Blog, Podcasts

HFM019 : Ben Giese | Founder of Meta Magazine

I met Ben while attending Motos In Moab last May, I had been eyeing up his XS650 when we finally struck up a conversation. We were chatting about that bike when he brought up the fact that he “worked” at Meta Magazine and handed me a couple copies of which I of course immediately consumed hanging around at the camp site. Meta is one of those magazines that you can sit and page through a million times and not get sick of it, the stories are great, the pictures are beautiful and its printed on nice heavy paper. Meta is a moto magazine that should be on every two wheel addict’s coffee table.

2015-05-12 Meta Huskvarna-1515


It wasn’t until after the trip that I found out Ben was one of the founders of this kick ass magazine company. Being infatuated with entrepreneurs and motorcycles I knew I had to have him on the podcast and let me tell you Ben did not disappoint. We chat about everything from his upbringing with motos all the way up to the starting of the great Meta Magazine itself. Sit back, relax and get inspired because this one will get your wheels turning!

META: Mind Wide Open from META on Vimeo.

Show Notes:

Meta Magazine

Meta Mag Instagram

Ben Giese’s Instagram


Blog, Podcasts

HFM018 : Juan Coles |Motos In Moab | Salty Bike Revival |Distinguished Gentleman Ride Utah


Photo Credit : Tyson Call (@clancycoop)

If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know I went out to the event Motos In Moab this past May, what  you might not know though is who put it together and the stories of all the crazy adventures that took place inside that great Memorial Day Weekend so here with me in this episode is one of the co-founders of Motos in Moab Juan Coles. He fills us in how the event came to be, what actually happened at Motos in Moab and tells us his plans for future events, one of those being the Salty Bike Revival in Salt Lake City, Utah August 22nd 2015.

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Juan Coles | Photo Credit : Tyson Call (@clancycoop)

So shut off the TV, pop in the headphones and take a listen to what Juan has to say, you will not regret it!



Show notes:

Juan Coles Instagram

Motos in Moab Instagram

Salty Bike Revival

Salt City Builds


HFM017 : John Christenson | Oil And Ink Expo | Photographer


John Christenson in the Oil & Ink studio

I started this podcast with the hopes of bringing people together to tell the stories of how motorcycles effect their lives and I would never had thought that I would make so many friends during the process. John is one of those friends now, we connected via the amazing world of Instagram and from then on we had talks of getting together to do this interview. It took last years Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Texas for us two Minnesotans to finally meet, after a beer or two and some great conversation I knew I needed to have him on the show, so last week we chatted it up over the phone and he filled me in on how the Oil and Ink Expo came to fruition.


Oil & Ink Studio


I’m experimenting a bit with shorter shows, so let me know what you think? I have been trying to keep them closer to the hour mark to make it easier on the guests as most of them have quite busy schedules. Enzo, my slightly needy border collie also decided to have a few words in this episode so there’s that, if its not construction work, family members popping over or my dog having a fit it just wouldn’t be an authentic HFMpodcast.

Below is the schedule for the 2015 tour of the Oil & Ink Expo get to at least one of them you will not be disappointed.


Oil & Ink Expo Locations and Dates


Show Notes:

Oil & Ink Expo Website

Oil & Ink Expo Tumblr

Oil & Ink Instagram

Oil & Ink Facebook Page





HFM016 : Scott Johnson | Fuel Cafe | Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

Its been awhile I know, but I promise the wait will have been well worth it! Last year was a little busier than I had hoped it to be but it was a great year filled with cool people and lots of lessons in life and business. That being said I am really happy to bring the podcast back with Episode 16 with guest Scott Johnson.

Scott Johnson at last years show | Source : Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson at last years show | Source : Scott Johnson

I first met Scott Johnson at the Mama Tried Motorcycle show last February and right away I could tell this guy had a passion for motorcycles and life in general! I followed him on Instagram and started learning a bit about him and thought what better person to bring on for the first episode after my year break. I could have chatted with him for hours and hope to do that sometime on another episode of the podcast but with the second Mama Tried show coming up this weekend I just wanted to get this out there to all of you and let him get back to setting up another epic motorcycle show! So sit back, enjoy and thanks for waiting patiently for the come back of the Hold Fast Motors Podcast.

Photo I took from last years Mama Tried Show

Photo I took from last years Mama Tried Show


Source : Mama Tried Show Instagram



Show Notes:

Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

Mama Tried Instagram

Fuel Cafe

Build Moto Mentor Program

Scott Johnson’s Instagram

Rockerbox Motofest


Build Art Bike Show – March 22nd 2014

The Build Art Bike Show will be held in the historic First National Bank building in downtown Austin. There will be bikes, artwork, beer/wine, raffles, and more! Come look at some of the coolest bikes from the Midwest in one of the coolest buildings in Southern Minnesota. All proceeds will help fund the new Austin Artworks Center.
For questions please email


The Old Bank Building
301 North Main Street
Austin,MN 55912

Date: March 22nd 2014



HFM015 : Brandon Cretu | American Road Racer | Isle Of Man Competitor | Macau GP Competitor

Thank you all for waiting so patiently for me to get back in gear for the New Year of 2014. My first guest of the year is Brandon Cretu the youngest American to ever race the IoMTT, I was so thrilled to get a chance to talk with him, to have him tell us his story of over coming a broken neck from a car accident and getting a chance to race in two of the most renowned racing events in the world!



