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261 kph WATER ROCKET TRIKE ǀ 0-100 kph in 0.55 second

WATER ROCKET TRIKE: Eco-Friendly Dragster


Sep 13, 2017


Many of us had the opportunity to launch small rockets made from soda bottles filled with water and compressed air. Using this very simple principle and with some rainwater, I have reached 261 km/h (162.2 mph) on a homemade trike, while accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (62.15 mph) in 0.551 second (the average acceleration during the first 852 milliseconds, which was the elapsed time needed to cover the first 60 feet (18.288 meters), was 50.3868 metres per second squared or 5.138 g).
This video was shot on the Circuit Paul Ricard located at Le Castellet in France.
 

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2018 Softail Motorcycles


Harley Launches Over 300 Parts & Accessories for 2018 Softail Motorcycles



September 19, 2017


Harley-Davidson continues its leadership as one of the most customized motorcycle brands in the world with the launch of over 300 new parts and accessories designed for its eight all-new 2018 Softail motorcycles. Harley-Davidson Genuine Parts & Accessories are developed alongside the new motorcycles to provide riders with the highest quality and the most extensive range of customization options starting from the same day the motorcycles launch. Harley-Davidson gives owners immediate customization choices for a personalized look, a tailored ride, the perfect fit and increased performance over a stock bike. The research and development of these brand-new accessories focused on making customization the easiest it has ever been by requiring less parts and installation time than ever before.



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Zero Motorocycles Announces 2018 Model Line

Zero Motorocycles Announces 2018 Model Line

October 17, 2017

Zero once again raised the bar for all electric motorcycles by increasing battery capacity and range, and launching a new high-speed on-board charger option that increases charging speeds by 6X.

For more details about Zero’s 2018 line or to see the new motorcycles at a dealer near you, visit ZERO MOTORCYCLES ? The Electric Motorcycle Company - Official Site (link is external).
 

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Yamaha debuts new models

Yamaha debuts new models

November 7, 2017

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., introduced its supersport motorcycles for 2018, showcasing the company’s complete R World model lineup, its 2018 Hyper Naked motorcycles and a Ténéré prototype model at the 2017 EICMA.

Yamaha 2018 supersport motorcycle lineup




2018 YZF-R1M


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Recall Alert : Indian Motorcycles 2017/18

October 27, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V682000
Incorrect Headlight Installed/FMVSS 108


The light output from the incorrect headlight can affect the motorcycle's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V682000

Manufacturer Indian Motorcycle Company

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,096

Summary

Indian Motorcycles Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Chief, Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, Cheiftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Elite, Chieftain Limited, Springfield, and Springfield Dark Horse motorcycles. These motorcycles may be equipped with a European-market, not US-market, halogen headlight assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Remedy


Indian will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorcycle and replace any incorrect headlight assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2017. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian's number for this recall is I-17-03.
 

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Polaris Slingshot

I Drove a Polaris Slingshot for 5 Minutes and it Was Weird

Dec 01, 2017




Three-wheeled car-cycles aren’t a new idea by any means, in fact, Morgan has been building them since the early 1930s. These oddballs were initially built as a loophole for people who wanted to drive a car while only holding a much less expensive motorcycle license.

The Polaris Slingshot is a far cry from the wooden-framed three-wheelers of the 1930s though, sharing only the philosophy of open-road driving with a motorcycle that won’t fall over.

The angles and lines of this tricycle are science-fiction-esque and you can have it in your favorite highlighter shade. Having no doors means you just hop in over the tubular space frame, the seats are bolstered nicely and the seatbelts cross your body from right-to-left — the opposite of the traditional method — which is one of many clues that this is not a traditional driving experience.





The driving position is interesting, but not uncomfortable. The steering wheel is positioned slightly higher than normal and at a slight angle, but this allows for easy hand-over-hand maneuvers. For a low car without a windshield, the expectation is to be sitting really low to the ground, but in actual fact, you feel quite high up, and it’s not hard to see the front corners of the car. The rear corner(s?) are a different story, but again, your mind fools you into thinking this is a regular car experience.

Hitting an apex is much easier when you don’t have to worry about your rear wheels cutting across the line. You just put your front wheels on the edge of the bend and don’t worry about what’s happening with the rear. Dart into a corner and the front end understeers slightly, but that can be solved with a little bit of throttle, which you wouldn’t think would work because of the single rear wheel, but it corrects it nicely and gets you through the corner. Even with traction control on, it lets you have a little fun, and you can get a rear end swing on if you keep your foot in it.




