Fairless and Allstate Display Custom Built Victory

fairlessAll day today March 7, Allstate Insurance Company and legendary motorcycle builder Rick Fairless will display at Daytona Bike Week his latest custom creation – a reimagined Victory Vegas 8-Ball.

The custom-built motorcycle is part of this year’s grand prize for the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes and will feature signature Rick Fairless designs and customization never before seen by the public. This is the fifth year of the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes and the first year that a Fairless custom is featured as the grand prize.

“When Allstate asked me to build this year’s bike, they asked for one that really fit the image of its riders. I knew I had to push the limits a little with this bike because they insure so many different kinds of folks,” Fairless said. “We ended up with a bike that is really going to turn some heads. This ain’t a bolt-on custom.”

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Fairless will be on hand to help debut the new custom machine at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, which is located at Daytona Speedway. Riders in attendance will have the opportunity to see the bike in-person, learn more about how the Allstate Victory Vegas 8-Ball came to be from Fairless himself, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the motorcycle, as well as see some of the other custom bikes Allstate owns, including Arlen Ness and Dave Perewitz originals.

In addition to winning the motorcycle, Allstate will give the winner a trip for two to Rick Fairless’ Strokers Dallas for a free custom paint job consultation, personalized by Fairless himself.

“We’re confident that the winner of this year’s Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes is not only going to love their new ride,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company, “but they’re also going to love the whole Allstate experience.”

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.

Yamaha Recalls 3,900 2013 BOLT Models For Wiring Harness Problem

2014_XVS950CU_BWC1_CA_1_lYamaha Motor Company (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2014 XVS950CU (Bolt) motorcycles manufactured March 2013 through June 2013. Slack or sag in the wiring harness may allow it to contact the exhaust manifold causing the wires to melt, and possibly short circuit.  If the wires short circuit, the fuses will blow which may cause the engine to stall. An engine stall while riding, increases the risk of a crash. Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring harness and secure it away from the exhaust. If the wiring harness is damaged, it will first be replaced. The recall is expected to begin by the end of July 2013. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926.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.

BMW Recalls Small Number of GS R1200 for Suspension Problem

BMWBMW is recalling less than 2 dozen 2013 R1200 GS motorcycles manufactured January 9, 2013, through February 8, 2013.  The manufacturer says because of an insufficient torque of a locking bolt, the front fork tube may loosen.  If the fork loosens it may hinder the rider’s ability to control the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.  BMW will notify owners and dealers will reinforce the affected fork locking bolt connections, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. 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. NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V154000

Kawasaki Recalls 2011 ZX1000 Wiring

Vehicle Make/Model:                                         Model Year(s):

Kawasaki / ZX1000JBFL                               2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000JBL                                 2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000KBFL                              2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000KBL                                 2011

Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Mfr’s  Report Date: July 07, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V363000

Component: Electrical System:Wiring

Summary: Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011 Ninja ZX-10R/ZX-10R ABS (ZX1000JBF/KBF/KBFL) motorcycles. It is possible for a portion of the wiring harness to become pinched between the rear subframe and the bolt holding the seat cover. This can damage the harness and wiring and result in a short between wires and the frame or within wires, which could result in the engine stopping suddenly.

Consequence: If the motorcycle stalls while being  ridden, there could be a crash resulting in injury or death.

Remedy: Dealers will repair the motorcycle as necessary, and reroute the main harness; free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Kawasaki consumer services department at 1-866-802-9381

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9152), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

 

 

Michigan Motorcyclists Stage Independence Day Protest Ride

Michigan Motorcyclists Protest Helmet Law

A group of 15 motorcyclists, comprised of members of the groups,  Bikers Of Lesser Tolerance, American Bikers Against Totalitarian Enactments, and general Patriots took off their helmets and participated in a 100 plus mile  motorcycle run July 4th 2010 to protest their dissatisfaction with what they say is “increasingly rampant government mandated elimination of our individual liberties.”

In the press release, the group said, “We all deemed an afternoon of civil disobedience on the 4th of July more important to us than a day at the beach, or a cooler of cold beers.”

The protest ride began at noon Remus Tavern in Remus Michigan, and traveled through the towns of Barryton, Evart, Reed City and  Big Rapids.

The group passed at least one unmarked police cruiser and rode by the Reed City State Police Post without any enforcement actions.

The group is making plans for another protest ride in the near future.