This week we speculate and ponder the existence of the as yet non-existent existence of Honda’s non-existent V4 sport bike. It doesn’t exist. Yet. Will it? We don’t know, but it sounds like the non-existent bike may exist some day. Whew. That went round the horn a bit. KTM gives us a new big Adventure bike and it’s powered by the RC8 mill. Question is, did the plob the lump in there, or do some reworking on it?
EBR tosses out some ideas on how better to support dealerships, and let’s slip a little info on the new EBR machines coming out in 2013. You on board? Triumph announces pricing on the new Trophy touring bike and clearly has BMW centered in their crosshairs.
Some brief commentary on the Fischer and CF Moto lower-cost alternative bikes, and does Can Am have something new up their collective sleeves...?
Feedback bonanza! Buell gets cash! Audi needs to learn how to stand on its own two wheels. The Street Single! Yeah... lots of amazing stuff. You can tell by all the exclamation marks. We speculate on things. We guess. We assume. We pontificate, and hey... we advise. But we do all with gusto and verve.
Also, if you have a picture you’d like to see added to The Pace’s website’s front page, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make it happen. Our site was hacked and when we rebuilt the site, we didn’t put the graphics back to what we had yet. This is your chance to shine. It’s your time. It’s you! YOU! You could have your pictures featured on The Pace in perpetuity. Or at least for a really long time. You got game? Who cares...? We don’t want your game. That’s silly. Just your pics.
This week the guys bring you a plethora of... well, they talk a lot. Home modified iPhone mounts. GPS it with Navigon: redux. Jamesâ€™ Sena saga may finally be over. Hereâ€™s hoping. April is the AMAâ€™s Get Out And Ride Month, which means The Paceâ€™s loyal listeners are just doing what they do every day. Right? RIGHT? Get out and ride. Go on, get out of here, kid.
Triumph is 110 years old. Bonnie doesnâ€™t look a day over 60, and man oh man, does she wear it well. Want to get an idea of how youâ€™ll sit on a couple of hundred bikes? Hit up Cycle-Ergo.com and check out the comparisons. Very nice feature. Armored underwear is awesome, and Knox has what you need.
The guys follow up the news with some listener questions and feedback.
This week we discuss James' impressions of the Tiger 800, the great customer service he receives at his Triumph dealer, and how Chris hates allergies. The Trophy rumors are rearing their heads again; are they real? Hero of India backs Buell, and two Superbike teams. The Brain is better on a bike, so sayeth MotorcycleInsurance.com.
Gary Budzien gives us his impressions of the IMS for 2012, and Gear Chic's Joanne Donn talks about Sport bike myths.
This week, The Pace Podcast discusses Mosha, the elephant with the prosthetic leg, and how Moshaâ€™s life has changed since her unfortunate accident. After Mosha, the guys talk about... wait, no, none of that is true at all. James and Chris do, however, discuss Hong Kongâ€™s adoption of Brammo electric bikes for urban patrol use. The news is rife with V-Strom goodness, both the newly designed 650 and the big-boy legacy 1000.
Speaking of big-boy toys, Triumph releases a new Tiger, and itâ€™s bigger and better than ever. Honda gives us.... (insert drumroll here)... a new Crosstourer based on the concept bike shown at last yearâ€™s international motorcycle shows. Oh, and E-15 is going to end the world. Fortunately, Mosha is ready for the challenge.
James tells us about his new top case, finally delivered and installed by Triumph, and how it brings a completeness and whole-life synergy to his commuting and luggage-using lifestyle. (donâ€™t mind me, Iâ€™ve been in a lot of marketing meetings lately)
The guys discuss the local weather lately, and how the strange yellow ball in the sky has finally returned to rain down its lovely light upon us all (or some wacky stuff like that), infusing us all with positive energy, and bringing forth new ways of looking at the sky as a metaphor for life. (somebody stop me)
James also talks about the limits of the Teiz Commute suit in the weather, and then gives us all some information on a few of the farkles heâ€™s added to his bike and smart phone, bringing synergy and convergence to.... ya know, I just donâ€™t really know how to complete that sentence without it sounding like a marketing slogan from some non-descript â€œbusiness consulting firmâ€ that never really explains what they do and charges you $550 per hour for the convenience of that lack of understanding.
So weâ€™re not going to do that.
Because we canâ€™t charge you.
The guys also talk about the new Honda cross-genre bike being developed for the world market. Since the new machine is named after one of the Acura car models, and Honda being a division of the Honda corporation, we see that synergy taking shape in the form of... wait, sorry... Iâ€™m doing it again.
Yamaha cements their place in the 2012 US motorcycle marketplace by redefining market expectations with its strong commitment to legacy and the common paradigm, while envisioning a new tomorrow with... DAMN IT! Stop it. Yeah, Yamaha announces the 2012 models.
Links, in synergistic symbiosis with the digital... STOP IT!!!
The on-going saga of the SV's self consuming engine comes to a favorable end and the Sprint gets a grip. It's not all rainbows and unicorns though, Chris has his own tale of motorcycling woe to impart this week.
It looks likeÂ Husqvarna has a promising new street bike in the pipe and Honda may have a new middleweight nudie bike (we hope!). Canada gets serious about noise, Aerostich wants to let use your smartphone with gloves on and we have lots of good stuff from listeners like you. There's a gear review from Josh Davis, a video from Paul Jones, an audio sample from Jeff Gilbert and recommendations from Todd Lampone and Matt.