Moto Bio
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur, adventure rider and advocate for inclusion and mental health in the tech industry. Wayne has a passion for Ducati Scrambler motorcycles, modding and adventure travel. As co-founder and CTO at Change Catalyst and Tech Inclusion programs, Wayne works to build inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and a series of events around the globe. Wayne is also the founder of the Icon Project with a mission to build emotional intelligence to advance the success of Black and Brown men in tech.

Based in San Francisco, Wayne and Melinda Briana Epler (wife) are often riding on their Ducati Scramblers exploring California’s famous highways, coast, and mountains while sharing their motorcycle traveling adventures on Instagram as @WayneSutton and (Melinda) @changecatalysts.

In the past 2 years, Wayne has ridden over 23k miles, in 4 countries more cities and towns that he can count.

Wayne co-hosts a series of group rides with diverse Bay Area riders, and his company Change Catalyst has sponsored the San Francisco Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride. Wayne enjoys inspiring riders to mod and always seek the next adventure!

My Riding Story:
My dad taught me how to ride a motorcycle when I was a teenager in North Carolina on his Honda 750. Since then I’ve had a drive for all vehicles that are fun and fast, from go-karts to mopeds and motorcycles. After learning how to ride my father’s Honda I purchased my first bike after college, a Yamaha Virago from a coworker. I kept the Yamaha for about 7 years before selling it, conforming to society’s assumption of getting wiser doesn’t include two wheels. After moving to San Francisco in 2012, a client I was doing web development work for let me keep his 2010 Ducati Monster for a year. While traveling through San Francisco streets on two wheels, I met my soon to be wife Melinda Epler. Together we started to explore HWY1 and the nearby Bay Area Mountains. After returning the Ducati Monster to its owner, Melinda and I rode electric scooters for a couple of years in San Francisco as our primary means of transportation. Realizing our need for faster speeds and to spend more time outdoors, Melinda and I purchased two Ducati Scramblers in January 2018. I purchased the Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle. Together Melinda and I enjoy long and short rides up and down the California coastline, through the city streets of San Francisco and the famous roads of Bay Area with plans for longer touring rides as our journey continues.

2017 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

V5 2019 Final Mods Look

Wayne Sutton motorcycle ducati scrambler full throttle

V5 2019 Adventure Mode Mods Look
Wayne Sutton motorcycle ducati scrambler full throttle

V4 2019 Mods Look

ducati scrambler full throttle by wayne sutton


V3 2019 Mods Look

V2 Early 2018 Windshield, Rear Rack, Turn Signals, Mirrors
Wayne Sutton Ducati Scrambler

V1 Early 2018 Almost Stock

Wayne Sutton Ducati Scrambler

Mods List (no affiliate links):

Ducati Lines Decals Stickers (6″, Light Grey)
Motodemic Adaptive LED Headlight
Motogadget m-Blaze Pin LED Turn Signals Front and Rear
CRG Hindsight Lanesplitter Bar End Mirrors
Rox Speed FX Elite Series Pivot 1-1/8″ Handlebar Riser – 2in Rise – Black 1R-P2PPK
kemimoto Motorcycle Handlebar Bar End Mirrors Rearview Mirror Universal 7/8
Denali Soundbomb Mini Horn 
Dart Flyscreen windscreen ( I have the classic and piranha version) piranha currently installed
Givi RP7407 Skid Plate Ducati Scrambler
DM Telai Rear Rack – Rear Rack / Carrier (Steel) for Ducati Scrambler
Gas Tank Cap – TWM Quick Action CNC Billet Fuel Gas Cap with Black Handle fits Ducati 
iPhone RokForm Holder
6ft USB Cable for charging iPhone under the seat
Powertye 15″x15″ Cargo Net featuring 6 Adjustable Hooks & Tight 2×2 Mesh, Black 
TechSpec XLine Tank Pads Ducati Scrambler
Fender Eliminator Tail Tidy Ducati Scrambler Icon Enduro Urban 2015 2016 2017 2018
Rizoma Pro / B-Pro Bar End Mirror 7/8″ Adapter
Ducati Scrambler 800 Frame Insert Plug Kit – 4 Pieces – Black
Ohlins STX46 Street Rear Shock Ducati Scrambler
Cycra Stealth DX Handguards Racer Pack Black Shields
Corsa Moto Dome Oil Filler Cap
Ducati Scrambler Frame Crash Protection Guard Bobbins Slider
Ducati Scrambler Rear Wheel Sliders Axle Slider Swingarm Protector crash bobbins
Ducati Scrambler Fork Protector Crash Bobbins Slider Front Axle Slider all model
Rizoma 3D Clutch Lever Ducati Scrambler
Rizoma 3D Brake Lever Ducati Scrambler 2015-2019
Front Fender in 100% Carbon Fiber for Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro
Rizoma Turn Signal Adapters Ducati Scrambler
Ducati Scrambler Classic Rear Fender
WRP X Bar America Handlebars 1 1/8
Airhawk R Cruiser Seat Pad
Rizoma Riser with Speedometer Bracket
Rizoma 1 1/8″ Handlebar Risers
AltRider Rear Brake Reservoir Guard
Rok Form iPhone XS Phone Holder/Mount and case
Hippo Hands


