Posts Tagged ‘Harley Davidson’

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I ran across this list of dangerous states to ride motorcycles quite by accident. I was looking for something about riding in Virginia and up this popped on page 2 of the search results. The article was published in May 2019.

Interesting to say the least. Based on 2017 data QuoteWizard used the following methodology:

“We looked at 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fatality figures in each state and compared it with 2017 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) motorcycle registration data to find which states had the highest rate of fatalities per registered motorcycle. Below is a ranking of all 50 states, with 1 being the highest rate of fatalities and 50 being the lowest.”

Below are the 5 worst and 5 best states to ride motorcycles. You can find the entire list here!

5 Worst                                                 5 Best

Mississippi                                           Montana

Texas                                                 South Dakota

South Carolina                                     Alaska

Florida                                                New Hampshire

Arizona                                                Minnesota

The 5 best also look among the top coldest too…… humm

 

Ride on, Ride safe

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For the first time since I have been doing the recall lists, there were no recalls! As of July 28 (I try to post recalls on the 28th of each month) everything is good!        But….

Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States, 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 in Europe use the Safety Gate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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I was recently able to test ride the 2019 Harley Davidson FXDR.  While the styling of this motorcycle does not work for me the performance was ridiculous!

Yes, I know that I am not the target demo for this motorcycle and that is great thing!  Harley has stated that they were going to produce 100 new models in the next 10 years.  The FXDR is one of those new models and the styling is, I think, aimed at folks that don’t ride Harley Davidson and are under 30 years old.  Nothing wrong with that.

Harley states that the 114 cubic inch (18,68cc) Milwaukee V-Twin, the heart of the FXDR, produces 119-foot pounds of torque. Although Harley does not state it officially the FXDR reportedly produced 100 HP. It gets over 40 miles to a gallon with a 4.4-gallon tank.

OK, Acceleration was ….. HOLY KRAP!!!!!!…. The gearing can’t be the standard Harley Softail setup as it was a monster off the line.  While I did not time it officially my calibrated ass would say a sub 3 second 0-60 MPH. If it was in the 2.5-2.7 range I would not be surprised.

Shifting from 1st to 2nd gear with a heavy twist and the motorcycle wants to rip itself from your hands!  Three disc brakes (the front has 4 pistons each) do a great job of taming this beast!

Handling was an area that I thought was going to be poor at best.  With a 240 rear tire I expected to be stood up on any tight turns.  Well, it is not a street bike but, it handles much better than I expected and better then it should.  The route I took for the test ride did not have a lot of twists and turns but it did have a traffic circle with pretty much zero traffic.

With stated lean angles of over 32 degrees for both sides I can attest that even with that big rear tire you can take it all the way down.  With no traffic I rode around the traffic circle getting lower and faster with each pass until I scrapped the left peg.  I did not feel unsteady at any time!

If I was under 30 and looking at power cruisers, I would consider this motorcycle.  Until I realized one thing, no passengers allowed!  Come-on, really, if you are aiming a men under 30 of course they want a spot for the girlfriend, geez.  I would have to replace the tiny trunk with a seat cushion to make it viable.

I am not going to give it a star rating as this motorcycle is way out of my “likes”.  The styling is just not for me, the performance is to much for me (as a daily bike) so it would not be fair.  As I noted above I am not the target of the Harley Davidson FXDR.

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The headset that came with my 2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic had a short that made it useless.  Because I could no longer hear her, my wife bought me the new “Harley Davidson BOOM Audio Music & Communications Headset”.  Hummm was it realy for me?

I have had the new headset for about a month now and can say that it is better then the one that came with the motorcycle.  The sound quality is better and it stays in place a little better.  The new BOOM headset came with some rubbery parts that were suppose to aid in retention.  They are uncomfortable to me so I am not using them.

The sound for phone calls are good according to the people that I have called.  The GPS lady sounds good and music is good but not great.  Overall I give the new Harley Davidson Headset 4 out 5 Stars.

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bikes and breakfastWe recently discovered a motorcycle meetup called “Bikes and Breakfast“.  So we decided to take a ride to the nearest event to check it out.

In our area there are three events each month:

Bikes & Breakfast Virginia- second Sunday of each month at The Pub in Clifton, VA.

Bikes & Breakfast Maryland-the first and third Sunday of each month at The Watershed Cafe in Poolesville, MD.

