André LaPlante | Ep. 42 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

André LaPlante of MotoVentures

Our guest on episode 42 of the Rider Magazine Insider podcast is Andre LaPlante, who runs MotoVentures, an off-road training school started in 1998 by his father, Gary LaPlante. Andre has worked in the motorcycle industry for 20 years in various sales, marketing and advertising roles, including 16 years with Cobra Engineering. He raced motocross and competed in trials for 30 years, and he took 3rd place in the 2022 BMW GS Trophy Qualifier West. Andre is also a US Motorcycle Coaching Association (USMCA) Certified Instructor. In this episode, we talk about MotoVenture’s “dirt first” philosophy and the value of off-road training for riders of all ages. Even if you’re a street cyclist, you can learn valuable skills that will help you ride with more confidence.

We also talk about Andre’s father, Gary LaPlante, a longtime motorcycle industry veteran who started and ran MotoVentures for many years and wrote the book How to ride dirt bikes. Gary is battling brain cancer and we encourage listeners to show their support by signing up for training with MotoVentures, purchasing Gary’s book or visiting his GoFundMe page and donating to help cover his significant medical expenses. Andre is a down-to-earth motorcycle enthusiast carrying on his father’s legacy of training people to be better riders. It is an effort that we applaud and fully support.

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Visit the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast webpage to check out previous episodes:

  • Ep. 41: Scott A. Williams, writer and contributor to Rider
  • Ep. 40: Chris Peterman, Director of Motorcycles at CFMOTO USA
  • Ep. 39: Hayley Bell, Founder and President of Global Business Development for Women Riders World Relay
  • Ep. 38: Eric Trow, Rider Contributing and Principal Editor of Stayin’ Safe
  • Ep. 37: Bill Dragoo, Dragoo Adventure Riding Training (DART)
  • Ep. 36: Gordon McCall, Motorsport Director for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
  • Ep. 35: Rennie Scaysbrook, Pikes Peak record holder, motorcycle journalist and racer
  • Ep. 34: Leod’s Cat MacLeod Escapes “Track and Tour” Motorcycle
  • Ep. 33: Inna Thorn and Tim James of Backcountry Discovery Routes
  • Ep. 32: C. Jane Taylor, author of Spirit traffic
  • Ep. 31: Alan Wilzig, motorcycle collector and owner of Wilzig Racing Manor
  • Ep. 30: Scott Moreno, Founder and Owner of IMTBike Motorcycle Tours and Rentals
  • Ep. 29: Greg Rice, long-distance runner and Iron Butt Rally competitor
  • Ep. 28: Brian Case, director of the Barber Advanced Design Center at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
  • Ep. 27: Steven Goode, motorcyclist who completed The Great American Deli Schlep to support MAZON
  • Ep. 26: Nancy Gerloff and Mark Augustyn, creators of Mimi and Moto: The Motorcycle Monkeys
  • Ep. 25: Jess Stone, designer of the K9 Moto Cockpit and founder of Ruffly
  • Ep. 24: Eddie Braun, Hollywood stuntman who completed Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump and star of the movie “Stuntman”
  • Ep. 23: Ryan McFarland, Founder and CEO of Strider Bikes and All Kids Bike Advocate
  • Ep. 22: Americade interview with Bill, Gini and Christian Dutcher
  • Ep. 21: Peter Starr, motorcycle filmmaker, author and MotoStarr podcast host
  • Ep. 20: Jon DelVecchio, founder of Street Skills and author of “Cornering Confidence”
  • Ep. 19: Lauren Trantham, founder of Ride My Road
  • Ep. 18: Keith Code, founder and director of the California Superbike School
  • Ep. 17: Valerie Thompson, the fastest motorcycle rider in the world
  • Ep. 16: Wayne Rainey, President of MotoAmerica and Motorcycle Racing Legend
  • Ep. 15: Longhaulpaul (Paul Pelland), Chasing the Cure: a million mile motorcycle journey for MS
  • Ep. 14: Andy Goldfine, Founder of Aerostich and Ride to Work Day Advocate
  • Ep. 13: Dr. Gregory W. Frazier, America’s #1 Extreme Motorcycle Adventurer
  • Ep. 12: Daniel Calderon, curator of exhibitions at the SFO Museum
  • Ep. 11: Peter Jones, Rider columnist and author of The bad editor
  • Ep. ten: Christian Dutcher, Director of Americade and Touratech DirtDaze Rally
  • Ep. 09: Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of The perfect vehicle
  • Ep. 08: Rainer Buck, CEO of Edelweiss Bike Travel
  • Ep. 07: Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing
  • Ep. 06: Alonzo Bodden, motorcycle enthusiast and comedian
  • Ep. 05: Paul D’Orléans, editor of The Vintagent
  • Ep. 04: Eric Trow, Rider columnist and owner, Stayin’ Safe Advanced Riding Training
  • Ep. 03: Clément Salvadori, itinerant motorcyclist and Rider donor
  • Ep. 02: Kevin Wing, world-class motorcycle photographer and Rider donor
  • Ep. 01: Robert Pandya and Discover the Ride at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

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