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BMW Recalls 50,184 Motorcycles


05 Jan 2014 03:24 |Written by Press Release | Category: Recalls


Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—January 5, 2014.


SUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 model year R-model motorcycles, model year 2005-2012 K-model motorcycles, model year 2010-2011 S 1000 model motorcycles, and model year 2006-2010 HP2 motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, the fuel pump flange (and the auxiliary fuel pump flange if equipped) could develop cracks and leak fuel.

CONSEQUENCE: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will either reinforce the fuel pump flange or replace the pump, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to




BMW Is Recalling 51,000 Motorcycles for Fuel Leak


BMW of North America The 2012 BMW K 1600 GTL.

By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN Published: January 6, 2014


Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW says it isrecalling almost 51,000 motorcycles because of a possible fuel leak, according to a report the automaker posted on the agency’s website. Most of the recalled motorcycles are 2005-11 R and K series models.

The action comes almost 14 months after N.H.T.S.A. began investigating consumer complaints about fuel leaks. BMW said it would recall the motorcycles, although the automaker said the leaks do not pose “an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.”

The problem involves cracks developing in a plastic flange on the fuel pump, possibly after a maintenance procedure is performed incorrectly. In addition, BMW said, corrosive fluids could damage a seal, causing “a small leak.”

At least one owner told the safety agency that the leak was not small.

“I started the motorcycle engine – a few seconds after it started, gasoline started to gush from the front of the bike onto the engine,” one owner wrote to the agency. “Before I knew it, I was in a puddle of gasoline. I shut it off as soon as I realized what was happening. I mopped up the gasoline off of the floor to eliminate the fire danger.”

Some other owners told the agency that, after finishing a ride, they found a pant leg soaked in gasoline.

BMW told the agency it was not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the issue.

BMW’s report said that the automaker received its first complaint of a leak in 2006 and several more the following year. By early 2010, the company had investigated the problem and concluded that the leaks were because of improper servicing techniques. During the first half of 2010, BMW made manufacturing changes to new models to prevent such problems.

The full list of recalled motorcycles can be seen here.





2013 Triumph Trophy SE Recalled


The NHTSA issued recall number 13V608000, with 416 2013 Triumph Trophy SE motorcycles potentially affected by a center stand construction error.

Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd (Triumph) says that certain model year 2013 Trophy SE motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013 may have a left hand center stand mount which may fracture.

In case of such an even occurs, the parked bike may flip over, increasing the risk of an injury for those nearby. Triumph ahs not provided a notification schedule, but declared that dealers will install a new center stand bracket to the left hand side of the motorcycle frame.

You can get in contact with Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 in case you're not sure whether your bike is affected.







NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V598
Manufacturer : Wells Cargo, Inc
Make / Model Years : WELLS CARGO / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V607
Manufacturer : Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC
Make / Model Years : LAND ROVER / 2013-2014
Subject : Side Air Bag Connectors may Disconnect
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V608
Manufacturer : Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD
Make / Model Years : TRIUMPH / 2013
Subject : Center Stand Mount may Fracture causing Tip Over
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V609
Manufacturer : Starcraft RV, Inc.
Make / Model Years : STARCRAFT / 2014
Subject : Tires may be Overloaded
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V611
Manufacturer : Covered Wagon Trailers, LLC
Make / Model Years : COVERED WAGON TRAILERS / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V613
Manufacturer : Spartan Motors, Inc.
Make / Model Years : SPARTAN / 2002,2009,2013
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V614
Manufacturer : Hino Motors Sales U.S.A., Inc.
Make / Model Years : HINO / 2011-2014
Subject : Parking Brake may Release or not fully Engage
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V615
Manufacturer : General Motors LLC
Make / Model Years : CHEVROLET / 2012-2013
GMC / 2012-2013
Subject : Transfer Pump Failure may result in Engine Stall
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V617
Manufacturer : BMW of North America, LLC
Make / Model Years : BMW / 2005-2012
Subject : Fuel Pump Flange may Leak
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V623
Manufacturer : Hino Motors Sales U.S.A., Inc.
Make / Model Years : HINO / 2013
Subject : Incorrect GVWR Label/FMVSS 567
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V625
Manufacturer : Monaco RV, LLC
Make / Model Years : DISCOVER CANADA / 2012
MCKENZIE / 2010-2011
R-VISION / 2009-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V626
Manufacturer : CJay Trailers Inc.
Make / Model Years : CJAY / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V628
Manufacturer : Spartan Motors, Inc.
Make / Model Years : SPARTAN / 2006-2010
Subject : IFS Cradle Welds May Crack
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V629
Manufacturer : Contract Manufacturer, LLC
Make / Model Years : CM TRAILERS / 2006-2012
S&H / 2009-2012
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V636
Manufacturer : Altec Industries Inc.
Make / Model Years : ALTEC / 2009-2013
Subject : Feeder Tube Bracket Failure
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V647
Manufacturer : Bay Bridge Manufacturing LLC
Make / Model Years : BAY BRIDGE MFG / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V649
Manufacturer : Cruiser RV
Make / Model Years : CRUISER RV / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V590
Manufacturer : Collins Bus Corporation
Make / Model Years : COLLINS / 2013
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V592
Manufacturer : Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC
Make / Model Years : VOLVO / 2011-2012
Subject : Driver not Warned of Low Oil Pressure
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V593
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : PETERBILT / 2004-2013
Subject : Certification Label Missing Information
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V594
Manufacturer : Ford Motor Company
Make / Model Years : LINCOLN / 2013-2014
Subject : Transmission can be Shifted out of Park/FMVSS 114
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V597
Manufacturer : North American Bus Industries, Inc.
Make / Model Years : NABI / 2013
Subject : Wheel Lug Nuts May Loosen causing Wheel Separation
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V601
Manufacturer : E-One Incorporated
Make / Model Years : E-ONE / 2013
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V603
Manufacturer : Nissan North America, Inc.
Make / Model Years : NISSAN / 2013
Subject : Steering Column Assembly may Separate
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V604
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : FREIGHTLINER / 2014
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V605
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : STERLING / 2008-2009
Subject : Left Outer Tie Rod may Fracture
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V606
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : THOMAS BUILT / 2013-2015
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V612
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : KENWORTH / 2014
Subject : STT Lamp Housing/FMVSS 108
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V618
Manufacturer : Volvo Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : VOLVO / 2014
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V619
Manufacturer : Mack Trucks, Inc.
Make / Model Years : MACK / 2014
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V620
Manufacturer : Prevost Cars, Inc.
Make / Model Years : PREVOST / 2014
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V630
Manufacturer : Navistar, Inc.
Make / Model Years : IC BUS / 2014-2015
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V631
Manufacturer : Navistar, Inc.
Make / Model Years : IC BUS / 2014-2015
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V642
Manufacturer : Nova Bus
Make / Model Years : NOVA BUS / 2009-2012
Subject : Sure Power DC-DC Converter-Possible Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V570
Manufacturer : BMW of North America, LLC
Make / Model Years : BMW / 2013
Subject : Inst. Panel may Interfere with Air Bag Deployment
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V574
Manufacturer : Spartan Motors, Inc.
Make / Model Years : UTILIMASTER / 2013-2014
Subject : The Return Coolant Hose May Kink
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V576
Manufacturer : Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
Make / Model Years : MERCEDES BENZ / 2014
Subject : Seat Belt Anchor Fittings
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V577
Manufacturer : Blue Bird Body Company
Make / Model Years : BLUE BIRD / 2014
Subject : Driver's Seat Belt Buckles may not Unlatch
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V579
Manufacturer : Blue Bird Body Company
Make / Model Years : BLUE BIRD / 2014-2015
Subject : Driver's Seat Belt Buckle may not Unlatch
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V580
Manufacturer : Fleetwood RV, Inc.
Make / Model Years : FLEETWOOD / 2014
Subject : Seat Belt Assemblies may not Release
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V581
Manufacturer : Navistar, Inc.
Make / Model Years : INTERNATIONAL / 2013-2014
Subject : Chassis Skirt may Rub Tank (Possible Fuel Leak)
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V582
Manufacturer : Jet Company, Inc.
Make / Model Years : JET CO / 2011-2012
Subject : Weak Top Rail may Allow Trailer to Buckle
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V585
Manufacturer : Jayco, Inc.
Make / Model Years : ENTEGRA / 2006-2014
JAYCO / 2006-2014
STARCRAFT / 2006-2014
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V587
Manufacturer : HL Enterprise Inc.
Make / Model Years : BRIDGEVIEW / 2011-2013
GEORGIAN BAY / 2011-2013
HARBORVIEW / 2011-2013
HY-LINE / 2011-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V589
Manufacturer : Maserati North America, Inc.
Make / Model Years : MASERATI / 2014
Subject : Alternator Harness may Short resulting in Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V591
Manufacturer : Volvo Bus Corporation
Make / Model Years : VOLVO BUS / 2009-2010
Subject : Wheel Chair Access/FMVSS 217
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V610
Manufacturer : Chrysler Group LLC
Make / Model Years : CHRYSLER / 2013
DODGE / 2013
Subject : Transmission Output Shaft may Fracture



NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13C002
Synopsis : Combi USA, Inc. (Combi) is recalling certain model 8220 (Coccoro) child restraints manufactured January 6, 2009, through December 5, 2012; model 8836 (Zeus 360) child restraints manufactured February 25, 2009, through May 24, 2012; and model 8815 (Zeus Turn) manufactured from July 15, 2007, through March 25, 2009. The harness webbing fails to meet minimum breaking strength requirements. Thus, these child seats fail to comply to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." In the event of a crash, a child may not be remain adequately secured, increasing the risk of injury. Combi will notify registered owners and provide free harness replacement kits along with repair instructions. The recall is expected to begin by February 6, 2014. Owners may contact Combi at 1-800-543-7734 or visit their website at The seats can continue to be used until the kits are made available.










2014 Easyriders Show in Sacramento Sat-Sun


Monday, January 06, 2014

Motorcycle USA is packing its bags and headed to Sacramento this weekend to catch the Easyriders Bike Show at the Convention Center. OK, the North Pole has moved a few degrees latitude south and the country for the most part is freezing its butt off. Fortunately, forecasts are calling for sunny and mild weather with temperatures in the low 60s this weekend in Sacramento, California, site of the 2014 Easyriders Bike Show tour.

That’s just one of the reasons Motorcycle USA is headed to Sacramento this weekend. Some of the other reasons include checking out a couple hundred custom motorcycles in the Easyriders custom bike competition, with 59 awards being divvied out in two different classes. Others are the David Mann original art display, a special guest appearance by Sons of Anarchy star Mark ‘Bobby’ Boone, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, performances by the Purrfect Angelz dance troupe, music by Category 4, along with vendors of all sorts of motorcycle wares.

The 2014 Easyriders Sacramento Bike Show is this Saturday (10a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Admission is $20 Sat., $18 Sun., while all active military members receive a $5 discount. The location is the Sacramento Convention Center (Halls A thru E) 1401 K Street. It’s a great way for motorcyclists to kick off the new year, so hope to see you there!









Friends of late Suncoast man urge more awareness for motorcycles


Courtesy Venice Gondolier Sun

.Related Stories Related: Venice motorcyclist dies in Nokomis crash.Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 6:34 pm


by Josh Taylor


SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - There were hundreds of motorcycle crashes on the Suncoast this past year. The Florida Highway Patrol says they investigated 18 fatalities as a result. The first of 2014 hit home for many in south Sarasota County.

Popular manager of the Venice Yacht Club and avid rider David Yarzab was struck and killed by an 85-year-old driver New Year’s Day on U.S. 41 in Nokomis. The incident is raising questions about age and awareness.

Yarzab was well known in the community. His death has left his family, friends, and co-workers in shock. It also has many asking for more laws and for the rest of us to please look twice.
















Good morning everyone,


MREP has purchased and received the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Honda SMART Trainer.  The RiderCoach team completed training on the simulator yesterday. 


We will have the SMART Trainer at the RMV HQs at 25 Newport Ave Ext Quincy, MA from 10am till around 2pm.  This will give us a chance to practice before the Boston Motorcycle Expo.


I understand that this is a  late notice so if you cannot attend I will understand and I will see you at the Boston Motorcycle Expo.


If you have any questions please call my cell phone 413-262-4727.


Thank you.


Eugene F. Carabine

Program Coordinator, MA Rider Education Program

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Registry of Motor Vehicles Division

165 Liberty St

Springfield, MA 01103

413-781-0633 (Office)

413-736-9873 (FAX)


Imagine a training tool so realistic that you can test your street-riding savvy—or, if you’re new to motorcycling or scooters, your readiness to ride—without ever having to leave the comfort of your local Honda dealership.
Enter Honda’s SMART Riding Trainer (SMART being the acronym for Safe Motorcyclist Awareness and Recognition Trainer), a computerized traffic simulator that allows beginning riders the opportunity to operate a motorcycle in real-life situations without the inherent real-world risks and consequences.
What exactly is it?
The SMART Riding Trainer is essentially a computer fitted into a tubular frame featuring actual Honda motorcycle controls—handlebar-mounted throttle, clutch and front brake, and pedals for shifting gears and the rear brake—as well as a saddle and footpegs.
A rider can then dial up proprietary, state-of-the-art software, with which they can learn and practice basic motorcycle control operations such as clutch, brake, throttle, and gearshift coordination in a computer simulation environment. Intermediate and more experienced riders can also benefit from using the SMART Riding Trainer via programs that let them operate in more risky traffic situations, which then give them the opportunity to evaluate and address various safety scenarios in a controlled environment.
Al Hydeman of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has traveled to several destinations with the Honda SMART Riding Trainer, including on board the aircraft carrier USS George Washington as a guest of the U.S. Naval Safety Center, and he “preaches” the mantra that it’s far better to be overwhelmed at the controls of a video monitor than on real roads, in real life.
“A lot of people say ‘I hope I don’t crash’ when they use SMART,” relates Hydeman. “I say ‘I hope you do,’ because that’s how you learn, and here, the only thing that really crashes is the ego.”
Realistic scenarios
The Trainer’s software simulates 17 different scenarios, comprising two beginner courses (Clutch Operation and City Riding) and 15 hazard prediction courses testing the rider’s accident avoidance and prediction skills.
From there, each of these scenarios can be run in three different “condition” modes—Day, Night or Fog—as well as city riding, touring, manual transmission or automatic (scooter) modes.
In all, the SMART Riding Trainer offers 164 different operating scenarios, giving the rider numerous chances to make and correct mistakes in simulation as opposed to out in the real world.
Better still, after completing any riding scenario, Trainer-generated feedback is provided and can be printed in the form of a Completion Certificate, which scores the rider at each hazard of the selected course and can be reviewed with the supervising Honda dealer rep or coach.
Where to catch a SMART Trainer ride
The Honda SMART Riding Trainer has been available at most Honda Powerhouse Honda dealers, benefitting both prospective customers and HRCA members. Check it out if you have a chance—it’s an excellent tool for evaluating new-rider readiness as well as existing skills and hazard prediction abilities for more experienced riders.




Don't forget!! This weekend is the New England eXpo!~ THIS WEEKEND!!

