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 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.

  • Episode 041: How to Achieve "Cornering Confidence"

    April 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 37 mins
    bohn armor, bohn body armor, chris geiss, corner college, cornering confidence, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fast eddie, fear, jon delvecchio, learn, motojitsu, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, new york safety track, nyst, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, street skills, street skills llc, street skills moto

    In this episode I talk with Jon DelVecchio, a family-man and high school educator who also owns the Street Skills LLC motorcycle school that he founded in 2015, which is a New York State licensed driving school and an AMA chartered organization. Jon has combined his passion for motorcycles, his 20 years of riding experience, and his 10 years as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach to build his motorcycle school and to develop his “Cornering Confidence” method of motorcycle street rider instruction. In his “Cornering Confidence” book, curriculum, and online course, Jon has taken to heart the MSF motto of "the more you know, the better it gets", to help riders enjoy their riding more, get better control of their motorcycle, and thus reduce rider anxiety and make them more successful riders on the street. His method is designed to get students up to speed, step by step, on trail braking and other techniques to make them safer riders in the corners. “Cornering Confidence” is self-paced education, with direct support from Jon as needed. This is a unique approach to motorcycle skills development which dovetails in with the other teaching methods and schools that you may already be familiar with.

  • Episode 040: Daytona Slingshot Week, #RideItOut and "The Quest to Find a Helmet that Fits Properly"

    April 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 38 mins
    aft, american flat track, apex cycle & salvage, arai, arai americas, arai signet-x, chris geiss, cornering confidence, daytona 200, daytona bike week, education, enjoy, enjoyment, euro cycles, euro cycles of daytona, fear, forma, forma boots usa, forma ice pro, heroic riding apparel, ims, international motorcycle show, jon delvecchio, learn, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, sp-r pro v1 gloves, sportbike track time, stg, street skills moto, todd mcnabney, track days, track riding

    In this episode I share the experience that Gina and I had attending Daytona Bike Week right before the "you know what" hit the fan regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We originally had plans to see the Daytona 200 and American Flat Track TT double header races that weekend at Daytona International Speedway, but for obvious reasons those plans did not quite pan out. So, we made the best of the situation, had a great trip anyway, and got to experience something we otherwise would not have. I also talk about meeting Todd McNabney from Heroic Racing Apparel in person and buying a pair of Forma race boots from him at a great price. I also discuss the #RideItOut campaign that some people are backing and my own approach to motorcycle riding in these challenging times. Finally, I spend some time discussing a topic that is near and dear to my heart…and one that a couple months ago took up quite a bit of my time…and that was my “Quest to Find a Helmet that Fits Properly.” I have written a blog article about my experience discovering that the helmets I already owned did not fit properly, and how I set about getting a new helmet with a proper fit. That article will be released on my web site soon and will probably be the transcript for an upcoming podcast episode on the same topic.

  • Episode 039: Getting On Track with Heroic Racing Apparel

    March 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 36 mins
    c.j. cowen, chris "k3" onwiler, chris geiss, chris onwiler, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, heroic riding apparel, highside!, ims, international motorcycle show, j. l. unlimited, learn, legacy track daze, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new hampshire motor speedway, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, sp-r pro v1 gloves, sportbike track time, stt, todd mcnabney, track days, track riding, tridavar kevlar hoodie, vanson leathers

    In this episode I chat with Todd McNabney, the owner and lead designer at HEROIC Racing Apparel, and his motorcycle racing buddy, Chris Onwiler, who in addition to being an accomplished racer, track day coach and writer, is also a customer and huge advocate of Heroic’s motorcycle racing gear. I met Todd at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City last December, when I bought a pair of his HEROIC SP-R Pro racing gloves as the first item in my new kit of gear for doing track days this season. I was very impressed with HEROIC’s products, the message behind their products, and their loyal customer base, and thought it would be cool to bring you the story behind HEROIC Racing and how the company got started. And for those listeners only interested in riding on the street, in addition to their products for the race track, HEROIC applies the same ingenuity and care that they put into protecting riders on the track into their line of motorcycle gear for street riders, such as their street gloves and Kevlar hoodie.

