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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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Riding the Yamaha MT-10 SP
Riding the Yamaha MT-10 SP
Road Dirt photo-journalist Ryan Nolan flies out to Los Angeles to ride the Yamaha MT-10 SP, around town, along the highways, and up in the mountains. Ryan gives his ride impressions, describes some of the unique features of the bike, and his assessment of it as a do-everything, well-rounded naked sportbike.  For Ryan's story with photos and ride footage, click here: Riding the Yamaha MT-10 SP We're thankful for this month's podcast sponsors, Little Rider Enterprises! Check out their fantastic children's books: Mimi and Moto
24:53
December 03, 2022
In Search of Los Angeles
In Search of Los Angeles
Editor-at-Large Joshua Placa points the Indian Super Chief Limited into the urban frontier that is Los Angeles, asking the existential question, "What is Los Angeles, really?" With his typical wit and wry sense of humor, Joshua weaves an entertaining tale of city life on a motorcycle, from the congested streets of NYC to the sprawling burbs of LA. For his story with photos, click here: In Search of Los Angeles Much thanks to Little Rider Enterprises for their holiday podcast sponsorship! Check out their children's offerings here: Mimi and Moto
13:26
November 26, 2022
Conversation with the Authors of Mimi and Moto Children's Books
Conversation with the Authors of Mimi and Moto Children's Books
We share the audio portion of a video interview we had with Mark Augustyn and Nancy Gerloff, the authors of the popular "Mimi and Moto: The Motorcycle Monkeys" kids book series. We discuss their own motorcycling backgrounds, the inspirations behind writing this book series, and what they plan to write and publish next. Looking for some enjoyable Christmas gifts for the younger kids or grands in your life? We think this book series would be a fun way to introduce children to the motorcycling life. For the video interview with Mark and Nancy, click here: Mark & Nancy Interview For more on Mimi and Moto products, click here: Mimi and Moto For Road Dirt's main "E-Magazine" site, click here: Road Dirt Motorcycle Media
29:07
November 17, 2022
Kevin Baxter and the Curve Bike
Kevin Baxter and the Curve Bike
We share a portion of a conversation we enjoyed with Kevin Baxter of ProTwin Performance and Baxter's Garage. Kevin is a noted custom motorcycle builder, and one of North America's premier high-performance V-Twin engine tuners. We discuss his latest creation, the award-winning Curve Bike, diving into the bike's very personal inspiration, the unique features he built in, and the accolades the bike has received in the custom motorcycle world. For the full-length video interview with plenty of ride footage, check it out here: https://youtu.be/BnceFg0ePi0 *Be sure to like, subscribe, and share this podcast if you enjoyed it, and check out our main motorcycle website here: RoadDirt.tv
20:04
November 07, 2022
Haunted Highways- Tombstone's Undead
Haunted Highways- Tombstone's Undead
Joshua Placa plunges deeper into the Arizona ghostlands and visits the legendary town of Tombstone, famous for gunfights, gambling and ghosts.  For his written story with photos, click here: Haunted Highways- Tombstone's Undead For part 1 of this series, click here: Haunted Highways- Arizona's Ghostlands
13:47
October 29, 2022
Haunted Highways- Arizona Ghostlands
Haunted Highways- Arizona Ghostlands
Road Dirt Editor-at-Large Joshua Placa chases ghostly tales of the Old West in this first episode of our Halloween series on the podcast! For the written story with ample photos, click here: Haunted Highways- Arizona Ghostlands Give us a like, subscribe and share if you enjoyed this!
