Friday, September 30, 2016

JJ Cycles NEW RELEASES



JJ Cycles 2017 NEW RELEASES

"The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year!"  Elwood Blues

Have you happened on a better mousetrap?  Once you do, you have to replaces all of the old mousetraps.  That is precisely what happened with Jimmie Jax and his JJ Cycles brand.  He built a better bike from his previous iterations, now the man is on a mission to rebuild his line and still bring new bikes to his customers.


We've written here before about the better riding JJ Cycles bike.  KCP bikes have their limits and in the hands of a relatively skilled rider, the bikes can be performance dynamos.  For most riders, they can get pretty frustrated with the KCP bikes.  The options are limited and if you want the next coolest bike among your friends and beads of sweat form on your brow as you think of riding a KCP bike...well those days of worry are over.  Try a JJ Cycles bike and you see why.  They ride so much better than ever before and you can look great on a great looking bike.


With this new approach to bike building and script settings, Jimmie had to look at his second and third generation bikes as opportunities for improvement.  The challenge is he couldn't just rescript the existing bikes, they had to be rebuilt with his new approach.  This means many of you who had the Ultra Glide looking bike or the Wingmaster now can hop on a new model for an ultimately improved riding experience.

Jimmie released a few more models and shared them with me.  Along comes the Ultra Class, a dresser that looks like an absolute land yacht and will be a go to bike for us.  The venerable Wingmaster gets the new treatment and you can have the old school cruiser design in a performance powerhouse. 


Now we arrive at the Badlander and Highlander bikes.  With some variety in styling, these bikes are some sweet chops with springer front ends and slick paint.  Yes, friends, I'm a reformed chopper hater.  I like them now and this gently raked chopper has some appeal to it in its simplicity and style.  Plus you won't see many bikes like this on your rides.  You'll have a bike that is easy to ride, looks incredible and nobody in your MC will have one like it though they will run out and buy one when they see yours.

 
 
 
 
All of the new models can be tested at the JJ Cycles test track.  Try one or five for size and let me know what you think. 

 
There are 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.  Elwood Blues

Now Hit it!






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

Things that Move in SL - First Anniversary

In the beginning...
 
Twelve months ago, the Things That Move in SL blog was created.  I didn't really know what would transpire as I started writing yet so much has.  At first, I started writing about how to ride, fly, sail and set up your motorcycle, ultimately learning more about how to do so beyond what I stated then.  We reported on closing tracks and bike shops, and why.  We introduced new releases and conducted comparison tests.  Most importantly, we met some and introduced you to really cool people who are artists in scripts, prim and mesh.  They are are true visionaries and we are continually impressed with their creations then and now.


Things That Move in SL was intended to help consumers learn about what bikes, cars, boats and planes were available and how to get the most out operating them. So many people express frustration when it comes to driving, riding, flying or sailing and we thought  this blog would help.  I wanted to break through pictures and descriptions on a marketplace page to expose consumers to really great builders with equally great products.  We love our toys in SL and why not have someone explain which toys are the best? 


Keeping it Positive

We have kept and continue to keep our messages positive by examining and documenting builders and their creations we believe are the best in the business and in business for all of the right reasons.  For the record, if we don't think a product is good, we won't review it but that isn't to say that if a builder isn't reviewed here should it mean they aren't any good.  We just haven't gotten the chance to review every builder in as much as we would like to do so.


I have ventured into a little controversy with some issues associated with certain vehicle building communities about mesh ripping and DMCA by hopefully encouraging people to take the high road and to raise the bar in what they offer consumers.  Their arguments were and are turnoffs to the consumers.  I don't buy from complainers either, yet there are ways and forums to express dissent without being petty and snide.  Being successful shouldn't mean you're cheating the system.  Some have though and we addressed playing by the rules here.

Also, some commentary was provided on issues beyond SL vehicles in large measure because we had something which needed to be said and this was an available forum.  Still, we remain focused on vehicles and writing about them is still a lot of fun.