  • Episode 038: The International Motorcycle Show in New York

    February 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 25 mins
    arai helmets, bohn body armor, brian hunnicutt, california superbike school, chris geiss, cycle gear, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fast eddie, fear, forma boots, heroic racing apparel, ims, jedz moto, larry lanes, learn, motoamerica, motojitsu, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, on the road again motorcycle school, otra, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, progressive international motorcycle show, re-cycled garage, revzilla, ride, riding, safety, snell foundation, throttled podcast, women riders world relay, wrwr

    In this episode I update you on the latest news including the trip that Gina and I took recently to California and getting the chance to meet up with Larry Lanes and Brian Hunnicutt from the Throttled podcast, seeing the Re-Cycled Garage in sunny Santa Cruz and getting to hang out with Fast Eddie from Motojitsu. I also ask for listener feedback for some new ideas I have for the podcast. And lastly, I talk about all of my observations and thoughts about the Progressive International Motorcycle Show that Gina and I attended back in December.

  • Episode 037: "American Racing" with Motorsports Cinematographer Gray Pham

    January 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins
    american racing, chris geiss, cinematographer, cinematography, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, gp industries, gray pham, ktm rc 390 cup series, learn, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle racing, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, racing documentary, racing film, ride, riding, safety, trackdaz

    In this episode, I had the opportunity to get to know former motorcycle racer and burgeoning motorsports cinematographer Gray Pham. Gray started racing motorcycles when he was 12 years old and had a successful racing career through 2017, including competing in the MotoAmerica KTM RC 390 Cup Series. After making it through a string of bad luck, including having to recover from a major racing-related injury, Gray decided to hang up his leathers for a while and focus on starting his college career. During his first year of college, he also started playing around with shooting video at some local motocross tracks. His videos started to get a lot of attention and, in the Summer of 2018, a former racing sponsor approached Gray about shooting some video of motorcycle racer Ashton Yates on his Kawasaki Ninja 400. As the saying goes, the rest was history. Gray formed his own video production company, GP Industries, and decided to put college on hold for a little while so he can devote his full attention and energy to his passion for video creation and further honing his skills as a cinematographer and visual story teller. All of which aligns with Gray’s intense passion to help support, promote and grow the sport of motorcycle racing in America, and led to the creation of his motorcycle racing documentary series "America Racing".

  • Episode 036: New Year's Ride, Resolutions, and Plans for 2020

    January 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 42 mins
    ahrma, alpinestars, arai helmets, bohn body armor, california superbike school, chris geiss, cornering confidence, cycle gear, d30 armor, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, fieldsheer, fortnine, heroic racing apparel, isle of manhattan motorcycle ride, jedz moto, jesse erlbaum, jon delvecchio, learn, mobile warming, moto loot, motoamerica, motojitsu, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, new year, new year resolutions, new york motorcycle & scooter task force, old man slacker, olympia moto sports, on the road again motorcycle school, otra, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, revzilla, ride, riding, safety, skull, snell foundation, sportbike track gear, stg, women riders world relay, wrwr

    This episode starts by talking about why it's been 3 weeks since I released the last episode. I also thank my new podcast supporters and announce the new Podcast Supporter page on my web site and the various support levels. I revisit a listener's question on shopping for gear, and I provide some guidelines on the basic gear a rider needs. I mention things to consider when shopping for gear, including close-out deals and counterfeits. And I discuss my New Year’s resolutions regarding the podcast and my own riding this year. I cover my first ride of the new year on the Isle of Man(hattan) ride. And I go over my plans for the podcast and my plans for California Superbike School, other rider training and Motojitsu. I cover my plans for the motorcycle races I want to attend in 2020 and end off with some tips on heated gear that fits snugly, avoiding hypothermia, and choosing and modifying gear so it is easy to use with your riding gloves on.

  • Episode 035: Racer and Track Day Coach Robby Cichielo Jr.

