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Demo a 2012 Harley-Davidson
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Friday, May 11, 2012




2012 Harley-Davidson Test Ride.
Contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer to schedule a free test ride, attend a Dealer Demo Event or find H-D at any one of the many motorcycle events happening this season.
There has never been a better time than now to ride a new 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. With the new Twin Cam 103 powertrain as standard equipment on Softail, Touring and most Dyna motorcycles and four new models: the Sportster Seventy-Two, Softail Slim, V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition and the Dyna Switchback, you don’t want to pass up one of these free test ride opportunities.

“Spring is the best time of year to come into a dealership to test ride and see why no other bike on the road compares to our new Harley-Davidsons,” said Steve Piehl, Director of Customer Experience. “We’ve asked all our dealers to offer free test rides as we want to give every rider the chance to experience the genuine feel of riding a Harley.”

The first way to demo is at over 150 free Dealer Demo Events. These are usually hosted over a weekend with other items such as food and music. In addition on a daily basis, a dealership near you offers free individual test rides. Check out Demo or Rent a Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle | Harley-Davidson USA where you can schedule a test ride online or find a Dealer Demo Event nearest you. Test rides are generally available for all licensed riders at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships anytime during the riding season.

Another opportunity to test ride is at events the Motor Company hosts in more than 15 locations, including places such as Americade and Sturgis. Also for non-riders, we offer an opportunity to experience our JUMPSTART. This stationary motorcycle allows aspiring customers to learn how to start, shift and twist the throttle on a fully-functioning motorcycle that does not move Jumpstart | Harley-Davidson USA.

Lastly, if you are attending Americade, Wing Ding 34 or the Bikes, Blues & Barbeque motorcycle rallies and own a competitive motorcycle, you should check out Harley-Davidson’s Dare to Compare Experience. It is only for riders of competitive brand motorcycles. On a first-come, first-serve basis, we offer day-long test rides on select 2012 Harley-Davidson models.

To learn more about what goes into creating the ultimate ride on a Harley-Davidson, visit us at Why Harley-Davidson? | Harley-Davidson USA. We illustrate the undeniable differences that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles truly unique. No Compromise. No Cages.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at Harley-Davidson USA.

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Zero Motorcycles Launches Summer Promotion

05/17/2012



Zero Motorcycles: "The first 25,000 miles of electricity are on us"


Zero Motorcycles has launched a new summer promotion for buyers - Zero will pay for the first 25,000* miles of electricity when riders purchase a new 2012 Zero through the end of May.

Zero launched the promotion to highlight the 2012 lineup's incredible efficiency and how inexpensive each model is to operate. The promotion is timed to generate additional interest and awareness as Zero Motorcycles kicks off its first ever National Demo Day event this coming weekend on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

John Lloyd (Vice President of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles) says: "With rising gas prices and the summer riding season just around the corner, we want riders to enjoy an exceptionally fun and carefree summer of riding on a new Zero. The fact that Zero Motorcycles can offer to pay for the energy for the first 25,000 miles of riding helps to highlight the incredible efficiency of our entire lineup. We invite interested riders to schedule a demo ride at this weekend's National Demo Day to both experience the ride and learn more about Zero Motorcycles."

Zero Motorcycles dealers across the country will be participating in the upcoming National Demo Day. The event is designed to encourage both new and experienced motorcycle enthusiasts to visit a local Zero dealer where they can both ride a new Zero and learn more about the motorcycle industry's fastest growing segment - electric motorcycles. Dealers will be offering free demo rides for qualified, licensed motorcycle riders, along with providing product overviews of Zero's entire 2012 ground-breaking model line.

For details on the First 25,000 Miles of Electricity on Us promotion, click here. The Ride a Zero - Join the Silent Revolution Demo Day event will be held for one day only, this Saturday, May 19, 2012. For a list of participating dealers, click here.

