Cafe Racer Podcast / ADV Cafe A short podcast about motorcycling and a vlog about the intersection of Cafe Racer and Road Trip.

24Aug/140

Episode 62 – Back together again

Crash and Steve are back together again. Steve rode a Royal Enfield Continental GT. Crash signs up for the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.

Support the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

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13Aug/140

Episode 61 – Moterrific Guest!

Crash is joined by Cristi from the Moterrific podcast.

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3Aug/140

Episode 60 – Hardtack

Stephen goes it alone....

 

Rob, Will, and Michael, join Stephen while Crash is out at Sea....

Hardtack bread from long ago!

Hardtack bread from long ago!

 

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Get Out 2 Garrapata!

 

 

21Jul/141

Episode 59 – Technology Sucks!

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Cafe´ Inspired!

 

Crash and Stephen talk about first impression of the H-D Street 750, the Stelvio taking yet ANOTHER crap, and other motorcycle nonsense.

 

2Jul/140

Episode 58 – Now with 50% less fat!

We bring you a quick episode before the 4th of July weekend.

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21Jun/140

Episode 57 – Project LiveWire and the Streets

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Crash and Stephen discuss Harley Davidson's Project LiveWire and the new Streets.

Harley Davidson Street

https://www.h-dmedia.com/hd_mediasite/motorcycles/2015/street/XG500.asp
https://www.h-dmedia.com/hd_mediasite/motorcycles/2015/street/XG750.asp

H-D Project LiveWire

https://www.h-dmedia.com/hd_mediasite/news/2014/0619.asp

First ride by CW,

http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/06/19/harley-davidson-livewire-electric-motorcycle-first-ride-review-photos-video/

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/620/18702/Motorcycle-Article/Project-LiveWire--First-Harley-Electric-Motorcycle.aspx

 

31May/140

Episode 56 – Overland Expo Recap

Steve and Crash talk about their trips to and from Overland Expo, the expo itself, and some of the other cool stuff that happened to them over the last few weeks. The podcast finally has a Patreon page and you can now support us!

 

Cafe Racer Podcast Patreon Page

Links to Overland Expo stuff!

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21May/140

2014 Overland Expo Interview Extravaganza

Steve and I interview many people at the 2014 Overland Expo in Mormon Lake, AZ.

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Danell Lynn's 2006 Bonneville with Giant Loop saddlebags

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Tiny Bikes Big Change planned route

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Ted Simon

Local Motors

Danell Lynn Black Tie 2 Black Top

Up and Out Energy

Butler Maps

Lost for a Reason

Tiny Bikes Big Change

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4May/140

More Overland Expo prep….

The fine folks at ROK Straps were kind enough to send me a pair of their Motorcycle Stretch Straps. These are a two piece strap that has an elastic end on one side.

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These are the 60" version and have orange stripes on the elastic end. The ROK Straps are much easier to use than the double d-ring straps that come with the dry bag I'm using. You just connect the side release buckles and pull the slack until you get some tension on the elastic. Quick and easy.
I'll post a review on how they hold up after the trip.

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30Apr/140

Countdown to the Overland Expo….

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"Like Burning Man, the Baja 1000, and the invasion of Kuwait all put together—and no one is shooting at you! (Hopefully). Not to be missed." Mark, Flagstaff

 

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Crash and I continue to prep for our trip to the 2014 Overland Expo in Arizona. This week I'll be checking valve clearances and changing fluids. I think Crash will be polishing chrome....

During our last episode I said that I'd publish my ride route from Florida. Click on the images for links to the Google maps.

 

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24Apr/140

See all the thrills, stories, and races from Why We Ride without having to leave your home TONIGHT!

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Why We Ride is now available On Demand through Comcast Xfinity:

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Why We Ride will be available on the following service providers starting May 10th:
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20Apr/140

Episode 55 Preparations and Electrical Gremlins

Crash and Stephen discuss electrical issues and getting ready for the Overland Expo. 

 

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15Apr/140

Bonus Episode – Dapper Motorcyclery

Crash interviews Danny and Ron from The Dapper Motorcyclery

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10Apr/142

Guzzi Steve’s MS5000 Ride….

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I am joining with Paul Pelland (LongHaulPaul) to help raise money for the fight agaist MS.

Multiple Sclerosis affects people in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50. Every hour someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. More than 2.5 million people worldwide live with this unpredictable disease. The symptoms of MS are different for everyone - the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.

I plan on riding 5000 miles in 50 days and I need your support. Please visit my personal donation page and contribute whatever you can. Click the link below or the image to go to my site. Thank you!

Guzzi Steve's MS5000 Ride!

31Mar/142

Episode 54 – I want an SR400!

Stephen & Crash continue to extoll the virtues of the new and technologically advanced offerings from Big Blue. (Thats sarcasm folks)

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18Mar/140

Bonus Episode – Interviews from the Cafe Racer Village at the Daytona 200

Stephen interviews Jacqui Van Ham of Victory Motorcycles, Ben Boyle of Benderwerks, and Rudy Schachinger of Barn Luck during the Cafe Racer Village event at the AMA Pro Racing's Daytona 200.

Thanks to Sasha Valentine and Breeann Poland of Motomediaxxx for putting on this great event!

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16Mar/140

Episode 53 – No Music Tonight!

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Stephen and Crash talk about MotomediaXXX's Cafe Racer Village at the Daytona 200 and hanging with our buddy Cristi Farrell. We also discuss the Yamaha SR400 and Victory Gunner

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Victory Gunner

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4Mar/140

Cafe Racer Village at the Daytona 200

 

 

 

 

 

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Press Release

 

2/28/14

 

Baltimore, MD

 

Moto Media XXX will make its debut at the AMA Pro Road Racing event in Daytona Beach, Florida for the Daytona 200 Weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Moto Media XXX was formed during the 2013 off-season.  Breeann Poland, former AMA Pro Road Racing Team Manager and Sasha Valentine, Co-Founder of the International Blog site Café Racer XXX have come together to create Moto Media XXX.  Moto Media XXX is a marketing and promotions company dedicated to preserving and growing the race scene and supporting the overall motorcycle lifestyle.  The main goal is to drive up fan attendance and provide entertainment for fans of all ages at the track.  We also plan to create custom events in the motorcycle community.  We will offer marketing services and social media services to racers to help build their programs and attract sponsors.

