Motorcycle Views Newsletter

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Polar Bear Grand Tour Motorcycle End-of-Season Run to the Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ on April 25, 2015

Check out pictures of the End of Season Picnic Run of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Pic-A-Lilli Inn on April 25, 2015.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2015 XG500 and XG750 Motorcycles that May Have Been Manufactured Without a Rear Reflector Assembly

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2015 XG500 motorcycles manufactured January 28, 2014, to March 9, 2015, and 2015 XG750 motorcycles manufactured May 12, 2014, to March 9, 2015.

The affected motorcycles may have been manufactured without a rear reflector assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

If the motorcycle is missing the rear reflector it can reduce the vehicle's visibility to other drivers.

8,904 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014-2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic - Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low - Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), and 2014 CVO Road King (FLHRSE) Motorcycles for Inability of the Clutch Master Cylinder to Disengage the Clutch

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic - Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low - Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), and 2014 CVO Road King (FLHRSE) motorcycles manufactured April 28, 2014, to October 24, 2014.

In the affected motorcycles, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

When the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly.

45,901 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My Book, 50 Wild Motorcycle Tales, Has Been Released as an Audible Audiobook on iTunes, Audible, and Amazon as of April 14, 2015

After almost four months of work converting my book, 50 Wild Motorcycle Tales, into an Audible audiobook, I and my publisher, Silverton Audio, uploaded our final recordings to Audible (ACX) and got approval to make the book available on iTunes, Audible, and (soon) Amazon on April 14, 2015.

I had the help of two professional narrators, Kim Holmes and Sam Smith, to do 40 of the tales. I narrated 10 tales. Five stories were written by me and the rest were submitted to my website, Motorcycle Views, over the years.

I spent three months editing and revising these stories before the paperback book came out last year.

I hope you will listen to the sample recordings on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible before you download the audiobook.

I'd also appreciate any online reviews you might want to write after you have a chance to listen to the audiobook.

Walter F. Kern

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Buy4easy Recalls 2013 TMS JX-A5005 Motorcycle Full-Face Helmets Because they Failed the Penetration Test.

Buy4easy Inc (Buy4easy) is recalling certain TMS JX-A5005 full face helmets with visors, size XL, manufactured June 1, 2013, to July 15, 2013.

The affected motorcycle helmets failed the penetration test.

Additionally, the helmet label does not meet DOT regulations. As such, these helmets fail to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

The wearer of this helmet may not be properly protected in the event of vehicle crash.

786 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Buy4easy Recalls TMS HY-809 Motorcycle Half-Helmets Because They Insufficiently Dampen Impacts.

Buy4easy Inc. (Buy4easy) is recalling certain TMS HY-809 motorcycle half-helmets, size Large, manufactured March 20, 2012, to October 31, 2012.

The affected motorcycle helmets may insufficiently dampen impacts.

Additionally, the helmets may be missing, or have incomplete, manufacturing dates and instructions to the purchaser. As such, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

By wearing a noncompliant helmet, the user may not be adequately protected in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

2,505 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Polar Bear Grand Tour Motorcycle Run to Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA on April 12, 2015

Check out pictures and videos of the 23rd motorcycle run of the 2014-2015 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA on April 12, 2015.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Yamaha Recalls 2015 FJ09, FZ09, FZ6R, Super Tenere, Super Tenere ES, and YZF-R6 for Incorrectly Manufactured Shift Cam Segment Stopper

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 FJ-09 (FJ09F/FC), FZ-09 (FZ09F/FC), FZ6R (FZ6RF/FC), Super Tenere (XTZ12F/FC), Super Tenere ES (XTZ12EF/EFC), and R6 (YZF-R6) motorcycles manufactured September 1, 2014, to November 17, 2014.

The affected motorcycles may have an incorrectly manufactured shift cam segment stopper, having a sharp edge on the inside of the bend instead of a smooth radius. As a result, the stopper can crack and possibly fracture at this sharp edge.

If the stopper fractures, the transmission may not shift properly, increasing the risk of a crash.

4,900 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Buy4easy Recalls TMS JX-A111 Full Face Motorcycle Helmets for Failing to Meet the Penetration and Retention Requirements and Not Meeting the DOT Standard.

Buy4easy Inc (Buy4easy) is recalling certain TMS JX-A111 full face motorcycle helmets with visor, size large, manufactured June 1, 2013, to September 30, 2013.

During testing, the shell of the affected motorcycle helmets fractured and the liner split thereby failing to meet the penetration and retention requirements. Additionally, the helmet label does not meet the DOT standard. As such, these helmets fail to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, "Motorcycle Helmets."

The wearer of this helmet may not be properly protected in the event of crash, increasing their risk of injury.

612 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ducati Recalls 2010-2014 Multistrada 1200 for Inability to Completely Close the Throttle

Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Multistrada 1200 motorcycles.

The inner sleeve of the opening throttle cable may move and prevent the full closing of the throttle.

If the throttle cannot be fully closed, there is an increased risk of a crash.

5,962 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ohlins Racing AB Recalls 2013-2015 TTX36 Aftermarket Shock Absorbers for a Possible Loosening Nut on the Damper Rod. Many Sportbike Models are Affected.

Ohlins Racing AB (Ohlins) is recalling certain TTX36 aftermarket motorcycle shock absorbers manufactured November 5, 2013, to February 20, 2015.

The nut on the damper rod for these shock absorbers may loosen, resulting in a loss of damping and the possible disassembling of the shock.

If the piston rod nut loosens, shock absorber performance would be affected, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

964 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Equipment Recalls feature for more details and a list of the bikes (mostly sportbike models) affected.