  200 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
Saturday January 11th    10AM  -  7PM
Sunday January 12th    10AM  -  5PM



Stop by our booth and say hi to NoFLO!


Here's a coupon to use at the door to save $2.00













Calling all LADIES FAR AND WIDE!!!

1st annual "WE RIDE TOO!"

    Ladies of the North, South, East and West, come to Boston Massachusetts, June 28, 2014 for a 114 salutatory ride for ALL female motorcycle riders. Wear your rags, wave your flags, and show off your independence. THIS RIDE IS FOR US!!!

    Join us on a scenic ride thru the beautiful city of Boston, stopping for a brief moment at the Boston Marathon finish line and then out to the western part of the state to the city of Springfield. There we will receive a tour of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield history, the new home of the Indian Motorcycle hall of fame. Followed by a barbecue! 

    This ride is limited to the first 114 women and pre-registration will be required. Registration for this ride will begin February 1, 2014. Participant of this ride will receive a commemorative goodie bag, one general Admission to the museum, a meal ticket for the Fuddruckers catered barbeque, and one pass to the Fearless Queens MC Anniversary party. More information COMING SOON 







June 1 at 9:55am until June 2 at 5:00pm
    Sunday, June 1, 2014, rain or shine,

    Ride or Drive,
    the Xtreme Riders invite you to join in a Memorial Ride and Celebration of the life of their Brother, Tony "T" Fasulo, who left us after crashing on Route 290.

    $15 for rider, $10 passenger day of.

    We have the Elks Lodge Hall at 99 Park Street and their HUGE backyard function area for TONS of bikes, live music by " Road Dawgs!"
    raffles, vendors, and biker games.
    Will be having a balloon toss contest, egg toss contest, kids activities and MORE!

    We also have their HUGE indoor hall which holds 100's of people as well!

    Staging begins at 10 a.m. (Breakfast available inside the Elks before the ride)
    and the Memorial Ride leaves at 12:00 p.m. SHARP

    ! We'll be riding pass the crash site, and those who wish to, can toss a flower at the cross on your ride by during the Ride.
    Special Thanks to the SHS and American Veterans for helping us!
    Funds raised after expenses donated to the Massachusetts Motorcyclists Survivor's Fund, to help other local families of riders killed and/or seriously injured in accidents, and to promote motorcycle awareness aimed towards reducing accidents.

    Food concessions will be available on site for additional cost.

    For more info and advance tickets (which will put you close to the front on T's Ride), see and

    **VENDORS** Space is available! $30 for the entire day, 9am-5pm., plus donate 1 raffle prize to our cause.

    Whether you are a Biker, know a Biker, or simply have a big heart and want to help an injured Biker, or their family after a sad loss of life, PLEASE come out and enjoy the day with us! Please tell and invite all your friends.

    With Respect


    Xtreme Riders
    XR Charter Member #1




























  Man arrested for driving motorcycle more than 100 mph on I-5


    January 04, 2014 at 7:22 PM


    A man was arrested Saturday near Gold Hill for weaving in and out of traffic on a motorcycle at more than 100 miles per hour on I-5 southbound.

    At one point, the motorcyclist passed a car on the inside median, which nearly caused a crash.

    Patrick Whalen Parks, a 21-year-old from El Sobrante, Calif., was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and taken into custody by state troopers. He was lodged for reckless driving, but also received additional citations for driving uninsured, expired vehicle registration and driving while suspended.














    Traffic fatalities increase in Erie County in 2013


    By TIM HAHN, Erie Times-News

    Brian Trimble didn't like motor vehicle accidents, Dave Meehl said.

    "They always made him nervous," Meehl, North East's fire chief, said of Trimble, who was an active volunteer firefighter with both Fuller and Crescent hose companies in North East. "A few calls shook him up."

    Trimble, 44, would lose his life in a motor vehicle accident.

    He died at UPMC Hamot shortly after he was struck by a Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a Greene Township woman that veered off Route 8 in Millcreek Township while Trimble was walking along the east berm late on the morning of July 18.

    "I was at work when they called me," Meehl said. "Someone said there was a wreck. I didn't think anything of it until the companies called me and said we lost one of our guys."

    Trimble was one of 47 people to die in traffic accidents in 2013, according to the Erie County Coroner's Office. The numbers represent a 17.5 percent increase over the number of fatal accidents in 2012.

    There were 30 people killed in motor vehicle crashes not including motorcycles, up one from 2012; 11 killed in motorcycle crashes, up two from the previous year; and six pedestrians killed in crashes, a notable jump from the two pedestrians killed in 2012, according to Coroner's Office data.

    The 47 traffic fatalities are the highest since 2010, when 55 people were killed in Erie County. The motor vehicle and motorcycle fatalities in 2013 were the most since 2010, while the pedestrian deaths are the most since 2011, when eight pedestrians were killed, according to the data.

    Eleven of the 2013 crashes occurred between June and August, including six of the motorcycle crashes and two pedestrian accidents.

    Those charged by police in the accidents included a 15-year-old girl who was accused of joy riding in the family sport utility vehicle when it crashed on Erie's east side on Aug. 13, killing her 8-year-old brother; and a Waterford Township man accused of speeding and driving drunk when his van hit and killed Bryon A. Long, 27, of Millcreek Township, as Long pushed home a cart full of groceries along the eastern berm of Peach Street early on the morning of July 3.

    The Millcreek Township Police Department completed its investigation into the July 18 accident that killed Trimble. The case is still under review.

    Trimble, the owner of a masonry and construction company, left behind a wife, six children and three grandchildren, according to his obituary.

    "He was very active, very ambitious to help, whether it was on a call or duties around the station," Meehl said of Trimble. "Whenever there was something to do, he was eager to help."










    Helmets save lives and money


    Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2014 12:01 a.m. .


    The good news that South Carolina's traffic deaths in 2013 were fewer than in any year since 1982 unfortunately comes with a "but."

    As in: But motorcycle deaths are climbing.

    .Motor vehicle deaths dropped from 894 to 734 (as of Dec. 31), but motorcycle deaths increased from 110 to 118, according to the state Department of Public Safety. In 2010, South Carolina saw 81 motorcycle deaths. The grim number grew to 105 in 2011.

    And there's another "but": But despite unassailable evidence from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that motorcycle helmets reduce by 37 percent the likelihood of death in a motorcycle crash, state lawmakers, year after year, fail to require all cyclists to wear them.

    It is time for our legislators to concede that not only would such a law protect growing numbers of cyclists, it would save the public a significant amount of money. The Centers for Disease Control found that hospital charges for those suffering traumatic head injuries were 13 times higher than for motorcyclists with other injuries.

    Further, an estimated 63 percent of the cost of caring for those traumas is borne by the public.

    Ironically, in recent years the number of states with mandatory motorcycle helmet laws has shrunk. Only 18 states currently require all riders to wear helmets, down from 26 in 1997. Repeals have been introduced in five more states. Indeed, no state has enacted a universal helmet law since Louisiana in 2004.

    This trend is a discouraging. It suggests legislators are willing to risk the physical and financial health of their constituents in order to please people who consider it their "right" to ride without a helmet.

    There's no legitimacy to that position, and state lawmakers know it. Operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle requires following multiple laws that are enacted for the public good.

    A 2012 report by the independent found that the more states that repeal helmet laws, the more motorcycle fatalities occur.

    That's precisely the opposite direction from the overall highway death trend.

    FairWarning reported that in 1997, one of every 20 U.S. traffic deaths was a motorcyclist. By 2010 that surged to one in seven.

    At present, South Carolina law requires only motorcycle riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. That should change.

    If not, every legislator who fails to support a universal motorcycle helmet law in the state should be required to explain his stance to the family of every motorcyclist who dies or sustains brain injuries in a crash.








