Fisty's Fucking Motor's
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.
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