All posts for the month July, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Transportation Safety Division today announced that Kawasaki is recalling certain 2008-2012 Concours 14 (ZG1400 A/B/C/D) motorcycles to fix a problem with the brake system.

The recall affects 13,289 units, according to the agency.

“Due to a gap between the brake pedal and guard, small stone or debris can become trapped, creating a brake drag. This can cause the rear brake to overheat, leading to rear brake damage and lock-up or failure of the rear brakes. The front brakes may also be affected on ZG1400C models,” the agency stated.

Kawasaki said it will notify owners. Dealers are asked to replace the rear master cylinder rod end and remove the brake guard (if installed), free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about July 30.

More information can be found on the NHTSA website.

Press Release:

Sena Bluetooth, July 11 2012
We are pleased to announce the release of its Dual Stream Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter, the SM10. The SM10 is a groundbreaking and first of its kind Bluetooth stereo audio adapter aftermarket product and is based on Bluetooth 2.1+EDR technology. Motorcycle riders are able to connect audio devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players with the SM10. It also supports onboard audio systems of specific brands by using optional audio cables. The dual streaming feature of SM10 allows both the rider and the passenger to listen to the same music or radio station, even wirelessly, at the same through Bluetooth headsets. The SM10 has an aux audio input that enables the rider to connect additional non-Bluetooth audio devices such as a radar/laser detector or a GPS navigator.

“Our most important job here at Sena is to listen to our customers and work to meet their needs,” said Tae Kim, President and CEO of Sena Technologies, Inc. “Our users have seen a similar technology application from a motorcycle manufacturer. Customers let us know they would be interested in a unit that lets both the rider and the passenger on a motorcycle have the same audio experience and we’re happy to say the SM10 provides this unique and amazing option.”

While the SM10 pairs best with Sena’s SMH10 or SMH5 Bluetooth headset/intercom, the SM10 may actually be paired with nearly any Bluetooth headset available. Sena’s SMH10 headset/intercom allows up to four riders or passenger to communicate on the road via intercom at the same time, and connects to one’s mobile phone, GPS, mp3 player all wirelessly. The SMH5 allows two riders or one rider and one passenger to communicate via intercom and does everything the SMH10 does, though provides a slightly shorter battery charge and talk time and has a shorter intercom talk distance.

As technology updates for the SM10 become available, users may download and install these firmware upgrades at no cost by using manager software based on Windows or Mac platforms.

The SM10 supports a two-year Warranty for peace of mind for all customers. The SM10 retails for $149 and is available immediately.

You can find more information about the Sena SM10 and other Sena Bluetooth products on our website.