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MMP 20: The Low Information Rider and How to Avoid Being One [Podcast]

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. Listen to the […]

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MMP 19: Which Motorcycle Braking System is Better: Standard, Linked, Integrated, Combined or ABS? [Podcast]

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. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the play button at the top of the […]

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Why do you ride a motorcycle?

I had a vision last night of putting together a series of pictures with captions explaining, “Why I ride a motorcycle.” Something like this. Your ideas are always better than mine alone. So I need your help! Why do YOU ride a motorcycle? Post the reasons you ride in the Leave a Reply box at […]

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MMP 18: Special Announcement and the Motorcycle Mentor Creed [Podcast]

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! Listen to the podcast by clicking on the play […]

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Selecting the right motorcycle riding gear – From a women’s perspective

Many factors will influence your choice of motorcycle riding gear. Some of the most important are the type of riding you will be doing, the kind of weather conditions you’ll be riding in and your budget. Here are some specific tips for considering the many choices that will face you. Think safety before fashion Have […]

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5 Steps: How to repair a motorcycle tire

Sooner or later you’re going to need to fix a motorcycle flat on the road, Assuming you have a puncture in the tread (not the sidewall) and the bead is still seated on the rim, temporary repair of a tubeless tire is easy. Simply plug the hole and then inflate the tire. Regular automotive “gummy […]

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Which motorcycle should I buy?

There is no doubt that humans like to personalize their things. We want to leave our mark. Be it our initials carved into a tree, the bumper stickers on our car, or the look we project as we cruise the boulevard.  For some reason, anyone who gets into riding will feel especially needful of selecting JUST the right motorcycle […]

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MMP 17: The Motorcycle Wave – Don’t screw it up! [Podcast]

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. […]

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Planning the ride of a lifetime – Christy from Germany

Dear David, I was happy to see a new Motorcycle Mentor Podcast episode available in my iTunes subscription. Then, awe… it’s about insurance… it won’t apply to me, but I listened and enjoyed it anyway! I always learn something when I listen to your Podcasts and it’s nice to hear a friendly, caring American voice. […]

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My dad lost his leg in a motorcycle crash — but that didn’t stop me

For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of owning a motorcycle. Motorcycles and motorcycle culture have always fascinated me. I remember as a child my dad told me a story about my mom and him riding his Honda 750 from New York to Virginia Beach. It sounded like the trip of a […]

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MMP 16: Snell Motorcycle Helmet Testing — Interview with Snell Director Part 3 [Podcast]

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 […]

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MMP 15: Snell Motorcycle Helmet Testing — Interview with Snell Director Part 2 [Podcast]

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 […]

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MMP 14: Snell Motorcycle Helmet Testing — Interview with Snell Director Part 1 [Podcast]

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 […]

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Riding under the influence

I can recall two stand-out instances from my early days when riding under the influence could have ended my fun. Not alcohol; not controlled substances (these weren‘t on the radar where I grew up) — my riding was influenced by emotions. Raw, turbulent emotions twice produced close calls during my teen years which, in spite […]

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MMP 13: The best riders never stop learning – Interview with Randy Smith [Podcast]

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. […]

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