 

“We saw a need for more to do at the track, says Poland. “While the racing is top notch many fans, sponsors and teams are left wandering aimlessly throughout the tracks during race weekends.  It has become harder for fans to justify spending money to go the track and not bringing friends and family along.  We aim to have a little something for everyone to enjoy.  Each track will have a custom event geared for the local demographics and track layout.”

 

At Daytona International Speedway, we have been lucky enough to have an opportunity to support the Sprint FANZONE with a “Café Racer Village”.  Moto Media XXX will provide an array of entertainment including a DJ spinning music all day, a custom motorcycle village lined with builders and their displays including: Café Racer XXX, Loaded Gun Customs, Triumph America, Soul Custom, Old Soul Young Blood, TT Motosport, Hangar Cycleworks, Rusted Jalopy, Benderwerks , and Why We Ride.  Not only will some of the latest builds and merchandise be on display, but builders may be finishing off their latest builds in real time.  Fans will be able to ride their builds into the fan zone to be part of a bike show.  Swag giveaways by Ace Café and Café Racer TV and MotoArt by muchomoto.  “Real Talk” will be hosted by Kevin Dunworth (of Loaded Gun Customs and Café Racer XXX) that will highlight builder and race personalities at the event.

 

Moto Media XXX will also be supporting select AMA Pro Flat Track events throughout the season.  “Two wheels translate and we really want to drum up excitement within the two wheel community and drive support to the races where it is greatly needed, says Valentine.”

 

Thanks to the great folks at AMA Pro Racing and Daytona International Speedway for having faith in us and allowing us to take part in this great event.

 

For more information on Moto Media XXX, please visit our website atmotomediaxxx.com

3Mar/142

Episode 52 – Crash in San Diego

Crash moves to San Diego and has a visit in Los Angeles with Cristi Farrell from the Moterrific Podcast .

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The Cafe Racer Village at the Daytona 200!

Old Soul Young Blood Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Long Haul Paul's MS5000 Motorcycle Challenge

Nano Tips

13Feb/140

Parade Laps at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Had a great time at PBIR with the Tenni on the track.

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6Feb/143

Episode 51 – Hanging with Alonzo

The boys hang with special guest Alonzo Bodden and talk bikes and racing.

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31Jan/140

Bonus Episode – Interviews from the Dania Vintage Bike Show

Stephen interviews Scudman, Richard Nixon, and Around the World Doug from the Dania Beach Vintage Bike Show. Photo Jan 25, 10 21 25

http://www.daniabeachvintagebikeshow.com/bike-show-results-pictures.html

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=948004&highlight=guzzis

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=516355

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27Jan/140

Episode 50 – Dania Beach Wrap-up

Steve talks about his trip to the Dania Beach Motorcycle Show. Crash talks about his trip to San Diego.

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10Jan/140

2013 Photo Contest Bonus Episode

We announce the winners of the photo contest and keep you guys updated on what's happening with the show. Also, Steve interviewed someone from Empire Covers. Check his review out here on the site for more information.

Winners

 

Empire Covers

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2Jan/143

Episode 49 – Gear for the Discerning Cafe rider

Steve and I are joined by Joanne Donn, the Gear Chic, to talk about gear options for riders that want both style and protection.

 

CB450 by Hangar

Vanson Leather

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Force Field Armor

180 Stove

Gear Chic

Moterriffic Podcast

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26Dec/130

Twitter

In case you didn't know... you can follow us on Twitter at @caferacerpod

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25Dec/130

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The fine folks at the Cafe Racer Podcast / ADV Cafe would like to wish all our friends and listeners a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

May the New Year bring you all good fortune and smooth pavement!

Crash & Guzzi Steve

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25Dec/130

Mountain Roads from Kelly M.

This week we received a letter form Kelly M. with some great road suggestions in North Carolina. Keep em coming!

 

Steve and Crash,
I just finished listening to episode 48 and have a suggestion for good routes in the NC mountains. Just about any road marked on the America Rides Maps is a good one: http://americaridesmaps.com/. I make three or four trips to the mountains each year and use these maps to plan my routes. Just string the recommended roads together, program them on the GPS, and I have a nice loop of about 150 to 190 miles. That makes a good day of riding.

My favorite roads are NC181 (http://www.motorcycleroads.us/roads/nc181.html) and TN352/NC212/NC208. TN321/TN67 by the TVA Watauga Reservoir is a nice road, and NC621 south of Roan Mountain is very technical and fun. A smaller bike would have an advantage on that road.

I don't find too much gravel on the mountain roads. Sometimes you have to watch out for gravel around curves because of driveways or over-wash from the hills. I worry more about coming up on a bicyclists or people crossing the center line on turns.

I enjoy your podcast! Thank you for bringing it to us.

Thanks,
Kelly M.
Raleigh, NC

20Dec/130

Episode 48 – Guzzi Cafe

Crash and Steve talk a lot about Steve's favorite thing, Moto Guzzi. We also ramble some about some fun motorcycle roads, our viewing of the Cafe Racer show, the upcoming Overland Expo and assorted other things. Sponsored by 180stove.com

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180 Stove

Overland Expo

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Wolf Pen Gap Road 

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13Dec/130

EmpireCovers American Armor Motorcycle Cover – First Look

This week we received an American Armor Motorcycle cover  from EmpireCovers to test and review. EmpireCovers has been in the business for almost 10 years producing covers for pretty much anything on wheels. For motorcycles they make seven different models. SEVEN!  The American Armor is their top of the line cover featuring a Basofil fireproof lining and is advertised as being 100% US made.

