It’s contest time again!

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 feedback@thepacepodcast.com 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 49: Triumphantly Honda!

Episode 49 - Oct 17, 2010
Ok, this is the last week we rag on the VFR. Really. I mean... we’ll try. But seriously, the VFR is rumored to be getting a big trailie sibling. That’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... who’s gonna wind that thing up that high, right? Triumph continues to be Triumph, and this time they’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 they’re blowing out old stock. Did we mention Triumph? ‘cause we get to see pictures of the upcoming 800 twin in its dirty clothes. Look out F800... The Tiger’s got its eye on your lunch! Guzzi updates the Norge/GT with suspenders and an engine update. Is this the first of the “full line revamp” 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 Carlo’s legacy. We’ll depress you with crappy sales numbers, then lighten the mood with helmets, pictures and contests. We’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. ‘nuff said. Stay tuned for more contest news, product reviews and more news about the upcoming video offerings. Big things in store!
Tool kit pictures. Colleen's winning kit:
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Colleen's Barbie Box toolkit

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Colleen's Barbie Box tool kit opened up

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Colleen's Barbie Box tool kit ready to use

Sara's runner up tool kit, rock hammer and all!
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Sara's joke entry, complete with rock hammer!

Episode 47: We’re not that pretty

In the immortal words of Jed Clampett “Weeeell, doggies!” 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.

Episode 46: I want the real thing!

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...

Episode 45: Contests, trailies, mascots and Jeopardy.

Episode 45 Sept 19, 2010
This week we announce the winners of our first contest; best “must have” 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 haven’t a clue on the pricing but guess it’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 it’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 week’s Female Riders show. Linkeedinks:
Chad's gear entry: Dawn's gear entry:

Show Us Your…

GEAR

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 feedback@thepacepodcast.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. Prizes are provided by Aerostich/RiderWearhouse Just to get the ball rolling, here is a shot of my favorite pair of uninsulated gloves. They are the Lee Parks DeerTours and they are perfect.

Episode 42: Mostly Harmless

This week Chris and I  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 thinks 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.

Episode 40: Eurekabeaver Contest!

Episode 40 - EurekaBeaver Contest!
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!!! Links... James got the following email from Triumph: We know secrets are difficult to keep, but we’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 they’re introduced later this year. We think a triple is the best configuration for an adventure bike. It’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.