15:39
October 22, 2022
Brian Stokes- A Motorcycle Life
Brian Stokes- A Motorcycle Life
We sit down for a chat with Brian Stokes- former AMA Motocross, Supercross, Formula Extreme and Supersport racer, crew chief, team leader, who also has supplied motorcycles to movies and television shows, and now maintains the marketing and media fleet for Triumph North America. Whew! Brian lives the motorcycling life, the #RIDELIFE as we call it, and shares his story with us here.  For the video of our interview, click here: YouTube Interview *Please visit our friends at Little Rider Enterprises for their wonderful children's motorcycling books and merch, Mimi & Moto! Mimi & Moto
26:22
October 14, 2022
The Moto Mindset
The Moto Mindset
If you’re riding through a rough patch, on a motorcycle ride or in life, the key might be to make up your mind and throttle through. Motorcycle riders are characterized by a “can-do” spirit. We examine how and what we can improve, then we “get back on the horse” and roll out. It all begins in the mind and the will. We share Rob's personal experience with this from a road trip this summer, and how "The Moto Mindset" helped him overcome adversity and uncertainty.  For more on this story and others, with photos and videos, check out our main e-magazine site: https://roaddirt.tv/the-moto-mindset/ for the latest on our YouTube channel, click here: https://youtu.be/5ZTzM2YsD-Q *Please be sure to check out our sponsors, for great children's motorcycling books and toys: https://mimiandmoto.com
09:32
October 08, 2022
Interview with Josh Hayes
Interview with Josh Hayes
We sit down for a chat with 4x AMA Pro Superbike champion Josh Hayes during the final MotoAmerica motorcycle road racing weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. After a brutal crash in practice that broke his left leg in several places, Josh returned to the track and talked with us about his racing life, his family, his work now as a coach and mentor, and his aspirations in 2023.   For our main moto site, check us out here:  https://roaddirt.tv/ *Thanks to our podcast sponsors, Little Rider Enterprises! For more on their entertaining children's book series, "Mimi & Moto: The Motorcycle Monkeys", visit their website here: MimiandMoto.com
21:10
October 04, 2022
The Old Bike and the Sea
The Old Bike and the Sea
Ted Edwards account of the breathtaking beauty of riding old motorcycles along the Pacific Coast of Oregon and California. For his written story with plenty of photos, click or copy/paste here: The Old Bike and the Sea
16:44
September 18, 2022
The Budget Biker: Eat Right, Ride Cheap
The Budget Biker: Eat Right, Ride Cheap
On this episode, we share the wit and wisdom of Joshua Placa, veteran biker and moto-journalist, in the first installment of a series he calls, "The Budget Biker". We hope you enjoy this entertaining, maybe even idea-inspiring, tale from the open road. For the written story with photos, follow this link: The Budget Biker: Eat Right, Ride Cheap
08:18
July 30, 2022
Fighting the Giant: The Life of a Motorcycle Racing Privateer
Fighting the Giant: The Life of a Motorcycle Racing Privateer
Road Dirt's Ted Edwards talks with Max Flinders, MotoAmerica road racer competing in the Superbike class. Max and Ted discuss the struggles of being a "privateer" racer, with few sponsors, no crew besides family, and the hardships of going it alone.  Yet for a passionate racer like Max who loves the sport, what keeps him motivated? What keeps him on the road and on the track, pursuing his dream? We think you'll find inspiration from this enthusiastic young man, and his faithful fans.
16:54
July 22, 2022
Riding The Storm Out
Riding The Storm Out
Storms find me, seeking me out like Sidewinder missiles, tracking me down whether I’m out for a day ride or on a multi-day road trip. There’s a cosmic determination to soak me at least once while I’m out two-wheeling, it seems, especially in the summer months. Here’s a few of my "wet tales", in no particular order other than how they come to mind.  By the end, leave one or two of yours in the comments below! Let’s commiserate together. For the written story with photos, click here: https://roaddirt.tv/riding-the-storm-out/
11:21
July 09, 2022
Wayne Rainey Rides Again
Wayne Rainey Rides Again
Three time Motorcycle GP World Champion wows the crowd at Goodwood Festival of Speed, by riding his 1992 championship-winning YZR500 motorcycle around the famed racetrack. What makes this so historic?  Give this a listen! And here's the story with photos and video footage- https://roaddirt.tv/wayne-rainey-rides-again/
07:36
July 03, 2022
Let's Talk Track Days!
