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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour to the Cabin in Howell, NJ on December 8, 2013

Check out pictures of the seventh motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Cabin in Howell, NJ on December 8, 2013. This was our annual Toy Run. This one had snow for many riders.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014 FLHTCUTG, FLSTNSE, and FXSBE for Incorrect Clutch Release Plate

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013.

The affected motorcycles may have been built with an incorrect clutch release plate.

2886 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

BMW Recalls 2007-2009 F800S and F800ST Motorcycles for Rear Axle and Rear Wheel Drive Bearing Wear

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles manufactured August 2006 through January 2009.

Due to incorrect tolerances, the rear wheel drive bearing and rear axle may wear.

2608 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE for Clutch Problems

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013.

The clutch master cylinder may allow air into the clutch system. Additionally, the motorcycles may have been assembled with an incorrect clutch release plate. Either condition may prevent the clutch from disengaging.

19597 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BMW Recalls 2012 K1600GT and K1600GTL Motorcycles for Incorrect Throttle Valve Control Signal

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles.

In certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed.

2475 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Montgomeryville Cycle in Montgomeryville, PA on December 1, 2013

Check out pictures of the sixth motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Montgomeryville Cycle in Montgomeryville, PA on December 1, 2013.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour run to Hillbilly Hall in Hopewell, NJ on November 24, 2013

Check out pictures of the fifth motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Hillbilly Hall in Hopewell, NJ on November 24, 2013.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Irbit Motorworks Recalls 2012 Ural Gear-up, Patrol, Patrol T, Tourist, and Tourist T for Improperly Heat Treated Rims

Irbit Motorworks of America, Inc. (Irbit) is recalling certain model year 2012 Ural Gear-up, Patrol, Patrol T, Tourist, and Tourist T motorcycles with sidecars produced June 2, 2012, through October 25, 2012.

The aluminum rims manufactured in April 2012 were improperly heat treated which could result in cracked, split or broken rims.

273 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Barnsider Tavern, Sugarloaf, NY on November 17, 2013

Check out pictures of the fourth motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Barnsider Tavern, Sugarloaf, NY on November 17, 2013.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Molly Darcy Pub in Danbury, CT on November 10, 2013

Check out pictures of the third motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Molly Darcy Pub in Danbury, CT on November 10, 2013.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014 Tri-Glide Ultra for an Excessive Steering Angle Problem

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 Trike motorcycles manufactured July 24, 2013, through September 2, 2013.

Due to an incorrectly machined part, the motorcycle may have an excessive steering angle allowing the inner fairing to contact the rear brake fluid reservoir resulting in a loss of brake fluid. Additionally, the steering damper may be damaged.

436 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Lewes, DE on November 3, 2013

Check out pictures of the second motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Lewes, DE on November 3, 2013.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Cape May, NJ on October 27, 2013

Check out pictures of the first motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cape May, NJ on October 27, 2013.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Suzuki Recalls 2004-2013 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 and 2005-2013 GSX-R1000 for Front Brake Master Cylinder Problem

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2004-2013 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750, and model year 2005-2013 GSX-R1000 motorcycles.

In combination with older brake fluid, corrosion of the brake piston inside of the front brake master cylinder generates gas that may result in a reduction of fluid pressure transmission to the front brake.

As a result, front braking power may be reduced increasing the risk of a crash.

210,228 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Real Bikers - We Defend Ourselves Again

12 years ago I wrote an article to try to define Real Bikers. At that time an incident in Nevada resulted in a nation-wide reaction against all motorcyclists. In that article, I tried to better define what makes the vast majority of motorcyclists and bikers different from the "biker" image being written about and televised about in the media.

Now, motorcyclists and bikers have been subjected to intense media strutiny for the actions of a swarm of riders in NYC who saw fit to engage a young family in an SUV. Already, we are hearing that legislators want to crack down on riders so this doesn't happen again ... Here we go again.

Read my article and see that not much has changed.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wild Motorcycle Tales - Bike Buyer Bedlam

Here's a story about a rider who had a trouble-free experience with his little red 1971 Honda CB175 for six years and then decided to move up. He sold his bike to his brother-in-law who didn't ride. Then he tried to teach him. Read the story.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yamaha Recalls 2011 XC50A (Vino Classic) Motorcycles for Brake Shoe Lining Separation

Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2011 XC50A (Vino Classic) motorcycles manufactured from April 2011 through August 2011.

Due to improper adhesion, the brake shoe linings may separate from the front and rear brake shoes.

320 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 2003 Harley-Davidson FXST Custom

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Keith's 2003 Harley-Davidson FXST Custom under Bikes Only.

There are no Women on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need your pictures so send in a picture of you and your bike with a description of the bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Indian Recalls 2009-2013 Models (9) for Possible Rear Rim Cracks

Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain model year 2009 Deluxe and Standard, 2009-2011 Roadmaster, 2009-2013 Vintage, 2010 Bomber, 2010-2013 Classic and Dark Horse, 2011 Blackhawk Dark and Blackhawk motorcycles.

The rear rim may crack and cause a loss of air pressure.

The cracked rim can lead to a flat rear tire.

861 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kawasaki Recalls 2009-2013 Concours 14 Police Motorcycles for Stalling Issues

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2009-2013 Concours 14 police motorcycles.

The improper installation of additional police accessories may cause multiple safety issues such as fuel leaks, reduction of braking ability and loss of electrical power to the engine, resulting in a stall.

These issues increase the risk of a crash.

337 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 1937 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead EL Stroker

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Keith on his 1937 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead EL Stroker under Men on Motorcycles.

There are no Women on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Bikes Only this week. We need your pictures so send in a picture of you and your bike with a description of the bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Can-Am Recalls 2013 Spyder RT and ST Motorcycles for Brake Master Cylinder Problem

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT series and ST series motorcycles.

The tandem brake master cylinder manifold inlet may melt allowing the brake fluid to leak out.

Brake fluid may leak onto a heat source, increasing the risk of a fire.

5042 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, September 2, 2013

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, Trikes Only, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. I am showing an encore picture this week. We need your pictures so send in a picture of you and your bike with a description of the bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kawasaki Recalls 2012-2013 Concours 14 Police Motorcycles for Electrical Problem

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Concours 14 police motorcycles.

