Publish Date:
Apr 15, 2015

EAST TROY, Wis. – Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has ceased operations and gone into receivership, and is seeking state protection similar to bankruptcy, according to a published report.
“The turn we recently took, after we thought we were moving forward, was unexpected. We thought we had secured funding, but in the end, we were not able to get the funding in place. Therefore we need to do the best we can under the circumstances for all parties in interest,” Buell said in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

EBR was a follow-on to Buell Motorcycle Co., which was owned by Harley-Davidson Inc. for more than a decade before Harley dropped the brand in 2009.

The company is closed for now, Buell said, and is seeking protection under a state statute which is similar to federal bankruptcy law. Attorney Michael S. Polsky will be the court appointed receiver at the company’s request. Bids will be solicited for the company as part of the Chapter 128 process, with the winning bid to be determined by the court.

EBR started by producing hand-built $40,000 and was adding the mass-production 1190RS superbike with a price tag closer to $19,000.

Buell invested his own money into the new venture, the in July 2013, Hero MotoCorp., the largest motorcycle manufacturer in India, bought a 49.2 percent stake in the company, which had 126 employees.

“To say this setback is a disappointment does not begin to express what I feel right now,” Buell said. “I am personally grateful for the support of our outstanding workers, customers and vendors. While this is a sad ending, I personally hope for a new and better beginning.”

For all you Android users, we have great news. The makers of the Neutrino Power Distribution block have come out with a free update to the Cockpit Controller app that will allow you to configure any combination of Neutrino Black Box circuits to automatically turn on (or off) based on ambient temperature. This update is available now on the Google Play site.

What this means is that you can now set your heated grips, gloves, liner, seat…whatever, automatically turn on when the temp drops to a level that you decide. Not only that, but can also specify the percent on (how hot) you want each item to be when turned on. Since this is individually set for each circuit, each item can deploy at different temps and with different heat settings.
You can also use this functionality to do things like turn an item off based on ambient temp. This might be useful if you go off roading with your truck/car and use a little refrigerator. Now, when the ambient temp drops below, say 70 degrees, the fridge can automatically shut down.
This is just the start of what will be a number of cool features that will be added to the Neutrino Black Box over time, and you can see it in action at
For all you iOS users out there, this update will also be available for Apple devices in a month or so.


One of our most popular camping products, the LuminAID inflatable solar lantern, is going to be on ABC’s, Shark Tank, Friday February 20th. Tune in and see how Andrea and Anna do when they go up against the Sharks.

Press Kit – LuminAID

CHICAGO (January 16, 2015) – Will or won’t “the sharks” bite? Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, co-founders of Chicago-based LuminAID will present their solar powered inflatable light invention to the distinguished panel of potential investors known as “the sharks” on ABC’s popular show, Shark Tank, on Friday, February 20. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ABC and Chicago investors/supporters Clean Energy Trust, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Com Ed are hosting a Shark Tank viewing party to find out if the Chicago entrepreneurs make a deal… or not.

Originally designed to provide relief and safety at night in areas of the world hit by natural disasters, LuminAID has gone on to become a reliable resource of light for any nighttime occasion. When charged outside in direct sun for seven hours, the light can provide up to 16 hours of LED light and features two settings – low and high. LuminAID lanterns are 100 percent waterproof making them a safety tool, as much as an accessory for outdoor adventure or entertaining.


Publish Date:

Nov 17, 2014

By Holly J. Wagner ~ Dealernews

AUSTIN, Texas – Representatives of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and Polaris Industries will meet this week to discuss the future of the Slingshot, a Texas DMV spokesman said.

Texas approved the sale of the Slingshot three-wheeler over the summer, but the DMV told Polaris Nov. 4 that the vehicles could not be registered in the state because they don’t meet the Vehicle Code definition of a motorcycle.

“We are meeting with Polaris [this] week to discuss options. If changes are made to statute, it would need to occur during the upcoming 84th legislative session, which begins in January. The effective date would depend on the language in the legislation,” said DMV spokesman Adam Shaivitz. He did not answer a question about whether there is any other avenue, such as an administrative action, to making the Slingshot street legal in Texas.

“In the interest of providing for the safe operation of motor vehicles in Texas with a thorough review of current laws, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has determined Texas statutes do not allow for the Polaris Slingshot to be titled or registered,” Shaivitz said. “We will continue to work with Polaris as they explore options moving forward, and we will also work with the Texas Legislature on any recommended changes to statute to appropriately accommodate such vehicles.”

Polaris so far has not responded to requests for comment.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2013 R 1200 GS motorcycles starting in June. The Recall is because a problem with the pressure inside the transmission causing the output seal to be pushed out of place.

If the output seal ring is pushed out of position, oil may leak from the transmission onto the rear tire, increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA.

About 1,420 bikes, manufactured from November 2012 through August 2013, are affected, BMW said. Dealers are asked to fit a bracket to prevent the transmission seal from being pushed out of position.

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.

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.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd. is recalling roughly 2,800 Tiger Explorer and Trophy SE motorcycles to replace the ECU hardware and software.

