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Welcome to Motorcycle Riding Concepts

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You need to be able to react to unexpected hazards that might affect your ride. You must perceive the existence of a hazard that threatens you and evaluate or predict how it might affect you. Then you must decide the best course of action to avoid the conflict. Finally, you must execute the maneuver that gives you the best chance to avoid or minimize the conflict.

As you might imagine, this all takes time. And, it takes space. Make sure you have the time and space you need to stay safe.

advanced motorcycle training

Are You Ready to Ride?

Maintaining your riding skills is an ongoing endeavor. What better way to keep your skills at a high level than an eight-hour riding clinic developed just for experienced, seasoned riders. Read about our Advanced Skills Course or if you have six minutes to spare watch our highlight reels video.

We offer Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Motorcycle Rider Training - ALL YEAR LONG. You may also be interested in an Individual ("Private") session at any level as well.

As you can see, we offer a lot of training. If you aren't sure what training is right for you, take a look at our new Skills vs. Training page.

The Basic Rider Course has a new format!
As of May 1st

Five hours of self-paced online study followed by 11 hours of riding over two mornings or two afternoons.
Follow this link to learn more - Basic Rider Course eP1x11

Need your Virginia Class "M2" Endorsement or DC Class "M"?
Take our
Basic RiderCourseSM

Want to learn to ride a Scooter? MRC has Scooters! Take our Basic RiderCourse on a scooter if you need a license. You may also request a Scooter for our Headstart and Seat Time courses or any Individual lesson.

Are you looking for that perfect gift for that perfect person?

Do you want to give a really exciting and memorable gift? Give your perfect person a gift certificate that can be applied toward an exciting motorcycle training class. We have courses at all levels: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. We even offer Individual (that's private) courses at all levels. Just decide on the amount for the certificate and click here to start the process. Need some help deciding? No problem. Just give us a call at 703.491.9102 and we'll help you.


Whatever level you are, our years of experience and proven techniques are not about getting you to pass the course. Much more importantly, it's a passion and mission to give you the tools to evolve into a better and more skillful rider. We are not about the easy way. We are about the right way-the safe way. People are talking about our skills, our curriculum, our high standards, and how we stand out. We stand out because of HOW we teach, that comes from who we are.


We are motorcycle police officers, military and professional instructors with a wealth of motorcycle training experience. We have competed professionally and taught motorcycling skills across the country and abroad. We are passionate and committed to riding excellence!

“They delivered 100% from start to finish. They were upbeat and energetic and made it a fun experience. I was so impressed with how truly invested they were in our success; our achievements were their achievements. I was equally impressed with their commitment to motorcycle safety, not only with us, but in their daily life. I knew I was in good hands.”

Audrey W.

Meet Our Team...

Motorcycle Riding Concepts is committed to rider education and motorcycling excellence. Our training cadre is top-notch - the cream of the crop. Each of these training professionals has successfully completed rigorous training courses to achieve qualification and certification as a Coach/Instructor and each must be re-certified every year.

Below are brief bios and photos of our cadre. We invite (encourage) you to read through these posts to discover the depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise represented.


Harry Avila is a lifelong motorcyclist having bought his first motorcycle (a surplus Harley-Davidson from the California Highway Patrol) at age 17 and has been riding ever since. Prior to becoming a Rider Coach, he was a Certified Flight Instructor and believes that learning proper riding skills is even more important than learning how to fly. Harry is a U.S. Army veteran and year-round rider who enjoys long-distance motorcycle trips. He brings years of teaching experience to those just learning to ride or veteran riders who want to improve their skills.

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Ron Bennett has been a rider coach since 2001 in Pennsylvania until he and his wife Yolanda moved to Virginia in 2012 where he continues coaching. Ron is a retired officer from the University of Pittsburgh Police Department after 32 years. Duties included plainclothes, investigations, motor officer, SERT, and community relations. Ron received many awards during this time including Officer of the Year, and Medal of Bravery for First Responder of a critical incident. Ron enjoys family events, roller skating (4 wheels), fishing, jazz, and old-school music. Also, a member of "Buffalo Soldiers M/C of Pittsburgh" where he is known as "Zoom".

