Archive for the ‘motorcycle safety’ Category

 

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April is Motorcycle Helmet Awareness Month so we are doing a series of posts to try and do just that… provide awareness! This post is about “things” you should consider in order to make your helmet last and protect you longer.

1 – Keep the exterior clean. After your ride take a moment to clean the helmet shell of bugs and road grit. If you use an open face helmet also brush your teeth.

2 – Keep the interior clean. Yup sometimes your helmet can get funky. BUT you must be

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Might take some work to remove the dog smell

careful about cleaning the interior. Follow your owner’s manual on cleaning the inside of your helmet.

3 – Don’t use odor masking or sanitizing sprays on the interior of your helmet. Some sprays can degrade the foam under your padding, which will degrade its ability to keep you safe.

4 – Clean your visor. You must see right, so follow your brands instructions on cleaning the visor. But, be careful when working on the inside of the visor, most come with an anti-fog coating that needs to be properly handled….. DO NOT USE PAPER TOWELS on either side of your visor.

5 – Don’t grab or carry the helmet by the visor. Yes, we all know not to do this, but we all have. Really, try not to do this as it will damage the visor and possible the hinge point.

6 – Don’t hang your helmet from the mirror. As you should know the main part of the helmet that protects your head is the foam liner. Hanging your helmet from the mirror can cause the foam to compress where it sets on the mirror. Also how are your going to admire yourself with only one mirror.

7 – Keep your helmet ventilated. No, do not drill holes to get better air flow LOL. After you ride store your motorcycle helmet in a manner that will allow a good air flow to dry things out. Don’t just toss it in the helmet bag and into a closet…. Let it breath like a good wine!

The last two I had never thought about until researching this post.

8 – Don’t store your gloves in the motorcycle helmet. A couple sites stated some obvious things like….The gloves will restrict ventilation and not allow the padding to dry. Also the gloves will add their own “STINK” to the lining.

9 – Don’t slide your arm though the eye hole. The idea is that if you do this a lot, in order to free your hand for a task, your motorcycle helmet will get worn faster. That your jacket sleeve will cause undue wear an might also damage the inside of the visor.

 

Have any additional ideas on how to make your motorcycle helmet last longer? Add those ideas to the comments below.

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It is time to check you motorcycle helmet.  At least once a year you should check your helmet to make sure everything is right and correct.  As the month of April is Motorcycle Helmet Safety month, now is a good time to do the checks.

What are the things you need to check?  Here are the minimum things you need to look for:

1) Is the shell all in one piece? No cracks or splits?

2) Are the straps and connectors in good shape, no adverse wear or tear?

3) The internal padding is connected and stays in place?

4) Remove the padding and check the foam.  Is it dented or have cracks?

5) While looking at the foam, most companies place a sticker printed with the helmet’s birthday. Is it over 5 years old?

6) Does the rest of the internals look in good operating condition?

7) Check the visor for damage that might obscure your vision can you see clearly?

8) Are the screws or other visor attachments tight?

9) Make sure that insects/creatures are not living in your helmet, see the photos below!

Checklist item 5 is the 5-year rule.  Most manufactures recommend that after 5 years you replace your helmet.  While the cynical among us will cite the “more money” theory of why they want it replaced there is evidence that the foam lining (the part that does most of the work in a crash) does deteriorate over time. It is your head, so it is your decision to replace or not if everything looks good.

For more you can check out HelmetCheck.org.

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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. Also this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

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: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD

SUMMARY:

Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain 2016-2019 Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black, 2017-2019 Bonneville T100 and T100 Black, 2017-2018 Street Cup and Street Scrambler, and 2016-2018 Street Twin motorcycles. The clutch cable may contact the main harness cover and cause damage to wiring within the main harness. This may lead to a loss of electrical power to various electrical circuits.

CONSEQUENCE:

Loss of electrical power may cause the headlight or indicator lighting to malfunction or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will replace the original securing guide for the clutch cable and main harness with an updated one, free of charge. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010. Triumph’s number for this recall is SRAN560.

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

SUMMARY:

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (Kawasaki) is recalling certain 2019 Z900 ABS, Z900 RS ABS & Z900 RS CAFE ABS motorcycles. The ABS hydraulic unit (ABS unit) may have been contaminated with debris during the manufacturing process, possibly resulting in the front or rear wheel locking up when braking while riding.

