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Moto Adventurer Unscripted

Moto Adventurer Unscripted

By Drew Faulkner

On Moto Adventurer Unscripted we talk about motorcycles, outdoor life, adventure, travel, riding techniques, and tastes, along with motorcycle industry headlines.
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Episode 53: Aled Morgan

Moto Adventurer UnscriptedFeb 06, 2023

Episode 53: Aled Morgan
Feb 06, 202302:02:11
Episode 52: Jeff Dozier
Jan 30, 202302:02:57
Episode 51: Bryan Campbell
Jan 24, 202301:40:22
Episode 50: Payton Hardin

Episode 50: Payton Hardin

Payton is a Kentucky native and off-road woods racer. In 2022, Payton stood on top of the podium in both Kentucky Cross-Country (KXCR) and Indiana Cross-Country racing series (IXCR) as the top pro racer. We talk about the highs and lows of his journey to the series' champion this year, the damage to both bikes and body, and the gratitude he has for the people that helped get him to the top step. 

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Jan 16, 202302:14:33
Episode 49: Adventure Racing Round-table

Episode 49: Adventure Racing Round-table

After a full season of Adventure Motorcycle Cross-country racing I sit down with Conrad Stodgell, Andy Janik, and Kevin Madison to talk about what we learned from racing 500-pound street bikes off-road in the Kentucky XC Racing (KXCR) series. We discuss lessons learned, strategies, how to set the bikes up, the best and worst parts of racing, some industry news, and more. 

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Jan 11, 202302:08:11
Dakar Rally 2023 Recap #2
Jan 10, 202301:04:52
Episode 48: Matt Carman
Jan 06, 202302:03:13
Dakar Rally 2023 Commentary
Jan 05, 202301:31:06
Episode 47: Ryan Wheatley

Episode 47: Ryan Wheatley

Ryan is a Maryland native, still residing in the Northeast. One of the original Red River Scramble adventurers, Ryan and I talk about how he got into motorcycles, his ride around the country on a shoestring budget, the art of the wheelie, some inaugural  Red River Scramble details I wasn't aware of, and his recent success in the cross-country racing scene. 

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Deleware Valley Trail Riders

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Dec 26, 202202:05:36
Episode 46: Kevin Madison
Dec 19, 202202:13:20
Episode 45: Super 73 R-Brooklyn Review
Dec 16, 202234:25
Episode 44: 2023 Dakar Rally Preview

Episode 44: 2023 Dakar Rally Preview

From December 31st until January 15th, competitors on motorcycles, quads, side-by-sides, cars, and trucks will be racing in what is said to be the most difficult off-road event in the world, the Dakar Rally.

In today's show, I explain what the Dakar Rally is, a brief history of the rally, define rally racing, highlight some of the motorcycle competitors, along with other commentary about the race.

Winter here in the midwest is a miserable time as a motorcyclists, so the Dakar Rally is a ray of light during the dark evening hours of winter.

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Get a taste of Dakar from Lyndon Poskitt:

Download Red Bullt TV on your phone or smart TV. Recap coverage is typically 7PM each night during the rally.

NBC Sports is apparently covering the race 6:30PM during the rally, but it's on Peacock, which may require a $5 subsciption

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My rider picks for 2023:


-Adrien Van Beveren actually came from Yamaha, not Luciano Benavides (who raced for Husqvarna in 2022 and again this year).

-Laia Sanz will be driving a car for Team Astra

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Dec 15, 202228:14
Winter Podcast Update

Winter Podcast Update

Per my comments on previous shows, it's been difficult to keep up with the podcast during the racing season. I want to apologize for the gap in the shows, but there's some new stuff on the horizon.

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Let me know how the new audio sounds. Looking forward to an exciting new "season" of shows.

Dec 14, 202203:45
Episode 43: Rachel Gutish
Dec 12, 202202:15:11
Episode 42: Heather Wilson
Dec 05, 202201:59:55
Episode 41: Conrad Stodgell

Episode 41: Conrad Stodgell

Conrad is one of my partners in crime racing big bikes in Kentucky Cross Country Racing (KXCR). A Marine veteran, Conrad and I talk about his history with motorcycles and explore all the rabbit holes around purchasing and modifying his Honda Africa Twin to race. He tells us about his experience racing his Africa Twin in AMA Grand National Cross Country (GNCC), racing in KXCR, and how to cope and keep your head in the game when you're injured. 

