Highside / Lowside: Motorcycle Podcast

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Spurgeon Dunbar and Zack Courts co-host in-depth conversations about the most exciting topics in the world of motorcycles. Produced by RevZilla's Media & Content team, Highside/Lowside features the insights and opinions of the most prominent moto-minds in podcasting.

Episode Date
S5 E10: Impostor Motorcycles!!

Oscar Wilde said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” On this episode of Highside/Lowside, Ari Henning joins Zack and Spurgeon to take a deep dive into those motorcycles that might just be pretending, the imposter-cycle if you will. Maybe they’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing or even worse, a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Find out and let us know what you think!

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May 20, 2022
S5 E9: Are Motorcycles the Cheapest Way To Get Around?

Ahh yes the age old question, “are motorcycles the cheapest way to get around?” With cheap bikes, low insurance cost, high MPGs it should be a no brainer, but the answer isn’t always as simple as you may think. Spenser joins Zack and Spurgeon to break down the pros and cons of motorcycle ownership and whether motorcycles are really the best transport for the frugal! What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

May 06, 2022
S5 E8: Should You Modify Your Cruiser? When?!

Thinking about taking your boring stock cruiser and giving it some more ponies? Maybe you want to take a long trip and comfort is your goal. Whatever your intentions, Patrick Garvin joins Zack and Spurgeon to talk about the reasons to and to not modify your cruiser! What do you think? Do you have a mod that you absolutely love? Tell us about it.

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Apr 22, 2022
S5 E7: Our Motorcycle Heroes

Everyone has got a story and on this heartwarming episode of Highside/Lowside, Jen joins Zack and Spurgeon to talk about the most influential people in our moto lives. Don’t hold back, tell us who has made the most impact in your motorcycle journey!

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Apr 08, 2022
S5 E6: Essential Packing Tips for Moto Trips
Finally getting geared up for that moto trip you’ve been planning forever but not quite sure what to pack? Ari Henning join Zack and Spurg break down what you’ll find in their back when packing for trips on two wheels. Also, in the news, the Isle of Man TT launches live streaming service and Triumph completes the TE-1 Electric motorcycle prototype.


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Mar 25, 2022
S5 E5: The Best Spectacle in Motorcycle Racing: Off-road Edition

The world of motorcycles offers spectacles of all kinds for viewers and dirt enthusiasts have plenty of options to choose from. Our very own Brandon WIse join Spurgeon and Zack to tell us about some of the best off-road events and races to watch these days. Tell us your thoughts! Did we miss your favorite, tell us all about it!


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Mar 11, 2022
S5 E4: The Moto Industry’s Biggest Blunders: American Edition!

The world of motorcycling has had its highs and its lows throughout history. Today Patrick Garvin joins our hosts to discuss the latter, specifically the goofs and blunders in the ole US of A. Tell us if we missed any other flubs or mis-steps!


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Feb 25, 2022
S5 E3: The Moto Dating Game: For Beginners

Zack and Spurgeon take a stroll down motorcycle lover’s lane and play a few rounds of the Moto Dating Game. Will our lonely riders find their moto match? What do you think about the picks our hosts have chosen? Can you come up with some better matches? Tell us your thoughts!!

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Feb 11, 2022
S5 E2: The UGLIEST (and most beautiful) Bikes of all time!

As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there are plenty of bikes out there that give you that fizzy feeling when you see them. Spenser Roberts returns to chat about some of those bikes as well as some motorcycles that you may want to erase from your memory. Tell us what you think!

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Jan 28, 2022
S5 E1: 2021 Motorcycles That Disappointed? What’s next for 2022?

Zack Courts and Spurgeon Dunbar return for season 5 of Highside/Lowside along with guest Lance Oliver to talk about the best and worst motorcycle releases of 2021 and what they look forward to most in 2022. What was your favorite bike of 2021? What do you want to see released in 2022? 


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Jan 15, 2022
S4 LIVE: The Best Era of Motorcycling

Spurgeon and Zack open up the curtain to the first ever Highside/Lowside Live, recorded on 11/19 with a live audience. Joined by Jen Dunstan and Ari Henning on stage to discuss MotoGP, hoverbikes, and the best era of motorcycling. With a special message from Spurgeon’s dad! 


Tell us what you think about our first ever live event!

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Dec 11, 2021
S4 E12: A Life on Two Wheels with Itchy Boots

Noraly, AKA Itchy Boots, joins Spurgeon and Zack on the season finale of Highside/Lowside. Get to know one of our favorite people on two wheels and find out what she thinks about some of the topics we’ve touched upon this past season. 