The additional police accessories may cause the 30-amp main fuse to blow. Also, the additional police wiring harness may chafe leading to a short, which may blow the main fuse.

If the fuse blows, the engine may stall increasing the risk of a crash.

44 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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 Ivette on her 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200L under Women on Motorcycles.

There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. I am showing an encore picture this week. We need your pictures so send in a picture of you and your bike with a description of the bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Harley-Davidson Reveals Project Rushmore Features for 2014

Just saw an interview on the CBS Morning Show with the CEO of Harley-Davidson. He was talking about the "Project Rushmore" motorcycles that are part of the 2014 lineup. I'd been hearing about Project Rushmore but never seemed to be able to get through to their website. I tried again and got in.

They have a fancy video that displays a bunch of new Harley features. I went to my Motorcycle Views Harley-Davidson models page that lists all the models and updated it to include the 2014 models.

Turns out that the Project Rushmore features are confined to the Touring models and the Tri Glide Trike.

So, take a look at the complete list of 2014 Harley-Davidson models and see what the Motor Company has to offer for 2014. Take a look.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

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 Khris with her 2009 Honda Shadow Aero 750 under Women on Motorcycles.

There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. I am showing an encore picture this week. We need your pictures so send in a picture of you and your bike with a description of the bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Jenny

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Jenny riding on her 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L under Women on Motorcycles.

There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. I am showing an encore picture this week. We need your pictures so send in a picture of you and your bike with a description of the bike. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Zero Motorcycles Recalls 2011-2012 S and DS for Defective Front Caliper Mounting Bolts

Zero Motorcycles is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 S and DS motorcycles.

On the affected motorcycles, the front caliper mounting bolts are susceptible to corrosion which could lead to their cracking and possible fracture.

268 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Kawasaki Recalls 2013 Ninja 300 and 300 ABS for Stalling Problem Associated with the ECU

Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2013 Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles manufactured July 16, 2012, through April 27, 2013.

Due to an improper setting in the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), the motorcycle may stall under deceleration.

11,097 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Piaggio Recalls 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200, Norge 1200, and Griso 1200 Rear Suspension Fracture Problem

Piaggio Group Americas (Piaggio) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200 motorcycles manufactured February 6, 2012, through April 10, 2013; and model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 motorcycles manufactured January 25, 2012, through March 21, 2013; and model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 motorcycles manufactured January 26, 2012, through April 29, 2013.

Due to a manufacturing fault, the rear suspension connecting links could fracture.

680 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Morgan 3 Wheeler Recalls Motorcycles for Lack of a Brake Fluid Reservoir Warning Statement

Morgan 3 Wheeler Limited (Morgan) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 three-wheeled motorcycles manufactured between October 2012 and July 2013.

The brake fluid reservoir does not have a brake fluid reservoir filling warning statement.

Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 122, "Motorcycle Brake Systems."

139 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

I was not familiar with this vehicle. It's from the Morgan car line, only it has 3 wheels and a motorcycle engine. Read this article to learn more about this expensive motorcycle.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT S SES

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Karen on her 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT S SES under Women on Motorcycles.

There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 2000 Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe 2-Tone VT600 CD2

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Kem with her 2000 Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe 2-Tone VT600 CD2 under Women on Motorcycles. Kem also has her picture in our 21 Years of Honda Shadow Gallery.

There are no Men on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Motorcycle Recalls - Latest Ten (10) Motorcycle Recalls

I just added a new feature to my Motorcycle Recalls. It gives links to the latest 10 motorcycle recalls. It helps me out so it should help you too.

Check out Motorcycle Recalls - Latest Ten (10) Motorcycle Recalls.

Suzuki Motorcycles Recalls 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa for Anti-Lock Brake System Malfunction

Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2013, through April 26, 2013.

Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality.

The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash.

2561 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Triumph Motorcycles Recalls 2012-2013 Street Triple, Street Triple R, Daytona 675, and Daytona 675R for Anti-Lock Brake System Malfunction

Triumph Motorcycles is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R motorcycles manufactured in July 2012; and model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675 and Daytona 675 R motorcycles manufactured September 2012 through June 2013.

Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality.

The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash.

1887 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kawasaki Recalls 2013 EX300BDFAL for Anti-Lock Brake System Malfunction

Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2013 EX300BDFAL motorcycles manufactured August 16, 2012, through April 2, 2013.

Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality.

1083 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 5-11, 2013

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 5-11.

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, especially after 20 years. How about you?

Honda Recalls 2014 CTX700 Motorcycles for Anti-Lock Brake System Problem

Honda is recalling certain model year 2014 CTX700 motorcycles manufactured March 6, 2013, through April 11, 2013.

Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality.

235 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT Roadster

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Armando with his new 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT Roadster 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.

Yamaha Recalls 2014 Bolt for Possible Wiring Harness Short Circuiting

Yamaha Motor Company (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2014 XVS950CU (Bolt) motorcycles manufactured March 2013 through June 2013.

Slack or sag in the wiring harness may allow it to contact the exhaust manifold causing the wires to melt, and possibly short circuit.

If the wires short circuit, the fuses will blow which may cause the engine to stall.

3900 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 2008 Harley-Davidson Rocker

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Orlando's 2008 Harley-Davidson Rocker under Bikes Only. Orlando's wife poses on the bike. She will soon become a rider herself.

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, July 11, 2013

BMW Recalls 2013 F700GS and F800GS Motorcycles for Side-Stands That May Be Damaged

BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2013 F700 GS and F800 GS motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2012, through October 18, 2012.

The side-stand switch that prevents the engine from running while the side-stand is down may become damaged allowing the engine to run with the side-stand down.

The rider may start riding with the side-stand down, increasing the risk of a crash.

870 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Kunya

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Kunya on her 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650 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.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Brammo Recalls Empulse Motorcycle for Rear Tail Bracket Fatigue Problem

Brammo, Inc. (Brammo) is recalling certain model year 2013 Empulse motorcycles manufactured November 19, 2012, through June 18, 2013.

The rear tail assembly bracket can fatigue and may allow the rear tail assembly to break off while riding. If the rear tail assembly breaks off, it could contact the rear wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.

605 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Zero Motorcycles Recalls 2013 FX and XU for Water Penetration into the Battery

Zero Motorcycles Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2013 FX motorcycles manufactured January 28, 2013, through May 21, 2013; and model year 2013 XU motorcycles manufactured January 16, 2013, through May 20, 2013.

A manufacturing defect with the sealant material in the battery may allow water to penetrate the battery and contact the cells. Water penetration into the battery may lead to corrosion of the cells, possibly resulting in a rapid temperature increase and off-gassing of the cells' electrolyte which may cause a burn to the rider.

128 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Is Harley-Davidson Finally Selling to a Younger Customer?

Harley-Davidson appears to be at a crossroads, according to an article by James B. Kelleher, Of Reuters. Harley has been trying to push down the average age of its customers but whether it's working depends on who you ask. Here's an excerpt:
"Some background: In a recent interview, a top Harley-Davidson executive told Reuters that in 2012, for the first time in years, the average buyer of the company's bikes was not a baby boomer. For a brand defined by the emergence and, lately, the aging of the post-World War II cohort of consumers, that's a big deal — proof that the 110-year-old company is gaining traction with a new generation of riders. Yet its top global marketing guru, Mark-Hans Richer, continues to insist it's no big deal — even though investors have long wondered how Harley would survive as baby boomers, who embraced its bikes as totems of rebellion in the 1960s and 1970s and drove its growth in the ensuing decades, rode off into the sunset." -- James B. Kelleher, Of Reuters
Read more.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Tammy

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Tammy (literally) on her 2011 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Men on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Here is a picture taken in 1938 of my father, Walter Kern, with me, his first son. I haven't written much about my dad but he had a very technical life. He started out by leaving home at the age of 17 to drive in a Model T Ford to California from Indiana with a friend. He got homesick and returned to Indiana and then to Illinois. Along the way, he worked for Westinghouse, became an inventor, ran his own automobile repair shop, and ran his own radio repair shop. He worked on special projects for a military contractor in World War 2. He never got beyond the fifth grade in school. But he could do anything technical and was often asked to devise prototypes for military products that none of the engineers could figure out how to do. He was pleased that I decided to study electrical engineering and became the first person in his family to become a graduate engineer. He knew cars. When I took up motorcycling in 1989, he said he didn't know anything about motorcycles. He didn't try to lead me in any particular career direction but supported me quietly. The only opposition I ever got from him was when I wanted to learn to drive a car. I was forced to take a school sponsored driver education course to get my license. I found out on his death bed that he lost his first wife in a crash caused by two escaping criminals who smashed into his car containing him and his pregnant wife. I didn't even know he had been previously married. But, he was a gentle man mostly who provided a stable home environment with my mother and my sister and brother. I guess we all have stories to tell about our dads. I have barely scratched the surface here. But on this Father's Day 2013 on the 105th anniversary of his birth, I heap just a bit of praise on him and hope that in some small measure you will think of your own dad and remember all that he brought to your life. -- Walter Kern

Is Bringing Your Bike in for Repair Similar to Taking Your Pet to the Vet?

This article by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg of theatlantic.com focuses on the work of Cinema Mercantile, a small group of filmmakers whose mission is to document the work of people who make things. One of their first projects was the Spare Parts Company in Philadelphia, a small motorcycle repair shop. Here's an excerpt from the article:
"In business since the 1970s, the Spare Parts Company in Philadelphia is a destination for owners of vintage bikes. The spot caught the eye of Cinema Mercantile, a crew of filmmakers who crafted this short portrait of the shop and its owner, Roland Sotello. 'When customers bring their bikes in,' Sotello explains, 'it's almost like dealing with a pet. A lot of people don't realize what's wrong with their bikes, so if you really give them a good assessment they sort of feel more comfortable that you ... care what's going on.'" -- Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, theatlantic.com
Be sure to read the complete article and especially view the 4-minute video at the beginning.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Afghanistan Military Forces to Use Motorcycles

Motorcycles have a long history of use in the military. It appears that their special capabilities will be assisting in Afghanistan. Here's an article by Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes that gives a history of military bikes and how they will be used in Afghanistan. Here's an excerpt:
"In the past decade the U.S. has spent $45 billion on armored vehicles designed to protect troops against the roadside bombs which cost the enemy next to nothing to build and emplace. It seems counter-intuitive, but some experts think a safer and more effective way to take on the bad guys might be to ditch the heavy armor in favor of a lighter, faster mode of transport. Many say that in places like Afghanistan, motorcycles would be a cheaper, safer and more effective vehicle for operations than the slow-moving armored personnel carriers preferred by the U.S. military." -- Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes
Read more.

Zero Motorcycles Produces a Military Motorcycle with New Capabilities

Motorcycles of a different breed may be coming back to military uses. Zero Motorcycles is leading the way. Damon Lavrinc of Wired.com has the story. Here's an excerpt:
"Electric motorcycles just went from practical to tactical with the Zero MMX, the first all-electric bike developed specifically for the U.S. Special Operation Forces." -- Damon Lavrinc, Wired.com
Read more.

Monday, June 17, 2013 is Motorcycle Ride to Work Day

Monday, June 17, 2013 is Ride to Work Day. Leave your car at home and take your motorcycle or scooter to work.

I used to do this when I still had a day job in New Jersey. Unfortunately, I didn't see any more bikes on the road than I did on any other day. Your experience may differ. Leave any comments you have regarding your experiences on Ride to Work Day either below or on Facebook.

Here's an official press release about this event from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 1976 Honda CB750

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Edward Hoblin's 1976 Honda CB750 under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, Men on Motorcycles, or Women on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Monday, June 10, 2013

BMW Recalls Dealer Installed Accessory Luggage Racks for 2013 BMW C650 GT Maxi-Scooters for Loose Bolts

BMW of North America, LLC (BMWA) is recalling dealer installed accessory luggage racks (part number 8 527 038) that can be equipped to 2013 BMW C650 GT Maxi-Scooters. During riding, the attachment bolts of the luggage rack could loosen.

If the attachment bolts loosen, the luggage rack could separate from the scooter and become a road hazard for drivers of other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

195 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Triumph Recalls 2012-2013 Trophy and Trophy SE for Fuel Tank Leak

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Trophy and Trophy SE motorcycles manufactured September 2012 through March 2013. The two layers used in the construction of the fuel tank may have failed to adhere, which may result in a fuel leak.

If the fuel tank leaks, the unexpected fuel loss may lead to an engine stall while riding, increasing the risk of a crash. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may also result in a fire.

513 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New App Detects Motorcycle Crash and Notifies Your Friends

Now this is interesting. You can get an app for your iOS device (Android version soon) that allows your friends to be notified when you have a motorcycle accident. Here's an excerpt from marketwatch.com:
"CRASHLIGHT(R), a revolutionary built-in safety crash detection technology automatically detects a motorcycle accident and notifies the riders pre-set contacts of their geographical location via SMS text message, phone call and email. The rider never needs to ride alone. Now friends and family can have peace of mind knowing they will be connected when things go wrong." -- marketwatch.com

Read more.

Also, take a look at the product at this website.

Sign me up!

Lit Motors Creates a Unique New Motorcycle

I just saw an article by Marco della Cava in usatoday.com that shows how Daniel Kim came up with a revolutionary motorcycle design that is starting to take off. It's different: electric, enclosed, and won't fall over. Here's an excerpt:
"Daniel Kim may well become the Steve Jobs of personal transportation. Not that he'll ever tell you that. The soft-spoken 33-year-old founder of Lit Motors is far too polite for such braggadocio. But the fact of the matter is, Kim – who, like Jobs, dropped out of Oregon's Reed College – is barreling down an iconoclastic highway whose destination is a revolution in the way humans move about." -- Marco della Cava, usatoday.com
Read more.

Comparing Motorcycles and Small-Business Owners

Here's a short article by Ty Kiisel, for DeseretNews.com. He is both a rider and a businessman who compares riding and running a small business. Here's an excerpt:
"My friends point out that the time I spend on my motorcycle is inherently much more dangerous than the time they spend in their cars. I agree. That being said, I am by no means a risk junkie. And, I don't expect those who don't enjoy the pastime will ever understand why I enjoy it so much. I do think the attitude my friends and I take to the road when we ride could be meaningful to a small-business owner and how he or she thinks about risk." -- Ty Kiisel, for DeseretNews.com

Read more.

For my own take on risk, read my article, An Element of Risk - In Life and On Motorcycles.

Motorcycle Safety in the Spring

Here a story and two videos from valleynewslive.com that will help you think about motorcycle safety this spring. Check it out.

Also take a look at my article, 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle.

In addition, look at my 25 Motorcycle How-To articles to learn techniques to become a better rider and keep you even safer. Read more.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 1958 Harley-Davidson Sportster

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 Roth's 1958 Harley-Davidson Sportster under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, Men on Motorcycles, or Women on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Triumph Recalls 2012 Speed Triple and Daytona 675 for Lack of a Throttle Cable Guide

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012 Speed Triple motorcycles manufactured from June 2012 through November 2012; and model year 2012 Daytona 675 motorcycles manufactured July 2012 through October 2012. The motorcycles may have been assembled without a guide for the throttle cables.

Without the guide, the cables may move freely and become trapped in the steering stop, impeding the steering operation and affecting the driver's ability to control the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

652 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

CBS News Reports on a Study that Compares Regular Helmets and Novelty Helmets

I just saw a CBS television news report about a scientific study comparing regular helmets and novelty helmets and thought you might be interested. Also, I found out that Charlie Rose is a rider.

Take a look at the story and a video of the telecast.

Study Says Motorcycle Crash Medical Claims Went Up 20% After States Stopped Requiring Helmet Usage

Many motorcycle riders don't like to wear helmets. Many states don't require such usage anymore. Some now see increases occurring in medical claims resulting from motorcycle accidents where riders aren't wearing helmets. A story in huffingtonpost.com by Joan Lowy says these increases may be 20%. Here's an excerpt:
"The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory helmet use have been chipping away at state helmet laws for years while crash deaths have been on the rise." -- Joan Lowy, Huffingtonpost.com
Read the complete article.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 2006 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See WV Medic511's 2006 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, Men on Motorcycles, or Women on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Triumph Recalls 2012-2013 Speed Triple ABS for Transmission Problem

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Speed Triple ABS motorcycles manufactured June 2012, through January 2013. The transmission on some motorcycles may have been built with an incorrect detent spring.

As a result of the incorrect spring, the transmission may inadvertently shift out of gear while the motorcycle is moving, increasing the risk of a crash.

349 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Brammo Recalls 2013 Empulse for Electrical Shorting Problem

Brammo, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 Empulse electric motorcycles manufactured February 22, 2013, through March 29, 2013. Due to a high current cable being attached to the motor controller incorrectly, electrical shorting can occur.

An electrical short can cause a complete loss of power while riding the motorcycle or a fire, either of which can result in a vehicle crash or personal injury.

5 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 1968 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Clayton Restall on his 1968 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Bikes Only, or Women on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Florida Motorcyclist Rides with a Video Camera to Document Potential Accidents

This article from winknews.com concerns the safety of South Florida motorcyclists. The associated video was taken by a female rider who strapped a video camera on her helmet and went out riding. Here's an excerpt:
"Sierra Armour rode her motorcycle down Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers strapped with a camera. The helmet camera captured the moment a car pulled out in front of Sierra's bike. It looks like bad judgement on the driver's part, but Sierra says this little encounter happens too much, and that's why she continues to push for vehicles to be aware of motorcycles on the road." -- winknews.com

Read more and watch the video.

Also, be sure to read my 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle.

Rolling Thunder XXVI and Other Events in Washington, D.C.

My wife and I attended Rolling Thunder® in Washington, D.C. a few years ago and I wrote an article about our experiences. There is a current article about the events this weekend for Rolling Thunder® XXVI by Susan L Ruth of communities.washingtontimes.com. Here's an excerpt:

"The Rolling Thunder run, a slow motorcycle ride through blocked-off Washington D.C. streets, brings more than 250,000 riders to Washington D.C. each year to raise awareness of United States veterans and soldiers missing in action or held as prisoners of war." -- Susan L Ruth, communities.washingtontimes.com

Read more.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Triumph Recalls 2012-2013 Speed Triple for Incorrect Neutral Engagement

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Speed Triple motorcycles manufactured June 2012 through January 2013. Due to the incorrect engagement of the neutral switch and gear selector drum, the neutral light may remain illuminated despite the motorcycle actually being in gear.

