Bret Tkacs is an expert motorcycle rider and trainer based in Puyallup, Washington (USA). Bret’s primary focus is reducing the number of motorcycle-related deaths through many different venues.
Bret has written Washington’s newest basic motorcycle licensing curriculum, becoming one of few states that offer more than one program. He provides unique online instruction through the popular YouTube channel MotoTrek, and has traveled extensively around the world, teaching classes and giving engaging lectures that go above and beyond common assumptions of how motorcycles and their riders operate.
He has amassed extensive, detailed knowledge through decades of teaching on-road and off-road riders how to stay safe and successfully avoid accidents, all while avoiding the word “safety”.
In 2018, Bret’s Learn to Ride curriculum was accepted by the state of Washington as an endorsement-qualifying course. The course is unique in that it addresses the most current statistics, maximizes hands-on experiences with less interruptions, and is the only course that utilizes terminology and dimensions to simulate real-world riding.
Who is Bret?
Bret is an internationally-known speaker, trainer, and curriculum developer. His in-depth knowledge coupled with the ability to explain critical details has set him apart from most other experts.
He has worked with the U.S. Army Special Forces Command since 2009 to reduce the number of motorcycle-related deaths. He was recently commemorated by the Secretary of Defense for reducing deaths by 100%.
Bret has accelerated the success of MotoTrek, a YouTube channel devoted to teaching skill sets to adventure bike riders. His ability to dissect individual skills in a way that is easy to understand sets him above and beyond all other instructors.
Bret has owned dozens upon dozens of different motorcycles, and expertly transitions between platforms with no decline in competence. Taking an FJR onto a narrow sand track, navigating a Harley Ultra cruiser through a tight cone weave, or passing racers on a fully-loaded F800GS are some accomplishments that have left onlookers’ mouths agape.
Bret’s knowledge goes far beyond riding ability. Bret can diagnose motorcycle problems and rider issues with a simple glance. He can accurately predict where and how a rider will crash, and uses this innate ability to prevent accidents.
His instruction gives riders personalized feedback, not just rote instruction. His ability to truly detect what a rider is thinking has given Bret the moniker “motorcycle whisperer”.