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Kristin Cawley began riding dirt trails at 6 years of age, as well as on the gas tanks of her mother and father's motorcycles. Her enthusiasm for motorcycling has continued with her daughter Gracelynn who has a Honda 50 and who is being taught how to ride at the age of 4. Kristin began teaching the Basic Rider Course in 2006, she has continued her love for riding and teaching others the art of motorcycling throughout various avenues in the motorcycling fields such as 2 wheels, 3 wheels, scooters, experienced and advanced courses. Outside of work Kristin loves to be with her family on the farm near Smith Mountain Lake, she loves to cook with her daughter, volunteers yearly at the Farm Aid Concert, goes to the beach and lake as much as possible with Gracelynn. Kristin and Gracelynn love hot rods and kustom kemps, often times driving their cars to attend car shows around the country.

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Gretchen's path to coaching began as a student in the Basic Rider Course. it was love at first ride. Motorcycling went from bucket list aspiration to personal passion overnight. As a former data analyst, Gretchen is most drawn to the balance of mental acuity and strategy with the physical exhilaration motorcycling delivers.

With two little(ish) ones at home, safety is not just a professional duty, it is a personal priority. Her goal as a coach is to build your confidence so you can experience all the freedom, adventure, and joy motorcycling has to offer.

When she's not joy-riding with her husband, Gretchen enjoys bootcamp, freelance consulting, and family dog piles where the two dogs always seem to end up on top.

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Wayne Donahue has been riding since he was a teenager. He loves to ride and tinker on machines of all kinds. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, family man and friend to many. He is also a sports enthusiast of all kinds and spent 14 years as a member of a stock car racing team. Wayne has been a Rider Coach since 2010 and enjoys sharing his knowledge with new riders.

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Stan started riding while he was in the Navy in 1975. Rode for about 10 years then took a long break. In 2015 he started riding again and enjoys getting out on 2 wheels as often as possible all year long. Stan is enthusiastic about teaching others in the skills and strategies of safely riding in the D.C. area. Stan is an active member and former officer in the Northern Virginia Christian Riders, a chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He also spends weekends in the summer supporting the racing community as part of the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Club (MARRC). He is a Corner Worker helping to keep the motorcycle races moving safely.

Stan has other hobbies to include 30 years as a Sound Designer in some of the Community Theaters of the area, and is the technical lead (sound, lights and, recently added, broadcast video) at his church in Burke. He also is working as a statistician for the Burgundy & Gold (formerly the Redskins) and has done that for the last 20 years.

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Sadly, we lost Ed early in 2022. He was a dear friend and a fine coach. He will be missed.

Ed Levine has been riding motorcycles for over 45 years. He also was a firefighter in his earlier years, (Fireman of the year in Vienna 1979), a pilot at age 17 and has a CDL in Virginia with all endorsements. If it drives, floats or flies, most likely, Ed can operate it.

Ed currently rides a Triumph Rocket III Classic with 2300cc and rides almost every day. He comes to MRC to share his passion for riding and "life behind bars" with both new and experienced riders alike. He volunteers some of his time riding escorts for law enforcement events and for veterans in the Patriot Guard. When he is not on his bike, you might catch him on location with his drone as he is also a commercial drone pilot. 

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John Murphy brings over 45 years and 500,000 miles of riding experience and a true passion for sharing his love of riding to our program.  John and his wife Sharon have ridden cross country 2 times and have only 2 States, Washington and Oregon to check off of their ridden in the lower 48 checklist.  Some of John’s past endeavors include coaching baseball at the High School and American Legion Level for over 20 years, accumulating over 200 dives as an Advanced Scuba Diver, and attaining a Commercial Pilot’s License with over 2000 total hours of flight time.  He and his wife Sharon recently celebrated their 42nd Wedding Anniversary.  John is a Past Director of the Fairfax Harley Owners Group, a Chapter of 600 or so motorcyclists whose motto is “Let’s Ride and Have Fun”.   When not coaching now John enjoys spending time with his wife and visiting many of the local Wineries, as well as heading out on 2 wheels to ride the great roads and scenic areas around the region.

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 Mark was a Founding Partner of MRC and served as its President. It is with great sadness that we announced the sudden death of Mark Payton on January 27th, 2011. Mark had a passion not only for riding but for safety and he was one of the lead instructors with MRC. We continue to emphasize his passions in our teaching as a legacy that Mark has left with MRC. The prestigious "MTG" (Mark the Good) award is given to our standout riders in each class in his honor. 


