Honda Recalls CB1000RC For Potential Drive Plate Problems

 Honda is recalling 1,542 certain model year 2012 NC700XDC and NC700XC motorcycles. Some motorcycles may be equipped with drive chains that contain outer drive plates that were improperly heat-treated, resulting in plate fracture during use, If a plate fractures, the motorcycle can unexpectedly lose propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash.  Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the drive chain, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on October 8, 2012. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870.  NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V461000

Zero Motorcycles, Inc. (Zero Motorcycles) is recalling certain model year 2012 S and DS motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles, Inc. (Zero Motorcycles) is recalling certain model year 2012 S and DS motorcycles. These motorcycles are equipped with a motor encoder position signal that may drift over the extended use of the motorcycle. If the signal drifts outside of the given parameters, the motor controller may shut off, resulting in the motorcycle inadvertently losing power. A loss of power could lead to a crash and potential injury or death of the rider. Zero Motorcycles will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the motorcycle’s motor controller free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on September 24, 2012. Owners may contact Zero Motorcycles, Inc. at 1-888-786-9376. Customers may contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.

Triumph is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Street Triple, Street Triple R, and Daytona 675 motorcycles

Triumph is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Street Triple, Street Triple R, and Daytona 675 motorcycles. The regulator/rectifier can overheat and prevent the motorcycle from charging. Once the battery is fully discharged, the motorcycle may stall. If the motorcycle stalls, there is an increased risk of a crash leading to personal injury. Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the regulator/rectifier, free of charge. Triumph has not provided notification schedule. Owners may contact Triumph customer service department at 1-678-854-2010. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

Polaris is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Victory motorcycles

Polaris is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Victory motorcycles manufactured from January 3, 2012, through August 15, 2012. A torqueing procedure may have been missed on some throttle cable retention nuts. On certain motorcycles, the throttle cable retention nuts for either the pull or push throttle cable may have not been torqued correctly. If the torqueing is missed and the retention nuts are loose, the retention nuts closest to the throttle body can become dislodged and interfere with the throttle function, increasing the risk of a crash. Victory will notify owners and dealers will correctly torque the fasteners free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on October 12, 2012. Owners may contact Victory consumer service department by calling 1-888-704-5290. Polaris’ recall number is V-12-01. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

The Pope Will Bless the Hog

The Pope shown recently blessing Ducati’s .. we should say something funny here but we just can’t think of anything the Nuns at our boarding school would have approved….

VATICAN CITY — The Pope started making motorcycles in 1902, and ended in 1918… no wait, wrong Pope.    Forgive us for we have sinned.  It’s the Pope in Rome… (his holiness Pope Benedict XVI) who will bless Harley-Davidson’s bikes at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer’s 110th anniversary.  Being that the Pope is celibate, and the ultimate religious authority figure, we’re not sure how that fits in with the whole “rebel” street cred that HD espouses, but hey, maybe it’s like “Any publicity is better than no publicity at all…right?” Now if they can convince him to ditch the robe for a leather jacket….

NYPD Loses Seven Motorcycles Seized As Evidence

New York NY:  You can seize them, but you can’t always keep them.  That is, if you’re the NYPD.

In July, the department seized 60 high end motorcycles as evidence in a motorcycle and gun trafficking ring.  in late August,  7 of those motorcycle were then stolen from a Bronx NYPD parking lot.  The clueless cops said the lot was fenced, but not locked and the bikes were stored in a box van with their batteries removed, and the wheels locked to make them harder to steal.

More at the Gothamist

Forgotten Sacrifices; Forgotten Liberty

The “bloody lane.” Antietam Civil War battlefield

In this business, I get to ride a lot of different motorcycles. Not as many as my buddy Neale Bayly, but more than the average reader.

I know it sounds like a dream job, and in many ways it is. I’m not bragging about it. The downside is most of my mileage comes in big chunks.

I recently flew to western New Jersey, picked up a FLD Dyna Switchback and rode it 900 miles home. Along the way I briefly toured Hershey PA, and the famous Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg and Antietam.

Then I rode the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway before jumping back on the interstate to hammer the last 7 hours home.

By the time some of you read this, I will have been to Sturgis and back on that bike, (along with my bride) and then to Gadsden Alabama before riding back to Jersey and flying home.

I’ve estimated I’ll rack up somewhere between 6k and 7k miles in 24 days. Oh, and I’ll have to get a magazine edited and published, and oversee the Smoky Mtn Rumble in Franklin NC in between.

I’m not complaining, We have it pretty good, compared to those alive 150 years ago.  I thought about this while I was standing in the “Bloody Lane” at the battle of Sharpsburg, (Antietam as it’s known in the North)

The combined casualties of this one day battle numbered north of 24,000 souls.  Fought on September 17, 1862 it remains the single bloodiest day in American history.

As I stood there in the sunken road and closed my eyes, I could almost hear the screams of agony, the zing of ball shot and the thunder of the cannons echoing across 15 decades of time. Afterwards I found this account of a soldier who fought there.

…as one of the regiments was for the second time going into the conflict, a soldier staggered. It was from no wound, but in the group of dying and dead through which they were passing, he saw his father, of another regiment, lying dead. A wounded man, who knew them both, pointed to the father’s corpse, and then upwards, saying only, ‘It is all right with him.’ Onward went the son, by his father’s corpse, to do his duly in the line, which, with bayonets fixed, advanced upon the enemy. When the battle was over, he came back and with other help buried his father. From his person he took the only thing he had, a Bible, given to the father years before….

