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BMW is Recalling certain model
year 2007-2009 F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles9122013WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013 RECALL
Subject : Rear Wheel Bearing WearReport Receipt Date: NOV 01, 2013
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,608
of North America, LLCSUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009
F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles manufactured August 2006 through January 2009. Due to incorrect tolerances, the rear wheel
drive bearing and rear axle may wear.CONSEQUENCE: Bearing and axle wear may affect handling and control
of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect
the wheel bearing, and if necessary, replace the bearing and rear axle, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in December
2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
|Vehicle Make||Model||Model Year(s)|
|BMWBMW||F 800 SF 800 ST||2007 - 20092007 - 2009|
Harley is Recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles9122013WASHINGTON,
D.C. - December 9, 2013 RECALL Subject : Clutch may not Disengage/Incorrect Clutch PlateReport
Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V517000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,886
Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson
Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles manufactured
May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The affected motorcycles may have been built with an incorrect clutch release plate.CONSEQUENCE: An
incorrect clutch release plate may prevent the clutch from disengaging. If the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have
difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson
will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch release plate. If the clutch is incorrect, it will be replaced free
of charge. The recall began in October 2013. Harley-Davidson's recall number is 0154. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.
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Duluth National9122013December 9, 2013 - Team Yamaha's X-country team puts in some
pre-season testing and development at the first ISOC national snocross race of the season.
Harley is Recalling Certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and
FLHRSE motorcycles9122013WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 9, 2013RECALL Subject : The Clutch may not DisengageReport
Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V515000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,597
Motor CompanySUMMARY: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year
2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013.
The clutch master cylinder may allow air into the clutch system. Additionally, the motorcycles may have been assembled with
an incorrect clutch release plate. Either condition may prevent the clutch from disengaging.CONSEQUENCE: If
the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a
crash.REMEDY: Harley-Davidson has already notified owners, and dealers will rebuild the clutch master
cylinder and install the proper clutch release plate, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in late October 2013. Harley-Davidson's
recall number is 0153. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.
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two big hitting featherweight outboards
- the new DF30A and DF25a122013December 9, 2013 -- Suzuki
has announced the addition of yet another two new lightweight and fuel-efficient outboard motors to its range - the DF30A
and DF25A. Both of these new models punch well above their weight in terms of delivering high-end specification and performance
from small portable units.
High Lifter, 2013 Shriners Ride Raises More Than $14,000 for Children's Hospital9122013SHREVEPORT,
LA - December 9, 2013 - High Lifter Products and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar teamed up for the
sixth consecutive year to host a benefit mud ride for the Shriners Hospital for Children at High Lifter Off-Road Park in Shreveport
on December 7, 2013. Attendees braved freezing temperatures to ride their off-road vehicles in the mud and to help raise more
than $14,000 and loads of toys for the children's hospital. The event is one of the biggest fund-raisers for the Shreveport-area
hospital.Funds for Shriners Hospital for Children were raised through park admission, concessions, pancake breakfast, and a
raffle for prizes including a 2014 Polaris Ranger 570, a Warn Winch, Moonshinexxx Light Bar, and a year's worth of coupons
for Applebee's valued at $7,300."This truly is my favorite event we put on each year," said Scott
Smith, owner of High Lifter Products. "It's a busy time of the year where we can stop, have fun, and put others first.
The hospital has changed so many lives for the better, including my son's, and hosting an event like this is the least we could do. The event's continued success is direct results of the support from our awesome
sponsors, including Polaris, Warn, Moonshinexxx, and Applebee's. We are eager to continue to see this event grow and can't
wait to what next year brings!"High Lifter and Applebee's have already begun planning for the 2014 Shriners Ride scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Since
1922, the Shriners Hospital and their 22 facilities have been dedicated to providing specialty pediatric care. Thousands of
children with orthopedic conditions, burns and spinal cord injuries, have been treated in a family-centered environment at
no charge. For more information on the Shriners Hospital, go to www.shrinershq.org.
BMW recalling K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcyclesPublish Date: Dec 3, 2013WASHINGTON,
D.C. -BMW of North America is recalling about 2,475 model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles for an engine
control unit defect that can cause the motorcycles to stall unexpectedly.The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA)'s notice says in certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received
by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed. That can cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash."A
calibration threshold within the throttle valve control software has been determined to be overly sensitive. As a result,
under certain operating conditions, an implausible signal may be registered within the engine control unit. If this happens,
the engine control unit may initiate a ‘fail safe mode' (i.e. ‘limp home mode,' engine speed limited to approximately
2,000 rpm). In rare cases, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash," according to the NHTSA notice.BMW
said it is not aware of any accidents and of only one minor injury having resulted from the issue.BMW will
notify owners. Dealers are asked to update the throttle control software, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to
begin this month.
