Ryan Petitbon, 2007 MTTI Motorcycle / Power Equipment Tech Graduate loves being a Parts Assoc. at Sheldon's Harley-Davidson.

Ryan Petitbon, 2007 MTTI Motorcycle / Power Equipment Technician Graduate.

*Ryan Petitbon*2007 Motorcycle / Power Equipment Technician

Ryan Petitbon
2007 Motorcycle / Power Equipment Technician Graduate
Parts Associate at Sheldon's Harley-Davidson
 

"MTTI was a tremendous help to me in pursuing my passion. The Motorcycle / Power Equipment Technician program gave me lifelong knowledge—working with the best toys in the world! I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for MTTI."

 

I might have remained a ski bum in Colorado, working in ski shops and resorts.

My Dad saw the old TV commercial with MTTI's Founder, Ward Ring, pushing the motorcycle. He knew that I had always been into motorcycles; he encouraged me to train to become a Motorcycle Technician.

I visited the school and met Ward and the Instructor, Jay (“Doc”).

I liked the accelerated program—and the tool bonus I would earn after accepting training-related employment.

I was a metric guy at the time.

When I attended in 2007, MTTI’s program focused on metric bikes. The Harley part of the program was not as in-depth as it is now—but one of the first jobs I got after graduating was at Precision Harley-Davidson.

MTTI gave me a fantastic foundation on which to build a career.

I’m a hands-on learner, so practicing in the shop what we learned in the classroom worked for me. We were graded on our notes—and I still have the text book we used in class.

During school, Doc had someone come in with an old BMW.

Doc asked who wanted to do a tune-up on the BMW. No one raised their hand—so I volunteered. It was awesome working hands-on alongside Doc. He taught me all of the nuances that the old BMWs had.

I took an unconventional path once out of school.

From Precision Harley-Davidson, I worked as a Tech at Mom’s South, and then went to a smaller shop in Methuen, MA.  I left there to be closer to home, so that I could help my wife develop her production company as a playwright (photography and film). I still did side work on bikes.

I decided I liked working on bikes for myself—but chose Parts for professional employment.

I worked as the Parts Manager for MTR Racing and then came to work here. Sheldon’s has been around since the 1920’s; they know how to do things. When I came to Sheldon’s with my Dad, while shopping for a bike, I knew right then that I wanted to work here. The guys here are awesome.

The turning point for me was when I was building a chopper.

The ’98 Suzuki Intruder was about 18 years old. The part I needed had been discontinued—two different carburetors didn’t match. I was tired of encountering problems with other brands of bikes. Harleys are more straightforward; there are no frills, but they get the job done.

I’ll probably stick with Harleys for the rest of my life.

I like the simplicity of Harley-Davidson bikes, engines and frames. I’ve met wonderful people in the Harley-Davidson Community—more than during all of the years working on metric bikes.

I love doing parts.

I gained a lot of knowledge—first from MTTI. Then the passion I have for the industry fueled more learning over the years. Every customer is a new challenge—not everyone is looking for the same thing. Two customers might both have Harleys but they see the wealth of differences that Harleys have. I love problem solving to help them find just the right part they are looking for.

I ride my bike 40 miles each way to work and back home, three seasons out of the year.

I ride a ’06 Harley Sportster 1200. I still live in Rhode Island and commute to Sheldon’s in Massachusetts--but I never complain about being on a bike! 

Going to school at MTTI, I had such a fun experience.

I was born and bred in Rhode Island—so going to school in RI—right on the water-- was special to me. MTTI was a tremendous help to me in pursuing my passion. The Motorcycle / Power Equipment Technician program gave me lifelong knowledge—working with the best toys in the world! I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for MTTI.