Although fun, there are some drawbacks to being both a motorcycle and a car, chief among which is that in some states, you will be required to wear a motorcycle helmet and have a motorcycle license, and I can imagine it’s hard to avoid potholes with a wheel in the center of the road. On the small track I drove it on, however, the handing really shines, and taking it to a larger track would be a hoot. All in all, the experience is a unique one for sure, and if you ever get an opportunity to drive one, I suggest you do so.

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Recall Alert : Zero Motorcycles

November 28, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V762000
Incorrect Information on Federal Label/Part 567


If the affected 2018 motorcycles are ever subject to a recall, the owner may not realize the safety risk because of the misstated model year.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V762000

Manufacturer Zero Motorcycles Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 36

Summary

Zero Motorcycles Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain 2018 S ZF13.0, S ZF7.2, SR ZF14.4, DS ZF13.0, DSR ZF14.4, FX ZF7.2, and FXS ZF7.2 motorcycles. The information on the Vehicle Emission Control Information (VECI) Label may indicate the wrong model year. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."

Remedy

Zero will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect label with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2017. Owners may contact Zero customer service at 1-888-841-8085. Zero's number for this recall is SV-ZMC-017-380.
 

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Recall Alert : Kawasaki Motorcycles.

December 1, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V774000
Improper ECU Setting may cause Engine Stall

An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V774000

Manufacturer Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 9,914

Summary

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (Kawasaki) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Z125 PRO & PRO KRT Edition motorcycles, models BR125JHF and BR125JJF. The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) may have an improper setting for the fuel injection, allowing the engine to stall.

Remedy

Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECU, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381.
 

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Triumph sold 63,404 motorcycles

December 18, 2017

Triumph sold 63,404 motorcycles in 2017



With increased turnover, vastly improved earnings and over 7000 more bikes sold in 2017 than 2016, the report published from Triumph outlining their financial earnings should have the rest of the industry looking over their shoulders.

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Recall Alert : Honda motorcycles

December 13, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V805000
Fuel Tank Welds Missing Causing Fuel Leak


If the welds are missing, the mounting bracket can separate from the tank, allowing fuel to leak and increasing the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V805000

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 20

Summary

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017 Honda VT1300CX Fury motorcycles and 2010 and 2016 Honda VT1300CX Fury motorcycles that received a replacement fuel tank. The fuel tank may be missing welds around the mounting bracket.

Remedy

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tank welds and, as necessary, replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2017. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
 

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Recall Alert : Ducati motorcycles

December 15, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V812000
Front Brake Master Cylinder Failure

If the front brake master cylinder fails, the loss of front braking ability can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V812000

Manufacturer Ducati North America

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 8,000

Summary

Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2015-2018 1299 motorcycles (including STD, S, FE and SL models), Monster 1200 motorcycles (including S and R models), Multistrada motorcycles (including S and PP models), and Panigale R, and XDaviel S motorcycles and 2017-2018 Scrambler 800 Café Racer motorcycles. These motorcycles are equipped with Brembo front brake master cylinders that may fail.

Remedy

Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder piston, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 15, 2018. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-800-231-6696.
 

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Recall Alert : Indian Motorcycle Company

January 16, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V055000
Water in Wiring Harness may Keep Brake Light Lit

If the brake light remains illuminated when the brakes are not applied, a vehicle behind the motorcycle may not know when the motorcycle is actually slowing, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V055000

Manufacturer Indian Motorcycle Company

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 7,392

Summary


Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Roadmaster motorcycles. Water may enter the trunk wiring harness, potentially causing the brake light to remain illuminated even when the brakes are not applied.

Remedy

Indian will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trunk wiring harness with an updated harness that contains sealing plugs in the connectors, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 30, 2018. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian's number for this recall is I-18-01.
 

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Recall Alert : Suzuki

January 22, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V064000
Shifting with High RPMs may cause Chain to Break

If the drive chain breaks, the motorcycle will lose power, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V064000

Manufacturer Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected 3,097

Summary

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2017-2018 GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000A, GSX-R1000RA, and GSX-R1000RZA motorcycles. When upshifting between first and second gear, if the rider fails to engage second gear, a neutral condition will exist and may cause very high engine RPM. If the rider then shifts into second gear without disengaging the clutch, the motorcycle?s chain may stretch or break.

Remedy


Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Engine Control Module (ECM), and inspect and replace the drive chain and sprockets, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2018. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-714-572-1490. Suzuki's numbers for this recall are 2A76 to 2A81.
 

