We Have Moved

Posted in DefaultTag by mcnationpodcast on February 23rd, 2009

Hey everybody!

I am excited to let everyone know that we have successfully moved the Motorcycle Nation Podcast to our own domain at //mcnationpodcast.com If you are subscribed to the blog/podcast via RSS or iTunes you will need to go to the new site and update your feeds so that you will still receive the content.

It has been a good run at Podbean and I thank them for what they offer to the beginning blogger / podcaster.

Update your feeds at //mcnationpodcast.comĀ  in the upper right corner.

Thank You and we will see you at home!


Episode 5 - A New Beginning

Posted in Podcast Episode, General by mcnationpodcast on February 21st, 2009

This episode discusses the reason behind the move from Podbean to our own site. We also discuss and exciting upcoming event. It is a short one but one that I felt needed to be done. Follow the link given below next week to pick up the new feeds and see the new look.

@mcnationpodcast.com email addresses are available. 1,197 available. Don't you all rush me at once! Seriously, if you are interested, email me with what you want your address to be such as JoeRocket@mcnationpodcast.com and I will set you up an account. Provide a secondary email that I can email your password back to. You will have the opportunity to change your password at any time once you have logged in.

Links: Motorcycle Nation Podcast (Our new home) //mcnationpodcast.com The Motorwold //themotoworld.com

Motorcycle Wisdom - Part 2

Posted in Lifestyle, General by mcnationpodcast on February 19th, 2009

Hope you all enjoyed part 1 of Motorcycle Wisdom. Today we will finish up the list. Again, I hope you find humor in some of these and I hope the others make you think. Some of them truly are wisdom.

Winter is nature's way to tell you to polish. Motorcycle boots are NOT comfortable for walking. That's why they are called motorcycle boots. Sometimes the best communication happens when you are on separate bikes. Good coffee should be indistinguishable from 50 weight motor oil. The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2 a.m. to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you're broke down. Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 70 mph can double your vocabulary. If you want to get somewhere before sundown, you can't stop at every tavern. There's something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer. Be careful. Don't argue with an 18 wheeler, a bus, or even a car. Never be ashamed to unlearn an old habit. A long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel. If you can't get it going with bungee cords, wire and electrician's tape, it's serious. If you ride like there's no tomorrow, there won't be. There are old riders and there are bold riders. There are no bold riders. Always replace the cheapest parts first. (Amen) You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze. Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling. Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the car window. (My favorite!) There are two types of people in this world. People who ride motorcycles and people who wish they could ride motorcycles.

Don't know about you all, but I thank God that I can ride! Hope you all enjoyed the Motorcycle Wisdom posts. We will officially be solely on one site beginning Monday February 23rd. That will be at //mcnationpodcast.com. Visit us and update your RSS feeds. I look forward to providing more steady content once we have this behind us. Thank you so much for your support and ride safe.


Motorcycle Wisdom - Part 1

Posted in Lifestyle, General by mcnationpodcast on February 18th, 2009

I recently received an email from a friend and fellow motorcyclist that contained motorcycle wisdom. I do not know who the original author was but if they contact me I will provide the obligatory reference if they can provide proof. Anyway, I found some of these to be very true and some just to be extremely funny. The list contains mostly motorcycle related references but some were just about basic life. I have only pulled my favorites from this list and leave them here for you. Amazingly, there are things to learn as well as the humor. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. If you have any that you don't see here please leave them in comments!

Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul. Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get interesting until about 60 mph. Midnight bugs taste just as bad as noon time bugs. (one of my faves) Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need. It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to share the bed. The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror. Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise. Sometimes it takes a whole tank of fuel before you can think straight. Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you'll ride alone. Never hesitate to ride past the street light at the edge of town. Never do less than 40 miles before breakfast. One bike on the road is worth two in the garage. Young riders pick a destination and go. Old riders pick a direction and go. A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you for it. Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night. Whatever it is, it's better to do it in the wind. Two lane blacktop isn't a highway, it's an attitude. When you look down the road it seems to never end, but you better believe it does.

And with that I will end this post. I have some more motorcycle wisdom for you but you are going to have to come back in a few days to get it. Until then, ride safe.


