HFL presents RideApart

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Why aren’t there any good motorcycle shows? You know, one that isn’t just about the size of some lunatic host’s fearless balls or the flatness of his hat’s bill. Or how about a show that’s watchable, entertaining, accessible and does a good job of selling what you and I think is so special back to the mainstream? Neither Wes or I have ever made a show before, but figured we’d give it a shot in conjunction with DRIVE. So here you go, the very first episode of our new show, RideApart.

  • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

    Awesome, Looking forward to more.

    • isambard

      +1. Also enjoyed the masculine camaraderie. Kinda like a less-scripted Top Gear.

      • BigRooster

        +2 – I really expected Grant and Wes to be artsy-fartsy – Williamsburg types. Nothing could be further from reality – just normal, dudes, doing normal guy stuff.

        More Hemmingway/McQueen than Michael Stipe.

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    That was fantastic. Glad you included Sean’s catheter story. Too bad he left out the part about the ball being still inflated when the guy rammed the tube back up his dick.
    When’s the next one? Episode I mean, not catheter ram.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Next week. 26 episodes between now and august.

      • BigRooster

        Is the plan to cover some different aspect of motorcycling with each episode?

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Nothing that predictable, but we’ll be looking at a very broad range of biking.

  • paul redican

    Great! any grumblings about thin HFL content whilst you guys were out producing these is instantly erased.

    Nice production look fwd to more

  • Jon B.

    Dude, well done!

  • Mitchell

    Outstanding! Finally something on Drive that has content and production quality.

  • Scott-jay

    You guys… neato!
    Best: bar scene, motorcycle riders in action, on-the-road/trail
    Worst: advertising gear in a big-bitter-pill. Let’s have playful little nips, not one big bite.
    I’m so proud of the boys.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Thanks! We talked about gear because it’s such an integral part of biking. None of the companies paid us, or even knew we’d be talking about their products on the show.

      • Wereweazle

        It didn’t really seem like an ad to me. I was wondering when you’d talk about the gear as that’s as important to me as the bikes. Well done.

      • CCarey

        I liked the gear info, as someone who hasn’t camped since they were a kid (alchohol fueled parties in the woods not withstanding)but fully intends to do some offroading and camping soon I appreciate the heads up from Grant and Wes as to what works or doesn’t work for them.

      • Kevin

        When I’m hanging out with other riders we talk about gear all the time. I didn’t feel pitched at all.

      • Campisi

        I’m glad you did, I’ve didn’t know (and always hoped) that a tent like the one you used existed.

  • Jericho7

    ROCK ON!

  • ike6116


    Wish the swears weren’t edited out.. it’s the internet we’re big kids.

    You two have weird accents that I can’t place. Both different btw.

    Wes, take this in the spirit in which it’s intended, you’re way more likable on camera than in print.

    • BMW11GS

      Haha true on the likability. Again take this in the spirit that is intended, but I know longer feel that I am that uncool in comparison. I can now be proud of my blue and yellow aerostich too.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, thanks. My dry humor works a bit better with a goofy smile attached.

    • smoke4ndmears

      Close your eyes and Grant sounds like Norm McDonald.

  • T Diver

    Off topic but:

    Sad. I see her comments here from time to time.

    • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

      Ah, crap. Good thoughts to pinkyracer.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      +1. Best wishes to Susanna.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

        Guys, I just put a link to her fundraiser on our Facebook page.

        • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

          Yeah…she’s insured for the medical costs apparently, but is a struggling self-employed designer/journalist/cool person who could likely use some help with the lost wages she is going to have to deal with. Rock on, Pinky!

  • http://overshadowed.com/ overunder

    Awesome work! The whole Drive channel have been putting out some really quality content. Glad you guys are adding to that, can’t wait to see more.

  • Roman

    Well done guys. Seriously impressed by the quality. Looking forward to some sportbike shenanigans in the future.

