Are You Listening?
I’m a motorcycle tragic: There I’ve said it.
If I’m not riding bikes, I’m talking about them. If I’m not talking about them, I’m reading about them, and if I’m not reading about them, I’m attempting to write about them.
But maaan… er… or woman as the case may be, what do I do when I can’t do any of those things because I’m… gasp … driving, or worse, wirkin’?
I listen to podcasts about motorcycles of course!
If you’re old a decrepit like me, you’re probably wondering: “What the hell is a podcast… is it some kind newfangled fishing lure?
Well, no, it’s not.
Mr Google defines a podcast as:
“a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.”
These little gems are a great way to catch up on everything from news of the day, to history, sport, photography, stamp collecting, writing; just about anything really.
If you can think of it, there’s probably a podcast dedicated to it.
The beauty of a podcast is that it can fill the void during those parts of the day you’re unable to spare the time to actually read your favorite piece of literature, or one of the many great blogs available on-line, like yours.
Those of you who commute in the cage each day or are desk jockeys, like me, will know what I mean.
So without further ado, allow me to share with you, in alphabetical order, five of my favorite podcasts, all of which brighten my work day.
As an aside, all of these shows are available at one of the following places:
- Online at their direct website links, or
- On ITunes (download here <Link> ), or
- On Android (I recommend PlayerFM. Download it from the Play Store <Link>).
Links are at the end of each summary for your convenience.
Adventure Rider Radio (ARR):
Founded in 2014, Adventure Rider Radio (ARR) is hosted by Jim Martin and produced by Elizabeth Martin from their studios in British Columbia, Canada.
Jim covers a varying array of topics; from product reviews, riding tips, time and distance management and many other interesting topics related to motorcycling.
He also interviews world travelers. Men and women who have bought a bike and hit the road with little more than $1000 in their kick and a bundle of enthusiasm. Some of course are sponsored, but their stories are no less engaging.
Although the title suggests the show geared towards adventure, or dual sport riders, it’s actually a lot more than that. It’s of benefit to anyone planning on touring on a motorcycle, either in their own country or some other place in the world.
There are videos attached to the show as well. Everything from packing a motorcycle to changing a tire.
I’ve been listening to it for around twelve months. This includes a massive binge session on past episodes and I’ve found the podcast to be of outstanding quality and very professionally made.
- Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
- Released: Weekly. Thursdays
- Online: http://www.adventureriderradio.com/archive-adventure-rider-radio-moto-podcast-radio-show/
- ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/adventure-rider-radio-motorcycle/id892129995?mt=2
- Player FM: https://player.fm/series/adventure-rider-radio-motorcycle-podcast-motorbike-touring-bike-adv
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC84bun_j5ouVRbqcUR3gE9g
Adventure Rider Radio RAW:
This is another installment from Jim and Elizabeth Martin, and is a spin-off from their ARR show (above).
The show first aired (podcasted?) in January 2016 and takes the form of a round table discussion between some familiar names in adventure/ dual sport riding, yep there’s even a couple of Aussies in there.
As its name implies, this show is RAW. All contributors excluding Jim Martin call in via Skype and at times they can sound a bit like Daleks off Dr Who, or drop out completely due to poor internet connections.
No attempt is made to hide the fact that the show is raw and this is one of the things that makes it so entertaining. Bar a little topic preparation; what you are hearing is honest, unscripted opinion and advice for those that know.
It’s a bit like sitting at a bar or cafe and listing into a bunch of mates gas-bagging about their day. Trip budgeting, tires, first aid kits and riding in extreme heat are some of the topics that have been covered so far.
The show is always entertaining and informative. Again, not just for adventure, dual sport riders.
- Duration: up to 120 minutes
- Released: Monthly. During the second week
- Online: http://www.adventureriderradio.com/arr-raw-posts/
- ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/adventure-rider-radio-raw/id1076039478?mt=2
- Player FM: https://player.fm/series/adventure-rider-radio-raw-motorcycle-talks-podcast
- Youtube: See Adventure rider Radio Listing above.
Law Abiding Biker:
Believe it or not this podcast started out in a wardrobe in the backroom of a house on March 15, 2013 using an iPhone. It has since evolved to become one of the most professionally produced “backyard” shows I’ve come across.
The show is unique in that its creator, Ryan Urlacher, is a law enforcement officer, as are many of the guest hosts that appear on the show from time to time.
