Episode 58: Lemmy!

Lemmy, His Arms Wide. Photo by Dan Venditto.

Now that I have your attention, welcome to Episode 58. Welcome to Season 3 of my favorite motorcycle-related podcast, Chasing the Horizon! On Thursday, 29 August, we crossed the 100,000 download/listen threshold – so thank you everybody who has ever listened to the show! It’s a great way to kick off Season 3.

Dunlop is back as our title sponsor, along with (of course) the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.

MONKEY BIKE!! Photo by Kevin Wing.

Despite his history with and love of old Harley-Davidson motorcycles, I wanted to have Lemmy on the show. You might not know it to look at him, but the dude harbors a ton of motorcycling experience and knowledge, both mechanical and experiential. He’s one of the big reasons people think of RevZilla as a content outlet rather than just a place to buy motorcycle parts, accessories and gear. His regular contributions to Common Tread make the site a must-visit, and in the past couple of years, Lemmy and his team have branched out into videos and podcasting as well.

He even wrote a book. I know, I know – I was surprised as well. I already ordered a copy. Anyway, Lemmy and I discuss what’s going on at RevZilla as well as a wide-ranging sequence of topics, including small engines, large engines, adventure bikes, trikes, and much, much more. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, your ears might even turn red from the occasional curse word.

Check out the video podcast Lemmy does with his coworkers/cohosts Spurgeon and Joe – it’s called Highside/Lowside and is on YouTube as well as your podcast-listening app of choice (I’ve been using Overcast lately and like it a good bit). You can see more of what RevZilla offers – including tons of gear reviews – on their YouTube channel.

Lemmy loves the GS. A lot. Photo by Spurgeon Dunbar.

Even in a phone conversation, it’s more than obvious Lemmy has but one speed: wide open. He’s opinionated, but he knows what he’s talking about. He’s coarse, but so am I. (So are many of you, I would guess. Just because we ride motorcycles doesn’t mean we’re filthy, meth-addicted criminals… but come on, we’re not all genteel, silk-sniffing and effete, either!) If, in the the world of motorcycle writers and journalists, Peter Egan is the equivalent of a smart, sophisticated and slickly-produced Beyoncé album, Lemmy is more like the first album by the The Black Keys, the one you can’t find any more.

Did I mention he also has his own line of parts he makes for old Harleys? Yeah, because of course he does! It’s called Pangor Products and the tagline is “no direction – no parents – no rules.” Gotta love that ethos!

As always, I encourage you to check out our sponsors – Dunlop and the BMW MOA – and tell them you heard about them on Chasing the Horizon. I know a lot of podcasts generate support directly or through outlets like Patreon, but the best ways you can support the show is by joining the MOA – and yes, I know it says “BMW” in front of it and maybe you don’t own a BMW, but I have an Indian and they haven’t kicked me out yet. I know two members personally who have never owned a BMW and probably won’t even own one – and that’s the thing, we don’t care if you own a BMW. We’re a community of motorcyclists and that’s what really matters. You can get a digital membership for $39 a year and that helps keep Chasing the Horizon going and also gives you access to a bunch of other benefits.

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Chasing the Horizon is sponsored by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires.

If you’d like to join me at an upcoming event, I’d love to meet you. I’ll be at the last two MOA Getaways of the year – Tomah, Wisconsin on 4-5 October and Kerrville, Texas on 25-26 October. While I haven’t locked down a guest for Kerrville yet, my guest in Tomah will be none other than the Peter Egan – you knew I mentioned him above for a reason, right? I’ll also be at AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio (26-29 September). Thursday and Friday are industry days, but Saturday and Sunday are open to the public. If you’re already an MOA member, you can even get discounted tickets in advance.

Coming up later this season: Ryan from FortNine, RTW rider-turned-tour guide Rene Cormier, Mario Winkelman of LDComfort and many more! Plus there will be a monthly “Just the Facts” episode giving you an in-depth look into what’s going on in the motorcycle industry. Stay tuned, it’s going to be fun!

Don’t forget to check out our sister podcast, 200 Miles Before Breakfast, and our YouTube channels – Motorcycle Test Kitchen! and Nicht Uber Max. Thanks AGAIN for listening and coming back for the third season of Chasing the Horizon. We’ll see you out there somewhere on the road – or off it! Ride safe.