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Author: Kyle Brothersen

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Hey, I'm Kyle. You might have seen us on Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook. Dirt bikes are a passion of mine. I focus mainly on the off road and enduro segments of our sport because that is the riding me and my friends focus on. Think of this as an extension of the more than 700 videos found on YouTube. Here we talk all things related to off road and enduro style dirt bike riding. With topics ranging from full dirt bike reviews, gear reviews, riding tips, and other general non-sense, we have the off road rider covered.
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Today I talk to a fellow dirt biker, Scott Robeson, about riding with our kids.  Scott and I have never ridden with one another, but he wrote me an email and had some great points that seemed perfect for a podcast episode.  Hopefully this gives you some ideas and views about riding with your kids that may be helpful.  It's a lot of work to ride with your kids, but we are investing in the future.  Above all, just make sure your kids have fun... and see if you can have fun too.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
How much do you know about the handlebars you have on your dirt bike?  If you are like me, you probably haven't spent a great deal of time pondering them.  All that changed about a week ago when I set out on my own self taught course with 4 new handlebars to compare on my 2020 KTM 250 XC.  Enjoy the show!Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBChttps://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
It all began back in May of 2010.  Karen and Kyle look back to the first dirt bike memories of 10 years ago this month. I never would have believed you if you told me that I'd make a living in dirt bikes at that time.  Might as well have told me that I was going to the moon, because it would have the same level of credibility. Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBChttps://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Today we welcome Kelly McCaughey back to the podcast to help answer questions that many of her followers have as it relates to women’s challenges in the dirt bike world. Kelly is the founder of Over and Out Moto. They are women’s only riding events/trainings held in the northeast part of the USA.  She’s been riding about about 8 years and is passionate about helping other women get into this sport and get the most out of it.   There is an upcoming event scheduled for later this year. Check it out at the link below!https://www.overandoutmoto.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
I want to thank Justin Blackstead for coming on the podcast and sharing his work with us. Justin is a USFS Trail Crew Supervisor in the Ketchum Idaho Ranger District.  He has been doing this work for about 13 or 14 years now and has learned many things.  He's also an avid dirtbiker.  It was such a great conversation to hear the science and the art behind trail building and maintenance. Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBChttps://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Most well balanced XC-W I’ve ever had.   Stock suspension is great Feels stable at speed and doesn’t feel like it’s a stink bug Gives me confidence sine the front wheel doesn’t get deflected all of the place Great in the really rocky nasty terrain - stays planted as well as any bike I’ve been on Power delivery is great Updated maps make this bike start SO MUCH BETTER than my 2019.  It’s nearly as good as a carb bike.  Just a touch off that when cold. So snappy and so much power - I’m going back to the gray throttle cam on this bike to soften it up Didn’t feel the need to play with the power valve on this one.  She’s a go'er If you have a 2019 TPI, don’t ride one of these unless you are willing to sell your bike.   If you're 2019 runs great (many do) and you are happy with it, don’t worry about this bike.  Turn off the podcast now and go back to your normal life If you are having issues with the 2019, this is for you.  I like my 2020 so much better than my 2019.  Little things all add up on it. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Here we give you a little glimpse behind the scenes of my work and our family life.  Luckily, I have the best partner in the world to share the load of building a small business and running a growing family.  Karen is the best is the only reason any of this actually works.  Enjoy the show!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
I am so excited about this episode!  Dr. Domenick Sportelli (Dr. Dom) is a Medical Doctor, Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist.  You might have seen him as a guest co-host of "The Doctors" on CBS, and as a frequent news media expert guest - DR. Sportelli is one of the nation’s go-to experts for Mental Healthcare.  He's also a dirt bike rider and a member of the Dirt Bike Channel Community.  His insights into mental health, psychiatry, and overall happiness are so valuable in our day.  We'll talk about how dirt bikes play such an important role in our lives and help us develop core principles that lead to happy, fulfilled, balanced lives both from the mental side and the physical side.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
In this podcast, I’m going to delve into the subtle differences between the venerable 250cc two stroke or the dominant 300cc two stroke motor.  Which is better for you?  I think the answer may surprise you. Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBC - https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Let's do a thought experiment.  Imagine what your life would be like if you were the same size and weight, but you were 10 times stronger than you are now.  Everything you do would be easier.  Picking up the kids, getting groceries, doing chores around the house, and yes... riding your dirt bike would be easier.  You would be more durable, have less aches and pains, possibly prevent injuries, all while looking and feeling better about yourself.When Bill Hannon reached out to me with this thought experiment, he hooked me for a chat.  Of course we don't want to become NFL linebackers, but could many of us stand to become a little stronger?  I know I could.  Bill is a mechanical engineer turned strength and conditioning coach, oh and he's a dirt bike rider too.  That gives him a unique perspective on this subject.  I hope you enjoy the conversation. Follow Bill online - Instagram - @engineered_strength on https://www.engineeredstrength.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
In this episode we cover many ideas that you might find useful for both short day trips and longer multi-day riding adventures.  The way you attack them is very different, so we cover that here.  If you are buying parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, please use my links. It won't cost you a dime, and you'll be supporting my family along the way.  Leave a Single Track!https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Faith before fear. Be strong.  Be calm.  Be Leaders.  Have a plan.  Be mindful.  Be respectful.  We are strong.  Fear is not our friend. Let's band together.  Help one another. By popular request, Kyle and Karen talk about the impact that they see the Corona Virus outbreak having on their little world and family. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Today we talk about the dark art of dirt bike suspension. What I like, you may not.  What you love, I may hate.  There are so many differing opinions out there, so let's talk about it for a few minutes.  Hope you are all happy and healthy as we go though the beginning of the Covid-19 virus outbreak here in the USA.  Leave a single track!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Please update your bookmarks for Rocky Mountain ATV/MC to my affiliate link.  It won't cost you anything, but I'll get a small commission for helping to send you there.  Thank You!https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/?ref=1017Today we are talking tires.  Since my introduction to “hybrid gummy” tires, I don’t want to use a traditional compound that has been around forever.  These hybrid gummy tires don’t last quite as long as the harder compounds, but they perform better.  I’ll take that trade off everyday of the week.  Any of these tires is still cheaper than one round of golf and these will last you far more than one afternoon.  Just keeping things in perspective. Most of my rear tires are 110/100 R18, but occasionally I’ll run a 120/100 R18.Rear Tires:IRC VE33s Gekkota - Great all around tire hybrid gummy tire.  Gets better traction than your typical knobby tire, and lasts a long time.  - Around $90 and hard to find this tire in stock.  Make sure you get the version with the “s" at the end of the 33.Shinko 505 Cheater - Gummy hybrid trials/offroad tire.  Breaks down quickly but gets good traction even after it’s broken down due to the compounds in the tire. - Very cheap tire and great on rocky terrain.  Not as great in the  sand and mud.Shinko 525 Cheater - Still a gummy hybrid off-road tire, but leans more toward a traditional knobby tire in it’s pattern.  The 120 seems to hold up a little longer than the 110. Very cool tire. Still a cheap tire for the money, and does great in the sand and mud.  Better in those places than the 505 cheater.  It’s a bit heavier tire than many others.Dunlop AT81EX - This is a soft compound gummy tire.  Overall, it’s the best performer I’ve ever used.  It has the same tread pattern as the standard AT81 tire, but the gummy compound makes it hook up on rocks and roots like a hero. - Around $113 but so worth it especially if you are going on a multi day riding trip and want the best tire on your bike.  Keep running it even when it looks absolutely terrible.  It can go 20-25 hours, it will look like crap but still be hooking up.Tusk Recon - Great value.  While still a hybrid gummy tire, this one is the cheapest of all.  Very similar to the Shinko 505.  Lasts a long time. Not as great in the mud as some of the others, but can’t beat it for the price.Front Tires:Bridgestone M59 - Great all-round front tire.  My favorite for mountain single track and all around riding.  Only comes in one size - 80/100-21.  Get it.IRC IX-09W - Great all around front tire in the 80/100-21 size.  Lasts long and performs well.Shinko 546 - Great front tire to smash into rocks and do desert riding.  Not quite as sharp in handling and the M59 since it’s taller and wider in a general sense, but I like this tire.  Comes in different sizes which is nice.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
What a night of racing!  It was the 50th anniversary of this Daytona Supercross race.  Karen and Kyle break it down.  Congrats to Eli Tomac for getting 4 out of the last 5 Daytona races.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Kyle, Karen, and Kase break down the inspirational night of racing from Cooper Webb, Eli Tomac, and Ken Roczen in the premier class.  It was some of the most fun to watch racing of the season in the 450cc class, even though the leader was checked out for most of the race.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
The best thing about me and my testing is that you get the raw truth about exactly what I think of a bike. There is no sugar coating. I don't care what color it is, if it's got 2 strokes or 4, I don't care about the color.... if it's good and makes me happy to ride it, you will know.  If it makes me want to ride more, you will know about it.This is not a full review of the bike, just my initial thoughts after about 4 hours of engine time.  It's time to stand up and applaud what Yamaha has done with this bike.  Gentlemen, please stand and remove your caps.  Hope you enjoy this podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Arlington Texas was the 2nd of three Triple Crown races for the 2020 season.  Karen and Kyle go over the racing and share their views of the events in both classes. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Here on today's Tuesday Evening Mechanic (sorry about being late), Karen and I give a rundown of the Tampa Florida weekend of Racing in Monster Energy Supercross.  It's the beginning of the 250 east championship, so we have a number of new names to go over in that division.  We will also go over the points lead for the 450 class and give our favorites to carry it though and get the title.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Since it is something that keeps coming up over, and over, and over, and over, I figured it's time to talk about it on the podcast.  I'll give you three reasons, with context for each one, that has kept me from doing any official racing.  Also know that I love to watch racing.  We are huge supercross fans as a family.  I love to watch people push themselves to the extreme.  It’s inspiring much of the time.  Also know that I don’t want to say ANYTHING bad about racers of any type.  Most racers are great people and many of them are out to have a good time and would gladly help you out.  Desert racing in the area where I live is a family friendly sport from what I’ve heard, so if it's your thing, keep doing it.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
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Mikael Oja

I have been following you on Youtube for a couple of years, and I really enjoy the stuff you put out. The same goes for this podcast, awesome stuff man! 👍🏻

Feb 3rd
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Russ Reames

I laughed out loud at the comment of Beta owners being similar to Subaru owners.😂

Jan 27th
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Adj Rasta

Your one of the only few bike youtube channels i like and now glad your doing podcasts as i hve something else to listen to in traffic aside from joe rogan. thanks mate from Australia

Dec 5th
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Andrew Schwanekamp

Really appreciated this episode. I've been trying to get my wife into riding, especially since we just had a baby daughter. I plan on trying to get the whole family out on bikes someday so they can share in my passion for bikes!

Nov 7th
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Jonathan Richardson

The KTM Freerides are also a good option for a beginner

Oct 30th
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Dirt Bikes & Ice Hockey

Nailed it again, as expected

Oct 21st
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