Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Moto Bazzi Low Sled - NEW RELEASE


New Release - Moto Bazzi Low Sled

Roxy has gone off and done it again.  Lately, I've noticed she has been in a retro phase so to speak.  Maybe she is old school to the core anyway, her bikes are.  When I tripped over her shop, I drooled over the Iron Horse which is a trick bobber.  You'll soon learn about another bike she has built but not today, today is all about her latest release the Low Sled.


The Low Sled is a big cruiser, a bagger and all of the conveniences such as speedo and stuff you don't need, well that junk is pulled off.  Honestly, the Low Sled is the kind of bike you'd see a hardcore biker ride: less about flash and  more about tough.
The announcement read, "The new Moto Bazzi Low Sled has just been released.  Originally designed & built to be only available in Matte Black, the box now includes Matte Black, Gloss Black (like the demos in the showroom) & Gloss White (like the demo pic in the showroom)."


In her new releases, she has been good to provide some added value for the consumer by bundling bikes into different sizes and styles.  You can read because you've made it this far unless you just come for the pictures.  You get Matte Black, Gloss Black and Gloss White version and while I tested the gloss black, I think the matte black would have suited me more because it looks more rough.


This is a little thing when you go buy a bike.  Take a look at the parts and I mean a close look.  If you see painted prims and a high dollar price tag, go someplace else because you're getting ripped off.  Not with Moto Bazzi!  No painted prims or cut corners, instead you get a bike which looks like a bike in RL.

Riding is no less a pleasure.  The bike is as smooth as Don Julio Anejo served straight.  If you don't know what that is, I will pray for you.  I was ripping the Low Sled around the Moto Bazzi test track with easy.  The ride was intuitive and stable and what I like in a bike.  It was also pretty quick in fourth.



I highly recommend a trip to Moto Bazzi.  Spend some time there getting to know these great bikes and as Roxy is often inworld, IM her, she loves to talk about bikes and I know few people more knowledgeable about motorcycles than her. 


Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.

Find me on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through my Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" or on my Google+ page.   I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like me to review something that moves, send me a message. 

Robby

Saturday, June 18, 2016

JJ Cycles Sporty 1200 XL


 JJ Cycles Sporty 1200 XL

 
Several years ago I was in the market for a new bike.  A couple of co-workers owned HD 1200 Sportsters and I entered the realm of HD, love 'em or hate 'em.  It was a truly educational experience filled with great pontification and qualified opinions.  I've experienced as great a passion in politics with the HD vs Metric Bike debate. 
 
One co-worker was several inches taller than me said the Sportster was a nice bike but pretty cramped for him.  Another co-worker was maybe 5 feet tall and she loved her HD Sportster.  Then there was the other caveat, the Sportster, some suggest, is a girls bike.  Later on, I was researching café racers and bobbers.  I found many builders were converting the Sportster into café racers and yes, bobbers.  Maybe this isn't just a girls bike but a great bike.  Besides, if they can fit on a bike, there isn't any reason a girl can't ride any bike.
 
 
In SL there have been other attempts to recreate the Sportster, mostly the 883 but they hit me as a little too much off the factory production line and not as special.  Jimmie built the Sportster and we talked about it a little at the time, then we moved on to talk about other things.  Today, in my box was JJ Cycles Sporty 1200XL.  Don't tell LL or HD but this is a customized Sportster but much better because it doesn't have the showroom looks, it has the customized look I was seeking.
 
 
Like other JJ Cycles, the Sporty 1200XL rides very well and with a few tweaks to the bike's size and other little settings, I had the bike ripping around the Badger Proving Grounds in no time at all. Riding position is more sporty than laid back as you would find in a chopper or cruiser.  Honestly, the bike feels more like a stripped down café racer to me and I really like that.  Perhaps when I do a café racer comparo, this bike will be on the list of competitors.
 
