Around the Wheel with Bret Tkacs podkast

Around the Wheel with Bret Tkacs

Bret Tkacs

Discussions and interviews between Bret Tkacs and ADV riders, travelers, Patreon fans, and industry experts.

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    Stop Being Complacent

    AVOID DANGEROUS COMPLACENCY Sometimes riding can be not very exciting or even downright boring.  The excitement of reacting to everything on the road fades away once you feel you've encountered most situations and feel comfortable with the threats that are common to motorcyclists.  However, this natural progression can lead to a dangerous lack of focus... and that's when the curve closes up too fast or the deer is directly in line with your headlights.  Bret talks about methods he uses to keep focus while riding. Guest: David Holy is a Patreon subscriber and rides a BMW 1200GS.Discussion Points:1.  What is riding with a PLAN?2.  How can I avoid getting distracted in daydreams while riding?Key Takeaways:- Identify the IMpossibilities in order to see the possibilities.- You should never go faster than the distance in which you can come to a controlled (non-panic) stop.Trail Braking Rant @ 22:50
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    How to Manage Fear

    35:33

    HOW TO MANAGE FEAR WHILE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE. Bret Tkacs discusses a subject that every ADV motorcyclist has faced - how to manage fear.  This is a subject that’s widely discussed, but only in general terms – until this podcast.  Learn specific strategies to work specifically with a paralyzing fear of heights while riding.Guest: Kerry Haggerty, a Patreon subscriber and a former student of Bret’s ADV Camp.  She rides Triumph 900 and reached out to Bret for advice after experiencing some paralyzing fear while riding with some friends at Crater Lake, Oregon.Discussion Points:1.  Is fear a good thing or a bad thing?2.  How can I work on my fear while riding?Key Takeaways:- Fear can be reasonable, unreasonable, or fatal.- The objective is not to eliminate fear, but to not become debilitated by fear.References Made:Three Corner RockAdventure CampADV Training Tour
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    Is Suspension Worth the Cost?

    36:28

    IS ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION WORTH THE COST? Suspension is undoubtedly one of the most critical aspects to your motorcycle, and many people talk about upgrading their suspension.  However, since the cost can be up to $7,000, it's important to know what upgraded suspension can do for your motorcycle, and whether you should invest in an upgrade.There is a narrow weight window for stock suspension, which is around 180lbs (rider and gear together).  Some people believe if they add preload and get the motorcycle up to proper sag, they're in good shape.  However, that may provide for a rough and unstable ride.  It's most important to have the right spring for your weight and riding style.  Manual adjustments to suspension are only important when you start riding aggressively on the street (in curves) and into dirt that challenges the bike.  Any upgrade to suspension from OEM will be a significant improvement for most [email protected] 12:45.  Process of measuring sag on your motorcycle with a second [email protected] 19:15.  Damping [email protected] 31:45.  Rant on trail brakingGuest:  Jake Fry owns a BMW R1250GS and wants to know whether he should spend the money to upgrade the suspension on his motorcycle.  He recognizes the importance of suspension and wants to set the bike up correctly for the riding he does.Discussion Points:1.  Is it worth the money to upgrade my suspension?2.  What is stiction?3.  How do I adjust sag?4.  What is damping?Key Takeaways:- People believe if they add preload and get up to the proper sag, they assume they’re in good shape. That’s not always correct.-  As good as traction control is these days, we still need to stay in-tune with what the technology does and also what it hides.- Riders don’t realize the importance of having a riding style that prevents you from running too wide in a corner.-  Never, ever ride faster than you can see.References Made:Woody’s Wheel WorksTouratech Extreme ShocksTractive SuspensionRace Tech SuspensionRace Tech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible (Thede/Parks)Wilbers Motorcycle Suspension TechnologyTrail Braking Presentation in New Zealand
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    Riding While Hurting: A Talk on Aging

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    RIDING WHILE HURTING: A TALK ON AGING Adapting to the realities of age is important in the ADV world, where it’s too easy to get hurt if you’re not developing the correct muscles, use the correct technique, or your bike is not ergonomically set up.  Fatigue while riding is likely to be a skill issue, a technique issue, or an ergonomic issue.  If it’s none of those, then it will likely be a health or strength issue.Learn exercises to improve the strength of your midsection, lower back, legs, and triceps – those muscles that are critical for riding comfortably off-road.  Learn how to protect your back when picking up your bike. Riser Rant starts at 25:40.  Risers can make a mess out of a bike and people don’t realize the consequences.Training Rant starts at 30:40.  Most other ADV instructors teach a specific, mechanical formula that does not take into account the individual needs of older clients.Guest:  David Beverstock lost both weight and strength from an extended stay at the hospital.   He reached out to Bret for advice on how to build his body back up - despite some bad vertebrae - so he doesn't get hurt while riding.Discussion Points:1.  How do I get healthy to be a better rider?2.  When do I need risers?3.  Why should I use a partner to help lift my motorcycle?Key Takeaways:- The problem with risers is it puts riders in a bad position (hurts the back) or a dangerous position (whiskey throttle).- Most other ADV classes use a formula that doesn't take into account individual weaknesses, injuries, age, and bike setup.References:Kevin Muggleton/Redverz TentsLone Rider vs. Mosko MotoMonkey LiftShort Rider
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    How to Choose a Motorcycle Training Class

