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April is Motorcycle Helmet Awareness month so how about an air conditioned helmet?

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The EPA Wants to VIOLATE your WARRENTY! The EPA wants to hep you do just that. – On March, 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would makes regulatory changes to allow year-round sales of E15 fuel. This action would put the owners of millions of motorcycles and ATVs at significant risk because the dangers of this fuel are not clearly identified at the pump, E15 can cause engine and fuel system damage to machines not designed for its use and use of E15 may void the manufacturers’ warranty.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes the proposed change and we are urging you to take advantage of the public comment period for this regulatory change and tell the EPA to reconsider this move and protect American motorcyclists from this unsafe fuel.

I you want to help fight this you need to join the AMA or Motorcycle Riders Foundation

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Suzuki’s radar reflector – An interesting idea to hep motorcycles fit into the world of auto-piloted cars.

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Even a Rolling Stone can get robbed. Keith Richards, still alive BTW, was robbed of some classic off-road motorcycles including 1977 Maico 400.

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Motocross racer breaks his motorcycle in half landing a jump.

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Normally I put this list of motorcycle helmets together in January or early February. But, but this year I forgot and when I did remember thought that the Motorcycle Helmet Safety Awareness moth of April would be a good time to publish the list for 2018.

Not every year has a list of weird motorcycle helmets, sometimes there are not enough to get 9 good ones. If you are interested in checking out previous years “Winners” you can click these links:

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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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If you have listened to our DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio podcast you would have heard us rant about MotoAmerica. Not so much the racing but the fact that it is so hard to see!

It was on the BEIN network and BEIN just did not have much access to American households.

THAT HAS ALL CHANGED FOR 2019!

MotoAmerica has reached a deal Fox Sports 2, available on almost all cable packages, nearly 57 million home! Fox Sports 2 will offer all 10 rounds Super Bike racing live or same day. Each race will be rerun within 7 days. That is a big upgrade over last year.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!

NBC Sports Network is going present “Inside MotoAmerica” with 11 shows of race highlights and features from the MotoAmerica.

MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey stated…. “We’d like to thank NBC Sports for their interest in the MotoAmerica Series and we can’t wait to showcase our racing, personalities and MotoAmerica lifestyle to our fans, both new and established, with a little different flair. We know the shows will be well-received by our fans, our teams, sponsors and racers, and we’re excited to get the season started.”

Inside MotoAmerica will premier Saturday April 13 at 11PM.

BUT WAIT …. EVEN MORE!!!

If you have cut the cable and don’t have access to Fox Sports 2 you can still get all the races!

MotoAmerica Live + is the series live streaming package. If you have internet access you now have race access.

MotoAmerica Live + will provide you with all 10 rounds of the MotoAmerica series plus MA-LiveLogo-vertical-570x356the practice sessions, the qualifying sessions and the races in all five classes. Plus, features, interviews and more in a package that will provide fans with all the on-and off-track action.

If MotoAmerica Live + interests you… The annual package will be available for purchase for a pre-sale price of $49.95 through March 31. After March 31, the season pass will be available for $69.95 with single-event (weekend) packages available for $9.95.

 

We, at the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio, have been preaching for a long time the need for this kind of change for fans to have more access. We are on board with the changes and are looking forward to the season.

The first race this year is April 6th from Road Atlanta.

I think the racing in Super Bike in 2019 is going to be AWESOME, but the series NEEDS YOU to step up. Set your DVR or buy the package and watch the races!!!

 

 

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The Flying Dutchman is a touching story about how Jonathan Helmuth created an extraordinary experience for a man that had been friend, mentor and large part of his life. His friend Daryl Zook is going blind, and Jonathan wants to fulfill Daryl’s desire to take a 3000 mile motorcycle trip from Daryl’s home in Indiana to the Pacific Northwest coast. Daryl is more than a “bit” curmudgeonly and this leads to some humorous moments as well as some not so humorous.  The film is available on Amazon Prime.

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Jonathan has a motorcycle built for the trip by then newly established Janus Motorcycle company. A small bike with sidecar is prepared for their trip by Janus. There is an untold story in this film about the Janus Motorcycle, which I will get to below, which basically “blows up” not long into the trip. Jonathan and Daryl change up the original plans and find a new used motorcycle to finish the trip.

They do make it to the coast, still friends! The film was not about the motorcycles but about their friendship and the underpinning of their lives.

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The story, photography and reason for the trip make this a fun film to watch. There are several cringe worthy moments (Daryl being the curmudgeon), the lack of trip preparation (proper motorcycle, good rain gear?) and that story of the Janus motorcycle is missing are reasons why I cannot give it 5 stars.

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Now for the Janus Motorcycle story, this being a motorcycle blog…. My immediate take away was two fold 1) that motorcycle looked WAY to small to mount a sidecar 2) why use such a small manufacturer vice one that has a national footprint? I did not really get an answer to the latter question, other than my guess that they may have been going cheap and Janus was willing to help. I did find an answer to the first take away.

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Janus Halcyon 250

Not only was that a small bike, it was a “tiny” bike! It was a 50cc 2-stroke pulling a sidecar, 2 grown men and some stuff. I am sure you are thinking the same thing I am… recipe for disaster, or “What was Janus thinking?” Well it appears that the, then 2-man shop, was thinking we want the coverage and we are aware of the risk. They warned Jon that the motorcycle was not the best solution for this adventure especially in that they only had weeks to get the bike and sidecar operational. The following quote from their website proves the old saying regarding hindsight….

“In the end, if there was a mistake it was certainly ours in allowing one of our 50cc Halcyons to be selected as a candidate for such a journey, especially with a sidecar. We did not have the foresight to see that we would be the one to lose the most from the film. While the documentary spends little time on the Janus and the strength of the story lies in the character of Daryl and Jon’s desire to create a perfect bonding experience, it proved for us to be nothing more than a great way to immortalize a naive decision on our part.”  You can read the entire Janus Post here.

I have never seen, let alone ridden, a Janus Motorcycle but I hope, someday, that I could get a chance. They currently produce 3 models all 250cc (lesson learned? LOL) each starting at just under $7,000US. Of the three I really like the looks of the Halcyon, it gives that throwback to the 1920s early 1930s vibe, but their scrambler and café race are eye catching as well.

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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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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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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.

 

 

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According to Feedspot.com, of the more popular RSS content readers, IJustWant2Ride is #91 onthe “Top 100 Motorcycle Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019”.  That works for me!

A few of the blogs that I follow are also on the list.

Motorbike Writer

MotoLady

HappyWrench

BanditRider Blog

Lone Star Rider

So at # 91 we have a lot of room to move up.  But the problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to invest in all those SEO and back link things to get more search engine connections.

Oh well, I do this more because I enjoy motorcycles then any other reason. But thanks FeedSpot.com for the recognition!


In this film the motorcycle should have gotten a best supporting actor award. Currently showing on Amazon Prime, “The Best Bar In America” uses a vintage BMW sidecar motorcycle throughout the show as a character playing a role.

You can watch the trailer here.

The basic plot of this motorcycle movie is that the owner is riding his motorcycle to every bar in the western United States in order to write a book about the best bar in America. Along the way he loses his wife, drinks too much, makes a new best friend, loses the best friend, loses the book deal, finds new love and rides his motorcycle.

From the opening scene to near the end of movie the motorcycle has a place. Called worthless, a stinking machine and a NAZI PoS as well as other terms of endearment, it is a central plot device that helps hold the movie together. I am not sure that this film would be as good as it is if it were not for the vintage motorcycle.

There was one quick scene where the starting sequence was laid out, open petcock, little twist of throttle, a couple short strokes of the kicker, another twist of the throttle and then big kick…just like any kick start bike of that age, you have to know how to stroke it to lite it up. That one scene summed up both the leads relationship with the motorcycle and why he was struggling in life; both require a lot of work to keep running.

All in all this was an enjoyable movie. I recommend it as a good movie for lovers of motorcycles. I am giving it 4 Stars.

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