Monday, August 29, 2016

JJ Cycles Sid Vicious XVX and Pitbull - NEW RELEASES


JJ Cycles Sid Vicious XVX and Pitbull
NEW RELEASES

The challenge was put down in the most egregious of ways.  I get a picture from Jimmie Jax with his Deezul Challenger track 2 lap average beating my 2 lap average.  To say I was insulted isn't true, it was a challenge.  Then after playing with different bikes, I beat him fair and square by 0.2 of a second.  Good enough right?  Nope, he did it again and beat my time by 3 seconds.  He proved his point with the JJ Cycles Sid Vicious.


Connecting with his effort to improve vehicle physics and maximizing the KCP script engine along with his own proprietary stew of scripts, Jimmie's bikes are far better rides than I have experienced in the past.  Good builders can make great bikes ride reasonably well.  Great builders can make great bikes ride exceedingly well and he has done so with his new line of bikes.


By introducing the Sid Vicious, a pure bred race bike, the bike flat out flies.  In the right hands, lap times will get up into the top 10 or top 5 at Challenger.  Sadly, the best I could muster was 54.9 seconds in fourth gear.  I'm sure with some added tweaks, I could get to maybe 52 seconds and with more time and cussing, I would beat Jimmie's 48 second lap time.  The challenge is still on Jimmie!  I will take you down!


The truth is I'll never be a racer though it is fun to go fast.  I'm humbled by the Sid Vicious and its capacity to fly though I'm competitive enough to still try.  From a looks point of view, the Sid Vicious is more space age as a race bike.  It doesn't resemble anything you might see in real life which might turn people off.  I like it though, it has a purpose built design and while it looks like your riding a whale, you'll be riding a bike which is easily handled and is very fast.  I hit my best time in 4th gear if that gives you an idea of what it can do.

Then comes along the Pitbull.  A ripping bobber that goes like a bat out of hell and you'll look awesome on the ride out with your MC and friends.  I like the solo seat and clean lines.  In tuxedo black, the bike exudes class and refinement .


I have to say of all of the styles of bikes, the bobber look always captures my attention.  With the new design and development Jimmie has undertaken, the Pitbull is one of the best riding bikes in the JJ Cycles line.  With each release, the bikes get better and I'm enjoying riding JJ Cycles bikes even more.  You will too. 



With Jimmie tirelessly working in his secret laboratory, which I'm not allowed to disclose its location under pain of death, you can expect to see some much improved creations.  Improved upon what were already some pretty fabulous bikes.  If you never thought things could get better, try riding one of the new JJ Cycles and your hope will be restored.



About JJ Cycles

At the JJ Cycles Main Store you can try out different bikes on the test track and you might even meet Jimmie. Do ask him for his autograph.  You can also buy on Marketplace.  With so many great bike builders, JJ Cycles is one you need to look into.


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 us on Facebook

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

FFM Rebel and Paint System - Great Customer Engagement


Fisty's Fucking Motors Rebel
and FFM's Paint System:
Great Customer Engagement

Without exception, the builders we've reviewed are more than adept at great customer service.  Customer service matters when you buy a bike, car, boat or plane when you need help getting the most out of it.  Customer engagement is something else yet builds upon customer service.  Fisty's Fucking Motors, just the name might raise a few eyebrows for some thinking Fisty is just some tough guy selling bikes and cars, we've found the reverse is true yet he is a tough guy selling great bikes and cars.  He cares and he is fair minded.

We spent a long time the other night talking to Fisty and Zoey Lowtide about the vision for their business.  Sure Firsty mostly wants to focus on his builds and paints but whether he knows it or not, all of the things FFM does with their customers engages them more deeply with FFM.  Events like bike building contests and drag races at the FFM sim to burn out games and a great test track says to us, here is a business model focused on keeping customers close and loyal.


There is undoubtedly a lot of vigorous competition among builders and that competition often breeds discontent and rivalries between builders and buyers alike.  For the most part, we're removed from the competition which is fine with us.  Fisty was talking about builders and how much he appreciates what others are doing.  He'll go out of his way to compliment builders for their creations.  This goes along way to the meaning of competition.  In fact, he doesn't care so much about being better than his rivals, he competes against his last best work of art.