Opening New Doors

I'm proudest about Lizzy being a regular contributor and partner to this blog.  Vehicles aren't just a guy thing and having her share a female perspective on vehicles brings more value to female consumers and builders.  Lizzy got me more involved in riding bikes anyway and can ride circles around most anyone I know.  While I have owned cars, boats and planes, I never really got into bikes or knew where to ride them until she opened up those doors to me. As she writes more, she'll open up doors to our readers too.


Making Friends

What has honored us most is how supportive builders have been.  They have entrusted us with their products to be an independent third party reviewer because it helps raise awareness of who they are and what they create.  I have heard and experienced horror stories with SL sellers with their lackluster product support and even more lackluster products.  I only wish you could come to know these builders we've reviewed as we have. They are good people and highly creative.  The builders we've reviewed care about their customers as well.  Their drive to profit and capitalism is truly married with their commitment to customer service and experiencing  joy in the happiness of their customers.  There is hope!  Plus, they are pretty cool people!


Our commitment continues to be about bringing value to the consumers and to the builders.  We can enjoy our own pats on the back but we really love doing this and we aren't requiring or accepting payment for our reviews. How is that for journalistic ethics?  We don't pontificate for profit.

Builders will often give us a vehicle to review because they know, I hope, our commitment is to showcasing that same builder and vehicle rather than getting free toys.  When we post an article, there is still a rush we receive when people read it.  That is personally validating.  To our readers, those following us, those part of our Facebook group, thank you for supporting Things That Move in SL.


Why We Love Doing This

Even in RL, we're into bikes and cars.  I'm into aircraft and Lizzy often refers to my occasional distractions as "Robby is looking at airplane porn again."  She is making an accurate statement.  "Write about you know!" is often the direction given to authors.  We write what we know by explaining our feelings about vehicles we review. Even with the most basic means of conveyance, there is a mechanical and design beauty.  By creating art, I think it is increasingly difficult for builders to keep raising the bar though mesh designs and mesh customizations have raised it beyond what we would have believed years ago. 
Yet that bar is continually being raised.


The Future of Vehicles in SL

Script motors haven't changed much in quite a long time. With some builders using proprietary scripts making vehicles work, for the most part, people are using ACS/KCP scripts to make their ground vehicles move.  This is the area that represents the plateau of what is being created and what might be created.  There is no real limit to art, the limits come with the technology used to make works of art functional. 

It would be exciting to have a bike script that was intuitive at varying speeds.  A script that would change a vehicle's handling at low to high speed so riders/drivers would experience a higher degree of realism.  The boat builders I believe have done this with their scripts allowing the boat to behave dynamically when conditions change.  How much development is occurring with ACS/KCP scripts is something I just don't know but as incredible as the script is compared to what I knew several years ago, there does need to be an evolution rather than just an update.


Mesh builders have learned so much more in how to apply mesh parts while reducing land impact and how mesh vehicles operate inworld.  When we started reviewing mesh/prim bikes, the land impact would be upwards to 100 prims.  Now we're seeing land impact under 20 prims with incredible detail.  The limit as I understood was 30 prims to cross sims, which might be incorrect.  Anything more than that required the operator to add vehicle attachments.  Do you remember those days?  At rest, some vehicles had a land impact of 300 prims or more. Mesh has been the game changer and builders are continuing to improve how they work with their mesh vehicles.


Connecting the dots between design and available technology is where the proverbial rubber meets the road.  We want our vehicles to work and that isn't always the case.  Some work better than others and some just don't make it out of the gate.  We've been fortunate in reviewing some highly skilled builders who seek to make their products better even as they are pretty darned good to begin with.  Our applause goes to their continued pursuit of greatness.


The Future of Things that Move in SL

As we go forward, Lizzy and I have talked about doing comparative reviews of the same vehicle.  Each of us sees things from different angles and it will be interesting to share with readers our differing perspectives.  We hope to do more comparison tests as well.  They are fun though require a lot more coordination.  Expect to see our new release announcements and reviews as well as our profiles on builders. We'll find and connect with more builders too. There is more to come and even more fun to be had on the tracks, roads, sky, water and yes.....railways and trains!

