RAINOR - Lot, Total Control Instructor

Rainor has been riding since he was 14 years old. He started riding simply to “feel the wind in my face.” His first bike was a Suzuki 50, “black of course.”

Rainor started teaching in 2009, and he advises his students to come to class with an open mind, and be prepared to try everything the instructor asks them to do. He also says not to feel discouraged if they don’t get it the first time.

If he’s not riding, Rainor loves playing the banjo in a bluegrass band.

His most memorable riding experiences include:

  • Riding down the California coast with his wife as co-pilot.
  • Riding a big loop from Phoenix to Sedona and back to Phoenix, again, with his wife as co-pilot.
  • Bearstooth Pass shortly after learning Total Control.

Rainor was also amongst the first group of Canadians to become a certified Total Control Advanced Rider Clinic instructor, and has completed the Iron Butt Bun Burner Gold, 2500 kms in under 24 hours.

CHRIS - BMW Off Road, Lot, Road, Total Control Instructor

Chief Instructor-BMW Off Road & Total Control

Chris has been riding motorcycles for 38 years. His first bike was a Honda 360 twin and currently owns a 2013 R1200GSA BMW Adventure & 2015 BMW R nineT. 

He started teaching in 1996, and founded TNT Motorcycling in 1999. Chris designed the course curriculum based on his extensive motorcycle experiences and his Rehabilitation Practitioner Diploma. In  2007 Chris became focused on the train the trainer mantra.  He began taking motorcycle-training courses all over the world to improve his own knowledge and riding skills. This dedication to his own training enables all of TNT students and instructors the ability to improve as well.

Chris is one of a few Canadian's that has attained his On Street Instructor Certification from Stayin' Safe. In 2010 Chris and a few of his fellow instructors attained the Instructor designation for Total Control's, Advanced Rider Certification. TNT is the first of only 2 rider training schools in Canada that offer this advanced course. Chris also passed his Motor Officer Training Course taken in Southern California.

In the UK Chris has attained his Advanced Motorcycle Instruction Diploma as well as the RoSPA Advanced Riders Top Certification, Gold Grade.   

In 2009, Chris and his best friend rode two-rented BMW GS650's across Argentina and Chile. He became hooked on off road riding and soon became focused on improving his off road skills and knowledge.  In 2013, Chris headed to the BMW Off Road Skills School in Wales. It was a great experience to learn from legendary Dakar racer Simon Pavey. Chris attained his level 1 & 2 off road certification. 

In 2015, BMW Motorrad Canada sent Chris to Germany to become a certified BMW Off Road Instructor.  In 2016 TNT Motorcycling is beginning our first BMW Certified Off Road Courses in Edmonton, Alberta.

Chris is an avid rider and cherishes those special moments he spends with family, including riding with his brother and buddy to the USA for the first time on his Honda CB750F, riding with his wife immediately after she got her license on her KLR650, and riding with his son, Eric on numerous Three Flag Classics. (Eric was awarded youngest rider 2 years running) In 2015 Chris and his son Eric rode from USA through Mexico, Central America, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina.  Eric is one of the youngest riders in the world to do this epic journey at 18 yrs. old. My retirement plan is for my wife and I to ride the world on our motorcycles.

Chris's advice "Never stop learning" & Loving BMW"S new advice "Make Life A Ride"

FLAVIU - Lot, Road, Total Control Instructor

Flaviu has been an instructor since 2010. Flaviu started riding in 2000. His first bike in Romania was a 1992 Voskhod 175cc knows as a Cossack 175 in North America.

Flaviu has had some memorable riding experiences:

  • Being towed by another motorcyclist with a pair of long johns for about 200km while riding at night in the rain and on a mountain road.
  • Riding from his home town to Berlin (over 1600 km with 4 border crossings) in 21 hours to meet his girlfriend whom he hadn’t seen in 4 months.
  • Touring Europe two-up on a Yamaha FJ 1200.
  • Riding from Edmonton to Montreal and back for the Formula 1 Race.
  • Riding from Alaska to Ushuaia (Argentina) with my wife, two-up, over 5 months, 50,000km and 12 countries.