Let's Talk Track Days!
Road Dirt's Rob and Ted discuss motorcycle track days- the benefits of riding them, and how to prepare for a great experience. For more on riding track days, click here: Riding Your First Track Day
23:08
June 20, 2022
Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles
Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles
We recently received an email from a reader asking us, "What are the differences, if any, between dual sport and adventure motorcycles?"  We thought that was a worthy question, so we'll endeavor to answer it here. For our story with photos, click or copy/paste here: https://roaddirt.tv/dual-sport-and-adventure-motorcycles/
10:14
June 03, 2022
The Mantainer
The Mantainer
On this episode, we coin a new term- "mantainer". It's meaning and origins will become quite clear in the story. Hint: Sometimes the best memories can be formed in the worst places. For the written story with photos, click or copy/paste this link: https://roaddirt.tv/the-mantainer/
09:40
May 21, 2022
Playing In The Dirt, Again
Playing In The Dirt, Again
Road Dirt Senior Editor Rob Brooks takes to the dirt roads of east central Georgia astride a 2022 Honda CRF300L dual sport motorcycle, for the annual Scull Shoals ADV/Dual Sport Ride. A street rider in the dirt- what could possibly go wrong? Huge thanks to Honda Motorsports USA, Cycle World of Athens, Georgia Dual Sport Riders and Georgia Off-Road Adventures for a great time! Our story with photos and video ride footage: https://roaddirt.tv/playing-in-the-dirt-again/
11:04
May 08, 2022
Type II Fun
Type II Fun
Some experiences in life and motorcycle riding are not enjoyable in the moment, but make for entertaining stories afterward. Can you relate? In this episode of Road Dirt, we explore "Type II Fun" and share a few of our own. For the whole story with photos, use this link: Type II Fun
08:18
April 29, 2022
Interview with Royal Enfield Americas President Krishnan Ramaswami
Interview with Royal Enfield Americas President Krishnan Ramaswami
We sit down with Royal Enfield western hemisphere president Krishnan Ramaswami in historic Savannah, Georgia for a conversation about the legendary motorcycle brand, the current and upcoming offerings in their model lineup, and reinventing/reintroducing the Classic 350 motorbike in the American market. For more on the new 2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350, click here: https://roaddirt.tv/royal-enfield-debuts-a-modern-classic/ #RoyalEnfield #motorcycles #motorbikes #RideLife 
22:44
April 16, 2022
Conversation with storyteller Ted Edwards
Conversation with storyteller Ted Edwards
We enjoy a rambling conversation with Road Dirt's favorite storyteller, Ted Edwards, about growing up around motorcycles, his favorite elements of riding, and what he's most looking forward to this year. For our video interview, click here: https://youtu.be/Y7Gon7dc_ws 
21:15
April 08, 2022
The Curious Tale of a Lost Indian
The Curious Tale of a Lost Indian
Joshua Placa shares the story of a revered biker uncle, a child's kindled passion for motorcycles, and a bike in a box. For the written story with photos, click here: https://roaddirt.tv/the-curious-tale-of-a-lost-indian/
16:44
April 02, 2022
The Daytona 200- America's Festival of Speed
The Daytona 200- America's Festival of Speed
We dive into the archives of the world-famous Daytona 200, to learn the history of this enduring and legendary motorcycle race.  Do you enjoy motorcycles? Are you a fan of history? Then we think you'll enjoy this fascinating tale! For the story with abundant photos, check out this link: https://roaddirt.tv/the-daytona-200-americas-festival-of-speed/
12:14
March 18, 2022
Circling the Globe on a Royal Enfield Himalayan
Circling the Globe on a Royal Enfield Himalayan
An English university student suspends his studies and sets out across the planet on a quest to be the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the earth on a motorcycle. Check out the incredible story of the intrepid young man named Jack Groves and his second-hand Royal Enfield Himalayan.  For the story with many of his trip photos, click here: RoadDirt.tv
