This week the guys are triumphantly back and triumphantly a day later than hoped... Eh, it happens. Anyway, the guys explore the new VStrom 1000, talk about Buell of India - sort of - and chat about the ongoing rumor out of Italy. Brammo on the rebound... er... recall list. And my goodness, there’s feedback aplenty. Plus... James gets a free tire! FREE TIRE!!! All this and more on The Pace Motorcycle Podcast, found along with the show notes at thepacepodcast.com.
Feedback bonanza! Buell gets cash! Audi needs to learn how to stand on its own two wheels. The Street Single! Yeah... lots of amazing stuff. You can tell by all the exclamation marks. We speculate on things. We guess. We assume. We pontificate, and hey... we advise. But we do all with gusto and verve.
Also, if you have a picture you’d like to see added to The Pace’s website’s front page, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make it happen. Our site was hacked and when we rebuilt the site, we didn’t put the graphics back to what we had yet. This is your chance to shine. It’s your time. It’s you! YOU! You could have your pictures featured on The Pace in perpetuity. Or at least for a really long time. You got game? Who cares...? We don’t want your game. That’s silly. Just your pics.
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.
If it could go wrong getting this show out on time this week, it did. So... without preamble and grumbling on, we present to you, Episode 81. Enjoy!
This week the guys speculate on the future of Ducati's 2-engine line-up. Then they spend some time in the shade thanks to the new e-Tint electronic helmet visor inserts. Erik Buell teases us further with another of the EBR Nation videos. Erik seems to be moving full bore; exciting stuff ahead, to be sure. The CBR250R from Honda gains some major after market support. And continuing our trend of Feedback-a-palooza, we have emails and audio clips galore. This week's audio clip takes an excellent look at helmet laws from the pro- stance, and is certainly thought provoking. Jon also gives us some PDFs to read on the matter. Take a look!
We have lots and lots of feedback this week including electronic controls on bikes, Chris's scooter, my Teiz suit and an electric concept from BMW. We wonder if two discs are better then one and slide down the slippery slope that leads to helmet laws.
Oh, there's some news too.
Well, let's see here. My bike blew up, I'm fixing it but I got a new one anyway and Chris preps his SV for it's first overnighter. We cover some news from Polaris and BMW, wrap up our conversation on that Erik Buell interview and then get in to lots of listener feedback. Thanks guys, keep it coming.
This is the part where we write a little paragraph that tells you what we talked about in this weeks show. And it goes a little somethin' like this...
Motus is making more noise, Chris got some new stuff,Â Leicester County in the U.K. is giving away retina burning backpacks and Chip Yeats goes really fast on an electric bike. We got a boat load of feedback from Denver Conway, David Laniuk,Â Ryan Hettenbach,Â Brian Medley,Â Ben Island andÂ Mike Sandler. Thank you all.
We talked a little bit about my review of the Cycle Gear branded knock-offs of the CRG mirrors. That review was written before I moved my page to a new platform and it didn't survive the transition very well. I'll post those links once I get it fixed but here's the big take away: You get what you pay for.
We also talked about what we're going to talk about next week. We'd really like your help with that. You can find theÂ Craftsman Experience presents Erik Buell Racingvideo below. What do think all of this means for EBR as it relates to street bikes?
There's a lot of ranting in this episode. Really, almost nothing but ranting about stuff. There's the "what could they possibly hope to accomplish" rant and the "what the hell is Honda thinking" rant. Then there's the "the man is trying to stick it to us" rant and the "that's galactically stupid" rant. There is a little non-rant content. Chris and I manage to have perfectly civil conversations about EBR's new 1190RS, the new price on KTM's RC8 R and the appearance of a Yamaha FZ8R in France.
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!!!
James got the following email from Triumph:
We know secrets are difficult to keep, but weâ€™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 theyâ€™re introduced later this year.We think a triple is the best configuration for an adventure bike. Itâ€™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.