So, you want to ride a Motorcycle?

A podcast to help motorcycle riders of all experience levels, from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, enjoy a lifetime of safe and fulfilling motorcycle riding, and maybe even track days and racing.

About the show

My mission is simple. I want to help grow the sport of motorcycling, and help expand the motorcycle industry, by helping new people find motorcycling, by helping new riders succeed, by helping returning riders overcome any barriers that caused them to quit, and finally by helping all riders, of all experience levels, continue developing their knowledge, skills and abilities so that they get everything they can out of motorcycling, and enjoy a lifetime of safe and fulfilling motorcycling adventures...which who knows...might even include track days and amateur or professional motorcycle racing!

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Episodes

  • Episode 057: Manny Bastos from the Riders Academy at NYST

    September 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 22 mins
    california superbike school, chris geiss, css, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, kayla yaakov, keith code, kyle wyman, learn, manny bastos, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, new york safety track, nyst, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riders academy, riding, safety, track days, travis wyman, twist of the wrist, yamaha champions riding school, ycrs

    In this episode I have great chat with Manny Bastos, who got his motorcycle and track day instructor training with Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS), and now runs his own rider training school, Riders Academy, at New York Safety Track (NYST). I recently completed the Riders Academy and plan to do many more track days at NYST. We talk about track days, NYST, Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS), my recent training at California Superbike School (CSS), and why people do track days and how any street rider can benefit from learning to ride on the track. And we cover a lot of other topics including track riding, street riding, wheelies and more!

  • Episode 056: Racer, Team Owner and Technician, Melissa Paris

    August 31st, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    altus motorsports, cam petersen, cameron petersen, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, gsxr-1000, josh hayes, learn, melissa paris, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle racing, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, mp13, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, racing, ride, riding, safety, stock 1000, suzuki, wrenching

    In this episode I have a great chat with Melissa Paris. Melissa is a self-proclaimed street squid who snuck her way into racing and is currently the lead technician for the Altus Motorsports team which races a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 in the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 series with rider Cameron Petersen on-board. We start off talking about the team’s very successful weekend at PittRace, where rider Cam won both Stock 1000 races. We also talk about how Melissa got into motorcycles in college and made the progression from street rider, to track rider, to club racer, and then to mechanic, professional racer, and team owner. And we discuss relationships and motorcycles, including a little bit about her son Hawk and her husband Josh Hayes and how banging handlebars with your spouse on the track can be very therapeutic and great marriage counselling!

  • Episode 055: Brake Free - The Smart Brake Light for Your Helmet

    August 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins
    alex arkhangelskiy, brake free, brake light, brakefreetech, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, helmet, helmet brake light, henry li, ian dunn, learn, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety

    In this episode I have a great discussion with Alex, Henry and Ian, the founders of Brake Free. Brake Free's first product, which they describe as "The Smart Brake Light For Your Helmet", is a device that easily mounts to the back of your helmet and provides a third brake like, similar to the ones you see on all cars today. Brake Free requires no external wiring, and has built in circuitry to sense when you are light braking, hard braking, engine braking, and so on. The goal is to make you more visible on the road and to help avoid one of the most common accidents for motorcyclists...being hit from behind by another vehicle.

  • Episode 054: N2 on Motorcycling, Track Days and Endurance Racing

    August 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 39 mins
    action fund, chip spalding, chris geiss, education, endurance racing, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, learn, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle racing, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, n2, n2 racing, n2 track days, nesba, new racer, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, road racing world magazine, rob cichielo, safety, track days

    In this episode I have a great discussion with Rob Cichielo and Chip Spalding from N2 Track Days. We talk about how and why N2 Track Days and N2 Racing got started, their mission, and their overall program to help expand the sport of motorcycling through rider training, track days, endurance road racing, MotoAmerica racing, rider safety via their extensive support of the Road Racing World Magazine Action Fund to install safety air fence at race tracks across the country, and even more!

