Motorcycle Views Newsletter

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

KTM Recalls 2015 Husqvarna FE350S and FE351S Motorcycles for Fork Problem

KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Husqvarna FE 350 S and FE 351 S motorcycles manufactured from July 22, 2014, to July 23, 2014.

In the forks of the affected motorcycles, the threaded connection between the piston rod and fork cap may not have been sufficiently tightened and therefore the piston rod could become stuck within the fork leg.

If the piston rod detaches within the fork leg, the front suspension could malfunction and destabilize the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

36 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Roadhouse Recalls 2013-2014 Voss 888CF Motorcycle Helmets Due to Penetration Testing Failures in the Helmet Shell

Roadhouse Distribution Inc. (Roadhouse) is recalling certain Voss 888CF motorcycle helmets sizes XS-XXL manufactured June 1, 2013, to October 31, 2014.

The affected helmets failed in penetration testing due to inadequate material in the helmet shell. Thus, these helmets fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle helmets."

The wearer of the helmet may not be adequately protected, increasing the risk of personal injury during a vehicle crash.

974 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2012 Dyna and Softail Models for Possible Corrosion in the Brake Line Banjo Bolt in the Front Brake Master Cylinder

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2012 FXST103, FLSTC, FLSTC103, FLSTF, FLSTF103, FXDL, FXDWG, FXDWG103, FXDC, FXDB, FLSTN, FLSTN103, FLSTC103Shrine, FLSTFB, FLSTFB103, FXS, FXS103, FLS, FLS103, FLD, FLD103, FXDF, and FXDF103 Dyna and Softail motorcycles manufactured August 22, 2011, through February 24, 2012.

In the affected motorcycles, the threads for the brake line banjo bolt in the front brake master cylinder may corrode.

If the threads corrode, a sudden loss of brake fluid could result, causing a loss of the front brakes, and increasing the risk of a crash.

19,015 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Allwin Recalls LS2 Helmets Owing to Failure of the Penetration Test in Ambient and High Temperatures

Allwin Powersports Corp (Allwin) is recalling certain model LS2 helmets model HH566 casing carbon helmets , sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL manufactured January 2011, to January 2012.

The helmets do not meet the minimum performance requirements of the penetration test in ambient and high temperatures. Thus, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

The helmets may not adequately protect a rider in the event of a crash.

540 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

H&H Sports Protection Recalls 2008-2014 VCAN V528 Helmets for Helmet Retention Systems Failures During Testing and for Labeling Issues

H&H Sports Protection (H&H) is recalling certain VCAN V528 helmets size XL manufactured April 1, 2008, to October 9, 2014.

The helmet retention systems failed during high temperature testing. Also, the required labeling may not be found on the helmets. Thus, these helmets do not meet the requirements of Federal Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218 "Motorcycle helmets."

Failed helmet restraints can increase the risk of serious personal injury to the occupant.

1,172 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tegol Recalls Hawk GLD-900 Helmets Because They Fail to Meet Minimum Safety Requirements in Standard No. 218

Tegol, Inc. (Tegol) is recalling certain Hawk GLD-900 Series helmets in all sizes.

The affected helmets fail to meet the minimum safety requirements set forth in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

Helmets that do not comply with minimum safety standards may not offer the protection intended by the safety standards and accordingly increase the risk of injury to the user in the event of a crash.

15,871 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cycle Gear Recalls Street & Steel Brotherhood and Anarchy Helmets for Inability to Meet the Impact Attenuation and Penetration Requirements

Cycle Gear, Inc. (Cycle Gear) is recalling certain Street & Steel Brotherhood and Anarchy model motorcycle helmets manufactured February 1, 2014, to February 28, 2014.

The affected part number is ST-222 and includes sizes extra small, small, and medium. These helmets may not meet the impact attenuation and penetration requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

In the event of a crash, the helmet may not adequately protect the wearer, increasing the risk of personal injury.

246 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

AFX Recalls 2013 Model FX-76 Helmet for Failure to Meet the Sample Test for Single Impact

AFX North America, Inc. (AFX) is recalling certain model FX-76 motorcycle helmets sizes L, XL, and XXL manufactured March 30, 2013, to October 31, 2013.

The affected helmets failed the sample test for single impact. Thus, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle helmets."

In the event of a vehicle crash, the rider could face serious injury if there is significant impact.

4,074 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Fly Racing Recalls 2012 Model .357 Helmet for High Heat Separation of Metal Ring on the Retention Strap

FLY Racing (FLY) is recalling certain model .357 Helmets size XL manufactured June 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012.

