Honda Recalls Almost 7,000 Sportbikes for Loose Bolts

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Honda is recalling 6,954 model year 2013 CB500 (FA, F, XA, X) and CBR500 (RA, R) motorcycles.

The rocker arm shaft retaining bolts may have been manufactured incorrectly resulting in the bolts loosening during engine operation. A loose bolt will initially result in a slow leak of engine oil, but if not addressed, the bolt can come out of the cylinder head entirely. Without a bolt, the engine will have reduced power which may result in a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rocker arm shaft retaining bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014.

Owners may contact Honda Customer Service at 1-866-784-1870.

Honda Recalls 235 Units for Potential ABS Malfunction

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Honda is recalling certain model year 2014 CTX700 motorcycles manufactured March 6, 2013, through April 11, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS modulator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s recall number is JBO.  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.

Click here for a complete listing of motorcycle and motorcycle related product recalls going back to 2010.

 

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HONDA INTRODUCES NEW MODELS FOR 2013

Torrence CA:  American Honda unveiled it’s offering of 2013 bikes to the press at its secret company museum and it looks like they’re going after two distinct different markets, the younger buyer and the nostalgia buyer.

The retro CB1100 is a throwback (at least visually) to the days when you’d meet the nicest people on a Honda and Elvis was still in the building.  Featuring a 1140cc air-cooled DOHC fuel-injected engine; twin-shock rear suspension; 41mm fork that’s adjustable for pre-load; dual-disc front brakes with ABS as an option; 18 in. wheels. Available in candy red at $9,999, add another $1,000 for ABS.

The “old man’s road sofa” has been tweaked ever so slightly and the result is a funky looking  Gull Wing F6B.   It’s not “minimalist” by any stretch, but there is far less plastic on it than the Gold Wing.  The F6B features a iPod connection, waterproof locking hard saddlebags, a glovebox and multi-function gauges.  The Deluxe model comes with a passenger backrest, center stand, self cancelling turn signals and heated grips and starts out at $20k for the standard, $21k for the deluxe model. 

Honda Recalls CB1000RC For Potential Drive Plate Problems

 Honda is recalling 1,542 certain model year 2012 NC700XDC and NC700XC motorcycles. Some motorcycles may be equipped with drive chains that contain outer drive plates that were improperly heat-treated, resulting in plate fracture during use, If a plate fractures, the motorcycle can unexpectedly lose propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash.  Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the drive chain, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on October 8, 2012. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870.  NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V461000

Honda Recalls 126,000 Gold Wings

Honda is recalling over 100,000 Goldwings due to a potential rear brake problem

HONDA is recalling 2001-2010 and 2012 GL1800 GoldWing motorcycle because of a brake problem.  Information released under Honda’s recall # S03 and NHTSA recall Number: 11V567000 indicates there is a possibility under the right conditions that the combined braking system’s secondary master cylinder may cause the rear brake to drag.

Unexpected braking increases the risk of a crash and riding the motorcycle with the rear brake dragging may generate enough heat to cause the rear brake to catch fire, creating a dangerous and potential fatal situation.  Honda will notify owners of these bikes and inspect the secondary master cylinder and replace it free of charge if necessary.  The recall will begin January 4, 2012, but owners can contact Honda customer service at 866-784-1870, or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety hotline at 888-327-4236


GEICO Honda Team Survives Texas, Earns First Podium Finish of Outdoor Season

WORTHAM, Texas (May 28) — The most brutal stop on the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship tour lived up to its billing Saturday as the
top riders in the world fought to survive 95 degree temperatures that scorched Freestone County Raceway.

GEICO Honda rider Justin Barcia, just a few weeks removed from his Supercross Lites championship, led his team with a runner-up result in the second moto of the day to fashion a fourth-place overall finish. Stablemate Eli Tomac also showed well, going 5-6 on the day, while new team member Lance Vincent and veteran 450cc rider Kevin Windham did their best on the severely rutted and sun-baked course.
Barcia was razor-sharp out of the starting gate in both motos, earning a pair of holeshot awards. But racing with 39 other riders proved costly in the first turn of Moto 1 as a rider clipped him from behind and knocked him off his bike, moving him all the way back to 39th place. He had to ride hard the rest of the way but somehow made it back to ninth.

