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Season 3!

Podcast #1

Ep 9, S3, Is Harley-Davidson® really an American made motorcycle?

International Business Professor, Frank Dubois, PHD gives insight on this complex issue.

What is American Made mean? Does it need to be manufactured in the USA? Can it have products made outside the United States? What about if the products were made in the US and shipped overseas to be finished? Very few things are 100% American Made. Seven Criteria are considered, including profit margin, labor, and research and development location, among others. Mark does his absolute best to set John up on who drives the most American vehicle, when it backfires on Mark.

Check out the KoGod Index which analyzes products for this very topic.

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Podcast #2

Ep 8, S3, Lorne Banks, Adventure Touring Trainer for Special Forces, Government Agencies.

Lorne owns Adventure Riders International, a company that trains people in Adventure Touring. Lorne explains some of the challenges in teaching people to move their bike in challenging environments. Some of the uses for Adventure Touring Bikes in Special Forces.

This one wasn't one of our best since the phone quality isn't what we like it to be. We had to call Lorne in Canada so the quality was lower than we would like.

Podcast #3

Ep 7, S3, Discussion regarding Harley®'s Partnership with Chinese Motorcycle Manufacturer Qianjiang Motorcycle Group

In this podcast, John and Mark chat with Robert Pandya, (former PR Manager for Aprilia, Motoguzzi, Victory Motorcycles® and Indian Motorcycle®) about Harley-Davidson®'s recent controversial announcement. H-D® has partnered with a Chinese motorcycling manufacturer Qianjiang Motorcycle Group to begin producing smaller (338 cc) and more accessible bikes for the Asian Market.

Robert is perhaps the most energetic ambassador for the motorcycle industry that we know He is tireless in his determination to build riders. Tune in to hear why he thinks this is a great move for the Harley-Davidson® Motor Company.

Robert's websites:



Podcast #4

Ep 6, Season 3, Comparison, Harley-Davidson® LiveWire® v. Zero Motorcycle SRF, Electric Motorcycles

In this podcast, Jon, John, and Mark compare and contrast the Harley-Davidson® LiveWire® and the Zero SR/F.

Both are fantastic electric motorcycles though the Harley® is clearly aimed at those looking for a premium EV experience while the Zero is more value oriented. That said, similarly equipped examples of both are closer in price than you might think. The discussion focuses on Price, Range, and Components. A lot still remains to be seen and many specs are simply unavailable at this point in time. John gives a special shout out to one of our negative reviewers on Itunes.

Tune in to learn more.



Genevieve Schmitt, Founder of Women Riders Now and Long-time motorcycle Journalist and Inspiration to many.

Podcast #5

Link to Itunes

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Well before her time, Genevieve Schmitt founded Women Riders Now back in 2006. Undoubtedly she is a factor in the recent trend which has women entering the Motorcycle World in droves.

John and Mark chat with Genevieve about how the machine and the culture around riding is changing rapidly. Genevieve is a fascinating speaker with a long history of breaking down barriers between women and motorcycles. She is truly a delight to engage with.

Genevieve is also a recent inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame (Yes, the AMA Hall of Fame), with the Bessie Stringfield Award, recognizing efforts to introduce motorcycling to new or underserved markets.

AMA Awards

Women Riders Now

Podcast #6

In this podcast, John and Mark chat with Robin Bradley, writer for American Motorcycle Dealer Magazine.

Robin shares his candid point of view about the Harley-Davidson® legacy. The conversation revolves around an article that Robin wrote recently in a trade publication about H-D®'s More Roads campaign that applauds the new direction the Motor Company is heading in. He maintains it is possible to maintain the core group of customers while attracting a new generation of riders with different needs and expectations.

Robin also discusses how the dealership network is responding to the changes and the overall timing of the More Roads strategy.

January 25, 2019

Podcast #7

John and Mark chat with Sandra Hinksman, VP of the Motor Maids. Te Motor Maids is a women's motorcycle club in North America with over 1,200 members from the United States and Canada. Established in 1940, Motor Maids was one of the first women's motorcycle groups and has been called the oldest existing women's club in the United States.

This Podcast is particularly special to us as Barbara Wilkins, one of our founders and current teammate, started in motorcycling in the same era as Motor Maids. Strong, empowered women have always been a part of Wilkins H-D®. Tune in to learn more about the history of this progressive organization.

The Motor Maids

#MotorMaids #TheMotorMaids

January 9, 2019

Podcast #8

As more details emerge about the Harley-Davidson® Livewire®, John and Mark sit down with Jon "The Eagle" Sargent to discuss the latest news. While John and Jon remain obsessed with power and performance, Mark makes a case for changing the way we look at motorcycles in general. John and Jon scoff at the idea that bikes could be tools not toys.