10:23
March 06, 2022
The Abernathy Boys- An American Story
The Abernathy Boys- An American Story
In the early 1900s, two young intrepid American brothers set out across America first by horse, then by car, and ultimately by motorcycle. That's amazing enough- but these boys were under the current age to even drive, they set out without adult supervision, and ultimately achieved what few ever would, all before the age of 15. Get ready to hear a truly all-American story of grit, determination, courage, and youthful enthusiasm. Get ready to meet the Abernathy Boys. For more on their amazing story with photos, click here: https://roaddirt.tv/the-abernathy-boys-an-american-chronicle/
10:22
February 26, 2022
Motorcycling in 2022- a freewheeling conversation with Steven Kent
Motorcycling in 2022- a freewheeling conversation with Steven Kent
We did our first-ever live broadcast over the weekend to YouTube Live, and invited our friend and riding buddy Steven Kent from West Virginia to come join us. We discuss all things motorcycling in 2022, from new bikes debuting this year, to upcoming races, rallies and rides, and the roads we hope to traverse in the coming months. For the video conversation from the Road Dirt Garage, click here: https://youtu.be/xzXc8S2LoCY For more great stories from the #RideLife, visit us here: https://roaddirt.tv/ *Subscribe to both, and join the Road Dirt Community!
31:34
February 21, 2022
Legendary Bikes: 1972 Kawasaki Z1 900 Super Four
Legendary Bikes: 1972 Kawasaki Z1 900 Super Four
We share the backstory behind the iconic and game-changing 1972 Kawasaki Z1 900 Super Four motorcycle, and the remarkable, desperate development Kawasaki undertook to bring it to production.  For more on the Z1 900, with photo galleries, click here: https://roaddirt.tv/legendary-bikes-kawasaki-z1-900-super-four/
10:10
February 05, 2022
Old Man Gave Me The Finger
Old Man Gave Me The Finger
We share the tale one of our writers wrote about a couple of unpleasant encounters with fellow bikers out on the road. These are fortunately uncommon, as riders typically hold each other in fairly high regard. We're all in this together, so let's treat each as a true community. For more Road Dirt, visit us here: https://roaddirt.tv/
08:52
January 30, 2022
Challenges To Memories
Challenges To Memories
We share the story of Mike Hinton, one of editor Rob's close friends who is battling cancer, about a road trip he recently made with his younger brother. Mike shares the memorable trip through the Texas Hill Country, and the town of Luckenbach made famous by country singer Waylon Jennings. For the full story with photo galleries, click or copy/paste this: Challenges To Memories
17:23
January 22, 2022
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Rob and Phil reflect on the year that was, 2021, and discuss their Road Dirt hopes and plans for 2022. An unscripted, candid conversation between to two old friends, and the motorcycling stories they hope to experience and share in the coming year. For more Road Dirt, visit us here: www.RoadDirt.tv
19:58
January 09, 2022
The Writing On The Wall
The Writing On The Wall
"Before I Die..." How would you finish that sentence? As we close another difficult year and look into 2022, we choose to #ridelife, and live it to the full. Happy New Year to you and yours! #motorcycle #motorbike #newyears #adventure https://roaddirt.tv/the-writing-on-the-wall/
07:33
December 31, 2021
Libby Accidentally
Libby Accidentally
Ever notice that mishaps, mistakes and mess-ups often make for the most memorable adventures? In this episode, we share a tale of misadventure out on a motorcycle road trip that many of us riders can relate to, which is why we chuckle when we read and hear this. We may not laugh in the midst of them, but we'll tell the stories for years to come. For the written story with photos, go to: RoadDirt.tv/libby-accidentally
