SCRC Loudoun VA Featured Member - June, 2011

Name:   Tom Costello

Nickname:   Bomber

Marital Status:  Very Married 21yrs

Location:  Manassas, Va

Hometown:  Rochester, NY

Children:  Yes

Age:  Daughter 16 Myranda, and Son Devon 14

Occupation:  General Supervisory Engineer at the Capitol Power Plant for the Architect of the Capitol. (Basically, I run the Capitol Power Plant which provides all of the Steam and Chilled Water for Capitol Hill)

Current motorcycle(s):  2010 Goldwing, Metal Black.

How did you hear about the SCRC and when did you join?
My Long time best friend Pamela Bock (NY SCRC) she was here for Rolling Thunder 2005 and wanted me and my wife to come down and hang out. We did and when all the bikes headed out for their ride We Were HOOKED!

How long have you been riding?
Dirt bikes in the 70ís, since April 2006 on cruisers

Have you ever taken a motorcycle safety course?
Yes. I took it at Lord Fairfax College

What was your first bike?
My 1968 Suzuki 125.

How many bikes have you owned?

Why do you ride?
I love the feeling of being free with nothing between you and the road.

Have you ridden with an organized group before?
I started with the SCRC and then have ridden with The Leather Necks and with the NVMC. Currently, I am only riding with SCRC.

What modifications have you done to your bike?
Not a lot yet. The Bike is new in May of 2011 and Iím trying to decide what I want on it.

What accessories do you want to add to your bike?
Donít know yet.

What is your dream bike?
I love my wing.

What kind of riding do you like to do — straight-aways or twisties?
It's all good but twisties are the best.

If you have a nickname, how did you get it? Tell the truth!
I have been Bomber for as long as I can remember. All my family and High School friends still call me that to this day.

What is your favorite riding route?
My favorites are back roads, winding hills.

Do you ride your bike to work?

What is the fastest you’ve ridden?
I have been in the triple digits a few times but I try to keep it under 90.

What is your favorite time of year to ride?
Late spring or early fall are the best for me. Not to hot and not to cold. Just like Goldie Locks.

Have you ever been down? If so, how were you hurt and what did you learn from the incident?
Only on Dirt bikes. They are made to take the pounding.

Have you ever done an "Iron Butt" ride?
No not yet.

If not, what is the furthest you’ve ridden?
About 400 miles in one long day. Mostly I ride about 100 to 150 miles in a day.

What was the worst weather in which you’ve ridden?
A freaken down pour and hail on route 95 coming home from work. I made for an overpass and tried to wait it out. I was pelted and soaked in a shirt and tie. So much for dry clean only.

Do you know how to work on your bike?
I do easy stuff! I will do more major stuff once my bike gets older.

What is your favorite road song?
Bad Company and Bad to the Bone.

What was your most adventurous ride?
When I was about 10, I took my 125 for ride through the streets of my home town. The COPs showed up at my house late that night. My parents were not happy.

What rallies or events do you like to attend?
Rolling Thunder, The Motorcycle shows and All of Rob C. rides he does the best rides. Heís a fantastic road captain leader.

Is there someone who rides "two-up" with you?
My daughter or son not so much though I wish they would more.

Off the cuff from...Bomber
I just love to have a good time. I hope to see you all at the next ride.