CONSEQUENCE:

If the front or rear wheel locks up while braking, there would be an increased risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Kawasaki has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the ABS unit, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began February 15, 2019. Owners may contact Kawasaki Customer Care at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC19-01.

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Manufacturer: KTM North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:

KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2015-2016 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles. Fuel may leak from the fuel tank cover mounting insert area.

CONSEQUENCE:

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

REMEDY:

KTM has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tank cover mounting insert, free of charge. The recall began March 1, 2019. Owners may contact KTM customer service 1-888-985-6090. KTM’s number for this recall is TB1904

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Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

SUMMARY:

Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain accessory brake levers, part number 2883795-658, sold for use on Scout and Scout bobber motorcycles. The accessory brake lever adjustment screw may have been set incorrectly, causing unintentional front brake application.

CONSEQUENCE:

The accessory brake lever may apply the front brake, increasing the application while riding until the front wheel locks up, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Indian Motorcycle Company will notify owners, and dealers will provide replacement parts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2019. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-19-01.

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Manufacturer: KYMCO USA

SUMMARY:

KYMCO USA (KYMCO) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Like 150i motorcycles. The fuel pump may leak fuel from the electrical connection area when the tank is full.

CONSEQUENCE:

A fuel pump leak from around the electrical connection area has an increased risk of a fire.

REMEDY:

KYMCO will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact KYMCO customer service at 1-888-235-3417.

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Manufacturer: KYMCO USA

SUMMARY:

KYMCO USA (KYMCO) is recalling certain 2018 Like 200i motorcycles. The fuel line clamp may loosen allowing fuel to leak.

CONSEQUENCE:

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

REMEDY:

KYMCO will notify owners and dealers will inspect and correct the fuel line clamp tightness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact KYMCO customer service at 1-888-909-6301.

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Shaving While Riding – Well it is Florida and we are always tight for time in this modern world. But shaving your legs (and other parts??) while a passenger on a scooter or motorcycle?  Make sure you SCROLL down to see the video on the linked page.

American Byways –    I have written about the American Byways (here) and how we have rode our motorcycle on a few of them (here, for example).  The following is from the American Motorcycle Association.

Please urge your senators to support S. 349. This bill would direct the Secretary of Transportation to reopen nominations for the National Scenic Byways Program, which has been closed for six years. Just yesterday the House of Representatives passed their version of this bill, now it’s time for the Senate to act!   Take Action

Kalashnikov Motorcycle?  – From the minds that brought your the AK-47 and other Russian military equipment comes a new motorcycle.  Looks like Robo-cop would fit right in on this bike.  Make sure you watch the video.

One dad refused to teach is son how to ride as motorcycle – But it is not for the reason you may think.

Stealing a fish tank –  In Ohio 2 men attempt a get away on a small motorcycle while carrying a large fish tank.

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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: Arcimoto

SUMMARY: Arcimotos recalling certain 2017 & 2018 FUV motorcycles.  There are separate recall with the following issues

  • Over time, increased resistance at the battery connection may result in the Battery Management System unexpectedly shutting down propulsion power.
  • The front suspension and steering system may loosen or wear, possibly resulting in a loss of steering control.
  • Incorrect machining of the transmission case may result in premature failure of the gearbox.
  • The headlights on the motorcycles may be spaced too far apart to appear as a motorcycle to oncoming traffic.
  • The combination brake light, tail light, and turn signal assembly does not have a reflex reflector in the side-facing surfaces
  • The front turn signal lights are not positioned at, or near, the front of the motorcycle as required.
  • Incorrect fittings were installed in the braking system, potentially resulting in a brake fluid leak
  • In the event of a front brake system failure, the rear brake system may not allow the vehicle to meet the minimum stopping distance requirements.
  • In the event of a crash, the seat may not support the driver as intended, preventing the seatbelts from holding the driver in place.
  • There is no service brake warning light to warn the operator if there is a brake system malfunction.

CONSEQUENCE: Any or all of these conditions can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Arcimoto has notified all affected owners and the motorcycles are within the manufacturer’s control. Owners may contact Arcimoto customer service at 1-541-683-6293.

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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.