 
The bike rides well, I've said that.  It sounds great just as all JJ Cycles do and it looks amazing to me.  That's the trifecta!   How many bikes have you ridden in SL that accomplish the same?  The Sportster may not be your thing though I will suggest, when you hop on this bike, you feel a little more aggressive....a little more in control....and a lot more unique among choppers and baggers.  Yeah, the Sporty 1200XL, it's one of a kind just like the rider. 


About JJ Cycles

We've known Jimmie and JJ Cycles for a very long time.  I have written a lot about Jimmie's bikes and there is a reason, he makes some awesome bikes.  Everything from the look, sound and performance works well.  Yeah I own and love bikes from other builders and always recommend people give lots of bikes a try.  In fact, why just own one bike?  From the looks department, I do like the JJ Cycles bikes.  From the customer service and customization point of view, a quick IM or notecard to Jimmie will easily get you the bike you absolutely want.  That is why I write about JJ Cycles.

To get one of these great bikes, IM Jimmie inworld (jimmiejax.resident), hit his marketplace or visit one of his bike rezzers at Underwood, Cumberland, Fairfield or our newest work of art the City of Badgerton.  Give the bikes a ride and I'm sure once you get them tweaked just for you, you'll have the ride of your life!

Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.


Find me on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through my Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" or on my Google+ page.   I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like me to review something that moves, send me a message. 

Robby
 
Thank you to the Honey Badger (Lizzy Nightfire Brinner) for her photographic eye, trusty camera
and always being the hero!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Coming Soon: Four Choppers and One Rider - Comparison


The Cult of the Chopper

When I started riding bikes in SL, I went through phases in the kinds of bikes I wanted to ride.  The same has held true in RL, I have bikes that really trip my trigger and others which don't do anything for me at all.  For me, and I suppose many of us, we can remember Peter Fonda and "Captain America" in the movie, Easy Rider.  As a generational epic, the movie popularized the chopper.  There is also a documentary on Netflix called "21 Days Under the Sky" which chronicles some chopper riders on a coast to coast ride across the United States.  Choppers are a living phenomenon which breeds a new form of artistry.


The television show, "American Chopper" profiled Orange County Choppers and the drama of that family along with other reality TV docs such as West Coast Choppers.  The cult of the custom bike grew or at least was legitimized among aging boomers looking to embrace their youth once more.  Having lived in Austin, I was well acquainted with the cult of cool and seeing some of the custom bikes and rods only speaks to what can be accomplished artistically and aesthetically.  Who would know that those damned dirty bikers had an artistic flair?  

Here is a video suggested by RoxyCyn (thanks Roxy) who owns Moto Bazzi and Triton Marine and quite frankly says a great deal about the cult of the chopper:



Here is what matters when it comes to bikes.  However you define the kind of bike you love to own and ride, it only matters that you love to own it and ride it. It doesn't matter what others think about YOUR bike.  My interest in motorcycles is largely evolutionary...a journey so to speak.  My favorite bike at the moment is a big bagger and in a month from now, it will be something else entirely.  What you love and what I love in bikes are what we love....two wheels and the liberation only a bike can give.


Four Choppers : One Rider Comparison

When I announced the latest comparison, I was unsure about how bike builders would respond. First, there are some intrusions coming into the SL bike market from LL about trademark violations.  This makes it a little more difficult to research builders as there are more inworld who aren't promoting products on Marketplace.  Secondly, I was concerned how objective I could be in reviewing a bike style I haven't particularly been enthused about in the past.  What this will require, to be objective, is to open my mind to a different style of bike and to look deeply into the paint and at the design, then listen....listen to what the bike says artistically.


For our comparison, my plan is to do more than poke around with the four bikes I choose to be included.  In fact, I want consumers to know what is in the market and to showcase the builders who contributed the bikes.  A "Best Of" is going to be way too subjective to be believable and while I may articulate my personal preferences for one bike over the others, I suspect, I'll like each of the bikes for similar and different reasons. 

