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Racing closes, company assets up for bidPublish Date: Apr 15, 2015EAST TROY, Wis. - Erik
Buell Racing (EBR) has ceased operations and gone into receivership, and is seeking state protection similar to bankruptcy,
according to a published report."The turn we recently took, after we thought we were moving forward,
was unexpected. We thought we had secured funding, but in the end, we were not able to get the funding in place. Therefore
we need to do the best we can under the circumstances for all parties in interest," Buell said in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.EBR was a follow-on to Buell Motorcycle Co., which was owned by Harley-Davidson Inc. for more than a decade
before Harley dropped the brand in 2009.The company is closed for now, Buell said, and is seeking protection
under a state statute which is similar to federal bankruptcy law. Attorney Michael S. Polsky will be the court appointed receiver
at the company's request. Bids will be solicited for the company as part of the Chapter 128 process, with the winning bid
to be determined by the court.EBR started by producing hand-built $40,000 and was adding the mass-production 1190RS superbike with a price tag closer to $19,000.Buell invested his own money into the new venture, the in July 2013,
Hero MotoCorp., the largest motorcycle manufacturer in India, bought a 49.2 percent stake in the company, which had 126 employees."To say this setback is a disappointment does not begin
to express what I feel right now," Buell said. "I am personally grateful for the support of our outstanding workers,
customers and vendors. While this is a sad ending, I personally hope for a new and better beginning."
Yamaha recalls 3,500 Viking VI SxS for loose rear wheelsPublish
Date: Apr 17, 2015WASHINGTON, D.C. -Yamaha is recalling about 3,500 Viking VI side-by-side vehicles because the rear wheels can loosen.If
the wheels become loose, it could cause the rear end of the vehicle to wobble or the wheels may come off entirely, resulting
in a crash, injury or death hazard, the OEM told the Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries had been reported.The
recall involves the 2015 model year YXC700DF (Viking VI), YXC700DHFH (Viking VI Hunter), YXC700PF (Viking VI EPS) and YXC700PHFH
(Viking VI EPS Hunter) SxS vehicles sold between June 2014 and March 2015. Yamaha advises consumers
to stop using the vehicles immediately and take them to their dealership for repair.
recalls 4,900 new models for transmission fixPublish Date: Apr 9, 2015WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yamaha is recalling a number of 2015 model year vehicles, saying they may have an incorrectly
manufactured shift cam segment stopper with a sharp edge on the inside of the bend instead of a smooth radius. As a result,
the stopper can crack and possibly fracture at the sharp edge, the OEM told NHTSA. If the stopper fractures,
the transmission in these units may not shift properly.Yamaha is advising owners not to operate the vehicles
until a repair can be made. Units involved in this recall include about 4,900 models manufactured from Sept. 1 to Nov. 17,
2014, from the following lines:
Affected units must have the shift shaft assembly replaced with a new one that has a properly
manufactured shift cam segment stopper, Yamaha informed dealers.
- FJ-09 (FJ09F/FC; see image)
- FZ-09 (FZ09F/FC)
- Super Tenere (XTZ12F/FC)
- Super Tenere ES (XTZ12EF/EFC)
Monster Energy Kawasaki Terminates Davi Millsaps' Contract ! April
17, 2015 Monster Energy Kawasaki has terminated its agreement with Davi Millsaps effective immediately.
Unfortunately this means our factory race team will not be competing at the final three rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross
season but we will be cheering on our 250SX support team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki as well as TwoTwo Motorsports'
Chad Reed and Josh Grant in the 450SX class. With Wil Hahn continuing to recover from his injury, we are working hard on our
motocross program and the factory team is looking forward to getting back to the track for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season
opener at Hangtown on May 16.
88-year-old Marine Veteran of Battle of Okinawa
on 6,000-mile Cross Country Motorcycle Ride to Publicize WWII 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend in AugustKeep
the Spirit of '45 Alive coalition to honor legacy of "Greatest Generation" with events throughout country, international
wreath layingRICHMOND, VA - April 16, 2015 E. Bruce Heilman, an 88-year-old veteran of the
Battle of Okinawa and chancellor of the University of Richmond, Virginia, is embarking on a 6,000-mile motorcycle ride across
America to help raise public awareness about the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II that will be commemorated throughout
the country this summer.Heilman will travel through more than 20 states during a monthlong coast-to-coast
tour that begins on Thursday, April 23, when he departs from the Marine Base at Quantico in Virginia and travels cross country
to San Diego where he received his basic training before being shipped out with 800 fellow Marines to fight in the final battle
of the war in 1945. On Mothers Day (Sunday, May 10) he will be escorted by a group of bikers from San Diego to Las Vegas to
begin his return trip to Washington, DC where he will join the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and ride in the National
Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25."This is a very special Memorial Day for me," said Heilman. "More than 14,000 young Americans lost their lives
during the 83 days of the Battle of Okinawa 70 years ago. It is important that we never forget them as we honor the Gold Star
families of all eras who have paid such a price for the freedoms we too often take for granted."Heilman
will be making several whistle stops along the way, including a visit with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad who is encouraging
his fellow governors to support a nationwide 70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend on August 14 - 15 - 16, which will include
events in Times Square, flyovers by WWII aircraft, rallies of Rosie the Riveter lookalikes, '40's style swing dances and concerts,
and an around the world wreath laying ceremony honoring America's "greatest generation."Heilman
will also visit the national headquarters of the American Legion when he rides through Indianapolis en route to the nation's
capitol. The American Legion Riders, which has more than 100,000 members throughout the country, are providing logistical
support to help assure the success of Heilman's ride.Heilman is undaunted by the prospect of riding solo
for long distances on 1,000 pounds of bike and gear. Last year he traveled more than 10,000 miles from Virginia to Alaska
and back to honor his late wife, Betty, who gave him his first Harley on their 50th anniversary when he was 72, telling him
that he was finally old enough to have a motorcycle.A lifelong educator, Heilman hopes that the youth of
America will actively participate in this year's 70th anniversary commemoration and carry forward the legacy of his generation."I
am confident that today's youth have the same qualities of character and potential for greatness as my generation," said
Heilman. "There are plenty of big challenges facing them."For updates on Chancellor Heilman's Memorial
Day Ride, please call (408) 857 5252 or visit http://www.Spiritof45.org. Donations to support the Ride are welcome encouraged, and are tax deductible.
of North America issues a Recall for 43,426 motorcycles27 03 2015WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 27,
2015 RECALL Subject: Rear Wheel Mounting Flange may CrackReport Receipt Date: MAR
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V141000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43,426All Products Associated with this Recall
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLCSUMMARY:
|Vehicle MakeBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMWBMW||ModelHP2 ENDUROHP2 MEGAMOTOHP2 SPORTK 1200 GTK 1200 RK 1200 R SPORTK 1200 SK 1300 GTK 1300 RK
1300 SR 1200 GSR 1200 GS ADVENTURER 1200 RR 1200 RTR 1200 SR 1200 ST||Model Year(s)20062008
- 20092008 - 20102006 - 20082006 - 200820072005 - 20082009 - 20102010 - 20112009 - 20112005 - 20102006 - 20102007 - 20102005
- 201020072005 - 2007|
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 R1200GS and R1200RT, 2006-2010 R1200GS Adventure,
2007-2010 R1200R, 2007 R1200S and K1200R Sport, 2005-2007 R1200ST, 2008-2009 HP2 Megamoto, 2006 HP2 Enduro, 2008-2010 HP2
Sport, 2005-2008 K1200S, 2006-2008 K1200R, K1200GT, 2009-2011 K1300S, 2010-2011 K1300R, and 2009-2010 K1300GT motorcycles.
In the affected motorcycles, the rear wheel mounting flange may crack if the rear wheel mounting bolts are overtightened.CONSEQUENCE:
If the rear wheel mounting flange cracks, the mounting bolts may loosen and the rear wheel may not remain secured to the
motorcycle, causing a loss of stability and increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY:
BMW will notify
owners, and dealers will replace the existing aluminum rear wheel flange with a steel one, free of charge. The recall is expected
to begin April 21, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
scammers troll Portland dealerMar 25, 2015PORTLAND, Ore. - As if it wasn't hard enough to run a
business, a dealer in Portland is reportedly dealing with a scammer that trolled him and left his phone ringing off the hook.According
to local media, recently a lot of angry customers started calling Harris Katz, owner of Motorcycle Warehouse, claiming they
were duped when they tried to buy a motorcycle from Craigslist. But Katz never listed one on the site."Every
hour I'd get one or two calls about this same thing and it was the same back story about this guy who is overseas storing
this bike for him and they want to know how much it's going to cost to ship it," Katz told KOIN.The callers wanted to buy a 2013 Honda Gold Wing California Side Car Viper Trike, which Katz said someone
else posted for sale on Craigslist. The listing required a customer to pay a specific European transportation company
called Paul Marsden Transport and Warehouse Services to ship it. But the contact information on the transport company site
led to Katz, and the site disappeared altogether after KOIN tried to make contact. One buyer sent $5,000 before the scam was
Permanent Harley-Davidson plaza in Sturgis underwayMar
25, 2015STURGIS, S.D. - Harley-Davidson is cementing its name in Sturgis - literally. The city of Sturgis and Harley
Davidson are breaking ground on a new downtown plaza named after the Motor Co., part of a long-term partnership that also
renames a city street after the company.
Officials from the city and motorcycle company break ground
on the new Harley-Davidson Rally Point March 25.
The plaza will cover more than 11,000 sq. ft. and is meant to serve
as a hub for riders during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and a gathering place for the public during the rest of the
year. It also will include a stage for events, concerts and weddings, and an elevated area for riders to take photos on their
motorcycles with the iconic "STURGIS" sign as the backdrop.Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen told KLDT the plaza solidifies Harley's presence in the city.
Harley plans to have the plaza ready for this year's rally,
which is the 75th anniversary.The bricks are coming via a Historic Brick Ride, in which HOG members relay them from dealership to dealership until they get to Sturgis."Sturgis is
a mecca for riders around the world. The Harley-Davidson Rally Point establishes a new site in downtown Sturgis for people
to gather year round," said Bill Davidson, great-grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson and vice president
of the Harley-Davidson Museum. "The renaming of 2nd Street to Harley-Davidson Way honors the legacy of our company's
founders along with all the extraordinary men and women who ride our motorcycles."Seventy-four bricks
from the company's Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the company's factory dating back more than 100 years,
and one brick from the Harley-Davidson Museum will be integrated into The Rally Point's final construction. As part of the
ceremonial groundbreaking, the bricks traveled 900 miles from Milwaukee on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and were delivered
to Carstensen by members of the Harley Owners Group. Carey Hart, motocross star and 2015 Grand Marshall of the Sturgis City
of Riders Mayor's Ride, received the bricks with Carstensen.
AGV launches AGVisor clear-to-dark
transition shieldMar 23, 2015COSTA MESA, Calif. - AGV's latest piece of technology is the AGVisor, an LCD helmet shield that transitions from clear to dark with the click of a
button. It is slated for availability to U.S. dealers in April of 2015, after the homologation process is completed.The
visor utilizes a liquid-crystal display to change from clear to dark in less than one second. A small, built-in rechargeable
battery powers the AGVisor. The system is designed so it can be easily operated while riding, even when wearing gloves.The
AGVisor can be fully charged in two hours, and when fully charged, it can be used in dark mode for 12 hours. If the battery's
charge is depleted, the shield returns to clear.The AGVisor will be available as an accessory for AGV's Pista
GP, Corsa and GT-Veloce models.
Mustang gives love to FL Touring models with new LowDown
SoloPublish Date: Mar 27, 2015THREE RIVERS, Mass. - Mustang's newest Solo seat for touring
bikes, The LowDown Solo, was specifically engineered for 2009-2015 Harley-Davidson FL Touring models to give riders a
lower seat height without compromising on comfort, the company says."Touring riders asked, Mustang listened," said Director of Business Development Marilyn Simmons. "Now riders can be lower on their FLs without
compromising long-distance comfort."The Solo's 13-inch-wide bucket is shaped and angled for optimal
touring posture on the go, according to Simmons. "But the real bonus is the fact that the LowDown really does drop the
rider down closer to the ground. The Solo seat is also cut narrow at the front so you can plant your feet firmly on the ground
at a stop."Available with or without studs, riders can opt for chrome studs or really bring on the bling
with black pearl-centered chrome studs. It can be paired with a Mustang passenger seat.The LowDown seats
also come with slotted mounting nuts and Mustang's mini bib for a custom look. "For even more long-distance comfort,
add Mustang's fully adjustable, easily removable driver backrest," Simmons said. "Bottom line for the LowDown: it
puts your butt closer to the ground, without being a pain in the posterior... or your wallet!"
Bill to repeal Tennessee helmet law defeatedMar 27, 2015NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A
Tennessee senate committee voted to keep a lid on it March 26, voting down a bill that would have repealed the state's helmet
law for adults 21 and older.The Automobile Club of America opposed the repeal, saying it would lead to more
highway deaths. A survey AAA conducted in October found 91 percent of Tennesseans were in favor of the current helmet law.Garry
Griffith, Griffith Cycle, told WTVC he had a close call on a motorcycle and a helmet saved his life. "Well they'll save your life. You've got
nothing between you and the road and they've saved my life before."
threat disrupts business at Florida shopMar 27, 2015NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -
got a little too exciting at Paradise PowerSports March 25, when an unknown person called in a bomb threat, forcing police
to close the shop for several hours for an investigation.The threat was reported just after 8 a.m., deputies
told WKMG.Authorities said the caller claimed to have placed 10 bombs around Paradise Power Sports and made a threat
to law enforcement that any officers who responded would be shot. Officers said they didn't encounter any threats once they
arrived, and they didn't find any bombs.
Honda 2016: First announcement features IRS-equipped ATVs
Publish Date: Mar 17, 2015 TORRANCE, Calif.
- Honda launches its 2016 new model announcements with a slate of full featured ATVs, all featuring Independent Rear Suspension
(IRS). FOREMAN RUBICON
The 2016 Foreman Rubicon with IRS accommodates tough
trails to long days in the saddle, Honda said. The 500-class engine, 4X4 and IRS are standard on all models, and two transmission
choices are offered: conventional (the only manual shift IRS on the market, Honda added), and Automatic DCT. Deluxe models
with cast aluminum wheels and red A-arms and springs are available. Depending on model, colors available include red, olive,
Phantom Camo and black. The Rubicon will be available starting in June for a base MSRP of $7,799.
The Foreman 4x4 swingarm models (see image, right) return with choices between
manual and electric shift, and standard and Electric Power Steering. All come standard with a locking front differential.
Colors include red, olive, Phantom Camo and a new orange option. The Foreman 4x4 will be available in May for
a base MSRP of $7,099. RANCHER
The ATV.com "ATV of the Year" 420cc
Rancher is available with a number of features: swingarm rear suspension or IRS, EPS, manual shift, push-button Electric
Shift Program, automatic DCT, and two or four-wheel drive. Depending on model, colors include red, white, Phantom Camo,
olive and blue. The Rancher will be available in May/June, according to Honda, with a base MSRP of $5,199.
The 250-class Recon with 2WD is still offered in two models (one with
a conventional foot-shift transmission and the other with Honda's ESP), and for 2016 gets updated emissions equipment and
a new, easier to use reverse/parking brake, Honda said. Green joins red when it comes to color options. The Recon will be
available in July; price was not disclosed at press time. TRX250X
TRX250X featuring Honda's SportClutch now comes in white, with a red/white special edition model with red suspension springs
and hubs. All have black frames. The unit will be available starting in July; price was not yet disclosed.
Younger ATV riders have the TRX90X with push-button electric starting, smooth power
delivery, clutchless transmission and a keyed ignition switch, Honda noted. The littlest FourTrax gets big ATV styling inspired
by the TRX450R. It comes in red and will be available in August for a yet-undisclosed price.
Indian recalls 2015 Scouts for brake master cylinder problem
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Indian Motorcycle Co. is recalling about 800 model year 2015 Scouts manufactured from
May 12, 2014, to Feb. 13, 2015, to inspect and possibly replace the rear brake master cylinder, NHTSA announced.
A defect identified with the rear brake master cylinder, manufactured for Indian by
Zhejiang Jingke Auto Parts Co. Ltd. of China, could cause the motorcycle to have a reduction or a complete loss of rear brake
power. Affected are 2015 Scout N15MSA00AA, N15MSA00AH, N15MSA00AR, N15MSA00AS,
N15MSA00BA, N15MSA00BH, N15MSA00BS, N15MSA00CA, and N15MSA00CS motorcycles. "In
some vehicles, the piston retaining ring in the rear master cylinder may not fully seat into the machined groove in the
master cylinder bore," Indian told NHTSA. "If this were to occur, the vehicle may experience an inability to generate fluid pressure to the rear brake caliper."
According to Indian, a machining or assembly error made by the component manufacturer
may have located the piston retaining groove in an incorrect location. "If this was made the retaining ring would not
be fully secured," the OEM stated. This in turn would cause the master cylinder to slowly migrate out of the bore during
operation. "The rear brakes would gradually become softer and brake pedal travel would gradually increase."
Indian said it received warranty claims on Jan. 15 and Feb. 18 related to the problem
but that neither incident resulted in an accident or injuries. Dealers are asked
to inspect and if necessary replace the rear brake master cylinder free of charge.
Harley-Davidson will lay off 169 Kansas City
workers this summer
Mar 13, 2015
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson Inc. will lay off 169 people at the company's Kansas City, Mo.,
plant starting in May. In a notice filed with the Missouri Department
of Workforce Development, Harley said the layoffs are effective May 11. The company told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the layoffs are anticipated to continue through Sept. 30 and reflect production needs and the outsourcing of work
performed in the Materials Velocity Center and some related sub-assembly work.
"This is not easy news to share and was a decision made after careful analysis and consideration given to
our long-term manufacturing and business strategy," the company said.
Harley manufactures Dyna, Street and V-Rod motorcycles at its Kansas City plant that employs about 750 people.
There are no layoffs planned for the company's Wisconsin plants or the York,
Pa. operation, Harley-Davidson said. A Wells Fargo analyst wrote
that the layoffs indicate some demand weakness for the products produced (Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod) at the facility.
"We applaud HOG's inventory discipline, but this action will likely be
perceived as a short-term negative by investors," reads the WF note.
Kawasaki recalls more police bikes for modification
Mar 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is recalling about 200 Concours 14 and 14 ABS motorcycles from the 2009-13
model years that are modified for police authority use. Additional
police accessories may cause the 30-amp main fuse to blow, and the additional police wiring harness may chafe, leading to
a short which may blow the main fuse, according to the recall announcement from NHTSA.
Number of vehicles affected: 194, according to the notice. Affected vehicles have replacement equipment installed and
related modifications made by Beaudry, Enforcement Motors and BMS, Kawasaki told the agency. This recall is related to a March 2012 determination by Kawasaki that the equipment installed by the three companies contained safety-related defects, the OEM said.
Kawasaki has notified the affected police departments and will send trained personnel
to repair the motorcycles, free of charge.
Utah Senate approves expanding ATV road access
Mar 11, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY,
Utah - The state Senate voted Monday to let street-legal ATVs on more roadways and at higher speeds.
The bill, SB 258, passed by a 21-4 vote and was sent to the House.
The bill would allow "street-legal" ATVs on any state roads or highways outside of Salt Lake
County other than interstate freeways. It would also increase the maximum speed limit for the vehicles from 45 to 50 miles
per hour. Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez
said he supports SB 258. "In general, as long
as they are street-legal, street-compliant, and adhere to all the same lights, emissions [requirements] as any other vehicle,
and they can maintain the speed of the traffic flow, I personally don't have a problem with it. I mean, you look at the
size of a motorcycle or moped, they're pretty small, but they're street legal," he told the Park Record. "Anybody that's riding in a moped or an street
legal ATV vehicle, wear your seatbelt, be safe out there," he said.
A House vote would have to happen before Utah's legislative session ends March 12 or the bill dies
until the next session.
