Ducati has recalled 2,411 of its 1199 Panigale superbikes (model year 2012-2013) due to steering damper and engine cooling issues; the affected models were manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012.
Ducati says there are two issues with the steering damper - incorrect assembly tolerance and loose screws.
Ducati says due to an incorrect assembly tolerance, the Uniball bearing on the damper rod eyelet could slip out of its seat on the Ohlins steering damper. If this happens, the steering damper can detach from its mounting point which can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash, Ducati says.
Also, the screws that secure the steering damper to the steering head could fall out due to an insufficient amount of Loctite applied to the threads. The steering damper can detach from the steering head which can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Regarding the cooling issues, Ducati says the exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover could melt or burn due to excess heat of the catalytic converter. Melting and burning of the bowden cable cover could lead to smoke and/or fire, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ducati will notify owners, and authorized dealers will fix all issues, free of charge. Ducati has not provided a notification schedule.
Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or through their website at ducati.com.
Ducati's recall number is RCL-12-006. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to safercar.gov.
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Harley-Davidson celebrates its 110th anniversary with the new, 2013 Breakout CVO in Pagan Gold paint. (Harley-Davidson Motor Co. / August 20, 2012)
Harley-Davidson announces 2013 bikes, Pope Benedict's blessing
If there's anything that underscores Harley-Davidson's holiness in the motorcycle world, it's the company's announcement Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will bless its bikes at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer's 110th anniversary.
While Harley, like much of the motorcycle industry, has suffered significant sales declines in recent years due to the global financial crisis, it remains a steadfast icon -- albeit an expensive one that many consumers aren't able to afford, even if they'd like to.
Harley bikes retail for $7,999 to $38,599. The company, which sells 55% of all motorcycles in the U.S. with displacements larger than 650 cc, is the oldest, continuously operating American motorcycle manufacturer. And it's celebrating that longevity with a small selection of anniversary models and a large roster of events that will begin next week in Milwaukee and travel to 15 cities around the globe, including stops in Austria, New Zealand, Africa, China, Italy and Mexico.
Harley will produce extremely limited editions of just seven 110th-anniversary models for 2013, all of which will be serialized and sold with commemorative, solid bronze fuel tank badges and vintage bronze or vintage black paint. The 1200 Custom, Super Glide Custom, Fat Boy Lo, Heritage Softail Classic and Road King are among the handful of bestselling models that will be produced as 110th anniversary editions.
For its 105th anniversary, Harley offered twice as many special editions with three times the production numbers. Each of the Harley-Davidson's 800 U.S. dealerships will receive just two or three 110th-anniversary bikes, which will begin deliveries during the second week of September, according to Harley-Davidson media relations manager, Jennifer Hoyer. The rest of the 2013 lineup will be available this week.
The only new models Harley is introducing are the Breakout, an entirely new CVO, or Custom Vehicle Operations, high-performance Softail with hand-polished steel sections on its fuel tank and fenders. Its popular touring bike, the Road King, is also now available as a higher-end CVO with a new vented windshield and hi-fi audio.
The Street Bob is the only bike to get an update. For 2013, it will have a blacked-out powertrain, chopped rear fender, side-mounted license plate and mini ape-hanger handlebars that can all be customized at the factory level. In a bid to appeal to younger riders, Harley is also building on the Hard Candy idea it launched earlier this year with its new Seventy-Two, a lowrider-inspired Sportster with metal flake paint, whitewall tires and a reasonable $10,499 starting price.
In addition to the Big Red Flake color it debuted earlier this year, Harley will offer metal flake in green and gold as solid-color options on its Seventy-two, Street Bob, Blackline, Softail Deluxe and Forty-Eight models. Thirteen other big flake finishes are also available from its accessory department.
The last time Harley-Davidson celebrated an anniversary -- in 2007 -- the motorcycle industry was just beginning to taper from 14 years of consecutive gains that pushed annual U.S. unit sales over the 1 million mark. In 2011, sales of new on-road motorcycles in the U.S. had plummeted to about 312,000 units, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine.
Retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in 2011 were up 5.8% in the U.S., compared with an increase of 1.8% for the rest of the industry, according to the MIC. This year, Harley's sales are up 9.3% for the first six months of the year globally.
"The Harley-Davidson name means somewhat less to the current generation than it did to their traditional buyers," said industry expert Michael Millman, managing member of Millman Research Associates in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Millman's firm described Harley-Davidson's business as "cyclic" and "dependent on (high end) consumer discretionary spending," which is uncertain given the present state of the U.S. and European economies.
Harley's 110th anniversary celebration is "good publicity," Millman said, but he's doubtful it will lead to significant increases in sales. "When you have a birthday, does that change how people treat you at the office?"
Honda Introduces More Motorcycles For The 2013 Model Year
Honda Introduces More Motorcycles For The 2013 Model Year
09/04/2012 - Torrance, CA - As the riding season picks up momentum, Honda proudly announces a large selection of favorites that return by popular demand.
"With this most recent release of multiple models, we see the core and model representation that keeps thousands of loyal Honda enthusiasts returning to the Honda brand year after year," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "These machines represent different segments within the market, each with unique styling, yet they all stand tall as long-time favorites and also as sales leaders in their respective categories.
"As we expand our product line to encompass models that are attractive and affordable to all riders—new riders as well as existing customers—we are introducing machines that have a history of consumer popularity and large sales success. The Rebel 250, for example, has been a favorite among new riders for 27 years, and we've sold more than 140,000 of these friendly machines. Next, look at our Shadow line of 750cc customs: When first introduced in 1983, the V-twin Shadow 750 was an instant sellout success. To date, Honda has sold more than 250,000 Shadow 750s. For 2013, we offer four different variations—the Aero, Phantom, RS and Spirit—each with their own unique and distinctly different cruiser persona to meet rider demands for style and preferences. When these riders move up to a large-displacement V-twin, they can choose between the Sabre, Stateline, Interstate or the radical Fury to fit their needs and tastes, all with the same level of Honda fit, finish and quality. This line of Honda 1300cc cruisers currently represents the lion's share of the 1000-1500cc metric cruiser market, with more than 129,000 VT/VTX1300s sold to date.
Viper Motorcycle Company Announces "Black Diamond Edition" Diamondback Texas Launch Party Presented by Gottspeed Racing, Gruene Harley-Davidson and Javelina Harley-Davidson
AUBURN, Ala., Sept. 10, 2012 —
Viper Motorcycle Company, a wholly owned division of Viper Powersports announces its Texas launch party September 25, 2012 for its "Black Diamond Edition" Diamondback. This event will be co-hosted by Gottspeed Racing, Gruene Harley-Davidson and Javelina Harley-Davidson.
This exclusive, invitation only, event will take place at Pat O'Briens on Tuesday, September 25th from 7 pm until 9 pm with several of the special edition Viper Diamondbacks on display. The party will be a live media broadcast featuring live music and other special events.
The "Black Diamond Edition" Diamondback is a special edition motorcycle, designed and developed for the Mecum 25th Anniversary Auction in Indianapolis in May. The auction was a huge success and Viper is currently building a limited edition run of 25 numbered and badged "Black Diamonds". Ownership of a "Black Diamond" will entitle you to membership into a very exclusive club of motorcycle enthusiasts who prefer high performance, innovative styling, and a distinctive brand of motorcycle.
Rugger Gottsacker, co-owner of Gruene Harley-Davidson and Javelina Harley-Davidson, had this to say: "We sold our first Viper Diamondback during our customer appreciation event at Gruene Harley-Davidson last month to a very happy rider, Eric Talley. With that success, I wanted to get the Viper 'Black Diamond Edition' out in front of a lot of people and this launch party was my way of getting it done."
Eric Talley, who will attend the event, had this testimonial to give: "This is by far, the best motorcycle I have ever owned and I have had a bunch of bikes."
