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


Episode 84 – Crash says goodbye (to the internet)



Crash and Stephen talk about the current Rever challenge, Scorpion's #rideeverywhere... Helmets, Jackets, Gloves and bragging rights. The Rever rider with the most miles logged during the Scorpion Challenge will win their choice of either a Scorpion Yukon, Clutch, 1909, Vixen, Catalina, Zion or Dominion jacket. Ride 500 miles or more and you will be entered to win a EXO-GT3000, EXO-R2000, EXO-T510, EXO-R710 or VX-R70 helmet. Ride a modest 100 miles or more and you'll be entered to win a pair Scorpion gloves.

We talk about some of the new bikes at EICMA including the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro,  Moto Guzzi V9, the KTM 1290 GT, and Yamaha's new 900.


Stephen also talks about his new Mosko Moto Backcountry 40L Duffle/Pack AND we got special code from Mosko for FREE shipping for our listeners. Enter CafeMosko at checkout and get free shipping! Thanks Guys!


Checkout The Gear Dude's very exciting trip that's planned for next year, First Ride Up the Divide. Spencer will be taking 2 brand new rides on an adventure up the Continental Divide from the Mexican boarder to Canada. We will be following them and reporting on the entire trip!

We also would like to thank Shawn Wallace form Cafe Danger for the great new logo!


KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Great video by KTM explaining all the features of the Super Adventure...


Episode 83 – Where’s Waldo?


Crash and Stephen discuss their final thoughts on the AIMExpo and they chat about the Kawasaki Vulcan Cafe, Triumphs new line of bikes for 2016, and Stephen's KTM 1290 Super Adventure.

Twisted Throttle's Denali M7 Headlight is on Crash's wish list and we have a R&G cover on the way for testing. Keep an eye out for that review.

A special shout-out to Champions Honda Kawasaki of Cocoa Beach, FL for their great customer service. And thanks to KTM and WMR Competition Performance for the incredible demo ride!


DrySpec: The Inspiration to Ride

DrySpec at Twisted Throttle



Etymotic Research’s ER20 XS and MK5 for motorcyclists


Twisted Throttle’s Triumph Bonneville T100 Project Bike

Stephen Talks with Kevin Nixon at the 2014 AIMExpo about Twisted Throttle's cool build of the T100. you can get everything you need to build this bike HERE.


Twisted Throttle Denali Light at AIMExpo 2015

Crash talks with Nate, the designer of Denali Driving and Auxiliary lights, from Twisted Throttle. 

Check them out HERE


Rever Lake to Tribe ride…

Anyone interested in joining me on this ride? 



SENA Noise Control Helmet




ORLANDO, Florida (October 15, 2015) – Sena Technologies, Inc., a Bluetooth

innovator in the motorcycle and outdoor actives market, debuted today the world’s first

intelligent noise-control (INCTM) helmet EXCLUSIVELY to the media, dealers and trade

members at the 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando.

AIMExpo has grown substantially since its inception in 2013, establishing itself as one of

the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. and the largest powersports trade show in

North America. Likewise, Sena has shown impressive growth and innovation throughout

the past three years, solidifying its position as the global leader in Motorcycle Bluetooth


"We're thrilled to have Sena unveil its latest innovation here at AIMExpo," said Cinnamon

Kernes, AIMExpo Show Director. "They have been an exhibitor and partner since our

launch. Choosing AIMExpo as the place to debut their new helmet and taking advantage

of the media and dealer presence exemplifies exactly how the AIMExpo platform was

intended to be utilized."

The Sena Helmet will be equipped with innovative smart technology with a premium

comfort, ergonomics and finish. The ultra light-weight and durable carbon fiber material

provides a high quality and comfortable experience, with ground breaking Intelligent

Noise Control (INCTM) technology to actively control the loud and damaging noises

associated with riding. “We are ecstatic to yet again be pushing innovation with the

world’s first true quiet helmet, with our focus as always on creating the safest and best

riding experience possible for our customers. “It only seemed logical that we unveil this

game-changing device at AIMExpo, a place where the

entire motorcycle industry has gathered to see the latest

innovations to hit the market,” says Sena CEO, Tae Kim.

With all of the key features such as optional Bluetooth 4.1

Communication module, ultra light carbon fiber material,

Plug & Play (PNP) installation feature for the INCTM and

the patented Sena Bluetooth Technology, users can enjoy

their ride like never before.



