March 30, 2016
A weekly (hopefully) podcast by a couple of nerdy guys about their favorite thing: riding motorcycles! The Wheelnerds will cover just about any aspect of motorcycling that captures their attention. Come along for the ride and keep in touch with what’s going on with the sport. From their homebase in Utah, the Wheelnerds will cover new (to them anyway) models and whatever long-distance riding they can talk their significant others into letting them cut out for.
Todd can’t really pinpoint the exact moment he crossed the line from “guy with a bike” to “bike guy” but it could probably be pinpointed by measuring how much he annoyed the people around him by talking about motorcycles. Todd started out on a too-big too-powerful Suzuki GS750L lovingly nicknamed “Purple Rain” by his coworkers. Since the bike was so old no shop would so much as glance at it, Todd had to become his own mechanic and set to it with gusto. Nowadays Todd uses his shadetree skills on a DL1000 and a Ural Patrol. He’ll talk your ear off about technique on two or three wheels if you let him, or if you happen to take an MSF class that he’s teaching. Todd dreams of riding every bike in the world once just to see what it’s like, and prefers to keep the rubber side down.
Chuck‘s first time was in the fourth grade on a dirt bike in a farmer’s field. He promptly rode it into the furrow left by the tractor and fell over. In college, he got talked into getting on the back of a sportbike and promptly lost his contact lens and a large chunk of masculinity cred. After spending another ten years laughing at ‘donorcycle’ jokes, he finally felt the itch to be on a bike and took the Basic Riding Course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Which he promptly failed. Fortunately, he retested through, and passed, and got his first bike: a Ninja 250. Which he promptly fell over on in a parking lot. From such auspicious beginnings, he rides now on a 1998 Honda VFR, a 2012 Triumph Thruxton, and a 2006 Buell Ulysses (when it’s running). He’s the poster child for knowing enough to be dangerous when it comes to mechanics and frequently inflicts his semi-baked skills on his stable of bikes, which would be a large reason for the Ulysses sometimes not-running. He wants to ride every bike in the world if he can get it away from Todd, and prefers keeping the shiny-side up.