45 episodes

A podcast about motorcycle culture, who we are, and why we ride.

This Motorcycle Life Podcast Bruce Philp

    • Sports
    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

A podcast about motorcycle culture, who we are, and why we ride.

    Episode 44 - Chrome Heart, A Conversation With Miss Emma Booton

    Episode 44 - Chrome Heart, A Conversation With Miss Emma Booton

    What makes a great mechanic tick? Meet Miss Emma Booton, a ‘humble wrench’ who builds, restores and fixes some of the Bay Area’s most special motorcycles. What begins as an inside look at life in the back of the shop becomes an expansive conversation about the role of machines in motorcycle culture… and a profile of someone who’s dedicated her life to keeping our love for them burning. An affectionate look at ourselves in the mirror of the people who do this work, and proof that keeping our bikes running and our hearts aflame can often be the same job.

    • 2 hrs 1 min
    Episode 43 - This Is Us

    Episode 43 - This Is Us

    What is a motorcyclist? And are we really as different as we feel under our helmets? Meet documentary photographer David Goldman, whose continuing odyssey to document our community might just be the most ambitious attempt to find out ever… even if that wasn’t the plan. Goldman’s growing collection, The Motorcycle Portraits, portrays the faces and voices of motorcycling with an authenticity that suddenly seems long overdue, and he’s not done yet. And the answer? As with so much about having motorcycles in your life, discovering who we are turns out to be far more about the journey than the destination.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Episode 42 - Daring Greatly

    Episode 42 - Daring Greatly

    Is dirt riding as good for us as everyone says it is? Meet retired NHL power forward Scott Thornton, whose transition from life in professional hockey began in earnest with a ride in the woods. Unsurprisingly for an elite athlete, Thornton’s off-road riding career would draw him to the unforgiving world of hard enduro. But what he found was something more satisfying than adoring crowds and more universal than victory, and it’s there for anyone with the courage to ride where there is no road. A compelling conversation that just might leave you thinking you’ve got room for one more bike.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 41 - Horse And Train

    Episode 41 - Horse And Train

    Is progress costing motorcycles their souls? Not if we do it right. Meet Nashville recording engineer and avid rider Chris Mara. In his business, the war between the analog past and the digital future was settled a generation ago. His take? It’s all good. If the music industry can teach motorcyclists anything, it’s that yesterday and tomorrow can get along fine together, if we simply decide to let it happen. Bikes are just “stuff we use to go places,” he says… and as long as that’s what we do with them, there will always be more than enough soul to go around.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Episode 40 - The Worst That Could Happen

    Episode 40 - The Worst That Could Happen

    What if one terrible moment on a motorcycle took away almost everything that mattered to you? Would you ride again? Meet Omar Petralis, who’s lived through exactly that nightmare. His answer might amaze you… or it might not amaze you at all. Either way, Omar’s story is dramatic proof of the deep hold motorcycles have on the people who ride them, and of how resilient our passion can really be. A raw and difficult conversation about facing the specter that haunts us all, every time we ride. A warning that this interview includes some graphic and emotionally intense moments.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 39 - Chasing Demons

    Episode 39 - Chasing Demons

    Are endurance motorcyclists crazy? Iron Butt riders call themselves “the world’s toughest,” so you know there’s more going on here than long hours in the saddle collecting gas receipts. Meet Rick Muhr, an overnight convert to endurance motorcycling. Muhr, a marathon running coach, was a casual sunny day rider until the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon sent him on a healing journey that changed his life forever. When the road inside is even harder than the road ahead, Rick’s story shows us how enduring both makes us stronger… and that sometimes an insanely long ride is the sanest thing you can do.

    • 2 hrs 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Don Nicholas ,

Really enjoyable Erik Buell interview.

Thoroughly enjoyed the Erik Buell interview podcast.
Cheers
Don Nicholas
Gold Coast, Australia

BillAdv ,

The Skilful Monk

Just listened to the Skilful Monk episode. Fantastic! Thank you so much. Wes from Chasing the Horizon podcast recommended you and I can see why. I am now a subscriber.

PhilVFR ,

Always interesting and enjoyable

Apart from this podcast being very enjoyable and interesting, Bruce has possibly the best podcast voice I have heard. Keep up the good work. Bruce thoroughly enjoy it.

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