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Cody Webb / EnduroCross Champ

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This former EnduroCross Champion is one of the most-unique people in the sport of off-road. The quick-witted factory Sherco rider has traveled all over the world racing and is also a college graduate with an engineering degree. It’s hard enough to be successful at one thing, but this Californian has set big goals for himself.

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you most proud of to date?

CW: My two podiums at Erzberg for sure!

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

CW: My dad rode motorcycles, so I grew up going to competitions. Naturally, I just ended up on a bike myself.

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

CW: Get that elusive win at Erzberg.

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

CW: Extreme racing is for sure my favorite. The locations I get to ride, and the terrain we cover is unreal. Always up for the challenge. No clue on favorite racers, but I think Kevin Windham is probably my favorite of all time.

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

CW: Dedication, love for the sport, feeling adventurous, mental mindset, always being positive and happy at the races.

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

CW: Racing in Brazil for Minas Riders was unreal. The amount of terrain we covered in one day was out of this world. Really cool being able to race through little villages in the middle of the jungle.

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

CW: I don't think I've been there yet! I will let you know when I experience it. However, riding in the Carpathian mountains

of Romania is pretty amazing. 

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

CW: I used to be a decent basketball player, I'm an engineer, I might be the worst skier ever.

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

CW: Multi day van camping trip with some good buddies, going out and exploring new terrain every day. Pushing the limit of what we think we can or can't do!

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

CW: Honestly it looks like snowbiking is a blast. I still haven't done it yet, but something I am very interested in doing one day.

Ryan Sipes / ISDE OVERALL WINNER

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Few riders in the world are as talented as Ryan Sipes in different elements of the sport. Simply put, the guy excels on just about everything with two wheels. After his career racing AMA Supercross and National Motocross, he transitioned to off-road and became the first-ever American to win the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) overall. Sipes instantly became a legend and did what famed Americans like Malcolm Smith, Dick Burleson and Kurt Caselli were never able to accomplish.

 

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you most proud of to date?

RS: Winning America’s first individual overall at ISDE. It was such an incredible overall experience, and I don’t think I can ever top that pride.

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

RS: My rad raced and you always want to be like your Dad. I started riding at age four. 

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

RS: Positively affecting kids and making dirt bike racing easier to get into. I am a big advocate of the sport.

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

RS: My favorite type of racing is sprint racing like we do at ISDE. I like it because you have to be so on the edge to be fast enough, but you can’t crash. Top five favorite racers, one for each discipline: Cody Webb, Johnny Lewis, Justin Brayton, Logan Cipala, Steward Baylor.

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

RS: My faith in God, my family’s support, a positive attitude, perseverance, and the inability to give up. 

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

RS: Winning the ISDE in 2015.

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

RS: Arizona after a rain. The dirt is cool and there are all kinds of fun tracks out in the desert. 

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

RS: I like to read. I like to play basketball and keep up with the Celtics. I like 80’s thrash metal. 

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

RS: A week-long trip driving to different destinations, riding and then camping at night with all my friends. 

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

RS: I want to try ice racing.

Ken Faught / Speed  & Sport Adventures

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Ken Faught has been a fixture in the motorcycle industry for nearly 30 years. He has held one of the most-prestigious jobs in all of dirt bike riding, and he has found other success in the world of indoor karting, professional photography, high-end off-road tours, and even the alcohol industry. Faught has three-land speed records at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, has authored seven books, and even did PR for the great Ricky Carmichael as a member of Team Makita Suzuki. Yes, he is the type of guy that has been there, done that! 

 

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you the most-proud of to date?

KF: My family is the most-important thing in my life and I’m very proud of my wife, Amy and our two kids, Hannah and Wyatt. From a professional standpoint, I would have to say building the Pole Position Raceway brand of indoor kart tracks where we opened 16 locations and have entertained roughly 10 million people. We did that with a variety of key racers including Jeremy McGrath, Chad Reed, Grant Langston, Kurt Busch, Jamie Little, Randy Hawkins, Barry Hawk, and many more. 

 

MX&ORT: That’s a lot of people. Who are some of the names we would recognize?

KF:  Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, George Lucas, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Floyd Mayweather, Randy Johnson, Bo Jackson, Steve Garvey, David Spade, and the Miss America pageant a few times. We’ve also hosted corporate events for Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Ikea, Old Navy, Gamestop, Taco Bell, Bed Bath & Beyond, Capital One, Autozone, FedEx, USPS, Macys, CVS Pharmacy, McDonalds, Walgreens, NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Costco, Starbucks, Target, Best Buy, Aliexpress, Paypal, Amazon, Google, Walmart, the NBA and have had most of the top MMA fighters. Oh, and Dale Earnhard, Jr. announced his retirement from Pole Position Raceway!

