Episode 159 – More expensive than a Panigale… and less expensive than a Panigale

Episode 159 - More expensive than a Panigale… and less expensive than a Panigale Oct 30, 2013

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The E2E Rally is over and the tallying is all done. We announce the winners in this week’s show, and once again, a huge thank you to all the participants, and congratulations to our winners. In the news we discuss everything from new little scooters and small bore bikes, to new big behemoth power cruisers. Sena tells us all about their new offerings and Erik Buell Racing sets pricing on the street version of the 1190… and it’s pretty darned welcome news. Is Suzuki gonna give us a turbo mid-sized street bike? Well, there’s a concept and it seems to be met with praise on all fronts. So, if the court of public opinion matters, I’d say it’s a lock. Stay tuned…

Also, we have lots of feedback stored up for next week.

Rally Results:

  • First place - Entrant #43, Jack Starcher with 2020 points.

  • Second place - Entrant #179, Sandi Roush with 1906 points.

  • Third place - Entrant #69, Dan D’Assis with 1578 points.

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  • Site maintenance and possible down time

  • Round Table Show

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Competition Accessories’ Aeromoto Road Tech short gloves

48948_1As discussed in Episode 157, this week's gear review highlights the Aeromoto Road Tech short motorcycle gloves. These gloves are made from comfort-lined leather in a short or non-gauntlet sport style. The gloves have perforations along the inner grip of the fingers and have an open wrist with a strap-around retainer. As they are a shorter style with perforations, these gloves are best used in Summer, Spring and Autumn.The comfort lining does afford some resistance to cooler mornings (as I've experienced thus far this year). Construction and protection 48948_3The Road Tech gloves are designed to maintain a certain stiffness and structure to the body and fingers, while permitting very free movement at the various joints in the hand. I found the gloves to be stiff and protective without being fatiguing; I never felt like I was fighting the gloves while gripping the bars, twisting the throttle, or using the various controls. They are well articulated considering their seemingly more-than-ample protective design. The outer layer of the hands are protected by padded, metal inlay armor on the back of each finger, as well as a metal inlay carbon fiber floating puck for the third row of knuckles and the back of the hand. Considering the size and solidity of the knuckle protection, I never felt like the gloves were tiresome or uncomfortable. The puck floats on a grab-flap that isn't completely hard fixed to the back of the glove. Using the open-back grab flap as well as the palm flap, the wearer can easily pull the glove fully onto the hand, seating it completely. 48948_4In the grip area of the hand, across the top of the palm and in the crook between the index finger and thumb, lies is a layer of textured material that adds grip, again without increasing the amount of force or pressure it takes to move the hand and grip the bars. I'm not sure what this material is, but it feels substantial enough to add some additional protection. The palm and outside of the hand (the karate chop area) are covered with a second layer of leather, and the palm includes two plastic sliders at the heel. The additional layer of leather continues down to cover the wrist, while it is held closed by an ample amount of hook and loop textile fastener. Sizing and comfort glove1This particular pair of gloves is sized XL and seem to fit me better than most of that size. To put things in perspective, have a wider palm and thicker fingers; I wear a size 13 ring, but my finger length is typically better fit in a medium or large glove. While the palm fits me perfectly, I have a slight bit of room in the glove at the end of each finger, though considerably less than any other XL I might normally have to buy to fit my hands. As noted, the gloves are comfort lined and feel soft and compliant inside. The liner is not itchy, and helps provide a degree of insulation; while the gloves are not designed for hard Winter use, they've been very comfortable on some of our recent 50-degree mornings and I feel that I could easily wear these down to another ten degrees cooler. I'm looking forward to wearing them while using my heated grips in colder weather. Value glove4In a market where a comparable style of glove can be found at every level of quality and pricing, I find the current sale price of $119 US to be right in line with many upper tier offerings. I like the quality and construction of these Aeromoto gloves quite a bit. The balance of comfort, dexterity and protection is spot on. While I'm hard to fit for gloves and boots, the Road Tech gloves are closer to "just right" (for me) than any 20 or 30 pairs of gloves I can easily go and try. While a variety of gloves can be found at lower prices, the blending of comfort, fit and protection these gloves seem to exhibit make them a viable choice at this price point. Summary handsizeBefore reviewing these gloves, I'm not sure I would have bought them on my own as I hadn't heard of the brand before a few months ago, and their price point is on the high side of medial. Having now tried and reviewed two separate product offerings from Aeromoto, I can say that Competition Accessories has a winner in this brand, and I look forward to the name becoming more common in the market place, and in the gear closets of more riders. Now knowing what do about the brand's products, I can now say that yes I would, in fact, put my hard earned money toward these gloves. If you're looking for a premium quality glove, give these (and their gauntlet version) some serious consideration. I don't think you'll be sorry. About Competition Accessories Competition Accessories has grown from a tiny garage in 1961, to be one of the nations largest sellers of motorcycle gear and accessories.  The Catalog Outlet store and national headquarters sit in a state of the art 34,000+ sq/ft building just off I-77 where customers can come in and have access to over $2 million worth of the best gear on the market.  Our site is a candy store for the motorcycle enthusiast. It carries just about everything from a $4 can of spray cleaner to a nearly $1000 Arai limited edition helmet.