    27:37

    How To Choose A Motorcycle Class Washington State has two state-approved motorcycle basic rider education curriculums.  One is through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and the other is the Motorcycle Education Program (MEP), which Bret wrote for Puget Sound Safety.  There are some major differences between the two curricula: The MSF courses are formulaic, structured, and linear while the MEP courses are flexible, adaptable, and offer students the opportunity to self-correct.  In addition, the MEP course have increased student volume by 25%.  To best choose a class, choose the one that supports your particular learning style. Guest:  Kevin Tusler has embarked on his second career; from retiring as the vice president for a project management company to a full-time motorcycle instructor. Discussion Points:1.  Why doesn't Bret teach advanced classes?2.  What should I look for in a motorcycle training school?3.  Does the student/instructor ratio of the motorcycle training class matter? Key Takeaways:- How are people supposed to improve if they don't know what the goal is?- If you understand why you were successful, then you can replicate that success in the future.- People underestimate the value of humor while learning. References:Evergreen Safety CouncilMotorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)Motorcycle Education Program
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    What to Expect as a New ADV Rider

    30:19

    What can you expect as a new ADV rider? Many people who first start riding ADV bikes can credit their knowledge to riding dirt bikes as a child.  But what if this is the first time you've ridden anything in the dirt?  Learning what to expect as a new adventure rider is a subject that few instructors address.Australian rider, Robert Malpas, is a recent convert into the ADV world and he has some excellent insight into what beginning dirt riders think and feel when they're getting used to a new terrain under their tires.Editor's Error:  Several references are made towards Class 3 riders, including discussion on rookie, transitional, and proficient riders.  This refers to the Adventure Skill Rating System which serves to identify your skill level on different terrain.Discussion Points:1.  What can I expect when I first ride off-road?2.  What ideas are there for improving my fitness?3.  What ADV gear should I buy?4.  What advice do you have for improving my ADV skill level?Key Takeaways:If you’re new, expect to hear a lot of advice but consider the source.Look for a common theme from reputable people.Expect to be uncomfortable with motorcycle movements.Be open to spending more on safety gear than your motorcycle (watch this video!).Be open to the idea that you may need other people around just in case.References:Adventure Skill Rating SystemPatreon
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    Are You Miscalculating your ADV Skills?

    31:04

    Are you Miscalculating your adv skills? Paul Solomonson, dueling counterpart in the recent video "Mosko Moto vs Lone Rider", talks with Bret about rating yourself as an ADV rider and some of the common ways riders miscalculate their skill level.Paul Solomonson works with Bret across the United States in teaching ADV training classes.  He is also a state-certified motorcycle and driving instructor and has taught advanced motorcycle skills in the Military Mentor Training courses for the U.S. Army.Editor's Note: There may be a couple obscenities scattered throughout, but they were worth keeping in.Discussion Points:1.  How good am I as an ADV rider?2.  How difficult is a particular trail?3.  How do I rate my skills?4.  Are faster people better than I am at riding?5.  What does "Experts Only" mean and if I survive it, am I an expert?Key Takeaways:-  Don't find the limits of your bike while you're on a trip-  Those who shouldn't be giving advice are often the first ones to do so-  Having to be honest with yourself is one of the hardest things to doReferences Made in the Podcast:Adventure Skill Rating SystemLone Rider Motobags vs Mosko Moto Backcountry PanniersLearn at Home
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    Top Tips for Adventure Camping

    31:33

    Top Tips for Adventure Camping You don't need to travel far and wide to be an ADV motorcyclist, nor do you need to travel with an expensive motorcycle.  Adventuring is about travel, discovering, and wandering, and these tips will help make your next adventure smoother.
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    Is Motorcycle Safety Training a Myth?

    30:41

    Does Motorcycle Training Create Safer Riders? Does motorcycle safety training really teach what it's intended to teach?  In this episode, Bret Tkacs speaks with Chris Johnson, owner of Washington Motorist Safety Training, about whether motorcycle safety education is real or a myth.  Does training actually make safer riders?  Enjoy this dynamic podcast where two energetic personalities discuss rider skill vs. rider behavior, the culture of riding, and the need to be able to make mistakes.For more reading, look through Art Friedman's article on the effectiveness of motorcycle training.  Also, watch Bret's talk in New Zealand on why motorcyclists crash.
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    What’s Going On With Jesse Luggage?

    30:42

    What's GOING ON WITH Jesse Luggage? Jesse Luggage is now owned by Jared Maxfield who is revitalizing the brand into Jesse Adventures: a one-stop resource for the ADV community.  In this podcast, Bret and Jared discuss what it's like being one of the few hard pannier distributors in the United States, the competition in the ADV luggage market, and the pros and cons of putting hard panniers onto your ADV bike.  If you've never heard of Jesse Luggage or you're a diehard fan, this is a podcast to listen to!

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