Drew Faulkner is a mechanical engineer based in Dayton, Ohio. He is also the year-round-riding fool behind Moto Adventurer. Here are his Five Whys of Motorcycling:
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When did you start riding?
Funny, I was just looking over my insurance paperwork the other day and realized it was 2011.
Why did you start riding?
The thrill? My dad sold his bike when I was about 4 years old, so I was – unfortunately – kept away from motorcycles in the formative years. After coming home from overseas and getting my discharge (Drew served in the US Army) I was looking for a new challenge. Tron Legacy was also released somewhere in there; I saw that sweet Ducati GT 1000 Sport Classic and suddenly I was in love with the idea of a slick cafe racer, and the dream of riding was born.
What bike do you own?
A lone 2013 Triumph Scrambler is my go-to solution for every problem.
Why did you choose that bike?
I spent about three years on the Triumph Speedmaster and was looking for something with a more neutral seating position and something I could feasibly adventure ride. The other requirements were ease of maintenance – as I planned on riding every single day, rain or shine – and a bike that I could complete an Iron Butt ride with. Thus far, it’s done all of those things, whilst having character in spades.
What bike do you dream of owning?
This is probably the toughest question on this list. Was it you that said, “All the motorcycles?” (Maybe. Before I started using “Ride far. Be awesome” as the TMO tag line, it was “We want to ride all the motorcycles.”) Despite wanting one of each, and dreaming of a high-performance dual sport, truly, as of this moment, I think it’s fair to say I would prefer to have a Motus MST-R.
Why do want that bike?
I full well expect I’m stuck(happily) with the Scrambler forever. No one wants that bike now, considering where it’s been, so I’m shopping for a sport-touring bike to park next to it. I like the Yamaha FJR1300, the Yamaha Tracer 900, the Triumph Tiger Sport, and a myriad of other adventure and sport-touring bikes, but the entire concept of the Motus really fits my personality. I like barebones performance. The Motus is a raw sport-touring bike less bells and whistles that I don’t want anyway (except ABS). That engine though… oh, that engine…
What’s the best motorcycling adventure you’ve had so far?
This is also a tough question. I have several awesome adventures that were about the destination and the ride, and there are a few that were more about the experience and the solitude. Those two states are always at odds with for me. I’d say it’s probably my most recent trip to the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway (DBBB) in Kentucky.
Why was it so special to you?
This is obviously multi-faceted. My folks are from Kentucky; I didn’t grow up there, but the older I get the more I’m drawn to it – the roads, the views, and the history. That love for “adventure” is compounded by the fact the DBBB has the most difficult roads I’ve ever ridden.
Technically all county roads, about 50 miles of the DBBB consists of unimproved “trails” that, while county property, are mostly ignored. In short, that means these are muddy dirt roads that are heavily rutted from Jeeps and 4x4s. My most recent visit included trails I had not ridden before, following a winter of record rainfall. Needless to say there was a lot of water and mud involved. Unfortunately, that also led to one section being bypassed, meaning my bucket list item of “completing the DBBB” will go unchecked for a bit longer.
Despite that disappointment, and the Scrambler taking its first dirt nap whilst bypassing said road, my skills were tested on a whole new level and I was again impressed by what my “vanilla” bike was capable of.
Where do you dream of riding?
The easy answer: because it’s a massive undertaking. Somewhere along the Alaska Highway it’s, like, 260 miles between service stations. The Scrambler is good for about 140 miles to a tank; that’s a problem I’d have to solve, thus part of the allure. Everything I’ve seen or heard about Alaska tells me it’s a place I want to see with my own eyes.
Why I want to see Alaska is again multifaceted. It’s a huge challenge, and I want to rise to meet it. I’m also captivated by wilderness, and Alaska has more of it than anywhere else in the United States. You could cut Alaska in half and Texas would still only be the third largest state.
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