by Guido Ebert
H-D Unveils Eight Models for 2014
Harley-Davidson late last month revealed eight models destined for its 2014 product lineup.
The recently released models include the Road King ($18,249-$19,054), Street Glide ($20,399-$21,454), Street Glide Special ($22,499-$23,009), Electra Glide Ultra Classic ($23,249-$24,514), Electra Glide Ultra Limited ($25,899-$27,164), Tri Glide Ultra ($32,549-$34,299), CVO Limited ($38,999) and CVO Road King ($28,499).
The 2014 models were developed through what H-D is calling “Project RUSHMORE” – which the Motor Company says incorporated input from riders and dealers, and thousands of road tests, to produce enhancements in four key areas: control, infotainment, feel and style. Key words: Liquid Cooling.
Minnesota’s Ryan Dungey will join Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac on the U.S. team set to compete at the FIM Motocross of Nations in Germany later this month. It is Dungey’s fifth time on the team.
The FIM Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.
“I’m excited and obviously it’s an honor,” said Dungey, the defending 450 class champion in the AMA Pro Racing Motocross Championship. “We all work hard, we all get along and we’re on the same page seeking a world team title.”
The U.S. team, led by Roger DeCoster, last won the event in 2011 and finished third in 2012. The FIM Motocross of Nations is to be held in Teutschenthal, Germany, Sept. 28-29.
Suzuki Offers Special GSX-R1000
Suzuki plans to sell a 50 GSX-R1000 Special Edition bikes in honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary in America.
The 2014 GSX-R1000 SE comes with a polished and chrome-plated frame, machined and polished chrome rims with clear-coated blue spokes, anodized blue fork tubes, fork adjusters, the steering stem nut, and the ring surrounding the tachometer.
There’s also a polished exhaust and muffler combination that’s finished with a black anodized endcap, a blue-colored chain, and a blue finish to the clutch cover, generator cover and rear shock spring.
To top it all off, an individually numbered serial plate is secured to the bike’s triple clamp. Pricing and availability will be announced soon.
Kawasaki Renews with Costco
Kawasaki is renewing its two-year-old partnership with Costco and expanding its presence across the retailer’s network of stores.
Kawasaki currently has representation in 250 of the 400 Costco locations nationwide. The goal is to up that to 100% inclusion in the United States by the end of the year as well as to expand the program into Canada in 2014.
Consumers can take advantage of Kawasaki’s retail programs and also receive Costco spiffs, such as a $200 Costco Cash card. To be eligible to participate in the Kawasaki program, you must be a Costco member ($55 fee) and first register with the Costco Auto Program before the purchase.
MSF Offers eCourse
Designed to promote lifelong learning in a convenient, informative online format, the new Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic eCourse is now available for $19.99 on MSF’s homepage (www.msf-usa.org).
The MSF says the new eCourse can help new riders prepare for their first ride and help current riders who are looking for an opportunity to refresh and improve their current riding strategies.
The highly interactive three-hour MSF Basic eCourse incorporates photos, graphics, video and more to provide participants with the basics of motorcycling with emphasis on personal safety and responsibility. The MSF Basic eCourse can be completed on its own as a stand-alone program or it can be taken in conjunction with the updated-for-2014, hands-on Basic RiderCourse.
The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.
Kawasaki is recalling approx. 11,097 of it model year 2013 Ninja 300 ABS motorcycles because an improper setting in the electronic control unit (ECU) may cause the motorcycle to stall under deceleration. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECU.
In a separate recall, Kawasaki says approx. 1,083 model year 2013 Ninja 300 ABS motorcycles may have a manufacturing error that could cause the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) to malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. At issue is the Nissin ABS modulator. Kawasaki will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected ABS pumps with a new assembly.
Also impacted by the Nissin ABS malfunction, Honda is recalling approx. 235 model year 2014 CTX700 motorcycles. Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS modulator free of charge.
Piaggio Group Americas is recalling approx. 680 model year 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200 motorcycles, Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 motorcycles, and Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 motorcycles.
Due to a manufacturing fault, the rear suspension connecting links could fracture. If the rear suspension links fail while riding, the rear suspension would suddenly collapse.
Piaggio will notify owners, and Moto Guzzi dealers will replace the rear suspension connecting links on the affected vehicles, free of charge.