Honda Recalls 235 Units for Potential ABS Malfunction

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Honda is recalling certain model year 2014 CTX700 motorcycles manufactured March 6, 2013, through April 11, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS modulator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s recall number is JBO.  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.

Click here for a complete listing of motorcycle and motorcycle related product recalls going back to 2010.

 

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Motorcycle Hits Pedestrians at Roar on The Shore

The Roar on the Shore was this past weekend and by all accounts it was a successful event with everyone reporting a good time.  Everyone except these pedestrians who were struck by a motorcyclist and thankfully were not seriously injured. Both got up and were walking around when police arrived.  Both refused treatment.  The motorcycle operator stayed and spoke with investigators who did not immediately file charges. However that may change after police review this video.

The video shows the rider rev up his bike, pop the clutch and spin the rear tire sideways before correcting and in an attempt to avoid the motorcycle ahead of him, veer into the crowd and strike two pedestrians.

Yamaha Recalls 3,900 2013 BOLT Models For Wiring Harness Problem

2014_XVS950CU_BWC1_CA_1_lYamaha Motor Company (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2014 XVS950CU (Bolt) motorcycles manufactured March 2013 through June 2013. Slack or sag in the wiring harness may allow it to contact the exhaust manifold causing the wires to melt, and possibly short circuit.  If the wires short circuit, the fuses will blow which may cause the engine to stall. An engine stall while riding, increases the risk of a crash. Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring harness and secure it away from the exhaust. If the wiring harness is damaged, it will first be replaced. The recall is expected to begin by the end of July 2013. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926.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.

Rev Up Your Engines and Organize a Poker Run

Take advantage of poker’s unique appeal and motorcycles’ distinctive magnetism

poker-run-1Poker runs are a great way to raise funds for a charitable cause. The event normally uses motorcycles; however, different variations involved bicycles, cars, boats, and even horses. But no matter what type of vehicle you prefer to use, as long as you have a full tank of gasoline and the drive to help those in need, then you’re all revved up and good to go. Organizing a fun poker run may seem daunting at first, but in hindsight, all the hard work and stress will surely pay off once you see the fruits of all your labor. Here are some of the important points to consider before planning a poker run.
1) Various institutions like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the H. E. R. O. E. S. Care provide a huge helping hand for their targeted cause. That’s why it’s always important to determine a charitable cause to raise funds for. Whether it is for a specific type of cancer research or a campaign to directly assist the United States’ brave soldiers, you should thoroughly plan and research ahead of time.

2) Since time is of the essence when organizing a poker run, you need to set a suitable date for the event. Pick out a time of the year when the weather smiles back at you for a more carefree riding experience. However, if your community has an upcoming festival or feast day, you can also consider connecting it in concurrence with the event.

3) Make sure to have reliable insurance papers and other necessary documents for your event to push through. You have to greatly consider the importance of all the riders’ safety and the establishments’ liability insurance. 

4) To boost your funds, you have to get sponsors to support your event. It can be as simple as a business logo being displayed along the route or as fancy as a gasoline sponsorship from ExxonMobil. It won’t be hard to find an appropriate backer for a legitimate poker run event, especially with the attractiveness of the game of poker, and the offhand charm of motorcycles. 

5) You need to firmly set guidelines for the event’s participants, and provide each one with a copy. Also, make certain the officials and other organizers know how the game works and the ranking of each poker hand. You wouldn’t want to get confused between participants and officials.

6) Carefully map a route while you drive and time it. Allot extra time for games and pit stops along the path. Convenience establishments are good options, especially when participants need to get their fill of coffee, soda, or take bathroom breaks. Just make sure to contact the management to notify them about possible traffic congestion in the area.

7) Lastly, there is no “I” in “team,” so you have to gather up volunteers for the poker run. Supply everyone with basic essentials like food, water, and uniforms for the whole day event. And to add more fun, you can also let them arbitrate exciting activities and mini-games in their outposts.

Wyoming Man Waited 44 Years to buy a motorcycle; Dies 3 Miles After Leaving Dealership

o-BARRY-STRANG-570Barry Strang told his wife when they got married he wanted a motorcycle.  His wife Pam vetoed the idea that year and every year afterwards for 38 years saying “they’re too dangerous.”   When Barry turned 59, and being semi-retired he told his wife, “it’s time.  It’s on my bucket list.”  His wife gave in but told him she wouldn’t be riding with him.

The Star Tribune reports on June 28th, Strang went to pick up his Harley from Lander’s HD near Casper Wyoming.  His wife dropped him off and went to a nearby furniture store to check on quilt she had ordered.  The couple planned to meet later at a nearby casino.   Barry posted a photo of the bike on his Facebook page and wrote””44 years finally got one :)”

But, Barry never made it.

Just three miles after leaving the dealership, Strang was along side a tractor trailer, and for unknown reasons struck the side of the rig and was thrown underneath, and was killed instantly.

