Sunday, February 19, 2017

MGD Frenzy


MGD Frenzy

Recently I watched Long Way Down and Long Way Round, two series on Netflix featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman who took BMW GS bikes around the world and then from top to bottom.  I love the series and highly recommend them. 

What does that have to do with this bike, absolutely nothing as a sport bike would be the last choice to take on a round the world adventure.  However, as I kick a can around the starting lot at Deezul, the MGD Frenzy would be the bike to choose to explore improved roads around the country.


Typically, MGD builds cruisers.  The land behemoths full of chrome and attitude.  Venturing into sport bike territory is a newer avenue.  For the record, I love sport bikes though I would not choose one in RL.  I can just imagine my back hurting, feeling cramped and of course scared to death of the blinding performance.  Hmmm...who am I kidding, I would love to get my ass on a sport bike!


The Frenzy is a fun sport bike cruiser.  I was able to get some decent lap times out of the bike riding Deezul Challenger and I think given some time to tweak settings, I would do far better.  From what little I know about race bikes, I've had to adjust settings to match my system and how I ride. Out of the box performance for a lap leader would be a likely miss for most riders.  To go faster, you'll need to tweak the settings.  As a race bike, I wasn't able to get the performance and I have to say I owe more of that to my lack of skill. 


From the looks department, you can change colors from the out of the box pale green.  The black suited me best and I should really think about branching into some color for bike choices.  I'm way to monochromatic.  As a sport bike, having the whitewalls was a unique touch for me.  It gave the bike more of a retro meets future look which I appreciate.


Nonetheless, this is a fun riding bike.  I didn't have any trouble getting around the track and out of the box it was set up for a fun 5th gear ride.  Now back to a round the world adventure on dirt...well MGD has something just for that and I'll take out my pen to write about an amazing dirt bike very soon.  Until then, just enjoy the ride, protected from the wind with a high revving motor under me.  Can it get any better? 


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.




Find me on Facebook

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Robby

Knight Performance Raider - Shhh it is a Triumph


Knight Performance Raider
A TR3 for SL

 Ahh the Triumph TR3!  Finding one which is running must be next to a miracle.  My brother got me interested in British roadsters with his MGB.  Before then, a family friend had a Fiat Spider and at a tender age, I fell in love with sports cars through that little Italian two seater.  To this day, I'll talk to our friend who is nearing 80 years old about her little car and how it inspired me to experience the road with two seats and canvass over my head.


The TR3 and Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite share a style that is quintessential post war British automotive design.  They are graceful and bridge the gap from the pre-war utilitarian automobiles to the fun little roadsters that ripped down narrow roads.  American automotive manufacturers never really captured this segment and it was the Miata (loved mine) which reopened the road to the two seat roadster.  Still the old Triumphs retain their romantic and sometimes finicky place in history with their looks and questionable electrical systems.


Knight Performance builds some very beautifully modeled cars.  Often they will do a Midnight Mania event to draw prospective customers into their shop, shared with Surplus Motors.  This is how I acquired the Raider, or TR3. 

Quietly testing the Raider at the Deezul Challenger track because Stringer says his tracks are motorcycles only (Sorry Stringer, I often break rules), I was impressed with the performance.  First, it isn't fast but neither was the TR3.  Transitions on and off hills were flawless and the wheels stayed on the road.  This isn't always the case with ACS automobiles that typically float.  The car was perfectly set up to drive as well.  I had no problems negotiating the chicanes and sweeping turns. 


What really hit it for me is how good the car looks.  In my perfect world, I would love a TR3 on the road.  An Austin Healey might be more of a desire though the TR3, it would do nicely.  Today, I got a touch of the romance with the Raider and felt the same when I first sat in that old Fiat Spider!


About Knight Performance

Visit the shop and see what cars you might like to buy.  Join their group as well. 
 
 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BCC Humpback - NEW RELEASE

 
BCC Humpback - NEW RELEASE
 
BOBBERS!!  Give me a BOBBER! 
 
That sounds really wrong doesn't it?  It is as if I'm asking for something well....pleasing.  No no no I'm digressing, I'm talking about a motorcycle get your mind out of the gutter you perverts.   Now as I gather myself into a serious writer of sorts and attempt to be respectful, let's discuss a new release from BCC.  Sheesh, can't take you anywhere!
 
