Like a band of brothers, in the most literal sense, Kyle, Travis, and Cody Wyman appeared on the motorcycle road racing scene during the past decade, with oldest brother Kyle leading the way. Growing up in central New York, the Wyman Brothers honed their talent and racecraft on the dirt ovals that dot the Finger Lakes Region of the Empire State.
Born into a family that owns a Harley-Davidson dealership – Harv’s Harley-Davidson in Macedon, New York – the Wyman Three were destined to race flat track in their early days. And all three brothers graduated from PW50s and mini-bikes to 450s in short fashion, with Kyle advancing to an XR750 before the three of them switched their racing attention to the tarmac.
In 2007, when the Red Bull U.S. Rookies Cup was announced, Kyle, Travis, and Cody were all interested in the new program. Kyle was just past the age limit, but both Travis and Cody tried out, and Travis was selected to compete alongside Jake Gagne, Hayden Gillim, Bryce Prince, Benny Solis, Leandro Mercado, and a host of other young racers. The Rookies Cup marked a turning point for the Wymans, as all three of the brothers made the switch from flat track to road racing in 2008.
Any family that’s involved in racing knows that it requires a huge level of commitment, and when you have three brothers all racing at the same time, that commitment – and the cost – rises exponentially. Tough decisions loomed on the horizon for the Wymans as limited resources obviously played a role in the family’s ability to support three budding road racers.
As the oldest brother, Kyle did everything he could to help support the family’s racing aspirations, and that included running a successful racebike-leasing business that supplied race-prepped Harley-Davidson motorcycles to several riders competing in AMA Pro Racing’s XR1200 spec-racing class. Kyle also continued to race, as did Travis and Cody as often as they could, with all three brothers notching road race wins in AMA Pro as well as other race series in the U.S. Kyle also became an instructor for the Yamaha Champions Racing School, a position that still keeps him busy on an almost-daily basis.
Kyle’s road racing program continued to blossom and included notable wins aboard an XR1200 at Daytona in 2011 (his first professional road racing victory) and again in 2012. Over the past few years, Kyle transitioned from single-manufacturer spec racing, to Supersport racing, and ultimately to Superbikes. And, after paying his dues in the hardscrabble, privateer world, Kyle had a breakthrough season in MotoAmerica Superbike racing in 2017 where he finished in the top 10 of the championship and notched a glorious and fan-favorite second-place finish in Motul Superbike race two at New Jersey Motorsports Park this past September. Clearly, Kyle’s racing is paying off in a big way, and he also got a boost when noted engine guru Gary Dean joined Kyle Wyman Racing (KWR) as the team’s crew chief in the middle of the 2017 season.
Meanwhile, Travis and Cody Wyman headed west.
Like prospectors from a bygone era, the two youngest brothers from the Wyman Clan struck motorsports gold in Nevada. Travis and Cody both became driving instructors at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump.
Travis is also a driving instructor at the Ford Performance Racing School at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, and in addition, he does occasional product launches for car manufacturers where he gets to put brand-new vehicles through their paces.
And, as if that weren’t enough to keep Travis busy, he is also a riding instructor at California Superbike School, which features BMW S1000RR motorcycles in their curriculum. BMW motorcycles, and Travis’ friendship with BMW executive Steve Weir, both led Travis back to the MotoAmerica paddock.
When the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class was announced, Travis immediately thought it would be a great place for BMW to compete, since they were already well-established in MotoAmerica Superbike with Steve Scheibe, and this was an opportunity to increase their footprint and brand awareness in the paddock and with the fans.
“I contacted Steve Weir and presented the idea to him. He thought it was a great plan,” Travis said. “We attended a WERA event this past winter, in order to test the bike and see what we could do as a team.”
Things immediately clicked for Travis, Steve, and the BMW S1000RR as they notched a race win and two podium results that first weekend together. “Every time I got on the bike, I kept going faster,” commented Travis. And that upward trend has continued. “We’re making gains every week, every time I ride it.”
With Weir as his crew chief, Travis will compete in the 2018 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 championship aboard the #24 Weir Everywhere Racing S1000RR. What an appropriate name for the middle Wyman’s team. Because, with everything he’s currently doing in his life and how busy his schedule is seven days a week, he truly is “everywhere racing.”
So, 2018 puts two of the three Wyman brothers back in the MotoAmerica paddock. But, what about Cody, the youngest Wyman? Well, it just so happens that Travis has a spare bike available now that he’ll be racing a BMW in MotoAmerica Stock 1000. All three brothers will be getting together at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway soon, to spend the day riding and undoubtedly dicing it up on the track just like they used to do.
Don’t be surprised to see Kyle, Travis, and Cody – all three brothers – again reunited in MotoAmerica. After all, motorcycle racing is The Wyman Way.