The metal ring on the retention strap may separate in high heat conditions. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Systems (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

A helmet that may not remain secure increases the risk of injury to the user in the event of a crash.

972 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Cool Cricket Restaurant, Fieldsboro, NJ on December 21, 2014

Check out pictures and videos of the ninth motorcycle run of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cool Cricket Restaurant, Fieldsboro, NJ on December 21, 2014.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Triumph Recalls 2011-2014 Explorer Motorcycles for Bad Side Stand Pivot Bolt

Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Explorer motorcycles manufactured November 1, 2011, to June 1, 2014.

The side stand pivot bolt may fracture.

If the side stand pivot bolt fractures, the motorcycle may fall when parked on the side stand, increasing the risk of injury to someone nearby.

2,180 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2015 Tri-Glide FLHTCUTG to Fix Rear Brake Master Cylinder that was Assembled with an Incorrect Piston

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2015 Tri-Glide FLHTCUTG motorcycles manufactured July 14, 2014, to October 15, 2014.

The affected motorcycles have a rear brake master cylinder assembled with an incorrect piston. This piston may not provide the proper support and may allow a tear in the primary cup.

If the primary cup develops a tear it will decrease the brake performance, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

1,560 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Yamaha Recalls 2013-2015 XT250 Motorcycles for Air Induction Pipe and Hose Problem

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Yamaha XT250 motorcycles manufactured August 1, 2012, to October 1, 2014.

The affected motorcycles contain an air induction pipe and hose which may fail after prolonged periods of high RPM operation. The air induction hose may melt causing hot exhaust gases to leak from the hose.

A melted air induction hose may cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

4,776 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014-2015 FLS Softail to Correct Lamp-Outage Detection Problem for Front Turn Signals

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 FLS Softail motorcycles manufactured March 25, 2013, to October 2, 2014.

The affected vehicles may have been manufactured without lamp-outage detection for the front turn signals. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Without the turn signal lamp outage indicator, the rider may not be aware that a front turn signal is not working. And without working front turn signals, there is an increased risk of a crash.

4,688 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Montgomeryville, PA on December 7, 2014

Check out pictures and videos of the seventh motorcycle run of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Montgomeryville, PA on December 7, 2014.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Yamaha Recalls 2015 FZ07 for Positive Battery Cable Problem

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 FZ07 motorcycles manufactured May 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014.

In the affected motorcycles, the positive battery cable may be pinched between the seat base and seat bracket.

If the battery cable is pinched, it may chafe and short-circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.

3,100 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Honda Recalls 2014 Forza-NSS300, Forza-NSS300-A, and Grom 125 Motorcycles for Possible Fuel Pump Failure

American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 GROM125 motorcycles manufactured June 12, 2013, to September 24, 2014, and 2014 Forza-NSS300, and NSS300A motorcycles manufactured June 18, 2013, to May 21, 2014.

The resin bracket inside the fuel pump of the affected motorcycles may swell, interfere with the impeller, and potentially lead to a fuel pump failure.

10,076 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Triumph Recalls 2014-2015 Thunderbird, Thunderbird ABS, Tiger 800, Tiger 800 ABS, Thuxton, and Bonneville for a Situation Where the Engine Control Unit May Improperly Activate the Fuel Injectors

Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Triumph Thunderbird, Thunderbird ABS, Tiger 800,Tiger 800 ABS, Thruxton, and Bonneville motorcycles manufactured February 6, 2014, to August 7, 2014.

The engine control unit may improperly activate the fuel injectors.

Improper signalling to, and activation of, the fuel injectors could cause the engine to unexpectedly lose power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

The number of affected units has not been reported.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, December 5, 2014

My AMA Hall of Fame

I was thumbing through the December 2014 issue of American Motorcyclist, the monthly magazine of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), and on page 35 I found a short article entitled "Put yourself in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum." I read that anyone can make a donation of $20, $80, or $180 to help support the museum and in return you can have a square on the wall in the entrance foyer with your name, logo, a picture, almost anything.

I've been to the museum in Pickerington, Ohio and it's a great place to visit so I now have a 6-inch square on that wall.

For more information and to make a donation yourself, click My Hall of Fame.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Yamaha Recalls 2014 YZF-R6 Motorcycles: The front and rear wheels may have been manufactured with insufficient hardness.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2014 Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycles manufactured August 1, 2014, to September 1, 2014.

The front and rear wheels of the affected motorcycles may have been manufactured with insufficient hardness.

