THE TEAM – Tour Guides and Staff
We are the OLDEST MOTORCYCLE TOUR COMPANY IN THE USA, since 1993. We are not the largest, fanciest, or most corporate tour company; we are a tight group of friends who love taking you on tour and making new friends from all over the world. Ride Free is a Fully Insured Tour Company.
When Wil is not on tour, he is running his Classic Car and Motorcycle Hot Rod Shop and Dealership Sakowski Motors. He finds cars and motorcycles then ships them to people Worldwide. He is also a mechanic prepping our fleet of Ride Free Motorcycles and Classic Car Rentals. Sakowski Motors builds and repairs classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, and customs. “I go on tour and am part of RIDE FREE and Sakowski Motors because I love the adventure and meeting incredible people from around the world, and being part of making people’s dreams come true. It is an honor and privilege for someone to trust us with their adventure or classic car.”
Erin runs the accounting and finances now, and used to help lead the tours back in the day with Wil and Erik. She has ridden all over the USA by motorcycle on the tours, and traveled every nook of the country by Classic Car and Airstream Trailer. Her longest trip exploring the country in one stretch was a 4 1/2 month 18,000 mile adventure per 1964 Buick Convertible and vintage 1962 Airstream with her sister. She has also been known to drive around on a vintage Vespa back in the day. Erin has used for many years a 1950 Ford to commute on the Los Angeles freeways as her daily driver and family car.
It gives me great pleasure to be a working member of the Ride Free team. I was born and raised in Southern California near the ocean. In my younger days I was a surfer and scuba diver. The California waters were my paradise. I started riding motorcycles when I was 17, loving the feel of the wind rushing through my hair (which I still have after all these years) and the feel of being free and alive while cruising the roads. My first motorcycle was a Honda 250 Scrambler which I bought in Hawaii and shipped back to the mainland. I continue to enjoy the open road on my Yamaha V-Star 1100 having done many trips up and down the State of California.
Andy is a retired California firefighter and captain of 29 years. He has been happily married for 26 years and has 3 boys. Since retiring from being a firefighter, he has become a local handyman in his community. He enjoys fitness and being fit (carried from high school and college football days) by utilizing the gym and mountain biking. He also enjoys backpacking, camping, golfing, boating, ATVs and traveling adventures. He has owned motorcycles throughout his life. His first mode of transportation was a Honda CB350 and his most recent a Kawasaki KLR 650. He has also owned a Honda CB750, a Honda Shadow 650, a Honda Goldwing Aspencade, and a Honda VTX 1800.
Bobby (sunglasses) is one of Wil’s oldest friends. They make a great team on the road. He has lived both on the east coast and in Los Angeles, commuting by bike on the LA Freeways. He has explored the USA by classic car as well as motorcycle. Bobby has also had many classic cars as his only daily transportation. A 1955 Chevy Bel Air and a 1959 Chevy Apache truck. He enjoys riding motorcycles, photography, being a musician, and painting. Bobby owns and runs the Sol Cooper Art Gallery. But he also restores old buildings, and used to play rugby. Bobby is a great guy to spend time with on the side of the road. You always have a nice time hanging out with Bobby. A ride free rider favorite.
picture is in Newfoundland when Jeff was coming home from doing the Trans-Labrador Highway. It is the longest unpaved route in North America at over 500 miles. Runs from near Quebec, up thru Labrador, and down to Newfoundland. Jeff is one of Bobby’s good riding friends, so it was only natural that he joined our adventures. Jeff is a life-long traveler, which started shortly after he was born in Munich, Germany. Throughout his military career he and his wife have ridden and explored the world, wherever they lived. He is retired now, but still traveling and finding new places to share with fellow riders.
Karl loves vintage air cooled BMW motorcycles having owned at least 13, and has traveled America in vintage Airstream trailers. He drove coast to coast across American in a classic 1950 Chevy pickup truck, and still owns a classic truck. He has also known Wil and Erin for around 20 years. After being ensconced in a photo studio for over a decade in NYC and over a decade in Virginia creating photographs of “things” …. jewelry, cosmetics, food, there came a time when Karl Steinbrenner had an epiphany.
Sam is a California native that has been riding motorcycles around California and the USA for 41 years. He has been a professional tour guide for over 5 years. He is also a professional motorcycle trainer, specializing in serious off road adventure riding. He owns his own business which allows him a flexible schedule to go on our adventures with us. When he is not at work or home with his wife of 20 years and 3 kids; he can be found riding dirt bikes over the mountains during snow storms, blasting across the desert a half day’s ride from the nearest road, or flying radio control airplanes. Or, he can be found enjoying his favorite Stella beer after a long day’s ride.
Atwood met Wil surfing and had worked in reservations in the past at Ride Free, as well as a tour van driver. He is currently a van driver for Ride Free. The picture to the left was taken on one of our Sturgis Motorcycle Tours we did after Atwood scaled the cliff to the top of the Bear Tooth Highway. He has had a 1963 Oldsmobile, and drives around on his Harley bobber in his spare time.
Check out what some of the Ride Free Alumni have to say about their experiences on the road in our Testimonials.
Nathan Peach ( Overseal, Derbyshire, United Kingdom ) Just recently completed a Ride Free organised tour of Northern California, me and my buddy hatched an idea to go... read more
- Andrew H
Wil and Erin at Ride Free organised our whole trip along route 66 then the coast road to San Francisco. A self guided driving tour we did with our friends.... read more
What a fantastic trip. My friend and I spent 2 years discussing this trip and eventually settled on the fantastic team at Ride Free. What quickly convinced us... read more
"The Greatest Trip of my life!"
Hello Wil and Erin. Just a short note to thank you for the ‘BEST VACATION EVER’. Both Brian and Andy were exceptionally professional and it is fair to say that that trip would not have been as good without the professional and friendly banter between the group and the guides. They were well able to cater for the differences in the group and this aided the holiday. The locations, lodgings and roads traveled matched and, sometimes, exceeded our expectations. On at least two occasions the accommodations were part of our dreams. ( Log cabin on a lake ) Read More