Scotchgard. That’s how you spell customer service. Or not. Meanwhile, Kali fixes you right up. James talks about his Tiger 800 extended test ride and talks about gloves. Chris briefly reviews the Scorpion Hat Trick jacket, and we learn that Scorpion makes a heck of a rain liner. Speaking of the wet stuff, Harley uses wat… er…. “precision twin” cooling in their new engines. The guys get their love fest on and sing Kumbaya at Rushmore. 2014 seems like a really good year for motorcycles. ABS FOR EVERYONE! STEP RIGHT UP! Then there’s feedback. Lots and lots of feedback! Join in… send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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This week, James and Chris discuss brands... Toyota, Pepsi & Coke, IBM, Cisco... oh, and Harley-Davidson, too. Whatâ€™s the value of a brand? Youâ€™re guaranteed to walk away puzzled.The guys vamp over Hondaâ€™s new offering in the US, the NC700-X. Is that ABS in your auto-tranny, or are you just happy to be shifting? Yeah, something like that. Anyway, Hondaâ€™s new machine looks like the catâ€™s meow and makes a lot of sense... except for the parts that donâ€™t.
Have you ever wanted to see a KLR as designed by Chuck Norris and Randy â€œThe Macho Manâ€ Savage (he stopped designing Suzukis, after all)...? The Husqvarna Baja (concept) might be just what Ken â€œThe Doctor (of style) Johnsonâ€ ordered. Yeah, yeah... that was a stretch, I know. The Baja looks like a seriously badass version of what the KLR and other dirty, dirty dual-sports could be if theyâ€™re injected with testosterone and Hulk sweat. Give it a look.
Oh, and speaking of manly... Judge for yourself, the new Victory. Itâ€™s lean, itâ€™s pretty, itâ€™s poweful. Dredd it. Ok... ok, Iâ€™ll stop now.
The boys round out the show with some feedback, then turn the mics over to Joanne Donn, aka The Gear Chic, to give us some tips on how to shop for gear. These are some great tips and Joanne has a lot of information available. Check out her segment, then peruse her site for more detail. If Joanne survives the Arctic freeze in the great San Francisco tundra, look for future segments from her. The guys chipped in and bought her a kerosene heater from a second hand shop down on Hudson Street, but ya know... UPS just wonâ€™t ship kerosene in Harley-branded Coke bottles, so we hope sheâ€™ll be OK.
Harley makes Interbrand 100 list... again. But for how long...?
Chris admits that the Concours C-10 isnâ€™t so horrible. Then the guys talk about some information regarding Ethanol. Guess what...? If engines arenâ€™t optimized for alcohol, theyâ€™re not as efficient, so using Ethanol fuels in conventional engines just ainâ€™t getting it. Golly... imagine that.
After that, the guys talk about some French blood in Polaris, and what it means. Technology? People? More products? Only Polaris know, and theyâ€™re not talking. Well, not to The Pace, any way. But then, we didnâ€™t contact them at all. So yeah...
Oh, look... Bimota releases some new stuff. Ducati on â€˜roids? If itâ€™s just a Duc power plant, should we really even be making so many comparisons to Ducati at all? I donâ€™t know. Do you? I donâ€™t. Do you? â€˜cause I donâ€™t.
BMW gets less ugly with the newly revamped 800R. Nice(r) looking ride. I mean, itâ€™s no Ducati Indiana, but thank goodness, whatever could be, right?
Also, Iâ€™m listening to Sarah Haze while typing this. I discovered her when looking for podsafe music last year some time. Wow, total non-sequitur... just like the story about Ross Technologyâ€™s SuperHydroPhobic compound. What in the heck does that mean, and why does it matter to riders? Well, once you see the demo, itâ€™s way more sequitur than you might think. Or something like that. The stuff just throws water off like... uhm... something really water proof. Itâ€™s pretty amazing. Just watch the video.
Harley is still in business and shakes up the 2012 lineup a little bit. Nothing terribly startling, but there were a few mild surprises. And Yamaha jumps into the video game / anime / action tv series game with the Ryoku concept bike. Ok, none of that is true. Ruoku was a character in Dragonball-Z, or something. Now itâ€™s a Lego/Erector Set looking concept bike. It actually looks crazy-useful.
And we show you a map of Delawareâ€™s only twisty road, Rt. 82, aka Creek Road. Dragon, schmagon. Weâ€™ve got a road that follows a creek. For like 6 miles. Itâ€™s got some turns... ya know, thereâ€™s no way to spin this. â€œItâ€™s an awesome road... for being in Delaware.â€ There. Thatâ€™ll do.
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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.