Scorpion’s new Covert line…


Long Haul Paul at the AIMExpo


Honda sweetens the pot… after the huge let-down of not seeing an Africa Twin at the AIMExpo, Honda tries to apologize with this-


NEW Schuberth E1 Modular Helmet at AIMExpo 2015


The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle at AIMExpo 2015


Episode 82 – AIMExpo Day 1 Wrap-up

Crash and Stephen are joined by Spencer Hill of The Gear Dude and Chuck from The Wheelnerds Podcast to discuss their first day of the 2015 AIMExpo


Episode 81 – Jess the Mess

 Jess the Mess joins Crash and Stephen and manages to flub an otherwise perfect intro breaking their streak of one!


Episode 80 – AIM at Gentlemen



Crash and Stephen have a perfect intro! (like anyone really cares) But really, the boys discus the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride , Honda's ridiculous RC213V-s, and Stephen gets a new Macna Chili jacket from Twisted Throttle.

We also announce the winners of our AIMExpo ticket giveaway. 


International Podcast Day



International Podcast Day

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AIMExpo Discount Code!

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The AIMExpo is right around the corner! Want a discount on a One Day Pass? Enter the Promo Code CRP15 and get $2.00 off each one day pass. 

Go here for tickets - AIMExpo Tickets

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Episode 79 – You look like Aliens

Crash and Stephen talk about the new Yamaha XSR700 and how it compares to Ducati's Scrambler. We also get a little in-depth with the Honda Africa Twin and the prospect of a Dual Clutchless Transmission. Crash models his new gear on Instagram and we talk a little about the upcoming AIMExpo.




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Episode 78 – Another PERFECT Intro!

Will these boys ever get an Intro right? Crash and Stephen seem like their old, screw-up, selves in this latest installment. Crash talks about some new gear and shares some very personal news. Stephen just sits there and has nothing of any importance to add.

Vapor Jacket

ForceField Limbs

Spartan Gloves

Shark Streetfighter Raw


Episode 77- It’s the Gear, Dude!

Spencer Hill of The Gear Dude

Crash and Stephen talk about the Honda Africa Twin and then are joined by impromptu guest Spencer Hill of The Gear Dude. We also talk about Stephen's new Taurus 709 Slim, McNett Tactical Towels, and other favorite gear.


VJMC West Coast Rally

VJMC west coast rally

The VJMC is busy working on the preparation for the West Coast Rally .  They do need additional volunteers to help.   Please contact Jack Stein if you would like to volunteer.

The Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff will serve as this year’s Rally headquarters. It is located at 2320 East Lucky Lane, Flagstaff, Arizona, 86004. To receive the Rally discounted rate call the hotel directly at (928) 714-7130 and refer to the VJMC Rally. The Inn is easy access from I-40.

For more details see the Agenda or contact your event host:
Jack Stein at


Episode 76 – The intro is cursed

Crash and Steve are back to talk about upcoming events, including the news that Crash is going to attend this year's AIM Expo in Florida. Steve has some problems with his starter on the Tenni and tells us about a cool anti-theft system for motorcycles.




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Beak Comparison…


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H2 at Club Shell last weekend…

one of the regulars at the club rolled up on a new H2!


Episode 75 – Audio mixers are hard…

Crash and Steve talk about trucks, motorcycles, and audio problems!


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IMG_8058Stephen attends the Ace Cafe's Groundshaking event in Orlando Florida. We get to talk with Jason Paul Michaels and Iron & Air magazine publisher Brett Houle.

We also spent time with our friends from the Cafe-Moto Club and the Vintage Iron Club.


Episode 73 – Dropped bikes and Blown Engines

Crash and Stephen are back together and have been dealing with vehicle issues. Crash drops his bike and Stephen's engine in his RAM truck dies. We talk about Honda's concept bike, the BullDog, and the demise of EBR.

Dodge Hemi Timing Chain Failure

Filing a complaint with the NHTSA


Episode 72 – Joe Popp!


Did I say 17? I did! Its 72 not 17!

Stephen goes it alone but brings along Joe Popp for the ride. New York City musician and motorcyclist, Joe Popp, is the creator of Popp Over America, an episodic TV show/web series currently in development.

The show will follow Popp on a four-month non-stop tour through the 48 contiguous United States as a singer-songwriter on a motorcycle. Joe will be plugged in with cameras and microphones to absorb local culture on the adventurous roads of America. The tour will help raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis which Joe's girlfriend, Jenny, is living with.

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No show this weekend….

Sorry for the delay in a new show but your hosts have been up to their necks in work. We are going on a little vacation this weekend but will be back with a new episode next week.


