Sunday, July 31, 2016

FFM Evil Chopper - Unparalleled Detail....Unparalleled Bike


Fisty's Fucking Motor's 
Evil Chopper

Coming off the chopper comparison, I found myself reborn from a lifetime of disdain toward choppers.  My mind is awake, open and clear.  Choppers have a purpose and place in my garage and on the road.  In a moment, I'll introduce to you one of the best looking and riding choppers I've reviewed to date.
A slight and great change to Things that Move in SL is worthy of announcement.  Not only did Lizzy hijack my blog recently, she secured a place in writing regular reviews.  The name of the blog was simply "Things That Move in SL" and is now "Rob and Lizzy Brinner's Things That Move in SL."  We're a package deal in all we do and having her provide her own highly experienced perspective on vehicles brings added value and I'm sure you'll love her perspective as much as I do.  This blog is now a fully functional Honey Badger operation.
Okay, announcements aside let's get back to this incredible bike. 

When I get access to a bike, I'm always interested in how it rides but if it ended there, what fun would that be?  Form doesn't always follow function anyway.  Choppers aren't necessarily the best functionally as they rely on the "look" to establish a level of credibility separating themselves from other bikes. 

We were recently introduced to Fisty's Fucking Motors through a Facebook private message from Fisty's partner and better half, Zoey Lowtide.  The message was an invitation to see what Fisty Lowtide creates and to visit their sim.  We do our best to get out and meet new builders and with each meeting, we are always impressed with their vision, passion and creativity. 


What we noticed first with FFM bikes and cars is the level of detail was unparalleled.  Detail by itself speaks loudly about skill and creative application yet it doesn't always connect to a vehicle's functional nature.  Not in this case, the bikes we rode and the cars we drove weren't just trailer queens, they were set up right to ride and drive as you could imagine them operating in RL.

I've mentioned before the differences between beginner bikes and bikes for more advanced riders. The Evil Chopper feels more like one for a more advanced rider because of how effectively it emulates how I would perceive a RL chopper to ride.  It isn't a bike you would pick for lap times, it is a bike you would choose for a ride out with your MC or just to experience the road on your own.  When you see the twisties, you'll need to roll off the throttle to negotiate the turns and then get back hard on it to growl forward.  I love the realism in how the bike rides and how it looks.  The Evil challenges me as a rider not because it is hard to ride but because it is a real ride.


With the ACS script engine, you'll be comfortable navigating the menu system to tweak the settings to fit your riding style and computer constraints.  Once you get your avatar positioned on the poses, the bike is next to perfect.  I spent a little time positioning my avatar yet it wasn't difficult plus you can resize the bike as you desire.  All of this is accomplished using the menu.

There is a twist from a design and marketing perspective.  Bikes with varying graphics choices are fun and I like them but I tend to choose a color or graphic set then never change afterwards.  FFM provides their customers with a custom repaint system allowing you to buy custom paint sets that are viewable at the FFM showroom.  Simply pick up the spray can you just bought, take out your perfectly set up bike and apply the new texture.  Now you have a bike which is perfectly set up for you and has the look you want.


When I pulled the bike out of my inventory, I didn't spend a great deal of time closely inspecting the details.  Usually, I'll pull out a new bike and ride it giving it only a cursory visual inspection.  The Evil is a bike you want to examine closely because there are some details I haven't seen before which you don't want to overlook. 


Pull in your view to inspect the motor, specifically the oil tank.  Do you see what I'm seeing?  It is an oil tank with clear sides and you can see the oil sloshing around inside.  Wow!  Cam around to the final drive and look closely at the detailed CNC machined flames.  These are details which are subtle and expose a highly creative vision for a bike, one you would want to see in RL.  In fact, every element of the bike has subtleties you will want to find either in the paint or even down to the drain plug in the engine case.  These aren't just parts that are placed together, Fisty obviously thinks very deeply about his creations and can apply his thought to something very real. 

When you start up the Evil, you will undoubtedly be acquainted with a very unique exhaust.  I love this bike in SL but the exhaust would have me a little intimidated in RL.  The exhaust system gets more intimidating when you drop the bike into gear and pull off.  Blue flames emit from the exhaust reminding me of a Rolls Royce Merlin pulling a P-51 Mustang through the twilight.  Then it hit me.  The blue flames and that sound together on a bike gives it a darker soul.  While the bike is called the "Evil", I kind of think actual evil would fear the FFM Evil chopper.


