Batten down the hatches and unfurl the sails...Â though, if your bike has hatches and sails, we want pics... and make way for the mountains. Nautical talk in the mountains, you say? On a motorcycle? What madness is this? The Adirondacks, son... and Lake Placid. Is Lake Placid even big enough for sailing ships? Who cares; we'll go, we'll ride, we'll party. That's right, the 2012 Pace Motorcycle Podcast's riding trip has been decided. We're doing the 'Dacks. Plan on a long weekend in and around lovely Lake Placid, New York, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Adirondacks offer some wonderful scenery, some great riding, and a plethora of places to unwind after a day in the saddle. The trip is planned for a long weekend, July 27th through the 30th. Anyone wanting to join the ride up is welcome. We'll plan on leaving the Wilmington, Delaware area early on Friday the 27th, and arrive in Lake Placid in time for dinner. We'll be home-basing at the Econolodge in the town of Lake Placid. As the time draws closer, we'll be planning day-ride routes, group dinners and hopefully The Pace will be able to set up a few microphones and talk to some attendees. Please share your route and must-see destination ideas. Tracy Road is already on the list. So let's hear it - routes, restaurants, day-stops, overlooks, etc. What's on your list? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 61 - January 30, 2011We open up the show with some email feedback about recent topics. We discuss what we saw at the NYC IMS and field a question from voice mail about the show, then wrap up with some news and information. Oh, and my computer lost power early in the recording session. A brief public service tech note: when the power cord comes out and your battery is 6 years old, you'll lose power pretty quickly. Frankie boy sang about it. Its skyline is magnificent. Millions of people live, work and flock there all the year through. It's New York, my friends. And we were there again this year to immerse ourselves in the motorcycle awesomeness that is the International Motorcycle Show. We saw lots of interesting accessories and gear choices, including new additions to the textile riding suit market, a cool Schuberth comms system, and the newer models of helmets. Oh and polishing compounds. Lots and lots of polishing compounds. Everyone wants to be shiny, right? Kawasaki seems to really have a hit on their hands with the Ninja 1000. People seem to love the bike, and also seem to like its versatility. Time will tell, but so far it's gaining attention. Triumph has hit it so far out of the park with the Tiger 800 family, that even the view from high above The Big Apple isn't enough to see it. Â Their Sprint GT seems to be a great freshening of a beloved sport-tourer. The Tiger's torque curve is nothing short of amazing! BMW's R1000 is STILL drawing dense crowds and lots of attention. They really seem to have gotten it right. When talking about the Yamaha Super Tenere we looked at, we also discuss an email from Ryan with his impressions of the bike as seen at another show. I also give my impressions of the FZ8, completely from an aesthetic point of view. James won this round. I fully agree; the looks are... interesting. The Shoei Qwest seems to be a great entry in the street helmet market and we look forward to hearing more about it. Anyone have on yet? James buys some gear and gives us his impression of the CBR250R, and ROK Straps helps us get into the show. After the IMS discussion, we talk about a news item or two, including the fact that electric motorcycle manufacturer, Zero Motors, is building a new assembly plant. Scott Bolton takes us out with a preview of the upcoming MotoGP racing season. Thanks, Scott! Opening music, No Way by Kunk.