by Guido Ebert
While many of you don’t need a reason to use your bike as a tool for commuting, other cyclists may appreciate the reminder that Ride To Work Day is June 17.
Ride To Work Day is designed to demonstrate:
• The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
• That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
• That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
• That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
• That motorcycling is a social good.
Ride To Work is a Minnesota-based 501(C)(4) charitable organization devoted to increasing awareness of motorcycling as a transportation alternative, mainly through the annual Ride to Work Day. Ride to Work Day started in 1992 as an informal event. Andy Goldfine, owner of Duluth-based Aerostich, incorporated the organization in 2000.
Find more info at www.RideToWork.org.
GHSA: Motorcyclist Deaths Up 9% in 2012
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is projecting that motorcyclist deaths increased approximately 9% to more than 5,000 lives lost in 2012.
The study compared gas prices, motorcycle registrations, and motorcyclist fatality trends since 1976, and found that for the entire period fatalities closely track registrations. Most notable is the correlation between higher fuel prices, a strengthened economy and record warm early season temperatures.
Specifically, the report recommends states address six issues:
• Increase Helmet Use
• Reduce Alcohol Impairment
• Reduce Speeding
• Provide Training To All
• Ensure Motorcyclists are Properly Licensed
• Encourage Drivers to Share the Road with Motorcyclists
CBS Inks Cycle Racing TV Deal
CBS Sports Network plans to showcase GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing through 2014.
CBS will air flag-to-flag race coverage of the premier National Guard SuperBike and GoPro Daytona SportBike classes beginning Saturday, June 1 (1:30 p.m. Central) with a 30-minute preview show before live coverage of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (2:00 p.m. Central).
The initial telecasts will be presented in afternoon weekend time slots, with several events airing live. In addition, encore broadcasts and an all-new 30-minute weekend preview show will air on CBS Sports Network.
WI Lawmaker Takes Up Motorcycle Cause
On May 7, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced H.R. 1861 to prohibit the U.S. Transportation Department from providing funds to state and local authorities for motorcycle-only checkpoints. The bill, called the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act, also has language to force U.S. transportation officials to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs rather than national helmet mandates.
“Current law states that highway safety plans must prevent accidents and reduce injuries,” Sensenbrenner said. “The Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act would require highway safety plans to include programs that prevent accidents in order to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles.”
H-D 1st Quarter
Harley-Davidson dealers in the U.S. sold 34,706 new bikes during the first three months of 2013, down 12.7% compared to sales during the same period in 2012 – which the company believes benefited from accelerated sales due to abnormally warm early spring weather.
Despite the downturn in Q1 sales, H-D says it believes it is on the right track in attaining new brand loyalists. In 2012, nearly four in 10 sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the U.S. were to first-time customers.
Triumph Recalls Explorer/XC
Triumph is recalling its 2012-2013 Explorer and Explorer XC motorcycles because the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) data on the certification label is incorrect and could cause the operator to overload the motorcycle.
Approx. 1,186 units are affected. Triumph said it would notify owners and have dealers replace the labels with corrected GVWR data free of charge.
BMW Recalls R1200 GS
BMW is recalling its 2013 R1200 GS for the insufficient tightening of a locking bolt on the front fork tube. The approx. 15 motorcycles in question were built between Jan 9 and Feb. 8. BMW said it would notify owners and have dealers reinforce the affected fork locking bolt connections free of charge.
As some expected, the Husqvarna and Husaberg brands will be combined.
Stefan Pierer’s Pierer Industrie AG purchased Husqvarna Motorcycles S.R.L. from the BMW Group six months ago. Last month Pierer laid off more than 200 workers and closed the Husqvarna facility. Pierer also holds a majority share in CROSS Industries AG, which owns 51.6% percent of KTM AG. KTM has owned Husaberg since 1995.
The official PR says Husqvarna will “enter a positive new era by combining its own rich heritage with Husaberg’s state-of-the-art technology.” You’ll recall Husqvarna motorcycles have been built in Italy while Husaberg bikes are built at KTM’s facility in Austria.
113Th Congress Motorcycle Caucus
The U.S. Congressional Motorcycle Caucus (CMC) a bipartisan group of Members of Congress committed to advancing motorcycling and improving the safety of motorcyclists, has been officially registered for the 113th Congress.
Official caucuses must register and be recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of every two-year Congress.
“I look forward to growing the Motorcycle Caucus as the voice in Congress for America’s more than 25 million motorcyclists,” Tim Griffin (R-AR) said. “As a rider, I recognize that there are many important issues affecting us, such as unreasonable limits on trail riding areas, the need for additional safety awareness, and ethanol mandates that harm motorcycle engines.”
MMM in the May issue erroneously described the engine of the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight. The bike of course features a 1201cc V-twin Evolution engine that is pushrod-operated and has two overhead valves per cylinder as well as hydraulic self-adjusting lifters. Oh, and Mr. Buell spells his first name E-R-I-K.