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Coaches:

 

Owner/Coach – Jeff Whisler

Retired in June 2015 with 32 years of service with 20 years of Police Motorcycle Unit Operation, serving as Officer, Corporal and Sergeant of the unit. Trained hundreds of law enforcement officers in “Enforcement Riding” techniques, as well as hundreds of civilians in basic rider courses.

Jeff has over 30 years of experience viewing motorcycle accident scenes. Far too many of those accidents involved rider error, which significantly contributed to the seriousness of the accident. Many of those accidents could have been avoided or the seriousness of injuries reduced had the motorcycle operator received basic and/or advanced training.

Jeff has ridden many different types of motorcycles, including police and civilian models demonstrating these techniques are not unique to only one type of motorcycle. He currently rides a 2013 Harley Davidson Peace Officer Edition Ultra Classic.  His previous bikes include a 2003 Harley Davidson Peace Officer Special Edition Ultra Classic, a 2000 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Standard, a 1993 Honda Goldwing, a 1985 Honda Goldwing, a 1968 Suzuki T20 and a 1973 Rupp Roadster.

 

Timeline and Certifications:

Spring 1984: Graduated Topeka Police Department Academy
1984-1990 : Patrol Officer assigned to the Accident Investigation Unit.  Investigated many motorcycle accidents involving serious injuries and/or fatalities.
Spring 1990 : Institute of Police Technology and Management’s Basic Police Motorcycle Operators course.
April 1990 : Transferred to the Motorcycle Unit and began riding a Harley-Davidson FXRP Police motorcycle.
1990-1995 : Field trained several new police motorcycle operators in tandem (two abreast) techniques.
1990-1995 : Annual spring Motorcycle refresher training.
1995 : Updated training based on Northwestern University/Harley-Davidson’s Basic Police Motorcycle Operators Course standards.
Spring 2000 : Re-certified Northwestern University/Harley-Davidson Basic Police Motorcycle Operators course.
Spring 2000 : Began riding Harley-Davidson Police Road King motorcycle.
Oct 2002 : Certified as a Northwestern University/Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle Instructor.
Sept 2007 : Re-certified as a Northwestern University/Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle Instructor.
July 2008 : Certified as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach.
Sept 2008 : Certified as a Harley-Davidson Rider’s Edge Instructor.
March 2010 : Founded Blue Line Motorcycle Riding Academy.
Spring 2010 : Re-certified as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach.
Spring 2010 : Re-certified as a Harley-Davidson Rider’s Edge Instructor.
May 2011 : Certified as an instructor of MSF Advanced Rider Course Sport Bike Techniques.
Spring 2012 : Re-certified as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach.
Spring 2012 : Re-certified as a Harley-Davidson Rider’s Edge Instructor.
Sept 2012 : Re-certified as a Northwestern University/Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle Instructor.
Jan 2013 : Began riding Harley-Davidson Police Electra Glide motorcycle.
Spring 2014 : Re-certified as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach.
Spring 2014 : Updated training for Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.
March 2017 : Total Control Advanced Riding Course TCARC.
November 2017 : Re-certified as Northwestern University/Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle Instructor.
 

Training & Competitions:

September 2013: Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge
2nd Place Accuracy & Skill
1st Place 4 Man Ride
September 2014: Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge
April 2015: Digital Ally Midwest Police Motorcycle Challenge
1st Place Team Competetion
June 2017: 4th Annual Lock & Lean Street Motorcycle Skills Seminar & Competition – Retired/Former Motor Division:
1st Place Challenge Ride
3rd Place Slow Ride
3rd Place Skills Ride
July 2017: 5th Annual River City Police Motor Skills Training & Competition
September 2017: 1st Annual Central Oklahoma Motorcycle Challenge
1st Place – Division IV
September 2017: 4th Annual North Texas Motorcycle Challenge
March 2018: 5th Annual Capital of Texas Motorcycle Chute-Out (COTPMC)
2nd Place – Retired Officer
April 2018: 8th Annual Spring Classic – Grand Prairie, Texas
May 2018: 6th Annual River City Challenge – Omaha, Nebraska
1st Place Former/Retired Motor Officer
2nd Place Team Speed Challenge
June 2018: 2nd Annual Central Oklahoma Motorcycle Challenge – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 2018: 5th Annual Heroes Challenge  Branson, Missouri
1st Place Retired/Former Motor Division
June 2018: 5th Annual Lock and Lean Street Motorcycle Skills Seminar & Competition – Loves Park, Illinois
3rd Place Retired/Former Motor Division
3rd Place Slow Ride
3rd Place Challenge Ride
September 2018: Police & Civilian Motorcycle Skills Competition – Kansas City, Missouri

