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 for over 45 years I have been a commuter, tourer, off-road rider, track day instructor, road racer, ice rider, drag racer, and plain old street rider who enjoys riding with friends and family (my wife and daughter also ride).

I am author of two books,  Riding in the Zone and Motorcycling the Right Way. My writing can 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 Training Days. I am a 25-year MSF RiderCoach, veteran roadracer and avid off-road rider. I ride recreationaly on ice during the cold New England winters.

My roadracing career spans 34 years starting in 1986 with accomplishments that include two amateur championships and an FIM vintage championship in 2014.

Motorcyclist training and riding resume’:



  • 1995 -2015-Certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor/RiderCoach
  • 1997 -2020- Tony’s Track Days Chief Instructor/Staff Trainer
  • 2014- 2019- Motorcyclist Magazine author of the monthly Street Savvy column and journalist attending new motorcycle press launches.
  • 2001- 2014-  Motorcycle Consumer News Safety and Skills articles Columnist for monthly Proficient Motorcycling and Street Strategies columns
  • 1986-2015 – Expert level motorcycle club road racer with AAMRR and LRRS/NEMRR and USCRA
  • 1976 to present- Commuting, Touring, Sport Touring, Sport Riding, Road Racing, Ice Riding, Off-road riding.


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.

I’m a championship-winning roadracer who started in 1986 with  AAMRR and returned in 2000 to race with the Loudon Road Racing Series. I returned to 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

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, I have written monthly columns for Motorcyclist Magazine. Read all of Ken’s Motorcyclist columns HERE.

I am probably best known as the columnist for the monthly “Proficient Motorcycling” and “Street Strategy” columns for Motorcycle Consumer News that I wrote for over 13 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:

    • New York Safety Conference, Glenn Curtis Museum
    • Cornering Seminars at many dealerships in the Northeast
    • 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


In addition to my 45+ years on two wheels, I have 25 years experience as a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor/coach, 25 years as a track day instructor, and 10 years as owner of “Riding in the Zone Motorcyclist Training” where I offer real-world, on-street and on-racetrack rider coaching.

I am also author of two books “Riding in the Zone: Advanced Techniques for Skillful Motorcycling” and Motorcycling the Right Way“.

I have written over 250 skills and safety articles for Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN). I authored the “Street Savvy” column for Motorcyclist Magazine, and am creator of the “Riding in the Zone” blog.

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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