BMX pro, Ryan Taylor causes chaos at Revo HQ warehouse
Famed for his BMX freestyle talents and outrageous stunts, as well as his complete disregard for authority, Ryan Taylor is a force to be reckoned with. He was one of the two people that made headline news for breaking into the Big Brother house live on national TV. A master of eyebrow-raising antics, Ryan simply doesn’t do standard, so it’s no surprise that he applies this thinking to his cars too.
The guy is a whirlwind, a businessman, a leader, a seriously talented rider – he’s built an empire in his own ‘world’, something admired by so many. Ryan is the definition of being a ‘do-er’ and there’s much more to him than meets the eye. Founder of BMX bike brand Collective Bikes and Certified clothing, he’s also a passionate campaigner and dedicates a huge amount of his energy to promoting anti knife-crime.
A platform for change.
Ryan Taylor’s mindset resonates with people too. An audience in the millions, and well over 100M views across his various channels, his driven and positive mindset is infectious. If it’s wild, or at all risky, it’s clear that Ryan wants to give it a go – as the shots on his Instagram of him hanging off the edge of building rooftops 50 stories up will confirm!
“Ryan Taylor grew up in Walsall, UK, but quickly got all kinds of notoriety in the United States” explains RideUK in an interview. “Living half the year in Greenville, North Carolina, he laid down some banger videos in Dave Mirra’s warehouse which showed him effortlessly mixing up big transfers with technical moves. By the age of 17, he had already established himself as a one of the UK’s top Park riders.”
Wind the clock forward several years and Ryan’s journey has blossomed, no wait, it has exploded! Now based in London but regularly exploring the rest of the world he directs his notoriety to make a positive difference and is idolised by many young BMX and bike riders today.
Life is one big BMX park in Ryan’s world, but underneath what he does as an entrepreneur and social influencer holds a seriously valuable message. A vocal campaigner fighting against knife crime, Ryan utilises his platform and ability to bring people together to show that there is more to life than a knife.
He’s not just posting about this either, he recently rode the Prudential Ride London with @Jake100_ The Hackney Gazette wrote “The professional rider has been training for eight weeks in preparation for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey course on Sunday. Last summer the pair were joined in central London by 4,000 teenagers on bikes to ride together in protest of the rise of violent crime that is plaguing the capital.”
Ryan quoted: “The youth today are sick and tired of hearing about the endless violence of knife crime, it’s time for it to stop and that’s what this ride is all about.”
With all money raised going towards The Wickers, a charity which provides a safe haven at St Mary of Eton, as well as recreational and learning opportunities to children aged eight to 18-years-old. It’s clear Ryan is acutely aware of the social problems faced in many communities. You can’t help but admire that he’s choosing to use his platform to support and influence others in such a positive way.
Power for the people.
A seasoned Revo customer, Ryan ran Revo software on his Golf Mk7 R a few years back and loved it. So much so that we were top of the list of modifications planned for his latest acquisition – an Audi RS3 – which is a beauty! The unmistakable 5 cylinder roar of the 2.5 TFSI commands attention – much like Ryan himself.
Having experienced the true potential of his Mk7 Golf R with Revo software alone, he wanted to visit HQ for a software upgrade to unleash even more power and torque from the RS3’s turbocharged unit. We warned him it’s addictive.
Now when most customers visit us, we make them a drink and they sit back and flick through the latest mags while they wait; not Ryan Taylor. Before we knew what was happening, he was tearing around the warehouse, climbing the racking, dodging the forklift and, not dodging the forklift (check out the video for that bit to make sense).
The warehouse manager was not happy. And that’s an understatement!
With a health-check completed, Revo software installed and data-logged afterwards Ryan’s RS3 was ready for the ultimate test, the first drive powered by Revo. His reaction is a perfect way to summarise just how much difference Revo ECU Software alone can make to your car. It’s reactions like this that are why we love what we do here at Revo.