48:55
December 11, 2021
To The Hesitant
To The Hesitant
Road Dirt writer Ted Edwards takes pen in hand and answers the oft-asked question, "Why do you ride motorcycles?" We give voice to his words in this episode, and express what many of us who ride feel is so hard to explain to the non-riding world. If you are hesitant to throw a leg over and join us, or love to ride but have a hard time sharing the "why", see if Ted's words might help. #motorcycle #adventure #ridelife Find us on the web! www.RoadDirt.tv
05:56
November 27, 2021
Last Ride of Valentino Rossi
Last Ride of Valentino Rossi
#motorcycle #racing #valentinorossi #VR46  We watched the final race of Valentino Rossi, one of the greatest motorcycle racers in Grand Prix history, and reflect on his spectacular 25-year career. For the story with fantastic photos from the race, click here: https://roaddirt.tv/last-ride-of-valentino-rossi/  
08:31
November 20, 2021
Interview with America's Ambassador of Motorcycling
Interview with America's Ambassador of Motorcycling
We chat with Robert Pandya, noted powersports advocate and unofficial "Ambassador of Motorcycling" about his work with the International Motorcycle Shows, his comical and unlikely introduction to motorcycles, and his vision for the future of our sport/lifestyle. For our video and story on Robert, visit us here: https://roaddirt.tv/americas-ambassador-of-motorcycling-a-chat-with-robert-pandya/ 
26:41
November 12, 2021
Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta
Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta
We share a short quote from legendary Italian motorcycle racer Giacomo Agostini in his native tongue, read its translation, and tell the story of perhaps the greatest motorcycle racer in history. MV Agusta Motorcycles pays tribute to the legend with a special limited edition 2022 Superveloce Ago motorcycle, and we feature photos of Ago, his racing years, and the Ago tribute bike on our website- https://roaddirt.tv/mv-agusta-pays-tribute-to-a-racing-legend/ 
10:18
October 29, 2021
The Impact of Our Fathers
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.
24:51
October 17, 2021
A Brief History of the Cafe Racer
A Brief History of the Cafe Racer
A glimpse into the origins of a popular motorcycle style and subculture.
09:49
October 09, 2021
To The Man I Never Met
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.
07:42
September 27, 2021
Time The Gods Do Not Count
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.
38:38
August 28, 2021
Bridge Runner
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.
34:15
August 16, 2021
A Chat With Moto Journalist Peter Jones
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.
43:11
July 31, 2021
Interview with Why We Ride's Bryan Carroll
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: www.WhyWeRide.com For the entire video discussion, click here: https://youtu.be/pJ3VGcj9RrI For more Road Dirt, click here: www.RoadDirt.tv 
28:00
July 26, 2021
Trackside Chat At Laguna Seca
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: https://roaddirt.tv/king-kyle-crowned-at-laguna-seca/
16:43
July 17, 2021
Interview with MotoAmerica Racer Kaleb De Keyrel
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: www.MotoAmerica.com
35:44
July 10, 2021
Rockin to the Oldies
Rockin to the Oldies
Rob recalls the thrill of wrenching on then riding an antique motorcycle.
09:09
July 03, 2021
Interview with MotoAmerica Racer Jake Gagne
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.
09:29
June 27, 2021
The Zombie Ninja, Pt. 2
The Zombie Ninja, Pt. 2
Part 2 of this series by Ted Edwards, of fast bikes, flowing roads, and a moment of panic.
13:43
June 26, 2021
The Zombie Ninja, Pt. 1
The Zombie Ninja, Pt. 1
A son, a sport bike, and a road trip. What could possibly go wrong?
10:13
June 19, 2021
Lawrence of Arabia and the Motorcycle Helmet
Lawrence of Arabia and the Motorcycle Helmet
How one man’s tragic accident would save countless lives after him.
