We recently headed on down to Portland, Oregon for The One Moto Show. It had been a long, long drive in, down the I5 the day and night before and I was desperately trying to get some sort of, "Why no, I don't want to kill you just because you spoke to me before noon" mask on. So there I was, practising my very best whack-fuckery way too early in the morning, on the hotel lobby coffee-bot.
Didn't matter. The lady's name turned out to be Liza Miller. She was the founder, back in 2009, of Re-Cycle Garage in Santa Cruz. We started shooting the shit, like riders and wrenchers do, and it turned out that we even had a couple of the same old hunks of metal in our stables. Namely some Kawasaki KZ440's and Honda '72 CB750's. Nothing better than talking to someone that knows your joys and agonies with the same machines.
At some point during our blab-fest, her partners in crime rolled up, a hilarious duo by the names of Bex and Naked Jim. Liza asked if I'd mind doing an interview with their Motorcycles & Misfits podcast later that day, a show dedicated to the passion for motorcycles and motorcycle culture.
Some of you may have seen this heartwarming band of lunatics featured on the first ever episode of Ride with Norman Reedus. Yes THAT Norman Reedus. Crossbow carrying, zombie apocalypse motorcycle riding antihero of The Walking Dead and Boondock Saints fame. Liza and the gang killed it in the final segment of the episode, sitting down with "Daryl Dixon" himself for his shot at Misfit immortality, and even taking a quick boot up the Pacific Coast Highway together.
(Hey, I just realized that Norman Reedus and I have both given interviews for the same show. Holy frog crap, I'm one degree removed from the Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead, that's some kickass geek-cred right there boy-o!)
By the end of it all I had gotten to learn a bit about their rad co-op too. Re-Cycle Garage is a DIY motorcycle repair and restoration cooperative in Santa Cruz, Ca. A one day a week free co op space where anyone can come and use the tools and get advice and help, in addition to a free gear room, where they pass on donated gear to those that need it.
Seems that many moons ago Liza started hanging out with some motorcycley type friends, riding, wrenching and bullshitting. Turns out that a good time is contagious and they kept on attracting new folk to the fold.
They've long since grown into a large, rowdy, close-knit family of rogues, as just a few minutes of checking out their Youtube channel makes clear, (Go ahead, watch some vids, I'll wait) and after a while they realized that they had something pretty special and it was time to share it with the world. And so the Motorcycles & Misfits podcast was born.
Between the Motorcycles & Misfits podcast, offering some cool swag in a Zazzle store and operating a Patreon account, these particular misfits are doing everything they can to get the word out and keep their co-op keepin' on.
Their firm belief in inclusivity, ("Hey, if they can ride, we'll let 'em in." Liza declares during their Ride With Norman Reedus segment) has helped these happy hooligans grow quite the following.
Whether you're listening to the Motorcycles & Misfits podcast, watching their Youtube channel videos, checking out the pics on their Facebook page, or lucky enough to hang with the gang in person, one thing is always front and centre. These fuckers have fun, Goddamnit!
Our Interview begins at 1:09:25 of this podcast episode