2008 Red Bull MotoGP - Behind the Scenes Part 2

Posted in Lifestyle, General by mcnationpodcast on February 18th, 2009

We left off last time after we had taken the training required to work the race. Then all we had to do was wait for the race. I did forget to mention one thing about the training day in the last post and that was where we were issued our jumpsuit that we would be wearing during the 3 days in September. We got full coverall jumpsuits that we wore and we were also required to provide our own gloves. The funny thing that we observed was that the jumpsuit had elastic cuffs on both the wrist and ankle area. It was understood that there was some safety reason for this but could not imagine how we were going to survive the heat of early September in Indiana. The firefighters let us ABATE guys, and gals, know that the normal suits they were required to wear during Indy and the Brickyard were much worse. I can't imagine.

Anyway, September 14th came and ABATE of Indiana was well represented. Besides the sixteen that were working corners, we provided further personnel to "man" some other responsibilities. During the festivities in the downtown area and around the track ABATE was ready to provide transportation to anyone who had been drinking. The person was provided a ride after their motorcycle was loaded onto a trailer. This was a free benefit as the idea was to protect the race and motorcycling community from bad publicity. ABATE personnel also manned motorcycle parking on the backstretch of the Speedway. Perhaps the biggest hit with the crowd though were the gear check stations. Different locations around the track were provided for riders to check in their riding gear so they did not have to carry it around. How many rides have you been on where this would have been a welcome benefit? I can think of quite a few.

Anyway, working the corners was a great experience. We arrived at the track around 6 to 6:30 every morning and made our way to our assigned areas. I was in turn 11A which was in the 180 just off the backstretch. I saw some great racing from this vantage point. This turn is situated just behind the main bleachers on the inside of the front stretch. We had alot of fans standing behind us as you could walk around in this area and it provided a great vantage point. Many photographers stationed themselves along the fence to get that perfect shot of the riders coming off the backstretch out of turn 10 and barreling towards us in 11A and followed them through 11B. Turns 10 and 11B saw action as they had many riders leave the track in their areas but 11A had a pretty uneventful weekend.

If any of you watched the practice and the race, you know what type of weekend we had. It was a rainy mess. If you have ever participated in a motorcycle safety class you were taught that you slow down and reduce your lean angles on wet pavement. Somebody forgot to tell these guys! I was amazed at the speeds and lean angles even in pouring rain at times. True professionals with truly great equipment. The rain tires stuck perfectly and they put on a show. Race day was the worst weather day of the weekend and caused the MotoGP race to run with fewer laps than normal. Nicky Hayden on the Repsol Honda was putting on a show while being chased by Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner. You could sit back and watch Rossi slowly reel the Kentucky Kid in and a small mistake by Hayden allowed Rossi to pass and run away with the win. What a great weekend.

Hopefully the 2009 show will see better weather. On race day the wind got so bad that the Yamaha tent blew over and injured some shoppers browsing inside. We hope that everyone recovered and returns for the show this year. When you park your bike or check your gear this year, thank that person working because they have volunteered to make your MotoGP experience in Indy a great one.

**I apologize for this post being so late. This week was filled with visits to my Mom in the hospital and the death of my wife's grandmother. We are back on track now and hope to stay that way. Thank you for your support.


2008 Red Bull MotoGP - Behind the Scenes Part 1

Posted in General by mcnationpodcast on February 14th, 2009

Hey everybody!

Jump on over to //mcnationpodcast.com and read this post. Part 2 will be up this weekend and I am hoping to have a podcast episode out this weekend as well which you will find right here. Things are not quite ready to do the podcast over at the other site so it will remain here for about another week. After next weekend I hope to be able to tell you that you can adjust your feeds and access only one site. For now, enjoy the post.

Road Trip - Chicago International Motorcycle Show

Posted in Rallies, Lifestyle, General by mcnationpodcast on February 10th, 2009

See this post at //mcnationpodcast.com We are not moved yet so stay in touch!!!

Moving Update

Posted in General by mcnationpodcast on February 3rd, 2009

All the posts from the Podbean site have been moved to here so that all the content is in one place. The site should be officially moved as of February 22nd. Please check back to get the updated feeds on or after the 22nd. i am not sure how iTunes is going to handle the switch. You may have to go to iTunes and update to the new feed because i am not sure at this point if it will automatically switch over. I am also contemplating having separate feeds for the blog and the podcast. i will provide an update on that closer to the change over date.

For now, please add //mcnationpodcast.com to your favorites so that you will be ready to start accessing the new site once it pops up. I will be double posting on both sites until the 22nd when I will drop the Podbean site and go strictly with my own domain. There will probably be one more podcast during this transition period and once moved, I hope to get on a more definite schedule for the podcast. The blog will continue to be a once or twice a week update.

Again, I want to thank you all for your support and i hope that you will continue to read, listen, and share with your friends. We will be back soon!


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