Motorcycle Views Newsletter

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Top 5 Motorcycle Trike Pictures for 2010

The top 5 motorcycle trike pictures were picked from pictures submitted to Motorcycle Views in 2010.

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 5 Motorcycle Trike Pictures for 2010.

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Schoch's Harley-Davidson on Dec.19, 2010

Check out pictures and videos of the eighth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Schoch's Harley-Davidson on December 19, 2010.

Triumph Recalls 2010 GT and ST Motorcycles for Incorrect Dipstick Length

Triumph is recalling certain model year 2010 GT and ST motorcycles.

The plug/dipstick is of an incorrect length. As a result, the accuracy of the dipstick for measuring adequate levels of oil may be compromised and adequate oil levels may not be maintained.

The number of units affected is 216.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Polar Bear Grand Tour to the CABIN 12/12/2010


Check out pictures and videos of the seventh motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the CABIN on December 12, 2010. We brought toys for the Children's Hospital.

Motorcycle Christmas Picture of the Week


Now here's the ultimate in carrying all those Christmas presents to Grandma's house. It's a 1998 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide Trike and it's towing a one-of-a-kind custom fiberglass camper with POD trailer for clothes. It's 27 feet long. Bob Suring is the happy owner. See more motorcycle pictures by visiting my Moto Pic Gallery.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Bad Billy Mayfield

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Bad Billy Mayfield's 2003 Custom Trike under Trikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Montgomeryville, PA on 12/5/2010

Check out pictures and videos of the sixth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Montgomeryville, PA on December 5, 2010.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Hillbilly Hall on Nov. 28, 2010

Check out pictures and videos of the fifth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Hillbilly Hall at Hopewell, NJ on November 28, 2010.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - J. Fowler

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See J. Fowler's 2000 Honda Gold Wing 1500SE Motor Trike under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Port Jervis, NY on Nov. 21, 2010

Check out pictures and videos of the fourth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Port Jervis, NY on November 21, 2010.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Tom

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Tom's 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C50 Trike under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - George

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See George's Custom Trike under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Old Bridge, NJ on Nov. 14, 2010

Check out pictures and videos of the third motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Old Bridge, NJ on November 14, 2010.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Lewes, DE 11/7/2010

Check out pictures and videos of the second motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Lewes, DE on November 7, 2010.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Robert

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Robert's 1973 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only (I know that a Servi-Car is a trike but if the picture contains a male owner, that picture goes under Men on Motorcycles.), or Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Cape May, NJ 10/31/2010

Check out pictures and videos of the first motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cape May, NJ on October 31, 2010, Halloween.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Bill

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Bill's 2008 Kawasaki 900 w/Voyager trike kit under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, or Women or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Bikes Only

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Otter's 1992 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, or Women or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kawasaki Recalls 2009-2010 Vulcan for ECU Problem

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Vulcan motorcycles.

The engine may stall if the rider is coasting with the clutch pulled in due to an improper setting of the engine control unit (ECU).

The number of units has not been specified.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - ival

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See ival's 2003 Honda Silver Wing scooter under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Bikes Only, or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BMW Recalls 2004-2010 K1200 and K1300 Motorcycles for Bearing Problem

BMW is recalling certain model year 2004-2010 K1200 and K1300 motorcycles.

The bearings could be subject to corrosion. This could lead to reduced movement of the link lever.

The number of units has not been specified.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2007-2010 F650GS Motorcycles for Brake Problem

BMW is recalling certain 2007 through 2010 F 650 GS motorcycles manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010.

A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners' torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or multiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.

1835 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, October 18, 2010

All It Takes is Motorcycle Maintenance

I ran across this article in the New York Times. It has to do with the two authors' attempt to find people who have uncovered simple solutions to world problems. In this article they found that medical workers could greatly extend their relief efforts by utilizing motorcycles to get to outlying areas of Africa. In addition, they found a way to keep the bikes maintained on a regular basis. Here's an excerpt from this excellent article by Tina Rosenberg and David Bornstein:

    "Until 2008 Kotelo could visit only three villages a week, because he had to reach them on foot, walking for miles and miles. But in February of that year, Kotelo got a motorcycle ─ the best vehicle for reaching rural villages in Africa, most of which are nowhere near a real road. Just as crucial, he was given the tools to keep the bike on the road: he received a helmet and protective clothing, he was taught to ride and trained to start each day with a quick check of the bike. His motorcycle is also tuned up monthly by a technician who comes to him. Now, instead of spending his days walking to his job, he can do his job. Instead of visiting three villages each week, he visits 20. Where else can you find a low-tech investment in health care that increases patient coverage by nearly 600 percent?" -- Tina Rosenberg and David Bornstein

Read the rest of the story.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Submit Your YouTube Motorcycle Video Links

These days many motorcyclists are taking their own motorcycle videos using cellphone cameras and uploading them to YouTube. In fact, many modern smartphones already have a built-in link to YouTube to make uploading a snap.

