Kawasaki wows us with a new Ninja 250, updated and modernized after 19 consecutive Millenia. Fuel injection and optional ABS are finally in the mix. Lookout, Honda. Who owns Ducati? Well, it’s not us. And apparently, it’s not the Germans. But it is. No, no… the OTHER Germans. The Italian ones. You know. SuperTrapp, that iconic 80s muffler manufacturer is alive and well, and buying up other companies. And S&S, the custom chopper engine manufacturer, gets a new line of customer. I mean, this is just a crazy week full of “huh, who knew?” kind of stories.
Back after a 3-week Â hiatus, due to the craziness of personal lives. The guys want to thank the listeners for hanging in there and for your patience during this break. It was completely unscheduled and unforeseen, and your continued attention to The Pace and the frequent requests for updates from us really mean a lot. Thank you!
This week, Jeff Katzer brings us another of his great ride report videos. Make sure to check it out. This guy makes a compelling video! James and Chris talk about the new V-Strom, now that Suzuki has officially released the cat from its burlap sack. New engine, new ABS, new look, same great mission. Husky gives the Super Duke and a few other hooligan bikes a real competitor for the “stupid impractical fun” category. BMW taunts us with more electronic wizardry; the question remains, is it the wave of the future, or a continued “nice to have” for the premium product space? Sena pays real attention to the market place, and offers a nice upgrade to the venerable SMH-10 headset for not a whole lot of money.
This week we announce the winners of our first contest; best â€œmust haveâ€ gear item. We opine away on the Z750R and we talk about Harley-Davidson agreeing to stay in the home of Public Enemies. Speaking of bike makers, we link you to an interview with Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton. Is Norton the next Triumph? Continuing the opining, we (o)pine away for the Dorsoduro from Aprilia. Price is as yet unannounced, but being the experts on all things Aprilia (snerk!), we havenâ€™t a clue on the pricing but guess itâ€™ll be in line with the other big($) trailies. In gear talk James gives us some info on Shoei helmets including a new model to replace a long-standing favorite. Chris explains how when your Angel ST tires tell you itâ€™s time to park it, you really should listen. Some feedback and follow up, the contest announcements, and we exit with a quick tease of next weekâ€™s Female Riders show.
That’s right, swarf. You say you don’t know what swarf is? That’s OK, neither did we until we read about the recall on Honda’s VFR1200F. We’re also talking about PBR which apparently has nothing to do with bad American beer. It has everything to do with Kawasaki’s brand new ZX-10R. Speaking of Kawasaki, they’re looking for consumer input on the tiniest Ninja. We also talk about a good deal on an Italian bike (how often does that happen?), good brakes on a silly bike and some new-fangled, hi-tec armor.
“According to the report, which was funded by the insurance industry, riders younger than 21 have a claims rate 10% higher in states that require them to take training courses, compared with states that do not require such courses.”
â€œThe same study found that antilock brakes on motorcycles play a significant role in reducing crashes. The group says bikes with antilock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in fatal crashes than those without them. Motorcycle models with antilocks also have 22% fewer damage claims per insured vehicle year (a â€œvehicle yearâ€ refers to one vehicle insured for one year).â€