Archive for the ‘motorcycle safety’ Category

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Be aware that this list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if it is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based in Europe use the Safety Gate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer: Ducati.

SUMMARY: Ducati is recalling certain 2018 & 2019 Panigale V4, V4 S and V4 SP motorcycles.  The oil cooler output port may crack causing an oil leak.

1,663 of certain 2018-2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S, and V4 SP motorcycles triggered because the oil cooler output port may crack, causing an oil leak, which could increase the risk of a crash.

CONSEQUENCE: If the oil cooler output port cracks the resulting oil leak could increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 24, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Manufacturer: Harley Davidson

SUMMARY: Harley Davidson is recalling Street 750 and Street 500 models manufactured in the U.S. and India from May 19, 2015, through Dec. 6, 2018 due to brake caliper problems.

CONSEQUENCE: The issue is that brakes might drag because of brake caliper piston bore corrosion. If left undetected, the increased drag could increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Harley Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will repair the problem free of charge. Owners may contact Harley Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.

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Be aware that this list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if it is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are Europe based use the Safety Gate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

SUMMARY: Kawasaki Motor Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is recalling certain 2018 Kawasaki Z900, Z900 ABS, and Z900RS vehicles. The rear brake hose and rear wheel rotation sensor wire may have been incorrectly routed, allowing them to contact the rear tire.

CONSEQUENCE: If the brake hose contacts the rear tire, the hose may be damaged, reducing the braking performance. If the wheel rotation wire gets damaged, the ABS may not function properly. Either condition can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: KMC will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake line and rear wheel sensor wire routing, correcting the routing and replacing any damaged component, free of charge. The recall began December 17, 2018. Owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. KMC’s number for this recall is MC18-06.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles. The upper radiator hose may crack resulting in a coolant leak.

CONSEQUENCE: If coolant leaks onto the rear tire, it can cause a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will install a new upper radiator hose, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990125.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles. The shift shaft torsion spring may fracture, giving the shifter a loose feel and affecting the ability to shift gears.

CONSEQUENCE: Difficulty shifting gears can cause a loss of control and increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will install a new shift shaft torsion spring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990126.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S and V4 SP motorcycles. The timing chain tensioner may loosen over time, possibly causing oil to leak from the bottom of the tensioner adjustment bolt.

CONSEQUENCE: An oil leak can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the timing chain tensioner bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Ducati Monster 1200, Monster 821, SuperSport and SuperSport S motorcycles. The shift lever may have been incorrectly assembled, possibly resulting in the shift knob detaching from the lever.

CONSEQUENCE: If the shift knob detaches, the rider may not be able to shift gears, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the gear lever shift knob tightness, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S, and V4 SP motorcycles. The oil cooler output port may crack, causing an oil leak.

CONSEQUENCE: An engine oil leak can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 24, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

 

Be aware that this list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if it is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are Europe based use the Safety Gate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc.

SUMMARY:  Polaris Industries (Polaris) is recalling certain 2015-2016Polaris Slingshot, Slingshot SL and Slingshot SL LE motorcycles equipped with a backup camera. The back-up camera may fail internally, possibly melting the voltage regulator and blowing the fuse for that circuit, thereby preventing the taillight from functioning properly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.

CONSEQUENCE:  The melted voltage regulator can increase the risk of a fire. The loss of a tail light can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the back-up camera, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2018. Owners may contact Polaris at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris’ number for this recall is T-18-04.

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Manufacturer: Ducati North America

SUMMARY:  

Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Ducati Supersport motorcycles. Vibrations may distort the images in the mirrors, reducing the driver’s visibility.

CONSEQUENCE:

Reduced rearward visibility can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the mirrors with new mirrors, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 7, 2019. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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While this one was not in the US Safercar website, which means in is somewhere else in the world, I did get anemail alert on the:

Suzuki Intruder 150

Summary: Suzuki is recall certain Intruder 150 motorcycles for a faulty lock set affecting the electric start function of the motorcycle.

Consequence:

The motorcycle does not have a kickstart which means the motorcycle may not be able to start if the lock set fails. 

Remedy:

Suzuki will notify owners. (like I sated, not sure where of the location of this recall)

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Be aware that this list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if it is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

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Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling over 200,000  2017-2018 motorcycles.  To many models to list and still be readable.  The recall is on the secondary clutch actuator cylinder may leak fluid internally and the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.

CONSEQUENCE: If the clutch cannot be disengaged it can result in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will install a new secondary clutch actuator piston assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 5, 2018. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0173.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY:  Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Yamaha SR400 motorcycles. The engine oil line flare nut may be insufficiently tightened, allowing oil to leak onto the rear tire.