We'd like to help you get more exposure for these videos. Submit Your YouTube Motorcycle Video today and I'll put a link to the video on my site. Please don't send me the actual video, just the YouTube link.

Take a look at my Motorcycle Videos subject to see where these new motorcycle videos links from YouTube would go. If there is a good response, I will create a separate subject for these YouTube videos to give them even more exposure.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Mick

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Mick's 1989 Honda Shadow 600 under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, or Women or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

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

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Now with Bikes and Trikes

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. This feature has been expanded to include Bikes Only and Trikes Only. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Jidge's 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Custom under Bikes Only and Big D's 2004 Custom Trike under Trikes Only. There are no Women or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

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

Friday, September 17, 2010

XINGYUE Recalls 2009-2010 Auto Moto XY150ZK Motor Scooters for Improper Location of Rear Brake Control

XINGYUE is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 Auto Moto XY150ZK motor scooters manufactured from March 2009 through June 2010.

The rear brake control should be actuated by the driver's right foot and not the left hand as required by Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard No. 123, "Motorcycle Controls and Displays."

305 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run - Old Bikes Hit the Road

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run has begun. This is a coast-to-coast run of pre-1916 motorcycles starting from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and ending in Santa Monica, California. Dates for the run are September 10-26, 2010. Check out the Cannonball Run website for everything you might want to know about this historic run. (I've noticed that the website can be slow to load or even produce dreaded Internal Server Errors.)

To give you a flavor for what the bikes look like and sound like and how enthusiastic their riders are, I've listed five videos of interviews with Cannonball riders:

Keep checking the Cannonball Run website for daily updates. Hopefully, we may see some coverage of this event on TV.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Ken & Lynn

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Ken & Lynn on their 2001 V-Cycle RoadHawk. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Motorcycle Accidents - Save Yourself

I've been harping on safe riding for years. I even wrote 10 Ways To Be Safe on a Motorcycle. Please read my article and pass it on to your friends, even those who don't ride. We need to save a few lives and it all starts with you.

I see several motorcycle fatalities every day through my Google Alerts. Here's a representative article I just read. It will break your heart.

Reading a newspaper account of an accident like this always leaves the reader with questions about just what were the conditions under which the accident occurred. We've all heard reports that the driver didn't see the bike at all. Well, there are conditions where the sun is in your eyes and blocks out the rider. Or, some part of the structure of the car blocks your vision. I know this happens. I have to move forward, back, and side-to-side sometimes to be sure I can see the complete roadway when I'm waiting to turn in my car. And the small profile of a motorcycle coming at you is hard to see even under good conditions. Of course, these days, the possibility of the driver having a cell phone in their ear doesn't help at all.

I don't want to leave the motorcycle rider out here. We, as riders, don't always look out for ourselves. We know that we need to consider ourselves invisible to other drivers (and motorcyclists). That means always riding with space around us and constantly practicing defensive riding. Anticipate what a driver will do and allow space in case they do what you expect.

In the case of trying to prepare for a left-turner in front of you, always make sure you don't ride close to the car in front of you. A left-turner will see the car in front of you but you may be blocked from their view. The left-turner sees the car in front of you pass and makes a sudden left turn and you smash into them.

I heard of another accident where a car waiting to make a left turn did nothing wrong except they had their wheels turned left anticipating the turn when a vehicle behind them crashed into them and forced their car into the oncoming lane killing a motorcyclist. Folks, I thought everyone knew that you never turn your wheels at rest while waiting to turn. Always keep them straight ahead. If you're hit, you won't go into the oncoming lane.

I guess one could go on and on about left-turners and how to prevent motorcycle fatalities. However, I know these accidents will keep happening. But we all can prevent a few from happening. Reading my 10 Ways To Be Safe on a Motorcycle will help to put a few ideas in your head that may save your life. And really, all I'm trying to do is save you and keep you riding and riding and riding until the day you choose to stop riding. Hopefully, that day will never come.

If you have any comments on how to be safe on a motorcycle, leave them below.

