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The False Neutral #61: Debunking Internet Lore

This week Garrett and Eric dive into internet lore when it comes to motorcycle maintenance and modifications.  Items like race fuel, aftermarket pipes, and dino v synthetic oils.  Garrett also discusses his upcoming four-day trip and how he talked his friend with the old Kawasaki to buy something newer for the trip.  Please remember to like, share and subscribe to the show as well as rate us on Apple Podcast.
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False Neutral – Debunking Internet Lore


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A Return To Rugged Ridge

Omix-ADA Rugged Ridge Showroom

The phrase, “It’s a Jeep thing you wouldn’t understand” is one we have all heard, and to a point understand, but have you ever deep dived into the Jeep culture? Even just for a short time? A recent trip to Atlanta to visit Omix-ADA (i.e. Rugged Ridge) gave me a taste.

In a fairly short time, Omix-ADA has carved themselves out a nice niche in the $3 billion dollar Jeep aftermarket. Starting in 1993 they now have over 10,000 SKU’s and over 300,000 square feet of warehouse space.

Taking a tour of their warehouse was fairly eye opening, the width and breadth of their product line were substantial. If you want to farkle up your Jeep, or you want to replace almost any part in an older CJ, they probably have it. The owner, Al Azadi, is known for finding crates of parts in interesting places, acquiring them to stack them high and deep because there will be those two people who need that one part. We saw the crates, many with old Chrysler era markings from the Philippines and Malaysia. While they resell a number of brands, they also manufacture most of their own SKU’s and also white label some items for Mopar.

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The False Neutral Episode 60: Freestylin

The False Neutral Podcast Episode 60

Garrett and Eric are rolling without Pete to quarterback the show for the first time, so, we are just freestyling it and catching up since it’s been a few weeks. Garrett talks about his new to him FZ1 and a former bike that found it’s way back into the garage. Garrett is also planning for a four-day 1,000-mile ride with friends in the next few weeks.

Eric brings us up to date with his XS400 project bike and an interesting observation from a recent trip to North Georgia. We also take a few minutes to talk about Nicky Hayden and his passing.
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False Neutral – Freestylin


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The False Neutral Episode 59: Pete Heads Out

This week the gang is back together, but that ends up being a story unto its self! As maybe you can gather by the title, work, life, the universe and everything has taken all of Pete’s time and in an attempt to balance it all, he is going to be stepping away from the show.  With that we would like your input as to the future direction of the show.

We also talk about Garrett’s new bike, along with news from KTM, Kawasaki, and Harley Davidson.

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False Neutral – Pete Heads Out


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Nicky Hayden: The Passing Of A True Champion

Nicky Hayden 2006 MotoGP Champion

Happiness is the exercise of vital powers, along lines of excellence, in a life affording them scope.  The test of a persons character is not how they act to others when things are going well, but when they aren’t.

In the outpouring of messages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram yesterday with the news of Nicky Hayden’s passing one theme kept repeating, as great of a race that Nicky was, he was a better person and sportsman.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI: The Gray Man’s Hot Hatch

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Sport

What is a “gray man”? Urban Dictionary says, “A man who can blend in to any scene or situation without standing out, hiding his skills and qualities  OK, the red GTI that I had in for the week isn’t exactly subtle, but take off the minimal badging ( badges, we don’t need no stinkin’ badges) and it looks like any other Golf five-door, and therein lies the beauty.

Today’s landscape of hot hatches in the U.S. is two, the Focus ST and the Golf GTI.  The forthcoming Civic Type R is more in line with the Golf R and Focus RS, toss the WRX STI in even though it’s a sedan.  Even in Golf R form, in a world where everyone else tacks on body kit parts like there is a 70% off sale at J.C. Whitney, The GTI, and the R, keep a low profile.

Now, perhaps your personality is one where you do like to shout “look at me”, and that’s cool, this hobby takes all kinds, but there are some who like to have all of the fun, and fly below the radar.  It’s this slot where the GTI shines.  Like the grey man, the GTI just blends in with it’s very conservative, though still handsome shape.  On the inside of our Sport edition it has one fashion statement, the heated tartan cloth seats, other than that one item, the interior is the well appointed and well done Golf.  If you want leather you can get that in the SE and Autobahn models.

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False Neutral #53 : David Emmett of motomatters.com

This week Eric rides solo and chats with David Emmett of motomatters.com.  They talk about pre-season testing in MotoGP, a rundown of the riders and the machines they will pilot in 2017, and a look ahead to the 2017 season and what to expect.  Further along in the show they also look ahead to what we can expect in Moto2 and Moto3.


False Neutral – David Emmitt of motomatters.com

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Subaru Forester XT Overland: It’s A Subaru Thing You Wouldn’t Understand

Eric Trytko March 22, 2017 Wagon Wednesday

One of the cool coming trends in the automotive world is people taking Subaru Outbacks and Foresters and turning them into true off-road vehicles capable of going well into the backcountry.  As you might guess, this trend started in the wilds and expanse of Austrailia, though to be fair, some Subaru enthusiasts have been doing this here in the States for decades.

This particular example is one of the more hardcore versions we’ve seen.  The owner, Harley, has spent some a good amount of time and money crafting his rig, which each step well thought out.  Built with the team at Leadfoot Offroad in La Verne, CA, who fabricated the front steel bumper with recovery points and a 9,500-pound winch up front, and a rear swing out bumper, also with Anderson Design and Fabrication who developed the lift kit.

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First Drive Toyota C-HR: Like Gomer Pyle Said, “Surprise Surprise Surprise”

2018 Toyota C-HR Greetings From Autin

When Toyota killed off the Scion brand you wondered, a bit, what they were going to do with the C-HR they had been showing off for eighteen months or so.  Since they sell the car in the rest of the world as a Toyota, they decided to do the same in North America as well.

The C-HR (Coupé-High Riding) is a “B” segment crossover that is set to go up against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Chevy Trax, Jeep Renegade, and Nissan Juke.  In Toyota’s presentation for the C-HR, they talked about just how important this segment is for them, sighting that by 2020 they project 1-million sales a year of small crossovers in the U.S.

So what is the C-HR, why should you care, who is Gomer Pyle and what should be we surprised about when it comes to Toyota?

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Kia Stinger Makes Debut At Sunday Night Detroit Auto Show Event

 

kia-stinger-1

Kia brought members of the international media to the Russell Industrial Complex just a couple miles from Cobo Hall where the North American International (nee Detroit) Auto Show kicks off in the morning.

Kia are aiming for the Stinger to be the achievable five-door sports coupe.  While many many scoff at this, with good justification, KIA snapped up Albert Biermann from BMW’s M division a few years ago and have spent considerable time developing the Stinger at “The Ring”.

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