If the wheels have insufficient hardness, the wheels may loosen and/or air may leak from around the tire bead.

28 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Motorcycle Run to Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ on Nov. 23, 2014

Check out pictures and videos of the fifth motorcycle run of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Hillbilly Hall in Hopewell, NJ on November 23, 2014.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Campagna Motors Recalls 2007 and 2009-2013 T-Rex 1400R, 14R, and 14RR Motorcycles for Oil Pan Drain Bolt Problem

Campagna Motors (Campagna) is recalling certain model year 2007 and 2009-2013 T-Rex 1400R, 14R, and 14RR motorcycles manufactured September 1, 2006, to December 31, 2013, and equipped with Kawasaki 1352cc engines.

Due to low ground clearance, the engine oil pan may hit the road or an object in the road.

Impacts to the engine oil pan could cause the oil drain bolt to push through the engine oil pan, resulting in an engine oil leak. The oil leak may cause a loss of rear-wheel traction, increasing the risk of a crash.

230 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Victory Recalls 2015 Cross Country, Cross Country Eightball, Cross Country Tour, Gunner, Hammer Eightball, High-Ball, Magnum, Vision Tour ABS, and Vision Eightball for Incorrectly Installed Transmission Shift Drum Detent Roller Spring

Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2015 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eightball, Cross Country Tour, Gunner, Hammer Eightball, High-Ball, Magnum, Vision Tour ABS and Vegas Eightball motorcycles manufactured August 11, 2014, to September 2, 2014.

The affected motorcycles may have been manufactured with the transmission shift drum detent roller spring incorrectly installed.

If the roller spring is incorrectly installed, the transmission may not shift as intended, potentially causing the operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a crash.

122 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Motorcycle Run to The Eagles in Bridgewater, NJ on November 9, 2014

Check out pictures of the third motorcycle run of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to The Eagles in Bridgewater, NJ on November 9, 2014.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Motorcycle Run to Cape May, NJ on October 26, 2014

Check out pictures of the first motorcycle run of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cape May, NJ on October 26, 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Suzuki Motorcycles Recalls 2011-2014 GSX-R750 and 2009-2014 GSX-R1000 Motorcycles for Damage to Left-side Drive Chain Adjuster After Upshifting

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 GSX-R750 and 2009-2014 GSX-R1000 motorcycles.

If a gear is missed while upshifting, the strain applied to the drive chain after the next shift may cause the rear axle to move, damaging the left-side drive chain adjuster. If the drive chain adjuster gets damaged, the drive chain may come off, removing power to the rear wheel, and increasing the risk of a crash.

23,073 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Triumph Motorcycles Recalls 2012-2013 Street Triple R ABS for Lack of Threadlock on Bolts Securing Cable Guides on Headstock

Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Triumph Street Triple R motorcycles manufactured July 1, 2012, to October 1, 2013, and equipped with ABS.

In the affected motorcycles, the four bolts that secure the two cable guides on either side of the headstock do not contain threadlock. As a result, the bolts could loosen. If the bolts loosen, steering movement could be restricted, increasing the risk of a crash.

1368 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2015 XG500 and XG750 for Fuel Cap Leak

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2015 XG500 and XG750 motorcycles manufactured June 11, 2014, to August 14, 2014.

The fuel tank filler neck may be insufficiently flat, preventing the fuel cap from sealing properly.

If the fuel cap doesn't properly seal, fuel may leak, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

1384 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014 Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Street Glide (FLHX), Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG), CVO Limited (FLHTKSE), CVO Road King (FLHRSE), CVO Breakout (FXSBSE), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Twin Cooled (FLHTCUTC), Ultra Limited Shrine (FLHTK SHRINE), Street Glide Shrine (FLHX SHRINE), and CVO Softail Deluxe (FLSTNSE) for Clutch Master Cylinder Defect that Keeps the Clutch Partially Engaged

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Street Glide (FLHX), Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG), CVO Limited (FLHTKSE), CVO Road King (FLHRSE), CVO Breakout (FXSBSE), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Twin Cooled (FLHTCUTC), Ultra Limited Shrine (FLHTK SHRINE), Street Glide Shrine (FLHX SHRINE), and CVO Softail Deluxe (FLSTNSE).

In the affected motorcycles, a component in the clutch master cylinder may fail, reducing the pressure available to keep the clutch disengaged.

If the clutch does not remain disengaged, the motorcycle may creep forward while the rider intends to be stopped, increasing the risk of a crash.