Fog Lights
Denali Inverted Fork Tube Auxiliary Light Mount For 50-60mm Diameter Tubes 
Fog Lights: PIAA 22-05370 LP530 Yellow 3.5″ LED Ion Fog Light Kit (this is the fog wide version, there’s another yellow headlight version)
PIAA 74000 7/8″-1.25″ L-Bracket, (Twin Pack) (didn’t use but for handlebar mounting fog lights
Handster Compact 2inch 10W CREE XM-L2 LED Pod Light 2PCS
LED Work Light for Truck, AAIWA Round LED Light Pods 4.5″ 96W LED Light Bar
Partsam 4″ Ultra-Thin-Line LED Utility Light Bar 6Diode Sealed Clear Lens White 12V


Custom seat with gel by @coterie.west
Seat modded with yellow by @frances_with_wolves
Thermo-Tec 13575 Adhesive Backed Aluminized Heat Barrier, 12″ x 24″

No longer installed
EvoTech Headlight Grill (pictured above on V1 of mods)
Ducati Scrambler Pair of LED Turn Indicators 96680541A for rear
New Rage Cycles Fork Mounted Turn Signals
Black Exhaust Heat Wrap Roll for Motorcycle Fiberglass Heat Shield Tape with Stainless Ties
MICTUNING Universal Motorcycle Mirrors – 3″ Round Folding Bar End Side Mirror (buy these instead)

Cameras and Mounts
GoPro Hero 7 Front and Rear
Insta360 360 X (sometimes)
360fly Rugged Handlebar Mount – Black Rugged Handlebar Mount
GoPro Smart Remote (GoPro Official Accessory)
Insta360 Waterproof Casing for Insta360 ONE Action Camera, Transparent,
SOONSUN Side Open Skeleton Housing Protective Case for Hero 7 Black Camera
GoPro Remote SP Gadgets Smart Mount

Custom Made By Me
Large Clear windshield
Extended gas rack

Panniers/Saddle Bags
kriega duo os platform ducati scrambler
Kriega Duo Saddlebags

Extra Gas
RotopaX RX-1G Gasoline Pack – 1, 1.75 & 2 Gallon Capacity


Riding Gear (not finished):
Hellment: Bell Bullitt Helmet
Jackets:, Rev’it
Boots/Shoes: TCX
Hand warmers

Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Hwys to ride: Hwy 29 and Hwy 130 near Mt. Hamilton
Height: 5’8
First motorcycle: 1991 Yamaha Virago xv920
Other hobbies: Working out, writing, movies, walking
Work: Co-Founder, CTO at Change Catalyst
Favorite Quote: “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ― Walt Disney Company


Professional Bio:
Wayne SuttonWayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.

Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne has been recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014.

In 2014 Wayne co-founded BUILDUP, a non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs through educational workshops and fellows program for underrepresented tech founders. In 2011, Wayne co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4. Prior to NewMe he worked in media in Raleigh, NC for NBC17 and the News and Observer. In 2009 Wayne was the co-founder of TriOut, a mobile location-based startup in Raleigh, NC which exited. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. With a passion for community, Wayne has organized Social Media Conferences, tech meetups, and hackathons such as the world’s first Food Hackathon, which assembled leading food innovators, chefs, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on solutions in the food ecosystem.

Wayne has been featured on CNN, BBC, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, Black Enterprise, and various online media outlets. Being an early adopter Wayne was one of the first 1000 users on Twitter which as lead to a loyal following not only on Twitter but Facebook and Google+. His blog has been ranked one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world over the years.

Wayne is a past TED attendee in 2012. With a passion for education and storytelling, Wayne has spoken at several universities and major internet and technology focused conferences such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, NC State, TEDx, World Wide Web(WWW) Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), DockerCon 2015 and for the U.S. Embassy Jamaica during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.

Twitter: @waynesutton