Happy Vallumtimes Day

Sadly, we’re unable to get a show out this week. The last several weeks have been awful in terms of people being sick, long day-job hours and various commitments. Call it a Winter break, if you must. Yeah, that’s it.

We’re back next week with a full show with news, opinions, feedback and all the goodness. Want a teaser…? HONDA!

So, go hit the card store, get your sweetheart something pretty and enjoy the upcoming weekend by NOT thinking about burly, hairy (except the bald one) podcasters moping around in snow and ice, barely remembering how to even start a motorcycle, much less ride one.

Happy Vallumtimes Day.

What’s Cap riding…?

In the upcoming Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, Cap is seen chasing someone down on a motorcycle. But, what is it? Hmmm. Ducati Monster made love to a Sportster and birthed this thing…?

I’ve been trying to figure out just WHICH Sportster model it was, then I noticed a few tell-tale things on it that point it away from being a Sportie at all. Eh…?

So, what are your guesses? Something one-off for the movie? Something upcoming? Something older that we just don’t recognize?

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Joe Rocket & Power Trip

On this past week’s episode, I discussed the “Big Air” ventilation system on the Dakota II jacket review. Some years and versions of the Joe Rocket Ballistic (and I believe the later-years Meteor?) also included that. Here’s a link to a recent version of the Ballistic jacket that includes this same air management system.

It’s a neat design and I like it quite a bit. There’s no ambiguity on whether the air will it you just right and flow into the vents. The jacket front *IS* the vent, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.

Anyway, just thought I’d take a minute and toss out that note.

Jacket Raffle!

Enter for your chance to win your very own Aeromoto Sport Air Leather Jacket, as reviewed on The Pace recently by Chris (it’s like owning something once worn by Paul McCartney, only slightly awesomer).

One Grand Prize Winner will receive the Aeromoto Sport Air Leather Jacket prize pack (Size Large/44; http://www.compacc.com/p/AeroMoto-Sport-Air-Leather-Jacket), with an additional prize pack for one Runner-Up Winner.

A measly $5 will buy you one ticket, or pay $20 to get five chances to win. The raffle runs October 16 – November 15th, with winners being chosen on Sunday, November 17; submit your entry via PayPal (to: chris@thepacepodcast.com, mention “jacket raffle” in the Paypal message), or personal check (email for details).

All proceeds benefit The Pace Podcast prize and swag collection.

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Competition Accessories’ Aeromoto Road Tech short gloves

48948_1As discussed in Episode 157, this week’s gear review highlights the Aeromoto Road Tech short motorcycle gloves. These gloves are made from comfort-lined leather in a short or non-gauntlet sport style. The gloves have perforations along the inner grip of the fingers and have an open wrist with a strap-around retainer. As they are a shorter style with perforations, these gloves are best used in Summer, Spring and Autumn.The comfort lining does afford some resistance to cooler mornings (as I’ve experienced thus far this year).

Construction and protection

48948_3The Road Tech gloves are designed to maintain a certain stiffness and structure to the body and fingers, while permitting very free movement at the various joints in the hand. I found the gloves to be stiff and protective without being fatiguing; I never felt like I was fighting the gloves while gripping the bars, twisting the throttle, or using the various controls. They are well articulated considering their seemingly more-than-ample protective design.

The outer layer of the hands are protected by padded, metal inlay armor on the back of each finger, as well as a metal inlay carbon fiber floating puck for the third row of knuckles and the back of the hand. Considering the size and solidity of the knuckle protection, I never felt like the gloves were tiresome or uncomfortable. The puck floats on a grab-flap that isn’t completely hard fixed to the back of the glove. Using the open-back grab flap as well as the palm flap, the wearer can easily pull the glove fully onto the hand, seating it completely.

48948_4In the grip area of the hand, across the top of the palm and in the crook between the index finger and thumb, lies is a layer of textured material that adds grip, again without increasing the amount of force or pressure it takes to move the hand and grip the bars. I’m not sure what this material is, but it feels substantial enough to add some additional protection.

