The Dirt Buzz

The Dirt Buzz

The Dirt Buzz, hosted by motorcycle industry veteran Dale Spangler, is a powersports industry and motocross racing podcast that shares the many behind-the-scenes stories of the fascinating people and brands that make the powersports industry tick.

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August 30, 2022 38 min

In this special episode of the Dirt Buzz Podcast, I cover the press intro for the 2023 Royal Enfield SCRAM 411, the company's new low-displacement scrambler based on the popular Himalayan ADV platform that's both urban and rural "rough road ready." After spending two days riding in western Wisconsin, you'll hear my impressions of the SCRAM 411 and some of my thoughts on Royal Enfield's vision as a leader in ...

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After a few years without an industry trade show, The Dirt Buzz headed to Las Vegas for the 2022 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo). The show is the first major gathering for the professional powersports industry in over two years because of the pandemic. Listen as host Dale Spangler talks with brand representatives, media, and other industry players in this immersive, live-sound experience. A big thanks to the AIMExp...

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In this season 1 wrap-up show, host Dale Spangler is joined by Motorcycle Industry insiders Jason Gearld, Owner of Phoenix Handlebars and the Business Development Manager for MotorcycleIndustryJobs.com, and veteran moto-journalist Robin Hartfiel, of Dealernews Magazine. Listen in as the three industry insiders discuss the continued growth of Motorcycling in 2021 (and the entire Powersports segment), as well as share their thoughts ...

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This week's guest is Matt Musgrove, Owner and Race Director at Elevated Action Sports, the Promoter of the MotoClimb Super Series. Recently, it was announced that Matt and his team will also manage the AMA Extreme Off-Road Championship in 2022, along with other one-off events like Endurofest. Learn how Matt and his team are helping create a renaissance in the sport of Motorcycle Hillclimbing and how he and his team will help tr...

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This episode's guest is Scott Lukaitis, Writer, Photographer, Content Creator, and Director of Sales and Marketing for Engine Ice at Kost USA. Scott has been a longtime supporter and contributor to the sport of motocross with his business Lukaitis Photo. He's contributed to various media outlets throughout his career, and he has a new project supporting privateer motocross, called The Privateer’s Story. Learn more about Sco...

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This week's guest on The Dirt Buzz podcast is Chef Steve Taylor, lifelong motocross enthusiast and Certified Executive Chef (CEC). Chef Steve explains what it's like being an executive chef and the many parallels between cooking and riding dirt bikes—such as the need for razor-sharp focus and attention-to-details—that make the two complementary. Hear how Chef Steve got his start as a dirt bike rider and a chef in episode 04...

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This episode's guest is Jackson Halsmer, Professional Athlete Manager for longtime action sports protective equipment brand EVS Sports. Jackson is also the Marketing Coordinator for EVS' sister company LIFT Aviation and is a former collegiate swimmer for the University of Iowa. Learn how Jackson got his start in powersports, and how he almost ended up in the swimming industry, in episode 048. Thanks for listening!

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This episode's guest is Tyler Shepardson, owner, and founder of the On The Pipe (OTP) Podcast and is a former announcer for the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. Tyler came to the powersports industry later in life but has more than made up for the lost time by involving himself in the many aspects of offroad motorcycling—from racing to announcing to helping layout racetracks. Hear about some of Tyler's contributions to the sp...

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This week's guest on The Dirt Buzz podcast is Kevin Bailey, Powersports Marketing Manager for Race Winning Brands. In his current role, Kevin plans and executes marketing strategies for the many brands under the Race Winning Brands umbrella, including two-wheel brands Wiseco Performance Products, JE Pistons, Rekluse, and ProX Racing Parts, plus the addition of some of the company's automotive brands. In this episode, hear s...

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This episode's guest is Erek Kudla, Off-Road Racing Manager for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Growing up on the West coast, Erek raced various offroad and desert events before starting his own company GET-XTR-EME to promote regional hard enduro and other events. He then spent a few years as Director of the National Hare and Hound Series before landing his current role with the AMA. Enjoy the episode!

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This episode's guest, Jessica Vorheis, is an artist, independent graphic designer, and founder of Factory V Dirt Bike Apparel. By combining her artistic talent with a love of dirt bike riding, Jessica has carved out a niche career helping powersports brands with graphic design and marketing collateral creation with her own signature style. Learn how Jessica's career path has led to her helping brands bring more riders to th...

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This episode's guest is someone who's worked for two legendary brands in the powersports industry—not once—but twice! Primo Marotto has worked for Dunlop Motorcycle Tires and Scott Sports and currently holds the position of Sales and General Manager of the Moto Division for Scott Sports USA.

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This week's guest, Matt Davis, is one-half of iconic dirt bike graphics brand Throttle Jockey and custom decal maker Graphics Lab. Matt and his brother Robert have been creating dirt bike graphics and custom decals for over 25 years, including as the official graphics supplier of the Factory Honda Motocross Team since 1998. Listen in as Matt talks about what it was like for "two kids with a dream, from Kokomo, Indiana,"...

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This week's guest is Kenny Safford, a veteran moto industry designer and product manager who's created award-winning products for iconic brands such as AXO Sport, Alpinestars, Sinisalo, JT Racing, Gaerne, and many others. Today Kenny is Product Manager for Mechanix Wear, another iconic brand with moto-industry roots that's become a worldwide success in the work glove, tactical, and PPE markets. Enjoy the episode!

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This episode's guest is a racer and moto industry entrepreneur who wears many hats. Johnny Lewis is a professional flat track racer and ambassador for the Moto Anatomy X Royal Enfield Race Team; he's the promotor of the Flat Track Futures youth race and runs his own training camp in Florida, Moto Anatomy.

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Erick "Big E" Bartoldus is a powersports and bicycle industry insider who's worked at multiple iconic brands throughout the years and is currently the Marketing Manager for Yoshimura R & D of America. In this episode, Erick shares how he found his place in the industry after years of racing BMX, what it's like working for an iconic brand like Yoshimura, and his outlook on the industry since the pandemic.

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This week's guest, Rob Fox, admits his current role as Amateur Motocross Support Manager for Dunlop Motorcycle Tires is his dream job and it means more to him than just a career choice. Listen in as Rob talks about his job with Dunlop and shares what it's like overseeing an elite motocross rider support program.

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This week my guest is Michael Antonovich, a Moto-Journalist, Editor, and Content Creator who got his start in the moto media world at now-defunct Transworld Motocross Magazine before moving on to a similar role at Donn Maeda's Swapmoto Live. Thanks for listening!

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In this episode, I'm joined by Brian Price, a former powersports industry product developer who helped create products for industry heavy hitters Fox Racing, Alpinestars, and Shift MX, before relocating to Bend, Oregon, and founding his own online retail shop, Atomic-Moto.com. Another fascinating history lesson and behind-the-scenes look at the powersports industry. Thanks for listening!

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This week’s guest is Scott Boyer, a motorcycle and MTB industry product developer who helped create not one—but FOUR—game-changing, iconic motocross products, including the Scott USA plastic motocross boot, HRP Flak Jak chest protector, Smith Roll-Offs vision system, and ProTaper handlebar. Listen in as Scott provides a fascinating history lesson and behind-the-scenes look at the motorcycle industry product development cycle.

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