Other Discussion focuses on Ride Modes, The Revelation Engine, Charging Systems, Cast Aluminum Frame, Traction Control, Overall Mixed Range (110 Miles) and some comparisons to Energica and Zero motorcycles.




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January 3, 2019

Podcast #9

John and Mark host a mysterious caller who goes by the singular name- Lefty. Lefty expounds on how he sees motorcycles as a social good that brings diverse people together and reduces our carbon footprints. He also claims to be able to tell the difference between how Kentucky Horse Manure and Pennsylvania Horse Manure smell. Driving a Car is just about mailing yourself safely from one place to another when you can't ride your motorcycle. Is it okay to ride your motorcycle to church? Muffler Mikes Plea for Quiet Riding.

Season 2 of Behind the Bars, Motorcycle, Memories and Mayhem!

Podcast #10

Jon "The Eagle" rejoins John and Mark for a lively end of season Behind the Bars podcast. This one features plenty of free-spirited banter about a Hodge podge of subjects including Mark's growing relationship with the FXDR114, how motorcycles were used in World War II, a wonderful philanthropic gesture by a Black Hills Harley-Davidson®, Darwinism, and news on the most recently retired H-D® models.

Podcast #11

In this Behind the Bars Podcast with Jeannine Condon, daughter of the famous Ken Condon, John and Mark gain a deeper understanding of how motorcycling is empowering and inspiring more women to ride.

Jeannine speaks about the experience of training riders, both male and female, on the track and how those skills translate to street riding.

She shares stories about riding with her father and how those experiences strengthen relationships.

Podcast #12

Ken Kaplan, New England Motorcycle Museum located in Rockville, Connecticut is a very interesting guy. Having built a 70,000 square foot Motorcycle Museum from scratch, he is on a trajectory to have a one-of-a-kind museum.

Mark was in his glory as Ken and Kenny expounded upon the spiritual nature of bikes and "motorcycles as art"

The museum is in an old mill that has been completely restored. The mill used to manufacture US Army military suits.

Bigger than Noah's ark!

Museum will eventually include a motorcycle themed restaurant, a pub, a drive in motorcycle movie theater, and a micro-brewery.

Many of the bikes are for sale.

Website: www.newenglandmotorcyclemuseum.org


Instagram: www.instagram.com/nemotomuseum/

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCH83p-r3mtrw-cE58WQo0Fg

Podcast #13

In this explicit podcast, Mark tries to keep the peace while John bickers with Jim-one of our favorite colorful customers. Jim was a motorcycle Racer, Body-Building Champion and long-time Harley® rider, growing up in New Jersey and transplanting to Vermont. He is one that purposely pushes the envelope just to get a rise out of people so don't find yourself getting red in the face, it's all part of Jim's enjoyment. One reason we love him.

Podcast #14

In this podcast, John and Mark chat with Liza Miller from Women Riders World Relay. That's WRWR for short. This group calls itself a "Global Sisterhood" of riders who are performing a relay across the world in the Spring of 2019. In a very short time, WRWR has inspired and empowered women riders in 92 countries.

Women Riders World Relay Facebook Page:www.facebook.com/groups/2149024862007828/

Women Riders World Relay's Website:www.womenridersworldrelay.com/blog/

Liza's Podcast, Check it out! motorcyclesandmisfits.com/about-misfits/

WRWR's Instagram Page:


Podcast #15

Harley-Davidson®'s Newest Patent, Automatic Braking Systems?

Jon "The Eagle," Mark and John, with little public information, discuss the ins and outs of Harley-Davidson®'s new patent on automatic braking systems. What does this mean for motorcyclists? Do they want the Automatic Brakes? Will this decrease the risk of motorcycling? As always, it's a lively discussion.

Thank you for listening. We would certainly appreciate it if you subscribed and or rated this podcast. We love 5 stars, but any rating is appreciated.

Thank you for our sponsor, www.WilkinsHarley.Com

Podcast #16

Jon "The Eagle" Sargent joins John and Mark to speculate on the new Harley-Davidson® dual-sport Adventure Touring bike- the Pan America.

Jon fancies himself a "rebel with manners" while John explains how a compass works. Mark rises above the fray staying focused on the spirit of the new model.

Harley-Davidson®'s Pan America Adventure Touring: www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/motorcycles/future-vehicles/pan-america.html

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Jesse James Dupree, Full Throttle Reality, Lead Singer Jackyl, Entrepreneur, talk with Mark and John about Jesse's visit to Laconia during bike week with the Full Throttle Reality Crew, his new Jesse James Bourbon, singing for the band Jackyl, 115th Harley-Davidson® Anniversary Party, and what its like to have 100 irons in the fire.