Wishing to separate from the pack immediately in Moto 2, Barcia had an even better start and rode away from the field until getting passed with just two minutes left in his ride, which dropped him to second place. The points he earned on the day lifted him to sixth in the season standings.

“I just got tired at the end there,” Barcia said. “This is the hardest race of the year and you really just want to survive it. The track is so rutted and hard. The whole day I was just squeezing my bike as hard as I could to hang on.

“The first moto took a lot of effort because I got knocked way back at the start so I was charging the whole race. That caught up to me later in Moto 2. Considering this was easily the toughest ride I’ve had all year, to end the day on the podium feels good.

“I’m really happy with my bike and me and my dad have been working on my starts every day at home, just doing dozens and dozens of them. All that hard work paid off.”

Tomac was solid in both races, riding to fifth and sixth in his two motos for an overall finish of fifth place, which lifts him to third in the championship points.

The Geico Team Gets Ready Before the Race

“Just another okay round for me,” Tomac said. “A fifth and a sixth, fifth overall, not exactly what I was looking for but it wasn’t bad either. I need to get up on the podium next round. That’s the main
thing for me right now.

“I’ve trained a lot for the heat, especially thinking back to what happened last year here when it just crushed me, and although it’s still unbelievably hot, I feel like I handled it much better this time around. There’s still another level I need to reach but I’ll get there.”

New team rider Vincent, sporting No. 245 on his GEICO Honda, took 16th in Moto 1 before improving to 10th in Moto 2 to finish 13th in the overall Lites standings. Although this was his first race of the
outdoors series, he’s already in 19th place in the championship rankings.

“The track was so gnarly and the heat was just ridiculous but I managed to make it through the day and I’m not laid out right now,” Vincent said. “The team and the support they gave me is unreal. I
couldn’t ask for more. They motivate me so much.

“First moto I got a good start, maybe fifth or so, and then settled into about eighth place and was there for a good 20 minutes until I clipped a hay bale and went over the handlebars. By the time I got up
I as 16th and just rode it out. My start wasn’t as good in the second moto and I tipped over early so I was playing catch-up the rest of the way. I still ended up in the top 10, which is what I wanted, so it was
a solid day.”

Windham was frustrated by his visit to Texas, despite two fairly decent rides. He started strong in Moto 1 but his Factory Honda 450cc machine encountered some mechanical issues late in the race and he was unable to finish. He was credited with a 28th-place result. In Moto 2, he outlasted several riders that wilted in the heat and finished ninth. His 28-9 finish earned him the 17th slot in the overall
standings.

 

“We had a little mishap in the first moto and I wasn’t able to finish,” said Windham, who slipped a few spots to eighth in the 2011 rankings. “The bad part was it happened pretty late in the race so I
had spent a lot of energy. We got into the second moto and I just hit the wall. Somewhere around the 15-minute mark this Texas heat just got me.

“It’s frustrating and I’m a little embarrassed. I was late getting ready for the outdoors. It was an unexpected move and I entered Round 1 after just a few days of preparation. It was crazy to think I could
catch-up right away, especially coming to heat like this in week two. We’ve got an off weekend now so hopefully we can use the extra time to get better and have a good showing in Mt. Morris.”

The AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Series next races on June 11 in Mt. Morris, Pa.

WSP Police Drop BMW for Honda Motorcycles

Ninety years ago, the Washington State Patrol was formed with troopers riding Indian motorcycles. The iconic bikes were replaced in recent years with BMW motorcycles for the state’s 43 troopers that ride on two wheels. Now, those troopers are getting new rides: the WSP is switching to Honda. “I think it’s a little bit smoother than the BMW, especially at higher speeds,” said Trooper Jeff Sevigney, one of four motorcycle troopers in the Spokane region.

“It’s a little bit easier to ride,” he said.

