RevZilla Co-Founder Anthony Bucci, a.k.a. BoochZilla, a.k.a. "Hey, this is Anthony at RevZillaTV..." sneaked out of the office for a few days to get some R&R in Texas. He took his wife for a motorcycle ride through Texas Hill Country and got behind-the-barriers access for MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas. We hired an elite computer hacker to infiltrate his perpetually overbooked Google calendar and scheduled some time to ask 10 questions about the trip.
Which was more fun, the Texas Hill Country ride or the MotoGP race?
Thanks to Alpinestars and Parts Unlimited, I had incredible access at the race. I was able to get on the grid, watch the race from the pit wall and stand on the Jersey barrier for FP3 for the first time, so this is an easy one. The first time with such amazing access is fun on a different level.
Fine, but we're going to ask about the ride first anyway. What bike did you ride and would you take it again?
I rode ‘merican in the Lone Star state: a 2014 Harley Ultra Limited. Big, beefy and functional. It also doesn’t go fast enough to scare my wife riding two-up with me, so it was a happier ride for all. The suspension was a little squishier than I would have liked, but that comes with the territory on a stock rental. Next time I’m on a BMW RT or a Multistrada. I will say the connectivity with my iPhone 5 and Pandora was nice. The new HD electronics are done solidly.
What was the best part of the ride?
The Three Sisters ride southwest of Fredricksburg lives up to its reputation. Some of the best riding anywhere. Following creeks, sweeping in and out of overgrown trees, flowing elevation changes with a dash of livestock here and there to keep it honest. Scrape those floorboards, baby!
Rumor has it BBQ was involved.
I’m a diehard. I found Cooper’s in Llano by accident after making my wife wait until 3 p.m. to eat and needing to pull over for grub. It was the best I’ve ever had, and it was just the random stand that happened to be in that town. Shocking. The twisty scenic miles did not nearly eclipse the dry rub that day. Welcomed and unexpected.
How did the Bell Bullitt hold up to actual touring use? Is it all show or does it really work?
Surprisingly comfy during long days of touring in the Texas heat. The Bell intermediate oval fits me spot on so there were no issues there. I was also pleasantly surprised by the airflow from the passive vents on the brow and forehead. The vents are as sexy as the overall design, so I was expecting a bit of form over function, but I never ran into that snag. Bell gets a gold star on this one. Sexy, streamlined and solid. There is a lot of "right" in that shell.
Name one place in Austin that's not to be missed.
If you only have one meal, go to Swift’s Attic. Mind-blowingly good, adventurous food.
How does MotoGP at Austin compare to other major races you've been to?
MotoGP in Austin has a distinctly European feel. Although the fans are less "rabid," the layout of the track, sprawling nature and attention to detail reminds me very much of Mugello, Italy.
Would wearing a hi-viz ZLA shirt have kept you safe from almost being run over on the track?
Nah, Vale does what he wants. If I was Vale I would operate the same way. I can imagine under that helmet, "Ciao, dude from RevZilla — now get the hell out of the way! Mille grazie!"
What was the most fun, interesting or surprising behind-the-scenes VIP experience at the race?
I’m always amazed that Alpinestars flies in their chef from Italy for super raceday lunch hospitality — and they continue to let me weasel in and eat with them. I’m also always surprised that the tech team from Dainese continues to allow me to bring people in to basically man-handle Rossi’s race suits and helmet between sessions. It’s like screwing around with Michael Jordan’s jersey before a playoff game. I love that those guys trust me, but they should not. To be honest, the most fun part is to be around so many true moto fans, who on occasion say very nice things about RevZilla. No BS. The cool part is knowing people appreciate me and our team.
How many purple ZLA shirts did you take to Austin?
Six. And I came up one short for race day. #failwhale