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Up Shift Entire Family to Race at the Amateur Championship – The entire Rau family is going to the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s motorcycle complex! This is the first time that a mom, dad, and son have pulled this type of hat trick.

Mom and dad (Tressa & Justin) qualified for the Senior (40+) and son (Jett) made the cut in the Mini-E Junior (4-6) class.

My Take – This is one of those, “Isn’t that cool!” items.  Congratulations to the Rau family and I hope they all make the podium for another amateur motocross racing first!   

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Up ShiftNew Harley Davidson Sportster – If you did not see this coming, I don’t know what to say to you.  The ever changing and tightening emission standards is slowing ending the air-cooled era of motorcycling. Lament if you wish, but the old engine just could not compete in this modern world.

The 50+ year old Sportster name continues at Harley Davidson with an all-new motorcycle. The new Sportster brings the Harley Revolution Max engine and 121 horses (from 1252cc) as a major upgrade to the name.   

To help tame that horsepower the new Sportster has lean-sensitve Antilock brakes, wheelie control, traction control and “Drag Torque Slip Control” to reduce rear wheel lockup during engine braking.

My Take – At first glance this new Sportster looks a like the FXDR from a few years ago.  A lot of styling points from that bike made it to the Sportster.  I do like the styling; I do like the performance upgrade, and I understand why Harley Davidson had to make the change to old bloodline.  I have not yet had an opportunity to ride this motorcycle, but I will make the time to do so.  At a $15,000 US starting point it seems to align with many of its competitors.

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Click here to see the last news update.

Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle 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 outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer Suzuki Motor USA, LLC

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Summary

Suzuki Motor USA, LLC (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Burgman 200 UH200 scooters. The fuel hose assembly may leak fuel.

Remedy

Dealers will replace the fuel hose assembly, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 20, 2021. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at (714) 572-1490. Suzuki’s number for this recall is 2A97.

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Manufacturer Aprilia USA, Inc.

Components ENGINE

Summary

Aprilia is recalling certain 2021 RS 660 and Tuono 660 motorcycles. The engine crankshaft connecting rod may break due to improper heat-treatment.

Remedy

Dealers will replace the engine, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on July 9, 2021. Owners may contact Aprilia customer service at 1-212-380-4400. Aprilia’s number for this recall is PA2ZZQ2107.

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Ride On, Ride Safe

Check out the June 2021 Recall list here!

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Each year I post my top 10 weird motorcycle list, you can see last years winners here.  As crazy as some of the “modern” motorcycles are, our forefathers built some crazy stuff too!

Check out the following “vintage” or “old school” wild and weird motorcycles. If you have more or better please pass them along in the comment section.

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Hitting Neutral – Certified Pre-owned Harley Davidsons – Somewhere along the line I missed this news item.  Back in November 2019 Harley Davidson started a new program to the “Certified Pre-Owned program

This program will, if you buy from an authorized US dealer, provided used motorcycles that have been through a 110 point inspection and certified by Harley. If you buy a certified pre-owned motorcycle, you will get a 1-year warranty and roadside assistance.

These bikes will have under 25,000 miles and must have fully stock powertrain. So, no straight pipes as part of this program! See Harley Davidsons website for more information.

My Take – My first thought “why have they not been doing this for years”? Then, “This might help some folks make that decision to buy a bike”. Then, “Oh well, moving on”.   

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Up Shift – One of the fastest men on a motorcycle does not have a license to ride on the street! – If you have won 6 straight World Superbike championships, and the front runner for #7, one would think you have had motorcycle licenses most of your life, right?

Apparently not, but even world champion Jonathan Rea must take the official course to get the licenses.

My Take – LOL… to funny.  But I am glad he is doing this it will help show folks that everyone is on the same playing field when it comes to safety.  You can check out how well he does on his videos.  

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Ride On, Ride Safe

Click here for previous motorcycle news post

Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle 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 outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer LeMans Corporation

Components WHEELS

Summary LeMans Corporation is recalling certain Drag Specialties replacement laced motorcycle rear wheels, with part number 0204-0369 and size 16″ x 3.00″. The holes for the spokes in the hub are misaligned, which could result in broken spokes.

Remedy Dealers will replace the rear wheel, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 6, 2021. Owners may contact LeMans Corporation customer service at 1-608-758-1111.