I know it is most everyone who enjoys motorcycles dream to make it to the Isle of Man for the TT races, but Brandon takes it to another level his dream was to race it and that is exactly what he did. Listen up and maybe take some tips on how you can get your chance at racing along side legends on the worlds most exciting race tracks.


“Breaking 120” Video of Brandon Cretu

American Road Racer-Breaking 120 from Hopper on Vimeo.


Show Notes:

Brandon Cretu Racing Website

Brandon Cretu Twitter

Brandon Cretu Facebook

 Isle Of Man TT Website

Macau GP Website






HFM014 : Cam Elkins | Stories of Bike | Videographer

I had the pleasure of chatting with Cam Elkins the founder and operator of the amazing video series Stories of Bike. The videos are stories of motorcycles and the people who ride them simple as that, but the videos are far from simple. Cam brings out the emotions behind the motorcycle and the reasons people ride them.


Cam resides in beautiful Australia, so we had to do some finagling to get the time zones to work out but we made it happen and what a great conversation it was! He tells me the story of how Stories of Bike came to be, why he does it and where he plans to take it.



Cam shoots these videos on a minimal set up, but you would never be able to tell, because they look as if they came out of a Hollywood studio. He also has his brother create matching musical scores to each video, which just adds a whole different level of awesome to these motorcycle films. I’m done moving my fingers, go have a listen to Episode 14 of the Hold Fast Motors podcast and learn a little about how to use your passion to create something amazing!

This is my favorite episode so far really a touching story and the bike is absolutely stunning as well!

Show Notes:

Stories Of Bike Website

Stories of Bike Facebook

Stories of Bike YouTube Channel

Stories of Bike Twitter

Stories of Bike Instagram


HFM013 : Lanakila MacNaughton | The Womens Motorcycle Exhibit | Photographer

Its not often you see a collection of photos of women who acutally ride, unless you are at one of Lanakila MacNaughton’s exhibits. The Womens Motorcycle Exhibit is her way of presenting all the wonderful women who ride various styles of motorcycles to the world. Its hard to put into words how great her work is, so I figured I would let her tell you!

Photo Credit : Tony La Roch

Lanakila MacNaughton
Photo Credit : Tony La Roch



One of Lana's photos  Photo Credit: Lanakila MacNaughton

One of Lana’s photos
Photo Credit: Lanakila MacNaughton


One of Lana’s photos
Photo Credit: Lanakila MacNaughton



Show Notes:

The Women’s Motorcycle Exhibit

Lana’s Instagram

The Womens Motorcycle Exhibit Facebook Page



HFM012 : ICON | Joe Gustafson | ICON1000 | Containment Conflicts Film

Happy Belated Halloween everyone!

I’ve always wanted to get the guys from ICON on after seeing the amazing bikes they built for the ICON 1000 series and of course the fantastic riding gear they produce, so getting to talk to Joe Gustafson their marketing and communications specialist was a great opportunity! The best part was that we got to chat the same day they released their new film Containment Conflicts! We get a taste of what it was like filming the new Zombie / Moto flick, and some perspective on why they made it. Joe and I also chat it up about why we ride what we ride and how ICON stands out among riding gear. This was such a great interview I can tell just from talking to Joe that ICON has got a great crew working for them and that they will keep producing ground breaking products in the motorcycle industry.




Show Notes:

ICON’s Homepage

ICON 1000’s Homepage

ICON’s Twitter

ICON’s Facebook

ICON 1000 Facebook

Containment Conflicts Film


Hold Fast Motors Update!

Fist off I want to apologize for slacking on the updates on this end of the site, I will be keeping a more up to date log of things going on in the garage and on the podcast here. Secondly I will be doing a new site design in the next few weeks so expect to see some changes, nothing major just a little more streamlining. I try to keep the Hold Fast Motors Tumblr blog up to date and connected with this one but I’ve noticed that its not easy to get to from here so I will try to better integrate the tumblr site  into this one so its a little less confusing which site to check for updates.

I have also been playing with the idea of finally setting up a Hold Fast Motors twitter account and Instagram account instead of using my  personal accounts for that. Right now you can follow most of the updates on my twitter ( eh_hull ) as well as instagram ( eh_hull ).

The final update is that the “black and tan” was featured on the Bike Shed this week and I really want to thank the guys there for putting it out there along side all the wonderful builders its very humbling to be included with them, so THANK YOU! I also want to thank all of my followers on instagram, twitter, tumblr, and facebook for the support and words of encouragement, you all rock! That being said I will also be adding a section to the site that will feature the bikes I am working on and the any other side line projects going on that are associated with Hold Fast Motors.

Thats all for now folks and I will talk to you soon!