Meet the Sprocketz Experts

Our Expert, John, on his 2024 Honda CRF450R racing motocross

John

I have been involved with motorcycles for the majority of my life. I started riding motocross at fifteen years old, and began racing shortly after. I raced the local circuit for many years and currently I am introducing my sons to motocross. Working at Sprocketz gives me the opportunity to help riders with quality and safe gear selections along with riding tips and techniques. On the weekends you can find me at the races or practicing with friends and family.

Current Ride: 2024 Honda CRF450R

Top 5 Gear Picks: Shoei VFX-Evo, Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots, Atlas Neck Brace, Renthal, Dunlop

Our Expert, Brian, fist-bumping his young son while both pose on blue dirt bikes

Brian

I’ve been riding for over 20 years and working in the powersports industry since 2005. I enjoy both street and dirt riding and started racing off-road/MX back in 2006. My highly competitive nature and lack of technical riding ability has allowed me to personally crash test a plethora of motorcycle gear. Four years of my career were spent as a helmet and apparel specialist at Tucker Distributing working directly with companies like Arai, 100%, Answer racing, Cardo and more.

Current Ride: 2023.5 Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition

Top Gear Picks: Cardo Packtalk Edge, Arai Corsair-X, Fox Dirtpaw Gloves, 100% Armega Goggles, Maxima SC1, Quad Lock phone mounts

Our Expert, Mike, on his 2023 Honda CRF450R riding the motocross track in full gear

Mike

My name is Mike, I’ve been riding since I was around 2 years old and haven’t stopped. I raced locally for District 13 for about 10 years and now I open ride every weekend and race occasionally. I picked up my new 450 around Christmas of 2024 and it is by far my favorite bike I have ridden.

Current Ride: 2023 Honda CRF450R

Top Gear Picks: Shoei VFX EVO, Arai VX-Pro4, SIDI Crossfire 3 SRS, Atlas Air Lite Neck Brace, 100% Armega Goggles, Dunlop MX34, Motul Oil & Lubricants, Liquid Performance Cycle Wash

Our Expert, Caleb, on his 2022 Honda Africa Twin riding through a creek in the woods

Caleb

Riding motorcycles is core to who I am. I’ve been riding dirt bikes since before I can remember and you better believe I’ve been on the street from the moment I could get my license. For the past 2 years I’ve been riding in all conditions, everyday. From frosty 8 degree January mornings to scorching 105 degree Richmond Augusts, I stay out there. At Sprocketz I love helping people find the gear they need to make their riding as enjoyable as possible, no matter the conditions.

Current Ride: 2022 Africa Twin

Top Gear Picks: Arai Contour-X, Icon Mesh AF, Alpinestars J-Cult, Quad Lock Vibration Damper, Stop and Go Tire Pocket Air Compressor

Our Expert, Ross, posing with one of his customized bikes under a tree

Ross

What's good everybody, I’m Ross. I’ve only been riding for a couple years now, but bikes have always been a part of me. I got my love of choppers from easyrider magazines and Ghost-Rider as a kid and the bug hasn't left. I’ve owned all kinds of bikes and have chopped and modded most of them myself, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon…Low and slow baby

Current Ride: Bored out 1996 Sportster 883

Top Gear Picks: Arai Signet-X (all black), Alpinestars Nucleon Plasma Back Protector, Noru Doro Gloves, Dowco Weatherall Plus Cover

Our Expert, Ricky, in full street gear on a black sportbike

Ricky

I first rode dirt at the age of 4 and continued into street at the age of 16. Road raced in California at Chuckwalla Raceway in the supersport series for three years before entering the industry and have been in VA for 4 months. I’ve always idolized American GP racers such as Nicky Hayden, Josh Herrin and Kyle Wyman.

Current Ride: None at the moment, but name a sport bike I haven’t rode…

Top Gear Picks: Shoei RF-1400, Alpinestars GP Plus V4 RK, Alpinestars SP8 V3

Our Expert, Gray, posing with his cat

Grayson "Gray"

I grew up watching my dad work on motorcycles and mopeds, and finally got into riding few years ago. I started working in the motorcycle industry in 2019 as a service writer, then switched over to apparel here at Sprocketz in 2021, and now handle most of the online orders and maintain the website.

Current Ride: no bike as of yet but plan on getting a Triumph Bonneville in the future

Top Gear Picks: Shoei RF-1400, ICON Mesh AF Jacket, Alpinestars SMX-1 Air V2 Glove, Noru Full Cool Gear, Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 Airbag Vest