Blog for Harley High Performance Tuning,
I have started this blog to share my experience and love of high performance motorcycles and the tuning of them.
With this blog, I want discuss engine theory, tuning (carb and EFI) high-performance parts, and more. But also some fun rides, different motorcycles, motorcycle people, questions from readers, and maybe even Electric Motorcycles. After all, I am the west coast tech for Project LiveWire.
I was raised by a mechanic. I always say my dad never tossed me a ball, but he showed me how to time a V-8 before I was 10. He wasn’t into motorcycles but my mechanic skills and Love of working on things come from him.
In the mid-80s, I went to tech School. The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Phoenix. MMI was a different school back then. Seats in the Harley program were very limited; it took more than good grades to get in. You had to be one of the top students in your class. Upon graduating from Harley, half of the limited number of people we started with were gone: dropped out or kicked out. Some of the techs at graduation did not receive certificates of graduating but instead received certificates of completion.
I graduated top of my class in February 1986. I’m proud of this more than ever. Today at MMI, they run 10 times the students through the HD program, and way over 90% of them graduate. I’m not trying to take away anything from any MMI graduates or students, or the school. I feel they have a great program; if you apply yourself, you can learn a ton there. Unfortunately, due to modern discrimination laws, you can do (learn) a minimal amount and still graduate.
Besides motorcycles I love all things mechanical, especially vehicles. I have owned/built/modified several 4×4 trucks/SUVs, including several Jeep vehicles.
I’m a private pilot with single engine Land and Sea Plane ratings. I can fly boats! I love flying, so don’t be surprised to read some airplane stuff here now and then. Like my friend, Gene, an engine head flowing guru, always used tell me, “Air flow is air flow. Whether it’s through a port or over wing, it’s the same thing. Velocity is key.” Beside being my “go to” guy for all head work knowledge, Gene taught me how to use a Dyno in the early 90s. I worked with gene at MMI in Phoenix. (He taught the advanced high performance clinic, and I was a Harley-Davidson instructor.)
I first played with Harley EFI on an aftermarket system on an EVO in 1993. The great relationship I have with the Harley-Davidson University started back then. During my last few years at MMI, I ran the Harley-Davidson PHD dealer update training.
Several of my Harley instructor colleagues went to work for Harley-Davidson Motor Co. at the service school. At that time, it was run by the guy that was my Harley instructor in the 80s. It’s a small industry!
In 1997 I left MMI and went to work for Dynojet. Being the main H-D guy at the time for Dynojet, I got to work pretty closely with my friends at Harley helping with their Dynamometers. Working at Dynojet put my high performance learning in overdrive and introduced me to some great people in the motorcycle industry.
For the past several years I have been self-employed, running my own business, working contract jobs for Harley, Dynojet and a few others.
Currently I’m running the Super Tuner Training program, and I’m the West Coast Tech for Harley’s Electric Motorcycle LiveWire.
For more about my professional qualifications, go here.
Until next time.