All posts for the month February, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has notified NHTSA that it is recalling nearly 24,000 sportbikes and adventure-touring motorcycles due an overheating problem associated with the headlights.

The OEM is recalling:

  • 2009-13 model year YZF-R1s manufactured from October 2008 through August 2013 (roughly 19,000 units, according to Yamaha), and
  • 2012-13 model year XTZ12 Super Teneres (about 4,700 units) manufactured from October 2011 through August 2013.

YamaharecallNHTSA022014In affected units, “use of the headlight may generate enough heat to cause the bulb connections to expand, resulting in arcing in the headlight bulb socket,” NHTSA noted. This condition could cause the bulb to overheat, melt and cause the headlight to malfunction.

Yamaha is notifying owners; dealers are asked to replace the headlight socket, free of charge (see image). The NHTSA Recall Campaign No. is 14V044000.

Sena Releases Software Version 5.0

Sena Technologies keeps on keeping on with the innovations. Version 5.0 software adds a lot of features highlighted here. The update can be downloaded here . More information can be found here.

  • Universal Intercom – This feature allows a Sena headset to pair to another brand’s Bluetooth. The caveat is the other      headset thinks that the Sena is a phone not an intercom. So you cannot daisy chain a SMH10 into another brand’s intercom conference, but you can daisy chain another brand into a SMH10 conference. (See image below)
  • Advanced Noise Control – Improved wind and engine noise reduction.
  • Sidetone – Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom (or one of the old school phones that plugs into the wall) This can be disabled in the configuration menu for those who do not want it.
  • Ultra HD Voice Recording – This is the software patch so the SMH10 will work with the soon to be released GoPro backpack and  Sena Prism helmet cam.

Currently the update is available for the SMH10 only, however other products will receive a similar update next month.


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Thanks to you, we were able to keep the #1 spot in WI for the 4th straight year.

Gerbing has some great gear planned for 2014 so check back regularly or drop us a line and we’ll make sure you never have to ride cold again.

Thanks again for the support,


MECHANICSBURG, Ohio – Billy Standley loved his 1967 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide so much that he wanted to be buried on it.

Standley, who died Sunday at 82 of lung cancer, got his wish as he was scheduled to be laid to rest Friday in a special plexiglass casket containing him riding his bike.

“He was a quirky man,” his daughter Dorothy Brown told the Dayton Daily News. “But when it comes to us kids, he loved us, he raised us well and, of course, we wanted to help him.”

Standley bought three extra burial plots at the Fairview Cemetery in Mutual, next to his wife, Lorna, to accommodate the 9-by-11-foot cement septic tank able to accommodate his bike. His sons, Pete and Roy, fashioned the casket out of Plexiglas, reinforcing the bottom with wood and steel rods to handle the extra weight. For five years, it sat in Standley’s garage and “if you stopped by his house, he showed you his casket,” Roy Standley said.

“He was proud of it.”