Kawasaki wows us with a new Ninja 250, updated and modernized after 19 consecutive Millenia. Fuel injection and optional ABS are finally in the mix. Lookout, Honda. Who owns Ducati? Well, it’s not us. And apparently, it’s not the Germans. But it is. No, no… the OTHER Germans. The Italian ones. You know. SuperTrapp, that iconic 80s muffler manufacturer is alive and well, and buying up other companies. And S&S, the custom chopper engine manufacturer, gets a new line of customer. I mean, this is just a crazy week full of “huh, who knew?” kind of stories.
Colleen, Dawn and Carolyn take over this week while Chris and I sip umbrella drinks pool side. They talk about how they got their start on two wheels, what it’s like to ride alone and they respond to a couple questions submitted by listeners. Matt asked how he could get the women in his life interested in moving to the rider’s seat and Beth is in search of gear made for women. The ladies also choose the theme for our next photo contest. Oh, and there was something about a pillow fight…
This week we announce the winners of our first contest; best â€œmust haveâ€ gear item. We opine away on the Z750R and we talk about Harley-Davidson agreeing to stay in the home of Public Enemies. Speaking of bike makers, we link you to an interview with Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton. Is Norton the next Triumph? Continuing the opining, we (o)pine away for the Dorsoduro from Aprilia. Price is as yet unannounced, but being the experts on all things Aprilia (snerk!), we havenâ€™t a clue on the pricing but guess itâ€™ll be in line with the other big($) trailies. In gear talk James gives us some info on Shoei helmets including a new model to replace a long-standing favorite. Chris explains how when your Angel ST tires tell you itâ€™s time to park it, you really should listen. Some feedback and follow up, the contest announcements, and we exit with a quick tease of next weekâ€™s Female Riders show.
That’s right, swarf. You say you don’t know what swarf is? That’s OK, neither did we until we read about the recall on Honda’s VFR1200F. We’re also talking about PBR which apparently has nothing to do with bad American beer. It has everything to do with Kawasaki’s brand new ZX-10R. Speaking of Kawasaki, they’re looking for consumer input on the tiniest Ninja. We also talk about a good deal on an Italian bike (how often does that happen?), good brakes on a silly bike and some new-fangled, hi-tec armor.