Monster Recall from Ducati

DUCATI is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 MONSTER 1100 EVO motorcycles, manufactured from January 17, 2011, through January 24, 2012 and equipped with rear rims marked with code DU6-RR. Over time the spokes on the rear wheel rim may develop cracks which may lead to failure of the rear wheel rim, increasing the risk of a crash.  DUCATI will notify owners and dealers will replace the rear wheel rim free of charge.  Owners may contact DUCATI AT 1-800-231-6696

Wildfire Recalls Hybrid Bike/Car For ABS Warning Light Issue

 WILDFIRE IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 WF650-C MOTORCYCLES, MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 2008 THROUGH JANUARY 2009 FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 122, “MOTORCYCLE BRAKE SYSTEM.” AS BUILT, THESE MOTORCYCLES HAVE A SINGLE BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR WITH A SINGLE FILLER OPENING AND LACK THE REQUIRED RESERVOIR LABELING. WARNING LAMPS INDICATING BRAKE FAILURE ARE ALSO ABSENT.
Consequence:
  WITHOUT THE REQUIRED BRAKE RESERVOIR LABEL, OPERATORS MAY IMPROPERLY MAINTAIN THE BRAKE SYSTEM. WITH ONLY A SINGLE BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR FOR THE ENTIRE BRAKE SYSTEM AND NO BRAKE FAILURE INDICATOR LAMP, IN THE EVENT OF ANY BRAKE FLUID LEAK, THE ENTIRE BRAKE SYSTEM COULD FAIL WITHOUT WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.Remedy:
  WILDFIRE WILL CONTACT OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL CORRECT THE MOTORCYCLES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT WILDFIRE AT 740-283-6540.

Indian Announces 2012 Models and Pricing

When Polaris Industries bought the iconic Indian brand in April of this year it was wildly speculated that Polaris would introduce sweeping changes to the marquee.  At the dealer meeting the new models were unveiled and there were very few changes evident.  This wasn’t surprising to industry watchers.  It takes time to overhaul designs.  Major engine architecture modifications, if that’s the direction Polaris is going, won’t be seen for at least another year.

Gone is the Indian RoadMaster, and there’s no Indian Scout, despite internet rumors to the contrary.

Yet with only three new models, there is little doubt they’ve felt the strong hand of legendary Polaris engineering.  Behind the scenes in the areas of quality, fit and finish these 2012 models are sure to be vastly improved  across the board.

Pictures and More after the poll

Retail prices have remained somewhat constant from last year.  The Vintage Chief starts at $35,999 and tops out at $36,899.  The Indian Chief Classic retails at $26,499 and the Indian Chief Darkhorse is just shy of $28,000.

Additionally for the first model year under this new stewardship, the inaugural motorcycles will be numbered to 110 – signifying the years since the Indian Motorcycle brand was born. These numbered motorcycles will be highly collectible with badges and certificates authenticating the historical significance of the first production run of bikes under Polaris ownership.

 

 

 

 

How One Designer Envisions The Motorcycle of the Future

If form follows thought, or thought precedes all action, Matthew Law dreams the dreams of those living in the movie world of Tron.  His concept of what the future of motorcycles may very well turn out to be true, but the manufacturers of today still have a long way to go to get us there, especially the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.   Even with the V-Rod’s departure from the traditional lines of Milwaukee’s retro style, it’s going to take a big leap for HD to reach this design platform.  To see more of Law’s vision, click here .

Star Football Player Wrecks Bike, Out for Season

Marcus Benard, a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, has pled not guilty to two charges stemming from his October wreck of his Can-Am Spyder. Benard broke his hand and sustained other injuries in the wreck which has ended his 2011-2012 season.

A witness told police that Benard was traveling at “a high rate of speed” before he crossed four lanes of traffic and slammed into a guard rail, where police estimated Benard traveled over 200 feet in the air after impact.
The team has decided it will keep Benard, despite his contract violation which forbids him from sky diving and riding motorcycles. A pre-trial hearing has been set for Nov. 21, 2011.


Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks, and Prugh Design Announce “S.D.C.”

Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, and Prugh Design, all based in South Dakota, announced today they have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the design, manufacture, and badging of a custom trike tentatively scheduled to roll out at the American V-Twin Dealer Show in Indianapolis, February 2012. The new custom trike, the “S.D.C.” will showcase the design and manufacture prowess of the three companies.

Stated Ken Hines, President and CEO of Lehman Trikes, “Discussions about working together on a custom trike began last year, but schedules between all three companies have conflicted until recently. We are very excited about this new venture and anxious to get to the drawing board!”

Combining styling, design, manufacturing, and distribution, the three companies create the perfect team to bring a unique product to the trike industry.

Michael Prugh of Prugh Design, a full-service and innovative design company, has already collaborated with Lehman on designing the body styling on Lehman’s latest trikes: The CrossBow powered by the Victory Vision and the very successful Storm for the Kawasaki Vulcan 900. “We are really looking forward to working with Lehman and Klock Werks and bringing a forward-thinking, unique trike to fruition”, stated Michael.

