Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcycles manufactured March 20, 2012, through March 10, 2014. Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle causing the fuel level sensor to read inaccurately. The gauge inaccuracy may cause the motorcycle to run out of fuel unexpectedly, possibly even before the Low Fuel Warning lamp illuminates. The lack of fuel would cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will update the software to recalibrate the fuel level sensor signal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464. 14V185000
*** NOTE *** We have received word from Thunderbeach Productions that officials have REVERSED their decision to extend the rally.
VENDORS who have power can open on Thursday, but all vending in FRANK BROWN PARK will be delayed opening until FRIDAY due to the relocation from the grass field to the paved parking lot.
Earlier today (Wednesday April 30) USRiderNews received notice that the rally was going to be extended, however, a few hours later, that decision was reversed.
The weather has not affected the the Best of the Beach Bike Show. The semi-annual show, scheduled for Saturday May 3rd, will still be held as planned. Dates and times for other official Thunderbeach Events may have changed, and you are encouraged to check the event website for updated information. www.thunderbeachproductions.com
After Successfully Training More Than 350,000 New Riders Over 14 Years, Program Expands Globally with New Experiences, New Motorcycle and New Name
MILWAUKEE (April 24, 2014) – Pumping the adrenaline – by learning to ride a motorcycle – just got a lot cooler, not to mention more fun. For the first time ever, those dreaming of riding can now learn on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
Today, the company unveiled the new Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy –the only national rider training program hosted by Harley-Davidson® dealerships and conducted on an all-new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
“For years we’ve been delivering a life-changing, freedom-inspiring training experience,” said Angela Thundercloud, Harley-Davidson Rider Training Manager. “Now, we’re taking rider training to a new level by incorporating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that students will want to keep riding long after class is over.”
Designed to Instill Confidence
There is nothing like the independence of the open road. Since its inception in 2000, Harley-Davidson’s rider training program has successfully trained more than 350,000 new riders with a premium Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)-approved rider training experience that guides students on their journey from the classroom to the street with an emphasis on building student confidence on their road to independence.
The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy’s New Rider Course provides nearly everything students need to take the first step on their motorcycle riding journey, including MSF-certified instructors, use of a motorcycle to learn on, and a minimum of 20 hours of combined classroom and range training with a guaranteed 6:1 student/instructor ratio. All students need to bring to class is appropriate riding gear.
Harley-Davidson Riding Academy students will learn to ride on the new Harley-Davidson Street™ 500 motorcycle. Its confidence-inspiring handling and agility, smooth powertrain and authentic Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling not only appeal to young, urban riders around the world, but also make it an ideal vehicle for learning to ride.
Additional features developed specifically for use in the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy include an industry-first Power Limit Calibration that puts a ceiling on the vehicle’s low-gear speeds, allowing only the maximum rate a student needs in the course, and a unique Vehicle Protection Kit that allays student fears of damaging the vehicle in a tip-over.
“Instilling confidence is vital to preparing new riders to move from the classroom to the open road,” Thundercloud said. “We designed everything – the experience, the curriculum and the equipment – to inspire that needed confidence and empower new students to have a ton of fun learning to ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”
In many states, completion of a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy course can exempt riders from needing to take an additional road test before becoming licensed, and many insurance providers offer discounts to graduates.
In addition to changes in the United States, where more than 180 Harley-Davidson dealers offer training courses, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is expanding globally into Mexico, China and South Africa.
To learn more about Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, or to find a participating dealer, visit www.h-d.com/ridingacademy.
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.
The company announced its $22.5 million expansion at the 565,000-square-foot Polaris manufacturing facility in 2012. Manufacturing lines will be transformed over the upcoming summer, according to American Victory Rally committee chair Marcy Bosch.
“All of us at Victory are disappointed that we are unable to host the rally this year as we know our riders are passionate about their bikes and the opportunity to connect with each other, the Spirit Lake community and Victory employees at the annual rally,” she said, in a company statement.
“We won’t be able to free up the facilities and dedicate the resources necessary to support a quality rally,” Bosch continued. “We are grateful to our riders and the Spirit Lake community for their continued support and passion for the Victory brand.”
Riders are encouraged to take part in other events across the country which celebrate the Victory brand. In Helen Georgia, the Southeast Victory Rally, (May 29-June 1st) is the largest gathering of Victory motorcycle enthusiasts in the USA and is held in conjunction with the USRiderNews Reunion Run. The Reunion Run is non-brand specific.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wants to change the language of the Driver Privacy Act bill to protect all information recorded by event data recorders installed on all “motor vehicles,” including motorcycles. The way S. 1925 is currently written grants privacy only for data the government “requires” to be collected.