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Nov 28, 202202:00:07
Episode 40: ADV Potpourri with Mark Scherrens

Episode 40: ADV Potpourri with Mark Scherrens

After a long summer of no podcasts, we're back behind the microphone. Mark Scherrens and I sit down to talk about all kinds of motorcycle potpourri. We chat about the new Transalp news, racing the Triumph Scrambler in KXCR over the summer. 

We recap a little about Red River Scrambler; have some debate about how the latest economic news may impact the ADV segment. There's some talk about riding with family, the usual suspension nonsense, the KTM 950 vs 990 and who knows what else.

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Rackhouse Moto

Chronicles of Solid

TransAlp Video

Scrambler Wolf's Customized Scrambler

Nov 21, 202201:59:01
Episode 39: Gauge Key

Episode 39: Gauge Key

Gauge Key is a Hard Enduro dirt bike racer from southern Kentucky. Gauge is a member of the Kentucky Cross-Coutnry Race Team (KXCR), was the top amateur in the 2022 Rebull Tennesee Knockout, a member of the elite class team that finished 2nd at the Perry  Mountain 24-hour challenge. We talk about his early off-road experience riding cross country at a very young age. He tells us about his transition to racing "slow" but nearly impossible terrain in hard enduro and how it's become his passion. He tells us about his preparation and performance in Redbull TKO year, spare parts, racing woes, how he practices, and more.

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Oct 13, 202201:35:02
Episode 38: Hare Scrambling a Scrambler

Episode 38: Hare Scrambling a Scrambler

Life has been in the driving seat for the last few weeks but I say down to talk about my most recent experience racing my 2013 Triumph Scrambler in round 1 of Kentucky Cross Country Racing in Clay City, Kentucky.

Scrambler Build:

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Race video with narration:


May 02, 202233:51
Episode 37: Everything ADV with Overkill Andy

Episode 37: Everything ADV with Overkill Andy

Andy Janik is back on the show to talk about everything "Adventure". Andy fills us in on his recent trip out to race the Biltwell 100. We debate what defines an adventure bike, how to set up a  bike for ADV riding, how can we bring new people into the ADV segment. From training newer ADV riders, Andy offers advice for new adventure riders, and beginner ADV Rider pitfalls to avoid. We devolve into a discussion about dirt riders vs ADV riders, Tire nonsense and more. 

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Apr 11, 202202:09:05
Episode 36: Darryl Killboy Cannon

Episode 36: Darryl Killboy Cannon

Darryl Cannon is the original photographer at the Tail of the Dragon. 318 curves in 11-miles, The tail of the Dragon is a section of US-129 outside of Maryville, Tennesse. On the show today, Darryl tells us about his early days of motorcycling. How he got the name "Killboy". How he started out shooting photos at Deal's Gap. Circumstances that led to leaving motorcycling. Plans for future video content, which actually led to talking about electric motorcycles. Risks of riding at Deal's Gap. How Covid has affected the area. Some of the best local roads. We touch on some of the better ADV roads and camping spots. Darryl's return to riding motorcycles and details on his new to him favorite bikes and more. 

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Apr 04, 202202:19:49
Episode 35: KC Elkins

Episode 35: KC Elkins

KC is a painter and custom motorcycle builder. I met KC racing in the Kentucky cross-country series. We talk about his transition from motocross to woods racing, his early life in motorcycles in rural Kentucky, and how a myriad of odd jobs led into working in a shop with his dad. He tells me about what all goes into custom paint, including his personal "style" of painting. I ask him about his approach to custom bike builds, and his favorite projects. He gives me a few tips on how to keep track of a motorcycle when it's completely in pieces. We talk about his favorite motorcycle shows and what makes shows special. 

We cover the list of bikes that are in his garage, as he doesn't sell many of his motorcycles. He tells us a story about winning a brand new BMW in a contest, along with some anecdotal jokes about engineering. Along with who knows what else.

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Mar 28, 202201:57:35
Episode 34: Ben Williams

Episode 34: Ben Williams

Ben Williams is the personality behind @MotoCampNerd on Instagram. Ben's a motorcycle enthusiast, but also an avid camper. He operates a digital marketplace for camping gear with a bend toward moto-campers. We talk about what it takes to take a garage business to a brick-and-mortar business. We discuss targeted advertising, best marketing strategies, and his focus for the future. We also discuss how he and his wife like to set up a moto-camp and what gear and food they pack for the occasion. 

