Polaris Recalls Indian Kickstand 09-2011

Vehicle Make / Model: Indian / Indian      Model Year(s): 2009-2011

Manufacture: Indian Motorcycle Company

Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11v344000       NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Structure:Motorcycle Kickstand/Center Stand

Potential Number of Units Affected:699

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Indian Motorcycles for failing to confirm to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 123 “Motorcycle controls and displays.” The side stand may not fold rearward an upward if it contacts the ground when the motorcycle is moving forward.

Consequence:
If the stand does not fold rearward and upward while the motorcycle moves forward, the driver’s ability to control the motorcyle could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace the side stand free of charge. The safety recall is expected to being during August 2011. Owners may contact Indian at 651-408-7579

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

Maine Legislator Heats Up Motorcycle Noise Debate

Many motorcyclists in Maine may be still hibernating with temperatures dipping below freezing at night and  a chance of snow forecast for later in the week but that isn’t stopping Rep. Diane Russel from pushing her anti-motorcycle agenda in the State Senate.

Russell who admits her noise legislation is personal says motorcyclists who ride with modified exhaust are “stupid.”   She has introduced two bills aimed at increasing the fine for non-EPA approved exhaust to $999 for a third offense.

Russell told the media, “If they want to drive a motorcyle and make a lot of noise and if they get zinged for it and have to pay $500 bucks, that’s their problem and I don’t feel sorry for them–if they’re that stupid then they deserve to pay $500 bucks,” he said. “But why should the rest of Maine suffer because some cowboy wants to put a great big thing and drive like anything?”

Motorcycle rights group oppose the bill on several grounds, one of which is that the fines exceed those of “life threatening injuries.”

Eric Fuller of Jay, who chairs the Maine Motorcyclists Political Action Committee said, “While it may be nice to target certain actions or people we dislike, the judicial systems of this nation have held a system of equality for this country.”

Senator Russel says that a group of motorcycle riders momentarily disrupted a party at her house and that is what gave her the incentive to try to punish those with loud pipes.

“The reason I got involved with this: I was having a family get together at my house and I had grandchildren there and great grandchildren there. Four motorcycles came by–boom, boom, boom,” he told lawmakers. “All of us except one grabbed their ears. That’s common sense and common knowledge–except the six-month-old in the stroller. For some reason he wasn’t smart enough to do that. I’m asking you people here to protect us citizens of the state of Maine.”