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The Motorcycles and Misfits Podcast is how we share our passion for all things two-wheeled. We ride street, dirt, ADV, track, touring, vintage and scooters, and we wrench, ride, race and attend events year round. We share our stories and interviews every week from the Re-Cycle Garage in sunny Santa Cruz, Ca.
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This week on our show we have listeners Ed and Dave joining us from the middle of their cross country tour. They spent the weekend with the Misfits, riding through the redwoods and wrenching on bikes, and also had fun on the kiddie rides at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. We introduce a new segment called Do We Care, where we introduce some recent motorc…
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This week on our podcast we are joined by the founder of Vintage Rides motorcycle tours, Alex Zurcher. He first started riding while seeking adventure in India, and fell in love not just with the Royal Enfield, but with exploring cultures found off the beaten path. He soon realized he wanted to share all of the authentic experiences he discovered, …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we head down to the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, and everyone came away with damp knickers. Normally it would be from the amazing array of beautiful bikes, but this year it was the rain that got our undies wet. That still didn't stop us from having a good time and getting one good interview before the rain went si…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we talk about our recent crashes, rashes and awards, and why it was all worth it. Another Tesla killed a biker while in self drive mode. Who's to blame? And how do we get this to stop? Let's discuss. We catch up on our backlog of listener emails (well, almost) so keep them coming. Let us know what adventures you …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we share stories from our 2nd annual Motorcycles & Misfits/Breaking Away Adventures Rally. We had a great group of people attend, and supported dirt, adv and street riding out of our beautiful Hollister Hills SVRA campground. Games were played, drinks were shared, and skills were learned in this event that feels …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Emma does a History Hole on police bikes. Did you know that Berkeley, CA was the first city with a fleet of police bikes in 1911? She shares many cool facts about these specialty bikes, including what makes them so special. This leads us in to a conversation about other working bikes, and what bikes would make a …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Liza has returned from Peru with stories to tell, and Wendy Crockett joins us to confirm Liza's stories aren't all made up.Vintage Rides is a French company that has been curating moto trips around the world, and have figured out the right combination of perfect roads and authentic experiences off the bike. Liza …
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On today's awesome motorcycle podcast we get a visit from Canadian Conner who regales us with his story of cross country travel on a KLR. Naked Jim found a new desert location to ride and Doug updates us on the garage goings on from today. Featuring Miss Emma, Naked Jim, Bagel, Stumpy John and Todd.breakingawayadventures.com/misfits-rally-vol-2www.…
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On this week's motorcycle podcast, with Liza gone, things are a little random. Jake 2.0 discusses his new find, Miss Emma brings the news and we have surprise visitors from the Great White North. Featuring: Miss Emma, Naked Jim, Stumpy John, Craigzilla, Bagel and guests Jessica and Darcy.breakingawayadventures.com/misfits-rally-vol-2www.vintageride…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast our favorite Pakistani sexy mofo is here, none other than Moin Khan himself. Besides our upcoming Stumpistan trip (now combined with Chickistan, so we're calling it Chumpistan), Moin is first leading a new tour in Vietnam next month. In addition to adding Vietnam to his list, he lead his first tour of Tanzania la…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Liza has returned from LA, and has stories of her adventures on a mobility scooter in Disneyland. In addition, she visited the Bike Shed and the Petersen Museum, where she spotted a weird looking bike called a Münch. This gives Emma the perfect opportunity to do a History Hole on Münch Motorcycles, as well as oth…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Liza is going through a change in life, and has some ideas of what direction to go. Now are they good ideas? That remains to be determined. Let us know what you think. In the meantime, we play some new games; the Ninja game, and the highest priced/lowest price game. Play along and see how well you do. Lastly, we …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we talk about ways to get more power out of your bike. You can start with the basics, like air filter, exhaust and remapping. Then you can move on to big bore kits, superchargers, cams and lifters. And don't forget about race fuel and fuel additives. How well do all these things work? And the bigger question; are…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we talk about the goings on in the garage, as well as an update on legislation concerning e-bikes. Next up we are joined by Wendy and Ian, who wrote a book on their record setting long distance ride. The description for the book is "The inspiring true story of a 100,000-mile motorcycle world record attempt where …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we hear from Stumpy John, who has had two different recent adventure rides that left him assessing his life's choices. But thankfully he bounces back well, and is joined by Josh to tell the tales of their trip to the Misfits Desert Hare. Another choice John needs to make is which bike's should he sell, and what s…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we dive back into last week's conversation about adding color to brake fluid while flushing the lines. This has been quite controversial, and the same debate has been had by every car and motorcycle forum out there. Liza did some extensive research and shares her findings from the web. Cat McLeod is here and he's…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we share some things we think are cool. The group takes a vote after each presentation and decides if it's just cool, or if everyone agrees that it's cool cool. Then we ask the question; what came first, gasoline or the gasoline engine? The answer is not that simple, and more interesting than you thought. Next up…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we jump right into listener emails, and the conversations that come from them. First up, do modern sport bikes brake better than a vintage bike or a cruiser? It's hard to believe but the answer is no. We get into the physics and geometry that explains why bikes may be safer, but the stopping distance has not impr…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we talk about the following:The Dakar Rally so farBagel's new purchaseWho can find the best deal for $1500Being an aging biker and dealing with shifting comfort levels while also recognizing that it effects your identity as a riderBikes we regret owningListener emailsWith Liza, Stumpy John, Miss Emma, Ray Ray, Sc…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we find out why Emma is the best tool in the shop. She quickly identifies nagging unsolved issues on bikes with ease, plus we don't have to share our shrimp with her. Jim's got renewed spark for his Honda Ascot Flat Tracker project, and we discuss the best way to approach it for him. Meanwhile Liza spent the day …
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Happy New Years from the Misfits! This being our final show of 2023, we decided to invite listeners to join us via Zoom for our recording, and hear what they have to say. We talk about what bike is next on the list to buy, what's the next riding destination, and what everyone considers the golden era of motorcycles. The 90's sportbike era, the 1920…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we bring to you our pre-holiday ramblings. Here's what we talk about:-Liza, and Jim had a perfect ride while bike swapping and comparing three similar but different sport touring bikes. -Trips, trips trips! Are you ready to take a trip next year? We talk about the trips we have planned and where we want to go in …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we are joined by Matthew Biberman, who is the author of a brand new children's book called Fixing Santa's Cycle. Did you know that Santa rides a motorcycle? All this time people thought they were hearing reindeer hoofs when it was actually the sweet exhaust sounds from his Vincent. Matthew is the son of bike buil…
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What does Zero Motorcycles, Onewheel, surfing, flying taxis, Crossfit, the Trident missile, lunar landing, zero emission busses, skateboard culture and cell phone cameras have in common? They all came out of Santa Cruz. That's right, our sleepy little beach town has had a hand in changing the world of transportation and technology for decades, and …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast it's time to talk about the Yamaha Niken. Everyone's had a chance to try it, and everyone is impressed. Set aside the freak show imagery with it's double front wheels, and what you have left is an extremely capable sport touring bike, which is equally comfortable in rough twisty roads as it is doing 100mph freewa…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we are joined by new world record holder Bridget McCutchen. She is officially the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle. Completing her journey just shy of her 23rd birthday, she relied on her Kawasaki Versys 300 and the motorcycle community at large to help her complete her journey. Of cour…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we are getting dirty. Well, talking about dirt bikes. Specifically, what's the difference between all the types of off road bikes? And how do you define ambiguous bikes like the Tenere 700?Liza introduces a new game to the group called about Santa Cruz street names. Play along!Honda and Lambretta have both announ…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we jump into some bikes that came into the shop today, and can't believe the suggested maintenance intervals on a Himalayan. Liza talks about the Niken she's got a line on, and her good bad idea to turn it into an adventure bike. In our Debate Club segment, we discuss the best color for a motorcycle, and come pre…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we hear from Naked Jim, Stumpy John and Scotty who were down in the Mojave Desert at Johnson Valley doing some dirtbiking. There's plenty of things here that can kill you, including the sidewinder that joined them in their camp at night. Navigating in the desert and negotiating the windy roads can be a challenge.…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Liza is seeking on advice on a few legal matters. If you get a speeding ticket in another country, does it follow you back home?How can you tell you are talking to a Craigslist scammer?What can you do if you pay for a custom item that doesn't work, and the fabricator won't respond to your emails?Our guest Amy fro…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we are joined by both Zee Traveler and Cat McLeod. Zee's still living life on the road, has ridden to Alaska and Panama, and managed to write and publish her own book. Not having a job sure does keep you busy! Cat has been leading tours throughout Europe and has finally made it home. He gives us updates on where …
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Warning: This episode contains graphic subjects that are not suitable for children or in public spaces. We acknowledge that sex and pornography exist, so if you're not comfortable with these topics, you may want to skip this one. Motorcycles and bikers have been fetishized for decades. Where does this come from? What is the difference between good …
