Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2011 XC50A (Vino Classic) motorcycles

yamaha-vino-classicYamaha is recalling certain model year 2011 XC50A (Vino Classic) motorcycles manufactured from April 2011 through August 2011. Due to improper adhesion, the brake shoe linings may separate from the front and rear brake shoes. If the brake shoe linings separate, the brake performance could be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front and rear brake shoes, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early October 2013. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926. 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.

Somehow You Knew This Wasn’t Going to End Well

Motorcycle patrolmen know the risks of working in traffic, but it seems this patrol man forgot the rule of size. If you’re smaller than everything else on the roadway, you’d better learn to be quicker. Graphic content.

Trooper Hits Bikers: No Charges Filed

Authorities are not saying what caused Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jacob Daymon to slam into Corey and Amy Waldman’s motorcycle  on US 35 at 9:45 pm on August 17th of this year.   Just released dashcam footage shows Daymon didn’t slow or even appear to see the couple before the crash.

There’s no audio to this video, but its been speculated that Daymon must have been distracted, either from texting or looking down at something in his cruiser.

Fortunately both riders are going to live, although Amy Waldlan required emergency helicopter transportation to the local trauma unit to save her life.

At this time Daymon has not been charged with anything and wasn’t even interrogated until 4 days after the accident.


Bonfire Hearts Reminiscent of Easyrider Theme

bonfire hearts 3It’s not Steppenwolf”s Born to Be Wild but the video from James Blunt’s newest release, Bonfire Hearts pays homage to that one thing most of us have at the top of our bucket list, The Great American motorcycle road trip.   In the video, Blunt rides across the wide open West on a customized 2007 Harley-Davidson Nightster, borrowed from Greg  Pierce, a Jackson Hole Wyoming resident who also appears in the video, along with local bikers, Kevin Anderjaska, Mark Wittig and Wayne “Grizz” Dyess.

The final scene in the video came about quite by accident when newlyweds Tim and Sarah Farris arrived at the One Ton Pig to celebrate their nuptials and stumbled into the cast and crew filming the video in the parking lot.  The producers saw the bride in her dress and included the couple dancing in the final edit.  The couple said Bonfire Hearts has become their wedding song, and the experience was a moment that will live forever in their memory.  The YouTube video has been viewed over 1 million times.

The groom Tim Farris said the couple didn’t want to obsess over the schedule on their wedding day, preferring to take things as they came, which is what led to their inclusion in the video.  “It was pretty magical,” Tim Farris said. “The best things that happen in life are things that aren’t planned.”

The Brotherhood of the Boardroom

INC. Magazine Hosts A Select Group of Motorcycle Riding CEO’s and Business Owners For The First Of Its Kind “Riders Summit” in North Las Vegas This Fall

valley of fireAsk any motorcyclist worth their chaps and he or she will tell you they’ve had the experience of finding an unexpected waterfall, twisty road or breathtaking sunset vista at least once during their time spent in the saddle.

It’s a word INC. Magazine president Bob LaPointe, and author Dwain M. Deville are both familiar with.

But what does that have to do with motorcycle riders and entrepreneurs? A lot more, it seems, than anyone knew or guessed. That is until a year or so when LaPointe put together the first CEO ride at an INC 5000 conference in Phoenix Arizona.

LaPointe, himself a “boomerang” Harley-Davidson rider (someone who grows up riding motorcycles and leaves it while raising a family and returns when the kids are grown) says he wasn’t thinking about the business implications at that first ride.

“I decided that I’d just try getting together a group of entrepreneurs, CEO’s of privately held companies that tend to attend our national conferences and we’d take a ride of 4 or 5 hours together prior to the conference. I did it for the first time in Phoenix and we had 20 riders sign up.”

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Founder and co-host Bob LaPointe is the president of INC. Magazine.

LaPointe says something quite unexpected and magical happened after the ride. “It was serendipity. This group of riders (who didn’t know each other before the event) stuck together like glue through the entire conference. We saw them in sessions together, they would sit at meals together. If someone was local, they would invite all the riders over to their homes for dinner, we’d see them late night at the bar together drinking beer.”

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Summit co-host Dwain M. Deville is a professional speaker, author and entrepreneur.

