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I’m proclaiming the entire month of May as “Motorcycle Lowside and Highside Crash Awareness Month.” 

For the entire month of May, I’m diving into lowside and highside crashes and answering these questions:

  1. What are they?
  2. Why is it important to understand them?
  3. What triggers them?
  4. What can we do to avoid them?

Understanding lowside and highside crashes is one of the most important things you can do to change your chances of crashing. Yet, I believe it’s the MOST glossed-over topic in motorcycling—probably because it’s hard to explain in simple language. 

I cover all this (and more) in my book Motorcycle Smarts. This material is so important that I’ve decided to give the book away through the month of May at this link: motorcyclesmarts.com/gift

If you’re listening to this after the book has been released for sale (and you don’t want to buy it), I have pulled out this section of the book as an excerpt and offer it to you as a free download here: motorcyclesmarts.com/nocrash

Download the book material and follow along as I step you through the illustrations in the book.

Understanding lowside and highside crashes, what triggers them, and how you can avoid them WILL reduce your chances of crashing. Anyone who tells you differently is a liar.

In this final session, I explain two pieces of electronics that can significantly reduce your chances of triggering a lowside or highside crash.

—David

MotorcycleMentor.com

facebook.com/themotorcyclementor

Direct download: mm31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

I’m proclaiming the entire month of May as “Motorcycle Lowside and Highside Crash Awareness Month.” 

For the entire month of May, I’m diving into lowside and highside crashes and answering these questions:

  1. What are they?
  2. Why is it important to understand them?
  3. What triggers them?
  4. What can we do to avoid them?

Understanding lowside and highside crashes is one of the most important things you can do to change your chances of crashing. Yet, I believe it’s the MOST glossed-over topic in motorcycling—probably because it’s hard to explain in simple language. 

I cover all this (and more) in my book Motorcycle Smarts. This material is so important that I’ve decided to give the book away through the month of May at this link: motorcyclesmarts.com/gift

If you’re listening to this after the book has been released for sale (and you don’t want to buy it), I have pulled out this section of the book as an excerpt and offer it to you as a free download here: motorcyclesmarts.com/nocrash

Download the book material and follow along as I step you through the illustrations in the book.

Understanding lowside and highside crashes, what triggers them, and how you can avoid them WILL reduce your chances of crashing. Anyone who tells you differently is a liar.

In this session, I explain highside crashes and go over three possible triggers.

—David

motorcyclementor.com

facebook.com/themotorcyclementor

Direct download: mm30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

I’m proclaiming the entire month of May as “Motorcycle Lowside and Highside Crash Awareness Month.” So far, nobody has told me I can’t do that. 

For the entire month of May, I’m diving into lowside and highside crashes and answering these questions:

  1. What are they?
  2. Why is it important to understand them?
  3. What triggers them?
  4. What can we do to avoid them?

Understanding lowside and highside crashes is one of the most important things you can do to change your chances of crashing. Yet, I believe it’s the MOST glossed-over topic in motorcycling—probably because it’s hard to explain in simple language. 

I cover all this (and more) in my book, Motorcycle Smarts. This material is so important that I’ve decided to give the book away through the month of May at this link: motorcyclesmarts.com/gift

If you’re listening to this after the book has been released for sale (and you don’t want to buy it), I have pulled out this section of the book as an excerpt and offer it to you as a free download here: motorcyclesmarts.com/nocrash

Download the book material and follow along as I step you through the illustrations in the book.

Understanding lowside and highside crashes, what triggers them, and how you can avoid them WILL reduce your chances of crashing. Anyone who tells you differently is a liar.

In this session, I explain lowside crashes and go over four possible triggers.

—David

MotorcycleMentor.com

Facebook.com/themotorcyclementor

Direct download: mm29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

I’m proclaiming the entire month of May as “Motorcycle Lowside and Highside Crash Awareness Month.” I’m not sure I have that kind of authority, but I’m doing it anyway.

For the entire month of May, over the next four episodes, I’m going to be diving into lowside and highside crashes. I’ll be answering questions like:

  1. What are they?
  2. Why is it important to understand them?
  3. What triggers them?
  4. What can we do to avoid them?

Understanding lowside and highside crashes is one of the most important things you can do to change your chances of crashing. Yet, I believe it’s the MOST glossed-over topic in motorcycling—probably because it’s hard to explain in simple language. 

