Merry Christmas!!! Today the guys put down the egg nog (mixed with bourbon, right?) and talk turkey... er... bikes and stuff. Itâ€™s their gift to you. Yule love it. Stay present for the whole show. Not to put too fine a poinsettia on things, but the guys wrap up the news, and shepherd the information, while you pine away, waiting to greet the riding season. Jolly & Merry and stuff...
Goodness, thatâ€™s just awful.
Anyway, after the news, the guys are dashing into feedback, blitzen their way to the end, then turn off the recorders and enjoy a silent night.
Ugh... horrible. Just terrible.
The AMA weighs in on the NTSB cell phone ban proposal
Kevin Carver - Looking for opinions on the Rocket 3
Christian Aasland - beer tours!
Brewery information from Christian...
Of course, you can make your destinations breweries. For example, Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, California is one of them, with a Travelodge nearby you'll be able to sample some of the most incredible Belgian's in the world. Having been to Belgium a few times, that's saying a lot. Plus you're in northern California .. the best place in the world to ride a motorcycle.
Another great place in northern Cali is the Eel River brewing company in Fortuna. There are hotels and a campground walking distance. But the best part is that this is where you can launch to some of the best roads in the country - 36, 96, 299, etc or down the coast on 101 to the Avenue of Giants, then to Hwy 1 and Ft. Bragg. There are some incredible roads in this area. We tend to stay in Fortuna a couple nights in a row so we can ditch the luggage and ride loops unencumbered.
Montreal has Dieu De Ciel, and I seem to recall they offer lodging too. But this is all about the beer, and these guys have made some of the best quadrupel I've tasted.
Deschutes Brewing Co. in Bend, Oregon is a great stop before or after crossing the desert. Stay at the Old St Francis School too, which is walking distance from the brewpub, and they brew their own as well.
New Glarus, in New Glarus, Wisconsin is near some excellent roads in a swiss village knockoff (note that the Glarner Stube is where you sample the beer and eat german food). Or the Great Dane Brewing Co. in Madison, Wisconsin.
It seems we didn't scare Joanne off the first time. That's right, she came back and we're glad that she did. This week it's all about EICMA, Leo Vince, Spidi, Italy and Cycle World.
Photos courtesy of Joanne Donn
Spidi's air bag collar
This is the pic that Joanne sent us during the show
This week we interview Joanne from The Gear Chic website and blog. Joanne is your personal shopper, reviewer and gear expert. She works at a dealership, she rides - a lot - and is also an MSF instructor. When she's not doing those things, she's investigating, reviewing, testing and discussing riding gear. Pay attention, folks... She's got some excellent information and advice.
Stay tuned after the interview for some feedback, and we learn that - like zombies - the C10 just won't die, or go away. Listener Jason Farley wants some information on riding up to Alaska. Oh, and BRAINNNSSSS!!!
Check out Joanne's site atÂ http://gearchic.com/about/
You can also find her on Facebook atÂ http://www.facebook.com/GearChic, Twitter atÂ http://twitter.com/GearChicÂ or on her new Help Line at 415-857-GEAR.
Opening music No Way, by Kunk
This is it folks. We've done our best to save you from another Christmas filled with bad sweaters, socks andÂ handkerchiefs.Â Actually, we do have socks on the list but they're really good socks. Anyway, we've done our part. Now it's up to you to figure out how to get this episode on to the smart phones and iPods that belong to your friends and family.
Chris admits that the Concours C-10 isnâ€™t so horrible. Then the guys talk about some information regarding Ethanol. Guess what...? If engines arenâ€™t optimized for alcohol, theyâ€™re not as efficient, so using Ethanol fuels in conventional engines just ainâ€™t getting it. Golly... imagine that.
After that, the guys talk about some French blood in Polaris, and what it means. Technology? People? More products? Only Polaris know, and theyâ€™re not talking. Well, not to The Pace, any way. But then, we didnâ€™t contact them at all. So yeah...
Oh, look... Bimota releases some new stuff. Ducati on â€˜roids? If itâ€™s just a Duc power plant, should we really even be making so many comparisons to Ducati at all? I donâ€™t know. Do you? I donâ€™t. Do you? â€˜cause I donâ€™t.
BMW gets less ugly with the newly revamped 800R. Nice(r) looking ride. I mean, itâ€™s no Ducati Indiana, but thank goodness, whatever could be, right?
Also, Iâ€™m listening to Sarah Haze while typing this. I discovered her when looking for podsafe music last year some time. Wow, total non-sequitur... just like the story about Ross Technologyâ€™s SuperHydroPhobic compound. What in the heck does that mean, and why does it matter to riders? Well, once you see the demo, itâ€™s way more sequitur than you might think. Or something like that. The stuff just throws water off like... uhm... something really water proof. Itâ€™s pretty amazing. Just watch the video.
Harley is still in business and shakes up the 2012 lineup a little bit. Nothing terribly startling, but there were a few mild surprises. And Yamaha jumps into the video game / anime / action tv series game with the Ryoku concept bike. Ok, none of that is true. Ruoku was a character in Dragonball-Z, or something. Now itâ€™s a Lego/Erector Set looking concept bike. It actually looks crazy-useful.
And we show you a map of Delawareâ€™s only twisty road, Rt. 82, aka Creek Road. Dragon, schmagon. Weâ€™ve got a road that follows a creek. For like 6 miles. Itâ€™s got some turns... ya know, thereâ€™s no way to spin this. â€œItâ€™s an awesome road... for being in Delaware.â€ There. Thatâ€™ll do.
Just enjoy the show. Remember to send us your Holiday Gift Guide ideas - firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, The Pace Podcast discusses Mosha, the elephant with the prosthetic leg, and how Moshaâ€™s life has changed since her unfortunate accident. After Mosha, the guys talk about... wait, no, none of that is true at all. James and Chris do, however, discuss Hong Kongâ€™s adoption of Brammo electric bikes for urban patrol use. The news is rife with V-Strom goodness, both the newly designed 650 and the big-boy legacy 1000.
Speaking of big-boy toys, Triumph releases a new Tiger, and itâ€™s bigger and better than ever. Honda gives us.... (insert drumroll here)... a new Crosstourer based on the concept bike shown at last yearâ€™s international motorcycle shows. Oh, and E-15 is going to end the world. Fortunately, Mosha is ready for the challenge.
This week the guys are talking with listener, friend, and all around great guy - despite the orange scooter - Ryan Hettenbach. Ryan rode along for some of the Pace Podcast Barber Museum trip in September, and recalls some of his impressions riding with a group, as well as riding longer days and longer miles on the scooter.
Ryan also talks about his preparations for next year's Scooter Cannonball Run, running from East to West in 8 days.
After talking with Ryan, the guys try to discern: is it live or Memore... er... Is it a motorcycle or a scooter? We're talking about the Aprilia SRV800; it's got a frame-mounted engine, chain drive, scooter body styling and ergonomics, an auto trans, sport-sized tires. What is it?
Our apologies, but we just couldn't make a show happen this week. Please tune in next week for a whole new show.
In the meantime, enjoy this great ride report video from Jeff Katzer.
Details of the ride report can be found at http://jeffkatzer.wordpress.comhttp://youtu.be/slinuyI7-gU
We open things up with a first hand impression of Delaware's MSF program this week. After that we talk Kawasaki, Kawasaki and more Kawasaki. Then weÂ wrapÂ it all up with nice little email shaped bow. Ready for delivery.