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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd. is recalling certain model-year 2013 Trophy SE motorcycles because, due to a design flaw, the left-hand center stand mount may fracture, the NHTSA announced.

The recall, No. 13V608000, affects motorcycles manufactured from June 1, 2012, through Feb. 28, 2013. About 416 vehicles are affected, Triumph told NHTSA.

If the center mount fractures, it will not provide adequate support for the center stand while the vehicle is parked, the OEM noted.

Triumph is notifying owners. Dealers are asked to install a new center stand bracket to the left-hand side of the frame. According to NHTSA, the manufacturer had not provided a notification schedule by press time.

We’ve been keeping tabs on the status of Contour cameras since they were bought out by new investors and were happy to see the following message on their website.

Happy holidays to all and thank you for continuing to support CONTOUR. It has been a difficult time, as you may have read, but we are getting closer to being able to provide you with the support you deserve for the world’s best sports
camera!

The shop will be open soon, so stay tuned for new announcements.

We’re going to be keeping a close eye on the progress and will post updates as we find out.

It’s no secret that we think the Contour camera is a better product than the GoPro®. With its lower profile, ease of use, and lens rotation, I’ve always wondered why folks would use the GoPro®.

Luckily it was announced last week that one of Contour Camera’s existing investors placed a winning bid to buy the assets of the company.

Could this mean we’ll see them back on the market soon? We sure hope so, and with new management they may be able to give the 800lb gorilla that is GoPro®, a run for their money.

See the full article as it appeared on GeekWire.

Publish Date:

Oct 16, 2013

MILWAUKEE, Wis.Harley-Davidson announced it is “acting quickly” to address potential safety issues by voluntarily recalling certain 2014 Touring motorcycles equipped with a hydraulic clutch system that may pose a safety issue.

The recalls affect 25,185 Touring motorcycles, models FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE, and 3,861 Softail CVOs and Trikes, models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE. The models were built between May 3 and Oct. 14.

“Some of these motorcycles may exhibit a condition in which the hydraulic clutch system may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch. If the clutch does not disengage as intended, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, which could result in an accident,” the Motor Co. stated.

The recalls include a Do Not Ride notice to owners and a Do Not Deliver notice to Harley-Davidson dealers until the motorcycle is fixed. The company wants owners of affected motorcycles to contact an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer immediately to arrange for an inspection. The dealer will pick up, inspect and make the necessary repairs at no cost to the owner. The repairs have been identified and should take less than one hour.

“The safety of our customers is our highest priority,” said Tony Wilcox, Harley-Davidson general manager of Motorcycle New Product Delivery. “We have identified potential safety issues and are moving quickly to notify our customers and dealers. The inspection and repair of these motorcycles is extremely important, so it’s critical that our customers with affected vehicles contact their dealers immediately.”

Most of us are stuck with it here in the midwest and hate the fact that we are. In fact, we know a number of people that travel to great lenghts to get gas in areas that offer gas without ethanol, even though it comes at a higher cost.

It lowers our fuel mileage, is harder on our engines, and it uses about 40% of all the corn produced in the USA which in turn causes food prices to be higher.

In this months publication, Cycle World magazine did a nice write up on Ethanol in gasoline and your motorcycle so we thought we’d pass it on.

Ethanol in your motorcycle

For those of us who are BMW fans, we know that BMW  Motorrad is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary.

Well, rather than celebrate with one their typical relatively plain Jane (in our opinion anyway) anniversary models where they just slap a different coat of paint on a current model, BMW announced The Concept 90 this weekend.

The Concept 90 celebrates both the 90yrs of BMW Motorrad and the 40th anniversary of the R90S. And, as Ola Stenegard, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design explains “The aim of the BMW Concept Ninety is to show how reduced and pure an emotional BMW motorcycle can be”.

Good Job Ola & Roland. The concept does exactly that, and would be a great addition to the production lineup.

BMW Concept 90

Read more from the BMW Press Release.

 

Stoneville, NC

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), Gerbings, LLC (“Gerbings”) of Stoneville, NC is offering to inspect and repair if possible or replace if necessary certain of its 12-Volt heated jacket liners. An improperly crimped connector in the heating element in the back portion of some of the jacket liners is prone to overheating. This can cause damage to the jacket and in some cases minor burns to the wearer. The 12-Volt jacket liners subject to this recall have a PO number of 3796. The PO number can be found on the tag located on the inside lower left seam of the liner.

