Mustang Enters Custom Seat Market

11 mustangNovember 25, 2013, Three Rivers, MA — For more than 30 years, you could have your Mustang seat in any color you wanted, so long as it was black.  All that changes for 2014! A full array of colorful options and styles will be introduced to the media at the Long Beach Convention Center as part of Mustang’s display at the International Motorcycle Show December 6-8.

“In a radical departure from long-standing Mustang tradition, we are now offering custom seats with a selection of different stitch patterns, inlay panels and thread colors to choose from,” says Director Of Sales Steve Veltri. “This gives you the opportunity to make your seat as unique as your ride.” The first step in the automated online seat design process is to pick a stitch pattern. Plain, Tuck and Roll or Diamond Stitch options are available. Then comes time to pick a color… don’t worry, as you go through each step, you can see exactly how it will look. There is even a magnifying glass tool that enables you to take a close-up look at the contrasting stitching colors. “We added distressed brown to the mix last year, but now we have a full spectrum of colors to choose from, including everything from Sky Blue and Burgundy to Goldenrod and Gun Metal,” adds Veltri. “We know that not everyone’s computer monitor is properly color calibrated, so we will be happy to send you a color swatch to confirm it is exactly the shade you want before handcrafting your custom seat.”

For you traditionalists, don’t worry, Mustang still offers basic black. With the endless permutations of stitching options, insert colors and 12 contrasting thread colors, we are introducing the custom seat option on three of our most popular models for starters. Tripper™ Solo, Tripper Fastback™ and DayTripper™ are the three seat styles currently available to design your own seat from. “We did a soft launch of the Custom Seat program this summer to fine tune the process and see what customization options needed to be added,” Veltri says. “Now it is ready for the official unveil at the IMS stop in Long Beach.” If you can’t make it to the motorcycle show to see it in person, click on www.mustangseats.com/custom to tailor your own seat.

She Survived Cancer & Motorcycle Wreck But Couldn’t Survive Getting Hit By A Car

okulyTalk about irony.  Sally Ann Okuly survived cancer and the motorcycle wreck that left her house bound for 6 months.  But the grim reaper wasn’t going to be denied so the first day she ventured outside her house to walk across the street, Okuly was stuck by a car and killed instantly.  Police say Okuly was crossing with the light and was in the crosswalk.

“One of her favorite things to do was to walk over across that street to the Wawa gas station,” said her husband, Bill Okuly.

Sally Ann was also a mother of two. The couple — who were members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club — was set to celebrate their 41st anniversary Monday.

Read the whole story at NBC

Montgomery Alabama Officer Fired for Drag Racing

1 copA police officer in Montgomery Alabama has been fired, or rather has resigned, after a YouTube video surfaced in which he was seen, on his police bike, engaging in a friendly red light quick race with a civilian motorcyclist.

Montgomery resident Lawrence Lee Spillers recorded the video Sunday with a Go Pro camera attached to his motorcycle helmet.  ”Honestly I think the cop was just trying to have a good time.  Spillers said it wasn’t much of a race.  ”We didn’t even go above 60 mph.”

The Police chief saw it differently.  ”For the very thing that we are out here enforcing the law, for an officer to cross that line and violate it, there’s no excuse. I will not tolerate it, and he is no longer wearing the badge,”

Watch the video and give us your thoughts.  Should he have been fired, or just disciplined?

*Update:  Officer Carlos Rogers was reinstated by Chief Kevin Murphy after reviewing the evidence and talking with Rogers.  Murphy said the city attorney and municipal prosecutor reviewed the video and said they would not pursue the case because there wasn’t enough evidence. After speaking with Rogers and hearing “from his heart the conciliatory regret” he had, Murphy decided to reinstate him.  ”He cared so much and felt so bad he hurt us that he decided to step down,” Murphy said. “A man like that, in my book, deserves a second chance.  Rogers said during the incident, he was trying to show kinsmanship with a fellow biker and show police officers can be nice and friendly, not always aggressive or combative. But Rogers said he also is viewed as a professional and needs to behave more professionally.

Suzuki C90T BOSS Review

As I twist the throttle and lean into the curve, the brisk October wind slings a basketful of brightly colored Autumn leaves across the highway ahead of me. Colors so vibrant my nose sniffs the air searching for what my brain insists should be a host of complimentary fragrances.
With the speedometer reading 85 mph, I should be concentrating on the highway but instead I’m wishing I’d had the foresight to have a photographer stationed to catch that moment. In my mind I’m daydreaming about the missed photo.
This all black Suzuki surrounded by a swirling riot of orange, red and yellow. Such a photo would be shared by thousands on social media sites and bestowed with awards and honors. I would, by association, become an instant celebrity.
But, without a photographer, the only accolades occur in my imagination. But, at least I’m riding, so it’s still a good day at work.  Today is one of those days when the job is so enjoyable it shouldn’t be considered work.

More After the Video

I’m tearing down a sparsely traveled two lane country road on a 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C 90 T BOSS. The T designates the “touring” and the BOSS stands for “Blacked Out Suzuki Special.” A few hours earlier as I was picking up the bike from Statesboro Suzuki/Polaris, owner Mike Wallace told me he’d had the opportunity to put a few hundred miles on a BOSS earlier in the year and was confident I’d enjoy my time on this bike.
The C90T BOSS is new for ‘13 and (since the C109RT has been discontinued) is Suzuki’s largest “Boulevard” cruiser.
And it’s black. Not just the paint, but just about everywhere. From the paint, to the matte black forks, wheels, exhaust, frame and suspension. Pretty much everything they could black out, they did, leaving just enough chrome for contrast.
Other manufacturers have “blacked out” models but none do it any better than the BOSS. Our measure of how good a bike looks is by how much attention it receives when we ride it. The BOSS received a number of thumbs up, and more than a few head turns at stop lights and more than its fair share of female admirers. Of course, some of that attention could have been for the operator and not the bike.
The squat aggressive stance on the C90T is achieved by a 65.9 inch wheelbase (100 inches overall) and a 28.3 inch seat height. It’s a beefy bike, weighing in at 800 lbs, but drop the hydraulically assisted clutch too fast in first gear and you’ll find the 1,462 cc power-plant has enough oomph to lift the front wheel off the ground high enough for you to pucker up the seat.

 

TORQUE
Twist the throttle and the BOSS shows it’s sportbike DNA. Sharing the same throttle bodies as the Suzuki Gixxers, the engine pulls away so strong you might forget you’re on a cruiser, if not for the seat position.
In our tests (closed course professional rider) we hit the rev limiter at 80 in first gear, 95 in second and over the triple digit mark in third. We maxxed out at 107 mph.
But here’s where we have to bring up the biggest knock on the BOSS. The brakes are squishy. With a single disc in the front and rear, this bike begs for better brakes, ABS or at least as good as those on discontinued C109 which sported linked 2 piston front and three piston rear.
Although The BOSS has all the trappings of a serious tourer, including a large windscreen, in reality the bike isn’t one I’d choose for the coast to coast epic rides. For one, there’s no cruise control or heated grips and the hard plastic saddle bags are too small for anything farther than an overnight jaunt. To increase the baggage capacity you’ll spend $800 for the add on pillion backrest and luggage rack, and then you can add a Kuryakyn tour pack.