    Justice Department says Dallas firms illegally imported Chinese motorcycles, ATVs without clean-air documents


    By Randy Lee Loftis
    1:00 pm on January 6, 2014

    The EPA and the Department of Justice say three Dallas firms owned by the same man illegally imported Chinese-made motorcycles without proper emissions-compliance documents. (File 2007/The Associated Press)
    Savoia Inc., BMX Imports LP, BMX Trading LLC and their owner, Terry Zimmer, imported more than 24,000 Chinese on- and off-road motorcycles and utility vehicles that lacked emissions-compliance documents, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said this morning.

    Under a proposed consent decree, the companies must agree either to stop importing vehicles or follow a compliance plan for five years, the government said.

    They also must pay a $120,000 fine.

    Zimmer told The Dallas Morning News this morning that the problem was in factory certificates, not in the vehicles’ actual emissions.

    “They didn’t harm the environment,” he said.

    The consent decree says the companies did not admit any wrongdoing.

    The government filed the decree Monday in U.S. District Court in Dallas. It will be open for public comment for 30 days.

    The vehicles covered model years 2006 to 2010.

    The government said some vehicles were not covered by compliance certificates. Others lacked required warranties on emissions control systems or did not have proper labels on the systems, all Clean Air Act requirements.

    To protect air quality and avoid unfair competition, the Clean Air Act requires imported vehicles to have certificates verifying that they comply with federal emissions standards.

    The decree requires the companies either to export 115 of the vehicles outside the United States, Canada or Mexico, or destroy them.










    Charting a new direction: Wandell kicks Harley back into gear Leadership


    By Christine McMahon

    today's newsrelated articlesKeith Wandell, new to his position as chief executive officer and president of Harley-Davidson Inc. in 2009, faced horrendous business conditions. After 20 years of unbridled success, H-D's business landscape shifted as the recession moved into high gear. Credit became virtually impossible to secure from conventional lenders; bike foreclosures were at an all time high; residual value, a hallmark of the Harley-Davidson brand, plummeted from 85 percent to 60 percent.

    Past success was no guarantee of future performance.

    Wandell rallied the executive team to develop a strategic plan, which focused on these four initiatives:


    1. Growth

    From road trips across the country talking with dealers, employees and plant personnel, Wandell recognized that certain markets – female riders, young riders (age 18 - 24), and minority riders – were underserved. This was in part, the result of dealers' and customers' absent voices in the new product development process.

    Wandell also learned that their non-core brands, Buell and MV Agusta, were diluting company resources and were quickly divested.

    Once the strategic plan was finalized, presentations were scheduled so every employee understood what the corporate priorities were and how they were expected to contribute.

    "When we think that we've communicated clear expectations, we're going to communicate twice as much, and then twice as much again," Wandell said. Employees that understand where the company is going and what the leaders are trying to do can align around the vision and achieve greatness. "Accountability is how we run the company," Wandell said, "I like to ask, 'What are we doing in the company today that will help us achieve the plan?'"


    2. Continuous improvement

    "We're not great, but we're on a mission to be great!" Wandell said. "No matter how well we are doing, we can do it better."

    Continuous improvement is more than a system, it's a mindset that's built into the fabric of H-D's culture.


    3. Leadership development

    "A company cannot be great if it doesn't have great leadership," Wandell said, "We want leaders who are motivated to develop leadership talent and who want to help others achieve what they didn't think was possible."

    "Every day I work on being a better leader," he said.


    The price of entry at H-D requires that employees live these values:

    •Integrity •Teamwork •Relentless focus on the customer •Respect diversity •Celebrate innovation and creativity

    "Our goal is to build a community of leaders where everyone in the company understands how they bring the mission, vision and strategic initiatives to life so we're all moving in the same direction. We must respect diversity of thought and who we are – everyone has something to offer," Wandell said. "You can't work at H-D if you are not behaviorally great."

    To reinforce this message, compensation is tied to behavioral performance, not functional performance. 360-degree feedback and work action plans exist for every employee.


    4. Sustainability

    To get the company back on track, Wandell focused on three areas:

    •Product design – "There were too many degrees of freedom," Wandell said. A lack of standard design process delayed new product development. In some cases, it took six years to bring a new product to market. Today, that cycle has been reduced in half. •Manufacturing – In the past, assembly lines were dedicated to a single product, which meant that product lines could sit idle for 18 hours or more. Today, assembly lines handle all products lines, which has dramatically increased production output. •The RUSHMORE project (check out the video:  focuses on four areas: control; infotainment; feel and style. To date, these improvements have generated unprecedented consumer approval; new products are "flying out of the showrooms." "Our employees understand what it's like to win!" Wandell said. •Engagement – Represents the level of emotional commitment employees make to the company. Highly engaged employees care about the company's success and use discretionary effort to advance the corporate goals. Highly engaged employees bring their hearts and minds to work.

    Wandell understands that to win in the marketplace, it's necessary to win in the workplace. Over the last five years, H-D's engagement results, as measured by Gallup, have increased so significantly they've caught the attention of Gallup, which may write a case study; but Wandell believes there is opportunity for even greater improvement.

    The last five years have offered no shortcuts for the Harley-Davidson leadership team. Facing brutal economic conditions, they embraced the foundational elements that drive performance: defining and communicating clear strategy, growing leadership talent and demonstrating a relentless commitment to their customers. H-D did not allow the market to determine its destiny. Rather, it charted a course, set the goal as flawless execution, and is well on the way to experiencing a slice of "hog heaven!"









    2014 Motorcycles | Top 10 Future Favorites

    by Ron Lieback January 6, 2014


    Top 10 Motorcycles We’re Looking Forward to in 2014


    Regarding new motorcycles, 2013 more than impressed. The year was a culmination of technological advances and a mashing of styling that began at the turn of the century.

    Ducati and BMW took race-ready to new levels with the HP4 and Panigale R, respectively. Kawasaki increased technology in the supersport class with the return of the 636cc Ninja ZX-6R, and replaced its iconic Ninja 250 with the more powerful Ninja 300.

    In adventure, BMW released the semi-water cooled boxer in its R1200GS – a motorcycle that received few negative complaints across the industry, and received nothing but praise from new owners.

    The cruiser market was filled with many bikes that would quickly become our favorites. These include the Harley-Davidson Breakout (standard), which brought some handling to the OEM chopper market, and Moto Guzzi, which offered an impressively fast mid-size cruiser with the California 1400 Custom.

    With a crop of cycles such as these, OEMs have to continually keep the designs fresh and technology flowing when moving forward. And from the look at what’s arriving in 2014, the OEMs are doing just that.

    Following are the Top 10 model-year 2014 motorcycles that we are looking forward to, the bikes we know will be our future favorites. Each one represents the determination of OEMs to remain competitive in a market that will settle for very few carry-over models.

    2014 BMW S 1000 R
    10. 2014 BMW S 1000 R

    As the name implies, the S 1000 R is a unclothed version of BMW’s popular sportbike, the S 1000 RR. The new S 1000 R roadster uses the same technology as the Bavarian manufacturer’s S 1000 RR sportbike, including the 999cc inline four powerplant.

    But the engine was revamped and detuned for more low-end power and torque, the S 1000 R producing 160 horsepower, down 33 from the S 1000 RR sportbike. And just like the S 1000 RR, the engine utilizes a six-speed transmission and utilizes an programmable quick shifter.

    The S 1000 R also arrives with superbike-savvy electronics, including Race ABS, ASC traction control, and two riding modes. All of this is offered in a 456-lb. package.

    2014 Honda Valkyrie
    9. 2014 Honda Valkyrie

    After taking a break from the Honda lineup, the six-cylinder Valkyrie is back (the name debuted 18 years earlier), and the Gold-Wing based 2014 Honda Valkyrie has been re-imagined as a modern power cruiser. Displacing 1832cc and producing maximum torque at 4000 rpm, the new Valkyrie weighs 154 lbs less than a fully dressed Gold Wing, yet puts out all the power of the luxury tourer.

    While the basic aluminum-frame chassis is the same as the Gold Wing and Gold Wing F6B, the Valkyrie has a few new wrinkles. The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel gives the 2014 Valkyrie a bit more cornering clearance, and the 130mm front tire is designed to improve turn-in, as is the conservative 180mm rear.

    The 45mm cartridge-damping front fork has been lengthened and revalved, lifting the front of the Valkyrie up a bit.

    At the launch of the Valkerie, Honda Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino summed up the new machine: “Today a motorcycling icon returns in all-new form. The Valkyrie is back, but this isn’t a motorcycle that celebrates the past. This is a cruiser unlike any other for people who want to seize the future, who appreciate distinctive style, who want the kind of performance no cruiser can match. The Valkyrie redefines the term ‘muscle cruiser.’”

    2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES
    8. 2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES

    For 2013, Yamaha seriously upgraded its FJR1300 sport tourer, adding many electronically updates - ride-by-wire, traction control, two power modes and updated cruise control.

    Besides those enhancements, the FJR also received updates to the suspension, new liner-free cylinders in its powerplant, different exhaust-pipe lengths for more optimal power, and a redesigned fairing, to name a few.

    The shaft-drive FJR impressed Yamaha’s sport-touring crowd, but for 2014, there’s even more to impress with the all-new FJR1300ES, which features electronically adjustable suspension.

    The standard FJR1300A is still available for $15,890, but many will likely spend the extra $1,000 for the ES version. The suspension features four preload and nine damping options. Also, the 2014 FJR1300ES borrowed some technology from Yamaha’s flagship sportbike, the YZF-R1 – a compression damper in one leg and a rebound damper in the other for precise and easy adjustments.

    2014 Ducati Superleggera
    7. 2014 Ducati Superleggra

    Following a few weeks of teasing “Project 1201″ on its YouTube Channel, Ducati unveiled the motorcycle that will rival the exclusivity of the Desmosedici RR – the 1199 Superleggera.

    The 1199 Superleggera is exactly what its name translates to in English – Super Light. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer continued its performance recipe of lightweight and more power, and designed a machine that creates over 200 horsepower and has a claimed dry weight of just 341.7 lbs.

    With 90-percent fuel and all liquids, the Superleggera weighs in at 390.2 lbs.

    Yes, you read that correctly – 341.7 lbs. With these types of numbers, the 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle.

    Exciting? We think so…

    2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800
    6. 2014 MV Agusta Rivale

    The Rivale 800 takes a clear aim at one competitor – the Ducati Hypermotard. The styling attributes of the Rivale 800 display this; the front appears like Ducati’s Hypermotorad. But what’s also interesting is the rear tail section – it takes styling from Ducati’s Diavel.

    The Rivale 800 builds on MVA’s line of inline three motorcycles, joining the F3 675, the Bruatle 675 and the all-new Brutale 800. These bikes are all younger siblings of MV’s F4 and the new Brutale 1090.

    The new 800′s engine is basically a bored-out version of the 675. The 800 pushes 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm, which is 12 ponies more than the 675, and 60 ft. lb. of torque at 8600 rpm. The engine features the counter-rotating crankshaft, something once only used in MotoGP. The design reduces inertia while changing direction, helping the bike’s overall balance.

    At 375 lbs., this bike will impress the hooligan in all of us. And the looks – from the steel-trellis frame to the single-sided swingarm – are some of the sexiest around.

    2014 BMW R 1200 RT
    5. 2014 BMW R1200RT

    When BMW upgraded its R 1200 GS with the new semi-water cooled boxer, it was only a matter of time before the engine was offered in another model.

    Speculation pointed towards the R 1200 RT, which lost some popularity when BMW introduced the K 1600 tourers in 2011. And during the opening day at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show), this speculation became truth.

    At EICMA, BMW unveiled the 2014 R 1200 RT, which features the new 125-horsepower, semi-water cooled boxer twin. The R 1200 RT, which enters its 35th year in 2014, is also loaded with the latest in technology, including ASC traction control, two riding modes, ABS, and something new to the world of touring motorcycles – an optional BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro.

    2014 Harley-Davidson Street 750
    4. 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 750/500

    In 2014, Harley-Davidson will release two entry-level motorcycles – the Street 750 and the Street 500.

    These two motorcycles were originally set for foreign markets such as those in India and China, but Harley is now going to sell them in the United States. The Street bikes will be built at the Harley-Davidson plant in Kansas City, according to insiders at Harley-Davidson.

    The machines are built on the new “Revolution X” platform, which is the first all-new platform of Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the introduction of VRSC (V-Twin Racing Street Custom) lineup 2001 (V-Rod, Night-Rod, Street-Rod).

    The Street 750 and Street 500 feature the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected “Revolution X” powertrains. The Street 750 features a 60-degree, four-valve-per cylinder 749cc engine, and the Street 500 a 494cc engine; both versions arrive with a six-speed transmission.

    With the entry-level market on every OEM’s radar, Harley had to offer more than the 883cc cruiser. And the Street 750 and Street 500 were the answer.

    2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S
    3. 2014 Ducati Monster 1200

    Though turning a young 21 in 2014, the Ducati Monster has more than proved itself. The naked motorcycle out of Bologna not only broke styling boundaries when released back in 1993, but also saved Ducati from financial turmoil.

    And to celebrate its 21st year in existence, the Monster lineup has been revamped for 2014. Alongside the Monster 696 and 796 models that return as carry overs, Ducati will offer the new Monster 1200 in two versions – the base and the one that will bring back memories of the S4R and S4RS – the 1200 S.

    The new 1200 models, which replace the Monster 1100 EVO, arrive with the second-generation Testastretta 11-degree Dual Spark (DS) engine, the same powerplant offered in the Multistrada and Diavel.

    You can’t mess with an icon – the Ducati Monster is the one that brought about the naked-bike frenzy that continues to grow stronger every year. And, as the new Monster 1200 shows, more powerful.

    2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
    2. Suzuki V-Strom 1000

    Besides a few minor updates in 2007, the Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 “sport enduro touring” motorcycle remained unchanged since its introduction in 2002.

    But this all changes for the 2014 V-Strom 1000 (DL was dropped from the name in 2012). The bike was completely redesigned from bottom up, receiving a larger 1037cc engine, ABS, fully-adjustable 43mm KYB inverted forks, and Traction Control – a first for any Suzuki motorcycle.

    To offer increased torque at a lower rpm, and amp up the horsepower of the liquid-cooled, DOHC 90-degree V-twin, Suzuki increased the piston bore from 98mm to 100mm, which increased the displacement from 996 to 1037cc. This helped increase horsepower to 99.2 at 8000 rpm, and torque to 76 ft. lb. at 4000 rpm.

    We have beaten our 2002 DL1000 daily for the past few years, and though it has over 70,000 miles, the bike never fails us. But the bike had many downfalls that we had to address, from suspension to weight. The 2014 V-Strom 1000 seems to address all of these issues, and we will report on the outcome once we get some miles on the new Strom.

    2014 EBR 1190 RX
    1. 2014 EBR 1190 RX

    This brings us down to our number-one most anticipated bike of 2014 – the EBR 1190 RX.

    This bike was without a doubt one of the highlights of the inaugural American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) held in Orlando this past October.

    The EBR 1190 RX is driven by basic philosophies of high-performance – less weight and more power.

