Topics of Expertise: Motorcycles, ATVs, Automobiles, Mopeds, Scooters, UTVs
Years in Expertise: Amateur 40+ Years, Professional 27+ Years
Number of Products & Number of Hours Tested: 500+ products, 50,000+ hours
Education & Certifications
Education: “Some College” Communications, Santa Monica College
Years of Writing: 25+
Certifications: Basic Rider Course, ASS (US Special Forces), California Superbike School
Awards/Recognitions: Launch Editor of ATV Rider, Quad, and Baggers
Previous Publications: Motorcycle.com, Hot Rod Bikes, ATV Rider, Baggers, Street Chopper, Motorcycle Cruiser, MotorCyclist, Cycle News, Hot Bike, Dealer News, UTV Sports
A Word from Billy Bartels
I grew up around motorcycles. I started riding them off-road at age four, riding ATVs at nine, and street motorcycles at 22. When I discovered that I could combine my love of motorcycles and motorcycle culture with an actual career, I never looked back.
At 25 I was hired away from my parents’ motorcycle dealer by Motorcycle.com to help with web design. I swiftly transitioned to writing and photography. When my boss threatened to move me back to web production, I left for Hot Rod Bikes and print journalism.
My personal interests include Adventure, Computers, Culture, and Community Building.