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Mar 21, 202202:00:56
Episode 33: Rick Sowry

Episode 33: Rick Sowry

Rick is a long-time friend of mine that is responsible for getting me into riding off-road and also introducing me to long-distance riding. Rick and his wife tour two-up for their annual vacation each year which usually means a 5,000 mile plus trip out to the western U.S. His wife does the navigating and Rick does the "driving". Rick and I discuss the details of that relationship, along with how he kept his Triumph Tiger 800 running for over 100,000 miles. We talk about selecting his next 1200cc touring motorcycle of choice, what goes into certifying a "Bun Burner Gold" with the Iron Butt Association, and how to make long-term riding friends. 

Bun Burner Gold:

Southern Ohio Adventure Loop (SOAL):

Mar 14, 202202:21:20
Episode 32: Pryce Hardin

Episode 32: Pryce Hardin

Pryce is a seasoned dirt bike racer, mechanic, entrepreneur, motorcycle rescuer, shop owner, and swap meet shark. Pryce and I talk about his upbringing in motorcycles, his time in and out of racing, switching from 4-strokes to 2-strokes and even dropping back down to the 125. How he got into choppers, swap meets, and building motorcycles. We discuss his time at the Powersports Institute, why he loves old motorcycles, how he puts together vintage bikes, and everything in between.

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Powersports Institute of Ohio Technical College

"The Holler"

Mar 07, 202201:55:18
Episode 31: Derek Blankenship

Episode 31: Derek Blankenship

Derek is the man behind the rebirth of the Kentucky Cross-Country Racing series (KXCR). Derek and I talk about his early riding experiences, his first series of motorcycles, his return to motorcycles after his military experience. We discuss what it takes to put on a racer series, tastes in dirtbikes, favorite riding terrain, and everything else. 

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Arenacross hurts:

No-man's Lookout:

Feb 28, 202201:54:03
Episode 30: Bill DeVore

Episode 30: Bill DeVore

When Bill DeVore isn't chasing me around the Kentucky backcountry, photographing me crashing on the racetrack, or saving lives as an EMT, he's the president of Cincinnati Cafe Racer (CCR). CCR is a motorcycle social club built on Facebook with thousands of members across greater Cincinnati. CCR hosts the annual Garage Brewed Moto Show. The Garage Brewed show has bikes from custom choppers, vintage survivors, to scrambled UJMs and everything in between. Bill and I discuss the mechanics of hosting events of this scale. We talk about the different motorcycles in the show. How Garage Brewed raises money for local charities and a lot of other stuff. 

Garage Brewed Moto Show

Cincinnati Cafe Racer

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Wankle Video Fort Nine video:

Feb 21, 202202:11:04
Episode 29: Mark Scherrens

Episode 29: Mark Scherrens

Mark Sherrens is an ADV nut in northern Georgia. Mark and I discuss his lengthy experience with various KTM adventure bikes, his Tiger 800, and ultimately his return to KTM with his new 1090. We talk a lot about "big bike" life, riding in Georgia, Tennesse, and I think he's convinced me to ADV camp in Michigan. We discuss in jest and in seriousness about the different motorcycle archetypes you'll meet. Brace yourself for an overload of sarcasm and enjoy the show.

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South East Adventure Trail

Trans America Trail

Feb 14, 202201:54:28
Episode 28: Liz Kiniery

Episode 28: Liz Kiniery

Liz Kiniery is from Philidelpia. She's an off-road racer, trailblazer, event organizer, and like all of our guests, she's moto-maniac. Today we talk a little about what it's like being an Urban motorcyclist, how folks evolve in the motorcycle experience, her experience working with the Delaware Valley Trail Riders. We touch on how motorcycles get names, her racing experience, hare scrambling versus enduro racing, and what it takes to put on a race event. 

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Check out DVTR at:

DVTR FB group:

What it takes to put on an event:

Check Out:

Feb 07, 202201:53:35
Episode 27: Aled Morgan

Episode 27: Aled Morgan

Aled Morgan is a rally racer, adventure rider, and off-road enthusiast. Aled has recently moved to Atlanta but was born in raised in Wales, UK. He has raced in various places around the world and shares his experience with rally racing. We talk about his beginnings in off-road riding, running Rally Duck, off-training, scrambling Harleys, philosophy of adventure motorcycle buying, and his transition to Triumph Motorcycles here in the US.  

