Harley and BMW Owners Say Their Brands Are Less Reliable, but More Satisfying

moto mechanicConsumer Reports magazine has conducted their first ever motorcycle reliability survey and they say that a quarter of all Harley-Davidson owners reported experiencing a major problem with their motorcycle in the previous four years.  BMW owners reported their motorcycles are even less reliable, with 33% of owners reporting problems in the previous four years.  Japanese import owners reported fewer problems,.(10% or less)

The full report will be released tomorrow, March 28th.  In the advance release of the report, no mention was made of responses from Triumph, Ducati,  Victory or Indian owners.

Interestingly despite the higher percentage of owners reporting problems with their motorcycles,  BMW and HD owners reported being the most satisfied with their motorcycles.  An overwhelming number of Harley-Davidson owners, 75% told interviewers they would buy their bike again.   BMW and Honda owners also reaffirmed their purchase at 74 and 72 percent respectively.

“Reliability is one of many factors consumers might consider when purchasing a motorcycle. However, other factors like sculpted lines and rumbling engines also strike the right note among motorcyclists,” said Rik Paul, Auto Editor, Consumer Reports.

Among the bikes that needed repairs, survey respondents reporting having the most trouble with accessories, such as lights, instruments, switches, and radios (21%), brakes (20%), the electrical system (16%), and the fuel system (15%). Fortunately, most repairs were fairly inexpensive. Three quarters cost less than $200 out-of-pocket.

What about you?  Are you happy with your bike?  Take our poll below and tell us!

No More Rainsuits? Introducing the Rainrunner

rooffortwo-01A South Asian company, Roof For Two, has developed a novel approach to that pesky problem of sudden downpours ruining an otherwise enjoyable motorcycle commute.  Introducing the Rain Runner.  A portable, fold-flat, quick deploying, rain cover for a motorcycle. You’ll still need something covering your lower legs, but watching the video, it seems to be a functional alternative to those hard to struggle into rain suits. Not to mention the aggravation of summer showers where you suit up, ride through the rain for 20 miles and have the pop out for the next 30 miles turning your rainsuit into a sauna.

The prototype has been in the works for over a year while the company applied for the patents.  It’s a neat concept, but we gotta say it amps up the dorky factor by 10, so we doubt it will get much play here in the US.

But we’re not the target market. In the Asian market, motorcycles are more utility vehicles versus recreational and function is far more important than how cool you look.

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The Reactor Wheel

ReactorCharleston, SC- WanaRyd Motorcycle is pleased to announce The Reactor is now available in chrome. It’s a unique 6-spoke directional 3D wheel that’s part of their Stark-Line Series…a premium line of 3D forged one-piece billet wheels. The Stark-Line Series Reactor wheel is a sensational 3D cut 6-spoke wheel…Designed for those that want a clean yet crazy look.

All Stark-Line Series wheels come with a lifetime structural warranty to safeguard riders against some of nature’s toughest forces that could potentially damage wheels.

The Stark-Line Series currently offers 6 different wheel designs as well as matching rotors in 3 different styles and sizes and matching pulleys (including Cush drives which most other wheel companies don’t offer) and are available for all 1984-Present Harley-Davidson models, many Victory models as well as other metric cruisers. All Stark-Line Series wheel designs are also available in the proprietary Starkline finish as well as black powdercoat. For those interested in obtaining more information on WanaRyd Motorcycle, you can reach them at 888-926-2793, email them at sales@wanaryd.com or check them out online at www.WanaRyd.com.

Customized Donkey

customized donkeyNow we know when you’re jonesing for your motorcycle fix you’ll do just about anything to get it, but we think this might be taking the art of customizing donkey’s a little too far.  Sure, you probably won’t see another one like it at your local bike night but if this is your only resource, maybe you should be willing to blend in with the crowd for the time being.  At least until you can afford a custom paint job on a real honest to goodness motorcycle.

We’re not sure what the exhaust came from, but it looks a little like an old Norton or Triumph thumper.

What do you think?  Give us your opinion in the comment section below.

 

 

BMW Recalls S 1000 Models

BMW 1000RR BMW is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured September 2011, through December 2012. Due to a manufacturing fault, the side-stand attachment bolts could start to loosen. The loosening of the side-stand bolts could cause the stand to separate from the frame of the motorcycle.   A separation of the side-stand could cause the motorcycle to fall, causing a risk of injury.BMW will notify owners, and dealers will clean the sidestand mounting plate threads and replace the side-stand mounting plate bolts, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin in January 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.