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

KF: When I was about 13 years old, a kid named Johnny Posca moved down the street from me in Santa Ana, California. I told him I would teach him how to skateboard if he would teach me to ride dirt bikes. A week later, I was hooked, and his family gave me a used 1976 Indian MX 70. That was my first bike and I still have it.

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

KF: I want to share my passion of touring with as many people as possible. I was fortunate when I was the editor-in-chief of Dirt Rider magazine to travel to cool places like Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Costa Rica UnlimitedPeru, Zimbabwe, Botswana, mainland Mexico, Baja, Canada, and over half of the United States. I got to do this all on dirt bikes, and it was one of the absolute best life experiences you could imagine. So I started Speed & Sport Adventures with a bunch of champion motorcycle riders like Destry Abbott, Grant Langston, Andrew Short, Colin Edwards, Ryan Sipes, Cody Webb, Matt Buyten and a bunch of others to great bucket-list rides. We want these to be the complete experience, so we add in things like $10 to $20 million homes as our basecamp, helicopter rides, and can even arrange private jet service. We want our rides to be absolutely epic.

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

KF: It’s probably World Rally, and I think the drivers are among the most-talented in the world. The unpredictability of this racing, the trust the drivers have with their navigators, and the shere confidence they have. 

As far as my top five racers, I would have to say Ricky Johnson is my all-time favorite. He’s won on both two and four wheels and has even done some NASCAR racing. AMA Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath is on that list, as well as Travis Pastrana, Ron Lechien, an AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion, and Ryan Dungey.

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

KF: The first is believing in yourself and never giving up. The second is learning everything you can about the task or job at hand, and the third is putting in a lot of long hours. Having an incredible network of experts and industry insiders, along with the ability to solve problems round out the top five. 

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

KF: Probably riding with World Motocross Champion Greg Albertyn and my partner Mark Kariya in Zimbabwe and Botswana when I had a television show on Speed Channel which is now Fox Sports 1. We had a pretty big budget at the magazine, and combined with the television show, we were able to do things first class. I think we rode about 400 miles and stayed at different game lodges each night and even ended up on a three-story houseboat. We had to have a bodyguard because of all the wildlife. 

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

KF: I really enjoy the western region of the United States like Utah and Colorado. During the summer, these states offer absolutely incredible conditions.

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

KF: I am a private pilot, trained in tactical pistol and precision long-range shooting, and am an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

KF: It would be a ride with a small amount of people, on dual-sport bikes so we can connect trails with public roads, it would be in the mountains in the Western United States, and it would include helicopter rides, great food, and it would have people to work on bikes, cook and clean. It’s basically all the elements that we have in our tours at Speed & Sport Adentures.

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

KF: I would love to drive a factory rally car or trophy truck, like one of Robby Gordon’s Speed Energy cars. The combination of big horsepower and two feet of suspension really intrigue me.

 

MX & ORT: You have done a lot of photography for some pretty big companies. Who are some of your clients that we would know?

KF: I love photography and everything about it. I have been lucky enough to shoot photos for Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Shoei, Medieval Times, Lexus, Toyota, Hyundai, Saleen, ESPN, along with a lot of magazines like Racer X, Dirt Bike, Cycle News, Motorcyclist, Australasian Dirt Bike, and many more.

Lynn Hodges / Fastway By Pro Moto Billet

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At a relatively young age, Idaho’s Lynn Hodges founded Fastway /Pro Moto Billet. He’s an incredible engineer and builds some of the best aftermarket products found on the planet. He and his son Sheldon also race cars on the West Coast as a hobby, and he loves international travel with his amazing wife, Sara.

 

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you most proud of to date?

LH: Not knowing anything or anybody in powersports and creating a powersports brand from scratch that is thriving! 

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

LH: I bought a 1986 Honda XR600R, started riding it and wanted a cargo rack for the back of it. So, I built my first billet aluminum cargo rack and my friends then wanted one for their bike. Lots of dealer visits and advertising started what we have now.

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

LH: I have loved cars from a young age and did some automotive parts early on in my business, so I would like to break back into that market.

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

LH: I love EnduroCross because all the action is right there in front of you and someone could have a huge lead but that does not mean anything....one wrong move and the leader can change.  

