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Road Dirt

Road Dirt

By Rob Brooks
The podcast for Road Dirt Motorcycle Media, your down-home, grassroots media outlet covering all things motorcycling. Personal stories from what we call “Ride Life”, as well as bikes, gear, and accessory evaluations, simple repair and maintenance tips, great rides, events and destinations, and the racing scene.
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The Impact of Our Fathers
Rob & Phil spend a weekend riding with some of Rob's childhood friends, riding the backcountry roads Rob's father rode, and reminiscing about the impact their fathers have had on their lives.
October 17, 2021
A Brief History of the Cafe Racer
A glimpse into the origins of a popular motorcycle style and subculture.
October 9, 2021
To The Man I Never Met
Ted Edwards shares a touching tribute to Road Dirt editor Rob Brooks' father, who passed away on September 1, 2021.
September 27, 2021
Time The Gods Do Not Count
Ted Edwards' story of a memorable motorcycle road trip down the Pacific Coast, and how time seems to stand still in those beautiful, transcendent moments.
August 28, 2021
Bridge Runner
Remembering the iconic Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles, the bridge that became a movie star in its own right, but was always loved by biker and car culture alike. Story by J. Joshua Placa.
August 16, 2021
A Chat With Moto Journalist Peter Jones
We converse with popular motorsports writer and storyteller Peter Lloyd Jones, about his years riding motorcycles, leading road racing teams, and his escapades as a world-traveling motorcycle journalist. It's an entertaining discussion with an entertaining individual.
July 31, 2021
Interview with Why We Ride's Bryan Carroll
We chat with noted movie screenwriter, producer and director Bryan Carroll about his acclaimed motorcycling documentary "Why We Ride", and his passion for motorcycling and the riding community. For more on the movie, click here: For the entire video discussion, click here: For more Road Dirt, click here: 
July 26, 2021
Trackside Chat At Laguna Seca
Rob, Ted and Dave talk from the famous Corkscrew corner at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, during the King of the Baggers and Super Hooligans races of the MotoAmerica series. You can even hear the bikes as they periodically roar by in the background, seemingly close enough to reach out and touch.  For the full race weekend story, with photos and video footage, go to:
July 17, 2021
Interview with MotoAmerica Racer Kaleb De Keyrel
Ted interviews MotoAmerica Twins Cup points leader (as of this recording) Kaleb De Keyrel of Minnesota, on his racing childhood, growing up in a racing family, and his life off the racetrack. We became a fan after this interview, and we hope you will too. For more on the MotoAmerica motorcycle road racing series, visit:
July 10, 2021
Rockin to the Oldies
Rob recalls the thrill of wrenching on then riding an antique motorcycle.
July 3, 2021
Interview with MotoAmerica Racer Jake Gagne
Ted Edwards sits down for a few minutes with MotoAmerica Superbike racer and current points leader Jake Gagne, about his move to Colorado, this season's successes, and riding The Ridge in 100+ temps. If you love motorcycle racing, you'll enjoy this conversation.
June 27, 2021
The Zombie Ninja, Pt. 2
Part 2 of this series by Ted Edwards, of fast bikes, flowing roads, and a moment of panic.
June 26, 2021
The Zombie Ninja, Pt. 1
A son, a sport bike, and a road trip. What could possibly go wrong?
June 19, 2021
Lawrence of Arabia and the Motorcycle Helmet
How one man’s tragic accident would save countless lives after him.
June 5, 2021
Clouds of Doubt
Pacific Northwest writer Ted Edwards opens up about living and riding faster than our fears and doubts.
May 22, 2021
All the Things I Shouldn’t Do
Ted Edwards describes an irrational yet cathartic decision he made one cold, snowy Spring morning.
May 9, 2021
My Ace in the Hole
Ted Edwards’ story of dealing with and overcoming a physical malady that could have not only ended his motorcycle riding, but quite possibly his life.
April 30, 2021
The Little Guys
We take a few moments to celebrate and share our appreciation for motorcycling’s small business owners, near and far.
April 10, 2021
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
Rob says goodbye to a beloved bike after 20 years.
March 27, 2021
IMS Outdoors: Interview with Lauren Lloyd
Rob chats with Lauren Lloyd, PR & Communications Director for Informa Markets, the parent company of IMS Outdoors, about this year's transition from convention center expos to outdoor family festivals. They also discuss the unique and varied features patrons can expect at each venue across the country this summer and fall.
March 13, 2021
A Love Affair With Bonney
Rob reflects on an iconic motorcycle, and reviews its current iterations.