The bonding that resulted in that first, (and several subsequent rides) inspired this first ever event, INC Riders Summit. Sponsored by Inc Magazine and hosted by author Dwain Deville, (Bikers Guide to Business) scheduled for November 12-15 at the Aliante Casino & Resort, in North Las Vegas NV. The Riders Summit promises to be a very different networking and community event that will bring together some of the most extraordinary CEO’s in the world, INC 5000 companies, growth companies, entrepreneurs, for highly interactive networking and business sessions with afternoon, into early evening rides, sprinkled with other great experiential activity such as trap shooting and premium cigar sampling.

The Riders Summit itself is the result of a chance meeting between LaPointe and Deville. Deville was at a conference promoting his book, Bikers Guide to Business, when he overhead LaPointe talking about surviving cancer. Deville, also a cancer survivor, introduced himself and offered LaPointe a copy of his book, who upon reading the title, revealed that he rode a Harley. The two men struck up a conversation which led to a 90 minute meeting in the offices of INC. Magazine which led into the CEO rides at the INC Conferences, which sparked the birth of the Riders Summit.

Limited to 50 spots, the total cost of the (all inclusive) summit is just under $5,000 which includes meals, hotels, chase vehicle and even the motorcycle you’ll need while you’re there. While that sounds high, think about how much you may have spent for a few days in Daytona or Sturgis during one of the national rallies. From a business standpoint, you probably could not claim any of that as legitimate business expenses, nor were you in a position to meet potential customers or form long lasting business partnerships.

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Deville says price was carefully considered to attract the top level CEO’s who can afford it. “If you’re going to drop 4500 dollars you’re already going to understand the investment and the benefit of that investment. Because you’re going to meet people at your level, you’re going to meet people doing business in certain ways.” Deville added, “It’s the opportunity to really create a whole new tribe. A different tribe of people at your level.”

LaPointe and Deville both laugh at the prospect of forming a C-Suite exclusive “biker club” like the Brothers of the Boardroom or the Wall Street Disciples.  Neither men rule out the possibility of a future club, but LaPoint says, “My vision of success is to be riding someday and by serendipity finding somewhere a woman, guy or couple wearing one of our damn cool t-shirts or jackets with INC Riders Summit logo on it.”

Knowing his history with serendipity, that’s a chance meeting we’d put high odds on happening.

For more information on the inaugural INC. Riders Summit, visit www.riders.inc.com

Biker Survives Being Struck by Lightning

Michael LaDue was on the I-5 interstate near Chehalis Washington Thursday Sept 5th when he was hit by a bolt from out of the sky, literally.    Police reports say around 9:30 am,  LaDue riding in a heavy rain when he was struck in the helmet by lightning.  A couple who was driving behind him when they heard a boom and saw Ladue’s helmet “light up” and thought at first their eyes fooled them, until they saw him slump over and move onto the shoulder of the freeway.  That’s whey they pulled up to help.  They reported LaDue asked, “Why am I stopped here?”

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Photo from KIRO TV.

They told the 59-year-old he’d been struck by lightning and offered to help.  Ladue decided to ride to the next exit to a gas station where he pulled off his helmet and discovered the hair on one side of his head singed off and his ears burnt around the edges.   The clerk at the gas station, Brandi Abrego,  reported LaDue said he was “really hot” and “when he grabbed my hand, he was really, really hot to the touch.”

The padding inside  LaDue’s helmet was scorched and the outside showed a mark where the lightning struck and his bike shows burn marks near the antenna.

LaDue was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Three Awesome Indian Summer Motorcycle Road Trips

IMG_7461Before long Mother Nature will blow her frosty kisses on the landscape and in October the leaves will explode in a multitude of reds, oranges and golden yellows. That’s when the mountain roads get thick with tourists paying more attention to the ash, sweetgum and maple trees than the black top.

September in our opinion is one of the best riding months in the year. School is back in session, fewer families are on the highway, the fall color tourists haven’t started their pilgrimage  and the temperatures are, compared to July & August, downright cool. The only real hazard are the hard core tailgating football fans who may have had a few too many celebrating the home teams upset win.

