Motorcycle Views Newsletter

Thursday, December 31, 2009

BMW Recalls 2008-2010 F650GS and F800GS Motorcycles to Correct Stalling Condition

BMW is recalling model year 2008, 2009, and 2010 F650GS and F800GS motorcycles manufactured between January 2008 and December 2009.

During engine operation, a vacuum is created in order to draw fresh air into the canister. This air then mixes with the fuel vapors captured by the canister, and is subsequently combusted. Due to the routing of the ventilation hose, water near the end of the hose could be drawn into the charcoal canister.

4498 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

First American Woman to Ride the Cannonball Run

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has published a press release from the Cannonball Run issued December 21, 2009. Here's an excerpt:

    "Three-time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and author of the newly published book, The American Motorcycle Girls: 1900–1950, Cristine Sommer-Simmons today announced that she will be riding in the Motorcycle Cannonball Run next year. Sommer-Simmons will be one of only two women riders in the cross-country endurance run of the century. The Motorcycle Cannonball Run is gathering momentum to launch a pack of riders on vintage motorcycles for an historic ride across America in September 2010."

Read more for details.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Polar Bear Grand Tour - The Cabin

Check out pictures and descriptions of the eighth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to The Cabin in Howell, NJ on December 13, 2009. This was our annual Toy Run to benefit the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Jim Sciacca

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Jim on his 2000 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard FLHTCI. Again, there are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Top 10 Motorcycle Pictures of the Year 2009 from Motorcycle Views

The top 10 motorcycle pictures were picked from pictures submitted to Motorcycle Views in 2009. The pictures are not ordered. They include three pictures of women on motorcycles, four pictures of men on motorcycles, and three pictures of motorcycles only.

The pictures were chosen for a variety of reasons. I looked at each picture, read each description, and picked those pictures that held my interest.

Check out the Top 10 Pictures for 2009.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

BRP Recalls 2010 Roadster Spyder RT SM5 and SE5 Motorcycles for Key Switch Harness Problem

Bombardier Recreational Products, INC. (BRP) is recalling model year 2010 Roadster Spyder RT SM5 and SE5 motorcycles manufactured between October 13 and October 30, 2009.

The connector on the key switch harness may not be locked and the ignition switch harness may be routed too tight. In some situations, the connector may unplug.

108 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, December 14, 2009

BMW Recalls 2009-2010 K1300GT and K1300S Motorcycles for Throttle Body Problem

BMW is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 K1300GT and K1300S motorcycles manufactured between September 11, 2008 and November 19, 2009.

Poor fuel quality may lead to small deposits within the throttle bodies. During engine operation in a low RPM range, typically near idle speed (when coming to a stop) air flow could be sufficiently restricted and engine stalling could occur.

2019 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Boxcar

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Boxcar on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. Again, there are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Montgomeryville Cycle

Check out pictures and descriptions of the seventh motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Montgomeryville Cycle in Hatfield, PA on December 6, 2009.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2009-2010 Touring Motorcycles to Correct Fuel Tank Mounts

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 touring family motorcycles, including CVO touring and trike products, manufactured from June 6, 2008 through November 19, 2009.

The front fuel tank mounts may distort in reaction to severe frame damage from a frontal collision. This condition may cause a fuel leak at the weld of the front bracket to the tunnel.

111,569 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

AMA Announces Motorcyclists of the Year - Kids

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced the 2009 Motorcyclist of the Year award. Here's an excerpt from their press release of yesterday:

    "The AMA today announced the 2009 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year with a departure: This year's recipients are a group, rather than an individual. The winners? Kids who ride motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). America's youngest riders were at the center of the biggest story of the year in 2009, as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforced a ban on selling youth-model off-highway vehicles (OHVs)."

Read more.

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Schoch's Harley Davidson

Check out pictures and descriptions of the sixth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Schoch's H-D/Buell in Snydersville, PA on November 29, 2009.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Rich Witt

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Rich Witt on his 2002 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. There are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Kawasaki Recalls 2009-2010 Ninja EX250 Motorcycles for Engine Oil Leakage

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Ninja EX250 motorcycles.

Porosity in the engine case could allow engine oil to leak, and be deposited on the rear tire. A small number of upper engine cases for the affected model could have porosity in the aluminum casting. This porosity occurs in the vicinity of a pressurized oil passage just above the transmission output shaft.

