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False Neutral

False Neutral is The Hooniverse Podcast Network's motorcycle-centric podcast. Eric, Garrett & Pete discuss buying, riding, and wrenching motorcycles.Starting in January of 2018, new episodes appear monthly.

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Custom Bikes

Eric and Pete are joined by Vince Ma for a discussion of custom bikes, bikes as art, and the tension between form and function on two wheels. For photos of the bikes discussed, visit Hooniverse.com.

56mins

15 Mar 2016

Rank #1

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One Bike To Rule Them All

This month's episode starts as usual with updates on our various project bikes, along with some dreamed-up future project ideas we'll surely never get around to actually attempting. After that, we each try to name one bike we could live with as our only motorcycle. Spoiler: your three hosts come up with very divergent and rather unexpected choices. We wrap up with a discussion of last month's giant Mecum Las Vegas classic bike auction.Be sure to check out Hooniverse.com for links and photos that accompany each False Neutral episode.

48mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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Mastering Metal Fabrication

We've been busy in our workshops this month. Garrett finished his powdercoating oven and rebuilt Eric's carbs, Pete bought a TIG welder. Along the way, in between talking about welding and plasma cutters, we tie up a few loose ends from past episodes, and discuss bikes including the Ducati Paso, Triumph Speedmaster, and Honda GB500.

44mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Side by Sides & A Chinese Hog

After updating listeners on Garrett's continuing Kenny Roberts Replica RZ build, including his plan to 3D print a new airbox, Eric shares new tribulations with his never-running-right XS. We go on to discuss Harley's joint partnership with Chinese manufacturer Qianjiang, and how side-by-sides are currently keeping the powersports industry afloat in North America.

52mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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On The Road (Literally) with Steve Faux

This month's episode is a bit different, and somewhat experimental. Garrett is busy with exams this month, so Pete and Eric are joined by guest Steve Faux, a moto vlogger from Lincoln, Nebraska. Steve joins us via mobile phone while out riding his Harley. We discuss the remarkable Honda Fury psuedo-chopper, cruise control, helmet laws, ape hangers, and the proper mindset when making Internet videos and podcasts. [We've done our bests to enhance sound quality over Steve's phone connection, but his voice is slightly garbled in a couple spots.]

55mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Workshop Progress Times Three

This month all three of your hosts have managed to make real progress in our garages. Eric's XS400E and the Don Vesco RD both fired up for the first time in many years! Garrett has also been busy with the T500 Titan. We go on to discuss Honda's automatic bikes from the '70s and '80s, the Fat Hippo that won Hooniverse Car Of The Year honors, and how Harley-Davidson's Livewire electric bike stacks up to the competition.

52mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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The Podcast Life

In reponse to some feedback from listeners, we start this month's episode with a discussion of our motiviation for continuing this podcast, and what we expect ourselves and our listenters to get from it. Then we talk about what's been going on in our workshops, including some cool updates on the ex-Don Vesco RD350 Garrett is readying for auction.

1hr 10mins

18 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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Two Stroke Stoker!

The topic of this month's episode was supposed to be the new bikes from EICMA, but Garrett followed through on his predicted purchase of not one but three Yamaha two-stroke twins. One will be a fairly mild, original looking Kenny Roberts Special. The other two, an RZ and an RD, will be wildly modified with monster motors. Between the three projects, we spend a lot of time talking about modifying two-strokes and no time talking about 2019 bikes.

1hr

13 Nov 2018

Rank #8

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Wild Cards

After our usual project bike updates, this month we discuss three listener questions:What's your "wild card" bikes, which you'd like to own for a short time just to satisfy your curiosity?Can you buy a good beginner bike for $1000, and would a Kawasaki KLR650 be one of them?What should you do with used helmets?

1hr 1min

18 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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Dollars & Harleys & Buells, Oh My!

Eric and Pete welcome Hooniverse contributor Wayne Moyer. Topics include Erik Buell, entry-level Harley-Davidsons, and the state of the motorcycle industry as a whole.

52mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #10

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Angeles Crest Dream Bikes – with guest Rick Radcliffe

This month we're joined by Rick Radcliffe, a name well known to Hooniverse regulars. Rick shares his story, which has a uniquely Southern California ambience (spoilers: it involves a Ducati 916 and lane-splitting). We go on to discuss a wide range of bikes, from dream sport bikes to comfortable, practical commuters. Along the way we get an update on our project bikes and the final departure of the Don Vesco Yamaha.  Be sure to hop over to hooniverse.com to follow along with photos of the bikes we discuss.

58mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Garrett's Two-Stroke Cache

In the October episode, Garrett updates us on his pending estate purchase(s?) before moving on to discuss the new Indian FTR1200 [Spoiler: we're impressed], the new Suzuki Katana, the ergonomics of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701. We go on to examine which bikes are (and are not) on our bucket lists and bargains in small non-current bikes including the utimate 250cc Great-Plains tourer.

49mins

16 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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Cager on Two Wheels

Popular YouTube vlogger Cager on Two Wheels joins us this week from Lisbon, Portugal. We discuss the differences between the riding environments in Europe and North America — culturally, legally and geographically. Our conversation progresses to how those differences shape which bikes become popular in various markets, and dream riding destinations.Some links mentioned in the podcast:Cager On Two Wheels YouTube ChannelTanshanomi's Kansas Spyder Trip Time LapseThe Smackdab Summer Soltice Ride websiteSchaff's YouTube Channel

1hr 9mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #13

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A Series of Tubes

This month the crew is all dealing with various pipe-related issues. Garrett had to cut out and replace a frame tube due to a previous welding hack, among lots of other work on his RZ350 project, while Eric and Pete were both busy with other non-motorcycle plumbing issues that couldn't have been more different. We also discuss motorcycle crates, some new bikes, torque curves, and the nature of being an adult.

50mins

14 May 2019

Rank #14

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Workshop Update Extravaganza!

Making up for our lack of project updates last month, this one's an almost-all-workshop episode.Garrett has created a very sophisticated airbox mod for the Kenny Roberts RZ using CAD software and his 3D printer.Pete has, at long last, finished his Honda CL125S...aaaaand it's gone. He talks about the nostalgia he felt when he rode it, and why it's already sold.Eric delved into the top end on his XS400.We wrap up with a quick discussion of a couple of bikes we recently checked out at dealers.

59mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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More Two Stroke Love

This month there's a lot going on in our workshops. Pete's doing his usual hacking, and Garrett is doing his usual professional-level restoration work. Along the way, our discussion leads to all three of us fawning over how great two-strokes sound, which even incorporates an audio clip [please comment on how you do or don't like this feature].

55mins

19 May 2020

Rank #16

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Hitting The Ton

Despite the Coronavirus lockdown, all three hosts managed to do some cool stuff with and to their bikes this past month. After updating each other on our workshop activities, we discuss how dealerships are surviving the shutdown, what bike bargains are out there that we are not taking advantage of, the fate of this year's Smackdab Run, and what we've been watching on YouTube while we're sequestered at home.

46mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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I'm Not Cool Enough For This Party

It's just your three hosts this month, and we update you on our projects (and workshop spaces) before we talk about electric bikes, then a couple of new bikes including the BMW R18, Harley Pan-American, and the Indian FTR Rally.

49mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Bree Poland of Royal Enfield N.A.

This month, Pete and Eric talk with Bree Poland. Bree has a fascinating personal motorcycle odyssey, from riding dirt bikes as a kid, to umbrella girl, to owning her own supersport road racing team, and finally to her current position as Senior Marketing Manager for Royal Enfield North America. We talk not only about Royal Enfield's remarkable recent renaissance, but how and why people get excited about motorcycles, and how we as a community can tap into those reasons. some of the social programs she has helped instigate: the Build Moto Mentor Program in Milwaukee, the Build Train Race female flat track program, and even commissioning graffiti murals in Colombia. Her enthusiasm not only for Royal Enfields but for connecting people with and through motorcycles is infectious, and definitely makes this month's episode worth listen to.

51mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Gettin' Rad With Brad

Our old friend Bradley Brownell is seemingly everywhere on the Internet nowadays, including Jalopnik, Radwood, and a bunch of other media outlets. This month your three hosts talk to him about the Indian FTR1200, the Scout Bobber, Radwood, and his mini-travel-trailer project. It's a great episode; give it a listen!

55mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #20