This week the guys talk about the new Husq Nuda 900 in all its naked glory. How can a naked bike look more naked...? The Nuda gets it done. Costco goes Zero and brings the electric bike crazy to the Canadian public. What bike gets honorable mention in one category and wins a completely different category? Well, check out the top-10 list for 2011 from Motorcycle.com and learn the answer. But one question remains.... Is it a cruiser? Nissan takes heat for crashing bikes in a cartoon. Yeah... a cartoon. Things to get over: that.
We have some excellent feedback this week and Jim Long asks for some Pace Podcast Opining DuJour on the Harley Switchback. In short: the guys like it.
This week is an audio and sensory extravaganza! Weâ€™ve got feedback galore and a fantastic book review from friend of the show, Beth Clark. In addition, we have a link - sorry, no direct audio recording, sadly - of a Busa-inspired rap song from Raul Lowe. Lots of fun!
The guys talk about Aerostichâ€™s latest product, the sized and purpose-built LokSack weather proof storage bags designed for all your common electronic gizmos, and sized to fit in the Aerostich RoadCrafter and Darien suits. Oh, and theyâ€™ll fit in your tank bag, too. Check them out. The show says goodbye to motorcycling legend, Claudio Castiglioni, discusses the newest Victory offerings, and notes that Ducati has fallen victim to the Honda 919 conspiracy - and by that they mean that 919 Ducaties were recalled for a minor defect that makes the Diavel models topple over.
The President signs into law the lead-ban exception for childrensâ€™ motorcycles and ATVs, and we get some pictures of the 2012 CBR1000RR from Honda.
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This week James and Chris discuss â€œthe one glaring design flawâ€ with Jamesâ€™ new Teiz Commute suit. Turns out, zippers donâ€™t stop water. James has some ideas on a fix. Will he Betsy Ross it into submission and stop the water? Time will tell. Chris also tells us about *gasp* a new jacket. Go figure. This time itâ€™s the Roadgear XTreme 4-season adventure-touring style Â¾ jacket. He gives it two thumbs up, so far. Will rain and the coming Summer heat keep the jacket in favor? Time will tell.
Itâ€™s Ducati, folks... do they really need to justify a 68% jump in sales? Do they? The guys donâ€™t think so. Sales are up, sales are down. On the down side, Big Dog cycles seems to be riding the falling tide of Custom bike sales. Do all (Big) Dogs really go to Heaven? Time will tell. The town of Sturgis apparently has to pay a nickel every time someone says its name. Federal trademark for the organization that manages the famous bike rally. Will this hold up? Time will te... oh never mind.
Jeff Gilbert lets us know about the â€œsmall sport bikeâ€ comparison found on SportRider.com. Thomas Hunt talks to us about riding in California, and Jamie Perkins wants to discuss riding in the â€œdanger zoneâ€ between newbie and veteran. Where do we all fall in that range? Time will... really, Iâ€™ll stop now.
The Pace has a Flickr group and again, we want to send a huge THANK YOU out to the community. You guys rock!
How much of Ducatiâ€™s 68% growth is due to Japanese pricing, and â€œI can finally afford a Ducatiâ€, vs other factors? Did Ducati suddenly hit some magic recipe, or have people always wanted them like this and now thereâ€™s perceived value where there wasnâ€™t before?
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.