Posts Tagged ‘Motorcycle’

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Not many motorcycle safety recalls this month.  But if you own a late model Suzuki you might be eligible for $100 (US only sorry).

 

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

SUMMARY: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (Kawasaki) is recalling certain 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE (ZXT02BJ) motorcycles. The pin for the center stand spring may have been improperly welded, and, as a result, the pin may shift or fall off resulting in the spring detaching and the center stand dropping to the ground unexpectedly and dragging while riding.

CONSEQUENCE: The dragging center stand can cause a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left center stand bracket, free of charge. Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC18-05.

Manufacturer: Fuel Helmets

SUMMARY: Fuel Helmets (Fuel) is recalling certain Open Face helmets, part number SH-OF0016 in size Large and SH-OF0017 in size Extra Large manufactured June 2015-April 2017. The affected helmets may not adequately protect the wearer’s head in the event of an impact, and an object may penetrate 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 fails to meet the safety requirements can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

REMEDY: Fuel Helmets will notify owners and replace the helmet, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Fuel customer service at 1-855-355-3835.

Manufacturer: Suzuki  

This is an older recall but I guess Suzuki has not gotten enough response to the recall.

SUZUKI WANTS TO PAY YOU $100 (US ONLY SORRY) TO GET YOUR RECALL COMPLETED!

If you own a 2004-2013 GSX-R600/750 or a 2005-2013 GSX-R1000 you may have a faulty front brake master cylinder.

Get the recall completed between September 1st, 2018 and November 30th, 2018 and Suzuki will pay you $100 (but only in the US).

You have to register your motorcycle at this website and when the recall is verified by the dealership that performs the work, you will get a $100 prepaid VISA card.

Sweat deal IMHO.

 

 

 

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Maybe blue is an unlucky color for me. This is the second tow with this bike.

If you are out and about having a nice motorcycle ride on one of the few nice days we have had this summer your motorcycle refuses to start.  We were topping off the tank, after having made multiple stops about town, when the bike would not restart.

Not restarting sounds a bit too nice to describe what happened.  When I hit the starter button we got one grunt and then nothing.  My troubleshooting thoughts went right to the charging system.  Did we drain the battery because the bike was not charging the battery as we rode?

After getting the bike towed to the dealership turns out that the battery had a dead cell and could not be charged.  Something about how the newer batteries worked of which I am not knowledgeable.  Anyway…. Got the motorcycle back after a few days and dollars everything seems to work again.  Luckily the towing was covered by the Harley Owners Group membership.

Now the weather forecast states rain for the next 10 days…. Sigh!

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The DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio…The #1 Motorcycle Show in the US

World Superbike in Portimao.  Rea does it again and again.

Yamaha has a lot of changes going and it is not all good. Dropping double digits in sales, dropping supersport road  racing in America, our take on what is going on.

Supercross 2019 schedule is out and there are 3 new stops!

Tom Sykes where is he going at the end of the year.

Click HERE to go the page and listen to the show.

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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In August by buddy Phil and I, representing the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show, attended the MotoAmerica race at Pittsburgh International Race (PittRace) complex. This was our second MotoAmerica race for the year, we attended the race at Virginia International Raceway a few months earlier.

ijustwant2ride.comWe parked about as far away from the action as possible, just the luck of the draw. But during the long walk we did see a lot of vehicles from out of state (Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Minnesota to name a few). When we did make it to the gathering we found that MotoAmerica had again set up events and activities for folks to enjoy between races. A globe of death, and stunt shows among other things were ready to go. The State of Pennsylvania even had their Motorcycle Safety team out giving away stickers and yard sign promoting motorcycle safety.

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Watching the race while watching the race!

The racing facility was very nice, well laid out and easy to get from point A to point B.
Food truck were located near the viewing area and were serving some good eats. The only issue with we had with the Pittsburgh Race Complex was that there was only one place from which to watch the race, Spectator Hill.

From Spectator Hill it is possible to view about 40% of track as well as a jumbotron. You could walk and see bits and parts of the track from a few other locations but really nothing more then flashes. As far as attendance our best guess is that there were 2500-3000 people there that day. Spectator Hill was not crowded but if you doubled the number of the folks there, it would be quite well packed.

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Josh Herrin crossing the finish line

The racing, just like VIR, was great! We watch the Liquid Molly race as well as the Super Stock and Superbike races. We watched the Super Stock race from Spectator Hill and the Superbike race from the pits, the starting grid and the media center. I am not going to detail the races, that you can get from multiple sites as well as MotoAmerica.

The week leading up to the race we were not sure if were going to be issued media credentials. Phil and I (primarily Phil) got into an argument with some of the folks associated with MotoAmerica including one of the owners. Our “discussion” was about the “coverage” of the sport. Long story short, we believe that MotoAmerica is not getting the product out to enough eyeballs. We have said, on multiple occasions, that the product (racing) is very good now, that the on-site activities are good, but beIN is killing them on viewership.

We had a great time at Pittsburgh Race Complex and look forward to attending next year’s race as well!

 

 

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Is Craigslist safe to buy motorcycles anymore?  Writing this post pains me a little bit, because I literally grew up on Craigslist when it came to motorcycles.  My first bike came from Craigslist – a non-running Kawasaki KZ440 that I pushed home about 2 miles.

After that, I had a litany of buys and sells through Craigslist resulting in dozens of motorcycles over the years.  I lived in San Francisco during this early period, which was really the birthplace of Craigslist itself.  Hence, I knew Craigslist when it was just an innocent kid living in the peaceful loving San Francisco Bay Area.

Then Craigslist grew up (or grew creepy), I am not sure which.

