Suzuki is recalling 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles for ABS Problems

GSX1300RA_Left_AJNSuzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2013, through April 26, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected ABS units, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2013. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-255-2550. Suzuki’s campaign number for this recall is WN. 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 www.safercar.gov.

The Reactor Wheel

ReactorCharleston, SC- WanaRyd Motorcycle is pleased to announce The Reactor is now available in chrome. It’s a unique 6-spoke directional 3D wheel that’s part of their Stark-Line Series…a premium line of 3D forged one-piece billet wheels. The Stark-Line Series Reactor wheel is a sensational 3D cut 6-spoke wheel…Designed for those that want a clean yet crazy look.

All Stark-Line Series wheels come with a lifetime structural warranty to safeguard riders against some of nature’s toughest forces that could potentially damage wheels.

The Stark-Line Series currently offers 6 different wheel designs as well as matching rotors in 3 different styles and sizes and matching pulleys (including Cush drives which most other wheel companies don’t offer) and are available for all 1984-Present Harley-Davidson models, many Victory models as well as other metric cruisers. All Stark-Line Series wheel designs are also available in the proprietary Starkline finish as well as black powdercoat. For those interested in obtaining more information on WanaRyd Motorcycle, you can reach them at 888-926-2793, email them at sales@wanaryd.com or check them out online at www.WanaRyd.com.

BMW RECALLS K1200 MODELS FOR BRAKE ISSUE

2007-2008 BMW K series sport models, R, R- Sport, and S are being recalled to fix a potential foaming issue with the front brake reservoir.

BMW is recalling 2,062 K1200 sport motorcycles for an issue with the front brake fluid reservoir.  According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Department, BMW says model year 2007-2008 K1200S, K1200R and K1200R Sport models need to be retrofitted with a screen insert in the front brake fluid reservoir to prevent the fluid from foaming under certain riding conditions.   BMW safety experts say that if the brake fluid foams, there will be reduced brake capability at the front wheel which could result in a crash.  he front brake fluid reservoir will be retrofitted with a screen insert, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during November 2012. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

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

A Two-Wheeled Tribute to the Space Shuttle

On Friday, the Space Shuttle will lift off from Cape Canaveral for the last time. This launch marks the end of a 30-year space shuttle program era. The Shuttle program wasn’t just a bridge between earth and space, but the most ambitious engineering project the world has ever seen. The bravery of the astronauts that flew it, the ingenuity of the scientists that designed it and the diligence of the engineers who built it has inspired a generation of dreamers and game-changers across the world.

From one game-changer to another, ApriliaUSA , known for its advancements in two-wheel technology, invites you to share in our tribute to America’s Space Shuttle Program and last flight. Please check out the video tribute, released today from Aprilia USA.

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 .


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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Michael Lichter at Work

Lee Wimmer (left) with Michael Lichter getting ready to photograph his bike for a future feature in Easyrider Magazine

Custom motorcycle builders know one thing, Michael Lichter is a photographic wizard. And with over three decades in the industry and lifestyle, Easyrider photographer Michael Lichter has become almost as famous as the bikes he photographs.

Quiet and unassuming, Lichter goes about his work out of the spotlight. The same spotlight he deftly shines upon the two wheel lifestyle, capturing the essence and spirit of the “american biker.”

This January in Charlotte, Lichter set up his studio, as he does at all the Easyrider Bike Show stops to photograph bikes that will eventually find their way onto the pages of Easyrider magazine. This video shows just a fraction of the time and care Lichter and his staff take to get the bike into position to begin the photo shoot.

You’ll notice that no detail is overlooked as an assistant cleans both tires before backing the bike into place.


Front wheel drive, rear wheel steering motorcycle?

Why?  Because it could be done!  Click the image for the full story.

photo from Motorcycle USA courtesy of AMD