Risen From Watery Grave

1938 NSU Motorcycle that was salvaged from the bottom of Swan Lake in Dassel MN

photo courtesy of The Journal, Photo by Fritz Busch

Ken Seemann, a New Ulm Minnesota fisherman says he is used to finding odd things in his nets, but he wasn’t prepared for what he found last month while dragging a net for carp in the Big Swan Lake in Dassel MN.  Seemann said he knew he’d snagged something unusually heavy and when he pulled up his nets he found a 1956 NSU 251-OSL single cylinder motorcycle.   Seemann could tell from the bikes condition it had been in the lake a long time, so he started asking around and found someone who recalled how a young man, Dean Ailie,  had ridden his motorcycle on the ice 56 years ago and he and the bike had fallen through.  Luckily the young man’s leather jacket was cinched tight at the waist and filled with air, which helped keep him afloat until nearby fishermen could pull him out.

Founded in 1873, NSU was a German manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles and pedal cycles. Built at the Neckarsulm, Germany factory in 1934, the 251 motorcycle had a 249 CC engine. The model was used by the German army for solo dispatch duties from 1938 to 1940, according to Deutsche Autos.  Completely destroyed in World War II, NSU began building bicycles and motor-bicycles at its Nickarsulm plant in December 1946. In 1955, NSU was the world’s biggest motorcycle producer.

The company set world speed records in 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1955. In August 1956 at the Bonneville, Utah Salt Flats, Wilhelm Herz became the first man to ride a motorcycle more than 200 mph, according to Deutsche Autos.

Seemann located Ailie,  now 71 and still lives in the Dassel area was in tears when the bike was brought to him.  Ailie told local reporters that the bike will be given to a local restorer, Ron Miller who has agreed to restore the bike as best as can be done, (it will never run again) and display it with a placard telling the story of it’s drowning, and recovery.   Ailie told Miller all he wants is a photo of the bike once it’s restored.

BMW Recalls S 1000 Models

BMW 1000RR BMW is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured September 2011, through December 2012. Due to a manufacturing fault, the side-stand attachment bolts could start to loosen. The loosening of the side-stand bolts could cause the stand to separate from the frame of the motorcycle.   A separation of the side-stand could cause the motorcycle to fall, causing a risk of injury.BMW will notify owners, and dealers will clean the sidestand mounting plate threads and replace the side-stand mounting plate bolts, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.  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 to Fix Labels on Trophy Models

2013 TrophyTriumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2013 Trophy motorcycles manufactured from September 5, 2012, through November 29, 2012. These motorcycles were produced with a label bearing incorrect tire data which fails to conform to the labeling requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars,” and they fail to comply with the certification requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, none of the 244 recalled units have been sold to consumers so no owner notification letter will be mailed out.  However, if you just purchased a 2013 Triumph Trophy, you are urged to return to the dealership and have these stickers replaced.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may no longer require minimum gas purchase at certain pumps

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is apparently scrapping its requirement that all consumers buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps that dispense the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The EPA first revealed its minimum-purchase requirement to the AMA in a letter dated Aug. 1, responding to AMA concerns that E15 — a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume — could be put in motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle gas tanks inadvertently when consumers used blender pumps. A blender pump dispenses different fuel blends through the same hose, and the vast majority of motorcycles and ATVs in use today aren’t designed to operate on E15 fuel.

The EPA had said that the minimum purchase requirement was meant to dilute any residual E15 fuel left in the hose.

On Dec. 17, in response to ongoing AMA concerns, the EPA indicated to the AMA that it would no longer require a minimum purchase of four gallons. Instead, the EPA will now likely require a label on blender pumps that dispense E10 and E15 through the same hose that state the pump is solely for passenger cars and trucks.

In addition, the EPA indicated it will require stations that sell E15 to also have a pump with a dedicated E10 hose for use by motorcycles and other vehicles the EPA hasn’t approved for E15 use.

“With E15 gasoline, our members who make a concerted effort to fuel their motorcycles or ATVs with E10-or-less gasoline may be unknowingly refueling with residual fuel left in the hose,” Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations, had said to the EPA before the agency’s Dec. 17 comments.