Thanks to all our viewers for sticking with us through season 4. See you in the next one!

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Nov 12, 2021
S4 E11: Comments from YOU… and Spurgeon’s Dad?

On this episode of Highside/Lowside we take a look back at some of the comment’s you, our listeners, have left us throughout this season. Spurgeon’s Dad chimes in with his own thoughts on the podcast thus far! And Zack “the Jester” Courts makes good on his bet with Spurg.

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Oct 29, 2021
S4 E10: Sport-Tourers: Are They Dead or Have They Just Evolved?

Spurgeon and Zack are joined this week by Lance Oliver to discuss the current state of Sport Touring motorcycles. Has the segment changed so much that it can still be called sport touring? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Oct 16, 2021
S4 E9: Loud Pipes Save Lives & Other Moto Myths

Do Loud Pipes really save lives? Or do they just make you lose your hearing? Plenty of moto myths floating around with even more opinions on each one. Let us know if you agree with Spurgeon and Zack. Don’t forget to share with us your own favorite motorcycle myths!

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Oct 01, 2021
S4 E8: Build-a-Bike Challenge. The all-in-one motorcycle ft. Ari Henning

If price was no option and physics no obstacle, how what would you want on an all-in-one ride? In this episode, Ari joins the HSLS crew to talk about building the perfect, do-it-all motorcycle for the long haul.

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Sep 17, 2021
S4 E7: Motorcycles for the Big, Tall, & Small

Motorcycles take all kinds of shapes and sizes, as well as the riders. Jen Dunstan joins Spurgeon and Zack to talk about different types of bikes out there and how a rider’s height and size might be a factor in choosing your next bike. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Aug 27, 2021
S4 E6: Breaking Down The Best Motorcycle Movie Scenes (And Some of the Worst)

From Top Gun to the Batcycle, motorcycles play an integral role in many of the movies that have shaped cinema over the years. In this episode, the guys sit down with RevZilla's resident movie historian, Spenser Robert, and talk about what's good, what's bad, and what is absolutely ridiculous.

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Aug 13, 2021
S4 E5: The Weirdest and Wildest Motorcycle World Records

Spurgeon and Zack dive deep into the Guinness Book of World Records to find us the wildest and weirdest motorcycling related world records. Find out what we think is the best, do you agree? Let us know!

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Jul 30, 2021
S4 E4: Harley's new model, Marquez's big win, and the most exciting moto events

Motorcycle events come in as many varieties as the riders who pilot them. From the legendary gatherings like Sturgis and MotoGP races, to the smaller events in local communities around the country (and world), Spurg, Zack, and special guest Patrick Garvin from J&P Cycles tell some of their favorite stories from them all.

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Jul 16, 2021
S4 E3: Motorcycling is dangerous! HSLS survival tips ft. Ari Henning

Any way you cut it, riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than many other modes of transportation. But, it's also much more exhilarating! In this episode, Spurg, Zack, and Ari discuss the dangers of riding on two wheels, and what you can do to mitigate them as best as possible.

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Jul 02, 2021
S4 E2: Two-up tales! Dos, don'ts, and dates gone awry on a motorcycle

Whether it's a first date, or a local (and all-important) ice cream run with a longtime friend, riding two-up is far different than riding alone. In this episode, Spurg and Zack share some of their favorite stories from being both pilot and passenger on motorcycles throughout the years.

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Jun 19, 2021
S4 E1: It's been a CRAZY year for motorcycles (& it's only June!) w/ Jen Dunstan

Spurg, Zack, and guest host Jen Dunstan discuss the bikes they've been riding since last season's finale, what the pandemic has meant to motorcycling, and what it all means for the year ahead.

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Jun 04, 2021
S3 E12: Talkin' Bikes W/ FortNine's RyanF9

For the final episode of Season 3 of HSLS, we invited our friend and fellow moto-media junkie, RyanF9 to throw on the headphones and join the podcast to do what we do best... talk about motorcycles. It was a fitting end to Season 3 and tees us all up to kick off Season 4 in the months to come!

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Apr 07, 2021
S3 E11: Answering Our Favorite Listener Comments

We asked for your questions, and you answered! Now we have some answers (or at least some educated thoughts) for you. In this episode Spurg and Zack have a wide-ranging conversation around some of our favorite listener comments from Season 3.

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Mar 24, 2021
S3 E10: Harley Pan America, Hayabusa, KLR650, Radar Cruise, and more!

From Harley-Davidson's first foray into the world of ADV, to long-standing models like the Hayabusa and KLR, this episode of Highside/Lowside is all about the bikes that belong at the forefront of our mind.

