The Pace Motorcycle Podcast’s 2012 riding trip

Batten down the hatches and unfurl the sails... though, if your bike has hatches and sails, we want pics... and make way for the mountains. Nautical talk in the mountains, you say? On a motorcycle? What madness is this? The Adirondacks, son... and Lake Placid. Is Lake Placid even big enough for sailing ships? Who cares; we'll go, we'll ride, we'll party. That's right, the 2012 Pace Motorcycle Podcast's riding trip has been decided. We're doing the 'Dacks. Plan on a long weekend in and around lovely Lake Placid, New York, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Adirondacks offer some wonderful scenery, some great riding, and a plethora of places to unwind after a day in the saddle. The trip is planned for a long weekend, July 27th through the 30th. Anyone wanting to join the ride up is welcome. We'll plan on leaving the Wilmington, Delaware area early on Friday the 27th, and arrive in Lake Placid in time for dinner. We'll be home-basing at the Econolodge in the town of Lake Placid. As the time draws closer, we'll be planning day-ride routes, group dinners and hopefully The Pace will be able to set up a few microphones and talk to some attendees. Please share your route and must-see destination ideas. Tracy Road is already on the list. So let's hear it - routes, restaurants, day-stops, overlooks, etc. What's on your list? Let us know at feedback@thepacepodcast.com.

Episode 103 – It’s like somebody threw a switch

Episode 103 February 26, 2012
This week we discuss James' impressions of the Tiger 800, the great customer service he receives at his Triumph dealer, and how Chris hates allergies. The Trophy rumors are rearing their heads again; are they real? Hero of India backs Buell, and two Superbike teams. The Brain is better on a bike, so sayeth MotorcycleInsurance.com. Gary Budzien gives us his impressions of the IMS for 2012, and Gear Chic's Joanne Donn talks about Sport bike myths. Linkedinks below:
News: Feedback:
  • Gary Budzien on the IMS
GearChic:
  • Joanne talks about sport bike myths

No show for Feb 19th

Hey guys, Chris here. I'm suffering from NVS: no voice syndrome. It comes from having the worst cold in recorded human history. Ok, it's probably not quite THAT bad, but between my not feeling great and James' traveling this past week, we opted to not rush in a show knowing we would deliver a rushed, sub-par offering. Look for a new show with new content next week, including more feedback (keep it coming!), and a segment from Joanne Donn, The Gear Chic. Thanks for your patience. Chris & James

Doug Kneissl shares his thoughts from the NYC IMS show

Listener and show contributor Doug Kneissl shared his thoughts from his visit to the New York City International Motorcycle Show. Doug was kind enough to include a few pictures as well. Enjoy! Thanks, Doug. We appreciate the time and effort very much.  
Hi James & Chris, Nice to hear my feedback on ep 100..thanks Being my first motorcycle show I was pretty overwhelmed with everything there…the vendors and all the bikes.  We went up on Saturday – not sure if it made news in Delaware but we had a pretty good snow squall that day and driving to the city was an interesting to say the least. We were there from about 10am – 4pm….after 1pm it really started to get crowded. I was most interested in seeing the Victory bikes…the Hammer S felt like it was custom made for me sitting on it.  Triumph had some great bikes I had not seen before, the Steve McQueen limited edition bike we very sweet.  The Indian bikes were also very nice – if a little out of my price range.  It was motorcycle overload…Harley, Yamaha…Can-Am….oh my! We spent a lot of time looking at the gear, though didn’t make any purchases as I’m not sure exactly what I may need/want…but as we get into the season in CT I’m sure I’ll be purchasing more gear in addition to the First Gear mesh jacket and Scorpion EXO-400 helmet and gloves I currently wear while riding. The Smage Brothers Stunt show was pretty impressive, all the tricks they did in a very limited space. Looking back I’m embarrassed to say I did not take a lot of pictures..too much to see and take in. As we sat on many different bikes…and I start thinking of moving off my “beginner 1992 Yamaha Virago 750” and on to something newer and bigger….and trying to take in all that was offered from the vendors, it was a great time and I look forward to the next one. Attached are a few pictures – the quality is not very good (iphone) you may post them if you like. Regards, Doug Kneissl (Nigh-sell    not  Nee-Sell…..no worries…everyone does it.)
 

