ProRider aims to provide a challenging, fun and safe learning environment that will allow participants to enhance their riding experience by developing rock solid confidence on the road and gaining ultimate control of their ride.
A little about ProRider
Thank you for visiting ProRider Pittsburgh's website and taking a few minutes to learn more about ProRider. Throughout the website, you can read up on the classes that we offer and the people that make things happen, but on this page I want to provide you with the background on how ProRider "came to be."
After realizing the value gained by police officers who complete motor school, we began looking at the motorcycle training options available to civilians and were disappointed to learn that there weren't many. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation does a great job of providing basic training to beginners and intermediate/refresher training to experienced riders. However, there was no training available that was comparable to the advanced skills taught in police courses. There is nothing secretive about these skills- nothing that is going to compromise officer safety if learned by the public- they simply aren't incorporated into any civilian classes.
Upon realizing that there was huge opportunity to bring advanced skills to civilian riders, we began talking to a number of police motorcycle officers and other instructors and obtaining feedback and ideas. There was overwhelming support for the idea of creating a civilian riding course that is truly modeled from police motorcycle exercises and techniques- and not just the slow-speed work, but the crash avoidance street skills as well.
With the collaboration and input from other motor officer instructors, we developed a challenging, fun, and rewarding course option for experienced riders that want to take their riding abilities to a new level: Advanced Riders Course, Precision and Control Course, and the Defensive Riding Course are all included in our eight hour class.
Classes kicked off at the Philadelphia PA and Chattanooga TN training sites in the fall of 2013, and has expanded to 21 locations across the country. We are further expanding to several new training sites in 2018. Each Training Site is independently licensed and operated, but meets a rigorous approval process and conforms to the high standards established by ProRider.
While each Training Site and every instructor brings their own personal flare and touch to the learning process, every affiliate of ProRider is committed to providing an exceptional training experience and giving riders the tools and confidence they need to develop their maximum riding potential.
Come ride with us in an upcoming ProRider class!
Owner / Lead Instructor BJ McMullan
President & CEO of ProRider Motorcycle Training. U.S. ARMY Veteran. I am currently employed as a full-time Police Motor Officer/ Motor Instructor and I ride with my police motor unit 8 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our unit installs sidecars to our Harleys during the harsh Pittsburgh winters. I ride in rain, snow, ice and temps below zero. I have even battled the blizzard of 2010 on my Police Harley.
I have been a police officer for 24 years. I graduated Police Motor School in 2006. I then graduated IPTM University of North Florida Police Motor Instructor School in 2012.
In addition to the 80 hour Police Motorcycle certification course that I teach to police officers and medics in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, I also re-certify them in a 40 hour training course each year. I have certified and re-certified hundreds of Motor Officers and Motor Medics since becoming a motor instructor. I also teach additional training throughout the year including a sidecar training course and updates.
In my “not so” free time, I am also a certified Krav Maga Instructor. I have a passion for teaching and possess the ability to train anyone that desires to learn.
I have won several awards, including “Overall Winner” while competing in police motorcycle rodeos across the country.
I currently own a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and love to ride off-duty because clearly, eight hours a day is not enough for me. I have been married for over 23 years with one son who truly takes after his dad and loves motorcycles, Cole is a big help at the ProRider training site. You will see my wife at class with her camera taking pictures for all the students, capturing great memories from probably the best time that you will ever experience on two wheels.
During my career as a police officer, I have seen numerous motorcycle accidents by both experienced and inexperienced riders. Not only being at the accidents but, observing riders who lack total control, confidence during low speed maneuvers and turn negotiation always made me wish that I could pass on and teach my techniques to civilian motorcycle riders. ProRider makes that possible.
Instructor Sean Pindel
U.S. ARMY Veteran. A Police officer since 1987. Assigned to the traffic motor unit in 1999. Attended University of North Florida (IPTM) Motor Instructor School in 2001. In 2015 attended and passed Fairfax County Police motor instructor school. During his years as a motor instructor he has instructed all neighboring police departments and also across the state to the local department in and around York, Pa. He has also taught departments such as U.S. Secret Service, Cumberland, MD. And Youngstown, Oh. Attended and trained with many other police departments across the country as far as Texas, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina. His love for motorcycles goes outside work. He also owns his own personal Harley and has traveled around the country on it. In addition he is an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Instructor which trains police officers in emergency driving operations of Police vehicles. He Graduated Indiana University (IUP), Emergency Vehicle Drivers Instructor course in 2005.
Instructor Jim Miles
A Police Officer since 1993. Transferred to the motor unit in 1995. Was certified as a Police Motor Instructor by IPTM University of North Florida Motor Instructor School in 2003. Promoted to Sgt in 2011. Trained numerous motorcycle police and medics in the greater Pittsburgh area and many outside jurisdictions including Motor Officers from the Secret Service. Competed in many police motorcycle rodeos across the country winning several awards. Retired February 2015 but still enjoys teaching with ProRider Pittsburgh.
Instructor Jeff Vesci
Paramedic since 1989 and Master Diver with River Rescue since 2000 Graduated Pittsburgh Police Motor School 2009. He graduated Northwestern University Police Motor Instructor School in 2012 and then graduated Fairfax County Motor Instructor School in 2015. Jeff has competed in Police Motorcycle Skill Competitions throughout the country winning both novice and expert divisions in Class 1 windshield.