Harley-Davidson recalls LED Bullet Turn Signal
Publish Date: Mar 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson Motor Co. is recalling an estimated 2,476 accessory
LED Bullet Turn Signal Kits manufactured from May 31, 2011, to Dec. 16, 2014, and sold for installation on 2012-and-later
Dynas and 2011-and-later Softails. The affected
Turn Signal Kits may not flash brightly enough to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)
No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment," according to the announcement made by NHTSA. Insufficient
illumination of the turn signal can increase the risk of a crash.
Dealers are asked to replace the turn signals with updated and compliant ones, free of charge.
Control module firmware has been udpated to conform to the photometric requirements for turn signals as specified in FMVSS
108, the Motor Co. stated. Moreover, the firmware for the control module was updated for all parts built after Dec. 16,
the OEM noted. Harley-Davidson's number for
this recall is 0619.
Smith donates 'On Any Sunday' bike to AMA Hall of Fame
Date: Mar 9, 2015
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame legend Malcolm Smith's 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross from the iconic motorcycling
movie, "On Any Sunday" will become a permanent installation at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Smith donated the motorcycle, previously loaned
for display at the Hall of Fame, so it would continue to promote motorcycling.
"Many remember 'On Any Sunday' as the reason they started riding,"
Smith said, "and I continue to hear it today. Whenever I'm at a motorcycle event, people always tell me that watching
me enjoying riding so much in the movie was the reason they got into bikes, and they're so happy they did. I always ask
them what their lives would have been like if they hadn't discovered motorcycles. They can't imagine it," Smith said.
Many remember this Husqvarna 400 as the
motorcycle that inspired their love of riding. Now, fans can admire this historic machine for posterity as a part of the
permanent collection of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio. "A
true legend of motorcycling, Malcolm Smith is one of the Hall of Fame's most recognizable members," said AMA president
and CEO Rob Dingman. "We're humbled and inspired by this memorable gift. Like Malcolm himself, this Husqvarna has launched
many motorcycling dreams, and we're honored to give it a permanent home in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame."
Soon, fans will be able to learn more about
Malcolm in the upcoming Malcolm! The Autobiography, which will include an entire chapter on "On Any Sunday."
For information, see www.themalcolmbook.com.
Customs operation nets hundreds non-compliant ATVs, motorcycles The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection today were showing off more than 730 ATVs, motorcycles, generators and other
items seized or exported back to their country of origin for emissions certification violations.The haul was the result of a 90-day joint operation targeting foreign-made vehicles and equipment imported without
proper emission controls in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. EPA estimates that the noncompliant vehicles and engines
in these enforcement cases would have emitted more than 350,000 pounds of pollutants per year."Small
engines mean big emissions, so we have to be extra vigilant when allowing their entry into our country," said Jared Blumenfeld,
EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "This initiative marks a new chapter in our efforts to prevent
air pollution from vehicles and engines."Under the joint operation, EPA conducted inspections at the
ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and worked with CBP to investigate companies that had previously imported engines and
vehicles. The inspections found that numerous companies imported vehicles and engines without proper certification, EPA said.The
eight cases announced today are expected to result in the subject companies paying more than $57,000 in civil penalties. Because
the companies involved are first-time violators, penalties will significantly rise if they violate Clean Air Act regulations
again, the agency added. EPA and CBP will continue to work together to scrutinize future imports of mobile sources of emissions.According
to EPA allegations:
EPA Region 9 said it will continue inspections
with CBP at the ports on a monthly basis.
- Dynamic Power Equipment Inc.
imported 145 uncertified gasoline or tri-fuel
generators that either were not covered by an evaporative emissions certificate or contained catalysts that did not conform
to the description in the application for certification. EPA required the company to export the generators in violation out
of the country.
- Kandi USA Inc.
imported 64 uncertified ATVs and go-karts. The off-road
vehicles also contained catalysts that did not conform to the description in the company's application for certification.
EPA required the company to export all ATVs and go-karts in its inventory that were in violation out of the country.
imported 52 uncertified ATVs. EPA required the company to export all ATVs in violation out of the country.
Powersports Inc. imported 36 uncertified gas-powered highway motorcycles that were not covered by an EPA certificate
of conformity that shows that the vehicles meet applicable federal emissions standards and requirements. The company was required
to export all motorcycles out of the country.
- Denebola Motor Sports USA Inc. imported 14
uncertified highway motorcycles and did not have the correct documentation or engine labeling to demonstrate appropriate use
of the vehicles. The company demonstrated that the motorcycles were imported for research and development, and not to be sold
for on-road use and were provided with the necessary exemption information.
- Sanven Corp. imported
52 uncertified outboard engines and 55 uncertified small spark-ignition engines. EPA required the company to export all 107
engines out of the country.
- Nan Fang Distribution Group LLC imported 26 uncertified compression
ignition engines. The engines, imported as parts, lacked the proper emissions certifications and labels. The engines ranged
in horsepower and could be used in trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine applications. Nan Fang was required to
export all engine models in its inventory that were in violation out of the country.
- Vantage Vehicle
imported 21 uncertified non-road vehicles such as mini trucks, whose catalysts did not
conform to the description in the company's application for certification. The company was required to submit a report to
EPA correcting its application for certification.
Polaris buys Chinese
ATV maker HammerheadPublish Date: Feb 19, 2015MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - Polaris
Industries Inc. has agreed to buy Hammerhead parent company HH Investment Limited, which manufactures gas-powered go-karts,
light utility vehicles, and electric utility vehicles in Shanghai, China. The transaction is expected to close within the
next 90 days. The terms were not disclosed.The company markets its products globally under the Hammerhead
Offroad brand, along with maintaining key private label relationships with other OEMs."Hammerhead provides Polaris with a unique opportunity to expand both our international manufacturing footprint
and our armada of off-road products," said Scott Wine, Polaris chairman and CEO. "We are impressed by the
entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation of the Hammerhead team, and look forward to pursuing new customers in new
markets with their high-quality and low-cost off-road vehicles. We are excited to establish Polaris' operational footprint
in China and believe the opportunities for further international growth are significant."Hammerhead's
main manufacturing operation is in Shanghai, near Polaris' Chinese subsidiary. Hammerhead also has an operation north
of Dallas, Texas, responsible for light assembly and sales distribution of its products in North America. Hammerhead will
continue to market its products under the Hammerhead brand and operate under its current leadership structure as a stand-alone
entity."I am thrilled at the opportunity to make Hammerhead a part of Polaris and its growing portfolio
of global brands," said Jerry Qiu, chairman of Hammerhead. "I am very proud of what we have built at Hammerhead.
We share the same enthusiasm and passion for off-road vehicles as Polaris and look forward to sharing our mutual expertise
as we take our products, engineering and manufacturing skills to the next level."
KTM recalls KTM and Husqvarna enduro bikes for faulty forksPublish Date: Feb
13, 2015AMHERST, Ohio - KTM North America is recalling about 2,864 KTM brand and 457 Husqvarna brand motorcycles because
of potentially faulty fork pistons that could lead to crashes.The recall involves model year 2015 KTM and
Husqvarna enduro motorcycles with 125cc to 300cc, 2-cycle engines and 250cc to 450cc, 4-cycle engines. The bikes were sold
at KTM and Husqvarna dealers nationwide from June to October.The front fork pistons on the subject vehicles
can become stuck within the fork leg and cause the operator to lose control of the motorcycle and crash. The bikes were manufactured
in Austria.Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, consumers have been warned to immediately stop riding the recalled
motorcycles and schedule an appointment with an authorized KTM or Husqvarna dealer for a free recall service check. Dealers
are asked to make free repairs if needed.KTM is contacting consumers directly.
dirt-track competitors chase titles in AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship SeriesRecognition
acknowledges outstanding motorcyclists Competitors in the most American of motorsports, vintage motorcycle dirt-track
racing, will launch their campaigns for AMA National No. 1 plates on March 7 in Savannah, Ga., with the start of the 14-round
2015 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series."From the early days of the 20th Century, racers have been battling for glory on America's dirt ovals, and the AMA Vintage
Dirt Track National Championship Series keeps this time-honored sport alive," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant.
"The history of American motorcycling was written by companies who challenged each other for dirt-track racing supremacy,
in both original factory Class-A competition in the 1920s and the Class-C production-based format that continues today."The
AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series recognizes national champions in period-correct classes that reflect the
storied history of AMA dirt-track competition. Class winners are honored at the annual AMA Championship Banquet, which recognizes
national champions in all amateur racing disciplines.Class rules and equipment regulations are available atwww.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing/rules/. The full series schedule is below.The first three rounds of the 2015 AMA Vintage National Dirt Track Championship Series
run in conjunction with the AMA-sanctioned amateur dirt-track program that has grown up around Daytona Bike Week.Following
Bike Week, the 14-round series travels through Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin before returning
to New York for the Sept. 26-27 finale in Cuddebackville, N.Y.2015 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship SeriesRound
1: March 7
Oglethorpe Speedway, Savannah, Ga.
Steve Nace Racing
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 2: March 9
Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Fla.
Steve Nace Racing
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 3: March 10
Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Fla.
Steve Nace Racing
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 4: May 2
Steve Nace Racing
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 5: May 9
Tar Heel Speedway, Tar Heel, N.C.
Tar Heel Speedway
firstname.lastname@example.orgRound 6: May 10
Tar Heel Speedway, Tar Heel, N.C.
Tar Heel Speedway
email@example.comRound 7: June 12
Square Deal Riders
www.squaredealriders.comRound 8: June 13
Square Deal Riders
www.squaredealriders.comRound 9: July 11
Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, Ohio
www.americanmotorcyclist.comRound 10: Aug. 8
Marion County Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Ind.
www.midamspeedway.comRound 11: Aug. 29
Oshkosh Speedway, Oshkosh, Wis.
Southeastern Short Trackers
www.dairylandclassic.comRound 12: Sept. 5
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
Steve Nace Racing
www.stevenaceracing.comRound 13: Sept. 26
Tri-State M/C Ltd.
www.tristateclub.comRound 14: Sept. 27
Tri-State M/C Ltd.
Two men sought in dirtbike tire heistPublish Date: Feb 9, 2015WATERFORD,
Mich. - Authorities are looking for two men who broke into a Waterford motorcycle shop early Feb. 7 and
took off with thousands of dollars' worth of tires and an expensive motorcycle.Dave Bowman, owner of Tech-Care
Suspension, toldWXYZ the thieves were on a clear mission when they cut through his fence and back storage facility and stole about 40 dirtbike
tires and a customer's 2007 Honda.Motion-triggered alarm sirens woke neighbors who called police to the business
around 5:30 a.m. The men had parked by an adjacent apartment complex and trudged through the snow across his test track area
to get to his shed.Angela Smith said she and her fiancé saw the suspects loading the stolen tires
and bike into their black pickup truck.Bowman and Waterford police arrived just after the suspects had left.
sure it was somebody that knew us and planned out what they did," Bowman said.The suspects are described
as two white males in their 20s with blond hair.
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Forest Service responds to concerns about dangerous spikes along Western states trails19 12 2014PICKERINGTON,
OH - December 19, 2014
The U.S. Forest Service has investigated four incidents in which vandals endangered
the lives of motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders by burying spikes along trails used by off-highway vehicles and
others, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.The spiked strips, which resemble heavy barbed wire, can cause flat
tires on motorized vehicles, which could cause loss of control and result in a crash. The booby traps also threaten the safety
of hikers and horseback riders and even the wildlife that travel along trail corridors.Two incidents came to the attention
of the AMA in May through AMA Life Member Jerry Abboud and the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition. The AMA then began
working with COHVCO and Western states politicians to ensure this matter was fully investigated.In September, U.S. Sen. Michael
Bennet (D-Colo.) wrote a letter to Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell citing concerns about the dangerous and illegal trail
spikes. Bennet's letter was cosigned by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)Joe L. Meade,
director of recreation, heritage and volunteer resources at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responded to the senators
on Dec. 8. He reported that the Forest Service received four reports in the past five years - two in Colorado and two in Arizona."These
incidents appear to be random acts that were intended to target both non-motorized and motorized trail users," Meade
wrote. "We have issued public awareness press releases and have shared the information with the (U.S.) Bureau of Land
Management and other state and local law enforcement and land management agencies."Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of
government relations, said he appreciates the Forest Service's full investigation of these incidents and hopes that the perpetrators
can be brought to justice."The people who plant these spikes are putting at risk the lives of innocent, law-abiding Americans,"
Allard said. "We join COHVCO, the Forest Service and other groups in urging anyone with information about these crimes
to come forward."In May, the Forest Service provided guidelines for anyone discovering booby traps in the trails:
The AMA also requests that information be emailed
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the location of the device - a description of the device, the date of discovery and any other information
deemed important or appropriate.Individuals with information about the found booby traps are asked to leave a message on the
Forest Service Law Enforcement Tip Line at (303) 275-5266.
the location - with latitude and longitude, if available;
- While at the site, try to report the device to the nearest
Forest Service office, which can be found here: https://hrm.gdcii.com/directory/;
- Follow the Forest Service directions;
- If the Forest Service cannot be contacted, conspicuously mark the
site to warn other trail users or carefully remove the device.
Rolling Stone Releases
"40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of all Time"20 12 2014PRESENTED BY THE GROUNDBREAKING
NEW 2015 INDIAN SCOUTMINNEAPOLIS, MN - December 19, 2014
Indian Motorcycle®, America's first motorcycle company, today announced it has joined forces with Rolling Stone in this week's release
of a chronology of the "40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of all Time," exclusively presented by the groundbreaking new2015 Indian® ScoutTM. The compilation by the editorial staff of Rolling Stone identifies the most "monumental musical statements
that changed the world."The chronological listing spans the nearly 60 years from Woody Guthrie's 1940 "Dust Bowl Ballads" to Kanye West's
2008 album "808s & Heartbreak," and includes dozens of groundbreaking albums from the likes of Radiohead, Mary
J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead."We are proud to align with
the folks at Rolling Stone on this seminal project to identify the 40 most important, industry-changing albums dating back
to 1940, and we knew our industry-changing 2015 Indian Scout had to be associated with this endeavor," said Scott Meek,
marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. "The Indian Scout has been around for roughly that same timeframe, and it clearly
changed the history of motorcycling and was an important part of American culture. We think the new 2015 Indian Scout is destined
to be a monumental motorcycling statement that will change the course of our industry."The 2015 Scout is the first truly new Indian Scout in more than 70 years, yet its design pays homage to the legendary early
Scouts that conquered the infamous "Wall of Death" and notched countless innovations, racing wins, world records
and industry firsts along the way. A 1920 Indian Scout earned the title of the "world's fastest Indian" at the hands
of Burt Munro in 1967. The new Scout is powered by an all-new, 69 cubic inch, 100 HP V-twin engine that combines the design,
performance and reliability elements that made the original Scouts unstoppable and combines it with cutting edge technologies
and industry-leading engineering for unparalleled durability and reliability. The 2015 Indian Scout is available at a starting
MSRP of $10,999.
Honda Heritage Center: A tribute to the past, a focus on the future19 12 2014New
Museum in Ohio Showcases Honda History in North AmericaMARYSVILLE, OH - December 19, 2014 -
The Honda Heritage
Center in Marysville officially opened its doors today, offering the world a glimpse of the innovative history and growth
the company has achieved in Ohio and North America during the past 55 years."The new Honda Heritage Center is a collection of Honda dreams in the form of products that are responsible for millions
of customer relationships," said Takuji Yamada, chief operating officer of Honda's North American regional operations.
"The great variety of products on display - including powersports, power equipment and automobiles, as well as aviation
and robotics - together with the major milestones highlighted, tell the stories of Honda associates in Ohio and from throughout
North America."Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined Honda officials and state and local community leaders to celebrate the opening of the new $35
million, 160,000-square-foot facility, which includes a museum, Technical Development Center and office space for Honda North
America.The new museum, which will open to the public in January, pays tribute to Honda's unique tradition and highlights
products and significant milestones in the history of Honda in North America, including a natural focus on the role of Honda's
operations in Ohio. A vision to dream big is evident throughout the museum, exemplified by the visible evolution of the motorcycles,
automobiles and power equipment on display. In addition, the space honors groundbreaking new Honda technologies such
as a replica of the humanoid robot ASIMO and the HondaJet, which will begin customer deliveries in 2015.In addition to the Honda museum, the building is home to a new Technical Development Center, which is focused on advancing
the skills of Honda engineers, equipment service technicians, and production associates involved in auto production at Honda
plants in Ohio and throughout North America. This will help prepare Honda and its associates for the 21st century of manufacturing
where success will be defined by the successful interaction between associates and advanced technology.According to Tom Shoupe,
chief operating officer and executive vice president of Honda of America Mfg. Inc., the Technical Development Center is significant
as Honda's North American operations take on an even greater role in the development and production of global Honda models."Honda is committed to investing in its team of associates and this new training center will allow our associates to
continually develop their manufacturing skills so that they can lead the production of critical global models," Shoupe
said. "As we introduce more sophisticated technologies in our products and in our plants, we are working to ensure that
our associates are equipped with the skills required for the manufacturing demands of the future. We view this investment
in Honda people as critical to our future success."The Technical Development Center, supported with a grant from JobsOhio, features five dedicated classrooms and includes robotic
manufacturing cells designed to give technicians more hands-on experience. The curriculum provides instruction in basic
fundamentals such as fluid power, maintenance math and frequency drives as well as advanced training for specialized areas,
such as die molds and machining."Honda's Heritage Center showcases this global company's extraordinary growth, including right here in Ohio," said
John Minor, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer. "We are proud that Ohio is home to this impressive
facility, which will serve as an important hub for Honda and enhance workforce development in the region."About
HondaHonda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American
sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.Based on
its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities
in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain
vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced
light jet.Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles
each year. In 2013, more than 94 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.
Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and
globally sourced parts. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville,
Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX supercar.Honda
also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer
many of the products Honda produces in North America.
Yamaha Recalls YZ250 Competition Off-Road Motorcycles
Due to Risk of Injury, Death19 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 19, 2014
SUMMARYName of product: Off-road motorcyclesHazard: The engine can lock
up during operation, causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash, resulting in injuries and death.Remedy: RepairConsumer
Contact: Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 anytime or online atwww.yamahamotorsports.com and under the Sport tab, subcategory Motorcycles-Off-Road, click on Parts and Service, then Factory Modification Campaigns,
then Customer Letter M2014-020R for more information.RECALL DETAILSUnits: About 875Description: This recall involves
model year 2015 Yamaha competition off-road motorcycles with model numbers YZ250FFL and YZ250FFW. The recalled motorcycles
are blue and white, and white and red. The model number is on left and right side of the fuel tank cowling. The vehicle identification
number (VIN) is stamped on the frame near the steering stem. The letter F in the 10th position of the VIN number indicates
that the unit was made in the 2015 model year.Incidents/Injuries: None reportedRemedy: Consumers
should immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha
is contacting all registered owners directly.Sold at: Yamaha motorcycle dealers nationwide from May
2014 through November 2014 for about $7,600.Manufactured in: Japan
Triumph is Recalling
certain Explorer motorcycles19 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 19, 2014
Subject : Side Stand Pivot Bolt may FractureReport Receipt Date: DEC 02, 2014
Campaign Number: 14V765000
of Units Affected: 2,180All Products Associated with this Recall
Manufacturer: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTDSUMMARY: Triumph
Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Explorer motorcycles manufactured November 1,
2011, to June 1, 2014. The side stand pivot bolt may fracture.CONSEQUENCE: If the side stand pivot bolt
fractures, the motorcycle may fall when parked on the side stand, increasing the risk of injury to someone nearby.REMEDY: Triumph
will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side stand pivot bolt and lock nut, free of charge. The recall is expected
to begin in December 2014. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010. Triumph's number for this recall
Year(s)2011 - 2014|
Husqvarna Unveils Exciting New Street Models4 11 2014First
look at the 701 SUPERMOTO and presentation of the
401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN concept bikesMILAN,
November 4, 2014
Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to announce that it has unveiled three new street models at the International
motorcycle Expo EICMA. With 111 years of heritage in both street and offroad motorcycling, Husqvarna today makes its return
to the street segment delivering machinery featuring the finest characteristics - clean bodywork, state-of-the-art technology
and functional Swedish inspired design.Husqvarna Motorcycles Press Conference at EICMAYears of supermoto tradition combined with the finest
craftsmanship and unparalleled single cylinder performance are embodied in the all-new 701 SUPERMOTO.