A message from Chris Harr about Ricor suspension components

We got an email from long-time listener and guest on the show, Chris Harr. Chris wants to tell us about Ricor suspension components.
Hey Guys,
Do you read MCN? I ask because the back cover of a recent issue had a write-up on the Ricor Intiminators, a drop in compression valve/shim stack for damping rod forks which features an inertial valve which is intended to limit brake dive while also allowing effective high-speed bump absorption. In effect, the inertial valve allows the fork to have 2  different compression damping curves depending on which direction the suspension travel is occurring. The matching IAS Shock also has an inertial valve which affects rebound response instead of compression.
I did some homework on the KLR650.net, ADVRider and SV forums and found numerous positive reviews w/ no complaints, so I decided to give the Ricor parts a try.
I purchased the Intiminator fork valves and matching shock for my KLR in December under a winter special. The shock was shipped with a 300lb/ft spring which is on the soft side, but it seems to be working fine for me @200lbs in gear and with the panniers installed.
Install was straightforward. No modifications to the OEM damping orifices are needed, which means the forks can be returned to stock w/o replacement of OEM parts. I’d imagine you could install them w/ the forks in the clamps on the pre-08 KLRs but it’s better to remove them to drain the forks completely. The rear shock was also fairly easy  - the KLR’s upper shock mount nut is captive, which is a good thing since the airbox blocks direct access to it. Total install time with 2 guys working on the bike on a lift was about 2 hours. At home, I’d guess it’d take a half-day working solo, assuming you have the correct tools including an oil level tool for the forks.
I’ve had them in for a few weeks now and have logged around 500 miles since install.
In my opinion, the benefits of the combo are significant. The dive control under braking is really effective, but the forks are still fairly compliant over square-edged bumps. On local dirt roads I find that the front is far less scary over rough washboard/bumpy surfaces. Overall, the valves work exactly as advertised.
The shock is less cut and dry. The IAS system helps to slow forward pitch on the brakes relative to the OEM shock. Traction seems very good, even on wet and bumpy surfaces. The rear compression is stiffer than stock but it’s also less prone to bottoming. The improvement is definitely valving-related, as the 300lb/ft spring is only slightly stiffer than the OEM spring and I’m not running any more preload than I did with the OEM shock.
Where the IAS shock is strange, but effective, is over the wide speed bumps used in my local area. On the OEM shock, it would get launched out of the seat over those bumps at anything over 25mph (I can hit them much faster on the Aprilia BTW). The OEM shock simply had too little high-speed rebound to prevent kicking when most of the travel was used. The IAS shock exhibits far less of this behavior. The shock seems to extend quickly enough to track the back side of the speed bump as there is nearly no wheel spin after the crest of the bump, even at 45mph, but the kick is far less. Where it’s interesting is when the bike settles and then rebounds, it does so slowly and without a second or third oscillation.  To put it simply, the rear suspension seems to respond quickly when the rear suspension unloads over a bump, but rebounds slowly when dealing with chassis weight.
Compared to OEM, the bike is less pitch sensitive, less prone to bottoming, is slightly less plush over minor pavement imperfections, and is far easier to ride on bumpy gravel roads.
Post-sale, I’ve had a few questions or concerns. Brian @ Ricor has been responsive to my needs and has offered a spring rate change/revalve free of charge if needed (which I’ve decided it’s not). There may be limitations on those policies, but I’m still impressed with my interactions with their company.
Would I recommend the combo? Definitely, as long as the purchaser isn’t expecting KTM Adventure suspension quality… the kit on high-end dual sports is still superior to the modded KLR, but the gap is far less now and even with mods, I’m at ½ the cost of a used 950 Adventure and still less than the going rate for a used F650GS.
Chris, thanks for this excellent information!

Episode 102: It’s a volunteer effort

Episode 102 - It’s a volunteer effort Feb 12, 2012
Damon Cooke corrects us on some Stella facts - Facebook http://www.genuinescooters.com/index.html Michael Nobel http://store.valueaccessories.net/ChromeAirDeflectorsVolusiaVL800C50.aspx Doug Kneissel asks about security devices http://www.amazon.com/Scorpio-SR-i900R-Motorcycle-Alarm-New/dp/B0028OMBZ8 http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1/4/74/2785/ITEM/Kryptonite-Stronghold-Above-Ground-Anchor.aspx http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=motorcycle+disc+lock&x=0&y=0 Dae Kim - levers and the VFR1200 Jeff Katzer has a book! http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/adventures-on-west-coast-trail/id500558661?mt=11 Scott Langston and his Sena updates Colin Magnusson asks about 2-up on the Sprint GT Jack Scown comments on our topics, and tells us what he’s riding The Pace’s 2012 trip - July in The ‘Daks - July 27-30

Episode 101: Imagine a Future…