 

“I grew up riding mini bikes and trail bikes on a farm.  When I was a sophomore in high school I took Driver’s Ed.  Back then if you wanted a motorcycle endorsement, you simply checked a box on your drivers license application.  They told us if you wanted it check yes, but if you checked no, you’d have to take a written and riding test if you ever changed your mind in the future.  As they were handing out the applications a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper began showing a movie on motorcycle crashes.  I checked no, thinking I never wanted to ride a motorcycle.

As for police motorcycles, I remember watching the TV show “CHiPs” and how cool Ponch and Jon looked in their uniforms, but the show ended the year before I became a cop and our department only rode 3 wheelers.  I didn’t want to ride a trike.  All that changed around 1988 when I saw the new uniforms our motorcycle unit was going to…  Boots and Breeches.  I was hooked and my two wheel journey began.

After teaching both cops and civilians for many years, I realized what little advanced training there was for the civilian rider. I have never understood why enforcement style training was not made available to civilians. It is a win, win situation for law enforcement. If we can teach the civilians some of the same techniques the cops use, civilians may be less likely to have an accident. This is why BLMRA offers Police style training for civilians. To teach you some techniques that hopefully will help you keep your motorcycle out of the repair shop and you out of the emergency room.” – Jeff Whisler

 

 

 

 

Marketing/Coach – Charlie Campbell

Charlie currently rides a 2014 Harley-Davidson Limited.

He has owned several dirt bikes, a 1976 Yamaha 650 Special, a 1979 Honda Goldwing, a 1983 Honda, and a 2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic.

Charlie is President of Topeka Winsupply (Wholesale PHVAC), Host of Around Your Kansas Home, a weekly construction and home improvement radio program airing on AM580WIBW and FM News 104.9, an Associate Director/Secretary Treasurer of the Topeka Area Building Association, and past Director of the Historic Topeka Harley Davidson Oz HOG Chapter.  Charlie is living proof you don’t have to have an extensive background of motorcycle instructor certifications to very quickly learn “true control” of your motorcycle.

Timeline and Certifications:

May 1983: Basic Rider Instruction
April 2008: HOG Chapter Group Riding Course
October 2013: Blue Line Motorcycle Riding Academy Law Enforcement Style Riding Techniques for Civilians
April 2016: Blue Line Motorcycle Riding Academy Law Enforcement Style Riding Techniques for Civilians
May 2016: Blue Line Motorcycle Riding Academy Law Enforcement Style Riding Techniques for Civilians
March 2017 : Total Control Advanced Riding Course TCARC

Training & Competitions:

July 2017: 5th Annual River City Police Motor Skills Training & Competition
Civilian Novice – 3rd Place
September 2017: 1st Annual Central Oklahoma Motorcycle Challenge
Division V – 4th Place
September 2017: 4th Annual North Texas Motorcycle Challenge

Like many, I started riding when I was very young. My first was a Honda 50 dirt bike in my friends back yard. I lived near Topeka Harley Davidson at 6th & MacVicar and made friends with a mechanic there. (Don’t tell my mom I crossed that busy street and hung out in the back of the Harley Shop!) Since then I’ve owned at least 13 motorcycles over almost 40 years. I was fortunate to “manage gravity” with the best of them. But… I can admit, had I been required to make a serious evasive move, it wouldn’t have been pretty. We’ve all seen or known other riders who have not been so fortunate. ????  We all suffer from information overload, there are many things competing for our attention, it’s hard to find time to do the regular things in our schedules, and now you are being asked to spend time and money to learn something that you may feel you already “know all you need to know”. Even so, “A wise person seeks council.”   Humbling ourselves to seek training in something we “know well enough” is hard, but it’s much easier than the alternative when the time comes and your life may very well depend on having that extra training. Why wait? Visit our “Schedule” page and sign up.  It might just be the smartest move you can make!

 – Charlie Campbell