“Unlike an automobile or SUV that has a large fuel tank, the residual fuel left in a fueling hose could be detrimental to the performance of motorcycle or ATV engines due to the small size of their fuel tanks and the higher concentration of ethanol that would, therefore, be present in the fuel,” Allard had said. “In addition, the use of E15 will lower fuel efficiency and possibly cause premature engine failure. Use of E15 fuel voids many manufacturer warranties. In off-road engines, the effects can even be dangerous for users.”

The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and ATV engines caused by the inadvertent use of E15 when the new fuel becomes widely available, and has asked that motorcycles and ATVs be part of any scientific study into the effects of E15.

Ethanol is essentially grain alcohol produced from crops such as corn that is mixed with gasoline to produce an ethanol-gasoline blend motor fuel. In October 2010, the EPA approved the use of E15 in model year 2007 and newer light-duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles). Then, in January 2011, the EPA added model year 2001-06 light-duty vehicles to the approved list.

No motorcycles or ATVs are currently on the list.

Top 5 Best Selling Motorcycle Gifts

Home5.  Sons of Anarchy T-Shirt.   Chances are you, or someone you know is a fan of the FX drama, Sons of Anarchy.  OK.. we hear you..we  don’t watch “those” fake biker shows either.  But, the truth is, somebody out there is watching…and a whole lot of somebody.  According to Entertainment Weekly, in the second month of last season,  4.6 million viewers tuned in and the showw was up 14 percent from last week and ranking as the fifth season’s best rating since last month’s premiere.  So click the link, buy the shirt and gift it to that hard to buy for biker in your family.

4.  St. Christopher Ride With Me Pendant. $29.00 (on sale was $50)  We’re not superstitious, but we also believe that having a good luck talisman never hurt anyone, wether it’s ride bells or an image of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.  It’s one of the best “neutral” gifts you can give the motorcycle rider in your family.  It’s the right size and color, and you don’t have to remember which brand they ride.

3. Home DIY Neon Lights:  While we believe the best looking neon lights are the ones installed by the professionals, this do-it-yourself kit for $60 is a great way for the gear head on a budget to light up his or her ride.  Again, this gift is “brand neutral” and will work equally well on Harley-Davidsons Road Kings or Yamaha sport bikes.  Comes with two 5 Inch, Two 6 Inch, and Two 12 Inch Flexible, Waterproof Strips, 1 Year Limited Warranty and Free Lifetime Technical Support

2. Battery Tender I know we’re harping on this “brand” neutral theme, but frankly, it seems the best selling Christmas gifts for bikers are the ones that can be used by all riders.  The Battery Tender is a gift that will be appreciated by gear heads of all types.  Whether he or she owns a motorcycle, boat, RV or ATV, anything that tends to sit idle for long periods of time will fall victim to a dead battery if it isn’t “tended.”   At $34.00, this gift will be appreciated for years to come.

1. HomeGo Pro Hero Camera  The best selling, best loved gift of any motorcyclist is the Go Pro Hero camera.  Pair this with the optional wi-fi backpack / remote  combo and you will never miss another “gotcha moment.”  We know riders who mount this camera on their handlebars and shoot video as they ride for use in the unfortunate event some idiot pulls out in front of them and they need evidence to show the road conditions, their speed and the fact that the driver should have easily seen them coming.  Other carry it to Sturgis, and Daytona for “video” reference of their adventures.

 


Former Club Member Arrested For Alleged Threats Against Wife and School

According to a report in the New York Daily News, Indiana Police are taking no chances in  the wake of the recent violence at a Connecticut school and have arrested Von. I. Meyer, 60, of Lake County Indiana after he allegedly threatened to set his wife ablaze and “kill as many people as he could” at an elementary school near his home.  Police say the Jane Ball Elementary school is located less than 1000 feet from Meyer’s residence.

Police say they seized 47 gun, most of them collector’s items and a few rounds of ammunition.

Observers are saying that Meyers wife could be using the Sandy Hook shootings and the uncorroborated threat to harm nearby school children to force police to give the case a higher level of attention than they might ordinarily give this case.  Unconfirmed reports say the couple have a history of domestic disputes, and sources say police have been to the residence previously.

(UPDATED INFO) Police initially said Meyer was “a known member of the Invaders Motorcycle Club,” but later said Meyer is not an active member,  although he was affiliated with it in his youth.