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Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Summary Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Super Cub C125, CB500X, CB650R, CBR300R, CBR500R, CBR650R, Rebel 300, Rebel 500, Monkey, 2020 CRF250L, GROM, 2021 CRF300L, and CB500F motorcycles. The rear reflector lens may not reflect brightly enough. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Remedy Dealers will replace the rear reflector, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 23, 2021. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KM3.

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Check out the May Recall List Here

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We originally passed through Goshen a few years ago during one of our motorcycle tours of Virginia.

Goshen is a quaint town bordering the George Washington National Forest the nearest “big towns” are Staunton and Lexington VA.

One of the things that interested me was the Goshen Truss Bridge.  Not the best light for good photos but you get the idea.  Built in 1890 it was the height of bridge engineering at the time.

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This is the 30th anniversary of the ride to promote the role of motorcycles as an option in the daily commute.  This event originated in the United States but quickly grew into an international event.

By riding to work we demonstrate:

  • The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
  • That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
  • That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
  • That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.

Some may ask, as we are still in the era of Covid and a large number of folks are still working from home, how can I participate without a commute?  Do as I am going to do….. Ride for 30 minutes before you start your home office workday!

Maybe I should ride for 30 minutes everyday before work?????

RIDE ON, RIDE SAFE

Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle 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 outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer Ducati North America

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Summary Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2021 Scrambler 800 Night Shift motorcycles. The front and rear turn signal lights may not flash brightly enough. As such, these motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Remedy Dealers will replace the front and rear turn signals, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 23, 2021. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446. Ducati’s number for this recall is SRV-RCL-21-009.

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Manufacturer Ducati North America

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2015-2021 Monster 821, 2014-2021 Monster 1200 S/STD, and 2016-2019 Monster 1200 R motorcycles. The rear brake hoses may be susceptible to heat damage.

Remedy Dealers will replace the rear brake hoses, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 23, 2021. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Manufacturer Ducati North America

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2017-2020 Monster 797, Monster 1200, Supersport, 2016-2020 XDiavel, and 2018-2020 Monster 821 motorcycles. Air may permeate the rear bake system.

Remedy Dealers will install new rear brake hoses, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 17, 2021. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446.

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Manufacturer Arcimoto Inc

Components SEAT BELTS

Summary Arcimoto Inc (Arcimoto) is recalling certain 2019-2021 FUV, 2020 Deliverator, 2021 Rapid Responder motorcycles. The seat belt retractor spool sleeve may be cracked, allowing broken pieces to block the seat belt from retracting.

Remedy A service technician will replace the seat belt retractor, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 31, 2021. Owners may contact Arcimoto customer service at 1-541-683-6293.

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Manufacturers Arcimoto Inc

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM

Summary Arcimoto Inc (Arcimoto) is recalling certain 2019-2021 FUV, 2021 Rapid Responder, 2020 Deliverator, 2020-2021 Roadster. Due to a software error, communication between inverters may time out, possibly resulting in an unexpected battery shutdown.

Remedy A service technician to reprogram the inverter firmware, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 12, 2021. Owners may contact Arcimoto customer service at 1-541-683-6293. Note: Vehicles previously repaired under Recall 19V834 will need to return for the new remedy.

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Manufacturer Arcimoto Inc

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING

Summary Arcimoto Inc (Arcimoto) is recalling certain 2019-2021 FUV, 2020 Deliverator, 2020-2021 Roadster, and 2021 Rapid Responder motorcycles. The Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) may have been incorrectly calibrated, causing the SAS to fail to or incorrectly detect a fault.

Remedy A service technician will update the firmware and replace the idler arm, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 20, 2021. Owners may contact Arcimoto customer service at 1-541-683-6293.

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Manufacturer KTM North America, Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2019-2020 KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R, and 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally motorcycles. The front brake master cylinder piston return spring may be too weak to return the brake piston to its original position, reducing the functionality of the front brake.

Remedy Dealers will replace the return spring, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 21, 2021. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM’s number for this recall is KTM2106.

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Manufacturer Suzuki Motor USA, LLC

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Summary Suzuki Motor USA, LLC (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2019-2020 UH200 motorcycles. The speedometer assembly resistors may corrode and cause a loss of power to the wheel speed sensor, preventing the speedometer and odometer from displaying information.

