Man Torches Wife’s Motorcycle

By all accounts Paul Tetreault was having a bad day.  According to Rochester NY police reports, Tetreault was having a bowl of soup and allegedly became angry for an unknown reason, threw the bowl of soup against the wall of his home and began assaulting an unidentified woman (who probably was his wife or girlfriend but the report does not say.)  The victim said Tetreault then told her he would “torch” her motorcycle before she and her boyfriend got to it.

And, that’s just what he did.  Before getting around to starting the blaze however, police say Tetreault allegedly punched the victim in the face,  (she punched him back)   drug her through the garage, repeatedly saying he would kill her. and punched her in the face and stomach, before grabbing her neck and squeezing it, causing her to be unable to breathe for some time.

Tetreault has been arrested.  Read the original story on the Foster’s Daily Democrat

 

Company Develops Bluetooth Enabled Motorcycle Gloves

Beartek Bluetooth gloves for skiing or motorcycle use

We wear gloves to protect us.  We listen to music on long rides to entertain us.  If we want to do both, then we have a problem.  Your phone is tucked neatly away, and the gloves make it difficult to quickly retrieve it.  Now, you don’t have to.

Using Bluetooth and a new patent-pending glove technology, you can easily control your music and phone calls by simply touching your fingers together.  Answer that call, or change the song, and leave the phone in your pocket!

BEARTek has innovated protective gloves that allow remote access and control of target devices. These feature-rich gloves allow users to conveniently and safely control their Bluetooth enabled smart phone functions such as music and phone calls. Simple touches of the thumb to the appropriate finger will activate the desired function on the target device. The removable module on the back of the glove can be used with any of the future series of BEARTek gloves. You can also control music and calls without taking your hands away from key safety controls. An interchangeable module allows you to own as many different kinds of BEARTek glove as you want, and still only have purchased one electronic device. New features means only 1 new module, not replacing all of your gloves.

To get in on the ground floor, the Columbia Missouri company has launched a Kickstarter campaign where you can help bring these gloves to the public and get your own pair before anyone else!

Apple Buys Lightning Trademark From Harley-Davidson

Back in September 2012, Apple debuted it’s new “Lightning” dock connector port for the iPad and iPhone.  The company said the new port would be used extensively in future devices.   All well and good, except, surprise surprise, Apple didn’t own the European trademark for the term “Lightning.”

Oops!  Well, not to worry, Apple is a pretty big company and has more money than God, so they can do whatever they want right?

Sure, except the company that owned the trademark term “Lightning” was the same company that has it’s logo tattooed on more bad-ass bodies than any other company.

Yep, that company.  Harley-Davidson.

Patently Apple is reporting that Apple recently purchased the European trademark, originally claimed by the infamous motorcycle company in 2005.

“The EU Patent & Trademark Office officially published two Apple trademark applications for ‘Lightning’ under numbers 011399821/862,” according to Patently Apple. The site also notes this negotiation seems to be a “partial transfer,” allowing Harley-Davidson to “use certain aspects of the trademark” after the transfer is complete.

Here’s how we fantasize the conversation unfolded.

Apple:  Hey Harley-Davidson, you guys own the Lightning trademark in Europe, we’d like to buy it.  How about we send you $250 and ten new iPads?  To sweeten the pot, we’ll throw in the 4G versions.

Harley-Davidson:  hmm….how bout you kick in some credits in the Itunes Store…?

Apple:  Why you greedy sons of b#$ches…!!

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES ON-SALE DATE FOR MILWAUKEE 110TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT TICKETS

Milwaukee Event to Culminate Year-Long, Global Celebration

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 27, 2012) –  For the past three months, Harley-Davidson has been on the road sharing epic experiences with fans from all corners of the globe — from the Tibetan Plateau in China to Sturgis to Faaker See, Austria – to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary: 110 Years of Freedom.  These events are just the beginning of a year-long, global celebration that will take place across 11 countries on six continents and culminate over Labor Day weekend in 2013, in Milwaukee, Wis. – home of Harley-Davidson.

Tickets for Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee next year will go on sale to the general public on Dec. 17, 2012, at www.H-D.com/110tickets. Members of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), the Motor Company’s official riding club, will have an opportunity to purchase tickets beginning Dec. 10, 2012.

The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration event in Milwaukee is Thursday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Events will include fan-organized rides to Milwaukee, a massive parade, three headlining concerts, parties at Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds) and activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Talent, as well as ticket details for the three headlining concerts that will be hosted at Marcus Amphitheater on the Summerfest Grounds, will be announced in early 2013.

For H.O.G. members, the event tickets include access to the global H.O.G. 30th Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 29 at the Summerfest Grounds, as well as access to members-only areas throughout the weekend’s events. Additional free public activities include parties at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships and street parties around the city.

Two ticket options for the Milwaukee 110th Anniversary Celebration are available:

Celebration Ticket – Print at Home ($95.00 USD; convenience fees not included) Available for purchases made within the continental U.S.; includes access to the Summerfest Grounds on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, an opportunity to purchase tickets for the headlining concerts at Marcus Amphitheater before they go on sale to the general public in spring 2013, a link to download the official event app on a mobile device or smartphone, map of historic Harley-Davidson sites in Milwaukee, and automatic entry to win a parade pass.

Commemorative Celebration Ticket Package ($102.50 USD; convenience fees not included)Includes the above admission package plus a photo frame holder, commemorative laminated ticket and lanyard, Milwaukee 110th Anniversary pocket guide, limited edition poker chip, guitar pick keepsake and drink koozie with corresponding drink discounts.

Join the Celebration Online

Harley-Davidson fans are invited to join the celebration online where they can share videos, images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #HD110, and at www.h-d.com/110.  To date, the Motor Company has shared four epic 110th Anniversary experiences via the site, as well as Harley-Davidson social pages, driving thousands of engagements from fans around the world.

The Web site, which will be updated in the coming months with new features and content, also includes details about all of the Motor Company’s 110th Anniversary events.

 

KTM Recalls Dirt Bikes For Faulty Fuel Hoses

KTM is recalling 1,181 EXC-F and EXC models for potential fuel line problems

KTM North America, Inc.’s (KTM) is recalling (1,181 units)  2012 and 2013 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC motorcycles manufactured from September 2011 through August 2012. Due to the supplier’s manufacturing inconsistencies, the preformed fuel hoses may develop cracks or holes at either end. During use, the fuel hoses, located between the fuel tank and the throttle body fuel rail, may allow fuel to leak. The fuel may leak onto the rear tire while the motorcycle is being ridden, increasing the risk of a crash. It is also possible that, in the presence of an ignition source, a fire can occur. KTM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective fuel hoses free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early December 2012. Owners may contact KTM Customer relations at 1-888-985-6090. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Triumph Introduces New Daytona Models

 

Ever since its debut the Daytona has consistently topped comparison tests, won awards around the world and even trounced high-specification superbikes in the prestigious international Masterbikes shootout, winning this toughest and most comprehensive test of all sports bikes two years in a row. Race versions have taken titles around the world and six years later it’s still a winner on the track. Yet it’s the Daytona’s razor-sharp style and growling, muscle-packed character which has appealed just as much to its dedicated owners.
Now for 2013 Triumph has unleashed an all-new Daytona 675 and Daytona 675R, with a brand-new engine, new frame, fresh and sophisticated new bodywork and a host of other changes built on everything Triumph has learned from the enormously successful outgoing model. A few tweaks and modifications would have kept the 675 on the pace, but the 2013 Daytona is set to raise the bar once again.
The result is a bike which is 3lbs. lighter than the old model, with more power, an extended rev range, greater precision, feel and agility. It’s faster on the track, better on the road and even more satisfying to own.

