Rider magazine is a motorcycle publication written by, and for, passionate motorcycle riders. Launched in 1974, for more than four decades Rider has been dedicated to delivering comprehensive road tests, touring stories, product evaluations, technical features and award-winning editorial to enthusiasts who use their motorcycles for travel, recreation and commuting, who enjoy motorcycle rallies and clubs, who repair and restore motorcycles, and who love to ride motorcycles in any form. The Rider editorial team is made up of award-winning journalists with vast, hands-on knowledge and, collectively, over 150 years of experience. Read more about the Rider editors and contributors in their personal bios below.
Editor-in-Chief, Rider Magazine
Mark has been the Editor of Rider since 1989 and on staff since 1984. He started riding motorcycles at age 9, first in the dirt and later (when the state would allow it) on the street, where he now spends most of his time. Mark dreamed of working at a motorcycle magazine and studied English, journalism and motorcycle mechanics in college with the hope of someday landing a staff position when he became older and wiser. Rider preferred he start at age 24, however, and get his training on the job. Mark is a Charter Life member of the American Motorcyclist Association, and received its first Excellence in Media award in 2004. In addition to scheduling and editing the monthly magazine’s content and managing its staff and contributors, Tuttle has written hundreds of feature stories and motorcycle road tests, tour reviews, buyers guides and editorial columns, and in the past has authored the magazine’s Tech Q&A column and technical features. He is a regular Featured Speaker at the country’s largest annual all-brand motorcycle rally, and has ridden motorcycles extensively abroad as well as in 46 states in the USA. When he’s not riding, solo or with his wife Genie, Mark enjoys working on his small collection of motorcycles, photography, hanging out with son Alex, and camping, particularly by motorcycle. He is currently planning a trip that will take in the best roads in Hawaii, Oregon, Nebraska and North Dakota, though not necessarily in that order.
Senior Editor, Rider Magazine
Greg became Rider‘s Road Test Editor in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Editor in 2015. In addition to traveling around the world to attend motorcycle press launches and other events, he stays busy with road tests, product reviews, photo shoots, special projects and co-managing Rider‘s e-newsletter, website and social media outlets. Greg helped launch and serves as the Editor for Rider‘s digital publication Favorite Rides & Destinations. He hasn’t always lived the glamorous, over-worked, under-paid life of a motojournalist. Greg is a refugee from university research and teaching, corporate number-crunching and small business ownership. It took 19 residential moves, 7 states, 5 career changes, 3 universities and a major hurricane to get him where he is today. When he’s not riding or writing, he and his wife Carrie enjoy camping, hiking and exploring throughout California and beyond.
Managing Editor, Rider Magazine
If Managing Editor Jenny Smith looks familiar to you, it may be because you’ve run into her at a show or rally from her days as Marketing Director for Twisted Throttle, or perhaps because you’ve taken an off-road riding course at RawHyde Adventures, where she handled marketing and dealer development. Jenny is a passionate rider, with more than 17 years of street, sport, and adventure riding under her belt. From her first motorcycle, a 1986 Yamaha Fazer purchased in secret against her parents’ wishes (sorry, mom!), to the latest do-it-all adventure bike she’s riding today, Jenny is happiest when she’s on two wheels.
Contributor, Rider Magazine
Clement first got behind the handlebars at age 15, and has been riding ever since. A million miles went under his butt years ago. He rode a BMW R75/5 around the world in the 1970s, and has motorcycled through some 70 countries on six continents. He writes the popular Road Tales and Retrospective columns in each issue of Rider, as well as regular tour stories, road tests and other dispatches from his travels far and wide. Rarely seen without his trademark beret, Clem is also the author of several books, including 101 Road Tales (a best-of collection of his popular column) Motorcycle Journeys Through California & Baja and No Thru Road.
Contributor, Rider Magazine
Eric pens the monthly Riding Well rider skills column for Rider and was awarded the American Motorcyclist Association’s Outstanding Road Rider award for 2013. He has been an active motorcyclist since his first solo jaunt on a Honda Z50 Mini-Trail in the orchard behind his grandfather’s motorcycle shop in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He spent many years riding trails on anything he could swing his leg over that came into the shop on trade. Upon graduating high school he also graduated to road riding and the first of a long and diverse line of street bikes. Through the years, Eric concentrated on building his riding skills to become a better and safer rider. He was recruited into the Motorcycle Safety Foundation program as an instructor/RiderCoach. After several years with MSF, Eric began assisting Larry Grodsky with his Stayin’ Safe on-street training tours, a program Trow now proudly operates. When not working with other riders, Eric enjoys riding and wrenching on his vintage motorcycles or heading for distant back roads with his wife Amy.
Contributor, Rider Magazine
A mild-mannered software engineer by day, Arden’s real passions are two wheel travel and the outdoors. Riding and camping harmonize exquisitely on a dual-sport, as he found on his first moto-camping trip at age 16. But he’s not a motorcycle snob. In fact, he’ll ride–and enjoy–most anything on two wheels. Some bikes suit him better than others, but they all provide the same wind-in-your-face whoopee that he’s associated with motorcycling since he pestered his dad into buying a bike before Arden could legally operate one. Growing up, he rode with the kids in his neighborhood and their friends. Today, he still rides with several of them. Riding motorcycles brings them together and has kept them together for decades now. And every time they talk, the subject turns to…well, you know.