In this episode, Chrisâ€™s mic pops. A lot. Then we talk about the rave reviews of the Triumph Tiger 800 family, and James tells Chris how wrong he is about the apparent and rumored new Trophy. Chris fights back with more mic pops to no avail; he ends up on the ropes. Fortunately, the guys are distracted by a voice mail and some email feedback, and the whole mess is rescued when Swingset drops by to talk about his new Dual Sport Podcast and why you should never hang around a certain type of person or two, and why you shouldnâ€™t ride your dual sport motorcycle to a childrenâ€™s playground. Or something like that.
Also, please note, this is the last new episode of The Pace Motorcycle Podcast for 2010. Weâ€™ll be back after a break for the holidays in early January with fresh content, new interviews and a whole new list of things to talk about... Maybe Honda will release a new bike to talk about, eh?
Happy Holidays, ride safe and take care everyone. And thank you for a great year of interaction with The Pace. You guys rock!
Ok, busy week. I'm gonna break this down quickly. We rant, speculate wildly, make fun of of that guy from Full House and then we rant some more. We've also included the rest of our chat with Prubert and we have a top 10 list from Doug at the Tilted Horizons blog.
Ep 55 for Dec 5th, 2010
With a visit and a little help from Prubert Claus, James & I bring you some selections from our Holiday Gift List. We highlight some things that we have and can recommend, as well as make some suggestions that we... er... your loved ones would like to see under the tree. With our... uh... the listenersâ€™ best interests in mind, we try to offer some suggestions that span the range of usefulness and silly, and at all the typical price points. Just for the record, Iâ€™m going to need tires by spring and Iâ€™m thinking a nice set of Pilot Road 2s in your standard 120/180 pairing would be great. Ya know... as an example.
We also bring you some suggestions from the listeners by way of email and voice mail, and Prubert weighs in with some great additional ideas.
Chris and I are taking the week off to spend with friends and family but we want to take this opportunity to wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
We'll talk to you next week if we've recovered from the turkey coma by then.
Well, let's see... I got a ticket, H-D turned down $25 million and launched a new version of the venerable Fat Boy. I got a ticket while rumors and spy pics surfaced of yet another new Triumph. Oregon considers legalized lane sharing, the NTSB wants EVERYONE to wear a helmet and I got a ticket.
What happens when youâ€™ve got 6 people in a mini van, a rider behind them and 10 miles of road on which to drive and ponder? Well, obviously, you discuss how best to take the rider out using a paintball gun. Poor James.
If youâ€™re reading our show â€˜blog, youâ€™ve no doubt seen some of Denise Dickensonâ€™s ride reports. This week we invite Denise on the show to discuss her impressions after riding the VFR1200, and Deniseâ€™s history in riding in general. 180,000 miles on her FZ1. Let that sink in.
After our discussions, we run through a few news items, including a big tire comparison article in Motorcycle USA, a Ninja 1000 review including pricing and some technical information, and the Tiger 800 gets priced (in Europe). If the pricing goes as expected, this will be a VERY competitively-priced product.
Aerostich say Thank You to the vets with a 10% discount for active service members, and our â€œGenius or Madnessâ€ pick of the week falls a little on the â€œhuh...?â€ side of things; The StreetRyder passenger grab handle. Just click and see.
Inforoonies and linkydinks.
Aerostich offering 10% discount to active service riders.
As an expression of thanks to riders who serve our country, Aerostich/RiderWearHouse is pleased to announce a 10% Active Military Service Discount now available on all Aerostich branded RiderWearHouse catalog items, including Roadcrafter and Darien riding apparel.
This week, the show ran long and was rife with technical difficulties. Please try be patient with the audio quality.
Despite those issues with varying internet connections, Skype and audio equipment we interview electric drive experts Eva Hakansson and Bill Dube. Eva & Bill are the designers, builders and owners of ElectroCat, KillaJoule and KillaCycle. ElectroCat is the only fully electric bike to finish the Pikeâ€™s Peak climb. Bill & Eva give us insights on some of the newer battery technologies, charging and discharge rates and costs to operate the various types of e-drive vehicles. They also talk a bit about their plans for the future with their current bikes, and new and updated machines, including taking a run at several Bonneville records in the coming season. And they do all this while reconnecting dropped Skype calls. Thatâ€™s talent and patience.
After talking with Bill and Eva, Chris & James talk about the newly announced CBR250R - Hondaâ€™s entry into either the beginner bike market, or the lightweight sport bike market... or something. Price will have a huge impact on the success or failure of this bike, and on what market segment it seems to fit into best. Bottom line - time will tell.
Scott Bolton weighs in on email to clarify Ben and Erik Bostromâ€™s place in racing in 2010 and 2011.
Remember, weâ€™re looking for more voice mails about your planned trips for Spring of 2011! Tell us what you have planned - 484-748-0042.
Interview with e-bike expert and racer, Eva Hakansson and her partner and husband, Bill Dube.
This episode celebrates one year of The Pace Motorcycle Podcast.
I broke my jacket and got a new one, Scott sent us another clip, the big GS is available in black, black and more black and the FZ8 comes in any color you want as long as it's black. Yamaha says you gotta put up or shut up if you want a Super Tenere in the States and Honda might bless us with a new adventurer tourer based on a smaller version of the VFR1200's mill. Oh yeah... NEW CONTEST!
Now that winter is closing in we want to know what kind of plans you're making for spring. We know you're thinking about it so 'fess up. Call our voice mail line at 484-748-0042 and leave us a message. Please note that this is not a toll free number. You can record and MP3 and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org if that works better for you.
Ok, this is the last week we rag on the VFR. Really. I mean... weâ€™ll try. But seriously, the VFR is rumored to be getting a big trailie sibling. Thatâ€™ll be interesting to see. Right?
We talk about how the EPA nerfs bench racing the ZX-10R, but the good news is no one will notice. I mean... whoâ€™s gonna wind that thing up that high, right?
Triumph continues to be Triumph, and this time theyâ€™re doing it with a cruiser - giving away thousands of dollars worth of touring upgrades to the Bonne America. Speaking of Triumph, James talks about his test ride on the Sprint GT and by the sounds of it, one is headed for his garage soon
Suzuki gets tricky with pricing on the GZ250, their entry level cruiser-esque bike. Looks like theyâ€™re blowing out old stock.
Did we mention Triumph? â€˜cause we get to see pictures of the upcoming 800 twin in its dirty clothes. Look out F800... The Tigerâ€™s got its eye on your lunch!
Guzzi updates the Norge/GT with suspenders and an engine update. Is this the first of the â€œfull line revampâ€ we talked about a few weeks ago? Or is this maybe Guzzi parts-binning some updates on it before a big change...? Stay tuned. Great things could be headed our way from Carloâ€™s legacy.
Weâ€™ll depress you with crappy sales numbers, then lighten the mood with helmets, pictures and contests. Weâ€™re like your cranky bipolar uncle, like that.
Colleen gets the nod for the tool kit contest, with Sara getting a runner up mention. Rock on Sara! Craig... loved your kit, but hey... Barbie box. â€˜nuff said.
Stay tuned for more contest news, product reviews and more news about the upcoming video offerings. Big things in store!
Seasonal RF1100 Â update
Itâ€™s Official. ZX-10R gets HP decrease for the US market