Episode 61: If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere!

Episode 61 - January 30, 2011
We 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.  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.

Episode 57: A Poppin’ Good Time

Episode 57 A Poppin’ Good Time
In this episode, Chris’s mic pops. A lot. Then we talk about the rave reviews of the Triumph Tiger 800 family, and James tells Chris how wrong he is about the apparent and rumored new Trophy. Chris fights back with more mic pops to no avail; he ends up on the ropes. Fortunately, the guys are distracted by a voice mail and some email feedback, and the whole mess is rescued when Swingset drops by to talk about his new Dual Sport Podcast and why you should never hang around a certain type of person or two, and why you shouldn’t ride your dual sport motorcycle to a children’s playground. Or something like that.
Also, please note, this is the last new episode of The Pace Motorcycle Podcast for 2010. We’ll be back after a break for the holidays in early January with fresh content, new interviews and a whole new list of things to talk about... Maybe Honda will release a new bike to talk about, eh? Happy Holidays, ride safe and take care everyone. And thank you for a great year of interaction with The Pace. You guys rock!

Episode 53: Daylight Target Acquired

Episode 53 - November 14, 2010
What happens when you’ve got 6 people in a mini van, a rider behind them and 10 miles of road on which to drive and ponder? Well, obviously, you discuss how best to take the rider out using a paintball gun. Poor James. If you’re reading our show ‘blog, you’ve no doubt seen some of Denise Dickenson’s ride reports. This week we invite Denise on the show to discuss her impressions after riding the VFR1200, and Denise’s history in riding in general. 180,000 miles on her FZ1. Let that sink in. After our discussions, we run through a few news items, including a big tire comparison article in Motorcycle USA, a Ninja 1000 review including pricing and some technical information, and the Tiger 800 gets priced (in Europe). If the pricing goes as expected, this will be a VERY competitively-priced product. Aerostich say Thank You to the vets with a 10% discount for active service members, and our “Genius or Madness” pick of the week falls a little on the “huh...?” side of things; The StreetRyder passenger grab handle. Just click and see. Inforoonies and linkydinks.

Episode 49: Triumphantly Honda!

Episode 49 - Oct 17, 2010
Ok, this is the last week we rag on the VFR. Really. I mean... we’ll try. But seriously, the VFR is rumored to be getting a big trailie sibling. That’ll be interesting to see. Right? We talk about how the EPA nerfs bench racing the ZX-10R, but the good news is no one will notice. I mean... who’s gonna wind that thing up that high, right? Triumph continues to be Triumph, and this time they’re doing it with a cruiser - giving away thousands of dollars worth of touring upgrades to the Bonne America. Speaking of Triumph, James talks about his test ride on the Sprint GT and by the sounds of it, one is headed for his garage soon Suzuki gets tricky with pricing on the GZ250, their entry level cruiser-esque bike. Looks like they’re blowing out old stock. Did we mention Triumph? ‘cause we get to see pictures of the upcoming 800 twin in its dirty clothes. Look out F800... The Tiger’s got its eye on your lunch! Guzzi updates the Norge/GT with suspenders and an engine update. Is this the first of the “full line revamp” we talked about a few weeks ago? Or is this maybe Guzzi parts-binning some updates on it before a big change...? Stay tuned. Great things could be headed our way from Carlo’s legacy. We’ll depress you with crappy sales numbers, then lighten the mood with helmets, pictures and contests. We’re like your cranky bipolar uncle, like that. Colleen gets the nod for the tool kit contest, with Sara getting a runner up mention. Rock on Sara! Craig... loved your kit, but hey... Barbie box. ‘nuff said. Stay tuned for more contest news, product reviews and more news about the upcoming video offerings. Big things in store!
Tool kit pictures. Colleen's winning kit:
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Colleen's Barbie Box toolkit

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Colleen's Barbie Box tool kit opened up

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Colleen's Barbie Box tool kit ready to use

Sara's runner up tool kit, rock hammer and all!
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Sara's joke entry, complete with rock hammer!