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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 www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

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Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling over 200,000  2017-2018 motorcycles.  To many models to list and still be readable.  The recall is on the secondary clutch actuator cylinder may leak fluid internally and the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.

CONSEQUENCE: If the clutch cannot be disengaged it can result in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will install a new secondary clutch actuator piston assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 5, 2018. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0173.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY:  Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Yamaha SR400 motorcycles. The engine oil line flare nut may be insufficiently tightened, allowing oil to leak onto the rear tire.

CONSEQUENCE: An oil leak onto the rear tire can cause a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the flare nut connection. If oil is not leaking, the nut will be tightened. If oil is leaking, the engine oil line will be replaced and the flare nut will be tightened, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 29, 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926.

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Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2012-2013 Yamaha XTZ12 Super Tenere motorcycles. Over time, a gap may develop in the protective sealant where the lead wires of the accelerator position sensor (APS) and throttle position sensor (TPS) connect to the electronic control unit (ECU). This may cause corrosion on the wires, preventing the engine from returning to idle after the throttle is released.

CONSEQUENCE:  If the engine does not return to idle when the throttle is released, it can lead to a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will bypass the wire lead connection with a new sub lead harness multi-connector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2018. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990122.

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Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:  Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Suzuki DL650A, DL650XA, GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000R, and 2018 GSX-S750 motorcycles. During installation, the fuel pump O-ring may have been twisted, reducing the sealing performance and possibly resulting in a fuel leak.

CONSEQUENCE:  A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

REMEDY: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump O-ring and the fuel tank inner vessel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2018. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki’s numbers for this recall are 2A86-2A88.

 

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Our Christmas show with, thanks to Phil, some non-traditional music!!! (how about a Christmas Carol to the tune of “Smells Like Teen Sprit”?)

On this show we discuss…

Women starting to really drive motorcycle sales.
AMA scores big win on U.S. highways bill.
Viva Knieval bike heads to auction block.

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Not sure if there is a season for recalls but an awful lot of motorcycles have been affected in the last 40 days (give or take).  Here are the ones that I am aware of, check the link at the bottom to find our if your bike has an open recall (any recall not just these).

185,000 – Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 185,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because the saddle bags can come loose and fall off, increasing the risk of a crash. Models affected are: certain 2014 and 2015 Road King, Street Glide, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, Police Road King, Police Electra Glide and CVO Ultra Limited bikes. Also affected are 2014 CVO Road King and the 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low, Ultra Limited Low, Road Glide, CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide Ultra motorcycles.

45,000 – Honda recalls more than 45,000 motorcycles A product flaw that could result in engine stalling and increased crash risks led Honda to recall certain motorcycle models dating back to 2013. The model affected are: 2013 through 2015 are ST1300PA, CB500, CBR500, CRF250L, CBR650, CTX700, NSS300, VT750, VT1300, 2015 CB300F, CBR300 and CBR600. The recall also affects NC700 models from the years 2014 through 2016.

12,700 – Yamaha recalls 12,721 Motorcycles the insulation on the stator coil, a component of the alternator, may become damaged and short circuit to due insufficient heat resistance. Models affected are: 2008-2011 WR250X motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2008, to June 1, 2011 and 2008-2015 WR250R motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2008, to June 1, 2015.

308 – Suzuki recalls 308  Accessory Backrest Mounting Hardware kits, part numbers 990A0-75148 and 990A0-75148-BLK, manufactured March 1, 2012, to April 21, 2015. The supplied bolts are to long and my rub the tire.

248 – KTM recalls Super Duke R motorcycle for an issue related to a fuel tank leak.  Models affected 2014 and later 1290 Super Duke R motorcycle

 

That is a lot of bikes that need to be checked… my Ultra Limited is one of them.

If you have one of these model motorcycles (in the US) please check one of the US Governments websites that actually works SAFERCAR.GOV to see if you are affected.

 

In an earlier post I mentioned that I had attended the 2015 Timonium Bike show.  While I have noticed this bird like trend in the past it really struck me as I walked around the show, bikes with beaks.

Over the last few years I “feel” that there has been a severe consolidation in the appearance of sportbikes regardless of manufacturer.  The general appearance of a Honda is similar to that of a Yamaha or pic your make.

One of the way by which the appearance is homologizing is bird like front ends.  Below are pictures from the show of just a few of the many bike sporting the beak and they are not all from the same stable…I mean birdhouse.  🙂      Wellll they also look like bugs.

Dealernews has announced their 2014 Top 100 Dealers. Dealerships from 30 states (and two from Canada) were recognized for their outstanding efforts.top 100 2014

Out of the Top 100 Harley Davidson (42) had the largest number of dealers listed while Suzuki and Yamaha tied for second place (37 each). Harley Davidson was also awarded the Vehicle Brand of the Year.

