Gray grew up riding motocross on 65cc and 85cc and finished his riding days on a 250cc. Still a passionate fan of SX and MX he has attended many AMA Nationals, FIM Grand Prix, and Supercross events. His favorite bike is the Kawasaki KX500.
Having been raised in the highlands of Des Moines Iowa riding horseback in constant search of his next meal, the transfer to riding motorcycles was almost seamless for Joe. Once the fiery passion for two wheels had taken hold of Joe’s heart he couldn’t have enough. He ventured out of Iowa on a constant adventure for the next great motorcycle. Starting with a small Honda Trail 70 he quickly began trading and bartering through different motorcycles. In the early 2000’s he found himself stranded in the Arizona desert on his Bridgestone Hurricane thinking that his grand adventure had finally come to an abrupt close due to an unexpected encounter with a road sign that ironically reads “Attentive Driving is Safe Driving”. Luckily he was rescued by a kind stranger who helped him make repairs and get back on the road. Joe finally ended his journey in Minnesota where he settled down and started a family naming his first-born after that kind stranger who saved him from desert years prior. You can now find Joe riding year-round on his ample Road King encouraging others to experience the true joy of motorcycle riding.
Landis has been working on motorcycles for six years and is starting his first year with Simply Ride. He graduated from North Dakota state college of science with an associate's degree in recreational engine technology in 2009. In his time off he enjoys spending time with his 5-year-old daughter Josephine and working on his 1978 KZ650. Landis is also a huge Minnesota Wild fan.
Alex grew up around gearheads, American muscle cars, and his father’s 2004 Kawasaki Z1000 as a kid. As soon as he turned 16 he bought his first muscle car and quickly realized that being on 2 wheels was more enjoyable so when he turned 18 in high school he bought his first bike; a 1979 Kawasaki KZ650 and is currently customizing and tweaking the bike. You can find Alex riding his new S1000R, working on old school bikes, or fishing with his friends.
The name is James. I grew up riding dirt bikes and snowmobiles. I graduated from Columbia Heights High School in 2006. Right after that I moved to Phoenix, AZ, and went to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, and graduated in the fall of 2008. There I had received factory motorcycle training on Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and BMW.
Devon has enjoyed being on two wheels for as long as he can remember. An avid bicyclist most of his life, he has spent the past decade getting his hands dirty working on motorcycles. In 2017 he graduated from Hennepin Technical College with a Marine, Motorsport, and Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Associate in Applied Science Degree. After a brief stint at a Harley Davidson dealership, Devon worked for four years as the lead technician at a Honda dealership before joining the team at Simply Ride.
Austin started working with us in the summer of 2020. He started as our detailer and our new Yamaha Setup Technician. Since starting, he is continuing to grow into a Service Technician role. He has been riding since he was 17, starting on an F4i. Since he's owned a Triumph Speed Triple, a YZ250F supermoto, and now currently a FZ10. He thinks his next bike will be an adventure bike, eyeing the likes of a R1200GS or similar. You can find him here at the shop, or at home working on his and friends bikes in his garage.
Some say, he is Joe Farber’s illegitimate brother. Others say he was put to work here due to his outstanding taco balance. All we know is, we call him J and he is still looking for his red stapler…..
Blown in by a mighty winter storm Erin stumbled into the front doors of Simply Ride and landed into a seat at the service counter. While working along side Joe and J she is currently studying at Hennepin Technical College studying to become a Service Technician. But for the time being she must learn the secrets of the Service Writing universe. In her free time you can find her working on her side project bikes or riding her 2002 Suzuki SV650.