CONSEQUENCE: An oil leak onto the rear tire can cause a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the flare nut connection. If oil is not leaking, the nut will be tightened. If oil is leaking, the engine oil line will be replaced and the flare nut will be tightened, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 29, 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2012-2013 Yamaha XTZ12 Super Tenere motorcycles. Over time, a gap may develop in the protective sealant where the lead wires of the accelerator position sensor (APS) and throttle position sensor (TPS) connect to the electronic control unit (ECU). This may cause corrosion on the wires, preventing the engine from returning to idle after the throttle is released.

CONSEQUENCE:  If the engine does not return to idle when the throttle is released, it can lead to a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will bypass the wire lead connection with a new sub lead harness multi-connector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990122.

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Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:  Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Suzuki DL650A, DL650XA, GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000R, and 2018 GSX-S750 motorcycles. During installation, the fuel pump O-ring may have been twisted, reducing the sealing performance and possibly resulting in a fuel leak.

CONSEQUENCE:  A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

REMEDY: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump O-ring and the fuel tank inner vessel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2018. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki’s numbers for this recall are 2A86-2A88.

 

OEM Applications 2 different approaches ….  Ducati v. Yamaha (RevZilla). 

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Passed by a station wagon… at 300KPH / 186 MPH

 

A “drunk” Yamaha motorcycle sets land speed record! HEY, hold by vodka and watch this!

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An Art-Deco Masterpiece of motorcycle design.  Introduced at the 1929 Paris Motor Show the Majestic was a sells flop.  Would it be a flop today?

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First Yamaha now BMW!  Do we need self-driving motorcycles? I mean REALLY GUYS…All Hail SKYNET!!!!  I really hope these self-driving motorcycles are just thought experiments.  Would you “ride” a self-driving motorcycle?  If you could not do it yourself why not take the self-driving car?  At least you would not get wet.

 

 

 

 

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Hey guys, below is the list of recalls that I have gathered from the 1st of August. In additions to motorcycle recalls a couple helmets are on the list as well.

Be aware that this list is for the United States, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if it is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

Manufacturer: MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RC, F3 800RC, F3 800 DO NOT RIDE Summary:  MV Agusta is recalling certain 2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RC, F3 800RC, F3800 motorcycles. The motorcycles are equipped with a fork axle carrier that may have damaged threads which can cause excessive play of the wheel clamping screw. CONSEQUENCE: Excessive play in the front wheel could case loss of control and increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY: Riders are advised not to ride their motorcycles until the repair has been performed. MV Agusta will notify owners and dealers will inspect the threaded holes in the fork axle carriers, and if necessary replace the fork leg free of charge. Owners may contact MV Agusta customer service at 1-215-781-1770.

Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc. SLINGSHOT
SUMMARY:  Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Polaris Slingshot S, Slingshot SL, Slingshot GT LE, and Slingshot SLR motorcycles. In the event of a crash, the seatbelt retractor on the side opposite of the impact may separate, preventing the seatbelt from locking.
CONSEQUENCE: In the event of a crash, if the seat belt does not lock, the occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing their risk of injury.
REMEDY: Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will install a kit that prevents the retractor from separating in the event of a crash, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 28, 2018. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris’ number for this recall is T-18-03.

Manufacturer: Akoury HELMETS
SUMMARY:
Akoury is recalling certain AK AK88S motorcycle helmets, sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL. These helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a motorcycle crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”
CONSEQUENCE:
A helmet that does not adequately protect the wearer from an impact can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
REMEDY:
Akoury will notify owners, and will provide a replacement helmet or provide a refund, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 1, 2018. Owners may contact Akoury customer service at 1-514-824-0666. Akoury’s number for this recall is REC2015.

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) AFRICA TWINS
SUMMARY:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain Honda Genuine Accessory Centerstand Kits, part number 08M70-MJP-G50, sold for possible installation on 2016-2018 Africa Twin motorcycles. The circlip can break allowing the centerstand to detach.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the centerstand detaches while moving, it can become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. If the centerstand detaches while the motorcycle is parked on the centerstand, the motorcycle can fall over, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Honda will notify all registered owners of 2016-2018 Honda Africa Twins advising them that if they purchased the affected centerstand kit, not to use it and to take the motorcycle to a dealer. Dealers will replace the circlip and washer, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KJ5.

Manufacturer: H&H Sports Protection HELMETS
SUMMARY:
H&H Sports Protection (H&H Sports) is recalling certain VCAN V531 motorcycle helmets in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL. The helmet straps may not be properly sewn and, as a result, the helmets may not stay secured to the rider’s head in the event of a crash. Additionally, the labels have an incorrect manufacturer’s name. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”
CONSEQUENCE:
A helmet that does not remain secured to the rider’s head will not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
The affected helmets were sold through Amazon. H&H Sports will notify the owners, and instruct them to return the helmets to Amazon. A complete refund of the purchase price and shipping costs will be provided free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2018. Owners may contact Amazon customer service at 1-888-280-4331 or H&H Sports customer service at 1-626-444-0107 or by email at V531Recall@HHsportsprotection.com. .

