05 May

Matthew Richard

“I got to ride my first motorcycle at the ripe old age of 10.  My friend Craig had moved into my subdivision and was the son of a potato farmer (I grew up on Prince Edward Island)…Craig had multiple dirt bikes and a lot of space to ride them in.  When he would visit his dad and I got to go, we’d spend days riding…I was hooked.  Unfortunately, no matter how much I asked, a motorcycle was not something my parents were willing to let me have. Eventually (when I was 15), I took the Canada Safety Council motor cycle course and by working part time after school, it enabled me to buy my first bike = a 1983 Honda CM450E. When I was 16, I got my driver’s license and my bike license at the same time and I put just over 10,000KM on it in the first month.  Now just over 25 years later, I’m lucky if I can do 5000KM in a season, but I still love to ride.”