    How much power? The EV-V2 1190cc V-Twin produces 185 horsepower at 10,600 rpm, and, more importantly, 102 ft. lbs. of torque at 8200 rpm. This torque is spread out on a long and linear curve, which allows the 2014 EBR 1190 RX to produce optimal power in every gear.

    Regardless of high horsepower, EBR, which will enter World Superbike in 2014, reports that the 1190 RX gets 52 mpg; with the 4.5-gallon tank, the new sportbike can get 234 miles per tank.

    This power/mpg combo is possible due to a redesigned combustion chamber that features Controlled Swirl Induction – something not found on EBR last generation sportbike, the 1190 RS. This design, along with electronic fuel injection system that features two port injectors and two showerhead injectors, allows the 1190 V-Twin to optimally burn fuel.

    The 1190 RX reportedly weighs 419 lb. wet, which will make it one of the lightest literbikes available. It arrives with many parts to enhance its superbike sweetness, including Showa suspension, 21 levels of traction control, a single-perimeter 386mm brake rotor up front, and style typical of Erik Buell.

    EBR has offered many desirable superbikes in the past, but none that were truly affordable to real-world riders. This all changes with the 1190 RX, and this is why it’s the number-one motorcycle we’re looking forward to experiencing in 2014.





    Photo exhibit Women in motorcycling

    Portland-based photographer Lanakila MacNaughton created the Women's Motorcycle Exhibition of her photos "to document the new wave of modern female motorcyclists."

    It's currently on view at the Riverside Art Museum near Los Angeles. To me, MacNaughton's photos have a timeless quality to them, depicting women who are basking in the thrill and freedom of the ride. You can see many of the images online: The Women's Motorcycle Exhibition






  5 Cities to visit if you want to get your motorcycle stolen! VIDEO


    Top 5 Cities for Motorcycle Theft

    By Rich Smith | More Articles January 4, 2014 |

    Don't visit Los Angeles riding this bike.


    Fifty-one arrests. More than 100 criminal complaints. One hundred forty motorcycles stolen. $848,140 lost. These were the headlining numbers in a Los Angeles Times report on how California Highway Patrol officers busted up three motorcycle theft gangs in LA in December -- the culmination of a two-year undercover operation.

    That sounds like a big operation -- but in fact, it will hardly make a dent in California, which in 2012 led the nation in the number of motorcycle thefts reported; 6,082, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. (Residents of the Golden State are still waiting to hear if they held onto the crown in 2013. Fingers crossed). According to investigators, thieves in the county have gotten so good at their "jobs" that they can steal a bike in literal seconds -- often simply picking a bike up by main force, and hoisting it into the back of a pickup before peeling off.

    "They like me! They really like me!" Which were the bike brands most likely to get swiped? Japanese makes, for the most part. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most popular bike brands among thieves were:

    •Honda (NYSE: HMC ) , which represented 20% of all motorcycles stolen. •Yamaha -- 16% of thefts. •Suzuki -- a close third at 15%. •Kawasaki -- 11%. •Bringing up the rear, Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG ) with 8.2%. (Could it be that Harley's bikes are only popular among people who already own a Hog?) Yamahas and Suzukis represented the two bikes most popular among the gangs busted up in December in LA, according to the Los Angeles Times. Disturbingly, NICB reports that only 39% of motorcycles reported stolen are ever recovered by their owners -- a full 15 percentage points below the success rate for recovering stolen automobiles.

    But enough about LA. What about the other cities topping the list of America's most motorcycle theft-prone municipalities? Before planning your next road trip, take a short stroll through our slideshow of the top five cities to visit if you want to get your motorcycle stolen -- and make sure to check out our special free report at the end.











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    In this first newsletter of the year, we've got two new bike reviews and a news item that brings up the age old helmet question, but we've also got a chance to share your resolutions for 2014-- Happy New Year!

    Got Any Rider Resolutions for 2014?
 new year brings fresh opportunities to change old habits, try new things, and change how you do things. Do you have any two-wheeled resolutions-- maybe making less stupid mistakes, hitting the dirt more, doing more track days, or even learning to ride?... read more
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    2014 BMW R1200GS Review: Urban Assault Vehicle Goes Modern
 Harley-Davidson made headlines by introducing liquid-cooled cylinder heads to their traditionally air-cooled touring bike lineup, t hey weren't the only ones to break with tradition: BMW's GS bikes span over 30 years of enduro history, and saw the first use of liquid-cooled heads in the new-for-2014 R1200GS model... read more

    2014 Suzuki GW250 Review: Ridin' Large
 bikes are often scaled-down versions of their big boy counterparts-- witness the mini superbike-like Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS. Taking a different approach to the beginner bike field is the all new, 2014 Suzuki GW250, with its plus-sized naked bike proportions and B-King-inspired styling... read more

    Can Riders Learn from Michael Schumacher's Ski Accident?
 case you haven't heard, Formula 1 legend and occasional motorcycle racer Michael Schumacher was critically injured in a ski accident over the weekend when his head struck a rock. Though he was conscious after the fall, his condition worsened... read more
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    New Zealand:

    'Encouraging results' from Month of Motorcycles campaign


    Monday, 6 January, 2014 - 15:15


    The majority of motorcyclists stopped during the Month of Motorcycles campaign were responsible road users and not one was identified as being over the drink drive limit which Central District Police say is an encouraging result.

    The Month of Motorcycles campaign ran from 20 November 2013 to 20 December 2013 in Central District, during which time Police proactively engaged with motorcycle and moped riders with a focus on vehicle conditions, safety equipment, clothing, licences, rider behaviour, and legal compliance.

    A total of 312 checkpoints across the District ran throughout this period and during this time 612 motorcyclists were stopped.

    "Overall we were pleased with motorcyclists' attitudes regarding riding to the conditions, motorcycle condition, and driver licensing, says Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery, officer in charge of Central District Highway Patrol.

    "Out of the 612 stopped, not one was found to be riding over the drink drive limit and I want to thank these motorcyclists for being responsible and considerate road users.

    "The majority of motorcyclists are road safety conscious and while I commend them for their efforts in helping Police keep the roads safe, there are still a small minority that are exceeding speed limits and not adhering to their licence conditions.

    "If you are identified riding your motorcycle on an incorrect licence, or exceeding the speed limit you can expect to receive an infringement."

    116 infringements were issued during the campaign; 46 for exceeding the speed limit, 31 for not adhering to licence conditions, 30 for unsatisfactory motorcycle condition, and 9 for other traffic-related offences.

    Two motorcycles were also impounded and four motorcyclists were forbidden to drive.

    "I want to take this opportunity to also remind motorcyclists to wear high visibility gear and ensure your bike is up to riding standard before you embark on a journey."

    The risk of a motorcyclist being killed or seriously injured in a crash is about 18 times higher than for a car driver.

    "Motorcyclists are very vulnerable and we urge all motorcyclists and motorists to please take care on our roads and ensure they remain alert and aware of their conditions and surroundings.

    "The messages are simple and whether you get behind a wheel or handlebars they are the same.

    "Remember to watch your speed and following distance, seatbelts are not optional so always buckle up, wear a helmet on your motorcycle, take a break if you’re tired, and never drink and drive or ride," says Senior Sergeant Burbery.




    In England, as of January 1st this year, it's mandatory to wear reflective vests! How long will it take before this is mandated here in the States?


