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Meet the Bike Blog team!

John Bayliss
John Bayliss“JB” has worked at Yamaha Canada for 20 years, currently as product manager for motorcycles. He’s an avid on-road and off-road rider who owns 10 bikes. (His current favourite is an ’07 Yamaha FZ1.)

Tim ChelliTim Chelli

Tim Chelli is the national manager for product compliance at Yamaha Motor Canada, where he’s worked for 28 years. He’s attended many product test sessions over the years in Europe, Japan, and the U.S.

Aaron Dowden
Aaron DowdenKnown to co-workers as “BeeWee Man, Aaron works in marketing at Yamaha Canada, and rides the Yamaha BW50. First ever bike: YZF600R. Fav bike: the V-Star 1300.

Bryan FilBryan Fil
Bryan, who is the general services coordinator at Yamaha Canada, is passionate about watching and participating in amateur road racing, and wrenching. He owns two YZFFR6 and a YFZ600R, with one of the R6’s,  fully race-ready.

Andre Harris
As the events and show coordinator for Yamaha Canada, Andre gets to travel and sample everything from dirt and super sport, to large-displacement cruisers. His fav bikes include the MT-01, Vmax and Roadliner.

Carolyn HayCarolyn Hay
Cal, a marketing rep at Yamaha Canada, is over-the-moon happy since she bought a dark-grey 2007 R6 recently. It’s the bike she’s wanted since 2000, the year she discovered motorcycles and riding.

Bryan Hudgin
Bryan HudginBryan, also a marketing rep at Yamaha Canada, rides about two dozen models a year as company loaners. Bryan’s roots are with motocross and he likes to taunt the sport bike riders in his office. Fav bike: 2001 YZ25F.

Andree LamarcheAndree Lamarche
As the French translator for Yamaha Canada, Andree started riding in mid-2005. She mostly rides the V-Star 650 out of the company’s loaner bikes. Her favourite ride, the 1100, is usually taken by her coworkers.

Dave Shepherd
Dave ShepherdDave’s been a professional bike mechanic for more than 30 years, the last decade with Yamaha Canada. He also gets to ride the whole spectrum of Yamaha bikes as part of his job. First bike: Yamaha YG-1. First new bike: Yamaha FS1E.