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we talk about our recent rides and what we've been up to. Jim and Liza have are selling their Africa Twins, and Emma helps them pepper up their ads. What do choppers, cafe racers, flat trackers, ADV and scramblers have in common? They all started as street bikes that were modified by the public, became popular, a…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we share some lessons learned from our day in the garage. Top tip: Do the research and have everything you need to do the job. Next up, Tucker joins us fresh off the road on his Tenere 700. Not the typical touring bike, but Tucker made it work with a few little changes. Liza has a new game called Crazy, where eve…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Emma gets assaulted by a pear tree. Admittedly she did not deserve this based on the amount of bikes she magically fixed with a diddle of her finger. Liza has first world problems; she wants a new bike, but doesn't need a new bike, so she's looking for the bike that no one needs but everyone wants. Next up we tal…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Liza has returned from the merry UK, and she's got stories. The UK is home to many iconic motorcycle locations, and Liza and Cat set out to do them all. Here's a list of the places they visited: The Bike Shed, The Ace Cafe, the Manx GP at Isle of Man, the Triumph factory tour, the National Motorcycle Museum, Wale…
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On this week's top quality motorcycle podcast the team is joined by Mouse who helps make Emma's adventures great. They, along with Cori and Brian, recount the amazing "Castles and Curves" trip last July to Germany and France. They truly had a trip of a lifetime! Additionally Naked Jim and Stumpy John talk about their recent ride on private land. We…
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On this week's motorcycle podcast Liza is away and the inmates are running the asylum! We discuss the happenings at the garage today, Miss Emma gives a ride report and we talk electrical gremlins and Honda Nighthawks. Responding to listeners emails, we discuss if a wave runner is actually a water scooter. Inquiring minds want to know...Featuring Mi…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we talk about:-What to do with your used spark plugs-Do scooters really count?-How well do we know each other's motorcycle history?-Two bikes, one bad battery and two burnt wires-The future of the Re-Cycle Garage-Listener emails including a What Dat!? that stumps EmmaWith Liza, Stumpy John, Miss Emma, Cooper, Nak…
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This week on our podcast we talk about an interesting bike that came to the garage, now known as the Chuckus. A Chinese clone of a custom Ruckus. Sounds weird? It is. Death machine? Maybe. Fun? Definitely.Next up we go over the crash stats from Sturgis Bike Week, and discuss why these numbers are accepted every year. Then we settle in for Emma's Hi…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Cat and Emma share stories from their recent trip to the Dolomites. Cat has created a training trip that shows anyone how to travel internationally with confidence. Throw in schnitzel and beer, amazing twisties and good company, and you've got a life changing trip. In fact, Patrick, Lori and Scott joined us to sh…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we are back in California and have had time to reflect on our trip to VMD. The crowds were bigger, and the event did not disappoint. This is our favorite event of the year, and it's hard to put into words why it's so special, but we give it our best shot. Start with naked flaming burnouts, a mosh pit, the bourbon…
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The Misfits have landed in Ohio for our favorite yearly event, the Vintage Motorcycle Days. There's so many fascinating people here, and we set out to find these people and share some of their stories with you. First up, Liza and Stumpy John talk to Paul from Replica Motorcycle Parts, who is 3D printing hard to find parts for vintage motorcycles.Na…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we head back to Laguna Seca for the the AHRMA motorcycle races. We love this event for a few reasons, but one of them is the vintage motocross races. These are so fun to watch and we root for riders fast and slow. Next up we talk about motorcycle lawsuits. 150 million dollars for a broken ankle? Can I get a piece…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we head off to the races at the famous Laguna Seca track. The King of the Baggers and Hooligan series have brought a whole new element to the races, and we loved it. Jim and Liza test rode the CFMoto Ibex 800 and talk about this Chinese company that is fighting the stereotype and making some decent bikes. We also…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Scottie gives us a ride report on their recent solo trip on the Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route. This is no easy task, and Scottie is always up for a true adventure. Next up, the crew talks about the new Triumph 400cc bikes made in India. Will they come to the US and should they? Tell us what you think. Emma t…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast we share with you many of the conversations that stem from the garage. More specifically, these are the kinds of conversations that are happening between everyone while we are hanging out and wrenching on bikes every Sunday. Here's some of the questions we ask and answer:What is the best motorcycle engine ever bu…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Liza makes a big announcement. She bought a new bike, and it's a Scrambler 900. What a cool bike it is too. Emma shares a history on the Scrambler, it's racing roots, and how the scramblers we know today became a style different from the originals. Emma also introduces us to her orphans, Will and James, who she l…
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This week on our motorcycle podcast Liza has a problem that needs solving. She sold her 2 KLR's, so what could she possibly put in the stable to fill the spots? Send us your suggestions. MotoGPete is with us, so of course we have to play a round of Best/Worst Bike. Check out the Noco Moto podcast at https://nocomotopodcast.com/And lastly, things ar…
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