Maine Adopts Practical Test for Measuring Motorcycle Sound

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Maine has adopted a simple yet reliable testing procedure that allows motorcyclists to prove their bikes don’t violate Maine’s motor vehicle sound law, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

Under a new law that went into effect on May 26, motorcyclists ticketed for excessive sound emitting from their motorcycle exhausts can go to a certified inspection station for sound testing.

There, the exhaust system would be tested using the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2825 stationary sound testing procedure — “Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles” — which the SAE developed and adopted with support from the Motorcycle Industry Council in May 2009.

Under the SAE J2825 standard, which the AMA has endorsed, decibel limits range from 92 dBA at idle for all motorcycles, to 100 dBA at certain RPMs for various motorcycles, depending on the type of engine. If a motorcycle meets these limits during the certified testing, then it is evidence that the motorcycle doesn’t violate the state’s sound law.

“This new law is good news for responsible motorcyclists who ride in Maine because it provides an objective way to prove that a motorcycle doesn’t violate the state’s sound law, rather than relying on subjective judgments,” said Imre Szauter, AMA government affairs manager. “We applaud the state of Maine — the first in the nation — for adopting the SAE J2825 standard.”

The AMA has long maintained a position of strong opposition to excessive motorcycle sound. The SAE J2825 standard is at the heart of model legislation developed by the AMA for use by jurisdictions seeking a simple, consistent and economical way to deal with sound complaints related to on-highway motorcycles within the larger context of excessive sound from all sources.

For information on the AMA’s model legislation, go tohttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_Other/Model_On_Highway_Sound_Ordinance-1.sflb.ashx

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To see the AMA’s position on excessive motorcycle sound, seehttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/PositionStatements/ExcessiveMotorcycleSound.aspx

instaVIN™ Motorcycle History Reports Now Available through CycleTrader.com

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–instaVIN™ (https://www.instavin.com) is now offering for a limited time instaVIN Vehicle History and Title Reports for motorcycles to in-market consumers and motorcycle retailers via CycleTrader.com, a Dominion Enterprises company. CycleTrader is the leading classified marketplace for motorcycles with more than 150,000 dealer and private seller listings.

“CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience”

instaVIN reports provide DMV title, salvage, insurance, total loss and other critical information to help identify title problems prior to purchase. This can help uncover potential buyer or seller fraud or expose other “worst of the worst” events that can affect a motorcycle’s safety and value. Vehicle details decoded from the vehicle identification number (VIN) such as year, make and model enable users to confirm the vehicle is properly represented.

Links to instaVIN reports are available on CycleTrader.com’s ad listings and resource pages as well as other locations on the CycleTrader.com site for a limited time. “CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience,” said Jim Irish, CEO of instaVIN. “This unique user interface provides a remarkably simple order process and ensures the proper vehicle is represented to the buyer. Users can purchase a report by entering a VIN number, then get the report instantly. They can also pre-purchase and return to www.instavin.com later when they have their VIN number available.”

When shopping for their next motorcycle during the limited time offer, buyers can purchase a single report for just $6.99. If they are looking at multiple bikes, they can select the 5 for $24.99 option, saving nearly 30%. Motorcycle dealers and private sellers can build buyer confidence by ensuring that the motorcycle they are selling is free of hidden problems. Sellers can share the instaVIN report with potential buyers by linking to the report on their CycleTrader.com ad listing.

InstaVIN reports contain information and data from private sources and through a partnership with the Department of Justice and AAMVA who administer the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). NMVTIS is the only vehicle history database in which all states, insurance carriers and junk salvage yards are required by federal law to report their data.

In addition to the insurance total loss and salvage auction information, instaVIN reports provide all state DMV title brand indicators such as salvage, odometer, rollback, rental vehicle, police use and flood, as well as title history, odometer history, vehicle specifications and accident information where available. Understanding a vehicle’s history is a critical step in any motorcycle purchase whether you are a dealer at auction or a consumer buying a used bike. Over 100 key data indicators are checked on every report. Visithttps://www.instavin.com/ct.php.

About instaVIN™

instaVIN™ provides vehicle history reports with critical data including real-time Government Title and Brand information and Junk/Salvage/Insurance Total Loss records. instaVIN reports include the most comprehensive, up-to-date data, all at a fraction of the cost of competitive reports such as CARFAX® and AutoCheck®. instaVIN offers reports on passenger cars and light trucks, modern and vintage motorcycles, RVs, buses, classic cars and heavy trucks. instaVIN has other products available at www.instavin.com such as a complete Bill of Sale Document service to protect you when buying or selling a vehicle between private parties. Also available is the Vehicle Valuator, a free tool that provides the average local retail asking price for similar vehicles in your area. Please see https://www.instavin.com.

instaVIN is a dba of MobileTrac, LLC, a San Diego, CA based company.

About CycleTrader.com

Cycle Trader, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the leading powersports marketplace connecting buyers and sellers to new and used motorcycles, ATVs, PWCs, and snowmobiles. With more than 150,000 vehicles available, Cycle Trader offers the widest selection of powersports vehicles online. Visit http://www.CycleTrader.com.

About Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visithttp://www.dominionenterprises.com.

 

A One-Two Finish for MICHELIN at Albacete

The second round, in Albacete, Spain, saw Michelin Motorcycle tires claim the top two places thanks to its partners BMW Motorrad France and Yamaha GMT 94. The eight-hour marathon enabled MICHELIN to showcase its expertise round this difficult circuit where teams faced a particularly broad range of temperatures.

The second round of the 2011 Endurance World Championship at Albacete, Spain, saw MICHELIN tyres claim the top two places thanks to its partners BMW Motorrad France and Yamaha GMT 94. The eight-hour marathon enabled MICHELIN to showcase its expertise round this difficult circuit where teams faced a particularly broad range of temperatures.

It might not be the championship’s most technically demanding venue, but Albacete is always a big challenge for tyre manufacturers. The chief reasons for this are its high number of turns, the abrasive nature of its surface and the big fluctuations in temperature between the daylight and night-time phases of the race. To be competitive here, tyres must be extremely versatile and MICHELIN’s range rose to the challenge of the Spanish track with flying colours…

Philippe MUSSATI (manager of MICHELIN Competition’s two-wheel racing programmes): “Albacete is reputed for being very hard on tyres and we had to carefully tailor the range we took there for our partner teams. Track temperatures of around 40°C called for competitive, durable and versatile products, which are three essentially opposing qualities. Yet the combination of our engineers’ excellent development work and the first class job the teams did setting up their bikes gave our partners a certain edge throughout the race. The BMW set a new lap record for the track during qualifying before going on to dominate the race, while Yamaha GMT 94 quickly made its mark to secure an unchallenged second place. Indeed, only two bikes succeeded in lapping under the 1m32s mark during the race, and they were the BMW and YART Yamaha, which had the honour of posting the fastest race lap (1m31.609s). It’s such a shame that YART ran out of fuel at one point, because we were heading for a MICHELIN one-two-three at that stage. I would also like to underline DG Sport’s outstanding run in the Superstock class. Had it not been for a fall, they could well have finished on the podium.”

This MICHELIN one-two has boosted the positions of the firm’s partners in the provisional world championship standings. BMW Motorrad France is now just two points short of the current leader, while Yamaha GMT 94 has moved up to third spot.

 

S&S Cycle To Stand Behind Big Dog Motorcycle Warranties

Big Dog owners are wondering where to turn for warranty support on their bikes. Though the official BDM warranty ended with the company, S&S is stepping up to the plate and offering a special engine warranty to all owners of Big Dog motorcycles that were still covered by the factory warranty. S&S company president George Smith commented “I’m certainly sad to see a good customer like BDM close their doors, but I feel that we need to shoulder the responsibility, and make sure the end customer gets a square deal. I suppose we could just look the other way, but I won’t do that. After all, these are S&S engines. We built them and we’re going to stand behind them!”

