Honda and Yamaha Issue Recalls

Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 XVS95/CT (V Star 950/V Star 950 Tourer) motorcycles, manufactured from October 2008 through August 2011, and model year 2007 XVS 1300/CT (V Star 1300/V Star Tourer) motorcycles, manufactured from August 2006 through March 2007. There may not be a proper seal between the fuel pipes for the fuel injectors and the fuel hose that connects them due to an improperly molded fuel hose.  Over time, pressurized fuel can begin leaking at the hose connection points, which could result in a fire hazard. YAMAHA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery pipe free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before NOVEMBER 11, 2011. Owners may contact YAMAHA AT 1-800-962-7926.  NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V533000

YAMAHA IS also recalling certain model year 2012 XTZ12B/BC (Super Tenere) motorcycles, manufactured from June 01, 2011, through August 31, 2011. During the assembly process, the fuel pump o-ring may have been installed incorrectly in its groove. If the tabs located around the inner circumference of the o-ring were not seated into the groove properly during pump installation, the o-ring sealing lip could be pinched and damaged, preventing proper sealing, and could allow fuel to leak from around the fuel pump mounted under the fuel tank.  Leaking fuel could pose a serious fire hazard.  YAMAHA DEALERS will replace the FUEL PUMP O-RING free of charge. NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V532000

HONDA is recalling certain model year 2010 NT700V motorcycles manufactured on Nov 26 or 27, 2009 for improper tire information label. The label (on the swingarm) may display incorrect tire size and air pressure specifications This recall affects 120 units.

 

Michigan Poised to Ratify Helmet Freedom Of Choice Bill

Lansing: Michigan Legislators in the State House voted overwhelmingly to allow motorcyclist 21 and over to decide for themselves if they want to wear a helmet or not.  The only requirements are that they have 2 years experience or have completed an approved motorcycle safety course and carry $20,000 in medical insurance.

State Senators receive the bill to work through the differences from a version they previously approved this past June.  After that, the legislation lands on Michigan’s Governor  Rick Snyder’s desk.  Snyder says he’ll sign the bill, but only if certain insurance reforms are in place.

“The governor has been clear and consistent that for him to look at any helmet law repeal it has to take place in context of broader auto insurance reform,” Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said.

For Michigan’s Insurance lobby, the issue is simply about money.  Typically the Insurance industry is a staunch opponent of freedom of choice, and frames its arguments against legislation like this by scaring the public with the specter of the financial bogey man for the state’s taxpayers.  “The consequences of a person’s decision not to wear a helmet is borne by all of society through higher insurance premiums, lost productivity and increased health care costs,” said Lori Conarton, spokeswoman for the Insurance Institute of Michigan.”

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm nixed the legislation twice with a stroke of her pen, siding with the powerful Insurance and Health Care lobby.  Governor Snyder, however, hasn’t shot down the idea of signing the bill if it reached his desk.

Supporters of the bill include ABATE, State Tourism officials and lawmakers who helped push the legislation through say that motorcyclist avoid Michigan because of the helmet law.  Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, (a former emergency medical tech) spoke in favor of the bill and agreed that head injuries are traumatic, but the bill give people the choice and many will wear a helmet, but the requirement is a turn off to many motorcycle tourists.  Pettalia told the Detroit News, “”We’re surrounded by helmetless states. So if somebody wants to travel to the Great Lakes, they will oftentimes travel into the Wisconsin area where the Dells are and avoid coming into Michigan.”

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