Currently the government does not require “black boxes” on motorcycles, only passenger vehicles, trucks and buses. But some current motorcycle models are equipped with the recording devices. A similar bill in the House is worded that “any data recorded on any event data recorder in an automobile or motorcycle shall be considered the property of the owner of the automobile or motorcycle.”
Under current law, Insurance companies, law enforcement and auto rental agencies can access the data on the device and can use it as evidence against the driver/owner in legal proceedings. Data recorders collect a wide range of information on crashes, including whether the brakes were applied, the speed at the time of impact, the steering angle, and whether seat belt circuits were shown as “Buckled” or “Unbuckled” at the time of the crash.
Fourteen states have statutes that restrict access to the event data recorder or limit the use of recovered EDR information.
In 1936, Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased the Indian Motorcycle franchise in Sturgis South Dakota and formed the Jackpine Gypsies that same year. Two years later, in 1938, the Sturgis Rally was born with 19 participants. Originally called the “Black Hills Classic” the event was, in its early years primarily centered around racing, hill climbs and stunts and was attended almost exclusively by Indian Motorcycle owners. Now after being absent from the town that hosts the largest motorcycle rally in the US, reports have surfaced that an Indian Motorcycle dealership will be open before this year’s rally. According to a report in the Rapid City Journal, the new dealership will be launched by Bruce Eide, who currently sells Indian motorcycles at the Vern Eide Motoplex in Sioux Falls. The Sturgis showroom will be located at 2106 Lazelle St. and open around May 1, said Pat Kurtenbach, president of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp. While Indian hasn’t released an official press statement, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis has launched a Facebook page and the website www.indianmotorcyclesturgis.com.
Editor Scott Cochran – It occurs to me what a long, strange trip its been.
But, at least I’m still riding.
Ok…I stole that first line from the Grateful Dead’s song, “Truckin.” Written by the band and released in 1970, that song defined a generation and the psychedelic culture of the 70’s.
“Truckin” reached #37 in 1971 and was the only chart success the Dead achieved until “Touch of Grey” was released in 1987 and eventually broke into the top ten.
The story of the Grateful Dead and their music, does have some direct correlation to motorcycling. The leader, Jerry Garcia was a Harley rider as well as Ron “Pig Pen “ McKernan. Their first manager, G.H. “Hank” Harrison was also a motorcycle rider.
In the beginning (1965) the band even used the name “The Warlocks” which was also adopted by a motorcycle club that founded in 1967. The Dead eventually changed their name, not because of the MC, but because of another band in the area was also using the name Warlocks.
The Grateful Dead played over 2,000 concerts (Guinness Record) during their career, and by many estimates played to more than 25 million people, (600,000 at one show!) more than any other band.
But, by the measure of commercial / popular music, radio play the band never sold enough records to be considered wildly successful.
But its fans, The Dead Heads, were the reason for the band’s longevity and the money making machine it eventually became.
A hard-core group of fans, who will stick with you through thick and thin are worth their weight in LSD, (not that I would know what LSD is worth…)
And that’s where I’m going with this months ramble…. Fans.
Harley-Davidson, like it or not, has enjoyed (through the years) the loyalty of a group of customers unequaled by any other motorcycle manufacturer.
The reason, I believe, is not based in the machines, anymore than the Grateful Dead’s rabid fan base was because of the music.
The reason thousands of people followed the Dead around the country and tens of thousands of people inked the Bar and Shield onto their skin is…The Culture.
It’s what the brand said about them. Who the customer wanted to be and who the customer wanted to be identified with.
Whenever you see a “Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac” even though that vehicle is the symbol of the Right-wing upper-middle-class American bourgeoisie (Don Henley’s words) you can be sure the owner is someone who wants to be associated with the 70’s counter-culture movement. Someone who sees themselves as a “hippie” stuck in a white collar world.
The same (sort of) thing when you see a Harley-Davidson bumper stickers on a Honda Prius.
Until recently, Harley-Davidson could lay claim to being the only motorcycle brand with enough heritage to satisfy the owner who wanted something more than just a motorcycle. Today Harley-Davidson’s dominance in that space is being challenged by a revived Indian Motorcycle.
Looking back to 2008, it would have made more sense for HD to buy the intellectual property rights to their old nemesis Indian, instead of spending $109 million dollars on MV Agusta.
I’m guessing it would have been a better investment than the Italian motorcycle maker turned out to be. (not to manufacture Indian motorcycles but to keep anyone else from doing it) But, you can’t prove a negative so speculation is useless.
The common belief is that healthy competition is good for everyone involved.
Competition breeds innovation and prevents companies from becoming stagnant by relying on outdated manufacturing processes and market assumptions.
