So, you want to ride a Motorcycle?

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

34 episodes of So, you want to ride a Motorcycle? since the first episode, which aired on March 6th, 2019.

  • 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!

  • Episode 030: Talking Off Track with Carruthers and Bice

    October 23rd, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins
    chris geiss, cycle news, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, indianapolis motor speedway, kel carruthers, learn, long island ice tea, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, noco moto podcast, off track with carruthers and bice, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, paul carruthers, podcast, ride, ridge motorsports park, riding, safety, sean bice, two seater experience, wayne rainey

    This episode is a great discussion with Paul Carruthers and Sean Bice, who aside from being avid motorcyclists and huge fans of motorcycle racing, are the co-hosts of MotoAmerica’s own podcast and, much more importantly, are a big part of the dedicated team that works mostly behind the scenes to make MotoAmerica a professional, fascinating, exciting and entertaining motorcycle racing series.

  • Episode 029: Dave Moss Tuning on Fitting Your Motorcycle to You

    October 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 25 mins
    a twist of the wrist, chris geiss, dave moss, dave moss tuning, dmt, education, enjoy, enjoyment, ergonomics, fear, kawasaki vulcan s, keith code, learn, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle racing, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, ohlins, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, suspension, suspension tuning

    This episode is an enlightening discussion with Dave Moss, the founder of Dave Moss Tuning (DMT). Dave started racing motorcycles in the late 1990s at the age of 35. He built his own race bike and spent a lot of time digging into the nuances of bike setup and researching motorcycles, their behavior, their design and the physics behind them so that he could get the most out of his own bike on the track. A lot of other track day riders and racers started coming to Dave for advice on how to set up their own bikes. The help that Dave started offering at that time continued to evolve and develop over the last 24 years, and Dave now has a web site and YouTube channel with over 1000 items of content related to motorcycle suspension, motorcycle setup and riding technique that runs the gamut from podcasts, to videos to written articles. Dave has an intense passion for helping riders of all experience levels get the most out of their motorcycles and their motorcycle riding. He has found that often simple changes to the setup of a motorcycle can lead to huge gains in rider comfort, rider performance and rider safety. Dave has developed many tools and techniques to help tweak and adjust a motorcycle so that it fits the rider the way a well fitted suit or glove fits your body. His advice, to anyone who will listen, is to first focus your attention on the ergonomics of your motorcycle, and making sure it fits you properly, suits your riding style and handles properly, before you invest in other things like exhaust pipes, chrome and engine modifications.

  • Episode 028: Gearing up with Bohn Body Armor

    October 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 21 mins
    bohn armor, bohn body armor, ce level 1, ce level 2, chris geiss, d30, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, kristen staggs, learn, motorcycle, motorcycle armor, motorcycle gear, motorcycle riding, motorcycle riding gear, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, paul english, podcast, protection, ride, rider protection, riding, safety

    This episode is a great discussion with Kristen Staggs who is a co-owner, along with her husband Eddie, of the Bohn Body Armor company. I have been using Bohn Body Armor for about two years now and I really like it for many reasons. It is basically like wearing a base layer, but it has pockets to hold the various pieces of armor close to your body. So, the armor always fits well and is held comfortably in place. Additionally, you can wear the shirt by itself, or you can wear the shirt and pants under regular street clothes for impact protection and some abrasion protection, or you can wear it under your other motorcycle riding gear to get even more abrasion protection. But once you have your Bohn Body Armor, you don’t need to add to or upgrade the armor in all of your motorcycle pants and jackets, nor do you have to be bothered moving your upgraded armor pads between the different garments that you own. And because they sell different base layer shells, you can use your Bohn Body Armor year-round. Since I really enjoy using my Bohn Armor, I thought it would be cool to have Kristin on the show to talk about their company, their products and how the Bohn Body Armor company got started in the first place. It’s a great product and a great story!

  • Episode 027: 60s and 70s Motorcycle Racer Tony Sherriff

    October 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 47 mins
    australia, braeden ortt, chris bays, chris geiss, cooper mcdonald, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, jodan long, kyle wyman, learn, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle racing, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, new zealand, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, sidecar, sidecar racing, tony sherriff, vintage motorcycles

    This episode is a good old chinwag with Tony Sherriff, who did all types of motorcycle racing in the 1960s and 70s in New Zealand and Australia. Tony shares a lot of stories related to racing both on and off the track. We touch a little bit on how motorcycle technology has changed over the years, but much of what we discuss highlights the fact that while the motorcycles and the equipment have evolved over the years, the true spirit, adventure and excitement of motorcycles and motorcycle racing has definitely stayed the same…or maybe like a fine wine has gotten even better with age!

