Photo by B.P. GoebelNew Rule for Road Guard Riders

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) amended rules regarding the Minnesota Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate Law (enacted in 2012), adding a new chapter to regulate and administer the Motorcycle Road Guard certification and qualifications requirements by establishing the safety, equipment and program curriculum requirements and the procedures for the certification process.

The new course will be a total of three hours: two hours of classroom followed by one hour of practical training at a live intersection near the college. Cost: $30.

Participants will receive a Road Guard Field Manual, which will be provided by MMSC during the classroom portion of the training course.

The plan is for road guard training classes to begin in April 2015. The courses will be available the second Saturday of every month at the regional locations, April through October. The class size will be limited to 12 and each training site will have the capacity to run up to four classes on Saturdays.

Course locations include Minnesota State Colleges in Detroit Lakes and Marshall, as well as at Lake Super College in Duluth, Rochester Community & Technical College and Dakota County Technical College.

The Motorcycle Road Guard Rule is published in the August 4, 2014 State Register.

Stolen R6 Found on Craigslist

A 43-year-old St. Paul man was booked in the Ramsey County jail in September on suspicion of auto theft after Police spotted a Craigslist ad for a 2003 Yamaha R6 track bike earlier in the day, and were particularly interested by a paragraph stating the bike had no title and no vehicle identification number, reported the Pioneer Press.

According to the Pioneer Press, the man agreed to meet an undercover officer in the parking lot of Target on University Avenue in St. Paul. When the officer asked how the man knew the bike wasn’t stolen, he allegedly replied, “I had the cops check it out, they said it’s cool.”

Nope. The officer attempted to arrest the man, who fled. Minneapolis PD says he was apprehended after a short foot chase.

Cycle Stolen After Fatal Crash in Detroit

A 22-year-old motorcyclist lost his life in Detroit in September after the driver of a Pontiac Grand Am car turned in front of the bike. However, what appears to have happened after the accident is leaving people disgusted.

As the driver of the motorcycle lay dying in the street, someone mounted the still running bike and rode away. Further, a woman got out of a car and snatched the man’s belongings, including a tablet and a phone, before EMS and police arrived. WTF.

Electric Cycle Sounds

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish new minimum requirements for the noise levels of hybrid and electric vehicles.

While these requirements could affect motorcycles, the NHTSA points out that multiple specific factors must be considered when discussing the standard for two-wheelers: 1) current sound emission levels could already be sufficient in order for a pedestrian to realize an electric
motorcycle is approaching and thus avoid a collision; 2) the likelihood that an accident occurs with a hybrid or electric motorcycle compared to a motorcycle
with a conventional engine; and 3) the different methodology to adopt to measure sound emissions of motorcycles compared to
the methodology adopted for electric or hybrid cars.

The Final Rule will be published in March 2015.

Tousley is Hiring

Tousley Motorsports is looking to fill numerous positions at its huge retail facility in White Bear Lake.

There are openings for a full time service writer-advisor, full time motorsports technician, full time sales, Internet sales, clothing & accessories sales, and for a full or part time receptionist.

Click over to TousleyMotorsports.com/employment for more information.

Personalize Your Plate in Iowa

Iowans will now be able to personalize their own license plate online.

The system allows you to choose your personal slogan, check availability and reserve it.  If the plate is available and approved, your plates will be manufactured and delivered to the county treasurer’s office for pickup.

Check out the new online system at www.iowadot.gov

Honda Recalling 126,000 Gold Wings

Honda is recalling 2001-2010 and 2012 GL1800 and 2001-2005 GL1800A motorcycles for rear brakes that may drag after the brakes are released. A massive 126,000 units may be impacted.

A remedy for this issue has not been determined, according to an initial statement jointly released by Honda and the NHTSA. Honda said it would send owners an interim notification describing how to inspect their motorcycle for rear brake drag. A second notification would be sent when a remedy is available. The recall began in September.

Genuine Recalls 800 Stella Automatic

Genuine Scooters, LLC is recalling about 800 of its 2014 Stella 125 Automatic scooter. The scooters, manufactured December 2013 to March 2014, may have a faulty engine control unit (ECU), which could cause the engine to stall without warning.

Genuine, based in Chicago, says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECU with a new one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Genuine customer service 1-773-433-1311.

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