March 6, 2021
Motorcycling’s 2020 Silver Lining
A recent Motorcycle Industry Council report on 2020 shows increased Powersports sales despite a chaotic year.
February 27, 2021
Goodbye Dale, and Thank You
Rob pays homage to the late Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time.
February 12, 2021
Brand Nostalgia
Joshua Placa ruminates on the irresistible draw of old vintage and antique motorcycles, and why we long for these touchstones to the past.
February 1, 2021
Aftermarket Warranties with Kevin Baxter
Rob interviews noted custom motorcycle builder and renown performance engine tuner Kevin Baxter of Pro Twin Performance/Baxter's Garage, about a new program they are rolling out- full warranties on aftermarket motorcycle parts and installation.
January 23, 2021
Revisiting Why We Ride
Rob recounts the motorcycling movie that refreshed his love of riding for the new year.
January 9, 2021
Christmas 2020 Reflections
Road Dirt’s Rob Brooks reflects on a crazy year, recounts what the Holiday season means to him, and looks ahead into the coming year.
December 25, 2020
Phil and Rob 2020 Reflections
Rob chats with associate editor Phil Gauthier about the crazy, incredible year 2020 was, and some of our favorite moments riding and writing for Road Dirt.
December 19, 2020
Biker Good Will
Motorcyclists are a generous lot, and love supporting worthy causes, especially during the Holidays. Here’s a couple local rides we participated in, and we encourage you to find a cause near you, and join in.
December 11, 2020
Farewell to Morning Song
Road Dirt’s Ted Edwards pays a heartfelt homage to a sacred road trip destination, Morning Song Acres in south central Washington state.
November 21, 2020
Saturdays in the Shop
Kevin Baxter of Pro Twin Performance & Baxter’s Garage shares the serenity of Saturdays at the shop, and doing what you truly love.
November 9, 2020
Appalachian Playground
Ted Edwards recounts dancing with the ride, the road, and the land of the Smoky Mountain high country in Autumn.
October 31, 2020
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge & Resort
Rob recounts the Road Dirt crew’s stay at the popular motorcycle campground, Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge, in the mountains of North Carolina.
October 24, 2020
Lost In Translation
Road Dirt contributor Christian Pierce recounts the challenges of ordering and installing aftermarket motorcycle parts.
October 17, 2020
Super Natural
Joshua Placa shares his favorite road trip, riding the red rock wonderlands of the unearthly Southwest.
October 10, 2020
MV Augusta Unveils the Superveloce
Road Dirt was invited to the American “reveal party” of the Italian brand’s all-new “Neo-Classic Racer”
September 26, 2020
The West: Enter At Your Own Risk
Our Pacific Northwest writer Ted Edwards shares the surreal experience of riding through the smoke and soot of the western wildfires.
September 19, 2020
Legendary Bikes: Peter Egan’s 1974 Norton Commando
What Brough Superior was to T.E. Lawrence, Norton Commando is to Peter Egan. The latest from our friends at The Throttlestop in Elkhart Lake, WI.
September 4, 2020
2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
A young sport bike rider & Moto-vlogger rides an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
August 24, 2020
A Pandemic Purchase
Christian Pierce recounts his recent strange motorcycle purchase during this global health crisis.
August 17, 2020
Sisters of Fire
Ted and his childhood chum Dave ride the beautiful and deadly Cascade Volcanic Arc of the Pacific Northwest.
August 8, 2020
The Firefly Hour
Rob shares the magic of Southern summer nights, among nature’s little lightbulbs.
August 1, 2020
Skool of Moto
We visit a unique motorcycle training school, by women for women, in Mazama, WA.
July 24, 2020
Sledgehammer and the Unicorn
Road Dirt’s Ted Edwards finds the “white unicorn”, the motorcycle of his dreams. What’s your dream bike?
July 12, 2020
God’s Own Racetrack
Riding the Pacific Northwest with the Wild Rose Squad.
June 22, 2020
Life Happens
Road Dirt contributor Christian Pierce shares the circumstances that keep interfering with our passion, which in our case, is motorcycles.
June 7, 2020
Nicky Hayden Tribute
We remember a great racer, a great person, and offer some reflections his tragic death evoked.
May 23, 2020
Wayward Sons
Two lifelong friends strafe the undulating roads of East Oregon.
May 15, 2020
Riding In Captivity
J Joshua Placa shares his take on riding in the COVID crisis.
April 27, 2020
Electric Soul
We ride the Zero Motorcycles SR/F and SR/S, two electric motorcycles with style, speed, and soul.