As it was the first Sunday and Poolesville is not far away we decided to visit that one first.  From the pictures I think you get the idea that the turn at was not to bad. During our hour there over 100 motorcycles pulled in and out of the parking lot.IMG_20190707_101549346_HDR

Almost all makes and all brands were represented including 3 electric motorcycles. A Zero SR/F and DSR (both of which I recently test rode) and an EGO, I had never heard of EGO electric motorcycles.  The EGO bike was pulling out when I walked up so I did not get to check it out.

If you live in this area you should check out Bikes and Breakfast at least once.

Oh, and there is one in New York too:

Bikes & Breakfast New York-the first Sunday of each month at The 9W Market in Palisades, NY.

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Overcast, light rain and thunderstorms, that was day one of the HOG Curves to Cores motorcycle rally. There were no guided rides and with those weather conditions I decided not to do any of the self-guided rides. Instead I did the poker run and apple hunt. I still had a lot of fun!

Day Two of the rally was sunny but not hot, perfect motorcycle ride weather! I had signed up for the “Acting Like a Good Ole Boy” guided ride.

z16This was a 127-mile, well crafted, ride across the Blue Ridge Mountains and down the Shenandoah Valley. Some SPECTATUCLAR scenic views and some cool riding. I was unable to get pictures from the motorcycle as my co-pilot and backseat photographer had to work

The mid-point of the motorcycle ride was a stop at “Cooter’s Garage and Dukes of Hazard Museum”. Those of us of a certain age will remember the Dukes fondly as it was a lot of fun to watch. Today it is “politically incorrect” but then it was fun.z17

When we pulled into Cooter’s Garage, we were only folks there but, before we left there was at least one other group of about 10 motorcycles and then the Can-Am Spyder section of the Women’s Mid-Atlantic Riding Tour pulled in the parking lot.

The last time I saw that many Spyders in one spot, my wife sent me to the store for a can of bug spray! (now that is comedy)

From Cooter’s Garage we rode to lunch and then back to home base in Winchester. The return trip was just as scenic.

Day Three was supposed to be a ride to Summit Point Raceway to ride our big Harley Davidsons on the track. I did not make this ride as I had an offer to test ride the new Zero electric motorcycle. Stand by for a post on that event.z13

Day Four of the rally and the weather, once again, was perfect for riding motorcycles. This day my wife was able to attend and we had chosen the “For Whom the Road Tolls” guided ride.

At 80 miles this ride followed the first toll road in what would become the United States, Snickersville Turnpike. This was another well run ride. I want to praise our road captian Peter for an outstanding job on a ride with lots of intersections and stop signs!z6

This ride was through some of the most rural parts of northern Virginia. Beautiful farms and landscapes abound though out the ride. We passed though multiple small towns founded in the mid-1700s, a lot of pre-United States and Civil War history was ridden through this day.

Day four was also the closing of the rally. Held at Groves Harley Davidson of Winchester they had several event prizes to give away, of course I did not win anything! Bummer.

All in all this was a great event, setup and executed very well. We are going to another HOG rally later this year, it will be hard pressed to outperform the Curves to Cores rally.

Ride On, Ride Safe

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Lightning Strikes and Kills Motorcyclist. Why Rubber Tires Didn’t Protect Him. – Since 2006, there have been 10 lightning fatalities related to motorcycles in the United States

A new motorcycle movie? The “Long Way Up” and no BMW motorcycles? Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, getting it together?

Harley Davidson is going to build 200-500cc motorcycles in India for that market.  Will they make their way to the US and Europe?  Of course they will, Harley Davidson needs a small, cheap motorcycle to gain traction with a new market.

PRINT IS DEAD! and so is the print addition of Motorcyclist Magazine sadly.

Who made 5,000,000 of what?  No matter what your product that is a real milestone. So what did Harley Davidson do?

d1Motorcycles have been around for a long time. They are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient land vehicles to ever be invented. Motorcycles are the vehicle of choice for many not only for the price point but also for the kind of freedom they provide that no car can match.

I think we can all agree that this classic vehicle is due for a much-needed upgrade! The future of motorcycle is nigh, if not already here. Here are thing we can expect in futuristic motorcycles as disruptive technologies make an ingress and change the way we ride in the very near future:

Seamless Connectivity

5G technology is upon us. It is the missing piece of the puzzle— the high bandwidth, low latency solution— to enable seamless connectivity of all devices and modes of transportation. Imagine if vehicles can communicate with the environment such as traffic lights and bridges, as well as each other. It will result in smoother traffic and less accidents on the road.

Photos provided by Andrea Ramirez

Smart and safe

Most motorcycle accidents happen at an intersection when a rider makes a left turn. Motorcycles will be embedded with haptic sensors to alert the rider when a driver violates the right of way. You can also track your motorcycle at all times and receive disturbance alerts from your smart phone. Gone are the days when riders lose their motorcycle to theft.  Damon is one of the companies at the forefront of this innovation to keep riders safe.