Todd's journey with motorcycles began in college when he purchased a Kawasaki LTD 250.  Eventually, the bike was sold, and responsibilities of family and career took over.  Then in 2020, Todd decided it was time to get back on two wheels.  He took the Basic Rider Course (BRC) through MRC and bought a new Triumph Street Twin.  To continue learning and sharpening his skills, in 2021 he took the Intermediate Rider Course during which he was offered the amazing opportunity to become a certified MSF Rider Coach.  The timing was perfect as Todd was about to achieve his longtime goal of early retirement from a long career in IT sales.  Todd is a firm believer in the concept of motorcycling as "serious fun" and is passionate about riding with a safety mindset to minimize the inherent risks of riding.  Outside of motorcycles, Todd enjoys the beach, hiking with his dog Roxy, spending time with his daughters, and always learning something new.

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Mick started riding in the summer of 65. His first two-wheeled ride was a 1956 Lambretta scooter with three gears. And first gear didn't work. His first MC was a 450 Ducati Scrambler while stationed in Naples Italy. His current ride is a 2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200s with 186,000 miles. And counting.

Mick started his 22-year Navy career as a musician which morphed into becoming a sound technician, stage light tech, and stage manager for the U.S. Navy Band in DC. He extended his talents to his church praise band.

Mick is a year-round rider and has been coaching since 2006. He's conducted novice, intermediate and advanced classes and is very big on riding safely, responsibly, and with courtesy. He truly enjoys teaching, having fun with students, helping them get to their "next level" and especially enjoys the "Aha" moments.

Mick's three grown kids and two grandkids keep his life active.

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Mo Smith has been riding motorcycles since she was a little kid. She bought her first motorcycle in 1977, a Kawasaki 90, and has owned and ridden ever since. Currently, Mo rides a 2006 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic. Mo is passionate about motorcycling and bringing that experience to all riders, but new riders in particular. She has been a Rider Coach since 2005. When not helping to fulfill the dream of motorcycling you can find Mo teaching math to high school students! Mo is actively involved in the local HOG Chapter and has held executive positions there for several years.

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Jeffrey Thompson is the CEO/General Manager and a Partner for Motorcycle Riding Concepts. Jeff is a retired Police Sergeant from a large suburban Washington DC police department. Jeff has owned, built, and operated motorcycles both on and off-road for over 45 years, of which 30 years was with the police department. Jeff rode as a Motor Officer and Supervisor for 12 years and has been a certified Motorcycle Instructor since 1988. Jeff incorporates his 12 years as a Crash Reconstruction Detective and Supervisor in his overall approach to dynamic motorcycle training. Jeff has won many competition honors both locally and nationally. Additionally, Jeff has had the opportunity to instruct students from across the USA and abroad. Jeff is passionate and dedicated to the pursuit of riding excellence for all riders. 

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Karl Thompson has fond memories of growing up around motorcycles and riding as a passenger with his father. He now takes opportunities to ride alongside his father, other family members, and friends, creating new memories.  Karl is enthusiastic about riding and teaching. His goal is to impart the skills to be good riders but more importantly, the passion to celebrate the lifestyle. 

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Tim Touzinsky retired from the US Army after 30 years of service.  Tim first became a Rider Coach in 2009 while serving overseas, working with Soldiers to help them develop and improve their riding skills. Tim has a wealth of experience both as a rider and instructor.  He has been riding since 1983 and is passionate about motorcycling and loves the satisfaction you get when you are able to work with new riders.

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Don Withrow is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner of Motorcycle Riding Concepts. Don rode a motorcycle for the first time when he was just 12 years old. He bought his first motorcycle (a 125cc Allstate) at age 14 with the money he earned mowing lawns and doing odd jobs. Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for 20 years spending six years in overseas assignments including two years in Vietnam. Working with riders, young and old, to develop and hone their riding skills is a passion for Don. He has been teaching students to ride motorcycles safely since 2001 including novice, intermediate and experienced riders. 

Don's passion outside of riding motorcycles and teaching students to ride motorcycles is Washington Redskins football. Although he has been mostly disappointed with the team since 1993, he's still an avid fan and goes to as many games as he can.

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Richard Yuras started riding over 40 years ago on a Honda CS65 Sport. His passion for riding has grown and so has the size of his motorcycles. He enjoys riding year-round on his 2012 Heritage Softail.  Richard enjoyed a 38-year career in the fire and rescue service.  He was a member of an international urban search and rescue task force that deployed to Haiti and Japan to assist with earthquake rescue operations. The opportunity to introduce others to the fun and excitement of riding and riding safely is all part of his motorcycling passion.  Being a rider coach is a privilege and a responsibility that he takes very seriously.  

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