    • BigRooster

      Sport bikes at the track are fun to watch but I think stuff like this is actually more interesting because you dont ever see it.

  • Kevin

    Great show, really like the unscripted style and production.

    How often will new episodes air?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Thanks. Once a week.

  • Duarte Vieira

    Just awesome!
    Regular guys doing regular motorcycling? Sure, I want to see more…

  • Tommy

    Good stuff. I know the point of having this on youtube, but I hd quality vimeo version would be rad for watching full screen.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s available in 1080p and full screen right there on YouTube.

      • Tommy

        I know I know, and thats how I watched it, but for whatever reason stuff just loads cleaner on vimeo, but like I said I get why its gotta be youtube. Keep up the good work, maybe I come out and play and get on one of these.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Come race flat track on Saturday on the Versys.

          • Tommy

            I might. Was gonna head out on the bike for the weekend, but its calling for rain friday and saturday, so I might hold off.

            Theres a moped race going on June 2nd I may be racing at. You guys should come out.

    • PenguinScotty

      I personally like Vimeo better as well, but since the Drive channel is a YouTube channel, there isn’t much they can do.

    • Ax

      Vimeo often doesn’t allow vids to be downloaded, preventing you from watching them later when you’re not connected.

  • Jeff Berry

    Great stuff, guys!!! Glad to hear you dug the 990, Grant. You inspired me to take mine out tonight!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Awesome. If you haven’t tried the Rally Raids on your 990, grab a set. They’re amazing and they last wayyyyy longer than the TKC 80s.

      • Jeff Berry

        How are they on the road compared to the stock Scorpions?

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

          Night and day. If you spend the majority of your time on the road, stick with the Scorpions, they’re pretty much perfect for the 990. The Rally Raids are DOT knobby tires that’ll get you to the dirt, but expect plenty of speed wobbles on the way there.

  • PenguinScotty

    Guys, this is really great. Exactly what i would want to see. Real world stuff. And considering this is your guys’ very first episode of a new show, something you’ve never done before, i’m seriously speechless.

    I’m glad that you chose the Super Tenere and 990 Adv for this test. In my opinion, two of the best big Adventure bikes out there.

    Having recently moved to LA, i went on a Angeles Crest ride last weekend. Loved it. I didn’t know you were allowed to camp there, ride the fire roads and such. Definitely going back with the 450 and having some fun on knobbies now!

    You guys have a great thing going, something that, i’m very confident about, will only get better.

    Thanks for this, and keep up the great work.

    Btw., if you ever need some help filming, carrying, riding, i’m right here! ;)

  • Hap

    2nd all the comments about how awesome this is!!!! Padre is a die hard BWM GS1200 guy and he’ll get a kick out of this!!!!

    Also, Sean looks like he needs to practice his cane kung fu moves a little more…

    • Sean Smith

      Hopefully I won’t be using the cane long enough to get good at it ;)

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    Really, really good stuff. Definitely looking forward to future episodes.

    • slowtire

      +1. Excellent!

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    I like the captions for the tents popping up just as I wanted to know more about them…looking forward to more episodes!

  • MG

    Absolutely awesome show about everything motorcycles by real world motorcyclists. Well done Grant and Wes, can’t wait for the next show.

    Hope RideApart shows up soon as a featured playlist on DRIVE.

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      It already does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

    Bravo, gentlemen. Hats off to you and your bear flare.

    • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D [EX500]

      In a pinch, a zippo and a can of bug spray can be an effective ABD (Anti-Bear Device).

      Sweet video, Grant is a DAMN fast rider!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Ben, the bear flare was actually something my mother taught me. Yeah, they grow ‘em like that in Oklahoma…

      • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

        Don’t worry about it, Grant. Back in Wisconsin, Mom taught us to assault bees with crowbars, even if they landed on the family car’s windshield. A mother’s protective instinct is something to behold.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

          Worried? I thought it was pretty rad. She’s also not afraid to fix the plumbing, rewire an outlet, swap a tire or clear the pasture out back with the brush hog. She just prefers to let the boys do those kinds of chores these days.

          • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

            Sadly, I was less thrilled with my own mom’s display.

            I’m a teensy bit envious of anyone that comes from a DIY-capable home. It’s never too late to learn, but damn if it’s not occasionally embarrassing picking up skills others have had their entire lives. Then, I remember how incredible I am and call it even.

  • Frosty_spl

    Good work! You guys are nerdy like me, I’m an even bigger fan now, haha!

  • mike

    Good work guys.
    Video features of the the excursions (the Sierras trip, Death Valley etc.) would be killer for us folks who are stuck in the office most of the year like fools. You guys go ride, camp and carry on. I’ll watch. I second the motion to remove the bleeping. Looking forward to more.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Thanks! And to clear the air, Youtube asks for the bleeping and they’re paying the bills for this.

      • Tony T.

        Do they pay for Tuned as well? Have yet to hear anything bleeped from Farrah’s big mouth :)

  • DoctorNine

    Nice comparison.
    What about the BMW?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Nice bike, overdue for replacement (2013) in light of recent competition.

  • Coreyvwc

    Very cool, but rather strange attaching a voice and mannerisms to the words I’ve been reading for a couple years now…

    • JVictor75


      I dunno why but Wes, your voice sounds odd to me. I can’t picture you saying the stuff that you’ve written on here out loud and it sounding right.

      That isn’t a dig by the way, just a personal observation.

      In any case, it was a fun video and I look forward to seeing more.

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Great works guys, the overall video was very good and didn’t felt lenghty (wich is not something easy for a 10min+ video on youtube). Loved the quick opinons on the gear and bikes, not to formal or spec sheet (too exhaustive) like.

    I don’t watch all the Drive videos, but i’ll watch these.

  • rvfrules

    Good vid but the bleeping out of swears is annoying and unnecessary, this isn’t network tv…

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

      See above from Grant – “And to clear the air, Youtube asks for the bleeping and they’re paying the bills for this.”

      • rvfrules

        In that case replace shit and fuck and other uncouth utterances with darn, golly and dagnabbit :0

  • Michael

    Guys, this is great. Grant, who makes the chest protector? I’d like to get one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

      That might be a cool idea – an episode companion article here on HFL with links to all of the featured gear.

  • Bronson

    Nice job guys. Subscribed and waiting for the next one.

  • Core

    Liked the opening music.

    “Don’t do a burn out in front of me, gets pebbles in my eyes” I laughed for some reason.

    Also liked that ‘office line’ as well. Slick.

    NO ITS THE CATHETER STORY!? *CRINGE* It’s so much worse hearing the guy tell his tale.

    • Mike

      Did that guy have to get up & run to the loo after hearing the story? *snicker*

  • BigRooster

    Congrats HFL! Great show.

    Try to get on the Adam Carolla Show to promote this awesomeness. You guys share successful anti-establishment media businesses and a love for things with wheels so no doubt it would be an interesting interview.

    Keep up the good work.

    • ike6116

      You could set him up for another 40 minute rant against Harley Pirates.

      • Frosty_spl

        Adam Corolla + HFL = Swoon

        • BigRooster

          Get it on!

  • William

    Just about the best blend of riding, talking, gear that I’ve seen in a motorsports program. Very well done.

    Since I’m also a video production techie – what did you guys shoot with? Edit with? Create graphics with? Nice music bed throughout. Not speed metal, not rap, just good music by, who?

    I’m guessing DRIVE provides all the production services and whatnot?

    Again, this is good stuff, especially for a new venture.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      The guys who did editing, production, music are all listed in the credits. I’m not sure if they’re using FCP or Adobe for editing/effects, and the cameras were Panasonic and the 5D.

  • debra

    wonderful show, Wes and Grant and all concerned!! congrats to you! looking forward to future shows..