Highest quality components and uncompromising engineering provide outstanding levels of agility and handling. The new Husqvarna
street model features the latest ride-by-wire throttle control and Engine Management System as well as the most advanced WP
suspension dedicated Supermoto ABS and APTC slipper clutch.Husqvarna Motorcycles Press Conference at EICMA145kg and producing 67hp, the 701 SUPERMOTO allows
riders to accurately feed power to the rear wheel while enjoying superior levels of stability, safety and enjoyment. The bike
will be available on dealer's floor in Autumn 2015.Husqvarna 701 SUPERMOTOWith the unveiling of Husqvarna's new concept bikes, the 401 VITPILEN and
401 SVARTPILEN, we have a small glimpse of what the future street chapters will look like. Inspired by the rebellious spirit
of the golden age of the brand in the 60s and 70s, these concept machines are true Husqvarna - high quality motorcycles with
a rich sense of heritage.The Husqvarna 401 VITPILEN (Swedish for ‘White Arrow') draws on
the DNA of the pioneering 1953 Silverpilen. With a ground-breaking design in its own right - interpreting the functional simplicity
of the classic Silverpilen - it combines modern technology, cutting-edge design and high quality hardware to deliver an uncompromised,
genuine riding experience for the street.Husqvarna 401 VITPILENThe Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN (Swedish for ‘Black Arrow') concept bike is a golden-age inspired
modern street bike that draws its design ethos from past iconic Husqvarnas. Reduced to the bare functional essentials, it's
free of gimmicks, gadgets and extravagant design embellishments. It ensures a riding experience that honours the simple idea
behind early, pioneering Husqvarnas. With a lightweight and powerful single-cylinder fourstroke engine in a compact chassis,
the Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN provides a more upright, comfortable and natural riding position - designed to reflect the timeless
authenticity evident in the growing revival of the motorcycling scene.Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILENThe new Husqvarna 401s are very much new and progressive motorcycles, where advanced engineering meets authentic design. They
bring back the honest and pioneering spirit of pure motorcycle riding from the good old days into our modern times.
Honda Unveiled Two Prototypes at EICMA 20144 11 2014November 4, 2014
Honda today reveals its full 2015 motorcycle line up, looking back to the past by celebrating a long manufacturing
heritage and, simultaneously, forward into the future with a glimpse of two stunning Prototypes.
Honda has always worked to produce
motorcycles and scooters that inspire dreams and expand horizons. Adding an engine to two wheels creates a machine that connects
the rider to true emotion, excitement and a world full of adventure and experience.And Honda's desire to encourage new riders
- in particular a younger demographic - to the world of motorcycling continues. Core elements of this approach include fifteen
A2 licence models on offer, with eight* bikes equipped with Honda's unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). DCT technology
has enjoyed growing popularity in the market, with over 30% of riders choosing the DCT option, where available, in 2014.THE
PROTOTYPESRoad going RC213V-S PrototypeDeveloped by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and Honda Motor,
the RC213V-S is a road going prototype of the awesome Championship winning MotoGP RC213V machine. Inspired by, and developed
with input from many legendary GP riders, the RC213V-S Prototype is set to be the ultimate road going motorcycle.Two machines have been presented; a static bike painted with a distinctive Japanese flag to mark 100 years of the EICMA show,
along with a fully functioning, running version clothed in full carbon-fibre, fittingly ridden onto the stage by 2013/14 MotoGP
champion, Marc Marquez.True Adventure PrototypeThe second prototype on display is the True Adventure Prototype.
Inspired by both Honda's fantastic heritage in adventure motorcycling and our recent Dakar programme, the True Adventure Prototype
captures the product direction as Honda seeks to expand its presence in the Adventure segment. This prototype has been developed
to deliver outstanding off-road capability, and could provide the basis of a true round-the-world motorcycle. It's flanked
by the current Team HRC CRF450 Rally and, paying respect to Honda's competition legacy, the 1989 Paris-Dakar winning NXR Africa
Twin ridden by Gilles Lalay.No further technical details or information on either the road going RC213V-S Prototype or True Adventure prototype are available
at this time.NEW MODELS2015 40th Anniversary Gold Wing, Gold Wing F6B and Gold Wing F6CMarking
40 years of continuous Gold Wing production Honda celebrates with a Gold Wing finished in stunning two-tone paintwork and
blacked out chassis, plus special 40th Anniversary emblems and key fob which will also be found on the three other 2015 Gold
Wing paint options.The 2015 Gold Wing F6B 40th Anniversary model receives cruise control and reverse gear, the same commemorative
emblems as its siblings and unique Matt Silver paint finish.The F6C power cruiser also receives a 40th Anniversary emblem
on its key fob.2015 VFR800X CrossrunnerThe completely revised VFR800X Crossrunner features longer travel
suspension, new wheels and brakes and aggressive adventure sports touring styling, and also benefits from more mid-range torque
and top-end power from its V4-VTEC engine plus HSTC, ABS, premium LED lighting and 5-stage heated grips fitted as standard.2015
Forza 125The Forza 125 is a sports GT scooter that delivers more: more from a 4-valve low-friction engine designed for maximum highway
performance, around-town zip and fuel efficiency. And more comfort for two with massive storage capacity, plus premium Honda
LED technology and compact, cutting edge style.NEW 2015 PAINT OPTIONSRepsol replica paintFollowing 4 consecutive Constructors' Championship wins, and inspired by 2013/14 Moto GP Champion, Marc Marquez, the NSC50R,
CBR125R, CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR1000RR SP Fireblade will all be available with special Repsol replica paint.VFR1200FHonda's
V4 sports-touring flagship wears a new Pearl Glare White finish.VFR1200X CrosstourerThe V4 adventure sports
Crosstourer gets Special Edition Digital Silver Metallic/Pearl Glare White and Special Edition Digital Silver Metallic/Black
paint options.CB1000RFor 2015, the CB1000R comes in three colour versions that emphasise its mix of cool
urban style and litre-class super sports performance. On display at EICMA are its new Hyper Red/Black and Pearl Cool White/Black
paint options; also available will be a revised Pearl Siena Red/Pearl Cool White.CB500FNimble, frugal and
fun the naked twin-cylinder CB500F features new eye-catching Gunpowder Black Metallic/Matt Summit White paint, and is on display.
Two other 2015 paint options - Ross White/Candy Lightning Blue and Ross White/Millennium Red - will also be available.CB500XWith
all of the attributes of the CB500F the CB500X adds adventure sport style and upright riding position, expanding its all-round
ability. On display is its new Gunpowder Black Metallic paint option; also available will be Matt Summit White and Millennium
- Road going RC213V-S
- True Adventure Prototype revealed
- 40th Anniversary Gold Wing, Gold Wing F6B and Gold Wing
- Completely revised adventure sports VFR800X Crossrunner
- High performance Forza 125 sports GT scooter
replica paint for the NSC50R, CBR125R, CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR1000RR SP Fireblade
- New paint options for VFR1200F,
VFR1200X Crosstourer, CB1000R, CB500F and CB500X
- Full 2015 HRC rider line up
New invention trips brake lights to warn motorists of slowing bikesPublish Date: Dec
3, 2014LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A bad accident led a student to a good idea, and now it's gaining traction with investors and, inventor
Chris Bailey hopes, the industry.Bailey totaled his Ninja when he was a University of Louisville business management student. A motorist hadn't seen him before
turning left in front of his bike. Over time, that led to startup GearBrake, a product that connects
to the wiring of a motorcycle's rear brake and flashes with deceleration or engine braking to gives other drivers extra
seconds to react in traffic.The company beat out three other finalist companies in late November to win a Vogt Award, a $100,000
prize that aims to spur new manufacturing-based businesses, create jobs and boost economic development. It was the second
win last month for partners Bailey and Jason Harrington. They scored $5,000 at the Kentucky Angel Investors competition for
new business.The partners plan to seek an endorsement from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA),
and hope their light will become as standard on motorcycles as the rear windshield light is on car and pickup truck rear windshields. The
partners realized they needed to broaden their sales targets beyond the aftermarket segment.They plan to approach manufacturers
to add the module as custom feature, and reached a deal recently with Janus to add the module as an upgrade on its bikes starting
next year.While they've sold a few hundred units since manufacturing began earlier this year, they project revenues of $10
million in 2016 if they can gain traction getting other manufacturers to incorporate the module into their bike."Eventually,
we hope manufacturers adopt the light as standard feature because it helps them sell bikes," said Bailey.
is Recalling certain 2015 FZ07 motorcycles8 12 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 8, 2014 RECALL
Subject : Battery Cable Pinched By Seat BaseReport Receipt Date: OCT 20, 2014
Campaign Number: 14V657000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Number of Units Affected: 3,100All Products Associated with this Recall
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USASUMMARY: Yamaha
Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 FZ07 motorcycles manufactured May 1, 2014, to September
30, 2014. In the affected motorcycles, the positive battery cable may be pinched between the seat base and seat bracket.CONSEQUENCE: If
the battery cable is pinched, it may chafe and short-circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.REMEDY: Yamaha
has notified owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable and seat bracket, free of charge. The recall began
in early November 2014. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990089.
Honda is Recalling certain GROM125 and Forza motorcycles8 12 2014WASHINGTON,
D.C. - December 8, 2014 -RECALL Subject : Resin Bracket May SwellReport Receipt Date: OCT
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V672000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM,
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10,076All Products Associated with this Recall
Manufacturer: Honda (American
Honda Motor Co.)SUMMARY: American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 GROM125
motorcycles manufactured June 12, 2013, to September 24, 2014, and 2014 Forza-NSS300, and NSS300A motorcycles manufactured
June 18, 2013, to May 21, 2014. The resin bracket inside the fuel pump of the affected motorcycles may swell, interfere with
the impeller, and potentially lead to a fuel pump failure.CONSEQUENCE: A fuel pump failure will cause
the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Honda will notify owners, and dealers
will replace the fuel pump with an updated fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began November 28, 2014. Owners may contact
Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JL1 NSS300 (Forza) and JL2 Grom (Grom125).
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Triumph is Recalling certain 2014 - 2015 Triumph Thunderbird, Tiger 800, Thruxton, and Bonneville motorcycles8 12 2014WASHINGTON,
D.C. - December 8, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -RECALL Subject : Unintended Fuel Injector ActivationReport Receipt Date: NOV 03,
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V694000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 0*All Products Associated with this Recall
Manufacturer: Triumph Motorcycles
America, LTDSUMMARY: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015
Triumph Thunderbird, Thunderbird ABS, Tiger 800,Tiger 800 ABS, Thruxton, and Bonneville motorcycles manufactured February
6, 2014, to August 7, 2014. The engine control unit may improperly activate the fuel injectors.CONSEQUENCE:
Improper signalling to, and activation of, the fuel injectors could cause the engine to unexpectedly lose power, increasing
the risk of a vehicle crash.REMEDY: Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will modify the
internal ECU hardware, free of charge. The recall began November 6, 2014. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010.
Triumph's number for this recall is SB519.
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Pro Circuit Ti-2 Shorty Carbon Kevlar/Titanium Silencer8 12 2014CORONA,
CA - December 8, 2014 -
Since the switch to four-stroke motorcycles several years back, many aftermarket exhaust companies
have put aside their desire to improve two-stroke performance parts. Not Pro Circuit. Four-strokes might have become the primary
ride for most riders, but that doesn't mean Pro Circuit is going to stop improving its line of pipes and silencers for the
two-stroke fanatics. The Ti-2 Shorty Carbon Kevlar/Titanium Silencer is the latest piece of racing technology offered by Pro
Circuit and is guaranteed to be a favorite for most two-stroke riders.The Ti-2 is similar to the popular R-304 Silencer except it is constructed with a Carbon Kevlar shell, Titanium tubing and
Titanium end-caps. The Titanium and Carbon Kevlar construction offers the "factory" look and appearance while reducing
weight. The Ti-2 is for closed-course racing only.Features:
- Optimum performance gains
- Carbon Kevlar silencer
- Titanium tubing and end-caps
- CNC machined aluminum mounting bracket(s) (select models)
aluminum mounting bracket(s) (select models)
- Closed-course racing only
- Made in the USA
Brothers Racing New Tarmac Exhaust for the Honda CBR250R5 12 2014SANTA ANA, CA - December 5,
The Honda CBR250R was created to be a fun, reliable, fuel efficient way to have a good time on a motorcycle.
It was only lacking one thing...the Two Brothers Racing Tarmac Series.First things first...this lightweight bike is about
to get lighter. When you install the Tarmac Series system to your Honda CBR250R, you'll be dropping 12 LBS! Then this small
displacement machine gets an added 1.47 HP.But did we mention the sound? With the stock exhaust, you're as quiet as a mouse, but adding a Two Bros exhaust helps people
on the road hear you first before they see you. And that sound...it's going to make you the envy of your friends!
Polaris is Recalling certain model year 2015 Victory motorcycles
RECALL Subject : Transmission Component Installed IncorrectlyReport Receipt Date: SEP
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V596000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 122
All Products Associated with this Recall
Manufacturer: Polaris Industries,
Inc.SUMMARY: Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2015 Victory Cross Country,
Cross Country Eightball, Cross Country Tour, Gunner, Hammer Eightball, High-Ball, Magnum, Vision Tour ABS and Vegas Eightball
motorcycles manufactured August 11, 2014, to September 2, 2014. The affected motorcycles may have been manufactured with the
transmission shift drum detent roller spring incorrectly installed.CONSEQUENCE: If the roller spring
is incorrectly installed, the transmission may not shift as intended, potentially causing the operator to lose control, increasing
the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Polaris has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the transmission,
free of charge. The recall began on October 9, 2014. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-888-704-5290. Polaris'
number for this recall is V-14-03 A/B.
CROSS COUNTRY EIGHT BALL
CROSS COUNTRY TOUR
HAMMER EIGHT BALL
VISION TOUR ABS
Husqvarna recalls 2015 FC, FE, TE and TC motorcycles for fork
issuePublish Date: Nov 12, 2014MURIETTA, Calif. - Husqvarna is recalling model
year 2015 FC and FE as well as TE and TC of motorcycles to check the front fork for proper assembly. The affected vehicles
are equipped with WP 4cs fork.The recall is necessary to check the correct assembly of the fork's piston rod and screw cap and ensure maximum operational
safety, function and quality of the front wheel, according to Husqvarna.The recall action affects the following
models: FC 250, FC 350, FC 450, FE 250, FE 350, FE 450, FE 501, FE 350, S FE 501, S TC 125, TC 250, TE 125, TE 250 and TE
300.Husqvarna does not have any information on accidents resulting from the manufacturing defect. Customers
of affected and already distributed motorcycles have been contacted in writing by Husqvarna Motorcycles. Customers can also
check online to find out if their motorcycle is affected. The recall information is available in the "Servicecheck" area
ofwww.husqvarna-motorcycles.com and can be seen by entering the complete VIN (17 digit) and the ID number of the motorcycle's delivery certificate.Consumers
are advised to take their affected vehicles to an authorized dealer for a professional check of the front fork, at the company's
expense. The check takes at most 30 minutes.
KTM confirms Duke 390 and RC390
U.S. arrival - and pricingPublish Date: Nov 16, 2014By Bruce SteeverMURRIETA, Calif. - After earning positive reviews in the European and Indian markets, it looks like North America
will finally get a taste of KTM's new sport singles. At the Long Beach stop of theProgressive International Motorcycle Show, KTMconfirmed the ETA for the new Duke 390 and RC390-along with competitive pricing.Both bikes are aimed at riders
looking for a more approachable, and affordable, way into the KTM brand. The 390 is an expansion to the Duke line that already
includes the 1290 Super Duke R twin and 690 Duke single. To attack the lightweight sportbike class, the Austrian manufacturer
built a state-of-the-art, four-valve liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine with DLC-coated finger followers and a Bosch EFI system,
but what really separates the entry level KTMs from the competition is the high-end running gear: WP suspension components
and a top-quality ABS braking system by Brembo. The Duke 390 will retail for a price of $4,999 when it arrives in the spring.Built on the same platform, the KTM RC 390 is the Duke's racier sibling, which should translate the thrill of Moto3
racing into a nimble street-legal bike. The 375cc single-cylinder 4-stroke motor delivers a claimed 44 horsepower and an impressively
high power-to-weight ratio. Exceptional braking performance and a lightweight chassis combine to deliver both control and
agility. This fully-faired race machine comes with a trellis frame, WP upside-down 43mm front forks, LED lighting, ABS, a
lightweight cast aluminum swingarm, and light aluminum alloy wheels to make it a potentially class-leading performer. This
unit will retail at $5,499 - and it will also serve as the basis for a new U.S. spec-racing class that the OEM hopes will
grow its U.S. brand and provide a new channel into road racing for young American riders.
Newport News PD closing in on suspected chop shop ringPublish Date: Nov
13, 2014NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Authorities are getting ready to drop the hammer on a suspected chop shop ring that
has been stealing motorcycles in the area all summer.Since the beginning of the year, nearly 90 motorcycles
have been reported stolen throughout Newport News. Police believe most of the thefts are related, and have identified multiple
suspects they believe are involved."Of those 90 (thefts), we've had about eight recovered recently,
which has led us to a couple of suspects who we are investigating right now," Newport News Police Detective Adam Hoxter
told WVEC.covered bikes were found in someone's garage Nov. 7 after James County police received a tip. Hoxter said he has interviewed
dozens of witnesses, some of whom saw the alleged bandits snatch the bikes and drive off."Each witness
has given us different accounts of types of vehicles they're using, anything from U-Haul trucks to box trucks to minivans,"
Hoxter said, adding he is working on securing warrants and will make the arrests soon.
Moose offers heated seat conversion kitPublish Date: Nov 13, 2014JANESVILLE, Wis. -- The new Moose heated seat kit can convert a stock ATV, UTV or motorcycle seat to keep a rider
warm on cold days.Selling points: The 9-inch by 9-inch heating element, made of carbon fiber, is thin
and flexible, and installs under the stock seat cover. The kit comes with a 24" disconnect cable, required hardware for
installation and instructions. The heating unit is powered with 30 watts, taking up less than 2 amps of electricity.BUY
NOW FOR THE HOLIDAYS & receive an instant ACTION SPORTS rebate !MSRP: $59.95
Sharp-eyed service tech spots stolen bike on lot, suspect arrestedPublish Date: Nov
13, 2014GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Having a tightly-knit powersports community worked out well for the owner of a stolen
bike, but not so well for the thief.Ridenow Powersports of Gainesville service tech Ryan Williams was
working on a customer bike in the parking lot Nov. 11 when he looked up and saw another bike on the lot that didn't belong.
He recognized the 2007 Honda CBR 1000 because it had been stolen from its owner, Sandra Rauert, in March. Rauert, who recently
moved to Cape Coral, hopes to get her bike back today.Police say the thief stole the bike in March and didn't
expect anyone to recognize it when he parked it at the curb outside the dealership and went inside. The bike had a tag on
it from another stolen motorcycle, and it had also been hotwired. Detectives
searched the suspect's home Nov. 12 and told WCJB they found three more stolen motorcycles and parts. The suspect is being held on a $20,000 bail. He is charged with
grand theft of a motor vehicle.
not a motorcycle in Texas? Snafu over state code delays shipmentsPublish Date: Nov 13, 2014By
Holly J. WagnerAUSTIN, Texas - Texas Polaris dealers eagerly awaiting delivery of the new Slingshot three-wheeler are running
into a boomerang instead: the state had approved the vehicle for sales over the summer, but decided Nov. 4 that the vehicles
can't be licensed for street use.Spokespersons for Polaris and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles did not immediately
return calls seeking comment. But Polaris notified Texas dealers in a Nov. 10 letter that the state had rescinded approval,
and the company won't ship Slingshots to Texas until the matter is resolved."We are working closely with the DMV to gain clarity around the issue and to determine when it will be resolved. Unfortunately
at this time we cannot say how long that will take," states the memo, leaked online on a variety of Slingshot forums.