Favorites: Cody Webb, Mike Brown, Taddy Blazusiak, Destry Abbott, Cooper Abbott.  Am I dating myself ?

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

LH: hard work, tenacity, surround yourself with people smarter than yourself, have fun with your work and love what you do. 

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

LH: Riding in Baja, Mexico with a group of 10 people and my "buddy" is Malcolm Smith!

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

LH: I love single track riding in the mountains because the trails are challenging, and the scenery is breathtaking. Moab, Utah is my runner up.

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

LH: I grew up in Ontario, Oregon, far, far away from the motorcycle industry and I was not allowed to have a dirt bike. I love road racing cars with my family at Utah Motorsports Campus. I am a habitual "DIY'er," I was taught that if someone else built it, I can fix it and make it better.

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

LH: riding dirt bikes on every "vacation worthy " continent....wow, that's a lot of riding! I loved riding in Hawaii because of the varying terrain, dirt ranch roads, single track through the rain forest, sandy beaches and lava flows! Costa Rica is on my short list.

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

LH: I would like to get into some timed SXS rally racing. I have done it once and it was a blast! Similar to road racing, but a line six over could give a completely different result, good or bad!

Dave Drakes / The Collective Experience

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As a former engineer at Harley Davidson, Dave Drakes is incredibly passionate about motorcycling. In fact, he is also the founder of The Collective Experience which is unlike any other company out there.  “We are a group dedicated to providing the world with incredibly memorable and once in a lifetime experiences,” said Drakes.  “TCE strives to bring everyone closer to their dreams by connecting them with industry insiders, influencers, experts, and professionals to give you an unbelievable look at what it takes to live out your dreams.”

 

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you most proud of to date?

DD: To date, I would say that I am most proud of the growth of The Collective Experience. Throughout the last few years I’ve been very fortunate to see the start of a lot of successful careers in the industry.  To be able to help facilitate someone’s dream job and to watch their success in one of the coolest industries in the world is really rewarding and makes a lot of the hard work and time worth it.  

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

DD: I started racing mini’ in the early 2000’s in New England. My family and I traveled the country attending races and enjoying the sport. Once high school ended, I decided to go to trade school to learn to be a race bike mechanic.  I volunteered as a mechanic for several years and I started to make a lot of connections in the industry. After I graduated from the trade school spent time commentating at races and building engines to stay connected to the sport.  It was a few months after I graduated from my four-year degree that I founded The Collective Experience, LLC help support the sport in a very impactful way.

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

DD: I would love to be able to hold my own race series that focuses on bringing more and more privateer and satellite support riders to the forefront of the media focus. It would be great to get more storylines and focus on the hard working and ultra-talented people within the sport. It’d also be great to give fans a whole new level of immersion into the sport through a one of kind fan experience.

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

DD: My favorite form of racing is definitely Motocross.  Nothing quite gives you the same level of an adrenaline rush! I also love watching Formula 1 racing. My top 5 favorite racers are James Stewart, Lewis Hamilton, Travis Pastrana, Marc Marquez and Charles Leclerc.

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

DD:  I would say the first element is perspective. You need to understand the wants and needs of your partners, sponsor, and especially your customer/clients

The next would be empathy. The more you can sympathize and understand the feelings and hurdles of those around, the more effective you can be with your offerings and target your impact.

The next element is to be hard working. You most definitely have to give everything that you do 1000% effort in order to effectively attack your goals.

The next element is to be open minded and flexible. Life is always changing and coming at you in all different directions, so it pays to be open to new opportunities and avenues and be very flexible.

The last element to lead with kindness. In anything that you do you should be focused on providing a helpful service and doing what you can have kindness and value at the forefront of your mind.

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

DD: The coolest experience would by far be learning to backflip with Travis Pastrana at his house. Nothing compares to the amount of nerves and epic sense of accomplishment that came from that experience. It was once in a lifetime.

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

DD: I absolutely love Flying Iron Horse Ranch in Utah. It is by far the most scenic and picturesque track you’ll go to. The jumps are massive, and the soil is a dream mixture of loam and sand. Trust me you won’t want to leave when you get there.

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

DD: I have a degree in mechanical engineering along with a minor in mathematics - most people don’t expect me to be a mechanical nerd. I worked at Harley Davidson helping to develop several of their new bike platforms. I extremely addicted to go karts. Each city we travel to for the races, we visit the local go-kart tracks to try and set fast lap times.