Fisty's Fucking Motors is the creation of Fisty Lowtide and he is someone you need to meet.  I appreciate creative minds and I appreciate creative minds more when they can actually apply what is cerebral to actual.  Fisty is that kind of person, someone who can convert concept into reality. Previously and still a car builder, he started building bikes somewhat recently and with the same level of details you will see in his bikes, you'll also see in his cars.  More recently, he has been building drag cars.  We're excited about seeing a drag race very soon.

You can learn more about Fisty's Fucking Motors at his Marketplace store but really, why go there first when you should actually visit Fisty's sim and get to know him and Zoey as well as his bikes and cars.  I have a strong feeling you will want to stop by frequently because one ride in a FFM vehicle, that experience will be burning a hole in your mind until you put one in your inventory.



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.



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

 
Robby

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MG Designs - A Class Act


MG Designs - A Class Act

We all know SL is quite vast.  The same holds true with motorcycle builders in SL, it is a vast market and if you go where everyone else goes to buy a bike, are you really getting a great bike?  Are you getting a great bike from a builder who cares? 

It is common for Lizzy and I to reach out to bike builders we haven't met to learn more about them and their bikes.  We almost always offer our writing skills because it is rewarding to us to help promote someone who cares about what he or she is doing...someone who cares more than to just throw scripts in an object and yell "For Sale!"  In short, we admire craftsmanship.


Mesostopholes Gascoigne is MG Designs and a class act.  Meso has been in SL for over eleven years, likely remembering the days when vehicles in SL were more miss than hit and has been tuning and building bikes longer than most of the builders in world. What struck me most in speaking with him is he places value in setting up each bike uniquely rather than tossing in a common script set up in all of his bikes.  This brings about a bike which is excellent out of the box not some bike you'll be tweaking for an hour to make it rideable. It supports my philosophy that bikes should be near perfect when you rez them for the first time.  Meso nails that easily.

The time he puts into each bike shows.  We all know inexperienced riders who complain about their new bike being frustrating and hard to ride.  Every builder should take the time on each bike so that they are easy to ride from the start.  Afterwards, if you want to add some performance tweaks, you can.  This is in part what makes Meso the class act he is, he wants people to enjoy riding his bikes.


MG Designs Rex and Eurorazer

Now while I would normally start with the bagger, there is a BMW involved and I have a confession to make, I literally drool over BMW bikes.  There is a lot to be said about a naked bike with a boxer motor. "If elected President, I will mandate more BMW motorcycles in Second Life!" 


The Eurorazer is an agile little rocket ship.  After writing the Sport Bike Comparison, I haven't ripped around a timed track in a long time and the Eurorazer brought out the speed racer in me (no, I'm still not that good).  Performance is one aspect where the Eurorazer excels, the bike also comes with a color changer within the menu system so you can set up the bike to suit your mood. 










Looking similar to the BMW R nine T, it puts the fun into riding with a naked bike.  Handling was highly responsive with quick turns not requiring a great deal of correction.  I didn't try for any lap times because Lizzy was shooting pics.  Still, given some time getting used to riding quick again, I think this bike would lay down some respectable times.  In the hands of a rider who knows what he or she is doing, the bike could make the top five at Deezul Challenger, I'm sure.



When Meso and I were talking at his demo rezzer, he mentioned the Rex was a bike, along with the Eurorazer, with which he was pleased of the final product.  What it looks like to me is a Road King and yeah when I win the lottery, I'll have a BMW R1200RT and a Road King in my garage.  Like its RL model, the Rex in basic black looks rich.  It is big and fat and feels incredibly stable.  First gear is pretty quick so if you start in formation with your MC, you  might want to reduce the gearing a little. 



Handling, out of the box, gave me the impression that while this is a big bike, it is also downright fast.  As I wrote that sentence, I'm thinking of taking it back to Deezul to wring out the gears some more and find out what the bike can really do.  Back to reality, the bike does feel big and heavy as it should because a Road King is not an R1.  The Rex is a good combination of a performer and cruiser capable of fun on timed tracks as well as riding with your friends. 


About MG Designs

I found MG Designs on Facebook several months ago and I kept making mental notes to find this builder inworld.  My Sherlock Holmes investigative skills gave into me reaching out to Meso.  I'm glad I did because not only did I get introduced to a new bike builder (new to me), I met a really nice person who is not only a good builder but a conscientious person who cares about his customers.  That makes him a special find in SL and a more rare find in RL. 