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*25,000 miles based on the 2012 ZF9 Zero Motorcycle S model at $.10 USD per kWh for $.90 per complete charge cycle and 222 charges with 114 miles range per complete charge cycle for a total of $199.80. A $200 (USD) Visa gift card will be sent 4-6 weeks after Zero Motorcycles receives the vehicle warranty registration card showing date of sale between May 15, 2012 and May 31, 2012. Offer available only through participating US dealerships. Cannot be used towards the purchase of the motorcycle, taxes or destination fees. Cannot be combined with any other promotional offer with exception of Zero Motorcycles retail finance program offered through Freedom Road Financial. Program expires May 31, 2012.


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Harley-Davidson to add tsunami bike to its Museum

05/28/2012




The tragic tsunami that hit Japan and claimed thousands of lives and leveled much of a small Japanese city in March 2011 has some in Japan still fighting to recover. Many of the belongings of people in the devastated coastal areas drifted out to sea when the waters of the tsunami receded. One of the more amazing things to have been discovered after the tsunami was a 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train motorcycle.

Amazingly, the battered and rusted motorcycle was recovered on the shore of Graham Island in British Columbia. The bike was discovered on the beach by a Canadian named Peter Mark along with several other items stashed inside the remains of an insulated cargo van container. This is where motorcycles owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, stored the motorcycle.

Harley-Davidson offered to return the motorcycle to the owner, but the owner declined. Instead, Yokoyama asked Harley-Davidson to add the beaten and battered motorcycle to its museum as a monument to the people who lost their lives during the tsunami. The motorcycle is still currently in Canada, but preparations are being made to transfer the motorcycle to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

“It is truly amazing that my Harley-Davidson motorcycle was recovered in Canada after drifting for more than a year,” said Yokoyama. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to Peter Mark, the finder of my motorcycle. Due to circumstances caused by the disaster, I have been so far unable to visit him in Canada to convey my gratitude.”


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2013 Honda Off-Road Motorcycles

05/31/2012

With many of the top off-road motorcycle manufacturers upgrading their motorcycles for 2013, Honda has announced several new models and some revisions to existing models.

The newest motorcycles to hit the 2013 off-road lineup are the CRF250L dual-sport and the CRF110F, an off-road model that replaces the CRF70F and features electric start and an automatic clutch.

As for Honda's main motocross machine, the CRF450R features a new aluminum chassis, updated suspension, and a revised engine and exhaust. The CRF250R, which won both Supercross Lites championships last year, also features revisions to its suspension and engine.

Honda also returns with the models that are great for all sized beginners - the CRF230F, CRF150F, CRF100F, CRF80F and CRF50F.

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Zero Motorcycles Releases "Going Electric"
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Thursday, June 28, 2012



Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the release of “Going Electric” – an indepth look at the continually evolving world of electric motorcycles. The all-new educational pamphlet is a collection of data points and information captured by Zero over the past few years and works to provide readers with up-to-date information on electric motorcycles. With interest in electric motorcycles continuing to grow, “Going Electric” delivers to the general public, media, motorcycle dealers and business partners the most accurate information available on electric battery range, industry terminology, cost of ownership and the overall electric motorcycle experience.
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07/12/2012

Zero Motorcycles, Inc. has announced that it is recalling multiple 2011 and 2012 motorcycles due to brake lever troubles. Vehicles included in the recall may suffer from a malfunctioning brake light switch, which may not activate until considerable brake level travel takes places.

As a result, motorists traveling behind affected Zero motorcycles may not be able to tell that the bike is slowing down. Not surprisingly, this could lead to crash and potential injury or death to the rider.
Recalled Zero Models

The recall affects 450 model year 2011 S, XU, DS, MXD and XD models, as well as model year 2012 S, XU, DS and X model motorcycles.

Zero intends on notifying owners of the recall on or around July 16, 2012. Zero dealers will inspect and replace the front brake system brake-light switch, free of charge, on all affected models.
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In the meantime, customers may contact Zero Motorcycles at 1-831-438-3500. Concerned riders may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is overseeing the recall, at 1-888-327-4236 or visit them online at safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number is 12V307000.
Other Electric Bikes Recalled By Zero

In addition to its current faulty brake-light switch recall, Zero also issued a brake-related recall in 2011. Last May, Zero recalled 160 model year 2009 and 2010 S and DS models because of brake-pad issues. According to the recall notice, the front brake caliper bracket on certain bikes may become permanently distorted due to high braking loads. Consequently the brake pads may become misaligned with the rotor, increasing the likelihood of a crash.