"What this also means is that until we do achieve resolution, we wil not be able to ship wholegood units to any dealers
in Texas."Texas reportedly joins a handful of other states that have not approved the Slingshot for sale yet.The issue
in Texas is that the Slingshot does not strictly fit the state's definition of a motorcycle, which the state Transportation Code defines as "a motor vehicle designed to propel itself with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground,
and having a saddle for the use of the rider. The term does not include a tractor or a three-wheeled vehicle equipped with
a cab or occupant compartment, seat, and seat belt and designed to contain the operator in the cab or occupant compartment."
The Slingshot doesn't have a saddle; rather, it has bucket seats more akin to those in a side-by-side.The assurance that customers
may buy and register the Slingshot in surrounding states where they are approved is cold comfort to Texas dealers. Polaris
accompanied the letter with a FAQ that explains that Texas Polaris dealers will be able to sell Slingshot parts, apparel and
accessories - just not the trikes - until the matter is resolved.Meanwhile, "Polaris has placed a hold on any outstanding signage and retail merchandising fixture orders," the FAQ
states, advising dealers who have already received their fixtures to hold off on installing them if they haven't yet, and
leave them in place if they are already installed.Kevin Lackey, dealer principal at Top 100 concern Freedom Powersports,
has nine stores in Texas and manages three more in the southeast. Five of them should have Slingshots in them now, but instead
each store has about 800 sq. ft. of floor space all dressed up for a product that isn't there."We were excited about
the revenue generation for October, November, December. It's generally a slow time of year. We were looking forward to people
coming into the dealerships" to see the Slingshot, he said.. "At this point, we spent a lot of headache and effort
and brain damage to get ready for that. We've disrupted the dealership showroom floors to get ready for that product."Lackey
estimates he's spent about $15,000 to $20,000 per store "without the buildouts that we will be paying out. That will
be close to $15,000 per store additional," he said.. "We have changed the entire dealership to get the products
on the floor. We had to put in Glass doors at one store to fit them through. We knocked out an entire brick wall to do it."Still,
he's optimistic that Polaris will get the situation resolved soon, and in the meantime he's philosophical. "At the end
of the day, we are supporters of their team. They are just as frustrated as we are. Some things are just out of your control.
You have to take the high road," he said. With 18 to 20 preorders across stores, he said the dealer will tell customers,
"This was not part of the program, if they want to be patient we will work with them in any way that we need to."Dealers
may make the decision whether or not to return customer deposits because of the delay, and for the time being, Texas customers
who use the "build a quote" feature on the company website will get a message explaining the situation that pre-empts
the quote builder."We've got our retail fixtures on the showroom floor, installed and ready to go. We're not too happy
about it," said Kenny Martin, co-owner and president of Top 100 store Cycle Center of Denton. "We've
got Slingshot POP and fixtures and gear and no Slingshot to represent on the floor. I've got a license on the wall that says
Slingshot on it."Martin estimates the store has invested $30,000 to $40,000 to prepare for the Slingshot - including
an open house event that featured a pre-production model a couple of months ago. Thursday afternoon, the store was sitting
on about 10-plus preorders. He said of one of those customers: "They are in my store now buying a motorcycle instead
of a Slingshot, because they want the vehicle right now and can't wait for it."The FAQ also calls on Texas dealers to
contact their legislators to press for a change in the definition of a motorcycle.Lackey and Martin both said they have done
so, and are encouraging employees, customers and enthusiasts to do it, too.Lackey thinks the situation will be resolved by
the end of the year. And even if it isn't Slingshot will be worth the wait, he said: "No one else is going to design,
tool and manufacture a product like this any time before that."
Mustang expands options with Tour-Pak
back restsPublish Date: Nov 13, 2014THREE RIVERS, Mass. - Mustangis expanding its seating options with the FL Chopped Tour-Pak back rests for Harley-Davidson.The
back pads feature ergonomic design and controlled density polyurethane foam, and are available plain, or with chrome or black-pearl
centered studs.MSRP is $139 for the plain pad, and $149 for studded pads.
seek Florida dealer who said he shot alleged burglarPublish Date: Nov 5, 2014DELRAY BEACH,
Fla. - Local and federal authorities are searching for a powersports dealer who told police he shot a burglary suspect early Oct. 20.Boynton Beach police and the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force say Aurelio Gabriel Silva,
34, of Boynton Beach, is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and carrying a concealed firearm.Silva
allegedly shot Louis Jason Santos, 32, after he and an unidentified man allegedly broke into Motorcycle Avenue in
suburban Delray Beach around 3 a.m. Santos and the other man fled on motorcycles allegedly stolen from Silva's store. Santos
remains in Delray Medical Center in stable condition.Anyone with information on Silva's whereabouts is urged
to call Boynton Beach Police at 561-732-8116, the U.S. Marshals Service, their local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers
of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted via www.bbpd.org.
Continental recalling 9,000 tires in U.S., CanadaPublish
Date: Aug 12, 2014FORT MILL, S.C. - Continental Tire is recalling about 9,000 120/70 ZR 17 and
120/70 R17 motorcycle tires in the U.S. and Canada, and 170,000 tires worldwide."Market feedback indicates
that some of these tires have exhibited a condition in the tread and/or belt which may lead to separation and possible air
loss," the manufacturer announced. The company said it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related
to the condition.The affected tires were sold as OEM and replacement worldwide between 2007 and 2014. The
tires with their DOT serial numbers are as follows:
Consumers are being directed to Continental's website for more information.
- 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiSportAttack - CP8B
1008 to 2614
- 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiSportAttack 2 - CP8B B5M4 2811 to 2614
M/C 58H TL ContiAttack SM - CP8B BXM9 1011 to 2614
- 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiRaceAttack Comp. Soft
- CP8B B5M1 1907 to 2614
- 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiRaceAttack Comp. Medium - CP8B B5M1 2307 to 2614
M/C 58W TL ContiRaceAttack Comp. Endurance - CP8B 918B 3011 to 2614
- 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W TL ContiRoadAttack
2 GTW - CP8B 91E9 2513 to 2614
Ergodyne expands Arsenal line with tool backpack
Date: Aug 7, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ergodyne is expanding its Arsenal collection with the Arsenal 5843 Tool Backpack. The 5843 is third-party certified for hoisting up to 50 lbs. with its two-compartment system, allowing
for hands-free climbing and easy mobility of tools and equipment around the jobsite.The two main compartments
house 26 interior pockets, 11 PALS webbing loops and seven exterior pockets of different shapes and sizes. Other features
include nickel-plated hardware, 1200D ballistic polyester with PVC backing, reinforced padding on the back, a holster on the
side and ring attachment points throughout the bag to hook caribiners.
Recalled by Arctic Cat Due to Fuel Leak and Fire HazardWASHINGTON, D.C. - August 15, 2014 RECALL
SUMMARYName of product: Arctic Cat snowmobilesHazard: Fuel can
leak from the fuel line assembly, posing a fire hazard.Remedy: Repair
Contact: Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.arcticcat.com and click on Customer Care, then Product Recall and then List of Safety Bulletins for more information.2014 Arctic Cat XF 70002014 Arctic Cat ZR 70002015 Arctic Cat XF 70002015 Arctic Cat ZR 7000RECALL DETAILSUnits: About 3,260Description: This
recall involves model year 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 and ZR 7000 and model year 2015 XF 7000 and ZR 7000 snowmobiles. They were
sold in a variety of green, black, orange and white color combinations. All XF and ZR 2014 models are included in this recall.
Recalled 2015 model vehicles have the last six digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN) in the following ranges:
100920 through 100993 for the XF 7000 models and 100792 through 100919 for the ZR 7000. The fourth and fifth digit of the
VIN, "14" or "15," correspond to the model year. The VIN appears on a sticker attached to the chassis
near the rider's right foot rest. The model name appears on the front sides of the snowmobile.Incidents/Injuries: None
reportedRemedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled snowmobiles immediately and contact an Arctic
Cat dealer to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting its customers directly.Sold exclusively
at: Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from June 2013 to August 2014 for between $12,000 and $14,500.Manufacturer: Arctic
Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn.
Specialties releases new levers, speedometer, handlebar clampPublish Date: Aug 15, 2014JANESVILLE,
Wis. -- Drag Specialities unveils new levers, speedometer and handleblar clamp for late-summer sales.Stock levers can be replaced with the new slotted wide blade lever sets, which feature strong, forged aluminum construction
with CNC-machined slots, and are available in chrome or matte black. Lever sets fit 2014 FLHT/FLHX models with OEM hydraulic
clutch. Suggested retail price is $59.95.New cam covers feature a matte black finish and will accept an OEM
gasket and mounting hardware. The covers fit 1999-2014 twin cam engines. Suggested retail is $99.95.The skull handlebar clamp is die-cast and available with a black skull or matte black with a chrome skull. The
clamps, which include all mounting hardware, fit most 1984-2014 Harley-Davidson models with 3 ½" on-center risers
and offset mounting holes. The clamps are not for models with indicator lights built into the clamps. Suggested retail is
$21.95 to 26.95.Drag Specialties also offers a speedometer/tachometer for several Harley 1996-2003 models. The speedometer measures
speeds up to 220 km/h (137 mph), and the tachometer measures rpm from 0-8000. The speedometer/tachometer has a black face
that matches the stock gauge look. It also features an LCD odometer, trip meter, and all stock indicators, including
a "Check Engine" light.Direct plug-in installation is available for 99-03 FLHR and 99-03 FXST/FLST/FXDWG
models, and the speedometer/tachometer will also fit 1996-1998 models which require a sub-wire harness. All 1996-2003 models
require the use of a tachometer wiring kit, sold separately. Suggested retail is $269.95.
in Peace: Kevin Ness, brother of Arlen NessPublish Date: Aug 5, 2014RENO, Nev. - Kevin
J. Ness, brother of Arlen Ness, has died from injuries sustained in a auto accident.
According to police
reports, the driver of a Toyota Camry failed to notice slowing traffic ahead of him on the interstate and swerved to avoid
colliding with another vehicle in front of him. But he then collided with a PT Cruiser driven in the next lane and bounced
into another lane where Ness was riding his 2008 Victory Vision. Ness was thrown off the bike, police stated.July
30 chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Reno, Nev. He was 59.Ness was a resident of Oakland, Calif.The
Nevada Highway Patrol at press time was asking witnesses to the crash or anyone with additional information about the accident
to contact Trooper Doug Farris at 775.689.4614 or at email@example.com regarding Case No. NHP-140702711.
Indian Scout returns to lineup for 2015Publish
Date: Aug 4, 2014STURGIS, S.D. - On Saturday,Indian Motorcycle unveiled the 2015 Indian Scout at Sturgis, marking the first time in over 70 years that a completely new Scout model
has been in the company's lineup.The 2015 Indian Scout is available for ordering now, and it is expected
to arrive in dealerships in late 2014. Pricing begins at $10,999, and color options include black and red, along with matte
finishes in silver and black.The Scout is a new design for the middleweight cruiser class, and it weighs
in at 558 pounds wet. It has a rigid cast aluminum frame and a low 25.3-inch tall leather solo seat. Those elements encompass
Indian's new liquid-cooled, 69 cubic-inch V-twin engine, which Indian says produces 100hp. Closed-loop fuel injection and
drive-by-wire throttle actuation give the six-speed Scout a maximum torque of 72 ft./lbs. Engine design cues pay homage to
the Scouts of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.Another nod to the past is the "rigid triangle"
design, which is paired with coil over monotube rear shocks.The Indian Scout's long history includes a role in World War II and numerous racing accomplishments, including the land speed
record set by Burt Munro in 1967."Over the course of 30 years of countless innovations, racing wins,
world records and industry firsts, the Scout has earned its reputation as a versatile, multifaceted bike that appeals to just
about every rider and every riding style, with superior handling, balance, performance and craftsmanship," said Steve
Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. "Our designers and engineers have taken that heritage and those characteristics
and fused it into the 2015 Indian Scout, and we think just about everyone who rides this incredible bike is going to feel
like it was built just for them."
NHTSA investigating new reports of fires
on Can-Am SpydersPublish Date: Aug 8, 2014By Mary SlepickaWASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal
safety investigators said they are looking into reports of new fires on Can-Am Spyder three-wheelers.NHTSA's
Office of Defects Investigation said it has become aware of two recent fires that "appear to be unrelated" to three
recalls issued by BRP in the last 19 months (see below) that addressed defects which could results in a fire on the 12V-581
and 582 and 13V-386 models. ODI listed a July 20 fire involving a 2011 Spyder RT used as a traffic enforcement
vehicle by the Morgantown, W.Va., police department, and a July 26 incident involving a 2013 Spyder RT SE5 which reportedly
caught fire in the Mojave desert region of California. "ODI became aware of [the July 26] incident through a posting
(with photos) on www.Spyderlovers.com,"; the agency said.The ODI has opened a preliminary investigation into the following models:
- 2008-12 Spyder GS and RS
- 2008-14 Spyder RT
- 2013 Spyder ST
Kawasaki recalls Teryx4 to bolster the floor
boardsPublish Date: Aug 1, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is recalling about 11,000 Teryx4 vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years, because
the floor boards won't protect passengers from sticks or other debris that can break through and protrude into the foot rest
area.Involved are Teryx4 750 4x4s that were sold by Kawasaki dealers from October 2011 through July 2014,
according to the announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.Kawasaki told CPSC that it has received four reports of debris breaking through the floor boards of the vehicles, and reports of two injuries
to riders' toes and thighs.The OEM is advising customers to immediately stop using the recalled vehicles
and contact their Kawasaki dealer, which will install floor board guards at no charge.
Harley-Davidson recalls FXDL Dyna Low Riders for ignition switch problemPublish Date: Aug
1, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles to fix a problem
with the ignition switch on units modified to rev higher than 5,600 rpm.The recall affects 2014.5 model year
Low Riders built from Jan. 6 through June 19. "In the affected motorcycles, certain optional performance electronic control
module calibrations may allow higher engine rpms that could result in engine vibrations that cause the ignition switch to
move from the "IGN" (ignition on) to "ACC" (accessory only) position, which will shut the engine off," The Motor Co. told NHTSA.If the vibration causes the ignition switch to move to the accessory-only position, it would stall the engine,
increasing the risk of a crash.Harley dealers are asked to replace the engine mount bracket assembly and
ignition switch knob free of charge.
Wild style: Polaris debuts three-wheeler SlingshotPublish
Date: Jul 27, 2014By Bruce SteeverWYOMING, Minn. - ...And now for something completely different.Polaris Industries, not content with being a dominant force in SxS and ATV sales, nor with manufacturing a well-regarded
range of motorcycles with its Victory and Indian brands, has unleashed a stunning three-wheeled road vehicle, the 2015Slingshot.Even with the patent approved and posted earlier this year (#8,695,746 B2) for all the world to see, the
unique motorcycle design was still a surprise thanks to its wild styling and unusual specification. Compared to conventional
trike designs with paired rear wheels, the Slingshot uses a pair of front wheels with the third wheel on a motorcycle-style
swingarm, a layout shared by the Can-Am Spyderand the Campagna T-Rex. But that's where the similarities end.Like the Can-Am, the Slingshot will be legally considered a motorcycle,
and will require a motorcycle helmet in states with helmet laws on the books. But unlike the Can-Am tripod, the rider and
passenger sit in tandem, in automotive-style bucket seats with three-point harnesses, a steering wheel and conventional car
foot controls. Compared to the more enclosed T-Rex, the Slingshot's occupants are also more exposed to the elements, and unlike
the rear-engined T-Rex that uses a donor motorcycle powerplant, the Slingshot uses a front-mounted General Motors motor.The 2.4L DOHC Ecotec engine that powers the Slingshot is rated at 173 hp @ 6,200 rpm, with 166 lb.-ft. of torque @
4,700 rpm, and a 7,000 rpm redline. Power is transferred via a hydraulically actuated, single-plate dry clutch and a gated
H-pattern Synchromesh five-speed-plus-reverse transmission, delivered to the rear wheel via a driveshaft "secondary"
and a 36mm carbon fiber-reinforced belt final drive.According to Polaris, the relatively narrow belt is more
than up for the task at hand, as it only needs to transfer as much torque as the rear wheel can grip, with burnouts being
quite easy to achieve in the first three gears. Car folks also tell us that GM has a huge range of go-fast parts for the Ecotec
engine, too, so the Slingshot tuning industry should be able to take off rather quickly.The Slingshot's chassis
is also unique, a tubular spaceframe built around the front-mounted motor and central driveshaft. Suspension uses the single-sided
swingarm for the rear wheel, while the front wheels are controlled by paired A-arms, a sway bar and independent shocks. Front
track is a massive 69.1 inches, with an electronically-boosted rack-and-pinion steering system. The tires are supplied by
Kenda, in automotive sizes and profiles: the standard Slingshot runs 205/50R17s up front with a 265/35R18 rear, while the
upmarket Slingshot SL runs 255/45R18 fronts and a 255/35R20 out back.Peak cornering is claimed to be around
0.88 G on the skidpad, firmly placing the Slingshot into high-dollar sportscar territory. Finally, braking is provided by
298mm vented rotors at each wheel. To maintain control of the wheels, and the chassis as a whole, the Slingshot mounts several
rider (or is it driver?) aids, including Electronic Stability Control and ABS. Total curb weight for the Slingshot is claimed
to be just over 1,700 lbs.The styling of the Slingshot speaks for itself. There are obviously angular bits and pieces that ape other Polaris
products, but the end result is a wide, low and compact vehicle that puts its riders into the wind. Aluminum roll protection
sits behind each rider, but there are no doors, no roof, and a windscreen is an optional accessory.The entire
vehicle, inside and out, is waterproof, so when things get dirty, just hose it off. Despite the non-existing rear overhang,
there are small luggage compartments behind each seat. Auxiliary lighting is provided by LEDs with four projector beam headlights
to illuminate the road.Inside, things are quite spartan, but a central display unit with Bluetooth capability
offers infotainment.The new Polaris Slingshot aims to carve itself a niche of buyers from both the two- and
four-wheeled worlds. Pricing for the new three-wheeler may also surprise many, with the base Slingshot retailing for $19,999
while the upmarket, windscreen- and audio-equipped SL model will sell for $23,999. Compared to a well-equipped Spyder RT at
$22,999, or a K1600-powered T-Rex at around $65,000, the Slingshot looks to be very competitively priced as well.
Honda COTA 4RT 260 is entry-level trials bikePublish Date: Jul 26, 2014TORRANCE, Calif. - Hondaintroduced the COTA 4RT Race Replica in 2014, and the trials bike returns in 2015 with a slew of upgrades. In addition, Honda
is introducing the COTA 4RT 260, with a price point and configuration that makes it an option for entry-level trials riders
as well as amateur competitors. Both of the COTA versions will be available in January.COTA 4RT Race Replica ($9,499):
The Repsol-liveried race replica has quite a list of changes for 2015. A new four-piston monoblock front brake caliper should
result in better, more precise braking. The updated shift lever is slimmer in an effort to make it less susceptible to obstacles.
The triple clamps and handlebars have a black finish, and the front fender has a slimmer design. The rear final-drive sprocket
is an updated version, too.COTA 4RT 260 ($7,799): Based on the same platform as the race replica, the 2015 COTA 4RT 260 has the same aluminum frame
and 260cc engine as its counterpart. Suspension comes in the form of 39mm TECH forks and an R16V shock in the Pro-Link rear
suspension. Both the front and rear are fully adjustable for rebound and compression damping.The 260 also
has a different four-piston front brake caliper and Dunlop tires on Morad wheels - as opposed to the Michelin/DID setup on
the race replica. The seat, though still a mere suggestion of one compared to traditional motorcycles, is nevertheless larger
than the one on the race replica. Honda says this offers "casual competitors" the chance to relax between sections.