I cover all this (and more) in my book Motorcycle Smarts. This material is so important that I’ve decided to give the book away through the month of May at this link: motorcyclesmarts.com/gift

If you’re listening to this after the book has been released for sale (and you don’t want to buy it), I have pulled out this section of the book as an excerpt and offer it to you as a free download here: motorcyclesmarts.com/nocrash

Download the book material and follow along as I walk you through the illustrations in the book.

Understanding lowside and highside crashes, what triggers them, and how you can avoid them WILL reduce your chances of crashing. Anyone who tells you differently is a liar.

I hope you will follow along for all four sessions.

P.S. I’ve just reestablished The Motorcycle Mentor Facebook page! I plan on posting more updates there moving forward, so be sure to click FOLLOW to get updates in your news feed. You can find that here: facebook.com/themotorcyclementor

—David

Direct download: mm28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

This episode is about more than motorcycles.

It’s about losing my sister—and friend.

If that feels uncomfortable, it’s perfectly fine to skip to the next episode.

It’s also about the urgency I feel to help riders NOW! Accordingly, I’m claiming May as: 

Motorcycle Lowside and Highside Crash Awareness Month

For the entire month of May (starting next week), I’ll be going over Chapters 20 - 29 (and more) in my new book, Motorcycle Smarts: Overcome Fear, Learn Control, Master Riding Well.

This is the material that other motorcycle books gloss over. It’s also one of the most important topics on motorcycling. 

  • What are lowside and highside crashes?
  • What triggers them?
  • How can riders avoid them?

You can download my new book, Motorcycle Smarts, for free for a little while longer before it goes on sale at this link:

motorcyclesmarts.com/gift

You don’t want to miss this.

—David

MotorcycleMentor.com

Direct download: mm27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09pm CDT

For a limited time, you can still download my new book, Motorcycle Smarts: Overcome Fear, Learn Control, Master Riding Well. But hurry, once I send it to the publisher, I won’t be able to do this.

You can find it at motorcyclesmarts.com/gift

And please share the link above with your riding friends. I want to give the book away to as many riders as possible BEFORE it goes on sale. 

In this episode, I discuss the importance of having the right mindset. Because without it, you’ll never be better than an average rider—with average chances of crashing.

What you think matters to your riding safety.

—David

MotorcycleMentor.com

Direct download: mm26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

When I started riding at 40, I quickly became frustrated that the authors of the 300-page motorcycle mega-books spent more time describing how to get the most out of your first motorcycle rally than they did on explaining what triggers most rider-induced lowside and highside crashes. 

Nearly half of all motorcycle fatalities are caused by rider error, yet the riding community sweeps this topic under the table as though it doesn’t matter. That’s about to change. 

In this episode, I’ll explain how you can download a free copy of my new book, Motorcycle Smarts: Overcome Fear, Learn Control, Master Riding Well.

This is a limited-time offer that will no longer be available once the book goes to the publisher. Some might say it’s crazy for me to give away my book right before it goes on sale in paperback. I say it’s the perfect way to pay forward what my motorcycle mentors did for me when I first started riding.

Download the book here (for a limited time): motorcyclesmarts.com/gift

—David

MotorcycleMentor.com

Direct download: mm25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

This episode is brought to you by… YOU.

Wow, it’s been a crazy week. The Motorcycle Mentor Podcast received more five-star reviews last week on iTunes than during any other one-week period since I started. 

Thank you for doing this!

Sandy and I were almost able to pull off today’s episode the way it was originally planned, but there turned out to be too many moving parts right at the end. So, we decided to put off the BIG REVEAL until next week. 

Be sure to look out for next week’s show because there’s something time-sensitive you’ll want to take advantage of.

While I have the chance, I want to ask for your help.

I’m putting together a content calendar for the rest of the year, and I would like to know your thoughts.

What do you struggle with the most?

What topics would you like for me to dissect?

One of the things I want to do moving forward on the podcast is interview riders. Here are two series I’m working on now.  

The first series is about riders who start riding later in life. If you started riding after you turned 40, shoot me an email and let’s talk. If you didn’t start until after you turned 50, even better.

I’m also working on a series about rider fear. If you have it, you know what I’m talking about. It can range from mild anxiety when you ride to an all-out panic attack when you even think about riding. 

I’ve never understood why the riding community wants to brush this topic under the rug and ignore it like it doesn’t exist. If you have rider fear and would be willing to talk about it on show, send me an email.

So that’s it. I just wanted to touch base with you and give you a quick update. 

I would love to hear what you think. You can email me at david@motorcyclementor.com

I am super excited about what’s coming next. 