12:58
June 05, 2021
Clouds of Doubt
Clouds of Doubt
Pacific Northwest writer Ted Edwards opens up about living and riding faster than our fears and doubts.
09:28
May 22, 2021
All the Things I Shouldn’t Do
All the Things I Shouldn’t Do
Ted Edwards describes an irrational yet cathartic decision he made one cold, snowy Spring morning.
12:21
May 09, 2021
My Ace in the Hole
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.
12:44
April 30, 2021
The Little Guys
The Little Guys
We take a few moments to celebrate and share our appreciation for motorcycling’s small business owners, near and far.
09:54
April 10, 2021
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
Rob says goodbye to a beloved bike after 20 years.
11:06
March 27, 2021
IMS Outdoors: Interview with Lauren Lloyd
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.
18:58
March 13, 2021
A Love Affair With Bonney
A Love Affair With Bonney
Rob reflects on an iconic motorcycle, and reviews its current iterations.
09:41
March 06, 2021
Motorcycling’s 2020 Silver Lining
Motorcycling’s 2020 Silver Lining
A recent Motorcycle Industry Council report on 2020 shows increased Powersports sales despite a chaotic year.
11:01
February 27, 2021
Goodbye Dale, and Thank You
Goodbye Dale, and Thank You
Rob pays homage to the late Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time.
09:13
February 12, 2021
Brand Nostalgia
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.
14:25
February 01, 2021
Aftermarket Warranties with Kevin Baxter
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.
29:30
January 23, 2021
Revisiting Why We Ride
Revisiting Why We Ride
Rob recounts the motorcycling movie that refreshed his love of riding for the new year.
11:11
January 09, 2021
Christmas 2020 Reflections
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.
07:11
December 25, 2020
Phil and Rob 2020 Reflections
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.
20:45
December 19, 2020
Biker Good Will
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.
09:04
December 11, 2020
Farewell to Morning Song
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.
20:12
November 21, 2020
Saturdays in the Shop
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.
08:32
November 09, 2020
Appalachian Playground
Appalachian Playground
Ted Edwards recounts dancing with the ride, the road, and the land of the Smoky Mountain high country in Autumn.
17:12
October 31, 2020
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge & Resort
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.
11:40
October 24, 2020
Lost In Translation
Lost In Translation
Road Dirt contributor Christian Pierce recounts the challenges of ordering and installing aftermarket motorcycle parts.
12:53
October 17, 2020
Super Natural
Super Natural
Joshua Placa shares his favorite road trip, riding the red rock wonderlands of the unearthly Southwest.
22:53
October 10, 2020
MV Augusta Unveils the Superveloce
MV Augusta Unveils the Superveloce
Road Dirt was invited to the American “reveal party” of the Italian brand’s all-new “Neo-Classic Racer”
09:33
September 26, 2020
The West: Enter At Your Own Risk
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.
12:17
September 19, 2020
Legendary Bikes: Peter Egan’s 1974 Norton Commando
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.
08:16
September 04, 2020
2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
A young sport bike rider & Moto-vlogger rides an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
14:06
August 24, 2020
A Pandemic Purchase
A Pandemic Purchase
Christian Pierce recounts his recent strange motorcycle purchase during this global health crisis.
11:40
August 17, 2020
Sisters of Fire
Sisters of Fire
Ted and his childhood chum Dave ride the beautiful and deadly Cascade Volcanic Arc of the Pacific Northwest.
13:51
August 08, 2020
The Firefly Hour
The Firefly Hour
Rob shares the magic of Southern summer nights, among nature’s little lightbulbs.
09:13
August 01, 2020
Skool of Moto
Skool of Moto
We visit a unique motorcycle training school, by women for women, in Mazama, WA.
12:02
July 24, 2020
Sledgehammer and the Unicorn
Sledgehammer and the Unicorn
Road Dirt’s Ted Edwards finds the “white unicorn”, the motorcycle of his dreams. What’s your dream bike?
