Man Risks His Life To Save Bike Containing His Brothers’s Ashes

Monson MA  March 20, 2013:  (excerpted from The Republican)    Billy Fountain told the local newspaper there was no way he was letting his brother’s 1992 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy burn up in the fire that broke out near the barn where it was being stored. ”Hell or highwater, I was getting the bike out of there,” Fountain said.

The reason? Encased inside the handlebars of the turquoise and blue bike were cremated remains of his brother, Harold E. Fountain II, who died in an accident on the bike in Orlando Florida in 2004.  Besides his brother’s ashes,  his likeness is painted on the tank and Billy said the bike means everything to him.

“Things like this, it doesn’t matter to me as long as I got a place to sleep,” Fountain said of the fire – and, as long as his brother’s bike was OK. “I had to get that bike,” he said, swiping a tear from his cheek.

 

 

Multi-Talented Soccer Star Show Texting and Riding Skill

Beckham is “bending” the rules..
Image: Splash

Who needs two hands on the handlebars?  Certainly not David Beckham, who was photographed by Hollywood paparazzi on his custom motorcycle recently in Mailbu California checking his cell phone in traffic. The 37 year old dad, who’s wife, Victoria, gave birth last year to their infant daughter Harper was reportedly checking his text messages, but that’s not clear from the photograph.  What is evident is Beckham is violating California (as well as his native Austrailian) road rules by using a hand held mobile device while operating a motorized vehicle.  But, we won’t tell if you don’t.

have you ever checked your cell phone while operating a motorcycle? Take the poll and confess…

One Size Does NOT Fit All!

Thank you to Marcus for writing this great article that was in our very first issue of American Woman Riders. It was time to share it again. Lots of great information in it.

 

There are a lot of motorcycles out there!  There are high-tech newer models and simple low-tech vintage bikes.  There are V-twin cruisers, in-line 4 cylinder sport bikes, touring bikes, adventure touring, dual sport, off-road, street fighters, well you get the picture.  There are a lot of motorcycles out there.  And, as some folks say in the motorcycle industry, “There’s an a*s for every seat.”  With all that being said, there are so many bikes because there are so many different riders with different expectations from their bikes.  (Oh yeah, there are different skill levels too!)

 

            When looking for a bike that “fits” perfectly there are several things to consider.  Most importantly does the bike feel good when you are sitting on it?  Does it feel comfortable for the type of riding you will be doing?  Do you think you could ride that bike for an hour or more and be comfortable doing so?  Some of us are lucky enough to find that perfect bike sitting in a showroom or elsewhere that does not need any adjustments, or just minor ones.  It “fits” perfectly!  Some of us aren’t that lucky though.  So, if you find a bike that you really like but it does not “fit”, what can you do?  There are three major components that can be changed on most bikes.  The seating position, the foot position, and the handlebars.  Changing one or all three of these components will not come without a monetary expense though.  What’s a little extra dough to get that perfect “fit” on your bike?  Priceless, right?  I hope you think that way too.  After all, when out burning up the roads you definitely want to be comfortable on your machine. 

 

            I could go into greater detail describing how to make a motorcycle “fit” but I don’t think this publication would want me to take up that much space. The thing to do is to just get out there and sit on some bikes and start talking to the people that ride, and talk to the people that work at the local dealerships.  Most people want to talk about their bikes and share their knowledge and experiences.  The ultimate goal we all share as bikers is to have that perfect ride. A comfortable bike, a beautiful day, and perfect conditions are what we all want to experience on our ride. Whether it is a short commute to work or an all day trip, that is what we all want.  So keep in mind, there are a lot of bikes out there and one size does not fit all!

            If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give me a call at 505-471-3808. www.santafeharley.com

Marcus Stender   Business Manager, Santa Fe Harley-Davidson®

 

Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey! 

Tina  harleyskyangel@comcast.net  American Woman Riders

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Polaris Recalls Steering Component

Vehicle Make / Model: Victory / Cross Country                                                                                                                      Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc.                                                                                                                                         Mfr’s Report Date: May 31, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V305000                                                                                                                               NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Steering : Wheel and Handle Bar

Potential Number of Units Affected: 840

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2011 Victory Cross Country Motorcycles manufactured from Jan.1, through April 11,2011. The handlebar clamps and/or risers may have been machined incorrectly which could cause the handlebars to slip in the clamps.

Remedy:
Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will test and replace defective riser/clamp assemblies, free of charge, the safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Victory Customer Service @ 1-888-704-5290

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline @ 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


New Handle Bars From H-D Gives Riders Cool New View

The new Bat Wing Ape Handlebar (P/N 57474-11 Chrome, P/N 57485-11 Satin Black; $179.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories are shaped to place the rider’s hands just above the top of the classic Harley® Bat Wing touring fairing. These 12-inch-high “ape hangers” feature a tall stance and minimal pullback to achieve a cool yet comfortable riding profile. Finished in brilliant chrome or satin black, these one-inch-diameter handlebars accept internal wiring for a clean look. They fit 2009-later Electra Glide®, Street Glide® and Trike models (except Electra Glide Ultra Limited and CVO™ models). All models require separate purchase of additional components for installation. Does not fit with Heated Hand Grips. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight 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 Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

 

Can’t Get in the Wind? Fire up the Wii Instead

Patent drawing show what the new Wii game might look like

We all know there are times when you just can’t get away and ride. Too much work, or the bike is in the shop or, heaven forbid, it’s too cold or too hot for comfort. Soon you techie types might have a way to virtually enjoy the wind in your hair with a new game that uses the Wii balance board.

Nintendo Life is reporting that Nintendo Software Technology has filed new patents for an apparent first-person motorcycle game controlled with the Balance Board, with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk acting as handlebars. Players would control their virtual chopper  by leaning their body left or right to pull off sharp turns using all three controllers.

There is no other information on the game or when it might be released.