Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Three Years Honey Badgers


Three Years Honey Badgers!

So here I was peacefully listening to music and my IM box exploded with an interrogation which would impress the CIA.  Needless to say my inquisitor had my attention and after that one exchange, not only did she have my attention, she had my interest.


Life is a journey and as unwritten as it may seem as we move from one set of events to another, our journey is already mapped.  From what started as an inquisition turned into a friendship.  Then the friendship turned into something far more profound, special and lasting.  I wouldn't change a minute.


Lizzy and I started unlike many relationships I've had yet it progressed with deep felt rewards.  We built towns, successful enterprises and explored many new opportunities.  For everything we have done, even those occasions which challenged us, we grew stronger together.  We fiercely stood together with more resolve when others attempted to force us apart. 

We became Honey Badgers not because we don't give a shit, we are Honey Badgers because we'll fight for one another and for those ideals and values which are important to us and about us.


In everything we've done including sailing the high seas, winning drag races, helping others and decorating a house every month, the last three years have been an amazing and powerful journey and one that had to be mapped for both of us. 


Each morning is greeted with "Good Morning Honey Badger" and to not type out those words in a text message would hurt as much as not seeing those words come back across on a screen. 


Three years ago tonight, November 30th, I went to the dashboard and sent Lizzy a partner message.  It was the Dawn of an incredible journey which has made my life immeasurably better.


Happy Anniversary Honey Badger!




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, November 16, 2016

OCC Customs Choppers 1969 Camaro


OCC Customs Choppers 1969 Camaro

A friend of mine has a 69 Firebird, one he has had for maybe 35 years.  The brakes kind of work yet it still carries the rumble.  He and I went to the Texas Motor Speedway swap meet to find parts.  After three hours of walking around looking for some arcane little item or another, it hit me.  Owning an old car, a classic such as a Firebird, is for people more nuts than I am. 


In the days when Camaros and Firebirds were only visually different (knock it off they are the same car!), people fell in love with GM's response to the Pony.  If you get a kick out of watching Mecum or Barrett Jackson auctions, when an old Camaro rolls across the block, there is a rush.  The commentators are gushing over the little details and how they build or detract from the value of the car.  Then the gavel falls and a car with history meets a new home.


I was excited when OCC Customs Choppers released its on '69 Camaro.  The big slicks, massive motor and almost grotesquely bulging hood comes together as a work of art.  To its visual appeal, you cannot deny it.  The car is something to behold.  Driving it is an even better story.  This might be the best driving car OCC Customs Choppers has produced. 


At our secret Honey Badger proving grounds, the Camaro ripped around the switchbacks with ease and confidence.  With the resonating roar from the motor, I knew I was in for a great ride and wouldn't need to roam the almost endless rows of parts vendors at TMS to keep this ride going. 


If you remember the movie Used Cars with Kurt Russell, you may not be into red cars.  a quick stroll through the menu system and you can alter the color to tailor the look to better suit your superstitions.



 
About OCC Customs Choppers

OCC Customs Choppers has a new location, check them out.    I recommend you meet Indian Stargazer and his team.  Getting to know a builder is a really cool deal.  Not only can they help you get the bike of your dreams, they will often help you fit your avi to the bike and introduce you to custom options.  OCC also has an active group which says positive things about this company.  So join the group too!  If you aren't the social type (I'm not always) you can visit OCC's marketplace and get access to the products.



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

FFM '56 Silver Bel and Pink Bel



FFM '56 Silver Bel and Pink Bel

On the 8th day, the Lord created the Tri 5 Chevy!

Post war Chevy's looked pretty much like pre-war Chevy's.  Bulbous bumbling sedans to carry the kids to see road side attractions on Route 66.  Something smart came out of the General in 1955 and it was a legacy few other marks have been able to capture.  In car culture, the Tri 5 Chevrolets were special. 


The 1955, '56 and of course the fabled '57 set the course for a new stylistic push every other manufacturer tried to emulate.  Chevy set the standard and it was never really surpassed.  We won't mention the '58 because that was GM being well...less than visionary.


For me, I always preferred the '56 over the '57 Bel Air.  The lines are cleaner and quieter to me.  Sure the '57 is more popular and is remembered most from American Graffiti.  When I saw a '56 at a car show a couple of years ago, I really fell in love it.  When Fisty came out with his own take on the '56 in silver and "cough cough".....pink (Fisty doesn't do pink cars)... we were all over it.


The cars come in two version or as a package.  One version is the street which will allow you to terrorize the tracks and streets with ease.  The drag version, well....it is a drag car ready for the brackets.  Having one in silver and one in pink, you have two very nice aesthetic choices.  Let's say pink actually explodes off the screen and gives you the Miami look with an art deco feel.


Driving the street version is a lot of fun.  The car is well balanced for the track and handles corners and twists with ease and confidence.  The drag car will make a church lady's knickers bunch up!    The thing about the car, I didn't find any seat belts but there is a bench seat.  If you don't know about dating and bench seats, you just haven't lived a good life!




