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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Honda Recalls 2013-2015 ST1300PA, 2014-2015 CB500, CBR500, CRF250L, CBR650, CTX700, NSS300, VT750, VT1300, 2015 CB300F, CBR300, CBR600, and 2014-2016 NC700 Motorcycles for Sealant Incorrectly Applied to the Starter Relay Switch that May Cause a Loss of Power

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 ST1300PA, 2014-2015 CB500, CBR500, CRF250L, CBR650, CTX700, NSS300, VT750, VT1300, 2015 CB300F, CBR300, CBR600, and 2014-2016 NC700 motorcycles.

In the affected motorcycles, sealant may have been incorrectly applied to the starter relay switch, and as a result, the electrical system may have a loss of power.

A loss of electrical power may cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

45,153 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, July 24, 2015

KTM Recalls 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Motorcycles for Fuel Leaks from the Threaded Inserts at the Rear of the Gas Tank.

KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling all model year 2014 1290 Super Duke R motorcycles manufactured July 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014.

The affected motorcycles may leak fuel from the threaded inserts at the rear of the gas tank.

A fuel leak from the threaded inserts, in the presence of an ignition source, may increase the risk of a fire.

640 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014-2015 Road King (FLHR), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Road King (FLHP), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), CVO Ultra Limited (FLHTKSE), 2014 CVO Road King (FLHRSE), and 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Road Glide (FLTRX), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), and CVO Road Glide Ultra (FLTRUSE) Motorcycles for Saddlebag Mounting Receptacles that May Not Adequately Secure the Saddlebags

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Road King (FLHR), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Road King (FLHP), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), CVO Ultra Limited (FLHTKSE), 2014 CVO Road King (FLHRSE), and 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Road Glide (FLTRX), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), and CVO Road Glide Ultra (FLTRUSE) motorcycles.

The affected motorcycles have saddlebag mounting receptacles that may not adequately secure the saddlebags to the motorcycle.

If a saddlebag is not adequately secured, it may separate from the motorcycle while riding, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.

185,272 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yamaha Recalls 2008-2011 WR250X and 2008-2015 WR250R Motorcycles for Stator Problem

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 WR250X motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2008, to June 1, 2011 and 2008-2015 WR250R motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2008, to June 1, 2015.

In the affected motorcycles, the insulation on the stator coil, a component of the alternator, may become damaged and short circuit due to insufficient heat resistance.

If the stator coil is not insulated, the motorcycle will not charge and the battery will go dead, causing the engine to stall which increases the risk of a crash.

12,721 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Suzuki Recalls 2006-2015 Boulevard M109R Motorcycles Equipped with Accessory Backrests that May Contain Excessively Long Mounting Bolts

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain Accessory Backrest Mounting Hardware kits, part numbers 990A0-75148 and 990A0-75148-BLK, manufactured March 1, 2012, to April 21, 2015.

The affected hardware kits are for installing accessory backrests on 2006-2015 Suzuki VZR1800 (Boulevard M109R) motorcycles. The mounting hardware kits may include four 110mm bolts instead of two 75mm bolts and two 95mm bolts.

If the backrest is installed with bolts that are too long, the mounting bolts may contact the rear tire, causing a loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash.

308 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ducati Recalls 2014 1199 Panigale R, 1199 Panigale S, and 1199 Superleggera for an Improperly Manufactured Rear Shock Absorber

Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain model year 2014 1199 Panigale S version, 1199 Superleggera and 1199 Panigale R version motorcycles.

The affected motorcycles may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear shock absorber. The nut on the damper rod for these shock absorbers may loosen, resulting in a loss of damping and the possible disassembling of the shock.

If the damper rod nut loosens, shock absorber performance would be affected, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

549 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Polar Bear Grand Tour Best Pictures and Videos of the 2014-2015 Riding Season

We present here a gallery of the best Polar Bear Grand Tour motorcycle pictures and videos for the 2014-2015 riding season. My definition of "best" is probably different from yours. I just looked at the more than 1000 pictures and 50 videos published during the season and picked what I liked best -- whatever caught my eye or I thought was different or offbeat.

Take a look and listen.