Viper Motorcycle Company VP of Marketing and Racing Operations Colbert Seagraves stated, "The Gottsacker family has been extremely supportive and creative in ways to heighten awareness of the Viper Motorcycle Brand. Rugger had the idea to host a VIP launch party to showcase the new 'Black Diamond Edition' Diamondback on San Antonio's famed Riverwalk and we told him to run with it."
John Silseth, CEO of Viper Powersports, stated, "We love the support our Texas dealers are providing Viper as the beta sites in preparation for our National roll-out. Uncle Hal and Rugger are committed to promoting the Viper Diamondback as a production motorcycle that is second to none in styling, performance, power, and reliability."
Since its inception on the motorcycle market in 1983, the Kawasaki Ninja 250 has dominated the entry-level sportbike category.
The bike remained relatively unchanged until a major revision in 2008, which added modern sportbike styling and the additional "R" added to the name across all world-wide markets.
But as more and more competition arrived from other manufacturers, such as Honda and its CBR 250 R, Kawasaki decided it was time for a complete overhaul of its Ninja 250.
The outcome? The 2013 Ninja 300, the big arriving as Kawasaki celebrates the 30th anniversary of the quarter-liter sportbike.
This new motorcycle features all of the entry-level specifics of the Ninja 250 R - lightweight, agility, optimal fuel mileage - but with bigger displacement (296cc vs. 249cc), digital fuel injection, a new F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions, and an option for ABS. The ABS adds $700 to the Ninja 300's base price of $4,799.
The all-new 296cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin is tuned for smooth power delivery, and enhanced with the new digital fuel injection (DFI) system that "provides improved cold starting, crisper throttle response and better fuel economy than last year's bike."
All-new V Star 1300 Deluxe heads 2013 Star Motorcycles lineup
September 13, 2012
Star Motorcycles has released its all-new V Star 1300 Deluxe, with an MSRP of $13,690, along with its other 2013 models.
Here’s how the product release describes the 2013 lineup:
Built around a 1304cc (80 cubic inch) V-twin engine with a 9.5:1 compression ratio, aggressive cam timing and fuel injection, the V Star 1300 Deluxe with its 2 into 1 exhaust has the sound and power you need to get up and go. With the V Star 1300 Deluxe, Star Motorcycles has redefined the bagger class of touring motorcycles.
A double-cradle steel frame contributes to an exceptionally light and nimble feeling that riders are sure to appreciate. With the engine mounting position slightly forward for optimum front-to-rear weight distribution, and its 16-inch wheels, the V Star 1300 Deluxe has outstanding handling performance.
Yamaha Motor Corp U.S. is very excited to launch additional models of its 2013 motorcycle product, and with a motorcycle or scooter to fit every rider, Yamaha’s lineup for 2013 couldn’t be more diverse. Check out some of the 2013 lineup in the photo gallery below.
In the SuperSport category you can start with the AMA Pro Road Racing decimating R1 and R6. Two-time AMA Monster Energy Graves’ rider Josh Hayes has put the R1 and its iconic crossplane crankshaft engine to good use, dominating the AMA Superbike class once again. Cameron Beaubier has come back with vengeance after an early season injury to put the R6 on the top of the podium in the Daytona Sportbike class. The 2013 YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 come back in a variety of new and exciting colors.
If casual canyon carving or commuting are more your style, the FZ1 or FZ6R with their top-notch performance, style and high-end features could be just what you need.
Maybe you’re the kind of rider who is looking for a nice long adventure. The award-winning and class-leading Super Tenere will ensure you get to your destination with confidence not matter how varied the terrain you’re traversing. For 2013 the Super Tenere is available in Pearl White and Matte Gray.
Family fun begins with the entire line of electric start TT-Rs, starting with the TT-R50E all the way up to the TT-R230, as well as the bike that has launched many professional motocrosser’s careers, the “one-of-a-kind” PW50.
