So, you want to ride a Motorcycle?

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • 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!

  • 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!