Author Gary LaPlante has 40-plus years experience riding and racing a wide variety of motorcycles as well as teaching others how to do so. He achieved several Arizona state trials championships before becoming nationally ranked in 1976 while riding for Kawasaki. Kawasaki subsequently hired Gary to work in R&D as a test rider and mechanic. Gary stays fit and currently maintains his trails and desert-racing skills at a vetexpert level. Gary founded MotoVentures in 1998. He lives in Southern California.