259 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Buell Recalls 2010 XB12X and XB12XT Motorcycles for Footpeg Mount Defect

Buell is recalling certain model year 2010 XB12X and XB12XT motorcycles.

The right hand side footpeg mount may have been manufactured to incorrect specifications.

23 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Harry Hurt Dies

Harry Hurt, pioneer motorcycle accident investigator, died November 29, 2009 in California. He was 81. Here's an excerpt by Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times in an obituary published today:

    "Hurt suffered a heart attack Sunday at Pomona Valley Hospital. It was a complication of back surgery that he had a week earlier, said his eldest son, Harry Hurt III. Hurt was the principal investigator of the Hurt Report, an in-depth, on-scene investigation of 900 motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles from 1976 to 1977." -- Susan Carpenter

Read more.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Sunbear Blair

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Sunbear Blair with his 1944 Indian Chief. There are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Hillbilly Hall

Check out pictures and descriptions of the fifth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Hillbilly Hall in Hopewell, NJ on November 22, 2009.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Erik Buell to Form Erik Buell Racing

The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company announced in a press release on November 20, 2009 that Erik Buell would be establishing a new company, Erik Buell Racing. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    "Harley-Davidson, Inc. announced today that following the company’s recent decision to discontinue the Buell motorcycle product line, Erik Buell, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company, will leave the company to establish Erik Buell Racing, an independent motorcycle race shop."

For more information read the complete press release.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Michael

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Michael on his 2009 Indian Chief Vintage. There are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Port Jervis, NY

Check out pictures and descriptions of the fourth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Port Jervis, NY on November 15, 2009.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Old Bridge, NJ

Check out pictures and descriptions of the third motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Old Bridge, NJ on November 8, 2009.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Weatherman

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Weatherman with his 2009 Buell 1125 CR. There are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Bo

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Bo with his 2008 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic, 105th Anniversary Edition. There are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Lewes, DE

Check out pictures and descriptions of the second motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Lewes, DE on November 1, 2009.

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Cape May, NJ

Check out pictures and descriptions of the first motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cape May, NJ on October 25, 2009.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wheels Through Time Museum on Good Morning America

The Wheels Through Time Museum's curator, Dale Walksler, will be on Good Morning America Monday, November 9, 2009. Here's an excerpt from citizen-times.com:

    "On Monday, the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley will participate in a special broadcast with Good Morning America, as the show's co-host Bill Weir travels to Western North Carolina to ride the famed 'Tail of the Dragon' aboard the new incarnation of the Indian Motorcycle.

    Weir's segment for good morning America will showcase the reincarnation of the new Indian Motorcycle Company. Wheels Through Time will be participating in the broadcast in various capacities. Museum curator, Dale Walksler, will be on hand to provide expert commentary on American motorcycle history related to the Indian company, highlighting both the birth of the company, as well as Indian's demise in the late 40s and early 50s. Walksler will also be aboard a genuine 1944 Indian Chief motorcycle, to ride the famed "Tail of the Dragon," a stretch of U.S. highway 129 with 318 curves in 11 miles, with Weir."

Here's the complete article.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Tom's Gal

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Tom's Gal on his 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. There are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Lisa

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Lisa on her 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom. There are no men winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Will Harley-Davidson Cut Buell?

Just saw an interesting report. Harley-Davidson's net income fell 84% in the third-quarter, 2009. Looking ahead, they are expected to discontinue production of Buell motorcycles. Read more.

Here's a video from Erik Buell.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2009 1098R, 1198S and 2010 F1098 Streetfighter Motorcycles for Fuel Hose Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2009 1098R and 1198S motorcycles as well as certain 2010 F1098 Streetfighter motorcycles.

The fuel hose may become disconnected from the fuel pump which could result in engine stalling and a fuel leak.

753 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2009 K1300GT and K1300S Motorcycles for Handlebar Switch Failures

BMW is recalling certain model year 2009 K1300GT and K1300S motorcycles.

The switches on the handlebars for both the direction indicator and the emergency engine off/engine-start functions may fail.

The number of units has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Zap Recalls 2008 Xebra Motorcycles for Brake Reservoir Deficiency

Zap is recalling certain 2008 Xebra motorcycles manufactured between January and December 2008.

