Another contest idea, courtesy of Frank Rainieri

Listener Frank Rainieri came up with a cool contest idea: Create ONE post in this thread. Pick ONE bike from each modern, currently-doing-business manufacturer, that you think best represents the brand, and give us a few sentences on each explaining why. We'll pick a winner at random from those who give us the most qualifying bikes. Prize will be a "help you out on the road" gift pack pulled together from my garage - some new items, some gently used - that will hopefully make your bike travels more enjoyable, perhaps safer, and maybe more complete... in some way. Ready.... set... GO!

And the winner is…

ThePaceFINAL-300x116 We asked riders to write up something that shows how a communications system could, or does, enhance their rides. We got lots of great feedback and have picked a winner. Out of 29 respondents, numbered 1 through 29 in order of their typed submission on the blog post, and using the online random number generator we use very often, the winning number is #5, Quentin Lewis! Congratulations, Quentin! We'll reach out shortly and get your your prize, a used-but-good-condition Scala Rider system, courtesy of listener and friend of the show, Ed Day! Thanks again, Ed! Stay tuned for March's give away. (for the sake of completeness, a list of the respondents is shown below, in the order of submission)
Stephane LaFrance
John Jones
Doug Kneissl
David Marzilli
Quentin Lewis
Jack Starcher
Mark Wingert
Shane
Peter Jowett
Alex Rode
Jeff Ditto
John Poe
Clay
John Prickett
Mike Jones
Nick Isherwood
Charlie Phelan
Paul Jones
ChadMan
Adam Forsberg
Tamas Toth
Dan Irwin
Justin Varner
David
Martyn Harris
Chad Bolling
John Jarocki
Daniel
Jim long

Giveaway time again: Cardo Scala Rider

YAY! Giveaway time again! IMG_20150114_204455328Up for grabs this time is a original Cardo Scala Rider helmet audio communicator and entertainment system. This gently used, fine working item was donated by listener and friend of the show Ed Day. Thanks, Ed! To win this Scala Rider, simply reply to this blog post, and tell us about a time that having a helmet communicator would have made one of your rides better, more enjoyable or safer. Winning entry will be chosen by random selection after all entries are read for content by James & Chris. Contest runs through Jan 31, 2015. Ready... set... GO! IMG_20150114_204505638IMG_20150114_204510597

Aeromoto jacket contest entries and results

Hey all. As announced on Episode 189, Eric Miedema and Celeste Atkinson are our winners. Eric won the jacket and Celeste won a 10% coupon code for MotorcycleGear.com. Congrats to our winners. 52324_1 Here is a list of our entrants and their responses. Just some quick stats:
  • Most represented manufactuer: Tour Master, with Joe Rocket and First Gear coming in tied at second place.
  • Most represented model: Flex 2
  • Textile mesh and waterproof gear are the largest selection, with leather trailing behind.

Contest time again: Aeromoto RoadPro waterproof textile jacket

ThePaceFINAL-300x116 Ok, folks... another contest for you. 1622219_10152661906995586_891714012818753043_nThe prize this time is an Aeromoto Road Pro waterproof textile jacket, size large, in eye-bleeding yellow, and of course a Pace Podcast sticker for your bike, car or toolbox. Please see episode 184 for review. This jacket was worn and reviewed by Chris, in temps from low-60s to upper-80s, both clear, sunny days and cool rainy days (since the review), and has performed admirably. How can you win this? Reply to this post on http://thepacepodcast.com with a link to your current jacket (either a picture of yours, or the MFG's website for the same model), and give us a few words on why you chose it, how well it's lived up to your expectations, and if you would recommend it to others. We'll compile this data and come up with a "Listener's recommendation list", and post it. (extra credit for pictures of older, rattier but beloved jackets!) 10534196_10152661907260586_4518725234066858704_nWinner will be chosen at random from those submitting a response. Contest will run through the month of October, drawing held on the last day of the month. Get your friends involved, help spread the word about the 'cast, and of course, about our contests and show. Please enter anyway if you decide you don't want or need the jacket, and simply state in your reply you're just playing along for fun. Details on the jacket can be found at the Competition Accessories website ( http://www.compacc.com/p/aeromoto-road-pro-jacket ), and please be sure to check the sizing chart for fit. We have one of these, and we're asking that if you enter the contest to win, please be able to use the jacket, or pass it on to someone who can. Thanks!

