Short and quick show this week. Not much in the news and it seems everyone is busy with The Wintery Winterness of Winter. Anyway, the guys speculate on KTM and Husqvaran’s bright new future. After such a quiet and tight-lipped deal, speculation is all we have, and we wring it for all its worth, like the proverbial turkey’s neck on Thanksgiving.
Zeeeeeeeeeeeeee Twooooo Fiddy! Kawasaki introduces the tiny Ninja’s standard version to the world, and does that mean a 300-sized version for the US market? SPECULATION! It abounds. Learn to love it; it’s all we gots.
Then there’s feedback and linky-links and more discussion fodder. Enjoy!
We have a dual purpose episode this week. It’s a bizarre Frankenstein’s monster of a show bringing The Pace and The Wheelnerds together for the second time! We have our usual measure of news, email and random diversions along with a couple classified ads that Todd brought with him. Get ready! Here comes The Pace 130 and Wheelnerds 65!
This week we speculate and ponder the existence of the as yet non-existent existence of Honda’s non-existent V4 sport bike. It doesn’t exist. Yet. Will it? We don’t know, but it sounds like the non-existent bike may exist some day. Whew. That went round the horn a bit. KTM gives us a new big Adventure bike and it’s powered by the RC8 mill. Question is, did the plob the lump in there, or do some reworking on it?
EBR tosses out some ideas on how better to support dealerships, and let’s slip a little info on the new EBR machines coming out in 2013. You on board? Triumph announces pricing on the new Trophy touring bike and clearly has BMW centered in their crosshairs.
Some brief commentary on the Fischer and CF Moto lower-cost alternative bikes, and does Can Am have something new up their collective sleeves…?
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James has habits an tics, and talks about some turn signal woes. He also loves his Sena headset , but needs to check out some hearing protection options. James will check back after heâ€™s tried some of the choices in a sample pack. It beats buying a new helmet! Zero doesnâ€™t have zero recalls, but if this is worst they need to deal with, then thatâ€™s Zero stress! Yamaha is building some machines in the US… is the market better? Is it a â€œbuild â€˜em where you sell â€˜emâ€ thing? Time will tell. The guys talk about an editorial from Motorcycle USA where sport bike enthusiasts thrash a Zumo 50 and have fun doing it! Did Harley really mean to use Brandoâ€™s name without permission, or was it just an oversight? Who knows? Not the guys, but that doesnâ€™t stop them from floating some ideas. Fortunately, thereâ€™s a new Kawasaki to talk about, and KTM and Bajaj continue to get closer and closer. They wrap up the show with some feedback and some discussion about possibilities of disabled and afflicted riders still enjoying the road and their machines.
And the guys promise to have the 2nd winner of the signed, updated edition of David Houghâ€™s Proficient Riding picked for next weekâ€™s show.
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., (YMUS) and Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC) announced today that the first production run of new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) models transferred to the U.S. from overseas facilities will take place this month at Yamahaâ€™s state-of-the-art factory in Newnan, Ga.
The start of new ATV production in Newnan is a major step forward in the companiesâ€™ long-term strategy to transfer the majority of Yamahaâ€™s worldwide ATV manufacturing to the United States. When complete, the production transfer could add 200 or more American jobs at Yamahaâ€™s U.S. factory as well as additional jobs at the 125 North American parts supplier companies. The specific ATV models will be announced on June 8 as part of Yamahaâ€™s worldwide unveiling of select 2012 model year products.
Cool article about small-bore scooters from an enthusiastâ€™s point of view
â€œTires squealing, at the very edge of control, for a brief moment I was Ben Bostrom with Tommy Hayden in hot pursuit. Then I looked at the speedometer: 34 mph. But perhaps most importantly, a mere few drops of gasoline consumed. â€
Harley gets sued – over Marlon Brandoâ€™s name on boots!
We kick this week’s show off with an early review of the Teiz Commute Suit. We discover that the BPG Uno III is more then meets the eye while KTM’s Freeride gets a little closer to production. The U.K. seems to be running out of money for speed cameras,Â N. H. Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles (NH CALM, aren’t they clever?) runs out of rope and Fox’s Shift brand runs away from the street apparel market. Oh, remember Bajaj? It seems that they’re doing pretty well.
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.