Episode 147, in which we talk transplants with Dr David Cron

When you meticulously research and then write a paper which seems to correlate major motorcycle rallies in the United States with a local short-term rise in organ transplant rates, you gotta know you’re going to end up on Chasing the Horizon to talk about it – even if, like Dr. David Cron, you don’t actually ride a motorcycle yourself. Don’t worry, he does other similarly dangerous things, so he understands where we’re coming from.

Obviously, this episode deals contains a serious discussion of medical issues, up to and including death in the context of riding motorcycles, so understand this episode may not be for everybody. It’s OK to skip this one – but at least check out the news.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: the mechanical heart sculpture was created by Teodosio Sectio Aurea, who has a page on Saatchi Art. Unfortunately, the work is not for sale.

If you want to know more, feel free to download (or simply read online) a copy of Dr David’s study, titled “Organ Donation and Transplants During Major US Motorcycle Rallies,” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine in late November, 2022. A PDF reader or browser extension is required.


In the news for this episode is a stunning achievement: TVS and Honda produced over 415,000 scooters between April 2023 and January 2024, a new manufacturing record for India. Honda announced updates to the NX400, their jump into the sub-middleweight ADV bike segment.

Electric motorcycle builder CAKE is back for good and bad reasons. First of all, their bikes have successfully crossed both Africa and the United States, but a recall affecting over 260 bikes has cast a pall over their recent bankruptcy filing, if you can accept burying the lead a little bit on that one.

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