These comparisons are a lot of fun to put together.  We enjoy the bikes first and foremost but we also enjoy the photography as well as the writing.  We do appreciate the feedback and hope the blog is bringing value to the bike builders and those who are riding their bikes.

Once I have the bikes in contributed and chosen, evaluation, testing and writing will begin. 


Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.


Find me on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through my Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" or on my Google+ page.   I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like me to review something that moves, send me a message. 

Robby

 

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Project: Four Bikes One Rider - The Choppers!


New Project:  Four Bikes One Rider  The Choppers!

I have my preferences like everyone.   What others love in a bike, I may detest.  "Detest" is an overly strong word.  Maybe the phrase is "I don't get it."  All of this beats around the bush because I'm talking about choppers.  The world doesn't revolve around my preferences however and people in SL love choppers.  Lizzy loves choppers.  There are some good ones available so why not take four great choppers and peel apart the onion and maybe, I'll "get it" when it comes to the cult of the chopper.

This next comparison will not be a contest.  I suspect the bikes I acquire or use for the comparison will be close in performance negating the value of a "best of" based upon some quantitative process.  Instead, I'm going to take each bike and dig a little deeper on the aesthetics, bike set up, animations...really try to understand and document the "feel" of each bike.  Maybe I'll choose my favorite, we'll see.



If you are a bike builder and would like to participate in this latest comparison, leave a comment, find me inworld or comment in Facebook.  I'm easy to find!  To participate, I will accept donated bikes or the very few models from my inventory (few because I think I own three or four choppers....some you can't buy any longer).  As a disclaimer, I'm not looking for free toys.  The purpose is the writing project and I'm always appreciative of the support of the bike building community.


Find me on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through my Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" or on my Google+ page.   I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like me to review something that moves, send me a message. 

Robby

Friday, June 3, 2016

Surplus Motors Midnight Mania - Cayman


Surplus Motors Midnight Mania 
A Porsche Cayman

Those who know me very well also know how I feel about German automobiles.  In particular, I love the 911 design.  While not a 911 but a coupe Boxster, I do love the looks of the Cayman or as I would call it the budget 911. Surplus Motors offered up their sweet little Cayman in Gulf racing colors for their Midnight Mania event.  We were all over it!



Having owned a Boxster in RL a number of years ago, I can tell you there is little more exciting than the first turn of the key.  The car would skip tires up through third which explains why I screwed up second gear twice. I didn't like those repair bills yet the power was better than anything else I had driven before. 

The Boxster was a budget Porsche dressed out with a little retro nod to the 550 Speedster which claimed James Dean's life.  The Cayman followed as the coupe version of the Boxster (yes I know the debate between Boxter and Boxster...lighten up).  I'll have to say, I never fell in love with the Cayman as much as I did with its topless cousin...sister...or um brother?  Both are similarly powered and the interiors are more or less the same.  The Cayman....well it resembles the 911 in body shape and as I sit here taking the car in, I smile and realize, what's not to love.  Dude, it is a Porsche after all.


Another Midnight Mania Success
Surplus Motors ably builds and markets some very recognizable vehicles, vehicles you can find in your own garage.  Textures and features are really well done.  What you get when you own a SM automobile is a vehicle that drives and handles well, looks great and is second to few...if any.

As an introduction to Surplus Motors, join their group and participate in the Midnight Mania events.  I suspect once you get ahold of a free vehicle, you will drop some lindens on the full featured version.  If you go to their inworld store, join the group, visit the demo area and click the Midnight Mania board. Take a look at their Marketplace account while you're at it.  You'll have fun and SL is supposed to be about fun.



Find me on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through my Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" or on my Google+ page.   I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like me to review something that moves, send me a message. 

Robby
 
Thank you to the Honey Badger (Lizzy Nightfire Brinner) for her photographic eye, trusty camera
and always being the hero!