Aerostich Open House, May 16

Ride to Duluth on May 16 for Aerostich’s Spring Open House. The event takes place 8am to 4pm at 8 South 18th Ave. West.

Mingle with Aerostich staff and fellow motorcyclists, see more than 70 new products, sit-in on free on-site seminars and product demos, take a factory tour, shop and save with in-store only specials in the newly expanded retail showroom, sign up for prize drawings, get some free swag, and refuel with local food vendors.

Check the Aerostich website for more


Erik Buell Closes Shop

Erik Buell Racing (EBR), headquartered in East Troy, Wis., has ceased operations and is filing for court protection from creditors.

EBR had backing from Hero MotoCorp., the largest motorcycle manufacturer in India, but nevertheless struggled financially and was unable to secure additional funding.

Bids will be solicited for the company as part of the Chapter 128 process, with the winning bid to be determined by the court.

Dungey Continues with KTM

Minnesota’s Ryan Dungey has extended his contract with the Red Bull KTM Factory Team through 2017.

The newly crowned 2015 450cc Supercross Champion, Dungey inked the two-year contract prior to him clinching the first-ever 450 Supercross Championship for the Austrian manufacturer. In Dungey’s 4-years with KTM, he has been the first to win a 450 Supercross race, a 450 Motocross title, and a 450 Supercross title on the KTM brand.

“I have never had a manufacturer work so closely with the racing team to make sure we have the best bike each year,” Dungey said. “I couldn’t ask for a better team and manufacturer to work for.”

Wisconsin Mulls Colored Lights

The Wisconsin State Senate is set to debate a bill that would legalize colored lights on motorcycles. The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in April.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motor vehicle that displays lights other than white or amber in front and red in the rear. The bill’s chief Assembly sponsor, John Jagler of Watertown (R), says he introduced the bill at the request of a constituent who got a ticket for violating current light prohibitions.

Under the bill, riders could equip their motorcycles with any color lights aside from red, blue or amber as long as they shine down and don’t flash or rotate.

When to Run a Red Light

Minnesota State Trp. Jesse Grabow, in his reoccurring column for the Alexandria Echo Press, reminds motorcyclists that it’s legal for them to proceed through a intersection if a signal change does not occur in a reasonable amount of time.

These five conditions must be met to proceed:

The two-wheeler has been brought to a complete stop.

The traffic-control signal continues to show a red light for an unreasonable time.

The traffic-control signal has apparently failed to detect the two-wheeler.

No vehicle or person is approaching on the roadway to be crossed or entered.

Approaching vehicles or persons are so far away that they do not constitute an immediate hazard.

Helmet Use Up in 2014

Use of DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets reached 64% in 2014, statistically unchanged from 60% in 2013, says the U.S. Department of Transportation. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) also found:

Helmet use among motorcyclists on expressways increased significantly to 81% from 64% in 2013.

Helmet use among motorcyclists in southern states increased to 78%, up from 65% in 2013.

Use of non-compliant motorcycle helmets decreased to 5%, down from 7% in 2013.

Lehman Closes Shop in Spearfish

Lehman Trikes intends to close shop in Spearfish, S.D., and relocate operations to Garden Grove, Calif., in an effort to improve shipping logistics.

Lehman Trikes formed in Alberta in 1993 and moved manufacturing to Spearfish in 2004. Harley-Davidson in 2008 tapped Lehman to manufacturer the Tri-Glide. However, in 2010, H-D announced it would end its relationship with the trike specialist and move Tri-Glide production in-house.

Lehman founder John K. Lehman, who had been inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2009, died in January of 2012 at the age of 60. Champion Investments, Inc., purchased the trike company six months later.

– Rapid City Journal

MN-Made McQueen Bike Fetches $775,000

In case you missed it, a 1915 Cyclone board racer built in Minnesota and owned by Steve McQueen recently sold for $775,000.

Designed by engineer Andrew Strand and sold by the Joerns Motor Co. of St. Paul for an introductory price of $350, the Cyclone was produced from 1913 to 1915. The bike is powered by a unique 61 cu. in. (996cc) SOHC V-twin developing 45hp.

The ex-McQueen Cyclone – auctioned by Mecum – is one of just six known to survive. A similar bike sold for $551,000 in 2008.

KTM to End Street-Legal RC8

It appears KTM intends to stop offering a road-legal superbike.

“We’ll stick to making a Superbike, but only for closed course usage,” KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said in April, according to CycleNews. “So that’s the concept for development. We’ll call it the RC16 and it will also be available for the normal customer for track days or private use on track, but it won’t any more be homologated for the street.”

Regarding the RC8, Pierer reportedly said: “It’s a classic Superbike. But with the increase in safety concerns, I’m afraid bikes like this don’t belong on the street, only on a closed course.”

Well, what else would Pierer say? It’s not like he’s going to come out and admit, “Yeah, we’re disappointed that we’ve sold so few RC8 during the course of its production.”

BMW, Ducati and Yamaha Recalls

BMW is recalling 43,426 motorcycles of various models for a rear wheel mounting flange that may crack if the related bolts are over tightened. BMW says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing aluminum rear wheel flange with a steel one, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin April 21.

Ducati is recalling 5,962 of its Multistrada 1200 built between 2010-2014 because the inner sleeve of the opening throttle cable may move and prevent the full closing of the throttle. Ducati says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the upper throttle cover with one that prevents the inner throttle sleeve from moving, free of charge.

Yamaha is recalling approx. 4,900 motorcycles for an incorrectly manufactured shift cam segment stopper. The recall impacts the 2015 FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ6R, R6 and Super Tenere/ES. Yamaha says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift shaft assembly with a new one, free of charge.


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