Some builders prolifically pump out vehicle after vehicle and as a consumer you might talk with the builder but in all likelihood, you probably won't.  We encourage all consumers to reach out to builders and get to know who is accepting your hard earned lindens.  We have met some really cool people and as we know them better, we appreciate not only what they do but why they do it.  Fisty is a person you should meet if not only because of his humility and sense of humor quickly shines through.  Maybe he's a tough guy.  We think Fisty is a pretty good guy too.


The Rebel

Enough of all of that, let's talk about this bike and something interesting you can buy as an add-on.  We reviewed The Evil and the Road Devil for Her .  Both bikes scream with intricate detail we don't often find.  The quality will leave you in amazement.  Then you notice the paint job and this is what makes Fisty an artist.  All he needs is a beret and a flowing scarf around his neck to make the artist look legit.


When you get the bike out of the crate, you may want to resize it to fit your avi and to adjust the poses so you're comfortable.  Sure you can contact a builder asking for custom paint but that often requires getting a whole new bike which you have to adjust again.  Wouldn't it be easier to have a custom paint job which can be applied to the bike you already own?  You can!


Fisty recently sent me the Rebel to review followed by several paint jobs.  Here is how easy it is to apply the paint.  Take the spray paint can and drop it next to the bike.  Click the bike to get the menu, select Options, select Graphics and then select PaintJob.  The bike can now accept the new paint.  Now click the paint can, press SEND on the menu and watch.  In a few moments, your bike will be transformed into the new look you wanted.


Easy right?  This isn't really a new technology as I've had other vehicles accept spray cans to complete a repaint.  It is a nice technology to have at your disposal and a convenient way for builders to send customizations to a customer. 


Riding the Rebel is similar to riding the Evil.  These are bikes for advanced riders.  A newer rider might be a little frustrated with this bike to be honest.  The advanced nature of the bike produces a riding experience more like RL than an pretty bike that rides like any other bike in your inventory.  Cruisers like this and true to its original state aren't going to be seen on the track boards.  What you're going to notice is you'll need to pull off the throttle to negotiate turns, you'll need to plan your track on the twisties and you'll need to pick the bugs out of your teeth because you'll be smiling throughout the ride.


You'll also be the only person riding this kind of detailed quality and don't you want to be separate from the pack?  With your custom paint and a great ride, you will be.


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.



Find us on Facebook

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


Thursday, August 18, 2016

JJ Cycles DW - DGlide - NEW RELEASE


JJ Cycles DW - DGlide
NEW RELEASE

When I last reviewed a JJ Cycles bike, Jimmie Jax shared an idea he was developing.  Then he stopped talking.  Can you believe it, he stopped talking to the press and when has that ever happened??  Oh well, what can I do other than dragging him on the 24 hours news against pundits who are paid to be blowhards? I can only imagine Jimmie would get "bleeped" during the exchange.  Anyway, with the new JJ Cycles bikes, Jimmie is putting something different in them so they ride and perform better.


Enter the DW - DGlide and yes you know what model this is.  So unrelated to this bike, the Dyna Wide Glide is one of HD's more successful bikes.  A lot of other HD models emanate from the Dyna chassis so why not take something from real life and bring that concept into SL?  The DW DGlide is that standard cruiser you're more likely to want to buy from the dealership and it is a bike I would want to ride in RL.  It packs the punch of the more aggressive bikes and is restrained enough so the suits in the office park aren't offended in the snooty way they become offended when you roll up.


When I reviewed the T-Rex by JJ Cycles, Jimmie had done something different regarding the building of the bike to improve how it rides and handles.  Lizzy used to say KCP scripted bikes were too "floppy" (her technical term) and I'll agree, they can be twitchy and overly sensitive up through the gears.  Most of the time, the feel can be dialed in to anyone's riding style but again, the concept of "out of the box" matters when buying and riding a great bike.  Jimmie's development concept has been replicated from the T-Rex and now into the DW DGlide.


Jimmie contacted me as soon as I logged in the other day and asked me to test a new bike.  Never being one to avoid riding and never being one to avoid riding a new bike, I was all over the offer.  The T-Rex seemed to have a progressive algorithm in how it handled similarly from 1st gear to 8th gear.  Even at 10th, the bike was incredibly controlled.  The same is true for the DW DGlide.  I immediately kicked the gear level to 8th and was screaming around the Deezul Challenger track with incredible ease.  Though it is a cruiser, the bike was very well mannered at a higher speed.