I think part of the downward spiral began when the site truly went national with a specific Craigslist page for every state and city in the country.  In some ways, this probably attracted a criminal element, recognizing that the site could be used for interstate activity.

Another aspect of the downward spiral came with the expanded offerings.  Craigslist began to have personal ads and “for sale” subcategories covering things that really shouldn’t be sold freelance on the internet (weapons, fireworks, etc.).  In other words, Craigslist became the wild west attracting every lunatic trying to make a buck.

craigslistI sold a car a few years back and had a very interesting experience as a result.  It was a holiday weekend, so all banks were closed.  The buyer showed up and only had about 2/3rds of the asking price, although he was dead set on buying the car.  If that was the case, you think he would have come prepared.  Anyways, he said he would go to the Walmart and get the rest.  Unclear what that meant, I followed him to the Walmart where he proceeded to buy 20 or so packs of gum, doing the maximum cash back on each purchase until he had the remainder of the car purchase price.  Relatively innocuous, but strange nonetheless (and a big waste of my time).

At this point in history, there have been dozens if not hundreds of reported incidents related to Craigslist – robberies, kidnaps, and murders.  Local police departments even encourage buyers and sellers to do transactions in their lobbies instead of meeting at a personal residence.  For a while there, I continued to be willing to meet people at a public place like the supermarket or a local bank.  I am a 6 foot tall guy, so I figured what was really going to happen? 

According to some research, the website is linked to over 300 crimes a year.  That isn’t a lot compared to the millions of transactions that occur as a result of Craigslist, but do you really want to be the one person who gets murdered over a $50 motorcycle part?  If you Google, the stories of the crimes are heinous.

Then I heard about a local guy and his son selling a $1,500 dirt bike that were murdered when they showed up to the sale.  That was it for me – the end of my willingness to use Craigslist.  I sell small, shippable parts on eBay now.  I have no intention to sell “Cal” ever, but I guess if I have a bike I want to sell down the line I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

Alternatives to Craigslist

·    eBay – Obviously an excellent alternative to Craigslist for small parts and if you plan to ship stuff (no local pickup).  eBay takes a percentage cut of the sale so kind of a downside, but necessary for all the added buyer protection and overhead they have running the site.

·    Amazon – It isn’t just for buying stuff, there are seller subscriptions services that you can pay for and become an Amazon seller.  Not bad if you plan to sell over and over again.

·    Facebook Marketplace – similar to Craigslist, but the universe of people you are selling to are just friends or neighbors.  This still has some risk, but less than every creeper using Craigslist.

·    Letgo – The well-advertised site is similar in terms of security to the Facebook alternative.  Users must have a verified profile – although true creepers will always find a way around that.

Most other alternatives that I am aware of have zero security or safety measures, so I wouldn’t consider them good alternatives.

Conclusion

Is Craigslist safe to buy motorcycles anymore?  Honestly, 99/100 times it is probably fine, but the possibility that it is that 1 time out of 100 means it isn’t worth the risk to me.  I want to be around a long time, wrenching on bikes until my heart is content.  I will find other means to buy and sell parts and bikes.

Author Bio

Chris is a DIY Motorcycle Repair nut (pun intended).  He advocates getting to know your motorcycle and experiencing the rewarding thrill of success that can only come through picking up a wrench and working on your machine.  He is an active blogger on his website HappyWrench.com and an active member of many social media websites.  He began wrenching out of necessity at a young age and has continued to teach himself and others through his research and writing.   He believes anything is possible with a little ambition and patience.

 

 

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.

The other day I mentioned that West Virginia does not do enough to promote motorcycle tourism in the state.  On a trip (via car … sigh) to visit family we stopped at the West Virginia boarder rest stop. 

At the rest stop I walked around and looked for motorcycle related pamphlets. There were more then I expected but less then I hoped.

Some of these are new to me. The “Devils Den”, for example, was a first and one that I need to check out!  The pamphlet entitled “Southern West Virginia Motorcycle Ride Guide” includes many of the areas I have rode.

Looks like things are improving, slowly, but there is a lot more that can be done.  WV could be a motorcycling Mecca, like east Tennessee, with some dedicated effort.  If I hit the lottery maybe I will be the guy to do it… LOL!

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Not sure how this happened…. But when I was preparing my posts on our trip to Custom Dynamics (Part 1 and Part 2) I noticed that I had never posted my review and installation video of their RINGZ front turn signals. Sooo better late than never I guess.

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I have been noticing that a few other bikes turn signals are a lot brighter as runningijustwant2ride lights and turn signals, so I started investigating. Turns out those bright lights are the Custom Dynamics RINGZ turn signal inserts.

The RINGZ are super bright LED inserts which replace the standard bulbs in the turn signals. After checking them out I bought a set for my front signals, with a Harley Davidson Ultra there are no “normal” rear signals for the RINGS to replace.

Easy to follow instructions. Below is a video of how I replaced them on my bike.

WP_20150617_19_22_10_ProAs far as the product review goes….WOW!!! I was a big dummy and forgot to take a before photo but these things are bright. In their white running light mode, they are as bright, it seems, as my passing lamps which are LED as well. I also must point out that riding at night I seem to get a bit greater lighting left and right, not much but some. In turn signal or emergency flasher mode the Custom Dynamic RINGZ are far and away superior to the standard bulbs.

I am going to give the Custom Dynamics RINGZ LED Turn Signals a 5-star review. Super bright and ease of installation make these a must have if your bike supports them.

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As noted above in the Part 1 post I now have their new ProBeam turn signals and those suckers are even brighter then the RINGZ!