As always, thank you for your patience and support.

—David

MotorcycleMentor.com

Direct download: mm24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

When I paused the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast to focus all my attention on another motorcycle-related bucket list item, I had no idea it would take me six years.

Frankly, without a new episode for so long, I figured this podcast would sink into an undiscoverable slot on the iTunes charts. But that never happened. In fact, the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast has consistently remained one of the highest-rated podcasts about motorcycling.

I’m overwhelmed by this. I’m deeply honored by this.

Thanks to all the listeners who reached out, encouraging me to make new episodes. 

I listened. The Motorcycle Mentor Podcast is back!

I can’t begin to describe how excited I am. I’ve hired someone to produce the podcast, and she’s amazing. But if I’m honest, I’m also a little nervous.

In this session, I cover all this and more.

You can learn more about why I originally started Motorcycle Mentor at motorcyclementor.com/about-motorcycle-mentor.

Direct download: MM23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

MotorcycleMentor.com – The #1 Source for Beginner Motorcycle Riders

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain why riding a motorcycle with a group of other riders is more dangerous than riding solo. Some listeners won’t agree with me here, but I’m used to that. 

Do you think riding in a group is safer or riskier?

Listen to the podcast by clicking on the play button at the top of the page.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • My first ride with my motorcycle mentor. He left me in the dust.
  • 3 reasons I think riding in a group is riskier.
  • What freeks me out the most when I ride with a group of other riders.

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

Learn more about my Special mentoring resources.

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

Thank you all for taking the time to rate and write a review of the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbay, or other listening platforms. Your reviews help.

iTunes uses the number of ratings along with the actual rating (how many stars) to determine the popularity of the show — and where to list it in the iTunes search rankings. If you rate and write a review for the podcast, please let me know so I can personally thank you on a future podcast.

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help out the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I describe what I call the “Low Information Rider.” You’ve seen the rider I’m talking about… the one that’s more concerned with the way he looks than he is with learning how to ride better.

Trust me. You don’t want to be this guy.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • 10 Characteristics of the low information rider.
  • The motorcycle crash I ran up on, and what I saw.
  • Why most listeners of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast aren’t low information riders.

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

Learn more about my Special mentoring resources.

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

Thank you all for taking the time to rate and write a review of the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbay, or other listening platforms. Your reviews help.

I’d like to personally thank Cris Bennett from Australia for rating the show. I really appreciate it, Cris!

iTunes uses the number of ratings along with the actual rating (how many stars) to determine the popularity of the show — and where to list it in the iTunes search rankings. If you rate and write a review for the podcast, please let me know so I can personally thank you on a future podcast.

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help out the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain the 4 different types of motorcycle braking systems. I’ve always said, “Once I understand the complex, the complex seems so simple.” You’ll be an expert after listening to this podcast.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • What are the 4 types of motorcycle braking systems?
  • What’s the difference between drums brakes and disc brakes (and how to tell which type you have)?
  • What’s the difference between integrated brakes, combined brakes, and linked brakes?
  • What manufacturer embraced ABS brakes on motorcycles before others?
  • Which type of braking system do I prefer and recommend?

Resources and Links

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I make a special announcement and share something I wrote in my riding journal years ago. I call it the Motorcycle Mentor Creed.

If you’re struggling to find a motorcycle mentor, you’ll want to listen to this Podcast!

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • What is my special announcement?
  • Who can benefit from having a motorcycle mentor?
  • What resources am I offering?
  • Why these resources are so limited?

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

Learn more about my Special mentoring resources.

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

Thank you all for taking the time to rate and write a review of the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbay, or other listening platforms. Your reviews help.

iTunes uses the number of ratings along with the actual rating (how many stars) to determine the popularity of the show — and where to list it in the iTunes search rankings. If you rate and write a review for the podcast, please let me know so I can personally thank you on a future podcast.

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help out the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I answer a listener question about “the motorcycle wave.” The what, why, and when of the motorcycle wave.

NOTE: Please post your experiences with the motorcycle wave in the comments section at the bottom of the page. I live in the southeastern part of the United States. How do your experiences with the wave differ?

Tell us (in the Leave a Reply box below)…

  1. Your name (make one up if you prefer).
  2. Where you live.
  3. What motorcycle do you ride?.
  4. What your experiences with the motorcycle wave in your region of the world are?

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • Do we still do the motorcycle wave?
  • What does the motorcycle wave mean?
  • Who I wave to?
  • Who waves back?
  • Do Harley riders wave to me?

