Cast of Characters

Meet the Voices Behind the Show

Larry “Wardie” Ward — Show Host

  • Resides: Youngstown, Ohio
  • More than 200,000 miles of road riding experience.
  • Record Holder: Lake Erie Loop, 50cc Class (24 hours, 3 minutes)
  • Completed several Iron Butt Association rides, including a Saddle Sore 1000 GOLD
  • MSF Advanced Rider Course graduate

More About Larry

  • Began riding at age 10 (3.5hp Briggs & Stratton powered minibike)
  • First Crash: Age 10, school parking lot.
  • First New Motorcycle: 1971 Honda CL450
  • Motorcycling Organization Memberships: Motorcycle Sport Touring Association ; BMW Motorcycle Owners Association; BMW Riders Association; The Penton Owners Group; American Motorcyclist Association
  • Racing Schools Attended: Keith Code’s California Superbike School
  • Former Ohio Mini Road Racing Association competitor (Racing Number: 25)
  • First Street Racing Win: Age 15 (Lambretta 150 vs. Honda Sport 50)

“Ambassador” Roy Dyckman — Touring and Travel Ace

  • Resides: Youngstown, Ohio
  • BMW Motorcycle Owners Association (MOA) Ambassador
  • More than 800,000 miles of riding experience in BMW motorcycles
  • Began riding motorcycles in the 1950’s
  • Has ridden in 49 states, most Canadian provinces, and Mexico
  • First Motorcycle: Homemade electric scooter
  • Subject of feature story in American Motorcyclist magazine

More About Roy

  • Winner: BMW North American Tour; many field events at BMW MOA and BMW RA rallies
  • 2006: Rode from Key West, Fla., to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, (farthest point north on North American continent accessible by roadway) in 39 days (more than 15,000 miles total)
  • Has attended rallies at Sturgis, Laconia, Americade, MSTA STAR, BMW MOA and BMW RA national rallies
  • AMA Road Riding Grand Tour Challenge participant
  • First “Real” Motorcycle: Harley-Davidson XLCH
  • Arctic Ocean Polar Bear Club Dip participant
  • Former Competitor: Flat track (Deerfield Raceway, Carrollton half-mile) and hillclimb
  • Racing Schools Attended: Reg Pridmore’s CLASS Motorcycle School; Cornerspeed; DP Safety School; Ed Bargey Racing School; Fasttrax Rider’s School (Nelson Ledges); Freddie Spencer High Performance Riding School; Keith Code’s California Superbike School; Penguin Roadracing School; The STAR School by Jason Pridmore, and Team ProMotion
  • Past Motorcycles: Several home-built minibikes; Wizard; belt-driven Simplex Scooter; Cushman scooter; Harley-Davidson XLCH; Triumph Bonneville TT (Land Speed Record Holder Edition); Kawasaki ZX1100; BMW R100 RTC; 1995 BMW R1100GS; Honda XL350; Builtco 2-stroke racer

“Fun” Bob Wentzel — Off-Road and Competition Extraordinaire

  • Resides: Youngstown, Ohio
  • AMA Life Member
  • First Race Bike: 1969/70 Hodaka Super Rat Ace 100
  • First Race: Deerfield, Ohio MX, 1972 (14 years old), 3rd place (beat by two Pentons, next bike was a 1974 Berkshire Penton 100)
  • Had ridden off-road in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada

More About Fun Bob

  • 1975: Qualified for the Buckeye Can-AM MX Nationals, finished 9th in the east
  • 1975: Competed in Regionals at Lake Sugar Tree, Virginia, on a 1975 Honda Elsinore 125, DNF flat tire
  • 1980-83: Finished in the top 5 in the AMA National HARE Scrambles Series, Open A class (on a Husqvarna)
  • 1983: CRA overall Hare Scramble Champion (Husqvarna)
  • 1983-84: Multiple overall wins, CRA Hare Scrambles Series; Salem, Ohio Motorcycle Club Champion, Open Class (Husqvarna)
  • 1990: Support staff, American team, ISDE 6-Days (Sweden)
  • 2006: CRA Flat Track Champ, Open Knobby Class (KTM)
  • 2010-2013: Trials Incorporated Champ, Vintage Series (1974 Suzuki RL250, 1974 Yamaha TY 250, and 1977 Yamaha Majesty)
  • 2011-2012: Mid-Ohio Vintage National Champion, Clubman Class (1974 Suzuki RL250)
  • 2014: 1st Place, AHRMA National Trials, Barber Motorsports Park (1977 Yamaha Majesty 250); 2nd Place, Trials Incorporate Vintage Championship, Class A (1977 Yamaha Majesty 250)

“The Asphalt Angel” Michael Marino — Freelance Motojournalist/Editor

  • Resides: Cleveland, Ohio
  • More than 125,000 miles of riding experience
  • Began riding in 2007 at age 23
  • First Motorcycle: 1982 Honda CB450T Hawk
  • Owner/Principal of Marino Communications
  • Began motojournalism career in 2016 with the 2 Wheel Power Hour
  • Worked as an associate editor for the American Motorcyclist Association (2018-2020)
  • Blog: The Asphalt Life
  • List of published stories

More About Michael

  • Motorcycling Organization Memberships: Motorcycle Sport Touring Association, American Motorcyclist Association
  • First Overnight Motorcycle Trip: 2008, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, for the Honda AMA Superbike Weekend
  • First Cross-Country Motorcycle Trip: 2010, Buffalo, NY to Salt Lake City, UT for the WSBK races at Miller Motorsports Park (now Utah Motorsports Campus)
  • Holds master’s degree in urban planning and history
  • Past Motorcycles: 1997 Honda Nighthawk 750, 1998 Suzuki Bandit 1200S, 2003 Yamaha FJR1300, 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500
  • American Motorcyclist Association EAGLES volunteer
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