle. The event of being presented with the gift certificate was combined with the introduction of my riding instructor, was nothing short of an intervention. I met Christine that day and she assured me that not only would she teach me to ride, but that under her tutelage I would also be a licensed biker. The fear and excitement went through me. I couldn’t imagine possessing the confidence to ride down a highway, pass cars and trucks. Nor could I conceive of the day that I would pass my road test and be officially licensed. The first worry I had and voiced was my quick ability to get flustered and my fear that I would forget what the right and left hands and feet had to do. Would I be able to change gears and would I be able to stop with out propelling my lanky frame over the handlebars and into the rear window of the vehicle in front of me? There was also a considerable amount of anxiety based on the numerous (as many bikers in the world) of stories (everyone has one or more of them) about motorcycle related accidents, mishaps and deaths. From our initial meeting and through the course of our lessons, Christine spared no amount of caution and with great candor she affirmed my fears and even gave me other terrible things to consider as well, that I had never even imagined. But as in all life, one cannot just stop with fear. Fear must be conquered and one must move forward or no progress is possible. So I heeded the warnings well, trusted in my teacher and remained conscious that I needed to listen, learn, and ask plenty of questions. Step by step, Christine walked me through both the excitement of riding and the excruciatingly “mundane” aspects. Repetition, demonstration and seemingly endless preparation were the tools she employed, at times to the point of tedium. However, once the practice of these points was undertaken I saw that there was nothing trivial in the lessons. I credit Christine with my success, but in availing myself to these lessons I learned something about myself. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to master the skills I was learning. Learning to ride was an adventure, one that I will carry with my for the rest of my life. In the course of three months, so many valuable life lessons were reaffirmed such as: the value of exercising caution, evaluating risks, removing mental obstacles, having fun, and trusting in ones abilities. I also, experienced the liberation that comes from relying on another person’s expertise and experience. In conclusion, life is learning. Christine demonstrates that credo perfectly. Her teaching style demonstrates an understanding of the learning process. And the way she communicates that is not only in her skill as an instructor but in her zeal for living and sharing that enthusiasm with her students. Truly she is a great ambassador for the motorcycle community as well as anyone who has ever had a dream that they wish to achieve. ~Father Robert
Hi Chrissy, I wanted to share with you my experience with your mom. My husband, Ken, who has ridden for years tried to teach me how to ride a motorcycle. (I was 48 at the time). We went shopping and together we bought a used Honda TwinStar. Ken showed me the basics and we took off on the back roads in our area-potholes, bumps, no lines and curves. He tried very hard to teach me and even though he is a teacher he just knew riding “too well” to teach me. So many of the skills he has are so automatic that he couldn’t tell me how to do it. My last ride at that time ended up with my bike in a field on its side with the motor still running. I did get back on, rode home and promptly sold my bike and bought a dog with the money. After a year of sitting home and watching Ken take off every weekend with our friends to go for a ride I decided that was enough. I had heard about your mom, I called her and she set up some lessons for me. I would meet her (after a day of teaching 10 year olds) in the parking lot in Highland. She would bring the Rebel and I would practice and practice. She was an inspiration and so very patient. She had me going around in circles, braking; around cars and cones and even over the board she placed on the course. I can remember her having me do circles and saying “look at me” and you will make a perfect circle-she was right! Diane continually stressed safety and enjoyment. She made riding fun for me along with the realization that I had to be alert and respectful of the sport. I spent many months in parking lots practicing what she had taught me. I took my road test on the streets of Newburgh and was so proud when I passed. I am still riding today and have maintained that idea of fun and respect. I went on to join Lost Wheels MC and have served on the E-Board for most of the time I have been in the Club. I have been through many motorcycles. I finally have my dream bike-a H-D Low Rider. Most of all I enjoy riding so much and I feel it’s because of Diane’s positive attitude and her way of teaching. I’m just one of Diane’s many students but when I see her I feel like I’m seeing an old friend. ~Pat MacGregor, Lost Wheels MC
Pat has just been nominated the second female president of the Lost Wheels MC Club following Diana’s legacy. Congratulations Pat, we are so proud of you.
Chrissy, Please tell your Mom she has been an inspiration to me since I choose to join the “MC Community” in 1990. Before that I would have never dreamed I would be a president, but knowing she took the chance, I felt it was my responsibility to try. Please let her know that I also was watching when she was instructing my wife Denise on her riding skills. I have, since that time, made a decision to attempt to become a certified MSF instructor, once I retire from my current (24/7) job. She just looked like she was having so much fun sharing her knowledge with her students, how can I resist to allow myself to join in on that joy. By the way, I became a CPR instructor just to see if I could instruct, and enjoyed a moderate amount of success doing it for about 10 years, and love to ride. So I just wanted her to know how inspirational she was in my life. In addition, I know Denise benefited in her personal style of instruction, and now has a Low Boy she tools around on. I do believe she has your Mom to thank, at least in part of that, as she helped Denise gain the confidence and skills necessary to enjoy what has now grown beyond a 15 year history riding, which pretty much began with your Mom teaching her (after I failed miserably at my early attempts). Please tell your Mom we both wish her the best, and feel she is certainly qualified for the MSF Award. Should they decide to choose her or not is almost immaterial, as the real award she earned are the students that we see all over the Hudson Valley carrying on her tradition of enjoying the ride. Please also add Denise’s name to the nomination list. All the best, Denise & Ed Busse
Hello Diane, I am honored to be included in such a wonderful testimony to an incredible woman. Please include my name on the inspiring letter to California my RiderCoach # is 112071 from Selden, NY I’m glad I got to meet your Mom at Gary’s wedding. She’s a lovely gal, I’m sorry to hear that she’s so ill. If you have some kind of affair to honor your mother please let me know, as I would be honored to attend. You’re are a dynamite instructor, and if mama taught you, she must have really been some kind of knock your socks off teacher in her heyday. All the best to you and Mike. When I hit the knees at bedtime, I’ll include your Mom in my prayers. God Bless Diana. Fondly, Charlie
Hi Honey, I love you. That was so incredibly touching and inspirational. Your mom is such an AMAZING, GROUND BREAKING, LOVING PERSON.AND I AM SO HONORED TO NOT ONLY KNOW HER, BUT ALSO TO CALL HER MY LOVING AUNT DIANE!! I love her so much, and am so proud of her. It’s amazing to see all of that on paper. And to realize that I remember the beginning with all the classes downstairs in your house in Stormville! It’s been 20 years. Wow. I would be honored to be included on the list, however I know I don’t have any credentials in the field. But if you want to put me in as an honored, loving family member. That would be great! I completely would love to be a part of the nomination. So it is up to you. On Sunday, I never left Gina’s till late. I helped her pack some more, and then Jimmy came over with Mike, and Mike cooked us dinner. I am sorry I never got over to visit you. But I will be down soon. Your book is AMAZING! I will be in the first line to buy it!! YOU are an inspiration. And are the perfect person with all the passion of your mom and dad combined to carry on the family business tradition! I will see you soon. Give Amber a kiss for me! Chat soon. LOVE, Dawn