This article was originally printed in our May 2018 issue of TransWorld Motocross.
Dirt Bike Kid
Tyler Bereman Will Ride Anything At Any Time And Look Rad While Doing It
By Mike Emery
For what reason did you get into motorcycles? Was it seeing a neighbor ride? Maybe you flipped through the television channels to find either professional Supercross or motocross playing that piqued your interest. Or maybe you were born into it, with parents who grew up on them and passed the gene along to you. The latter is exactly the case with Templeton, California's Tyler Bereman, but it doesn't stop there. Certain folks just plain belong on a motorcycle, and Bereman falls directly into that category. His climb to the top of free riding has taken him all directions, and the same story has remained throughout the journey. Simply put, Tyler will ride anything, at any time, and look cool while sporting a big-ass smile the entire time. If it has two wheels and an engine, TB is in.
Go Fast, Turn Left
We met up with Bereman in the Pacific Northwest at The One Pro Race, which was happening in conjunction with The One Moto Show. This made for a great excuse for him to put on the steel shoe and race some Super Hooligan with the best out there. All Bereman had to do was show up and send it. "My goal is to race as many of these as I can in between my schedule, or kind of when it all falls into place. When it comes to contests or film projects that I need to do on my dirt bike, then that obviously comes first and foremost, but I try to get on the flat track bikes as much as I can and this Super Hooligan series is growing at an extremely fast rate," Bereman said. "I'm just stoked to have the opportunity to ride one of Roland's bikes and get out there. It's something I grew up doing and that I still enjoy doing. As scary as they are, it's insanely fun to rip these things around in circles."
For those unfamiliar, Super Hooligan racing is the most-recent trend in flat track that has riders of all types saddling up on 750cc twin or larger motorcycles, if you so desire. All that's left is to remove the front brake setup and stick to the short list of rules to abide by. Bereman raced an RSD-built Indian Scout 60 with some pretty dialed-in flat track components. The format is pretty simple, with a couple of heat races, semis, and one final main event. Bereman's heat race went almost perfectly, as he grabbed the holeshot and only lost one position to finish second and secure his spot in the main. When the green flag flew to start the main, Bereman and the boys took off for the 12-lap rip. At the checkered flag, Bereman finished a respectable 10th place in a field of guys that do this all the time. Not bad for someone who is more comfortable 30 feet off the ground while upside down throwing a big whip. Bereman reflected on the moment with a smile: "It was cool to see over 30 Hooligans there, and only 13 make the main. Everybody was hauling the mail, and I was stoked to be a part of it."
Although Bereman is skilled on two wheels, he relies on more than his natural talent to race flat track. In fact, his family tree may as well have been planted in the center of a dirt oval. Both his father and grandfather are deeply engrained in the sport, and Bereman grew up around flat tracking. His father still races to this day. "My grandpa grew up riding and racing locally and got my dad into it as a kid and he was super into it." Bereman said. "My dad did get to a point where he got out of it, and then after I was born he started racing a lot again. He was going to the races at a local pro level, my mom would go too, and my grandpa was actually the flagger. It was a family affair, and I was just a little kid running around in the pits while my dad was out racing. I rode and raced a little bit, but never really cared to get into it, just because I had so much fun running around and watching my dad and his friends."
It wasn't long before the motocross bug bit him at a young age and shaped him and his family's future: "I basically started racing motocross when I was 10, and I loved it. All I wanted to do was jump from that point forward." His family supported him, with his talents showing quickly as he raced for the most part of the past two decades. Even though he made it to the highest level to qualify for a Supercross main event, he still found himself back to the roots of having fun and even races select flat track events with his pops while his grandpa and mom support them in the pits. The family bond has always been engrained in motorcycles--and always will be.
If you've ever watched or attended the X Games or any of the biggest whip contests, then you already know that Bereman is a highly skilled performer who knows how to put on a show. Feeding off the energy of the crowd along with seeing how hard his competitors throw down, it seems like Tyler sends it bigger each pass and will even let out a scream of excitement right after he lands his whips and turndowns. Managing to win the Dirt Shark Biggest Whip Contest in October of 2017 and multiple medals from Best Whip to Quarterpipe Big Air and Real Moto in the 2017 X Games in Minneapolis, 2018 is slated to be his best year yet. It's easy to see that Bereman enjoys the big events, and although he takes things seriously, he knows how to have fun, too. "We’re going out there to get judged, but at the end of the day we are all friends out there and we’re all having fun. We’re able to go out and throw whips and have fun on our dirt bikes on that stage, on live TV. We’re all trying to hype each other and have fun together, but at the same time we are trying to one-up each other. It’s a good friendly rivalry, and it’s cool to go out and have fun with everyone," Bereman said. "My biggest thing is making sure everything else is ready and that I go in with a positive attitude. I want to know in my head that I have the technique down, and then I take a deep breath and focus on what I need to do, which is basically yanking and hoping it comes back [laughs]!"
Beyond the contest scene brings the roots of free riding, which can be best showcased in pieces like his 2017 Real Moto X Games part where he created a video part that had him sending it over a house and much more. Other events like New Zealand's Farm Jam are a perfect example of more opportunities that sponsors love, where Bereman gets flown out to ride big natural terrain and hang out with the world's best mountain bikers along the way. Not a bad gig, if we must say so ourselves.
Gave Him Wiiings
The biggest accomplishment of his budding career has definitely been the recognition and recent sponsor of Red Bull. "I mean, it’s one of those things that seems bigger than life, you know? As a kid, I was always telling myself how cool it would be to have a Red Bull helmet on," Bereman said, describing the way he felt. "I literally can’t even put it into words how excited and stoked for the future I am." The presence of Red Bull's athletes at the elite level of any sport is evident, and Bereman will be the rider representing the brand at the highest levels of competition like the X Games and beyond. "I just can’t thank everyone enough that has helped me get here and allowed me to live my dream and do this. No dream is too big--this Red Bull thing seemed larger than life as a kid and here I am. I live and die by the phrase "nothing’s impossible." I’m psyched."
At the very end of the day, his goals remain the same since he's started this journey. "I don't want to change a thing from what I've been doing. I want to keep working on creating cool content for my sponsors and just keep having fun," Bereman said. "I'm having the most fun I've ever had by keeping myself busy and doing whatever I can, whether it's free riding, racing flat track, racing vintage bikes, going to X Games, or just racing motocross when I can. I'm hyped on everything two wheels, and it's been a fun few years just letting it roll. I've always learned from my dad and grandpa to run what ya brung, you know? Whatever you get, just hop on it and ride it to the best of your ability. At the end of the day, I'm a dirt bike kid. Give me a motor and two wheels and I'll do my best."
Follow Tyler on Instagram: @tylerbereman