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Our Review of the Kali Protectives Tantra

This turned out to be a great helmet, and far better than expected at this price point. I've heard others go on about the Kali but I didn't expect to like it this much. Kali's technology is what sets them apart from other manufacturers... read about that here - Technology.

If you want t great deal on this, checkout kali's page on Amazon-


Episode 71 – A Portends


Crash and Stephen talk about the Harley Davidson Livewire, Kali Protectives Naza and Tantra, Crash's new Koso gauges, oil weights in the Stelvio, and taking a first aid class.....

More links,

Blackstone Labs Oil test kit

Asphalt & Dirt

One Wheeled Racing


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Another Sunday at Club Shell 

You never know what's going to show up at the Club...

A beautiful 2008 Buell 25th Anniversary 1125R

A new KTM Superduke sporting 1290cc's (really 1301!)

Mine? Nope, it's sister. Number 140 of 170. 

A gorgeous 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000

And saving the best for last, a completely restored 1975 Kawasaki 750 Triple

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Show Me Your Mic….



Recently Stephen was a guest on "Show Me Your Mic", a show that talks to podcasters about gear, software, workflow, and philosophies behind podcasting. Stephen talked about the gear he uses and what it takes to put a show together.

Check him out HERE


Episode 70 – Pomade

Crash and Stephen Return!...

We are back after a long hiatus. Crash has a new baby girl and Stephen... well Stephen was just busy as usual.

Stephen visited the Miami International Motorcycle show and sat on the new Ducati Scrambler. We discuss Twisted Throttle's TT100 build, The Nonoise Motorsport plug, our SENA Bluetooth 20S test units, and Kali Protectives helmets. TT100




Popp Over America…

Check out Joe Popp and his Popp Over America tour,


Episode 69 – Special Guest Dan from Vintage Iron Club

Steve and Crash are joined by Dan from the Vintage Iron Club. Crash received his Sena 20s in the mail. Steve has a code to get a discount on a Brute cooler.


Vintage Iron Club

Sena Bluetooth

Brute Coolers Discount


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Episode 68 – All About the Ear


Crash and Stephen rat-hole off on a tangent about earphones, hearing protection, and bluetooth communication. We also talk about LED replacement bulbs for tail and brake lights.

We are now an Amazon affiliate and all links are affiliate links which help support the site and podcast at no additional cost to you.

Etymotic Research HF5 Portable In-Ear Earphones (Black)

Westone UM Pro10 High Performance Single Driver Noise-Isolating In-Ear Monitors - Clear, 78514

Surefire EP4 Sonic Defender Ear Protection

Foam Ear Plugs from Amazon

Sena Bluetooth


Rick Grassadonia from SENA Bluetooth


As promised, Stephen talks with Rick Grassadonia of SENA Bluetooth about the new Prism Bluetooth Action Camera.



SENA Bluetooth 10C

Stephen interviews Rick Grassadonia of SENA Bluetooth

Those of you that pay attention know that Crash and I are both users and fans of the SENA SMH10 Bluetooth Headset & Intercom. So I was really excited to visit Rick and the gang at SENA while at this years AIMExpo and hear about all of the new products coming out. The 10C is one that I am particularly interested in...

All-new for 2015, Sena is introducing the Sena 10C, a motorcycle Bluetooth camera and communication system combination unit. Bringing together Sena’s Bluetooth expertise, innovative headset devices, and camera technology into one, the Sena 10C will revolutionize the market. With Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the unibody design is water resistant, firmware upgradeable, and intuitive with voice prompts and voice commands. The built in camera technology includes 1080p:30fps video modes and single, burst and time lapse versatile photo modes. With the combination of a headset, users can record their voice to their video while also enjoying four-way intercom communication up to 900 meters with Universal Intercom™ and Group Intercom™ technology. In addition, the headset features Advanced Noise Control™, music sharing, built-in FM radio tuner, easy operation with a versatile jog dial, an external antenna, and smartphone app for iPhone and Android. The 10C is set to official launch and join Sena’s innovate product line in 2015.

Stay tuned as we have another interview with Rick coming-up on SENA's new PRISM Bluetooth Audio Camera. -Stephen





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Episode 67 – The Revival Rally!

Crash and Stephen talk with Brendon Dumas of Orlando's Cafe Moto Club about their upcoming Revival Rally. We also discuss (again) the possibility of EBR building the 1190AX and what actually IS a Sport-Adventure or Adventure Sport.  

Cafe-Moto Video Series #3 "Built to Ride" from TinMen on Vimeo.


I want an AX!


