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 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.
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.
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".
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.