James Coats - Safety Officer 2020

Age 57

Works in the Trucking Industry

Currently VP Safety for HB Phillips, Inc. since 1993

Married to Cathy Phillips Coats since August 1992

I grew up loving motorcycles but never owned one-my mom was against it. After I turned 40, I started telling my wife that "when I turn 50, I'm growing my hair back out and I'm getting a Hog".  For several years, she thought I was just kidding about that (yea, right). I started by taking the HD Basic Rider Course in September of 2011.  Bought my first motorcycle, a 2011 HD Superlow shortly after and started riding when I turned 50 in December of that year. After several trades and purchases, I currently own a 2008 Heritage Softail and a 2019 Road Glide Special. In April of 2017, I completed the HD Skilled Rider Course at STHD.

My wife and I joined the Southern Thunder HOG Chapter in Feb. 2016. We are proud to be a part of a wonderful group of friends that share our passion and love for riding.