Instagram: @jessejamesdupree

What the hell is Locomotive Agitated Bourbon? see @jessejamesspirits

Jackyl: @officialjackyl



Podcast #17

John and Mark catch up with Brock St. Clair- one of the eight H-D® Freedom interns. From taking Riding Academy to riding 15,000 miles this summer, Brock wasted no time. Brock's inspired us with his willingness to face fears and just go for it! His instagram page is a perfect place to watch as he chronicles the challenges from learning to ride to traversing the country.



Brock's Instagram: @dont_brock_the_boat

Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCTn_jFcodBMRyIZRdhxmL6Q

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Podcast #18

Watch some of the Podcast on Youtube


In this podcast, Mark's slower process of getting to "know" the NEW FXDR114 before riding it and the contrast to Jon and John's twist and go approach.

Mark's sense that the Harley-Davidson® FXDR114 is rooted in tradition, but also has one foot in the future. The three of them go over the style, engineering and physical hot spots of the new model.



Podcast #19

John and Mark talk with Ryan McFarland Founder and "Chief Enthusiast" of Strider Bicycles about his mission to get kids on two wheels really young---and we are talking by the time they are 6 months (Baby Bundle Product) old!

Turns out the kids are responding with great enthusiasm. Surprising and clearly he is on to something with 500,000 Strider Bike Sales a year!

Check these things out. 👉 www.StriderBikes.Com

Podcast #20

John and Mark speak with 'High Flying' Cole Freeman.

People are calling Cole a Modern Day Evel Knievel. Cole jumped his 2015 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® in South Dakota 99 feet with no speedometer, no way of hitting a certain speed, just estimations using the seat of his pants and some serious balls. This podcast gets a little dicey so if your ears bleed when you hear bad words, don't listen.

VIDEO: speedsociety.com/cole-freeman-the-modern-day-evel-knievel-100-foot-jump-aboard-a-1000-pound-harley/

Instagram @colefreeman

Facebook: www.facebook.com/colefreemanofficial

Sponsored by www.getklocked.com/


Podcast #21

Mark and John get into it with Jim Halvorsen, contributor for Motorcycle Consumer News and Retired Motorcycle Cop about motorcycle helmets.

The discussion focuses on the freedom of choosing whether to wear a helmet or not.

We would love to hear your position on facebook, even if you disagree with Mark.

Podcast #22

If you think motorcycles are just for guys, think again. Gone are the days of women riding on the back. Women riders are the fastest growing segment of the motorcycle industry.

Tune in to hear John and Mark chat with Sara Liberte, owner of www.garage-girls.com about how motorcycles are empowering women and what she is doing to change the riding landscape for them.

Ride on Gals!

Podcast #23

Discussing Harley-Davidson®'s newest release of the H-D® LiveWire® Electric Motorcycle, H-D® Pan America (Dual Sport Bike), Custom, and Street Fighter Models. The "More Roads to Harley-Davidson®" Launch. Video here: www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/about-us/more-roads.html#intcmp_HP-BB-MoreRoads (which if you haven't seen the video, you should).

Robert Pandya is out of Georgetown, Texas and is the owner of SpokesPeople LLC, an agency dedicated to motorcycling and cool stuff with throttles.

Former PR Manager for Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Victory Motorcycles® and most recently Indian Motorcycle®. He's currently hosting a motorcycle industry panel and conversation at www.MotoGiveAShift.com and consulting with a couple companies he can't tell you about... yet!

Podcast #24

This is an interesting one and you don't have to be a technical person to appreciate the exchange with Jeff. Mark and John interview Jeff Muir with East Penn Manufacturing (Harley-Davidson® Batteries).

East Penn Manufacturing, founded in 1946, makes batteries for Harley-Davidson®, BMW, Caterpillar, Freightliner, Mack Volvo, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Jeep, Audi, John Deere, and they are family owned!

*What is Battery Soup?

*Mark and John discuss all sorts of battery topics including smelters (Mark confuses this with Smelt Fish).


Podcast #25

Award winning author, writer on global business and tech, contributor at TechCrunch and Revzilla Common Tread. After test riding several of the leading electric motorcycles, Jake recently wrote a very interesting article on Tech Crunch "How EV Startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboot the motorcycle industry." See below for link:



Twitter Handle @JakeRBright




Video on Harley-Davidson® LiveWire®: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcjMUg38NdU

As always, it would mean the world to us if you subscribed to our podcast using whatever site you use to listen to. www.WilkinsHarley.Com

Podcast #26

Scott Harden, AMA Hall of Famer, Corporate executive for companies including KTM, Husqvarna®, Zero Motorcycles and BMW and now behind the Plus 1 movement to grow the motorcycling industry.

*The more you ride, the longer you will live.

*Plus 1. Challenging new riders to bring another rider to the sport.

*Electric Bikes and Range Anxiety.

*How riding a motorcycle feels. Are you watching the movie or IN the movie?


Podcast #27

Behind the Bars with Charley® Boorman...

