Triumph to Fix Labels on Trophy Models

2013 TrophyTriumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2013 Trophy motorcycles manufactured from September 5, 2012, through November 29, 2012. These motorcycles were produced with a label bearing incorrect tire data which fails to conform to the labeling requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars,” and they fail to comply with the certification requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, none of the 244 recalled units have been sold to consumers so no owner notification letter will be mailed out.  However, if you just purchased a 2013 Triumph Trophy, you are urged to return to the dealership and have these stickers replaced.


Build Your Vespa Summer Offer: Vespa Scooters Now Available in Any Color

Available at all participating Vespa USA dealerships

What color Vespa do you dream of? Electric blue? Candy cane? University colors? How about one to match your car? 

Make that dream a reality this summer with Vespa USA! For a limited time only, Vespa USA is offering consumers the opportunity to customize a Vespa LX 150. Customers are invited to visit participating dealerships to purchase a custom-painted Vespa with prices starting at $4,300 (for one solid color), excluding destination and vehicle preparation charges. Design work and lettering can be added for an additional charge. Go ahead and dream big – your Vespa will be the only one like it in the world!

From now until July 31, 2011

The Build Your Vespa offer runs through July 31, 2011 at participating Vespa dealers. For more information and to see a full list of participating dealerships, please visit http://www.vespausa.com/special-offers/build-your-vespa.html

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Going too fast for the upcoming curve? Future Bikes will let you know

Early version tested by MCN

We’re still waiting on cars that fly above traffic and we might be waiting another decade, but for the motorcyclist who loves high tech gadgetry, the future is just around the corner and it’s coming to the US from across the big pond.

The project, called Saferider, has been funded by the European Commission, which wants to see the systems on road bikes within five years, and backed by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations.

In the UK, the Motor Industry Research Association is working on systems that will use GPS and digital mapping technology to provide motorcycle operators visual as well as tactile feedback on speed and approaching highway conditions.

MIRA installed sensors that vibrated slightly in the seat and cheek pads in a motorcycle helmet to warn the operator of a vehicle approaching in the riders blind spot.

The report said the cheek pads can be programmed to alert the rider to the danger on the right or the left side.  The system will also alert the rider if the motorcycle’s speed is unsafe for the approaching curve or intersection.

MIRA believes that manufacturers in the UK will begin offering the system to consumers  in as little as 18 months.

If adopted overseas, riders can expect to see the technology available in the US soon thereafter.

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


Hells Angels Take on Famous Fashion House for Trademark Infringement

this design is less obvious than the clutch.

The lawyer for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club says the trademark infringement suit against Alexander McQueen fashion house, Saks and Zappos is partly motivated to protect the innocent consumer against retailation from HA club members for disrespecting the clubs symbol, the winged death head.

Attorney Fritz Clapp did not say for the record that consumers wearing the attire that is being produced by McQueen would subject them to potential violence, but he did say “anyone wearing them would be considered an imposter by club members,”

Outlaw motorcycle clubs, or 1%’ers have been known to use violence  to protect their symbols.

The biggest question is whether the clubs trademark winged death head and the McQueen designs are similar enough to cause “confusion” in the market place.

Before his death in February of this year, McQueen was well known for incorporating skull motifs in his fashion designs.

PPR, the luxury parent company of Alexander McQueen, is named in the suit filed in California Federal court, as are Saks Fifth Avenue and Zappos for selling the goods.

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