16 Riley Harper
Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs
- Los Angeles
- Westlake Village
How did you get into Motocross and Stunt?
I got into racing motocross because of my dad. He grew up racing and passed the torch on to me at a young age. I also got into stunts because of my dad. He is one of the top stuntmen/stunt coordinators in the business, so he got me into the stunt business when I was 7 years old and I have done it ever since.
How old were you when you started riding?
My dad threw me on a motocross bike at the ripe age of 4 years old and I raced every weekend until I was about 14. Now I just do fun races, like "A Day In The Dirt" every year.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Los Angeles. Now I live close by in Westlake Village.
How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
I first met Troy when I was really young through my dad and a bunch of other stuntmen. But once I was a bit older and started getting faster on the track, that's when I really got to know him and start to wear his gear.
How long have you been riding for TLD?
Ive been riding for TLD since I was about 15.
Which TLD products are you using?
I use TLD helmets, riding gear and gloves for motocross. I also use the leather street gloves along with my Steve McQueen 3/4 Open Face Helmet when I ride my Triumph around town.
Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
Steve McQueen was the King of Style in my opinion. Simple and old school. I feel that not many people portray his style anymore...besides everyone at TLD. They get it. So he's probably at the top of my list.
What do you like to do when you're not riding?
When I'm not riding, I'm either on a movie set somewhere around the world doing stunts, or hanging out with my buddies. Hanging on the lake, playing guitar, hiking, swimming, skateboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, staying in shape, fishing, cruising in my 1965 Lincoln Continental or my Triumph around town, or traveling around the world.
What bands/music are you into?
I tend to like everything. Right now I'm really into Country/Folk music. Anything Acoustic is my favorite, but I also like a lot of Reggae and Rap.
List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
My goals fluctuate every day. But one is to win Day in the Dirt this year - any class. It's always such a fun time. Another is to keep rising as a stuntman, learning new skills and staying on top of my game for that. And just to have fun and enjoy life every single day.
What's your favorite race/event and why?
"A Day In The Dirt," hands down…. I've raced it every single year. Now that I'm older and can really appreciate it for what it is. It's the most fun event of the year. To get all those people in one place, one week of the year is a feat in itself. But Kenny has mastered it. It gets more fun every year and I hope one day I can bring my kids to it. It's the biggest form of organized chaos in the moto industry. So much fun.
What's your idea of an epic day riding?
An epic riding day in my opinion would be around April when the dirt is still really good and the hills are super green. Waking up pretty early with my buddies Lance Coury and Cole Seely, loading up one truck, and heading out to Wyvern Ranch in Piru, California, which is Lance's riding spot. Start off at the Freetyle MX compound on the property, hitting ramps and big natural jumps for a bit, then riding over to the outdoor national track and taking turns trying to stuff each other and having a good laugh. Finish it off with a long trail ride in the hills, sitting at the top of the mountain and just talking about anything. That's a perfect riding day, which is actually a normal occurrence.
What's the best thing about being a motocross athlete?
Girls…. haha. No, I'm just kidding. just the lifestyle. It's literally a dream lifestyle - Nonstop fun all the time.
If you weren't a motocross athlete and stunt man, how would you want to spend your time?
If I didn't do what I do, I would either want to own a coffee shop in Maui, or live in the mountains in Montana or something. Just live simple.
What are a few highlights of your career:
Recently, a big highlight for me was getting into Brand X Stunt group, which my dad a few other amazing stuntmen founded back in 2001. It's a group of the most well rounded and well respected stuntmen in the world in my opinion (and many others'). So to be even considered to be a part of that, and to be the youngest stuntman in any group is awesome.
Who would you like to thank?
My Dad. He is who I inspire to be like and he is who has taught me almost everything I know. He's the man. Also my core group of friends who all do awesome things and inspire me.
Any words of wisdom?
Party on Wayne, Party on Garth.