Episode 155 – That’s not OK

Episode 155 - That’s not OK. Sept. 9, 2013

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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 feedback@thepacepodcast.com.

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  • Kali customer service

  • Olympia customer service

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  • Jordan Yaruss

  • Max Wedge

  • Russell Hoffman

  • Jeff Katzer

Theme song composed and performed by Raoul Lowe

 

AeroMoto Sport Air Leather Jacket review on Episode 153

The good folks at Competition Accessories offered us an AeroMoto Sport Air Leather Jacket for review on the show. I don't want to give too much away, but I'll say this... I'm giving it a 4.5 out 5 stars. Listen to the beginning of Episode 153 for the full review. About the jacket: aeromotoThe Aeromoto Corsa Pro pants and Sport Leather Jacket are available in both solid and perforated (Air) versions.Constructed of premium cowhide leather, 1.2mm in the body and 1.4mm over the impact areas, these Aeromotoleathers will keep you comfortable and protected without breaking the bank. CE approved armor is found at theknees, elbows, and shoulders, and knee sliders are included with the pants. Connection zippers are included on boththe pants and the jackets, so if you have been in need of an inexpensive, but good quality two piece leather suit, waitno longer! The Aeromoto gear is simply the BEST quality for the Money you will find.. It is an Everyday Clearance!
  • 1.2mm (body) to 1.3mm (impact areas) premium leather construction for optimum protection, durability and comfort
  • 10mm thick memory foam back protector
  • CE approved shoulder and elbow protectors
  • Perforated leather in key areas for maximum ventilation
  • Extra padding is also provided via padded panels throughout the jacket
  • Pleated leather panels are used in multiple locations for the finest non-binding fit possible
  • Multiple stitched main seam construction for maximum tear resistance
  • Removable and washable quilted liner with a pocket zips in over a permanent mesh lining
  • Moisture wicking neoprene in the collar for maximum rider comfort
  • Zip open air vents are positioned on the chest and back of shoulders
  • Pre-curved arms for a perfect look, fit and for maximum riding comfort
  • Two front hand warmer pockets
  • Two inner pockets; one with zipper closure
  • Two waist connection zippers for any type of pant attachment
  • Extra long zipper pulls are used on all zippers
  • World famous YKK zippers
About Competition Accessories: Competition Accessories has grown from a tiny garage in 1961, to be one of the nations largest sellers of motorcycle gear and accessories.  The Catalog Outlet store and national headquarters sit in a state of the art 34,000+ sq/ft building just off I-77 where customers can come in and have access to over $2 million worth of the best gear on the market.  Our site is a candy store for the motorcycle enthusiast. It carries just about everything from a $4 can of spray cleaner to a nearly $1000 Arai limited edition helmet.

Episode 151 – Tucked man boobs and big white bellies

Episode 151 - Tucked man boobs and big white bellies July 9, 2013

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This week the guys are triumphantly back and triumphantly a day later than hoped... Eh, it happens. Anyway, the guys explore the new VStrom 1000, talk about Buell of India - sort of - and chat about the ongoing rumor out of Italy. Brammo on the rebound... er... recall list. And my goodness, there’s feedback aplenty. Plus... James gets a free tire! FREE TIRE!!! All this and more on The Pace Motorcycle Podcast, found along with the show notes at thepacepodcast.com.

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Questions from FB:

  • John Jones - Is anybody really going to buy a Honda Grom 125 for $2999 ... So freight prep documentation tax close to $4000.... Really?

  • Elizabeth Hearn - I want a pony.

  • Will Munck - Where do babies come from?

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  • Ed Hidden

  • Peter De Keles

  • James

  • Brad from Annapolis

  • Joon Orione-Kim

  • Jason Genego