Friday, September 3, 2010

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 with his 2005 Honda Shadow Aero. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Peter Lenz, Teen Motorcycle Racer, Dies at Indy

Peter Lenz, 13, was killed yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after his motorcycle crashed and he was hit by another racer. Here's an excerpt by Jonathan Welsh of the Wall Street Journal:

    "The death of 13-year-old motorcycle racer Peter Lenz yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway raises the question: How young is too young for kids participating in inherently dangerous motorsports? It is also sure to fuel debate over how motorsports sanctioning groups balance risk and entertainment when putting together programs (like Sunday’s races) that combine amateur and professional events." -- Jonathan Welsh

Read more.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Coast-to-Coast on a 95-Year-Old Harley

This story caught my eye. It tells of a coast-to-coast antique motorcycle race, the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, to start September 10, 2010 from Kitty Hawk, NC and end in Santa Monica, CA. One rider plans to ride a 1911 Harley-Davidson Silent Grey Fellow all the way. Here's an excerpt from an article appearing in the Simi Valley Acorn written by Angela Randazzo"

    "While the antique motorcycle’s thrust pales in comparison to today’s street bikes capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph, Simi Valley resident Paul Watts, the proud owner of an 11F, is hoping the 95-year-old bike is capable of carrying him across the country." -- Angela Randazzo

Read the complete article.

Are You Being Discriminated Against?

Have you had the police single you out for a traffic stop? Are you a tiny minority as a motorcycle rider in your city? See what happened to one lady rider in New York City. Here's an excerpt from an article by Honey Berk in AOL Autos:

    "Even more alarming are reports of the NYPD conducting allegedly unconstitutional motorcycle-only checkpoints, and regularly ticketing riders based upon incorrect interpretation of motor vehicle regulations. One of the most telling cases is that of Karen Perrine, a graphic designer from Staten Island, who was ticketed in October 2005 for riding her motorcycle in the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Armed with the knowledge that federal law permits motorcyclists to ride in HOV lanes on federally funded roadways, Perrine decided to fight the ticket in court with the assistance of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)." -- Honey Berk

Read the complete article to see what's going on across the country.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Ken

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Ken with his 2009 Triumph Speedmaster. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, August 11, 2010

Honda Recalls 2010 VT1300CR, CRA, and CT Motorcycles for Inaccurate Weight Label

Honda is recalling certain model year 2010 Honda VT1300CR, VT1300CRA, and VT1300CT motorcycles manufactured from December 17, 2009 through May 24, 2010.

These motorcycles fail to conform to the certification requirements of Part 567. The gross axle weight rating (GAWR) is incorrect.

3184 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ducati Recalls 2010 MTS1200 for Throttle Cable Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2010 Multistrada 1200 motorcycles.

The throttle cables may come into contact with the upper edge of the radiator during normal operation of the motorcycle. This situation could cause the throttle cables to become chafed by the radiator resulting 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.

Ducati Recalls 2010 MTS1200S for Center Stand Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2010 Multistrada 1200S Touring Edition motorcycles.

The motorcycle's center stand mounting screws may come loose during normal operation. This situation could cause the center stand to possibly become displaced from its intended mounting position resulting in damage to the motorcycle and a potential hazard to the rider.

495 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Ducati Recalls 2010 MTS1200 for Steering Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2010 Multistrada 1200 motorcycles.

During production an incorrect screw may have been installed in the motorcycle's steering head. This situation could cause the steering head to possibly become loose during normal operation.

196 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Yamaha Recalls 2006-2010 YZF-R6 for Reflector Problem

Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2010 YZF-R6 motorcycles manufactured from August 2005 through March 2010.

The motorcycle's front side reflector was not placed at the proper height which fails to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108.

54,000 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Bob

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Bob with his 2007 Suzuki Boulevard C50T w/Voyager trike kit. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Might Harley-Davidson Leave Milwaukee?

This report from the Associated Press by Dinesh Ramde indicates that 107 years in one town may be enough for Harley-Davidson. Here's an excerpt:

    "It's the roar that made Milwaukee famous — the distinctive throaty rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But that much-loved racket could be rumbling away to another state if the company cannot bring down its labor costs." -- Dinesh Ramde

Read more.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Harley-Davidson to Quit Making Sidecars

According to Motorcycle.com, Harley-Davidson will soon discontinue making sidecars. Here's an excerpt:

    "The Motor Company has been producing sidecars since 1914 but Harley-Davidson will stop accepting orders for sidecars once it completes its 2011 model year orders."

Read more.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 9-15, 2010

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 9-15.

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 to this great rally. How about you?

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Outrigger

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Outrigger on his 1999 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic w/Frankenstein Trike Conversion. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, July 23, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Jenn Bair

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Jenn Bair with her 2009 Honda Rebel 250. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Jack Riepe -- Motorcycle Humorist

When I first met Jack Riepe at the 2006 BuRP Rally, I was amazed at his spontaneous humor. To be around Jack is to be around laughter. Jack now has a blog of his motorcycle stories. I'm listing a few that I particularly like. In fact, this is my Top 10 Riepe Stories. Your choices may differ. Read all his stories and choose your own favorites. I warn you ahead of time that his writings are for adults. Read more.

Picture courtesy of Dick Bregstein

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yamaha Recalls 2009 VMX17 for Electrical Problem

Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2009 VMX17 motorcycles manufactured from June 2008 through March 2009.

There could be excessive electrical resistance in the ground wire from the Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) due to an insufficiently crimped connection.

700 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2005-2009 R1200RT Police Bike for Faulty Signaling Device Bracket

BMW is recalling certain 2005 through 2009 R 1200 RT police motorcycles manufactured from April 2005 through September 2009.

The bracket which supports the audible signaling device can break, possibly allowing the signaling device to fall from the vehicle and into the roadway.

1900 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2010 FXDF for Fork Spring Problem

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain model year 2010 FXDF motorcycles with fork leg assemblies (lH P/N 48622-08, RH P/N 48623-08) manufactured from February 29 through February 9, 2010. (Editor's Note: These dates are assumed incorrect.)

These fork leg assemblies may have been incorrectly assembled using the wrong springs.

70 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - POPCYCLE


Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See POPCYCLE on his 2001 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Trike. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Kawasaki Recalls 2009-2010 EX650 Motorcycles for Brake Problem

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2009 EX650C9F/Fl and model year 2010 EX650CAF/Fl Ninja 650 motorcycles.

The right rear portion of the lower cowling can interfere with the operator's foot while in the process of applying the rear brake.

676 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Marchand

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Marchand with his 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Trike. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Grandad43


Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Grandad43 and his wife on their 2001 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Motor Trike. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Kawasaki Recalls 2010 ZR1000DAF for Front Brake Problem

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2010 ZR1000DAF/L models.

Under severe riding conditions the left front brake hose may contact the front brake rotor during extremely heavy application of the front brake.

1161 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Cheryl


Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Cheryl's grandfather, Edwin Wright, with his 1930s bike of unknown make and model. Do you recognize the bike? We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, June 23, 2010

BMW Recalls 2005-2007 R1200GS Adventure Motorcycles for Fuel Tank Bolt Problem

BMW is recalling certain 2005 through 2007 R1200GS Adventure motorcycles manufactured from December 7, 2005 through September 26, 2007.

The fuel tank front attachment bolts can work loose allowing the bolts to come into contact with the fork leg if the handlebar is turned a significant amount.

The number of units affected has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

MV Agusta Recalls 2010 F4 for Air Cleaner Problem

MV Agusta Motor S.P.A. (MV Agusta) is recalling certain model year 2010 F4 motorcycles manufactured from February 10 through April 19, 2010.

These motorcycles are equipped with an air filter frame, P/N 8000B4061, which may lift out of position, allowing intake air to bypass the filter.

66 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2007-2009 K1200 and R1200 Series Motorcycles for Brake Line Problem

BMW is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2009 R1200 and K1200 series motorcycles manufactured from August 2006 through May 2009.

Due to the current routing of the front brake lines, it is possible that during riding, and therefore associated vibration, the brake lines could be under strain. If the vibration/strain is significant, the brake line could split and start to develop a leak.

15532 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

BMW Recalls 2008-2009 F650GS and F800GS Motorcycles for Drive Chain Problem

BMW is recalling certain model year 2008 and 2009 F650GS and F800GS motorcycles manufactured from September 27, 2007 through March 30, 2009.

The drive chains may not have been produced to specification. As a result, over time the drive chain could break.

The number of units affected has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2007-2008 G650X, G650X Country, and G650X Moto Motorcycles for Roll Gear Pin Mounting Attachment Failure

BMW is recalling certain model year 2007 and 2008 G650X Country, G650X Challenge, and G650X Moto motorcycles manufactured from November 29, 2006 through May 19, 2008.

Over time, the roll gear pin's mounting attachment could break. If this occurs, it would be possible for fragments of the attachment to become trapped between the drive chain and the rear sprocket.

The number of units affected has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Norman & Dorothy

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Norman & Dorothy with their 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Mike

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Mike on his 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Custom Trike. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, June 4, 2010

Can-Am Recalls 2010 Roadster Spyder RS SE5 and RT SE5 Motorcycles for Clutch Problem

BRP (Can-Am) is recalling model year 2010 Roadster Spyder RS SE5 and RT SE5 motorcycles.

When bringing a vehicle equipped with the SE5 semi-automatic transmission to a full stop, the clutch may remain engaged stalling the engine. Once the engine is stalled, it could be impossible to re-start and the rear wheel could be blocked.

