I get the question over and over again - how did I get into working on motorcycles and specifically Victory's? Well, it’s kind of a long story, so here we go. I started playing with engines as early as I can remember. Hot-wiring my dad’s riding lawnmower just so I had something to drive around. I remember one time that I pulled the exhaust off and put a straight pipe stack on it - needless to say my dad wasn't very happy when he came home from work.
I decided I wanted to go to a vocational high school which had a small engine program. So I transferred in 10th grade and went to Chariho High School, which had a small engine program. My teacher was Mr. Gibboin's. We got along great, and one thing lead to another, and with his encouragement I entered in the VICA competitions - taking 1st place in Rhode Island and 13th in the country for small engine repair. Following this, Ohio Technical College offered me a full scholarship to their small engine program. I accepted, and moved to Cleveland for the full time, 9-month program. While there I took several OPE certification tests, and was certified in 2-stroke engines, 4-stroke engines, electrical, and compact diesel. I graduated in 2002 as valedictorian of my class.
After a few months back in RI, Bill Przylucki, owner of Advanced Automotive, a Polaris/Victory dealership, offered me a position which I gladly accepted. After a year with AA, I moved on to New England Cycle Works, a Honda/Kawasaki dealership. However, Bill from the Victory dealership continued pursuing me and after some convincing, I returned to work for him. It was a tough bargain, but this turned out to be the best decision of my life.
Not too long after I was back at AA, I bought my first Victory - a 2006 Victory Vegas Jackpot, yellow with the extreme graphics. Before I even got the bike I also bought the S&S 106 stroker kit that had just came out - one of the very first ones to buy it. This was when I was first recommended to Lloyd at Lloydz Motorworkz. I ended up buying a set of his 10.5/1 compression pistons to install when I did the stroker kit. With 300 miles on the odometer I pulled my bike into the shop and started pulling it apart. I worked late that night and by the next afternoon my Jackpot was a 106 stroker with Lloydz pistons. This is where my addiction started.
Over the next few years I worked at the dealership, and also worked roughly 5 hours a night for myself. During this time I built quite a few motors with Lloydz products and also played with my own. It wasn’t until later, in Epping NH, at New England Dragway, that I finally met Lloyd himself. Didn't get to talk to him much, it was crazy busy. I ran a 11.34 on the Jackpot - not too bad considering I had never been on a drag stripe in my life.
The next time I met up with Lloyd, in Laconia NH, he put my bike on the dyno for the first time. Just like he had said, my bike was way out of tune. He had me install a pc3 in the parking lot and gave me all the tools to do it. What a huge difference! Never knew a tune could do that!
A few months later, Lloyd mentioned he was selling his mobile dyno setup. He must have read the look on my face, and it only took me a few days to realize that it was something I wanted to do. A month later I went to Pinebush NY, for a few weeks of training on the dyno, and took it home. I trained on it over the next few months working on my own and friends bikes. I have a lot of people to thank along the way, but especially Lloyd of Lloydz MotorWorkz for the opportunities and help he has given me.
My first bike event was Daytona 2012 spring rally. This was the start of a great year and when I realized I had really found my passion. Working on Victory's, making them perform at their best, and most important of it all, being able to make owners extremely happy with their bikes. Throughout these past few years we have been all over the country, and are looking forward to this season and many more to come!