The heart of the new Daytona is its new engine, which brings more performance and a subtly new character, too. The key change is the wider bore and shorter stroke dimensions, allowing a higher 14,400rpm rev limit to gain more power and a broader spread of usable revs. Facilitating this is the new block, separate from the upper crankcase and with ceramic coated aluminum bores so it can be made stronger to cope with the higher pressures. Power is up 2bhp to 126bhp, peaking earlier at 12,600rpm and revving on for longer. The torque maximum is 2ft.lbs higher at 55.3lb.ft, with an increase across the rev range.

On the intake side are new twin injectors per cylinder, aiding the power and torque gains as well as improving fueling accuracy and efficiency. For the first time, titanium valves are fitted, helping the engine achieve higher revs and allowing Triumph’s engineers room to reshape them to improve gas flow. This has been so effective there has been no need to increase the valve diameter, despite the wider bore. It’s further helped by the new larger section intake, which flows air straight into the center of the bike, right through the headstock, and as a major bonus this increases the quality and volume of the signature three-cylinder snarling intake roar for the rider.

The exhaust system is a clear change as the compact and purposeful new unit now sits beneath the engine rather than beneath the rear seat. This is a consequence of the mission by Triumph’s engineers to centralize the bike’s mass as much as possible and move the weight forward, key factors in making the new Daytona even more agile and yet more stable at speed.
The transmission features a new slip-assist clutch to provide a lighter lever action and help prevent rear wheel hop under heavy braking. This is aided by the engine management which opens the throttle butterflies to reduce engine braking.

As well as incorporating the new, innovative intake duct, the frame uses fewer sections in its construction for a cleaner, stronger design and has sharper geometry and a shorter wheelbase to make full use of the revised mass distribution. The rear subframe, constructed from high pressure die cast aluminium, not only looks fantastic but contributes to the slim, sharp design at the rear of the bike.
The suspension is new and includes the latest fixed-cartridge forks from KYB (formerly Kayaba) and revised rear shock. High-performance Pirelli Supercorsa tyres are fitted as standard. The new switchable ABS system, which weighs just 3lbs., includes a late intervention track setting which allows rear wheel drift.

The ergonomics are altered slightly, with a 10mm reduction in seat height and a little less weight placed on the wrists, but the riding position is still designed for the best control at high speed and on the track.
The new bodywork has a sharper, leaner look that also reflects the higher quality of the new bike. Features such as the deliberately split upper fairing add an air of class, while the attention to detail has moved to a new level and includes a highly attractive upper yoke, machined engine mounting bolts, plugged swingarm mounting plate, a revised cockpit area and quickly detachable number plate/tail-light unit for easy track day conversion.

New lightweight wheels provide lower inertia which assists the speed of turn and the speed of acceleration. It all adds up to a more involved ride.
The comprehensive LCD multi-functional instrument pack features digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip computer, analog tachometer, lap timer, gear position indicator, programmable gear change lights, and a clock. The unit is able to report tire pressures when Triumph’s accessory Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is fitted, while switchable ABS (compatible models) can be easily configured via the display.
For added security, an electronic immobilizer is included as standard.

Daytona 675R
Once again the R version of the Daytona adds the very highest specification components to increase its performance focus, as well as sporting a unique look.
Öhlins suspension is fitted, including a TTX rear shock and NIX30 inverted forks, providing the R with a wider range of adjustability, improved response and a firmer base set up.
The latest, lighter Brembo Monobloc calipers are fitted for precise and powerful stopping. Switchable ABS is included as standard, to suit conditions, riding environments and rider preference.
The R comes standard with a quick-shift gear change, improved with new software for 2013.
Stunning carbon fiber cockpit infill panels replace the stock ones, further improving the view from the seat, and a carbon fiber rear hugger is also fitted. Cosmetic changes include a red rear subframe and detailing such as the red wheel pinstripes.
Accessories and Warranty
A wide range of factory accessories are available for the Daytona 675 and Daytona 675R, each designed to enhance both the style and the function of the bikes. The carefully-designed engine, swingarm and frame protectors improve the looks as well as reducing component vulnerability. There’s also a selection of CNC-machined components including brake levers and reservoirs, colored dipsticks and oil filler caps. An approved Arrows silencer is available along with alarms, light luggage and LED indicators. The quick-shift can be added as an option to the stock Daytona 675.
As with all new Triumph motorcycles, the Daytona 675 and Daytona 675R come with an unlimited mileage, two-year factory warranty.
Pricing and Availability
The first public reveal for the 2013 Daytona models will be on November 13th at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show. U.S. pricing will be $11,599 for the Daytona 675 and $13,499 for the Daytona 675R. Both models will begin arriving in dealerships this February.