Though not brake-related, Zero recalled approximately 200 model year 2009 X and MX models in October 2009 as the result of throttle assembly concerns. In particular the bike’s throttle assembly may become disconnected or stuck in a wide-open position, thus posing a serious danger for the rider. Zero actually received three notices from riders reporting unintended acceleration due the problem. Luckily, no serious injuries were reported.

Zero Motorcycles

Founded in 2006, Zero Motorcycles is an American manufacturer of electric dirt and street motorcycles. Originally known as Electricross, Zero is the brainchild of Neal Saiki, a former NASA engineer. A leader in the motorcycle sustainability arena, Zero bikes produce less than one-eighth of the CO2 pollution of a typical gas-powered motorcycle. Additionally, Zero’s electric motor delivers one of the best power-to-size ratios in the industry.

The most recent and innovative addition to the Zero lineup is the 2012 Zero XU, a small and lightweight street bike, capable of traveling 75 percent farther than previous models on a single charge. In fact, the Zero XU lasts over 3,000 full recharges, or more than 100,000 miles, without power pack maintenance.

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67-Pound Carbon Fiber Electric Motorcycle Revealed In Norway


07/16/2012


While electric cars are stumbling, electric motorcycles are finding more and more fans in the marketplace thanks to improved performance and generous subsidies. Brands like Brammo and Zero Motorcycles here in America are making a name for electric motorcycles. Over in Norway however, a group of 5 college students have revealed a carbon-fiber electric motorcycle that they plan to build and sell. And on paper, this 67 pound, 94 horsepower motorcycle sounds like some serious competition.

Ambitious, Clever, And Cool Looking

Called the Roskva, the idea evolved from pen and paper to CAD drawings to the real deal, and the 5 Norwegian engineering students behind the project have big ambitions. Constructed of tough-but-light carbon fiber, the weight of the Roskva is pegged between 50 and 70 pounds. That’s almost unbelievably light, especially when bikes like Brammo’s Empulse tip the scales at around 440 pounds.



Of course carbon fiber isn’t cheap, so to keep costs down the Roskva’s designers utilize lithion-iron phosphate batteries. These less-expensive batteries have less energy density as well, though they also have a longer lifespan. Still, range will be limited to just 60 miles, though an all-electric highway in Norway will offer recharge times of just ten minutes or so. The top speed of 113 mph is also pretty appealing, though I imagine you’d drain the battery pretty fast if you cruised at that speed for very long.

The students hope the Roskva will be the Tesla of electric motorcycles, though no word on how much the bike will cost. As I said, carbon fiber isn’t cheap, and neither are those batteries. On the same token, I expect to see carbon fiber used with increasing regularity in the coming years, albeit in a more selective fashion.

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2013 BMW HP4 S1000RR First Look

2013 BMW HP4 S1000RR First Look


08/01/2012


BMW Motorrad has unveiled its first four-cylinder HP model, the 2013 HP4. Based on the one of MotoUSA’s favorite sportbikes of all time, the S1000RR, the HP4 is a continuation of the HP model series founded in 2005 by the HP2 boxer enduro. Tipping the scales at five pounds less than the standard S100RR, this new model gets a host of upgraded parts, but most notable is the addition of Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) that BMW claims is a world first for production motorcycles.
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Polaris Debuts 2013 ORV and Motorcycle Product Lines

Polaris Debuts 2013 ORV and Motorcycle Product Lines

New, versatile Side-by-Sides and a modern take on the classic cruiser shine in a lineup full of stars



MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) unveiled its 2013 product offerings from its on-road and off-road vehicle divisions. The latest additions and updates deliver on Polaris' reputation for innovation, introducing brand-new vehicles and upgrading features on the Company's historic names. Among the new products to tackle the trails are the full-size RANGER(R) XP(R) 900, the RANGER 800 EFI Midsize, a powerful, two-seat model that fits in the back of a pickup truck, a new RZR(R) 570 LE with enhanced handling and agility, and the sporty Scrambler XP 850 H.O. ATV with its streamlined design for strong trail performance. For riders who prefer the highway to the backwoods, Victory is offering the all-new Boardwalk, a bold new cruiser with classic looks and forward-looking performance.

