Zero Motorcycles Offering $2500 Trade-in Bonus For Gas-powered Motorcycles
January 18, 2013
A recently announced incentive offer by Zero Motorcycles may be the company’s continued commitment to advance environmentally friendly transportation, or merely a creative twist on moving year-old product.
In either case, motorcyclists looking for a pure electric powertrain two-wheeler can save $2,500 toward the purchase of a 2012 Zero motorcycle by trading in a gasoline engine motorcycle.
Zero’s Cash for Carbon trade-in program could mean sizeable savings on a 2012 model motorcycle from Zero when consumers factor in the federal tax credit that was extended in the so-called fiscal cliff deal. The credit may give a savings of 10 percent, up to a maximum of $2,500, on the purchase of a two- or three-wheeled vehicle.
The price tag on 2012 Zero S ZF9, with a claimed range of 114 miles from its 9.0-kilowatt-hours battery, could drop from $13,995 to $8,995 using the Cash for Carbon incentive and the above noted federal tax savings.
Other savings from state tax incentives as well as from individual Zero dealers could make a serious dent in the MSRP of one of Zero’s 2012 model-year motorcycles.
“Similar to the ‘cash for clunkers’ government promotion in 2009, Zero aims to entice traditional internal combustion engine motorcycle owners to make the switch to electric,” said Scot Harden , Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles.
“In offering a $2,500 trade in bonus for new customers, we expect this promotion to be a great sales tool for our nationwide dealer network.”
Two-Time MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner To Drive In V8 Supercars
Jan 27, 2013
Less than a year after announcing his retirement from MotoGP, a sport in which he was crowned world champion twice, Casey Stoner has confirmed he will enter the popular Australian touring car series V8 Supercars in 2013.
Stoner will initially be competing in the Dunlop V8 Series, a feeder series for the top-level V8 Supercars category. Although the 27-year-old is a two-time world champion on two wheels, he is still a rookie when it comes to four-wheeled motorsports.
Stoner will be driving a current-generation VE Holden Commodore race car fielded by Triple Eight Racing, with sponsorship from Red Bull and Pirtek.
An updated VF Holden Commodore due out this year will be same car sold in the U.S. as the 2014 Chevrolet SS and raced by Chevy in NASCAR's Sprint Cup.
Stoner won the 2007 MotoGP title on a Ducati and took 2011’s championship together with Repsol Honda. Part of the reason for his controversial exit from MotoGP and ensuing switch to V8 Supercars was due to unhappiness from being outside his native Australia for so long during the year.
Triple Eight Racing engineering boss Roland Dane welcomed Stoner into his organization, which remains one of the most successful in V8 Supercars.
“Casey is the ultimate professional and I think everyone involved is looking forward to being a part of his transition from two to four wheels,” Dane said at the announcement of Stoner’s latest career move.
The team and livery will be unveiled on February 27, just two days before Stoner makes his debut in the seven-round Dunlop V8 Series starting in the Australian city of Adelaide.
SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION FINED $3 MILLION FOR SELLING UNCERTIFIED MOTORCYCLES COMPANY TOOK PROACTIVE STEPS TO CORRECT PROBLEM; WILL LIKELY PAY LESSER AMOUNT
By States News Service
The following information was released by the Air Resources Board (ARB) of the California Environmental Protection Agency:
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced that American Suzuki Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan have agreed to a settlement of $3,020,000 to resolve violations of the California Health and Safety Code related to off-highway motorcycles equipped with dual calibrated emissions systems.
Dual calibrations within the emission control system allow motorcycle owners to purchase low-cost aftermarket devices that provide access to alternative engine control programming. This allows greater vehicle performance but also significantly increases smog-forming emissions. Such systems are prohibited by California law if they are undisclosed to ARB prior to the vehicles' approval for sale and if they are easily accessible by the vehicle owner.
Suzuki officials initially reported this issue to the ARB and fully cooperated with authorities to resolve the matter. This action saved limited state resources and resulted in a swifter and more complete elimination of excess emissions. As a result, this agreement provides for suspension of $1,812,000 of the total penalty provided that Suzuki does not produce vehicles with undisclosed calibrations for a period of two years and completes two vehicle emission reduction programs designed to offset the additional pollution of the dual calibrated vehicles.
Funds collected under the settlement will be paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to support air quality research.
Off-highway vehicles that do not meet California's emission requirements pose a real danger to California residents. They create higher amounts of smog-forming pollutants, which can then exacerbate respiratory ailments and negatively affect other health conditions such as shortness of breath, headaches, birth defects, cancer or damage to internal organs.
The long history of Indian Motorcycles has always had a substantial element of tease, and the latest custodians of the brand seem to have embraced the tease as part of their strategy. The most recent look under Indian’s skirts is the announcement and unveiling of the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the all-new V-Twin powerplant that will reside in the upcoming lineup of Indians slated to roll out of the new factory in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Star Motorcycles Introduces All-New 2014 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec “Performance Bobber” Models
CYPRESS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Star Motorcycles is proud to introduce the all-new Bolt and Bolt R-Spec cruisers.
