Posts Tagged ‘motorbike’

Last year I had a hard time deciding what would make the “Best of” Motorcycle Memes for 2020… not so much this year.

I started out with 19 and these 9 memes came to the top for the Best of 2021 pretty quick.

My favorite this is the Ducati one at the top. May or may not be true….but funny!!!

Covid is once again impacting the artistic (or crazy) side of motorcycling.  The number of new, cool or just fabulous examples of motorcycle tank art was limited for 2021.

By limited I mean… I did not see a lot of good tank art.  Instead of the 9 best we have the 7 best motorcycle tanks for 2021. Where I know the artist I include the information, but the internet is not good about attribution.

Sigh

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This is my take on motorcycle news that grabbed my attention. There is a whole lot more out there, but this is the news that I want to discuss. Drop me a note if you disagree with my take.

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Down Shift Apple recommends not mounting their phones to the motorcycle! – Even though one of the latest iPhone commercials show their phone mounted to a scooter, Apple says that is a no no. Apparently the image stabilization technology of the phone can be degraded or destroyed by the vibrations of the motorcycle. There report state “motorcycle engines generate intense high-amplitude vibrations, which are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars. It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate.”

My Take – WOW, no word on if this violates the iPhone warranty or not. But, after years of seeing how Apple works, I bet the next phone will have a clause about how mounting to a motorcycle will violate the warranty. In the meantime, if you us the iPhone mounted to your bike, look for some form of vibration reduction mounting systems.   

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Up Shift Triumph reaches 1,000,000 – A milestone to say the least. This number is only counting the motorcycles that Triumph has produced since its “re-launch” over 30 years ago. The one millionth bike is a Tiger 900 with a special paint and appearance package.

My Take – I am of two thoughts on this 1) That is an average of only 32,000 motorcycles a year how have they survived with that small of an annual number … what is the mark-up on Triumph motorcycles? 2) Getting to that number of bikes through all the ups and downs our economies have experienced is a testament to good management and good motorcycles.

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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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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V901000

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Summary Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2021 NC750XD motorcycles equipped with 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions. The fuel injection control module software may be programmed incorrectly, which can result in insufficient fuel when stopping, or accelerating from a stop.

Remedy Dealers will reprogram the fuel injection and dual clutch transmission software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 7, 2022. Owners may contact Honda Powersports customer service at 866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KN0.

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 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V836000

Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Components EQUIPMENT

Summary Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2021 Tracer 900 GT (MTT9GTM) motorcycles. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) printed on the Federal Certification label may not match the VIN stamped on the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Remedy Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will install a correct certification label, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 5, 2021. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990151.

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It is that time of year again. Time to think about holiday gifts for your beloved motorcyclist (or crazy biker). This year I looked at what I would want for ME! Lucky for me they are quite applicable for any biker, rider!

9. Clear lens glasses – When it starts to get dark sunglasses are not the best thing to be wearing, been there, did that, did not like it. Having a second set of clear lens glasses or transition glasses will help your motorcyclist a lot.

8. Heated gear – We all “Just Want 2 Ride” right. The gift of heated gear will extend the riding season weeks or months depending on where you live.

7. Bike manual – The shop manual for your motorcyclist’s specific make and model. He or she may never use it for doing the hard work but knowing what is needed is always helpful before taking the motorcycle into the shop.

6. Lip balm/Suntan Lotion – Now how long has that stick of lip balm been in your biker’s pocket or saddlebag? If anything like what is in my bags…..2 to 4 years old, LOL Get them a replacement.

5. Handlebar Cell Phone Holder – There are a LOT of different types of phone holders out there. Some work better with certain phones so make sure you know what your motorcycle rider uses before buying the handlebar holder.

4. Frame them – Frame a nice picture of them with their motorcycle.  Simple and cheap but you might have to snoop on their phone to find the best one! 

3.  Helmet – Is your biker’s helmet more than 5 years old? If so, ask some sneaky questions to find out what they like in a helmet.  Full face, modular, open face, there are so many possibilities… maybe a gift certificate for a helmet might be better.

2. Custom Dynamic Motorcycle Lights – Custom Dynamic makes SUPER bright, eye catching lighting for motorcycles.  I have several sets on my bike and wish I had more! Look at the ProBeam LED Motorcycle Turn Signals.  These turn signal lights are really DIY

If I could get a commission on every purchase of Custom Dynamic lights I have influenced, I would never have to pay for this website again.

1 – Membership in the AMA – That is the American Motorcycle Association not he medical association (or the version of the AMA in your area).   Membership not only gets you things like emergency towing it gets you a voice in Washington DC.  The AMA is the biggest (but not the only) motorcycle lobbyist group trying to protect your right to ride.  This is, most likely the most important motorcycle gift idea on the list!

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If you have be reading my sporadic posts (I really wish I cold do this instead of making money to feed and clothe myself and motorcycles) you know I recently attended the Pennsylvania stop of the International Motorcycle show.  It was an outdoor event that my wife and I enjoyed!

While I was there, I met Meredith Loza, Marking Director of the Powersports Group with Informa Markets. She is the one charged with making sure there are folks coming to the Show. For a Friday afternoon I would weigh she did a pretty good job at it!

