Motorcycle Views Newsletter

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.