We were recently honored with a guest appearance by motorcyclist, author and riding safety expert David Hough. After a great discussion (and an open invitation to return), Mr. Hough gave us a couple of signed copies of his book Proficient Motorcycling to give away to the listeners. This book, updated with new content in the book and on disc, is among the best known and most well regarded on the subject of safe and quality operation of a motorcycle. So, how can you score one of these signed copies of Proficient Motorcycling? Well, one of two ways. First, we're looking for a newer rider to tell us your story of how you got started in motorcycling, some mistakes you might have made, some problems you might have encountered, and of course help and guidance you have received since starting out. Everyone has a beginning story, and we want to hear yours, now, as it's happening. Second, we'd like to hear the same kind of stuff from 'seasoned' riders. Tell us about how your riding and outlook, and your "toolbox of skills" have matured over the years and miles. Talk to us about how something you see happen now that you just deal with, might have been a ride stopper or bigger problem in your younger, greener years. The best story - as judged by James and Chris - from each category will win a signed book. "Best" can be the most engaging narrative, it could be an example of the toughest learning curve, it could mean the most experience in the shortest time, or anything else. There's no real hard definition for this. Just tell us your stories, share with the community and let's all learn something. The contest will run for a little over two weeks, ending on April 16, 2011. You can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with "contest" in the subject line. Also, if you would prefer to send us an audio file that we can include in a future episode, you can send an MP3 as an attachment to the same email. Our voicemail is limited to three minutes, but if you think you can tell your story in that time, then by all means, call 484-748-0042. We look forward to hearing from you!
Episode 68 - Youâ€™re only off by one
This week James and Chris lament on the early death of Spring; alas, dear Spring, we hardly knew ye, or something like that. Winter is back. So there. The guys whittle away at the time by talking about the industryâ€™s support for the various Japan relief efforts. The state of Virginia is looking at options to draw tourism to the Tazewell and Smyth areas by cleverly renaming Rt. 16 and is actually going to do so with targeting motorcycle and sport car enthusiasts. Will this blow up in all our faces...? Time will tell. The Super Tenere from Yamaha is getting some real-world testing and the guys point us at one of the reviews. It appears to be pushing all the right buttons with at least one tester. Hondaâ€™s CBR600F-series bike is also road tested, and although not yet planned for a release in the USA, itâ€™s still a bike worth discussing. The return of this lineâ€™s 2-decades worth of legacy is worth talking about. Honda also release pricing information for the VFR800 based CrossTour. Also a bike not planned for the USA, the pricing hits some apparent good points. Chris talks about some disappointment with Givi, specifically about the FL521 top case rack for his SV. It sucks. The guys lay out a new contest for some signed copies of David Houghâ€™s venerable Proficient Riding book, and they talk a bit more about the upcoming ride to Barber Motorsports planned for the third week of September. Some quick feedback and a request for the community closes out the episode.
- Several motorcycle organizations are coming together to support Japanâ€™s relief efforts
- A Hungry Mother on the Back of the Dragon???
- Real-world Super Tenere information
- Hondaâ€™s new old new CBR600F gets road tested by MCN in the UK
- Engine built in Japan, rest of the bike built and assembled in Italy. Based on the Hornet. C-ABS brakes. Fully adjustable suspension.
- Honda Crossrunner gets a price in the U.K
- Yamaha Power Beam
- Chris rags on Givi
- Barber ride
Episode 67 for March 20, 2011 Not in the ballpark, and thatâ€™s ok!
American muscle bike, hydrogen fuel cells and Zero gets far, far more than zero! This week, after a weekâ€™s hiatus, James and Chris are back to explain exactly what the new Motus will cost, and of course to delve into all the deep and detailed tech specs. After that, we get a science lesson on hydrogen - and by science we mean the guys speculate, guess and postulate on fuel cells. Zero wows us again, this time not with a new bike or model, but with investors tossing more and more cash at Zero. Pretty soon theyâ€™re going to have to start burning the cash because itâ€™s got to be taking up all the room. James doensâ€™t get all wacky and political, yet utters the words â€œgood for the fedâ€, as we learn that thereâ€™s a bill pending to block the use of federal funds for motorcycle-only checkpoints. Japan has more on its plate than making sure the USA gets their toys; most of Japanâ€™s motorcycle manufacturers shut down production for the time being. iTunes makes donating to Japanâ€™s relief efforts easy! https://buy.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/buyCharityGiftWizard Lots and lots of feedback! Links...
- Everyoneâ€™s talking about Motus. Shall we?
- Suzuki builds a fuel cell Burgman
- Zero gets moâ€™ money
- Bill introduced to STOP fed-funded bike-only checkpoints (thanks Scott Bolton)
- Short show this week: Daytona bike week and racing is the majority of the news.
- Honda stops motorcycle production after quake