Ok, this is the last week we rag on the VFR. Really. I mean… weâ€™ll try. But seriously, the VFR is rumored to be getting a big trailie sibling. Thatâ€™ll be interesting to see. Right?
We talk about how the EPA nerfs bench racing the ZX-10R, but the good news is no one will notice. I mean… whoâ€™s gonna wind that thing up that high, right?
Triumph continues to be Triumph, and this time theyâ€™re doing it with a cruiser – giving away thousands of dollars worth of touring upgrades to the Bonne America. Speaking of Triumph, James talks about his test ride on the Sprint GT and by the sounds of it, one is headed for his garage soon
Suzuki gets tricky with pricing on the GZ250, their entry level cruiser-esque bike. Looks like theyâ€™re blowing out old stock.
Did we mention Triumph? â€˜cause we get to see pictures of the upcoming 800 twin in its dirty clothes. Look out F800… The Tigerâ€™s got its eye on your lunch!
Guzzi updates the Norge/GT with suspenders and an engine update. Is this the first of the â€œfull line revampâ€ we talked about a few weeks ago? Or is this maybe Guzzi parts-binning some updates on it before a big change…? Stay tuned. Great things could be headed our way from Carloâ€™s legacy.
Weâ€™ll depress you with crappy sales numbers, then lighten the mood with helmets, pictures and contests. Weâ€™re like your cranky bipolar uncle, like that.
Colleen gets the nod for the tool kit contest, with Sara getting a runner up mention. Rock on Sara! Craig… loved your kit, but hey… Barbie box. â€˜nuff said.
Stay tuned for more contest news, product reviews and more news about the upcoming video offerings. Big things in store!
Seasonal RF1100 Â update
Itâ€™s Official. ZX-10R gets HP decrease for the US market
In the immortal words of Jed Clampett â€œWeeeell, doggies!â€ have we got a show for you this week. Of course we do. We have a show almost every week. This week, however we open with a contribution from someone who actually know stuff about stuff we don’t know all that much about. Then we talk about a whole bunch of Kawasakis including a potential partnership with Bajaj and KTM. We’ll talk about a couple Italians and there are leaks-o-plenty from Triumph and BMW. My bike lost it’s spark, Chad’s prizes are on the way and we have an announcement or two.
Colleen, Dawn and Carolyn take over this week while Chris and I sip umbrella drinks pool side. They talk about how they got their start on two wheels, what it’s like to ride alone and they respond to a couple questions submitted by listeners. Matt asked how he could get the women in his life interested in moving to the rider’s seat and Beth is in search of gear made for women. The ladies also choose the theme for our next photo contest. Oh, and there was something about a pillow fight…
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 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 email@example.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.
This week Chris and I Â 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 thinksÂ 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.
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.
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.