The American Armor model appears to be the top of the line when it comes to motorcycle covers. Out of all seven models it has the highest price-point. It's also a very large cover. When I first opened the box I was surprised at the size of it.

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The cover came packed in a stuff bag along with a few other items including a gust guard kit and two white dog bone looking tabs. These appear to have adhesive on one side. The gust guard kit includes four clips that attach to the cover and two bungie cords. These clips are not a permanent mount and can be moved anywhere you need them to be. I am not really sure what the dog bones do but I'm sure we'll find out soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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As you can see in this photo, this cover is larger than a full-face helmet when packed in the stuff sack. I don't think this was intended as a travel cover in the first place but more for storage at a single location. If you don't have a garage or carport, this is an excellent all-weather alternative. The cover has a Basofil proprietary heat resistant inner lining so the cover can be placed on the bike as soon as it's parked. The outside is DuPont Tyvek and it's 100% waterproof and breathable. It is also 100% made in America.

We will be interviewing the good people of Empire and I'll be posting a full review soon so stay tuned!

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7Dec/130

Episode 47 – Revival Rally

Steve and Crash go live from the Revival Rally in Florida.

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5Dec/130

Bonus Episode – AIM Expo

Steve recorded some interviews a while back at the AIM Expo and Crash forgot about them. Here they are!
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22Nov/130

Episode 46 – Ranting and Raving

Steve and Crash rant about driving situations on the road while discussing the Cafe Racer TV show. Honda introduces slightly different version of the CB1100. We talk about 2 more giveaways and some other fun events coming up soon.

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Revival Rally

Coverville Coverthon

Why We Ride Film

Iron & Clematis

Cafe Racer TV

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21Nov/130

Interview with Jamie Robinson

Crash interviews Jamie Robinson from MotoGeo

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7Nov/130

Episode 45 – AIM Expo Wrap Up

Steve and Crash discuss the AIM Expo, Crash's recent work trip to San Diego, and some of the stuff coming out of EICMA. This episode sponsored by Cafe Racer TV and the MSTA.

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Cafe Racer TV

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27Oct/130

Bonus Episode – Barber Interviews 2

Part 2 of the interviews from Barber Vintage Fest.

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24Oct/130

Bonus Episode – Barber Interviews 1

This is the first set of interviews that Steve got while at the Barber Vintage Fest.

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14Oct/132

Episode 44 – Barber Vintage Fest

Steve went to the Barber Vintage Fest. Lucky guy. Chris lives vicariously through his experiences. We also talk about our experiences with the 180 Stove.

Cafe Racer TV Youtube Channel

Kinder Rider Inc

180 Stove

Barber Motorsports Park

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28Sep/132

Episode 43 – Live from the Vintage Iron Club

Steve joins me from the monthly bike meet of the Vintage Iron Club. We talk about all kinds of stuff and give away one of the Visor Vision Visor Cleaning Sponges.

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13Sep/130

Episode 42 – Fight the Power!

Short list of notes equals lots of rambling from Crash and Guzzi Steve. We talk about our bike nights, cops, new Royal Enfields and the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Royal Enfield Continental GT

North County Ton Up

Skagit Valley Mods and Rockers

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28Aug/130

Episode 41 – In Case of Emergency

Possible Ducati Scrambler. Royal Enfield Cafe Racer. Road closed to bikes near Ace Cafe. ICEdot. Steve bought a new bike.

Special Sale at BMW Motorcycle of Pensacola

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Enfield Cafe Racer

Ace Cafe Road Closure

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14Aug/131

Bob Gilbert Interview

Stephen interviews Bob Gilbert from Bob's British Bike Company

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Bob's British Bike Company

Vintage Iron Club

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14Aug/130

Episode 40 – Bike Night Success

Stephen and I each held our own bike nights, Stephen reviews a cool backpack, Horex makes a retro VR6 and more.

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Sid Biberman Passes away

Bob’s British Bike Company

Horex VR6 Classic

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Remember to use code: caferacerpod at Kriega.com for free shipping!

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27Jul/131

Interview with Alex from Metal 305

Stephen interviews Alex at Metal 305

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27Jul/130

Episode 39 – Trip Recaps

I rode 4000 miles and talk about it. Stephen visited Metal 305 and talks about. Also we talk about other stuff.

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21Jun/132

Episode 38 – Rambling with Stephen

Special guest host means special long rambling podcast. Also, there was no news.

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27May/130

Episode 37 -Concept 90

BMW Concept 90 video. The Long Ride Home. 90 Years of TT Side Cars.

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90 Years of Side Cars

Pace Podcast Rally

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30Apr/130

Episode 36 – Bonneville Riders Needed

I'm back. My truck lives to fight another day. MCN needs Bonneville riders. Piaggio/Vespa off free gas. Motorcycle Cop POV video. On Any Sunday gets a sequel.

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Bonneville Riders Needed

Free Gas with Scooter Purchase

Moto Cop POV

On Any Sunday sequel

Butler Maps

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10Apr/130

Lazer Monaco Carbon Helmet – First Impression

Flip-up or modular helmets have become very popular with touring and sport touring riders due to the added protection of a chin bar combined with some of the conveniences of a ¾ helmet. Like anything else, modular helmets can be found at many different price points and with many different feature sets. For several years, companies like Shoei and Schuberth have been building a reputation for making the top-of-the-line modular helmets. New for the US in 2013, and taking aim at the high end of modular helmets, is the Lazer Monaco Carbon.

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Lazer, a Belgian company, was started all the way back in 1919 and claims to be the oldest brand of sports helmets in the world. They started out making padded leather items for motorcyclists and it is clear by what arrived at my doorstep a few weeks ago, they have come a long way.

To give a little of my personal history with modular helmets, I have owned a couple of HJC modular over the years. The reason I wore them instead of others was mainly due to a lack of selection where I was living and a fear of buying helmets online. Thanks to resources like Webbikeworld.com and retailers with easy exchange policies I am no longer worried so much about ordering online.