April 11, 2020
The Spring of Corona
Road Dirt’s Ted Edwards reflects on a change in perspective he gained, after a much-needed motorcycle ride during the early stages of the COVID-19 spreading quarantines.
April 6, 2020
Destinations: Wupatki National Monument
Noted motojournalist Joshua Placa takes us on a journey to another place, time and people, as we make a virtual tour of Wupatki National Monument in Arizona.
March 28, 2020
Back on Track
Road Dirt photo-journalist Ryan Nolan writes about kicking off riding & racing season with a weekend at North Florida’s JenningsGP motorcycle track.
March 21, 2020
Road Trip Dreams
Road Dirt writer Ted Edwards offers sage advice on planning memorable motorcycle road trips.
March 14, 2020
Motorcycle Tire Pressure & Temperature Monitoring Systems
We interview Rick Collinson of RVProducts4You, and their proprietary TPMS units for motorcycles and trikes. We learn about Rick’s amazing backstory, including his decorated service at “Ground Zero” after the 9-11 attacks, and his company’s vision for improved motorcycle safety.
March 6, 2020
My Brother’s Keeper
The motorcycling community is a special breed. Rob shares why, and gives several heart-warming examples.
February 29, 2020
Riding the Royal Enfield INT650 Interceptor
We ride the newest twin by one of the world’s oldest motorcycle brands.
February 14, 2020
An American In Dakar
Ricky Brabec and Team Honda make history in the grueling and legendary Dakar Rally.
February 2, 2020
In Pursuit of Alone
Ted Edwards shares the blissful escape that is motorcycle road tripping.
January 18, 2020
A Tale of Two Wheels
Custom motorcycle builder Kevin Baxter of Pro Twin Performance shares the story behind his first motorcycle, and the life lessons that accompanied it.
January 4, 2020
The Road Dirt Difference
West coast writer Ted Edwards reveals the “secret sauce” of Road Dirt’s uniqueness.
December 20, 2019
A Master Craftsman and His Legacy
Custom bike builder Kevin Baxter of Pro Twin Performance recounts the special friendship and mentorship of a great man, Canadian bike builder Bob McKay.
December 13, 2019
S.O.S.- Save Our Sport!
Rob shares an open letter to the motorcycle manufacturers, recalling the marketing strategies of old.
November 28, 2019
Riding the Iron
We ride the 1970s styled Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 Sportster, and wax nostalgic on the history of this iconic model line.
November 16, 2019
Living With An Indian
Rob reviews and gives his impressions of the highly touted Indian FTR 1200s
November 8, 2019
Sleepless in Colorado
Road Dirt west coast writer Ted Edwards gives his humorous and heartwarming account of riding in the prestigious Colorado 500 Charity Ride
October 17, 2019
Toss the Plan- Ride the Ride
Rob reads Road Dirt assoc. editor Phil Gauthier’s account of a 4-day road trip with friends, filled with both struggles and memories.
October 4, 2019
Don’t Panic!
Road Dirt editor Rob Brooks digs up a tale from the RD Archives, recounting the bike that tried to kill him, and what he learned from the ordeal.
September 22, 2019
The Heroes of Laguna Seca
Road Dirt’s Ted Edwards account of the true heroes of Laguna Seca racing, both on and off the track.
August 31, 2019
Conquering the Fear Factor
Rob discusses the conditions and situations that can create fear and anxiety for riders, and how to overcome these.
August 24, 2019
Taking the Long View
Road Dirt editor Rob Brooks discusses the visual skill he calls “Long View”, and its impact on riding and life.
August 15, 2019
More Best Roads of the Upper Left
Road Dirt west coast writer/rider Ted Edwards unveils five more of his favorite roads in Washington State and east Oregon, in his unique and entertaining style.
August 6, 2019
After the Fall
Road Dirt owner/editor Rob Brooks reflects on the traumatic, life-altering motorcycle crash he experienced years ago, and how he eventually got back to riding.
July 26, 2019
Riding Laconia
Road Dirt contributor Lloyd Clement of New Hampshire recounts a spectacular day of riding- to the legendary Laconia Bike Week, across the beautiful White Mountains, and along the rocky southern coastline.
July 19, 2019
The State of American Motorcycling
Rob comments on the struggles of recent decades in American motorcycling, some signs of revival in our sport, and offers some suggestions for the future.
July 5, 2019
Best Roads of the Upper Left, Part 1
Road Dirt west coast writer Ted Edwards rides the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Rob reads his account.
