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.
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.