Today we celebrate our first year of Things That Move In SL and 100 articles under our belt.  Tomorrow, we're back at it.  We can't wait to press the "Publish" button 100 more times.



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

MG Designs - LowRider NEW RELEASE



MG Designs - LowRider  
NEW RELEASE
 
All my friends know the low rider
The low rider is a little higher
 
Low rider drives a little slower
Low rider is a real goer
 
Low rider knows every street, yeah
Low rider is the one to meet, yeah
 
Low rider don't use no gas now
Low rider don't drive too fast

Yeah you know the song and right now it is thumping in your head.  MG Designs released its new LowRider, a chopped custom with my favorite, drag bars.  To me, the bike has a shark like appearance and aggressiveness and that's just its looks.  When you sit on the bike, you're part of it....one with it...you are the shark!


The coolest thing about riding in SL is the different kinds of bikes you can own and love.  Some people are content with just one bike or even one style of bike.  With the variety of styles, graphics and builders, you can have a bike which will suit your mood for a given day or even a given ride. 

People like Mesotopholes, owner of MG Designs, provides a broad variety of bike styles and looks that will be attractive to any rider.  What matters most when selecting a bike is how it makes you feel when you see it.  That emotional response absolutely matters when it comes to bikes.  Even the tough guys may not admit it though they will agree.  I can tell you I've fallen in love with bikes and yeah we shouldn't judge books by covers, with bikes I judge them by looks first.  You need the bike to ride well at the end of the day and that is where the rubber meets the road (pun intended).


Meso's bikes aren't necessarily beginner bikes.  They are quick off the line in first gear which might startle a new rider.  When we start riding bikes, at least some of us are like this, we crave the challenge of high performance along with high styling.  Even as a beginner, you'll hold that status for maybe 20 minutes of riding and afterward, you'll be interested in finding other builders and other bikes to challenge you as a rider.  Are these bikes beginner bikes, maybe they aren't but they are bikes that a novice and more experienced rider will absolutely love.


We still get a kick out of riding.  With each bike we ride, Lizzy and I will find some that really speak to us.  This LowRider speaks loud and clear.  It is a bike I would want to ride in RL.  It isn't as intimidating as it looks and riding bike. I look cool!. 
 
Take a little trip, take a little trip

Take a little trip and see

Take a little trip, take a little trip

Take a little trip with me



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 MG Designs showroom and 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 our 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. 

 
Robby

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

JJ Cycles 2017 Knucklebuster - NEW RELEASE


JJ Cycles 2017 Knucklebuster
NEW RELEASE

Have you ever had a bad day, I mean a really bad day when nothing is going right, people are growling around you and the dog takes a crap on your new shoes?  You can sit around watching baseball, fuming over the misfortune or start drinking and throwing bottles at passersby.  You can also say "screw it" and tune out by getting on your favorite bike and hitting the street. 


It doesn't take much to sooth a soul and it doesn't even take getting out of the low gears.  The sound of the bike, wind flowing around you and even the relative discomfort of the heat while you're wearing your leathers pulls that crap from your head, wraps it around the tires and squishes into submission for each mile you ride.  Yeah, riding is better than any psychiatrist and probably costs less too and you can do that in SL!


Tonight was one of those nights, I showed up at Deezul and pulled out the new JJ Cycles 2017 Knucklebuster Jimmie Jax sent me to review.  You know what?  I felt immensely better after riding and my heart started calming when I pulled out the camera and took some picks of this classic ape hanger. 


The new JJ Cycles all have Jimmie's rebuilt physics that make the bikes incredibly easy to ride, especially for a KCP bike which can be a little more challenging to ride with varying speeds.  Okay the technical stuff aside because I've written about it a lot.  Look at the bike, just look at it!  It's fat!  We're talking chunky monkey fat and for this bike, fat is fabulous.


Jimmie's Knucklebuster....it's better than Prozac.