Resources and Links

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I interview Snell’s Executive Director, Ed Becker. The Snell Memorial Foundation tests/certifies motorcycle helmets. I spoke with Ed for nearly 90 minutes. This is Part 3 of our 3 Part discussion.

Click here to see a special shows notes page where you can listen to all 3 Parts of my interview, download a transcript of the entire interview, and watch a video of the Snell log splitter destroying tested helmets.

Direct download: MMP16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I interview Snell’s Executive Director, Ed Becker. The Snell Memorial Foundation tests/certifies motorcycle helmets. I spoke with Ed for nearly 90 minutes. This is Part 2 of our 3 Part discussion.

Click here to see a special shows notes page where you can listen to all 3 Parts of my interview, download a transcript of the entire interview, and watch a video of the Snell log splitter destroying tested helmets.

Direct download: MMP15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I interview Snell’s Executive Director, Ed Becker. The Snell Memorial Foundation tests/certifies motorcycle helmets. I spoke with Ed for nearly 90 minutes. This is Part 1 of our discussion.

I really enjoyed speaking with Ed. He made the complex sound simple.

Click here to see a special shows notes page where you can listen to Part 2 and 3 of my interview, download a transcript of the entire interview, and watch a video of the Snell log splitter destroying tested helmets.

Direct download: MMP14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I speak with Randy Smith, also known as Motosage. Randy explains why (even after riding for 30 years) he still takes a hands-on motorcycle riding class at the beginning of every riding season.

I really enjoyed speaking with Randy. He shares some great riding tips and stories. I wish you could see the motorcycles in his garage. He has more than a few.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • Who is Randy Smith, and why do his friends call him Motosage?
  • Why Randy takes a hands-on riding class every year?
  • How fast Randy has ridden a motorcycle?
  • What’s Randy’s favorite motorcycle ride?
  • What Randy thinks you should do, if you start thinking you’re an expert rider?

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

Thank you all for taking the time to rate and write a review of the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbay, or other listening platforms. Your reviews help.

I’d like to personally thank the following people for rating the podcast on iTunes:
Jeff BareChristy from Switzerland and Evan John Kooker.

iTunes uses the number of ratings along with the actual rating (how many stars) to determine the popularity of the show — and where to list it in the iTunes search rankings. If you rate and write a review for the podcast, please let me know so I can personally thank you on a future podcast.

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help out the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain how I cut my motorcycle insurance premiums in half. First, every rider needs to understand the major types of insurance: liability, comprehensive, and collision. Don’t worry if this sounds foreign, I’ll explain everything.

NOTE: I’m not a licensed insurance agent. I’m simply reporting on my personal experiences. You need to consult with a licensed insurance agent before making changes to your coverage.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • What are the three main types of motorcycle insurance coverages?
  • What coverage — at a minimum — should every motorcycle rider have?
  • Which companies specialize in insuring motorcycles?

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain why understanding the Hurt Report is one of the most important things ANY rider can do to reduce their risks. The Hurt Report is the most comprehensive study of motorcycle accidents ever conducted. It’s over three decades old, but the data is just as relevant today.

NOTE: I pose a question to YOU at the end of the podcast. I really need listeners (YOU) to answer the question.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • What is the Hurt Report?
  • Why I believe the Hurt Report is the single most important piece of data for beginner riders and experienced riders who want to reduce their risks.
  • How I used the data from the Hurt Report to survive my first year riding.

Resources and Links

Hurt Report Summary Findings

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain the three major motorcycle helmet certifications. If you live in the United States, you should see a DOT on every motorcycle helmet. If it doesn’t show DOT, then it’s not a real helmet. Some helmets also have the SNELL symbol. I’ll explain the difference between these two markings.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • What are the three most common certifications: DOT, SNELL, and ECE.
  • Why all real helmets in the US must show the DOT symbol to be legal helmets.
  • What is the difference between DOT and SNELL?
  • Which is better, DOT or SNELL?
  • Who uses the ECE rating?

Resources and Links

Comparison of SNELL vs. DOT testing from SNELL website.

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

I’d like to personally thank the following people for rating the podcast on iTunes:
Scott Foens, and Rob from Canada. Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

Leave feedback or ask a question

You can also leave me a voice mail message. I might play your voice mail question during an upcoming podcast.