His wife heard the sirens and said she knew it was her husband.  “I felt him.”  Despite her loss, Pam Strang holds no bitterness  or resentment at the cruel irony.  She told reporters her husband lived his life to the fullest and died living life to the fullest, she said.

“It was something he wanted his whole life,” Pam said. “It’s like my son said, ‘Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face.’”

 

Indian Motorcycle reveals Spirit of Munro short film

Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 4Hello to my friends in the Powersports Industry. One of my most proud career moments is upon us – the release of a short film that captures the enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment by those connected to the Indian Motorcycle brand through the Spirit of Munro tribute motorcycle. Below you will find links to the film itself as well as a behind the scenes mini documentary that lets you visit with some of the amazingly creative people behind this work.

I must give credit and the utmost respect to my friends who made this project possible. As I have managed the program and proudly unveiled it in Daytona Beach in March, it has grown to be seen and appreciated at an International level and has been lauded with many kind words and the support of Indian Motorcycle fans. Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed in Long Beach California was tasked to build this machine around a prototype Thunder Stroke 111. Jeb did so with three solid months of 18 hour days, taking only Christmas day off, building a truly stunning tribute machine to Burt Munro and the spirit of those who choose to do rather than just watch from the sidelines. It’s a remarkable piece of work that must be seen to be appreciated. It will be on display in Sturgis this summer as we launch the new Indian Chief.

Also requiring credit are Polaris Industries media team members David Shelleny and Mark Nevils who took on pushing the film project through Polaris Industries. Commitment is one thing – but it takes money to make something as beautiful as this film – and they asked favors of suppliers and pushed our managers for final approval and a budget – the results are worth putting their necks on the line as you will see. Adam Brummond and the crew from The Factory did an outstanding job in interpreting our shared vision in the final piece, also calling favors and assembling a committed, talented and rugged crew. Credit Barry Hathaway for some remarkable photos and his own commitment to the project as he documented the secret build for months as well as shot the images of the bike in motion. Todd Eagan accepted the challenge of riding the untested bike on the dry lake. The first time power was applied in gear was on that dry lake. Jeb’s work shone through as the bike tracked perfectly straight. While we certainly were not going for high speeds for the film – Todd told me after two runs “It’s perfect and man does she want to GO!” We estimate speeds on subsequent runs just topping 100 miles per hour. And yes, there is plenty left.

Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 2 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 6 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 7 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 10 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 14 with Jeb Scolman Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 18 Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 21 With Todd Eagan and Jeb Scolman Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 23 Todd Eagan Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 33 With Robert Pandya Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 34 with Robert Pandya and Todd Eagan Photo Credit Barry Hathaway - SoM 37 Robert Pandya This complete film project was shot in only two days. It took guts to makes the commitments, skill to tell the story and faith in people that it would represent what is truly a key piece in the long history of motorcycling. This is the first motorcycle to be publically seen powered by the Thunder Stroke 111, and the Spirit of Munro film captures the legacy of this great brand while pushing it forward to the future.  - Robert Pandya

Suzuki to Participate in American International Motorcycle Expo

Plans Call for New Model Roll Out to Dealers, Consumers & Media

IRVINE, Calif. (July 1, 2013) – The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), in collaboration with Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., have announced that Suzuki will be a founding OEM participant in the inaugural event, scheduled for October 16-20 in Orlando, FL. Suzuki will introduce new 2014 motorcycles and ATVs, host its dealer body with exclusive VIP functions and conduct demo rides on select products.
Suzuki has long been one of the most recognized names in powersports thanks to its full lineup of high-performance products for on- and off-road enthusiasts. Additionally, Suzuki is currently enjoying a year-long celebration of 50 years in the USA.
“Suzuki recognizes the exclusive opportunities that are offered by AIMExpo’s ground-breaking platform,” said Mike Webster, President, Trade Show Division of Marketplace Events. “The ability to introduce 2014 products to their dealers as well as consumers and media is precisely what we intended when developing the AIMExpo vision. We’re thrilled to welcome the Suzuki brand and look forward to this important partnership.”
Suzuki offers the best-selling GSX-R sport bikes, one of the most successful lines in all of motorcycling, as well as the championship-winning RM-Z motocross models that have helped make the brand a household name. The latest iterations of these motorcycles along with Suzuki’s full lineup of Boulevard cruisers, DualSport models, scooters, and KingQuad ATVs will all be present at AIMExpo this October.
In addition to its display in the Main Hall at the Orange County Convention Center and its demo presence at AIMExpo Outdoors, Suzuki will also use AIMExpo as an opportunity to conduct VIP activities with dealers where they will not only have a chance to be educated on the new performance capabilities, but also experience these enhancements firsthand.  Suzuki sees the event as an ideal way to connect with both current and prospective dealers.
“We are very excited to be a founding participant at the first ever AIMExpo event”, said Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. Motorcycle/ATV Vice President, Larry Vandiver. “The unique format and location of the AIMExpo gives Suzuki the opportunity to showcase our class-leading product to not only the public and the media, but it also gives us an opportunity to host our dealer network and invite them to share in some VIP experiences with us while attending the show.”
AIMExpo will be held on October 16-20, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.  For more information, visit the AIMExpoUSA.com web site, and keep up to date on the continued progress by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and “Follow” on Twitter: @AIMExpo.