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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

OCC Customs Choppers '70 F150 Monster Truck


OCC Customs Choppers '70 F150 Monster Truck
 
Growing up in Texas, we all learn pickups are part of the culture.  Any of us driving down a two lane road will know what to do when we meet an oncoming pickup.  Yep, we lift our index finger off the wheel to wave as a matter of courtesy.  Bikers know this too.  Pass another biker, you put your left hand down low. 
 
 
My first job was as a gopher for an oilfield electrification company.  My boss assigned me a task of cleaning the tobacco spit residue off the rear pillar of his white Dodge pickup.  Gross huh? Cleaning the spittoon was worse.  Then I got to drive this old 72 Chevy fleetside with a water tank in the back to haul water to the business.  When I stepped on the brake pedal, the radio would cut out.  To say I have a fondness for trucks is an understatement.  They are as much about being a Texan as anything.
 
 
When Lizzy and I met Indian Stargazer, he showed us the '70 F150.  Lizzy, city girl as she is, had her inner hillbilly come out and took off on the demo ripping around the sim.  I won't spill the beans on how much she loves trucks (a lot) and we'll leave it there.  She loved this monster. There is a lot to say about the F150 so let's get started.
 
 
Stylistically, this generation of the F150 might rank near the top in the looks department.  Later models were more boxy and didn't look as tough.  Charles Bronson attempted to abuse one of these trucks in a movie and I suspect it is still on the road...or on the ranch hauling hay.  You can still find some for sale and needed rehabilitation though they were all about work trucks and fewer are to be found in good condition.
 
 
OCC's F150 is your hay hauler during the week and the party beast on the weekends.  Are we ready to party, Hell YES!!  Damn boy, we have a couple of cases of Bud in the back,  now let's go find some mud and put the four wheels to work! 
 
In the push to produce elaborate sports cars for SL drivers, we're missing out on a very American part of our history.  Where a sports car might scream around the twists and sweeping turns of a track, the F150 doesn't need any danged roads, we'll make our own thank you very much!  Yeah and we'll keep the windows down because you gotta spit out the Redman somewhere and you can't do that in a Porsche or not easily.
 
 
Like other packages from OCC Customs Choppers, you don't just get a a streetable version of this truck.  You'll get a drag version, one for child avatars (no drinking or spitting kids)  and loads of data and OCC Customs Choppers swag which I have to admit is pretty nice.
 
Now go get one of these beasts, I have to take this one to a Botanical Garden and turn it into a swamp!   You can almost sense an Earth Day type of person trembling!
 
 

 
About OCC Customs Choppers

OCC Customs Choppers has a new location, check them out.    I recommend you meet Indian Stargazer and his team.  Getting to know a builder is a really cool deal.  Not only can they help you get the bike of your dreams, they will often help you fit your avi to the bike and introduce you to custom options.  OCC also has an active group which says positive things about this company.  So join the group too!  If you aren't the social type (I'm not always) you can visit OCC's marketplace and get access to the products.



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


Monday, November 7, 2016

Triton Marine Wet Ski and Wet Ski 2 NEW RELEASE

Triton Marine Wet Ski and Wet Ski 2  NEW RELEASE

I’m from Minnesota which is famously known for our 10,000+ lakes.  Including Lake Itasca which is the headwaters of the Mississippi River and Minnesota borders Lake Superior aka Gichigami (Ojibwe word) the largest of the Great Lakes.


A part of what feeds most Minnesotans their breath of life is our Summer activities which includes the many options of water sports; jet skiing, water skiing, speed boating, para-sailing, boogie boarding and so much more!



Jet skiing is one of my favorite of all lake activities. My most recent venture in jet skiing was just a few months ago on Lake Vermillion in Northern Minnesota. The lake is by no means small it is one of the larger lakes in Minnesota. I was at the family cabin which is stocked with all the basic water toys; jet skis, speed boat, pontoon, paddle boats, etc. One of my favorites is the jet ski because it allows me to travel about the lake, have fun and enjoy some independent time.

This week RoxyCyn owner of Moto Bazzi released her Triton Wet Ski and Triton Wet Ski-2 in a plethora of colors: aqua, black, blue, italia, pink, red, red/white/blue, white/blue, white/red, and yellow/blue. All packaged together with both female and male sized skis.

I took my first spin at the secret Honey Badger proving grounds. The ride was smooth and I could almost feel the wind hit my face and whip through my hair. The Triton fits comfortably and features a blower intake which only adds to the awesome aesthetics of the ski.

 
 
Check out Triton Marine and Moto Bazzi at their main store and see this little water bikes out for yourself.  You'll be glad you did!

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. 

Lizzy

JJ Cycles 2017 Sporty Custom - NEW RELEASE


JJ Cycles 2017 Sporty Custom
NEW RELEASE

Late last night, I had a moment of severe anguish.  Sadly folks, I'm sans bike at the moment.  Watching Youtube videos of bikes only makes the anguish more severe.  There are so many I would want too.  My heart literally aches.  Dammit, I need to get me a new ride pretty soon.  SIGHS well there is some solace as I can come here in SL and ride. 