Help the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain low-side and high-side crashes, what causes them, and how you can avoid them. Both types of crashes are often single-vehicle accidents, meaning the rider wrecks without having another vehicle involved. A little head knowledge – and some electronics – can help you avoid these crashes.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • What is a low-side crash and what causes it.
  • What is a high-side crash and what causes it.
  • What you should do to avoid these crashes.
  • Why many motorcycle instructors believe the “overuse of your rear brake” is a major cause of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents.
  • What simple piece of electronics would significantly reduce the number of low-side and high-side crashes.

Listen to the podcast then watch the three videos on my website at http://motorcyclementor.com/mmp-09-low-side-and-high-side-crashes-and-how-to-avoid-them-podcast/. Every motorcycle rider needs to understand what a low-side and high-side accident look like.

Note: I don’t like watching gory motorcycle crash videos. I don’t think it’s respectful to the person injured or killed. For that reason, I will never post videos on the site where the rider is seriously injured. In the videos below, the rider’s motorcycle and ego were the only things seriously damaged.

Help the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I share 9 reasons to own a motorcycle. I gave you 7 reasons NOT to own a motorcycle back in podcast #3, and I promised to give you the other side of the argument. Well, here it is.

I’m always reluctant to advise someone to purchase a motorcycle. I know this sounds strange considering that I run this site. But making the choice to own and ride a motorcycle is a personal decision that should not be taken lightly. I believe the risks are real, and that each individual should weigh the risks before deciding to ride.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • Why I think motorcycles create great stories.
  • Why I think riding makes you a better driver.
  • What goes on in my head when I’m riding.
  • How motorcycles make your car look cozy.
  • Why on a motorcycle “You will see things you’ve never noticed, smell things you’ve never smelled, on the way to places you’ve never been.”

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

Learn more about Adrian Blake by…
Following Adrian on Twitter.

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

I’d like to personally thank the following people for rating the podcast on iTunes:
John Anthony, and Norm Cooling. I’d also like to thank Adrian Blake for tweeting about motorcyclementor.com. Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

Leave feedback or ask a question

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Direct download: MMP08.mp3
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In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I discuss countersteering and explain why I think it is one of the most important things you should understand… regardless of whether you are a beginner or experienced rider.

Countersteering is how you control your motorcycle: push right to go right, push left to go left. But pushing on the right bar is actually the same as pulling on the left bar… which means to initiate a right turn you turn the handlebar in the opposite direction. Sound confusing?

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • My first trip to Deals Gap.
  • What is countersteering — my simple definition.
  • Why understanding countersteering with your head is so important.
  • Why there is so much passionate debate about the physics of countersteering.
  • Why I think having countersteering part of your muscle memory can significantly increase your abilities to avoid an accident.

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

I’d like to personally thank the following people for rating the podcast on iTunes:
Eric NelsonDon Plantenberg, and Susan Collander. Thanks. I really appreciate it.

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Direct download: MMP07.mp3
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In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, Gay Allison gives her perspective as a woman rider. She also tells us what her friends and family thought when she decided to purchase her first motorcycle at 59.

Eric, Gay’s husband, contacted me via email several weeks ago and shared with me that Gay thought the podcast “talks seemed directed toward male riders… and that female riders didn’t really fit in with the more classic view that it is a men's-only group.”

I was surprised but welcomed the feedback. My wife of 23 years would probably agree that I don’t have a clue what’s going on in her head… even though I try. But, I digress.

Solution: I invited Gay to be on the show to share her perspective on women and motorcycles! It made perfect sense.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out:

  • Why Gay decided to start riding solo.
  • What Gay’s family and friends thought about her new adventure.
  • If Gay experienced fear or ever wondered if she had made a mistake.
  • How other riders respond to her as a woman rider.
  • How Gay selected her first motorcycle.

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

I’ve received several questions about the sign-up form on the site. You can sign up to receive email updates about upcoming podcasts and other exclusive content from MotorcycleMentor.com by putting your first name and email address in the sign-up form toward the bottom of this page (or in the right column). They are identical.

If you receive emails from us, then you are already on the list and don’t need to sign up again.

Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

Last week in iTunes, with your help, the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast was ranked #1 in “New and Noteworthy” for the Games and Hobbies category and #5 in “New and Noteworthy” for the Sports and Recreation category. That’s not an easy thing to do. Simply put, it’s because so many of you have taken the time to rank the podcast!

