Friday, February 29, 2008

Harley-Davidson Recalls Police and Escort Motorcycles for ABS Brake Fluid Leaks

Harley-Davidson has issued a recall of certain 2005-2007 police and escort motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain FLHP, FLHPI, FLHTP, FLHTPI, FLHPE and FLHPEI police and escort motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brake systems (ABS). Inconsistencies in the routing of the brake lines can cause abrasion of the brake lines and hoses. In some cases, this condition has caused brake fluid leaks.

5947 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Honda to Stop Making Motorcycles in the USA

Honda has been making motorcycles in the USA since 1979. Today Honda announced that they will stop manufacturing motorcycles here to concentrate on automobile production.

Here's an excerpt from

"Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. announced today that it will discontinue production of motorcycles in spring 2009 as part of what the company calls 'a global strategy that will focus on its leader role in Honda's North American automobile operations.'"

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Here's what Honda says on its Web site.

Definitely the end of an era.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Motorcycle Tattoos - Art or Ego?

I have a Motorcycle Tattoos Gallery that is quite popular. I make it a requirement that each person submitting a tattoo must be a motorcyclist and must state what bike they currently ride.

Now some think that tattoos are done impulsively without much thought. Others create whole galleries of tattoos on their bodies to reflect their own outlook on life or to characterize their experiences. Still others view tattoos as art -- motorcycle art.

What's your take? Leave your comments below.

Have you got a tattoo to place in our Motorcycle Tattoos Gallery? Send it in and see your art on our site.

Ural Has Recalled 6 Models for Transmission Defect

Ural has issued a recall of certain 2007 Gear-Up, Patrol, Retro, Tourist, Tourist LX, and Wolf motorcycles.

On certain motorcycles built with a sidecar and equipped with Herzog transmission gear sets, the transmission main shaft is outside of acceptable tolerance due to incorrect manufacturing of transmission main shaft and specific retaining clips. The main shaft and retaining clips may be defective.

308 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Jim Finlayson

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Web site. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery.

See Jim on his Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Yamaha Spark and Spark 135 Modifies Gallery

Yamaha 135LC, also known as Yamaha Spark 135 in Thailand, Yamaha Sniper in Philippines and Yamaha Jupiter MX in Indonesia, is a small underbone bodied motorcycle manufactured by Yamaha Motor Company which is also a moped or underbone model with the second-largest displacement behind Suzuki Raider 150. Powered by a liquid-cooled 135cc 4-stroke engine, the Y135LC is specially designed by the parent company in Japan for Southeast Asian market.


* Model code: T135
* Engine: SOHC 4-valve 4-stroke 135cc water-cooled engine
* Cylinder arrangement: Forward-inclined single cylinder
* Displacement: 134.9 cc
* Max power: 8.45 kW (11.33 PS) @ 8,500 rpm
* Max torque: 11.65 Nm @ 5,500 rpm
* Max speed: 162 km/h[1]
* Bore x stroke: 54.0 x 58.7 mm
* Compression ratio: 10.9 : 1
* Transmission: Constant mesh 4-speed
* Clutch: Wet, multiple-disk and centrifugal automatic (optional manual clutch model is also available)
* Frame Type: Diamond-shaped underbone steel tube
* Suspension (Front): Telescopic
* Suspension (Rear): Monoshock
* Brake (Front): Single-piston disc
* Brake (Rear): Drum
* Dry weight: 103 kg
* Fuel tank capacity: 4.0 L