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Mar 10, 2021
S3 E9: Mechanical Motorcycle Mistakes We All Make

From cleaning and lubing a chain, to far more robust mechanical undertakings, where is the line for what you can handle yourself, and what should you turn over to a pro? In this episode, the HSLS crew discusses mechanical mistakes they have all made, and the points at which they throw up their hands and take it to the shop.

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Feb 17, 2021
S3 E8: Motorcycle Mishaps and How to Avoid Them

We all make mistakes, even the best. Listen in as the HSLS crew talks about some of the biggest mishaps they've had on motorcycles over the years, and provide a bit of direction on how to keep from repeating their errors.

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Feb 06, 2021
S3 E7: Best Motorcycle Tech

Technology rules the world, and it's made a monumental impact on motorcycling too. Gone are the days of the kickstarter and non-ABS brakes. We're living in the future, and we like it. In this episode Spurg and Zack invite guest host Ari Henning to talk about the very best advancements we've seen in moto over the past 20 years.

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Jan 23, 2021
S3 E6: South America to Japan - Dream Trips On Dream Machines

Around the world in 80 minutes, on a motorcycle, sort of. Of all the places in all of the world, these are the ones that we'd want to go the most, and the bikes we'd want to ride while doing so.

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Jan 06, 2021
S3 E5: Dumbest Weather-Related Riding Mistakes

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor... well, you get the picture. We ride on, sometimes against common sense and sound judgement. In this episode, Spurg and Zack discuss some of the biggest mistakes they've made while riding in bad weather.

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Dec 23, 2020
S3 E4: The Best (& Worst) Motorcycle News of 2020

Spurg, Zack, and Lance Oliver talk about the wide-range of ongoings in the motorcycle industry throughout 2020, as well as what the road ahead looks like for 2021. From the bikes, to the rides, to the realizations that they came to, the Highside/Lowside crew bids farewell to the year that was, and looks forward to the year that will be.

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Dec 12, 2020
S3 E3: The 150hp/249lb Adventure Bike (Does Not Exist)

If you were to build the perfect ADV bike, what would be on it? It's a fun question to ponder, and exactly what the guys discuss in this episode of Highside/Lowside.



Nov 25, 2020
S3 E2: Triumph Trident vs. Yamaha MT-09 - Likes/Dislikes

Two of the most exciting bikes of 2020, discussed in detail by three of the most exciting voices in motorcycling. What's not to love? The guys talk about the new Triumph Trident and Yamaha MT-09 bikes in this week's conversation with special guest, Ari Henning.

Nov 11, 2020
S3 E1: Can A Motorcycle Be Too Cheap?

Season 3 of HSLS kicks off as Spurg welcomes his new co-host Zack Courts to the program, introduces some of the updated format changes, and then gets into a deep-dive discussion with Lance Oliver (Managing Editor of Common Tread) around where to draw the line when saving on a motorcycle.

Oct 24, 2020
S2 E12: How Can Motorcycling Make A Comeback? - Season 2 Finale

Spurg and Zito talk with Ari Henning and Zack Courts to discuss what motorcycling can do to kick the industry into a higher gear both now and in the future.

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Jun 20, 2020
S2 E11: Annoying Things Motorcyclists Do (Lemmy's Final Episode). INTERVIEW: Zach Parham - President & CEO of J&P Cycles

On the bike or off, there are a lot of things that motorcyclists do that annoy everyone. From ways that they ride, to the personality traits that they display in group conversations, these are the facepalm moments we all have encountered. It also happens to be Lemmy's final episode on the couch, so listen in as the guys discuss the things riders do that make them all go crazy.

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May 30, 2020
S2 E10: Our Favorite Motorcycle Engines. INTERVIEW: Genevieve Schmitt - Founder of 'Women Riders Now'

The power plant is what propels us all forward, and some just do the job better than others. In this episode of Highside/Lowside, the guys discuss their favorite motorcycle engines of all-time. Whether it is the acoustics, performance, or overall look and feel, in the end it all comes down to opinion, and the fellas have more than a few on the topic.

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May 02, 2020
S2 E9: The best motorcycles under $3,000. INTERVIEW: Robert Pandya - Owner of SpokesPeople LLC

Motorcycling is exhilarating. It can also get pretty expensive, pretty quick. Unfortunately, this keeps a lot of would-be riders from ever taking their first spin. In this episode, the guys discuss cheap ways to get into the game as they cover their favorite bikes under $3,000.