1200 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Bud

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Bud on his 1999 Honda Shadow Aero 1100 VTC3. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, May 28, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Ms. Glo

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Ms. Glo on her 2006 Honda VTX 1300. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Rolling Thunder XXIII on Memorial Day Weekend


I just realized that Memorial Day is coming and that there will be another Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 2010. This is Rolling Thunder XXIII [1] and [2]. I remembered the feeling I had at Rolling Thunder XVIII in 2005. In fact, I wrote an article about it with pictures. Take a look.

I also noticed that a great video about Rolling Thunder is also available on YouTube.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Tami C.

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Tami C. on her 2006 Honda VTX 1300C. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Christine

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Christine with her 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, May 5, 2010

Big Dog Recalls 2004 Models for Electrical Problem

Big Dog is recalling model year 2004 Boxer, Bulldog, Chopper, Mastiff, Pitbull, and Ridgeback motorcycles.

There is a possible loose connection between the harness connector and the electronic harness controller. This condition may cause the motorcycle to experience intermittent loss of electrical power.

1895 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Deceased Biker Poses on Bike at Viewing

Well, this is pretty strange. Clutch and Chrome tells the story of a young biker who was murdered and then displayed at the viewing in the riding position aboard his bike. Read more.

Harley-Davidson Could Move out of Wisconsin

In a story by the AP, it's suggested by Harley-Davidson that the company might have to move manufacturing out of Wisconsin to help contain rising costs. Here's an excerpt by Dinesh Ramde:

    "Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. warned its employees Thursday it could move its Wisconsin manufacturing operations to another U.S. state if it can't cut millions of dollars in costs.

    A recent analysis found a number of significant 'cost gaps' that must be filled for the company to remain competitive, Harley spokesman Bob Klein said. The largest gaps involved labor costs and scheduling flexibility, Klein said.

    'We'll be talking with the unions about how to close those competitive gaps,' he said." -- Dinesh Ramde (AP)

Read the complete story.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Don

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Don with his 1975 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 custom trike. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, March 12, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Black Cat

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Black Cat on her 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883XL Low. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, February 26, 2010

Daytona Bike Week - Get a Start on the Rally Season

The 69th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week is being held February 26 - March 7, 2010 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 almost 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.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - David

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See David on his 2004 Kawasaki VN2000. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, February 5, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Curtis

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Curtis with his 2004 BMW R1150RT Trike. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, February 2, 2010

Piaggio Recalls 2010 Aprilia RSV4 to Replace Engines

Piaggio is recalling certain model year 2010 Aprilia RSV4 "Factory" and RSV4 "R" motorcycles manufactured between July 2, 2009, and October 30, 2009.

In manufacturing the connecting rods, a process was used to straighten the rod in order to meet specifications. This process introduced stresses into the rods which greatly affected strength and reliability.

335 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, February 1, 2010

CFMOTO Recalls 2005-2009 CF250T V3 and CF250T V5 Motorcycles to Install Foot Brake

CFMOTO Powersports is recalling model year 2005-2009 CF250T V3 and CF250T V5 motorcycles.

These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 123, "Motorcycle Controls and Displays." The subject vehicles were intended to be manufactured as scooters and therefore lack a rear wheel foot brake as required for motorcycles by the standard.

6405 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Frank

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Frank on his 2007 Honda Gold Wing 1800. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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, January 27, 2010

Kawasaki Recalls 2009 Super Sherpa K250G9F for Engine Oil Passage Blockage

Kawasaki is recalling model year 2009 Super Sherpa KL250G9F motorcycles.

On eligible units, blockage of an oil passage in the engine might restrict oil flow to the cylinder head. This could result in the engine losing power and eventually stopping which could create the risk of a crash.

The number of units has not been announced.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - RaeJean

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See RaeJean on her 2006 Yamaha 650. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. 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.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Joe "The Redneck Dominican"

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 1982 Suzuki GS1100GL. 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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Switchblade Vehicle is Both Motorcycle and Airplane

Scientific American reports today about a new vehicle that may soon travel equally well on the road and in the sky. Here's an excerpt from an article by Jim Nash.

    "It is safe to bet that a flying motorcycle will never be a practical transportation option, but that has not stopped Samson Motorworks, a small engineering firm in northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills, from playing the long odds. The company is building a prototype of its Switchblade Multi Mode Vehicle, or flying motorcycle, and hopes to sell a $60,000 do-it-yourself kit as early as 2011 (engine and avionics are sold separately, for about $25,000 total)." -- Jim Nash

Read more.