105,746 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014 FXDL Dyna Low Rider for Vibration that May Cause Stalling

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014.5 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles manufactured January 6, 2014, through June 19, 2014.

In the affected motorcycles, certain optional performance electronic control module calibrations may allow higher engine rpms that could result in engine vibrations that cause the ignition switch to move from the "IGN" (ignition on) to "ACC" (accessory only) position, which will shut the engine off.

3361 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Yamaha Recalls 2014 FZ09 Motorcycles for Headlight Harness Problem

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2014 Yamaha FZ09 motorcycles manufactured August 1, 2013, to August 29, 2014.

The affected motorcycles may have a headlight harness that is too short and when the handlebars are turned fully to the left or right the harness may break near the coupler or coupler may disconnect from the headlight bulb.

5300 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Honda Motorcycles Recalls 2001-2010 and 2012 GL1800 and 2001-2005 GL1800A Motorcycles for Dragging Rear Brakes

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2001-2010 and 2012 GL1800 and 2001-2005 GL1800A motorcycles.

The rear brakes of the affected motorcycles may drag after the brakes are released.

A rear brake that drags may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, extended riding with the rear brake dragging could generate enough heat to result in a fire.

126,000 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Genuine Scooters Recalls 2014 Stella 125 Automatic Scooters for a Faulty Engine Control Unit (ECU)

Genuine Scooters, LLC (Genuine) is recalling certain model year 2014 Stella 125 Automatic scooters manufactured December 2013 to March 2014.

The affected scooters may have a faulty engine control unit (ECU) which can cause the engine to stall without warning.

800 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Suzuki Recalls 2014 DL650A V-Strom Motorcycles for a Drive Chain Link That May Not Have Been Riveted

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2014 DL650A V-Strom motorcycles manufactured January 20, 2014, through January 21, 2014.

In the affected vehicles, a drive chain link may not have been riveted by the supplier when being manufactured.

103 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Morgan 3 Wheeler Recalls 2012-2014 Motorcycle Models to Provide Warning light for Low Brake Fluid

Morgan 3 Wheeler Limited (Morgan) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 3W motorcycles.

The affected motorcycles were manufactured without a lamp that illuminates only when the brake fluid level is low. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 122a, "Motorcycle Brake Systems."

235 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 4-10, 2014

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 4-10.

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?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Piaggio Recalls 2013 Vespa 946 Scooter for Fuel Line Leak

Piaggio Group Americas, Inc. (Piaggio) is recalling certain model year 2013 Vespa 946 scooters manufactured August 6, 2013, through October 15, 2013.

The affected scooters have a fuel line that may leak.

305 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

KTM Recalls 2014 690 Enduro R for Rear Brake Pedal Mounting Bolt Problem

KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain model year 2014 690 Enduro R motorcycles manufactured October 2013 to April 2014.

In the affected motorcycles, the rear brake pedal mounting bolt may loosen, allowing the rear brake pedal to detach from the motorcycle.

649 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014 FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTCU, FLHTCUTC, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSHRINE, FLHR, FLHRC, FLHP, and FLHRSE models for Front Brake Line Problem

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 ABS-equipped Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles, models FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTCU, FLHTCUTC, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSHRINE, FLHR, FLHRC, FLHP, and FLHRSE, manufactured July 1, 2013, through May 7, 2014.

The affected motorcycles may have been assembled with the front brake line positioned so that it can be pinched between the fuel tank and frame causing the front brake fluid pressure to increase.

A pinched brake line will increase the front brake fluid pressure, possibly resulting in a front wheel lock-up, increasing the risk of a crash.

66,421 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, June 27, 2014

BMW Recalls 2012-2014 C600 Sport and C650 GT Motorcycles for Camshaft Chain Tensioner Defect

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 C 600 Sport, and C 650 GT motorcycles manufactured August 2, 2012, through February 18, 2014.

In the affected vehicles, the camshaft chain tensioner may not function properly, resulting in an engine stall.

1360 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BMW Recalls 2014 R1200RT Motorcycles for Defective Rear Shock Absorber

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 R1200 RT motorcycles manufactured November 27, 2013, to May 5, 2014.

The affected vehicles have a Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) rear shock absorber. The piston rod within the rear shock absorber can break without warning, causing loss of stability.

950 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014 XL Sportsters Equipped With Accessory Chrome Hand Control Lever Kits for Excess Chrome Plating Condition

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain accessory Chrome Hand Control Lever Kits, part number 36700053, intended for use on 2014 Harley Davidson XL Sportster motorcycles.

