This month we're joined by Mike Festiva, who has a great YouTube channel documenting his creative budget vehicle builds, including a number powered by the Predator engine. In fact, it was his video that inspired Garrett's friend to build the Predator KX, and in turn Pete's current torque-converter bike project. Our discussion covers a wide range of vehicles, from two wheels to six, including mini bikes, trail bikes, street bikes, and Mike's amazing "Mini Pinzgauer" project.
Eric was in the broadcast booth this past weekend, announcing the Daytona 200 for the trackside crowd and the NBC Sports streaming broadcast. We recorded this episode before he left Michigan for Florida and we talk about his (at the time) upcoming broadcast. Garrett is back in good health, has finished settling into his new home, and is ready to get back to bikes. He was nearly ready to pull the trigger on a new Royal Enfield 650 Continental GT when another model currently available at fire-sale prices piqued his interest. Pete is continuing to slap leftover parts together, and having surprising success with it. He also put a brand-new, long-distance touring vehicle in the driveway, but it's not what you'd think. We discuss a couple of new bike models we've been watching lately, including a less-ugly variant of the Harley Pan-American, the Triumph Trident 660, the revised 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber, and the reborn (yet again) Buell.
On this episode, Garrett, Eric, and Pete discuss few more new models for 2021: Honda's 1100 Rebel, the return of the Suzuki Hayabusa, what Indian is getting right, and Harley continues to get wrong. We then discuss recent garage purchases we've made, are currently considering and, in Pete's case, bought sort of by accident. We wrap up with a quick review of the Chinese-made cobbler's sewing machine Pete bought mid-episode last month.
This month, our usual workshop update ends up taking the whole episode, because we constantly drift into topics such as tuning for methane fuel, gray market JDM imports, and sewing heavy upolstery.Here are a few web links we reference in this episode:http://www.moto2imports.com/https://rmdmotors.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zawvl5ZZIdIhttp://saltwhistlesailing.blogspot.com/2015/04/first-project-with-my-sailrite-sewing.htmlhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/SINGER-Heavy-Duty-4432-Sewing-Machine-18-lbs-Gray/293946716722https://www.amazon.com/Machine-Cobbler-Mending-Leather-Stitching/dp/B08R55S2CX
This month we discuss which new bikes for 2021 we're most excited about, along with a few we're a bit more ambivalent about. We also look forward to some new stuff we plan on doing in our workshops in the coming year.
Dec 15, 2020
This month, Eric, Garrett, and Pete interview our special guest, Victor Pagan, who is building a Super Single class roadracer out of a 1997 CR250 motorcrosser. After an overview of the conversion process and the challenges he's still working through, we revisit our own projects, including the Predator-engined KX project Garrett's involved with. Along the way, we briefly discuss Bultakenstein, the new Aprilia RS660, and our continuing fascination with the Yamaha Blaster ATV motor. Also, is there a new bike in Pete's or Eric's futures?
Nov 17, 2020
Your three hosts are all back in the (vitual) studio, after a 1-month hiatus. This month we discuss small, unusual motorcyles: custom minibikes, bikes powered by Harbor Freight's 212cc Predator industrial motor, and Thai 150cc drag bikes. Eric gives a final wrap-up of his stint with the Royal Enfield 650 twin, and Garrett's been watching The Long Way Up. That leads to a discussion of the prospects for Harley's electric (or not) future.
Oct 13, 2020
This month we catch up on what your three hosts have been up to. Eric's been testing a new Royal Enfield 650 Continental GT. Pete and Garrett have been busy in their workshops. It seems that everyone else has been, too — we discuss the current shortage of used parts and used bikes, thanks to most Americans having nothing better to do with their time. Also, Garrett sold his FZ1 and bought something, um, surprising.
Aug 18, 2020
We're very excited to have flat-track racer, teacher, fabricator and all-around evangelist Johnny Lewis joining us this month. Johnny runs the Moto Anatomy training facility and has hooked up with Royal Enfield's flat-track program to create the Royal Enfield Slide School and participate in the Build-Train-Race project. Along the way, he has been teaching flat track techniques around the globe, as far away as India. We discuss the new RE 650 and 411 flat trackers and the challenges of teaching riders how to "crash without crashing." It's a fascinating conversation for anybody, regardless of your familiarity with American flat track.
Jul 14, 2020
This month Eric and Pete are joined by fellow Hooniverse podcaster Ross Ballot, one of the hosts of Off The Road Again, Hooniverse's newest podcast that focuses on 4x4s and all things off-road. Ross is an avid ATV'er. On this episode, we compare and contrast side-by-sides and ATVs, discuss how they've inherited many of the roles previously held by dune buggies and Jeeps, and try to explain just what makes sitting behind a set of handlebars so magic.
Jun 16, 2020