Visit the Cobras MC and look for MG Design's booth then play with the bikes.  I'm pretty sure, you will have a tough time finding a better bike and I'm very sure you will have a tough time finding a better person with which to do business.



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" which you should absolutely join or on my Google+ page.   We review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send me a message. 

Photography by the Honey Badger and me.

 
Robby

Sunday, July 24, 2016

B.C.C. The Bits and Pieces - NEW RELEASE


B.C.C. The Bits and Pieces 
New Release

When Brummie Guyot announces he is taking a break from SL to focus on other aspects of his life, the first thing that might come to your mind is he won't be producing bikes.  That really isn't the case. We've found that  Brummie's hiatuses mean he produces more bikes.  So Brummie, our friend, get lost!  Yep, get lost and make more bikes.  Okay, I'm really kidding in suggesting Brummie should be absent but as bike lovers, we like new models and we like B.C.C.  Seeing a new bike hit the market is always exciting for us.  Today, a new one came from Brummie, the Bits and Pieces!


We have talked about how we take new riders to B.C.C. when they are frustrated with seemingly more complex bikes.  B.C.C. bikes are very easy to ride for beginners and even for people who just want to ride and enjoy the trip.  Different from what might call a "beginner bike" the B.C.C. bikes aren't cheap looking and in fact, they look pretty slick.  With the new release of the Bits and Pieces, this could be called a pretty luxurious bike.


If you've read my other articles, you'll know I like the baggers and I profiled four great baggers in this comparison.   Brummie's Ultra Fat Boy was recognized in that comparo.  The Bits and Pieces looks a little similar to the UFB with a few big departures.  One this is a 38 prim bike and I'm glad to see Brummie with a working speedometer/odometer.  Very nice features plus the bike is sold as modify which should mean you can change the colors.  I tested the demo which prevented Lizzy from making the test bike bright pink!


Riding the new bike is as easy as riding any B.C.C. and just as much fun.  When you hop on, turn the key and twist the throttle, the bike gives the rider a confident riding experience up through the gears. 



Give the bike a look and try.  B.C.C. makes some high quality and great riding bikes.    There are a lot of bike choices and a lot of bike builders, you won't go wrong with this one.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

JJ Cycles SSRX CVO - New Release


JJ Cycles SSRX CVO- NEW RELEASE

Recently we reviewed a new release from JJ Cycles, the SSR Breakneck and just released is a variation of the SSR Breakneck, the SSRX CVO. 


We get a kick out of testing new bikes and with each one, you can imagine how we run our hands over the paint, sit closely admiring the chrome and then getting a feel for the bike from the seat.  Did you every do that to your RL bike when you first brought it home?  Even if it was a beater, I'm sure you gushed over it lovingly.

Now that Lizzy is starting to do her own reviews here, which I'm immensely proud about, we love working with bike builders and helping to profile their creations.  The fun for us is in writing these review and taking the photos which means we also have to ride the bikes.  I know!  This is a tough job!  Seeing how the bike builders take a risk for their vision by building a bike and putting it on the market, they have to wonder, "Will people like this bike?"  We put the guesswork aside by only reviewing bikes we would want to own in SL and those we would want to ride in RL. 

With this latest release from the JJ Cycles workshop, once again, we found a bike we would want to own in SL and want to ride in RL. 


The SSRX CVO bears a strong resemblance to the SSR Breakneck from the fairing and body style with one big difference....a ribbon effect in the paint.  Variety is the spice of life and taking a bike with an aggressive look such as the SSR Breakneck and giving it a softer look with the paint feeds a different part of the soul.


Like the SSR, it's more flashy brother rode like a scalded bat at Legends which even a little more fancy the SSRX can breathe fire and claw at the pavement.  The bike isn't so aggressive you won't have fun riding it.  I passed a couple of two up bikes easily and still had plenty of control to hit the twisties.  This is the difference from older JJ Cycles bikes to now.  The 2016 bikes ride so much better and are more easily controlled.


It is a real pretty bike, sounds like a demon, aggressively fast and easily controlled...what do you want?  Someone else to ride it for you? 

Didn't think so!