Ed Church, He Got It Back

Everyone has a story about the one that got away.  A high school sweetheart, a job, a house, a trophy buck, something.  But Ed Church’s story is different.  His is about a motorcycle.  His first motorcycle.

Church said the bike was a big influence on him as a sophomore in high school.  ”the whole right of passage as a young man was trying to start one” said Church.

“It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw,” said Church, who rode the bike for 13 years and sold it when his daughter was born.

Church said when he started looking around for a bike from the same year as his first bike he had no idea he’d stumble upon the bike…his bike and just when he found it, it almost slipped through his fingers again.

Watch the video to hear the story in his words.

 

HONDA INTRODUCES NEW MODELS FOR 2013

Torrence CA:  American Honda unveiled it’s offering of 2013 bikes to the press at its secret company museum and it looks like they’re going after two distinct different markets, the younger buyer and the nostalgia buyer.

The retro CB1100 is a throwback (at least visually) to the days when you’d meet the nicest people on a Honda and Elvis was still in the building.  Featuring a 1140cc air-cooled DOHC fuel-injected engine; twin-shock rear suspension; 41mm fork that’s adjustable for pre-load; dual-disc front brakes with ABS as an option; 18 in. wheels. Available in candy red at $9,999, add another $1,000 for ABS.

The “old man’s road sofa” has been tweaked ever so slightly and the result is a funky looking  Gull Wing F6B.   It’s not “minimalist” by any stretch, but there is far less plastic on it than the Gold Wing.  The F6B features a iPod connection, waterproof locking hard saddlebags, a glovebox and multi-function gauges.  The Deluxe model comes with a passenger backrest, center stand, self cancelling turn signals and heated grips and starts out at $20k for the standard, $21k for the deluxe model. 

Justin Brings Cowboy Style To Motorcycle Riding

by: Scott Cochran, Editor

Whenever I start out to write a product review I like to do a little research on the company.  As most of you know, Justin Boots are headquartered in Fort Worth Texas.  Founded by H.J. Joe Justin in Gainsville Texas (now a suburb of Dallas/Ft. Worth) the company started to grow it’s mail order business in 1897 when Joe’s wife, Annie developed a kit that allowed customers to self-measure their own feet.  The Justins distributed the kits far and wide to the ranches and dusty cow-towns in the southwest.  In 1925 the company moved to Ft. Worth and by 1947, sales reached $1 million dollars!

The name Justin became synonymous with quality boots and in 1968. merged with Acme Brick Company to diversify into the building supply market changing it’s name to Justin Industries.   In 1990, Justin Industries bought out Tony Lama Boots.  With the housing boom in the US, profits in the brick division soared and attracted attention from Warren Buffett.  In 2000, Buffett wrote a check for $600 million dollars and Justin Industries joined GEICO, DAiry Queen and See’s Candy as a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

The popularity of Western boots has faded some in recent years, but within the motorcycle culture there remains a core group of riders who love the look and feel of these boots, but honestly, I’m not one of them.  Don’t get me wrong, I like “cowboy” boots, and own a few pairs, but I don’t ride with them.

When PR group from Justin Boots invited me to try a pair for free I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.  I’d owned a pair a few years ago, but since those were not waterproof, I’d never used them for riding.