Recently,  Jimmie released his 2017 Sporty Custom, a bobbed version of the 1200 Sportster.  Many would argue how Sportsters are the best deal when it comes to Milwaukee
iron.  Having known people who owned them, there was a love affair with the little bike.  It is quick off the line and nimble on the back roads of Central Texas. 


This new release comes full mod too.  If you want to paint the tank and remaining fender with some wild texture, you can or you can select from an almost infinite number of tints to make the bike look like a prop in a 1970s horror movie.  I get when builders keep people from being able to mod a bike.  Sometimes the mods can screw with the vehicle's physics or a beloved texture is too difficult to have someone else alter it.  Still it is nice to have some flexibility to make little graphics tweaks.




Riding the Sporty Custom is similar to riding a Sportster in RL, it is quicker than a jackrabbit on a date.  On the sky track of the secret Honey Badger proving grounds, the Sporty Custom handled the switch-backs in a realistic fashion.  Sure if you want to ricochet off walls, you can.  I love realistic rides and with bikes, I don't know about you but I need to slow down for the tight corners.  I love that about the Sporty Custom, it rides very well and like it would in RL.


The ease of riding the new JJ Cycles KCP scripted bikes makes the experience better for riders of all skill levels or attention spans.  Does it help to calm my frantic state in RL...my need for a new bike, it comes close. 





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, November 5, 2016

Dani D-120 Regional Commuter


Dani D-120 Regional Commuter

If you have ever flown for work, not the kind of flying where you are sitting up front but the kind where you are basically cattle waiting in airports for your flight to be called.  You know, where you do it enough that bartenders in strange cities know what your favorite drink is and when you're actually thinking Sbarros is worth the risk.  If you know, then you'll be familiar with the commuter turbo prop.


The D-120 resembles the Embraer Brasilia.  I do have more  experience riding in the back of SAAB 340Bs as well as the ERJs and CRJs.  That experience means you get crammed into a tube with maybe 20 others who are equally resigned to being told to move back to another row because of weight and balance.  Yes, folks it means you need to lose some weight and reconsider a trip to Sbarros the next time you shuffle through O'Hare.  The worst was the Fairchild Metroliner.  We called them "Tubes of Death". 


For many, the little commuters are terrifying.  "It's so small"  "Where is the rubber band"  I've heard all of the worries but I like little planes.  I spent a few hundred hours in single engine bug smashers and a plane like the Brasilia is a big promotion!  Like other things, we can take what we know in RL and experience them here in SL.  That includes being a victim to uncaring airlines and the damned peanuts.  I won't mention how I have been fondled by airport security, those are dark memories.


So you can tell I have some history flying for work and I'll spare you the stories from a road warrior.  Let's talk about this plane!

The D-120 is an older model from Dani Airplanes.  The aviation community in SL is limited with choices of civil and general aviation.  There are some good options but if you envision yourself running your own airline with hubs and feeders, your options become highly limited and you will be buying a Dani aircraft if this is your dream. 


This plane isn't necessarily a beginner aircraft.  It isn't hard to fly though you will notice the size when crossing sims and making approaches to smaller airfields.  It is close to "true to size" in relation to our 7 foot tall avatars.  I like that level of realism and what is more, I love that it can be flown in Mouse Look with relative responsiveness from the controls.

Flight characteristics are also fairly similar to flying a real plane.  What is dissimilar is you need to continually apply bank inputs to keep the plane turning and yes, this means the ailerons and rudder are already connected.  Bank the plane, it will also turn.  This is common with SL fixed wing aviation.  Flaps do not act like speed brakes on the D-120, they act more like flaps.  The purpose of flaps is to descend without increasing airspeed.  The aren't really brakes and yes, you can fly all day long with the flaps extended....or during your check ride.  Fortunately, I still passed!


The start up process is methodical and if you're interested in RPing a pilot, you can develop your own checklists.  If you really want to know how easy it is, read the manual as it is very well laid out without a lot of unnecessary complexity.  To fire up the plane, use your HUD, turn on the master, battery, APU....Beacon because you need to do that... and start the right engine.  When the right engine comes to full start, you may start the left engine.  Once the engines and beacon are operating, set your lighting as practicable.

Flying the plane isn't hard at all.  A plane this big and fast, requires the pilot to plan ahead for their departures, navigation and approaches.  I use the minimap to help me navigate and plan my approach and will typically position the plane a couple of sims away for a straight in approach.  I was able to land it within a sim's dimension however.  It isn't nimble like a aerobatic aircraft yet it will do what you need it to do.


Aviation in SL is a subculture similar to sailing, cars or bikes.  You can find a lot of cool aircraft of varying types and designs.  My preference is more around civil and general aviation because I'm a general aviation pilot in RL (not current and not currently flying but I sure earned my ticket).  Whatever you choose to fly, you will have a blast with the experience.  I have been flying in SL for eight years and still really like doing it. 

Dani Airplanes
 
This builder makes aircraft ranging from the D-120, Helicopters,to business jets and the big old Boeing 737 and Airbus 318.  Give them a try by visiting their inworld store or visiting them on marketplace
 

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