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Apr 08, 2020
S2 E8: What makes a motorcycle a Cult CLASSIC? INTERVIEW: Zack Courts - Motorcycle Media Titan

Is it the brand? What about the line and the style? Does a engine make it so? The guys are here in the latest episode to discuss what makes a motorcycle a cult classic. And stay tuned for an interview with Zack Courts!

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Mar 11, 2020
S2 E7: Best motorcycle mods for your buck. INTERVIEW: Chris Diaz - Veteran, rider, and future PhD.

No motorcycle is perfect, and every rider is different. That's why we modify. Whether it's suspension or seats, exhausts or hand controls, one of the most common experiences for all motorcyclists is making the bike their own. In this episode, the guys talk about the most important modifications that they like to make on their own rides.

And stay tuned for this week's interview with Chris Diaz. A Navy veteran, avid rider, and future PhD who is an alumnus of the Motorcycle Relief Project.

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Feb 15, 2020
S2 E6 - What to expect on a vintage motorcycle? INTERVIEW: Jeff Kiniery - Dirt Rider & RevZilla's Director of Facilities

Old motorcycles are cool. They look cool. They sound cool. They are the epitome of the word itself. That being said, they can also be a massive annoyance. With old parts and antiquated technology, riding a vintage motorcycle is harder, less comfortable, and often includes far more repairs than a modern bike. On this episode of HS/LS, the guys discuss what to expect from these old machines, and if the upside outmatches the downside of it all.

And for our interview this week, Spurgeon sits down with RevZilla's Director of Facilities, Jeff Kiniery to discuss a mutual love of dirtbikes, and everything that comes with them.

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Jan 24, 2020
S2 E5 - Is 2020 the BEST time to buy a used motorcycle? INTERVIEW: Ari Henning - Writer, host, & aficionado

New year, new-to-you motorcycle? This year could very well be the best year, EVER, to buy a used motorcycle. From the technology, to the supply, to the state of the industry as a whole, the guys discuss this in-depth as well as what it means for the road ahead.

For this week's interview, Spurg sat down for a wide-ranging conversation with Ari Henning, one of the most notable names in moto-media.

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Jan 03, 2020
S2 E4 - The BEST & WORST Motorcycles of 2019. INTERVIEW: Yves Assad - Renowned motorcycle photographer

As 2019 winds down the guys look back at the winners and losers in the motorcycle industry over the past 365 days, and then take a gander ahead to what's on the horizon for 2020. In this episode we give Lemmy a break from hosting duties and invite in Lance "Silver Fox" Oliver, Common Tread's Managing Editor, to lend the endless depths of his moto-mind to the HS/LS stage. Be sure to stay tuned through the entire conversation for Spurg's interview with Yves Assad, one of the world's foremost motorcycle photographers.

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Dec 13, 2019
S2 E3 - Bad motorcycle, or just bad for YOU? BONUS: Interview with Common Tread Managing Editor, Lance Oliver.

To each their own! For every motorcycle made, there is a reason not to like it. There are also plenty of reasons to be a fan. In this episode Lemmy, Spurgeon, and Joe talk about the reasons people tend to give for what makes a "bad" motorcycle, and why, in the end, it all comes down to matching expectations and style between rider and machine.

We also put a voice to one of the pillars of the RevZilla's editorial team as Spurgeon interviews Lance Oliver, author, moto-journalist, and Managing Editor of Common Tread.

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Nov 22, 2019
S2 E2 - Do you care where your motorcycle is made? BONUS: Interview with racing legend, Chris Fillmore!

Does it matter where your motorcycle, or its parts, are assembled? For some riders, it does in a big way. But there are also plenty who could not care less, just so long as the motorcycle makes them smile. That’s the big question on deck for this installment of Highside/Lowside as the guys share their own thoughts on this highly debated facet of motorcycling.

And, as our expanded content continues here in Season 2, Spurg sits down for an interview with 3-time Pikes Peak champion (and true legend of the moro-verse), Chris Fillmore, to discuss his thoughts on the recent motorcycle racing ban at the event.

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Nov 01, 2019
S2 E1 - Are you a REAL motorcyclist? And an interview with RyanF9!

WELCOME BACK! In this episode we kick of the second season of RevZilla's Highside/Lowside with one of our favorite topics around the office and ask the question of, "what makes a motorcyclist?"

Do you have to ride a motorcycle to be considered one? Maybe. But then again, maybe not. Do scooters count? What about trikes? Can you be a motorcyclist if you only ride a few miles/year? What if you rode a lot, but it was a decade ago, are you still a motorcyclist then? 

And as an added bonus for Season 2, we have beefed up the podcast with additional segments featuring customer questions and interviews with some of the biggest movers and shakers from the world of moto. In this episode, we sit down with the one-and-only RyanF9 to talk about his journey to internet moto-fame, how he got started riding, and life north of the border, among other things.

