Thursday, February 26, 2009
Myrtle Beach alienates bikers as Daytona smartly offers its welcome
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week starts February 27 in Daytona Beach and, despite the downturn in the economy, officials expect this year to be big.
It did not look like this [lots of bikes and people shown in video] on Main Street this time last year and Myrtle Beach may have something to do with it. It has a Bike Week in May, but there is now a strict new set of rules; you have to wear helmets, eye protection, partying is frowned upon -- and bikers said they don't want to deal with it.
Many of the bikers that gave Myrtle Beach a miss have descended upon Daytona Bike Week more than seven days early, apparently to make up for lost fun. Behold a great example of free-market economics.
I wonder if Myrtle Beach will demand a bailout from our out-of-control federal government as a result of this. It certainly worked for the auto industry.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Behold the power of the Superbike Blog
For those of you who remember when I suggested that the great Greg White and his 2 Wheel Tuesday crew should scrap their misguided 2005-2006 TV product for something more focused and informative, I'm proud to report that the humble Superbike Blog has been heard.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, 1000cc Raw Thrill. Here's the pilot episode:
What's that you say? I had nothing to do with it? Balderdash! In the words of Adam Savage, "I reject your reality and substitute my own."
It's nice to know this blog is making a positive difference in the motorcycling world. We'll be sure to keep up the good work.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
What a difference three decades makes
It's almost time for superbike season again, and I always like to wax a little nostalgic as Daytona approaches.
Videos like the one posted below were produced by Kawasaki and shown in dealerships during the late '70s and early '80s. This one features a very young Eddie Lawson, as well as none other than the great Rob Muzzy before his hair turned silver. And of course, it features the wondrous KZ1000J. When I was a little kid, this bike made my pre-pubescent motorcycle pants go completely crazy. This is a magical era in my memory, and is one of the reasons I own and ride a ZRX Lawson Replica today.