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

DD: Definitely it would be to ride some thrilling single track and WORCS style courses in the mountains with a fun group of riders. It’d be incredible to ride some of the latest bikes and get the chance to head out to some of the most scenic areas in the world like New Zealand, Africa, and Switzerland. Pretty much anything that Speed and Sport Adventures puts on fits my bucket list.

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

DD: One type of riding that I want to try is some ultra-aggressive Supermoto racing. I’ve never done it at a high level, and it looks like such a phenomenal time and combines two ultra-fun disciplines - road racing and Motocross.

Ron Lechien / AMA Motocross Champ

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One of the most naturally talented and smoothest motocross and Supercross riders of all-time is Ron “The Machine” Lechien. At the young age of 16, the speedster from El Cajon, California won his first supercross as a member of Yamaha’s elite and powerful factory squad. He made millions of dollars as a factory racer and still loves racing dirt bikes even though he retired from professional racing more than 25 years ago.

Now, RL helps run Maxima Racing Oils, a company his late father founded and built into an incredible empire. He is one of the most-genuine people you will ever meet, and he is also a huge fan of the sport

 

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you the most-proud of to date?

RL:  I am lucky to have had a lot of career highlights. Winning an AMA 125cc National Motocross championship is number one, but I am also proud to be a two-time winner of the Motocross des Nations for Team USA, winning the San Diego Supercross in my hometown, and winning both a 250cc and 500cc United States MX Grand Prix.

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

RL: My Dad, Richard Lechien, owned a Honda dealership and took me to my first race at Barona Oaks in 1975. I have been hooked ever since.

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

RL: An AMA Supercross championship for sure. That is unquestionably the most-prestigous title in the sport.

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

RL: Unquestionably its motocross and Supercross. My favorite riders are Chase Sexton, Jett Lawrence, Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, and Mookie (Malcolm Stewart)

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

RL: Practice, Aggressiveness, Smooth Riding style, Good recollection, and strong will to win!

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

RL: I really don’t do much off-road stuff, I mostly ride tracks, but I have done some fun fire road rides with my buddies.

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

RL: Campo because it has lots of cool fire roads.

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

RL: I love Cats, and I have OCD and ADHD

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

RL: Maybe some trail riding in Hawaii or on the beach in Baja.

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

RL: A Mexico trip down to Baja.

Tony Blazier / Motocross Historian

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Very few people ever win an argument about the history of AMA Supercross or AMA National Motocross with Tony Blazier, because the man is like a walking encyclopedia of the sport. He is the ultimate motocross history and shares his expertise on his Instagram @tonyblazier, his Vault Youtube Channel  and even has his own line of products that can be found at the Motocross Vault Merchandise

 

 

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you the proudest of to date?

TB:  In 2015, I was asked by Ben Giese of Meta to write an article for the magazine. At that point, I had been writing for PulpMX.com for five years but I have never done anything for print media. As a kid who grew up reading physical magazines, they will always hold a special place in my heart, and I was so flattered to be asked. I ended up writing a piece on former GP star Mike Healey and his bouts with dependency and his rehabilitation after his release from incarceration. I had never written anything remotely like this before and it was such a great experience getting to know Mike and tell a part of his story. It was also quite a challenge learning to pare my writing down to the heart of the story after having free reign in the digital format for so many years. I think the final print story was about a third of my original draft and making those cuts was a difficult process at first. 

It was a special moment when I finally saw my words in print in Volume Six of Meta and one I will never forget. I spent several months on that project and I was so happy with the final result. I was not sure if I could do it when I was first asked and I am so happy I took the plunge and made it happen. That article is easily my proudest moment as a creator. 

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

TB: My love of motocross started in my early teenage years, but I did not get a motorcycle until I was around 17. My parents hated motorcycles and refused to indulge my passion for them. For the first five or six years, all I could do was read the magazines and dream about owning one. I would occasionally ride the bike of a friend but I had to wait until I could save up $250 on my own to buy a 10-year-old CR250R Elsinore in high school to really catch the bug. Once I had my first real bike I was hooked.

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

TB: I have been working on a book chronicling the history of Honda’s motocross machines for about five years now. I would love to finish and have it published. I just have not had the time. It always seems to take a back-burner to more pressing concerns.

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

TB: Motocross by far. I don’t follow any other form of professional racing although my wife likes watching freestyle. 

  1. Ricky Johnson

  2. Damon Bradshaw

  3. Chad Reed

  4. Jeremy McGrath

  5. Kevin Windham

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

TB:  Passion – I love motocross and motorcycles and I think you can see that passion in the content I produce.