When I took the helmet out of the box the first thing that struck me was how light it really is. Lazer claims it weighs 1,350 grams, or 2.98 pounds, but they don’t specify what size helmet they used. According to Web Bike World a size large Monaco weighs in a 1,406 grams, or 3.1 pounds.

After marveling at the lightness I was then impressed by the overall quality feel of the helmet. The fully removable and washable liner feels very nice, as does the flip-up mechanism and pivot. The chin bar is not actually made of carbon, but is instead painted fiberglass. Personally, I like the two-tone black on black effect it gives the helmet.

The two best features of the helmet both relate to the face shield or visor. First, the shield itself is photochromic. This means that it changes tint based on light conditions. The transition from clear to dark is gradual and I didn’t notice just how dark it had gotten until I flipped it up at a stop light.  According to the paperwork that came with the helmet, the face shield tints to about 20% light transmission.

The second visor related feature that sets this helmet apart is the inclusion of a pinlock visor. If you haven’t used one, it basically creates a double-paned section in the visor and keeps it from fogging up. I live in the Pacific Northwest and the humidity combined with temperatures in the 30’s are a sure-fire recipe for fogged visors. With the pinlock visor in place, I cannot get it to fog.

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Having said all of that, the helmet is not perfect. Despite being almost 3 times the cost of my HJC, it isn’t noticeably quieter. According to Lazer, they did this on purpose. They could have spent more time and money making it quieter, but they’re target audience usually wears earplugs, so it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. I do wear earplugs. They were right; it doesn’t really matter.

To be quite specific I wear a pair of Westone in-ear monitors. This allows me to have great noise reduction and the ability to listen to music or podcasts while I ride. On occasion I will wear a pretty basic pair of ear buds and in those cases, the area surrounding the ears in the helmet seems a bit small. If you wear a pair of low profile ear buds or just use helmet speakers this is unlikely to be a problem.

On the subject of speakers, the helmet is pre-wired for the Lazer Blue system. This is similar to the Sena or Cardo Bluetooth systems and can be used to communicate with people using those systems. I don’t ride with anyone or have much use for a communicator so this feature is mostly wasted on someone like me.

The other feature I am apathetic towards is the chin strap. It uses a microlock buckle which in my sport touring position doesn’t irritate me. If I were sitting more upright I feel like the buckle would sit right against my larynx and irritate me. It is supposed to be more convenient because you can undo the clasp with one hand, but I was never irritated by the plain double D ring system of my other helmets.

Overall this helmet is a big improvement over the other modular helmets I have used and I look forward to getting many more miles out of it. Keep an eye out in July for a long-term wrap-up of my experiences.

The Lazer Monaco Carbon has a 5 year warranty and can be purchased from Revzilla.com for $529. It also comes in a fiberglass version for $379 and several designs.

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6Apr/130

Gaerne G.King Boots – Review

I'm excited to announce that this review, and more in the future, can also be found at www.roadrunner.travel

 
P1000414It’s hard to be an everyday rider or long distance tourer without decent waterproof boots. When I set out to find a pair, I wanted a reasonably priced sport-touring boot, not something that looked like a race boot or a big enduro/adventure boot. The $200-$250 range of boots has become much like the smartphone market. Everyone seems to be making a really good product and most of them look very much alike.

If you have seen other sport-touring boots, the Gaerne G. Kings are not going to surprise you in terms of styling, features, or price. These boots are about as average as it gets for close to 200 bucks. The G. Kings are tall and made of top grain leather with plastic inserts for protection in the ankle and shin. They have an elasticated front panel to allow for flex and reinforcements around the shifter area and the outside of the toe. Like most other boots of this style, they are kept closed with a zipper on the inside and hook and loop at the top.

The G. Kings initially felt a little tight in the store, but while on the bike, they felt good. After about 3,000 miles, I can say that they aren’t the most comfortable boots when you’re off the bike, and they do still feel a wee bit narrow. The sole is pretty stiff and absorbs a good amount of vibration, but that doesn’t translate into a great boot for walking around in. I have worn them for 10-12 hours or more on several occasions, and they are okay overall. If I were to give a one to five score for comfort, I would give them a four when riding and a 2.5 off the bike.

I bought these boots specifically to keep out water, and they do a great job of it. The inner Dry Tech liner has kept my feet dry in the rain for several hours at a time. The liner is also supposedly breathable, but with no venting panels, it doesn’t make a noticeable difference. Keep in mind that I live in a part of the country that doesn’t get very hot or cold, so these may not be four-season boots for you like they are for me.
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Overall I would say the G. Kings are a good value if you are looking for a waterproof sport-touring boot. Some might say that being right in the middle of the pack in every way is a bad thing, but if I had summer rain boots, I would also need winter rain boots. These are good enough that I can get by with one pair for both jobs. There are so many boots that fit in this category that it is hard to recommend one over the others. My advice is to try on as many as you can and get the ones that fit the best. The Gaerne G. King boots are available for a little over $200 and come in any color you want—as long as you want black.

 

Sizes: Men’s 8-13
Color: black
Price: $215.99
www.revzilla.com

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27Mar/131

Episode 35 – For RJ

This episode is dedicated to my good friend and fellow rider R J Toland, who passed away after he was struck by another driver while riding.

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Norton Moves into Donington Hall

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12Mar/130

Episode 34 – Riders for Health

Getting the bike out for a new season, tips for noobs(and veterans), Euro Moto 2013, Interview with Jack from Riders for Health

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Tune Up for Spring

Tips for Noobs (and veterans)

Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring and Travel

Riders for Health

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26Feb/130

Episode 33 – Motoress Interview

I interview Vicki Gray of Motoress.com, Oxford redefines "biker." Euro Moto 2013 happens next weekend.