Group plans to sell Benelli in U.S. as scooter, ATV brandPublish
Date: Nov 26, 2013
SIKESTON, Mo. - A U.S.-based manufacturing group is planning to
bring new life to the Benelli brand here -- with an ATV and scooter assembly plant in the Midwest and a new dealer network."We've
decided to revive the Benelli Motor Sports brand in the United States," said operations manager Roger Strong, who once
ran a dealership selling Chinese scooters and ATVs.The Italian Benelli brand, regarded as the oldest European
motorcycle company, is in the hands of Chinese company Group Qianjiang and continues to produce and sell motorcycles in Europe. But that company allowed the U.S. trademark to lapse, so the U.S.-based firm captured the trademark and logo
to launch the new line here.Ownership of the trademark bars other businesses from importing or selling motorcycles
to the U.S. under the Benelli name.The new Benelli Motor Sports will offer 50cc scooters priced around $995 and 250cc ATVs priced at about $2,495.Benelli will import components from Taiwan
and assemble the vehicles here for sale in the United States. In all, the company proposes to make about 25 products. The
plans also include small boat motors, which the company plans to display at boat shows early next year in Atlanta, Ga., and
Miami, Fla."There is a big difference in the quality of Taiwanese products vs. Chinese makes,"
Strong said. "It's the fit and finish."To eliminate one drawback of some foreign makes, the company
said it will only import models with a required number of accompanying spare parts -- that way, Strong said, dealers will
be able to get parts if the units need repairs. "We'll have guaranteed parts with 24-hour shipping," he notedd.
"Our dealer service and parts network will set us apart."James Best, of Sikeston, is the U.S. company's
CEO. Strong said some of the company's executives are also executives of The Lock Co., which will have a co-located factory
with Benelli; and Red Wasp Ammunition, an Illinois company that makes practice rounds for law enforcement.The
company said it is working on a 50,000 sq. ft. industrial space in Sikeston for the assembly plant, which is expected to employ
about 100 people at full buildout. The facility will include an on-site showroom. Hiring is expected to begin in December
and January.The scooters and ATVs are not expected to be in showrooms for another year,
Ohlins expands recall for steering damper kitsPublish Date: Nov
26, 2013HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Öhlins Racing AB has expanded a previous recall for aftermarket steering
damper kits.The company said it discovered that a safety issue concerning possible cracks occurring in the brackets of the aftermarket
steering damper kits affects more model numbers than originally listed in the previous recall. Thatrecall notice was for BMW steering damper kits SD 033, SD 037 and SD 038 and was issued in June 2013 (see image).Material that was machined in an
unfavorable direction, in combination with probable material defect, is causing the aluminum alloy to be sensitive to stress-corrosion
cracking, the company said. This recall has been expanded to include steering damper kits produced from September 2008 until
October 2013.Here are the part numbers involved (only batches of these part numbers as listed on the company's website are affected): SD000, SD 001, SD002, SD003, SD004, SD005, SD020, SD027, SD031, SD041, SD120, SD124, SD137, SD154,
SD170, SD178, SD180, SD182, SD183, SD197 and SD215.The issue does not exist on steering damper kits currently
in production, the company added.Öhlins Racing AB decided to recall all steering damper brackets of
specific batches after seven known cases were discovered. "There is a risk that the bracket will fail, allowing it to
slide on the cylinder body of the damper, resulting in less steering angle in one direction, or possibly asymmetric damping.
Either of these events are cause for concern," the company said.Customers with a steering damper listed
above are being instructed to contact their dealer or Öhlins USA to have it replaced. A page on thewww.ohlinsusa.com website lists the specific batch numbers and provides further contact information for any questions. New brackets are
being made available to dealers now, the company noted."Please remove the recalled steering damper before
using the motorcycle!" the company announced. "We apologize for this manufacturing issue. Safety is of the highest
importance to Öhlins Racing AB and its affiliates. Customers will receive a replacement bracket without charge or shipping costs."
One-Wheeled Microcycle from RYNO Available for Pre-Order
December 4, 2013
RYNO Motors announced today that the company would start to accept customer deposits for the RYNO, a one-wheeled electric
microcycle. Customers can guarantee that they receive a RYNO with a fully refundable $150 deposit. The company expects to
begin production in 2014. The self-balancing electric RYNO is designed for city errands,
commuting to work and for personal transportation within large campuses and industrial facilities where people need to move
quickly and efficiently over short to medium distances. The RYNO is small enough to be brought into offices and elevators,
and it mingles well with pedestrians. "The RYNO is a fun, efficient and convenient
way to get from place to place," said Chris Hoffmann, CEO and founder of RYNO Motors. "It's half the bike and twice
the fun." To operate a RYNO, the rider must balance the RYNO from side to side
in the same way as any other bicycle, but the forward and back balance is managed by the electronics on the vehicle. As a
self-balancing form of transportation, the RYNO moves forward when a rider leans forward, and stops when a rider leans back.