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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FFM Effigy - NEW RELEASE


Fisty's Fucking Motors - Effigy 
NEW RELEASE

So I had to ask what it was.  I thought at first it was an early model Cadillac though it really didn't look like one.  Fisty said, "It's a Holden Efijy."  Ah yeah, Holden the General Motors down under and they came out with this concept car sporting a supercharger and 644 angry horses under the hood...or bonnet...or hood... 


Fisty and I were talking about colors for the car, Lizzy of course said "pink!" and don't tell anyone, Fisty pulled out his pink crayons and went to work.  At some point, a green car went from this really cool Green Lantern look to bubble gum pink to this rich and luxurious purple.  Graphics weren't going to make this car pop yet a deep color such as purple would turn anyone's head.


When you go to the FFM shop, you won't see the same old cars you see anywhere else in SL.  Hell, the bikes are awesome and that's how we met Fisty and Zoey.  The cars though, we get around SL and what sets apart FFM cars from a lot of other brands is the paint.  If you meet Fisty, you'll ask yourself if this guy really is an artist.  I mean he's not wearing a beret and he doesn't have a flowing scarf around his neck though I suspect he does in real life.  No, he's the real deal and yes, he is one amazing artist with a car, truck or bike. 


The Effigy isn't some trailer queen or show car either.  Fisty isn't only about making a good vehicle pop off your screen, he makes them haul ass too.  I took this purple demon for a trip around the FFM test track and though it is set up to drive faster, it was a blast!  The sounds, the flames coming from the exhaust and when you started it up, I could swear I heard the sounds of the blower whining. 


Every time we write one of these articles, it is because we believe in the builders.  We get to know them pretty well too in the course of doing what we do.  Knowing Fisty and Zoey is just one of the biggest trips we've had in SL for a long time.  They are the two of the funniest people yet they are also savvy when it comes to taking care of their customers and friends.  Still why would I write about a purple car?  Shove the sap in the corner, this car is one of the most awesome cars I've seen in SL and it is unlike anything I have ever seen inworld. 





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 Zoey and Fisty 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

Friday, September 9, 2016

B.C.C. Queen and Fool RELEASE and New B.C.C. Showroom



B.C.C. Queen and Fool RELEASE
and New B.C.C. Showroom
 
Some big changes hit the bike community though not to worry, nobody died or was wounded.  These are good changes, B.C.C. has launched a new retro custom called the Queen and Fool AND (yes, we have to have an "and") Brummie has opened up a new showroom at a new location.  With an extra cool new bike, customers can visit the showroom and test the bikes in a far better place.
 
See?  Not all changes are bad are they?
 
 
Introducing the Queen and Fool is pretty cool because this is a big step back in time that not only captures the retro style we tend to enjoy, the detail on the bike is incredible.  This isn't just another new bike, the Queen and Fool features a working speedometer and odometer, fuel system and fuel system HUD.  Take this beast to StarRiders and you can measure your mileage though you might have to plan a pit stop somewhere along the way.
 
 
B.C.C. are great looking bikes suitable for new and experienced riders.  Riding doesn't have to be a complex task, sometimes we just want to get on a bike and ride with our friends.  The ease in riding a B.C.C. is one of its biggest points of why we take new riders or even frustrated ones there to get a bike which works best for them.  The Queen and Fool is also a bike you can mod.  Guess what color Lizzy made hers?  Yep it was pink and Brummie, I did try to talk her out of it.
 
 
Now I would be remiss if I just stopped there because I promised more and there is more to say.  B.C.C. has a new showroom and test track.  Brummie has put his bike in new rezzers so you can get a redelivery without needing to send him a notecard.  I recommend sending him one anyway because he does some pretty slick custom work. 
 
We recommend buying bikes from sellers who offer a Try Before you Buy feature.  Brummie has always offered this feature and what happens quite frequently, buyers end up getting more than one bike.  Bikes are like potato chips, you can't have ONLY one!
 
 
 
Give the bike a look and try.  B.C.C. makes some high quality and great riding bikes.  With the new showroom at B.C.C., test track and new bikes coming out along with other activities coming from Brummie, you can make your destination a regular trip. 
 
 
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" or on my Google+ page.   We review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send us a message. 

Robby