The Road Dirt Crew

Rob Brooks

Rob Brooks

Founder, Senior Editor, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer

Rob claims, “Motorcycles are in my blood, in my DNA.” This has not been independently verified.

What is verifiable, nay certifiable, is Rob’s love of bikes, whether riding, writing, or wrenching on them. With a long family history of motorcycling, Rob has traversed America on two wheels (and a few sundry locales across the globe) but calls north Georgia, USA his home, along with his wife, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets.

Phil Gauthier

Phil Gauthier

Associate Editor, Writer & Part Time Digital Biker Nerd

Yes, he’s one of those. Phil raced Motocross as a young buck, then rejoined the motorcycle craze after the nest emptied. Active in the 70’s precursor to X-Games, Phil never really grew up, which helps since he spends most of his time supporting video and other content over the web. When not touring twisties on his Road Glide with his “Mild Hog” crew, Phil enjoys time on any Apple device, eating & cooking, and spending time with his family – especially his three beautiful grandkids.

Ted Edwards

Ted Edwards

Editor-at-Large

Ted Edwards requires constant adult supervision. Without it, he will end up party crashing Laguna Seca, small town quilt shows or cattle drives. The next step involves getting recklessly caffeinated at his local cafe and writing the story. This Northwest native’s work has appeared online as a trip writer and gear tester for Bike Bandit and in print for the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiast newsletter.

J. Joshua Placa

J. Joshua Placa

Editor-at-Large

J. Joshua Placa is the former Editor-in-Chief of Cruising Rider and Motorcycle Cruiser. He has contributed to major dailies, travel and adventure publications and most major moto magazines. Whereabouts unknown, it is believed he is holed up in some clapboard desert shack, comfortably hiding from the Vatican.

Ryan "Ryhno" Nolan

Ryan "Ryhno" Nolan

Contributing Author/Photographer

When Ryan isn’t road racing in the CCS Midwest series, he enjoys Motorsports photography, exercise, wearing pink, and a good whiskey. Motorcycles are more than a passion for him. His wife learned this firsthand when motorcycle racing was added to their wedding vows. Ryan’s love of motorcycles comes from his dad, who rode a Suzuki TS185 back in college. For Ryan two wheels is greater than four and single malt scotch is best in a double dose.

Christian Pierce

Christian Pierce

Contributing Author

When Christian says he studies motorcycles, he’s being absolutely serious. He received an early education in the bike culture, as he was raised in Laconia, New Hampshire, site of one of the biggest and oldest motorcycle rallies in the country. That education continued into college, much to the delight of his parents, as he studied motorcycle movies while working on a film degree and later examined lesser-known motorcycle manufacturers while completing a degree in the history of technology. He’s complemented that book knowledge with some hands-on experience as well, earning a trade degree in motorcycle repair. When he’s not writing or wrenching, Christian enjoys listening to 80s “hair bands,” sampling local brews, and traveling with his family.

www.christianpierce.me

Kevin Baxter

Kevin Baxter

Contributing Author

Kevin built his first engine at 9 years old with an old hardback Motors manual in his dad’s garage, and has been involved in virtually all disciplines of high performance engines since. While pursuing an education as a mechanical engineer, his experience developed into a career building race cars and restoring high end muscle cars. As a Master Engine Designer and Builder, Kevin went on to design super high performance race/street engines, components, and fuel injection systems as a consultant for professional engine builders. Kevin parlayed his love of motorcycles into Pro Twin Performance & Baxter’s Garage, known internationally for high performance v-twin engine builds. In short, Kevin loves everything that burns gas…except for lawn mowers.

Nathan "GenZ Biker" Baron

Nathan "GenZ Biker" Baron

Contributing Author/Videographer

Also known as “GenZ Biker”, Nathan brings a youthful and new rider perspective to the Road Dirt crew. As a popular “Moto-Vlogger”, Nathan is influencing and inspiring a new generation of riders to get out on two wheels. A recent graduate of Marquette University, Nathan’s “GenZ Biker” YouTube channel and accompanying social media pages display a great enthusiasm and connection with the heart of motorcycling, and are challenging the industry to innovate and creatively grow the sport for the future. Nathan loves his family, his girl, his bike, and a good local ice cream shop with friends.

Mike Boyd

Mike Boyd

Contributing Author/Photographer

Mike is a photographer, drone wizard, and decorated Vietnam combat veteran. Mike flew Huey helicopters in ‘Nam, was shot while dropping in to rescue soldiers in a hot LZ, and is an unquestioned patriot. Mike maintains the coolest fleet of AMF/Aermacchi era Harley-Davidson Sprints, as well as half a dozen other motorcycles, and loves capturing bikes and rides through the camera lens, whether at ground level or 100 ft. in the sky. He may be a shade under 5’8” or so, but he’s 10 feet tall to us.

Geoff & Barb Nickless

Geoff & Barb Nickless

Contributing Author/Photographer

Geoff has always loved motorcycles. His Dad owned a Harley 74, with a sidecar, in the late 30’s. Geoff had a Kawasaki TR90 as a kid, and raced Suzuki RM 250s. His idol, Kenny Roberts, provided him with press passes from ’78 through ’85, and so began Geoff’s race photography. Barb married into the equation and has taken up photography only recently. No more carrying the backup equipment! She loves all racing, especially flat track. Both enjoy meeting riders and their families and aren’t afraid to get close to the action.

www.nicklessphotos.com

@nicklessphotos