    December 14th, 2019  |  1 hr 17 mins
    100 points of grip, 4 dudes on a twin, arai helmets, california superbike school, ccs, championship cup series, chris geiss, education, endurance racing, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, fowl play racing, heroic racing apparel, keith code, learn, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, n2 track days, nesba, new rider, nick ienatsch, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, rbom racing, ride, riding, robby cichielo jr, robem engineering, safety, steve wilson, suzuki sv650, track days, yamaha champions riding school

    This episode is a really cool chat with Robby Cichielo Jr, in which we discuss how he got into motorcycling, why he prefers riding on the track, and the amazing experiences he has had as an endurance racer, as a racer in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup Series, and as an instructor and coach for N2 Track Days. We also talk about how motorcycles are the great equalizer and how motorcycling brings people together from all kinds of backgrounds and all walks of life. The shared love of motorcycles and motorcycling seems to know no boundaries and melts away differences in gender, race, religion, nationality, economics and the other things that sometimes put up barriers between people. In a nutshell, when true motorcyclists put on their gear and throw a leg over their bike, they are all very much of the same heart and spirit, and they all share a very special bond, one with another.

  • Episode 034: What I am Learning about Motorcycle Gear for Road and Track

    December 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    arai, boots, california superbike school, chris geiss, dainese, dan netting, dave moss, dave moss tuning, dmt, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, helmets, keith code, learn, lee parks, life at lean, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycle training, motorcycling, n2 track days, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, shoei, total control training, trach suits, track days

    This episode gives me the chance to answer an email from a listener who is looking to buy his first motorcycle and is looking for advice on how much to spend on his motorcycle gear. I take this opportunity to answer his question by discussing all the things I have learned recently about high end gear that is suitable for track riding, as I start preparing myself to start riding on the track in 2020. I cover the fact that I am facing the same dilemma that he is…how much do I spend? I discuss what I am learning about helmets, boots and track suits, and the approach I am taking to move ahead and decide what to buy. I also mention that I have decided that before I start getting very involved in doing track days, I first want to improve my riding skills, and learn how to ride properly on the track, by taking the type of training offered by the California Superbike School and Total Control Training.

  • Episode 033: Giving Thanks

    November 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 20 mins
    bmwmoa, braeden ortt, braptalk, california superbike school, chris bays, chris geiss, dan netting, dave moss, dave moss tuning, dmt, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, giving thanks, jedz moto, keith code, kyle wyman, learn, lee parks, life at lean, liza miller, loud pipes, motoamerica, motojitsu, motorcycle, motorcycle men, motorcycle podcasters challenge, motorcycle riding, motorcycles and misfits podcast, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, paul carruthers, podcast, ride, riding, safety, sean bice, shahin alvandi, shut up and ride, thanksgiving, the motocoach, throttled podcast, tom walker, total control, wes fleming, wrwr

    This episode starts out with me reading the new mission statement for my podcast, and then I look back over the podcast since its inception by reading the list of past episode titles, and more importantly commenting on and giving my thoughts about each episode, what was significant about them, what they meant to me, and any updates I have on the topics they covered. If you have not listened to the back catalog of episodes this is a great way for you to find out which ones you missed that you might be interested in. Then you can queue them up to listen to in your favorite podcast app. Since the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching I thought it would also be appropriate to give thanks and talk about all of the people that I am thankful for regarding the sport of motorcycling that you and I love so much. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • Episode 032: 15 Minutes of Motorcycles - Heated Gear

    November 13th, 2019  |  40 mins 28 secs
    chris geiss, cornering confidence, dainese d-air system, dainese smart jacket, dual power barra heated gloves, dual power heated glove liners, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, fieldsheer, jon delvecchio, kali motorsports, kilm koroyd helmet, learn, mips helmet, mobile warming, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, street skills

    In this edition of "15 Minutes of Motorcycles" I spend about 40 minutes (OK...the name is a little misleading ;-) ) reading listener email from the last edition and also about the Fieldsheer and Mobile Warming heated gear that I wear, so I can keep riding all year long on Long Island.

  • Episode 031: 15 Minutes of Motorcycles - High Tech Gear

    October 31st, 2019  |  27 mins 42 secs
    6d helmet, alpinestars tech-air system, bennetts bikesocial, chris geiss, dainese d-air system, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, helite airbag, helmet, hit-air airbag, learn, mips helmet, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety

    Happy Halloween!

    In this new podcast segment I spend a little under a half an hour (it's short and sweet!) introducing this new feature of my podcast and also safety equipment such as advanced helmet technology from 6D and MIPS and air bag technology offered in products from Helite, Hit-air, Dainese and Alpinestars.

    Let me know how you like it!