It generally takes a new rider about one hour to begin to get comfortable riding the RYNO, and a few days to achieve intuitive
and natural control. With a top speed of 10 miles per hour, the RYNO is suited for
use in bike lanes and on sidewalks. It produces zero emissions, is easily charged in a normal AC outlet and costs under a
penny a mile to ride. According to the company, initial pricing is expected to be $5,295 per cycle.
Sea-Doo Introduces Budget-Priced Spark
November 13, 2013
Dealers arrived at Sea-Doo's annual dealer meeting expecting something big. For months, rumors of a new craft circulated
- a new craft with a lower price point and possibly even a completely new hull and engine. Instead, dealers received a craft
that arguably exceeded their expectations. The cleverly named Spark features an entirely new design built from a unique material,
and in this day of near constant price creep, it starts at an almost unheard of price of $4,999.
According to Sea-Doo
reps, Spark has been a long time coming. The project dates back to 2006, when Sea-Doo tasked engineers and designers with
creating a new craft that was fun, like the early SP line, and had an ultra-affordable price tag. In order to accomplish this
goal, Sea-Doo seriously examined its current construction techniques. Sea-Doo forewent fiberglass in favor of plastic, more
specifically polypropylene reinforced with long-strand glass fibers. Why choose plastic over glass? Cost is the obvious reason,
but so too is weight. The material - coined PolyTec - is substantially lighter than glass. Paired with a similarly
lightweight, lower horsepower engine, Sea-Doo is able to exploit the horsepower-to-weight ratio and essentially offers more
bang for the buck.
Plastic doesn't offer the gloss of fiberglass, but it does make it easier to offer a wider variety
of color choice. The Spark comes in a palette of five shades, including bright hues of pineapple (yellow), bubble gum (magenta)
and orange crush (orange), as well as a more subdued vanilla (white) and licorice (black). Each is evenly mixed with black
deck components and a black hull.Rather than use an adhesive, Sea-Doo bolts the hull and deck together with
a multitude of Nyloc-style fasteners. The technique offers intriguing possibilities for dealer service. Service reps won't
have to wriggle their hands into a tight engine compartment; instead, they can unfasten nearly the entire top deck in about
10 minutes and remove it completely from the hull, offering unprecedented access to the engine and fuel system. For the consumer,
the Spark includes exterior access ports only for necessary items like the dipstick and battery. The fuel fill, along with
a fire extinguisher, is located below the seat.
To give this plastic hull the necessary rigidity, designers created
a wishbone-like exoskeleton extending from steering column to deck. The space between this "wishbone" is left empty.
It's a cost and weight savings, but also an opportunity to make the styling more dramatic. An accessory storage compartment
with seven gallons of capacity can be added to the void if desired.
As to the aforementioned engine, the three-cylinder
Rotax 900 ACE was developed jointly for the snowmobile and watercraft markets and comes in both 60- and 90- horsepower variations.
That may seem overly small by today's standards, but consider the craft's overall weight is only 405 pounds in its base, two-seater
version. That gives the Spark a 300-plus pound advantage over Sea-Doo's own GTi and Yamaha's VX Sport. Initial testing showed
the 60-horsepower versions to peak at about 42 mph, and the 90-hp at about 50 mph. Both variations are also extremely fuel
efficient, with Sea-Doo claiming as low as a 1.94 gallon-per-hour consumption over the course of an average duty cycle.
As to how the engine bolts into the plastic hull, Sea-Doo addressed the situation by using unique motor mounts. The
engine bolts through the hull to parallel aluminum plates recessed into the exterior. One of those plates also serves as the
heat exchanger for Sea-Doo's closed-loop cooling system.
The engine is but one of many choices
available to Spark owners. In an attempt to make the boat completely customizable, buyers can also choose between two- and
three-passenger versions (the latter includes a longer seat and bolt-on hull extension that increases capacity from 350 to
450 pounds), as well as the option to include Sea-Doo's Intelligent Brake and Reverse. The company has also made available
more than 20 stick-on graphic kits to further customize the craft's look.
When I show up for a doctor's appointment.
When filling out a credit card or loan application.
When applying for/renewing a driver's license or passport.
When applying for any kind of insurance.
When filling out college applications.
When donating blood.
When obtaining certain prescription drugs.
When making some debit purchases, especially if I'm out of state.
When collecting a boarding pass for airline
or train travel.
I'm sure there are more instances but the point is, we citizens are required to prove who we
are nearly every day.
Why should people illegally in this country be exempt? For that matter, perhaps the liberals
here can answer the question as to why we shouldn't guard our borders as closely as every other country in the world does?
|Did You Know?|
The first Honda
motorcycles were pushbikes with generator engines (for army field telephones) bolted on.