Having been raised in the highlands of Des Moines Iowa riding horse back in constant search of his next meal, the transfer to riding motorcycles was almost seamless for Joe. Once the fiery passion for two wheels had taken hold of Joe’s heart he couldn’t have enough. He ventured out of Iowa on a constant adventure for the next great motorcycle. Starting with a small Honda Trail 70 he quickly began trading and bartering through different motorcycles. In the early 2000’s he found himself stranded in the Arizona desert on his Bridgestone Hurricane thinking that his grand adventure had finally come to an abrupt close due to an unexpected encounter with a road sign that ironically read “Attentive Driving is Safe Driving”. Luckily he was rescued by a kind stranger who helped him make repairs and get back on the road. Joe finally ended his journey in Minnesota where he settled down and started a family naming his first born after that kind stranger who saved him from desert years prior. You can now find Joe riding year round on his ample Road King encouraging others to experience the true joy of motorcycle riding.
Matt began riding and working on motorcycles with his father at the age of 5 – on a 1970 Honda QA50. He currently owns 10 motorcycles. One of his babies: a 1972 Honda CB100 with 341 original miles! Matt grew up in the industry – his father was a certified Honda mechanic and a former CRA racer, and an avid drag racer. He started his own shop in Hopkins in 2004: Full Power Cycle. He sold his shop in 2007 and joined Simply Street Bikes in 2008. Matt got to fulfill a lifelong dream in 2010 by participating in the Skip Barber Super Bike School at Laguna Seca! When Matt’s not at work, you’ll find him in his garage at home working on his own projects.
Alex’s love for motorcycles stems all the way back to being a child and riding on the back of his uncles GL1500. Alex started with Simply Street Bikes working as a technician which supplied him with in-depth knowledge of repairing most varieties of motorcycles. Since becoming a service writer with SSB at the end of 2013, Alex has strived to make sure that every guest gets the premier experience that SSB provides. When your motorcycle is with us for service Alex wants to be sure that your motorcycle is given the correct work so that you can ride safely down the road. Having been a part of the Simply Street Bikes family for a while now Alex’s appreciation for a variety of motorcycles has grown. Alex has been the proud owner of Hondas, Triumphs, Harley Davidsons, and Ducatis and is always looking for the next fun motorcycle to ride. You can currently see him ripping the side streets on his Honda Grom or the freeway with his Triumph Thruxton.
Alex grew up around gearheads, American muscle cars and his father’s 2004 Kawasaki Z1000 as a kid. As soon as he turned 16 he bought his first muscle car and quickly realized that being on 2 wheels was more enjoyable so when he turned 18 in high school he bought his first bike; a 1979 Kawasaki KZ650 and is currently customizing and tweaking the bike. You can find Alex riding his new S1000R, working on old school bikes or fishing with his friends.
Calvin is enjoying his third year as a Motorsports technician. He attended Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando Florida and after completing multiple dealer programs returned to Minnesota. He spent his first year at a local multi-line dealer but then made the move to SSB due to their passion and diverse inventory. Ready and eager to learn everything about the industry he looks forward to the upcoming season.
Landis has been working on motorcycles for six years and is starting his first year with simply street bikes. He graduated from North Dakota state college if science with an associates degree in recreational engine technology in 2009. In his time off he enjoys spending time with his 5-year-old daughter Josephine and working on his 1978 KZ650. Landis is also a huge Minnesota Wild fan.
The name is James. I grew up riding dirt bikes and snowmobiles. I graduated from Columbia Heights High School in 2006. Right after that I moved to Phoenix, AZ and went to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and graduated in the fall of 2008. There I had received factory motorcycle training on Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and BMW.
Started Again 03/20/18 (First Stint; 2016)
Randy's interest in motorcycles comes from getting a ride on his much older, less good-looking brother on his '86 Ninja 600. Ever since those days, Randy has pined for his own bike. The first bike he had was an '01 Kawasaki ZX6R, which unfortunately met its demise a few years back when it came to blows with Bambi. Nowadays you'll catch him cruising around on his '03 Honda RC51 and on really special days, his wife's Indian Scout. He's an avid motorcycle enthusiast and spends much of his free time working on his own bikes at home, including his very own '86 Ninja 600. He's worked at multiple dealerships, and has a ton of experience with the Victory and Indian brands.
Ben grew up riding dirt bikes at his cabin where he enjoyed racing around. He is now on a Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Iron because it has a huge aftermarket world. In addition to motorcycles, tattoos, old trucks and cars are his other passions. Ben is discovering that there is never a dull moment working at Simply Street Bikes. He is all about learning new things and at SSB he is learning more and more every day.