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Jan 31, 202202:00:10
Episode 26: Dana Brown
Jan 24, 202202:04:29
Episode 25: Odessa Winter

Episode 25: Odessa Winter

Odessa Winter is an Instagram personality, beer brewer, adventure motorcyclist, and traveler. I caught up with her in the foyer of the Rottweiler Performance before she, her boyfriend, and their dog cross the Mexican border into Baja on a trip that lasts as long as they can afford. We talk about motorcycles, her travels across the US, her preparation for this trip, including a new to her bike, and a long tangent about making beer. Buckle up and enjoy the show.

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Jan 17, 202201:54:59
Episode 24: Susan Seo

Episode 24: Susan Seo

Susan is the better half of Heavy Enduro. As a 10-year on-road motorcycle veteran she talks about what it's like to start over completely as she's learned how to tackle dirt riding. She talks about the challenges of riding motorcycles, especially dirt bikes at the leggy height of 5'3". We talk the ins and out of track days, the glory of supermoto, crash stories, her plans for racing in 2022, and off-road and adventure training from a female perspective. We also cover an awesome charity she's supporting called Rally for Rangers. She's currently fundraising to get motorcycles to park rangers in Peru, where she'll be delivering the bikes firsthand.


Heavy Enduro Training:

Rally for Rangers:

Jan 10, 202202:17:41
Episode 23: Overkill Andy

Episode 23: Overkill Andy

This week I sit down with Andy Janik to talk everything motorcycles. Andy lives outside of Chicago and a big personality in the adventure space. Andy is the personality behind Heavy Enduro and he and his girlfriend spend their weekends teaching adventure motorcycle skills. In this episode we talk about his riding experience, his former Ducati MultiStrada Enduro, farkles and whatnot on his Tenere 700 and so much more. 

Check out Andy elsewhere:

@overkillAndy on Instagram

WLF Enduro profile

Heavy Enduro:



Jan 03, 202202:18:04
Episode 22: Subscription Farkles

Episode 22: Subscription Farkles

I caught a news story about subscription farkles from Zero recently. I realize that's a bit of a stretch of terms, but ultimately bikes will be shipped with all of the options disabled unless you pay a premium to have upsec items activated. I discuss that, and motorcycle rentals and every farkle under the sun so buckle up with a good rant about "value". Above all else, hit me with your thoughts on farkles and what's really worth the money:

@MotoADVR on Instagram

Dec 27, 202127:21
Episode 21: Chasing Unicorns

Episode 21: Chasing Unicorns

After test riding the KLX300R, I was left a bit disappointed in the chassis and suspension. As of late I've been looking through the Dual-Sport offerings on the market and there doesn't seem to be a bike that fits what I'm looking for. I have a strong suspicion many other riders are also searching for a unicorn motorcycle. What's yours?

@MotoADVR on Instagram

Dec 20, 202124:34
Episode 20: Electric Motorcycles

Episode 20: Electric Motorcycles

I started to go off on a tangent about electric motorcycles back in the automatic transmission episode so I decided to record a dedicated episode about electric motorcycles. I admit, despite loving "the character" of a motorcycle, where electrics have none, I admit that there are major advantages to electric motorcycles and I'm anxious to ride one off-road. That said, they have some major flaws, not including range, that need to be fixed.

Hit me with comments at or DM me @MotoADVR on Instagram, I'm anxious to hear your take. Thanks for listening!

Dec 13, 202120:35
Episode 19: Automatic Transmissions

Episode 19: Automatic Transmissions

I've recently heard more news about new Honda DCT motorcycles coming out. For those that don't know, DCT means Dual-Clutch-Transmission which for most people equates to "automatic transmission" for a motorcycle. I'm curious who these bikes are for, and if this is actually the future, considering how difficult it is to buy a manual these days. 

I'm anxious to hear folks' opinion so hit me at with comments of DM me @MotoADVR on Instagram. Thanks for listening!

Dec 06, 202119:46
Episode 18: Consequences of Advertising

Episode 18: Consequences of Advertising

Advertisements are now so prolific there's virtually no escape. You see ads on Facebook, YouTube, magazines, and even while pumping gas. I believe the content we are getting is being filtered by advertisers and I think we need to move away from this business model before it's too late. Today I talk about the pitfalls of advertising and suggest an alternate method, but I need your help. 

Hit me at with your thoughts, or send me a note @MotoADVR on Instagram. Thanks to listening!

Nov 29, 202119:11
Episode 17: What's in Your Dream Garage?

