Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Americade to run Killington Classic

Bill Dutcher, founder and El Jefe of the Americade Rally, posted this message today on Americade's online forum:

"Hey Americaders, here's a News Flash. We wanted to give you all a heads-up on the exciting news before it starts to appear in the press. Americade has agreed to manage the Killington Classic motorcycle rally in VT. It's a long-term arrangement, and we have some ideas to help build this established regional event. If you haven't yet gone to it, here's some brief info. It’s a different event than Americade, not only because it's in the Fall and is way up in the mountains of VT, but also because it's more informal. http://www.killingtonclassic.com/about For 2011 the event will be centralized up at the beautiful Killington Resort. It's the largest ski area in the Eastern US, and is surrounded by winding VT roads and lots of VT foliage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killington_Ski_Resort It's gorgeous there in mid-September, and we hope some of you can join us for the fun. More details will be appearing by the end of this week on: http://www.killingtonclassic.com and it will be will be constantly updated. A full schedule of events will be posted on May 10th and on-line registration will open June 7th, 2011. If you're on the Americade email list, then you'll automatically get more info by mid-June or sooner."

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish Updates

Suffers of CBS (Clean Bike Syndrome) recall all too well a few years ago when their drug of choice was pulled from the market. Dealers' shelves were suddenly emptier then the WW4M section of the Craigslist personals. I did some snooping around and my subsequent posts on the Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish mystery became (and remain) the most viewed posts on this site.  

Fortunately, Honda SC&P eventually reappeared, albeit at its customary (read ridiculous) high street price.  In search of reasonably-priced alternatives, I recently met with an un-named distributor in a dark alley, who informed me (following the exchange of code words) that two Amrep* products: Next Dimension Spray Polish and Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner & Polish, are for practical purposes identical to Honda's cleaner. Original Bike Spirits' product description hints as much. I'm also told street prices are about 50% of Big Red's cleaner. As my secret stash of Honda SC&P is nearly gone, I'll soon order one of the alleged identical twins and report back.

*As far as I can determine, Amrep is the patent holder of the magic Honda spray, and contracted the manufacturing to Petro Chemical.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Spotted at Haag's: 1974 BMW R90S

Last Sunday, grey skies kept all but maybe 20 motorcyclists from the monthly breakfast ride-in at Haag's Hotel in Shartlesville, PA.  The parking lot was heavy with BMWs, including the awesome 1974 R90S pictured below, which had been ridden out from Bucks County.  I'm not a BMW expert, but even I could spot the addition of Ohlins shocks and dual-plug heads. What wasn't apparent until the owner pointed it out was the serial number: -0001! That's right, the first R90S imported to the US in '74. I'm happy to report this isn't a museum piece: it has 30K+ miles on the odo, and judging from the safety wire, it may have seen some track-use. If the owner sees this and would care to comment with further information, please do.

I believe the color is "TT Silver"

Well-kept but obviously ridden, as it should be!

Above the oil filler is stamped serial no. -0001

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lee Parks DeerTours Glove Give-Away!

This is the first in a series to help rid the Tilted Horizons gear closet and garage of excess gear and accessories. First up: a pair of new, never-worn, size medium, tan DeerTours gloves from Lee Parks Designs. DeerTours are buttery-soft deer skin with minimal seams and excellent control feel. They wear like iron and are washable (instructions are on Lee Parks' website). I've owned a pair for about 7 years; they're my "go to" gloves when the going gets hot. For a change to win these gloves (currently selling for $84.95) and have them shipped to you free, click on Profile and send me an email with the answer to this trivia question: What is the year, make and model of Doug Just Doug's current motorcycle? (It's an open book, or rather open blog, test). The winner will be chosen in a random drawing among all entries received no later than midnight EST April 30, 2011. (Shipping will be only to addresses within the continental USA). Good luck, and should the mood strike be sure to visit some of the advertisers at the top of this page.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

No April Fool: RevZilla Giving Away Motorcycle Gear Again!

Our friends at RevZilla are giving away inventory again. So how does one go about taking advantage of this apparent temporary lapse of business reason? Login to RevZilla's site, spend all of about 30 seconds creating a rider profile, than sit back and wait for the monthly winners to be drawn. Could it be any easier to try to win some top-notch sport-touring/adventure riding gear?

The First Prize winner this month will receive both an Olympia AST 2 jacket and Olympia Ranger 3 overpants,  modeled in the pix above by that "Olympia guy" at whom we've enjoyed poking much fun over the years. $50 RevZilla gift certificates will go to two Second Prize winners. To enter, click on over to https://www.revzilla.com/april11-contest ASAP!

While you're there, take a look around at what RevZilla has to offer the serious motorcyclist. Why shop RevZilla? I can tell you why I do: fast, free shipping for orders over $39.99; TeamZilla cash back program; "no  hassle" exchanges; price match guarantee; and above all, RevZilla's top-flight reputation among riders I know for its customer service and product knowledge. Let 'em know Tilted Horizons sent ya!

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Friday, April 01, 2011

New Gut Wrench Set from Aerostich

The 2011 Aerostich and RiderWearHouse catalog introduces the Gut Wrench, a new type of tool that is equal parts useful and nutritious. The set of six wrenches perform standard bolt-turning duties as well as providing 100% of your daily recommended intake for iron. Each 6 ounce wrench is infused with calories, and is guaranteed to stay with you for miles down the road, unlike a wimpy grocery store energy bar. Ideal for when the trip schedule doesn’t permit time to stop for a bite to eat, or keep a set of Gut Wrenches in your tool kit and you always have an iron-fortified snack at the ready. Each Gut Wrench will provide an immediate weight gain and is a great source of roughage, providing the best intestinal cleanse available. The six wrench set will satiate even the largest appetites and includes an extra assortment of iron fortified bolts, great for a quick rest-stop snack to ward off hunger pangs. Price includes one-time emergency extraction coupon, should you lack the intestinal fortitude for complete digestion (our lawyers made us say that). $34,519.01 per set, specify Metric, Whitworth or American. http://www.aerostich.com/gut-wrench.html

 Gut Wrench Set Features:

  • Dual purpose - useful and nutritious.
  • Makes all other energy bars seem weak.
  • Iron+++.
  • Set of six, for small to large appetites.
  • Immediate weight gain.
  • Intestinal cleansing bar none.