Honda Recalls Rear Brake Reservoir For ST1300

Vehicle Make / Model: Honda / ST1300

Honda / ST1300A
Honda / ST1300PA

Model Year(s): 2008-2010
2008-2010
2009

Manufacture: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Mfr’s Report Date: July 11, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V356000        NHTSA Action Number:N/A

Component: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Component:Hoses,Lines/Piping, and Fittings

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,232

Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 ST1300 motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2007, through may 27, 2010, model year 2008 through 2010 ST1300A motorcycles manufactured from Nov.7, 2007, through April 6, 2010, and model year 2009 ST1300A Police motorcycles, manufactured from Nov. 18, 2008, through Dec. 8, 2009. When the rear suspension of the motorcycle is repeatedly bottomed out (fully compressed) the rear brake reservoir hose mat become damaged and leak fluid.

Consequence:
The rider will experience a loss of rear brake performance or function which increases the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealer will replace the rear brake reservior hose free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before July 26, 2011. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009

Notes:

Honda safety recall NO. R86. 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

American Motorcyclist Association Raises Questions About New Federal Transportation Bill

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is asking some pointed questions related to motorcycling priorities following a news conference by a powerful U.S. House committee chairman.

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, held a news conference on July 7 to roll out some of the priorities that he intends to include in his forthcoming proposed national transportation bill. If it is introduced, approved by the full Congress and signed into law by the president, the bill would guide federal transportation spending for the next six years.

Mica’s proposal would spend only $230 billion, far less than the $566 billion sought by President Obama’s administration.

In a letter to Mica dated July 11, AMA Washington Representative Rick Podliska outlined the AMA’s position on a variety of issues crucial to motorcyclists and asked several questions in light of the proposed spending cuts.

For example, Podliska asked whether Mica’s proposal would: bar states from using federal funds for motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints; continue to prohibit lobbying at the state level by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); continue to designate funds for motorcycle rider education and awareness programs; and continue the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) which uses a modest amount of the revenue collected from fuel taxes paid by off-highway riders to help pay for state trail projects.

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman has previously stated that abolishing the RTP program would effectively create a tax increase on off-highway riders (OHV) because the RTP funds would no longer be designated for a program that benefits motorized users.

Podliska also noted that Mica, during his news conference, discussed “performance measures” as a way to improve state highway safety efforts. Podliska asked whether performance measures would be applied to states with high motorcycle crash rates so that those states would be required to spend more federal funding to reduce the number of crashes.

In addition, Podliska wrote that Mica appeared to be pushing for more public-private partnerships. Podliska asked whether Mica’s proposals would, for example, require private companies operating public roads to continue to allow motorcycles to use those roads.

To read the letter, click here:http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_Federal/7_11_11_Chairman_Mica_MC_Priorities_Letter.sflb.ashx?download=true

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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

 

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

Honda Recalls Bank Angle Sensors

Vehicle Make / Model:      Honda / VT750                                                                          Model Year(s):  2010-2011

Manufacture: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)                                                        Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 01, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V310000                                                                        NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Electrical System

Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,020

Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 VT705 Motorcycles produced from June 25, 2009, to March 28, 2011, the bank of angle sensor may be incorrectly manfactured created the possibility of an erroneous reading which could cause the engine to stall.

Consequence:
An engine stall, while the motorcycle is being operated, may increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Honda will replace the affected bank angle sensors, the recall is estimated to begin on June 20, 2011. Owners may contact Honda Motorcycle Customer Service at 1-866-784-1870.

Notes:
Honda’s Safety Recall No. R80 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

Lawmakers Back Ban on Funding for Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints, Want Focus on Motorcycle Crash Prevention

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Federal lawmakers have sent a bipartisan letter to the leadership of a key U.S. House committee to urge support for a bill that prohibits federal funding for motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA) reports.

The lawmakers are also urging support for a measure to retain a ban on lobbying at the state level by a federal traffic safety agency.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and his colleagues sent the letter on May 25 to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as to the panel’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

The letter asks the panels to include H.R. 904 and H.Res. 239 in the surface transportation reauthorization bill now being considered by Congress.

H.R. 904 would prohibit the U.S. Transportation secretary from providing grants or any funds to a state or local government to be used for programs to check helmet usage or to create motorcycle-only checkpoints.

H.Res. 239 would support efforts to retain a ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) ability to lobbystate legislators using federal tax dollars and urges the agency to focus on motorcycle crash prevention and rider education and training.

“These important pieces of legislation would ensure that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and NHTSA focus on proven methods of motorcycle safety,” the letter said. “NHTSA’s Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration Program has not proven to be an effective use of taxpayer dollars.

“Through this program, the state of Georgia was provided a $70,000 grant to create motorcycle-only checkpoints to inspect rider compliance with DOT-compliant helmet regulations,” the letter said. “The checkpoints are not a proven method of ensuring motorcyclist safety, and have certainly not been an effective use of limited federal taxpayer dollars.

“We take motorcycle safety seriously and want NHTSA to focus its safety efforts on proven lifesaving methods,” the letter said. “Including H.R. 904 and H.Res. 239 in the surface transportation reauthorization bill would set the record straight, that the House of Representatives supports rider education, driver awareness, training and proper licensing as the best methods of preventing motorcycle crashes, not mandatory federal helmet laws.”

In addition to Sensenbrenner, others who signed the letter include Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.),Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Mike Ross (D-Ark.)

To see the letter, go to:www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_Federal/5_25_2011_Sensenbrenner_TransportationComm.sflb.ashx?download=true

Zero Motorcycles Recall Brake Foundation Components

Vehicle Make / Model: Zero / Zero DS
Zero / Zero S

Manufacturer: Zero Motorcycles Inc.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V282000

Component: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components:Disc:Pads

Potential Number of Units Affected: 160

Summary:
Zero Motorcycle is recalling certain model year 2009 Zero Motorcycles built from Sept. 2, 2009 through Dec. 22, 2009; Model Year 2009 Zero DS Motorcycles built from July 27,2010 through Dec. 28, 2009; Model Year 2010 Zero Motorcycles built from Feb. 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011; and model year 2010 Zero DS Motorcycles built from Jan. 20, 2010 through March 31, 2011. The front brake caliper bracket may experience permanent deformation when subjected to high braking loads; the condition could induce misalignment of the front brake pads with respect to the front brake rotor.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace the front brake caliper bracket with a re-designed component, and replace the front brake pads in case the existing pads experienced abnormal wear. The front brake fluid will also be inspected and, if signs of overheating are noted, it will be replaced and the system will be flushed. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Zero Motorcycles at 1-888-786-9376 EXT 45

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

Triumph Recalls Mudguard Bolts

Vehicle Make/ Model : Triumph/ ThunderBird                                         Model Year(s): 2010

Manufacture: Triumph Motorcycles America LTD                                  Mfr’s Report Date: May 09, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V277000                                               NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component:  Equipment

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,955

Summary:
Triumph is recalling certain model year 2010 ThunderBird and ThunderBird ABS motorcycle manufactured from Sept. 2009 through August 2010. These motorcycles were built with an incompatible thread locker/screw combination at the front fender mounting.

Consequence:
The screws may work loose and the screww heads can contact the side of the front tire, leading to tire deflation, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will install new screws, free of charge. The manufactuer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Triumph Customer Service Department at 1-678-539-8782

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4263 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV