Motorcycle Views Newsletter

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.