OK, let me just get this out of the way.
That’s the new Indian FTR 1200 S Race Replica and not only did I finally get to see one in person, I got to sit on it, too! Indian had to kick me out of their booth at the end of the day when the show closed. I sat on it all four days, too. I learned a few days ago that my dealer has sold all five FTRs Indian allotted them from the first run of bikes, and I’m first on the list. They don’t have a target date yet – Indian has stated “in the first quarter of 2019” – but you can bet you’ll know when I get my hands on it.
Now. On with the show!
I tried something different with this show and invited a couple of folks on to discuss all things AIMExpo with me. Scott Correy and his wife, Liz Howe, are motorcycle fanatics just like all of us and though they have lived in Alaska, they currently hail from Oregon. I asked them to join me to get their perspectives as first-time AIMExpo attendees and really to have somebody to talk to in depth about the show this year. I won’t get into all of it here – you’ll have to listen to the show.
By the way, you can find both Scott & Liz on the web – One Girl, One Bike, One World (Liz) and Only Two Wheels (Scott). Check out their sites. I greatly enjoyed the discussion and will have both Scott and Liz on again in the future for other discussions.
Without further ado, here is the episode. Note that Scott joins me to discuss two things with me for the news segment, the cessation of business operations over at Alta Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson’s difficult third quarter (as well as the massive recall on 2017-18 clutch components they announced last week).
0.00 Welcome to Chasing the Horizon!
0.41 The News with Scott
10.51 MOA Plug – Roadside Assistance Program
12.45 AIMExpo Wrap-Up with Scott & Liz
122.47 The Dunlop Information Minute (@ridedunlop)
124.01 Farewell to Thee
You may notice that this episode is nearly 126 minutes long – effectively the same length as the superhero feature films Iron Man (126 min) and Iron Man 2 (125 min). That’s two hours and six minutes. I suppose in that light I should have called it Episode 36 and 37 (ha!) or split it, but I didn’t want to do either of those things. I’m sure those of you interested in the discussion will break it up into manageable chunks on your own. I don’t think in the future I’ll split episodes up like I did with Brian Case and Matt Chambers – I’ll just let them run long and let the listeners manage the content on their end. I know you can handle it!
Huh. That’s kind of … it. For now. There’s lots more to come, of course, but I’m going to keep a lid on it for now and make some announcements in other posts.
By the way – there’s a Bonus Episode for AIM! That’s right – I had more audio …footage?… than I could easily work into the discussion with Scott and Liz, so I stitched it all together in a 34-minute bonus episode. You can check that out in its own post right here on the Chasing the Horizon website once I get it posted on Tuesday or Wednesday.
- Chasing the Horizon
- Bonus Link: a bunch of podcasters got together at AIMExpo to discuss the show. They were kind enough to invite me along. Join Chasing the Horizon, Wheelnerds, Motorcycles & Misfits, Café Racer ADV Motorcycle Podcast and NoCo Moto for an R-rated discussion of AIMExpo before any of us had much time to process everything. Warning: we were drinking a bit and the language isn’t exactly family-friendly. We had a good time, though!
Episode 37 will feature Fred Rau talking about travelling by motorcycle in New Zealand and a lot of other stuff. Fred sure is opinionated – it’s going to be an interesting episode for sure! That episode will be out on Monday, 12 November. The post-Thanksgiving episode will feature a friend of Fred’s – stay tuned for more info on that in a future post.
Thanks again to everybody for listening, subscribing, commenting, suggesting – even if you just want to chat, reach out to me by email, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org. See you out there somewhere on the road – or off it! Ride safe.