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Motoress.com

New definition of "Biker"

Euro Moto 2013

 

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18Feb/130

Ortlieb MOTO Side Bag QL2 – First Impression

When I rode from Seattle to Salt Lake City last year I didn’t camp anywhere, so I didn’t need to pack as much stuff. As a result, I took a big waterproof duffel bag, my tank bag and an empty backpack just in case I had more stuff on the way home. This time around I am going to be camping and that means I have to figure out where to pack all the extra gear.

Enter the Ortlieb MOTO Side Bag QL2 or Ortlieb QRL Dry Bag Saddlebags, if you are looking at the Aerostich catalog. Moto Side Bag

When I opened the package containing the bags, I found that there was some hardware and a large folded sheet of plastic inside. Initially I was not sure what to do with the pieces as there were no instructions included. Fortunately my googling skills resulted in a nice PDF with simple instructions that had no words, just pictures. I contacted Aerostich about the lack of instructions and Andy Goldfine, the company’s General Manager, assured me that they would be including the aforementioned instructions with every order.

So what were the hardware and the plastic sheet for? The plastic sheet forms a U shape along the bottom of the bag and the hardware attaches it to the bag. This causes the bag to retain its shape even when it’s empty.

Once assembled it is quite clear that these bags are made to be tough. The material seems similar to typical camping dry bags but feels thicker and more durable. The bags differ slightly from the ones pictured on aerostich.com but they are clearly just a newer revision of the same bag.  In addition to very solid construction, the bags have reflective material added in key areas. These bags are made to be installed on either the left or the right side so there are reflective patches on both the front and the back of the bag.  Inside each bag is an organizer pocket area with slots for pens and pencils and other small pockets. I doubt they will be useful at all to me but if you didn’t have 4 other bags on the bike you may find them handy.

P1000333According to Ortlieb’s website, the bags are about 1700 cubic inches each. To give you a better idea of what they can hold, I was able to get all of my camping gear (sleeping bag, cooking stuff, 2 person tent, camp pillow, etc.) into both bags. The only items that would not fit were the tent poles and sleeping pad. Both are too long to fit into the bags.

When it comes to fitment on the bike itself, ideally you would want some sort of tubular saddlebag rack that allowed the top latches to grab onto it and then the bottom pieces would hook inside the bottom of the rack. My Bonneville doesn’t have that sort of rack. The top latches are able to lock onto the top portion of the saddlebag supports but I had to get creative with the placement of the bottom pieces. Included in the packaging are some inserts for the top latches in case you have smaller diameter tubes. Ortlieb advertises that they will fit tubes from 11-16mm in diameter but they include a piece for an 8mm tube as well. My racks are ½ inch tubes which is about 13mm. The only inserts were for 8mm and 11mm. In order to get a tight fit, I ended up using the 11mm inserts. It doesn’t feel like it is putting too much tension on the locking mechanism.

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For those of you that don’t have a way to attach the quick release bags, Ortlieb makes a nearly identical set of bags that are designed to be thrown over the passenger seat. To be perfectly honest, I probably would be just as happy with those as I am the quick release ones.

Other than getting them to fit on the bike and doing a sort of “test pack,” I have not been able to use them, yet. Once I get in a camping trip or two with them I will be sure to post a more thorough review. These bags are sold individually and can be found in Aerostich’s catalog at www.aerostich.com. They retail for $127 each.

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17Feb/130

Aerostich Waxed Cotton Courier Bag – First Impressions

Aerostich have been making messenger-style bags for over 20 years now and have become the go-to source for minimalist over-the-shoulder bags. So when it came time for me to get a new bag to use for my commute and as a sort of catch-all for odds and ends when I travel, the Aerostich Courier Bag was on the top of my list.

Aerostich sells messenger bags in 4 sizes, all of which have postal service inspired names. From smallest to a largest they are as follows:

Letter - 300 cubic inches (very small, almost like a purse)

Dispatch - 1100 cubic inches (big enough for a small laptop and your lunch)

Courier(pictured below) - 1700 cubic inches (big enough to carry a laptop, change of cloths, lunch and many other odds and ends)

Parcel - 2700 cubic inches (huge. This is probably past most rider's upper limit on size for a bag. You could probably fit a body in here.)

The bags all come in 2 fabric options, Cordura (the same as their Roadcrafter riding suits and many high-end motorcycle clothes) and Waxed Cotton. All of the bags, regardless of outer fabric, are lined with a yellow reinforced vinyl to aid in water proofing and have a wide reflective stripe on the flap. These bags aren't completely waterproof but should withstand a light to moderate rain.

I chose the Waxed Cotton Courier Bag for a few reasons. First, the bag I am currently carrying is close to the same size as the Dispatch and I needed a little more room. Second, the waxed cotton just looks and feels great and goes with the retro look of my Bonneville perfectly. Also, I really have a thing for brown and the Cordura bags don't come in brown.

My first thought upon opening the box from Aerostich was, "Wow, this is bigger than I thought it would be." Sure I had read the dimensions on the site but it really didn't hit home until I had it in my hands. The next thing that hit me was how solid this thing feels and how nice the waxed cotton fabric feels. It makes me want to pick up the Aerostich Falstaff jacket but that certainly isn't in the budget. My wife commented that the fabric shows scratches easily and I attribute that to the same way you can brush all the pile in your carpet one way and it looks like a slightly different shade of the same color. Overall I am very impressed with the bag and it definitely has plenty of room for the stuff I need to carry back and forth on my commute. I commented to the guys over at Aerostich that the bag was bigger than I expected and they reminded me that they would be happy to exchange it, should I find it to be too big. In all my dealings with the company I have always had exemplary customer service and they have never left me unsatisfied. Once I get a chance to ride with the bag some more I will be sure to follow up with a more in-depth review. Take a look below for a picture of the bag with my 15.6" laptop sitting in front of it. That should help you understand the exact size of this bag. The Aerostich Waxed Cotton Courier Bag retails for $107. Find them at www.aerostich.com

Waxed Cotton bag with Laptop

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12Feb/132

Episode 32 – 1 Moto Show

Calendar giveaway winner announced, Motorcyclist Blog ponders Cafe Bikes and Art, KTM Duke 390 comes to US in 2014, I go to the 1 Moto Show in Portland.