The palm and outside of the hand (the karate chop area) are covered with a second layer of leather, and the palm includes two plastic sliders at the heel. The additional layer of leather continues down to cover the wrist, while it is held closed by an ample amount of hook and loop textile fastener.

Sizing and comfort

glove1This particular pair of gloves is sized XL and seem to fit me better than most of that size. To put things in perspective, have a wider palm and thicker fingers; I wear a size 13 ring, but my finger length is typically better fit in a medium or large glove. While the palm fits me perfectly, I have a slight bit of room in the glove at the end of each finger, though considerably less than any other XL I might normally have to buy to fit my hands.

As noted, the gloves are comfort lined and feel soft and compliant inside. The liner is not itchy, and helps provide a degree of insulation; while the gloves are not designed for hard Winter use, they’ve been very comfortable on some of our recent 50-degree mornings and I feel that I could easily wear these down to another ten degrees cooler. I’m looking forward to wearing them while using my heated grips in colder weather.

Value

glove4In a market where a comparable style of glove can be found at every level of quality and pricing, I find the current sale price of $119 US to be right in line with many upper tier offerings. I like the quality and construction of these Aeromoto gloves quite a bit. The balance of comfort, dexterity and protection is spot on. While I’m hard to fit for gloves and boots, the Road Tech gloves are closer to “just right” (for me) than any 20 or 30 pairs of gloves I can easily go and try. While a variety of gloves can be found at lower prices, the blending of comfort, fit and protection these gloves seem to exhibit make them a viable choice at this price point.

Summary

handsizeBefore reviewing these gloves, I’m not sure I would have bought them on my own as I hadn’t heard of the brand before a few months ago, and their price point is on the high side of medial. Having now tried and reviewed two separate product offerings from Aeromoto, I can say that Competition Accessories has a winner in this brand, and I look forward to the name becoming more common in the market place, and in the gear closets of more riders. Now knowing what do about the brand’s products, I can now say that yes I would, in fact, put my hard earned money toward these gloves. If you’re looking for a premium quality glove, give these (and their gauntlet version) some serious consideration. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

About Competition Accessories

Competition Accessories has grown from a tiny garage in 1961, to be one of the nations largest sellers of motorcycle gear and accessories.  The Catalog Outlet store and national headquarters sit in a state of the art 34,000+ sq/ft building just off I-77 where customers can come in and have access to over $2 million worth of the best gear on the market.  Our site is a candy store for the motorcycle enthusiast. It carries just about everything from a $4 can of spray cleaner to a nearly $1000 Arai limited edition helmet.

4th Anniversary Meet-n-Greet

Ever wanted to meet the inimitable hosts of your favorite motorcycle podcast? Like meeting fun folks who also love all things moto? Enjoy good food, good beer, and perhaps the occasional opportunity to make fun of silly college kids driving by in loud cars with ground effects? Since we already know the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, we’ve decided to put together our very first bike night and listener meet-n-greet to celebrate the 4th anniversary of The Pace Motorcycle Podcast:

October 25th, 2013
7pm at The Deer Park Tavern – http://www.deerparktavern.com/
This will also kick off a monthly bike night meetup to be held on the last Friday of each month, with the venues to be announced several weeks before each meet. We will try to cover most of the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware areas.

Arriving via motorcycle is not mandatory, and please, if you’re going to be imbibing, consider bringing a friend to be your designated driver.

I present to you…

magna4… Erik Johnson’s 1999 Honda Magna (4th or 5th generation, depending on whether you count the V30 and V45 as different generations). Why am I featuring this bike in this post today? Well, because he paid me $300 to do so*, and because I really, really enjoy these bikes. Back in 2004 (to early 2005,?) I had a 1995 Magna in that beautiful yellow, and to date it remains one of the bikes that look back upon, wistfully and longingly. I put maybe 10,000 miles on mine.

magna1That generation of Magna was powered by the about-to-be-replaced VFR750 engine. The bike developed between 75 and 85 horsepower, and between 46 and 51 foot pounds of torque. Numbers vary as I suppose there were minor tuning variations between the years, and Honda has always been notoriously protective of engine performance specifications. Perhaps some values are measured at the wheel and some at the crank. Who knows… at any rate, the bike got down the road just fine. I won’t say I won any races with mine, but it gave me quite a thrill riding it.

