Yamaha Recalls FJR1300 Electrical Wiring System

Vehicle Make /Model:  Yamaha/FJR1300                                                              Model Year(s): 2006-2009

Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA                                                 Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

Component: Electrical System: Wiring

Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,850

Summary:
Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 FJR1300 motorcycles manufactured from Feb. 2006, through March 2009. The ground joint connector of the wire harness could overheat and become deformed, possibly causing an intermittent ground wire connection. If the electrical system is not properly grounded, the ignition system and/ or other electrical components could malfunction, which could cause the engine to stall.

Consequences:
If the motorcycle stalls while being ridden, there could be a crash resulting in injury or death.

Remedy:
Yamaha dealer will install an additional wire sub-lead or, if ground joint connector has already been damaged from overheating, dealer will install a new main wire harness. This service will be performed 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 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

Kawasaki Recalls Tire Tubes

Vehicle Make/Model: Kawasaki/VN900D                                                            Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacture: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.                                                      Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 02, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V313000                                                          NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Tires:Tube

Potential Number of Units Affected: 436

Summary:
Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011 VN900D, Vulcan Classic LT, Motorcycles. The tire inner tubes have been pinched during the mounting of the tires. Damage to the inner tubes could result in loss of air pressure.

Consequence:
Loss of the air pressure could result in a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace any damaged tubes free of charge , The Safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Kawasaki Consumer Services Department at 1-866-802-9381

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

Maine Adopts Practical Test for Measuring Motorcycle Sound

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Maine has adopted a simple yet reliable testing procedure that allows motorcyclists to prove their bikes don’t violate Maine’s motor vehicle sound law, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

Under a new law that went into effect on May 26, motorcyclists ticketed for excessive sound emitting from their motorcycle exhausts can go to a certified inspection station for sound testing.

There, the exhaust system would be tested using the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2825 stationary sound testing procedure — “Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles” — which the SAE developed and adopted with support from the Motorcycle Industry Council in May 2009.

Under the SAE J2825 standard, which the AMA has endorsed, decibel limits range from 92 dBA at idle for all motorcycles, to 100 dBA at certain RPMs for various motorcycles, depending on the type of engine. If a motorcycle meets these limits during the certified testing, then it is evidence that the motorcycle doesn’t violate the state’s sound law.

“This new law is good news for responsible motorcyclists who ride in Maine because it provides an objective way to prove that a motorcycle doesn’t violate the state’s sound law, rather than relying on subjective judgments,” said Imre Szauter, AMA government affairs manager. “We applaud the state of Maine — the first in the nation — for adopting the SAE J2825 standard.”

The AMA has long maintained a position of strong opposition to excessive motorcycle sound. The SAE J2825 standard is at the heart of model legislation developed by the AMA for use by jurisdictions seeking a simple, consistent and economical way to deal with sound complaints related to on-highway motorcycles within the larger context of excessive sound from all sources.

For information on the AMA’s model legislation, go tohttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_Other/Model_On_Highway_Sound_Ordinance-1.sflb.ashx

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To see the AMA’s position on excessive motorcycle sound, seehttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/PositionStatements/ExcessiveMotorcycleSound.aspx

KTM Recalls Steering Components

Vehicle Make/Model:                                                                     Model Year(s):
Husaberg/ FE 570S                                                                      2011
Husaberg/ FS 570                                                                         2011
KTM/ 450 EXC                                                                                2011
KTM/ 530 EXC                                                                                2011
KTM/ 690 Enduro R                                                                     2010-11
Manufacturer: KTM North America, Inc                                     Mfr’s Report Date: May 10, 2011
NHTSA Camaign ID Number: 11V300000                                NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: Steering: Wheel and Handlebar
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,228
Summary: KTM is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 motorcycles manufactured from November 2009 through November 23, 2010. Due to improper hear treatment, the handlebar clamps develop cracks, allowing the handlebar to move from its set position.
Remedy: Authorized KTM dealers will replace the defective clamps for free of charge. The Safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090 for assistance.
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Administrative Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9253),  or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

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 .


instaVIN™ Motorcycle History Reports Now Available through CycleTrader.com

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–instaVIN™ (https://www.instavin.com) is now offering for a limited time instaVIN Vehicle History and Title Reports for motorcycles to in-market consumers and motorcycle retailers via CycleTrader.com, a Dominion Enterprises company. CycleTrader is the leading classified marketplace for motorcycles with more than 150,000 dealer and private seller listings.

“CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience”

instaVIN reports provide DMV title, salvage, insurance, total loss and other critical information to help identify title problems prior to purchase. This can help uncover potential buyer or seller fraud or expose other “worst of the worst” events that can affect a motorcycle’s safety and value. Vehicle details decoded from the vehicle identification number (VIN) such as year, make and model enable users to confirm the vehicle is properly represented.

Links to instaVIN reports are available on CycleTrader.com’s ad listings and resource pages as well as other locations on the CycleTrader.com site for a limited time. “CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience,” said Jim Irish, CEO of instaVIN. “This unique user interface provides a remarkably simple order process and ensures the proper vehicle is represented to the buyer. Users can purchase a report by entering a VIN number, then get the report instantly. They can also pre-purchase and return to www.instavin.com later when they have their VIN number available.”

When shopping for their next motorcycle during the limited time offer, buyers can purchase a single report for just $6.99. If they are looking at multiple bikes, they can select the 5 for $24.99 option, saving nearly 30%. Motorcycle dealers and private sellers can build buyer confidence by ensuring that the motorcycle they are selling is free of hidden problems. Sellers can share the instaVIN report with potential buyers by linking to the report on their CycleTrader.com ad listing.

InstaVIN reports contain information and data from private sources and through a partnership with the Department of Justice and AAMVA who administer the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). NMVTIS is the only vehicle history database in which all states, insurance carriers and junk salvage yards are required by federal law to report their data.

In addition to the insurance total loss and salvage auction information, instaVIN reports provide all state DMV title brand indicators such as salvage, odometer, rollback, rental vehicle, police use and flood, as well as title history, odometer history, vehicle specifications and accident information where available. Understanding a vehicle’s history is a critical step in any motorcycle purchase whether you are a dealer at auction or a consumer buying a used bike. Over 100 key data indicators are checked on every report. Visithttps://www.instavin.com/ct.php.

About instaVIN™

instaVIN™ provides vehicle history reports with critical data including real-time Government Title and Brand information and Junk/Salvage/Insurance Total Loss records. instaVIN reports include the most comprehensive, up-to-date data, all at a fraction of the cost of competitive reports such as CARFAX® and AutoCheck®. instaVIN offers reports on passenger cars and light trucks, modern and vintage motorcycles, RVs, buses, classic cars and heavy trucks. instaVIN has other products available at www.instavin.com such as a complete Bill of Sale Document service to protect you when buying or selling a vehicle between private parties. Also available is the Vehicle Valuator, a free tool that provides the average local retail asking price for similar vehicles in your area. Please see https://www.instavin.com.

instaVIN is a dba of MobileTrac, LLC, a San Diego, CA based company.

About CycleTrader.com

Cycle Trader, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the leading powersports marketplace connecting buyers and sellers to new and used motorcycles, ATVs, PWCs, and snowmobiles. With more than 150,000 vehicles available, Cycle Trader offers the widest selection of powersports vehicles online. Visit http://www.CycleTrader.com.

About Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visithttp://www.dominionenterprises.com.

 

Allstate Wants Drivers to See Yellow, Then “LOOK” for Motorcyclists on the Road

Insurer places caution signs in 25 U.S. cities to remind drivers to LOOK for riders, help save lives

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Twenty-five cities are getting new traffic signs designed to bring awareness to motorcyclists on the road, thanks to Allstate. The insurer will place cautionary signs at intersections in 25 major metropolitan areas to prompt drivers to look out for riders at intersections. An average of three motorcyclists are killed every day at intersections in the United States, and crash data reveals that motorcycle crashes happen more often in intersections than elsewhere, relative to the amount of time riders spend in them.

The caution signs, which are yellow and diamond-shaped, feature a motorcycle silhouette and are inscribed with the word “LOOK” to encourage motorists to look for motorcycles before crossing an intersection. The signs, part of Allstate’s “Once is Never Enough” (ONE) program, are designed to increase awareness of motorcycle collisions with motorists at intersections and to help remind drivers and riders alike that looking once at intersections is never enough.