    Road Traffic (Use of High Visibility Clothing) Regulations 2013
    GN No. 239 of 2013
    Government Gazette of Mauritius No. 88 of 5 October 2013
    Regulations made by the Minister under section 190 of
    the Road Traffic Act
    1. These regulations may be cited as the Road Traffic (Use of High Visibility Clothing)
    Regulations 2013.
    2. In these regulations —
    “principal regulations” means the Road Traffic Regulations 1954;
    “high visibility clothing” means clothing covering the torso and —
    (a) made from polyester materials of either fluorescent lime yellow, fluorescent red or
    fluorescent orange colour, intended to provide conspicuity at all times;
    (b) which is able to be closed and adjusted at the front;
    (c) which is equipped with polyvinyl retro-reflective stripes of not less than 50 millimetres
    wide, consisting of 2 vertical bands and 2 horizontal bands both on the front and the
    back sides as shown in the First Schedule;
    (d) which may be having sleeves;
    “retro-reflective stripe” means a band which is made of reflecting material designed to
    return back light emitted from headlights of a motor vehicle during hours of darkness so as
    to be visible from a reasonable distance.
    3. (1) No person shall drive a motorcycle or auto cycle, unless he wears a high visibility
    clothing without any covering being worn over it that may cause obstruction to its visibility.
    (2) No person shall ride as a pillion rider on a motorcycle or auto cycle as the case may
    be, unless he wears a high visibility clothing without any covering being worn over it that may
    cause obstruction to its visibility.
    4. Notwithstanding the above regulations; a police officer in uniform riding a Government
    owned motorcycle or auto cycle may wear high visibility clothing as authorised by the
    Commissioner of Police.
    5. Any person who contravenes these regulations shall commit an offence and shall, on
    conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 1,000 rupees.
    6. These regulations shall come into operation on 1 January 2014.
    Made by the Minister on 30 September 2013.





    Toronto Motorcycle Supershow a drool-worthy affair

    Posted by Roger Cullman / January 5, 2014

    6 Comments The North American International Motorcycle Supershow is a fantasyland for motorcycle enthusiasts in Toronto. There's a variety of motorbikes to drool over, from cruisers to sport bikes to cafe racers to scooters.

    Boasting as "the world's largest motorcycle show," it features more than 500 exhibitors and 1,000 motorcycles on display. It's no wonder the Motorcycle Supershow attracts over 50,000 attendees to the International Centre by the airport strip every year.

    You'll find swimsuit calendar models sitting astride Harley's as well as heavily bearded Heaven's Saints Motorcycle Ministry dudes. All of them the friendliest people you'd ever meet.

    Since the -38 degree windchill forced most in attendance on Friday evening to arrive on four wheels, not two, I was likely not the only one feeling a bit like a kid in a candy store amongst all the motorcycles.

    While I had my scooter parked for a good few weeks now, I was pleased to see this sharp old Lambretta at the show, posing with a stuffed bear for the good folks at MADD.

    Harley Davidson motorcycles were well represented at the show.

    As were the sports bikes. This Kawasaki Ninja Special Edition sure turned a few heads.

    There was a nifty nook with some classic motocross photos. This 1974 Yamaha YZ250 B was the very first production motorcycle with monoshock rear suspension. The dry weight was claimed at 214 pounds.

    If you're looking for a new helmet, there's a plethora of choices at the Motorcycle Supershow, including some real deals to be had. Especially if you wear size XS or XXL.

    This ape is on his Victory lap.

    You've got to be a real man to equip your bike with leather fringe grips.

    The motorcycle show vendors were all smiles, eager to pose or have you try out sitting on their bikes.

    The Vintage Road Racing Association brought a few of their finest rides, including this 1972 Yamaha XS750.

    Learning Curves was on hand to show off a sporty new Honda Grom 125 and sign up eager new riders for their motorcycle training classes, which begin in late March. Thinking of riding this year? You'd better sign up soon, as they're already filling up.

    Aside from the bikes themselves, you could find some cheap belts (2 for 5 bucks!), fancy wallets (see below) and badass t-shirts to be had. And you could get some fancy leather polish to shine up your motorcycle leathers (and footwear).

    I found a nice pair of riding pants on sale at the rather large GP Bikes display. I'm not sure if they replenish stock every day, but the most popular sizes tend to go quickly.






    Cops look to raise patrol efficiency, to install GPS chips on motorcycles

    : New Delhi, Tue Jan 07 2014, 03:22 hrs


    In order to ensure better visibility and efficiency, the Delhi Police has decided to use global positioning system (GPS) in its patrol vehicles. A pilot project has been started in the Northeast district and will soon be introduced across the city, police said.

    "An analysis was carried out on street crime. Snatchers were arrested and questioned. They revealed that they would conduct a survey of the area before targeting their victims. They would operate in pairs and leave the area as soon as they saw policemen," Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) Sanjay Baniwal said.

    Baniwal said an audit was necessary to increase efficiency. He said a briefing and training was required to increase the efficiency of police personnel.

    Police said during the analysis carried out after perusing an average of 1,000 days of PCR calls, it was discovered that 80 per cent of the snatching cases were taking place in 20 per cent of the city's area.

    The initiative of introducing GPS-enabled patrolling was introduced keeping this data in mind.

    An officer said, "Police motorcycles are fitted with GPS systems linked to a web-based tracking system. Officers of the rank Station House Officer and above will monitor movements of patrolling officers. "If any motorcycle leaves its predetermined patrolling area, an SMS will be sent to the SHO and the ACP," the officer said















    What  highlighted color codes mean:


    Helmet usage

    Rider error

    Citations or charges or continuing investigation


    Other or unknown circumstances







    Two Birmingham police officers injured in motorcycle accidents

    Jan 03, 2014 1:51 PM EST

    By WBRC Staff -

    BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Two Birmingham police motorcycle officers were injured in a crash on Friday after encountering black ice.

    The accident happened on Colonade Drive off Colonade Parkway. Sgt. Johnny Williams, with Birmingham PD, says the officers hit a patch of black ice under a bridge and lost control. By the time they realized it was black ice, it was too late and they were forced to lay the motorcycles down.

    Both officers were taken to UAB to be treated for minor injuries, according to Williams.









    DPS officer rear-ended, hurt during traffic stop near Sun City 

    By Brittany Elena Morris  Fri Jan 3, 2014 5:14 PM

    An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer is in the hospital after being rear-ended during a traffic stop near Sun City, officials said.

    The officer, driving in an SUV, was trying to pull over a motorcycle in the northbound lanes of Loop 101 near Grand Avenue at about 12 p.m. Friday, said Carrick Cook, a department spokesman. As the officer and the motorcycle pulled over to the right shoulder, another car came up from behind and rear ended the officer’s SUV, Cook said.

    The collision forced the officer into the retaining wall and caused the officer to suffer a leg injury, Cook said.

    The officer was taken to a hospital and is awaiting the results of tests but he is expected to be discharged this afternoon, Cook said.









    Motorcycle Collides With Pedestrian In San Francisco January 4, 2014 8:46 PM

    Elderly pedestrian hit, Motorcycle hits pedestrian

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) San Francisco police are investigating a collision involving a motorcycle and pedestrian that occurred at Sixth and Market streets Saturday afternoon. The collision, which occurred around 3:15 p.m., injured both the motorcyclist and the elderly pedestrian, according to Officer Gordon Shyy. Shyy did not have information on the exact nature of the injuries, but said they appeared to be non-life threatening for both parties. The cause of the collision is under investigation







    Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in crash on Angeles Crest Highway

    January 6, 2014 | 12:12 p.m.

    A 55-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon on Angeles Crest Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The motorcyclist was identified as Manuel Lumbattis Morales of Los Angeles, according to CHP Officer Thomas Miller.

    Morales was riding a 2005 Honda when he collided with a 2012 Lexus CT 200 near mile marker 45 along the highway at about 1:30 p.m., said Sgt. Becky Lynch with the California Highway Patrol’s Altadena station.