Powered by a fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (950cc), air-cooled, V-Twin engine, mounted in a double-cradle frame, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are “Performance Bobbers” that will attract a new cruiser buyer to the Star brand.
The Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are a modern interpretation of old-school “bobbers,” specifically designed to offer unique style, comfort, and performance. Both models are “step out of the norm” cruisers that deliver light weight and unmatched maneuverability.
Performance components such as wave-type brake rotors and a smoked-lens digital meter are standard on both Bolt models, while the Bolt R-Spec ups the ante even more with the addition of remote-reservoir shocks, a suede-type seat with colored stitching, and special paint and graphics.
With their 60° V-Twin engines, belt drive, and steel fenders, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec provide the perfect platform for personalization. Star plans to unveil a complete line of custom accessories for the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec in the coming weeks.
The Bolt will be available in two color options -- Raven and Pearl White -- and will retail for $7,990, with bikes available in dealerships starting in April. The Bolt R-Spec can be had in your choice of Matte Grey and Camo Green and will retail for $8,290, with bikes available in dealerships starting in July.
Remote Control Motorcycle Anti-theft Alarm Audio and MP3 Player
Remote Control Motorcycle Anti-theft Alarm Audio and MP3 Player
Ankaka Releases Multifunctional Remote Control Motorcycle Anti-theft Alarm Audio and MP3 Player.
Car Gadgets Dropshipper Ankaka Releases New Cool Car Gadgets Remote Control Motorcycle Anti-theft Alarm Audio and MP3 Player.In a matter of minutes, it is easy to take away a motorcycle especially during hours when most people are indoors. Since it is hard to keep an eye on it, this Cool Car Gadgets multi-functional anti-theft device will help ensure that the motorbike is still there. This remote-controlled system serves primarily as an alarm device that sounds on when the motorcycle is illegally moved or touched.
It can also be used as a radio receiver for urgent communication needs. When people are cruising, it can also act as an MP3 player wherein people can play the favorite tunes to avoid boredom. SD cards and flash drives of up to 16 GB can be read by this device. One set of which contains the alarm/MP3 player itself, two speakers, a remote controller, a connection cable, installation screws and installation iron plates. The remote can function for as far as 100 meters in an open area while the device works best within the -30 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius range.
Anti-theft system guarantees security of users’ motorcycles.
Compact design makes itself easy to install and carry on motorcycles.
It can used as a MP3 player or radio receiver which makes people enjoy wonderful music playing and radio searching experience during the riding.
Motorcycle deaths in the U.S. climb as overall traffic fatalities drop
April 24, 2013
A new report estimates that motorcyclist deaths in the U.S. rose by 9 percent in 2012, continuing a trend that has seen increases in 14 of the last 15 years, even while overall traffic fatalities have declined.
Using data from the first nine months of 2012, the Governors Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., said more than 5,000 motorcycle fatalities occurred last year, only the third time that has happened.
Pennsylvania had 210 motorcycle fatalities last year, a 5.5 percent increase from 2011 but fewer than the record of 236 reported in 2008. Fatality totals have fluctuated in the state in recent years.
Read the below crime prevention tip provided by the NYPD. The spring is time when more people take out their motorcycles and lock them up outside. Be smart and don't miss these tips:
Motorcycles are an attractive item for thieves. National statistics show only 3 in 10 stolen motorcycles will be recovered and returned to their owners. The rest end up on the black market, stripped and/or sold for spare parts.
It takes seconds to hoist a motorcycle into a van and take off. In 2011 New York had 1,460 motorcycle thefts, but if you follow these basic tips you help yourself or a friend avoid becoming a victim of motorcycle theft:
Lock your ignition and remove the key. National statistics show most bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.
Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags.
If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.
If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can't be easily dismantled.
Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.
When traveling and spending the night at a hotel, locate an outdoor security camera and park your bike in the camera's view. If this is not possible, park your bike close to your room.
Keep an eye on your bike. When parking at a public event, check your motorcycle periodically, especially right after leaving your bike.
If parking in a garage, block your bike with automobiles, close the garage door and make sure it is locked.
Don't store your title in your bike's storage compartment, tank bag or saddlebag. The safest place for your title is at home.
Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If thieves take your bike, note its unique markings to law enforcement using the photos you have taken. ·
Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride.
If the bike is stolen make it impossible to sell. Mark everything that could be sold as a second hand spare part with a clearly visible identifying mark, both in visible and secret places, preferably with the bikes frame number.
Triumph Motorcycles America, Ltd. Recall of Certain Model Year 2012 – 2013 Explorer and Explorer XC Motorcycles
11 May 2013
SUMMARY: Triumph Motorcycles America, Ltd. is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Explorer and Explorer XC motorcycles. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating data on the certification Label is incorrect. Thus, the motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, "Certification."
CONSEQUENCE: The incorrect label could cause the operator to overload the motorcycle which may result in handling issues and/or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY: Triumph will notify owners and replace the labels with corrected GVWR data, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 for more information.
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