It can be removed and replaced, and there is storage underneath.
plans electric superbike for North AmericaPublish Date: Jul 24, 2014MODENA, Italy - Energica
said it plans to start offering electric motorcycles in early 2015 and has identified North America as a key market.Energica, a subsidiary of the CRP group, chose electric motorbikes as a category ripe for entry, calling the first
Italian electric superbike the Ego. The price tag is $40,000.Energica also plans to manufacture 45 limited
edition Egos with upgraded features and parts -- at a cost of at least $67,000.Energica plans to get the
jump on other products by selling 500 Ego motorbikes in its first year of production, with a target of 1,200 and 5,000 units
in the second and third years, respectively.CEO Livia Cevolini stated that the break-even number was 2,000
units per year.According to the Energica website, the Ego superbike has a top speed of 150 mph, 100 kW green power, and a torque of 195 Nm. The company claims it can do 0-60
mph in three seconds. Energica is conducting a test drive world tour that started July 18 and will conclude in New York on
July 30 after visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles.The group is known for manufacturing customized
parts for Formula One, NASCAR, and other racing associations.
Husqvarna adds TE 125, FC 350, two dual sports to 2015 lineupPublish Date: Jun 30,
2014MURIETTA, Calif. - Husqvarna in late June broadened its lineup from 10 motorcycles to 14 as it introduced
two new dual-sport bikes and an expanded lineup of enduros and motocross models.New to the North American market are the FC 350 four-stroke MX bike, the TE 125 off-road two stroke, and two street-legal
dual-sport models, the FE 350 S and FE 501 S.
For a list of technical upgrades to the entire 2015 Husqvarna motocross and off-road lineup, click HERE
Husky rejoins AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross racing with an "elite spec" of motocross bikes featuring
a subframe made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide, an advanced injection-molded material selected for its lighter weight
and enhanced strength, the OEM noted. "The four new models and the advancements made to our motocross
line are going to make a very big statement for the brand: Husqvarna is headed back to the top," said Steve Lawler, brand
manager, in the announcement.Dual-sports
The FE 350 S and FE 501 S are street-legal options for the
FE 350 and 501. The 350 S has a DOHC four-stroke engine with a heavier crankshaft than the off-road version to improve traction.
The 501 S (see photo, below left) is powered by a SOHC four-stroke engine with titanium intake valves and DLC (diamond-like
carbon)-coated rocker arms, and is also tuned for improved traction and maximum durability with a three-layer head gasket.Both dual-sports have the same suspension components as the rest of the FE family -- the 4CS WP fork and link-mounted
DCC (dual compression control) WP shock -- but are optimized for the specific demands of dual-sport riding, the OEM noted.TE
Husqvarna's two-stroke lineup gettings a little bigger with the new TC 125 (see top photo), which carries many of
the features from the larger TE machines, including the 4CS WP fork and linked rear suspension featuring the DCC WP rear shock.
CNC-machined triple clamps ensure optimum clamping surface and precision control of the front end while enabling four different
handlebar positions, the OEM announced.The eighth-liter mill features a high-performance cylinder and power
valve. The Vertex piston is designed to deliver healthy bottom-end torque and top-end performance. And in keeping with its
simple and lightweight nature, the TE 125 uses a kick start.The bike's Magura hydraulic clutch offers smooth,
consistent actuation of the six-speed gearbox, and Boyesen reed valves ensure crisp throttle response and maximum durability,
the OEM added.FC 350
Husky's new middleweight four-stroke (see image, right) combines the lightweight agility of a 250 and the hard-hitting
power of a 450. The FC 350, which is based on the 250 platform, is powered by a DOHC engine with lightweight titanium valves
and DLC-coated finger followers. A CP-Carrillo-forged box-type piston combines maximum performance and reliability with minimum
weight, and cranks out 54 hp.The FC 350 carries the same 2015 upgrades to the 250, including the CSS clutch
and one-piece machined steel clutch basket. The 350 shares suspension components and key features such as electric start,
Brembo brakes and hydraulic clutch. Unlike the 250 and 450, however, the 350 will carry Husqvarna's fiberglass-reinforced
polyamide composite rear subframe.
BMW follows R 1200 RT 'do not sell' notice with formal recallPublish
Date: Jun 30, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - After issuing a "do not sell/do not ride" advisory on the R1200 RT in early June, BMW of North America in June made it official by announcing a recall through NHTSA.To
be recalled are model year 2014 R1200 RT motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 27, 2013, to May 5, according to the NHTSA notice.
The affected vehicles have a Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) rear shock absorber supplied by Tenneco Automotive
of Belgium. The piston rod within the rear shock absorber can break without warning, causing loss of stability, according
to the recall notice.About 950 bikes are involved. BMW said more than half of the recalled bikes are estimated
to have the defect."On April 1... BMW initially became aware of this issue through a warranty claim
in France, " the OEM reported to NHTSA. "It was noted that the piston rod of the rear shock absorber broke after
approximately 700 miles, collapsing the rear suspension. The defective assembly from France was returned to the supplier for
analysis."A second warranty claim occurred in Sweden on May 27... after approximately 1,500 miles. By
May 30.... slider tool drum endurance tests on production spring strut assemblies were conducted by t he supplier, which replicated
the failure observed in the two warranty claims."BMW said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries
related to the issue.The recall is expected to begin in July. BMW is notifying owners, and dealers are asked
to replace the Dynamic ESA shock absorber free of charge. Owners are still advised not to ride their motorcycles until
they have been fixed.
BMW recalls Maxi-Scooters for engine noise, stalling issuePublish
Date: Jun 30, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - BMW of North America is recalling certain 2012-2014 model
year scooters because the camshaft chain tensioner may not function properly, a condition that could stall the engine.Involved
are 2012-14 C 600 Sport Maxi-Scooters and C 650 GT Maxi-Scooters manufactured from Aug. 2, 2012, through Feb. 18 of this year.
About 1,360 units are affected."As a result of an improperly produced camshaft chain tensioner, a clearly
audible noise from the chain drive can occur because of an improperly adjusted loose chain," BMW told NHTSA. "If
the noise is not noticed by the rider, an engine breakdown could result while riding the motorcycle. If this were to happen,
the motorcycle will lose power and the engine may stall when decelerating, which could increase the risk of a crash. The engine
cannot be started after stalling."BMW told NHTSA it has been working on the noise and stalling issues since February 2013. In May 2013, excessive noise and a stalling
condition appeared on an endurance test bike after about 15,500 miles; however, it was possible to restart that bike, BMW
said, and the defective camshaft chain tensioner was returned to the part manufacturer, Kwang Yang Motor Co. Ltd. in Taiwan,
for analysis. The Taiwan manufacturer in August 2013 identified the defect as a stamping burr which resulted in excessive
wear on the camshaft chain tensioner."In August 2013, improved stamping tools and processes were implemented
at the engine supplier to enhance the surface finish quality of the camshaft chain tensioner," BMW noted. "In December
2013, engines with the improved camshaft chain tensioner were first introduced to motorcycle production."In
November 2013, BMW said it received a field report from Korea indicating a unit that experienced engine stalling without an
ability to restart. "The associated parts were not returned for analysis," the OEM added. This was followed in January
2014 by a field report from the Netherlands indicating an inability to restart the engine after shutting it off, and another
report from Korea indicating that a unit was stalling while idling without an ability to restart. BMW received the camshaft
chain tensioners from the last two reports for analysis and confirmed that they exhibited the same wear condition as found
on the endurance test motorcycle. At that time, 42 warranty claims had been reported for this condition, mainly due to the
excessive engine noise issue. The recall is expected to begin in July. BMW told NHTSA it is notifying
owners. Dealers are asked to replace the camshaft chain tensioner free of charge
Is lifted the new
lowered? Burly Brand shocks get new anglePublish Date: Jun 29, 2014By Bruce SteeverLA PALMA, Calif. - According to Burly Brand, customers are finally starting to realize that a slammed-to-the-deck
motorcycle with minimal suspension travel doesn't work for anything other than posing.The custom V-twin firm
claims that "lifted is the new lowered" now, and, of course, has the products to help customers make the most of
this angle.The Burly Stiletto shocks are, according to the company, "pure coil-sprung sexiness." A high-performance damper is wrapped
in a dual-spring combination designed specifically to deal with both subtle road noise and imperfections, with a main coil
built to handle the big hits and control bottoming.The claimed result is a plush ride that's not afraid of
rougher tarmac, and should be an ideal match for a rider looking to add real road-worthy performance to their V-twin, rather
than just another shiny bolt-on.Available in a 13-inch length for most Sportster models for extended suspension
travel, the Stilettos include fitment for most 1986 to current XL models.
Couple sues Harley-Davidson
because ABS wasn't offered on their bike (what about the cup holder & cigarette lighter?)Publish Date: Jun
26, 2014CAMP COUNTY, Texas - A couple is suing Harley-Davidson in a case asserting product liability because antilock brakes
were not offered as an option on their motorcycle.Mark and Pamela Jones filed a lawsuit against Harley-Davidson Inc. on June
16 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.According to the complaint, Mark Jones was driving and his wife,
Pamela, was a passenger on their 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic last July 6, when a car cut in front of the plaintiffs,
forcing Mark Jones to make an emergency stop. He claims the motorcycle's wheels locked up, causing the bike to fishtail and
then pitch in the opposite direction, flinging Jones and his wife some distance, according to the Southeast Texas Record.The complaint states he suffered skull fractures, broken bones and a severe brain injury, and Pamela Jones suffered a skull
fracture, brain injury, a spleen injury and a shattered elbow.According to the complaint, the motorcycle did not have ABS
as an option when the couple purchased the motorcycle. They seek more than $75,000 in damages on claims of strict product
liability, failure to warn/marketing defect and negligence.
recalling R1200GS models for transmission seal repairPublish Date: May 28, 2014WASHINGTON,
D.C. - BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2013 R 1200 GS motorcycles, because pressure inside the transmission
may cause the output seal to be pushed out of place.If the output seal ring is pushed out of position, oil
may leak from the transmission onto the rear tire, increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA.About
1,420 bikes, manufactured from November 2012 through August 2013, are affected, BMW said. Dealers are asked to fit a bracket
to prevent the transmission seal from being pushed out of position. BMW is notifying owners. The recall is scheduled to start in June.
Shape of Super Cub Becomes First Vehicle to Obtain Three-dimensional
Trademark Registration in Japan26052014TOKYO, JAPAN - May 26, 2014 - Honda Motor
Co., Ltd. today announced that the Japan Patent Office granted a three-dimensional trademark registration for the shape of
the Super Cub, Honda's popular and long-selling scooter. This is the first time in Japan for the shape of a motorcycle or
any other product from an automaker to be registered as a three-dimensional trademark, and it is an extremely rare case for
an industrial product of any kind.Sample of three-dimensional trademark of Super CubMore than 50 years since the Super Cub
was first introduced in 1958, Honda has maintained a consistent design concept of the Super Cub while continuously achieving
functional improvements. As a result, it came to a point where most consumers who see the design of the Super Cub recognize
it as a Honda product, and that became one of the determining factors for the Japan Patent Office to grant the trademark.The
Super Cub has been sold in more than 160 countries*. Cumulative worldwide production of the Super Cub has reached 87 million
units* as of March 2014, which makes the Super Cub a motorcycle with the largest production volume in the world.Honda
will continue cherishing the basic concept of the Super Cub and strive to deliver joy to customers all around the world.
worldwide production of the Super Cub series
Honda's internal data
- < About the Super Cub production >
10 million units: August 1974
50 million units: December 2005
million units: April 2008Production of Super Cub:
Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, China, Nigeria,
Japan, etc.Honda is currently producing the Super Cub at 15 production plants in 14 countries around the
Yamaha Motor Announce Manufacture and Sales of YZF-R25 in Indonesia
fully fledged 250cc sports model for global marketIWATA, JAPAN - May 21, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today that the new YZF-R25, an addition to the YZF-R supersport series and
powered by a 2-cylinder 250cc engine, will be released onto the Indonesian market in July 2014. Manufacturing and sales of
the new model will be carried out by Yamaha Motor's group company, PT. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM).YZF-R25 (Indonesian Model)Model: YZF-R25 (Blue & White/Black/Red)Launch date: July
2014RRP: 53 million rupiah (Jakarta retail price) ($4,587 U.S.D.)Target Sales: 12,000
units (first full year from time of release, in Indonesia)The YZF-R25 has been developed both as a global
model and leading force for business scale expansion as set out in Yamaha Motor's new medium-term management plan (2013-2015).
Therefore, the new model is also developed with both the ASEAN and developed markets in mind.Using the concept
‘superbike you can ride every day', the new YZF-R25 achieves a high level of performance and stylistic features worthy
of the ‘supersport' title through class-leading engine output, as well as a lightweight body and design that continue
its lineage from the YZF-R series. In addition, the new model is nimble and easy to handle for everyday use as well as offering
an exhilarating ride in a wide variety of scenarios.In Indonesia, the popularity of sports models has been
increasing in recent years. In response to this, YIMM is carrying out brand strategies that focus on the sporty side of motorcycling,
along with existing marketing activities centered on motorcycle racing. For example, YIMM launched Yamaha Motor's flagship
supersport models - the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 - last November, and in May this year, YIMM kicked off its manufacture and sale
of the YZF-R15. The launch of the YZF-R25 further expands the YZF-R series lineup. With this launch, there will also be initiatives
for further sales expansion and brand strength improvements.Development AimsIn 1998, Yamaha
Motor launched its new flagship supersport model YZF-R1 (1,000cc), which won acclaim for its exciting performance on winding
roads, thanks to the combination of its high-performance engine and lightweight frame. Since then, Yamaha Motor continued
its expansion of the YZF-R series through the launch of YZF-R6 (600cc) and YZF-R7 (750cc). And in 2008, YZF-R15 (150cc) and
YZF-R125 (125cc) were introduced to India and Europe respectively. The new YZF-R25 is developed not only for the Indonesian
market where the popularity of sports models has been increasing, but also as a 250cc supersports model to cater for the global
market.Main Features1) Newly-developed high performance two-cylinder engine
is equipped with a newly-developed 250cc, liquid-cooled inline two-cylinder fuel-injected engine. In order to promote faster
combustion, the new engine was designed using the latest analysis technology to actively generate a tumble (a vertical whirl
of air-fuel mixture) in the combustion chamber while obtaining an optimum flow rate of the engine's air-fuel mixture. As a
result, the engine boasts a class-leading power output while also offering a power delivery suited for daily use. In addition,
the new engine uses Yamaha Motor's unique DiASil (Die casting Aluminum-Silicon) cylinders, which offer excellent heat dissipation
and lighter weight. This is the first time this technology has been implemented in 2-cylinder engines made by Yamaha Motor.2)
Mass-centralized lightweight body
A simple and lightweight steel frame with minimal curves and welding is employed. The
new YZF-R25 offers excellent handling through various features, including the front suspension with 41mm inner tubes, one
of the largest in the class, Monocross suspension that contributes to mass centralization, and a rear arm that has the same
axial distance ratio as the YZF-R1.3) Body design inherited from the YZF-R series
The new YZF-R25 features
a sporty and advanced-looking design worthy of the YZF-R title. The mass-forward silhouette and sharply-sculpted rear end
inherit the DNA of the R-series. The reverse-slant twin headlights for a sharper look, an air duct that evokes a sense of
high performance, shift timing indicator identical to the YZF-R1, and other features are also derived from previous YZF-R
designs.YZF-R25: Main Specifications *Indonesian model
x Width x Height||2,090mm x 720mm x 1,135mm|
Type||Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve|
x Stroke||60.0mm x 44.1mm|
|Maximum Output||26.5kW (36.0PS)/12,000rpm|
|Transmission Type/Shift Method||Constant
mesh 6-speed/Return type|
|Tire Size (Front/Rear)||110/70-17 / 140/70-17|
Type (Front/Rear)||Hydraulic disc/Hydraulic disc|
Victory recalls 872 motorcycles for crankcase
defectPublish Date: May 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for 872 model year 2014 and 2015 Victory motorcycles because the OEM reported
that the crankcases may have been incorrectly machined.
The recall could temporarily put the brakes
on sales of the 2014 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross
Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk and the 2015 Gunner manufactured between January 22, 2014 and April 25, 2014.
has issued a stop sale notification to its dealer network until the problem can be remedied.
has determined that some crankcases may have been manufactured with insufficient clearance between the crankshaft and crankcases
which can result in too little crankshaft endplay...Engines assembled using a faulty crankcase may unexpectedly seize. This
could cause the vehicle operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash," the recall notice submitted
by Polaris stated.
To date there have been no reports of engine failures. Victory discovered the issue
during quality control assessments on the production line. Procedure dictates that all engines be "started and run at
the end of the production line. These engines are not in chassis at this point and are attached to an engine run-up stand."
On March 26, one of the engines seized, and further investigation resulted in two additional engine failures in mid-April.
investigation has determined that the vendor's quality control measures had allowed some out-of-specification crankcases to
be delivered to Victory," the company stated.
Victory is warning owners not to ride motorcycles
included in the recall until a dealer has conducted an inspection and made any necessary repairs. Crankcase clearance will
be fixed free of charge on motorcycles found to have the defect.
Owners may contact Polaris at 1-888-704-5290
for more information. Owners may also go to www.safecar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for details. The NHTSA campaign number is 14V227000.
Ducati recalling 2,000 Panigales for faulty handlebar switchPublish Date: May
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Ducati North America is recalling 2,083 model year 2012 and 2013 1199 Panigale and Panigale S
motorcycles because the left handlebar switch may not get power from its connection at the dashboard, preventing the horn,
instrument panel display, high beam and right turn signals from functioning.
Because of the defect,
the motorcycles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No.123, "Motorcycle Controls and Displays."
The rider's inability to use the horn, right turn indicators and high beam could increase the risk of a crash, the OEM reported
The recall covers 1,515 bikes minted in 2012 and another 568 made in 2013.
are asked to install an additional wiring harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 16. Ducati's number
for the recall is RCL-14-001.
Suzuki's new TU250X a classic style for entry-level ridersPublish
Date: May 1, 2014
BREA, Calif. - Suzuki's TU250X for 2015 is designed to be a modern motorcycle
wrapped in a retro bike style, featuring a round headlight, sweptback and low-slung chrome exhaust, and polished crank side
The OEM said the new model, with an MSRP of $4,399, was shipping to dealers in May, but it is not available in California,
the company noted.
"The TU250X is a good fit for many entry-level riders, with the long and comfortable
padded seat positioned low for a seat height of just 30.3 inches," the OEM announced. A classic steel-tube frame and
naked styling keeps the TU's curb weight at 326 lbs., Suzuki noted.
The TU250X features chrome-plated
spoke wheels, with the front wheel stopped by a hyraulic disc brake using a dual-piston caliper for consistent brake activation.
The single-cylinder, 250cc air-cooled engine exposes its cooling fins for old-school style, while modern performance
is enhanced by the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system and digital ignitio, the OEM noted. The engine is tuned
to deliver strong low-end torque and quick throttle response.
The bike's 3.2-gallon fuel tank "means
riders will enjoy long road sessions with few stops for fuel. The bike's exhaust system is complete with a catalytic convertor
to help keep emissions low," Suzuki announced.
expands steering damper kit recallPublish Date: May 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ohlins Racing AB is recalling
2,827 steering damper kits manufactured with an incorrectly machined bracket that can cause the steering mechanism to lock
The dampers were sold for use as aftermarket equipment on Yamaha R1, R6, and FZ6, Suzuki TL1000 R and GSX1300R,
Honda CB600RR, and Ducati Monster 1000, 748, 848, 916, 996, and 998 motorcycles. Also included are universal steering damper
kits with part numbers SD 000 through SD 005.
The affected brackets may crack, according to the company. If there is
a crack in the steering bracket, at low speeds it may cause the steering to lock, leading to personal injury or a crash.
will notify the distributors and provide their customers with a new bracket. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification
schedule for the campaign. This recall is an expansion
of recall 13E-034.