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Oct 11, 2019
S1 E12 - Motorcycle sales suck... do you even care?

Sales of motorcycles in America have been struggling for years. Is it due to a more safety-focused citizenry? Are motorcycles not as "cool" as they once were? On top of it all, is the premise flawed from the beginning; are motorcycle sales not really down as much as we think? All of that and more as the guys discuss the current state of the industry, and how much of an impact it could have on those who make their way upon two wheels.

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Jul 12, 2019
S1 E11 - Will electric motorcycles end an industry?

When it comes to electric motorcycles the conversation has always been, "will they be good enough?" For generations petrol has been king of the fuel stack. Entire industries have been built around its consumption, and the engines, parts, and repairs that power our machines in the direction of the future. However, that future is increasingly looking to be electric, and with the constant rate of innovation, the real question to ask might be, "will electric motorcycles be too good?"

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Jun 21, 2019
S1 E10 - Are there too many types of motorcycles?

The amount of motorcycle styles available to riders is exploding. But is that a good thing? Are riders better off because of the options available to them, or are we regressing in our ability to craft our own motorcycles into the customized machines we adore? It's something that the HS/LS guys have thought a lot about, and in this episode they delve into the "why" of segmentation proliferation, as well as look to the future for what it means to the industry as a whole.

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May 31, 2019
S1 E9 - Should riders be required to wear motorcycle gear?

ATGATT. If you spend time in riding circles, it's an acronym that is bound to come up in conversation. It is also likely to ignite strong feelings on either side. All The Gear - All The Time is a great way to go about ensuring you have done your part to be as safe as possible on a motorcycle, however, is it right for everyone? And more importantly, should adult riders be required by law to do so, or does that infringe just a bit too far?

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May 17, 2019
S1 E8 - Is technology ruining motorcycles?

Power and speed, convenience and safety; it's all been amplified by technological improvements to motorcycles through the years. If you ask ten different riders where they think the line is, you'll likely get twelve different answers. But one thing is for certain, technological advancements aren't going in the opposite direction anytime soon. In this episode, Lemmy, Spurg, and Joe speak to their views on the evolution of motorcycle tech, and what it means for the ride itself.

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Apr 19, 2019
S1 E7 - Do motorcycles have soul?

Some think of it as characteristics that are inherent from the moment of manufacture. Others envision it as something more. Motorcycles are machines. They are made of basically the same stuff as your kitchen toaster. But can machines have soul? That's the question on the HS/LS team's mind this week as they discuss the differences between that which makes a motorcycle unique, and the connection felt between rider and ride that can prove to be much more.

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Mar 29, 2019
S1 E6 - Is motorcycle racing dying?

Is it a lack of free time? Maybe it's cost and access. What about safety? Possibly land use? Perhaps it's video games. More than likely, it's a bit of it all. The simple fact is that racing in America is dying. The interest in this form of motorcycling is definitely in a lull and in this episode the guys discuss the reasons for the downturn in this storied pastime.


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Mar 01, 2019
S1 E5 - Small motorcycles: Does size matter?

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." That's a nice saying, but how much of it is really true as it pertains to motorcycles? For this moto-discussion, Lemmy, Spurgeon and Joe dissect some of the myths and misgivings that are common parlance about small bikes.

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Feb 08, 2019
S1 E4 - Cruisers: Love 'em / Hate 'em

Regardless of how you feel about cruisers (and some folks feel strongly on either side), they are one of the most prolific styles of bike on the road. They're kind of like the superhero movies of the motorcycle world; you're either an ardent fan, or you fail to see what all the hype is about. Either way, they're getting a lot of air time.

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Feb 08, 2019
S1 E3 - The best in motorcycles for 2018

It went by faster than Zarco at Qatar, but there was more than a little bit of moto-happenings that transpired along the way. The fellas sit down to chat about the year that was in 2018.

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Feb 08, 2019
S1 E2 - EICMA 2018: Best bikes and big takeaways

Lemmy and Joe welcome Spurgeon to the show as they trio talks about the biggest happenings at one of the most important motorcycle shows of the year.

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Feb 08, 2019
S1 E1 - Why scramblers aren't scramblers anymore

RevZilla's best motorcycle minds sit down to discuss the Triumph Scrambler 1200, the history of the style, and where it all goes from here. Listen in as Lemmy and Joe try to figure out if the new motorcycle from Triumph is the "Scrambler-iest scrambler to ever scramble", a naked adventure bike, or something else entirely.

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Feb 06, 2019