Photo courtesy of Autoevolution

Florin Tibu of Autoevolution penned an article last week that had some speculation on the future of the EBR 1190AX. This is a bike that I really want to see produced. I love the idea of an American made adventure bike with the heart of an 1190RX.

In the article the term "Sport-Adventure" is used. Now personally, this is the first time I've seen this term used but it's something that we discussed on the last episode.

The lines between touring-sport touring-super sport touring-adventuring touring and now sport adventure seem to be blurring. Why is this type of bike becoming so popular? Is it because we are all Ewan and Charlie wannabes? I really think it boils down to simple practicality. As my squid generation gets older we find it harder to spend long days in the saddle of a touring bike that's closer to that of a race replica (busa?). The bike ADV/Sport Tourers just seem to make sense... high handle bars, upright seating, cavernous storage, and now with bikes like the Sport-Adventure class, horsepower to go along with all the creature comforts. To be honest this bike already existed in the form of a Multistrada and now it appears that BMW, Aprilia, and MV are following suit.

Yes, I know, a 600 pound machine is not an adventure bike . Well, it is if your destination is Starbucks. But seriously, I get the argument about having a true purpose-built dual-sport, but what about the traverse? Getting from the city to the place where said lightweight dual-sport shines? I know I would never last riding a 250 or 400 from South Florida to the Southwest. Hell, I wouldn't want to ride those bikes from here to Ocala for that matter. So do I ride some flavor of Sport Tourer or Super Sport out West? I think I'll stick with my Italian, overweight, wannabe world traveling machine until Erik builds the AX. -Stephen


Sunday Morning Ride…


While on my morning ride today I ran into a guy who mentioned that there was a Ferrari event going on over at Palm Beach International Raceway. Of course I couldn't resist, especially after hearing that Preston Henn's FXX would be on the track.


But the first thing I noticed while pulling the Tenni up the Ferrari race trailer was this incredible Ducati 900. Turns out that it's a recent build from none other than Bruce McQuiston of
Moto Studio.





A work of art in carbon fiber!

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Great Deal From our Friends at Dime City Cycle!


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Episode 68, no 66 of the Cafe Racer Podcast



On this episode we talk about Stephen's plans for the CB750 using the Airtech fairing kit and about listener Mike's Bonneville (seen above) that has the Farley and Ace fairing. We discuss pricing on the new BMW Nine-T and what ADV means. But mostly, we have fun with the Q&A of the live stream audience!  Thanks for listening & watching guys!



Kevin Schwantz and Mark Wilsmore in the Ace Cafe booth at the AIMExpo

Stephen gets a chance to chat with Kevin and Mark while at the 2014 AIMExpo.


Part 2 of the AIMExpo Interviews


Scott interviews the good folks at Cultured Biker while Stephen chats with Brendon Dumas of Cafe Moto about the upcoming Revival Rally and the beautiful raffle bike. After his demo ride on the EBR 1190SX, Stephen sits down with AMA Superbike racer Cory West to talk about racing the EBR 1190RX for Team EBR Foremost Racing.

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Episode 65 – AIMExpo recap



Stephen talks about his visit to the AIMExpo and demo rides.....  guess which one he liked the best. 






Club Shell

You've all heard me talk about Club Shell, my Sunday morning hangout. I thought I'd share some shots from today. About 150 motorcycles this morning.










2014 AIMExpo Interviews…


Stephen and Scott Bolton from the Bench Racers International Podcast had a great time at the AIMExpo and also had the opportunity to talk with people from the industry about their products and services. In this podcast we have Scott interviewing the guys from Nutcase Helmets, Leer Chemicals ACF50, Kali Protectives, and Wolfman Luggage. Stephen talked with Zoe Cano, author of Bonneville "Go or Bust", and a couple of guests of the expo.


Come and see us on Facebook!

Check out our page on Facebook and give us a like!

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Episode 64 – 2014 DGR

Crash and Stephen discuss their respective DGR events, The new Ducati Scrambler, the 2015 Yamaha XJR1300, BMW R-nineT, and GoPro's new cameras. 


The Vintage Iron Club's Miami DGR contingent.

The Vintage Iron Club's Miami DGR contingent.


Episode 63 – Chatting with Amira

Crash and Stephen chat with Amira about her bikes and her riding. She gives us a great tip about Couch Surfing


vic raffle


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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Episode 61 – Moterrific Guest!

Crash is joined by Cristi from the Moterrific podcast.

Moterrific Podcast


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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!



Get Out 2 Garrapata!




Episode 59 – Technology Sucks!


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.



Episode 58 – Now with 50% less fat!