Three Rides You Will Love

1. Beginning in Nashville, the Natchez Trace runs southwesterly for 444 miles, through Alabama and Mississippi and ends in Natchez, one of most charming cities of the old South. For Civil War buffs, few places can rival Natchez for it’s rich history and authentic antebellum homes. Even its ruins are spectacular, as the photo above shows the Ruins of Windsor, near the town of Port Gibson a few miles north of Natchez. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi (which means legal gambling for those who fancy themselves a riverboat dandy

IMG_77292. There is no more enduring icon of the birth of our nation than Plymouth Rock and it is one of the few significant historical attractions that is free to the public. Admittedly this suburb of Boston is pretty congested on the weekends, but mid to late September is less crowded than summer. Besides the actual rock, (or what’s left of it after souvenir hunters have chipped away at it over the centuries) an authentic recreation of the Mayflower sits in the nearby harbor staffed with period actors who stay in character and do a good job of relating what it was like for the pilgrims who landed in 1620. If you need to twist the throttle after soaking up history, take a quick 30 mile loop through nearby Miles Standish State Forest

3. Few people consider Oklahoma when thinking of Route 66, but it’s one of the best kept secrets along the Mother Road. With 400 miles (the longest driveable stretch) there’s enough

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sightseeing for a three or four day cruise. Start in Miami OK at the Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum where you’ll find Evel Knievel’s helmet from his 1973 world record jump in the LA Coliseum. Continue heading southwest through Tulsa, a few miles off Rt. 66 is the town of Foyil OK where you’ll find Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park home to the largest concrete totem pole in the US. Heading west, US Route 66 generally follows the same route as State Rt. 66 and about 300 miles later you’ll arrive in presidential favorite Elk City, where the Route 66 Museum is located. President Jimmy Carter once said of this town “I visited at least 50 places for town hall meetings when I was president, and the best one I ever had in my life was in Elk City,” Think of how much more he would’ve enjoyed it on a motorcycle.

For more must see motorcycle destinations, pickup a copy of Motorcycle Journey’s Through The American South 

Kawasaki is recalling Concours 14 police motorcycles for multiple problems

2013-kawasaki-recalls-police-concoursKawasaki is recalling 337  model year 2012-2013 Concours 14 police motorcycles. The improper installation of additional police accessories may cause multiple safety issues such as fuel leaks, reduction of braking ability and loss of electrical power to the engine, resulting in a stall.  Also installation of police accessories may cause the 30-amp main fuse to blow.the additional police wiring harness may chafe leading to a short, which may blow the main fuse. If the fuse blows, the engine may stall increasing the risk of a crash. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will correct the electrical system problems, free of charge. Kawasaki has notified the affected police departments and will send trained factory personnel to the departments to repair the motorcycles.   Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. This campaign is an expansion of recall 12V-134. 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.

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT series and ST series motorcycles

ApyderRTBombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT series and ST series motorcycles. The tandem brake master cylinder manifold inlet may melt allowing the brake fluid to leak out. Brake fluid may leak onto a heat source, increasing the risk of a fire. BRP will notify owners and dealers will install heat shields and a heat deflector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2013. Owners may contact BRP at 1-888-638-5397. 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.

Harley Hints at Entry Level Model Made in India and Electric Bike

made-in-india-bikeWe can’t confirm it, but Gizmag is reported that during the recent 110th anniversary celebrations, Harley-Davidson H-D’s COO (Chief Operating Officer) Matthew Levatich said the brand is planning to release a 500cc model to appeal to entry level riders, and that it will probably be built overseas.  Levatich is quoted as saying, “We have Harley-Davidson factories in India and Brazil – can we leverage those facilities and expertise so it can get to the, for example, Indian consumer, faster?  These are things we are becoming more open-minded to, but we understand the importance of ‘made in America’ – the American quality, spirit and integrity that matters to the customer.”

Levatich also said he’s often asked about an “electric”  model.  “People would say ‘hell no’. But why not: our engineers are quite intrigued with the idea of what an electric Harley would look like, sound like and feel like. And would it be visceral, would it be emotional, would it be luscious. And there’s a way to do that I believe, and it would be very exciting.”

Industry insiders speculate that the threat of a revived Indian Motorcycle Co is the reason Harley-Davidson is exploring every potential avenue to reverse its shrinking demographic base by attracting younger riders who may not care about where a bike is manufactured.

Read the report at Gizmag here