Which brings us to the end of… Season 1?

November 10, 2023

This Motorcycle Life is taking an open-ended break from releasing new episodes. It’s been one of the great privileges of my life to be able to tell these stories for the last seven years, but I’m ready for a creative re-boot *deletes long, self-indulgent explanation*. It’s becoming difficult to find fresh stories and the hours it takes to produce an episode in this format, and I’ve realized the problem is likely me… I need to get my inspiration level back to its peak. You deserve no less.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to make sure the full catalogue continues to be hosted and available to new (and repeat!) listeners. I’ll also continue to keep this site up, moderate comments and monitor TML’s email. So if you have some thoughts to offer about what might come next for This Motorcycle Life, I’m happy to hear them, and I’ll be delighted to reply.

In the meantime, thank you for being there. I can’t tell you what it’s meant to me to have spent so many hours with you, and to feel part of this truly special community. See you on the road… and keep stayin’ alive out there!

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11 comments on “Which brings us to the end of… Season 1?

  1. Randy Nov 18, 2023

    Hi Bruce. I hope it is temporary and you find that you miss it too much to stay away. Maybe your inspirations will take the podcast in new directions along with your continued riding experiences.
    Funny note. I chuckled at your anecdote about your friend’s emergence from riding retirement, as I listened to today’s hiatus announcement while riding 500 miles across NM into TX … on my CRF300 Rally.

    Thank you for all the stories and insights. Every episode was thoughtful and thought-provoking. I would enjoy an occasional update from you, even if it’s just to tell about a simple ride.

    All the best.

    • Thank you, Randy… I really appreciate the understanding. And how about that CRF, right? I bought a well-worn CRF250L Rally this past season, and I just love it. So capable, so forgiving and easygoing, and an amazing amount of character. Ride safe, and thanks again for the encouragement.

      • Randy Nov 22, 2023

        Oh how cool… glad to hear you are enjoying your own CRF. I’ve had several large bikes but found them boring. For some reason, I’m drawn to that ability in the lightweight ones.

        As Don mentioned, even if no more episodes are released, you have added a lot of value with unique perspectives and depth I never hear from other sources, and that body of work has made this rider’s rides richer. Many thanks for all the work behind your efforts.

  2. Don Lambert Nov 21, 2023

    Bruce, This has been not less rewarding for your listeners! For myself, I was able to inspire and took that big ride with my brother this summer. This Motorcycle Life was definitely a positive influence to bringing that along.
    I hope to see you on the road someday. If this break should prove to last, you will have given all of us a much wider prospective and more full appreciation for this regal passion and if more episodes are more forthcoming I will pounce on them with the same furvor of a hiker to a mountain stream.
    Your Road Brother,

    • Thank you, brother. You shouldn’t give me too much credit for what you made happen, but I’m honoured to have been along for the ride. Thank you for the kind words and for supporting the show. See you out there!

  3. Michael Dec 13, 2023

    Many of my motorcycle maintenance hours was spent listening to your show. It will be missed. Like the ending to a really great book, you loved and missed it as soon as you finish. Hopefully your journey continues to inspire others. Thank you for such great content and conversations. Best.

    • Thank you so much… I love knowing that there was someone out there wrenching while we talked. I so appreciate the support and the kind words. It’s been an honour.

  4. Bernd Jan 15, 2024

    Hi Bruce,

    Just wanted give you a well deserved “High-Five” on your podcast.

    Similar to you I started ridning well in to my adult age and your podcast gave me an extra layer on top of all the obvious and expected pleasures of ridning a bike.

    Really enjoyed to learn about what makes riding a bike important to other riders around the world. And you are really good at interviewing your guests without influencing their answers.

    So all in all – just a humble thank you for the 50+ episodes of a really excellent podcast about motorcycleriding.

    Best wishes for the future
    Bernd from Denmark

    • Bernd, I can’t thank you enough for your kind note. I must agree that starting later in life makes the pleasure of riding all the sweeter. It’s been a privilege to do this, and you’ve reminded me that I need to leave the door open to ways it could continue. I hope you’re having a great season in your beautiful country!

  5. Breaks are just as important as brakes!

    Got my first bike recently (at the age of 35, bit of a late bloomer here) and I’ve been going through the episodes every day at work (worked my way up to ep.24 at the time of this writing)
    Theres this guy on YouTube, Free Miles MC, 20-something years old guy who tours the world on his Yamaha XJ 600 Diversion / Seca II. He is currently on another world tour on a Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, and he blogs everything on YouTube. Would be interesting if youd manage to snag him into your podcast as a guest someday!
    Hope your reboot goes smooth and youll find that creative spark again! Those plugs are part of the periodic maintenance schedule too after all 😀

    • Thank you… your note made me smile for more than one reason. I love the scheduled maintenance analogy 🙂 And I love that you’re early in your journey as a rider. If you are as lucky as I’ve been, you have many years of joy ahead of you… the flame just gets hotter. I’ll check out Free Miles MC for sure. Ride safe!

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