This week, James and Chris discuss brands... Toyota, Pepsi & Coke, IBM, Cisco... oh, and Harley-Davidson, too. Whatâ€™s the value of a brand? Youâ€™re guaranteed to walk away puzzled.The guys vamp over Hondaâ€™s new offering in the US, the NC700-X. Is that ABS in your auto-tranny, or are you just happy to be shifting? Yeah, something like that. Anyway, Hondaâ€™s new machine looks like the catâ€™s meow and makes a lot of sense... except for the parts that donâ€™t.
Have you ever wanted to see a KLR as designed by Chuck Norris and Randy â€œThe Macho Manâ€ Savage (he stopped designing Suzukis, after all)...? The Husqvarna Baja (concept) might be just what Ken â€œThe Doctor (of style) Johnsonâ€ ordered. Yeah, yeah... that was a stretch, I know. The Baja looks like a seriously badass version of what the KLR and other dirty, dirty dual-sports could be if theyâ€™re injected with testosterone and Hulk sweat. Give it a look.
Oh, and speaking of manly... Judge for yourself, the new Victory. Itâ€™s lean, itâ€™s pretty, itâ€™s poweful. Dredd it. Ok... ok, Iâ€™ll stop now.
The boys round out the show with some feedback, then turn the mics over to Joanne Donn, aka The Gear Chic, to give us some tips on how to shop for gear. These are some great tips and Joanne has a lot of information available. Check out her segment, then peruse her site for more detail. If Joanne survives the Arctic freeze in the great San Francisco tundra, look for future segments from her. The guys chipped in and bought her a kerosene heater from a second hand shop down on Hudson Street, but ya know... UPS just wonâ€™t ship kerosene in Harley-branded Coke bottles, so we hope sheâ€™ll be OK.
Harley makes Interbrand 100 list... again. But for how long...?
Chris admits that the Concours C-10 isnâ€™t so horrible. Then the guys talk about some information regarding Ethanol. Guess what...? If engines arenâ€™t optimized for alcohol, theyâ€™re not as efficient, so using Ethanol fuels in conventional engines just ainâ€™t getting it. Golly... imagine that.
After that, the guys talk about some French blood in Polaris, and what it means. Technology? People? More products? Only Polaris know, and theyâ€™re not talking. Well, not to The Pace, any way. But then, we didnâ€™t contact them at all. So yeah...
Oh, look... Bimota releases some new stuff. Ducati on â€˜roids? If itâ€™s just a Duc power plant, should we really even be making so many comparisons to Ducati at all? I donâ€™t know. Do you? I donâ€™t. Do you? â€˜cause I donâ€™t.
BMW gets less ugly with the newly revamped 800R. Nice(r) looking ride. I mean, itâ€™s no Ducati Indiana, but thank goodness, whatever could be, right?
Also, Iâ€™m listening to Sarah Haze while typing this. I discovered her when looking for podsafe music last year some time. Wow, total non-sequitur... just like the story about Ross Technologyâ€™s SuperHydroPhobic compound. What in the heck does that mean, and why does it matter to riders? Well, once you see the demo, itâ€™s way more sequitur than you might think. Or something like that. The stuff just throws water off like... uhm... something really water proof. Itâ€™s pretty amazing. Just watch the video.
Harley is still in business and shakes up the 2012 lineup a little bit. Nothing terribly startling, but there were a few mild surprises. And Yamaha jumps into the video game / anime / action tv series game with the Ryoku concept bike. Ok, none of that is true. Ruoku was a character in Dragonball-Z, or something. Now itâ€™s a Lego/Erector Set looking concept bike. It actually looks crazy-useful.
And we show you a map of Delawareâ€™s only twisty road, Rt. 82, aka Creek Road. Dragon, schmagon. Weâ€™ve got a road that follows a creek. For like 6 miles. Itâ€™s got some turns... ya know, thereâ€™s no way to spin this. â€œItâ€™s an awesome road... for being in Delaware.â€ There. Thatâ€™ll do.
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This week we open with the unexpected ways in which a new seat can change a bike and Chris' quest for gauges. We'll move on to some new headlight tech from BMW, new model news from MV and Indian and Husky sets up some new shops. Then we wrap it all up with some new email from you guys.
Scott Lewis found an MP3 in Little River Canyon AL
Well, let's see here. My bike blew up, I'm fixing it but I got a new one anyway and Chris preps his SV for it's first overnighter. We cover some news from Polaris and BMW, wrap up our conversation on that Erik Buell interview and then get in to lots of listener feedback. Thanks guys, keep it coming.