These motorcycles do not conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 122, "Motorcycle Brake Systems." They do not have a separate brake fluid reservoir for the front and rear brakes.

738 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Triumph Recalls 2005-2009 Sprint ST for Suspension Problem

Triumph is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Sprint ST1050 motorcycles manufactured from November 4, 2004 through September 2009.

The rear suspension drag link assembly in these motorcycles can fracture due to corrosion.

2849 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Matt

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Matt on his 2004 Yamaha Road Star. There are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Panther Motors Recalls P150 and P50 Motorcycles (Trikes) for Parking Brake Defect

Panther Motors is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 P150 and P50 motorcycles.

(Editor's Note: This is NOT the Panther Motorcycle Company. Panther Motors makes 3-wheeled trike-like vehicles.) These motorcycles (trikes) fail to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 122, "Motorcycle Brake Systems." The standard requires a strictly mechanical form of engagement of a motorcycle parking brake, whereas the parking brake on these motorcycles relies in part on hydraulic pressure.

434 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2008 Desmosedici RR for Tail Guard Fire Hazard

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2008 Desmosedici RR motorcycles.

Due to insufficient distance between the tail guard and the exhaust system, the tail guard could overheat.

386 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2010 F1098S Streetfighter Motorcycles for Engine Stalling

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2010 F1098S Streetfighter motorcycles.

The Electronic Control Unit ground screw may have been improperly tightened during production which can cause the engine to stall.

247 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Sarah and Mayabb

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Sarah with her 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Nightster. Also see Mayabb on his 2001 Suzuki Volusia. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yamaha Recalls 2005 FJR1300, FZS600, and YZF-R1 Motorcycles for Speed Control Problem

Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2005 FJR1300, FZS600, and YZF-R1 motorcycles manufactured between October 2004 and April 2005.

The throttle position sensor can fail.

180 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Honda Recalls 2002 VTX1800 for Swingarm Weld

Honda is recalling certain model year 2002 VTX1800 motorcycles manufactured between August 14 and October 4, 2001.

The swingarm may not have been properly welded.

688 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Misty and Rob

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Misty on her 2003 Suzuki Volusia. Also see Rob with his 2007 Suzuki Boulevard C90SE. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rescue INk Unleased - Animal Rescue and Motorcycles

Seems the National Geographic Channel has a few shows and series this season that involve motorcycles. I mentioned earlier in my blog the show, Motorcycle Crash Tech. Now there is a series, Rescue INk Unleased, that, although it is not about motorcycles, it does feature motorcycles. Here's an excerpt from a Press Release:

    Rescue INk unleashed is a new weekly series that documents this unlikely group of animal activists on their crusade to save helpless, abandoned and abused animals. Featured on “Ellen” and in The New York Times, this eclectic band of brothers — composed of club bouncers, security guards and even a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) detective — is on call 24/7 to take on cases no one else will. They’re not cops, animal experts or even animal control. They’re just big guys with even bigger hearts and a desire to save animals from deplorable living conditions and abusive or simply misguided owners. Each one-hour episode of Rescue INk unleashed takes viewers on “ride-alongs” as members follow up on leads in the New York metro area. Taking an average of 100 calls a week at their headquarters on Long Island, they jump into their cars — or on their “hogs” — and confront alleged animal abusers, rescue fighting dogs, investigate stolen animals and (firmly) encourage owners to give up their pets if it is in the best interest of the animals.

The first episode runs Friday, September 25th at 10 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel. It's called, "It’s a Cruel, Cruel World"

Motorcycle Crash Tech TV on National Geographic Channel

From a Press Release:

“Motorcycle Crash Tech”, an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the new technologies being used to avoid motorcycle crashes and prevent injuries or even death when a racer or rider does go down, will premiere this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 on the National Geographic Channel.

It also appears September 18th at midnight and September 24th at 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Boopster and Outrigger

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Boopster riding her 1986 Honda Rebel 450. Also see Outrigger on his 1999 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Outdoor Lady and Joe

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Outdoor Lady on her 2002 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom. Also see Joe Haas on his 2004 Honda Silver Wing Scooter Trike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Buell Recalls 2009 XB12SS for Brake Fluid Leak

Buell is recalling certain 2009 XB12SS motorcycles.

The front brake line may contact the front tire. This contact could cause a hole to develop in the front brake line, allowing brake fluid to leak.

405 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Linda and Rollsroyce77

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Linda on her 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider. Also see Rollsroyce77 on his 2002 Honda VTX1800 Retro. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Casey Jo and Louis

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Casey Jo with her 1985 Yamaha 700 Maxum. Also see Louis with his 1920 Harley-Davidson Sport. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Kari and Terry

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Kari on her 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Low. Also see Terry on his 2006 Honda Gold Wing. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Monday, August 10, 2009

BMW Recalls 2006-2008 R1200GS Motorcycles for Fuel Pump Problem

BMW is recalling certain 2006-2008 R1200GS motorcycles.

The sealing of the fuel pump control unit housing might be insufficient and water could intrude into the control unit housing creating a humid atmosphere. Under such conditions, the fuel pump could corrode and then fail.

The number of units has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Misty

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See misty on her 2003 Suzuki Volusia 805cc. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Ellen from Vermont

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Ellen from Vermont, USA on her 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 3-9, 2009

Each year, hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists head toward, what many feel, is the motorcycling mecca of the world, Sturgis, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota takes place this year August 3-9.

Check out my article on this great motorcycle rally. See if you can see me waving in the picture when I attended the 1993 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I really need to go back at least one more time.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Silver Shadow and Jimmy

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Silver Shadow on her 2007 Honda Shadow Aero. Also see Jimmy on his 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Tom G.

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Tom G. on his 2003 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2009 FLTRSE3 Motorcycles for Wheel Crack

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain 2009 FLTRSE3 motorcycles equipped with blade rear wheel accessory kits.

Some wheels within the subject population underwent a secondary heat treatment process. As a result of this secondary heat treatment, these wheels may have a crack.

1759 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Motorcycle Transformers

Here's an interesting YouTube take-off of the recent Transformers movies by Steve Twist -- this one is about motorcycles. I need to get out and see the latest edition of Transformers myself.

Transformer Motorcycle

BMW Recalls 2007-2009 R1200RT Motorcycles for Brake Leak

BMW is recalling certain 2007-2009 R1200RT motorcycles.

Due to routing and assembly tolerances of the front brake lines, it is possible for the lines to be under strain. In combination with vibration during riding, the brake lines could develop a leak. The level of fluid in the front brake fluid reservoir could drop rendering the front brakes inoperative.

The number of units affected has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Sharelyn and Patrick

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Sharelyn with her 2000 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Also see Patrick with his 1999 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Royal Enfield Recalls 2009 Bullet Motorcycles for Rear Wheel Lockup

Royal Enfield is recalling certain 2009 Bullet Electra E-5 EFI, Bullet G5 Classic EFI, G5 Deluxe EFI, and G5 Military EFI motorcycles.

These motorcycles can experience third gear galling on the clutch shaft due to lack of lubrication. This condition can allow the gear to seize to the shaft, causing rear wheel lock up.

196 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Pauline and Zoo-mon


Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Pauline on her 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe. Also see Zoo-mon on his 2009 Phat Tire Hardtail Custom. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Paul

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Paul with his 1982 Honda Gold Wing Aspencade. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

BMW Recalls 2009 K1300GT and K1300S Motorcycles for Brake Problem

BMW is recalling certain 2009 K1300GT and K1300S motorcycles manufactured between October 1, 2008 and May 1, 2009.

In certain riding conditions involving increased vibration, the brake fluid in the front reservoir can foam.

The number of units has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Big Sid's Vincati - Dads and Sons and Their Motorcycles

I just saw this article in my Google Alerts. It's actually a review of a new book, "Big Sid’s Vincati: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime," by Matthew Biberman. The article is on the Opinion page of the New York Times and written by Stanley Fish. It's thought provoking and even involves motorcycles. If you ever read Pirsig's, "Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," you'll be even more interested in the article. If you never heard of Pirsig, read the article and then go get a copy. It's easy reading but deeply involved in philosophy too.

Here's an excerpt from the article, "Fathers, Sons and Motorcycles":


    "What is it about motorcycles? I have never been on one for the same reason that I don’t go on roller coasters or other amusement-park rides. I’m terrified. Yet every so often motorcycles come into my life. When I met my wife in the middle ’70s her primary mode of transportation was a motorcycle (a small Honda). She specialized in terrifying situations. She rode it to and from work in South Philadelphia and was once robbed at an intersection while waiting for the light to turn green. She took the bike onto the Baltimore Beltway, where I felt nervous driving a car. She says now that she got it because something was missing from her life. And she bought it immediately after having read Robert Pirsig’s "Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values" (1974)." -- Stanley Fish

Now, read the complete article and don't forget the comments at the end.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2008 FLSTSB and FXSTSSE2 and 2009 FLSTSB and FXSTSSE3 Motorcycles for Brake Acorn Stud Defect

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain 2008 FLSTSB and FXSTSSE2 and 2009 FLSTSB and FXSTSSE3 motorcycles.

The acorn stud at the brake reaction link may fall out during use. If this occurs, the front brake and fender assembly would no longer be adequately retained.

11005 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Piaggio Recalls 2005-2008 BV 500 and X9 500 Motor Scooters for Loose Fuel Hose

Piaggio is recalling certain 2005-2008 BV 500 and X9 500 motor scooters.

The fuel hose connecting the fuel filter to the fuel pump may come loose. If this fuel hose connection is loose, or has become completely disconnected, then there will be a drop in, or loss of, fuel pressure to the engine.

2428 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2009 1098R, 1198S, and F1098S for Fork Cracking

Ducati is recalling certain 2009 1098R, 1198S, and F1098S Streetfighter motorcycles.

The right fork may have possible cracking a deformation at the right-hand side fork bottom wheel axle pinch bolt area.

732 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Can-Am Recalls 2008-2009 Spyder Roadster Motorcycles for Steering Defect

Can-Am is recalling certain 2008-2009 Spyder Roadster motorcycles.

A condition may exist where the operator of an involved vehicle may need to exert a force greater than expected to initiate the turning of the steering handlebar off center in order to correct vehicle drift from a straight line path. This higher than expected steering control input torque may cause a steering angle overshoot and an unexpected deviation of the vehicle from the operator's intended path.

9932 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Georgjean and Jared

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Georgjean with her 1968 BMW R50/2 US. Also see Jared with his 1978 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2009 1098R, 1198, 1198S, 848 and 2010 F1098 Streetfighter and Streetfight S for Fuel Leakage

Ducati is recalling certain 2009 1098R, 1198, 1198S, 848 and 2010 F1098 Streetfighter and F1098 Streetfighter S motorcycles.

These motorcycles may experience fuel leakage from the fuel line at the fuel injector connection. The plastic fitting between fuel injector and hose can warp or break which could possibly result in a potential hazard to the rider and possible damage to the motorcycle.

1549 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Honda Recalls 2008 CBR1000RR for Defective Coolant Hose Clamp

Honda is recalling certain 2008 CBR1000RR motorcycles.

A coolant hose clamp located on the water pump cover may break due to fatigue caused by vibration generated at continuous high engine speeds.

12894 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ducati Recalls 2008 Desmosedici RR for Incorrect Wiring Harness Routing

Ducati is recalling certain 2008 Desmosedici RR motorcycles.

The main wiring harness may be routed incorrectly which could possibly result in damage to the motorcycle and a potential hazard to the rider.

396 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Debbie

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Debbie on her 2004 Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Deuce. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Bike Mike

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Bike Mike on his 2002 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Ducati Recalls 2009 Monster 696 for Wiring Harness Misplacement

Ducati is recalling certain 2009 Monster 696 motorcycles.

The main wiring harness may come in contact with the vertical cylinder head and exhaust pipe possibly resulting in damage to the motorcycle and a potential hazard to the rider.

1755 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Big Dog Recalls 2005 Ridgeback for Rear Wheel Design Flaw

Big Dog is recalling certain 2005 Ridgeback motorcycles.

The rear wheel may have weak spots in the design, which may cause the wheel to crack under certain operating conditions.

1257 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

KTM Recalls 2009 690 Duke and 690 SMC for Fork Cracks

KTM is recalling certain 2009 690 Duke and 690 SMC motorcycles.

During use, the front forks could develop cracks; this could result in the possibility of the front fork inner tube separating from the axle clamp. The cause of the defect involves improper heat treatment of the front fork inner tubes by the manufacturer.

237 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Jonway Recalls 2008 Sunny Scooters for Brake Line Retainer Defect

Jonway is recalling certain 2008 Sunny motorcycles.