You’ll notice the writer makes no mention of the color of the uniform, whether gray or blue. It doesn’t matter and I’m not here to debate the right or wrong.

What matters, and must not be forgotten, are the sacrifices by soldier and civilian alike. The blood of these brave souls (on both sides) established our nation and helped define what it would become. We were brothers fighting brothers, and when it was over, the old Union was dead, and a new Union was born. That fact alone should swell your heart with pride.

Twelve months after Antietam, Abraham Lincoln would deliver his address at Gettysburg. As a proud Son of the South, I see no disrespect to the memory or honor of my ancestors to quote his words here. And while he was at a different but equally bloody battlefield, his message to us was then, and remains appropriate, even to this day.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -” Abraham Lincoln. November 19,1863

It is good we remember this, as we reflect on another tragic September day just 11 short years ago. We should strengthen our resolve, that those dead shall not have died in vain.

Until next month, ride safe, and always take the road less traveled.


USA Motorcycle Riders to Hit the Roads of Cuba

License to operate motorcycle tours of Cuba  awarded to MotoDiscovery

MotoDiscovery, a Texas-based tour company known as a pioneer in cutting-edge adventure travel by motorcycle, has been granted a special license to operate tours to Cuba for US motorcycle touring enthusiasts. The license, (#CT-19070), issued by the US Department of Treasury through the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), reflects a recent and long-awaited development in US government foreign policy and finally makes motorcycle travel to Cuba a reality for US citizens previously denied the legal authority to explore Cuba on two wheels. Soon the sounds of motorcycle engines will be harmonizing with the pulsating rhythms of Cuba’s unmistakable musical beat. This is a dance that the adventurous USA motorcycle rider has been waiting for.

The license grants MotoDiscovery the authority to operate “people-to-people, non-academic educational exchange” programs to Cuba, with the rationale that U.S. travelers can become ambassadors for democratic change on the island through increased contact between the Cuban citizenry and their yanqui neighbors. A comprehensive selection of 15 day and 10 day tours are scheduled to begin November of 2012 and carrying through March of 2013.

“Cuba is a perfect complement to other MotoDiscovery destinations such as South America, the Middle East, Europe and the Indian sub- continent.” says MotoDiscovery founder Skip Mascorro, who for over thirty years has carved his niche in the world of motorcycle adventure travel, sharing riding destinations often known for difficulty of access and intrigue, not necessarily for mass tourism appeal. “Motorcycle touring to exotic locations provides a more active and participatory kind of travel experience. Unconventional travel destinations such as Cuba are far more rewarding when accomplished on a motorcycle,” adds Mascorro.  (More After the Poll)

Pushing aside political controversies, “No matter what the policies of governments may be, at the ‘people to people’ level, there is this universal mutual respect, curiosity and an inherent desire to be welcoming. This is a human character we‘ve experienced in some of the most unlikely regions of the world and, to our pleasure, with people that can be wrongly perceived to be hostile,” claims Mascorro, who says that the gracious Cuban demeanor will quickly have visitors seeing beyond politics and experiencing a beautiful land and a fascinating culture inextricably tied to that of the USA.

To help facilitate the creation of this unique experience, MotoDiscovery has called on travel writer/photo-journalist Christopher P. Baker, author of the two-time national award-winning travelogue Mi Moto Fidel, Motorcycling Castro’s Cuba and numerous highly acclaimed travel guide books to Cuba, including Moon Handbook Cuba and National Geographic Traveler Cuba”. Baker – the Lowell Thomas Award Travel Journalist of the Year 2008 — is considered the world’s foremost authority on travel and tourism in Cuba. He has escorted numerous tours to Cuba and other destinations on behalf of National Geographic and other organizations.

Baker, who hails from Yorkshire, England and now resides in California, will help launch the MotoDiscovery Cuba tour program, joining the staff team on select dates and sharing with tour participants his unequaled wealth of knowledge about Cuba, its history, people and colorful culture. “Chris and I connected back in 1995. He was attempting to get his R100GS BMW motorcycle to Havana to begin explorations to write Mi Moto Fidel,” recalls Mascorro, who says that brief encounter seeded the idea of one day working together to run tours there. “We’ve been patient. Obtaining the crucial legal government license has been very involved, but now the window is open and we are ready. With Chris contributing in development of a magical itinerary and route and the necessary legal tools in hand, this collaboration guarantees an authentic kind of Cuban experience that promises to be second to none. Baker’s knowledge is matched only by his passion for the wonder of travel and all things Cubana — a perfect fit for MotoDiscovery.”

The tour itineraries will be designed to be consistent with the regulations outlined by the Office of Foreign Assets Control adhering to the “people to people” theme, a critical point in order to be compliant with the regulations and responsibilities that come with having the prestigious license. Skip Mascorrro says, “the requirement of having meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba will be central to our agenda. In fact we intend on exceeding those requirements because since our beginnings in 1981, such exchange has always been a core value at MotoDiscovery. It’s in our favor that this is naturally accomplished when groups are seeing the world by motorcycle. The bike is an open invitation that screams…’let’s talk..let’s get to know one another’. It is really amazing!” Activities that enable US citizens to interact with the Cuban people at all levels of societies will be included daily.

Want to know more about riding Cuba with MotoDiscovery? Contact MotoDiscovery 1-800-233-0564 or email skip@motodiscovery.com  MotoDiscovery Cuba Tours