This new approach to bike building Jimmie is pursuing is still a game changer.  KCP/ACS are the scripts most builders are using for cars and bikes because they work consistently.  Though some builders are using proprietary or semi-proprietary scripts to produce a result, most of us with bikes and cars will know the KCP/ACS menu system and how to tweak the bike or car to our tastes.  The limits are noticeable though. 

With the new building concepts Jimmie has now replicated, the bar goes up for other builders to take their bikes to the next level and so it goes, with developmental advances, the consumers win!  What he is exploring is bike handling doesn't rest with the scripting but also with how the mesh is created.  He won't let me say more and let's face it, if you know Jimmie, you know he's marginally dangerous!


Yeah yeah so the bike can ride but is it the prom date you have dreamed about? Prom date might be a stretch, this is the prom queen's crazy sister.  I was asked what color I wanted the bike to be for the blog and I liked the blue.  Of course Lizzy disagreed and it is why her bike is pink. Blue was clean and soft and the rest of the bike...well judge for yourself.  I think it is beautiful and could be anyone's daily rider.  It is when bad ass Bobby on his stretch shows up to race you, you'll be able to set him straight without breaking a sweat. Now watch him cry!



About JJ Cycles

At the JJ Cycles Main Store you can try out different bikes on the test track and you might even meet Jimmie. Do ask him for his autograph.  You can also buy on Marketplace.  With so many great bike builders, JJ Cycles is one you need to look into.


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 us on Facebook

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MGD American Rumbler - Your First Best Bike - NEW RELEASE


MGD American Rumbler 
NEW RELEASE

In the history of great bikes, not many people would rattle off the HD 1200 XLR as one.  This is a mistake.  The HD 1200 remains one of the best American cruiser bikes for the money.  What I like most about the 1200XLR is it has this 70s retro feel to it.  The retro without the incompetence when HD was managed by AMF. 


Mesostopholes Gascoigne reached out the other day and said he had another bike he was releasing and I was thinking "that's cool."  Then he sent me the picture and I was very excited about his creation.  Just looking at the bike speaks volumes about the bike you probably owned, your first, and the BEST bike you owned!  You never forget your first bike and doubtful you'd forget your first real bike.


The attention to detail is not lost on this bike.  It looks like the real deal and while fantasy bikes have a time and place, there is nostalgia and a connection to reality when you own and ride a bike like this.  Enter the American Rumbler to SL, from the looks and feel, it is the real deal.


Riding it matters and you will want to do so.  What I like about this bike is it is quick from the start.  A friend who used to ride with me in RL had a HD 1200 and she loved the jack rabbit starts.  I could barely keep up on my bike!  Still are the 1200s girl bikes?  I don't think so, I think they're great bikes and if you can imagine a two wheeled commuter, the 1200XLR would be one of the best choices.


Getting on, you'll want to adjust the bike to fit your avatar but once you do, you'll see your feet planted on the rear sets (see, it is sporty too) and hands on the bars.  Kick it up through the gears and you will be introduced to a demon of a bike.  It isn't only quick but it hides a snarling aggressiveness behind the commuter styling. 


All the bike controls will be familiar to you.  MGD uses the ACS scripting and menu system.  Adjusting the settings so the bikes rides the way you want it is easy to do as is adjusting the bike to fit your avatar.  Once you have the bike perfect....twist the throttle and let it rip!!

About MG Designs

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.  Meso is inworld a lot, be sure to introduce yourself and get to know this awesome builder.



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 us on Facebook

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. 

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tales from the SL Rail Road


Tales from the SL Rail Road

For as long as I've been in SL (many years before Rob was born) I did not know there was an SL rail road.  I did see the tracks on mainland but didn't know we could actually run our own trains on those tracks.  They seemed to be part of a bygone era when LL employees were smoking dope and not yet scratching their heads about maturity ratings.


It should be no secret by now, I love any kind of machine that moves...and kind of conveyance.  The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree I suppose as both of my grandfathers worked in transportation.  My maternal grandfather owned a regional trucking company and my paternal grandfather worked for the Texas & Pacific Railway as an engineer.  There are still a few old steam trains around my state and I have to wonder if my grandfather worked on those behemoths.  Anyway, knowing that my DNA came from a trucker and railroad man might explain what draws me toward vehicles in SL and RL.


Our friends, Cosmo and Galaxi invited us to go on a train ride recently.  I mentioned the invitation it to Lizzy and she was as interested as I and admitted she was also uniformed about something like working trains existed in SL.  Cosmo loaded us up on a New York style subway fresh out of the SL studios in 2008 I'm sure but I have to say, whether it was a dated design or not, it was a lot of fun riding around mainland tracks.  Tracks which are to be used not just relics from the past.


