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Offseason Nonsense on the Pro Taper Kickstart Podcast



Presented by Pro Taper

What a peaceful weekend! With no professional racing on our calendars last weekend, the SML staff got to enjoy time with friends and family. That said, we bounced around between a bunch of different subjects on today’s Kickstart Podcast; from where is Roczen going, to Friese-gate, to big dudes almost killing others at LACR last weekend! Enjoy!

Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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  1. joe lepore October 31, 2022

    I would like the new bars and give them to my grandmother so she can whip someones butt when they try to make a move on her at the nursing home

    1. joe lepore November 2, 2022

      …….you know im just funning…..my grandmother likes sex

  2. Ryan Voortman October 31, 2022

    These bars would be the only thing straight in my life… no homo! Thanks for the great podcast as usual!

  3. Nick Watson November 1, 2022

    I would love to try some pro taper bars just because I’ve never tried pro taper. ( Renthal guy )

  4. Chef seany November 1, 2022

    Man love the show deleted my social media so you guys are clutch on the news and somebody get ARay some damn zertyc..ps if you ever need so more black friends hit me up I gotcha

  5. Justin November 1, 2022

    Aray is going to be full happy baby on the Eiffel Tower
    # EiffelTowerclub

  6. Matt Duhame November 1, 2022

    Which topic goes on longer? Swaps 3 wheeler rants or A Ray on how good the Suzuki is?

  7. Logan Gocza November 1, 2022

    I love the running joke about Don taking himself out on his MTB. I too keep it rubber side up on the MTB far too often! Pro Taper should make MTB bars, that would be so sick.

    1. Logan Gocza November 1, 2022

      They do make bars… fail whale.

  8. Jim Krause November 1, 2022

    Of course Donn has bent a set of the ACF’s. Great podcast and content.

  9. Ryan Rosner November 1, 2022

    New drinking game take a drink everytime Aray mentions RDX 2.2 boots or Anton’s phone cuts out started it on last weeks episode and got alcohol poisoning

  10. Tyler Higgins November 1, 2022

    Since the ACF bars are so reliable, should the be saved for A Rays 2023 supercross season when he gets sketchy? As always enjoy the weekly SML content !

  11. Danny Ogden November 1, 2022

    Truck driver Taylor is going to kill it at day in the dirt

  12. Marcus November 1, 2022

    Yo if i win the bars can I trade them for a clutch for a-rays 2023 sx bike. All this puss gonna have him smoking that thing

  13. David rosner November 2, 2022

    Guys, don’t go handing out too many sets of bars, between Aray and Don getting sketchy, I’m estimating you’ll need 6 or 9 pairs a week to get through SX alone. PS when is the swap moto merch drop

  14. Rod Wells November 2, 2022

    Nice to know that A-Rays shirt can also be use as a snot rag (minute 32:41 of the podcast). I think a tissue box on the table is much needed!!

  15. Nick Oxley November 3, 2022

    Listen every week keep it up! we need anton to go back to donns style of Kickstart gallery!

  16. Tim Bongard November 4, 2022

    I need some ACF bars to replace the 15 year old pro tapers on my 05 KX!

  17. Andrew Hays November 5, 2022

    ARay’s kinky little sniffles into the mic got me all hot and bothered on this weeks Kickstart Podcast…sponsored by ProTaper 😏 Imagine a podcast episode with ARay’s sniffles mixed with Anton’s choo choo train phone struggles 🙏🏻 Omg excuse me while I use the bathroom real quick 💦

  18. Gregory Pollnow November 5, 2022

    Hey everyone at SML! Just wanted to drop in and say that I really appreciate and value what you guys do for our amazing sport. Everything from bike tests, donating helmets and just the all around banter. I really hope to cross paths with you guys in the future to Thank You in person and shake your hands. I have been riding MX since I was around 5 or 6 but got my start on 3 wheelers, yo Donn I see you ✌🏻. It was a 1985-ish yellow Yamaha Tri-Zinger. I recently got my wife on a bike this past summer and would love to gift the ACF bars to her if I were to win them. She rides a KLX230R that comes stock with the shitty steel bars so, obviously, that needs changed haha! Anyway, love what you guys do for us and always look forward to your content! Cheers guys!