Lauge Jensen unveils Viking concept bike
with Wisconsin-built enginePublish Date: Apr 18, 2014HORSENS, Denmark - Danish
bespoke OEM Lauge Jensen motorcycles has unveiled the Viking Concept at the Top Marques luxury brands show in Monaco.The premium motorcycle is
billed as "a design study that blends the talents of two of Denmark's most creative talents": Anders Kirk Johansen,
an industrialist whose family invented Lego, and vehicle designer Henrik Fisker.The Viking Concept points to a possible volume-production direction for Johansen's Lauge
Jensen brand, following his acquisition of the company in 2012.Johansen commissioned automotive designer Fisker, previously
a design chief at BMW and Aston Martin and the designer of the Fisker Karma, to design the Viking Concept.The result is a bike that retains a classic cruiser
look sculptured into a dynamic, flowing design. In particular the tank, seat and rear fender blend together to create a seamless
effect. Fisker believes this to be unique in custom motorcycles."It's been a dream of mine to design and create a motorcycle
for many years and this is the first time I have the freedom to go and do it," he said. "I hope people like what
we have created and that we can make more of them - for sure there's plenty more to come from this collaboration between myself
and Anders."The Viking Concept is powered by a 45-degree V-twin producing 100hp, making the bike capable of more than 130mph. It's the
first motorcycle of its type to comply with new, much more stringent Euro IV emissions regulations that come into effect in
2016. The engine, built in Wisconsin, has been carefully developed and tuned to achieve this without losing its trademark
V-twin sound or soul.Lauge Jensen also produces the limited edition Great Dane custom cruiser, which starts from €42,800
(US$59,124). The company intends to build a bike based on the Viking Concept at higher volumes and with a lower price tag
than the Great Dane."Potentially, it's the next step for our company beyond our limited production Great Dane custom
bike," Johansen said. "It's great to have Henrik, one of the world's leading vehicle designers and a fellow Dane,
working in partnership with us to help create a really special, emotional design. Revealing a concept bike is all about gauging
demand but, if it's there, I look forward to producing the Viking Concept for the mainstream market."
expands Super Touring offering
Publish Date: Apr 23, 2014THREE RIVERS, Mass. - In
response to customer requests, Mustang Seatshas started offering Super Touring seats for early FLs, including 1997-2007 Road Kings, 1997-'05 Screamin' Eagle editions
and 2006-'07 FLHX Street Glides, plus 1997-07 FLHT/FLTR models.The Super Touring model sits the rider back further than stock.Key design elements incorporated into
the Super Touring seat include a 19-inch wide driver seat, and the passenger part of the seat is 14 inches wide.Although
a one-piece design, the Super Touring seat is split to accept the stock or Mustang driver backrest kit, and the seat is contoured
to better clear the saddlebag lids.The classic seat costs $489, or $509 with chrome or black-pearl centered
Harley is Recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcyclesWASHINGTON,
D.C. April 28, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -RECALL Subject: Fuel Gauge InaccuracyReport Receipt Date: APR 08, 2014
Campaign Number: 14V185000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Number of Units Affected: 9,102
Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson
Motor Company, Inc. (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcycles manufactured March
20, 2012, through March 10, 2014. Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle causing the fuel level sensor
to read inaccurately.CONSEQUENCE: The gauge inaccuracy may cause the motorcycle to run out of fuel unexpectedly,
possibly even before the Low Fuel Warning lamp illuminates. The lack of fuel would cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing
the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will update the software
to recalibrate the fuel level sensor signal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may
contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.
|Vehicle Make||Model||Model Year(s)|
|Harley-Davidson||FXSB||2013 - 2014|
|Harley-Davidson||FXSBSE||2013 - 2014|
Off-road group seeks volunteers to help reopen Imperial Sand DunesPublish
Date: Apr 24, 2014GLAMIS, Calif. - The American Sand Association is working on a volunteer effort in conjunction with the federal Bureau of Land Management, to start removing the closure stakes in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.Thanks to the efforts of
numerous volunteers, 40,000 acres of closed dunes will be reopened for OHV recreation. The stake removal will begin at the
small central closure near Gecko Campground and the 160 acres in Buttercup. The Buttercup project will also call for assistance
with the reinstallation of the critical habitat closure near the Mexican border.Volunteers are sought to
help out the weekend of May 3 to come out on their ATVs, SxSs and trucks with trailers, ez-ups, goggles, gloves, shovels,
rope, tie-downs and moving blankets.Volunteers may register from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at the Gecko Campground
and Buttercup Ranger Station in Glamis. Volunteers will be up bright and early to beat the heat, starting with a briefing
at 5:30 a.m. The stake removal is expected to be finished by 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided afterward.To
sign up or for questions, please email Nicole Gilles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPA acknowledges that ethanol damages enginesPICKERINGTON,
OH - April 21, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal
combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures, the American
Motorcyclist Association reports.The EPA statements are found in a rule proposal issued by the Federal Trade Commission regarding
a new label for pumps that supply fuel blends high in ethanol.According to the EPA, "[e]thanol impacts motor vehicles
in two primary ways. First ... ethanol enleans the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons)
which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of emission control
hardware and performance over time, possibly causing catalyst failure. Second, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues,
which may lead to other component failures."In motorcycles and nonroad products [using E15 and higher ethanol blends],
EPA raised engine-failure concerns from overheating."These EPA statements, contained in the FTC document, back the long-held
position of the AMA."The American Motorcyclist Association has fought the distribution of E15 fuel blends in an effort
to protect motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles from the damage that ethanol causes," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president
for government relations. "Now the EPA acknowledges that ethanol itself is harmful to emissions hardware and other components
on all motor vehicles. It is time for the federal government to pause, take a hard look at this product and change its entire
approach to ethanol in fuels."E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume.None of
the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in operation can use fuels with blends higher than 10 percent ethanol.
Doing so could void the manufacturer's warranty, in addition to causing damage to the vehicle.The AMA applauded the EPA's
decision in its proposed rule to roll back the requirement for wider distribution and use of E15 under its Renewable Fuel
Standard.The AMA also is concerned about the continued availability of E10 blends and E0 fuels - gasoline with zero ethanol
content - if E15 is allowed to permeate the marketplace
Motorsports was Broken Into and had a 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat X StolenFRANCIS CREEK, WI - April 10, 2014 -
On April 10th, 2014 at about 1:30am T.A. Motorsports, Inc - located in Francis Creek, WI - was broken into by 2
men. The men stole a 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat X in Viper Blue and White.The vehicle serial number is - 4UF14MPV1ET307502.We ask that anybody with information regarding this missing unit or suspect
information please call T.A. Motorsports at 920-682-1284 or the Manitowoc County Sherriff's Department
at 920-683-4201.T.A. Motorsports is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction
of person(s) responsible.
Zero recalls 2014 bikes for motor inspectionPublish Date: Apr
9, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Zero Motorcycles Inc. is recalling certain 2014 model year motorcycles for a possible manufacturing
defect that would allow the motor rotor to contact the stator while the bike is operational, NHTSA announced.If the rotor contacts the stator, the motor could seize. This could lock up the rear wheel and increase the risk of a crash,
according to the manufacturer.About 94 models are involved in the recall. They are:
Dealers are being asked to conduct an in-motorcycle stationary screening test of the motor and determine
whether replacement is needed. The motor is supplied to Zero by Motenergy Inc. of Slinger, Wis."Dealers and owners will
also be advised to keep motor rpm below 5,000, should they choose to ride the suspect motorcycles prior to running this screening
test," Richard Kenton, Zero's director of customer service, informed NHTSA. "5,000 rpm corresponds to the following approximate top speed per model: 85 mph on SR, 79 mph on S, 82 mph on OS and
71 mph on FX."
- 2014 Zero SRs manufactured between
Dec. 30, 2013, and Feb. 20, 2014,
- 2014 Zero S motorcycles manufactured from Dec. 26, 2013, through Feb. 18, 2014,
Zero DSs made from Jan. 24, 2013, through Feb. 4, 2014, and
- 2014 Zero FXs made from Jan. 14 through Jan.
THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Premier announces midsized Enforcer snowmobilePublish Date: Apr 1, 2014HOWELL, Mich.
-- Premier is debuting its first model, a 2015 Enforcer 350EFI mid-size snowmobile.Standard features on the 2015 Enforcer 350EFI include an advanced 350cc 4-stroke engine, fuel injection, electric start, push-button
reverse, heated grips, and a suspension system designed to deliver a smooth ride.The Enforcer was designed and developed to
fill in the current market gap between the youth 120cc snowmobile market and the adult full-sized snowmobile market."The
2015 Enforcer 350EFI mid-size snowmobile is designed to be the perfect family snowmobile, a machine small enough for junior
riders to handle, yet large enough that an adult could also ride it," said Chris Bell, president of Premier. "We
set out to create a machine that redefines what a mid-size snowmobile should be. The Enforcer 350 EFI will offer a more affordable
entry price, while not sacrificing any features."
Burly Brand Braided Stainless Extended Cable KitBurly Brand has released a collection of braided stainless kits specific to the 2008-2013 Harley Street Glide.
Each kit is tailored to work with Burly Brand's 13" or 15" apehanger and is available for ABS as well as non ABS
FLHX and FLHT/C/U models. Kits include extended brake lines (including ABS lines) and
extended clutch cable as well as all relevant wiring extensions for switches and throttle by wire, making installation much
simpler. Look for cable/line kits for 2014 and newer models later this year.
Honda recalls 7,000 CB500, CBR500 for bolt replacement
Publish Date: Mar 8, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Honda has started notifying consumers that it
is recalling certain model-year 2013 CB500 and CBR500 motorcycles.The recall affects 6,954 CB500s (F, FA, X and XA) and CBR500s (R and RA) from the 2013 model year, Honda reported.The
rocker arm shaft retaining bolts may have been manufactured incorrectly, the OEM told NHTSA; as a result, the bolts could
loosen during engine operation."A loose bolt will initially result in a slow leak of engine oil, but
if not addressed the bolt can come out of the cylinder head entirely," the recall stated. "Without a bolt, the engine
will have reduced power which may result in a stall, increasing the risk of a crash."Honda dealers,
who were notified by the OEM last month, are being asked to replace the rocker arm shaft retaining bolts free of charge. The
NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 14V056000.
Polaris Debuts 2015 Snowmobile Lineup
all-new AXYSTM platform delivers new levels of rider-balanced control, acceleration and comfortMINNEAPOLIS,
MN - March 4, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Celebrating 60 years as a respected leader in the snowmobiling industry, Polaris' commitment to innovation
strikes again. The 2015 snowmobile lineup features the all-new AXYSTM platform, designed to deliver unmatched handling
and performance, along with two new long-track INDY models for exceptional on-and off-trail riding. The 2015 sleds were introduced
this week during Polaris' dealer meeting at Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev."Sixty years ago, our founders invented the modern snowmobile, establishing a culture of innovation at Polaris,"
said Mike Jonikas, vice president, snowmobiles, Polaris Industries Inc. "That culture continues today. We are committed
to delighting riders with world class quality and industry leading comfort. Our new AXYS platform and long-track INDY models
were designed to redefine our rider's experience and further deliver on our promise to provide those riders with terrain dominating
control."In addition to unveiling sleds to dominate any terrain, Polaris also announced an expanded
SnowCheck Select program for 2015 that offers riders more customization options than ever before. With more than 20,000 unique
combinations to choose from, riders may select their model, color and equipment options to suit their riding style. The 2015
program runs now through April 15, 2014. Riders can customize their sleds online at www.terraindomination.com. Complete details can be found online or by visiting a local Polaris dealer.2015 MODEL SEGMENTSALL
NEW AXYSTM PLATFORM FOR RUSH® & SWITCHBACK®Polaris is once again showcasing its strong
engineering, innovation, manufacturing capabilities and dedication to the rider experience with the introduction of the all-new
AXYS platform - a true game changer. AXYS radically raises the bar in control, performance and comfort. This next generation
premium platform is featured in nine new 2015 models within two familiar segments: RUSH and SWITCHBACK. Built with 93 percent
new parts, the AXYS chassis is truly all new. AXYS was designed to redefine the rider's overall experience through rider-balanced
control, unrivaled acceleration and rider-centric comfort. Rider-balanced control is all about flatter cornering and greater
control on any terrain. To achieve this, Polaris altered the rider's location on the sled, centralized the vehicle mass and
optimized the suspension geometry. AXYS delivers unrivalled acceleration by pairing more power with less weight. More power
starts with the new 800 HQ engine with electronically controlled exhaust values. Additionally, Polaris achieved a 38 lb. weight
reduction to provide the industry's lightest flatland sleds. Finally, models on the AXYS platform offer the ultimate in rider
comfort with integrated storage, enhanced wind protection, improved controls, a more comfortable seat, longer and wider running
boards and standard LED headlights - an industry first.Models that include AXYS include: 600 RUSH PRO-S,
800 RUSH PRO-S, 800 RUSH PRO-X, 800 Switchback PRO-S, 600 Switchback PRO-S, 600 Switchback Adventure, 800 Switchback PRO-XDEEP SNOW LINEUP: RMK® AND SWITCHBACK® ASSAULTYear after year, Polaris' Deep Snow models outshine
the competition with the ultimate combination of power, strength, lighter weights and durability. Weighing in at only 417
lbs., RMK is 42 lbs. lighter than the nearest competitor making it the lightest and most "flickable" sled on the
market. The 2015 collection of RMK, PRO-RMK, ASSAULT and SWITCHBACK ASSAULT models continue to defy deep snow and high climbs.
At the core of these sleds is the PRO-RIDE RMK chassis, which is purpose-built for deep snow riding, and the sleds strong,
ultra-light Carbon Fiber Infrastructure. The RMK's Coil-Over Rear Suspension outperforms competitor sleds in deep snow, offering
more control and excellent flotation to climb higher and faster, supplemented by Gripper skis. Additionally, PRO-RMK models
leverage the QuickDriveTM Low Inertia Drive System for quicker acceleration and increased "flickability."
Riders with a passion for extreme terrain riding are a perfect match for ASSAULT models. The 600 Switchback ASSAULT and its
800 counterpart, offer a nimble machine capable for both trail and backcountry riding thanks to their 144" uncoupled
skid, with tipped-up rails, rail reinforcements and a Cobra track for excellent flotation.In 2015, RMK riders
have the ultimate opportunity to truly customize their sled, building it from the ground up to suit their riding preferences.
The 2015 SnowCheck Select program offers more than 20,000 unique combinations of chassis, suspension, track, color and tunnel
and rail choices.Models Include: 600 RMK 144, 600 RMK 155, 600 PRO-RMK 155, 800 RMK 155, 800 PRO-RMK 155,
800 RMK Assault 155, 800 PRO-RMK 163, 800 SWITCHBACK Assault 144, 600 SWITCHBACK Assault 144INDY®: GREATER
OFF-TRAIL VERSATILITY WITH NEW 155" TRACK MODELSPolaris is once again adding to the most legendary name
in snowmobiling with the introduction of the new 550 INDY Voyageur 155 and 550 INDY Adventure 155 aimed to provide riders
enhanced versatility both on- and off-trail. These new 155-inch track models deliver the ultimate in deep snow flotation,
the best trail handling, no matter the speed, and unmatched hauling and towing capabilities. The new 155 INDY models offer
superior ride, handling and versatility thanks to three key features including, 155 articulated rear suspension, PRO-FLOAT
skis and aggressive high-flotation Cobra 155-inch track. The ultimate in recreational utility, INDY Voyageur models are light
with great cargo towing capabilities allowing them to excel at both work and play. The 2015 INDY Adventure models, 550 INDY
Adventure 144 and the new 550 INDY Adventure 155 are easily configured for solo or 2-up riding and feature the most innovate
cargo system in snowmobiling. The INDY lineup also includes two additional long-track models (550 INDY XLT 144 and 550 INDY
144) and four performance models (800 INDY SP, 600 INDY SP, 600 INDY and 550 INDY) thus offering the ideal sled for every
rider.Additionally, in recognition of 60 years of snowmobile excellence, Polaris is offering two specially
equipped INDY models - the 800 INDY SP 60th Anniversary Model and the 600 INDY SP 60th Anniversary
Model - exclusively through SnowCheck Select.Models Include: 800 INDY Voyageur 144, 550 INDY Voyageur 155,
550 INDY Voyageur 144, 550 INDY LXT 144, 550 INDY Adventure 155, 550 INDY Adventure 144, 800 INDY SP, 600 INDY, 550 INDY 144,
550 INDYIQ®Designed for solo or 2-up adventures, the 600 IQ LXT is perfect for long
rides. A strong collection of features geared toward comfort - from handwarmers for both driver and passenger and a 2-up pillow
seat to the smooth-riding IQ 136 Comfort rear suspension and an adjustable, five-position steering post for positioning the
bars - ensure riders are comfortable on even the highest-mileage rides. The 600 IQ WideTrak is built to easily transition
from work to recreation. Its 600 Cleanfire® engine, IQ independent front suspension, Gripper skis and Utility Tipped-Rear
rear suspension combine to handle demanding work tasks with a combination of power, flotation and control.Models
include: 600 IQ LXT, 600 IQ WideTrakYOUTHThe 120 INDY, Polaris' youth offering, is specifically
designed for young riders, providing a fun, full riding experience while incorporating several special safety features. The
120's four-stroke engine is built for efficiency and trouble-free performance, perfect for a starter sled.Models
include: 120 INDY
bill would ban federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpointsPICKERINGTON, OH - March 5, 2014 -
(Motor Sports Newswire) - A bipartisan bill introduced today by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.),
Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) would prohibit the use of federal funds in establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints.This
is a similar bill to H.R. 1861, introduced in in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).Specifically,
the "Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act" would restrict the Secretary of Transportation from granting funds
to any government entity for a program to check helmet use or to create checkpoints for an operator of a motorcycle or a passenger
on a motorcycle.The American Motorcyclist Association fully supports the bill."During
the past two years, federal, state and local governments spent more than a half million dollars on motorcycle-only checkpoints,"
said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. "The AMA believes that money could be better spent supporting
programs that conduct rider education, reduce distracted driving and encourage motorist awareness of motorcycles."The
AMA has tracked motorcycle-only checkpoints since they were first enacted in New York.The state of Georgia
used funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March 2011 to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints as
thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Fla., for Bike Week.Another
motorcycle-only checkpoint was conducted in northern Virginia during one of the nation's most visible motorcycle rallies -
Rolling Thunder - over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend.Motorcycle-only checkpoints also were conducted in Utah
when thousands of riders attended a world-class road-racing event.California, Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois,
New Hampshire and Virginia have passed legislation curbing MOCs. If passed, this federal bill will ensure that riders across
the country are safeguarded from ineffective and prejudicial MOCs. For more information on the efforts by the AMA to fight
motorcycle-only checkpoints, go tohttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/motorcycleonlycheckpoints.aspx.
CFMOTO Powersports, Inc. will pay $750,000
EPA fine for Importing None Certified VehiclesWASHINGTON, DC - March 4, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -
A Chinese powersports company and its related U.S. distributor have
agreed to recall and replace fuel tanks that will better control gasoline vapors in approximately 1,000 vehicles and take
other steps to control pollution stemming from the illegal import of over 12,000 recreational vehicles and highway motorcycles.
These motor vehicles were manufactured in China and imported without the required certification indicating that emissions
would meet federal standards.Overview of Companies
CFMOTO Powersports, Inc. is a Minnesota corporation
that holds certificates of conformity and that imports highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles manufactured by Zhejiang
CFMoto Power Co., Ltd. and ChunFeng Holding Group Co. Ltd., both Chinese companies. CFMOTO America, Inc. is a now-dissolved
Michigan corporation that was the predecessor to CFMOTO Powersports, Inc.Violations
Between March 2007
and August 2013, CFMOTO imported over 12,000 highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles into the United States that were
not certified by the EPA, as required by the Clean Air Act, to meet applicable federal emission standards, including approximately
1,400 vehicles that were imported without proper emission control information labels.Pollutant Impacts
Nine hundred and ninety-three (993) recreational vehicles were imported with uncertified fuel tanks. Fuel tanks are emissions
related parts that ensure that highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles meet emissions requirements under Title II of
the Clean Air Act.Non-Penalty Conditions
The settlement requires CFMOTO to institute a Recall and Fuel
Tank Replacement Program to prevent any excess emissions from the uncertified fuel tanks. Furthermore, the settlement requires
CFMOTO to correct the emission control labels for 340 of the vehicles with nonconforming labels that are still within CFMOTO's
contol.Health Effects and Environmental Benefits
Highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles emit
carbon monoxide, as well as hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone.