And the winner is… (tank bag contest)

We had some great feedback and before we announce the name of the winner, I'd like to take a few minutes to do some analysis on the data (links to full spreadsheet below). 1451438_10152572800990586_4318535944745007321_nIn the spreadsheet, under the column for how you use the bike, we listed the primary use as we understood it, or the first listed u10561680_10152572800980586_6375634596334134982_nse of the bike in your text. For the mileage per year, we converted some to miles from Km, so that's why your numbers might not be what you remember. In addition, for some of yo  u who listed multiple bikes in detail, the spreadsheet may show multiple entries for the bikes, but only one entry for your name. Where you gave us a range of miles, or a range of miles across multiple uses, we tried to do a reasonable estimation of the miles-per-use, or in some cases we just divided it evenly. We also selected the higher number of your range, generally, where it seemed to make the most sense. In some cases, where information was light, multiple bikes were listed in the notes rather than on line items. 10561771_10152572800985586_8851380805290577451_nPlease note: the contest is a random drawing of respondents' names, and the data provided has absolutely no bearing on the selection process. You could have ridden a 50cc dirt bike 8 miles this year and still won. We just wanted to see what everyone rides and how they're using it. The winner was selected by a random number drawing made at http://random.org. Of the data provided, where all the elements were provided: Manufacturers: 10 Most represented MFG: BMW & Suzuki Lease represented MFG: Buell, Moto Guzzi, Ural Models: 43 Most represented model: VStrom Total miles reported: >412,000 Average miles per year: >8000 Highest reported yearly mileage: 38000 Lowest reported yearly mileage: 1000 Full spreadsheet can be viewed at this link. And so, without any further ado... The winner of the magnetic tank bag, as chosen by random using the random number generator at http://random.org, is...  Sean Winters. Sean, we will reach out to you to get shipping information. Again, thank you everyone, and I hope this information is as interesting to you as it is to us. Thanks!

Cast your votes!

Cage match is on! ONE VICTOR WILL STAND ALONE. Or some crap like that. We narrowed it down to 7 finalists, and we need help making the final decisions. Please cast your votes in the blog comment section. In no particular order... (photos should be clickable to get the full-sized versions where applicable) Mr. Bohnert's sunlit cruiser bohnert_1 Bryce's VFR, standing out in the crowd: bryce_1 Clay's flat tracker bringing sexy to the party: clay_1 Dan Yowell's R6/HDR: dan_yowell_1 Mr. Gillenwater's Maximus Veus: gillenwater_1 Kevin Kocher's traipsing 'Strominator: kevin_kocher_1 Will Munck's Painted Italian Water Monster: will_munck_1 What say ye...?

Giveaway time… Jake Bible book pack

Ok The Pace Podcast listeners... It's giveaway time again.... This time I've got a four-book prize pack courtesy of sci-fi/horror author Jake Bible of Jake Bible's Wasteland. How do YOU win over $60 worth of books, signed by the author, you ask? Show me an artsy picture of your motorcycle. I'm not talking about walking out to your garage with your cell phone. Show us the bike(s) in a landscape or a cool location, give us some weird lighting or effects, or just plain show us a super-photogenic bike. Win Jake's "apex trilogy" including Dead Mech, The Americans and Metal and Ash, along with his YA novel, Little Dead Man. EMail your pictures to Feedback@thepacepodcast.com (and post them here for others to see, though we'll only take entries from email). We'll run the contest through the month of May. Get out and get some pictures! 11959_718325321558838_476214577999313616_n

Episode 163 – The 2013 holiday buying guide

Episode 163 - The 2013 holiday buying guide November 27, 2013 ThePaceFINAL-300x116
After announcing something so grandiose, I feel like I should pay homage to Stan Lee and yell EXCELSIOR! But I'm not going to do that. Instead, what I'm going to do is say that we had a good time compiling this list of suggestions from the listeners, with special thanks to Rick, Matt Murto and Kelly Mills. Thanks so much, folks! These are all great suggestions, and we hope everyone has a good time with it. In addition to the guide, we want to announce that the raffle winner has been chosen for the Aeromoto Sport Air leather motorcycle jacket. And that winner is... (insert dramatic pause here...) James Enny. James, congratulations. Look for an email from us very soon and we'll get the jacket right out to you. Thank you to all the entrants, and to all the listeners for the ongoing support. We're a very lucky and fortunate couple of pod-gabbers. raffle James and I also want to announce that we've (re)opened The Pace Podcast online forums. The forums will include weekly show postings and feedback, discussion about other bike topics, a market place, and all sorts of chit-chat. Log in and create a forum account today at http://thepacepodcast.com/forums/. And now... links. Links for you, links for me, links to click and links to see!

