Chris Geiss is a professional software developer, an amateur photographer, and ALSO has an intense passion for riding motorcycles.
He started riding in Summer/Fall of 2016 at the age of 53.
So while fairly experienced in life, Chris is somewhat of a new rider himself, and is in the interesting position of being a new rider at a later stage of life.
He learned to ride in the Basic Rider Course (BRC) sanctioned by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).
He started out on a 2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S sport-cruiser, which he still has and rides.
In March 2018 he also upgraded to a new Kawasaki Z900RS, as he felt it was time to get a little more power under him. There are all kinds of bikes in the world, and everyone is entitled to their favorite kind, but Chris insists that there is nothing like having an in-line 4 cylinder engine!
Chris has also been a co-host on the Throttled motorcycle podcast since Episode #132. So head over to the Throttled web site or find the podcast in your favorite podcast app and give a listen!
Chris started this podcast because he loves the sport of motorcycling and wants to help others enjoy it too!!!
Reach out to Chris and let him know what you think about the podcast and the Facebook page.
And most importantly let Chris hear your stories! Whether good, or bad, we all have something to teach our fellow motorcyclists!!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.