2010 Kawasaki Concours

There’s no denying the impact Kawasaki made on the sport-touring world when they introduced the new Concours 14 just two short years ago. Ballistically fast, thanks to the lightly revised 1352cc ZX 14 power plant lurking under its’ slick, stylish skin, the new Concours took the performance envelope in this class and ripped it up. With it’s superb handling and braking abilities, allied to an all-day comfortable touring package, it was a quantum leap forward from the Concours 1000 that had been with us since 1986. But near perfect as it came out of the gate, Kawasaki felt they could improve it and set about interviewing owners of the new bike to see what they were thinking. By listening to what was being said, and coming up with a bunch of fresh ideas themselves, Kawasaki has taken the Concours 14 to an all-new level. Not only is the bike just as fast and responsive, possible a little more due to new tire technology and revised suspension settings, it is now a whole lot more sophisticated. Packed to the brim with a host of new electronic rider aids, as well as some extra wind protection and heat dispersing changes to the body work, the new Concours has got every base covered, and then some. Heading out of Palm Springs, California on a crystal clear fall day, where the lack of clouds made the sky appear as if it went on forever behind the ridge of mountains we needed to climb, I couldn’t help being impressed with Kawasaki’s interactive and progressive approach.

Swinging through the first set of challenging bends, I settled in behind the adjustable fairing. Bigger this year to the tune of 2.75 inches taller and a tad wider, I set it on its lowest position to allow the cool, morning breeze to find it’s way into my helmet. Later, as we gained elevation, I would raise it back up to the highest position and switch on the heated grips as the temperatures hovered around the low ‘40s, but for now the crisp air felt good. Coming this year with a program that defaults the screen to the pre-set position the rider chooses, it also moves up and down at the touch of a button in step-less fashion. If you feel you need it, the smaller screen on last year’s model it is available as an accessory at your dealer, but in my motorcycle mind, down means hot, up means cold, and I can see no reason for change. While we are talking step-less adjustment, it would be a good time to note the standard fitment heated handlebar grips use this system also. This makes it fantastic for fine-tuning when the temperatures drop, as there is nothing worse than being stuck with set positions that either bake your digits or allow them to stay cold.

Making the long and steady climb up to Idlewild, with a couple of photo stops in between, gave us a great opportunity to revisit the handling characteristics that make the Concours 14 so competent when you use the sport side of it’s intended equation. I have heard minor complaints about the previous models handling, but for a bike weighing around 670 pounds built to take you and your missus cross country in style, I think it does an incredible job. Sure it takes a little more thought than an open class sport bike to ride fast, but would you expect any different?

Not to rest on their laurels though, Kawasaki fitted new Bridgestone BT021U tires. With thicker rubber they are said to last longer, a situation that should maintain consistent handling for longer. There is also a little more oil in the front fork and between the two changes the overall consensus of opinion during the launch was better handling. It still takes a fair amount of body language to initiate faster, or tighter, turns, but the big Concours can be a lot of fun on tight, twisting roads as we found out after lunch. Diving off the mountain, and out onto someflatter more open country, we put the new bike to the test. Handling the high-speed chase with aplomb it systematically annihilated the long straights we found at the foot of the mountains.

One of the major concerns listed by Concours owners was the amount of heat coming from under the bodywork. Using detailed computer drawings to show us how the rider gets affected, they then showed us how the new model dissipates the heat to keep the rider a much cooler. Using restyled bodywork, there is improved venting in the front panels and a new seal between the engine and the fairing. This latter change is aimed at keeping heat away from the rider while at traffic lights, or at low speeds.  Riding in a mixture of warm to cold weather we were never stuck in traffic to really see for ourselves, but with all the work that’s been put into improving things I have no doubt it’ll be a lot better.

With so many changes and improvements being found on the new bike, the most important area in my mind is the new electronics package. The bike still uses Kawasaki’s Kipass ignition key system, but this year there is a second fob you can hide on the bike that doesn’t activate the ignition until it is a few centimeters away. I’m not a big fan of the system that requires you take the fob with you in your clothes, and personally would prefer to see a regular ignition key that doesn’t require batteries. But it’s back for 2010 so it mustn’t be too unpopular.

Something I am in complete favor if is the all new for 2010 KRTC traction control system. An all-new system for Kawasaki, it is not only highly sophisticated, but it works really well. In fact, Kawasaki are so confident in its abilities they let us loose on a temporary skid pad on a bike equipped with outriggers. This made for an interesting ride as I basically pinned the throttle as soon as I rolled onto the slippery surface and moments later rolled safely off it at the other end, with just a few wiggles through the bars. The bike tracked smoothly forward and no amount of abuse on the throttle would change it. Trying the same move without the system engaged produced some hilarious results. I had the bike pretty hacked out sideways before it plopped onto the outriggers, but one enthusiastic journo actually got the bike to spin through 180 degrees.

With the sensors that read rear wheel spin also being used for the ABS, thesystem adds no weight to the Concours. As soon as the ECU senses the rear wheel spinning faster than the front it cuts the ignition time, the fuel delivery and the airflow through the secondary butterfly valves. Where other systems rely on two methods of control, Kawasaki’s Jeff Herzog told me using three makes things a lot smoother. Having only experienced this type of traction control on BMW’s big touring bikes, he’s not wrong, as it is definitely smoother than Kawasaki’s Bavarian counterparts. Another positive to the system is the ability to turn it on or off on the fly. There is a large button on the bottom of the left hand switchgear marked “KTRC,” imagine that, and a quick press lets you make your choice. One thing to note here is this is not a full traction control system, so don’t go cranking on the throttle when leaned way over expecting to do a Casey Stoner style drive off the corner. It also prevents wheelies.

Making things safer when it comes time to slow down or stop, the Concours comes with an updated, linked ABS for 2010. Listed in the press blurb as 20% smaller and 30% lighter, unlike the traction control it can’t be switched on or off. You do have a choice at purchase time to buy the Concours without ABS and KTRC though, but for just $700 over the base model’s purchase price of $14,599 I can’t see too many people not opting to have this option. Coming this year with a choice of two settings, it is accessed by an orange button on the left hand switchgear marked K-ACT. In standard mode the amount of front braking is less than in high mode when you operate the rear brake pedal. There is no change in the ratio front to rear when you operate the front brake, and the new system allows you more control for the type of riding you want to do. For sportier duties the choice will be standard, and during touring duties it can be changed back to high.  When you do use the brakes hard enough to activate the system, the amount of pulsing is very minimal and like the traction control we got to put it to the test on the skid pad.         Coming quickly safely and smoothly to a halt, it certainly earns its keep.

Forcing the ABS into action, the Concours uses the same radial mount front calipers as last year, worked on by a multi-adjustable lever operating a direct action master cylinder. Squeezing the pads against 310mm wave rotors, the system is extremely powerful, but don’t worry about it being touchy or difficult to modulate. Immediately giving you feedback as you start to pull on the lever, it just keeps getting stronger either activating the ABS or giving you the stopping power you were asking for. No surprises from the single disc rear set up, with plenty of lever travel and control before a light pulsing tells you the rear tire would be smoking if you didn’t have ABS.

Style wise the changes to the Concours are fairly minimal, with the wider fairing lowers being changed for heat dissipation in mind. The exhaust canister has been shortened 40mm and gets some trendy looking end caps to give it the appearance of being more compact and that’s about it. Always a looker, the deep gloss paint is stunning, and the bike is available in Candy Neptune Blue only for some reason. It certainly gives the bike a sophisticated look to go with its new technological advancements, but it seems like it would be nice to have a color choice.

