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70-mph mobility scooter

70-mph mobility scooter on ice is one hot little rascal


Feb 5, 2012

This is my WORLD RECORD HOLDING Fastest mobility scooter being thrashed in the snow which as you can see was BLOODY WICKED.
I reached around 51mph on snow and found it easyer to ride as the steering isnt so responsive.

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Recall Alert: Kawasaki

Kawasaki Recalls Ninja ZX-10R, ZX-6R

02/24/2012



Kawasaki has recalled certain model Ninja ZX-10R (2008-2011) and Ninja ZX-6R (2009-2012) sportbikes due to charging system defects. The Japanese motorcycle marquee says 20,544 motorcycles are affected.

Kawasaki says on ZX-10 R and ZX-6 R sportbikes manufactured from Dec. 14, 2007, through July 26, 2011, the regulator/rectifier may insufficiently charge the batter due to a manufacturing error. If the battery discharges, the motorcycle may stall without warning, increasing a risk of a crash.

Kawasaki will notify owners and dealers, and replace the voltage regulator free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin around Feb. 27; owners my contact Kawasaki at 1-949-770-0400.

Customers may also 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.

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Top Performing Motorcycles of 2012

Ghost Rider’s: Top Performing Motorcycles of 2012


February 27, 2012



Thinking about buying your first motorcycle, or perhaps hopping on one for some joy riding? Want to enjoy the most addictive mode of transportation around, but not too sure of how or where to begin? There are some things about motorcycles that will always ring true, just by virtue of the fact that a motorcycle is effectively an engine with wheels and that’s it. 99.95% of the time your motorcycle will be faster than a car; you will encounter drivers who don’t see you when they are turning, merging, or are otherwise trying to steal your spot in traffic; you will bite off more than you can chew when you mash the throttle.

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Check your ride's safety: Canada's recalled motorcycles

Mar. 05, 2012

Although we tend to associate Transport Canada’s safety recall program with automobiles and light trucks, this government agency also keeps tabs on everything from RVs to ATVs to eighteen-wheelers and, yes, motorcycles.

Briefly put, Transport Canada responds to complaints regarding the safety of a vehicle and then conducts its own tests and often consults similar data collected by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Malfunctioning transmissions, faulty braking systems or suspect suspension parts, for example, are investigated by technicians, who work with consumers, manufacturers and forensic scientists to determine if there is indeed a problem.

But Transport Canada’s recall program concerns itself with safety-related issues only. Non life-threatening annoyances such as inferior paint, abnormal squeaks and rattles or non-functioning accessories are not its concern. But if it potentially affects life and limb, it should be on top of the situation. For more info on what’s covered, go to Transport Canada’s website (tc.gc.ca/roadsafety).

Here’s a list of motorcycle recalls for 2011 and 2012.

Ducati

The good news is that this Italian manufacturer has considerably fewer problems than the last time we checked. For 2011-2012 models, Ducati has, so far, five recalls to deal with. These range from a faulty side-stand on the Diavel, to a sketchy chain guard on the Diavel, to a recalcitrant steering locking mechanism on the Diavel and Multistrada 1200. Bottom line: If you’re considering buying one, check out that Diavel from one end to the other.

Harley-Davidson

A whopping 28 recalls in total for the Milwaukee bike-maker, all electrical in nature. However, most of these concern two main areas: a faulty rear brake light that may be located too close to the exhaust system and issues with the electronic security system on a range of different models. Most of these issues involve the “big” bikes; for example, the Street Glide and Softail Heritage are affected. As well as Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) bikes, which are not the same as their off-the-showroom-floor models. So, no Sportster or Dyna models, in other words.

Honda

I count three recalls currently listed with Transport Canada. The GL1800 Goldwing may have a dragging rear brake, which could fade prematurely, or even disappear altogether, while the 2010 and 2011 VT750 Phantom and Aero may have a “malfunctioning bank angle sensor” that could shut the engine off while the bike is in motion.

Husaberg

These hard-core enduro and supermoto bikes have five recalls on file with Transport Canada, all of which involve possibly cracked handlebar mounts, and apply to most of the 2011 models currently on the market.

Indian

Now part of Polaris Industries, Indians built from 2009 onward have 12 recalls on file. Non-retracting side-stands and issues with the headlights and instrumentation on all models are the main problem areas. Not a huge number of bikes involved here, but still.

Kawasaki

This Japanese manufacturer has seven recalls to deal with, all involving 2011 models. The Ninja ZX 10R, for example, has a potentially lethal flaw with the wiring harness that could disable the bike while it’s in motion. This is an insanely fast bike, so this one should not be ignored. The Vulcan 900 and various other models, meanwhile, may have a “pinched” inner tube that could cause the tire to suddenly deflate. Perhaps the most serious problem with Kawaski involves the KLX250, which could suffer from substandard welding on the fuel tank, which could in turn lead to leakage and a fire.