DEAL OF THE DAY! Saddlebag Cooler Set

Take the bar with you!

Perfect for those riders who enjoy a cold one at their destination.  While we don’t promote drinking and riding, this 10-piece motorcycle cooler set features trunk bag with built-in bottle opener, removable insulated cooler bag insert for trunk bag, barrel bag, two 14oz stainless steel tumblers, two 18oz stainless steel flasks, two stainless steel shot glasses, and corkscrew. Trunk bag measures 24″ x 16″ x 10 1/2″. Barrel bag attaches to the top of the cooler for traveling.  Always drink responsibly.  Click the image to order.   ONLY 10 available.  OFFER ENDS 12/11/12.  WILL SHIP IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Ed Church, He Got It Back

Everyone has a story about the one that got away.  A high school sweetheart, a job, a house, a trophy buck, something.  But Ed Church’s story is different.  His is about a motorcycle.  His first motorcycle.

Church said the bike was a big influence on him as a sophomore in high school.  ”the whole right of passage as a young man was trying to start one” said Church.

“It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw,” said Church, who rode the bike for 13 years and sold it when his daughter was born.

Church said when he started looking around for a bike from the same year as his first bike he had no idea he’d stumble upon the bike…his bike and just when he found it, it almost slipped through his fingers again.

Watch the video to hear the story in his words.

 

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

NYPD Loses Seven Motorcycles Seized As Evidence

New York NY:  You can seize them, but you can’t always keep them.  That is, if you’re the NYPD.

In July, the department seized 60 high end motorcycles as evidence in a motorcycle and gun trafficking ring.  in late August,  7 of those motorcycle were then stolen from a Bronx NYPD parking lot.  The clueless cops said the lot was fenced, but not locked and the bikes were stored in a box van with their batteries removed, and the wheels locked to make them harder to steal.

More at the Gothamist

“American Dresser” Modern Day Film About Motorcycle Trip

Long Island, NY July 9, 2012 - Go With The Flo Films has just signed Stephen Lang to play the role of John Moore in the upcoming film “American Dresser” to begin shooting in Long Island, NY this September. Written, produced and directed by Long Island native Carmine Cangialosi, ”American Dresser”is a modern day western where old friends John Moore and Charlie Wildhorse are brought together by unfortunate circumstances that turn into an opportunity for both to fulfill a life long dream of riding their motorcycles across country, out West from New York. On the open road, the ride takes an unexpected turn in the form of a young loner named Willie. After some problems, the three men from two different generations slowly begin to understand one another, while learning something about themselves as they cross the diverse country. The adventures they encounter along the way will last a lifetime, making the heart pump and the imagination run wild.

 The motorcycles in the film will be from 20th Century Cycles of the famed collector, singer, producer, pianist and one of Long Island’s greatest exports, Billy Joel who is a consulting producer on the film.

Stephen Lang, best known for his roles in Avatar, Tombstone, Conan The Barbarian, The Men Who Stare at Goats andGettysburg will play the role of John Moore. He is your average everyday husband, father, and provider for his family.  If it were up to him, he wouldn’t have changed a thing.  But unfortunately, you don’t always get the opportunity to choose the road we must travel.

Carmine Cangialosi was quoted by Newsday as the “Cecil B. Demille of Long Island Film Making.” His first film “The Beach House”won the Audience Choice Award at the Stony Brook Film Festival selling out a 400-seat theatre in one day.Debbie Markowitz, President of the Long Island International Film Expo acknowledged Carmine at the Award Ceremony for his diverse originality for his 2 films,“Take It Easy Bob” (short-thriller), and “The Beach House” (full length comedy).

Carmine also volunteers his time with film students at Five Towns College, has appeared on News 12, The Indie Film Channel, and Hamptons News Channel.  He has been featured on E! and IFC, WBAB, 98.5 The Bone, Stony Brook and Nassau County college local radio stations and mentioned in such papers as The New York Post, Newsday, Dan’s Papers and Great South Bay Magazine. 

 Please stay tuned for more information on American Dresser and visit here:   http://www.americandresser.com/