Posts Tagged ‘motorcycling’

Women have been riding motorcycles from the start.  While men my dominate the motorbike culture, women have always been there having fun and enjoying the two wheel life.

I am not here to give you a play by play of the women who have sent motorcycle records, but I thought you might enjoy some pics from times past and the women who were there…. On their motorcycles.

bmw motorcycleIf you own a BMW F800S or F800ST built 2007-2009 you should know that National Highway Transportation Administration has issued a recall.

The recall is due to “incorrect tolerances, the rear wheel drive bearing and rear axle may wear”.  The bearing and axle ware, due to the bad tolerances, could increase the risk of a crash.  If you have one of these motorcycles you can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at

harley davidson tri glide motorcycle

Apparently Harley is still having issues with 2014 clutches.

In addition to the issues recalled earlier in the year (see this post) the Motor Company has issued recalls for 2,886 of its 2014 Trike (FLHTCUTG), CVO Breakout (FXSBE), and CVO Softail Deluxe (FLSTNSE) motorcycles due to being assembled with incorrect clutch plates.

Harley says “if the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash”.

If you have one of these bikes please contact your local dealer or 1-800-258-2464.


Café Racer TV

I just got around to watching the first two episodes of the new Café Racer. I love my DVR

I have to say I really like the new format. So far, they show two bike builds each week and they have been good.  In the second show, build number one was putting a modern Kawasaki Ninja engine into a Classic Honda CB750 frame.  Build two was the taking parts of a Harley Davidson Aermacchi and creating a café bike.  Both turned out fantastic!

If I had one complaint, and I really don’t, I would like to know how long it took to assemble the bikes, was it a week, a month, months?


picture by scott massey

DOT Approved? Not likely.

I just ran across another congressman who has sent a letter to the CDC (back in September, obviously I got to this late).

Congressmen Tom Petri of Wisconsin has written the CDC telling them to stay out of motorcycle safety issues and to focus on their mission of disease prevention. The congressmen said this:

“Given the demands on your budget and the unique ability of the CDC to address such pressing issues as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other conditions and issues, which afflict millions of Americans and others around the globe, we encourage you to direct your attention and resources to areas that are not currently already being addressed elsewhere in the government.”

ABATE of Wisconsin and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is working with the congressmen, who is apparently a motorcycle fan, on this and other biking related issues.

As I mentioned in my other posts about this issue, allowing the government to label any part of motorcycling a health cost risk is to open the door to the elimination of what we love. I am personally in favor of helmets, and think we should all use them but using the new health care laws will, eventually, slowly, eliminate motorcycles “for the safety of the children”.

Make sure you contact your congressmen about making the CDC stay out of transportation issues! You can call your representatives by calling the US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.