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Not Art

KTM Duke 390

1 Moto Show

Pics from the 1 Moto Show

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29Jan/130

Episode 31 – Toddler not included

Catching up in the news after missing a show. ADV Cafe video blog launches. Calendar giveaway begins. 1 Motorcycle Show in Portland Feb 8-10, I'm going. You should, too.

P1000284 8 by 6

Hammarhead V7 Wayward

250cc Triumph Twin

Grand Prix Racer Premiere

Motorcycle Only Checkpoints GO AWAY!

The 1 Motorcycle Show

Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route

ADV Cafe

Cafe Danger

 

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1Jan/130

Episode 30 – Ground Up Cafe Racer

California DMV to offer vintage style plates. Mandatory ABS coming to USA? Bike EXIF 2013 Calendar is out, get one! I interview Robb Hindle about his motorcycle project and blog (pictured below)

Cafe Racer TV

ClevelandMoto Podcast

Retro Plates from California

Mandatory ABS?

Bike EXIF Calendar

Ground Up Cafe Racer blog

 

 

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18Dec/120

Episode 29 – Seattle International Motorcycle Show

RIP Father Graham Hullet of the 59 Club. Some quick news, Cafe Racer TV Season 3 DVDs are out! Coverage of the International Motorcycle Show in Seattle.

 

Father Graham Hullet passes away

Cafe Racer TV Season 3

Yamaha SR400

Norton Isle of Man TT

Triumph Twin Power

Cafe Danger

Sullivan Race School

BMW Rider Training

Washington Motorcycle Road Race Association

Touratech USA

Backcountry Discovery Routes

 

 

 

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5Dec/120

Episode 28 – FJR almost goes for a swim

MCN has a spy shot of a possible new Bonneville. Matchless might make a comeback. French journalist rides an FJR off a pier. BMW celebrates 90 years. I interview Mike Cripps from Triumph Twin Power.

New Bonneville?

Matchless comeback

Moto journalist crashes off a pier

90 Years of BMW

Triumph Twin Power

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21Nov/121

Episode 27 – Giving away stuff!

Honda brings the CB1100 to the USA in 2013. Hero might be building a 250 sportbike with Erik Buell. Bimota builds a supercharged bike with a Ducati Testastretta motor in it. The winner of the 1 Year 100 Likes Giveaway is announced! Also I have a nasty looking CBR wheel in my garage.

Cafe Racer TV

The Pace Podcast

CB1100

CB1100 Cafe Racer

Hero and Erik Buell

2013 Bimota DB11 VLX

 

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6Nov/120

Episode 26 – 1 year, 100 Likes

I'm giving away a long sleeved T-shirt and $25 gift certificate from Dime City Cycles. Go to facebook.com/caferacerpodcast to enter in the contest!

 

Dime City Cycles

Cafe Racer TV

Armed Robber on Bikes!

Ducati grows for 9 straight quarters

Ride in the dirt = Better on the street

Winterize your bike

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23Oct/120

Episode 25 – Racers, not Cafe Racers

I got to take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Military Sportbike Rider Course and I interview Kenny Cummings of NYC Norton(pictured below)

 

Cafe Racer TV

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

NYC Norton

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9Oct/120

Episode 24 – Quickie

I was on the Pace Podcast a few days ago so not much news to talk about. The podcast had  new sponsor, Cafe Racer TV! Check them out!

Cafe Racer TV

The Pace Podcast

Cycle World International Motorcycle Show

Kenny Cummings and NYC Norton

2013 Triumph Street Triple

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7Oct/120

The Pace Podcast

This is just a quick note to say that I was recently honored to be a guest on The Pace Podcast. Chris and James do a great job every week and I enjoy listening to their conversations. Check them out at www.thepacepodcast.com

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27Sep/120

Episode 23 – Cafe Racers Japan Interview

Brief news followed by an interview with the director of Cafe Racers Japan, Christopher Andrew Cooke.

Vintage Motorcycle and Scooter Festival

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure

Lightweight Chain Breaker

MotionPro BeadPro Tire Levers

Honda CB1100

Iron and Air

Cafe Racers Japan

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4Sep/120

Peter’s bike video from NYC Norton

As promised here is a quick video of the bike over at NYC Norton so you can hear what it sounds like. Kenny Cummings is the one speaking.

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4Sep/120

Episode 22 – Projects Completed

Cafe Racers Japan is almost done and I get a sneak preview. Peter Billow talks about his completed Norton 750. See below for a picture of his bike.

Cafe Racers Japan

The Pace Podcast

Peter Billow's Woodworking

NYC Norton

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21Aug/121

Episode 21 – Back in the saddle!

As you may have guessed, the show is back from summer break. I talk about a trip to Utah that I took and there is the obligatory news. The picture below was taken on my way through the East side of Washington.

 

Cafe Racers Japan

Horex VR6 First Ride

2012 Rolling Concours

BMW HP4

KTM 1290 Spied

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13Jun/120

Episode 20 – An odd way to wrap things up

Cafe Racer TV and the Cafe Racer Podcast close the season out. Vintage bikes go racing at Road America

Vintage Bikes Go Racing at Road America

Twist of the Wrist 2

Cafe Racer TV

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4Jun/122

Episode 19 – Fuzzy Yarn

2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio is coming to America (yes, all 3 US Moto Guzzi dealers) Congressman things motorcycles and scooters are a viable transportation option. Who knew? Cafe Racer TV, Mods vs Rockers Seattle and more!

 

Mods vs Rockers Seattle

2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio

Congressional Caucus member supports motorcycling as transportation option

Cafe Racer TV

The Pace Podcast

Mods vs. Rockers Seattle 2012 (in case the Flickr slideshow above doesn't work for you)

Lee Rocker - Rockin Harder

 

 

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28May/120

Episode 18 – Rusty bolts

Harley puts Tsunami bike in museum. KTM demos dirt bikes at Vintage Motorcycle Days. Kawasaki unveils 2013 motocross bikes. Cafe Racer TV is back.