  • Episode 053: Suspension Basics and the Motool Slacker Digital Suspension Tuner

    July 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 28 mins
    adventure bike, android, app, chris geiss, dirt bike, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, free sag, ios, john casebeer, learn, motocross, motool, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, race suspension, ride, rider sag, riding, safety, sag, slacker, slacker v4, static sag, street bike, suspension, suspension tuner

    In this episode I have a great discussion with John Casebeer, owner of Motool and inventor of the Slacker Digital Suspension Tuner. After various trials and tribulations, and four different versions, John now has the tool he dreamed about having so many years ago. Over the last several years, John has shipped over 18,000 Slacker units and continues to innovate the product as well as develop new products for the motorcycle recreational and racing industries.

  • Episode 052: Hanging out with Ed Staggs from Bohn Body Armor

    July 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 21 mins
    all-season airtex, body armor, bohn armor, bohn body armor, chris geiss, cool-air mesh, crash protection, ed staggs, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, gear, impact protection, learn, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, paul english, performance-thermal, podcast, protection, ride, riding, safety

    In this episode I hang out and have a great chat with Ed Staggs, co-owner with his wife Kristen, of the Bohn Body Armor company. I discovered Bohn Body Armor soon after I started riding motorcycles and have been using it as an impact protection base layer for the last 3 years. I really like their products because they are lightweight, comfortable and fit properly against the body, and allow me to have one set of armor that I can use with lots of different abrasion layers, whether it be a mesh textile jacket, or a heavy waterproof jacket with heated liner, so I can be comfortable no matter what time of year I am riding. Whether it is in the high 90s of the Summer, or in near freezing temperatures in the Winter, I can use the same set of Bohn Body Armor. We start out talking about Ed’s career as a motocross racer, and then the history behind Bohn Body Armor, why he and his wife Kristen bought the company in 2016, and why Bohn Armor has so many loyal customers. We spend some time touring the Bohn web site to cover the products they offer and their features and then talk a little about some new models and products they will be bringing to the market soon. Oh...and we also talk a little about their new Can-Am Ryker!

  • Episode 051: A Chat with John Ewert from Road America

    June 25th, 2020  |  56 mins 40 secs
    america'a national park of speed, camping, campsite, chris geiss, cliff tufte, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, imsa, indycar, john ewert, learn, motoamerica, motofest, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, race circuit, race track, racing, racing track, ride, riding, road america, safety, sportscar racing

    In this episode I have a great chat with John Ewert, the Communications Director for the Road America road racing complex which is very close to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This coming weekend Road America is hosting Round #2 of the MotoAmerica motorcycle road racing series as well as the Vintage MotoFest. We talk about the history of the race track and facility and who designed it, the automobile and motorcycle racing that has been held there over the years since the track was built in the 1950’s, the other types of events held throughout the year, and the amenities that are available for spectators and visitors.

  • Episode 050: The MotoAmerica Superbike Father and Son Duo of Max and Martin Flinders

    June 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    alpinestars, arai helmets, chris geiss, drippinwet, drippinwet graphics design, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, forma boots, forma boots usa, learn, liqui moly, living good motorsports, martin flinders, max flinders, max flinders racing, merrill lynch, moto-d, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, rides & drives, riding, safety, spark exhaust technology, the meyer group, thrashed bike racing, used bikes direct

    In this episode I have a great chat with MotoAmerica Superbike racer Max Flinders, and his dad, Martin, who helps run the team and does a lot of the work on their Yamaha R1 race bikes. We chat about their last race weekend at Road America a month ago, and the upcoming MotoAmerica Round #2 also being held at Road America this coming weekend. In fact, they are heading there now as I record this introduction. We discuss the 2020 R1 they are hoping to race in this upcoming race weekend, what it has been liking preparing and racing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also why their team is considered one of the friendliest teams in the MotoAmerica paddock.

  • Episode 049: Changing the World One Tour at a Time With Cat MacLeod

    June 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 26 mins
    adventure, california superbike school, cat macleod, chris geiss, css, dave moss, dave moss tuning, dmt, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, learn, leod motorcycle escapes, motogp, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycles and misfits, motorcycling, new rider, new york safety track, nyst, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, track day, track day riding, women riders world relay, wrwr

    In this episode I have a cool chat with Cat MacLeod from Leod Motorcycle Escapes, a motorcycle touring company that specializes in tours for accomplished, performance minded riders that want to experience getting the most out of their riding skills both on the twisty public roads in the mountains as well as on MotoGP race tracks. Cat and I talk about the tours that he offers, the challenges he is facing due to COVID-19, some funny stories related to the tours he has conducted in the past, as well as his own experiences as a track day rider, particularly on his new Yamaha R1 which has been a big help in moving him up to riding in the A Group. We also talk about my first track day a couple weeks ago, which is a great segue into how a motorcycle rider interested in a Leod Escape can prepare themselves if they are not yet riding at that level.