June 29, 2019
Looking Into The Hourglass
Rob spent some time with motorcycle rider, vintage collector, and retired motorcycle racer Keith Campbell, in what became a quite enjoyable interview. *disclaimer: mild language
June 21, 2019
Spirit of 76
Road Dirt west coast contributor Ted Edwards’ tribute to his still-motorcycle riding, 76 year old father.
June 14, 2019
Dented Rim Debacle
Rob recounts hitting a pothole on his Triumph Bonneville, and his efforts in searching out a viable and affordable solution.
June 8, 2019
Aaron’s Story
Rob recounts reconnecting with an old school buddy, their impact on each other, their many moto rides together, and the grief of goodbyes.
May 31, 2019
My Moto Main Squeeze
Rob recounts his most beloved motorcycle, and why the bike is still so special to him.
May 25, 2019
Pipe Dreams
Road Dirt contributor Ted Edwards reveals a hidden truth and meaning behind the popular motorcyclist phrase, “Loud pipes save lives.”
May 17, 2019
Fire & Thunder
Rob attends the NHRA Southern Nationals drag races at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.
May 10, 2019
An Unsung Hero
Mike Boyd, Vietnam combat veteran and lifelong motorcycle rider, opens the door to his garage, and his amazing story.
May 3, 2019
Searching For America- It’s Not About The Roads
We share our northwest friend Ted Edwards’ adventures out on a protracted road trip, seeking those people, places, and circumstances that reveal the American ideals of love and sacrifice for our fellow man.
April 26, 2019
Air Combat & Street Riding
Fighter pilot jargon and combat practices, and how these translate to riding a motorcycle on the streets.
April 19, 2019
Speed Thrills
MotoAmerica motorcycle road racing season opener at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
April 12, 2019
The Moto Mosh Pit
The thrills and spills of American Flat Track, one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Rob attended the Dixie Speedway round, and recounts a day at the races.
March 30, 2019
A Soldier’s Road Home
My friend Darin Branton’s story of his 5-month odyssey out across America, Mexico, and deep into Central America, after 4 years in the U.S. Army, a year of which in a combat zone in Iraq.
March 22, 2019
Support Your Local Bike Nights
Rob & Phil attended a local Cycle Gear Bike Night, and enjoyed a loud evening with a wide variety of motorcycle riders.
March 16, 2019
Above the Ton
Rob tries to convey the sheer terrifying thrill of riding a sport bike well in excess of 100 mph, on a race track. See if you can imagine what he’s describing!
March 8, 2019
My First Track Day
Riding a high-powered sport bike, at triple-digit speeds, in a controlled environment. A thrill ride, indeed.
March 1, 2019
Half-Century Road Trip
A magnificent moto road trip with a life-long friend, as we both hit the “big 5-0”.
February 22, 2019
Rocking to the Oldies
An encounter with an old Triumph stirs something deep, nostalgic, and “hooligan” in our host.
February 15, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 5
Crossing beautiful south Alabama, across Mobile Bay, and along the sand, the dunes, and the beaches of panhandle Florida.
February 8, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 4
Riding the storms out south of Dallas, outrunning them to Mike’s sister’s place, then a brief, tense encounter with a biker gang.
January 31, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 3
A crime, a setback, a calamity averted, and a redirect, as the Adventure continues.
January 25, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 2
Riding across the wide open prairie lands of west Oklahoma and Panhandle Texas, the amazing sights and even more amazing people we encountered.
January 18, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 1
A 10-day, 10 state, 3300+ mile road trip out west and back, with a great friend. Amazing places, experiences, and people. Especially the people.
January 11, 2019
Three Amigos Ride Baja
The epic road trip I took this past year, with two childhood chums.
January 4, 2019
Wonder of the Wise Men
One final musing on Christmas, about those unique foreign visitors who crossed a continent to worship the Christ Child.
December 26, 2018
Christmas Musings
After a December moto ride, I reflected on a father in Biblical times with an extraordinary story. A little something for the holiday season.
December 20, 2018
My Brother’s Keeper
The “biker goodwill” modeled and demonstrated within the motorcycling community.
December 11, 2018
Time Passages
The story of my father’s legacy of riding, and the eventual, inevitable moment of stepping away from motorcycling.
December 5, 2018
Mystic Rhythms- The Tranquility of Motorcycling
Attempts to answer the question of why we ride.
November 21, 2018
In My Blood
My riding heritage, inherited from a biker father, and ingrained in my soul.
November 10, 2018
A brief introduction to Road Dirt. Very brief.
Who we are, what we will be about.
November 10, 2018