I had the privilege of hanging out with rider Jonah Street in Indianapolis earlier this year. It was a big moment for me considering that it wasn't a meet and greet or an autograph signing. I had heard (and seen) so much about this rider since moving into the ADV scene and I have to say- what a nice guy! He started off by telling me we were going to have to wrestle right there and then since I didn't have any of my Klim gear on, but when I offered to buy him a beer (from the complimentary bar) he seemed willing to pass on the wrestling. Everyone was relaxing while we watched the current round of Supercross. It was the race from this season (2012) with the Chad Reed injury so, perfect timing to be in close quarters with so many people that love motorcycles!
I got to talk to Jonah about everything from movies and music to riding growing up and his early days looking for sponsors. He had it rough for a lot of years and it doesn't seem like things got any easier as the road went on. I didn't expect to find so much common ground with a seasoned rally rider. This was just part of the charm that is Jonah Street. He was vocal about loving what he does and how lucky he is to do it. I happen to share this sentiment as well. All this bonding and I still wanted more so, I captured his attention at the exact wrong moment- right when Reed hit the ground live on TV!!! Uh-oh... back to wrestling we go.
So, thumbs up to Jonah for endlessly humoring a fan and best of luck to him as spokesperson for Top 1 Oil.