Oxides - Nitrogen oxides can cause or contribute to a variety of health problems and adverse environmental impacts, such as
ground-level ozone, acid rain, global warming, water quality deterioration, and visual impairment. Affected populations include
children and people with lung diseases such as asthma. Exposure to these conditions can cause damage to lung tissue for people
who work or exercise outside.
- Ground-level ozone - Ground-level ozone is formed by reactions involving
HC and NOx in the presence of sunlight. Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems, including chest pain, coughing,
throat irritation, and congestion. It also can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Ground-level ozone damages vegetation
and ecosystems as well. In the United States, ozone is responsible for an estimated $500 million in reduced crop production
- Carbon Monoxide - Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is formed when carbon
in fuel is not burned completely. It is a component of motor vehicle exhaust, which contributes about 56 percent of all carbon
monoxide emissions nationwide. Carbon monoxide can cause harmful health effects by reducing oxygen delivery to the body's
organs (like the heart and brain) and tissues.
pay a $725,000 penalty
recalls Can Am and Ski-Doo heated glovesPublish Date: Feb 27, 2014STURTEVANT,
Wis. - BRP is recalling Ski-Doo ad Can Am heated gloves because the gloves' lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack can overheat,
posing a fire hazard.The gloves were made in China and sold at BRP authorized dealerships nationwide and via BRP's website from August
2013 through February 2014. Recalled product codes are 446247 for the Can-Am heated gloves, 446248 for
the Ski-Doo heated gloves and 4880580001 for the two Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that are sold separately.BRP
has received three reports of batteries overheating while charging, two in Canada and one in United States. In two reports,
there was minor property damage. No injuries were reported, according to the recall notice posted by the CPSC.Consumers are advised to immediately disconnect all battery packs from the electrical connections and remove
the battery. Avoid charging the battery packs and contact an authorized dealership or BRP directly for a full refund of the
paid price up to $199.99 plus taxes. Customers can keep the gloves. A full reimbursement of the paid price up to $49.99
plus taxes will be offered for the return of additional two battery packs.
Yamaha recalls 1,300 off-road competition bikes for drive chain fixPublish
Date: Feb 27, 2014CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha is recalling about 1,300 competition off-road motorcycles
because the drive chain can detach and cause the rider to lose control of the bike.The recall, posted by the CPSC, involves model year 2014 bikes with model numbers YZ250FEL, YZ250FEW, YZ450FEL and
YZ450FEW. YZ250F or YZ450F and 250 or 450 is printed on the left and right side panels of the motorcycles.The
bikes were sold from December 2013 through January 2014 for between $7,500 and $8,500.No incidents or injuries
have been reported as a result of the drive chain issue, the OEM reported.Yamaha is contacting registered
owners directly. Consumers are instructed to immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact their local
Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair.
Motorcycle Auction Set For Houston Debut At Reliant Center
Over 200 Vintage Bikes from Ariel
to Zundapp will Cross the Block Sunday, April 13
WALWORTH, WI - February 26, 2014
- (Motor Sports Newswire) - Mecum Auctions will present the next MidAmerica Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction Sunday, April 13 at the Reliant
Center in Houston. The offering of more than 200 vintage and collector bikes will immediately follow the auction house's third-annual
Houston classic and collector car auction April 10-12.Following the record-breaking motorcycle-exclusive auction in Las Vegas, Jan. 9-11, Mecum is excited to now present
MidAmerica Motorcycles at an entirely new venue in a state that is home to some of the most well-known motorcycle rallies
and events in the country.1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsMore than half of the sought-after
lineup of bikes to be offered at the Houston auction hail from the Mike Doyle Collection of Dixon, California. Comprised of
100-plus motorcycles, Doyle's collection includes some of the finest two-wheeled machines available like a 1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65), a completely restored 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72) with correct factory engine and frame numbers, and a 1913 Sears Auto-Cycle Single Cylinder (U132). Doyle's 1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81) is a truly rare find. Built approximately 15 years ago using factory original cases and parts, this bike could
be shown and judged at any A.M.C.A. event. Doyle's collection also includes a great period racer in the form of a 1960 Ducati 260 Elite Racer (Lot U89). This gem is one of the early Ducati motorcycles with the company's trademark valve systems and features a
fresh concours restoration. Rarely does such a varied collection of American, British, German, Italian and Japanese motorcycles
come to be offered from one collection.1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions1960 Ducati 260 Elite Racer (Lot U89)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsAlso set to cross the auction
block are two motorcycles that once belonged to the King of Cool Steve McQueen including a 1931 Harley-Davidson VL (Lot U85) and a 1971 Husqvarna 250cc Moto-Cross (Lot U59). The Husky is a well-documented motorcycle initially invoiced to McQueen's film business, Solar Productions,
on Oct. 19, 1971, with a note on the invoice that read "Ship to Valerians for Steve to have picked up." Originally
purchased for $898, this machine has since been restored and is currently in clean, running condition.1931 Harley-Davidson VL (Lot U85)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions1971 Husqvarna 250cc Moto-Cross (Lot U59)
Photo Courtesy of Mecum AuctionsFor a complete list of consignments
visit Mecum.com. Mecum's website is updated daily with the most recent consignments including photos and descriptions of each motorcycle.
For more details on the Houston Motorcycle auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.About Mecum AuctionsNobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody.
The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United
States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 26 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles
per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains
a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visitwww.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum's social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.Schedule:
Mecum Houston Auction
The Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
April 10-12, 2014
April 11 3:30-6 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 p.m.
- Admission: $20 per person per day, children 12 and younger receive complimentary
- Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
- Auction: Vehicles
start at 10 a.m. each day with Road Art 30 minutes prior
- TV Schedule: April 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
and 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
April 12 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
(All Times Central)
Yamaha recalls 24,000 YZF-R1s, Super TeneresPublish
Date: Feb 26, 2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has notified NHTSA that it is recalling
nearly 24,000 sportbikes and adventure-touring motorcycles due an overheating problem associated with the headlights.The
OEM is recalling:
In affected units, "use of the headlight may generate enough heat to cause the bulb connections to expand, resulting
in arcing in the headlight bulb socket," NHTSA noted. This condition could cause the bulb to overheat, melt and cause
the headlight to malfunction.Yamaha is notifying owners; dealers are asked to replace the headlight socket, free of charge (see image). The NHTSA Recall Campaign No. is 14V044000.
- 2009-13 model year YZF-R1s manufactured from October 2008 through August 2013 (roughly
19,000 units, according to Yamaha), and
- 2012-13 model year XTZ12 Super Teneres (about 4,700 units)
manufactured from October 2011 through August 2013.
recalling 16,550 Ranger, Crew SxS vehiclesPublish Date: Feb 27, 2014MEDINA, Minn. -
Polaris is recalling about 16,550 2013 Polaris Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 500 EFI recreational off-highway vehicles because
the vehicles' throttle cable can melt on the exhaust pipe and fail to operate properly. The defect can cause the rider to
lose control, posing a crash hazard, according to a notice posted by the CPSC.The vehicles were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from June 2012 through February 2014 for between $9,300 and $11,000.Polaris
has received one report of a vehicle's throttle failing to return to idle after accelerating, causing the operator to lose
control of the vehicle and be thrown from it, resulting in a scraped shin.Consumers are advised to immediately
stop using the recalled Polaris Ranger vehicles and contact a Polaris dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. Consumers
will also be given inspection instructions if they wish to perform their own inspection. Polaris is contacting its customers
The Legend and Heroes Tour to honor Motocross Icon,
Gary Semics, in Georgia!
2014 - Manlius, NY: As a mainstay of the Monster Energy Supercross series and launching its' new program at
the opening round this year with the industry's first digital media mobile Moto Museum experience, which is part of the Monster
Energy Supercross "Party in the Pits". The display includes period champion machines and historical paraphernalia.
Inside is a state of the art digital showcase sporting the history of Supercross via a video wall for a full audio-visual
Monster Energy Supercross' round #8 in Atlanta, GA will see motocross instructor and champion,
Gary Semics, receive his Legends & Heroes Tour 40th Anniversary of Supercross award. Gary Semics
was brought up in the late 1950's, early 1960's, when the world was an entirely different place as far as motocross goes.
In 1967, at the age of thirteen, young Semics was introduced to motocross when he went to Mathis Racetrack in New Philadelphia,
OH with some friends. Up until then, he thought Hill Climb competition was it. But boy was he wrong.
Gary's first experience watching motocross just happened to be watching of the world's best racers from Europe. It
was one of the events where Edison Dye brought the, then dominate European racers, over to promote the popular European sport.
Semics saw CZ's Joel Robert, Husqvarna's Torsten Hallman, the top Czechoslovakian riders on CZs and many others riding like
he never even imagined. From that day on, Semics was hooked and knew somehow that this was what he wanted to do. Semics
went on to earn a AMA Pro Supercross title and with his years of professional racing under his belt, not to mention his training
and coaching experience, earned the respect from the industry and his pears as well.
Gary Semics will be at
the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum display at the Georgia Dome this Saturday, February 22nd at 3:00pm for
a "Meet and Greet" with the fans. Later in the day, Mr. Semics will be honored on the Monster Energy
podium and presented with the Legend and Heroes 40th Anniversary of Supercross award.
USA Recalls About 10,000 Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Fuel Leak and Fire HazardWASHINGTON, D.C. - February
15, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -RECALL SUMMARYName of product: Off-road motorcyclesHazard: Fuel
can leak from between the fuel tank and fuel tap, posing a fire hazard.RECALL DETAILSUnits: About 10,000Description: This recall involves
model year 2010, 2011 and 2012 KLX110 and KLX110L off-road motorcycles. The motorcycles have a 110 cubic centimeter engine,
agreen fuel tank, shroud cover and fenders, a black seat and white side covers. "Kawasaki" is on both sides
of the shroud cover. Model names and numbers are on both side covers directly beneath the seat. KLX110 models have an automatic
clutch, a shift pedal and no clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about 27 inches. KLX110L
models have a manual clutch, a shift pedal and a clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about
29 inches.Incidents/Injuries: None reportedRemedy: Consumers should immediately
stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact a Kawasaki dealer to
schedule a free repair. Kawasaki is contacting its customers directly.Sold at: Kawasaki dealers nationwide
from November 2009 to January 2014 for about $2,100 to $2,350.Distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A.,
of Irvine, Calif.Manufactured in: Thailand
Stewart Makes it Two-in-a-Row with Second
Win of the Season in ArlingtonCianciarulo Grabs Maiden Victory in Eastern
Regional 250SX Class OpenerARLINGTON, TX - February 16, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - In front of 54,421 fans inside AT&T Stadium, Team Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewartwon his second straight
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race with a dominant performance in the 450SX Class for the 47th win
of his career. In the opening race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's
Adam Cianciarulo captured his first career victory in his Monster Energy Supercross debut.Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey raced
to the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award to start the 20-lap 450SX Class Main Event,
edging out Stewart and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto. By the conclusion of the opening lap, Team Honda Muscle
Milk's Justin Barcia had moved into third, with Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX's Justin Brayton in fourth and Red Bull KTM's Ken
Roczen in fifth. Villopoto crossed the line in sixth.Dungey led the opening three laps before Stewart made the winning
pass and pulled away steadily for the remainder of the Main Event. Dungey was never challenged for second, but the battle
for the final spot on the podium waged on between Barcia, Brayton, Roczen, and Villopoto. Both Barcia and Brayton took turns
occupying the position while Villopoto challenged for the spot in the late stages of the race. Ultimately, Barcia held on
to third to secure his first podium result of the season.Stewart moved to within one victory of tying five-time Monster Energy
Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time 450SX Class wins list. It was his first win inside
AT&T Stadium, but his third in North Texas following wins in 2005 and 2007 inside the old Cowboys Stadium in
Irving, Texas. He also joins Villopoto andDiscount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed for the most wins in the
division this season with two.James Stewart captured his 47th career win of his career
Photo credit: Simon Cudby"I'm so happy,"
exclaimed Stewart. "I thought we needed to be better for the Main Event and we were. The track was really difficult and
I knew I had to get myself to a certain point in order to make a pass and control the race. The championship doesn't matter
right now. We just need to keep riding like we are. If we do that, then we'll be good."Villopoto finished fourth to maintain
his lead in the championship standings, which now sits at 12 points over Roczen, who finished sixth. Stewart moved into third
place, 14 points out of the lead.Reed, who suffered an injury on the final lap of competition one week ago in San
Diego, attempted to practice on Saturday despite a broken scapula, collarbone, and T1 vertebrae, but ultimately pulled out
of competition. He fell from third to sixth in the championship.By virtue of his victory, Stewart assumed control of the Toyota Triple
Challenge and holds a one-point lead over Villopoto and Barcia. With one race remaining in the Triple Challenge from
East Rutherford, N.J., on April 26, Stewart is now in position to win a new Toyota Tundra if he maintains the advantage. The
wins by Reed and Stewart in the first two races mean that no rider will claim the $250,000 bonus for winning all three Main
Events.450SX Class Main Event start
Photo credit: Simon CudbyCianciarulo began his first career Eastern Regional 250SX
Class Main Event by racing to the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award, bringing his Monster Energy/ProCircuit/Kawasaki teammates
Martin Davalos and Blake Baggett with him. Davalos, who was the fastest rider in practice, made a pass for the lead on the
opening lap but crashed on Lap 3, allowing Cianciarulo to reclaim the top spot and Baggett to take over second. Yamalube/Star
Racing Yamaha's Anthony Rodriguez took over third in his first career professional start, but crashed out of the race on Lap
6, handing the position to TiLUBE/Storm Lake Honda's Gavin Faith. Out front, Cianciarulo and Baggett opened a significant
advantage over the rest of the field before Baggett made a pass on Cianciarulo for the lead on Lap 7. The rookie rider responded
quickly and retook the lead in the next turn. On Lap 8, Faith crashed out of the race, which allowed Davalos to move back
into podium position.Once back out front, Cianciarulo extended his advantage to become the first rider since Trey Canard in
2008 to win in his first career Monster Energy Supercross start. Baggett finished second while Davalos rebounded from a pair
of crashes to climb his way from sixth to third and secure a podium sweep for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.Cianciarulo celebrates the first 250SX Class win of his career
Photo credit: Simon Cudby"I couldn't be
more pumped," said Cianciarulo, who became the 93rd different 250SX Class winner in Monster Energy Supercross
history. "This is for everyone who has stuck behind me through all the good times and bad. It's taken a lot of good days
and a lot of bad days to get to this point. I cannot believe it, all these fans cheering for me and giving me the support.
I just can't believe it. We did it."Monster Energy Supercross visits Atlanta's Georgia Dome next Saturday, February 22,
for the eighth race of the 2014 season. Live broadcast coverage on FOX Sports 2 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.Eastern Regional
250SX Class Results: Arlington
Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki
- Blake Baggett, Grand
Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki
- Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki
- Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
- Cole Thompson, Brigden, Canada, KTM
- Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda
Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda
450SX Class Results: Arlington
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
- Blake Baggett,
Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 22
- Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki, 20
- Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau,
Mo., Honda, 18
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 16
- Cole Thompson, Brigden, Canada, KTM, 15
Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda, 14
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda, 13
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn.,
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda, 11
450SX Class Season Standings
Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
- Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla.,
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
- Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha
- Ken Roczen,
Murrieta, Calif., KTM
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
- Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda
- Josh Hill,
Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
Triple Challenge Standings
Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 144
- Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 132
- James Stewart, Haines City,
Fla., Suzuki, 130
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 116
- Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 114
Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111
- Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 109
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas,
- Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 65
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 63
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 39
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo Wash.,
- Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 38
- Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 37
Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 31
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas,
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 22
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 16
Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 14
For the first-time
ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and FOX
Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross
programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.
- Ethan Kidd, Bates City,
- Colton Trouille, Lake Park, Ga., KTM
- Weston Duke, Selling, Okla., KTM
- Ashton Werline, Everman,
- Stockton Singleton, Marietta, Ga., KTM
- Jacob Baran, Jenks, Okla., KTM
- Marisa Menning, Kelso,
- Jase Chelin, Lake Hills, Ga., KTM
- Daric Johnson, Perryton, Texas, KTM
- Ky Keadle, Amarillo,
- Clay Fishback, Washington, Iowa, KTM
- Brody Farris, Haslet, Texas, KTM
- Ben Stroud, Cornelius,
- Kaden Shaw, Tucumcari, N.M., KTM
- Boston Allison, Waxahachie, Texas, KTM
The Legend and Heroes Tour will honor Yamaha's
World RenownedKeith McCarty as part of
the Legends & Heroes 2014 40th Anniversary of
Supercross Tour at A-3!
January 31, 2014 - Manlius, NY: The Legends and Heroes
Tour has been a mainstay of the Monster Energy Supercross series for the past four years, and has once again hit the road
for its fifth year while celebrating the 40th anniversary of Supercross.
The Legends and Heroes Tour launched its'
new 2014 program during the opening round of the Monster Energy Supercross at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
The industry's first digital media mobile Moto Museum experience, with a new museum design, is part of the Moto Museum's 100'
plus foot print, which is part of the Monster Energy Supercross "Party in the Pits". The display includes
period champion machines and historical paraphernalia. Inside is a state of the art digital showcase sporting the history
of Supercross via a video wall for a full audio-visual theater experience.
The Legends and Heroes Supercross Tour's next stop is back at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim this weekend. This third
So Cal stop will honor Yamaha's Keith McCarty. Well known in the early days of Motocross and Supercross, McCarty was
responsible for helping pilot Bob Hannah as the first "Triple Crown" winner of Supercross. Keith and his team
gained national recognition as the first manufacturer to win three Supercross titles in a row. Hannah piloted the YZ's
to championship heights from 1977, 1978 and 1979.
Mr. McCarty will be at the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum display
at A-3 this Saturday, February 1st at 3:00pm for a "Meet and Greet" with the fans. Later in the day, Keith
will be honored on the Monster Energy podium and presented with the Legend and Heroes 40th Anniversary of Supercross award.
The EPA needs to hear from you on E15
Submit comments before the deadline, Jan. 28!
You have less than two weeks to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that you support its proposal to reduce
the total amount of ethanol required in transportation fuel nationwide in 2014.
The AMA supports this proposal because
it could slow the introduction of E15, a gasoline formulation that contains as much as 15 percent ethanol by volume, into
the marketplace. The AMA opposes E15 because it can cause engine and fuel system damage to your motorcycle or ATV, and can
void manufacturer's warranties.
You play an important role in convincing the EPA to change the 2014 ethanol mandate
under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
As of Jan. 17, the EPA has heard from more than 4,000 motorcyclists! But the EPA
needs to hear from more of you to counter the pro-ethanol groups that want E15 to be sold throughout the country.
this public comment period, you can tell the agency how this proposal will help protect 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain
vehicles in America -- and the riders who depend on their safe operation -- from inadvertent misfueling.
the deadline for comments is Jan. 28! Act today to ensure your voice is heard.
For the latest information on the American
Motorcyclist Association's efforts to protect your access to safe fuels, go to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/news/rightsnews/13-11-15/Introduction_of_E15_fuel_into_the_U_S_marketplace_may_stall_in_2014.aspx.
The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made
available online at www.regulations.gov
, including any personal information provided.
Arctic Cat recalling Sno Pros for fuel leak fix
Jan 15, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arctic Cat is recalling about 264 Arctic Cat 500 Sno Pro snowmobiles
to fix a fuel leak that can cause a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.
No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Vehicles being recalled
are model year 2014 Arctic Cat 500 Sno Pros with model numbers S2014ACCPRUSG and S2014ACCPRPVG, sold by dealers starting in
September 2013 for between $7,800 and $9,000, the agency reported.
is notifying owners. Dealers are asked to make repairs free of charge.
