Hello there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Other than that “Just the Facts” episode back in late July, after June ended it’s been a quiet summer, Chasing the Horizon-wise. At any rate, it’s been nearly 90 days since you received an email from me.
Without getting into too much detail – I mean, I don’t want to bore you – I needed a break from a bunch of stuff all at the same time. I didn’t intend to take a break from the podcast, but that’s what happened. I can see from the records some of you spent the extra time listening to old episodes, which is utterly fantastic!
We’re back to including news items in each episode here in Season 4; I’ll be including a few involving well-known companies, emerging trends, financial hits and misses, interesting technology and the like.
In Episode 95, you’ll learn about a new magic, maintenance-free motorcycle chain from BMW. The goings-on at Harley-Davidson include the disappearance of the Bronx streetfighter and the emergence of the first Chinese-built sub-500 CC Harley. Triumph is bringing back the Trident with an updated version of their 675 CC triple, retired when they upped all the Street/Speed series bikes to 765.
You know I’m going to touch on the state of the motorcycle industry in India, because of course I am! Even though things are not back to normal, at least sales were up in August, bringing some good news to the industry. It looks like Honda India is going to try to boost their numbers by taking on Royal Enfield in the classic motorcycle market – we’ll see how that goes for them.
Last but not least, you may remember the stunning concept electric bike BMW showed off last year, the Vision DC Roadster. BMW may not be moving forward on that exact motorcycle, but they are busily filing trademarks using the DC moniker and claiming patents for cool electric bike-related things like a wireless charger that works through the kickstand. Mighty cool technology right there!
While you’re out there doing your thing, visit the Chasing the Horizon website, and of course we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well (though not terribly active, I’m afraid). If you’re looking for video content, check out the MOA’s YT channel, where I and other MOA members make videos related to rallies, riders, tech issues (for BMWs) and product unboxing/testing/reviews as well. It’s a lot of fun, and if you’re an MOA member, we’d love to put your video on the MOA’s channel! You can find out all you would ever need to know about the club over at bmwmoa.org. Joining gets you access to a fantastic roadside assistance and tire protection/replacement program and lots of other benefits as well.
There will be a new episode out in two weeks, be sure to come back and listen. We’ll see you out there somewhere on the road – or off it! Ride safe.