One Weekend, Every Weekend

We AD MATCH & take off $10!

*Enroll ONLINE to learn & license in 15 hours!
Courses start on either Thurs OR Fri, 4PM - 9PM,
then ride Sat & Sun 7:30AM-12:30PM OR 12:30PM-5:30PM.
Pass the course & no further endorsement testing necessary.

Cost: $240 (ride at 7:30AM Group) or $220 (ride at 12:30PM Group)

Bike, Equip. & Tests Included*

About the Staff...

Don Orton

Founder and President of RideSmart, has over 35 years of riding experience. He is retired Air Force, with over 22 years in service. He received his official training and certification through the US Air Force, and has been teaching the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's courses within the Air Force and private sector since 1981. A graduate of Park University, he resides in Surprise with his wife and two children.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation awarded Don the Arizona RiderCoach of the Year in 2002.

"It is not WHAT you ride but THAT you ride!"

Angela Orton

Angela Orton - Vice President, co-founder, and RiderCoach, is in charge of all marketing, communication and administrative matters. Angela is the newest RiderCoach in the team and is greatly concerned with issues facing motorcycle riders, and the progress being made by the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council, the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. This is the person who you would most likely encounter when enrolling. She has been a valley resident since 1977, and has had a passion for motorcycles and quads since she was 7 years old. Angela currently resides in Surprise, with her husband and two children.

"I put on a helmet and I am 18 years old again."

James Mathews

Don't let the confused look fool you - James Mathews, Rider Coach, definitely knows what he's doing. He has been with us since January of 2004. A previous student at RideSmart, his passion for motorcycle riding motivated him into becoming a Rider Coach. That passion, combined with his enthusiasm and natural ability, make him a vital part to our team. James comes from a family of riders, and motorcycle racers. By day he is an appliance repairman. On weekends he puts on his "Super Instructor" uniform and becomes one of the stars of RideSmart. James currently resides in Surprise, with his wife Stefanie and their six children.

"Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."


Erik Gagnon

Erik Gagnon, Rider Coach & Motorcycle Afficionado. Erik has had a life long passion for anything on wheels. In addition to his love of all things motorcycle, he restores old vehicles, including his award winning Ford Mustang. Erik has been an instructor for numerous years, having received top-notch training through the US Air Force. Years ago, he's solely taught military personnel how to ride. Now he teaches anybody that has the passion to learn. He is known for his fun teaching style, delivering a quality education with a kind hand and quick wit. Erik resides in Surprise, Arizona with his wife Dawn and two daughters.


Dave Ryan

Dave Ryan, Rider Coach and long time active member of the American Motorcycle Association that fights to protect the rights and freedoms of all motorcycle riders. Dave has been an avid motorcycle rider for over 30 years and has years of experience riding both dirt bikes and street bikes. He has ridden everything from 50cc dirt bikes and mopeds all the way up to a V8 powered Boss Hoss. If it has two wheels and an engine Dave has probably owned it or at least ridden it. When Dave is not riding motorcycles he can usually be found rebuilding old motorcycles, building custom one off bicycles, fabricating something which usually has wheels or out on a trail somewhere mountain biking.

"There are two types of people in this world, people who ride motorcycles and people who wish they could ride motorcycles."


Caroline Ryan

Caroline Ryan, Rider Coach comes to us all the way from Ireland and has worked and lived in the United States since 1993. Caroline has worked in the motorcycle industry for several years. She has a huge passion for everything motorcycles and is also an active member of the American Motorcycle Association, which helps to promote motorcycle racing and rider safety and also protects motorcycle riders rights and freedoms. Caroline started riding motorcycles back in Ireland and has owned everything from a 250 Kawasaki Ninja and a Harley Davidson Sportster, to a Suzuki Burgman 650 and a Triumph Bonneville. When Caroline is not out enjoying motorcycling she can usually be found practicing hot yoga, working on arts and crafts projects or out conducting retail therapy.

"It's about smiles per hour, not miles per hour."


Danny Urbanek

Danny Urbanek, our youngest RiderCoach that lives, breaths and sleeps motorcycles. Like the other RiderCoaches at RideSmart, Danny is professionally trained by some of the best Chiefs at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, graduating with the highest recommendations in the field. Danny is a second-generation RiderCoach, having been a range-rat while his father taught the MSF course for many, many years. Born in Illinois, Danny now lives in Mesa. His positive, encouraging manner delivers a top-notch curricula with a gentile, motivating hand. He’s a natural teacher and makes learning fun. His pastimes include riding, and looking older than he actually is. He rides a 1990 Harley Fat Boy.

"Ride like you're invisible and spend the time riding trying to be seen. It's a lot more fun!"