The dreaded sim crossings often produce dreaded results when scripts stop working, passengers are ejected or we're all hurled into space.  If you operate vehicles in SL, you'll be used to this.  The same was true for Cosmo's Subway Line.  We did have to patiently work together for the train to catch up, a sim to come online, a new train to be rezzed at a stop or even having to stand up and sit down again.  Cosmo is an amazing person, as is Galaxi, anyway but he proved himself a great engineer by getting all of us to our destination safely.  He's an engineer I'm sure my grandfather would be proud to know.


When we arrived at this little town depot, we were walking around looking at the things for sale, stories placed on to prims as pictures talking about the history of the SLRR and I get an IM from Lizzy.  "We need to get one of these but a cool one," she said.  We're writing a blog about vehicles and trains are some of the first mechanically powered vehicles in history.


There is still a lot to explore and experience in SL.  Even while our RL world is indeed global allowing us to connect from one place to another with relative ease, SL is still a little flat as you can quickly exhaust exploration in a short time but when you find something new to explore, why not jump in with both feet? Sure we're both adults as are Galaxi and Cosmo though why should we grow up and lose our childlike wonder about our universe even our pixel one? 


Riding a train through the SL mainland turned out greater than "something to do" it made me think of grandfathers I never knew who might have seen a truck or steam engine as nothing more than tools to make a living.  My grandfathers have been gone for a very long time as have their trucks, engines and rail cars.  Gone yet remembered as I write these words.  If we're anything alike, I'll believe they saw their vehicles with a sense of idealism as I do and I'll think of them as two great men who helped build a nation one delivery at a time at the wheel and on the brake.



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 us on Facebook

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

JJ Cycles T-Rex NEW RELEASE & A Game Changer


JJ Cycles T-Rex
NEW RELEASE

After so many reviews over the past year, I've been thinking a lot about how vehicles are scripted.  There are limits to a script in what it can do and how it makes a vehicle behave in progressive riding/driving conditions.  For ground vehicles, the ACS/KCP script is a market leader and you can find so many cars, trucks and bikes using this particular script.  It's limited when you want to change speeds from slow to very fast, however. 


Builders have been working up to the edge of the script limits by changing physics or putting in other scripts to change the dynamics of a vehicle.  What I've found when I want to go very fast, I have to change the steering, resistance, bonus and other settings so the bike handles at higher speeds.  Those same settings at lower speeds, make a vehicle overly sensitive.  There is bell curve I suppose to optimal settings and related limits.


Jimmie Jax contacted me today and said I have a game changer with a new bike, the JJ Cycles T-Rex.  I'm thinking what can you really do?  He said he did something different with the physics of the bike but wouldn't share more about the rest of his secret formula.  That's understandable, trade secrets equate to market share.  Still, I was skeptical that there would be a huge difference on what is a KCP based bike can do differently from any other KCP based bikes.


To understand how big a game changer this bike represents, you have to ride it and push up through the gears.  At Deezul Challenger, I found 10th gear and the bike behaved as it would at 5th gear.  I didn't compare to another KCP bike but what was noticeable to me is how the bike seemed to operate with a sense of artificial intelligence. 


It doesn't have an AI script because that would be too mind blowing and would also be the headline of this article.  Neither did it have, as Jimmie explained a "progressive algorithm".  What it did have is the ability to be absolutely controllable at the lower gears up to the tall gears.  At 4th and 5th gear, the bike held the centerline without difficulty.  When I selected 8th gear, the same was true.  At 10th gear, I was still in complete control. 


There is an opportunity for some bright mind to redevelop or completely rethink scripted ground vehicles in SL.  This bike represents a leap toward the abyss of what ACS/KCP can do and what it cannot do.  It isn't a middle ground bike technologically and I agree with Jimmie, I feel like this bike is a game changer.


Looks pretty good too.  Expect more technology to come out the Jimmie Jax secret lab as he continues to push the limits of what is and what can be.



About JJ Cycles

At the JJ Cycles Main Store you can try out different bikes on the test track and you might even meet Jimmie. Do ask him for his autograph.  You can also buy on Marketplace.  With so many great bike builders, JJ Cycles is one you need to look into.


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 us on Facebook

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