The big winner was Motorcycle Mall of Belleville, NJ when it was selected as the best overall dealer of 2014. Dealernews had this to say about Motorcycle Mall:

“The dealership regularly hosts movie nights, and puts on stunt shows and works closely with Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider courses, which in turn helps bring younger customers in. The dealership’s average customer age is 30, an enviable number in an industry where buyers aging out is a legitimate concern. At Motorcycle Mall, they sell the experience of coming to the dealership as much as of riding itself.”

“We want to make this a destination where people want to come here and come back. We want people to associate riding with Motorcycle Mall. We’re your local dealer and we’ll take care of you. This isn’t, ‘Buy a bike and we’ll see you later.’ It’s trying to build that customer loyalty.”

Some of the other awards presented by Dealernews were:

Community Outreach: Frieze Harley-Davidson, O’Fallon, Ill., tied with Woodstock Harley-Davidson.
Service Department Excellence: Cyclewise / Ducati Vermont, New Haven, Vt.
Customer Service: Performance PowerSports, Seneca, S.C.
Best Dealer to Work for: GO AZ Motorcycles, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Best Event: Motorcycle Mall
Best Display: Off-Road Express West
Best Exterior: Sound Harley-Davidson
Online Promotion: Road Track and Trail, Big Bend, Wis.
Print Media Campaign: Indian Victory Charlotte, Lowell, N.C.
Integrated Media Campaign: A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson
Social Media Campaign: McHenry Harley-Davidson
Parts Department Excellence: Rexburg Motorsports

Congrats to all the dealers!

Part spy novel with technology stolen from behind the iron curtain and people escaping socialism/communism in cars with false bottoms. Part technology story of how Nazi rocket technology helped create the two stroke engine domination. Part history book on motorcycle racing in the 1950-60s. This book is also the story of how Suzuki became a major motorcycle manufacture.

20140415-084712.jpgThis, true story, is about two men Walter Kaaden, the father of the modern two stroke engine and Ernst Degner the man who raced Kaaden’s motorcycle. The story of the modern two strokes begins with Kaaden working on Germany’s V1 rockets and understanding how that technology could be used by the, then lowly, two stroke engine. After the war, he returned to his home in the communist controlled sector of Germany that would become East Germany. He begins using his Nazi knowledge to assemble racing motorcycles.

Ernst Degner was not only a racer but also one of Kaaden’s assistant engineers. Their work allowed the East Germans to go from nothing to competing and winning on the Grand Prix. Deganer and Kaaden became stars of the communist system, but where Kaaden was an older man happy to live his life with his family in his home town, Deganer was not.

Deganer raced at a time where men died at nearly every race. The skills of the winner of those races were well compensated and they lived a very “comfortable” lifestyle, unless you were a communist. Deganer’s rewards were much less than his western counterparts. Where they would take their winnings and buy expensive cars and vacation in southern France. Daganer received an apartment and the 1950s version of the Yugo.

Deganer wanted more; he wanted what the winners from other countries received. It was representatives from Suzuki that promised the desired lifestyle he wanted, if he would give them the two stroke technology and know-how. Deganer defected from East Germany in 1961 taking with him the information that made Suzuki into a world motorcycle power. In 1962 he won the world championship with Suzuki while riding there copy of the East German two stroke.

But his and Kaaden’s story did not turn out well. Kaaden would be under secret police scrutiny (problerly for his life time) while receiving almost no recognition for his contributions to motorcycling. Deganer would suffer in a terrible crash that would spiral him into depression and drug use. The only real winner in this story was the two stroke engine and Suzuki.

I found that the history of the modern two stroke engine is a dark story arising from Nazi slave labor and the thousands of people who died under the V1 rocket, from under the boot heal and rifles of communism/socialism, and the ashes of international espionage. The author, Mat Oxley, tells this story in a lively, entreatingly manner that holds the reader though out the entire story.

The book is a well written, interesting read, 4 out of 5 starts.

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I see a lot of this type of question on many of the other blogs, websites and forms.  Most typically they start off congenial but spin down to the “the dealership sucks and charges too much” and “if you don’t do it yourself you are a wimp”.

My POV on this subject originates in 2000 at a Ford dealership in Fayetteville, NC.  I was there buying a new vehicle, the first Ford Sport Trac sold in Fayetteville, when I overheard a heated and loud argument at the service desk.

Ostensibly a man had, what he considered, warranty work performed on his transmission (it was older F250 with a couple 100K of what looked like hard miles).  As I was waiting for my vehicle to be taken off the truck (I said it was the first) I listened to the conversion between the service representative and the owner of the truck.  Just like all these type of conversations it started politely but got heated in a hurry.

The dealership wanted to charge him over $1500 dollars for the work while he insisted it should be covered by warranty.  What it boiled down to was that the dealership stated with that many miles the transmission should have been serviced, if I remember correctly, five times.  The owner was stating that it had been serviced, he did it himself.  She responded that for the warranty to be honored the service had to be performed by a “certified” mechanic, that they would not honor the warranty. 

Now I do not know how the situation was resolved, my brand new Sport Trac came off the truck and I was checking it out. But that argument left an imprint on me that have lasted to this day.  If my vehicles are under warranty the dealership gets all service work, with the occasional exception for the standard oil change (and I keep records of that).  I also attempt to be very prompt in getting the services performed at the appropriate mileage points, give or take a few thousand miles.

