Instructors

Maurice Maness

I grew up in San Antonio and always had a passion for motorcycling, but was forbidden to participate by my parents who were concerned for my safety. Thus, my desire to make motorcycling safer and reduce the risks involved in the activity grew. When I graduated from college and began making my own money, I saved for my first motorcycle, a 1986 Honda VF500F Interceptor. It was to become the first of many motorcycles. My friend originally taught me to ride. The course I signed up for was cancelled due to low enrollment. I eventually took the course and learned so much more and improved my riding that I decided to become an instructor. As the Bryan/College Station site had closed, I traveled to San Antonio and Houston to teach. I wanted to make the courses available in Bryan/College Station and so I founded Training Wheels in 1997. My wife, Melissa, and I have built up the business until we were able to provide one to three classes a month. I also continue to ride on the dirt, on the street, and on the race track and still love the sport of motorcycling!

Mark Pratt

I was born and raised in Houston, and moved to BCS seeking higher education. As a youth, I had little experience with motorcycles aside from watching CHiPs on TV. I was bitten by the riding bug in 1995 and soon took a beginning riders class. My first bike was a Kawasaki EX250 and I worked at a local motorcycle dealership.

I have ridden almost exclusively since 2003 and have in excess of 90,000 miles on 4 different bikes. My longest bike trip to-date covered approximately 4,000 miles, 3,000 of which were traveled in 3 days, and included 11 states.

In early 2004, while serving jointly with the US Army and Air Force, I trained and was certified as a RiderCoach. After completing my term of service, I joined the Training Wheels family in 2005. I also teach in Houston and am a Blinn College Dental Hygiene graduate working in BCS.

Phil Brown

I am originally from San Diego, California. I moved to Brazos County in 1984. After nearly 27 years with the College Station Police Department where I spent most of my time as a motorcycle police officer in the traffic unit, I retired in 2012 . Through Training Wheels and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation I am able to continue my interest in traffic safety.