by Guido Ebert
guido@mnmotorcycle.com

Boyer Seeks Dismissal

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer has asked a South Dakota judge to dismiss him from a lawsuit Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell filed alleging he didn’t pay for $31,000 of custom work it did on his Harley-Davidson.147_News1

Bowyer says he repaid the debt through promotional services as well as a $5,000 payment for paint, The Daily Republic (S.D.) reported. He also says the court has no jurisdiction over him because his agreement with Klock Werks was made in Arizona, the motorcycle was purchased in Minnesota and it was delivered to him in North Carolina, the AP reported.

Klock Werks argues that because Bowyer or his personal representatives contacted Klock Werks in Mitchell by phone, emails and text messages to discuss the motorcycle, and the bike was customized there, the South Dakota court does have jurisdiction, the AP reported.

Cycle Reliability Reviewed

A motorcycle reliability survey by Consumer Reports concluded that Japanese-made bikes are more reliable and have fewer problems than BMW and Harley-Davidson.

The report evaluates models for practical features and identifies specific brands. The motorcycle owners surveyed all purchased their bikes new and reported the repair issues that they required within the initial four years of ownership. Most of the problems reported required relatively low-cost fixes.

Most common problems were in electrics, brakes and fuel systems. Potentially expensive engine and transmission problems were few.

Triumph Recall

Triumph Motorcycles is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675, Street Triple, Speed Triple, and Tiger 800 motorcycles. Due to a manufacturing error, the turn signal stems on the front and rear of the motorcycle may fracture.

Triumph said it would notify owners and dealers would replace the turn signal stems, free of charge. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 for more information.

Gerbings Recalls Heated Liners

Gerbings Heated Clothing has recalled about 9,900 of its 12-volt, black nylon heated jacket liners for a defective wire connector that can cause the liner to overheat and pose a burn hazard.

The liners were sold at Harley-Davidson dealerships and other outlets nationwide from April 2011 through December 2012 for between $200 and $240. “Gerbing’s Heated Clothing” or “Harley-Davidson” is printed on the front left chest of the jacket liners.

Gerbings has received two reports of the jacket liners overheating, causing minor dime-sized burns to consumers’ backs, resulting in blisters. Consumers are asked to stop using the liners and to contact Gerbings, LLC for a free repair or replacement.

Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act

On May 6, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) intends to introduce the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.

Sensenbrenner’s legislation (H.R. 904) would 1) prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle-only checkpoints, 2) prohibit the DOT from providing grants to a state to enforce helmet laws, 3) prohibit the DOT from interfering in state matters with federal funds, and 4) 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.”

“Historically, the enforcement of helmet mandates has siphoned away scarce funds from effective crash prevention programs such as rider education and motorist awareness,” the AMA wrote in an opinion. “This bill is critical to ending the discriminatory practice of MOCs and saving motorcyclists’ lives.”

Another Suzuki …

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) has been announced as the sole distributor of Suzuki motorcycles, ATVs, outboard engines and auto parts and service in the continental U.S. and Alaska following the restructuring of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC).

Based in Brea, Calif., SMAI is owned by Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), which supplies 147 distributors in 201 countries.

Suzuki has a 49-year history in the United States. U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp., a direct sales subsidiary of SMC, opened in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 1963, and by 1964 was retailing seven models of motorcycle.

ASMC was formed in 1986 by the merger of U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp and Suzuki of America Automotive Corp (launched a year earlier with the introduction of the Samurai 4×4).

Küryakyn Keeping Busy

Küryakyn plans to make appearances at more than 60 events in 2013, including rallies, dealer open houses and trade shows, with multiple semi trucks that showcase the company’s full product line and offer on-site parts & accessories installation by factory-trained technicians.

“Talking face-to-face with our customers and dealers is one of the best ways for us to get feedback on products and really build one-on-one relationships,” said Marc Wolfram, Küryakyn’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Küryakyn’s full 2013 Event Schedule can be viewed online at Kuryakyn.com.

ZARS Dates Filling Up

The Zalusky Advanced Riding School (ZARS says its early season training and track day dates are filling up fast.

Riding School Schedule: April 26, May 4, 5 and 18, June 2, 9 and 29, July 14, 19 and 28, August 10 and 18, and Sept 8, 28 and 29.

Track Day Schedule: May 17 at Brainerd, May 27-28 at Road America, June 30 at Brainerd, July 12 at Road America, and September 2 at Brainerd.

Additionally, ZARS is offering a new punch pass system that’ll earn you a free riding day after the purchase of 10 paid rides. Your first punch can be retroactive from a 2012 ride, just bring proof. Exclusions do apply so contact ZARS for details at www.ridezars.com.

BMW Partners with TVS

In a move borrowed from KTM and Bajaj, BMW Motorrad plans to enter the below 500cc market via a new partnership with India’s TVS Motor Company, one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in India with an annual production volume of some 2 million units.

The cooperation agreement involves the two companies each offering their own vehicle derivatives, which will be sold through their own distribution channels in India and across the globe.

BMW’s in-house IT department reportedly barricaded itself in company offices in Munich.

Christini Offers Cash to Clubs

Christini AWD Motorcycles intends to give riding clubs $500 when an active club member purchases a production Christini All Wheel Drive motorcycle factory direct.

Once the bike has been built, shipped from the factory and delivered to the club member’s door, Christini AWD then sends a $500 check made out to the appropriate organization.

Learn more about the Christini Club Cash program at www.christini.com.

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