Indian is certainly bringing new ideas to the heavyweight cruiser market. Their five (5) year bumper to bumper warranty is the first (I know of) in the industry and has convinced many tire kickers to take the plunge, even though there may not be a dealer near them.
Once Indian has established dealers in most major metropolitan areas, the turf wars will really heat up, and it will be interesting to watch the brands as they compete for one another’s customers.
Or….maybe they’ll be able to increase the pie for both brands and sell more motorcycles overall than either would have been able to do alone.
I hope that’s the case.
It’s been a long strange trip for the brand that started in 1901 as Hendee Mfg Co. in Springfield Massachusetts.
And I’m not alone in thinking that Polaris is the last company who has any chance to revive the brand to its glory days.
But if the resurrection is to be successful, Indian will have to find a way to connect with enthusiast who values the intangibles as much as a reliable motorcycle.
The dealers will have a lot of that responsibility on them. They must work hard to foster a “community” of owners and realize their mission is more than just moving units out the door. Their mission must be to establish and nurture the “culture” of Indian motorcycle ownership.
If they do that, and Polaris commits to staying in for the long haul, then maybe, just maybe the pie will increase and we’ll introduce the Zen of motorcycling to a whole new generation.
Until next month, ride safe, and always take the road less traveled.
Sturgis, SD (March 31, 2014) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® proudly announces that the custom 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by participants of the Chip’sStudent Build Challenge received first place in the High School Build Open Class at the 27th annual Donnie Smith Bike Show this past Sunday, March 30. The Sturgis Brown High School students participating in the build had been working steadily since Jan. 6 under the instruction of the industry’s top professionals in order to complete customizations in time for this past weekend’s unveiling. The finished bike features a fully overhauled and customized motor for increased performance, a lowered stretched body and an eye-catching graffiti-themed paint job. It is also one of the first custom 2014 Street Glides in existence.
“The motorcycle these students created has absolutely blown away my expectations for this year’s bike build project,” says Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Moreover, these young students created a machine that wowed the industry’s top builders at the Donnie Smith Show. That’s something the students, the school, the community and all those involved in the Student Build Challenge should be very, very proud of.”
2014 marked the first year the Student Build worked on a new-year motorcycle sponsored by Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and the students found customizing a brand new Street Glide to be one of their largest hurdles. The Motor Company had made drastic changes between the 2013 and 2014 models, which meant most of the custom parts for the bike had yet to be created.
This was also the first year the bike build program placed the same focus on the motorcycle’s performance as it did its appearance. The bike features a Trask turbo system with a 10:1 compression ratio, Dave Mackie Engineering hemi Harley heads, CP Carrillo dome pistons and performance parts from Feuling Parts. The class anticipates that together these parts will work to produce 175 horsepower once the motorcycle has enough miles on it to safely run a dyno test.
“If somebody’s a motorhead, they’re going to get really excited about the performance of this motorcycle,” says Student Build Challenge mentor, Keith Terry of Terry Components. “Those who care more about how the bike looks will love it too. We’ve got both elements going for our bike this year.”
Custom stretched body parts allowed the students to create a longer, lower-sitting motorcycle. They replaced the 19-inch front wheel with a 26-inch from R.C. Components and swapped the standard black seat for a buff leather seat made by Howard Knight. Finally, the students took the bike to Ian Strachan Designs to give it a striking Ferrari-red graffiti paint job.
“It was hard for some of the students to comprehend just how amazing the end product was going to be,” says Sturgis Brown High School instructor, Chad Hedderman. “But once everything came together and the students stood next to their bike at this renowned bike show, it finally hit them that they were part of something really big.”
The next stop for the award-winning Student Build Challenge bike is the Black Hills Motorcycle Show in Rapid City, SD, April 12-13. The bike will later appear in Easyriders Magazine, where it will receive its own photo spread and feature-length article. On Aug. 4, the bike will be auctioned off during the Sturgis Rally in support of the Buffalo Chip’s 7th annual Legends Ride® charity event.
Students worked closely with industry veterans, Keith Terry of Terry Components and Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, along with high school instructors, Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson, to learn the state-of-the-art techniques needed to customize their 2014 Street Glide. The bike build project taught students important values and life lessons while vastly increasing their technical knowledge. The skills learned will give these students an overall advantage should any decide to pursue a career in motorcycle fabrication or customization.
The Student Build Challenge is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Brown High School, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin and a large group of industry-leading parts sponsors.