I’d like to personally thank the following people for rating the podcast on iTunes:
Kevin CampbellIsmael AbregoRichard LindgrenDirk ShearerMaria MartinezBill Donovan, and my riding buddy Mike Shell.

iTunes uses the number of ratings along with the actual rating (how many stars) to determine the popularity of the show — and where to list it in the iTunes search rankings. If you rate and write a review for the podcast, please let me know so I can personally thank you on a future podcast.

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And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle-related podcast.

Direct download: MMP_session6_11_3_13.mp3
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In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I share my 8 rules for selecting your first, or next, motorcycle. Follow these steps and avoid the pitfalls of buying a motorcycle that you later hate.

The guidelines explained here work perfectly for selecting your second motorcycle, your third motorcycle… or your tenth motorcycle.

These are the same rules I follow every time I purchase a motorcycle.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • My 8 rules to follow every time you purchase a motorcycle.
  • Why $4000 is my sweet spot for a used motorcycle.
  • Why some new motorcycle models aren’t displayed in motorcycle dealerships.
  • Why understanding the 8 categories of motorcycles and selecting the one that best fits your riding goals is the most difficult, yet most important part to get ‘right’.
  • How to enjoy the process of selecting and purchasing your next motorcycle.

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

  • I am working on the training course that I mentioned in the podcast. If you have specific questions about buying or selling a motorcycle using eBay, Craigslist, or CycleTrader, post them below and I will answer them.
  • Where’s the video showing how to see completed auctions on eBay? I should have that completed and posted here in the next week or so.

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Direct download: MMP05.mp3
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In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I share what you should expect during your first motorcycle ride in the rain. I also share 9 tips that will help you ride in the rain like a pro.

My first ride in the rain was a surprise. The weatherman said there almost no chance of rain, so I rode to work. But it poured on my 15-mile commute home. People were snickering all around me. I was wet and cold, but somehow I managed to keep a grin on my face. You can read all about that memorable ride in the article BikeBandit.com published (listed below).

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • 5 things you can expect when riding in the rain for the first time.
  • Why riding in the rain can be one of the most memorable experiences you can have on two wheels.
  • What riding in the rain and camping have in common.
  • 9 tips that will help you master riding in the rain.
  • Why my motorcycle mentor wanted me to plan my first ride in the rain.

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

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Direct download: MMP04.mp3
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In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I give you 7 reasons NOT to own a motorcycle.

I realize this might sound strange coming from someone who is passionate about motorcycles, but I believe you should consider the facts before deciding to ride.

If you have family members that aren’t excited about your new hobby, be sure to listen to this podcast. I think I might know why.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • 7 things to consider before you decide to ride a motorcycle.
  • Getting the approval of your family before you decide.
  • How to eliminate resentment over your new purchase.
  • Why credit card debt and new motorcycles don’t mix.

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Direct download: MMP03.mp3
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In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I share 5 things I’ve learned about beginner riders since I started MotorcycleMentor.com. I bet you can’t guess what they are.

I’ve heard from hundreds of beginning riders over the past few years. Do beginner riders experience similar feelings, struggles, and emotions during their first year? Find out in this podcast.

In addition, I’ll tell you how to handle Harley riders, how to find the best riders to ask questions, and why the Kawasaki Ninja 250R isn’t the best beginner motorcycle for most new riders. I bet you haven’t heard that before.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • Do beginner riders face similar struggles, feelings, and doubts during their first year?
  • Is the Kawasaki Ninja 250R the best beginner motorcycle?
  • Can you reduce your risks on a motorcycle to the same as riding in a car?
  • How to handle ranting Harley riders.
  • Helping a broken-down motorcyclist while traveling with my family in our minivan.

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

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Direct download: MMP02.mp3
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In this first session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain who I am and why I started MotorcycleMentor.com. I also introduce my motorcycle mentors, Fred and Pete.

I started MotorcycleMentor.com in 2005. To say the site has gone through several iterations would be a gross understatement. In the early days, I spent too much time making the site look pretty, instead of focusing on making it valuable. I failed miserably getting the content that my mentors and others had written for me onto the site.

I was embarrassed. To get rid of the knot in my stomach, I sold MotorcycleMentor.com in 2011. But in 2013 I bought it back! Have you ever failed to complete something you KNEW you were supposed to finish? This was the case for me. I explain more in this podcast.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • Who is David Mixson?
  • How I got started riding a motorcycle.
  • How I found my motorcycle mentors.
  • Why I started MotorcycleMentor.com.
  • Why I sold MotorcycleMentor.com, then bought it back 2 years later.

Resources and links mentioned in this session:

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Direct download: MMP01.mp3
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