Manufacturer: Alta Motors REDSHIFT EXR REDSHIFT MXR
SUMMARY:
Alta Motors (Alta) is recalling certain 2019 Alta Redshift EXR and 2018-2019 Alta Redshift MXR motorcycles. The software for the throttle control may fault if the throttle is rolled forward past the closed position, possibly resulting in a motorcycle stall.
CONSEQUENCE:
A motorcycle stall can increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Alta will notify owners, and dealers will install an update for the throttle software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2018. Owners may contact Alta customer service at 1-415-230-0755. Alta’s number for this recall is SVC-ESB-18-004.

Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA MT-07J MT07JC XSR700J XSR700JC
SUMMARY:
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2018 Yamaha MT-07J, MT-07JC, XSR700J, and XSR700JC motorcycles. The bolts that connect the drive chain guard to the swingarm may loosen, possibly causing the chain guard to contact the drive chain and break.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the chain guard breaks, it may fall onto the road, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace both chain guard mounting bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990120.

Manufacturer: Ducati North America PANIGALE V4, PANIGALE 959, PANIGALE 1299FE, HYPERMOTARDS
SUMMARY:
Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018 Ducati Panigale V4, Panigale 959, Panigale 1299 FE, and Hypermotard motorcycles. The friction material on the rear brake pads may detach from the backing plate.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the rear brake pad friction material detaches, it may lengthen the distance needed to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear brake pads. Brake pads from the affected batch will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 15, 2018. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

Manufacturer: Brembo S.p.A. MOTORCYCLE BRAKES
SUMMARY:
If the rear brake pad friction material detaches, it may lengthen the distance needed to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the brake pad friction material detaches it can, inhibit braking ability, increasing the risk of injury and crash.
REMEDY:
Brembo will work with the affected vehicle manufacturers and distributors, and replace the defective brake pads, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Manufacturer: Badass Helmet Company      HELMETS
SUMMARY:
Badass Helmet Company (Badass) is recalling certain Trooper motorcycle helmets, model TR001.6, in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, and 2XL. These helmets may not adequately protect the wearer in the event of a head impact during a motorcycle crash and they may not stay secured to the rider’s head. Additionally, the label inside the helmet may be incorrect in that it does not list the actual helmet manufacturer and does not list the model of the helmet. As such, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.”
CONSEQUENCE:
A helmet that does not adequately protect the wearer from an impact can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
REMEDY:
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Badass customer service at 1-866-334-3563.

St. Michael is the patron of paratroopers. Bikers have a bit in common with people who jump from planes, so maybe another candidate?

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The Patron Saint of Motorcycle Riders?

 Who should be the patron saint of motorcyclists?There are a lot of saints in the race for this honor!

 We can start with Elijah the Prophet who was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot. Although a friend of mine says Elijah was taken up in Triumph! (Maybe a Triumph Trident!) Regardless, they didn’t have Harleys in those days so he had to settle for something else. But I can still picture the dude doing this! Can you? Now imagine him on a CVO Harley Road King screaming with locomotive type clout in top gear.

Another candidate is Saint Frances of Rome who was declared the patron saint of automobile drivers by Pius XI.  There was a legend that an angel used to light her way with a lantern when she traveled, keeping her safe from hazards like deer and pagans. I’m pretty…

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I have decided to do something a bit different ….. towards the end of each month I will scan the recalls and post the new ones to the blog.  Will that be helpful?

 

Manufacturer BMW Motorrad / TVS Motor Company

Summary: Prolonged use of the kickstand the section of the frame that houses the kickstand bushing could sustain damage or possibly break. Consequently, the rider and/or pillion could face injuries

Consequence: If the kickstand bushing should fail the rider and/or pillion could be injured.

Remedy: Owners of the affected models will either be contacted directly by BMW, or may voluntarily bring their rides back to the dealership for inspection. The defect involves the kickstand’s section of the chassis, on the current G 310 platform.

Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

SUMMARY: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2018 Suzuki DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM motorcycles. During assembly the resin that fills the rear brake stop lamp switch may have adhered to the internal contacts, which can prevent the brake lamp from illuminating.

CONSEQUENCE: If the brake lights do not illuminate, it can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will install a new stop lamp switch assembly, free of charge. The recall began on July 16, 2018. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki’s number for this recall is 2A84.

Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

SUMMARY: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Indian Scout, Scout Sixty, and Scout Bobber motorcycles. The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may have air left in the system after the assembly process.