Warlocks Rising; A Discovery Channel Special

chapter FOREVER(NEW YORK, NY) – Take a ride with the Warlocks Motorcycle Club as Discovery enters the secret brotherhood of a notorious biker club in Florida. With its members struggling to balance family and club life, WARLOCKS RISING gives a never-before-seen look at this unpredictable subculture Friday, July 5 at 9 PM ET/PT.

WARLOCKS RISING goes inside The Warlocks, one of the country’s most infamous 1% motorcycle clubs.  The 1% moniker stems from a controversial quote from the American Motorcycle Association stating that 99% of all motorcycle riders are law abiding citizens, implying that 1% were not.  Today, 1% motorcycle clubs are considered outlaws by law enforcement and the government.  Despite this reputation and risk, these Warlocks members devote their loyalty to the club, putting brotherhood above all else; no risk is too great.  But this loyalty is the root cause of their biggest conflict – attempting to balance family life with the violent subculture the Warlocks live in. Each episode follows this group of bikers as they struggle to solve their personal problems while staying true to the Warlocks’ 1% life. But in the end, each of them must choose to make sacrifices to pay the price for the freedom they desire.

Here are bios of the lead Warlocks who appear on the show:

  •  Contender – The boss of the Warlock mother chapter, he is one of the most respected and experienced bikers. Contender is a constant target for rival clubs and requires security at all times. Contender has lived through bombings, rival wars, ATF infiltration and take downs.
  • Slob Rob – Slob Rob has been an associate with the Warlocks for close to 25-years. He is an outspoken club member and family man. Slob hails from a family of law enforcement officers but has chosen a different path and hasnasty warlock been arrested 37 times, though never convicted.
  • Troy – The Vice President of the Clearwater Warlock Chapter, Troy deals with most of the problems within the chapter. Growing up on an exotic animal range, he got his first real motorcycle at nine. Troy doesn’t drink or do drugs, but takes a no fear approach to life.
  • Shotgun – Shotgun got his first street bike at 16. He bounced around several different motorcycle clubs, but took a break from the biker lifestyle to go to bible school for 5 years.
  • Danbo – The National Secretary/Treasurer for The Warlocks handles all the club’s bookkeeping. Despite being subject to several FBI raids on his house and club records, the FBI could never find anything on him.  Danbo is also a bounty hunter on the side and has been shot twice.
  • Phil Z – National Vice President of The Warlocks. His fascination with bikers started at age six when his mother moved in with a Hell Angels member. Phil Z is a ladies man, avid surfer and rides his bike standing on the seat at 80-mph.

warlockWARLOCKS RISING is produced for Discovery by  Discovery Studios. Stuart Schonfeld, Cameron P. Casey, Eddie Barbini, and Brian Knappmiller are executive producers.

Peterson Museum Throws Motorcycle Icon a Birthday Bash

Arlen Ness PhotoLos Angeles, Calif. (June, 2013) – Few, if any, have had a more prolific and respected career in custom motorcycle building than Arlen Ness, and the Petersen Automotive Museum is thrilled to honor the man himself and his creations with a Birthday Bash on July 12, followed by a motorcycle cruise-in on July 13 and a special summer-long exhibit titled Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels.

The Arlen Ness Birthday Bash on July 12 at 6p.m. will include cocktails and dinner in celebration of Ness. Friends of Arlen Ness will speak to honor the legend, who will also answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased at www.Petersen.org.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, July 13, marked with a V-Twin Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who rides a motorcycle to the museum will receive free parking and two-for-one admission to the museum. Arlen Ness will be signing autographs at 11:00 am.

Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels, which runs through Sept. 8, 2013, will feature motorcycle masterpieces built by Arlen Ness that together embody a style and spirit that blends sculpture and the thrill of motoring on two wheels. Alongside Arlen’s bikes will be others built by his son Cory and grandson Zach—three generations of the Ness family have crafted some of the most stunning and trend setting custom motorcycles to ever grace the highway.

Ness began his career in the 1960s with the customization of a 1947 Harley Knucklehead. After entering the bike in local shows, he was noticed by future customers and started a business custom painting bikes. As his popularity grew and demand increased, Ness began selling custom parts and custom motorcycles with a stretched and lowered style which became the hallmark of his designs. After more than four decades, Ness has a large product line specializing in Victory and Harley-Davidson accessories and has received a variety of awards including Builder of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards and induction to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.