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False Neutral #10: Gettin’ Dirty

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After Garrett gives us some MotoGP and Sportster Roadster news, dirt bikes and off-road riding is our topic this week. We discuss our dirt bike riding experiences (of which Garrett has many; Eric and I not so much), two-strokes v. four-strokes, motocross v. trail riding, dirt experiences for everyone from novices to trials wizards, having fun on mini-bikes (including drifting a pair 60cc four-wheel ATVs on concrete), where to ride, and off-road adventure tours.

The video I was trying to think of was KTM factory rider Jonny Walker riding The Red Bull Romaniacs Prologue. The Bultaco Pursang desert ride video I mention is here.

CORRECTION: At one point I incorrectly refer to legendary trials rider and author Don Smith as “Mick Walker.” This is an understandable mistake because those names are not at all similar and Mr. Walker had no connection to observed trials that I know of.


False Neutral – Gettin’ Dirty

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False Neutral #9: Bikes We Love, Part 2

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In this two-episode discussion of the bikes we love, we challenge each other to name our favorite bikes in a number of categories. In Part Two, Our conversation continues as each of us names the bike we most dearly love despite not wanting to own personally, and then talk about what we think are the best bikes to come on the market in the last couple of years.

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False Neutral – The Bikes We Love, Part 2

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Collected Thoughts on MotoGP 2016

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Yes it’s a tad late, but I have finally gotten my thoughts all together after the MotoGP race at COTA. From thoughts on riders, to the series, to the way that it all came together. It was a great event, but a war of attrition in the race. An amazing turnout for both MotoGP in the states and COTA in general.  … Continue Reading

False Neutral #8: Bikes We Love, Part 1

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In this two-episode discussion of the bikes we love, we challenge each other to name our favorite bikes in a number of categories. This week, we discuss:

  1. The one bike each of us likes best out of those we’ve owned in the past.
  2. The one bike that we have not ridden that each of us is seriously interested in acquiring in the future, given prevailing prices and availability constraints.

Our answers might surprise you. We surprised each other at times.

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False Neutral – The Bikes We Love Challenge Part 1

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False Neutral #7: “What’s in YOUR Workshop?”

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This week we discuss our project bikes, which include Bultakenstein, Garrett’s radical RZ350-based custom, and a few other bikes we’re just trying to keep on the road in more-or-less stock condition. After discussing Dakota Mamola along with his dad, arguing over the definition of “UJM”, and praising the CBR600F2 as a cheap track bike, we end up commiserating over the difficulty of getting anything shop-related accomplished. Whether it’s fabricating one-off custom bikes in a race shop or just going out to the garage to put an old, neglected bike back on the road, the wrenching skills, money and time available never seem to be quite adequate. But we still love doing it.

Well, at least one of us does.

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False Neutral – What’s in YOUR Workshop?

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False Neutral #6: Richard Varner & The State of American Road Racing

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This weekend, the professional U.S. motorcycle roadracing season gets underway at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Fittingly, our guest this week is Richard Varner, CFO and co-founder of the KRAVE Group. Not too long ago, KRAVE was awarded the commercial rights to the AMA’s MotoAmerica pro racing series. Richard discusses the state of pro motorcycle roadracing in America and what we can expect this season and into the future. If you have even a passing interest in motorcycle roadracing, what Mr. Varner has to share will be well worth hearing.

Note: Due to the fault of absolutely no one, the sound quality this week leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, this is the sometimes unavoidable result of four open mics and four internet connections of varying quality, all being mixed down “raw” into a single digital track in real time. We processed this episode in post-production to make the source material as listenable as possible, but the result sounds a lot like listening to a homemade AM crystal radio. We promise that next week’s episode will be as rich, dulcet, and noise-free as a DVD-Audio recording of James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman reading Wolf Solent. Okay, perhaps not quite.


False Neutral – Richard Varner of MotoAmerica

False Neutral #5: Live From Lisbon with Cager On Two Wheels

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Popular YouTube vlogger Cager on Two Wheels joins us this week from Lisbon, Portugal. We discuss the differences between the riding environments in Europe and North America — culturally, legally and geographically. Our conversation progresses to how those differences shape which bikes become popular in various markets, and dream riding destinations.

Here are a few links to websites mentioned in this episode:
Cager On Two Wheels YouTube Channel
Tanshanomi’s Kansas Spyder Trip Time Lapse
The Smackdab Summer Soltice Ride website
Schaff’s YouTube Channel


False Neutral – Cager on Two Wheels

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False Neutral Episode #4: Dollars & Harleys & Buells, Oh My!

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Eric and Pete welcome Hooniverse contributor Wayne Moyer. Topics include Erik Buell, entry-level Harley-Davidsons, and why it’s so hard to make money manufacturing motorcycles nowadays. Now with bonus background noise!

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False Neutral – Dollars & Harleys & Buells, Oh My!

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False Neutral Episode #3: Custom Bikes

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Eric and Pete are joined by prospective co-host Vince Ma for a discussion of custom bikes, bikes as art, and the tension between form and function on two wheels. We talk about the role of individuality in motorcycle choice, discuss visual design theory just a bit, and name the bikes we think are perfect as they came from the factory. As always, follow along with the photos below the jump, then leave a comment about which of our opinions you agree or disagree with. We want False Neutral to appeal to YOU, the Hooniverse reader, so suggestions about our content and format are always welcome. Also, please rate and review us on iTunes.


False Neutral – Custom Bikes

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Two (or Three) Wheel Tuesday: BSA and Busmar Sidecar Combo

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On my way to the pub this weekend I caught this very fetching old English bike and sidecar (sidecarriage seems more proper) parked by the side of the river while its crew enjoyed an ice cream

We often speak of Minis, microcars and the economy car in general, but it’s easy to forget that, before the days of no-money-down, infinite term finance schemes enabling absolutely anybody to be able to “afford” the automobile of their dreams, what you’re looking at here was The Car for many people. Though they weren’t always quite so elaborate as this fully enclosed example. … Continue Reading