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Despite Checkpoints Motorcyclists Turn Out to Honor Slain Trooper

When it comes to showing their support, Georgia motorcyclists choose to put aside politics and just ride.

Close to a thousand motorcyclists turned out last weekend to honor slain Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chadwick LeCroy in the first Line of Duty ride in Atlanta.

O Gary Buffington of the Rough Neck Motorcycle Club told local television station Fox 5, “This is absolutely phenomenal for us, we were hoping and praying for 300 to 500 bikes and from what we can tell we’ve got a little over 700 bikes here right now.”

Other motorcyclists attending said this ride wasn’t the proper place to voice their opposition to the State Patrol checkpoint  policy and that while they may disagree with the checkpoints, they were able to set that aside and ride to show their support for the slain trooper and donate to the Corporal Chad LeCroy Family Memorial Fund.

 

 

Women’s Garage Party™

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Electric Superbike Reaches Podium Finish

that's not a trunk kit, its where some of the batteries are housed.

Everyone knew this day was coming but nobody though it would be this past Sunday, including Chip Yates.

That”s the day when e-superbikes raced against top tier riders on gasoline powered bikes and took second in the superstock expert class, then  took third in the superbike expert class against machines like the Ducati 848.

We made all six laps with 100 percent power available, and I made the cool-down lap with a little to spare,” he said. “Range was never an issue.”

Yates’ bike may not look like much, but it’s fast — he hit 158 mph at one point as he lapped AutoClub Speedway and posted a fastest lap of 1:39.792.

“My whole focus has been strictly to see if we can keep up with the gas bikes,” said Yates, who has raced 600 cc machines in the AMA. “I have no interest in going any slower than I can currently go. I’ve always said that, and we stand by that. I’m not going to ride a bike that requires me to compromise.”

Read the entire story on wired.com

Michael Lichter at Work

Lee Wimmer (left) with Michael Lichter getting ready to photograph his bike for a future feature in Easyrider Magazine

Custom motorcycle builders know one thing, Michael Lichter is a photographic wizard. And with over three decades in the industry and lifestyle, Easyrider photographer Michael Lichter has become almost as famous as the bikes he photographs.

Quiet and unassuming, Lichter goes about his work out of the spotlight. The same spotlight he deftly shines upon the two wheel lifestyle, capturing the essence and spirit of the “american biker.”

This January in Charlotte, Lichter set up his studio, as he does at all the Easyrider Bike Show stops to photograph bikes that will eventually find their way onto the pages of Easyrider magazine. This video shows just a fraction of the time and care Lichter and his staff take to get the bike into position to begin the photo shoot.

You’ll notice that no detail is overlooked as an assistant cleans both tires before backing the bike into place.


Easyrider Returns to Charlotte

The popular Easyrider Bike Show tour returns to the Charlotte Convention Center this weekend with hundreds of motorcycles running the gamut from high dollar customs to barely running rat bikes.

This year the rat rods and hot rods also occupies the hall with a couple dozen four wheel entries.

For the younger set the show also provides a “kids zone” entertainment area to provide a nice diversion for the little ones.

Michael Ballard and Angie Colson, direct from the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis South Dakota will also be on hand selling merchandise and signing autographs and meeting their fans.

For more information and prices and times click here.

Will High Gas Prices Help or Hurt Motorcycle Industry Recovery?

In a report in USA Today experts are warning that consumers could see gas climb to near $4 a gallon at the pump by the summer as the cost of crude is expected to rise beyond $100 per barrel.   In 2008, the price of gas spiked to $4.11 per gallon.

In 2008, small motorcycle and scooter sales jumped, while sales of larger displacement bikes dropped like a rock.

What do you think?  Will that pattern hold if gas prices rise above $4 per gallon this spring?   Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2011-01-02-gas-climbs_N.htm?csp=usat.me