14:20
July 12, 2020
God’s Own Racetrack
God’s Own Racetrack
Riding the Pacific Northwest with the Wild Rose Squad.
41:14
June 22, 2020
Life Happens
Life Happens
Road Dirt contributor Christian Pierce shares the circumstances that keep interfering with our passion, which in our case, is motorcycles.
15:33
June 07, 2020
Nicky Hayden Tribute
Nicky Hayden Tribute
We remember a great racer, a great person, and offer some reflections his tragic death evoked.
09:40
May 23, 2020
Wayward Sons
Wayward Sons
Two lifelong friends strafe the undulating roads of East Oregon.
18:56
May 15, 2020
Riding In Captivity
Riding In Captivity
J Joshua Placa shares his take on riding in the COVID crisis.
10:17
April 27, 2020
Electric Soul
Electric Soul
We ride the Zero Motorcycles SR/F and SR/S, two electric motorcycles with style, speed, and soul.
19:52
April 11, 2020
The Spring of Corona
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.
11:24
April 06, 2020
Destinations: Wupatki National Monument
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.
15:49
March 28, 2020
Back on Track
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.
15:47
March 21, 2020
Road Trip Dreams
Road Trip Dreams
Road Dirt writer Ted Edwards offers sage advice on planning memorable motorcycle road trips.
12:07
March 14, 2020
Motorcycle Tire Pressure & Temperature Monitoring Systems
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.
12:59
March 06, 2020
My Brother’s Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper
The motorcycling community is a special breed. Rob shares why, and gives several heart-warming examples.
08:47
February 29, 2020
Riding the Royal Enfield INT650 Interceptor
Riding the Royal Enfield INT650 Interceptor
We ride the newest twin by one of the world’s oldest motorcycle brands.
15:48
February 14, 2020
An American In Dakar
An American In Dakar
Ricky Brabec and Team Honda make history in the grueling and legendary Dakar Rally.
06:32
February 02, 2020
In Pursuit of Alone
In Pursuit of Alone
Ted Edwards shares the blissful escape that is motorcycle road tripping.
09:55
January 18, 2020
A Tale of Two Wheels
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.
11:29
January 04, 2020
The Road Dirt Difference
The Road Dirt Difference
West coast writer Ted Edwards reveals the “secret sauce” of Road Dirt’s uniqueness.
08:10
December 20, 2019
A Master Craftsman and His Legacy
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.
10:19
December 13, 2019
S.O.S.- Save Our Sport!
S.O.S.- Save Our Sport!
Rob shares an open letter to the motorcycle manufacturers, recalling the marketing strategies of old.
09:19
November 28, 2019
Riding the Iron
Riding the Iron
We ride the 1970s styled Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 Sportster, and wax nostalgic on the history of this iconic model line.
14:53
November 16, 2019
Living With An Indian
Living With An Indian
Rob reviews and gives his impressions of the highly touted Indian FTR 1200s
15:38
November 08, 2019
Sleepless in Colorado
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
23:21
October 17, 2019
Toss the Plan- Ride the Ride
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.
18:11
October 04, 2019
Don’t Panic!
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.
08:45
September 22, 2019
The Heroes of Laguna Seca
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.
12:04
August 31, 2019
Conquering the Fear Factor
Conquering the Fear Factor
Rob discusses the conditions and situations that can create fear and anxiety for riders, and how to overcome these.
10:29
August 24, 2019
Taking the Long View
Taking the Long View
Road Dirt editor Rob Brooks discusses the visual skill he calls “Long View”, and its impact on riding and life.
06:47
August 15, 2019
More Best Roads of the Upper Left
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.
18:26
August 06, 2019
After the Fall
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.
09:52
July 26, 2019
Riding Laconia
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.
13:32
July 19, 2019
The State of American Motorcycling
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.
07:51
July 05, 2019
Best Roads of the Upper Left, Part 1
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.
