Episode 99: Shoppin’ with The Gear Chic

Episode 99 - Shoppin’ with the gear chic! Jan 22, 2012
This week, James and Chris discuss brands... Toyota, Pepsi & Coke, IBM, Cisco... oh, and Harley-Davidson, too. What’s the value of a brand? You’re guaranteed to walk away puzzled.The guys vamp over Honda’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, Honda’s new machine looks like the cat’s meow and makes a lot of sense... except for the parts that don’t. Have you ever wanted to see a KLR as designed by Chuck Norris and Randy “The Macho Man” Savage (he stopped designing Suzukis, after all)...? The Husqvarna Baja (concept) might be just what Ken “The Doctor (of style) Johnson” 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 they’re injected with testosterone and Hulk sweat. Give it a look. Oh, and speaking of manly... Judge for yourself, the new Victory. It’s lean, it’s pretty, it’s poweful. Dredd it. Ok... ok, I’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 won’t ship kerosene in Harley-branded Coke bottles, so we hope she’ll be OK. Links: Feedback:
  • Paul Hempel
  • Denver Conway
  • Joel Cramer
  • Andrew Myers
Opening music is No Way by Kunk  

Episode 70: The One Glaring Design Flaw

Episode 70: The One Glaring Design Flaw
This week James and Chris discuss “the one glaring design flaw” with James’ new Teiz Commute suit. Turns out, zippers don’t stop water. James has some ideas on a fix. Will he Betsy Ross it into submission and stop the water? Time will tell. Chris also tells us about *gasp* a new jacket. Go figure. This time it’s the Roadgear XTreme 4-season adventure-touring style ¾ jacket. He gives it two thumbs up, so far. Will rain and the coming Summer heat keep the jacket in favor? Time will tell. It’s Ducati, folks... do they really need to justify a 68% jump in sales? Do they? The guys don’t think so. Sales are up, sales are down. On the down side, Big Dog cycles seems to be riding the falling tide of Custom bike sales. Do all (Big) Dogs really go to Heaven? Time will tell. The town of Sturgis apparently has to pay a nickel every time someone says its name. Federal trademark for the organization that manages the famous bike rally. Will this hold up? Time will te... oh never mind. Jeff Gilbert lets us know about the “small sport bike” comparison found on SportRider.com. Thomas Hunt talks to us about riding in California, and Jamie Perkins wants to discuss riding in the “danger zone” between newbie and veteran. Where do we all fall in that range? Time will... really, I’ll stop now. The Pace has a Flickr group and again, we want to send a huge THANK YOU out to the community. You guys rock!
Opening music is No Way by Kunk

The Ducati Diavel

Episode 63: Ugg & Egg

Episode 63: Ugg & Egg.
“Tonight’s guest is a man who literally wrote the book on street riding.” David Hough joins us for a much appreciated interview. We learn a little about David himself as we discuss his history and his writing. Then we dive in and have a raw, open discussion about the state of motorcycle training and safety here in the US. David gives us his candid opinion on side cars, the Can Am Spyder, riding small bikes and how bigger isn’t always better. David’s books can be found on Amazon.com. http://tinyurl.com/6yafs8k
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Hough