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GEAR

That's right folks. We want to see your equipment, your stuff, your junk. No, that doesn't sound right does it? This is the slightly tardy contest announcement that was promised in Episode #42. We looking for a pic of your favorite piece of riding gear. It could be a jacket, a piece of luggage or one of those adorable little gremlin bells. Anything that makes your ride better. It doesn't have to have been designed specifically for motorcycling but its use should be obvious. This isn't an essay contest but feel free to tell us why you chose that particular object. Please send submissions to feedback@thepacepodcast.com with the word 'Gear' on the subject line. We will choose the winner based on criteria to be determined at the time of selection. In other words, we'll pick the one we like best. We may choose the best photo, we may choose the most unusual piece of gear or Chris may insist that those pink chaps with the fringe just have to win. Actually, that's a joke. Chris isn't eligible. Submissions will be posted on The Pace Podcast blog. All images must be your own. No manufacturer's product shots please. An image of you and your stuff shot by another photographer is fine as long as you have the right to give us permission to post it. The deadline for submission is midnight Eastern daylight time on Sunday September 12th. Prizes are provided by Aerostich/RiderWearhouse Just to get the ball rolling, here is a shot of my favorite pair of uninsulated gloves. They are the Lee Parks DeerTours and they are perfect.

Roaming around Arkansas

We received this excellent ride report from listener Denise Dickenson. Give it a read and enjoy living vicariously through Denise's words. Denise rides a Yamaha FZ1 with 174,000 miles on it! Way to go!! ---
Hankins Country Store
Hadn't been out of town in a couple of weeks so loaded up Friday afternoon and headed to Arkansas.  It's about 225-250 miles of super slab to get into Arkansas and find the good roads but it's well worth it when you can head out on Friday.  By getting over there Friday evening it gives me all day Saturday and a good part of Sunday to ride the fun stuff before I head back home on Sunday afternoon.
There is a place at the intersection of Highway's 7, 123 and 16 that has been a stopping place for bikes for years known as Sand Gap or Pelsor.  There is actually a post office across the highway but that is as big as it gets.  I don't remember those gas pumps ever working but a lot of people have stopped there hoping there did since there is no gas in any direction for miles.  You never know if the store would be open but usually on a Saturday there would be someone around and you could get a soda and take a break.
Well this weekend on Friday evening I see a sign that says Blue Mountain Deli and Bakery now open.  I didn't stop then as I was headed on to Heber Springs and wanted to make it before dark as I had already seen 3 deer so far and a total of 7 before I got in.  So on Saturday I came back by and there were 3 other bikes stopped there and the sign said open every day except for Saturday.  My buddy that I had met up with that morning from Memphis was waiting on me to catch up but the other 2 guys were from Hutchinson, KS.  Came to find out my friend knew one of the guys from Hutchinson as they had done a tour of Europe together last fall and met over there.  Finished the Saturday ride up in northwest Arkansas at Eureka Springs again which is one of my favorite weekend get away spots.
Sunday I have to head back to Oklahoma and my buddy has to head back to Memphis so we head back down thru Arkansas riding a few more good roads and I end up back at this country store for the 3rd time in 3 days.  This time we are in luck and the smoker is going with ribs and brisket but we go in and browse the homemade bakery items which included sticky buns, bread pudding muffins, multi berry muffins and several other kinds of great looking pastries.  We sampled a sticky bun and a bread pudding muffin that were warmed to a nice gooey perfection and melt in your mouth good.  Talked with the new owner and he said he'd do breakfast also with farm fresh eggs too if we ever wanted to stop early in the morning.  When I asked why they were not open on Saturday's I found out that was their church day which if a very good reason not to be open.  This time there were at least 6-8 bikes there at different times while we sat and talked on the porch.  I think one group was hoping that the brisket would soon be done as it was sure smelling good.
Well the weekend finally has to start winding down so I head west on 123 and my buddy heads east on 16 back to the real world.  Just as I pulled into the garage I noticed that my baby had turned over 174k on the nose and she's ready for new shoes before my next ride to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas again in 2 weeks.  This time it will be to attend one of my MSTA rallies known as the BS (Bull Shoals) Rally in Theodosia, Missouri http://ozarksbsrally.com/index.html so I can again go ride some of my favorite roads.

Episode 42: Mostly Harmless

This week Chris and I  start with a conversation about responsibility. We then move on to a discussion about Orange County Choppers that does not involve pointing and laughing (no, seriously). There are more spy shots from Ducati, a tarted up V-Strom and California still thinks motorcycles are still OK even if they're not telling us that any more. We close out the show with a talk about riding with munchkins and we announce our very first contest with big thanks to Aerostich.