Special thanks to the sponsors and motorcycle industry leaders who make the Student Build Challenge possible: Arlen Ness Enterprises, Adventure Power, Baggster, CP Carrillo, Dakota Digital, Inc., Dave Mackie Engineering, Diamond Heads, Dirty Bird Concepts, Feuling Parts, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, Inc., Horsepower, Inc., Hot Leathers, Howard Knight, Ian Strachan Designs, Jamie’s Repair, KICKER Audio, Kinetik, Legend Air Suspensions, Owens Interstate Sales, R.C. Components, Thunder Cycle Design, Inc., Thunder Max, Trask Performance, Jack Van Kampen and Vee Rubber America, Inc.
To see photos, videos and articles chronicling the 2014 Student Build Challenge, visit the Legends Ride Facebook page.
About the 2014 Student Build Challenge™
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its fifth annual Student Build Challenge.The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders, Keith Terry and Randy and Nick Cramer, to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing a stock Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world experience they can use after graduation. Throughout the years, the custom creations produced in the Student Build Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions. This year’s Student Build Challenge bike will be auctioned on Aug. 4, 2014 in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride® charity event.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. 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™. 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 famed creek-fed 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining independent music festivals in the world. The Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (April 1, 2014) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced a new program to support law enforcement agencies. In response to growing interest and demand from police departments, Zero is offering 100% electric patrol motorcycles for a 3-day evaluation period, allowing officers to experience the advantages in their own jurisdictions.
“Over a dozen departments have added Zero motorcycles to their patrol fleets in the last six months,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Zero Motorcycles. “The feedback from our law enforcement customers is extremely positive, so we are looking at ways to make it easier for agencies to see for themselves how well Zero motorcycles can work in a wide variety of applications.”
“The addition of the Zero motorcycles to our patrol fleet is a huge benefit. The bikes are quiet, cost effective and ‘green,’ making them an ideal mode of transportation for our officers,” said Ron Levine, Chief of Police for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “In addition to general police duties, the motorcycles will be used for patrol in the parking garages and lots, which can be targets for auto burglars. Because the bikes are almost silent, they can patrol an area almost undetected, giving the police officers an element of stealth.”
“We like to use the Zero when patrolling parks and rural areas. It’s environmentally friendly for us and keeps the noise down…one, for the neighbors, and two, it allows the ability to sneak up on people,” said Sgt. David Ball of Scotts Valley Police Department.
Stealth and the element of surprise are common themes expressed by the officers who have used the motorcycles in the field. Departments are seeing performance and economic benefits, as well: instant torque from zero RPM, a high degree of maneuverability, no need to shift gears, maintenance-free powertrain, and about a penny-per-mile operating costs adding up to long-term savings.
For more information on Zero Motorcycles or to apply for the 3-day evaluation program, visit zeromotorcycles.com. Note that Zero Motorcycles Police and Security models are available exclusively to authorized organizations. Demo motorcycles and the 3-day evaluation program are subject to availability, and certain terms and conditions apply. Contact Zero Motorcycles at (888) 786-9376, ext. 105, or FleetSales@zeromotorcycles.com for details.
About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity, and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.
Successful brands often seek out ways to expand their profits by licensing their name to be used on other unrelated products. Motorcycle companies are no different. So it’s no surprise that a company that’s been around as long as Harley-Davidson (est. 1903) would have licensed it’s name and logo on a few products that are unrelated to motorcycling.
A few years ago, the brand sold “Harley Barbies” and they were a big hit. A few of those are floating around Ebayland and selling for more than the original price tag.
There are, however, some products that we’re sure the brand managers didn’t quite think out. Here are a couple that have us scratching our collective heads over.
1. HOT ROAD cologne….or specifically, “EAU DE TOILETTE.” First off, what biker ever used the phrase, “eau de toilette” and lived to tell about it? Picture this; You walk past a line of bikes parked outside a road house bar, somewhere along a lonely stretch of highway in southern Arizona or New Mexico. The place smells of sweat, leather urine, grease and stale beer. You sit down at the bar and order a beer. A big hairy biker wearing a dirty, patch covered leather vest, no shirt sits down beside you. You catch a whiff of something different..something exotic. Something hot… “Excuse me sir” you say, turning to the grizzled road veteran. “Is that “Hot Road, eau de toilette you’re wearing?” They find you 3 days later, stuffed in the men’s toilet, smelling of sweat, grease, stale beer and urine.
Then there is the Harley-Davidson wine cooler. Another product that we’re thinking was way ahead of its’ time. Produced in the mid-1980′s, these sophisticated drinks for the softer side of the hard-core Harley rider never quite caught on. Imagine a similar scenario from the previous example where you walk into that same bar, and order a Harley-Davidson “wine cooler.” We’re pretty sure there’s a toilet stall, stale beer, sweat and urine in your immediate future.
What products did we miss? Comment in the section below and if they’re weird, we’ll add them to the story.