 

Tsunami Bike goes to museum

KTM demo rides at Vintage Motorcycle Days

Kawaski's 2013 MX lineup

Rock Kills Kid - Raise your hands

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21May/120

Episode 17 – Test Rides but no TV

Desmo Show in Bologna. KTM Super Duke 1290 spied. Another short film from Cafe Twin in Italy and I test ride some electric bikes.

 

Desmo Show

New KTM Super Duke Spied

Cafe Twin - Milonga

Amphibians - New Day

 

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13May/121

Episode 16 – Oktoberfest, Trophy, Cretins

This episode sponsored by CafeRacerNews.com, Metzeler sends your to Oktoberfest, new MSF and VA Tech study for motorcyclists, I hang out with the Cretins MC and more!

2012 Triumph Trophy 1200

Cafe Racer News

Zero Demo Day This Saturday

Metzeler Oktoberfest Sweepstakes

New MSF and VA Tech Study

US Forest Service to remove derogatory language from Trail Guide

Triumph Trophy Spied by MCN

Seattle Cretins MC

Cafe Racer TV

Bubble - Deadender

 

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6May/120

Episode 15 – Demo an Electric Bike

Harley washes up in Canada, Zero starts a demo program, Man sues BMW over 2 year erection.

 

Harley Washes up in Canada

Zero Demo Day Program

Man sues BMW over 2 year erection

Cafe Racer TV

20 Riverside - Throwin it Down Beside the Sea

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29Apr/122

Episode 14 – Back on Track with Dime City Cycles

Plenty of news this week. Cafe Racer TV soldiers on. Dime City Cycles interview actually happens!

 

Ride to Work Day June 18

Yamaha Uglies up the Raider

Electric Bikes at Isle of Man TT

Schuberth brings Full-face S2 Helmet to US

Duc, BMW, Triumph post record sales

Horex VR6 Delayed to late May

Cafe Racer TV

Dime City Cycles

Dropkick - Choose

Higgins - Pinch or Slap

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23Apr/120

Episode 13 – Weekly show begins… a little late

Audi really does buy Ducati, Dime City Cycles reschedules interview and I talk about the Cafe Racer TV show.

(above) Eccentric Bushing for anyone having trouble visualizing.

Audi buys Ducati

Cafe Racer TV Season 3 starts

Rebel Soul Band - Where you going?

Hillbilly Casino -  Debt with the Devil

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16Apr/120

Episode 12 – Very quick announcements and an interview with Sam in VA

The show is going weekly! The guys at Dime City Cycles sit down for a chat in an upcoming episode and I interview Sam from Newport News VA for "What do you ride?"

 

(above) Sam's 2005 Triumph Bonneville and 1988 Honda CBR600

Dime City Cycles

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8Apr/120

Episode 11 – Happy Easter

Cafe Racer TV Starts up again soon, MSF releases new video about gear, Horex VR6 motorcycle engine explained. Also, there is a small teaser about an upcoming interview with the crew from Dime City Cycles

Cafe Racer TV Season 3 Begins

MSF Video Fool's Gear, Cool Gear

Horex(Pictured above) VR6 Explained

Rev'IT Karma Windcollar

Game On! at TWiT

Chasing Claymores - Youth is Wasted on the Youth

The Involvement - Hearing Negative

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6Apr/120

Dime City Cycles generous or unable to count to 2?

So I just opened my package from the Dime City Cycles crew and first of all I want to say that their level of customer service has been fantastic. The order was slightly delayed (I hadn't even noticed) and I received an email from Chris informing me that the shirt I wanted was going to take a couple of extra days.

Along with the shirt I had ordered a pair of their logo stickers, one for my bike and one for my laptop. I don't know if they were being generous because the order was delayed, they are always generous with stickers, or the person filling the order has problems with large numbers. No matter the reason, I am going to happily slap these extras on whatever I can find lying around. If pictures pop up of a flying piston somewhere crazy, I didn't do it....

DCC Shirt and Stickers

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2Apr/122

A fun video I came across. Enjoy responsibly.

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25Mar/120

Episode 10 – News from Italy and Vogue Magazine

Ducati up for sale? Ashley Fiolek gets more publicity. Piaggio opens design shop in Pasadena.

 

Ducati for Sale for 1 Billion Euro

Vogue Magazine features Motocrosser Ashley Fiolek

Piaggio in Pasadena

The Pace Podcast

Songs:

The Crash Normals - This Time

American Heartbreak - Postcards from Hell

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11Mar/125

Episode 9 – Trail Blazing Women and DIY Dreams

HLN Profiles deaf female motocross champ. New VA Law bans motorcycle-only checkpoints. DIY Motorcycle Shops plus an interview with motorcyclist and woodworking wizard Peter Billow.

(above)Peter Billow's Honda CL450 Cafe Racer

Ashley Fiolek Breakthrough Woman

New VA Law

American Hero Dinner

Victory gives military a fast pass

Quadlink Charger

DIY Motorcycle Shops

Peter Billow's Woodworking Creations

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26Feb/122

Episode 8 – Short News, Long Show

We have a new T-Shirt. Cafe Racer Magazine hosts a custom bike show at Road Atlanta. KTM launches an electric dirt bike. Jeff Syer talks about what he rides, and many other things.

New Shirt!

Cafe Racer Magazine hosts Custom Bike Show at Road Atlanta

KTM Launches Freeride-E Electric Dirt Bike

Asatron - Edge of the Night

The Marble Tea -  Listening to Richard Brautigan

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23Feb/120

Shirt

Hey guys. New episode coming soon! In the meantime the new shirt just arrived. At the moment it is a one-off so it is not available but if enough people are interested I may try to make it available for sale.