The operator may think the motorcycle is in neutral while the motorcycle is in gear. This could lead to unintended movement of the motorcycle and a possible crash.

279 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Custom Motorcycle Uses Mac Computer Parts

Some people are finding new ways to reuse Apple computer parts. An article in Huffingtonpost.com by Betsy Isaacson explains how one motorcycle customizer created a unique motorcycle. Here's an excerpt:
"The 'One Motorcycle Show' in Portland, Ore. was briefly, in February, home to some of the most gorgeous motorcycles in the world. So it shouldn't be a huge surprise that one of the entries was a bike made out of parts from the slickest computer company around." -- Betsy Isaacson, Huffingtonpost.com

Read more and watch the video showing the creator of the motorcycle.

2014 Honda Grom Introduced

Honda is bringing out a new model, the Grom, they include in their Sport category. It's only 125cc and intended to attract a few new riders to the sport. I have included it on my Honda Models page.

I found an article by Jerry Smith of Motorcyclistonline.com that describes the Grom. Here's an excerpt:

"Like every motorcycle manufacturer, Honda is fishing for new riders, and the 2014 Honda Grom is the company’s latest lure. Think of it as a bright, shiny spinner, like the kind you’d use to catch that big ol’ lunker that lives at the bottom of the lake. Except the big one Honda is after is Generation Y, which consists of young people who have smartphones glued to their heads and are so wrapped up in digital technology they have little inclination to get driver’s licenses, never mind buy cars or motorcycles. That’s a worrying trend for anyone in the business of building two-wheelers, one Honda hopes the Grom will reverse." -- Jerry Smith, Motorcyclistonline.com

Read more.

Run for the Wall Meets Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder® was started in 1987 by two Vietnam vets, Artie Muller and Ray Manzo, who wanted a way to draw attention to the plight of our country's Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA). They decided that a gathering of motorcycle riders would have the biggest impact.

In 1988, the first Rolling Thunder® "Ride for Freedom" was held in Washington, D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend with 2500 motorcycles and 5000 marchers. The marching portion of the event was dropped after the first few events but the number of motorcycles steadily increased over the years with recent numbers around 250,000.

My Rolling Thunder article gives all the details of a Rolling Thunder ride my wife and I made a few years ago.

There are many groups of riders who head to Washington each year in conjunction with the Rolling Thunder ride. The most famous of these is the Run for the Wall. This cross-country journey starts in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and ends in Washington, D.C.

Jon Mark Beilue has a detailed article about this ride in amarillo.com. Here's an excerpt:

"Gary Burd has been riding motorcycles for 48 years. He's driven 430,000 miles since he began logging them in 1999. The senior pastor at Christian Heritage Church averages close to 35,000 miles yearly, and none mean more than the 2,700-plus miles on a special trip every May.

Burd is a senior chaplain riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Glide from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to Washington. For the ninth year, he’s among approximately 2,000 bikers to make the cross-country trip for Run for the Wall." -- Jon Mark Beilue, amarillo.com

Read more of Beilue's article and be sure to watch the video at the top of his article.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Rosie

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Rosie on her 1999 Yamaha V Star 650 under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Bikes Only, or Men on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Ronnie's 1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Men on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Triumph Recalls 2012-2013 Tiger Explorer and Explorer XC for Incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating on Label

Triumph Motorcycles America, Ltd. is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Explorer and Explorer XC motorcycles. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating data on the certification Label is incorrect. Thus, the motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, "Certification."

The incorrect label could cause the operator to overload the motorcycle which may result in handling issues and/or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

1186 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Green Ribbon Motorcycle Ride Held to Benefit 10 Charities in the Aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

As reported here recently, a motorcycle run, the Green Ribbon Ride, was organized to support 10 Newtown, CT charities. Fred Musante of Valley.NewHavenIndependent.org reports on this motorcycle run held May 5, 2013 to benefit these charities in the aftermath of the tragic Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School killings. Here's an excerpt:
"Thousands of motorcycles rumbled out of downtown Shelton Sunday morning at the start of the Green Ribbon Ride, a benefit event to remember the 20 first-grade children and six educators murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14. Organizers estimated that more than 3,000 motorcycles were entered for a fee of $20 each, the proceeds benefiting 10 funds created in the wake of the tragedy to aid the families of the victims and the emergency personnel who responded to the crime scene." -- Fred Musante, Valley.NewHavenIndependent.org
Read more and look at a video of the run.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

As Seen on TV - Motorcycle Crashes into Bicyclists

Many have already seen the video of a red motorcycle crashing into a group of bicyclists. Here's an article from KSL.com by John Clyde that shows the complete video and discusses the accident. Here's an excerpt:
"As the weather warms up we start seeing more and more cyclists and motorcycle riders. The sunny weather lends itself to cycling, but it also ups the risk for an accident, and this video shows just how dangerous it can be. Mulholland is a famous stretch of road in the Los Angeles area, and a certain spot known as Deadman's Turn is a popular spot for cyclists. This video was recently captured of a rider on a motorcycle running into the backs of two road bikers." -- John Clyde, KSL.com
Take a look.

Concord Police Add Harley to Fleet after 20 Years and Honor Deceased Motorcycle Policeman

The Concord, NH police last had a motorcycle in their fleet 20 years ago. This year they decided to lease a Harley-Davidson and dedicate it to a deceased motorcycle policeman as his family looked on. Here's the story with three included pictures from the Concord Monitor written by Tricia L. Nadolny. Read more.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week -2011 Vento V Thunder 250 Road King

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Iryawan with his 2011 Vento V Thunder 250 Road King under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - John Costello

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See John with his 2008 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Motorcycle Rider Aids Pedestrian

Here's a video that shows a motorcyclist going to the aid of a pedestrian. We all can take a little time to help others and we do, as this video shows. Fortunately, the rider was wearing a video camera that recorded the entire event. Take a look.