The Honda ST 1300 PA is powered by a four-cylinder engine arranged in a “V” alignment with a five-speed transmission. The model was introduced in Europe in 2002. It has well-placed crash bars along the sides to protect the driver in case of a spill. The bike will get Sevigney in and out of tight spaces and can go where a patrol car cannot. “We are less noticeable,” he said. The 15-year veteran won’t say how fast the motorcycle will go. “Fast enough is what I tell people,” he said.

Last week, he was working traffic along U.S. Highway 195 near Cheney-Spokane Road as part of a stepped-up enforcement and safety program along that busy corridor. It didn’t take long for him to pull over a few drivers. Within a few minutes, he nailed a semitruck driver going over the limit. Motorcycle troopers typically ride from March to November. They retreat to cars during winter months. A statement from WSP headquarters said, “The Honda ST 1300 PA was specifically manufactured for law enforcement use.

“The Honda was chosen over other models because of the balance, maneuverability, acceleration, overall performance, availability of service, and lower purchase and maintenance costs.”

 

Reed defies the odds to go it alone in 2011

Multiple world Supercross Champion Chad Reed has confirmed he will be on the startline for the opening round of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship, but has turned his back on the security of a paid ride.

Defying the trends of the post GFC world, Reed has opted to take his destiny into his own hands by creating his own race team from the ground up.

After 12 years of racing for factory operations throughout Australia, Europe and the United States, Reed will take the helm as both rider and team owner of the newly formed TwoTwo Motorsports.

“I am at a point in my career where I am motivated and want to race more than I have for a long time,” Reed said.

“This is the best series with the best riders. This is where my heart is at, where my head is at, and this is where I want to be in the championship and challenge for race wins.

“When I first started out in this sport I looked up to and followed the career of Jeremy McGrath and I feel I can draw some parallels to what he went through. One thing that I have learned from him and from my own years of racing at the top of this sport, is that there comes a time when you have to do it your own way.

“I have always wanted to have my own team. When I came back to Australia I knew I still had the fire in my belly and that night in Newcastle when I raced under my own banner confirmed it for me,” he acknowledged.

“I am aware of the hard work and sacrifice it will take, but in my mind the upside is far greater than the downside.

“If, and when, we win races this year they will be the most satisfying of my career. To win a title with my own team would be the most rewarding thing I have ever done.”

TwoTwo Motorsports have recruited a number of known industry personalities to staff the operation and will field a Honda CRF450 with technical support from the global leaders in aftermarket motorcycle performance products, ProCircuit.

“For me Honda makes the most sense. It’s a bike that I’ve chosen to ride and I enjoy riding it,” Reed acknowledged.

“It’s what I would call a racers bike in the fact that it is very light, very nimble, and it just fits my style very well.

“I’m excited to be riding Honda motorcycles and to have Honda’s support with the program and them to be supporting TwoTwo Motorsports,” he said.

The team’s commercial portfolio already has a solid foundation with leading lubrication technology company Bel-Ray today confirming it will partner with Chad and his team for the 2011 season and beyond.

Bel-Ray Company Inc Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Liquori said the new relationship underlined Bel-Ray’s long-term commitment to the sport of Supercross.

“Our legacy is at the core of who we are as a company,” said Liquori.  

“Our innovative products are designed to perform under extreme conditions, making them the only platform for any strong competitor.

“We’re proud to support Chad Reed as he embarks on this next chapter of his life story. And just as we were there to support the great riders that came before him, we look to stand beside and support Reed for a long time to come,” she added.

Reed has been buoyed by the progress he and his support network have made in a very short timeframe.

“I am absolutely proud of what we have achieved before even hitting the track,” Reed continued.

“I’m super excited to see Bel-Ray coming back into the sport and refocusing their goals and plans on racing at a top level.

“I’m really proud to have them on board and to have a better understanding of their brand and where their brand has come from, what their brand has been about, and to be a part of their re-launch at the top level of racing.”

Further details about TwoTwo Motorsports will be announced in the coming weeks.

Reed will be riding Honda's but will be privateer for 2011