Piaggio

The diminutive Fly 50 scooter has a nasty little contretemps in the form of a possible engine backfire during starting caused by a faulty ignition module that could lead to an engine fire.

Triumph

Five problems listed with Transport Canada for 2011-2012 models. These range from a questionable wiring harness in the Daytona 675 that could lead to loss of power, to random stalling in the Tiger 800 caused by bad software, to a faulty centre stand on the Tiger 800, to an improperly attached top box on the Tiger 800 and Sprint GT. This latter item could actually fall off the bike if not attended to.

Vespa

Since this Italian company is owned by Piaggio, the LS50 and S50 scooters may suffer from the same problem as the Fly 50. Small bike, but a potentially big problem.

Victory

Two problems to report here, both involving possibly flawed handlebar clamps. The models affected are the Cross Country and Ness Cross Country, which are essentially the same bikes, but with different goodies. Easily repaired with new risers installed by the dealer.

Most of the issues mentioned here are easily repaired by the appropriate dealerships. If you own one of these models, you should receive some kind of notification about the potential problem(s), but if not, get in touch with your local dealer and look into it.

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Bike Week 2012 rolls into Daytona Beach
More than 500,000 bikers expected at 71st annual event



Bikers cruise down Main Street during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida, on March 12, 2011.

March 9, 2012

Motorists throughout Central Florida will be sharing the road with thousands of motorcyclists as Bike Week opens Friday in Daytona Beach.

The 71st annual Bike Week will rumble into Daytona Beach on Friday and continue through March 18. The 10-day celebration, dubbed the "World's Largest Motorcycle Event," brings every aspect of motorcycle culture to Central Florida, including bike rallies, manufacturer displays, races and stunt shows.

Bikers from across the country will make the trek to Daytona to show off their Harleys, Hondas and Kawasakis on Main and Beach streets. Bike Week spokesman Kevin Killian said the event is expected to attract 500,000 riders and other motorcycle enthusiasts during the course of the week.

Typically celebrated the first week in March, this year's Bike Week was moved back a week to accommodate the schedule change of the Daytona 500, which was held one week later this year.

After a seven-year hiatus, the Bike Week Community Appreciation Parade will return. Sidelined in 2004, the police-escorted parade, sponsored by Harley-Davidson, will take place at 9 a.m. March 17. The parade will begin at Ocean Center on North Atlantic Avenue and end at Daytona International Speedway.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said that, with so many motorcycles on the roads, motorists and bikers must be patient, cautious and "share the road" during the next week. She said to look twice for bikers, especially when pulling into traffic and making left turns.

Montes said Volusia, Orange and Brevard are among the leading counties in Florida for deadly motorcycle accidents. Bike Week-related accidents peaked in 2006, when more than 20 people were killed throughout the region in motorcycle-related accidents.

Those numbers have dropped, however. During last year's Bike Week, there were four motorcycle-related deaths.

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The 2012 Zero Motorcycles DS ZF6 can reach 80 miles per hour and travel 75 miles per charge in city riding. Powered with a 6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the ZF6 boasts fuel economy of 480 mpg-e city and costs $11,495.

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Do-it-yourself kits offer cheaper custom motorcycles

03/30/2012

It's been a bumpy ride for the custom motorcycle business as sales of pricey, blinged-out bikes skidded with the economy.

But one bike scene is thriving, and that's been a boon for Ryca Motors in Whittier, Calif. The company sells build-it-yourself motorcycles that cost $3,600 to $7,500, or a fraction of the cost of souped-up custom bikes.


Its CS-1 Cafe Racer is the creation of builders Ryan Rajewski and Casey Stevenson, who decided that if they were going to go to all the trouble of building a one-off, they might as well reproduce all the parts and offer them as a kit. The result is a motorcycle with all the style of a classic street racer at a far lower price.

"It's fun to do customs, but you spend so much time building the thing, and it's just this one person who has it," said Rajewski, who fused the first syllable of his first name with his business partner's to form Ryca Motors. "Unless you're the top 1 percent of guys, you don't make any money."

Ryca's CS-1 kit is changing that. Since going into production last fall, Ryca has sold almost 300 of the $2,600 to $3,000 kits. About 95 percent of them, Rajewski said, are being built by customers, who need nothing more than a used bike, some hand tools and 40 hours to complete the job.

It's a perfectly timed product for an industry that has seen sales of new motorcycles decline more than 50 percent over the last three years and many custom shops go out of business.

Read more here: Do-it-yourself kits offer cheaper custom motorcycles - 03/30/2012 | MiamiHerald.com

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Harley-Davidson offers Switchback

04/05/2012





Spring is nearly here, along with motorcycle season. So Drive On got our hands on a 2012 Harley Davidson Switchback. Here are our impressions:

The look


If Harley Davidson isn't careful, the manufacturer is going to get a reputation for being practical.

Well, maybe not practical. Harley still makes motorcycles.