CONSEQUENCE: Air in the brake system can reduce brake effectiveness, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Indian will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the front and rear anti-lock brake system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2018. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-18-07.

Manufacturer Ducati North America

Summary:  Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Ducati Supersport, and Supersport S motorcycles. The Airbox blow-by and fuel tank overfill hoses may be routed too close to the exhaust manifold, which may cause the hoses to melt.

Remedy: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the hose routing and correct as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 11, 2018. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Photos do not do the Pro Beam Light Pipes justice.

 

Took me longer then I had planned to post part 2 of our motorcycle trip to Custom Dynamics.  Life, work and poor video editing skills are to blame!

One of the most illuminating parts of the trip was a conversation with Dave Pribula the owner of Custom Dynamics. Dave walked us from starting his business, literally, in his garage to moving out of the garage then out growing their first location, moving to a second and having to expand on that location.

We talked about the new “Pro Beam Light Pipe” technology.  I got to see a light pipe tail light on a Harley Davidson Softail and WOW!  The light pipes work as running lights and when you hit the brakes BAM!  If the driver behind you can’t see these lights they need to be tested for blindness! (yes a lot of !’s in this paragraph but I can’t express enough how much of an impact these new lights made on me).

{BTW – They make lights for more then just Harley}

At the end of the video you should listen to what Dave has to say about his approach to customer service!  If other companies would adopt this model things in general would be a lot better.

After the interview it was time to head back home to northern Virginia.  We were dreading this ride as it involved I95.  Turns out this trip had the least amount of traffic I have ever experienced on I95.  We made it home in about six hours, with stops!

Interview with Custom Dynamics CEO Dave Pribula.

 

 

 

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Whether you’re just replacing one helmet due to age or degradation, or if you’ve found a stack of old helmets in your Dad’s garage, figuring out what to do with them after they’ve outlived their usefulness can be tricky. Motorcycle helmets can’t be resold or given away for future use as their safety can’t be guaranteed. So what can you do? Here are a few possibilities for dealing with old helmets.

Donate to Emergency Services

Perhaps the best way to dispose of an old motorcycle helmet is to find an emergency services department that might be interested in using intact helmets for training. They can use them to teach first responders how to safely remove a helmet from an accident victim who may be injured. Removing a helmet from a patient who might have a head, neck, or back injury can be difficult, as helmets are heavy and unwieldy. Emergency personnel responding to an accident need to learn to remove helmets without risking further injury to patients. However, there may be more helmets available than they need, and if you can’t find a department in need, there are still several other options.

If you aren’t donating the helmets to such a group, you should immediately cut the chin strap off completely to prevent someone from fishing it out of the trash and attempting to use it. Used helmets can be dangerous to use.

Upcycle as Decorations

Some creative types have found creative ways to use helmets as decorations. You can set up a decorative display of your old helmets on a wall, especially if they were custom painted. Others have taken motorcycle helmets and turned them into flower pots and planters for the garden. You can also buy a lamp kit and turn your old helmet into an interesting desk lamp or outdoor lantern

Check with Local Recycling Center

You can call your local recycling center to see if they accept motorcycle helmets for recycling. Don’t be surprised if the answer is “no.” Due to the different chemicals and materials used in manufacturing safe and sturdy helmets, many recycling centers are not equipped to process them. Those that are may request that you disassemble the helmet before recycling, so be prepared to pull out the padding and foam before you drop if off.

Dispose in Regular Trash

It’s not ideal, but if you have no other options, you can dispose of the helmet in your regular trash. Just make sure that you bag it appropriately, and that you have destroyed it before you do. In addition to cutting off the chin strap, you can also cut it in half with a saw or have some fun with your friends and try to beat it up with an axe or sledgehammer. Just be warned that trying to break a helmet with sheer force is sometimes impossible. After all, they are designed to withstand traumatic impacts at highway speeds.

Haul Away Service

It’s probably not cost effective if you have just one or two helmets to get rid of, but if you have a collection, you could call a rubbish removal service to come and pick them up. This is especially useful if you’ve discovered the helmets while cleaning out an old garage or barn; there’s probably a mess of other stuff you need to get rid of as well, and these services will pick everything up, and then they will do the work of sorting the items for recycling and proper disposal.

Perhaps someday there will be an accepted standard for what to do with used motorcycle helmets, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, any one of the above methods is an acceptable way to dispose of an old helmet that is no longer safe to wear.  

Sarah Kearns is a hard working mother of three daughters. She is a Senior Communications Manager for BizDb and Populationof an online resources with information about businesses and demographic statistics of world population. She loves cooking, reading history books and writing about green living. Her dad was a motorcyclist and he passed that passion on to her. Sarah loves to travel the world on her motorcycle and she hopes that one of her daughters will become her partner in the near future.