Chris Cope, Director of RideApart
Chris is an American currently residing in Britain. The story of how that happened is long and involves a number of questionable decisions, such as his becoming fluent in Welsh and getting a masters degree in creative writing. A fourth-generation journalist and fifth-generation Texan, he is imbued with an elaborate laziness and fondness for storytelling.
Chris first earned his motorcycle endorsement shortly before graduating high school in Minnesota, but did not start riding regularly until he moved to the United Kingdom more than a decade later. He is a fan of every style and genre of motorcycle, but those to which he gravitates most are bikes best suited to long-distance riding: e.g., adventure-tourers, sport-tourers, and just plain old tourers.
Married to an Englishwoman, he lives in a crumbling 130-year-old home in the seaside town of Penarth, Wales. He is the author of two books: The Way Forward and Cwrw Am Ddim (the latter of which is written in Welsh).
Laura is an avid rider, racer, writer, and fitness enthusiast living in San Jose, CA. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, she obtained her degree in journalism at Louisiana State University. After graduating in 2009, she stayed far away from anything adventurous or spontaneous, and instead she began working full-time.
Fortunately, Laura unearthed her love for two wheels in the summer of 2011. After riding on the back of a friend’s Triumph Daytona, she immediately obtained her motorcycle endorsement, purchased a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja, and moved out West to seek a more audacious life and career.
Laura is currently a professional content marketing copy editor, writer and content coordinator at a security and storage company in Silicon Valley. She is also an editor-at large for RideApart, having worked for the site for a little over a year. The majority of her writing is focused on the female rider; however, she also writes lists, reviews, motorcycle news, and how-tos.
She owns four motorcycles: a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250, a 2015 Yamaha FZ-09, a 2006 Suzuki DRZ 125, and a 1981 Honda CB750. They also all have names: Santiago, Sebastio, Francisco, and Hal.
Bruce Speedman, Sportbike Editor
Originally from a small town outside of Seattle, WA, Bruce Speedman began riding motorcycles at a young age through the woods, pastures and trails of the Pacific Northwest. This early attraction to the sport was probably due to his father’s lifetime enthusiasm for motorcycles who started riding at the age of 16 when he got his driver’s license and his parents insisted that “cars were too dangerous”. Bruce raced motocross through junior high and high school before becoming interested in streetbikes.
At the age of 17, he bought a 1997 Honda CBR600F3 and instantly fell in love with sportbikes, deepening his enthusiasm for the world of motorcycling.
At the age of 18, Bruce participated in his first trackday and began his road racing career. Moving through the ranks from Amateur to Expert to Pro, he has raced with many organizations throughout the US. Bruce currently resides in Los Angeles so his home track is Willow Springs in southern California, but some of his favorite racing circuits are Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, High Plains Raceway in Colorado and Sonoma Raceway in northern California. For over 12 years, Bruce dialed in his riding techniques, mechanical skills and familiarity with the modern-day sportbike.
By working with many top titles in the motorcycle journalism industry, Bruce has had the chance to ride and thoroughly test nearly every sportbike on the market which has developed an excellent frame of reference when reviewing products and communicating his impressions with readers.
Commuter extraordinaire, Sasha Rojas is geared up and out on her bike—rain or shine—most every day of the week. With only a few years of street experience under her belt, she tells everyone she’s probably still in the honeymoon phase with motorcycles. Few believe her.
Lets face it; riding over 300 miles AND doing flat track school for the first time in one day may be crossing from infatuation to obsession. Present an opportunity to ride some canyons, clock in track time, or get closed-course instruction, and there’s a good chance she’ll take the bait. Tell her you’re rebuilding a carb, bleeding out brakes, or changing tires, and she’s liable to ask if she can learn or lend a hand.
Much of motorcycling is still novel for this relative newbie, who’s always looking to grow and help others avoid her own mistakes, both in and out of the saddle. Just don’t expect her to do it with a straight face. Sasha is frequently caught making sound effects (like airplane noises) and singing in her helmet at intersections. This goofball is currently fumbling her way through building a Ninja 250 into her dedicated track bike, which she one day hopes to race. When she isn’t working or riding, she’s often writing or reading at some way-point on the road.
Bryan “Woody” Wood
Bryan's motorcycling career began a stone’s throw from where the American Revolution began in Lexington, MA. He wisely bought a 1968 Honda CL450 instead of paying his last month’s rent on a place he was moving out of anyway.
After riding for 4 seasons in Boston, it was traded for a 1972 CB750 in much worse condition, and, naturally, a cross country tour ensued. Once in L.A. he worked as a motorcycle courier for years, destroying many a good bike. In 1999, he entered the legendary Elsinore Grand Prix on a stripped down 1970 CL450, both literally and figuratively getting dirt in his blood.
He’d be the first one to admit he’s not a very good off-road rider, but takes comfort in the fact that he always beats all the people standing on the sidelines thinking about doing it, but not entering.
If you have a weird old bike to ride, or a new and oddball competition to enter, drop him a line and he will likely say yes (if he has any bikes running). Woody is also the guy who famously built a Japanese motorcycle gang style Bosozoku custom bike to the Deus Bike Build off in 2015 and won 4th place. Future plans involve a SOHC CB750 based flat track bike, and a street legal Honda CR480. Above is one of the few pictures of Woody, taken at the finish line of the Elsinore Grand Prix in 2004.