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


Cafe Danger

Evolutionary Studios Etsy Page

Ted Simon

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Episode 57 – Project LiveWire and the Streets

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Side View

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

Harley Davidson Street

H-D Project LiveWire

First ride by CW,



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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2014 Overland Expo Interview Extravaganza

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


Danell Lynn's 2006 Bonneville with Giant Loop saddlebags


Tiny Bikes Big Change planned route

P1000554 P1000557 The cool little inflatable light and an easily packed solar panel and lithium battery setup available at Up and Out Energy


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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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.


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.



Countdown to the Overland Expo….


"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


dorr scrambler


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.






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


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

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

Episode 55 Preparations and Electrical Gremlins

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


Photo Apr 20, 9 14 56

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CCM Motorcycles

Cyclops Adventure Sports

Overland Expo

Dime City Cycles Headlight





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Bonus Episode – Dapper Motorcyclery

Crash interviews Danny and Ron from The Dapper Motorcyclery




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Guzzi Steve’s MS5000 Ride….


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!


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)

Yamaha Sr400

Royal Enfield Continental GT




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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Episode 53 – No Music Tonight!


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


Victory Gunner

Yamaha SR400



Cafe Racer Village at the Daytona 200







Press Release




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


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 .


The Cafe Racer Village at the Daytona 200!

Old Soul Young Blood Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Long Haul Paul's MS5000 Motorcycle Challenge

Nano Tips


Parade Laps at Palm Beach International Raceway.

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




Episode 51 – Hanging with Alonzo

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


Alonzo Bodden



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

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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.



Cerberus Motorcycles


Moterrific Podcast

Greasy Kulture

Iron Horse to Deal's Gap Map

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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.




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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


Force Field Armor

180 Stove

Gear Chic

Moterriffic Podcast

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

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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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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: 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 ( 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.

Kelly M.
Raleigh, NC


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

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180 Stove

Overland Expo

Cafe Racer TV

Wolf Pen Gap Road 

Iron & Clematis Registration 

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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!

Guzzi Steve

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Episode 47 – Revival Rally

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


Motorcycle Sport Touring Association

Cafe Racer TV

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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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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.



Revival Rally

Coverville Coverthon

Why We Ride Film

Iron & Clematis

Cafe Racer TV

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Interview with Jamie Robinson

Crash interviews Jamie Robinson from MotoGeo

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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.



Cafe Racer TV


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Bonus Episode – Barber Interviews 2

Part 2 of the interviews from Barber Vintage Fest.


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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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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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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.

Vintage Iron Club

Visor Vision

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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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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

Ducati Scrambler

Enfield Cafe Racer

Ace Cafe Road Closure


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Bob Gilbert Interview

Stephen interviews Bob Gilbert from Bob's British Bike Company


Bob's British Bike Company

Vintage Iron Club

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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.



Sid Biberman Passes away

Bob’s British Bike Company

Horex VR6 Classic


Remember to use code: caferacerpod at for free shipping!

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Interview with Alex from Metal 305

Stephen interviews Alex at Metal 305

Alex McKenzie



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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.



Metal 305

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Episode 38 – Rambling with Stephen

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



Metal 305

Precision Motorcycle Racks

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Episode 37 -Concept 90

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

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BMW Concept 90

The Long Ride Home

90 Years of Side Cars

Pace Podcast Rally

Backfire Moto

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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.



Bonneville Riders Needed

Free Gas with Scooter Purchase

Moto Cop POV

On Any Sunday sequel

Butler Maps

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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.


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 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.


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 for $529. It also comes in a fiberglass version for $379 and several designs.


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Gaerne G.King Boots – Review

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

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.

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

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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.




Norton Moves into Donington Hall

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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

Riders for Health, shot in Zambia and Zimbabwe 17-29 May 2010


Tune Up for Spring

Tips for Noobs (and veterans)

Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring and Travel

Riders for Health

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Episode 33 – Motoress Interview

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


New definition of "Biker"

Euro Moto 2013


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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 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.


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 They retail for $127 each.

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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

Waxed Cotton bag with Laptop

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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.



Not Art

KTM Duke 390

1 Moto Show

Pics from the 1 Moto Show

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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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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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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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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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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 Cafe Racer

Hero and Erik Buell

2013 Bimota DB11 VLX


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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 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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


KTM 1290 Spied

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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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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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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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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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Episode 16 – Oktoberfest, Trophy, Cretins

This episode sponsored by, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A fun video I came across. Enjoy responsibly.

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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


The Crash Normals - This Time

American Heartbreak - Postcards from Hell

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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