Bill introduced to block motorcycle-only checkpoints

A federal lawmaker has introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from giving money to states and local jurisdictions for motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

On March 3, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the bill. The legislation, with original co-sponsors Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would prohibit the DOT “from providing grants or any funds to a state, county, town, or township, Indian tribe, municipal or other local government to be used for any program to check helmet usage or create checkpoints for a motorcycle driver or passenger.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is part of the Transportation Department, recently gave Georgia a $70,000 grant to conduct one or more roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints. New York state has operated a similar program using state funds. The AMA has been tracking this disturbing development of motorcycle-only checkpoints since it first appeared in New York several years ago.

Ducati Recalls Over 3,000 Multistrada Cycles for Fuel Tank Problems

2003-2009 Multistrada's are being recalled.

DUCATI IS RECALLING certain model year 2006 MULTISTRADA 620,  2003-2006, MULTISTRADA 1000, and 2007-2009, MULTISTRADA 1100 motorcycles because of a potential fuel leak that can occur at the fuel tank pump flange seal.  Should a leak occur, the motorcycle could catch fire, resulting in a fatal crash.  Dealers will replace the fuel pump O ring with an updated part free of charge.   Ducati has not yet provided an owner notification schedule to NHTSA, however owners can contact Ductati at 800-231-6696 or the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236.   RECALL NO. RCL-10-005

BMW Recalls F650GS

BMW is recalling a certain number (1,835) of F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000

BMW is recalling 1,835 F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thumbs Nose at Congress and Discriminates Against Motorcycles

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has learned from a source at the US Department of Transportation

Troopers in Georgia to set up "motorcycle only checkpoints"

that they have funded the motorcycle only roadside checkpoints.

NHTSA decided to fund the program despite being asked by Congress not to fund the program until the merits were explained. In a letter sent by James Sensenbrenner, along with ten other Members of the House of Representatives last month, Sensenbrenner and his colleagues specifically asked NHTSA to respond to the letter before funding the program, they did not. Read the letter here.

The recipient of the money for the demo project was the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which oversees the day-to-day operation of the Georgia State Patrol.  The Georgia State Patrol will conduct a series of roadside motorcycle safety checks in accordance with what was outlined in the Request for Applications.  The amount of NHTSA funding is $70,000.00.

“Not only is this an injustice to the motorcyclists of America its a complete waste of taxpayer money.” said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the MRF.

The MRF will keep you informed on this issue and any actions you can take to defend your freedoms, at stake in Washington.