Motorcycle Views Newsletter

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ducati Recalls 2012 848, Streetfighter, Hypermotard, Multistrada, and Monster Motorcycles for Brake Pad Problem

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012 848, Streetfighter, Hypermotard, Multistrada, and Monster motorcycles.

The friction material may detach from the backing plate of the rear brake pads.

283 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month - Watch Out for Motorcycles

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Motorcycles are coming on the road in great numbers after being absent for most of the winter in northern climates. We all need to be reminded to watch for motorcycles. Consumer Reports has an article on this most important safety issue. Here's an excerpt:
"May kicks off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an initiative supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With spring well underway, riders are hitting the highways and byways, and this serves as a reminder to all drivers to be mindful that motorcycles are sharing the road." -- Jeff Bartlett, ConsumerReports.org
Read more.

It's also a good time to read my 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle.

Saturday, May 5, 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 Gary's 2007 Big Bear Chopper w/American 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.

Summer Movies Feature Motorcycles

Summer movies are action filled and what's better than major characters riding motorcycles to keep you on the edge of your seat. Picture Anne Hathaway as Catwoman riding a custom motorcycle in the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times published an article that gives you a rundown of summer films featuring motorcycles. Here's an excerpt:
"The superhero extravaganza 'The Avengers' marks the first of many movies that will feature motorcycles racing onto the big screen this summer. Not only will Captain America helm a Harley-Davidson in the big-budget Marvel movie, but one of the leads of 'Men in Black' will time-travel to 1969 on board an 'Easy Rider'-esque chopper. A circus bear will even throw a furry leg over a Ducati in the animated feature 'Madagascar 3.'" -- Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Read more.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Dinner at Old Bridge, NJ on April 28, 2012

Check out pictures of the Polar Bear Grand Tour final dinner/dance of the 2011-2012 riding season at the Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, NJ on April 28, 2012.