False Neutral #23: Dead Parts Society


This week I’m on my own. In this slightly abbreviated solo episode, I talk about finding an ’83 Honda CX650C — an under-rated bike I’ve always wanted — on my local Craigslist, only to discover how quickly the unavailability of parts is hastening this model’s (and some other bikes’) demise. On a brighter note, I went new bike shopping with my wife, and decided some new tech and new styling might suit the two of us.

    A few notes:

  • The Project Car SOTU article on the CL125S can be found here.
  • The Project Car SOTU article on Bultakenstein is available here. There is also a full build thread on .
  • I accidentally published the podcast a day early this week, so iTunes subscribers have probably already listened to it.
  • It has come to my attention that the iTunes RSS now indicates that all our episodes contain explicit language. I assure you, they do not. There was one four-letter word in one episode. But thanks to Cam, we’ve been eternally branded with the Scarlet “E.” It’s an annoying iTunes thing that can’t be undone, evidently.

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Classic Captions – ’57 Dodge Royal Lancer Edition


Redusernab’s Classic Caption Contest for this week features some appropriately manly ’50s military men having a testosterone-fueled chat near an Air Force jet and a Dodge Royal Lancer. What is that airman saying? Why are the other two smiling? Why is there a civilian car parked on the apron at a military base? How can this scene be made humorous? Those are all questions it is up to you, dear Hive-Mind, to ponder deeply and answer in the comments.
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Project Car SOTU 2016: Bultakenstein


There’s a point in nearly every project where moving forward means holding your breath and jumping in over your head. That could mean expanding the scope of a project to require greater expenditures of time and money than you expected to devote to it, and perhaps well beyond what you can comfortably afford. Or, it might mean taking on a fabrication task that is way beyond your level of skill, at the risk of ruining the whole thing. Or perhaps both. And at that decision point, you have to ether fold up, walk away, and write off your losses, or double-down and say I’m all in. And if you choose the later, what happens next is going to be pretty scary.

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Project Car SOTU 2016: 1974 Honda CL125S


We two months ago, I took my other project bike on its maiden voyage — a whopping 19 miles to the KC Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club’s and back. The bike cruised quite nicely at 45-50 MPH and handled just fine, though the brakes are a whole lot weaker than I remember them being back in high school! The aluminum restrictor cone I made to fit the outlet of the universal muffler brought the exhaust volume down to acceptable levels, but it’s still pretty raspy. My stainless steel heat shield worked well and no parts fell off, so I guess that’s something. Overall it was fun. But…

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False Neutral #22: V Four Variety


This week, it’s all about the machines. After catching up on some of our project bikes, we get technical, discussing V-4 motors. From pre-war British bikes to Grand Prix Hondas, we explore what makes V-fours so attractive from an engineering point of view, why they don’t always work so well aesthetically, and why we don’t see more of them on the market. We also discuss related issues regarding engine balance, vibration, and blueprinting.

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Classic Captions – 1925 Dodge Touring Car Edition

1925 Dodge Touring Car

In the words of Monty Python, “And now for something completely different…”

The ad art featured in the Classic Captions series typically dates from the 1950s through ’80s. But in my quest for journalistic excellence novelty, we’re going all the way back to the roaring 20s, when cars were still young and magazine illustrations were still drawn by hand. In this monochromatic depiction from 1925, Ma is tending her flowers when a uniformed boy jumps out of a man’s touring car and runs to her holding a leather bag and a be-ribboned proclamation of some sort. Is her son a recent military school graduate? I can only assume the context of this scene was less inscrutable to the ad’s contemporary audience, but today it could as easily be a delivery boy, notifying her that she’s won American Tourister’s free luggage giveaway. And is the man in the car just dropping him off, or is that Dad? And if so, why is he still behind the wheel? It’s all up to you good people: tell us what you see in this image with a clever caption.
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False Neutral #21: Twin Cams, Part 2 with Cam Vanderhorst

In our conclusion to Cam Vanderhorst’s visit, he claims to go “FULL LIBERTARIAN” over the Kymco K-pipe recall (although he doesn’t, really—you never go full libertarian). We wade ankle-deep into the world of cyclecars for a bit, then veer into Suzuki cars and why they didn’t make it in the U.S., and finally offer our opinions on which of the Japanese manufacturers is the least reliable. Somehow, we end up talking about the sounds sea mammals make.

NOTE: I’ve checked iTunes “explicit” flag for this episode just to be on the safe side, but I believe we’re free of F-bombs this week. And don’t worry, there are no random sound clips this week.

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Classic Captions — Brazilian Willys Aero Edition

1961 01 Aero Willys 1st Gen Prop

Few people who aren’t car geeks remember what a Willys Aero was, and far fewer know that after being discontinued in the USA in 1955, production resumed in Brazil five years later. In South America, the Aero’s robust nature could shine, far away from the cheaper, flashier compacts coming out of Detroit. And shine it did. Production, with more and more homegrown Brazilian alterations along the way, lasted until 1971. Not a bad run for car that had been declared dead over a decade and a half earlier.

While one might conclude that Brazil’s auto industry was a bit outdated and crude by North American standards in 1961, it would appear that its advertising industry was too, as evidenced by today’s Classic Captions illustration. There is so much in this photograph to riff on, from the oddly posed family to the obviously studio-lit “beach” location, to the artsy backdrop, to the inscrutable inclusion of the pensive lifeguard walking out of frame in the background. What is your witty reaction to all this? Take a shot and leave a clever caption in the comments.
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False Neutral #20: Twin Cams, Part 1 with Cam Vanderhorst

In another triumph of attempt at Redusernab Podcast Network Corporate Synergisity℠, we are joined by Cam Vanderhorst, one of the hosts of our Redusernab sister podcast Cammed & Tubbed. Our conversation spilled over into two weeks worth of material, so this is part one of two episodes featuring Cam. (“Twin Cams” — get it? Ahhh, I crack myself up.) In this first go-round, we discuss helmets and hearing protection, scooters, and tweaking Cam’s Sportster. A little ways in, Eric jumps in for the tragic truth about barn finds, and whether there are still any truly bad motorcycles on the market. Rest assured, like nearly every episode, we manage to mention the Yamaha TW200 and Suzuki GT750. We’ve also provided few other aural surprises along the way.

EDIT: This might show up multiple times in peoples’ iTunes , as I somehow managed to deactivate the “Explicit” flag, necessitated by Cam’s lone f-bomb in the last five minutes of the podcast.

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Classic Captions – Mazda RX3-SP Edition


In pursuit of interesting contest fodder, Classic Captions photos tend to skew cheesy, with awkwardly posed people standing around stationary cars. Well, this is foremost an enthusiast site, and sometimes you just got bring out the speed. Here’s a crossed-up, rotary-powered, pre-zoom-zoom ’77 Mazda getting downright rowdy out on a twisty road. Hell yeah badass. But the flame tracks? What’s that about? Other than pointing out that that’s some damn fine pre-Photoshop photographic manipulation, I will leave further interpretation up to the commentariat. What humorous or profound (but most likely just humorous) comment can you come up with to fit this illustration?
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