Did you know that the International Motorcycle Show (or IMS) is 40 years old… I did not!

I only had a short time with her as she was running the show’s events and I wanted to see everything that I could see.  But I did get to ask some questions, hope they are informative for you.

Why did you go outdoors?

Progressive IMS Outdoors represents a revamp of our tour’s nearly 40-year history that will not only transition IMS from the traditional convention center setup to a new open outdoor experience but will also provide a festival-like atmosphere that promotes enthusiasts of all ages and levels to come together to better engage with products, each other, and the industry. 

In serving the Powersports market, our approach always has been to evolve with the times by paying close attention to the interests and needs of our attendees, industry professionals, and OEMs. In doing so, our shows have become more interactive over the years. IMS Outdoors will serve our attendees with larger venues allowing for more demo rides and interactive activities.

The new outdoors format will support the growth of the Powersports community by offering a unique experience the industry has yet to see. 

Is this a permanent move?

Yes, IMS Outdoors is replacing the traditional International Motorcycle Shows that used to happen from November through February. Just like the previous indoor events, attendees can rest assured each stop will showcase hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, and ATVs for new and experienced riders, and will give enthusiasts the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, as well as hours of entertainment. 

Transitioning to an experience-forward event series has been very well-received by both our attendee and exhibitor community, a model everyone is excited to continue. This new and improved layout mirrors the Powersports lifestyle by providing a fun environment for enthusiasts to reconnect after so many months apart and demo product of interest, from on-road motorcycles and off-road Side by Sides, to the latest e-bikes on the market.

How is COVID impacting industry?

Amidst the difficult circumstances, the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a renewed interest in outdoor-based activities including the Powersports industry. In fact, earlier this year, the MIC reported a double digit jump in new motorcycle sales increasing to 18.4% and sales in off highway motorcycles spiked, reaching 46.5% growth year-over-year. These are all trends we’ve seen reflected at IMS Outdoors as we’ve introduced demo opportunities for on and off-road enthusiasts for the first time ever, plus demo opportunities within complementary lifestyles such as electric bikes and side by sides. We’re excited to play a foundational role in keeping this renewed momentum going and building a stronger base of enthusiasts.    

And anything else you would like to share with me.

Excitingly, we recently revealed our Southern California venue which will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center from November 19 through 21. We look forward to returning to our flagship market this Fall. Tickets are available at www.MotorcycleShows.com

And is there anything else you would like to share with the readers/riders? Excitingly, we recently revealed our Southern California venue which will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center from November 19 through 21. We look forward to returning to our flagship market this Fall. Tickets are available at www.MotorcycleShows.com

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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 STRUCTURE

Summary: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2019 Hypermotard 950 SP motorcycles. The side stand may be improperly welded, potentially causing the stand to break.

Remedy: Dealers will install a new side stand, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 22, 2021. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446. Ducati’s number for this recall is SRV-RCL-21-011.

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Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019-2020 CB500X and CBR500R ABS motorcycles. Excessive grease in the ABS modulator may collect debris, which can get stuck in the check valve and cause a brake fluid leak.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the lot number on the ABS modulator, and replace the modulator as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 29, 2021. Owners may contact Honda Powersports customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KM6.

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Manufacturer KTM North America, Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary: KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2022 Husqvarna FE 350s and Husqvarna FE 501s motorcycles. The brake pad retaining clips on the front brake caliper may have been mounted incorrectly, which could result in loose front brake pads.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect and repair the brake pad retaining clips, as necessary, free of charge. Owners are advised to not ride their motorcycles until the repair has been performed. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed September 20, 2021. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM’s number for this recall is HTB2108.

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Typically, I attend the “Big” International Motorcycle Show series that feature all the major manufactures which, normally, occurs in winter in my region of the world.  This year I will attend not only that show, but also the IMS Outdoor event as well. One reason is how starved I am for in person motorcycle events but also because a friend of this blog is going to be a presenter.

Progressive IMS Outdoors motorcycle shows are offering presentations on “RVing with motorcycles, sidecars, and trikes”.  Lucinda Belden is the new presenter, and her sidecar will be on center stage for a half hour show two times per day at each event.  From August – October she will be covering six event locations nationally talking about how RV and motorcycles work together.

Lucinda is the proprietor of “Direction Wide Open” or DWO. DWO is Lucinda’s, and her husband Will, place to share their RV and Motorcycle adventures with family, friends, and future friends.  They are two full-time RVers and avid motorcyclists, sidecarists (is that really a word?).

Lucinda is the proprietor of “Direction Wide Open” or DWO. DWO is Lucinda’s, and her husband Will, place to share their RV and Motorcycle adventures with family, friends, and future friends.  They are two full-time RVers and avid motorcyclists, sidecarists (is that really a word?).

I can’t congratulate Lucinda enough; it is always tough to get a break into any industry but through her and Will’s hard work she is going to be telling a story many of us will want to hear.

Please go to the International Motorcycle Show Outdoors website and if an event is near you check it out.

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Hey guys, I am in a middle of a move and have not provided as much content lately.  Please stand by for a bit while I get back to normal… whatever that is!

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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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.