Digital tire pressure gauge http://roadgear.com/digital-tire-gauge-p-40.html

Reflective wheel tape for safety http://www.tapeworks.com/Rimstripes/RimstripesHome.html

Spork http://www.lightmyfire.com/products/wild-kitchen-collection/spork/spork-original.aspx

Black 1" wide reflective tape for the back of luggage bags http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Marine/Home/Products/Catalog/?PC_Z7_RJH9U5230GE3E02LECIE20S4K7000000_nid=GSVN9HB7GSgs2875VTTP9SglGSS8PJ58BMbl Scala g9 bluetooth headset http://www.cardosystems.com/scala-rider/scala-rider-g9 Foggy Respro http://respro.com/store/product/foggy-mask Hyperlights http://www.hyperlites.com/ Scarfs – silk scarf, tube scarf, Buff http://www.zubwear.com/outdoors.html http://www.buffwear.com/

Helmetlok & cable http://www.helmetlok.com/all-products/1-helmetlok/26-helmetlok-with-cable

Anti-fog paste for glasses, spray for face shields http://www.zooke.com/ Side stand plate for grass or hot pavement ( Add a string so you don't have to bend down to pick it up ) http://kickstandplate.com/

Gift certificate to Revzilla, New Enough, etc. http://www.revzilla.com/product/revzilla-gift-certificate http://www.compacc.com/p/gift-certificates-gift-cards http://www.motorcyclegear.com/browse/gift_certificate

Yellow safety vest from Cycle Gear – only if there’s interest http://www.cyclegear.com/nav/cat3/street_protection_vests/0 Under layers – wicking t-shirts, socks, etc. http://www.ldcomfort.com/ http://www.rei.com/product/844121/rei-tech-t-shirt-mens Rain gear jacket and over pants – something inexpensive from Cycle Gear http://www.revzilla.com/firstgear-rain-gear http://www.revzilla.com/revit-rain-gear http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/Street/Suits/Two-Piece/Textile/brand/NELSON-RIGG/SR-6000-Stormrider-Rainsuit/p/28336_59409_2

Backpack designed for motorcyclist that can carry a helmet http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle-backpacks

Helmet bag – fleece lined to protect the helmet from bumps http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle-luggage#v2-facets%5B%5D=469&page=1&page_size=96&sort=featured&tab=all

Microfiber towels to clean bike, eyeglasses, face shields, windscreens, etc. http://www.autogeek.net/mictow.html

Paper oil funnels to top off oil on the road http://www.cyclenutz.com/Fast-Funnel-Disposable-Paper-Funnel_p_149.html Heated grips – kit or get them installed http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1314/mngr/heated-grips.aspx

RAM mount for GPS or smartphone http://www.rammount.com/products/motorcycles.htm#/

Motorcycle travel books to area of interest http://www.amazon.com

Subscription to a motorcycle magazine http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/ http://www.roadrunner.travel/ http://www.sportrider.com/

Mad Map of your area https://www.madmaps.com/

Copy of Proficient Motorcycling http://www.amazon.com/Proficient-Motorcycling-Ultimate-Guide-Riding/dp/1889540536

First Aid kit to keep on the bike http://www.rei.com/product/800904/rei-day-pack-first-aid-kit

Bungee nets http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/Accessories/Luggage/Other-Luggage/brand/TRACKSIDE/Cargo-Net/p/36521_59409 Bike cover http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/Accessories/Security/Covers/brand/BiLT/Deluxe-Motorcycle-Cover/p/33154_2 http://www.motorcyclegear.com/parts/accessories/covers_/dowco/guardian_weatherall_plus_ez_zip_motorcycle_cover.html Case of oil http://www.amazon.com/Royal-Purple-12130-API-Licensed-Performance/dp/B000BNYMWS Flash 2 Pass garage door opener http://www.amazon.com/Flash2Pass-103102-Complete-Access-Motorcycles/dp/B001AWDMQG Amazon Prime subscription http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DBYBNEE?_encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0 Pocket digital camera http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pocket%20digital%20camera