Among the millions of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world, there are always a few die-hards that help the growth of the moto community. These individuals do so by hosting track days, opening up motorcycle shops, teaching new riders, and hosting events for anybody interested in becoming a better rider – or racer, as is sometimes the case.
Meet Rich Ellis, owner of Ellis Speedshop. Modern-day superheroes like Ellis help pass on knowledge to the next generation of racers, get a track bike ready for the next race, or build someone’s dream motorcycle from the days of blue smokes and 2-strokes.
Today we talk about Rich Ellis, what he has accomplished throughout his years on planet earth and his plans for the future.
So sit back, grab your beverage of choice, and join me as we discover one of Canada’s (we stole him from the UK) uncles of road racing.
Who is Rich Ellis?
Born and raised in York, England, Rich spent his time growing up ripping through fields on dirt bikes and getting into whatever he could to get his adrenaline pumping. He spent his childhood idolizing racers like Barry Sheene and Joey Dunlop before getting his bike license at 17.
It wasn’t long before he found himself doing track days at Cadwell Park – a track now known to host the British Superbike Championship every August.
When Rich wasn’t on a motorcycle, nothing felt the same. He found the stresses of life put a toll on him until he was back in the saddle of a bike, and it didn’t take him long before he knew that motorcycling was ‘in his blood’.
Even though Rich’s passion stemmed from the chunky bikes of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s (and he stills shows love to his 2-stroke RD350 LC), …read more