Marketing & Photojournalist
Although I was only 13 when my family moved from Austria to the States and started RoadRUNNER, it was only a matter of time before I’d be in the saddle as well. At the age of 14, I finally convinced my parents I could ride. A 3-day riding course in Austria, and
many motorcycle weekends with the family, Christian, Christa, and my brother Manuel, gave me the skills and confidence for solo riding. My dad was the best teacher while on the road: I followed his lines through the curves, watched his hand signals indicating which gear I should be in, and got a great feel for the pace.
A year later I bought a red ’95 Honda VFR 750 with the loudest D&D pipe I’ve ever heard. It was so cool! Recently, I acquired a KTM 450 EXC which I use for trail riding as much as time allows. Camping trips on the KTM and lots of twisties on whatever is in the garage are on top of my priority list these days. Since its inception, I’ve been actively involved with RoadRUNNER magazine. As with any family business, my fingers touch virtually every area. Beside the “boring” office work, I got to test all kinds of motorcycles and products, and basically grew up in a motorcycle travel environment. I started riding and traveling early – the enthusiasm of my parents was contagious.
I earned a degree in Marketing from UNCG, and I have countless years of photojournalism under my belt.
As for my best motorcycle road, I’d say it depends on which bike I’m riding. And as for my preference in bikes, I definitely like adventure bikes because of the up-right seating position and the versatility. The Austrian-made KTM is my personal favorite, of course. But as long as a motorcycle gets me around safely and comfortably, I’m not too picky.