Rounding out the off-road category is the 2013 WR450F. All new just last year, the WR450F is ready to go right off the showroom floor. Starting couldn’t be easier with the push of a button and the YZ250F frame and YZ-derived suspension on the WR450F make it handle like a true race bike.
Both the 2013 model FJR1300 and FZ8 will receive minor changes for 2013 and will be introduced within the next month.
Also returning for 2013 is the Yamaha Majesty Scooter in Charcoal Silver, rounding out one of the most complete scooter lineups in the industry.
September 22, 2012 Zero Recalls Electric Motorcycles that May Stall in Traffic
Electric-motorcycle maker Zero Motorcycles Inc. is recalling certain S and DS bikes from the 2012 model year to fix an electronic problem that can cause their electric motors to suddenly lose power.
In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the Scotts Valley, Calif., company said the affected vehicles have motor encoder position signals that may drift, or change over time.
If the signal drifts outside of certain parameters, the motor controller may shut off, causing the motorcycle to lose power unexpectedly. A sudden loss of power can increase the risk of a crash.
Zero said the recall affects 315 motorcycles. The recall is a potential distraction for Zero, which is busy trying to attract motorcyclists to its unusual, expensive battery-powered models.
Under the recall, dealers will reprogram the motorcycle’s motor controller free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin this month.Owners may contact Zero Motorcycles at 888-786-9376.
Triumph has recalled certain model year 2006-2009 Daytona 675, Street Triple and Street Triple R motorcycles due to charging issues. Triumph says 10,366 motorcycles are affected.
Triumph reports that the regulator/rectifier can overheat and prevent the motorcycle from charging. Once the battery is fully discharged, the motorcycle may stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the regulator/rectifier, free of charge. Triumph has not provided notification schedule. Owners may contact Triumph customer service department at 1-678-854-2010.
Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or visit safercar.gov. (NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V445000)
Suzuki launches more 2013 motorcycles, ATVs, scooters
September 25, 2012
Suzuki is pleased to announce the third wave of models to join the 2013 lineup, following the champion-approved RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 motorcycles and class-leading KingQuad Utility ATVs announced earlier this year. This third wave of 2013 product expands Suzuki’s 2013 lineup with a diverse range of new models.
“We are excited to announce this third wave of new 2013 models to our lineup,” said Suzuki’s Motorcycle/ATV senior communications manager Steve Bortolamedi. “We’re expanding our entire product line for 2013 with class-leading models like the Boulevard M90 and Boulevard C50 cruisers. Also, by offering versatile and affordable models like the SFV650, DR-Z400SM, and the DR200SE, Suzuki is broadening its reach to the entire market.”
This third wave of new 2013 models includes Cruiser, Standard, Dual-Sport and Off-Road motorcycles, in addition to the Burgman 400 ABS scooter and the class-leading QuadSport Z400 Sport ATV model.
Boulevard Cruiser models for 2013 include the lightweight single-cylinder Boulevard S40, new, stylish Boulevard C50 model, comfortable Boulevard C50T model with full touring package and the new-for-2013 Boulevard M90 — a streamlined power cruiser with a powerful V-twin engine.
2013 Standard models include the classic-styled TU250X model, the popular DR-Z400SM Supermoto model and the economical, middleweight SFV650 motorcycle — a balanced package with impressive 650cc V-twin performance and a comfortable riding position that makes it a versatile street bike.
2013 Dual-Sport models include the venerable DR650SE and DR-Z400S models and the DR200SE — a lightweight dual sport motorcycle that offers exceptional value and class-leading fuel efficiency.
Off-road models in the 2013 lineup include the DR-Z125 and DR-Z125L — perfect bikes for beginning riders who are just discovering off-road riding.
The QuadSport Z400 sport ATV model is also available for 2013. The QuadSport Z400 offers a race-developed chassis and suspension and powerful 398cc liquid-cooled engine with Suzuki Fuel Injection. It’s the ideal machine for exciting sport-riding on the track, in the sand or in the woods.
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