“In the time it takes to blink an eye, a life could be saved,” said Keith Rutman, vice president of Allstate’s consumer household unit. “Taking one extra second at an intersection to look left, right – and left again – for motorcyclists can help make our roads safer.”

Allstate encourages both drivers and riders to be conscious that they share the road with each other, and offers the following tips for motorcyclists and motorists to keep in mind next time they hit the road:

Tips for Motorists

  • Look left, right – and left again – for motorcyclists. Also, be aware that because of a motorcycle’s small size, a bike can easily hide in a car’s blind spot.
  • Be cautious when going through intersections. Almost one-third of motorcycle accidents happen here.
  • Allow for greater following distance. Did you know most motorcyclists do not activate their brake light when slowing down? They slow down by downshifting.
  • Don’t assume motorcyclists are speeding. Due to their small size, motorcycles may seem to be moving faster and appear farther away than they really are.
  • Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane. This helps them be seen more easily by motorists. They also tend to avoid the center of the lane because of liquids that leak from car engines, transmissions and radiators.

Tips for Motorcyclists

  • Be cautious when going through intersections. Almost one-third of motorcycle crashes happen here.
  • Be visible when you ride. Avoid blind spots, wear bright-colored, protective clothing, activate turn signals early and always use your headlights.
  • Flash your brake lights when slowing down. This helps others on the road know your intentions.
  • Remember to give yourself space between you and the car in front of you. You’ll have more time to react to other motorists’ actions.
  • Ride within your limits. If you’re a new rider, consider taking a training course. Rush hour is not the time to learn how to maneuver your motorcycle. All riders should avoid extreme temperatures and inclement weather.

The ONE program sign installations will be taking place in the following cities:

  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Washington, D.C.

For more information regarding motorcycle safety and awareness, visit Allstate.com

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Motorcycles Could Get OK To Go Through Red Lights

SPRINGFIELD — Motorcycle riders could go straight on red under a proposal rumbling through the General Assembly.

In action Wednesday, the Illinois Senate voted 43-12 in favor of allowing the driver of a motorcycle to proceed through a red light which fails to turn green within a “reasonable period of time.”

Motorcycle rights groups say motorcycle riders can sometimes get stuck at a red light for several light cycles because the lighter weight of the two-wheel vehicles won’t trigger sensors that cause stoplights to change at some intersections.

A number of senators who ride motorcycles said getting stuck at red lights equipped with the sensors is not uncommon.

“I ride a motorcycle, so I have been there before,” said state Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, who sponsored the legislation.

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Ducati Recalls Steering Component

Vehicle Make/ Model: Ducati  / Diavel                                                                                                      Model Year(s): 2011
Ducati / MTS 1200                                                                                                                                                                             2010-2011

Manufacturer: Ducati North America                                                                                                        Mfr’s Report Date: APR 21, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V253000                                                                                             NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Steering

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,051

Summery:
Ducati is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Multistrada 1200, and model year 2011, Diavel Motorcycles, the electronic steering lock may fail to disengage during the motorcycle “key-on” process. This has been linked directly to a certain revision of the hands free device software. It could result in a situation where the motorcycle’s engine might start while the steering lock is still engaged.  A rider could start the motorcycle and attempy to ride away while steering is still locked.

Consequence:
The rider could experience the inability to steer increasing the risk of low speed tip-over or collision, thus increasing the potential for injury to the rider.

Remedy:
The dealer will update the software of the hands free control unit free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696

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 SaferCar.gov

Ducati Recalls Diavel

DUCATI is recalling 1,015 model year  2010-2011 Mulstistrada 1200 and Diavel motorcycles.  The electronic steering lock may fail to disengage during the motorcycle “key on” process using the keyless FOB device.  This has been linked directly to a certain revision of the hands free device (FOB) software.  It could result in a situation where the motorcycle engine might start while the steering lock is still engaged allowing a rider to engage the bike and ride while the steering is still locked, resulting in a crash and serious or fatal injuries.

THE DEALER WILL UPDATE THE SOFTWARE OF THE HANDS FREE CONTROL UNIT FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DUCATI AT 1-800-231-6696.