  • Episode 026: Motorcycle Racer Chris Bays and New Racing Fan G4

    September 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 30 mins
    chris bays, chris bays 621, chris geiss, chris ulrich, dunlop, ecstar oil, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, g4, john gardiner iv, learn, m4 ecstar suzuki, m4 exhaust, motoamerica, motoamerica twins cup, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, rbom racing, ride, riding, road racing world magazine, safety, suzuki, team hammer, wera

    This episode is an interview with MotoAmerica Twins Cup motorcycle racer Chris Bays and listener John Gardiner who won the MotoAmerica weekend pass that Chris and I make available via the recent give-a-way. This get together was the perfect opportunity for Chris and I to answer the questions John had about motrocycle racing…Chris as the MotoAmerica racer…and me as the MotoAmerica fan. Without a doubt we now have a new motorcycle racing fan in our midst…which is a big win for Chris and I, and anyone else who wants to see the sport of motorcycle racing continue to grow!

  • Episode 025: MotoAmerica Superbike Racer Kyle Wyman

    September 2nd, 2019  |  55 mins 7 secs
    6d helmets, chris geiss, ducati, ducati corse, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, kw army, kwr coaching, kyle wyman, kyle wyman racing, learn, motoamerica, motoamerica live+, motoamerica superbike, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, panigale v4 r, podcast, ride, riding, safety, sc project, yoshimura

    This episode is an interview with MotoAmerica Superbike racer Kyle Wyman who grew up in the Harley-Davidson dealership that was started by his grandfather in 1962. Both of his parents drag raced cars and motorcycles at the professional level, and he has been racing motorcycles since he was 8 years old. Kyle became a professional motorcycle racer at age 16 and he raced flat track for several years until switching to motorcycle road racing with his two younger brothers. Kyle has owned his own race team for many years and now Kyle Wyman Racing is fielding a Ducati Panigale V4 R in the MotoAmerica Superbike series, which Kyle is riding himself. Kyle has also been a motorcycle riding and racing instructor since 2014 and he recently started his own online motorcycle training school, KWR Coaching, which is open to riders of all experience levels.

  • Episode 024: Tom Walker, the MotoCoach, and Getting Me on the Track

    August 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 50 mins
    6d helmets, basic rider course, bell helmets, chris geiss, corner college, cortech, dainese, ducati, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, forcefield body armour, knox body armour, learn, mips, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycle safety foundation, motorcycling, new rider, new york safety track (nyst), old man slacker, otra, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, snell, the motocoach, tom walker

    This episode is an interview with Tom Walker, also known as the MotoCoach, who is a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach, a track day coach and enthusiast, and creator of his Corner College rider skills development training program. We talk about a recent accident he had on the track, his injuries and how his recovery is going, and the effectiveness of his gear in this high-speed crash. We also start the conversation to cover the various things that I need to do to get myself and my bike ready to start doing track days in the not too distant future.

  • Episode 023: MotoAmerica Twins Cup Racer Chris Bays

    August 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 30 mins
    afm, chris bays, chris bays 621, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, learn, motoamerica, motoamerica live+, motoamerica off track podcast, motoamerica twins cup, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, rbom racing, ride, riding, safety, suzuki sv650, wera

    This episode is a really cool interview with MotoAmerica racer Chris Bays who started riding motorcycles on the street about 15 years ago and has been racing motorcycles for the last 5 years at the club and professional levels. While he still likes the idea of riding on the street, Chris’ attention is fully focused on his racing these days.

    As he mentions in this episode, once he got bitten by the racing bug, he just couldn’t not race. I’m sure that anyone that has been bitten by the motorcycle bug will understand. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked!

    This episode is also the perfect opportunity to announce this podcast’s official sponsorship of Chris Bays and the Number 621 RBoM Racing Suzuki SV650 in the remainder of the MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship season. So, fire up the MotoAmerica Live+ streaming app or surf on over to Chris’ social media, or to my podcast’s social media and check out the podcast stickers on the racing livery for Chris’ bike.