Erik’s bike looks like a very, very clean and well-kept example of what I consider one of the more understated and under appreciated machines on the road. While I typically prefer a solid-color paint scheme on most bikes, I like what Honda did with the graphics on the Magna… I guess it’s meant to be a stylized flame or speed-induced striations. In any case, I like it.

magna3The bike is pretty basic in appointments… drum rear brake, single disc front brake, very simple instrument cluster and a modicum of rider and pillion room. It’s a fairly small frame bike, and at a little over 525 pounds wet and ready to ride, it’s on the lighter side for something considered a cruiser. In typical cruiser fashion, the rider’s legs are out front, but nothing I’d consider extreme. Not quite as far back as the Sportster’s mid control configuration, but nothing stretched out like a Soft Tail or V-Rod, either. Call it “relaxed forward controls”, if you have to call it something.

I remember the handle bars being in a pretty neutral position, and honestly the only comfort and ergonomic modifications I made to mine were to install a very small shield and replace the stock seat. I had plans to take it on a solo cross-country trip… those plans never materialized during those years, but I felt the bike was fine for the job. I installed a set of Willie & Max synthetic leather saddle bags on a custom made aluminum rack I made, and had plans to install a Givi trunk on it… In fact, I still have the Givi E45 top case I bought shortly before selling the Magna.

The VFR’s engine was dressed with a bit of chrome, including chrome airbox covers, and the rest of the bike is decorated with enough functional chrome to stand out as nice looking without being gaudy. Erik keeps his looking much better than many I’ve seen; my wheels were never that clean.

magna2I’m having some pretty serious knee issues these days, and keeping them tucked on the sportier bikes for any more than a half hour or so is all but impossible. I’m currently riding a VStrom by Suzuki, but if and when I decide to move to something that’s more ergonomically friendly for my busted old bones, the Magna is on the short list.

This generation of bike was built from 1993 (though marketed as an early ’94) up through 2003 and remained unchanged, mechanically, through its life. The Magna was available in a variety of paint and graphic combinations throughout its run, including yellow, black, blue, red, purple

 

*No, Erik didn’t really pay me $300 to feature his bike, but if he does, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Packing List

As I prepare for four glorious days worth of riding in New York and Pennsylvania I realized that I haven’t updated my pack list for motorcycle trips in a couple years. I sat down yesterday to do just that. This list is geared towards the Sprint GT which has enough storage on board to keep me on the road indefinitely. If we were talking about the SV, it would be much shorter.

What do you think? Am I missing anything?

Garage
[ ]Air pump
[ ]Patch kit
[ ]Small can of Plexus
[ ]Cleaning cloth for shield

[ ]GPS

[ ]Chain lube
[ ]Tire pressure gauge

Packed Gear
[ ]Rain gear

[ ]Spare gloves
[ ]Clear shield

[ ]Spare ear plugs

Photo
[ ]DSLR
[ ]50mm
[ ]70-210mm
[ ]Tripod
[ ]Spare camera battery

[ ]Camera battery charger

Electronics
[ ]Lightning cable
[ ]30 pin cable
[ ]USB wall plug adapter for iPad
[ ]USB cigarette plug adapter
[ ]Phone

[ ]iPad
[ ]Micro USB cable for charging Sena SMH 10

[ ]Micro USB to Lightning adapter

Clothing

[ ]T-Shirts (number of days +1)
[ ]Boxers (number of days +1)
[ ]1 pair of shorts

[ ]1 pair of jeans
[ ]Casual shoes
[ ]1 casual jacket or sweatshirt
[ ]Light weight ski socks (number of days +1)

[ ]Normal socks (number of days)

Toiletries and Drugs
[ ]Tooth brush
[ ]Tooth paste

[ ]Deodorant
[ ]Prescriptions
[ ]Aspirin

[ ]Vitamins

Absolute Necessities

[ ]Bottle opener

DO NOT PACK A LAPTOP