Episode 61 - January 30, 2011We 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. Â 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 Poppinâ€™ Good TimeIn this episode, Chrisâ€™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 shouldnâ€™t ride your dual sport motorcycle to a childrenâ€™s playground. Or something like that.
Also, please note, this is the last new episode of The Pace Motorcycle Podcast for 2010. Weâ€™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!
- Tiger 800: First Ride(s)
- Feedback from Josh Davis on Triumph GT ( voice mail )
- Email from Matt regarding feedback on the ER6i earphones
- EMail feedback from Roland Cannon about Jamesâ€™ jacket and SV650.
Episode 53 - November 14, 2010
- The custom white VFR 1200 mentioned by Denise
- Street tire comparison discussion
- Ninja 1000 review
- I only mention this because the bike is getting a lot of press.
- Aerostich offering 10% discount to active service riders.
- As an expression of thanks to riders who serve our country, Aerostich/RiderWearHouse is pleased to announce a 10% Active Military Service Discount now available on all Aerostich branded RiderWearHouse catalog items, including Roadcrafter and Darien riding apparel.
- The Tiger 800s get prices in Europe
- Tiger â‚¬8,990
- Tiger XC â‚¬9,990
- BMW G800GS â‚¬10,200/$11,455
- 2010 Street Triple R â‚¬8,990/$9,599
- 2010 Thruxton SE â‚¬9,990/$9,349
- Do we wanna talk about WTF products?
Episode 49 -Â Oct 17, 2010
- Seasonal RF1100 Â update
- Itâ€™s Official. ZX-10R gets HP decrease for the US market
- 2011 America Classic Touring
- Sprint ST vs. Sprint GT
- James discusses his Sprint GT test ride
- weight difference (st - 530, gt - 590)
- It appears the GT fully replaces the ST for 2011-
- Suzuki drops the price of the GZ250 a full $1000 dollars, bringing it under $3k!
- First official pic of the Tiger 800
- Rumored big trailie from Honda based on the VFR1200
- Guzzi appears to be updating the Norge quite nicely
- Web Bike World reports that Q1/Q2 of 2010 roughly 17% down from Q1/Q2 of 2009
- Harleyâ€™s numbers are roughly 15% down, same article. The USâ€™s â€œHeavyweightâ€ sales are down 14.7% overall.
- HJC releases the RPS-10 which seems to slot in nicely to compete with the new Shoei Qwest