But in its Switchback, Harley has created a pseudo-convertible motorcycle, one that switches deftly from a respectable cruiser to a lightweight tourer. And while both looks suit the Switchback, the bike looks and feels best fully laden.

Sporting a removable windscreen and hard saddlebags, the $16,000 Switchback hopes to lure fans of the Hog feel, if not the $30,000 price tag for full-bagged tourers.

The price difference comes at a cost, though not in your driveway, where the bike looks as sharp as any in Harley's line. The sleek bags, along with the exposed Dyna platform chrome give the Switchback a muscular profile. While taking the bags and shield off are a snap (literally), the naked Switchback can get lost in the midrange-cruiser shuffle. A bruiser, to be sure, though that is becoming custom in today's custom bike world.

The Feel

At 718 pounds, the Switchback is Harley's lightest custom touring bike -- and perhaps its easiest to ride.

The 103 cubic inch v-twin engine (also found on Softail, Touring and most Dyna models) roars to life on the first fire of the fuel-ignition switch. And with a seat height of 26.1 inches (laden), Harley clearly remains on the hunt for female and newer riders.

Need proof? There's the fuel gauge that has become standard on Harley's pricier models. You don't need a vice to pull the clutch. You'll appreciate a half hour into the ride that the manufacturer took a convenience cue from the competition.

Make no mistake: There's no mistaking this for anything but a Hog. There's still no baritone like the Harley motor. And while more flickable than, say, a Road King, the Switchback has the highway in its heart.

The big fenders, mini ape-hangers and 4.7 gallon Street Bob fuel tank nestle the rider into a comfortable saddle. The transmission has six speeds, and shifts smoothly through all of them -- though you'll never need the sixth. The bike barely works a sweat at highways speeds, and vibration dampens as the bike picks up velocity, thanks largely to the rubber-mounted motor.

Though clearly meant to do at least 55 mph, the Switchback manages its own on surface streets. The bags (25% smaller than typical FLT bags) aren't too cumbersome to prevent lane splitting -- not that you should. The bike has a surprisingly good turn radius, thanks in part to its 29-degree lean angle. A sport bike, it isn't, but won't feel dated by the ninja crowd.

The Verdict

Commuters looking for something with a little brawn would do well with the Switchback, a marked step up from its entry-level Sportster.

It won't hold much camping gear, and the windscreen could be slightly higher; on a 5-9 rider, buffeting can catch the tip of the helmet. And any bike that has a floorboard needs a heel-shifter.

But the Switchback does a surprisingly deft job at the everyday. It's a comfortable commuter, and the bags hold a surprising amount of cargo.

If you're ready for the Harley Big Boy Crowd (if not its spendings habits), the Switchback makes a fine entrance. Sleek, maneuverable but with enough width to give you room on the highway, the bike marks a strong step in the Dyna evolution.


Specs:
• Price: $15,999 (vivid black), $16,384 (Brilliant Silver Pearl, Ember Red Sunglo)
• Engine: Rubber-mounted air-cooled and fuel-injected Twin Cam 103 cubic inch (1,690cc) v-twin
• Output: 100 ft-lbs of torque, at 3,500 rpm
• Transmission: 6-speed Cruise Drive
• Final drive: Belt
• Frame: Mild steel, tubular
• Front Suspension: 41.3mm fork with 20mm cartridge damping
• Rear Suspension: Twin nitrogen charged 36mm monotubes with 5 step preload adjustable springs
• Brakes: 4-piston 300mm front, 2-piston 292 rear, ABS available bundled with Security Package Option, which includes proximity-based, hands-free security fob
• Wheels: Black 5-spoke cast aluminum, 18 inch front, 17 inch rear
• Quick detach, fork-mounted windshield and detachable, color-matched hard saddlebags included
• Seat height: 26.1 inches (laden), 27.4 inches (unladen)
• Rake/Trail: 29.9º, 5.84 inches
• Curb weight: 718 pounds
• Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gallons
• Combined EPA fuel economy: 42 mpg

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Man sues BMW, alleging motorcycle seat gave him two-year erection

Commercials for erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis end with a warning that an individual should contact their doctor if they have an erection that lasts for more than four hours.

After 20 months, Henry Wolf decided to contact a lawyer instead, claiming that the seat on his BMW motorcycle gave him an erection lasting nearly two years. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wolf filed a lawsuit against BMW North American and Corbin-Pacific claiming that the "ridged seat" on his 1993 motorcycle left him with mental and emotional anguish after allegedly causing an extreme case of priapism, also known as a long-lasting erection.

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May 4, 2012 by evcg144

The Lawless Electric Rocket bike piloted by Larry "Spiderman" McBride made history May 4, 2012 with a National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) DMC/A3 record run of 6.940 at 201.37 mph making it the first electric vehicle to break 200 mph in the quarter mile! The 355 volt Rocket bike was built by Lawless Industries and Orange County Choppers.

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