Video: Happy Holidays from MotoIQ

by Sarah Forst

We've given up attempting to pass off Kojima as a virgin and Eric as a baby born out of immaculate conception. Christmas- the only time of year when I’m not offended as someone shouts a series of “Ho's” in my general direction. MIQ contributors keep constant pipe dream lists of what they'd want if they won the jackpot or a genie appeared to grant three wishes, so it was a fair assumption they'd be setting out some California specially licensed cookies and spiked eggnog Christmas Eve, hoping to wake up to a well stocked garage of goodies.

I’m likely on Santa’s naughty list (road rage) so perhaps I should ask for a coal burning track car. I'd love for drivers to actually start paying attention to the road and not their phones- am I asking too much? The G35 just rolled over 100k so I'll take a new daily driver. My replacement would be an elusive unicorn- preferably an AWD turbo diesel hatch or wagon but I’ll settle for Mike’s GT-R (after his upgrades). I need a bigger radiator for my turbo beast and some free track time. Santa, throw a Canon EF-S 15-85mm or Tamron 17-50mm lens in my stocking so I can get better wide angle product shots.  I'd also like some new Fruit Boots, preferably with higher durometer wheels and hybrid ceramic bearings so I can keep tearing through the pits at track days. And if we're all consuming the cookies, a job where I'm paid handsomely to drink (craft beer) and drive (fast cars) around the world- obviously not at the same time!  I'll also take a San Diego Chargers playoff berth but now I'm asking for a lot...


John "Nads" Naderi is still struggling with elementary writing skills so his list was a picture list:

Santa's helperPorschegraffiti

Looks like Nads will take Santa's little helper, a 1985 Porsche 911M (no cabriolet?), and his portrait tagged on a wall. Oh wait, maybe he wants go fast goodies for his Civic Si.

nads bikenads truck

He'll also take a Seven Sola Pro- the butted titanium and carbon fiber frame weighs just 3 pounds. And the telepathic handling will help propel the bike down the mountain, even when Nads has no clue what direction he's headed which tends to be the case more often than not. And a lifted Ford truck!

Martin Gonzales’s resolution is to pull up his big boy panties and step away from FWD and into a new RWD daily driver that he’d love to be transported to his garage via sleigh and eight tiny reindeer tonight.  He also wants eight 17" wheels and eight 245 race tires for the G and a sweet Wilwood BBK to go with it. Two sets will be necessary with those gift certificates for more track time at Buttonwillow and Willowsprings. And ladies, he needs some loving on tinder!

Mike Kojima is all about modifying the GT-R this year.  From ID 1000 injectors, fuel pumps, and bigger turbos to a PPG gear set, look for articles unveiling a more aggressive Godzilla in 2014.  He’s also seeking a buyer that can pony up more than $3k apiece for Dog 1 and 2 and a 991 Porsche GT-3 RS for his new track car.  Of course, he’ll need a year’s supply of R compound tires for these track days.  And some .22 ammo to practice scaring off future suitors as his daughter becomes a teenager.  His resolution is to figure out what happened to Polyethylene Pam, who disappeared from his garage last year.  Missing- 4’ tall blowup doll, shocked look on face, not dressed for winter, hole in the elbow among other places; reward if found.

Mike's gun Target practice- a partridge in a pear tree!

Khiem Dinh wants to ramp up the cardio and get stronger on his bicycle. He'll take any track-focused goodies for the S2000 and a motorcycle track day with some new Sidi boots, size 9.5. He'd also like a new wheel set on his bicycle to replace his slightly tweaked rear wheel from a nasty pothole.  A Cayman S with a GT3 engine would be a nice surprise. His family is wishing he'd get a girlfriend (two-fer on tinder, maybe?).  And got too much money but not enough mechanical engineering skills? Khiem is always looking for people to pay him for consulting work. Looking for car build advice, somebody? Anybody?

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013 7:19 AM
Merry Christmas to everyone at MotoIQ. Thanks for doing outstanding work in creating a site that I enjoy visiting. Sorry that I'm unable to help any of you with your lists, as my own list is quite lengthy.

After peace on earth and goodwill to all, my list of car parts start. I really want to find a NISMO LSD for the NX GTi-R (yes, I know they don't make them anymore), bigger wheels and tires, and I'll probably need fender flares to house them. Might as well get a new suspension while I'm at it.
And we've got to get the 'No Budget Racing' ChumpCar Miata back in racing form for the 2014 season! Merry Christmas, everyone!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:26 AM
Nice choice in DH bikes Wes...I rode a 2010 Canfield Jedi in 2012, a 2013 Jedi in 2013, and am currently looking to sell my 2013 model for a 2014 model for next year. I also rock two sets of Crampon Ultimate pedals that get shared between my DH, DJ, and trail bikes.
Wes Dumalski
Wes Dumalskilink
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 4:45 PM
M-P thanks! I currently have a Trek Stache 8 17.5" with the RF NW 32T 1 x 10, RF carbon bars and 70mm stem, RF SixC carbon post and Atlas seat, Azonic 420's and tubeless setup. It is my first mountain bike and for a hardtail 29er it is relatively light at just under 25 lbs.

I also have a Haro Steel Reserve 1.2 DJ bike that I ride at Rays indoor park and some of the local trails. After riding at Copper Harbor Michigan this year I found the limits of the Stache 8 and it left me wanting to build a DH bike and the Canfield caught my eye as has the Yelli Screamy.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 5:26 PM
Nice. I currently have a 2013 Canfield Jedi w/ Manitou Dorado Pro, a 2012 Transition Bandit, and a 2012 Canfield DJ. Next summer I will probably be selling the Bandit for the new Canfield Balance once it come out. If you are seriously interested in the Canfield Bros. bikes/parts give them a call and chat with them for a while...awesome guys to work with.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 8:53 PM
Ellsworth, the best most bio mechanically efficient bike suspension made. Also best bump response, best under braking, best pedal torque loaded bump response. Hype free, gimmick free, it just works due to proper engineering.
Try one in any category, I guarantee its better than any other you have tried.
Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:20 AM
I've ridden nearly every type of suspension linkage out there (included several Ellsworth frames from the early/mid 2000's) and if I have learned anything it is that there is a lot of hype to sift through and that everyone has different preferences. I prefer downhill bikes with short chainstays, low bottom brackets, very slack head angles, and a high pivot point (virtual or not) that gives a rear wheel arc that is somewhat rearward (at least initially). The biggest thing this does for me is inspire confidence, which I feel is substantially more important than suspension efficiency when talking about downhill racing...especially for those who are trying it for the first time.

When talking XC racing all that goes out the window and pedaling efficiency and lightweight is king. Enduro racing is somewhere in between depending on the terrain and length of the stages.

I don't have any real complaints about the Ellsworth's that I have ridden, but nothing about them made me feel like I had to have one and it doesn't help that they no longer produce a true DH bike.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:00 PM
It is better and I have the data to prove it.
Friday, December 27, 2013 6:22 AM
I am guessing that this is the suspension you designed?
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