The affected kits may have an excess of chrome plating on the brake lever which could prevent the full return of the front brake master cylinder piston.

209 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Americade Motorcycle Rally at Lake George, NY is set for June 2-7, 2014

The resort town of Lake George, NY sees plenty of tourists, conventions, and gatherings during the year. However, its biggest draw is in June when it hosts the biggest motorcycle touring rally in the world, the Americade Motorcycle Rally. The rally is held the first full week of June and for 2014, it's June 2-7. This will be the 32nd annual Americade.

The featured seminar speakers for 2014 are Alonzo Bodden, Comedian and Rider, "Touring to Track Days - We All Ride," Maggie McNally, MSF Rider Coach and AMA Board Member, "Girls Can't Do What?" Fred Rau, "We've Come a Long Way, Baby...," and Greg Drevenstedt, Rider Magazine Road Test Editor, "Two-Wheeled Time Machine." Where else can you go to hear such outstanding personalities in one place? Only at Americade!

It's a little late to find a place to stay for the whole week but day trips can be fun too.

Read my article on Americade for more details including a link to the Americade Website.

Also, to find out how to have a good time at Americade, check out my feature, Ten Ways to Enjoy Americade.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally XXVII

Jane and I both rode our motorcycle trikes in Washington D.C. on Memorial Day, 2005 with Rolling Thunder, along with several members of the Motorcycle Views forum. Here's that story.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BMW Recalls 2013 R1200GS Motorcycles for Transmission Seal Leakage

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2013 R 1200 GS motorcycles manufactured November 2012 through August 2013.

Pressure inside the transmission may cause the transmission output seal to be pushed out of place. Oil may then leak from the transmission onto the rear tire, increasing the risk of a crash.

1420 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour - Best Pictures of the 2013-2014 Riding Season

We present here a gallery of the best Polar Bear Grand Tour motorcycle pictures for the 2013-2014 riding season. My definition of "best" is probably different from yours. I just looked at the more than 400 pictures published during the season and picked what I liked best -- whatever caught my eye or I thought was different or offbeat. There is also one video.

Take a look.

Monday, May 12, 2014

MV Agusta Recalls 2014 Brutale RR, Rivale 88, Brutale 800 Dragster, Brutale 800, Brutale 675, F3 800, and F3 675 Motorcycles for Swingarm Pin Bolt Problem

MV Agusta USA, LLC (MV Agusta) is recalling certain model year 2014 Brutale RR (Corsa), Rivale 800, Brutale 800 Dragster, Brutale 800, Brutale 675, F3 800, and F3 675 motorcycles manufactured December 18, 2013, through March 10, 2014.

In the affected motorcycles, the threaded bolt used to secure the swingarm pin may fail.

223 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ducati Recalls 2012-2013 Panigale 1199 and Panigale S Motorcycles - the Left Handlebar Switch May Not Get Power

Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale and Panigale S motorcycles.

The left handlebar switch may not get power from its connection at the dashboard, preventing the horn, instrument panel display, high beam and right turn signals from functioning.

2,083 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Victory Recalls 2014 Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk and 2015 Gunner for Incorrectly Machined Crankcase.

Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain model year 2014 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk, and 2015 Victory Gunner motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2014, through April 25, 2014.

The crankcase may have been machined incorrectly causing insufficient clearance between the crankshaft and crankcase, causing the engine to unexpectedly seize.

872 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour End of Season Get-Together at the Pic-a-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ on April 26, 2014

Check out pictures of the End of the Season Get-Together for the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season at the Pic-a-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE Motorcycles for Suspension Variances that May Affect Gas Gauge Reading

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcycles manufactured March 20, 2012, through March 10, 2014.

Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle causing the fuel level sensor to read inaccurately.

The gauge inaccuracy may cause the motorcycle to run out of fuel unexpectedly.

9,102 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Cape May, NJ on April 13, 2014

Check out pictures of the 25th and last motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cape May, NJ on April 13, 2014.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Cheeburger Cheeburger - Easton, PA on April 6, 2014

Check out pictures of the 24th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cheeburger Cheeburger - Easton, PA on April 6, 2014.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Zero Recalls 2014 DS, FX, S, and SR Motorcycles for Manufacturing Defect whereby the Motor Rotor may Contact the Stator

Zero Motorcycles, Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2014 Zero SR motorcycles manufactured December 30, 2013, through February 20, 2014, 2014 Zero S motorcycles manufactured December 26, 2013, through February 18, 2014, Zero DS motorcycles manufactured January 24, 2013, through February 4, 2014, and 2014 Zero FX motorcycles manufactured January 14, 2014, through January 27, 2014.