Comfort

Suzuki gets high marks in the comfort department. The seat and pegs set the rider in a natural and comfortable position for long haul days. Suzuki says they designed the seat to allow the rider to shift positions as necessary to eliminate pressure points on long trips. During our longest ride of 5 hours, we found the truth in that. The roomy floorboards also gave us plenty of room to reduce fatigue and adjust our feet for comfort. However, we were not a big fan of the heel/toe shifter, but that’s not a knock on the BOSS, we don’t care for them on any bike we ride.
Our passenger gave rave reviews for the pillion seat comfort as well, although she wasn’t too happy about the passenger pegs. As a female with a short inseam, she found it difficult to swing a leg over the bike to mount due to the width of the bike, and had to resort to placing her left foot on the peg and swinging her right leg over the back of the bike. Adding a backrest would make this maneuver all but impossible, forcing the passenger to mount up before the operator.
Kudos to Suzuki for their LCD gear display which shows the operator which gear the bike is in, even if the clutch is pulled in. Harley and Victory both should copy this bit of engineering as theirs only shows when the clutch is out, rendering it useless at stop signs and red lights, exactly the places where it would be the most useful.
The position of the analog speedometer could be improved as it’s located on the tank, far enough down so there’s no way to see it while wearing a full face helmet without taking your eyes off the road. Since most cruiser riders don’t wear full face helmets, we can certainly understand why Suzuki considers this a minor annoyance.

Overall
We wound up spending a week on the BOSS and putting close to 500 miles during our test. We found it to be a good looking, dependable, and powerful touring cruiser for that long day trip or weekend jaunt. Throw on the optional pillion backrest and luggage rack, score a bag from Kuryakyn, and you’ll have a decent mid-level touring bike for slightly longer cruises. Priced at $13,999, the BOSS is a great bike for a spouse who’s significant other has a big touring bike to carry the gear or the person who wants to ride 3 or 4 hours at a time and who mostly logs overnight or weekend trips.
But, I’m not thinking about any of that right now. I’m tearing up the back roads around South Georgia and hunting the perfect spot for a photograph.

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Yokohama Tire Corporation (Yokohama) is recalling certain 7.50R16 RY215 tires

Yokohama Tire Corporation (Yokohama) is recalling certain 7.50R16 RY215 tires manufactured January 1, 2006, through August 1, 2011. These tires are missing the “DOT” prefix, the required load/inflation information and do not list the material and number of structural plies. Thus, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, No. 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) and Motorcycles.” Without load/inflation markings, owners may overload the tire which could result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Yokohama will notify owners and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by late November 2013. Owners may contact Yokohama at 1-800-423-4544. 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-Davidson Recalls 436 TriGlide Trikes For Manufacturing Defect;Could Affect Braking

imageHarley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 Trike motorcycles manufactured July 24, 2013, through September 2, 2013. Due to an incorrectly machined part, the motorcycle may have an excessive steering angle allowing the inner fairing to contact the rear brake fluid reservoir resulting in a loss of brake fluid. Additionally, the steering damper may be damaged.

Loss of brake fluid from the rear reservoir would reduce brake performance. Steering damper damage could reduce the rider’s ability to control the motorcycle. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the trikes and replace the fork stem bracket, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to in late November 2013. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s recall number is 0152.

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.

Lehman Trikes Introduces New Light Bar Featuring LED Lights

HD LLS LightbarLehman Trikes is pleased to announce their new light bar for the Renegade LLS independent suspension trike kit for Harley-Davidson FLH and FLT models.

Professionally constructed of durable urethane composite at the Lehman Trikes factory, the new light bar features six dazzling red LED lights encased in stylish chrome for maximum brightness and class. The light bar can be exact color-match painted at the Lehman Trikes factory or can be ordered unpainted through an authorized Lehman Trikes dealer.

The light bars fit the Renegade LLS trike kit for 2002-current Harley-Davidson FLH and FLT models and are available through authorized Lehman Trikes dealers worldwide. Suggested MSRP is $559 (unpainted), $659 (painted). Customers are encouraged to visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 1-888-3WHEELS for more information or their nearest Lehman Trikes dealer.

 

Cardboard Harley; We’re Impressed

harley-davidson-anderson-diego-lopes-3 harley-davidson-anderson-diego-lopes-5Anderson Diego Lopes, a graphic designer and paper crafter based out of Brazil was commissioned to build a paperboard version of a Harley-Davidson.  It’s cool, but we think he took some artistic liberty with the design because we don’t recognize the model.  Anyone have an idea what make and year it’s supposed to be?