I doubt there was much complaint on the subject of comfort on the previous model, and with the adjustable fairing it can only be improved this year. The foot peg to handlebar relation is certainly on the sporty side of the touring equation, but it doesn’t put any stress on knees or shoulders. View from the flight deck once underway is impressive. Two practical looking analogue gauges with black faces and white numbers keep the pilot informed of ground speed and engine behavior. The onboard computer’s LCD screen sits top and center and is flanked by the usual neutral light, turn signal and oil lights etc, to the side. There is a plethora of information available from the digital screen, from average mph to average mpg, so planning fuel stops and destinations is going to be slick and easy whilst in motion.

Not content with the grocery list of improvements and innovations, Kawasaki has also added a fuel saving device to the mix. Called the “ECO” it is activated by the mode switch on the left handlebar when you want to switch the Concours to a leaner mapping circuit. Once activated it works at less than 30% throttle or under 6,000rpm. The system will also let you know when you are being conservative on the throttle by displaying the ECP symbol on LED screen. I’m sure we have all had to ride like this after misjudging a fuel stop out in the middle of nowhere at some point in our riding careers, and now you can purposefully ride like this to conserve gas if that’s your aim and the light will let you know you are doing it right.

With revised storage compartments that lock themselves once you are traveling over 2mph, lockable hard bags and plenty of room for attaching luggage to the rack on the rear, the new Kawasaki Concours 1400 has quite simply got all your touring needs covered, and then some. As a bike that seriously impressed me the first time around, it has evolved into an even more sophisticated and highly competent motorcycle. All it needs is a built in tea maker and it will be perfect.

Legendary two-stroke tuner headed for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the eighth member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2010: Eyvind Boyesen, one of the most accomplished two-stroke engine tuners in motorsports. Boyesen, whose skills in the garage translated into success in the marketplace, will be among the legends of motorcycling honored at the 2010 induction ceremony at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas on Nov. 19.

“Eyvind developed many of his innovations in an era of great change in performance off-road motorcycling, and in the process joined other AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers in becoming a household name in the sport,” said AMA Director of Operations and Hall of Famer Jack Penton. “Both everyday riders and national champions alike used Boyesen’s products over the years, and many more will in years to come.”

Although Boyesen Engineering has long since branched into other areas of innovation, off-road racers in the 1970s through the 1990s knew Boyesen products through marketing of the company’s aftermarket performance reeds. Boyesen’s reeds set the standard as one of the leading aftermarket replacement parts of the two-stroke era, and often were one of the first modifications racers made to a new machine.

“Growing up on the local scrambles and motocross tracks in eastern Pennsylvania during the early 1970s, racers knew one thing: If you wanted a power advantage over your competitors, you needed a Boyesen Power Reed,” said Douglas Strange, chair of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Ambassadors & Industry committee and an honorary member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. “It was like a magic elixir that would put your bike on the box. Boyesen Engineering’s reputation continued to grow as his business expanded, and every racer’s toolbox had a Boyesen sticker on the lid. Now, nearly 40 years later, I’m still impressed with Eyvind Boyesen’s commitment to the sport and industry, and his insight to solve problems and bring these new products to the marketplace.”

Boyesen founded Boyesen Engineering in 1972 in Lenhartsville, Pa., and built a worldwide reputation as a two-stroke engine expert. In addition to his reed-valve innovations, Boyesen is also known for a special porting technique that has been used in motorcycle, snowmobile and watercraft two-stroke engines. He also has refined methods of water pump design and developed enhanced accelerator pump operation used in four-stroke carburetion. Boyesen holds more than 40 patents for the aftermarket motorcycle industry, and his company continues to thrive today.

“To be honest I was rather surprised at hearing the news of the induction,” Boyesen said. “I immediately thought, ‘Who would have nominated me?’ I will say that my career has been balanced by my ability to do what I truly love. To this day I will always remember the first time I saw a motorcycle. It was magical. As many that have achieved any level of success (big or small), I am very fortunate to be able to contribute to this sport and industry.”

Boyesen joins previously announced members of the AMA Hall of Fame Class of 2010: championship team owner Mitch Payton, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, off-road rights activist Clark Collins, dirt-track racer Don Castro, off-road gear pioneers John and Rita Gregory, and sidecar roadrace champion Larry Coleman. The final 2010 inductee will be announced soon.

The Class of 2010 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 19 as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. In addition to the induction ceremony, the weekend includes the 2010 AMA Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 20, featuring some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. The AMA Racing Championship Banquet closes out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 21, where AMA Racing amateur champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2010 accomplishments.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend also includes the final round of the Geico Powersports AMA Endurocross National Championship Series on Saturday evening, Nov. 20. Ticket packages for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will also include access to the race, held at The Orleans Arena.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms will provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain to be memorable for the 2010 inductees, champions, families, friends and fans. More information is available online at RedRockLasVegas.com.

Lodging reservations can be made now at AmericanMotorcyclist.com/Accommodations. An announcement regarding ticket information will be made soon.

Located on the park-like campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made lasting contributions to protecting and promoting the motorcycle lifestyle. Its members include those who have excelled in racing, road- and off-road riding, pushed the envelope in motorcycle design, engineering and safety, and championed the rights of riders in both the halls of government and the court of public opinion.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Committee includes nine members in addition to the chairman. There are eight committees, each representing a different aspect of motorcycling.

More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org

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Knievel Custom Cycles Goes Green


First U.S. motorcycle company to offer custom motorcycles with Whole Vehicle Type Approval from all 27 European Communities

Knievel Custom Cycles LLC today announced that its custom motorcycles have received the European Communities Whole Vehicle Type Approval as well as the Asian Approval from Korea. To secure these certifications, Knievel Cycles had to meet or exceed European Union 03 emission standards, greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The first two bikes with European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval certification are the Evel One Springer Bobber and Evel Commemorative Bobber. A third bike is pending certification expected in October 2010. All of the certified Knievel Motorcycles deliver over 70 horsepower from an 80 cubic inch engine, which is tremendous power to be experienced in the comfort of an ultimately smooth ride.

“Since launching Knievel Motorcycle Manufacturing in 2008, our mission has been to make custom bikes that are truly worthy of the Knievel name,” said Greg Zappala, chairman and president, Knievel Custom Cycles. “These bikes not only offer EU-03 certification, but also help create a new legend in motorcycles with their superior drive train, horsepower and precise engineering. We have been successful in inverting the horsepower to engine size ratio with minor production modifications to deliver an ultimate custom high-performance output.”

EU-03 regulations, the most stringent in the world today, limit three harmful by-products of internal combustion motors: hydrocarbons (HC), nitrogen oxides (NOX) and carbon monoxide (CO). The permitted emission levels are:

  • CO 2.0 g/km which is 6 times lower than the 2009 U.S. standard
  • HC 0.3 g/km which is 3 times lower than the 2009 U.S. standard
  • NOX 0.15 g/km which is 3 times lower than the 2009 U.S. standard

“EU-03 certification is a real bonus for motorcycle enthusiasts looking to design or purchase a high-performance custom motorcycle taking into consideration that many U.S. states, all European countries and many Asian countries are enforcing tougher emission standards,” added Zappala. “You can register and ride these bikes without any problems just about anywhere in the world.”

Knievel Custom Cycles are manufactured entirely in the U.S. in accordance with Evel Knievel’s beliefs. “The philosophy of Evel Knievel was that there is no better country in the world than the United States. We combine the best in American technology and American manufacturing to build a production custom motorcycle unlike any other,” Zappala continued. “The company is committed to growing a true American brand built on the legacy of an American icon and the original daredevil, Evel Knievel, starting with top quality custom-built motorcycles.”

Knievel Cycles produces custom motorcycles by building off-of-market technology and enhancing existing state of the art drive-trains. Knievel Cycles develops its base production units using 80 cubic inch Evo engines and then enhances the output through high-end fuel injection systems. This combination delivers better horsepower, more efficient fuel burn, lower emissions and better performance throughout the entire throttle range. Modern technology is mated to a consistent reliable workhorse engine. This also brings the benefit of having warranty service performed at any Harley Davidson certified shop without having to support a national dealer network.

In addition to its world-class custom motorcycles, Knievel Cycles also produces top quality riding apparel under the Legends Riding Gear™ brand. The full product line includes men’s and women’s apparel as well as saddle bags, tools and accessories.

Zappala finishes, “Although emission standards are a requirement that we’re thrilled to address, motorcycle enthusiasts are most interested in creating a mean custom machine that allows them to satisfy something primeval within them. Our goal is to create the best custom motorcycle for demanding riders who have serious expectations of their bikes.”

For further information on the EU-03 regulations, see Amended Directive 202/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm.

About Knievel Custom Cycles LLC

Knievel Custom Cycles LLC was originally founded by the legendary daredevil Kaptain Robbie Knievel, investment banker Gregory Zappala and automotive specialists Bart and Bill McConley. In 2007, the original American daredevil, the late Evel Knievel, came on board and became directly involved in the company. Knievel Cycles set out to create and produce a line of motorcycles that are fully factory-customized with standardized production quality, consistency and reliability. To achieve this reliability, the company decided that the product had to be produced in the U.S. In January 2008, operations were moved from New Jersey to Greenville, PA, located about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. The motorcycles are highly customized and are considered a “production custom.” In addition to custom motorcycles, Knievel Cycles offers high-quality riding gear under the Legends Riding Gear™ brand, including men’s and women’s apparel, jackets, gloves and more. For additional information, visit http://knievelcycles.com/.

California lawmakers back EPA compliant requirement for riders of new motorcycles

California Wants All Exhaust to Be EPA Approved

[facebook_ilike] PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A key California State Assembly committee has endorsed a proposal to require motorcyclists to have EPA-compliant exhaust systems on their model year 2011 and newer motorcycles, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

On June 28, the Committee on Transportation voted 8-4 to approve Senate Bill 435, introduced by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Oxnard-Los Angeles), which would make it illegal to ride a motorcycle on the road built on, or after, Jan. 1, 2011, that doesn’t display a federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) label certifying the exhaust system meets sound emissions standards.

Riders caught riding model year 2011 or newer motorcycles without this stamp would be issued “fix it” tickets by law enforcement officers.

The measure now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

“Many EPA labels are very difficult to locate on motorcycles,” said AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris. “This proposed law could lead to a flurry of tickets for motorcyclists who have legal exhaust systems on their machines with EPA labels that can’t be easily seen. It’s unreasonable to expect a law enforcement officer to easily locate an EPA label, and it’s simply unfair to expect a motorcycle owner to partially dismantle an exhaust system alongside the road to prove the label exists.

“Requiring that a motorcycle display a readily visible EPA label isn’t the correct way to address concerns about excessive motorcycle sound,” he added. “The only objective way to determine whether a motorcycle complies with sound laws is for properly trained personnel to conduct sound level tests using calibrated meters and an agreed-upon testing procedure.”

Haris suggested that concerned California motorcyclists contact their state lawmakers and urge them to reject Senate Bill 435. To do so, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Issue & legislation and select “CA” in the drop down menu.

The AMA has long maintained a position of strong opposition to excessive motorcycle sound. In September 2009, the AMA developed model legislation for use by cities and states seeking a simple, consistent and economical way to deal with sound complaints related to on-highway motorcycles within the larger context of excessive sound from all sources. The model legislation offers an objective method to evaluate motorcycle sound based on the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) J2825 standard, “Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles.” For more information, see AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Resources > Model Legislation.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com

Harley-Davidson CEO First Big Ride


HD CEO to make first ride to Sturgis

Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell will share the road for the first time with with his customers and fellow motorcycle executives this summer when Motor Company executives and employees enjoy the ride from the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee to Sturgis, S.D. for the 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The Harley-Davidson Ride to Sturgis starts in Milwaukee with Bike Night at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Thursday, August 5 then journeys through the heart of the Midwest and Black Hills stopping at eight Harley-Davidson® dealerships and landing in Sturgis on Tuesday, August 10.

Harley-Davidson executives scheduled to ride from Milwaukee to Sturgis include Wandell, President and COO Matt Levatich, SVP and Chief Styling Officer Willie G. Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum Bill Davidson and SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer. Harley-Davidson riders and customers are welcome to join the ride and relax with the groups at various stops and dealer events.

“We’ve enjoyed riding many miles with our customers over the years,” said Bill Davidson. “Riding from the Harley-Davidson Museum in our hometown of Milwaukee to Sturgis in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota continues a tremendous tradition while giving us the chance to meet new friends along the way.”

The schedule (subject to change) of events for the Harley-Davidson Ride to Sturgis is as follows:

Thursday, August, 5: 5:45 p.m. – Bike Night at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee

Friday, August 6: 7:30 a.m. – Riders pancake breakfast and depart from Harley-Davidson Museum

10 a.m. – Capital City Harley-Davidson, Madison, Wis.

2 p.m. – Bala’s Harley-Davidson, Mauston, Wis.

5:45 p.m. – La Crosse Area Harley-Davidson, La Crosse, Wis.

Saturday, August 7: 8:30 a.m. -Rochester Harley-Davidson, Rochester, Minn.

11:15 a.m. – Mankato, Harley-Davidson, Mankato, Minn.

5:30 p.m. – J&L Harley-Davidson, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sunday, August 8: 3:30 p.m. – Peterson Harley-Davidson, Pierre, S.D.

Monday, August 9: 2:30 p.m. – Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Rapid City, S.D.

Tuesday, August 10: 2 p.m. – Harley-Davidson Motor Company riders arrive in Sturgis with the 10th Annual Dakota Thunder Motorcycle Run followed by a moving veteran’s tribute and B-1 fly-by over Main Street.

In addition to the Ride to Sturgis, Harley-Davidson will be hosting free events at two all-new locations in the heart of Sturgis this year. Visit 3rd and Lazelle streets from Friday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 14 for the Harley-Davidson Road Tour featuring the newly released 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, other Harley-Davidson products and H.O.G.® members-only pin stop. Demo rides for the 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be available in Sturgis near Interstate 90 at Exit 30 beginning Saturday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Aug. 13.

For the most up-to-date information on Harley-Davidson events at the 2010 Sturgis Rally, please visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.

BMW Recalls Motorcycles and Bell Recalls Helmets

BMW announced this week that it is issuing recalls for approximately 15,0000 motorcycles with problems ranging from front brakes issues, rear wheel lockups and drive chains not manufactured to specifications.

Helmet manufacturer Bell is recalling 8000 of it’s Mag 8 helmets because testing revealed they don’t meet the impact standard.

More details at http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/bmw-recalls-15000-motorcycles/

Motorcycle Rights Activist Sputnik Dies


The Texas Motorcycle Rights Association is sad to announce that our great Leader, Sputnik, passed away suddenly at approximately 5:00 AM Thursday June 24, 2010.

“I woke up at 5:45AM to find him on the living floor at the state office. It appeared that he crossed over quickly and did not suffer, from a massive heart attack. I can not begin to even put into words how devastating the loss is to the biker community, to his family, and to us who live with him at the state office, for all TMRA2, and to all of his brothers and sisters who loved him dearly.”  Said Terri Williams, State Secretary for the Texas MotorcycleRoadriders Association 2

Sputnik will go down history as the greatest Motorcycle Rights Activist in the History of our Nation and we as his Task Force were truly blessed to be a part of this great Warriors life.God has a special place in Heaven for Sputnik and he told me yesterday that wanted all of us to continue the political work and to carry forward with his final Rally for the Birthday Bash in July. As soon as we know the Memorial Service information we will send out another broadcast.” Said Williams.

The Ride to Pleasure Island is schedule July 2-4. For more info visit TMRA2 website