  • phil_schneider

    Great show. Terrific production values. Loved seeing you both and the interpersonal back and forth. Bring us more.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Thanks guys, glad it’s watchable for non-bike folks.

  • JT Nesbitt

    Wes and Grant pitching tents together. Man you two are so cute! I just kain’t quit you…Seriously, Let’s go kill some shit. — JT

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      My longbow will be finished by August. We crashing at your parent’s bunkhouse and hooning the quads?

      • JT Nesbitt

        Not exactly….Talk to Wes. Oink Oink — JT

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          We’re in. I still want to make my own spear.

  • wwalkersd

    Very well done. I felt like I was going on a ride with a couple of buddies.

    I love that you (they?) didn’t edit out the zero-speed drop of the KTM. BTDT.

    Wes, I’m scared off-road, too, and that was BEFORE I broke my collarbone.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Actually, that was Wes dropping the Super Tenere.

      • wwalkersd

        My bad. But hey, you see one Adventure bike from behind, you’ve seen em all, right? :)

      • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

        That was my FAVORITE part. The only way I could have laughed harder was if they had the cameras pointed at your faces.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Cool to see you guys in motion after so much written word. The gear review was, for me, more useful than the moto review. I hadn’t heard of the astars gear that Grant was wearing. I’m not an enduro rider though.

    Was there a moto review besides Grant’s endorsement of the 990? Wes liked the TC on the Yamaha, but what else did he like? Maybe the text of your review is meant to be the actual review, and the video was a supplement in that regard. I can understand the need to keep it brief and not overly technical if you’re aiming at a wide audience. In reading some other comments on this page the viewership liked the quick thoughts. Can’t please everybody.

    Was that a kriega strap on the KTM forks that got tweaked around and nuked the front fender when you installed knobbies? If not, what happened?

    You guys have an easy interaction that will become more relaxed as you spend more time in front of the camera. Looking forward to it.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We don’t want to be doing straight reviews, they’re shit boring. I hate that ALL non-HFL motorcycle content is 100 percent review based. Motorcycles are exciting. Numbers are not.

      • BigRooster

        Exactly, this is why Top Gear UK is great and AutoWeek blows.

  • Devin

    It’s snowing as I watch this. Fuck.

  • The Blue Rider

    Great stuff, and nice to put faces and voices with the names.

    And there’s the catheter story at the end!!! Nice…

  • DavidMG

    Wes, you don’t sound at all like I thought you would. That was a great video, very funny. Love the “squid” caption on Sean.

    I also said out loud: “Oh no, not the catheter story.” I want to punch that nurse in the middle of the face.

  • Eduard

    more, more, MORE!

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    Nicely done! Looking forward to the next one!

  • Dylan

    Just watched it for the third time. Amazing again. I’m not even that interested in dual-sport/offroad bikes, its just so nice to have a show that I can watch that is fun and informative on bikes. Can’t wait for the next episode guys keep up the great work.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    well done! ive stopped watching any of the drive shows i think its all (ALL) terrible and basically torture, but this was thoroughly enjoyable. cant wait for the next episode!
    weird hearing you guys speak and not just be text and pics and stuff, haha

  • Cro

    It’s all been said already but damn, that’s good! Was exactly how I’d sound and act if I was out with my brother or friend. The gear reviews were just right, for me anyway.

    And I’ll be honest: I had previously considered Wes to be a bit of an arrogant douche, but this put him in a completely different light – I was wrong.

    Keep up the great work.

  • James

    It was fun and I dug the lo-fi approach to the edit, but maybe a little narrative would have helped the flow. I always dug the writing here because of the angle you guys gave to what could be pretty standard content on other sites. Bring on the next twenty five.


  • Tony M.

    I finally got time to watch this and now I can’t wait for the rest of the episodes. This is totally awesome. Very nice work guys.

  • Wolfgang Romero

    Hey guys awesome show And I’m also enjoying the magazine a lot. When is the next episode out?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler