McInnis started out in engineering because he thought that was the only way to create a life full of all the things he loved. But it just didn’t stick. He was constantly dreaming and doodling and sketching out ideas for motorcycles he wanted to build, and for some reason, inspiration always hit hardest during calculus class, to his teacher’s disapproval. A documentary about the design and development of the Mazda Miata roadster rerouted him to industrial design, and four years at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Through one of his teachers, a connection was made with Lightning Motorcycle where he was hired a day after graduating.