 

More photos here http://strictlypaper.com/blog/2013/09/harley-davidson/

Florida Georgia Line to Cruise into the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

FGL300x300Sturgis, SD (November 5, 2013) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip added chart-topping country act, Florida Georgia Line, to the artist lineup of its 33rd annual motorcycle and music festival. The duo will bring their collection of hard-driving country hits to the 2014 festival including singles, “Cruise,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and “Stay.” The contemporary country superstars will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 6 during the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, joining a lineup that currently includes previously announced headliners, Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Buffalo Chip festival will take place July 28-Aug. 9, 2013.

Florida Georgia Line’s popularity has skyrocketed since releasing consecutive, multi-week No. 1 hits from their debut album, “Here’s to the Good Times.” The smash hit, “Cruise,” broke the record for longest No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, sold over 6 million downloads in the US and is the second best-selling country single ever, according to SoundScan.

“These guys are selling out stadiums all over the nation right now,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Their work-hard-play-hard attitude provides fans a heavy dose of ‘Good Times,’ which is very relatable for those who come to the Chip to have fun and let loose.”

The four-time American Music Awards nominee, Florida Georgia Line, is one of many artists Buffalo Chip campground guests can enjoy during the nine-day music festival. Concertgoers can expect to sing along with popular radio hits while taking in the authentic 2014 Sturgis Rally experience at the Buffalo Chip. The festival will continue to announce world-class entertainment as it books more artists who fit its motto of “Best Party Anywhere™.”

The 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival delivers nine days of non-stop entertainment July 28-Aug. 9, 2014. Camping passes are on sale now, and all concerts are free with camping. For more information about camping, concerts and motorcycle events at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground, visit www.BuffaloChip.com or call (605) 347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The family-owned and operated Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is host to the Sturgis Rally’s cornerstone event, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining independent music festivals in the world. The famed creek-fed 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. Concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry’s hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available atwww.BuffaloChip.com.

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RELEASES TWO NEW WATER COOLED MODELS IN MILAN

(note* at the time we received this press release, the links are not yet active)

Harley Street Production ShootMILAN (Nov. 4, 2013) – Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) is continuing its monumental ride, which began with the introduction of Project RUSHMORE in August, by revealing two new Dark Custom™ motorcycles designed for young urban riders around the world.

 The Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 and Street™ 500 motorcycles – the first all-new platform from Harley-Davidson in 13 years – are built for urban environments with all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X™ powertrains, nimble agility and the sound and look that lets everyone know they are genuine Harley-Davidson.

 “These are the newest motorcycles to join our Dark Custom lineup, which helped make us the number-one selling brand to young adults in the U.S. for the past five years,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “Both the Street 750 and Street 500 were designed with thousands of hours of input from young adults in cities around the world. This input guided both the attitude and capabilities of these motorcycles. They are proof that being customer-led continues to be a core driver of our product development process.”

 Urban, Authentic Harley-Davidson

The Street 750 and Street 500 from Harley-Davidson are built for an urban environment. Each motorcycle features the new Revolution X engine, designed to match the demands of stop-and-go traffic with nimble agility, while delivering instant throttle response to escape city gridlock. 

 The Revolution X engine will be housed in a new, narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a super-low seat height, new suspension and broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves. Both signature Dark Custom motorcycles feature a premium, minimalist style that serves as a blank canvas for riders to customize.

 “These new bikes are leaner, yet still have a mean streak – they’re the real deal, made of real steel.” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “They’re designed to handle the abuses of urban environments and provide authentic opportunities to customize.”

 The Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Street 500 will be rolling into dealerships in select markets starting in 2014. More information is available at www.h-d.com/street.

 Video of the Harley-Davidson Street platform reveal in Milan, including an in-depth walk-through of the motorcycles, details on their design, and a Q&A with Richer will be available athttp://www.youtube.com/HarleyDavidson.