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Last Call: Plated Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 13, 2018 Last Call

If your daily driver isn’t a sprint car, it’s not as cool as it could be. Conversely, if your sprint car isn’t road legal, it’s not as cool as it could be.

Last Call indicates the end of the Redusernab broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

Last Call: So Conflicted Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 12, 2018 Last Call


I’m old enough to remember when the AMC Matador Coupe was sold new. I was 13 when the landau Barcelona II version was introduced. I can recall ruminating for hours on whether the or the opera-windowed version was more desirable, but I was never quite able to decide. Frankly, I was utterly conflicted about it even as an eighth grader. I found it undeniably odd, peculiar, ill-proportioned—and yet somewhat irresistible. I still do. This extremely clean, lightly modded Barcelona coupe that shifts the balance a little bit more toward the irresistible side.

Last Call indicates the end of the Redusernab broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

Last Call: Hans Shot First Edition

There are few motorcycle shapes more recognizable than Hans Muth’s remarkable Suzuki Katana bodywork. Beyond the original 1000S of 1982, the same basic shape was applied to a number of different four-cylinder models. The smallest and perhaps most perfect was this JDM GSX250S, beautifully captured in anthracite gray.

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Project Bike SOTU 2018: Bultakenstein

Bultakenstein will be seven years old next month, and if you’ve been following these SOTU updates, you will not be surprised to learn that it is still nowhere near complete. For the last five months, my build-a-motorcycle-from-random-salvage-parts project (along with its little brother, my ’73 Honda CL125S project) has been crammed into one corner of my garage, as the demands of adult life have forced my attention elsewhere. I always feel slightly embarrassed to reveal how excruciatingly slow progress on this has been, but it has always been a back-burner, as-time-allows project. When I first considered this year’s Redusernab SOTU extravaganza, I was convinced that I had no accomplishments to write about for this past year. However, when I went back and looked at my notes and photos, I realized that between my last SOTU in August 2017 and early May of this year, I did actually make a lot of progress on the frame and engine mounts, while also acquiring additional suspension, engine and body parts.
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Project Bike SOTU: Honda CL125S

I got stranded.
Less than a week after this Honda CL125S’s SOTU post last year, the bike developed a high-RPM miss on my commute in to work. It was worse when I took the bike to lunch. It wouldn’t start at all after work. I kicked it and bump-started it with hardly a pop. I gave up and rode home with it on a flatbed. I’d had cycle coverage from AAA for 8 years without using it, so I figured they owed me. Unfortunately, the bike hasn’t been on the road again since. However, I did manage to make some progress this past year.

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Last Call: Tokyo To Kansas Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 10, 2018 Last Call

Yesterday afternoon, I spotted this JDM Nissan President in the local Costco parking lot. It would be a fairly notable sight anywhere in North America, but it is much more remarkable to find in Overland Park, Kansas than it would be in Los Angeles or Seattle. In fact, in over three decades, this is only the second right-hand-drive import I have spotted within the Kansas City metro area. Sure, its basically just an Infiniti Q45, but it is not just the rarity of this version that makes it cooler — the Infiniti version doesn’t have the killer lace window curtains.

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Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #80 – Looking Back, Looking Forward

This month we talk about things from the past: Eric’s resurection of his old Rumblestrip Radio podcast episodes, and motorcycles in the estate left behind by Garrett’s recently departed riding buddy. We also talk about the future, namely Harley-Davidison’s future, in light of their recent announcement of upcoming models. I have a cold and sound like a robot whale speaking into a toilet bowl.

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False Neutral – Looking Back, Looking Forward


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Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #79 – Not Quite Doing It

Garrett didn’t quite go to a track day.
Garrett also didn’t quite go on his summer motorcycle trip.
Eric didn’t quite get his electronic ignition installed.
Pete didn’t quite do Smackdab.
We discuss all of these things on this month’s episode, along with our views on Travis Pastrana’s successful recreation of the Caesar’s Palace fountain jump that Evel Knevel didn’t quite complete.


False Neutral – Not Quite Doing It


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Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #78 – Time & Money

On the June episode, we discuss matters time and money: Garrett finished his modular helmet shopping and ended up getting what he thinks is the best bang for the buck. Eric got another offer to trade his Mustang for a bike cash (this time a Harley FXR), but wasn’t close the deal in time. Pete recollects about the time walked into the Motorcyclist magazine editorial offices unannounced, because the front door just happened to be unlocked. We discuss what activities we have planned for the summer and, finally, we talk about the record breaking lap times at the Isle of Man TT this year.


False Neutral – All a Matter of Time & Money


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Two Wheel Tuesday: The False Neutral Podcast #77 – True Confessions

This month, the False Neutral crew discuss a mess of different stuff, a good deal of it involving some level of irrationality. Why does Garrett subscribe to Hot Bike magazine, even though he’s never said anything good about Harleys? Why did he spend countless hours fixing something on his TX750 that wasn’t broken, when he’s trying to turn around and sell it? Why do people resist buying customized vehicles, even if they’re spec’d exactly the way they’d want to build it? Along the way, we discuss Sportsters, Ducatis, and entry-level race bikes, a number of other topics.


False Neutral – True Confessions


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