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

HARLEY-DAVIDSON REDEFINES MOTORCYCLING WITH PROJECT RUSHMORE

MILWAUKEE (Aug. 19, 2013) –Yesterday, Harley-Davidson unveiled its new lineup of 2014 motorcycle models during the company’s Annual Dealer Meeting in Denver, Colo. The star of the show is not a single bike – rather eight new bikes under the banner Project RUSHMORE, the outcome of a new customer-driven product development effort, which Harley-Davidson implemented to re-engineer the world’s best-selling line of touring motorcycles. The road trip will never be the same.

In the largest scale new model launch in the company’s 110-year history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that feature improved power and braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics, and dramatic styling updates that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the touring motorcyclist’s experience.

Through the implementation of Project RUSHMORE, Harley-Davidson maintains its leadership in the luxury touring and performance bagger segments with motorcycles that are smart, comfortable, responsive and simply stunning.

A Journey, Led by Riders

“Project RUSHMORE has been touched by thousands of people, most of them being our customers and our employees,” said Scott Habegger, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Planning. “The voice of the customer is represented not just up front, but throughout the process. In our product development process, we gather input and ideas at formal focus groups, but also at all the events we attend, at our demo rides, sometimes just talking to that rider or passenger sitting on the next stool at a diner. In addition, Harley-Davidson dealers provide valuable input. We then take our ideas and solutions back to customers as prototypes and get more feedback before settling on a final design. With these inputs approved, we are then able to get into production very quickly. We really feel that we are in this together as riders.”

Harley-Davidson listens and responds like never before, and Project RUSHMORE produces thoughtful innovations and technology enhancements that build on the technological foundation that established the company’s dominant leadership in the touring motorcycle segment and collectively transform the Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycle platforms. Those enhancements slot into four customer-defined categories:

Control:  Project RUSHMORE bikes pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night, thus inspiring rider confidence.  Each model features the new Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ or the High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrains – both with fuel injection, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), and Daymaker™ LED and Dual Halogen lighting.

Infotainment: New color-screen Boom! ™ Box infotainment systems feature the first original-equipment voice recognition and touchscreen for music, GPS navigation and phone in motorcycling, with quality audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, text-to-speech technology, plus support for intercom and CB communications in a single module.

Feel: Aerodynamics and ergonomics come together to improve comfort – from the new Batwing fairing with splitstream venting, which reduces head buffeting by 20 percent, to best-in-class ride for passengers with wider and deeper seats and new back and arm rests.

Style: The form and the function of many components are improved – a larger Tour-Pak® and saddlebags with convenient One-Touch latches, sleeker fenders, lighter cast aluminum wheels and intuitive hand control switches.

Project RUSHMORE recalibrates the expectations of touring for motorcyclists. The above elements of Project RUSHMORE are applied to the following 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle models:

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Road King®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp and halogen fog lights

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

Low-profile front fender

Improved instrument graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHX_LStreet Glide®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHXS_AFStreet Glide® Special

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing and color-match fairing skirt

Stiffer 49mm forks

Premium Ride Hand-Adjustable Low Rear Shocks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTCU_AFElectra Glide® Ultra Classic®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTK_AFUltra Limited

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Stiffer 49mm forks

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Contrast Chrome Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

Tri Glide® Ultra

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic Assist & Slip clutch

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Linked Braking system

New rear brakes with 16 percent larger rotors

Foot-operated parking brake

Ohlins Racing AB (Ohlins) is recalling certain steering dampers manufactured with an incorrectly machined bracket

BMW S 1000 RR (07/2009)Ohlins Racing AB (Ohlins) is recalling certain steering dampers manufactured with an incorrectly machined bracket. These dampers were sold for use as aftermarket equipment on BMW S1000RR and R1200R motorcycles. The affected brackets may crack. If there is a crack in the steering bracket, as low speeds it may cause the steering to lock, leading to personal injury or a crash. Ohlins will notify the distributors and provide their customers with a new bracket. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Ohlins USA at 1-828-692-4525. 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.

Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2013 Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles

Ninja300Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2013 Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles manufactured July 16, 2012, through April 27, 2013. Due to an improper setting in the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), the motorcycle may stall under deceleration. A stall under deceleration increases the risk of a crash. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECU. The recall is expected to begin in mid-August 2013. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. 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.

Piaggio Group Americas (Piaggio) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200 motorcycles

Piaggio Group Americas (Piaggio) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200 motorcycles manufactured February 6, 2012, through April 10, 2013; and model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 motorcycles manufactured January 25, 2012, through March 21, 2013; and model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 motorcycles manufactured January 26, 2012, through April 29, 2013. Due to a manufacturing fault, the rear suspension connecting links could fracture. If the rear suspension links fail while riding, the rear suspension would suddenly collapse, increasing the risk of a crash. Piaggio will notify owners, and Moto Guzzi dealers will replace the rear suspension connecting links on the affected vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Piaggio at 1-877-696-6864. 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.

Loud Pipes! Take our Poll on the New Indians

In 2011, Polaris bought the Indian brand.  Then they moved the plant from North Carolina to Spirit Lake Iowa and began gearing up for production.  This past March, in Bike Week they released the engine and now in Sturgis they’ve unveiled these bikes.  What do you think?  Winner or dud?

We’ve embedded two separate polls.  One for Harley-Davidson owners and one for everyone else.  We”re curious to see the difference in opinions from those who own the Bar and Shield versus everyone else.

chief classic $18,999

chief classic $18,999

 

Chief Vintage $20,999

Chief Vintage $20,999

2014 Chieftain $22,999

2014 Chieftain $22,999

 

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Everyone Else

Victory Releases 2014 Lineup; Adds A Pair of Blacked Out Baggers; Shaves $1000 off High Ball

CC_Ness_PR_0210Victory motorcycles rolled out it’s 2014 lineup today with a 15th anniversary Cross Country Tour model,  two new blacked out baggers and a new Arlen Ness designed limited edition Cross Country.  In addition to these new models, Victory shaved a $1,000 off it’s hot rod bobber, The High Ball and added two-tone paint and pin striping details on the 2014 Boardwalk.  For full specs on each model, click here  2014_Specs

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Suzuki is recalling 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles for ABS Problems

GSX1300RA_Left_AJNSuzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2013, through April 26, 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. Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected ABS units, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2013. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-255-2550. Suzuki’s campaign number for this recall is WN. 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.

Triumph Motorcycles recalls 2012-2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R models for ABS problems

Triumph Street Triple R 09  2Triumph Motorcycles is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R motorcycles manufactured in July 2012; and model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675 and Daytona 675 R motorcycles manufactured September 2012 through June 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. Triumph will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS modulator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-888-283-5288. 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.