"Polaris is number one in powersports and our investment in new product innovation continues to lead the way," said Bennett Morgan, president and chief operating officer of Polaris. "We have no plans of slowing down in model year 2013 - we intend to raise the bar. We're introducing more new, innovative products and technologies to continue to create opportunities for more growth in markets around the world."

Polaris unveiled its 2013 product lineup to dealers at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas during the company's annual summer sales meeting.

Off-Road Vehicle Division

In recent years, Polaris has aggressively launched new products, evolved its off-road offerings and become No. 1 in the off-road industry with the best and most-innovative ATV and Side-by-Side offerings available. For model year 2013, Polaris will continue to innovate by introducing three new vehicles and making significant upgrades to existing products.

"Polaris' innovation continues, once again, by creating products that raise the performance and value bar in the off-road industry," said Dave Longren, vice president of off-road vehicles and ORV Engineering. "From the hardest working, smoothest riding ATV and RANGER Side-by-Sides, to the RZR line with the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility, Polaris offers the most-complete line-up of off-road vehicles on the market."

RANGER(R) Side-by-Side Vehicles

Since introducing the first RANGER and revolutionizing off-road vehicles, Polaris has defined the Side-by-Side market by regularly introducing compelling, new vehicles and upgraded features that bring to life the idea of Hardest Working and Smoothest Riding Side-by-Sides.

The 2013 lineup is no different, with the introduction of the ground-breaking, full-size RANGER XP 900. This completely redesigned RANGER features more than 500 new or improved consumer features including a new ProStar 900 engine, all-new chassis, new restyled cockpit, new flip-up seat storage, new Lock & Ride(R) PRO-FIT(TM) cab accessories, and a quieter ride courtesy of engine repositioning. This new vehicle represents a whole new class of Side-by-Side utility vehicles and will lead the way in establishing an entirely new Side-by-Side utility vehicle growth segment. The RANGER XP 900 joins the RANGER 800 and RANGER Diesel in the full-size category.

New to Polaris' mid-size offerings, the RANGER 800 EFI Midsize provides Big Bore performance in a smaller, two-seat model that fits in the back of a pickup truck. The RANGER 800 EFI Midsize is perfect for any customer looking for a mid-sized footprint and price, with full-size power. It shares many features with its full-sized counterparts: On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive with VersaTrac, Independent Rear Suspension, heavy duty front end protection, high ground clearance and the longest suspension travel in its class. The RANGER 500 EFI, RANGER 400 and RANGER EV round out the 2013 mid-size offering.

Polaris also has updated its outstanding multi-passenger lineup for 2013, continuing to offer the RANGER CREW Diesel, the RANGER CREW 800 and RANGER CREW 500.

The RZR lineup is a full family of sport vehicles, covering high-performance, trail and multi-passenger models. RZR continues to be the only Side-by-Side line with razor sharp performance for the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility.

For model year 2013, Polaris enhances the RZR lineup with increased agility, more ground clearance and added downhill control. The new RZR 570 Trail Limited Edition offers Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and a new unlocking differential for unmatched handling, and, for the first time on a RZR, an Engine Braking System (EBS) for enhanced control. All RZR 800s are getting new, dual rate springs, front and rear, providing more loaded ground clearance. This progressive spring design builds force faster as a rider gets further in the travel, ultimately providing as much as two inches more ground clearance, saving wear on vehicles and creating a more comfortable ride.

Polaris also will offer a wide variety of limited edition RANGER and RZR models in 2013.