Nate’s SV

Listener Nate B. sent us this great picture of his SV650. These are great, bullet-proof, versatile and well-loved bikes. Hope you're enjoying it, Nate! And thanks for the awesome feedback!

Nate B.'s SV

Episode 41: We love you, Michael Bay!

Episode 41 - We love you, Michael Bay!
This week we open up with a volley of hurt on spammers. Ok, it's actually just a lot of whining about spammers, but that doesn't sound nearly as cool. Bottom line: if we accidentally deleted your comments or didn't approve your forum signup, it's not 'cause we don't like you - we're just really bad at figuring out who the real people are vs. the spammers. Sorry. Oh, and Canada... it was a joke. It's all good. After that we discuss recalled R6es and their awesome reflectors. We still love the 'lectrics and we talk about a great article with a 3-bike electric comparo on motorcycle.com. Ever want to flout the helmet laws? Do it in Myrtle Beach. Take THAT, city council! You're not awesome! James admits he loves Michael Bay but thinks the incredible transforming Krugger bike is less than awesome. MCN is awesome, though, because they have the ONLY reports of 2011 Gixxers on the planet. Awesome! Moto Morini is dead; Long live Moto Morini. Except... no. And Honda aims at the FJR and C14 with the new, upcoming VFR1200T? Hmm... They might, rabbit. They might. Continue to stay tuned for CONTESTS!!! We're gonna take next week off, so look for us to come back on the 29th. Enjoy your vacation, James! Links...

Denise: High Mileage STAR

See that FZ1? There are 173,000 miles on that bike. Probably more since Denise sent us these pics two days ago. I'm just going to say thanks for the submission and get out of the way. This is what Denise had to say about the pics.
Some pics taken this summer on my annual STAR trip hosted by the MSTA This year it was to Taos, NM with an after tour up to Avon, CO and Rocky Mountain National Park.  That's where a friend rode up beside me and snapped the 1st one.  The others were at an overlook on Highway 64 going up to Chama and Highway 434 south of Angel Fire.  434 reminds me of the narrow roads in the Alps.
That trip was approximately 3000 miles in 10 days and included a chance to demo the new Honda VFR DCT version.  Nice bike but not a replacement for my FZ1.  I'm working towards 200k on it.

Episode 40: Eurekabeaver Contest!

Episode 40 - EurekaBeaver Contest!
This week James and I give you some updates on Ride To Eat (.com), the up and coming online encyclopedia for... well, ride-to-eat destinations. Steve is getting closer and closer to his "one-k" project. We also mention how Gary (from Arkansas) shared a great photo with us and we hope that trend continues. We talk about the apparent spy video of a new Buell street-worthy-in-the-making motorcycle...? Maybe? Time will tell. Hell for Leather gets Hell for Cynical regarding Suzuki. Harley bows to Ural as THE king of the sidecar. Aerostich: Genius or Madness returns with a hydraulically adjustable multi-wrench. Looks promising. And speaking of vendors, Competition Accessories gets a quick mention for having some blowout deals on Scorpion helmets. We love the 'lectrics - so we point out a couple of the home-built entries into the segment and some resources for those interested. Then we round it out with an email from Triumph and more speculation. Oh yeah... stay tuned for CONTESTS!!! Links... James got the following email from Triumph: We know secrets are difficult to keep, but we’ll trust you with ours... Adventure bikes have to carry out a whole range of roles with minimum fuss. That's why Triumph has been busy ensuring its latest pair of young cubs will set a new standard when they’re introduced later this year. We think a triple is the best configuration for an adventure bike. It’s compact and has a natural character that ideally suits a wide range of duties. Our long stroke engine will deliver smooth, controllable torque for both tricky off-road riding and the urban jungle...but with the higher rpm characteristics that just devour on-road miles. A triple is also more refined than a twin, which means that the bike is less tiring and less intrusive on the open road. So you can just relax and enjoy the trip.

The CooCase follow up to the follow up about the follo… oh never mind

Just a quick update to the CooCase adventure. I was able to pick up this nifty HJC helmet on closeout from NewEnough to replace my daughter's gone-missing helmet. It's an HJC CS-R1 "Paradox" in blue and black and silver. Very nice looking helmet. She says it fits well and feels good on her head. The graphics really pop. So that's the last piece of the puzzle. We're golden, now.
HJC CS-R1

Sarah's HJC CS-R1