Known worldwide for their innovative custom building and accessories for motorcycles, Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles said, “This exciting new partnership will emphasize our commitment to supplying new and exciting products to the motorcycle industry.  As the trike industry continues to rapidly expand, there are great opportunities for us to work together well into the future”.

Once unveiled in 2012, the custom trike will be manufactured by Lehman Trikes and distributed through Lehman Trikes dealer network.

For more information about Lehman Trikes and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.

Georgia Motorcyclists Can Use HOT Lanes Toll Free

Georgia’s State Road & Tollway Authority has started issuing the Peach Pass for use with the GA 400 tolls and the new HOT lanes on I-85.  The HOT lanes are replacing the HOV lanes on some interstates in Georgia starting with I-85, and will require a toll for their use by all vehicles except those which are exempt.  Fortunately, just as motorcycles are able to use the HOV lanes, they will be also permitted in the HOT lanes toll-free as exempt vehicles but you will need a Peach Pass device.

If you plan on using your motorcycle Peach Pass only for the HOT lanes and never for the GA 400 toll, you can contact the Peach Pass customer service center at 1-855-PCH-PASS (724-7277) and set up an exempt vehicle account free of charge, although they will require a credit card number to keep on file.  The first 30,000 Peach Pass devices are being sent out free of charge to account holders and as of this printing they still had plenty of free ones left.  If you plan to use both the GA 400 toll lanes and the HOT lanes while on your motorcycle, you will need to set up the account online with a $20.00 initial deposit – motorcyclists still have to pay the GA 400 toll like everyone else.

You can find more information online at www.peachpass.com.


Celebrating 110 Years With Indian Motorcycle Company at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Indian Motorcycle’s entire 2012 lineup will be displayed in Sturgis for the 71st annual motorcycle rally.  Indian Motorcycle accessories will also be on display with apparel for purchase. The show truck is located on the corner of 4th and Lazelle Streets in downtown Sturgis

In addition to the events display, Indian Motorcycle is inviting all 1901- 2011 Indian owners to park their motorcycles by the Indian Motorcycle Display to celebrate the 110 years of the company and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Indian motorcycle owners.  Indian Motorcycle Company is proud to sponsor a breakfast and self-guided ride to the Sturgis half-mile flat track races for all Indian Motorcycle Owners. The ride will start with breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1319 Junction Ave, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785 between 9:30am- 10:30am. The ride will leave from downtown Sturgis wind through scenic Spearfish Canyon, ending at the 1/2mile Flat Track Races in Sturgis. Please join us for a fun day of riding and racing. For more information the flat track races visit www.jackpinegypsies.com

 Indian motorcycle is the featured brand at the Knuckle Saloon, located at 931 1st Street in Sturgis . Friday August 12th, starting at 6pm is an Indian gathering. This is open to the public, and we invite Indian Motorcycle owners to show off rides and share some stories.

For more information on the Indian Motorcycle event schedule, dealership locations and openings, the motorcycles, accessories, apparel and gifts visit www.indianmotorcycle.com

 About Polaris

With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® for recreational and utility use, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric powered vehicles.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the power sports industry, among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and ORVs.  The Company has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with Victory motorcycles and the acquisition of the Indian motorcycle brand. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the Global on-road low speed vehicle industry with internally developed vehicles and the acquisition of Global Electric Motorcars (GEM).  Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polarisindustries.com

Polaris Recalls Kingpin & Jackpot Backrest

Vehicle Make/ Model: Victory / Jackpot

Victory / Kingpin

Model Year(s): 2006-2011
2004-2011

Manufacture: Equipment

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,688

Summery:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 Victory Kingpin Motorcycles and model year 2006-2011 Victory Motorcycle manufactured from Jan. 1, 2004, through May 1, 2011, equipped with accessory seats, part numbers 2876641-01 seat, KIngpin Touring, double backrest and part number 2875961-01, Jackpot Touring w/backrest. The backrest support can seperate from the motorcycle while in use.

Consequences:
The passenger can be injured or fall from the motorcycle should this occur.

Remedy:
Victory will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected seats free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before August 30, 2011

Notes:
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  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

Yamaha Recalls 2011 FJR1300 Brake Switch

 

Vehicle Make / Model: Yamaha / FJR1300      Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacture: Yamaha Motor Corp., USA           Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V340000      NHTSA Action Nmber: N/A

Component: Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights:Switch

Potential Number of Units Affected:260

Summary:
Yamaha is recalling certain model year 201 FJR1300 motorcycles manufacuted from Jan. 2011 through April 2011. The brake light may not illuminate when the front brake lever is applied because the activating mechanism in the front brake switch can bind.

Consequence:
When th motorcycle operator applies only the brake, the brake light may not come on to alert other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Yamaha dealers will install a new front brake switch free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2011. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926

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