Remedy Dealers will replace the speedometer assembly, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed May 24, 2021. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 714-572-1490 or http://www.suzukicycles.com.

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Click here to see the April 2021 Motorcycle Recalls

I am at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for the running of “Superbikes of Virginia”!

The crew of DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio (which I am one third) are excited to attend a race in person after the lost year of 2020. We are not the only ones, looking forward to getting away to the race. The hotels in the surrounding area are all sold out.

This is the second MotoAmerica race of the year and coming out of Atlanta there are no favorites to chose from. Mathew Sholtz, Josh Herrin and Bobby Fong are 1-2-3 in the standings but Jake Gagne and Cam Peterson are ready to win.

I will be posting to both the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio and IJustWant2Ride Facebook sites. As well as the IJustwant2ride Twitter page all day.

If you can’t make it to the race in person you can watch the action live on MotoAmerica Live + (for a small fee). I watched most of the races like that last year, there streaming package is quite solid.

Let us start by assuming you have the motorcycle skills necessary to ride with a passenger.  If you are scaring yourself when you ride, you don’t need a pillion (another term for passenger) to scare as well. You want your passenger, especially if they are your significant other, to want to ride more … not be put off motorcycles forever

That said, I do have some personal rules for my pillion. There’s a big difference between giving someone a ride around the block and your long term motorcycle passenger, but all should be considered when loading up the bike with someone other than yourself.

The motorcycle passenger wears all the gear, all the time

Even in an area without helmet laws you should consider this, especially for someone who has not ridden before. Give them that sense of protection beyond your riding skills.

Hold on to me – not my clothes

I’m sure we’ve all known a person who just wants to just rip the clothes off our body … but doing so while riding a motorcycle is not the right time. Tell your pillion to hold on to you, or the grab rails if the bike has them.

Try hard not to ping

Pinging is when your passenger hits the back of your helmet when the motorcycle slows down. I talk about this with my pillion before their first ride, and the payoff has been dramatic.

Getting on or off the motorcycle

Tell your passenger NOT to mount or dismount the motorcycle unless:

  • you have both feet firmly on the ground
  • both hands on the handle bars, AND
  • you let them know they can now move about the cabin freely.

Sit still at slow speeds

Tell your pillion to really try not to move around during slow speeds. In particular, they should sit still when stopping at, or leaving from, a traffic light. Balance is very important at slow speeds on a motorcycle.

If your pillion needs to talk…

They should tap your shoulder on the side they wish to talk. You can get back to them as soon as you can … please leave a message at the beep.

And if they want to show you something, have them tap on the side they want you to look, and then point.

If your pillion gets scared

Of course, you’re NEVER going to scare your pillion (are you?) … BUT an alarmed pillion should close their eyes, hold on and try not to move. When the event is over they can tap the rider, and ask him to pull over.

And when fully stopped and dismounted, the pillion should proceed to smack the rider (just joking).

Practice power/emergency stops

This is aimed more for your permanent motorcycle passenger then the “once around the block” pillion.  Make sure both you and your pillion know what it feels like to brake hard – very hard – before you really need to.

Practice low speed maneuvers

Similar to the emergency stop, it pays to know how the bike is going to handle with both you and your passenger at slow speeds.

And if you’re going to be packing the bags for a long trip you might want to practice “fully” loaded as well. Some low-speed figure 8s in an empty parking lot will show you a lot about how the fully loaded bike is going to respond out on the road.

Set up the bike for a pillion

While every motorcycle is different, they all need to be adjusted for the additional weight of a pillion.

Check your suspension pre-loads to make sure they’re going to handle properly. Not much is worse than bottoming out over and over again … plus it’s hell on your tires

The motorcycle passenger should be invested in safety

Get your pillion involved in the safety aspects of riding with you. For example, it could be your pillion’s job to check tire pressure before the ride and be part of the Search, Evaluate, Execute (SEE) strategy that you learned as part of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation training.

Talk it over, and decide who’s responsible for what action.

Consider doing a rider’s course two-up

I have not done this myself, but I do think it is a good idea.  I bet I’ll be surprised by what I learn when I get around to it.

That might seem like a lot of rules for riding with a pillion.

But I bet that most of us do at least half of the things on this list without even thinking about it. That just leaves the other half of the list to deal with!

If you have some rules for riding with a pillion, feel free to post them in the comments below!