Join the editors of Rider magazine, for informative and humorous podcasts from the world of motorcycling. Our experienced staff shares the latest news and rumors from behind the scenes, reviews the latest bikes, interviews executives, movers, shakers and assorted ne’er-do-wells from the motorcycle industry and discusses some of motorcycling’s most controversial topics in a fun, unfiltered way. It’s Motorcycling at its Best, wherever and whenever you want!
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Our guest is Valerie Thompson, a professional drag racer and land-speed racer who holds the title of “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.” She holds eight land-speed records and is a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, seven 200 MPH clubs, and one 300 MPH club. In 2018, she piloted the BUB 7 Streamliner to a record speed of 328.467 mph and is the only female rider featured on the “World’s Top 10 Fastest Motorcycle Riders” list. At the 2021 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in August she will attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record of 376.363 mph. Valerie’s quest to become the world’s fastest motorcycle racer is the subject of the upcoming film documentary, “Rockets and Titans.”
Our guest is Wayne Rainey, president of MotoAmerica and a motorcycle racing legend. Rainey is a 2-time AMA Superbike champion (1983, 1987) and 3-time Grand Prix World Champion (1990-1992) in the premier 500cc class. In 1999 he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and in 2000 FIM named Rainey a Grand Prix Legend. Rainey is the president of MotoAmerica, which has managed and promoted the AMA Superbike series since 2015. We discuss Rainey’s racing career, MotoAmerica’s efforts to grow U.S. motorcycle racing, and MotoAmerica’s different classes, including Honos Superbike and Mission King of the Baggers. The GEICO MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest will be July 9-11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Tickets are available online, and racing coverage can be streamed on MotoAmerica Live+ or watched on Fox Sports FS2 and MAVTV. Check out the MotoAmerica website for details.
Our guest is Longhaulpaul (Paul Pelland), a long-distance motorcyclist who is Chasing the Cure: riding one million miles to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS). Paul is a two-time Iron Butt Rally finisher (2001 and 2003). In 2005 he was diagnosed with MS, and in 2012 he began his mission to document riding one million miles. In the past eight years he has ridden 450,000 miles, raised $200,000 for charity, set three world records, and shared his story at over 250 events across the U.S. In July he will embark on his Nut on a Bolt ride: riding coast to coast in 50 hours on a custom Yamaha Star Bolt chopper. You can meet Longhaulpaul at all nine Progressive IMS Outdoors events in 2021. You can follow, donate, or support him via his website.
Links: Longhaulpaul.com, NutOnABolt.com, MotorcycleShows.com
Our guest is Andy Goldfine, founder of Aerostich and inventor of the iconic Roadcrafter textile motorcycle suit. Andy is also event organizer for the International Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day, which takes place each year on the third Monday in June. The 30th annual event is scheduled for June 21, 2021. We talk about how Andy became a motorcyclist, what motivated him to invent the Roadcrafter, how products are selected for the Aerostich catalog, why motorcycling is a social good, the advantages of lane splitting/sharing, and other topics.
Links: Aerostich, Ride to Work Day
Our guest is Dr. Gregory W. Frazier, who has traveled around the world six times on a motorcycle, including once with a passenger. He has ridden motorcycles on six continents, with well over 1,000,000 miles on his personal odometer. Dr. Frazier is a prolific author, photographer, and filmmaker, with 16 books, hundreds of articles, and 10 films to his credit. We talk about his new book, “Adventure Motorcyclist: Frazier Shrugged” (available through Sound Rider!), his circumnavigations of the globe, his pick for adventure motorcycle of the year, and other topics.
Links: Sound Rider!
Our guest is Daniel Calderon, Curator of Exhibitions at SFO Museum in the San Francisco International Airport. The museum’s “Early American Motorcycles” exhibit features 14 vintage motorcycles built before 1916, with examples from Harley-Davidson, Indian, Flying Merkel, Curtiss, Pierce and more. We discuss the inspiration for the exhibit, how Calderon and his team sourced the motorcycles, artifacts and memorabilia, and the photos and history documented in the exhibit’s catalog, which is available on the SFO Museum website. The exhibit runs through September 2021.
Our guest is Peter Jones, a veteran motojournalist who writes “The Moto Life” column in Rider magazine. Peter recently published “The Bad Editor: Collected Columns and Untold Tales of Bad Behavior,” a book that tells the inside story of a journalist’s life in the U.S. motorcycle industry through 30 collected columns and 19 new tales of revealing bad behavior. We discuss embarrassing moments at motorcycle press launches, what it feels like to go 200 mph on a motorcycle, and much more.
Our guest is Christian Dutcher, Director of Americade, the Touratech DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally and Rolling Thru America, a motorcycle tour company focusing on the Eastern U.S. Americade is the World’s Largest Touring Rally and takes place each year in Lake George, New York. Due to the pandemic, Americade was cancelled in 2020 and will move from June to September in 2021. We discuss what makes Americade such a special event, from the scenic rides and huge vendor area to the entertainment and family-friendly atmosphere.
Links: Americade, Touratech DirtDaze Rally, Rolling Thru America
Our guest is Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of “The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles,” widely considered one of the best motorcycle books ever written. Pierson is also the author of “The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: Long-Distance Motorcycling’s Endless Road,” and she recently published an edited anthology, “Motorcycles Are Magic.” We discuss Pierson’s books, her love of Moto Guzzis, what it’s like to complete a SaddleSore 1000 and other topics.