Work Ethic – When Steve first approached me back in 2011 to write for his site, I put 100% dedication into doing the best job I could for PulpMX. This has always been a hobby for me and with a family and 50-60 hour a week “real” job in the automotive industry it is not always easy to make time for everything. My motocross writing and video production takes a huge amount of what free time I have and does not make a ton of sense from a monetary standpoint. It also takes time away from my family, and thankfully, they are very understanding.

Talent – While I am not fast on a motorcycle, I am creative and feel I have always been a pretty decent writer.

My love of magazines - I have always loved magazines and brochures and luckily, I decided to keep them all over the years. Now, I have fifty years of great articles and photos to use for research. These hundreds and hundreds of magazines and brochures are an invaluable resource for the articles and videos I produce.

Luck – I am not sure what caused Matthes to reach out to me back in 2011 but it defiantly changed my life. When he asked me to start writing for PulpMX .comit was an incredible opportunity and has allowed me to meet my childhood heroes and actually get to know many of them. If Steve had not approached me, I don’t think anyone in the industry would even know my name today.  

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

TB: Writing for PulpMX.com has allowed me to cover several races as a reporter and in 2014 I was on the track in Atlanta while one of my favorite riders, Kevin Windham, was working on one of his opening ceremony transition jumps. Just getting to walk the track is an amazing experience but being up close as Kevin scoped out the jump and executed it for the first time is something I will never forget. 

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

TB: Tomahawk MX in Hedgesville, WV – Aside from private tracks, Tomahawk MX is the closest track to where I live in Northern VA. If I want to get in a little moto practice this is our local go-to. For off-road adventuring, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in West Virginia are the best place to go for long-distance tree-dodging. 

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

TB:  My two girls Hannah and Bailey are named after Bob Hannah and David Bailey (yes, I have a very understanding wife.) While I consider myself well-read with an extensive vocabulary I cannot spell worth a dang. Thank God for spell check! During the Jimmy Carter administration in the 1970s, my mother worked for the White House, and as a kid, I was on a first-name basis with the President and Vice President. One year I even got to watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the White House lawn. Cool memories for sure. 

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

TB: I would love to go on an adventure ride out West with Jeremy McGrath or Rick Johnson. Riding and bench racing with two of my heroes would be an all-time bucket-list adventure for sure.

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

TB: I was always a motocross guy as far as racing goes but I spent at least half of my time riding in the woods. I always thought I could do well at Hare Scrambles, but I never took the plunge. The thought of a three-hour race always intimidated me, and I was not sure how hard it would be to balance speed and pace over such a long event. Woods riding is still one of my favorite types of riding and I wish I had just bit the bullet and given it a try. 

Jason Gerald / Phoenix Handlebars

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Entrepreneur Jason Gerald is one of the most-dedicated people in off-road. He is the founder and owner of Phoenix Handlebar and also spends time every week working with his close friend Alex Baylon at Motorcycle Industry Jobs. Jason rides with his son just about every weekend, and travels all over to key industry events and functions.

 

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you most proud of to date?

JG: Being either brave enough or stupid enough to get in my truck and drive to California sight unseen to work for Fox Racing. That was the start of my life’s education.

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

JG:  We lived on a country road just down the way from a small, local motocross is Indiana. Seeing the trucks drive by with dirt bikes in the back was like seeing a celebrity. My mom bought me the June 1985 issue of Dirt Bike magazine and I never, ever looked any other way. Moto was forever in my blood. 

 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

JG: I have already accomplished that ‘one more thing.’ It was creating my own business and being able to be creative for me… and share the excitement of moto with our customers. The ‘one more thing’ is continuing to grow the business and be able to be proud of what I’ve created. 

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

JG: It’s gotta be motocross. I have loved all forms of two-wheeled racing throughout the years. We can thank Cycle News and the TV show MotoWorld for that. We were lucky enough to be introduced to all of the racing regardless if it was your jam or not. I developed a love for all of it. As for the racers, I wanted to be Ricky Johnson, then Damon Bradshaw. And Ricky Carmichael is always an inspiration. 

 

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

JG: Starting with working in motorcycle stores way back when, I treated it like it was my career. So when the opportunity to work at Fox landed in my lap, I knew I had to get in the truck and make it happen. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’ve been lucky and in the right place at the right time. But I think my passion and excitement for the industry has helped me more than anything. That and treating people how I’d want to be treated… it opens up opportunities.