CRP Shirt

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11Feb/120

Episode 7 – Gettin’ High Slim

Harley unveils a couple new bikes. 3 men take a Husaberg to 20,000 feet. Triumph sponsors AMA at Barber. House Committee approves testing of E15 and I go crazy with the black spray paint.

 

Harley's 2 New Bikes

Husaberg to 20k

Triumph Partners with Zoom at Barber

House Committee Approves E15 Testing

My Spray Paint and Forks Fun

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4Feb/120

No New Episode this Saturday

Hey guys,
As much as I want to record a new show and get everyone up to date on the bike debacle and all the news over the last 2 weeks, I cannot. I have some sort of sore throat related illness and it is killing me. As soon as I am back to being able to hold a normal conversation I will record a new show. In the meantime, I want to start a new segment called "What do you ride?" I plan on getting various personalities and also taking submissions from listeners about the bikes they love. If you want to come on the show and talk about what you ride, msg me. I will also take email submissions that I can read on the show! Join in!

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29Jan/120

Quick Update on my bike project.

Hey guys, I just wanted to post a little photo/video update on how things are going on the Bonneville (her name is Carrigan, by the way).

I took a $30 LED taillight from kapscomoto and made a new LED circuit card for it. Now there are 2 taillights made by this company that from the outside look identical. One has integrated turn signals and one does not. The one without the turn signals is nice and bright and personally I think it is a fine light. The integrated one however is not nearly bright enough, as a result of losing some of the LED's to the turn signal circuits. Using the instructions I found here as a guide I set about making my own light. I have since done it to an old Lucas style taillight I had lying around as well. By using the proper resistors, the turn signals do not need an LED compatible flasher and the do not flash in a pattern likely to give people with epilepsy a problem. Anyway, enough talk. Pics or it didn't happen right? Here they are. If you would like to do this or you would like me to do this for you, send me an email.

The first circuit is the original. The second is the one I made.

 

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21Jan/120

Episode 6 – Oh Brother, New Victories and Burnt LED’s

Victory unveils yet another "new" bike. Honda finally brings a Euro staple to the US. Scorpion throws lids at heads and I fry some LED's while working on my motorcycle.

2013 Victory Judge

2012 Honda NC700X

Scorpion Helmet Giveaway

My Bonneville Fender Eliminated

Brother Love Songs

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7Jan/120

Episode 5 – Hardball with a moose.

I start a new project on my motorcycle. Victory has a new ape-hangar bike. Steve McQueen's bikes up for auction. Illinois lets riders run red lights.

The above picture is a sort of "Before" picture of my motorcycle for the project I am starting.

2012 Victory Hard-Ball

McQueen's Motorcycles up for Auction

Illinois lets riders run reds

Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

Pomplamoose - September

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21Dec/110

Episode 4 – Winterizing, Edelweiss, Covers

JD Power tells us what we already knew. BMW releases a new version of an old bike. Edelweiss takes you to Austria on a Triumph, and I talk about winterizing your motorcycle.

 

Better and More affordable motorcycles make people happy

 

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

 

Edelweiss Triday Tour

 

Winterize your ride

 

Owl Eyes - Pumped Up Kicks

 

Relient K - Doctor Worm

 

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7Dec/111

Episode 3 – Power Pop, Recalls, Recollections

Honda recalls the Goldwing. IMS unveils a new feature at its motorcycle shows. BMW and Triumph experience growth in a poor economy. MIC publishes a tire guide, no mouse ears. Aprilia joins the 200mph club. Suzuki heavily discounts saddlebags, if you buy a bike and finally we celebrate the 40th anniversary of On Any Sunday.

 

Goldwing Recall

 IMS Dream Pavillion

BMW Sales up 3.9%

Triumph up 7%

MIC Tire Guide

200mph Aprilia

Suzuki gsx1250fa Saddlebag Deal

On Any Sunday 40th Anniversary Celebration

27 Years - Philophobia

Common Ground - Better Life

 

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24Nov/110

Happy Thanksgiving!

As you may have already noticed, there was no episode posted yesterday. That is because I did not record one. I am taking the time off for Thanksgiving and to finish my Nanowrimo story. I would also like to take this time to put a call out to anyone that has feedback, comments, or ideas for the show. Do you have an interesting motorcycle story you would like to tell? Let me know. I am open to just about anything. Thank you for listening. We should be back on schedule in 2 weeks.

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9Nov/110

Episode 2 – Huskies, Terror, Ska

A couple quick bits of news from the 2011 EICMA at Milan, a cool new screwdriver and MotoGP Valencia results. Also the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition. Finally, a quick review of Two Wheels Through Terror by Glen Heggstad.

 

2012 Moto Guzzi V7

Husqvarna Moab Concept

MotoGP Valencia/end of season wrap-up

Kobalt Double-drive Screwdriver

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

Two Wheels Through Terror

Bombskare - I'm So Happy

Reel Big Fish - Party Down

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4Nov/110

Quick Note

Hey guys.
I realized that I didn't specify a frequency for the podcast. With my current level of activity, I want to post a new show every two weeks. Also, I will probably post on a different day than Friday, since so many other shows come out on Fridays. Thanks for listening. Again, the more feedback I get, the better I can make the show for everyone. See you next week.

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28Oct/110

Episode 1 Rockabilly, Adventure, Italians

On this inaugural episode of the Cafe Racer Podcast I explain what the hell I am doing here as well as cover some news from the last week or so and review some gear from REV'IT. Rockabilly music begins and ends the show. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

2012 Triumph Explorer

Marco Simoncelli Passes Away

Honda Crosstourer Production

MV Augusta Brutale 675 Video

REV'IT Jacket

REV'IT Pants

Mean Gene Kelton - Goin' Back to Memphis

Lee Rocker - Gone

 

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25Oct/110

Welcome

Welcome to the new Cafe Racer Podcast. Despite the name, we plan on covering all the many facets of motorcycling. We are currently building the site and getting the first show in the can. Check back for updates.

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