    An autopsy was pending, said Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Preliminary reports indicate Morales was apparently riding at a "high rate of speed" when the collision occurred, he said.

    A rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene, where a physician on-board declared Morales dead after administering CPR, according to Reserve Chief Mike Leum of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team at L.A. County Sheriff’s Crescenta Valley station.

    Leum said that stretch of Angeles Crest Highway is “twisty” and was the site of 30 motorcycle accidents last year -- a “higher number” compared to previous years.

    He said all the motorcycle accidents last year occurred either on a Saturday or Sunday.

    “My understanding is most of those are because of excessive speed,” Leum said. “I’m not saying this one was because of excessive speed, but as a general rule, most motorcycle accidents that we respond to are because of excessive speed.”



















    Motorcycle crash raising concerns

    Courtesy Venice Gondolier Sun

     6:37 pm, Fri Jan 3, 2014.

    Motorcycle crash raising concerns Contact Josh at WWSB ABC 7

    NOKOMIS, FL - A fatal motorcycle crash on New Years Day has sent waves through the boating and biking community.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 85-year-old Polley Lawrence of Sarasota pulled out in front of 52-year-old David Yarzab on U.S 41 in Nokomis. Yarzab later died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

    Yarzab was the general manager of the Venice Yacht Club. Members and staff like Douglas Laudenslager say they're in shock. "Dave was just and all around great guy. Great friend, mentor, and boss."

    He was also an avid rider. Those he rode with in a riding club called "The Dogs" like Jerry "JD" Donella say too many people are not checking twice. "Five seconds is not going to change your life. Just getting someplace five seconds sooner is not going to have that big of a difference. I will tell you that it changed a very good mans life."

    FHP says they investigated nearly 250 motorcycle crashes here on the Suncoast in 2013 which resulted in 202 injuries and 18 deaths.

    Some are now even calling for more testing of older drivers. We will have much more on this story coming up this evening on ABC 7.








    Motorcycle escort in funeral procession injured in crash

    Jan 04, 2014 11:13 PM EST By Carmen Carroquino, -

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Charges may be pending for a funeral procession motorcycle escort who troopers said crashed into a vehicle during a funeral in Orange County.

    The Florida Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist is in stable condition after the crash on Kennedy Boulevard in Orlando at about 2:40 p.m. Saturday.

    Troopers said the driver of a vehicle in the procession tried to make a left turn, when the driver of the motorcycle crashed into him.

    Witnesses told Fox 35 the motorcyclist was knocked unconscious and rolled into a ditch, before regaining consciousness.

    The crash is still under investigation.

    Troopers said the motorcycle escort was going the wrong way on Kennedy Boulevard, and as a result could be facing charges.







    Fatal motorcycle crash closes Florida’s turnpike northbound lanes at Palm City, FHP says

    By Liz Balmaseda

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    STUART — A crash on Florida Turnpike’s on Saturday night left a motorcyclist dead and shut down all northbound lanes near Palm City, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    The crash happened at 5:46 p.m. at the turnpike’s mile marker 130, just south of Martin Downs Boulevard in Palm City.

    The crash involved two vehicles and a motorcycle, said Sgt. Mark G. Wysocky, FHP spokesman. The identity of the motorcyclist was not immediately available.

    The lanes cleared late Saturday night, said Wysocky.







    CR 769 (Kings Hwy.) back open after fatal crash

    Jan 05, 2014 7:18 PM EST

    ARCADIA, Fla. - CR. 769 (Kings Hwy) at Peace River St. was closed for several hours Sunday because of a fatal motorcycle crash. All lanes are now open.

    The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash involved several motorcycles. It happened around 2:00 p.m. They've not yet said how many people were involved or described the extent of their injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.







    Alford man killed in Bay County wreck

    By News Herald staff report

    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 09:19 AM.

    An Alford man was killed when his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve at County 388 south of Burnt Mill Creek Road Sunday afternoon, Florida Highway Patrol officials wrote in a news release.

    David Perez, 48, was eastbound on County 388 when he crossed the westbound lane, the westbound shoulder and eventually struck a tree and was ejected from the motorcycle, the news release states.

    The news release also states that Perez was not wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.









    Man, 18, has life-threatening injuries following Kihei crash

    January 5, 2014 The Maui News

    An 18-year-old Kihei man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday night when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a vehicle at the intersection of Piilani Highway and Kaonoulu Street in Kihei.

    The man was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. There was no update on his condition Saturday morning.

    Police said the collision happened at 7:15 p.m. Friday when a 2005 silver Chevrolet two-door sedan, driven by a 48-year-old Kihei man, was traveling toward Maalaea on Piilani Highway and approached its intersection with Kaonoulu Street.

    The driver began to make a left turn onto Kaonoulu while the motorcyclist was riding south on the highway and collided with the passenger side of the Chevrolet, police said.

    Both driver and passenger air bags deployed in the Chevrolet, police said. There was no immediate information on the condition of the vehicle's driver.

    The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, police said.

    It was not immediately determined if speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. Police were continuing to investigate.






    Albuquerque woman killed in motorcycle crash

    By Andy Stiny / Journal Staff Writer | 2 days ago Posted: 4:37 pm

     A male pedestrian, walking in the center of the three northbound lanes of Interstate 25 in the La Bajada area, was killed on Friday night when he was struck by a northbound Dodge pickup truck, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reported.

    The victim, whose identify is not yet known, was struck by the right front of the truck and knocked into the outside lane where he was then hit and run over by another northbound vehicle at around 7:20 p.m.

    The victim, possibly 50 to 60 years-old, was wearing dark clothing and the body has been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for autopsy, said the sheriff’s office.

    In another fatal accident involving a single motorcycle, a 39-year-old Albuquerque woman was killed at about 2 p.m. today on State Road 14, two or three miles south of Madrid.

    For an unknown reason she lost control of the motorcycle she was riding on a northbound, left-hand curve and crashed, the sheriff’s office said.

    She was riding with a group of five or six other motorcycles and was not wearing a helmet, authorities said. Her name had not been released Saturday because relatives were still being notified.








    Motorcycle Rider Slides Under Passing Car

    01/03/2014 10:36 AM

    A motorcycle rider was hurt in a traffic accident in west Abilene during the morning rush hour Friday. A motorcycle rider was hurt in a traffic accident in west Abilene during the morning rush hour Friday.

    It happened about 8 o'clock at Post Oak Road and Clover Lane when the man lost control of his motorcycle as he tried to avoid a car that had driven out into his path.

    Police say the driver's vision may have been obscured by the glare of the morning sun and therefore preventing him from seeing the yield sign.

    The motorcycle rider slid under the vehicle as it crossed his path.

    Police say it looks like the rider may have broken both legs.

    Police say drivers should be extra cautious at dusk and dawn every day as the bright sun makes it difficult to see traffic.









    Man injured after motorcycle brakes lock up

    by KENS 5 Staff Posted on January 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    SAN ANTONIO -- A motorcycle accident left a man with cuts and a broken clavicle around 2 a.m. Sunday.

    Police said the man was heading down Eisenhauer at Harry Wurzbach when his brakes locked up.

    The man laid the bike down and then suffered cuts and a broken clavicle, according to police.

    The bike the man was riding has a recall issued because the brakes are known to lock up, police said.






    Motorcycle accident leaves one dead in north S.A. .

    by KENS 5 Staff Posted on January 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    SAN ANTONIO -- A motorcycle accident overnight left one dead around 3 a.m., according to police.

    The incident happened at U.S. 281 and North Saint Mary's. Police said the driver was heading north when he lost control of the bike and went over the guardrail.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are working to figure out why he lost control of the bike and if he was hit by another car.

















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