    To help celebrate this new partnership, I am also excited to announce that Bays Racing and this podcast have teamed up to give away one free general admission ticket to see MotoAmerica racing live. The ticket can be used at one of the remaining MotoAmerica rounds in this 2019 season either in Pittsburgh, New Jersey or Alabama. Stayed tuned until the end of the episode for details on how you can enter to win.

  • Episode 022: Wes Fleming on Buying His New Indian FTR 1200 S

    August 4th, 2019  |  2 hrs 1 min
    amen moto, bmw, bmw moa, bohn body armor, chasing the horizon, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, harley-davidson of nassau county, indian ftr 1200 s, indian motorcycles, learn, long island women riders (liwr), motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, rocky creek designs puncture repair tool, safety, stilettos on steel, wes fleming, women riders world relay, wrwr

    This episode features an interview with Wes Fleming who has been riding motorcycles for many years, has over a 100,000 miles under his belt, and also does a lot to support the motorcycle community through this podcasts, web site, YouTube channel and the work he does for the BWM Motorcycle Owers of America (also know as the BMW MOA).

    Wes recently purchased a 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S for his 50th birthday, and that’s what gave us the idea to get together for the first time and do an episode together. Although his new motorcycle is the focus of the episode, we spend a lot of time talking about the process of buying a new motorcycle, and topics like why Wes chose this bike, doing your research before you visit the dealer to make a purchase, and the like (see the episode Description for more details).

    I also talk about joining Gina on the Long Island leg of the Women Riders World Relay (WRWR) and some additional details about the Bohn Armor that I wear when I ride.

  • Episode 021: MotoAmerica Supersport Rider Braeden Ortt

    July 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    afm, airbag suit, braeden ortt, braeden ortt racing, chris geiss, crash, dainese smart jacket, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, helite, kawasaki, kawasaki zx-6r, laguna seca raceway, learn, motoamerica, motoamerica off track podcast, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, the corkscrew, zx-6r

    This episode features an interview with professional motorcycle road racer Braeden Ortt who races a Kawasaki ZX-6R in the Supersport class of the MotoAmerica racing series. The 19 year old racer will be entering his sophomore year of college in the Fall and continuing his major in Chemistry, with future plans to be a plastic surgeon. In the meantime he is racing in two motorcycle racing series as well as enjoying other outdoor sports like snowboarding, wake surfing and jet skiing. Braeden and I talk about motorcycle racing in general, and in particular some of the challenges of the Corkscrew at the Laguna Seca Raceway, including his recent crash there during Sunday qualifying. Braeden survived the crash relatively unscathed and walked away with minor injuries. He expects to be able to race in the next MotoAmerica round, August 10-11 in Sonoma, CA.

  • Episode 020: Life at Lean with Dan Netting

    July 25th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins
    a twist of the wrist, bilt, bohn armor, california superbike school, chris geiss, counter-steering, crashing, cycle gear, dan netting, draggin jeans, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, kawasaki, keith code, learn, life at lean, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, safety, sedici, steering damper, tank slapper, track academy, track days, track riding, trail braking, z900rs

    This episode features a chat with Dan Netting, entrepreneur, and founder of Life at Lean and The Track Academy. After having a couple of bad experiences on the track, including injuring himself in two crashes, and in the process wrecking two bikes, Dan decided to become a dedicated student of riding on the track and educated himself to become a very safe, talented track day rider, and now devotes his time to helping other track day enthusiasts accomplish the same things that he did. I also give some listener shout-outs and share some tips I've developed on riding more comfortably on long stints on weekend trips.

  • Episode 019: A Twist of the Wrist with Keith Code

    July 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 25 mins
    a twist of the wrist, california superbike school, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, keith code, l. ron hubbard, learn, liqui moly junior cup, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, ride, riding, rocco landers, safety, scientology, the student hat course, wayne rainey

    This episode features an interview with retired motorcycle racer, author, inventor, entrepreneur and founder of the California Superbike School, Keith Code. Keith and I talk briefly about his early days of motorcycle racing, and then how he came to start training riders in 1976 with his "Keith Code Rider Improvement Program" and how that developed into the California Superbike School, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.