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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! Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product …
 
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! Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZ…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product videos…
 
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! Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and …
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinio…
 
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! Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product videos…
 
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. Check out more from RevZill…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written…
 
In this edition of Behind the Bars, John and Mark chat with Kelly Quinn, a.k.a Throttle Girl, about her experiences on the Pan America. “Like riding a dragon” was her description of how she feels on it. Kelly was an early adopter having first experienced the Pan America when it was just a prototype. Tune in to learn more about adventure riding! Thr…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, an…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product videos…
 
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! Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opini…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, H…
 
In this episode, Behind the Bars Podcast welcomes Mike (The Wolf) as guest host with Mark. Mike and Mark chat with Spenser and Eric of MotoVermont, a tour company that leads adventure riders on journeys in Vermont, Quebec, and New Mexico. They discuss adventure riding and the arrival of the much anticipated Harley-Davidson Pan America. Without John…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product videos…
 
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. Check out more from RevZ…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product …
 
Ep 11, S4, Interview with Serial 1 Cycle Company, Aaron Frank and Rich Bunzel John and Mark interview Aaron Frank, Brand Director of Serial 1 Cycle Company, along with Rich Bunzel, Dealer Relations. We discuss what is an EBike, and how Serial 1's bike differs from Giant and Specialized Ebikes. The differences, the history and how Harley-Davidson sp…
 
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. Check out more from R…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product videos…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-…
 
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. Check out m…
 
Ep 10, S4, Jake Bright, Tech Crunch/Revzilla Writer, on his creation, the KTM, Triple Threat. TX3 Regular guest Jake Bright, Award winning author, Contributing Writer to Tech Crunch and Common Tread, visits with John and Mark to talk about a new project he is developing called the Triple Threat or Tx3. This revolutionary concept is really three mot…
 
Ep 9, S4, Interview with Long Way Up, Charley Boorman, Harley-Davidson LiveWire Adventure Rider In this episode, John and Mark revisit with Charley Boorman- LiveWire adventure motorcycle rider and co-star along with Ewan McGregor in the new Apple series Long Way Up. This fascinating series chronicles their journey riding Harley-Davidson LiveWires f…
 
Ep 8, S4, Vera Bloom, Motorcycle Rider, Alternative Rock Artist out of Nashville In this episode, John and Mark visit with Vera Bloom- an Alt Rock performance artist out of Nashville. Vera talks about her new six song EP that is coming out in October. Having grown up in the Seattle area in a family of Harley Riders, Vera talks about how riding her …
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product videosBy RevZilla
 
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…
 
Ep 7, S4, Grading Harley-Davidson's Electric Motorcycle, TechCrunch Contributing Writer, Jake Bright talks about how he grades LiveWire In this podcast, John and Mark revisit with Jake Bright, Contributing Writer to Tech Crunch and electric motorcycle enthusiast. Jake offers his grading policy for the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire. This is a provoca…
 
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 topi…
 
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. Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written…
 
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! Check out more from RevZilla: Common Tread: News, opinions, and written reviews RevZillaTV: Bike reviews, How-To's, and product vid…
 
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 tu…
 
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 discu…
 
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 Henni…
 
Ep 2, S4, Bruce Motta, Harley Owners Group (HOG) Czar In this edition of Behind the Bars, John and Mark talk with Bruce Motta, Regional Manager for HOG Harley-Davidson Owners Group. Bruce is a fascinating guy who has gone from designing nuclear subs for the Navy to making connections with motorcycle riders across the globe. His harrowing account of…
 
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-m…
 
S4, Ep1, Craig Ripley, Living off the Slab, Dual Adventure Motorcyclist, thoughts on Harley-Davidson Pan America In this episode, John goes solo since Mark is off hugging trees (only for this episode). John talks with Craig Ripley who has a popular Youtube Channel and does adventure touring riding all over the country. While we are still learning m…
 
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 a…
 
Ep 14, S3, Interview with Joe Pennington, of THE Evel Knievel Museum Evel Knievel has to be the interesting character to ever sit in the saddle of a motorcycle. John and Mark were fascinated to learn that there is a museum in Topeka, Kansas dedicated to Evel. In this podcast Joe Pennington of THE Evel Knievel Museum talks with John and Mark about t…
 
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 mo…
 
Interview with Alisa Clickenger, Women's Motorcycle Tours In this Behind the Bars Podcast, John and Mark chat with Alisa Clickenger. Alisa is an inspirational writer, blogger, and global motorcycle tour leader who called motorcycles “the lens through which I view the world”. Her passion for bikes was inspired by a dream and has allowed her to disco…
 
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 …
 
Mark and John interview Valerie Thompson, who is the Fastest Woman on 2 Wheels (328 MPH), on her friendship with Jessi Combs who was tragically killed trying to achieve a world record on four wheels today. Valerie Thompson, is the “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer” and an eight-time land speed record holder with membership in the Sturgis Mot…
 
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