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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.

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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: 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.

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: 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.

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: 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.

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: MMP05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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:

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: MMP04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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:

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: MMP02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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.

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: MMP03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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:

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: MMP01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

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