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Podcast Host(s) Needed!

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The Hooniverse Podcast Network is expanding. The Supreme Hooniversal Potentates have given me the green light to develop a weekly motorcycle-oriented podcast. Despite the deep, abiding love I have for the sound of my own voice, a crucial requirement for a podcast is conversation, which requires more than one person. This is where you come in. Do you know a bit about motorcycles, and more importantly find them interesting to think about for 40–60 minutes at time? Can you make noises with your mouth? If so, you may be who we’re looking for.

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Two-Wheel Tuesday: Haining Vs Hoverboard

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I carried out an illegal activity on Boxing Day; I operated an unlicensed, uninsured vehicle on a public road in the UK, when my auntie who operates a successful horse livery and stud farm in Buckinghamshire (which is so cutting edge that they use a Segway to check the stables) brought her hoverboard over.  Of course I had to have a go in the name of research, and I’m very glad I did.

Glad because controlling a hoverboard (stupid, and wrong name, I know) involves a technique which is contrary to any other machine I’ve ever used where my feet have to issue commands. I was reminded just how wondrous the feeling of mastering something new can be, like my first clutchless manual gearchange or my first controlled drift.

It also got me to wondering whether these things will every make it beyond novelty and into being considered as an actual means of transport. Take the jump to ponder whether this is a ridiculous idea or not. … Continue Reading

Two-Wheel Tuesday: My Favorite Moto-Vlogger

Tanshanomi December 22, 2015 Two-Wheel Tuesday

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When it comes to motorcycle videos on The Tube That is You, there seem to be three basic types: slick, professionally produced video magazines; pompous, macho posturing designed to inflate the maker’s own ego; and clueless idiots saying nothing accurate or important while walking in circles, pointing a cell phone at a parked bike. In the midst of this landscape, Cager On Two Wheels is as welcome as a fresh, cool breeze. I love this guy, and I know a whole bunch of other motorcyclists who do, too.

What makes this video blooger from Portugal so great is not that he knows everything there is to know about the bikes he rides, but that he makes no bones about what he knows and doesn’t know about bikes and riding. His latest video on learning to wheelie is one example of that, but you can pick nearly any of his YouTube videos and be entertained by his low-key, friendly, infectious manner. He’s extremely unpretentious, yet very comfortable expressing his likes and dislikes without feeling the need to be defensive or apologetic. He rides bikes and talks about them, period; there’s no aggrandizement of himself or the bikes he rides. He’s the Internet’s Everyman on a motorcycle (or sometimes, a scooter) —an ordinary rider with an extraordinary enthusiasm for just getting out and riding. He’s the virtual equivalent of that friendly, eager riding buddy who knocks on your door at 8 AM Saturday morning and gets you to go for a ride. If I ever get to Portugal, I am going to look this guy up go have a beer with him.

Craigslist Find: 1970 Honda CT70 – $1500

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As I have said in the past, I am no motorcycle expert. I like looking at some of them, and it’s fun to watch some of them race, but I could barely tell the difference between a Suzuki or a Yamaha, much less make/year/model. If a bike appeals to me, it’s because it looks different somehow. Such is the case with this tasty two-fer. Kick it into gear and let’s go! … Continue Reading

The Carchive Bike Shed: The Honda Express.

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Far be it for me to tread on the toes of Tanshanomi, the Hooniverse guru of all things bi-wheeled, it occurred to me that quite a lot of the documents lurking in The Carchive relate to vehicles with a different wheel-count.

So, I tentatively unveil The Bike Shed. Here, on a Tuesday every now and again I’ll fill a gap in the Hooniverse broadcast schedule with a dusty old bike brochure that we can either meet with giddy enthusiasm or we can condemn noisily. We start with a classic of worthy Japanese engineering; The Honda Express. I think these things are awesome, and judging by the photos in this brochure they held the key to all kinds of fun and games that, frankly, I want to be a part of.

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Two Wheel Tuesday: Insane Enduro Helmet Cam

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The Red Bull Marketing Machine doesn’t really need any help promoting their canned fizzy bull urine, but they’ve been very supportive of motorsport over the last two decades, and I have to say I’m thankful for it, because it means we get to watch awesome stuff like this. Blocking off a series of stairs and streets and boardwalks and byways, Red Bull’s Urban Hard Enduro Racing mini-series hit Lagares, Portugal recently, and here is one rider’s (Spaniard, Alfredo Gómez) point-of-view perspective. There were a couple of moments where Alfredo even needed a hand from the locals…

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The Carchive Bonus Edition: Honda Motocompo

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Any of you who were sufficiently dedicated to sit through today’s Carchive Video instalment will have noted this curious motorcycle as the last thing I spoke about. Well, inevitably this curious 1980s relic is SO INTERESTING that it goes way beyond the scope of The Carchive and an actual print brochure has so far evaded me.

Fortunately, somebody excellent has taken the time to scan pages from the original Honda Motocompo brochure. Welcome to a Carchive Bonus Edition.

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Two-Wheel Tuesday: 6 Reasons Why Motorcycle Flat Track is More Awesome Than You Realize

Tanshanomi September 15, 2015 Featured, Two-Wheel Tuesday

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Hooniverse, despite featuring motorcycle-related features we like on Tuesdays, is overwhelmingly a four-wheel site. So, chances are good that right now you consider yourself a “car guy,” not a “bike guy.” BUT WAIT—DON’T GO YET. You need to know that few forms of racing offer such consistently close racing, such fascinating machinery, and such spectacular entertainment as professional flat track racing. Furthermore, flat track is amazingly accessible to spectators, both in person and on video. Other forms of motorcycle sport, such as motocross, roadracing and even freestyle stunt jumping have have had periods of widespread popularity and thus worked their way into the public consciousness; flat track racing hasn’t been able to garner the same level of awareness with the non-riding public, or even among gearheads in general. Even if you never, ever intend get on a bike yourself, I am here to convince you that you need Pro Flat Track in your life like toddlers need naps. All the reasons why are waiting on the other side of the jump. … Continue Reading

Roadside Attractions – 2013 Ural Patrol

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On my way home the other day, I spotted something small, odd-looking, and Russian sitting in someone’s yard. No, it was not Vladimir Putin. Knowing I had never seen anything like it, I jumped on the brakes and pulled over to take a look. Check it out. … Continue Reading

DC & Robbie Maddison Break Our Brains With “Pipe Dream”

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We all have dreams. They can be dreams, small dreams, those that are possible, and even those that aren’t. Robbie Maddison, the freestyle motorcross star, stuntman, and James Bond bike rider, has dreams as well. His dream is a bit… different, than yours.

Maddison has been dreaming of a way to ride his dirt bike in the water. Get a jet ski, you say? No, that’s too easy and doesn’t accomplish the goal of Maddo’s dream. He really wants to ride his dirt bike in the water and take the damn thing surfing.

Guess what… he did it.

He fucking did it.