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

JG: One? Only one? Impossible to give only one. I’ve been lucky to live all of my moto dreams and it would take a month to tell you all of the cool stories that have happened to me. 

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

JG: As cliché as it sounds, riding is always my favorite destination. Some days it’s the motocross track… can life be better than this? Other days it’s ripping single track in Hollister Hills during the Winter months. OK, maybe this is life. Or maybe another day it’s dual sport riding with some friends through Big Bear and stopping to look at mountain tops. Nope, no favorite… let’s just ride. 

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

JG: Being secretive isn’t a strong point for me. I’m an open book. Honest to a fault. What do you wanna know?

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

JG: Mountains, 60-degree hero weather where you never wear out, Velcro traction, zero cell service, a cabin with meat and potatoes waiting and a few like-minded buddies. What time do we take off?

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

JG: Still haven’t been to Baja. Seems like a travesty if I ride off into the sunset without getting to go be Malcolm Smith for a weekend.

Shane Gould / Fuel Clothing

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Shane Gould turned is passion of snow sports and dirt bike riding into a business when he created a unique clothing company call Fuel Clothing. He has been designing products for nearly 30 years and its become very popular in recent years.

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you the most-proud of to date?
SG: To keep this dream alive for the past 30 years

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?
SG: My father raced motorcycles, so it was natural to me

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?
SG: To spend more time playing than working. 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?
SG: That is really hard. I would say Supercross and F1. Jason Anderson, Aaron Plessinger, Malcom Stewart, Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Lewis Hamilton, Yuki Tsunoda, Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris, and Lawrence Stroll.

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?
SG: Passion, tenacity, ignorance, drive and no plan B

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?
SG: Having the relationships I have with the best athletes in the world.

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?
SG: Anywhere I get to ride with my friends honestly.

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?
SG: I traveled the world as a pro snowboarder, Started Fuel by selling clothes out of my car and never drank alcohol or did drugs. 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.
SG: Riding in the deep woods to finally get to a perfect private surf break.

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?
SG: Truck racing 

Danny Carlson / Hauler Guys

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Danny Carlson is a former AMA Supercross racer, Honda factory development rider and Dirt Rider magazine test rider/coverboy. Now, he is the co-founder of Hauler Guys, the authority on van, truck, and trailer transport systems, storage solutions, cargo products and travel accessories.

MX&ORT: What accomplishment are you the most-proud of to date?

DC: Being a family man to my wife Heather and our three kids.

 

MX&ORT: How did you get started in the sport?

DC: Hill riding & my neighbor, touch my dad and take me to a race. It went from there sold horses and never looked back, 

MX&ORT: If you could accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

DC: To be legendary. From work ethic to everyday life 

 

MX&ORT: What is your favorite form of racing and why, and who are your top five favorite racers?

DC: Head to head racing is best. Jeff Emig, Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart

MX&ORT: What five elements do you contribute to your success?

DC: parents support/friends help & desire. The want to succeed. Determination, persistence and goal setting. 

 

MX&ORT: What is the coolest experience you have ever had off-road?

DC: Speed & Sport Adventures Park City ride in 2022.

 

MX&ORT: Where is your favorite off-road destination and why?

DC: Park City was rad with the weather and scenery along with the town. 

 

MX&ORT: What are three things that people don’t know about you?

DC:  Country boy-committed  to family and god. 

 

MX&ORT: Describe your ultimate off-road adventure, you know, full bucket-list stuff.

DC:  I can’t wait to jump on a ship with my wife & spend a few days cruising the ocean-jump off check into resort get my wife into a spa retreat-I gran my bike & hit the most amazing hill & raddest dirt I’ve ever been on repeat that process a few days before returning to so cal 

 

MX&ORT: What type of off-roading interests you that you have never tried to date?

DC: Snowmobiling

MX&ORT: How did you come up with the idea for Hauler Guys?

DC: My partner, Ken Faught, who I have known for over 20 years, actually got me restarted in dirt bike again. I had been out of it since my brother-in-law Jason Ciarletti died during a qualifier at the San Diego Supercross. I was in that race, and I stepped away to raise my family, Now that my kids are growing up, Ken got me back into it by loaning me his KTM 500. So I started doing a bunch of fun stuff and then partnered with him on Off-Road Travel TV, a cool media project. Then we started talking more and created Hauler Guys. The concept is to be a one-stop-shop for transporting motorcycles and ATVs in trucks, trailers and vans. It's been a lot of fun so far."

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