All-Terrain Vehicles

Polaris increased the power in its Entry/Sport line for 2013 with the new Scrambler XP 850 H.O., available in both a base and Limited Edition package. The Scrambler XP 850 H.O. is geared towards riders who want a more powerful and sportier ride, combining the proven 850 twin, high-output EFI engine, Polaris' exclusive On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive, sports-tuned suspension and more streamlined design. For riders craving even more, Polaris offers a Limited Edition model with Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Fox Podium compression adjustable shocks, cast aluminum wheels, and stylish comfort features paired with a unique graphics package. The Entry/Sport line also includes three returning models: Trail Boss 330, Trail Blazer 330 and Phoenix 200.

Bearing the most heralded name and market share leadership in all-terrain vehicles, the Sportsman line again provides an incredible variety of features and functions to satisfy the needs of all ATV riders, spanning Polaris' Premium, 2-Up and Value offerings, with a dozen unique models.

Polaris enhanced its best-selling Youth lineup for 2013, again offering five models based upon the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America's (SVIA) Youth ATV categories. Polaris continues to be a leader in rider safety and ensuring that young riders have all-terrain vehicles that are the right size and outfitted with the proper safety features to make riding a fun, and safe, pastime for all ages.

On-Road Vehicle Division

Long-known as the leader in developing the best off-road vehicles, Polaris has brought an innovative perspective to the on-road vehicle market since the first Victory motorcycles rolled off the assembly line. Polaris has since redefined consumer expectations for on-road vehicles. Model year 2013 is no different. Victory Motorcycles again leads the way with an exciting lineup of bikes that offer superior performance and style. Joining Victory in this year's lineup is the first offering from Indian Motorcycle since Polaris purchased the legendary brand last summer.

Victory Motorcycles(R)

"For the past year, Victory confidently challenged consumers with one simple phrase, 'Ride One and You'll Own One,'" said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris. "Now we're taking that challenge a step further. We're crushing outdated expectations of how an American motorcycle should look and perform. Our latest bikes promise to deliver a riding experience that will help riders enjoy the ride as they never have before."

In concert with model year 2013, Victory is unveiling a new, modern logo that reflects the bold attitude of Victory bikes and Victory riders. The brand also is redefining how it looks at its lineup, now categorizing bikes in three distinct segments - cruisers, baggers and touring - to provide customers exactly what they want from their Victory motorcycle.

The all-new Victory Boardwalk headlines Victory's 2013 cruiser class. With the look of a classic cruiser - wide beach handlebars, full floorboards and a healthy dose of chrome - Boardwalk performs like no other cruiser on the market. Powered by Victory's trademark Freedom(R) 106/6 V-Twin engine, Boardwalk delivers power and torque few cruisers can match. Boardwalk is perfect for riders wanting a comfortable, relaxed ride on the open road. Joining Boardwalk in the 2013 lineup of cruisers are the Judge, High-Ball, Jackpot, and value-focused Vegas 8-Ball and Hammer 8-Ball.

In 2013, Victory is providing options to bagger riders that want the style and power of a cruiser with a few additional modern perks. Built on an innovative, cast aluminum chassis for an incredibly smooth ride, Victory baggers also are delivering the convenience of large saddlebags and the peace of mind of standard ABS. The Victory Hardball shows off these features with head-turning style, effortlessly integrating 21 gallons of hard bagger storage among ape-hanger handlebars and custom pinstriping design. The rest of Victory's baggers are updated for 2013 as well, namely the Cross Country, which is sporting KICKER audio, a shorty black windscreen and lockable, weatherproof saddlebags.

Victory's touring bikes continue to provide more comfort and storage than any other motorcycles in the touring category. The Cross Country Tour, Victory's most popular motorcycle in 2012, offers more storage space than any other motorcycle in the world (41. 1 gallons) and the exclusive Victory Comfort Control System, allowing riders to manage airflow for ideal comfort. Joining the Cross Country Tour is the iconic Vision, which delivers unmatched styling and comfort, combined with world-class handling and wind protection for a great ride.

