About Ken Condon

Ken Condon

It’s smart to know who you are about to share a ride with, so let me introduce myself. My name is Ken Condon and I’m a motorcycling junkie. For over 40 years I have been a commuter, tourer, off-road rider, track day instructor, road racer, drag racer, and plain old street rider who enjoys riding with friends and family.

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I am author of two books,  Riding in the Zone and Motorcycling the Right Way. My writing can also be seen previously in Motorcyclist Magazine and in Motorcycle Consumer News (before print died).

I was lead instructor for Tony’s Track Days for 24 years, and currently operate  “Riding in the Zone” Non-Sportbike Track and Street Training. I’m also a retired 25-year MSF RiderCoach, veteran roadracer and avid off-road rider.

I am also a public speaker and dedicated advocate of motorcycle safety, helping beginner, intermediate, and advanced motorcycle riders develop the physical and mental skills to ride with more confidence, both on the street and on the racetrack.

I am an experienced off-road rider and amateur championship-winning roadracer, starting in 1986.

I love exploring the roads and trails throughout the Northeastern U.S. with my wonderful wife Caroline and daughter Jeannine who both ride.


Ken gives direction to a BMW rider at an MSF Experienced RiderCourse.
Ken gives direction to a BMW rider at an MSF Experienced RiderCourse.

Motorcycle Skills Instructor

With more than four decades of motorcycle riding experience, including road racing, touring, dirt riding, and commuting, Ken has learned what it takes to become a skillful, confident rider.

Ken has been helping street riders become safer and more proficient as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and is the owner and lead instructor of Riding in the Zone On-Street Training Program and Non-Sportbike Track Day Training.

Ken was lead instructor for Tony’s Track Days for the last 24 years and is a former Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach, expert roadracer and avid off-road rider.

Ken wrote hundreds of monthly skills and safety columns for Motorcyclist Magazine and Motorcycle Consumer News.

Ken’s motorcyclist training and riding resume is pretty extensive:


Racing a Kawasaki Ninja 500 with the USCRA club at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 2014
Racing a Kawasaki Ninja 500 with the USCRA club at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 2014. Yes, Ken won the race.

Ken is an amateur, championship-winning roadracer who started in 1986 with  AAMRR and returned in 2000 to race with the Loudon Road Racing Series (NEMRR). Ken began racing with the USCRA vintage road racing club in 2014.
See the photo gallery for a pictorial history of Ken’s racing career.

MRW-coverCover_smMotojournalist and Writer

Ken is the author of “Riding in the Zoneand Motorcycling the Right Way.

In addition to being the author of “Riding in the Zone” and Motorcycling the Right Way, Ken has written monthly columns for Motorcyclist Magazine. Read all of Ken’s Motorcyclist columns HERE.

Ken has also written the monthly “Proficient Motorcycling” and “Street Strategy” columns for Motorcycle Consumer News for over 10 years.

Event Speaker

Speaking at the BMW/RA Meet in Brattleboro, VT
Speaking at the BMW/RA Meet in Brattleboro, VT

Ken is an experienced public speaker for motorcycle related organizations. Some past engagements include:

    • Harley-Davidson Dealers of New England Winter Seminar Series
    • National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA), Burlington, VT, 2017
    • Nevada Traffic Safety Summit, Las Vegas, NV, 2016
    • Massachusetts Rider Education Program, 2008-2010, 2016
    • BMW/RA Rally Brattleboro, VT, 2010
    • Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program, 2010
    • Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program, 2010
    • Rhode Island Motorcycle Safety Program, 2011, 2015
    • Americade, Featured Speaker, 2011, Seminars 2010, 2016
    • Tony’s Track Days, Traction Seminar, 2014
    • Yankee Beemers Damn Yankee Rally, 2009


Contact me if you’d like me to speak at your event or with any questions.


Here are a couple of interviews I’ve done:
National Public Radio, Interviewed for Harley LiveWire report, 2014
Your Bike Life, 2009
National Public Radio report on loud pipes, 2008

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