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Recall Alert : KTM North America, Inc.

January 10, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V033000
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston May Crack


If the front brake master cylinder piston fails, the loss of front braking ability can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V033000

Manufacturer KTM North America, Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,361

Summary


KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2015-2016 1290 Super Duke R ABS, 2016 1290 Super Duke R SE ABS and 1290 Super Duke GT ABS and 2017-2018 Super Duke R and1290 Super Duke GT motorcycles. The piston within the Brembo front brake master cylinder may fail.

Remedy

KTM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the piston with an aluminum one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 9, 2018. Owner's may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090.
 

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Harley-Davidson to Launch Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson to Launch Electric Motorcycle Within 18 Months, Kansas City Plant to Close

01/30/2018

Harley-Davidson's fourth-quarter earnings report was a good news, bad news situation. The bad news, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal, is that 2017 sales were down 6.7 percent worldwide, and 8.5 percent in the U.S., which has typically been H-D's stronghold. The motorcycle company will also be closing its Kansas City, Missouri plant and rolling operations into its York, Pennsylvania plant. Sales drops and layoffs have sadly become a trend for H-D.

But there is a silver, or rather an electric lining to the story. Harley-Davidson also announced that it is just 18 months away from releasing its first production electric motorcycle. This is much sooner than the 2021 and "eventually" release dates previously announced.


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Recall Alert : Harley-Davidson Motor Company

January 29, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V076000
Brakes may Fail Due to Not Flushing Brake Fluid

These deposits may cause a valve within the ABS Hydraulic Control Unit to stick, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V076000

Manufacturer Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 174,636

Summary

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling all 2008-2011 Touring, CVO Touring and VSRC motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), including Road King (FLHR), Road King Police (EFI) (FLHP), Road King Police (EFI) (FLHPE), Electra Glide Standard Police (EFI) (FLHTP), Electra Glide Classic (EFI) (FLHTC), Electra Glide Ultra Classic (EFI) (FLHTCU) and Street Glide (EFI) (FLHX), 2008 VROD (VRSCAWA), CVO Road King 4 (FLHRSE4), Night Rod (VRSCDA), CVO Ultra Classic 3 (FLHTCUSE3), Night Rod Special (VRSCDXA), 2008-2010 Road King Classic (EFI) (FLHRC), 2008-2009 Road Glide (EFI) (FLTR) and Electra Glide Standard (EFI) (FLHT), 2009-2010 V-Rod (VRSCAW), 2009 CVO Ultra Classic (FLHTCUSE4) and CVO Road Glide 3 (FLTRSE3), 2009-2011 Night Rod Special (VRSCDX) and V-Rod Muscle (VRSCF), 2010 CVO Ultra Classic 5 (FLHTCUSE5) and CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), 2010-2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited (FLHTK) and Road Glide Custom (FLTRX), 2011 Road Glide Ultra 103 (FLTRU103), Street Glide 103 (FLHX103), Road King Classic 103 (FLHRC103), CVO Ultra Classic 6 (FLHTCUSE6), CVO Road Glide Ultra (FLTRUSE), Road Glide Custom 103 (FLTRX103), and CVO Street Glide 2 (FLHXSE2) motorcycles. Deposits may form on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the 2-year maintenance schedule specified in the Owner?s Manual.

Remedy

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will flush the entire brake system with new Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 12, 2018. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson's number for this recall is 0171.
 

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Recall Alert : Triumph Motorcycles

January 31, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V084000
Engine may Stall


An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V084000

Manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,824

Summary

Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Thruxton and Thruxton R motorcycles. The engine may stall if the throttle is open or closed quickly while the clutch lever is pulled in.

Remedy

Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine management software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2018. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010. Triumph's number for this recall is 33.
 

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Trump threatens 'reciprocal tax' on motorcycles imported from India

Trump threatens 'reciprocal tax' on motorcycles imported from India

February 14, 2018

Not enough, he says on India reducing duty on motorcycles; unhappy with high import tariffs on Harley-Davidson

President Donald Trump on Tuesday brought up the high import duty in India on the Harley-Davidson motorcycles as an example of unfair trade and threatened to increase the import tariff on "thousands and thousands" of Indian motorcycles to the US. Mr. Trump had raised Harley-Davidson in March 2017 in his first address to the U.S Congress, and several other administration officials have cited the example subsequently in discussions on their 'America First' policy.

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