How to Make Motorcycles Out of Watch Parts - Video and Pictures

Here's a real craftsman, Dan Tanenbaum, who makes motorcycles out of watch parts. Blog.makezine.com shows pictures of some of his creations. There's even a video that shows how he does it. You can see more at his Facebook site.

Take a look.

Green Ribbon Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Newtown Charities

Here's an upcoming motorcycle ride to benefit charities in Newtown, CT, site of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The event is described in an article appearing in SheltonHerald.com. Here's an excerpt:
"A part of downtown Shelton will be closed off on Sunday, May 5 for the Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle event to raise money for Newtown charities in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. From 2,000 to 3,000 motorcyclists — depending on weather conditions — are expected to gather for the start of the charity ride in the area of Cornell Street, Howe Avenue and Canal Street, which is near the Farmer’s Market Building."
Read more.

Friday, April 26, 2013

BMW Recalls 2013 R1200GS Motorcycles for Loose Front Fork Tube Locking Bolt

BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 R1200 GS motorcycles manufactured January 9, 2013, through February 8, 2013. Due to an insufficient torque of a locking bolt, the front fork tube may loosen.

If the fork loosens it may hinder the rider's ability to control the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

15 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Best Pictures of the 2012-2013 Season

We present here a gallery of the best Polar Bear Grand Tour motorcycle pictures for the 2012-2013 riding season. My definition of "best" is probably different from yours. I just looked at the more than 400 pictures taken during the season and picked what I liked best -- whatever caught my eye or I thought was different or offbeat.

Take a look.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Sue Brown

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Sue Brown's 1995 Yamaha Virago 750 under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Men on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gerbing's Recalls 12-Volt Heated Motorcycle Jacket Liners for Burn Hazard

This recall involves Gerbing's and Harley-Davidson® black nylon, 12-volt, heated jacket liners. The jacket liners heat up when plugged into a vehicle, such as a motorcycle or snowmobile.

Gerbing's has received two reports of the jacket liners overheating, causing minor dime-sized burns to consumers' backs, resulting in blisters.

9900 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Cape May, NJ on April 14, 2013

Check out pictures of the last motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cape May, NJ on April 14, 2013. It was a nice sunny day and 60 degrees.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - D.D. Folds

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See D.D. Folds' 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 LT w/Motor Trike Conversion under Trikes Only. There are no Bikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Men on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Ryan Gosling Rides a Motorcycle in New Film, The Place Beyond the Pines

Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper appear together in a new film, The Place Beyond the Pines. The film also has a father-and-son theme and attempts to show the real human pain suffered in loss due to violent crime. What's even better is that Gosling gets to ride a motorcycle often in the film. Check out the trailer in the article by Victoria Ahearn of NationalPost.com. Here's an excerpt:
"Ryan Gosling's confession of a bank-robbing fantasy over a duck confit dinner led to his latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines. The multi-generational crime thriller, opening Friday, has the hunky London, Ont. native playing a tattooed, platinum-blond motorcycle stuntman who starts robbing banks to provide for his newborn son and his former flame (Eva Mendes). The noir-ish, three-act drama takes a sharp turn when his character encounters a rookie cop, played by Bradley Cooper. Other co-stars include Rose Byrne and Ray Liotta." -- Victoria Ahearn, NationalPost.com

Read the full article and watch the trailer (video)

90 Years of BMW Motorcycles

BMW Motorcycles is celebrating "90 Years of BMW Motorrad." In this article from Cycleworld.com by "The Wire," you'll learn about the first BMW motorcycle, the 1923 BMW R32, and you'll have the opportunity to view some rather spectacular videos about both the men and machines of BMW. Here's an excerpt:

"28 September 1923 marked not only the opening day of the Berlin Motor Show, but also the beginning of motorcycle construction at BMW – with the public unveiling of the BMW R 32. This was a motorcycle whose essential drive concept – an air-cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with cylinders mounted horizontally to the direction of travel, manual gearbox driven directly by a friction clutch and shaft drive – is applied to numerous BMW models to this day." -- The Wire, Cycleworld.com
Read the article and watch the video. Important: After the 90 second video contained in the article, just let the video continue. You will see more in-depth BMW videos that will continue on and on. I found it interesting. Now read the article about the first BMW and watch the videos.

Here are some BMW resources you may also want to take a look at:

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour to The Hickory BBQ Smokehouse in Kingston, NY on April 7, 2013

Check out pictures of the 23rd motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to The Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY on April 7, 2013. It was a new destination.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cars and Motorcycles Help Plane Takeoff in Peru

It was an emergency in Peru. Several people were in need of emergency care and needed to be flown out. It was late and the airport had no lights. What to do? A local radio station put out the call and hundreds of cars and motorcycles showed up to light the way. Take a look (Video).

Motorcycle Cannonball II - Antique Motorcycles Cross the United States

The Motorcycle Cannonball II Run, completed in 2012, showed that both antique motorcycles and dedicated riders had what it takes to ride across the United States. Here's an excerpt from an article by Michael Lichter of motorcyclistonline.com:
"The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball II Endurance Run had all the makings of an epic tale. It attracted participants from around the globe who shared a love for old motorcycles and were compelled to test themselves and their machines in a singular way. Nearly 70 bikes made it to the start in Newburgh, NY, creating an assemblage of museum-quality bikes the likes of which had never before been put together for a ride like this." -- Michael Lichter, motorcyclistonline.com
Read the complete article that tells how particular riders made out and shows some pictures taken along the run.

Slow Down and Think While Riding (Video)

Here's a short video that demonstrates that there are some riders out there who have no clue. Here's an excerpt from the description appearing in autoevolution.com.
"Being ignorant and stupid is by all means, really bad, but adding in a motorcycle only makes things worse." -- autoevolution.com

See the video.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - The Professor

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See The Professor's 1978 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH under Bikes Only. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Men on Motorcycles this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Triumph Recalls 2012-2013 Daytona 675, Street Triple, Speed Triple, and Tiger 800 for Turn Signal Stem Fractures

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675, Street Triple, Speed Triple, and Tiger 800 motorcycles.

Due to a manufacturing error, the turn signal stems on the front and rear of the motorcycle may fracture. If the turn signal stems break, the turn signals may not be visible to other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

3799 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Learn to Be Safe on Your Motorcycle - Accidents ARE Happening

It's spring. It's time to take the bike out and give it some exercise. However, the bike needs a skilled rider. That should be you. When's the last time you took a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course to tuneup those skills?

Here's a quick story and video by Molly Waldron of ktnv.com from the Las Vegas area that could wake you up a bit. It describes a couple of typical motorcycle accidents and then provides a video interview with an MSF instructor. Here's an excerpt:

"It's spring, and a perfect time for Victor 'Doc' Moss to take a ride on his motorcycle. He's been riding for more than 40 years, and has never had an accident. 'I've never been down and I don't say I've never been down because of luck,' said Moss. 'After a half-million miles, it's because I'm thinking 'what do I need to do to stay alive in this?' Moss is a riding instructor, so safety is a priority for him. 'Motorcycles have certain inherent risks that are greater than a car, and if you don't understand those and how this machine works, you're putting yourself in danger,' Moss said." -- Molly Waldron, ktnv.com
Now, read the article and watch the video.

For more ways to be safe out there, read my 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - John Fletcher

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See John Fletcher's 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883C w/Trike Conversion under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Trikes Only, Women on Motorcycles, or Bikes Only this week. Send your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Brian's H-D in Langhorne, PA on March 24, 2013

Check out pictures of the 22nd motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA on March 24, 2013. It was also a celebration of the 75th birthday of Chairman, Bob Hartpence.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mary Kay and a Motorcycle Show Too

Here's an interesting story of motorcycle people mixing with Mary Kay people. An article by Richard Chin of TwinCities.com reveals that black leather and red lipstick go together quite well. Here's an excerpt:
"Black leather jackets rubbed elbows with red tailored blazers Saturday, March 23, as the Donnie Smith Bike Show and the Mary Kay Career Conference rumbled into town and parked themselves next to each other at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The result: An only-in- St. Paul sight of guys in Hells Angels jackets sipping their noontime beers in the RiverCentre lobby next to dozens of cosmetics saleswomen queuing up for buffalo chicken wraps and turkey artichoke paninis." -- Richard Chin, TwinCities.com
Now read the complete article.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Motorcycle Views - Smartphone Access and the Future

As time goes on, more and more people are using smartphones to access Motorcycle Views.

I noticed recently that my Forum on Delphi can be accessed using a smartphone but the layout of the forum is different when using a smartphone. This is nothing I did. It's Delphi recognizing that the visitor is accessing my forum from a smartphone and then switching to a mobile version of my forum that is tailored to the smartphone being used. Pretty neat.

Just yesterday I was looking at another Blogger blog from my smartphone and noticed that its output was of a different layout. It too, was tailored to my smartphone. I never saw this same layout when I tried to access my own Blogger blog on my smartphone. I went to the Blogger control panel and noticed that they showed that I had not enabled a smartphone version for my Motorcycle Views blog. I never even saw the option as many times as I go to that control panel. So, I selected a style for smartphone use and activated it. Now, anyone using a smartphone who tries to access my Blog on the menu that appears on every page of my Motorcycle Views website, will see a new tailored version. Also, pretty neat.

I'd also like to mention that my Kindle Book, Getting Started Riding a Motorcycle, contains my Glossary/Dictionary, my How To's, and my Packing List. That book can be downloaded to a smartphone using a Kindle App just like any other Kindle book on Amazon. So, you can quickly access the three items mentioned above through an internal Kindle search once you own the book and load it on your smartphone. Pretty neat again.

It's hard to tell where the electronic revolution is taking us. It does seem to be allowing us to load up our smartphones, which we carry with us everywhere, with very useful information.

Now, I've been talking about smartphones so far. Most of these features can also be obtained on our tablets. Apparently, the tablets are a little bit behind right now. For example, my Kindle Fire (and also the new HD model) does not give the smartphone layout for either my Forum or my Blog.

I've been thinking about trying to convert my main Motorcycle Views website for smartphone use. However, currently, only about 25% of my visitors use a smartphone to access my site.

I have converted two of my other websites for smartphone use. One is for the Polar Bear Grand Tour. The converter I used does produce a version that works well on both my smartphone and my Kindle Fire tablets. I ran into a lot of difficulties when I converted the Polar Bear site. I had to process every HTML file on the site to use a new side menu on each page. There also were numerous situations where the converter simply jumped right over sections of my code and refused to convert them. I fully expect that I will have to anguish over the Motorcycle Views site to convert it. The size of the site is much larger.

I also have both Motorcycle Views and the Polar Bear Grand Tour on separate Facebook pages. I post every Blog post on Facebook as well as my weekly newsletter. I also use Twitter to announce everything I post on my Blog. Similarly, I use YouTube for all my videos, especially ones I take for the Polar Bear Grand Tour.

Sorry, I gave you so much to read. I just want you to be informed about my progress in trying to stay current with the technology.

Feel free to discuss in the Comments anything I've said here. All suggestions and comments are welcome, as always. -- Walter

Pinterest - Motorcycles

I'm not quite sure how Pinterest works but there are a lot of motorcycle pictures there that lead all over the place. I promise to check out Pinterest and start including it in my thinking. For the time being, here's a Search for Motorcycles on Pinterest.

How to Stay Dry While Riding in the Rain (Video)

I think most of us have learned how to deal with rain when we ride our motorcycles. Some riders just don't deliberately ride off on their bikes when it's expected to rain. However, most riders know that you can't take a long trip and not expect it to rain.

You're riding along and see the increasing darkness ahead of you. It gets darker and darker. You see cars approaching you with their lights on and then you see wipers going. The wind picks up. You begin looking for a temporary shelter where you can change into your rain gear. You finally stop and get as far off the road as you can in a sheltered place. You get your rainsuit from your saddlebags or trunk and fight it over your jacket, pants, and boots. Hopefully you have some special rain gloves or even a pair of yellow dishwashing gloves. Some even have rubber rain boots to slip on over their boots. Of course, you also have a fullfaced helmet to encase your head and keep driving rain out of your eyes. You are ready for the rain and cautiously ride off. Of course, an extremely heavy rain with puddling, lightning, and thunder should cause you to give up on your riding and seek some semi-permanent shelter to wait out the passing storm.

On the other hand, some riders ponder over better ways to keep dry in the rain. Here are some pictures and a video from core77.com that document one man's attempt to stay dry. You may or may not agree with his approach or want to buy his product. Take a look.

Custom Motorcycle Engineer, Shinya Kimura (Video)

Here's an interesting video about a japanese custom motorcycle engineer and how he got that way. It's a short video from highsnobiety.com. Learn more about Shinya Kimura (Video).

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Rolf Beger

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Rolf Beger's 1993 Honda Gold Wing SE Special Edition w/Trike 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.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour to the Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ on March 17, 2013

Check out pictures of the 21st motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ on March 17, 2013, St. Patrick's Day.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Motorcycle Picture Gallery Updates - Harley-Davidson, Shadow, Sportster, Gold Wing, BMW, and Indian

I have added many more pictures to my motorcycle picture galleries to bring them up to 2013 models:

Check out these motorcycle picture galleries and see if you can contribute a picture of your own bike to help build out a gallery.

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Uglicoyote

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Uglicoyote with his 2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra 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.

Police Begin Preferring Honda Motorcycles

The use of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for police work goes back almost to the origin of the Motor Company. However, there is more emphasis on catching criminals using fast acceleration and higher top speed. Therefore, police seem to favor Honda motorcycles in increasing numbers. BMW has also been supplying its motorcycles in this regard. Here's an excerpt from an article in Autoevolution.com by Florin Tibu that discusses this trend:
"The Augusta Chronicle reported that the local sheriff's deputies have tested two Honda ST1300 since back in 2009 and since then, the number of Japanese machines continued to grow. In fact 2008 was the last year the local PD bought Harley-Davidson bikes." -- Florin Tibu, Autoevolution.com
Read the complete article.

Top 20 Motorcycle Terms

I have just compiled my Top 20 Motorcycle Terms as judged by visitors to the Motorcycle Views site. My Motorcycle Glossary / Dictionary of motorcycle terms took me over 12 years to develop. These 225 motorcycle terms have been cross-referenced and linked to additional explanatory information in some of my articles. I've even set them up so you can also go from term to term in the dictionary without going back to the index. Guess which of the following is included in the Top 20: Ape Hangers, Naked Bike, Get-Off, or VIN?

Take a look at the Top 20 Motorcycle Terms. By reading through the whole dictionary, you can get quite an education as you link around to the various references.

By the way, Get-Off is included in the Top 20 Motorcycle Terms.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Polar Bear Grand Tour to the Long Valley Pub & Brewery - Long Valley, NJ on March 10, 2013

Check out pictures of the 20th motorcycle run of the 2012-2013 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Long Valley Pub & Brewery - Long Valley, NJ on March 10, 2013.

Indian Thunder Stroke 111 Engine Fires Up at Daytona

At Daytona Bike Week, Polaris has introduced the new engine that will power their 2014 Indian motorcycles. In addition, Indian introduced a streamliner, the Spirit of Monro that also housed the new engine, dubbed Thunder Stroke 111. This streamliner is in tribute to Burt Monro who set the world speed record for motorcycles under 1000cc in 1967 riding an Indian motorcycle. This story comes to us from an article in MotorcycleUSA.com by Bryan Harley. Here's an excerpt:
"The pulse of the new Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111 powered to life Friday night in front of a packed house at Dirty Harry’s on Main Street when elated American Picker Mike Wolfe flipped the switch. After whetting the appetite of the public with sound bites of the first Polaris-developed Indian V-Twin over the course of the last few months as the Indian display traveled across the country with the IMS, the striking new powerplant with the ribbed heads was a hit with the large Bike Week crowd gathered to witness this next evolution of Indian Motorcycles." -- Bryan Harley, Cruiser Editor, MotorcycleUSA.com
Read the complete article.

The history of Indian Motorcycles over the years can be found in my article, Indian Motorcycles. Also, check out my movie review, The World's Fastest Indian - A Review to learn more about Burt Monro and his world record riding an Indian motorcycle in 1967.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Motorcycle Club or Motorcycle Group Pictures Gallery

I have a motorcycle picture gallery called Motorcycle Club or Motorcycle Group Pictures. I know there are lots of motorcycle groups out there who have not submitted a group picture to me here at Motorcycle Views. Here's your chance to become a member of this gallery.

First, check out Motorcycle Club or Motorcycle Group Pictures. Then get permission from your group leader and Submit a Club or Group Picture to Motorcycle Views. Please make these pictures as large as possible, at least 900 pixels wide.

Group pictures like those shown in my Motorcycle Club or Motorcycle Group Pictures Gallery are similar to the pictures you've seen in museums of ancient motorcycle groups. Get your group's picture on the Internet on Motorcycle Views. Become a part of the history of motorcycling.

Motorcycle Tattoos Gallery - Send Me a Picture of Your Tattoo

I have a Motorcycle Tattoos Gallery on my Motorcycle Views site. I make it a requirement that each person submitting a tattoo must be a motorcyclist and must state what bike they currently ride.

Now some think that tattoos are done impulsively without much thought. Others create whole galleries of tattoos on their bodies to reflect their own outlook on life or to characterize their experiences. Still others view tattoos as art -- motorcycle art.

What's your take? Leave your comments below.

Have you got a tattoo to place in our Motorcycle Tattoos Gallery? Send me a picture of it and see your art in our Motorcycle Tattoos Gallery.

Cagers Cause Most Bike Crashes says Florida Study

A recent Florida Department of Transportation study has concluded that it's clear that many motorists don't see motorcycles coming. A Sun-Sentinel.com article by Angel Streeter gives some details. Here's an excerpt:
"So who's mostly to blame when four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles collide? According to a recent Florida Department of Transportation study, bikers are right. Motorists driving cars and trucks are mostly at fault, often failing to yield the right of way to the smaller vehicles." -- Angel Streeter, Sun-Sentinal.com
Read the entire article.

Also, read my 10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle for ways you can look out for yourself to improve your odds on the road.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Ms. Glo

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Ms. Glo on her 2006 Honda VTX 1300 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.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Daytona Bike Week - Beginning of the Rally Season

The 72nd anniversary of Daytona Bike Week is being held March 8-17, 2013 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 try to go to Americade, regardless of the weather.