According to the recall (NHTSA Campaign No. 14V009000), the electronic control unit (ECU) may improperly detect the throttle position, causing the bike to shut down unexpectedly. The recall affects the following models:

  • Tiger Explorer ABS A1, 2012-14 model years
  • Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1, 2013-14 model years
  • Trophy SE A1s manufactured from Nov. 17, 2011, through Dec. 16, 2013

According to Triumph, only about 3 percent of the involved vehicles are estimated to have the defect.

Triumph reported to NHTSA that “detection thresholds were set too tightly and insufficient signal filtering was applied, resulting in an unwanted activation of the safety shutdown strategy.” The ECU is supplied by Keihin Europe.

Dealers are asked to install new ECU hardware and software free of charge. Triumph is notifying owners starting in early February.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for their five latest 2014 models, which were unveiled late in 2013. The models are set to arrive in dealerships by early spring of 2014.

2014 R nineT: The all-new R nineT, commemorating 90 years of BMW Motorrad, will start at $14,900 for the Standard Package, which includes Integral ABS, a modular frame and mounting points for easy customization. An optional anti-theft alarm can be added for an additional $395.

2014 R 1200 GS Adventure: Unlike the straightforward R nineT, the updated R 1200 GS Adventure has a base of $18,200 and four additional special packages:

  • The Comfort Package ($500) includes a chrome exhaust, heated grips and a tire pressure monitor.
  • The Technology Package ($1,425) has an LED headlight, the Pro riding mode option, heated grips and a tire pressure monitor.
  • For long-distance travel, the Touring Package ($1,925) adds dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), On Board Computer Pro, GPS preparation, cruise control, LED auxiliary lights and saddlebag mounts.

Instead of adding on pieces here and there, customers can opt for the Premium Package version of the R 1200 GS Adventure ($21,500), which combines the Touring and Technology Packages as well as a steering damper, adjustable passenger seat, stepless adjustable windshield and removable passenger pegs.

2014 R 1200 RT: BMW says the base model ($17,650) adds over $1,100 of value to the 2014 R 1200 RT’s predecessor, including heated grips, two riding modes and Automatic Stability Control, while raising the price by only $300.

The motorcycle has the longest list of possibilities among the newest BMW Models, with six special package add-ons, a Premium Package and a long list of individual upgrades.

The six special packages include:

  • Comfort Package ($850), with chrome exhaust, central locking, tire pressure monitor, anti-theft alarm and dual accessory socket.
  • Touring Package ($1,400), adding Dynamic ESA, GPS preparation, heated seats and cruise control.
  • Standard Package ($600), including GPS preparation, cruise control and a dual accessory socket.
  • Dynamic Package ($275), which adds hill start control, headlight pro and the Pro riding mode.
  • Technology Package ($1,525), comprising Bluetooth, an audio system, chrome exhaust, radio software, tire pressure monitor and a dual accessory socket.
  • Luxury Package ($1,525), including Bluetooth, gear shift assistant pro, an audio system and radio software.

Additionally, the R 1200 RT comes in a Premium Package ($20,850) configuration that combines the Touring, Dynamic and Technology Packages as well as a steering damper, On Board Computer Pro and LED white turn signals.

2014 K 1600 GTL Exclusive: The base model of the K 1600 GTL Exclusive is the fully-loaded version, so it’s one simple price of $29,950. It also boasts additional equipment that its predecessor, the K 1600 GTL Premium Package, did not have, like keyless riding, a heated back rest, an exclusive exhaust, armrests, additional storage space and ground lighting.

2014 S 1000 R: The latest version of the S 1000 R starts with a base of $13,150. Add-on packages include Sport ($845) to add gear shift assist, dynamic traction control and cruise control, and Dynamic ($955) for dynamic damping control, heated grips and an engine spoiler.

Customers can also opt to upgrade to the Standard Package ($13,995) for the Pro ride mode and the Sport Package. Another option is the Premium Package ($14,950), which includes both the Sport and Dynamic Packages as well as the Pro riding mode.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BMW is recalling more than 50,000 motorcycles encompassing 18 different model types over seven model years for a potential leak in the fuel pump.

Affected are 2005-2011 R-model motorcycles, 2005-2012 K-model motorcycles, 2010-11 S1000 RR model motorcycles, and 2006-2010 HP2 motorcycles. According to NHTSA, the fuel pump flange, and the auxiliary fuel pump flange if equipped, could develop cracks and leak fuel.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, the organization stated. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V617000.

According to BMW, the recall affects “approximately 50,184” vehicles. The NHTSA recall follows a similar recall in Canada affecting more than 6,000 bikes.

BMW told NHTSA that “ductile cracks may develop in the plastic flange. Excessive loads can be generated during improper removal and insertion of the quick connector, or by removing the fuel tank prior to disconnecting the fuel line. Further damage can be caused by corrosive material/fluids. Over time, this could affect the seal between the flange and the flange housing. Eventually, a small fuel leak could occur during engine operation. After the engine is shut off, the fuel leak stops.”

BMW said it will notify owners. The recall is expected to begin in February.

Dealers will be asked to either reinforce the fuel pump flange or replace the pump as necessary, free of charge, according to the recall.