Motorcycle Views Newsletter

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.

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 3, 2009

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - SpyderWoman

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See SpyderWoman with her 2008 Can-Am Spyder Roadster. 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.