Flaviu became a certified Total Control Instructor through TNT Motorcycling which took a lot of effort and was a lot of fun.

When he is not working Flaviu enjoys driving his vintage car, travelling and relaxing with family and friends.

Flaviu recommends students “keep an open mind and never stop learning”.

LARRY - Lot, Road Instructor

Larry has been riding for over 30 years.  He started riding "because a fella offered to trade me his Yamaha in exchange for the car I was selling. It was worth more than the car so I was going to make some money but made the mistake of riding the bike and got hooked on it".  His first bike was a 1979 Yamaha 650 Special. 

My  first ride with 3 buddies down to Penticton BC. Rode off the side of Tunnel mountain in Banff because I didn't know how to counter steer. Rode home on the back of another bike.
One of my fond riding memories was on my first big ride; another instructor and I took off on a camping trip with sleeping bags and a tent down into the U.S.  for two weeks. Camped for two days and the rest of the time stayed in motels with pools or hot tubs.

My wife and I, along with two other motorcycle instructors and their wives, took an Eidelweiss Tour on BMW 1200 RT's. Toured Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France.An experience of a lifetime a fantastic trip with great friends and family.

My present bike is a 2003 Gold Wing with over 120,00 Km's that I use for long distance touring.

Over my 17 year career, I was a Senior instructor then a Chief instructor in Alberta and have taught basic courses, "Street Skills" and the "Advanced Rider Course".

As a retired professional engineer I still am involved in some contract work.I drive guests around in a South Pointe Lexus Shuttle part time.

Students should learn to be "AWARE" of everything around you and do everything on a bike "SMOOTHLY".

STEVE - Lot Instructor

Stephen has been an instructor since 2010, though he started riding in 1980. His first bike was a Honda CB750 Super-sport, which he bought from his dad.

His most memorable trips include riding with his dad from Calgary to Halifax and back in 1986; and riding with his wife to Sturgis, South Dakota in 2007 and 2014.

While his number one topic would be balance and learning the controls of the motorcycle, his personal tip to learning how to ride successfully is “be aware of your surroundings.”

Apart from riding, Stephen loves camping and playing baseball.

JEREMY - Lot, Road Instructor

Jeremy started riding when he was just 10 years old, up and down a long driveway on an acreage. With a dad who was really into riding both on and off road, and who taught rider training in the 70s, it’s no surprise that by the time Jeremy was 16, he already had his class 6. His father also influenced his decision to become an instructor.

For Jeremy, it’s important for students to: have the right gear as comfort aids on the learning process; be patient while they acquire the mussel memory and never stop learning.

His most memorable riding experiences include: “Anytime I get to go riding through the mountains of Jasper, and summer dirt bike trips in BC.” Jeremy also has plans for an epic trip to South America.

When he’s not riding, he loves photography and anything tech or gadget-related.

In his 12 years as an instructor, Jeremy is proud of the fact that he’s been able to help train motorcycle riders in Alberta.

DERYL - Road Instructor

Deryl has been a licensed motorcycle-riding instructor since 1980, and has been riding since 1964. His first bike was a Lambretta 175 scooter. It was all about fun and mobility when he started riding.

Deryl has ridden on three continents including two years riding in Africa (dodging goats, sheep, cows, donkeys, horses, camels, lizards, snakes, vultures, lorries, cars and pedestrians!).

He has ridden the Three Flags Classic twice, including Whistler to Tijuana in four days. He’s also a member of the Iron Butt Association, having qualified with his safe long distance riding experience.

In 2015, he won the TNT Motorycling Nicest Instructor Trophy.

Deryl’s other hobbies include: winemaking, gardening, and long distance sport touring on his motorcycle.  When not riding,  Deryl is a financial advisor.

If you find yourself in Deryl’s class, his tip for you is: “riding collision-free is a mental game.”