To make my choice, I surfed over to justinboots.com.  Before checking the style of boots I would get, I read up a bit on boot making and learned that it takes more than 100 steps and 16 square feet of leather to produce a pair of Justin boots. If you’re interested, visit the site and watch the short video on boot construction.  You’ll be amazed at how much “hand craftsmanship” remains in a Justin boot.

I was disappointed the site doesn’t have a “motorcycle” specific  link, (an obvious oversight and one I hope is corrected soon) so I headed into the work boot section, and clicked the “steel toe” subcategory. (I figured having a little extra protection for my piggies is a good thing.)

With 80 different boots in this section alone, choosing a style is a little overwhelming.  Undaunted, I settled on a boot from the Stampede collection,  Style # WK4692, black oiled steel toe, pull on boot.

Part of what sold me on this model was Justin’s new J-Flex Flexible Comfort System built into the sole of the boots. We’ve all had the experience of buying a new pair of boots and suffering through the first few weeks or even months of stiffness while “breaking” in the boots.

With the J-Flex system, of leather-covered cushioned insole and the triple density insole board, I’d been promised the boots would be as comfortable as a well-worn pair right out of the box.  And the uppers on the WK4692 are guaranteed  waterproof.  It was a claim I’d wind up validating several times during the month-long test.

With my style selected, I sent the PR group my size and sat back and waited.  As it worked out, I had scheduled a long weekend ride on a test bike and the boots arrived just in time to combine the two tests.   I was hoping the new J-Flex comfort system was more than just hype because I’d be spending 12 hours a day in these boots and having sore feet is unwelcome distraction during a new motorcycle test.

On the day of departure, I broke out the new Justin boots, slipped them on and proceeded to load the bike for the long weekend test.  My plan was to evaluate the boots while packing the bike.  If they were the least bit uncomfortable, I’d switch out to one of my other riding boots and postpone the test.

In 15 minutes I completely forgot about the boots until I made my first fuel stop.  I was so impressed with the comfort, I took a few minutes to jot down my thoughts.

The most comfortable boot out of the box I’ve ever worn. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear someone else had worn these boots for a couple of months before me, but there’s no mistaking that new boot smell. No noticeable heel slippage, but should have gotten a half-size smaller for summer wear, but will work great with thick winter socks.  Rounded toe looks more like a motorcycle boot than “cowboy boot.”  Biggest negative is the weight, as these boots are heavier than what I normally like to wear. (probably thanks to the steel toe)

The biggest plus for the boots is how it sheds water, on and off the bike.  During heavy rain and 70 mph riding, I didn’t detect any seepage.  Just to be sure I stood in ankle deep puddle for over a minute and my socks stayed completely dry.  The biggest complaint I have (other than the weight) is the lack of insulation in the boot.  These are definitely warm weather only boots.  When the temperature falls below 50, these boots seem to conduct the cold a little too much for comfort.  At $119.00 (on Amazon) these boots are not cheap, but should give you several years of riding comfort.

AMA Hall of Famer Sen. Nighthorse Campbell Hauling White House Christmas Tree Across Country

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Former Colorado U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is behind the wheel of a Mack truck hauling the nation’s 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from Colorado to Washington, D.C., the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

“It is a privilege to drive the tree for the U.S. Capitol from Colorado this year,” said Campbell, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001. Campbell, an avid motorcyclist, represented Colorado in Congress from 1993 to 2005.

Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit coalition for outdoor recreation, is coordinating the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour with the White River National Forest, where the 73-foot-tall Colorado Engleman spruce tree was harvested.

The almost-four-week-long trip began in Meeker, Colo., where the tree was harvested from the White River National Forest in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. On the way to Washington, D.C., the tree is scheduled to stop in cities and towns in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The custom-decorated Mack truck used to haul the tree was fitted with a special cradle to support the tree’s branches.

The AMA and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame are urging motorcyclists along the route to greet Campbell and the tree during its journey.

The next stop is in Denver from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Midtown Development at 6700 Pecos St. The AMA will post route updates on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorcyclist.

To learn more about the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour, go to www.capitolchristmastree2012.org.