I do know how to do a lot of the work myself.  I can do a lot of the basic things (that do not require a computer and there is less and less of that every year) like all the fluid changes, spark plugs and wires, batteries, lights, etc.. I have worked with friends to change transmissions and I have helped work on the pumpkins of four wheel drives.  I even use to know how to use the tire changing machines and wheel balancers and I think I could figure out how to use the modern equipment to do that job too.

So where does that leave me?  I have the knowledge to do some of my own work, but I do not want to jeopardize my warranty just in case I have a major problem down the road.  All my vehicles get their service at the dealership at least through the end of the warranty, and I do typically get the extended warranty.  To some folks I will be a stupid wimp but I think I fit in there with the majority of the population. 

 

I like to listen to the DawgHouse 2 Wheel Radio show .  It is a motorcycle podcast which the hosts call “A completely irreverent, totally biased, intellectually challenged and scornful study of the twisted life of the motorcycling world & those who inhabit our planet, all wrapped up in a disturbing weekly show!” and I can’t completely disagree with that description to much  😉  The show use to be on Saturday mornings on a local Washington, DC radio station but was dropped when the station changed formats. It is now broadcast on the internet Tuesday nights.  I typically listen to the podcasts during my commute.morehead1

The last couple weeks they have been discussing and lamenting the fact that motorcycle racing does not have much of a following in the US. So after listening to those shows I sat back and thought about why I am not a follower of motorcycle racing. I do caveat the following this with the fact that I have watched some bike racing on TV, both road and super-cross.

While I am a lifelong rider I have never really followed the road racing scene (in fact I have only once attempted to attend a bike race at BSR/Summit Point but the $30 entrance fee was too much to watch just a small portion of the track). I do follow, loosely, NASCAR and I have even been to a couple races (in the 80s).

Long story short I came to the following conclusions (right or wrong just my thoughts):

1. I want to see more of the race. I can, for the most part, see the entire track at NASCAR and super cross, not so with road racing, car or bike. When I can’t see all the action I do not feel I am getting my money’s worth, I don’t really know what is going on, and unless I am near the start/finish line I have no idea who won. Motorcycle road racing on TV just is not as well coved as a NASCAR (which only has a couple of road races) or as well as the auto grand prix style races which also has attendance issues.

This maybe an American predilection for this type of racing.  Like our version of football and fondness of baseball, it is neither right nor wrong  it just is.  With the NASCAR tracks folks can see the action, depending on how thick the beer googles are!  And the same applies for our other major American sports, I can see the entire playing field from my seat. I can see the entire track at Supercross and when I see it on TV it looks better attended than any other version of motorcycle racing I have seen.

2. Harley is not road racing. Yeah, I know, but the fact is that the folks you want to watch are the folks who watch NASCAR and ride Harley. My two favorite manufactures are Harley and Honda (Royal Enfield is #3) but there is a large gap between #1 and the rest. So unless I am really enamored with a Honda sport bike (I am not) I have no emotional draw to the sport.

Without that emotional pull do I want to pay $30 dollars to see part of race then walk or ride around the track to see different parts of the action?   No not really.

tamagawa_nov6_49So what would get me into motorcycle racing? What could be done to fix this situation?

I only have one idea which might be used pull people into the sport.  First, it will not be road racing.  Second it will have to be a V-Twin bike. So what I am thinking is that we have a V-Twin series (NASCAR has car and truck) for those of us not into the sport bike world.

It would also have to be an oval (turn left) track.  The NASCAR super speedways would be too large for bikes like this but not the short tracks like Bristol could be a lot of fun.

Would Harley, Indian, Victory Star and others compete, would it be a privateer series? I do not know but I do know that I would be more interested in seeing a race of this nature then I would a normal superbike road race.

Combine a V-twin race to an oval and I start to think WOW! And when I think back to the old pictures of motorcycle racing in the early 1900’s I think of oval board tracks and large crowds. Would I go to the speedway during Daytona Bike Week to watch guys race Harley and Indians, yes I would!

Just saying…..

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I can now say if I have not seen it all, I must be getting close.  These products are produced by 2×2 Cycles out of North Carolina.  Their motto of “Who says you can’t take it with you?” explains their reason for being.

They look safe and secure and if I could still golf I might consider this for my bike.  They make products for: Honda, BMW, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha, Triumph, Aprilla and Ducati motorcycles.

Check out their website here!image from 2x2cycles.com

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports, that in 2012, there was  a small drop in motorcycle thefts….only 46,000 bikes were stolen.

California, Florida and Texas led in thefts per state but New York City, Las Vegas and San Diego were the worst overall.  Honda was the most stolen bike followed by Suzuki.  So if you ride a Honda in New York City….lock it up!  😉

Another item of good news is that if your Honda in NYC is stolen the chance for recovery has increased.  In 2011 only 37% of stolen motorcycles were recovered, in 2012 that increased to 39%!  See the full article here