Mark decides to take a vacation day (which he never does) and John gets to spend time one-on-one with a real inspiration to the motorcycling community, the one and only, Charley® Boorman. Travel Writer, Actor, Adventure Rider, Speaker, Motorcycle Rider who has ridden his motorcycle across the entire Globe, 20,000 miles.

Some of our fun discussion:

*Never ask a person on a horse or camel for directions.

*Staying overnight in mafia's home.

*Stopped for speeding in Ukraine on the bike.

*Riding through Mongolia, (which is the size of Europe) with only 500 miles of Pavement.

*Riding with good friend Ewan McGregor, Famous Actor from Star Wars.





As always, we would genuinely appreciate it if you subscribed and rated our Podcast. This allows other listeners to find this podcast. It would mean the world to us. www.wilkinsharley.com

Podcast #28

Behind the Bars with Grant Bourne...

Recently, the news has been full of prominent people taking there own lives. Suicide is clearly an issue. Annually, more people die at their own hands then die in automobile accidents.

Grant Bourne has been riding his Harley-Davidson® Road King® across America raising awareness about the suicide epidemic in our country. He calls it a Ride out of Darkness, 100,000 Miles to Raise Funds and Awareness for Suicide Prevention. In this podcast Grant shares stories about his campaign and the people he has encountered along the way. It is a truly moving discussion and one that is important.

Website: rideoutofthedarkness.com/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/rideoutofthedarkness/

facebook: www.facebook.com/RIDEOUTOFTHEDARKNESS/

Sponsored by Wilkins H-D®


Podcast #29

Behind the Bars, Bill Davidson

In this episode, Mark and John interview Bill Davidson, great-grandson of one of the founders of the Motor Company. Harley-Davidson® is in Bill's blood and it clearly comes out in this episode. He talks about Harley®, Electric bikes (LiveWire®), Evel Knievel, and growing up around the best motorcycles on the planet.

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Podcast #30

Behind the Bars, Matt Levatich, CEO of Harley-Davidson®

In this episode, John and Mark ask Matt Levatich some of the hard questions. Harley®'s decision to build a production facility in Thailand might surprise you once you listen and learn what is already in Thailand. Also, some interesting information many may not know on where Harley-Davidson® already has a plant and surprisingly, it's been there for a while.... Lastly, the CEO's other decisions that continue to keep motorcycling front and center in the industry. This is a good one.


Brought to you by Wilkins H-D®, www.WilkinsHarley.Com

Podcast #31

Behind the Bars, Ken Condon

Behind the Bars, Motorcycles, Memories and Mayhem

In this episode, Ken Condon, Author, Racer, and Instructor talks about:

*The feeling you get when your ass puckers in a corner

Ken has several free educational sites and one of the best up to date blogs on topics that are of interest to all motorcyclists:



Ken's Own Podcast which is awesome:


Also, some amazing other training opportunities. Our favorite is the Non-Sport Bike Class he puts on at the Thompson Speedway in Connecticut and also the Palmer Speedway in Springfield, MA.

Brought to you by Wilkins H-D®, www.WilkinsHarley.Com

Podcast #32

Behind the Bars, Vintage Steele

Behind the Bars, Motorcycles, Memories, and Mayhem, Vintage Steele.

*These guys are the Real Deal! Self taught from Youtube, these guys are winning awards by restoring vintage motorcycles. In this episode, John and Mark discuss:

*Daddy Cages (they didn't want to talk about this)

*Do Motorcycles Have Soul?

*What's in the Water in Brattleboro, Vermont that causes so much interest in Motorcycling.

*Mechanic or Artists, you be the judge.

Vintage Steele can be found here:

Vintage Steele Website: www.vintagesteele.com/

Want to see some amazing photos?

Instagram them www.instagram.com/vintagesteele

Or if you love Facebook, check them out here:


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Brought to you by Wilkins H-D®, www.WilkinsHarley.Com

Podcast #33

Behind the Bars, Senator Joe Benning

In this episode, Vermont State Senator Joe Benning discusses:

*nasty mineral based material that adheres to your motorcycle when riding in Alaska,

*proper Packing for a long range motorcycle trip,

*Zen Experiences on a motorcycle, what's in front of you,

*the 2019 Harley-Davidson® Model, Benning Glide,

*Lawyers and Bikers

*Harleys at the State House

*Monkey Butt

Meanwhile, John challenges Mark about his stupid hypotheticals.

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Brought to you by Wilkins H-D®, www.WilkinsHarley.Com

Podcast #34

Behind the Bars, Governor Phil Scott

Behind the Bars, Motorcycles Memories and Mayhem.

John and Mark visit the Vermont Statehouse for a rare interview with Governor Phil Scott about motorcycles, racing, politics, and life. Despite his best effort, John fails to convince the Governor that the State House dome would look good with a Harley-Davidson® on top.

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Podcast #35