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Contest #9 - Motorcycle Trivia - Results
This was a fairly tough contest as no one got all the answers correct. But reader (and MSF instructor) Bruce Scott distinguished himself quite well by answering correctly 12 of 14 possible. Congratulations Bruce! Bryan Grover was a close runner-up with 11 right, followed by Russ Richards who bagged 10.
Here are the answers to Contest #9, 'Motorcycle Trivia':
|1. What brand of motorcycle did Bronson ride in the hit, and in our opinion underappreciated TV show "Then Came Bronson"?||Harley-Davidson. I believe he rode a Sportster. Needless to say, he packed lighter than we do.|
|2. What slogan catapulted Honda to the top of the motorcycle sales chart in the 60's?||"You meet the nicest people on a Honda." This is generally accepted as one of the most successful advertising campaigns in history because it reversed the image of motorcycling as a rough/tough sport and created a whole new market for clean, efficient, reliable, Honda motorcycles.|
|3. What was the nickname of Suzuki's first water-cooled motorcycle? (We're looking for the American nickname, not the British.)||Water Buffalo due partly to the bike's bulky styling. The Brits also used the term "Kettle".|
|4. What brand of motorcycle did Fonzie ride in the hit TV show "Happy Days"?||Triumph. Several readers mentioned that he rode a Harley in early episodes and Google turned up some references to this possibility. In every episode I ever saw, he was on a Triumph so that was what I was looking for.|
|5. As taught by the MSF, what does 'SIPDE' stand for?||Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute. Gizmo gave this answer a couple days ago in his report.|
|6. In terms of US circulation, what is currently the most popular motorcycle magazine?||Cycle World. While a bit fluffy, this is still a great motorcycle magazine, with crisp editing, superb photography, and witty columns..|
|7. What was the name of the first Honda motorcycle with a V4 engine?||I was looking for "Sabre" to identify the 1982 Honda VF750S V45 Sabre. A couple readers also mentioned "Magna" which was the cruiser version of the Sabre and both were produced in 1982. So either answer is acceptable. Many of you mentioned the 1969 Honda CB750 which was a revolutionary bike, but its engine was an inline-4, not a V4.|
|8. What recreational equipment manufacturer once owned Harley Davidson?||AMF, of bowling ball fame. AMF's acquisition of Harley went very poorly and the AMF-years are considered Harley's darkest days. Harley became independent again in the mid-80's and has been wildly successful since.|
|9. Who invented the first gasoline-powered motorcycle?||Gottlieb Damlier. You'll hear more about this later.|
|10. What TV celebrity owns a gas-turbine-powered motorcycle?||Jay Leno. In very limited production, I believe it uses a small helicopter turbine engine. Reader J. Ozinski says that it is for sale so give Jay a ring if you're interested. Leno tells an amusing story where a small compact car pulls up too closely behind him at a stoplight. The bike's hot exhaust melted the bumper of the car.|
|11. What movie star did his own motorcycle stunts in the movie "The Great Escape"?||Controversy here. I was looking for Steve McQueen and it is my understanding that he performed all the motorcycle stunts with the exception of the final grand jump where a double was used. In any event, McQueen was an accomplished motorcycle rider/racer and highly skilled.|
|12. Who won the 2002 500cc World MotoGP Championship?||Valentino Rossi. But I should have said "who will win the ... Championship" as contest winner Bruce Scott correctly points out that although Rossi has a commanding lead, there are a few races left and it is theoretically possible for Ukawa or Biaggi to catch him.|
|13. What was the actual engine displacement of Honda's CB350 produced from the late-60's until the mid-70's?||325cc. I know, minutia. No one got this right.|
|14. What two Japanese motorcycle manufacturers recently announced a major alliance to share products?||Suzuki and Kawasaki. Right now you can buy mechanically identical models of several dirt bikes in either yellow (Suzuki) or green (Kawasaki). Most experts think this is a prelude to a merger where Suzuki and Kawasaki will be two brands from the same company, not unlike Honda and Acura.|
!!! New Contest - Contest #10 - You Be The Judge !!!
And here's Contest #10, 'You Be The Judge!' Whizmo and Gizmo are having so much fun judging your great entries that we decided we should turn the tables and let YOU be the judge so WE can win some cool prizes! During one of the rare weather breaks this morning, we witnessed a very attractive sky with big puffy clouds and the sun casting beams our from behind the clouds. We both took pictures, then started arguing with one another about whose picture was better. Since we're deep in artist country down here in New Mexico, we thought that it would only be fair to put our compositions on exhibition in the W&G Art Gallery, with a brief note explaining the artist's perspective on the creation. Your job is to vote for one or the other composition, based upon any criteria you choose. And if you wish to add your own commentary about the pictures' relative merit, that might warrant consideration in a future contest.
Those yahoos at the Weather Channel predicted clear skies.
In this *unmanipulated* image, I was inspired by the
sun broadcasting its hopeful message of a brighter future, not just for
Whizmo & Gizmo in their futile quest for commercial sponsorship, but for
all of us. The dark areas in the bottom right corner symbolize the
constant tension of man's struggle with nature, balanced against our
natural blue-sky optimism in the upper left. The shafts of light indicate
the individual paths we're all traveling in our unique journeys toward our
individual, yet related destinations. I hope you feel the same inspiration
that I feel when I witness such beauty in nature. Life. Love it or leave
it. Vote for me. Please. It's really, really important. Whizmo
always rides in front, I need to come in first in something.
To vote for Whizmo's artsy-fartsy shot, click here. To vote for Gizmo's artsy-fartsy shot, click here. One vote per person please. This isn't American Idol.