  • Episode 048: Racing to the Track with Eric Swahn Racing

    June 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    amateur racing, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, eric swahn, eric swahn racing, esr, fear, learn, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, motoseries, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, racing, ride, riding, safety, shopesr.com, wera

    This episode was a little different than usual. It was recorded as a live video shown using Facebook Live. In this episode I talk with Eric Swahn from Eric Swahn Racing. Eric is an amateur racer who has done a lot of racing at the club level and really loves it. He also has quite an entrepreneurial streak and started selling merchandise online through eBay as a kid. Since motorcycle racing is a very expensive sport, unless you have lots of sponsors backing you, Eric decided to put his racing on hold for a little while as he focuses on building his online motorcycle gear and parts store. Right now, he operate his online store part time in addition to his regular day job, but his goal is to build his store up to the point where it not only supports him, but also provides the extra cash he needs to continue with his passion for motorcycle racing. Check out Eric’s story in this episode and check out his online store at shopesr.com.

  • Episode 047: MotoAmerica Twins Cup Racer Kaleb De Keyrel

    June 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    1-833-cjknows, 1-833-cjknows accident & injury law, bell helmets, chris geiss, de keyrel racing, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, garrett gerloff, kaleb de keyrel, kd51, learn, motoamerica, motoamerica live+, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, road america, roaring toyz, safety, worldsbk

    This episode was a little different than usual. This is the first time I have done a podcast interview as a live video shown using Facebook Live. In this episode MotoAmerica racer Kaleb De Keyrel joins me to discuss his recent back to back wins in Twins Cup races 1 and 2 at the opening round of the MotoAmerica season that was held two weekends ago at Road America in Wisconsin. We talk about the race weekend and the activities leading up to his victories as well as how he got himself and his Yamaha FZ07 ready for racing this year, including with some help and coaching from this year’s World SBK rookie, and previous MotoAmerica racer, Garrett Gerloff. We also talk about the unusual circumstances of being at motorcycle races held under the restrictions required because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. And we talk about Kaleb’s prior racing experiences, his recovery from a serious crash at an AFM race event at Thunderhill Raceway Park in 2019, and also the YouTube channel and videos that he and his girlfriend produce together to help promote motorcycle road racing and MotoAmerica. Stay tuned as I will be doing as many of these podcast recordings as possible using Facebook Live on Wednesday nights at 8 pm ET and I will of course continue to make the audio portion available via this podcast.

    Thank you to Sara Chappell Photos for the photograph for this episode's cover artwork!

  • Episode 046: The Unofficial MotoAmerica Twins Cup Prerace Show with Co-Host Chris Bays

    May 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 18 mins
    4 dudes on a twin, apex assassins, bartcon racing, california superbike school, chris bays, chris geiss, chris parrish, cooper mcdonald, css, de keyrel racing, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, fowl play racing, hayden schultz, jackson blackmon, jason madama, kaleb de keyrel, learn, lwtracer, michael copoulos, motoamerica, motoamerica live+, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, n2 track days, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, rbom racing, ride, riding, road america, robby cichielo jr., robem engineering, rocco landers, safety, syndicate racing

    In this episode MotoAmerica Twins Cup racer Chris Bays joins me on the show and leads a really informative and entertaining discussion with his Twins Cup racing buddies, who of course also happen to be his competitors, Robby Cichielo Jr., Jason Madama, Jackson Blackmon and Cooper McDonald. We talk a little about each rider’s racing resume, the specifications for Twins Cup bikes and the models that are most commonly used, the riders to watch this season, and each racer’s predictions for who is going to be up on the podium this weekend at the season opening round at Road America in Wisconsin. I think this discussion really helps to highlight how the sport of motorcycle racing can simultaneously foster great friendships in the paddock and awesome competition out on the track once the flag drops. It also provides some insights into how a motorcyclist who is interested in becoming a professional motorcycle road racer can get started in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup series.

  • Episode 045: Racing with Miyouko Moto

    May 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    afm, american federation of motorcyclists, california superbike school, carter's @ the track, carter's at the track, chris geiss, chris ulrich, css, dave moss, dave moss tuning, dmt, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, hayley bell, heroic, heroic racing apparel, learn, miyouko moto, miyouko wu, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, race pace motorsports, ride, riding, roadracing world, rw, safety, team hammer, two seat experience, wera, women riders world relay, wrwr

    In this episode I have an awesome chat with Miyouko Wu, who makes her living as a nurse specializing in wound care, but who also spends many of her weekends as a track day rider and amateur motorcycle racer. Miyouko started riding motorcycles on the street in 2015, started doing track days a year later, and with the encouragement and support of some very good track friends, including Dave Moss from Dave Moss Tuning, started club racing in the AFM, the American Federation of Motorcyclists. Miyouko also recently started her own social media channel, “Miyouko Moto", to help support her passion to encourage and support more people, especially women, to try motorcycling, track day riding and racing.

  • Episode 044: Interview with Darren Waite from Forma Boots USA

    May 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins
    chris geiss, danilo petrucci, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, forma, forma boots, forma boots usa, forma ice pro, forma ice pro flow, hammer, heroic, heroic racing apparel, jason madama, learn, motoamerica, motogp, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, revzilla, ride, riding, safety, sportbike track gear, stg

    In this episode I have a great chat with Darren Waite, who not only is a fellow motorcyclist, but used to club race motorcycles in Australia, and has worked in the motorsports industry for 25 years. Darren is responsible for bringing the racing, track riding, motocross, adventure and street riding products of Italian based Forma Boots to the Australian and the US markets. We talk in depth about the Forma Ice Pro boots that I recently purchased for street and track riding, the technology behind them, why they are used by MotoGP racer Danilo Petrucci, and how Forma’s technology and approach to boot design, development and manufacturing is applied to the products they supply for all disciplines of motorcycle riding.

  • Episode 043: It's "Hammer" Time!

    May 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    apex assassins, aprilia, carbonsmith, chris geiss, chris onwiler, edr, edr performance, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, hammer, heroic racing apparel, imperial sportbikes, janman, janman shop, jason madama, learn, mad hammer racing, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycle roadracing association, motorcycling, mra, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, plus racing gear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, syndicate graphics, syndicate racing

    In this episode I have a cool discussion with Jason Madama, a motorcycle racer with 17 years of experience, who has been racing in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup series since 2018. Jason, who is known by the nickname “Hammer”, is also a freelance graphics designer and has his own graphics design company, Syndicate Graphics, which does a lot of graphics and livery design for other club and professional level racers.

  • Episode 042: Jonesing to get back to the Track!

    April 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 48 mins
    bohn armor, bohn body armor, chris geiss, cornering confidence, coronavirus, covid-19, education, enjoy, enjoyment, eugene sanderson, fear, greg white, greg's garage pod, j.l. unlimited, jon delvecchio, jordan long, kayla yaakov, kw army, kyle wyman, learn, legacy track dayz, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, ohvale, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, pandemic, podcast, ride, riding, safety, wrwr

    In this episode I chat with Jordan Long from J.L. Unlimited. Jordan is a motorcycle enthusiast, club racer, track day coach and motorcycle podcaster. We cover everything from how he got started riding, to how he found riding again when he was in the Navy stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and how he eventually got hooked on racing his Yamaha R6 at the club level. We talk quite a bit about MotoAmerica, and the prior history of motorcycle road racing in the US, with the AMA Pro Series and the days when Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG) ran professional motorcycle road racing in this country. We also talk about his 9-year-old daughter’s interest in motorcycles and how he is looking to get her set up with an Ohvale GP-0. And we end off speculating about when the COVID-19 pandemic will be better under control, and when we might expect to return to some sense of normalcy regarding track days and road racing...and we reflect on how lucky we are that the MotoAmerica road racing series takes place in a single country, and that it will be much easier for the organizers to get things back up and running than it will be for the international based series like MotoGP and WorldSBK.