38: Triumph News, Ducati Rumble, New Naked R1, and a Tilting Trike


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Triumph confirmed they are releasing a new Tiger Sport - but sad news it will not being sold in the US.  The bike will have the latest iteration of Triumph's 1050cc engine.  It also comes with three power modes (Road, Rain, and Sport) and cruise control.  Full spec's and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Triumph unveils two new limited edition American cruisers, 25 each model and the bikes will be numbered and carry a certificate of authenticity signed by Triumph owner John Bloor.

Ducati Custom Rumble finalists -  Ducati has setup a build off with dealers to come up with a modified Scrambler.  Finalists compete between now and World Ducati Week on July 1-3, where the winner will be announced

Indian fueled by Jack Daniel's - Indian has teamed up with Jack Daniel's to create a limited edition Chief.  No word on production dates, but details will be released during Daytona Bike week (March 4-13).

Victory brings back the Magnum X-1

Yamaha's shock new naked R1 -  This is the most remarkable naked bike to be developer by Yamaha so far.

  • 2016 Yamaha MT-10 highlights
  • YZF-R1 998cc CP4 crossplane engine
  • 165bhp | 75ftlb | 199kg (est)
  • Switchable 3-mode Traction Control system
  • YZF-R1 derived chassis and suspension
  • Slipper clutch and cruise control
  • Full LCD dash

Tilting Motor Works - A revers trike conversion kit that allows you to tilt.  Standard kit starts at $9,995 and $12,995 with tilt lock.

Jon asks the guys - If you could go back in time and change something in your life - would you and what would it be.

Jon - Yes - The biggest thing would have been spending more time with his dad and the secondary item would be have taken some cooking classes in college.

Rich - Yes - he would have liked to start his own business sooner. 

Rico - Yes - he would like to have spent more time with his grandfather and learn from him about farming.

Windshield updates

  • Rich - no update as has not been out on road.
  • Rico - works well and helps a lot.  Have not ridden at night so not sure how the tint will be yet.

Rico has been working on a 2002 Dodge Dakota SXT 5 speed that his wife picked up for a few hundred.  Took all interior out and did a major cleaning, upgraded speakers, and gave it a major detailing.

Rich took the A4 into shop.  They had to keep it for a few days so the dealer ship lent him an Audi A6.  Really enjoyed the car and had a lot of tech, but for ~65k is a little much for his taste.

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Running time: 1 hour 16 minutes
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35: 2016 motorcycles from Ducati and BMW with Charlie Hearne from Motorcycles of Charlotte

Our guest this week is Charlie Hearne from Motorcycles of Charlotte and we talk with him about motorcycles from Ducati, BMW, Zero, Triumph, and events.

Rico is finally recording from his home studio after traveling and is enjoying some Kentucky Bourbon Ale he brought back from his travels.

Unfortunately Jon was unable to join this week due to family issues.

Rich has the KLR road legal again after an inspection and a little extra donation to the state for being late.

Conversation with Charlie Hearne from Motorcycles of Charlotte:

  • Charlie currently rides a BMW R1200 GS
  • Ducati xDiavel.  Should be showing up at the dealership around March of 2016
    • Has three modes (Full, Sport, and Rain)
    • Belt drive: a nod to cruiser style and is quieter than chain with less maintenance
    • 1262cc engine that puts out 156hp and 95 lb-ft of torque with a weight of 485 lb dry and 545 lb wet
    • A 40 degree lean angle is unique for cruisers for sure
  • Nationwide tour - Motorcycles of Charlotte is the only North Carolina location to see the XDiavel.
  • Check out Motorcycles of Charlotte Facebook page for details on upcoming demo ride and events. 
  • Ducati Scrambler 
    • Six different models - Charlie likes Urban Enduro
    • Three different colors
    • Ducati might be releasing a 7th model, but no news on it as of this recording
    • Top seller in US. and dealership sold 35 this past year
  • Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro
    • 160 hp and 136 Nm of torque
    • Charlie and Rich really likes this bike.
  • Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak
    • Ducati selling bike from that was built from the win at Pike Peak race
  • Dealership had Adventure day that had over 150 people attend to ride a 22 mile route
  • Zero Motorcycles
    • Limited maintenance on the bikes, mainly belt drive replacement.  No oil to change, spark plugs, valve adjustments, etc.
    • 3 modes Sport, Eco, and Custom.  Custom allow you to connect with Zero app via iPhone or Android to make custom profile.
    • Zero S - 197 mile range, 54 hp and 68 ft-lb
    • Zero SR -  100 mile range, 67 hp and 106 ft-lb  
    • Zero DS - 179 mile range, 54 hp and 68 ft-lb
    • Zero DSR (New for 2016) -  140 mile range, 54 hp and 68 ft-lb.  98 mph top speed
    • Zero FX  - 41 mile range, 44hp and 70 ft-lb.  Bike is designed for off-road riding. Weights less than 300 lbs
    • Zero FXS (New for 2016)- 90 mile range 44 hp and 70ft-lb Bike is designed for off-road riding. Able to do 0-60 in 4.1 seconds.
  • BMW Motorcycles
    • Charlie was a sport bike rider,  took a BMW R1200RT bike for ride and fell in love
    • Concept 101 - K1600 motor - 160 hp 6 cylinder engine
  • Triumph Motorcycles
    • Explorer - 8 different models
    • Switchable ABS and Triumph Traction Control
    • 1200 are shaft drive, 800 are chain drive
  • Will have Triumph modern classic event January 15th, check the Facebook page for details.

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Running time: 1 hour 26 minutes
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34: Moto Guzzi with Jim May from Matthews Fun Machines

This episode we sat down with Jim May from Matthews Fun Machines and he shares his riding experience from last 45 years and his passion for Moto Guzzi Motorcycles.

Rico has made it back to the states, but is off traveling again with his new found mezcal.

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Jon surprises Rich and Rico with the thought of giving up riding motorcycles if given a billion dollars.  As this was one of the topics from Matthew Williams moto blogging videos.  After Rich and Rico thought for a few moments they both agree they could as they could use put the money to A LOT of good use.

Interview with Jim May:

  • Jim has been working at Matthews Fun Machines for 2 years.
  • We discuss new and upcoming Moto Guzzi motorcycles and the history of the company
  • Moto Guzzi started using the 90 degree v-twin in 1967
  • Modified exhaust can sound like a V-8 engine and some aftermarket exhaust is made across the street from the Moto Guzzi factory.
  • On the roof of the factory is an oval track.  Moto Guzzi still takes bikes to the roof for a 1-2 miles ride to make sure bike is function correctly before being shipped to dealers.
  • Bikes are 100% hand built in Mandello del Lario, Italy.
  • Jim has been riding since 1975.
    • First Moto Guzzi was 850T and trading in a 750 Ducati for it.
    • One of his favorite bikes was a Moto Guzzi SB1000
    • Le Mans line was another favorite bike
    • Previously owned a California 1100
    • Currently has a California 1400, which Rico test rode this back and we talked about it during episode 31
    • Has owned 7 Ducati, 8 Moto Guzzi, Buell, Harley Davidson and some small Honda bikes over his lifetime.
    • Has restored a 1970's Moto Guzzi 750 Bike and might see it a Easyriders show in Charlotte in January.
  • Jim said that Matthew Fun Machine is hoping to get 2 Moto Guzzi Flying Fortress once they are released.  One might be a demo bike so that will allow Rich to take it out for a little spin.

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Running time: 1 hour 07 minutes
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