I would like to share a paraphrased excerpt from the conversation that Chris and I had just prior to recording this episode. It went a little something like this…
Me: I know we have a lot of news to catch up on this week AND we need to get caught up on feedback but we have a ton of stuff from Americade. Whatdaya think if we just focus on that and the interview with Lee?
Chris: Ok, I’ll start a show doc for 177 and move everything over.
Me: Great. We’ll do 35 or 40 minutes plus the 25 minute interview and were good.
With that in mind, We proudly present our longest episode ever. All two hours and fifteen minutes of it.
This week James and I discuss what we did on Christmas vacation, our websites, and James’ warm hands with his new deer carcasses.Â We also talk about how Chevy is designing cars like sport bikes, and just how wrong I am about the aesthetics of Ducatis.
While we’re at it, we discuss all sorts of interesting things about roadway designs. Are left turns going to be made illegal? Does Jersey have the right idea? Are circles your friends?
We answer couple of email and phoned-in questions, and we help promote NewEnough’s name change to MotorcycleGear.com. We both agree that the new name is a good move, if a little bland and generic. Good luck and congrats on the new name, guys!
And now… Links!
Moto Guzzi MGS01 spotted at a track in the UK. MCN was there to let us hear it and see it in action.
With a visit and a little help from Prubert Claus, James & I bring you some selections from our Holiday Gift List. We highlight some things that we have and can recommend, as well as make some suggestions that we… er… your loved ones would like to see under the tree. With our… uh… the listenersâ€™ best interests in mind, we try to offer some suggestions that span the range of usefulness and silly, and at all the typical price points. Just for the record, Iâ€™m going to need tires by spring and Iâ€™m thinking a nice set of Pilot Road 2s in your standard 120/180 pairing would be great. Ya know… as an example.
We also bring you some suggestions from the listeners by way of email and voice mail, and Prubert weighs in with some great additional ideas.
“According to the report, which was funded by the insurance industry, riders younger than 21 have a claims rate 10% higher in states that require them to take training courses, compared with states that do not require such courses.”
â€œThe same study found that antilock brakes on motorcycles play a significant role in reducing crashes. The group says bikes with antilock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in fatal crashes than those without them. Motorcycle models with antilocks also have 22% fewer damage claims per insured vehicle year (a â€œvehicle yearâ€ refers to one vehicle insured for one year).â€