Original Story  HERE

 

(Edited on Wed 121912 to reflect updated info on Meyers and his affiliation with a local motorcycle club)

BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 C600 Sport Maxi-Scooters

BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 C600 Sport Maxi-Scooters manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 20, 2012. The fasteners on the front side trim panels may have insufficient strength to retain the panels at high speeds. If the panel separates it could interfere with riding and handling of the scooter and increase the risk of a crash. The panel could also become a hazard for other road users. BMW will notify owners, and dealers will reattach the left and right front side trim panels with stronger “snap-lock” fasteners. The recall is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. 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.

DEAL OF THE DAY! Saddlebag Cooler Set

Take the bar with you!

Perfect for those riders who enjoy a cold one at their destination.  While we don’t promote drinking and riding, this 10-piece motorcycle cooler set features trunk bag with built-in bottle opener, removable insulated cooler bag insert for trunk bag, barrel bag, two 14oz stainless steel tumblers, two 18oz stainless steel flasks, two stainless steel shot glasses, and corkscrew. Trunk bag measures 24″ x 16″ x 10 1/2″. Barrel bag attaches to the top of the cooler for traveling.  Always drink responsibly.  Click the image to order.   ONLY 10 available.  OFFER ENDS 12/11/12.  WILL SHIP IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE UNVEILS THE 2013 INDIAN CHIEF VINTAGE FINAL EDITION

Limited Units Available of Special Highly Collectible Model Designed to Commemorate the End of One Era in Motorcycling History, and the Beginning of Another

International Motorcycle Show, Long Beach, Calif. — December 8, 2012 — Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, today announced the 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition, the final version of the Kings Mountain era of Indian Motorcycle, which is available in very limited quantity. The new model year 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition was unveiled before a gathering of the motorcycle industry press from the floor of the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, which takes place December 7th through December 9th at the Long Beach Convention Center.

This announcement marks the end of the Kings Mountain era of the Indian Chief, and signifies an important milestone in the 111-year storied history of the Indian Motorcycle brand. With a paint scheme emulating the iconic Indian Chief on display at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, the stunning new collectible 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is a fully accessorized motorcycle that befits its place in the history of motorcycling. The extremely limited number of these bikes available is sure to excite collectors and pave the way for the new era in Indian Motorcycle under the leadership of Polaris Industries.

The 2013 Indian Chief Final Edition comes fully loaded with the World’s Fair-inspired paint scheme of Indian Red, Thunder Black, and Gold Pinstripe; auxiliary driving lamps; black leather solo seat with included detachable passenger seat; windshield; black leather saddlebags; chrome grab rail; leather fringe; engine guards; and chrome fender tips. Powered by the PowerPlus 105ci engine, this historic 2013 model will be manufactured in an extremely limited run and wears a custom-designed, numbered emblem on the frame to commemorate the brand’s historic achievements.

 

“We are working hard designing and building the new Indian Motorcycle, but we knew it was important to honor and celebrate the long and proud heritage of Indian Motorcycle, and the Kings Mountain era played a key role in that continuing history,” said Steve Menneto, Vice President of Motorcycles at parent company Polaris Industries. “When we acquired the Indian Motorcycle brand in 2011, our strategy was to retain the existing design, quality and high level of detail for which Indian Motorcycle has always been known, while making significant detail improvements in order to satisfy the continued demand from Indian Motorcycle dealers. The Final Edition is an acknowledgement of our gratitude to the team at Kings Mountain for sustaining the Indian Motorcycle story and its heritage as America’s original motorcycle brand.”

The Kings Mountain, North Carolina assembly line was transitioned to Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa production facility in 2011. The line was transported and returned to full operation in an astounding eight weeks, and continued to produce new units for the Indian Motorcycle dealer base. The state-of-the-art Spirit Lake plant also manufactures Polaris Rangers and Victory Motorcycles, though each brand is built on its own dedicated assembly line.

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition is exclusively available for purchase in North America with a MSRP of $37,599 and $39,599 in Canada. Interested parties are encouraged to contact their local Indian Motorcycle dealer as soon as possible due to limited availability. Log on towww.indianmotorcycle.com for dealer and model information.

Moto Journalist Test Ride Epic Fail

It’s the recurring nightmare of every professional moto-journalist.  The epic test ride fail.  This one is worse than most because it was caught on camera.  But, on second thought, maybe it’s best that this foreign journo have some evidence to show the manufacture how their luxury BMW sport touring model was completely trashed.