The legendary Ness family again lends their custom touch to three Victory models in 2013, with the Arlen Ness Signature Series Victory Vision, the Cory Ness Signature Series Victory Cross Country Tour and the Zach Ness Signature Series Victory Cross Country. All three build on standard editions and add custom touches such as custom paint, billet wheels, additional chrome and stylish accessories.

Indian Motorcycle

"Indian Motorcycle's place in American history is undeniable," said Menneto. "Indian's legend was built not only on a dedication to innovation, but also on a dedication to its riders, an understanding that the brand was never bigger than those riding Indian bikes. We're embracing that commitment to make riders proud to ride an Indian."

New for 2013, the Chief Vintage Limited Edition harkens back to Indian's roots, offering head-turning style and versatility for those long rides on the open road. The LE looks the part of an Indian bike, featuring a Pearl White and Thunder Black two-tone paint scheme and stylish chrome accents that add a custom touch to this already striking motorcycle. The quick detach passenger backrest and luggage rack allows you to go from cruising around with your crew to riding your favorite scenic route in no time. Indian Motorcycle will produce only 35 LE units.

Along with the limited edition, Indian will offer several bikes with the premium features and impeccable attention to detail synonymous with Indian. These include the Chief Vintage in three distinct color schemes, as well as the Classic in Solid Thunder Black or Solid Indian Red and the Dark Horse in Thunder Black Smoke.

Pure Polaris(R)

For 2013, Pure Polaris is offering more than 200 accessories for Polaris vehicles. The new Lock & Ride PRO-FIT cab is an industry-first, designed for total integration with the new RANGER XP 900. Developed in concert with the vehicle, this revolutionary cab connects directly with the vehicle's frame, providing a secure fit, better seals and incomparable style. Changing out components on the cab takes seconds and doesn't require tools, making it capable of adapting to changing conditions in real-time, another industry first. Additional accessories to ensure RANGER vehicles are hardest working include the new Glacier PRO Plow System, with Lock & Ride technology for easy installation and removal, and the Polaris PRO HD winch, with an incredible 4,500 lbs. rated pull available for all RANGER and RZR models. New accessories for Victory motorcycles enable riders to further customize their Victory with unique comfort features and more secure storage space to improve the riding experience.

Pure Polaris isn't just accessories for vehicles. The line also boasts an expansive range of comfort, safety and stylish apparel for every rider, on- or off-road.

About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2011 sales of $2.7 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER(R) side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII", and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at Polaris ATV, RANGER, RZR, Snowmobiles, Victory, GEM Global Website .
 

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Recall Alert: Kawasaki

Kawasaki recalls motorcycles to fix oil leak


Aug. 10, 2012

DETROIT -- Kawasaki is recalling nearly 4,200 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycles in the U.S. because oil can leak onto the rear tire and cause a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents on its website that the recall affects bikes from the 2011 and 2012 model years. They were made from Sept. 1, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2012.

The documents say oil can leak from the crankcase and pool. Continued use could cause the oil to spill onto the rear tire. Kawasaki says the problem hasn't caused any crashes or injuries.

The company will notify owners and dealers will seal the crankcase to stop the leak.

Read more here: Kawasaki recalls motorcycles to fix oil leak - Wire Business News - The Sacramento Bee
 

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Recall Alert: Ducati

Ducati 1199 Panigale Recall

08/18/2012

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?"

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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.
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Viper Motorcycle Company: "Black Diamond Edition"

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."
Read more here: AUBURN, Ala., Sept. 10, 2012: Viper Motorcycle Company Announces "Black Diamond Edition" Diamondback Texas Launch Party Presented by Gottspeed Racing, Gruene Harley-Davidson and Javelina Harley-Davidson | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online
 

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300

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09/14/2012

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."
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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.

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Yamaha introduces more 2013 motorcycles

Yamaha introduces more 2013 motorcycles

09/18/2012

Press Release



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.

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Recall Alert: Zero Motorcycles

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.

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Recall Alert: Triumph

Triumph Motorcycle Recall

09/22/2012



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)

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Suzuki launches more 2013 motorcycles

Suzuki launches more 2013 motorcycles, ATVs, scooters



September 25, 2012

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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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