Links: Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Our guest is Rainer Buck, Managing Director of Edelweiss Bike Travel, a global motorcycle tour operator based in Mieming, Austria. We discuss what organized motorcycle tours are all about, from destinations to motorcycle selection to preparation to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime. Rider magazine has partnered with Edelweiss for a special “Best of Greece” tour, October 10-23, 2021, and Rainer gives us the inside scoop on riding in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. What better way to shake off any lingering pandemic blues than a bucket-list motorcycle adventure?
Links: Edelweiss Bike Travel, Best of Greece Tour Page, Rider Magazine Tour Booking Link
Our guest is Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing, which includes Progressive American Flat Track as well as national hillclimb, motocross and ATV race series. Flat track racing is America’s original extreme sport, with more than a century of adrenaline-fueled history. We discuss manufacturer rivalries, legendary motorcycles and racers, and iconic tracks like the Springfield Mile. Michael gives us the low-down on Mission SuperTwins, AFT Production Twins and AFT Singles, as well as Mile, Half-Mile, Short Track and TT track formats. And he gives us a preview of the 2021 AFT season, which kicks off with a doubleheader on March 12-13 at Volusia Speedway Park during Daytona Bike Week.
Links: American Flat Track, NBC Sports Track Pass, AFT on NBCSN, AMA Pro Racing
Our guest is Alonzo Bodden, who has been a comedian for more than 20 years and rode his first motorcycle at age 7. Bodden’s stand-up special “Heavy Lightweight” is available on Amazon Prime Video, and he’s a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” He has done stand-up at clubs, festivals and events around the world, including motorcycle rallies such as Americade and BMWMOA. Bodden has been a guest on late-night talk shows and had roles in numerous TV shows and movies. A car and motorcycle aficionado, Bodden hosted Speed Channel’s “101 Cars You Must Drive” and Travel Channel’s “America’s Worst Driver,” and he has joined Jay Leno for several trips on his CNBC series “Leno’s Garage.”
Links: AlonzoBodden.com, @zofunny on Instagram, Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight on Amazon Prime
Our guest is Paul D’Orléans, a globally recognized expert on the history of motorcycles and motorcycle culture. He curated “Silver Shotgun: Italian Motorcycle Design of the 1960s and 1970s,” an exhibit currently on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum, and Paul’s feature about the exhibit is in the February 2021 issue of Rider. He curated two other motorcycle exhibits for the Petersen, “Custom Revolution” in 2018 and “Electric Revolution” in 2019, and a new exhibit called “ADV:Overland” will open in 2021. Paul is publisher of TheVintagent.com, president of the Motorcycle Arts Foundation, an NBCSN commentator during the annual Mecum Las Vegas motorcycle auctions and host of events like the Quail Motorcycle Gathering and Wheels & Waves. Paul has written, edited or contributed to more than a dozen books, including “Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style,” “The Chopper; the Real Story,” “The Ride” and “The Impossible Collection of Motorcycles,” and he has been a contributor to numerous motorcycle and lifestyle magazines. A renaissance man in every sense of the word, Paul is also an avid motorcycle collector, a past participant in Motorcycle Cannonball, an artist, photographer and filmmaker.
Links: TheVintagent.com, Petersen Automotive Museum, “Silver Shotgun” feature in Rider
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Interview with Eric Trow, author of Riding Well and owner, Stayin’ Safe Motorcycle Training
Join the editors of Rider magazine for Episode 4 of our podcast. It kicks off with some news about the motorcycle industry, the fate of the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows during the pandemic this year and new bikes here and on the way, like the BMW R 18 and Triumph Trident. Then longtime Rider contributor Eric Trow joins the show to discuss his Stayin’ Safe Motorcycle Training program, several vital aspects of keeping safe while you’re out on the road and, of course, what and where he enjoys riding from home in Pennsylvania. Enjoy the show!
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Interview with Clement Salvadori, traveling motorcyclist and Rider magazine contributor
Join the editors of Rider magazine for Episode 3 of our podcast. We kick it off with some news about Triumph’s very limited Scrambler 1200 James Bond Edition and the availability of Android Auto for 2018 and newer Honda Gold Wing GL1800s. Kawasaki will also manufacture cylinder heads for certain vintage Z1, Z900 and Z1000 models from the 1970s. After the news we talk with Clement Salvadori about his amazing life and background as a ’round-the-world traveling motojournalist and contributor to Rider magazine since the late 1980s. Check it out!
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Interview with Kevin Wing, motorsports and Rider magazine photographer
We kick off this episode with some news about Covid-19’s effect on the motorcycle industry, and a short report on BMW’s new R 18 cruiser with the Big Boxer engine. Rolling on, photographer Kevin Wing shares a few interesting stories, tips and secrets from his 30-year career as a motorsports photographer for the motorcycle, automotive and aviation industries, including shooting for Rider magazine for nearly 25 years.
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Discover the Ride at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows
The first Rider Magazine Insider podcast kicks off with a lively discussion among the editors about some of the new-for-2020 bikes coming our way, including the Triumph Tiger 900s, Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and controversial Suzuki Katana. Then we jump into an interesting and informative interview with Robert Pandya, the Manager of the Discover the Ride program at this season’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows. Check it out!