get to know Sheldon
My name is Sheldon, and I have been riding for about 16 years. I have about 250,000 plus miles on motorcycles in the last eight years. Most of the 250,000-plus miles on motorcycles were weaving in and out of traffic daily due to being a motor officer. Accelerating at high rates of speed and stopping quickly was a big part of my day. I was working patrol while going in and out of traffic daily to catch up with speeding motorists and other violators. I was a motor officer for a Southern California police department for 15.5 years. I had to retire from the department due to multiple injuries on the job. I am also a California Motorcycle Safety Instructor for the basic and intermediate riding courses. I take a minimum of 3-4 additional training courses a year to continue improving myself as a rider and an instructor. I have put in 1000's hours to my riding training to help improve my riding skills and to hopefully help other riders reach new levels in their own riding.
A big thing I saw in the Antelope Valley is a lack of more advanced training. The classes I am teaching are to help you become a safer and more aware rider.
As a police officer, I saw many motorcycle accidents where riders have been injured or killed due to a lack of experience. I decided to start this school because I want to try and reduce the number of motorcycle accidents.
If you take one of my classes, you can turn the certificate into the insurance company, and most insurance companies will give you up to 10% off your insurance. You may spend a little money now, but you could save hundreds of dollars on your insurance a year.
There are four different courses that you can take at Prorider Antelope Valley:
Precision and Control Course (4 Hours)
Defensive Riding Course (4 Hours)
Advanced Skills Course (8 Hours)
Advanced Skills Course Level 2 (2 Day Course)
I am also available for private lessons if you are not ready for these courses.
Currently, I am not getting enough interest in the precision and control of Defensive Riding. Please let me know if you are interested in a 4-hour class instead of the 8-hour one. I will put on one of the four-hour classes if I can find at least four riders.
I am limiting the size of the classes to 6 riders instead of 12. Limiting the size of the courses gives riders more opportunities to practice and train.
Advanced riding courses have been proven to reduce your chance of being hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident by up to 60%.
If you want to book a whole class with friends or family, please email me, and I can get your group a discount.
what motivates me?
In 2007, I took an MSF course and thought I knew how to ride. I thought that until I rode my motorcycle off the road. Luckily I didn't get hurt. At that moment, I realized I had much more training to do, or I would get myself hurt or killed.
I would ride on and off for years. I have owned several different types of bikes.
In 2015, I started training to become a motor officer. I knew that motor officer schools had a 60% failure rate. I spent an hour a day, five days a week, training for almost a year before I went to motor school. I passed the motor school and have been on a motor ever since. I love riding motorcycles, and when I can put work and motorcycles together, It's a dream come true.
When I started learning the low-speed skills of a motor officer, I realized that my riding all around got better. Learning how to use my clutch and throttle effectively made me a faster and better rider no matter what I did.
In August of 2017, I was in a severe motorcycle accident on duty. I broke my femur at the knee, had severe road rash in several areas, and dislocated my shoulder. It took me ten months to recover, including two surgeries and nine months of physical therapy. I had to relearn how to walk again. I always thought that if I were involved in a bad motorcycle accident, it would dissuade me from ever riding again. It had the opposite effect on me. I would gauge how well I was doing if I could reach the foot pegs on a motorcycle again and put my hands on the handlebars.
Every time I get on a motorcycle, I train. I will continue to challenge myself and take different classes on and off the road to make myself a better rider.