The scooters were intended to be built with rubber hydraulic brake line that is routed through a retainer to prevent front tire contact. However, in some cases, the retainer may not have been installed during scooter assembly. If the retainer is missing, the front tire may rub through the brake line.

180 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Jonway Recalls 2008 YY150T-12 and YY50QT-21A Scooters for Fuel Filter Leakage

Jonway is recalling certain 2008 YY150T-12 and YY50QT-21A scooters.

The scooters were built with 2 piece, inline, fuel filters that may begin leaking where the two pieces join.

5000 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kawasaki Recalls 2008-2009 KLE650 for Saddlebag Problem

Kawasaki is recalling certain aftermarket accessory saddle bags sold for use exclusively for 2008 and 2009 Kawasaki KLE650 (Versys) motorcycles.

Installation of the accessory saddlebags covers up the rear side reflex reflectors which fails to conform to the lighting requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

546 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Jose

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Jose A. Miranda with his 2005 Honda Shadow Aero VT750. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

BMW Recalls 2008 R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure for Electrical System Problem

BMW has issued a recall of certain 2008 R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure motorcycles.

In certain situations, such as high generator speeds combined with large demands for electrical current, spurious signals could emerge within the motorcycle's electrical system. If this were to occur, it could affect the pressure sensor signals of the anti-lock brake system (ABS) control unit. If this happened, the ABS could switch off; However, in such a situation, a warning lamp would illuminate. Normal braking would still be available to slow and stop the motorcycle.

BMW has not announced the number of units in the recall.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - "A" the "O" in Love

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See "A" the "O" in Love on his 2003 Ural. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Harley-Davidson CEO Doesn't Own a Harley

Rick Barrett, reporting on JSOnline today, reveals that the new CEO of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Keith Wandell, doesn't even own a Harley and is also an outsider. He comes from Johnson Controls. Here's an excerpt:


    "Wandell doesn't own a Harley yet, a fact that startled some bikers when his appointment was announced last week. They're used to seeing the company's top executives clad in leather, riding the shiniest Fat Boy and Ultra Glide Classic machines.

    But that doesn't matter much to Wall Street analysts who follow the company's fortunes.

    Wandell will be surrounded by people who ride Harleys, and die-hard motorcyclists wouldn't abandon the brand even if the CEO never became a rider." -- Rick Barrett, Journal Sentinel

What does all this mean? It means that Wandell, who takes the reins on May 1, will be running Harley-Davidson using the same business principles used for any other company. The fact that their products are motorcycles should make no difference. Or will it?

Read the complete article here.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Vixen and Jack

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Vixen with her 2008 Suzuki Boulevard S50 and Jack on his 1995 BMW K75. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Buell Recalls 2008 1125R and 2009 XB12R and XB12SEG for Brake Line Problem

Buell Distribution Company is recalling 2008 1125R, and 2009 XB12R and XB12SEG motorcycles to reposition a front brake line.

The subject motorcycles have a front brake line which may contact the front tire. The condition could cause a hole to develop in the front brake line, allowing brake fluid to leak.

3316 units have been affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Bridgestone Recalls Exedra G850G Motorcycle Tires for Triumph Rocket III Touring

Bridgestone America's tire operation (Bridgestone) is recalling Bridgestone Exedra G850 G motorcycle tires, size 180/70R16 77H, sold as original equipment for model year 2008 and 2009 Triumph Rocket III Touring motorcycles.

The motorcycle to which these tires are applied develops very high torque and can cause torque-induced degradation in a body ply which may result in innerliner cracking that may lead to a slow leak in the rear tire.

1018 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Joy and Roger

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Joy on her 1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD. Also see Roger with his 2006 Honda VTX1800R Spec 3. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Modular Motorcycles - New Obama Energy Plan

A joint statement released today by Steven Chu, Energy Secretary, and Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary, unveiled a bold new plan to make future motorcycles out of modular components and to also enlist new renewable energy sources for their propulsion. This plan has become the latest stimulus package from the Obama administration. This time it directly affects all motorcycle riders. Read more.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Timothy

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Timothy on his 2007 Harley-Davidson Softail Heritage Classic. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Granny2Wheels and Rick

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Granny2Wheels on her 2005 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic and Rick on his 2008 Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

BMW Recalls 2008 F800 GS Motorcycles for Axle Shaft Problem

BMW has issued a recall of certain 2008 F800 GS motorcycles.

The axle shaft wall thickness may not have been manufactured according to specifications. If the wall thickness was not sufficient, the axle shaft could deform and could break increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW has not announced the number of units in the recall.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Leroy

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Leroy on his 2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Custom. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Kawasaki Issues Recall of 2009 Vulcan 2000 for Headlight Defect

Kawasaki has issued a recall of certain 2009 Vulcan 2000 motorcycles.

These motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The headlamp assembly includes multiple bulb and lens elements. The noncompliant headlamps were assembled with lenses incorrectly positioned, affecting photometric performance.

18 units have been affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Daytona Bike Week - Get a Start on the Rally Season

The 68th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week is being held February 27 - March 8, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The start of Daytona Bike Week is often announced on the morning TV news shows. You know, where somebody sticks their face in front of the camera and announces: "We're at the opening of Daytona Bike Week. Good Morning America," and then you see a whole line of bikes roar off in front of the camera. Unfortunately, most of the remainder of Bike Week will not be seen by non-motorcyclists.

Check out my article, Daytona, for details.

Here in the frigid Northeast, I hear plenty of people talking about going to Daytona. Some are riding down with friends. Riding sometimes means riding in a car and towing a trailer with the bike on it. After all, the 1500 miles down with uncertain weather conditions has left many a rider stranded in a snow storm or Nor'easter. After that happens to you once, you tend to be a little more cautious the next time you go.

Maybe you want to skip Daytona and concentrate on planning to go to some smaller rallies this year. Be sure to read my article, Motorcycle Rallies, where I discuss rallies and give you information about the top rallies that I like. Of course, your views may be different -- this is Motorcycle Views after all.

I just got my registration information for the Americade Motorcycle Rally. That one is my favorite and I've gone every year since 1994.

It can get expensive going to lots of rallies, especially if you're taking two bikes. Double gas, double tolls. You just have to pick and choose what appeals to you most in these uncertain economic times. Motorcycle rallies are a lot of fun. If you've never attended a rally, you owe it to yourself to go. You just might find a rally or two that you'll want to go to every year, just like I go to Americade, regardless of the weather.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kawasaki Issues Recall of 2009 NINJA ZX-10R Motorcycles for Oil Leak Defect

Kawasaki has issued a recall of certain 2009 NINJA ZX-10R motorcycles.

Kawasaki is recalling model year 2009 NINJA ZX10R (ZX1000E9F/E9FA/E9FAL) motorcycles. The timing inspection caps on the starter clutch cover may come loose due to improper tightening and fall out, allowing oil to leak onto the rear tire.

The number of units has not been specified.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Kawasaki Issues Recall of 2008-2009 KL650E for Wire Shorting Problem

Kawasaki has issued a recall of certain 2008-2009 KL650E motorcycles.

Kawasaki is recalling model year 2008-2009 KLR 650 (KL650E8F/L, KL650E9F/L) motorcycles. Wires in the wiring harness might be damaged due to rubbing contact with a portion of the motorcycle frame.

The number of units has not been specified.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Kawasaki Issues Recall of 2008-2009 KL650E for Loose Muffler Bolts

Kawasaki has issued a recall of certain 2008-2009 KL650E motorcycles.

Kawasaki is recalling model year 2008-2009 KLR 650 (KL650E8F/L, KL650E9F/L) motorcycles. The muffler assembly is secured to the frame of the motorcycle by two bolts. It is possible that heat expansion cycles of the muffler, combined with vibration from vehicle operation may cause loosening of the muffler mounting bolts.

16,500 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Joe

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Joe on his Silver Wing Scooter. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Piaggio Recalls Aprilia Scarabeo 200 for Windshield Problem

Piaggio has issued a recall of certain 2008-2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 200 motorcycles.

These motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 205 "glazing materials." The incorrect DOT standard equipment handlebar mounted windshield that was provided was installed. Both DOT and EURO specifications were sent for installation.

458 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Introducing the Mission One Electric Sportbike: 150 MPH, 150 Mile Range

Well, I'm hearing more and more about electric vehicles and, in particular, electric motorcycles.

I rode the Vectrix electric scooter at Americade 2008 and wrote a review about it.

