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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, December 1, 2014