Yes I'm wearing a suit, we're going out on the town tonight and I didn't get it dirty.
Brummie Guyot has released a new bike called the Humpback.  I've often wondered where Brummie gets the names for his bikes but after building so many, perhaps his vault of names needs some new words.  However, Humpback, as I think about it, the name isn't bad at all.  I'm thinking Quasimodo without the cathedral. 
 
 
The bike has a dark look and seems to fit the theatrical appeal of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Then Humpback is a whale right?  It isn't slow at all and riding it around the BCC track, the bike is very agile using the BCC scripting.  So, calling the Humpback a whale isn't necessarily a fit.   A rose by any other name is still a rose and this bike is a bobber and I do love me a good bobber.
 
From rezzing the bike at the demo rezzer, I liked the fit and finish.  It has a urban look with the black and red.  All of the blingy parts are muted and I felt as if I was riding a bike that was built in someone's garage.  It was when I lifted the kickstand and fired up the motor that I found out how fun riding was again.
 
 
Around the BCC test track, one I know well and I suspect you do too, the Humpback was very predictable and stable through the corners in 4th.  For my other BCC bikes, 5th is a bit much for me though Lizzy doesn't seem to mind, she'll scream around a track in 5th looking for the next bright shiny object.  She is endearing that way.
 
With a new release, there is always some excitement for me.  I like new toys and the newer the better.  The Humpback is a great bike for someone getting started or returning to riding in SL.  KCP scripting can produce a temperamental or even difficult bike to ride for a newer rider, the BCC scripted bikes are always easy rides.  With an easy riding bike, you may expect it to look kind of goofy.  Not so with the BCC bikes, they all look like bikes you may want to ride in RL. 
 
 
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.  I do understand Brummie is moving to another location, he does move a bit.  So you may want to check out his profile to find out where he is and how you can give his bikes a test. 
 
 

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Robby



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

MGD Smoke - Old School Meets New


MGD Smoke - Old School Meets New

One night walking out of a hotel in Austin, I saw a bobber rip down the access road along 183.  I started drooling, my heart began to race and as the roar hit my ears, my eyes lit up.  Few do bobbers really well.  Sometimes they look like a cruiser without some parts and yeah that's the definition.  My definition is found in that custom bobber I saw.  It was rude, low, clearly didn't look like anything that fell off the truck leaving Milwaukee.  I've been looking for one at least in SL to point and say, "now THAT is a bobber!"


Mesostopholes Gascoigne caught me in one of my more rare visits to SL and said he had a few bikes he would like me to review.  I like Meso, he's a nice person and a great builder.  It's fun to see how his creations evolve.  They're fun builds and I'm sure he would like them referred to as badass, which they are, but dammit, they are fun!


When I saw the bikes for the first time, I rezzed the Smoke first. Yes two more reviews are coming and I really really like the other two bikes. For another time...we're talking about the Smoke today.  When the Smoke came into view, I had that same feeling looking upon the bobber in Austin grease by.  It is rude, low and looks nothing like a factory bike.  Nothing about the bike screams showroom.  This is a custom and it is a bobber.


MGD bikes aren't necessarily beginner bikes and in the past, they weren't always easy to ride for newer riders.  That isn't me wagging a finger at a great builder.  I like bikes with some challenge to wake up my senses.  In our hiatus, those senses are kind of rusty too.  Taking some laps on Deezul had me reaching back into old skills to make the most of the experience.  In no time at all, I was burning around one of Stringer's newer tracks...focused....at peace...and happy.


Out of the box, I didn't feel the need to do anything to the settings other than a minor adjustment to the seating position.  In fact, as I mentioned how previous MGD bikes were more challenging rides, the Smoke had an edge to it which was easily managed.  Think of it this way, I felt the sharpness of the razor with the forgiveness of a butter knife.


Some ACS/KCP bikes can be a little twitchy depending, I suppose, on how they are built and set up.  The Smoke was easy to ride on the center line.  It found the entry and exits of the turns intuitively without a lot of correction.  Deviations between the gears weren't extreme either, they felt natural in their transitions. 


I can talk a lot about the looks of the bike but use your own eyes, this one falls into the special category stylistically and as a rider.  It doesn't look like the run of the mill bikes you might see at the ride outs or bike shows which I appreciate.  It isn't ridiculous either.  All of the parts come together as if it was molded by the hands of the angels.  The demons provided the powertrain!

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.




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