Hybrid/Electric

The world is getting warmer, the polar ice caps are melting and we are wiping out thousands of species per year. One of the biggest contributors to global warming is fossil fuel that powers our vehicles. Motorcycles manufacturers are now going electric not only to save mother earth but also to stay in business as consumers are becoming more and more aware of their impact on the environment. Even Harley Davidson is betting their future on their electric motorcycle line LiveWire amid low earnings, lack of interest from millennials and recalls.

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(attribution required: LiveWire Electric Motorcycle | Harley-Davidson USA)

3D Printed

Big Rep recently made waves when they unveiled Nera, the world’s first fully 3D-printed motorcycle. Although barely ready to hit the streets and even looked somewhat unstable in the teaser, it is the harbinger of the 3D-printed motorcycle era that is slated to dominate the manufacturing market as the faster and cheaper alternative to traditional manufacturing.

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(attribution required: https://bigrep.com/nowlab/)

All-Wheel Drive

Most motorcycles have the engine powering the rear tire to push the front tire. With all-wheel drive, the rear tire is powered by the engine and the front tire by a smaller electric motor. This means faster, stronger motorcycle. This is not new technology in cars but it’s certainly challenging to implement on motorcycles due to space constraints. Despite the hurdles, BMW Motorrad and Suzuki have filed patents and made it happen. Other manufacturers are expected to follow.

Hubless

This might look like something out of a science fiction movie like Tron but Finnish motorcycle start up RMK actually made it happen. Their recently unveiled E2 has hub less tires connected to the engine with three cables instead of a chain, therefore reducing rotational mass while providing 67 horsepower and 236 pound-foot of torque. It’s not just for show like these weird motorcycles. Cool huh?

Self-balancing

Love it or hate it but self-balancing motorcycles will be a thing in the future. Now I know hardcore motorcycle riders are opposed to self-balancing motorcycle, much less an autonomous one. But that is the thing about safety, it isn’t always fun. I can see this technology being a staple in the future to make riding safer.  BMW Self-balancing motorcycle, Honda Riding Assist Tech and Bosch Stability Control are in the works to help motorcycles balance on their own.

Author bio: Bona fide digital nomad, mother of two motorcycles, and passionate observer of the technology scene. She’s always on the lookout for the next disruptive innovation and patiently watches them change the world.

 

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In Part 1 I wrote about our trip to Timonium for the annual motorcycle show. That was on a Saturday, on Sunday we attended the International Motorcycle Show, Washington, DC.

As I noted with the Timonium show the crowds were smaller then in previous years. Having the shows on the same weekend definitely impacted attendance IMHO.

As always with the IMS all the major vendors were on site with their latest products. Ducati had a couple new Scramblers, Indian had their new FXR but the one that caught my eye was the new Suzuki Katana. Last produced in 2006 this new Suzuki motorcycle look clean, sleek and ready to run! I would love to get a test ride on this bike.

There were also a bunch of vendors, but not quite as many as in the past (again same weekend). Two of the vendors really caught my eye, the Moto Power Puck and Silent Beacon. This is not an endorsement or recommendation, I just liked their concept. Check them out for yourself.

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Adam Cramer

 

I also got to talk with Adam Kramer. Adam, of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles and the TV Show Philly Throttle, was at the show promoting not only his shop but Side Car Racing.

We enjoyed the International Motorcycle Show and are looking forward to going back next year.

 

 

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There was some confusion on if this motorcycle show would even be held. The original promoter bowed out due to health issues and almost at the last moment the mantle was picked up by Jam-On Productions.

IMG_20190209_124009068As things worked out, due to the change of promoters, the Timonium Motorcycle Show ended up on the same weekend as another major bike show was in the area. Not the best of worlds for either. As it was obvious to me that they cut into each other’s attendance.

We hit the Timonium Motorcycle Show on Saturday, driving the car to the Maryland State Fairgrounds (it is about 90 minutes from home). This show had everything from RV toy haulers, typical show vendors, vintage motorcycles and all the major motorcycle manufacturers represented by their local dealers. But, just as with attendance, there were slightly less vendor spots then previous years, I bet many had to chose between the two events.

Even so, there was still a lot to look as there were quite a few motorcycles entered the show! We enjoyed looking at all the work the folks had put into their bikes and display space. Turns out there is a trophy for best displayed bike.

All said and done I think the Timonium Motorcycle Show came off well. With an entire year to plan the next one I am sure things will be much better in 2020.