Motorcycle Views Newsletter

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.