48 episodes

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

This Motorcycle Life Podcast Bruce Philp

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 250 Ratings

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

    Episode 47 - The Chief

    Episode 47 - The Chief

    How do you pass on your love of motorcycles to the people who matter the most? Sometimes, the answer is a motorcycle. Meet Larry Gibson and grandson, Eric Clingenpeel, two of four generations to own and ride the same 1947 Indian Chief since its discovery in a barn in 1954. After nearly 70 years, the love and adventure invested in this machine have given its motorcycle-loving family a wealth of stories, and the Chief a vibrant life of its own. A heart-warming reminder of what a motorbike is really for, and a recipe for making a great one last forever.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 46 - The Best Medicine

    Episode 46 - The Best Medicine

    Are motorcycles really as therapeutic as we think they are? Are we just having fun when we ride, or is something more profound going on under our helmets? Meet lifelong rider Dr. Joe Leondike, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. A psychiatric nurse practitioner who treats PTSD patients, Joe says the conditions that help a mind heal itself are a lot like the ones we experience in the saddle. His take: motorcycling can be self-care, but only if we’re willing to put the work in. A fascinating perspective, and maybe the best answer yet to why we ride.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 45 - Boy Interrupted

    Episode 45 - Boy Interrupted

    Can an epic ride really change your life? Meet Chris Donaldson, whose unplanned 39,000 mile odyssey still burns bright forty years later. Bright enough to write a vivid book from his original diary. Bright enough to keep the motorcycle he rode. Bright enough to want to finish the intended journey on that same bike at the age of 63. Interrupted then by a revolution and now by a pandemic, Chris remains undeterred. And his incredible story proves the best thing about epic rides isn’t that they grow you up, but that they guarantee the best part of you never will.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    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 hr 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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
250 Ratings

250 Ratings

Alfa_Veloce ,

Living Vicariously

I just did a couple hundred miles after getting my bike out of storage and I realized this review is long overdue. I was recently working abroad for three years without my bike stuck in a bad and stressful job without the release valve my bike provides me. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through these amazing interviews. It really got me through a rough time.

Baroness4 ,

Diverse, Fun, and Informative

Thank you for the awesome interview with Jocelin Snow (as well as so many others). I feel inspired after listening, and I love that you are finding riders from diverse backgrounds and skillsets to share with our community.

achy45 ,

Chrome heart episode was excellent

Hello Bruce ! Just wanted to congratulate you on the success and man I hope you keep interviewing guests like miss Emma!

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