State Wants School District To Ban Motorcycle Use By Administrators

According to a report in the Mail Tribune, officials with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is urging the Eagle Point School District to prohibit employees from using motorcycles as transportation to work-related activities.

This comes after Principal Tiffany O’Donnell was seriously injured Sept. 13 in a motorcycle accident en route between the two rural schools.

OSHD officials say that the principal or the school has not violated any regulations, and no citations have been issued to the district. But the State cautioned that allowing employees to drive motorcycles for work activities presents a hazard to employees, as well as a liability to the school district.

The agency also recommended that administrators be added to the district’s DMV automatic reporting system where the district can check on employees’ driving records and licenses to operate a motor vehicle. Neither recommendation is mandatory, according to the report.

According to the repot the principal was by a driver in a pickup truck which was making an illegal U-turn on Highway 62.

*This report was edited to remove references to OSHA which is a Federal agency and replaced with OSHD, which is the Oregon State agency involved in the report.

D&D “Boss” Slip-ons for Victory Cross Country / Roads : Full Review

D&D recently introduced their new “Boss” slip-on exhaust for Victory Cross Country and Cross Road bikes.  D&D claims to build these pipes on a dyno so we thought that performing a full installation review and then taking the pipes to the dyno would be a good test.  I am fortunate enough to live next to Kevin Cross, arguably one of the best Victory tuners in the country.  Kevin works  at Polaris of Gainesville and after receiving the pipes from D&D, I headed to see Kevin, ready to document the installation, fit and finish and of course the performance of these new pipes.

Fit & Finish
When the box arrived, I noticed first and foremost, the weight. This set of slip-ons is rather heavy. Close to twice the weight of existing stock mufflers. Now keep in mind that these slip-ons have integrated heat shields. You use the front stock heat shields but the back two are not used as the pipe and the heat shield is one unit.

The second thing I noticed after unpacking the pipes is that the welds are very smooth and it seems as though D&D spent a lot of time putting these together. The chrome was blemishes free (none that can be seen after mounting on the bike.)  All of the included hardware is stainless steel with hex fasteners. Each bag support rail is a machined steel plate and held in place by two stainless steel bolts that fasten to integrated threaded holes in the top of the pipe. The engineering of the bag support system is very sturdy and should have no problem supporting the bags.

The slips-ons are available with straight or slash cut tips. I received the 45 degree slash cut version. This tip follows the contour of the saddlebags perfectly. I also noticed that the exhaust fits much closer to the bottom of the saddle bag compared with the stock pipe. I thought that maybe heat would be an issue. However, after riding for an hour, I checked the heat on the bag and really didn’t feel any difference.

Installation
Not much here as the process is very straightforward. Basically remove the stock pipes and heat shields. Mount the bag support rails to the top of the D&Ds and insert the rubber pads from the stock pipes onto this rail. Slide the D&Ds onto the header pipe and secure with stainless pipe clamps that are included. Bolt the end of the pipe to the rear support brackets using the existing bolts from the stock pipe. That’s it. Once the stock slip-ons are off, the whole installation process took less than 45 minutes.

I’ve got to deduct points from the instructions, or rather lack of instructions.  While D&D did a good job outlining the process, there were no pictures or diagrams.  However, as most DYI’er know, once you get the process started detailed instructions with pics are really not essential, but they are a confidence booster.  I’d suggest D&D setup some YouTube installation videos to help make the job easier.

Performance
It’s always exciting to hear a new set of pipes and this set was no different.  I waited like a kid at Christmas once installation was complete. I was expecting loud and deep and, while the pipes do have a rather deep rumble, if you are looking for really loud, then look elsewhere. I can report that the D&Ds tend to blend into the wind noise at 80 MPH and I can now hear my tunes much better. When you dump the throttle, they do wake up and give you a nice deep note that really sounds good.

After a rather quick installation, we were off to Alachua Florida to Polaris of Gainesville for a dyno test.  The Cross Country that we were testing with has the following specifications:

2010 Victory Cross Country
Lloydz VFC III
Victory High Performace Air Filter

… and now the results!

MAX TQ – 108.4 @ 3652 RPM
MAX HP – 89.31 @ 4650 RPM

100 FT LBs TQ @ 2373 RPM
104 FT LBs TQ @ 3000 RPM

The torque curve carries well from 2500 – 4500 RPMs. D&D claims to have designed this pipe for max torque at the lower RPM range as they feel most riders spend the most time at this range. I can attest to feeling an increase in torque at a lower RPM range than any other pipe I have tested. In comparison, the stock pipes carry their max torque in the 4000 – 5000 range.  Also, keep in mind that these numbers are at the rear wheel and not crank numbers.  Most bike manufacturers market their crank numbers.  Rear wheel numbers in my opinion are much more accurate.