Episode 17: What's in Your Dream Garage?

Years ago I published a blog post about what 3 bikes I'd put in my "Dream Garage". After a tougher winter, I recently copied Peter Egan's formula and expanded that to 5 bikes. I also discussed that topic with Jon Beaver on the Crushing Miles Podcast so decided I'd circle back to it for a long-format monologue, including some runner-up bikes and some discussion about why. I'd also like to hear from the audience about what 5 bikes they'd put in their dream garage, hit me at with comments!

Crushing Miles Podcast:

How Many Motorcycles Do you Need?

May 05, 202128:15
Episode 16: No Metric for Taste

Episode 16: No Metric for Taste

Incidentally, I get a lot of texts about bike selection. I love getting into the weeds with folks about the "best bike" for them. Not the best bike for me, the best bike for them. After several conversations over the last few weeks I took a minute to monologue for a bit about my personal "taste" in motorcycles, and then highlight various things that draw you to a bike. We debate stat sheets on the internet, but the bike that stirs your soul is the one you take home. Strap in, put your philosophy cap on and let's debate the nuances of motorcycles and why we love them.

As always, I love to hear feedback, what your taste in motorcycles is, or if you're having a hard time picking a bike. Hit me up at and who knows, maybe we'll give birth to another podcast. 

Apr 29, 202128:15
Episode 15: Brick & Mortar

Episode 15: Brick & Mortar

I've been wrestling with this topic for a while now and finally put a few coherent thoughts together. In a world where Amazon can have something at my doorstep tomorrow, why should I buy something from a brick-and-mortar store? There are a lot of good reasons, but businesses need to be making it easier to walk into their stores, not harder. That and more on the show today.

As always, I want to hear your comments and feedback. Hit me at with comments on this topic or others, ideally, we can talk about them on the show. 

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Apr 09, 202129:20
Episode 14: Hare Scrambling 101

Episode 14: Hare Scrambling 101

After racing last season I noticed an uptick in the number of inquiries about racing so I figured I'd talk about what I've learned over the last year of racing Cross Country. If you've been debating about giving it a shot, here's a few tips and commentary about what to expect on race day. If you're curious about something and I didn't touch on it, or if you have comments or questions, hit me at 

Full Write-up:

Kentucky Cross-Country Racing: 

Indiana Cross-Country Racing:

Mar 01, 202126:53
Episode 13: Harley's Pan America

Episode 13: Harley's Pan America

On the heels of the previous podcast about my fears of Harley-Davidson's future, came the release of the new Pan America. Considering how this aligned so closely with so many of my comments, I rushed a quick response to what I think about the launch video, the bike, and more importantly what it means for the brand.

Again, drop me your comments at

Per my comments in the podcast, check out this write-up about the engine:

Feb 23, 202126:49
Episode 12: Harley-Davidson is doing it wrong

Episode 12: Harley-Davidson is doing it wrong

As more news of the new "Hard-Wire" plan trickles out, I'm more and more fearful about the future of Harley-Davidson. Today I get into the nuts and bolts of what I think is going on, and what I think Harley should actually be doing.

Things have been hectic over the past few months so I apologize for being behind. Looking forward to comments from the audience. Hit me with e-mails at

Full Blog Post:

Feb 22, 202138:52
Episode 11: Joe Zito
Jul 09, 202002:10:03
Episode 10: Heather Wilson
Jun 03, 202001:33:51
Episode 9: Bjorn Bredeson
May 27, 202002:21:46
Episode 8: Dave Kuck
May 19, 202002:16:17
Episode 7: Tyler Gantt
May 12, 202002:02:19
Episode 6: Amelia Nunn
May 06, 202002:16:30
Episode 5: Shahin Alvandi
Apr 30, 202002:39:26
Episode 4: Chris Cope
Apr 17, 202001:40:56
Episode 3: Jenna West
Apr 16, 202002:07:05
Episode 2: Jeff Stoess
Apr 16, 202001:29:56
Episode 1 - Welcome to Moto Adventurer Unscripted

Episode 1 - Welcome to Moto Adventurer Unscripted

After moonlighting as a Moto Blogger for a few years, I wanted to sit down with folks in the motorcycle, outdoor, and adventure community and get to know them as people; talk about riding, their tastes, where they come from. Ultimately I want to host long-format discussions about people's passions; where we can get their expertise and hear their unfiltered opinions. 

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Apr 16, 202001:26