by Guido Ebert
Yamaha recently revealed a new factory-backed prepaid maintenance program as part of its extended service offerings.
Yamaha designed Y.E.S. Maintenance exclusively for Yamaha customers by using the periodic maintenance schedule in a vehicle’s owner’s manual. Customers can include the cost of maintenance as part of their financing program on purchases of new motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and SxS vehicles.
Yamaha claims savings of up to 30% on labor vs. pay-as-you-go maintenance. Ask about the program at your local Yamaha retailer.
Ducati’s New Finance Program
Ducati North America on Sept. 5 launched a new retail finance program supported by VW Credit, Inc., which also provides financial products and services to Volkswagen and Audi customers in the U.S.
The U.S. is Ducati’s largest market, with 9,258 units retailed in 2012. The new program is good for new and pre-owned Ducati bikes.
Rolled out at the same time as the new bikes, the “Indian Motorcycle Assurance Program” offers five years of warranty coverage that includes both a 1 year limited warranty and an extended service contract; a Fly & Ride program that allows buyers to fly to an Indian Motorcycle dealer on any commercial airline, ride their new bike home, and receive a $250 credit on their Indian purchase; guaranteed trade-in value of 70 percent of original MSRP after two years and 60 percent trade-in value after three years; competitive financing; roadside assistance; and a 24/7 Concierge Hotline available.
Smage Helps U.S.
Wisconsinite Pat Smage was on the U.S. men’s team that finished an impressive third in the International Trophy division of the FIM Trial des Nations World Championship that took place last month in La Chatre, France.
The four-man team finished behind Germany and the Czech Republic.
“We haven’t done this well since we won the International Trophy division in 2005,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “It’s an honor to compete against the world’s best teams. By doing so and showcasing our riders among the sport’s superstars, we help elevate and grow the sport in this country.”
Buell to Show New Bike
Erik Buell Racing (EBR) intends to unveil a new sportbike October 16 at the American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Fla.
The 1190RX, a street-legal model, is a direct descendant of EBR’s race-bred limited edition 1190RS Super Bike and the bike Erik Buell told MMM’s Ben Goebel about in an interview earlier this year.
Faithfull Flock to Moto Guzzi
Although Moto Guzzi announced some time ago that, because of financial constraints, this year’s annual gathering of Moto Guzzi enthusiasts (Guzzi World Days) had been cancelled, an estimated 5,000 motorcyclists ignored the cancellation and converged on the brand’s headquarters in Mandello del Lario, Italy, in September.
Moto Guzzi officials responded to the surprising turnout by opening up the factory and its museum, and even rolled out a few California touring motorcycles and V7 street bikes that it had on hand. A local chapter of Moto Guzzi owners sponsored a road rally.
Guzzi World Days (“Giornate Mondiali Guzzi”) began in 2001.
Moose Racing Recalls Training Wheels
Moose Racing is recalling about 4,000 youth motorcycle training wheel kits, sold from July 2012 through June 2013, for bolts and nuts that can loosen.
The product was produced by Cambridge Metal & Plastics of Cambridge, Minn.
BRP Recalling Spyder RT & ST
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is recalling approx. 5,000 model year 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT series and ST series three-wheeled motorcycles. The tandem brake master cylinder manifold inlet may melt allowing the brake fluid to leak out.
Brake fluid may leak onto a heat source, increasing the risk of a fire. BRP said it would notify owners and dealers will install heat shields and a heat deflector, free of charge.
What is NOT Dangerous Driving
A Supreme Court judge in British Columbia has refused the province’s attempt to seize ownership of a 2008 Ducati motorcycle clocked at more than 125mph in a 60 kph (37mph) zone.
The judge noted: “The uncontradicted evidence of the defendant is that the road where he accelerated to about 200 kph was long and straight; the weather was sunny and clear with good visibility; the road surface was dry; there were no other vehicles on the road or in sight; there were no pedestrians on the road or in sight; and the Ducati was in perfect working conditions with brakes and tires that had recently been replaced.”
While it’s true that Dery was guilty of speeding that day, the judge wrote that “no evidence was presented to establish that speeding, in and by itself, is likely to cause serious bodily harm to a person.”
Thus, he concluded “the evidence does not satisfy me that the speeding by the defendant … amounted to dangerous driving.”
Still, Dery paid $3,600 in additional fees and fines.