This isn’t to say that it’s all law based and straight down the line; it’s not. Although it is aimed squarely at the 99% as opposed to the 1% which is refreshing.
Produced in Washington, the show covers an array of topics ranging from equipment reviews, ride reviews, TV shows about motorcycles and opinion pieces. Law Abiding Biker also have a YouTube channel which owners of American bikes might find interesting as it covers many facets of maintenance that could save you a bundle.
The crew at Law Abiding Biker are passionate about motorcycles and it shows in the content they put out in the form of their Podcast, their free and paid YouTube help clips and Ryan’s blog.
Although they all ride Harley’s they don’t look down on riders of other marques. They really don’t care what you ride, only that you do ride.
- Duration: 60 to 120 minutes.
- Released: Weekly. Can vary depending on work commitments.
- Online: https://www.lawabidingbiker.com/category/podcast/
- ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-abiding-biker-podcast/id622424087
- Player FM: https://player.fm/series/law-abiding-biker-street-biker-motorcycle-podcast
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/scrappy587
Motorcycles And Misfits:
The Re-Cycle Garage in Santa Cruz is the brain child of Liza Miller and her cohorts. Liza has been riding for a very long time and has old school values when it comes to motorcycle maintenance. Which is one of the reasons she started the garage in the first place.
It’s basically a repair and restoration co-op come drop in centre for motorcyclists.
The aim is to get young people involved, to teach them maintenance techniques, make them self-sufficient and to get older motorcycles back on the road; the way it should be.
The podcast is a product of the garage co-op, and on any given week there can be anywhere from six to a dozen people sitting around the mic regaling you with their stories from the past week. This is where the Misfits part comes in.
In past episodes they have interviewed racers from MotoGP and The Isle Of Mann, visited and interviewed the founder of the Corbin Seat Factory, spoken to people attempting world records on electric bikes and so much more.
The show is light-hearted and this shows in the segments they present. Like “Porn Pick Of The Week” where they find and discuss a bikes of a minimum value found on Craig’s List.
They discuss problems you might run into when trying to repair said bike, if it’s actually worth the money and touch on registration issues that can crop up.
Blow-ins are welcome (It is a co-op after all) and are often included in the show. They are often the subject of a mini interview and are always asked what their “Up The Butt Bike” is.
I’ll let you ponder that one for a sec.
Suffice to say, if you’re easily offended this podcast may not be for you, as there is quite a bit of innuendo and swearing at times.
In all, another high quality show.
- Duration: 90 Minutes
- Released: Weekly. Monday
- Online: Online at http://motorcyclesandmisfits.com/
- ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/re-cycle-garage/id687516909?mt=2
- Player FM: https://player.fm/series/motorcycles-misfits
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3wKZSP0J9FBGB79169ciew
What can I say about The DawgHouse?
Hmm… allow me to plagiarise their show description.
“A completely irreverent, totally biased, intellectually challenged and scornful study of the twisted life of the motorcycling world & those who inhabit our planet, all wrapped up in a disturbing weekly show!”
Yep that about sums it up.
The show is hosted by Ken Kaplan, Phil Worthington & Warren Massey... but not Walter Mitty, as implied on their FacePlant page.
All are passionate about motorcycling and are well versed in the goings on within the world of two wheels. For the first 30 minutes, the show covers trending topics from the past week, including industry news, incidents and accidents, and other items of interest, both funny and serious.
While the second half of the show offers analysis and opinion on motorcycle racing from around the world, both from the past week and for up coming events.
The DawgHouse is professionally produced at the NTN Studios in the United States, Washington I think, and is not only informative but entertaining as well.. especially when Phil gets fired up.
Just remember to turn the volume down a tad when he cuts loose 😉
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Released: Weekly on Wednesdays (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
- Online: http://ntnradio.com/shows/recreation/dawghouse/
- ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ae/podcast/ntn-dawghouse-motorcycling/id369607932?mt=2
- Player FM: https://player.fm/series/ntn-the-dawghouse-motorcycling-news-racing-and-analysis-129962
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQO6e_lpxOq3KWXgoZUHBpA
There are of course other podcasts I listen to, but I’d need another post of this length to cover only a fraction of them.
That said, I’d love to hear about the podcasts you’re listening to.
Drop me a comment and let me know.
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