Motorcycle Views Newsletter

Monday, December 31, 2012

Vega Recalls XTS Motorcycle Helmets for Impact Attenuation Requirements Non-Conformance

Vega Helmet Corporation (Vega) is recalling certain motorcycle helmets, model XTS, sizes L, XL, and XXL manufactured from May 2011 through October 2012.

The helmets fail to conform to the impact attenuation requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

30,546 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls for Equipment feature for more details.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Ireland's 32 Restaurant in Suffern, NY on December 30, 2012

Check out pictures of the 10th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Ireland's 32 Restaurant & Pub in Suffern, NY on December 30, 2012.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Bob

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Bob with his 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Bob under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Women on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour to the Cool Cricket Restaurant in Fieldsboro, NJ on December 23, 2012

Check out pictures of the 9th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Cool Cricket Restaurant in Fieldsboro, NJ on December 23, 2012.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Top 10 Motorcycle Pictures of the Year 2012

The top 10 motorcycle pictures were picked from pictures submitted to Motorcycle Views in 2012. The pictures are not ordered. They include two pictures of women on motorcycles, four pictures of men on motorcycles, and four 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 Motorcycle Pictures for 2012.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Janet

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Janet (Mahar) Monahan on her 2008 Harley-Davidson sportster 883 under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Triumph Recalls 2013 Trophy for Tire Label Problem

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2013 Trophy motorcycles manufactured from September 5, 2012, through November 29, 2012.

These motorcycles were produced with a label bearing incorrect tire data which fails to conform to the labeling requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, "Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars," and they fail to comply with the certification requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."

244 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2012-2013 S1000RR Motorcycles for Sidestand Problem

BMW is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured September 2011, through December 2012.

Due to a manufacturing fault, the side-stand attachment bolts could start to loosen. The loosening of the side-stand bolts could cause the stand to separate from the frame of the motorcycle.

2,385 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bombardier Recreational Products Recalls 2008-2010 Can-Am Spyder GS and RS for Fuel Vapor Canister Problem

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Can-Am Spyder GS and model year 2010 Can-AM Spyder RS vehicles.

Fuel vapors may exit the fuel vapor canister vent hose in the enclosed engine compartment.

9,600 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Bombardier Recreational Products Recalls 2008-2012 Spyder GS, RS, RT for Fuel Cap Seal

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Can-Am Spyder GS, RS, and RT series vehicles.

The fuel cap may not fit onto the fuel tank filler neck, preventing it from sealing properly.

33,700 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Schoch's H-D in Snydersville, PA on December 16, 2012

Check out pictures of the 8th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Schoch's Harley-Davidson in Snydersville, PA on December 16, 2012.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

2-Up Motorcycle Riders - Pictures Gallery

I've just completed a new motorcycle picture gallery called: 2-Up Motorcycle Riders - Pictures Gallery. You now have an opportunity to tell us about your motorcycle and show us both the rider and a pillion passenger as a 2-up couple. Take a look at the current gallery and then send me a picture of your own 2-up situation to be included in the new gallery. Take a look.

Terry Hershner Rides Zero S Electric Motorcycle on 3000 Mile Trip in 5 Days

Terry Hershner decided he wanted to take a motorcycle ride from Orlando, FL to Los Angeles, CA. That's a 3000 mile journey. However, he wanted to take the trip riding a Zero S electric motorcycle. These bikes don't go very far between charges and a charge can take 8 hours. Terry wanted to make the trip in 5 days. Do the math and this looks to be impossible. Terry had a plan to do it with modified charging methods. Take a look at an article with a video by gas2.org's Susanna Schick. Most of your questions will be answered.

Take a look

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Smitty and the Mouse

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Smitty and the Mouse on their 2001 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Women on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour to the CABIN in Howell, NJ on December 9, 2012

Check out pictures of the 7th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the CABIN (Annual Toy Run) in Howell, NJ on December 9, 2012.

BMW Recalls 2013 C600 Sport Maxi-Scooter for Front Side Trim Defect

BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 C600 Sport Maxi-Scooters manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 20, 2012.

The fasteners on the front side trim panels may have insufficient strength to retain the panels at high speeds.

266 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Bad Day on a Motorcycle

Here's a video that shows what can happen when you have a bad day on a motorcycle or you don't have a lot of experience. Take a look.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - HDBABE

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See HDBABE with her 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Montgomeryville, PA on December 2, 2012

Check out pictures of the 6th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Montgomeryville Cycle in Montgomeryville, PA on December 2, 2012.

Motorcyclists: Watch Out for Left Turners and Be Prepared

I have Google Alerts set to capture most media accounts of fatal motorcycle accidents. So, I see many "left-turner" crashes involving motorcyclists. It makes me want to scream that the majority of riders don't know about left turn accidents or choose to ignore them. I've written about these accidents for the better part of 12 years. I feature "10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle" on every page of my website. I've written about it in my new Kindle book. I just saw another tragic story about a rider who liked to live on the edge. These stories tend to lock into helmets and proper riding attire as possible ways to prevent accidents. Helmet laws are also discussed heavily. Back and forth discussions among riders and non-riders often ensue in the comments after stories. However, nothing seems to stop the continuing carnage of similar accidents that go on and on across the country. Maybe nothing can stop this senseless loss of life. But, maybe, just maybe we can collectively stop one or two of these accidents by reading the following story and telling a rider friend or two. Can't hurt. Here's an excerpt:
"It was 82 degrees with low humidity and light wind the day Scott Pohl died. This is significant because a motorcycle was not Scott’s primary transportation. He usually drove his pickup to work. Scott’s shift for most of his six-day week started at 4:30 p.m. But on Fridays and Saturdays he’d start at 7 p.m., which is also significant. It is why he was headed east on North Territorial Road in Salem Township at 6:32 p.m. on the second day of summer, approaching an SUV driver who never saw him coming." -- John Counts, AnnArbor.com
Read more.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Sarah

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Sarah with her 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Nightster under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. We are showing an encore picture this week to encourage women to submit a picture of themselves with their bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Hillbilly Hall in Hopewell, NJ on November 25, 2012

Check out pictures of the 5th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Hillbilly Hall in Hopewell, NJ on November 25, 2012.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Motorcyclist Continues Riding after Losing his Left Hand

I just saw an article in Ultimate Motorcycling about a motorcyclist who lost his left hand. This new handicap did not stop the rider. We all want to ride and no matter what happens to a rider, the will to continue riding is very strong. Here's an excerpt from the article:
"Motorcycling is like sugar - with the first taste fresh in your memory you know it needs to be part of your everyday life. But what happens when something catastrophic happens in your life to prevent you from getting that sweet rush of joy and excitement from riding a motorcycle? In the case of Bert Pot, the lure of riding a motorcycle again was so strong that, despite the losing his left hand, he set about making the impossible very possible." -- Ultimate Motorcycling Staff
Read more.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Misty

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Misty on her 2003 Suzuki Volusia under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. We are showing an encore picture this week to encourage women to submit a picture of themselves with their bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Barnsider Tavern in Sugar Loaf, NY on November 18, 2012

Check out pictures of the 4th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Barnsider Tavern in Sugar Loaf, NY on November 18, 2012.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Beth

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Beth on her 2007 Honda Shadow 750 under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

KTM Recalls 2012-2013 350EXC-F and 500EXC Motorcycles for Fuel Hose Cracks

KTM North America, Inc.'s (KTM) is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC motorcycles manufactured from September 2011 through August 2012.

Due to the supplier's manufacturing inconsistencies, the preformed fuel hoses may develop cracks or holes at either end. During use, the fuel hoses, located between the fuel tank and the throttle body fuel rail, may allowing fuel to leak.

1181 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Molly Darcy Pub in Danbury, CT on Nov. 11, 2012

Check out pictures of the 3nd motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Molly Darcy Pub in Danbury, CT on November 11, 2012.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Distractions are Causing Motorcycle Injuries

A motorcycle was struck in Ft. Myers, Florida. A doctor happened to be right behind the car that hit the bike. He speaks out for motorists to be more aware of motorcycles and to not do distracting things while behind the wheel. Here's an excerpt:
"Dr. Michael Driekorn was right behind the car that hit the motorcyclist at the intersection of Royal Palm and Summerlin. He quickly sprung to action and now the man who called 911 is now calling on Southwest Florida to help." -- Kelli Stegeman, Fox 4 News
Read more and see video.

For Veteran's Day - a Special Video

And now for Veteran's Day, a special video from Mel's Video of the Day. Please let the video run to the very end for a surprise twist. No motorcycles involved. Watch the Video.

London Thieves Use Motorcycles in Mall Robbery

Check out this story and video from BusinessWeek.com where thieves use motorcycles to ride inside a London mall and steal jewelry. Don't try this at home. Take a look.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Outdoor Lady

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Outdoor Lady on her 2002 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. We are providing an encore Women on Motorcycles picture this week since we really want to encourage women riders to send in their pictures showing them with their motorcycle. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Lewes, DE on November 4, 2012

Check out pictures of the 2nd motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Irish Eyes in Lewes, DE on November 4, 2012.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Linda

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Linda on her 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. We are providing an encore Women on Motorcycles picture this week since we really want to encourage women riders to send in their pictures showing them with their motorcycle. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Motorcycle Safety Tips Video - Learn How to be Safe on the Street

It's very important to learn how to be safe when you're riding your motorcycle. Here's an article by Rob Geiger of Ultimate Motorcycling. It includes a video that features a world famous motorcycle racer who tells you how to be safe riding on the street. I think you'll find it useful. Read more and watch the video.

Also check out my 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle.

BMW Riders to Recreate First Round-the-World Trip of 1912-1913

In 1912-1913 - one hundred years ago - two men rode brand-new Henderson motorcycles around the world. Now, two modern men will attempt to duplicate the trip on BMW motorcycles. Ultimate Motorcycling has an article about the trip just begun. Here's an excerpt:
"Two BMW-riding adventurers from Northern Ireland - author Geoff Hill and former road racer Gary Walker - have set off from Dublin on the first leg of an 18,000 mile round-the-world expedition. The duo will replicate and celebrate the inspirational and ground-breaking adventure undertaken by pioneering Irish-American writer, and silent film director, Carl Stearns Clancy in 1912-1913." -- ultimatemotorcycling.com
Read the complete article.

New James Bond Film, Skyfall - Motorcycle Stunts

The 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, utilizes Honda CRF250Rs in a chase sequence in Istanbul. As one might expect, there was considerable preparation by a stunt team since much of the sequence took place on the rooftops of Istanbul. Initial preparation was done at special training facilities and then moved to the actual rooftops. This YouTube video shows the preparation and some of the final product. Take a look.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Don

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Don's 2012 Triumph America under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2012-2013 VRSCDX Motorcycles for Loose License Plate Mounting Screws

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling all model year 2012 and certain model year 2013 VRSCDX motorcycles manufactured from June 14, 2011, through August 1, 2012.

The license plate bracket assembly's mounting screws may loosen and the assembly may separate from the rear fender.

2798 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Robert Pirsig, Author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, to be Honored

Many of you have read and enjoyed Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Robert is still around and Montana State University will be honoring him later this year. Here's an excerpt from MSN News:
"Montana State University will host a conference on December 7-9, 2012 honoring Robert Pirsig, writer and philosopher whose book 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,' published in 1974, is one of the best-selling popular philosophy book of all time." -- MSN News
Read more of this article.

Read more about this book in my book collection.

Return of a Long Lost Harley Motorcycle

Ever sell a motorcycle and then long to have it back? Ed sold his Harley and found a way to get it back years later.

Check out this video on YouTube for the whole story in Ed's words.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Russell

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Russell's 1981 Honda CX500D Deluxe under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

BMW Recalls 2007-2008 K1200R, K1200R Sport, and K1200S Motorcycles for Foaming Brake Fluid

BMW is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 K1200 S, K1200 R, and K1200 R Sport motorcycles.

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

2062 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

How to Make Motorcycles Out of Nude Human Models

Now here's something you haven't seen before. The Progressive International Motorcycle Show has come up with a way to make three motorcycles out of nude human models that have been body-painted. Here's an excerpt from an article in MSN.com. Then look at the video.
"They won't take you very far, but these bikes will look better than any Harley parked in your driveway. Led by body-painter Trina Merry, a team of air brushers (and, yes, two massage therapists) turned a group of models into three human motorcycles for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show tour." -- MSN.com
Take a look at the video.

When Will Electric Motorcycles Make It to the Big Time?

Dexter Ford of the New York Times thinks that electric motorcycles may have a place but it may be a long time coming. Here's an excerpt from his article:
"The appeal of an electric motorcycle is obvious. It would deliver its power silently and instantly, without the need for oil, fire, smoke, noise, clutch or gearbox. Each fill-up would cost just a dollar. It might even talk to your iPhone, though it's hard to imagine what kind of a useful conversation the two might have. An electric bike might someday be the next big thing, in a 'what would Steve Jobs have ridden' sort of way." -- Dexter Ford
Read more.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Kim

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Kim on her 2008 Honda Aero 750 under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Winterize Your Motorcycle

Many riders will soon be putting their bikes away for the winter. Here's my simple procedure to winterize your motorcycle.

Of course, if you're a member of the Polar Bear Grand Tour, you'll soon be taking your bike out of storage and getting ready to ride every Sunday during the winter to points in NJ, PA, NY, CT, and DE.

To each his own.

Ashley Tisdale on FX Hit, Sons of Anarchy

Spinoff.com has an article by Jeffrey Renaud about Disney star, Ashley Tisdale. She has just appeared in two successive episodes of FX's Sons of Anarchy playing a high-priced escort. Here's an excerpt:
"With Tisdale concluding her two-part arc with tonight’s episode, titled 'Stolen Huffy,' she spoke with Spinoff Online and other members of the media about her love for Sons of Anarchy, shedding her good-girl image and playing a more physical character like Emma Jean." -- Jeffrey Renaud
Read more.

You may want to check out the FX episode "Stolen Huffy" and the one before it to see her performance as she moves to transition her image to more adult roles.

Keanu Reeves Has Created Arch Motorcycle Company

Ultimate Motorcycling has an article by Ken Conte describing the motorcycle passion of actor Keanu Reeves. He is a long time motorcyclist who has teamed up with Gard Hollinger to form a new company with a new motorcycle. Here's an excerpt:
"Arch Motorcycle Company is built from a shared passion for and fundamental belief in performance and design. The introductory line of production motorcycles are in the prototype and industrial design phase currently, with production expected in 2013. Collaborators Gard Hollinger of L.A. County Choprods and renowned actor Keanu Reeves met in 2007 to tackle a customization project. What began as a simple undertaking over five years ago quickly evolved into an ongoing dialogue and shared vision for the elusive ultimate riding experience." -- Ken Conte
Read more.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Kari

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Kari's 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Low under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Bikes Only, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Juanita Steffe

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Juanita Steffe's 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Honda Recalls 2012 NC700XC and NC700XDC Motorcycles for Improperly Heat-Treated Drive Plates

Honda is recalling certain model year 2012 NC700XDC and NC700XC motorcycles.

Some motorcycles may be equipped with drive chains that contain outer drive plates that were improperly heat-treated, resulting in plate fracture during use.

1542 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Victory Recalls 2012-2013 Motorcycles for Throttle Problem

Polaris is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Victory motorcycles manufactured from January 3, 2012, through August 15, 2012.

A torqueing procedure may have been missed on some throttle cable retention nuts. On certain motorcycles, the throttle cable retention nuts for either the pull or push throttle cable may have not been torqued correctly.

6618 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Carey Anderson

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Carey Anderson's Anderson Dynamics RKTSHP under Trikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Ride of the Century - Police Intervention

Here's a 4-minute YouTube video of Ride of the Century as it is intercepted by police attempting to break it up. Form your own opinions of what happened. Ride of the Century with Police Intervention

Harley-Davidson Improves Operations

Harley-Davidson has found ways to improve efficiency at their plants, cut costs, improve operations, satisfy the unions, and also make a better product. Take a look at this slide show from the Wall Street Journal.

View the Wall Street Journal Report and Pictures

Triumph Recalls 2006-2009 Daytona 675 and Street Triple Motorcycles for Regulator/Rectifier Defect

Triumph is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Street Triple, Street Triple R, and Daytona 675 motorcycles.

The regulator/rectifier can overheat and prevent the motorcycle from charging. Once the battery is fully discharged, the motorcycle may stall.

10366 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Zero Motorcycles Recalls 2012 DS and S for Drifting Motor Encoder Position Signal

Zero Motorcycles, Inc. (Zero Motorcycles) is recalling certain model year 2012 S and DS motorcycles.

These motorcycles are equipped with a motor encoder position signal that may drift over the extended use of the motorcycle. If the signal drifts outside of the given parameters, the motor controller may shut off, resulting in the motorcycle inadvertently losing power.

315 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Women Motorcycle Riders Love the Freedom of the Road

Each year, more and more women riders are taking to the road riding their own motorcycles. Here's an excerpt from an article appearing in the Asbury Park Press, written by Chris Jordan:
"Call Andrea Zivari Giannoglou of Montville a happy biker. 'Every day is a lot of fun to go to work,' said Zivari Giannoglou, 48. 'If I have to go to the bank or something, those little side trips make me very happy, because getting on my motorcycle gives me a sense of freedom. It's beautiful out, and there are lots of smells, and it’s just a fun thing for me to do.'" -- Chris Jordan
Read more of this article and view a video from a lady rider.

Learn more about women in motorcycling.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sons of Anarchy Starts Season 5 on FX

The Sons of Anarchy TV show has begun its fifth season on the FX channel. I wasn't a regular viewer in the first four seasons but I'm going to try to watch season 5.

The show has a huge following. Right now they have over 4,691,460 Likes on Facebook.

According to their website:

"Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, Charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC's familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood."

The second episode of the fifth season is coming up on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 10 PM on the FX channel.

If you are a regular viewer of Sons of Anarchy, please offer your opinion of the show in the comments below.

Trike It - You Will Like It

Motorcycle trikes are becoming quite popular. A piece on the NY Times website discusses some major reasons why riders are turning into trikers. Here's an excerpt:
"In his nearly 50 years as an avid motorcyclist, Grady Howard has roared down the tobacco roads of North Carolina and through the mountains of old Kentucky, all with his wife, Barbara, tucked behind him. But with a balky left leg and myriad other maladies, he knew the only way to stay wild was to add a wheel. 'I told my wife it was either trike it or park it,' said Mr. Howard, 74, wearing a cowboy hat and a bright yellow safety shirt. And she said, 'Trike it.'" -- Jesse McKinley
Read more.

For much more about trikes, take a look at my articles , features, and pictures.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Mike Ram

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Mike Ram's 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Announces Schedule for 2012-2013 Season

The 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour riding season has been announced. The Polar Bear Grand Tour is an American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) sponsored Grand Tour. The season begins October 28, 2012 with a sign-in at the VFW in Cape May, NJ. Thereafter, there will be a ride most Sundays covering destinations in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. The final ride will be back to Cape May, NJ on April 14, 2013. Check out the Polar Bear Grand Tour website for all the details including pictures and videos of previous runs.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Gorgo

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Gorgo's 2006 Harley-Davidson FLHRSI under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Riding and Repairs at the 2012 BuRP Rally

I recently noticed a short video posted on Facebook that was made by a participant of the 2012 BuRP Rally held in Maggie Valley, NC. (BuRP stands for Blue Ridge Parkway and u.) This rally, more than a decade old, was founded by members of my old motorcycle forum on About.com. Both my late wife, Jane, and I attended the rally twice. The video brought back pleasant memories of the rally. I especially remember the group riding through the very scenic Blue Ridge Parkway region and the ever present front porch repair sessions. Both are covered in the video. Thanks for the memories guys.

Check out the video.

Here's my BuRP Day by Day Blog of the 2006 BuRP rally.

Managing the Risks of Riding Motorcycles Helps Wealth Manager in His Daily Job

Riding a motorcycle is an exercise in managing risk. Today's wealth managers also manage risk, especially since 2008. Here's a video from the Wall Street Journal about a wealth manager who also rides a motorcycle to relieve stress. But, he also manages the risks of riding to help him better manage the risks of investing for his clients. Check out the video

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Motorcycle Seat Heights

I have a list of motorcycle seat heights that I developed for 2006 makes and models. I'm currently adding the 2013 models to that list.

The updated list of motorcycle seat heights now contains seat heights for 2013 Harley-Davidson and 2013 Victory models. The data are arranged in a table from lowest to highest seat height. All motorcycle seat heights are given in inches.

Seat heights for other 2013 makes and models are currently being developed as the manufacturers release that information.

Check out Motorcycle Seat Heights.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Tom Lowen

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Tom's 1985 Honda Limited Edition GL1200 w/Tri-Wing Conversion under Trikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Doug McCollum

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Doug's 1986 Harley-Davidson FLHTC Liberty Edition under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

MotoPickers - A Show for Motorcyclists

I just saw a teaser for a new TV series called Motopickers. They claim that a deal is being worked out to get this on television. It's about a small business that travels around to find old motorcycles, then restores them. Of course, there are problems along the way.

See a video of what we all may be able to see soon.

Harley-Davidson Introduces its 2013 Models Including Seven 110th Anniversary Models

Harley-Davidson will soon be celebrating its 110th anniversary. The celebration will be taking place all over the world. Harley-Davidson will be introducing seven 2013 motorcycles based on regular lineup models but with added features, medallions, serialization, living art finishes, and paint stylings. There will also be three CVO models specially outfitted for the 110th anniversary.

See all 2013 Harley-Davidson models (CVOs not shown).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ducati Recalls Panigale 1199 Motorcycles for Swingarm Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012.

The right and left swingarm shaft pivots can loosen.

2411 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Ducati Recalls Panigale 1199 Motorcycles for Front Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012.

The front brake master cylinder reservoir hose might interfere with the threading end of the reservoir retaining screw.

2411 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Roberta K Young

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Roberta's 1996 Honda Shadow VLX600 under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Ducati Recalls 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 Motorcycles for Exhaust Butterfly Valve Bowden Cable Cover Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012.

The exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover could melt or burn due to excess heat of the catalytic converter.

2411 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Ducati Recalls 2012-2013 Panigale Motorcycles for Steering Damper Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012.

Due to an incorrect assembly tolerance, the Uniball bearing on the damper rod eyelet could slip out of its seat on the Ohlins steering damper.

2411 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Ducati Recalls 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 Motorcycles for Steering Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012.

Screws that secure the steering damper to the steering head could fall out due to an insufficient amount of Loctite applied to the threads.

2411 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

E15 Fuel Becomes Problem for Motorcyclists

The NY Times has an article about the new EPA requirement to begin using E15 fuel.

Although E15 is not yet mandated for motorcycles, it becomes a problem when dispensed in a hose through which both E10 and E15 run.

If E15 remains in the hose from the previous customer, it mixes with the E10 causing a higher than E10 concentration for a motorcycle. The EPA wants to require that a minimum purchase of 4 gallons be made. This immediately becomes a big problem for motorcyclists.

Read the complete article by Matthew L. Wald.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Joel Storm

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Joel's 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Women on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Ducati Recalls 2012-2013 Diavel for Side Stand Defect

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Diavel motorcycles manufactured from May 25, 2012, through June 28, 2012.

The side stand may bend or break.

27 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kawasaki Recalls 2011-2012 ZX-10R Motorcycles for Crankcase Oil Leakage

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 ZX-10R (ZX1000JBF/JBFL/KBF/KBFL/JCF/JCFL/KCF/KCFL) 'NINJA' motorcycles.

Engine oil may leak from the crankcase at the starter mounting point and pool on top of the crankcase. Continued use in this condition can allow oil to spill over onto the rear tire.

4170 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Zap Recalls 2008 Xebra Motorcycles for Brake Problem

Qingqi Group Motorcycle Co. LTD, through its designated agent Zap, is recalling all model year 2008 Zap Xebra motorcycles manufactured from January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2008.

These motorcycles do not conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 122, "Motorcycle Brake Systems." The motorcycles were produced without a separate brake fluid reservoir for each brake circuit, with each reservoir filler opening having its own cover, seal, and cover retention device.

691 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Joel Storm

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Joel's 2009 Buell 1125CR under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Women on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 6-12, 2012

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 6-12.

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 Picture of the Week - misty

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See an encore picture of misty's 2003 Suzuki Volusia 805cc under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Bikes Only this week. We are providing an encore Women on Motorcycles picture this week since we really want to encourage women riders to send in their pictures showing them with their motorcycle. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Motorcycles in the Air in Slow Motion

Here's some fun video taken from toy helicopters of motorcycles in the air. It's also in slow motion. Take a look.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Kawasaki Recalls Concours 14 for Brake Problem

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Concours 14 (ZG1400 A/B/C/D) motorcycles.

Due to a gap between the brake pedal and guard, small stone or debris can become trapped, creating a brake drag.

13289 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Pauline

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See an encore picture of Pauline's 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Bikes Only this week. We are providing an encore Women on Motorcycles picture this week since we really want to encourage women riders to send in their pictures showing them with their motorcycle. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lady Doctor Runs Motorcycles-Only Motel in Texas

Here's a video about a woman who has a PhD in business who decided to own and operate a motel in Texas for motorcyclists only - no cars allowed. She's doing well. Take a look.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Gary

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See a picture of Gary's Custom Motorcycle (Z1 Engine/AMEN Frame) under Bikes Only. There are no Women on Motorcycles, Men on Motorcycles, or Trikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Campagna Motors Recalls 2011-2012 V13R for Seat Belt Problem

Campagna Motors is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 V13R three wheel vehicles manufactured from August 2010 through June 2012.

The seat belt buckle assembly on the vehicle chassis may have been installed improperly. The hardware used to install the buckle on the chassis may have been reversed.

67 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Zero Motorcycles Recalls 2012 Motorcycles for Battery Problem

Zero Motorcycles, INC. is recalling certain model year 2012 S, DS, X, XU, and XU-LSM motorcycles.

Insufficient weatherproofing may cause a short circuit of the battery management system when subjected to wet conditions, resulting in the motorcycle inadvertently losing power.

254 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Vixen

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See an encore picture of Vixen's 2008 Suzuki Boulevard S50 (VS800) under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Bikes Only this week. We are providing an encore Women on Motorcycles picture this week since we really want to encourage women riders to send in their pictures showing them with their motorcycle. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Zero Motorcycles Recalls 2011-2012 Motorcycles for Faulty Brake Light Switch

Zero Motorcycles, INC. is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 S, XU, and DS motorcycles, model year 2011 MXD, and XD motorcycles and 2012 X motorcycles.

The brake light switch at the front brake lever may not activate until significant brake lever travel occurs.

450 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Ivette

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See a picture of Ivette's 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200L under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Bikes Only this week. For details on how to submit your own motorcycle picture, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Do You Recognize this Motorcycle?

Someone submitted a picture of his dad riding a Harley but is not sure what year and model the bike is. He thinks it's a 1954 because that was the year printed on the bottom of the picture but I'm pretty sure it's a much earlier year.

His father, Ellis B. Emery, was shipped to Vietnam when he was drafted in the early 60s and this Harley was stolen from him while he was overseas. Emery passed away in 2005.

Take a look at the bike and description and see if you can help him learn more about this motorcycle.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Khris

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See a picture of Khris's 2009 Honda Shadow Aero 750 under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Bikes Only this week. For details on how to submit your own motorcycle picture, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ducati Recalls 2012 Panigale 1199 for Rear Suspension Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012 Panigale motorcycles because of an incorrect screw used to retain the swingarm to the rear suspension linkage.

If the linkage detaches from the swingarm, catastrophic suspension collapse would occur.

375 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Laurie

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See an encore picture of Laurie's 2008 Yamaha V-Star Silverado 650 under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Bikes Only this week. We are providing an encore Women on Motorcycles picture this week since we really want to encourage women riders to send in their pictures showing them with their motorcycle. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Ralph Nicola

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Ralph Nicola's 2002 Victory Deluxe V92 Touring Cruiser under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Women on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Adam Vazquez

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Adam Vazquez's 2001 Panzer Digger under Bikes Only. There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only or Women on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Pure Country

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Pure Country's 2006 Suzuki Burgman AN650 under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Bikes Only, Trikes Only or Women on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Rolling Thunder XXV 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 27, 2012. This is Rolling Thunder XXV [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.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jay Leno Discusses and Rides the Mission-R Electric Superbike

Denis Flierl of TorqueNews.com has published an article that discusses the Mission-R electric superbike with Jay Leno. Jay then takes us on a ride to see how the bike compares to a regular superbike. The bike is quiet, has no transmission, uses Android 7" tablet technology for an instrument panel, and has a range between 80-100 miles, depending on how ridden. Here's an excerpt:
"It's no secret that Jay Leno loves cars and has a stable of over 100 classic and collectable cars in his garage, but he also has over 100 motorcycles in his collection. So it was only natural for Leno to invite the team from Mission Motors over to learn more about the companies Mission-R electric motorcycle and its technology." -- Denis Flierl, TorqueNews.com
I suggest you play the video in full-screen mode. Read the article and see the Video.

Motorcycles and ABS - Will ABS Be a Requirement Soon?

BMW pioneered the use of ABS on motorcycles. 24 years has gone by. How good is ABS on motorcycles now? Ron Lieback of UltimateMotorcycling.com published an article that has some answers. Here's an excerpt:
"When testing new motorcycles, judging the worthiness of a bike's Antilock Braking can become quite enjoyable. The ultimate ABS system will act almost undetectable, and the ultimate test of such a system involves the fun factor of trying to lock up the wheels at high speeds, both on dry and wet pavement. BMW was the first to master the art of undetectable ABS; take a ride on a S1000RR and you'll quickly understand. And there's a good reason why BMW is a leader in undetectable ABS - the Bavarian company has much experience honing its antilock braking system, considering it was the first manufacturer to offer ABS back in 1988 on its K models. And today, it's the only company to offer ABS as standard equipment across its entire motorcycle lineup." -- Ron Lieback, UltimateMotorcycling.com
Read more.

Motorcycle Laws by State from the AMA

Here are all the motorcycle laws, by state, as furnished by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA): Motorcycle Laws

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Blaquehawque

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Blaquehawque's 2002 Yamaha Royal Star Midnight Venture w/Tri-Wing trike kit under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Bikes Only, Trikes Only or Women on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Rob

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Rob's 2009 BMW F800GS under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Bikes Only, Trikes Only or Women on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.