Episode 174: Interview with Bill Dutcher
Recorded on: 5/29/2014
This week we have a conversation with Bill Dutcher. The founder and organizer of the largest multi brand motorcycle touring rally in the world, Americade.
The Pace Motorcycle Podcast would like to extend warm thanks to all the participants, and congratulations to the first, second and third place winners in our 2013 Equinox To Equinox photo rally.
First place – Entrant #43, Jack Starcher with 2020 points. Jack won a prize pack including gifts and prizes from RevZilla, MotorcycleGear.com, and PJ’s Parts. Revzilla included a pair of their Rokker Original motorcycle riding jeans.
Second place – Entrant #179, Sandi Roush with 1906 points. Sandi won a prize pack including gifts and prizes from MotorcycleGear.com and PJ’s Parts. MotorcycleGear.com included a Twenty-20 helmet camera and as Sandi is a camera buff, this gift worked out perfectly.
Third place – Entrant #69, Dan D’Assis with 1578 points. Dan won a prize pack including gifts and prizes from Kali Protectives, MotorcycleGear.com and PJ’s Parts. Kali Protectives included a Nira-CF helmet.
Congratulations to our winners, and again, a warm and heartfelt thank you to all the participants. Running a contest this long and involved, we got to interact with a lot more listeners than in our normal feedback and Q&A communications, and it has been a humbling and wonderful experience. Thank you so much.
The Pace Podcast, James and Chris, would like to extend deep thanks to the sponsors of the 2013 E2E rally:
Kali Protectives – Kali Protectives designs, builds and distributes lines of protective helmet for bicyclists, snow mobile riders and motorcyclists (including dirt and street). Using their unique Composite Fusion technology, Kali builds their helmets differently, fusing the eps foam liner to the outer shell, thus creating a helmet that is stronger, lighter and designed to be safer than a normal multi-piece helmet design. Check out the full story on how Kali builds their helmets at their website. Kali also makes body armor and other protective gear and apparel.
RevZilla – RevZilla Motorsports was founded by a core team of riders whose sole goal was bringing the best possible shopping experience to any enthusiast who visits in-store or online. RevZilla knows that a large and rider-specific product selection is a commodity within the world of motorcycle gear and parts web sites. There is a lot of competition out there and many retailers and distributors seem to have overlapping product selections. Whether online or in their Philadelphia showroom, the customer always comes first and “… we do our darndest to make sure that each customer has an experience which is exemplary of our brand.” RevZilla carries a full complement of riding gear and casual apparel across a wide selection of features and price points, as well as tires, parts and accessories for motorcycles of all styles and brands. Check out RevZilla’s website.
MotorcycleGear.com – MotorcycleGear.com is a family run business dedicated to bringing you all the best new motorcycle apparel and accessories AND the best values in their closeout department. They’ve been in business for over a decade and are going strong. Their business continues to grow with the support of their customers and largely without paid advertising. That means people like you are telling their motorcycling friends about MotorcycleGear.com every day. Many of MotorcycleGear.com’s long time customers will remember them as New Enough. The owners, Paul and Holly, established New Enough in 1998 out of a closet in their home. Originally it was a buy-sell-trade site for used leathers but quickly evolved into a full service online retailer of only new products. In 2011 New Enough Leathers became MotorcycleGear.com. Check out their story and excellent customer service for yourself.
PJ’s Parts – PJ and Paige are two avid motorcyclists, both former Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoaches who own and operate PJ’s Parts. One of their main goals is to personally serve each and every customer. “… our customers are not just an order number…” PJ and Paige are passionate about motorcycling, and they bring that passion into their work. They enjoy attending races and meeting up with friends friends and customers to go riding, especially at Deal’s Gap, NC, which is just half an hour from their home. PJ’s Parts distributes and sells a full selection of parts, accessories, riding gear and casual apparel. Check out PJ’s Parts on their website.
Without the generosity and willingness to get involved, our prize closet for this event would have been considerably less impressive. Special thanks to Jason & Frank at Kali, Anthony and Lee at Revzilla, Nate at MotorcycleGear.com and PJ and Paige at PJ’s Parts.
Episode 159 – More expensive than a Panigale… and less expensive than a Panigale
Oct 30, 2013
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.
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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Round Table Show
Episode 145 – A Goldwing Ridgeline
April 14, 2013
Short show this week. We have a quick product review for S3 cases, then talk about a few brief news items. Then we dive into feedback and give a rally update. Really… that’s all there is. Oh, and we figure that the best thing Honda can do is make a Goldwing branded Ridgeline pickup truck. I think James almost barfed a little at that one.
Stéphane Lafrance – is the ST1300 a good choice?
Frank Luo – SV, Ninja 650, ER6N?
Elliot Williams – Thruxton or Street Triple?
Episode 144 – The Rally Gross Episode!
March 24, 2013
Rally info! This episode we go over the initial info on the rally. 101 entrants so far! You guys are killing it. We talk about some feed back and as for news… oh yeah… nada. Zilch. Zippo. Nuttin’ Honey!
Quick question on the bonuses. What if one dealer has both Ural and Royal Enfield. Can I submit 2 pictures of the same dealer for both categories?
The category Covered Bridges seemed simple enough until I did some research. There are a host of Covered Bridges that may not be what you intended. I give you two examples from lunch hour. Bridge 1 is very old and spans a dam but it is a walking bridge only and leads to the mill on the left. Bridge 2 looks to be newish, spans a creek or dry wash and was probably never driven over by anything bigger than a bicycle. They are bridges (they span something) and they are covered. Do these count or not count? Thanks.
I have a question. How do you score it when a picture contains multiple things as this one does? There are two separate historical markers. The one on the right is for Warner Mifflin and the one on the left is for the Motherkiln Friends Meeting House.
Episode 138 – Ride the monster
February 3, 2013
Short and quick show this week. Not much in the news and it seems everyone is busy with The Wintery Winterness of Winter. Anyway, the guys speculate on KTM and Husqvaran’s bright new future. After such a quiet and tight-lipped deal, speculation is all we have, and we wring it for all its worth, like the proverbial turkey’s neck on Thanksgiving.
Zeeeeeeeeeeeeee Twooooo Fiddy! Kawasaki introduces the tiny Ninja’s standard version to the world, and does that mean a 300-sized version for the US market? SPECULATION! It abounds. Learn to love it; it’s all we gots.
Then there’s feedback and linky-links and more discussion fodder. Enjoy!
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.