Today, I read an article about Mission Motors, a company that will unveil a revolutionary new vehicle at TED2009. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.

The Mission One motorcycle promises to be the world's fastest production all-electric motorcycle. The sportbike has a top speed of 150 MPH, a range of 150 miles and uses a lithium ion battery pack.

Take a look at the vehicle itself and look at videos here.

Check out the press release for the introduction of the Mission One electric motorcycle.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Major Motorcycle Rallies for 2009

In the off season, many riders like to plan rides to various motorcycle rallies. I have just updated my motorcycle rally article and schedule for 2009 to assist you.

Motorcycle rallies (biker rallies) are simply gatherings of riders and motorcycles at specified times and places usually with attendant vendors, food, games, and other activities.


Motorcycle rallies or biker rallies may last from a day to more than a week. Some major motorcycle or biker rallies are built around organized professional motorcycle races.


Motorcycle rally attendance varied widely from a low of a couple of dozen riders or less to huge organized rallies with hundreds of thousands of riders.


My updated article, Motorcycle Rallies (Biker Rallies) - Major Rallies for Motorcycles, gives basic information about motorcycle rallies. The second page of this article contains my list of the top motorcycle rallies.


The picture shows me raising my arm after I parked my bike on Main Street at the 1993 Sturgis Rally. That was the year of the great Midwest floods.

Piaggio Recalls Aprilia Scarabeo 200 for Carburetor Problem

Piaggio has issued a recall of certain 2008-2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 200 motorcycles.

The float level in the float bowl of the carburetor was not set correctly in production, dirt and the varnish residue of dried gasoline not allowing the float needle to seat correctly, and a blockage of the evaporative emission hoses that did not allow the float bowl to vent correctly. The carburetor was not able to maintain correct or constant pressure in the float bowl. Inconsistent pressure in the float bowl would either push too much or not enough fuel to and through the jets for any one throttle position which does not allow the carburetor to correctly meter fuel to the engine.

1260 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Piaggio Recalls Aprilia Scarabeo 100 for Emission and Fuel Problems

Piaggio has issued a recall of certain 2008-2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 100 motorcycles.

In the evaporative emission system there are hoses connecting the fuel tank to the charcoal canister through which the evaporative emission passes. It has shown that the emission hoses to the canister were pinched and/or crimped. In other cases the hoses in and out of the charcoal canister were installed backwards, the roll over valve for the fuel tank was installed incorrectly, and in other cases there was dirt in the carburetor and still others had faulty float valves in the carburetor.

740 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Suzuki Recalls 2005-2006 GSX-R1000 Motorcycles for Frame Crack

Suzuki has issued a recall of certain 2005-2006 GSX-R1000 motorcycles.

American Suzuki (Suzuki) is conducting a safety improvement campaign involving 26,082 model year 2005-2006 GSX-R1000 motorcycles. Cracking or breakage of the motorcycle frame can occur in certain extreme situations where unusually high stress is placed on the frame. Repeated hard landings from hazardous maneuvers such as extreme or extended wheelies or other stunts may generate sufficient stress to cause this problem.

26082 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Neice

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Neice with her 2009 Harley-Davidson Dyna Lowrider. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Torii

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Torii with her 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yamaha Recalls 2006-2009 FJR1300 Motorcycles for Ignition Switch Defect

Yamaha has issued a recall of certain 2006-2009 FJR1300 motorcycles.

The internal switch wiring could become disconnected. If this occurs electrical current flow will be stopped and the engine could stall. If the engine stalls, the operator may be unable to start or restart the engine increasing the risk of a crash.

9300 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

The Indian Motorcycle is Back - Again

From the Wired Blog Network comes this article by Ben Mack about the introduction of the 2009 Indian motorcycle. Yes, Indian is back with seven dealers to sell the new limited edition Chief. Here's an excerpt:


    "Champagne is flowing in celebration of yet another comeback for Indian Motorcycles and the arrival of the first limited-edition 2009 Chiefs. The retro but thoroughly re-engineered big twins are turning heads, but the icon's return couldn't come at a worse time." -- Ben Mack, Wired.com


Read the complete article for all the details. If you want to read about the complete history of Indian, check out my article, Indian Motorcycles.

Photo ©2009 Indian Motorcycles

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - La Mala "c/s" forever

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See La Mala "c/s" forever on her 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C50T. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

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