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, and Fairfield.  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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

JJ Cycles SSR BreakNeck - NEW RELEASE



JJ Cycles SSR Breakneck
NEW RELEASE

Not only did I get to test this bike and review it for you, Lizzy and I got to see it being built.  We were invited to Jimmie Jax's secret development lab, located in an even more secret place which we've been sworn to withhold on pain of death, to witness the construction of his latest release, the SSR BreakNeck.  The SSR Breakneck is a concept bike influenced by Milwaukee's equally mad scientists.  When Jimmie shared some pictures with us a few weeks ago, I became eager to see what he was going to build.  Actually seeing it being built, now that was pretty impressive in and of itself.


Milwaukee's CVO SSR is a good model with which to build an SL bike anyway.  Yeah this is a big bike and I'll tell you about how it rides in a moment, but as it was being built, we saw the craftsmanship going into the SSR with custom designed parts making JJ Cycles' SSR a true custom you can put into your inventory.


This year, Jimmie has been shooting for more realism in his bikes.  That realism is found in how they look and how they ride.  These bikes are not your cookie cutter models you can find, they crawl around Jimmie's head and to hear him talk about them before he starts creating parts, well his excitement is infectious.  He even asked Lizzy and I to challenge him with some design concepts.  We hope to show you those soon.

The scripting is set up thoughtfully to emulate and relate to RL models.  While these bikes are not simulators, they come close to giving the rider a real life riding experience.  You find the emulation more when negotiating turns.  To be successful in riding these big bikes, look down the road and you can come close to riding the centerline throughout your ride.  They are that stable.


Enough with the promotion, let's talk about the bike.  As a big cruiser, you might not expect it to get around the track so well.  What surprised me is how well it ripped around the track for such a big bike and at the same time, I felt like it behaved like a big bike too.  Even at 6th gear, the scripts weren't overly sensitive or needed tweaking.  In fact, out of the box, the bike literally shredded the centerline with little effort.  Can you really beat that?


I'll confess to my reluctance riding bikes painted up like a prom queen, not that I have anything against prom queens because I have one of those and she is more than amazing!  Still, "pretty" bikes don't do it for me and at first when I saw the copper paint, I knew I had to warm up to it.  When the SSR hit my inventory, my tune definitely changed.  I love the copper paint.  It just fits so well with this design.

We know you have a choice in motorcycles today and we appreciate your choosing this one.  Please return your seatbacks and tray tables to their upright and locked positions...twist the throttle and let this bike...FLY!




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, and Fairfield.  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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Moto Bazzi - Ace Cafe Racer - New Release

MOTO BAZZI – ACE CAFÉ 
NEW RELEASE

Uff da!! I’m hijacking Robby’s blog for a moment. Mwahahaha … ;)

One of the benefits of being the partner of ‘Things That Move In Second Life’ blogger, Rob Brinner, is that sometimes the creator he is writing about will share their creation with both Rob and myself. 
This past weekend, RoxyCyn, owner and creator of MOTO BAZZI, shared one of her latest creations with me, the Ace Café.



If I were to use one word to describe this bike it would be ‘vintage’.  In my RL I grew up as the only girl with 4 brothers. My brothers used to build from used parts everything from go carts to small mini motor bikes. The Ace Café reminds me of one of their creations. RoxyCyn has formed a bike by using various parts from the SL junkyard. Her attention to detail made me smile out loud. When you pan in closely you will see rust, mismatched parts and even animated oil leaks!


In RoxyCyn’s words:  
"The Ace Cafe narsty is a corroded mid-70s cafe racer with what appears to be swap meet & take-off parts from various machines. 650cc metric twin engine, classic featherbed frame of unknown origin, aftermarket European clip-ons, rear sets, reverse megaphones & a rattle can flat black aluminum gas tank 'recovered' from a crashed 125cc racer during practice at the county fair. Found behind some straw in a Nebraska barn, leaking, smoking & with the introduction of a fair amount of alcohol based fluids they got it fired-up, a trade was made and the Bazzi Twins had a vintage ride in their hands.  They took their new find & rode it all night long, not knowing if it'd explode or go flat leaving them stranded."
One of the things I love most about MOTO BAZZI bikes is that the purchased crate comes with both male and female bike options. I can almost always ride these bikes right out of the box. I don’t spend all that time sizing and tweaking.


Riding the ACE Café is smooth and nice. It reminds me of my very first bike ever in RL… the Kawasaki 75. Its small yet my body curved nicely around it. It alsos allows you to show/hide the fairing, fenders and number plate when clicking the MOTO BAZZI emblem.

The ACE Café comes in a variety of colors:










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.
 



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Robby....I took back my pen. 

Thank you to the Honey Badger, you will always be my Rock and Rockstar!!