Monster Energy Supercross Race This Saturday Honors 40 Years of the Sport's History
AURORA, IL - January 16, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Feld MotorSports® announced today that the second Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at Angel
Stadium this Saturday will serve as the official "40th Anniversary Celebration Race."To kick the weekend off, several past champions will join Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen at the pre-race
press conference and take part in a Q&A session that looks back at the 40 years of racing at Angel Stadium. On Friday
evening, fans can celebrate with the champions at the OC Sports Bar (450 North State College Blvd Orange, CA) from 5:00 -
8:00 p.m. PT.On race day, fans can take part in a meet and greet at the Monster Energy Supercross 40th Anniversary
Legends and Heroes display in the pit area, where iconic bikes and retro memorabilia will be on display. During opening ceremonies,
all 22 Monster Energy Supercross champions will be presented a commemorative helmet before being introduced to the crowd during
opening ceremonies.The race track will be a replica of the 2001 Anaheim season opener, which marked the passing of the torch from seven-time
450SX Class Champion Jeremy McGrath to Ricky Carmichael, who went on to win five championships and sits second on the all-time win list. These two great champions will take a hot lap on the iconic
track during opening ceremonies.Many of the current teams and riders of Monster Energy Supercross are also
expected to get into the throwback spirit of the 40th anniversary celebration, and fans are encouraged to embrace the commemorative
theme."Supercross was a very important part of my racing experience," said Pierre Karsmakers, the first-ever supercross
champion. "I was fortunate enough to be a part of an emerging sport in its early years. My generation is so impressed
by the new generation of riders and of course the development of the bikes. As the first AMA Supercross Champion, I have great
respect to be honored with such remarkable riders at the 40th anniversary celebration""It is an
honor to be among these 22 deserving champions of Monster Energy Supercross," said Ryan Villopoto, the reigning three-time
450SX Class Champion who rides for Monster Energy Kawasaki. "I am especially excited to race at this 40th-anniversary
event and to see the legends of the sport honored in front of a huge crowd. The second race at Anaheim is going to be a great
race, and I am also looking forward to seeing everyone in the pits wearing their retro gear.""The
2014 season marks a special milestone for the sport as we celebrate its 40th anniversary," said Todd Jendro, vice president
of two-wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports. "We wanted to pay tribute to the heritage of the sport by hosting a commemorative
race that reflects on Monster Energy Supercross' remarkable evolution and expansion into the mainstream. For the first-time
ever, we will have all 22 supercross champions on hand at Angel Stadium."
the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races
live and FOX Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy
Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app
|450SX Class Champions||Title(s)||Year(s)|
|Jeremy McGrath||7||'93; '94; '95; '96; '98; '99; ‘00|
|Ricky Carmichael||5||'01; '02; '03; '05; ‘06|
|Bob Hannah||3||'77; '78; ‘79|
|Jeff Stanton||3||'89; '90; ‘92|
|Ryan Villopoto||3||'11; '12; ‘13|
|Jeff Ward||2||'85; ‘87|
|Chad Reed||2||'04; ‘08|
|Rick Johnson||2||'86; ‘88|
|James Stewart||2||'07; ‘09|
BMW is Recalling 50,184 Motorcycles Manufactured Between 2005-2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 6, 2014 - (Motor Sports Newswire) -
RECALL Subject: Fuel Pump Flange may Leak , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)
Receipt Date: DEC 12, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V617000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
of Units Affected: 50,184
K 1200 GT
K 1200 R SPORT
K 1200 S
K 1300 GT
K 1300 S
K 1600 GTL
R 1200 GS
R 1200 GS ADVENTURE
R 1200 R
R 1200 S
R 1200 ST
S 1000 RR
2008 - 2009
2008 - 20010
2006 - 2008
2005 - 2008
2009 - 2011
2009 - 2011
2005 - 2011
2007 - 2011
2005 - 2011
2005 - 2007
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
SUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 model year R-model motorcycles,
model year 2005-2012 K-model motorcycles, model year 2010-2011 S 1000 model motorcycles, and model year 2006-2010 HP2 motorcycles.
In the affected motorcycles, the fuel pump flange (and the auxiliary fuel pump flange if equipped) could develop cracks and
CONSEQUENCE: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may
result in a fire.
REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will either reinforce
the fuel pump flange or replace the pump, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2014.
Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Releases 2014 F2 Carbon Andrew Short Replica Helmets6012014
Now available from FLY Racing,
the all-new Andrew Short Replica F2 Carbon helmet!
BOISE, ID - January 6, 2013 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - The F2 helmet has quickly become a leader in the high performance off-road helmet category. The F2 Carbon sets itself
apart with a unique style and identity all its own. Utilizing state-of-the-art, aircraft grade carbon fiber and Kevlar®
composite construction, the F2 Carbon represents lightweight race-inspired helmet technology for the masses. Yes, you too
can wear the same off-the-shelf helmet as the one worn by Andrew Short, Trey Canard, Weston Peick, Jimmy Albertson and other
top FLY racers.GET THIS HELMET AT A PRE-SEASON DISCOUNT UNTIL MARCH 1ST!!!
Part # 73-4082 - Black/Yellow/Blue
Part # 73-4083 - Black/Purple/Orange
The MX3 GP's are dropped for 2014 and replaced with a two stroke European
300cc championship - all a little confusing but read on.
So if the PR below is correct it looks like 250cc machines are making a return - if so are we looking at an all round
two stroke world championship return in 2 or 3 years?
After a meeting between manufacturers and FIM, Youthstream
and FIM Europe are glad to announce to start from next year of a new European 300cc 2 stroke Championship, that is likely
to have a great success and it will be the base for a future World Championship.
The market demand of the 2 stroke for
Motocross is increasing rapidly. Youthstream plans to hold between 6 to 7 races together with the MXGP (like it is already
done for the 125 and 250). Suggested capacity for the technical rules is going to be from 200cc to 300cc 2 stroke.
and FIM Europe believe a large number of riders is going participate in this Championship, in particular because of the fact
that the MX3 World Championship will be stopped and for sure there will be many riders wanting to enter.
Read more at http://moto.mpora.com/news/the-future-is-two-stroke-racing-european-300cc-championship-set-for-2014.html#7iUSjTMH41y5TwEt.99
BMW is Recalling certain model year 2007-2009
F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles9122013WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013 RECALL Subject : Rear
Wheel Bearing WearReport Receipt Date: NOV 01, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V549000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,608
of North America, LLCSUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009
F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles manufactured August 2006 through January 2009. Due to incorrect tolerances, the rear wheel
drive bearing and rear axle may wear.CONSEQUENCE: Bearing and axle wear may affect handling and control
of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect
the wheel bearing, and if necessary, replace the bearing and rear axle, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in December
2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
|Vehicle Make||Model||Model Year(s)|
|BMWBMW||F 800 SF 800 ST||2007 - 20092007 - 2009|
Harley is Recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles9122013WASHINGTON,
D.C. - December 9, 2013 RECALL Subject : Clutch may not Disengage/Incorrect Clutch PlateReport
Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V517000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,886
Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson
Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles manufactured
May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The affected motorcycles may have been built with an incorrect clutch release plate.CONSEQUENCE: An
incorrect clutch release plate may prevent the clutch from disengaging. If the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have
difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson
will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch release plate. If the clutch is incorrect, it will be replaced free
of charge. The recall began in October 2013. Harley-Davidson's recall number is 0154. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.
|Vehicle Make||Model||Model Year(s)|
Duluth National9122013December 9, 2013 - Team Yamaha's X-country team puts in some
pre-season testing and development at the first ISOC national snocross race of the season.
Harley is Recalling Certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and
FLHRSE motorcycles9122013WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013RECALL Subject : The Clutch may not DisengageReport
Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V515000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,597
Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year
2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013.
The clutch master cylinder may allow air into the clutch system. Additionally, the motorcycles may have been assembled with
an incorrect clutch release plate. Either condition may prevent the clutch from disengaging.CONSEQUENCE: If
the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a
crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson has already notified owners, and dealers will rebuild the clutch master
cylinder and install the proper clutch release plate, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in late October 2013. Harley-Davidson's
recall number is 0153. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.
|Vehicle Make||Model||Model Year(s)|
two big hitting featherweight outboards
- the new DF30A and DF25a122013December 9, 2013 -- Suzuki
has announced the addition of yet another two new lightweight and fuel-efficient outboard motors to its range - the DF30A
and DF25A. Both of these new models punch well above their weight in terms of delivering high-end specification and performance
from small portable units.
High Lifter, 2013 Shriners Ride Raises More Than $14,000 for Children's Hospital9122013SHREVEPORT,
LA - December 9, 2013 - High Lifter Products and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar teamed up for the
sixth consecutive year to host a benefit mud ride for the Shriners Hospital for Children at High Lifter Off-Road Park in Shreveport
on December 7, 2013. Attendees braved freezing temperatures to ride their off-road vehicles in the mud and to help raise more
than $14,000 and loads of toys for the children's hospital. The event is one of the biggest fund-raisers for the Shreveport-area
hospital.Funds for Shriners Hospital for Children were raised through park admission, concessions, pancake breakfast, and a
raffle for prizes including a 2014 Polaris Ranger 570, a Warn Winch, Moonshinexxx Light Bar, and a year's worth of coupons
for Applebee's valued at $7,300."This truly is my favorite event we put on each year," said Scott
Smith, owner of High Lifter Products. "It's a busy time of the year where we can stop, have fun, and put others first.
The hospital has changed so many lives for the better, including my son's, and hosting an event like this is the least we could do. The event's continued success is direct results of the support from our awesome
sponsors, including Polaris, Warn, Moonshinexxx, and Applebee's. We are eager to continue to see this event grow and can't
wait to what next year brings!"High Lifter and Applebee's have already begun planning for the 2014 Shriners Ride scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Since
1922, the Shriners Hospital and their 22 facilities have been dedicated to providing specialty pediatric care. Thousands of
children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries, have been treated in a family-centered environment at
no charge. For more information on the Shriners Hospital, go to www.shrinershq.org.
BMW recalling K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcyclesPublish Date: Dec 3, 2013WASHINGTON,
D.C. -BMW of North America is recalling about 2,475 model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles for an engine
control unit defect that can cause the motorcycles to stall unexpectedly.The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA)'s notice says in certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received
by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed. That can cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash."A
calibration threshold within the throttle valve control software has been determined to be overly sensitive. As a result,
under certain operating conditions, an implausible signal may be registered within the engine control unit. If this happens,
the engine control unit may initiate a ‘fail safe mode' (i.e. ‘limp home mode,' engine speed limited to approximately
2,000 rpm). In rare cases, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash," according to the NHTSA notice.BMW
said it is not aware of any accidents and of only one minor injury having resulted from the issue.BMW will
notify owners. Dealers are asked to update the throttle control software, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to
begin this month.
Group plans to sell Benelli in U.S. as scooter, ATV brandPublish
Date: Nov 26, 2013
SIKESTON, Mo. - A U.S.-based manufacturing group is planning to
bring new life to the Benelli brand here -- with an ATV and scooter assembly plant in the Midwest and a new dealer network."We've
decided to revive the Benelli Motor Sports brand in the United States," said operations manager Roger Strong, who once
ran a dealership selling Chinese scooters and ATVs.The Italian Benelli brand, regarded as the oldest European
motorcycle company, is in the hands of Chinese company Group Qianjiang and continues to produce and sell motorcycles in Europe. But that company allowed the U.S. trademark to lapse, so the U.S.-based firm captured the trademark and logo
to launch the new line here.Ownership of the trademark bars other businesses from importing or selling motorcycles
to the U.S. under the Benelli name.The new Benelli Motor Sports will offer 50cc scooters priced around $995 and 250cc ATVs priced at about $2,495.Benelli will import components from Taiwan
and assemble the vehicles here for sale in the United States. In all, the company proposes to make about 25 products. The
plans also include small boat motors, which the company plans to display at boat shows early next year in Atlanta, Ga., and
Miami, Fla."There is a big difference in the quality of Taiwanese products vs. Chinese makes,"
Strong said. "It's the fit and finish."To eliminate one drawback of some foreign makes, the company
said it will only import models with a required number of accompanying spare parts -- that way, Strong said, dealers will
be able to get parts if the units need repairs. "We'll have guaranteed parts with 24-hour shipping," he notedd.
"Our dealer service and parts network will set us apart."James Best, of Sikeston, is the U.S. company's
CEO. Strong said some of the company's executives are also executives of The Lock Co., which will have a co-located factory
with Benelli; and Red Wasp Ammunition, an Illinois company that makes practice rounds for law enforcement.The
company said it is working on a 50,000 sq. ft. industrial space in Sikeston for the assembly plant, which is expected to employ
about 100 people at full buildout. The facility will include an on-site showroom. Hiring is expected to begin in December
and January.The scooters and ATVs are not expected to be in showrooms for another year,
Ohlins expands recall for steering damper kitsPublish Date: Nov
26, 2013HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Öhlins Racing AB has expanded a previous recall for aftermarket steering
damper kits.The company said it discovered that a safety issue concerning possible cracks occurring in the brackets of the aftermarket
steering damper kits affects more model numbers than originally listed in the previous recall. Thatrecall notice was for BMW steering damper kits SD 033, SD 037 and SD 038 and was issued in June 2013 (see image).Material that was machined in an
unfavorable direction, in combination with probable material defect, is causing the aluminum alloy to be sensitive to stress-corrosion
cracking, the company said. This recall has been expanded to include steering damper kits produced from September 2008 until
October 2013.Here are the part numbers involved (only batches of these part numbers as listed on the company's website are affected): SD000, SD 001, SD002, SD003, SD004, SD005, SD020, SD027, SD031, SD041, SD120, SD124, SD137, SD154,
SD170, SD178, SD180, SD182, SD183, SD197 and SD215.The issue does not exist on steering damper kits currently
in production, the company added.Öhlins Racing AB decided to recall all steering damper brackets of
specific batches after seven known cases were discovered. "There is a risk that the bracket will fail, allowing it to
slide on the cylinder body of the damper, resulting in less steering angle in one direction, or possibly asymmetric damping.
Either of these events are cause for concern," the company said.Customers with a steering damper listed
above are being instructed to contact their dealer or Öhlins USA to have it replaced. A page on thewww.ohlinsusa.com website lists the specific batch numbers and provides further contact information for any questions. New brackets are
being made available to dealers now, the company noted."Please remove the recalled steering damper before
using the motorcycle!" the company announced. "We apologize for this manufacturing issue. Safety is of the highest
importance to Öhlins Racing AB and its affiliates. Customers will receive a replacement bracket without charge or shipping costs."
One-Wheeled Microcycle from RYNO Available for Pre-Order
December 4, 2013
RYNO Motors announced today that the company would start to accept customer deposits for the RYNO, a one-wheeled electric
microcycle. Customers can guarantee that they receive a RYNO with a fully refundable $150 deposit. The company expects to
begin production in 2014. The self-balancing electric RYNO is designed for city errands,
commuting to work and for personal transportation within large campuses and industrial facilities where people need to move
quickly and efficiently over short to medium distances. The RYNO is small enough to be brought into offices and elevators,
and it mingles well with pedestrians. "The RYNO is a fun, efficient and convenient
way to get from place to place," said Chris Hoffmann, CEO and founder of RYNO Motors. "It's half the bike and twice
the fun." To operate a RYNO, the rider must balance the RYNO from side to side
in the same way as any other bicycle, but the forward and back balance is managed by the electronics on the vehicle. As a
self-balancing form of transportation, the RYNO moves forward when a rider leans forward, and stops when a rider leans back.
It generally takes a new rider about one hour to begin to get comfortable riding the RYNO, and a few days to achieve intuitive
and natural control. With a top speed of 10 miles per hour, the RYNO is suited for
use in bike lanes and on sidewalks. It produces zero emissions, is easily charged in a normal AC outlet and costs under a
penny a mile to ride. According to the company, initial pricing is expected to be $5,295 per cycle.
Sea-Doo Introduces Budget-Priced Spark
November 13, 2013
Dealers arrived at Sea-Doo's annual dealer meeting expecting something big. For months, rumors of a new craft circulated
- a new craft with a lower price point and possibly even a completely new hull and engine. Instead, dealers received a craft
that arguably exceeded their expectations. The cleverly named Spark features an entirely new design built from a unique material,
and in this day of near constant price creep, it starts at an almost unheard of price of $4,999.
According to Sea-Doo
reps, Spark has been a long time coming. The project dates back to 2006, when Sea-Doo tasked engineers and designers with
creating a new craft that was fun, like the early SP line, and had an ultra-affordable price tag. In order to accomplish this
goal, Sea-Doo seriously examined its current construction techniques. Sea-Doo forewent fiberglass in favor of plastic, more
specifically polypropylene reinforced with long-strand glass fibers. Why choose plastic over glass? Cost is the obvious reason,
but so too is weight. The material - coined PolyTec - is substantially lighter than glass. Paired with a similarly
lightweight, lower horsepower engine, Sea-Doo is able to exploit the horsepower-to-weight ratio and essentially offers more
bang for the buck.
Plastic doesn't offer the gloss of fiberglass, but it does make it easier to offer a wider variety
of color choice. The Spark comes in a palette of five shades, including bright hues of pineapple (yellow), bubble gum (magenta)
and orange crush (orange), as well as a more subdued vanilla (white) and licorice (black). Each is evenly mixed with black
deck components and a black hull.Rather than use an adhesive, Sea-Doo bolts the hull and deck together with
a multitude of Nyloc-style fasteners. The technique offers intriguing possibilities for dealer service. Service reps won't
have to wriggle their hands into a tight engine compartment; instead, they can unfasten nearly the entire top deck in about
10 minutes and remove it completely from the hull, offering unprecedented access to the engine and fuel system. For the consumer,
the Spark includes exterior access ports only for necessary items like the dipstick and battery. The fuel fill, along with
a fire extinguisher, is located below the seat.
To give this plastic hull the necessary rigidity, designers created
a wishbone-like exoskeleton extending from steering column to deck. The space between this "wishbone" is left empty.
It's a cost and weight savings, but also an opportunity to make the styling more dramatic. An accessory storage compartment
with seven gallons of capacity can be added to the void if desired.
As to the aforementioned engine, the three-cylinder
Rotax 900 ACE was developed jointly for the snowmobile and watercraft markets and comes in both 60- and 90- horsepower variations.
That may seem overly small by today's standards, but consider the craft's overall weight is only 405 pounds in its base, two-seater
version. That gives the Spark a 300-plus pound advantage over Sea-Doo's own GTi and Yamaha's VX Sport. Initial testing showed
the 60-horsepower versions to peak at about 42 mph, and the 90-hp at about 50 mph. Both variations are also extremely fuel
efficient, with Sea-Doo claiming as low as a 1.94 gallon-per-hour consumption over the course of an average duty cycle.
As to how the engine bolts into the plastic hull, Sea-Doo addressed the situation by using unique motor mounts. The
engine bolts through the hull to parallel aluminum plates recessed into the exterior. One of those plates also serves as the
heat exchanger for Sea-Doo's closed-loop cooling system.
The engine is but one of many choices
available to Spark owners. In an attempt to make the boat completely customizable, buyers can also choose between two- and
three-passenger versions (the latter includes a longer seat and bolt-on hull extension that increases capacity from 350 to
450 pounds), as well as the option to include Sea-Doo's Intelligent Brake and Reverse. The company has also made available
more than 20 stick-on graphic kits to further customize the craft's look.
When I show up for a doctor's appointment.
When filling out a credit card or loan application.
When applying for/renewing a driver's license or passport.
When applying for any kind of insurance.
When filling out college applications.
When donating blood.
When obtaining certain prescription drugs.
When making some debit purchases, especially if I'm out of state.
When collecting a boarding pass for airline
or train travel.
I'm sure there are more instances but the point is, we citizens are required to prove who we
are nearly every day.
Why should people illegally in this country be exempt? For that matter, perhaps the liberals
here can answer the question as to why we shouldn't guard our borders as closely as every other country in the world does?
|Did You Know?|
The first Honda
motorcycles were pushbikes with generator engines (for army field telephones) bolted on.