The 12-Volt heated jacket liners involved in this recall were imported by Gerbing’s Heated Clothing Inc., from a Chinese manufacturer in June of 2011.

As a company, Gerbing’s is committed to ensuring our customers receive the highest quality and safest merchandise. Gerbings is taking the necessary steps to address this issue. To avoid future problems, they now operate out of an 88,000 sq/ft facility in NC, and we make all of our heating elements for 12-Volt heated jacket liners in NC to ensure quality and safety. None of our United States manufactured liners are subject to the recall. Moreover, a thermistor that will help reduce the risk of overheating in the 2013 12-volt jacket liners is being installed.

Please review the included image and, if you have any questions, please call Gerbings at: 1-877-242-5595 or visit www.gerbing.com.

GerbingRecallPoster

So you’re out riding around, exploring new roads and, no how matter how prepared you thought you were, something happens during your ride. Sure most of us carry cell phones, some of us carry a SPOT™ messenger, but chances are the first question to run through your head is going to be “What do I do?”

If you’re a member of a club or are active online you have resources like the ADVrider Tent Space list, ST-Owners RAN list, MOA’s Anonymous book, and probably dozens more I’m not aware of.

But, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a list you could go to that combined members from these groups and more together and combined them into one list that you had access to? Well as it turns out there is and it’s called (wait for it) “Assistance List “.

Originally started as the FJR Forum list in February 2006, the list has grown to include riders from all of the major online forums, giving you more potential to find assistance.

The neat part about it is that they give you the ability to subscribe to different groups you might be interested in without creating accounts on all of the forums. They have worked a lot of great features for gaining access to, and getting help from the members. The different formats include paper, GPS downloadable, and access from a web enabled device.

You know we love our SPOT™ messenger which is why I really like the feature that enables you to include your SPOT™ in your recovery plan.

Put the flint and smoke signal towel away folks because by pressing the HELP button on your SPOT™ device to send a request to your emergency contacts, and, any list participant within a 100 mile radius. It can also send text and email messages to get in touch with the members. And yes, if the volunteer as opted to, their phone number will be listed so you can go old school and call them.

This site has a lot of potential and, for the most part, is completely free. Basic usage is free and there are some fees if you do use it for SPOT, and texts but hey, they have to cover their cost so the nominal per incident fee should be a non-issue, especially since it’s meant to get you and your bike out of a pinch.

Assistance List is definitely worth checking out and, while still in it’s infancy stage, has a lot of potential as a tool to help you when you’re out on the road so check it out and spread the word.

Publish Date: Mar 20, 2013
By Mary Slepicka – DealerNews

BREA, Calif. – Suzuki will be culling its U.S. dealer network after its Chapter 11 reorganization is finalized later this month, Dealernews has learned.

Dealers this week began receiving letters from American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) notifying them whether their franchise would be picked up by Suzuki Motor America Inc., which is the name of the reorganized company and designated the “purchaser” in the Chapter 11 filing.

“ASMC is assuming certain dealer agreements and other contracts and assigning them to Purchaser, while the majority of ASMC’s remaining contracts will be rejected,” states the letter, which was obtained by Dealernews. Dealers whose contracts are not being renewed are being told that their franchise agreements will be rejected and they will no longer be authorized Suzuki dealers as of March 31.

Cancelled dealers have until March 27 to file an “Other Settling Creditor Claim” to receive $10,000 in compensation. Suzuki also stated it will repurchase cancelled dealers’ new motorcycle and ATV inventory, plus parts and accessories.

If you’re doing any riding in the midwest this spring or fall you might want to consider taking a ride on the Lake Express High Speed Ferry. Last time we rode it I caught up on my sleep and was ready to ride when we hit the shore in MI.

The Ferry goes from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI and will get you across Lake Michigan in about 2 1/2 hrs. The best part about it that you don’t have to deal with Chicago traffic.

Once again the Lake Express is letting Motorcycles ride for free May, June, and again September & October 2013.

For more information and reservations check out the Lake Express website .

Lake Express Ferry