Due to a possible manufacturing defect, the motor rotor may contact the stator while riding.

94 units are affected.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to The Hickory BBQ Smokehouse - Kingston, NY on March 30, 2014

Check out pictures of the 23nd motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to The Hickory BBQ Smokehouse - Kingston, NY on March 30, 2014.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Brian's Harley-Davidson - Langhorne, PA on March 23, 2014

Check out pictures of the 22nd motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Brian's Harley-Davidson - Langhorne, PA on March 23, 2014.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ on March 16, 2014

Check out pictures of the 21st motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ on March 16, 2014.

Friday, March 14, 2014

BMW Motorcycles Recalls 2013 C600 Sport, C650GT, F700GS, F800GS, F800 GS Adventure, F800GT, R1200GS, and R1200R for Side-Stand Switch Problem

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2013 C 600 Sport, C 650 GT, F 700 GS, F 800 GS, F 800 GS Adventure, F 800 GT, R 1200 R and R1200 GS motorcycles.

Water may enter the side-stand switch preventing the motorcycle from starting or potentially shutting off the motorcycle while it is being ridden.

4453 units are affected.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Long Valley Pub & Brewery - Long Valley, NJ on March 9, 2014

Check out pictures of the 20th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Long Valley Pub & Brewery - Long Valley, NJ on March 9, 2014.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Honda Recalls 2013 CB500 FA, F, XA and CBR500 RA, R Motorcycles for Incorrectly Manufactured Rocker Arm Shaft Retaining Bolts

Honda is recalling certain model year 2013 CB500 (FA, F, XA, X) and CBR500 (RA, R) motorcycles.

The rocker arm shaft retaining bolts may have been manufactured incorrectly resulting in the bolts loosening during engine operation. A loose bolt will initially result in a slow leak of engine oil, but if not addressed, the bolt can come out of the cylinder head entirely.

6954 units are affected.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Firehouse Eatery - Rahway, NJ on March 2, 2014

Check out pictures of the 19th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Firehouse Eatery - Rahway, NJ on March 2, 2014.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - 2012 Custom Trike

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 Rhine's 2012 Custom Trike under Trikes Only.

There are no Women on Motorcycles, Bikes 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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ on February 23, 2014

Check out pictures of the 18th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ on February 23, 2014.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yamaha Recalls 2009-2013 YZF-R1 and 2012-2013 XTZ12 for Headlight Socket Defect

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2009-2013 YZFR1 motorcycles manufactured October 2008 through August 2013 and 2012-2013 XTZ12 motorcycles manufactured October 2011 through August 2013.

In the affected motorcycles, use of the headlight may generate enough heat to cause the bulb connections to expand, resulting in arcing in the headlight bulb socket which could cause the socket to overheat, melt and cause the headlight to malfunction.

24,000 units are affected.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Hooters, Wayne, NJ on February 16, 2014

Check out pictures of the 17th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Hooters - Wayne, NJ on February 16, 2014.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ on February 9, 2014

Check out pictures of the 16th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to PIC-A-LILLI INN - Shamong, NJ on February 9, 2014.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Franklin House Tavern - Schaefferstown, PA on February 2, 2014

Check out pictures of the 15th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Franklin House Tavern - Schaefferstown, PA on February 2, 2014.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Triumph Recalls 2012 Tiger Explorer and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer, Tiger Explorer XC and Trophy SE for ECU Inability to Properly Detect Throttle Position

Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013.

In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit (ECU) hardware and software may improperly detect the motorcycle's throttle position resulting in the motorcycle shutting down.

2800 units are affected.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ on January 26, 2014

Check out pictures of the 14th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ on January 26, 2014.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Lago in North Brunswick, NJ on January 19, 2014

Check out pictures and videos of the 13th motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Lago in North Brunswick, NJ on January 19, 2014.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to the Wearhouse Grill in Lake Hopatcong, NJ on January 12, 2014

Check out pictures of the twelfth motorcycle run of the 2013-2014 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Wearhouse Grill in Lake Hopatcong, NJ on January 12, 2014.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Zero Motorcycles Recalls 2012-2013 XU, DS, S and 2013 FX for Controller Firmware Problem

Zero Motorcycles Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 XU, S, DS, and model year 2013 FX motorcycles.

The affected motorcycles have controller firmware that, as a result of certain system faults, may shut off power to the motor.

A sudden loss of power to the motor may increase the risk of a crash.

667 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.