Keep in mind that weather can affect the results of any dyno test. Also, we suspect that the aluminum frames of the Cross Country and Cross Roads can retain a good bit of heat. We spent quite a bit of time between runs allowing the bike to cool down to get accurate numbers.  However, D&D claims a 10% increase in power over stock.  We were able to confirm close to those numbers with a fuel controller and the high flow filter from Victory.

Summary
Overall the D&D pipe is a good choice for riders that want a deeper pipe that is a bit louder than what a Victory stage one exhaust offers. The power on the exhaust is good and the fit and finish is excellent. I would have liked these pipes to be lighter but overall I think they are a great slip-on. You always hear that “you get what you pay for ..” Even though the D&Ds are a bit more expensive, you are getting integrated heat shield and tips. If you add up the Victory “Big Mouth tips” and any of the other aftermarket slip-ons currently offered, then the price is in line.

The D&D “Boss” slip-ons are available in both black and chrome finishes. Each is also available with either a straight cut or 45 degree cut tip. Chrome slash cut MSRP – $674
More information about this exhaust can be found at http://www.danddexhaust.com

Thanks again to Kevin Cross and the crew at Polaris of Gainesville - http://www.polarisofgainesville.com

Check out this video of the pipes on a dyno at D&D:

D&D Boss Exhaust Video

BMW Recalls F650GS

BMW is recalling a certain number (1,835) of F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000

BMW is recalling 1,835 F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thumbs Nose at Congress and Discriminates Against Motorcycles

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has learned from a source at the US Department of Transportation

Troopers in Georgia to set up "motorcycle only checkpoints"

that they have funded the motorcycle only roadside checkpoints.

NHTSA decided to fund the program despite being asked by Congress not to fund the program until the merits were explained. In a letter sent by James Sensenbrenner, along with ten other Members of the House of Representatives last month, Sensenbrenner and his colleagues specifically asked NHTSA to respond to the letter before funding the program, they did not. Read the letter here.

The recipient of the money for the demo project was the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which oversees the day-to-day operation of the Georgia State Patrol.  The Georgia State Patrol will conduct a series of roadside motorcycle safety checks in accordance with what was outlined in the Request for Applications.  The amount of NHTSA funding is $70,000.00.

“Not only is this an injustice to the motorcyclists of America its a complete waste of taxpayer money.” said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the MRF.

The MRF will keep you informed on this issue and any actions you can take to defend your freedoms, at stake in Washington.


KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak could clinch 2010 GEICO EnduroCross title in Denver this Sat

Blazusiak – undefeated through four EX rounds – doesn’t even need to win, just on the rear knobby of Geoff Aaron

IRVINE, Calif., (Oct. 29, 2010) – Defending GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, champion Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) is again on the cusp of off-road greatness as the 2010 EnduroCross title is all but wrapped up heading into this weekend’s fifth (of six) round of the popular indoor off-road racing series.

“It’s not going to take an MIT mathematician to figure that Taddy only needs to stay on the rear knobby of 2nd place (overall) Geoff Aaron to win this year’s GEICO EnduroCross title,” said Mike Karsting, VP of Events for Source Interlink Media. “Taddy’s won the first four rounds and Aaron’s been 2nd at three of the four, so there’s pretty good odds that those two guys will be at or near the top again at Denver.”

For his part Blazusiak’s pretty chill on things as he gets set to line up for his 2009 title defense this Saturday at Denver’s Nationals Western Complex (good seats still available!). The Polish off-road great, backed by KTM, has put up the most impressive GEICO EnduroCross season to date. And though he’s aware of the job he needs to accomplish at Denver, running the table on the EX season means little when compared to winning his second overall GEICO EnduroCross championship.

“I have a pretty good lead in the championship and I’m going to just try and go for it,” said Blazusiak. “We’ll see. I just have to keep my eyes open and look where Geoff is. (laughter)”

A hometown race for Aaron, Blazusiak was quick to give the nation’s top trials rider props, along with the rest of the top GEICO EnduroCross riders that he’ll face this weekend in Denver. “For sure. It seems everybody’s gotten better this year, the whole field.”

And as for an undefeated season, Blazusiak knows it’d be historic, but stresses that it’s not as important as winning his second GEICO EnduroCross title.

“A perfect season for sure would be very nice, but my thing is to win the GEICO EnduroCross championship,” he said. “If I can win all the races that would be great. But the goal is the championship so we’ll see how it goes this weekend in Denver.”

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole … and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor version of extreme off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. With its excitement and unpredictability the EnduroCross championship has always gone down to the wire and this year will be no different as the series starts and finishes at Vegas’ Orleans Arena! Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross “Live.”



2009-2010 Vulcan Motorcycles Recalled

Check with your dealer to see if your Vulcan is on the recall list

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Vulcan motorcycles. The engine may stall if the rider is coasting with the clutch pulled in due to an improper setting of the engine control unit (ECU).  An unexpected engine stall could result in a crash, causing serious injury or death.  Dealers will replace the ECU with one containing revised settings to address the engine stalling. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before November 1, 2010. Owners may contact Kawasaki consumer services department at 866-802-9381.