July 2nd, 2020 | 1 hr 21 mins
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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!
April 30th, 2020 | 1 hr 48 mins
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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
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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.
February 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 25 mins
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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.
January 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 42 mins
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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.
October 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 21 mins
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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!
August 4th, 2019 | 2 hrs 1 min
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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.