15:53
June 29, 2019
Looking Into The Hourglass
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
12:60
June 21, 2019
Spirit of 76
Spirit of 76
Road Dirt west coast contributor Ted Edwards’ tribute to his still-motorcycle riding, 76 year old father.
10:02
June 14, 2019
Dented Rim Debacle
Dented Rim Debacle
Rob recounts hitting a pothole on his Triumph Bonneville, and his efforts in searching out a viable and affordable solution.
10:02
June 08, 2019
Aaron’s Story
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.
13:52
May 31, 2019
My Moto Main Squeeze
My Moto Main Squeeze
Rob recounts his most beloved motorcycle, and why the bike is still so special to him.
06:20
May 25, 2019
Pipe Dreams
Pipe Dreams
Road Dirt contributor Ted Edwards reveals a hidden truth and meaning behind the popular motorcyclist phrase, “Loud pipes save lives.”
06:27
May 17, 2019
Fire & Thunder
Fire & Thunder
Rob attends the NHRA Southern Nationals drag races at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.
07:10
May 10, 2019
An Unsung Hero
An Unsung Hero
Mike Boyd, Vietnam combat veteran and lifelong motorcycle rider, opens the door to his garage, and his amazing story.
07:53
May 03, 2019
Searching For America- It’s Not About The Roads
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.
24:32
April 26, 2019
Air Combat & Street Riding
Air Combat & Street Riding
Fighter pilot jargon and combat practices, and how these translate to riding a motorcycle on the streets.
07:07
April 19, 2019
Speed Thrills
Speed Thrills
MotoAmerica motorcycle road racing season opener at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
09:11
April 12, 2019
The Moto Mosh Pit
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.
10:55
March 30, 2019
A Soldier’s Road Home
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.
12:20
March 22, 2019
Support Your Local Bike Nights
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.
04:59
March 16, 2019
Above the Ton
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!
06:12
March 08, 2019
My First Track Day
My First Track Day
Riding a high-powered sport bike, at triple-digit speeds, in a controlled environment. A thrill ride, indeed.
09:39
March 01, 2019
Half-Century Road Trip
Half-Century Road Trip
A magnificent moto road trip with a life-long friend, as we both hit the “big 5-0”.
09:19
February 22, 2019
Rocking to the Oldies
Rocking to the Oldies
An encounter with an old Triumph stirs something deep, nostalgic, and “hooligan” in our host.
06:28
February 15, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 5
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.
07:40
February 08, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 4
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.
07:56
January 31, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 3
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 3
A crime, a setback, a calamity averted, and a redirect, as the Adventure continues.
10:06
January 25, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 2
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.
14:12
January 18, 2019
Mike & Rob’s Epic Adventure, part 1
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.
09:37
January 11, 2019
Three Amigos Ride Baja
Three Amigos Ride Baja
The epic road trip I took this past year, with two childhood chums.
13:10
January 04, 2019
Wonder of the Wise Men
Wonder of the Wise Men
One final musing on Christmas, about those unique foreign visitors who crossed a continent to worship the Christ Child.
06:56
December 26, 2018
Christmas Musings
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.
04:45
December 20, 2018
My Brother’s Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper
The “biker goodwill” modeled and demonstrated within the motorcycling community.
07:29
December 11, 2018
Time Passages
Time Passages
The story of my father’s legacy of riding, and the eventual, inevitable moment of stepping away from motorcycling.
05:16
December 05, 2018
Mystic Rhythms- The Tranquility of Motorcycling
Mystic Rhythms- The Tranquility of Motorcycling
Attempts to answer the question of why we ride.
07:14
November 21, 2018
In My Blood
In My Blood
My riding heritage, inherited from a biker father, and ingrained in my soul.
06:09
November 10, 2018
A brief introduction to Road Dirt. Very brief.
A brief introduction to Road Dirt. Very brief.
Who we are, what we will be about.
00:48
November 10, 2018