The government has reported that Ducati has scheduled a recall of the 2010 F1098S Streetfighter sometime in October. The electronic control unit ground screw may have been improperly tightened during production, which can cause the engine to stall. Dealers will retighten the ground screw for free. The potential number of units affected is 247. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 09V365000. Ducati’s recall number is Recall-09-006.
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Honda VTX1800 - The NHTSA has announced that there will be a safety recall of 2002 Honda VTX1800 Models. The Honda models that were produced between august 14th – October 14th 1991. There is a possibilty of faulty welding on the swing arm, which could cause the swing arm to break resulting in a possible crash. Owners will be notified and dealers will do replacement of faulty swing arms.
You have been invited to the release party for debut of The Habortown Bobber DVD.The premier starts on October 15, 2009 at 7:30pm to 1am
at the Laemmle 4-plex in Santa Monica! Get there early because seating is limited. Dickies sent workshirts for the first 500 people and we’re offering free silk-screenings before the show! The After-party is at Ye Olde King’s Head, right next door…See you there! See more details and RSVP on Choppertown Nation – Online Community for Backyard Builders.
From the directors of the award-winning motorcycle movie “Choppertown: the Sinners” and “Brittown” comes a new motorcycle fabrication documentary.
Two years in the making, The Harbortown Bobber follows the ground-up build of Scott DiLalla’s ‘69 bobber as various back yard masters put their hands on it creating a unique custom motorcycle and telling their own personal stories as they work.
Featuring: Irish Rich (Sinner Nomad), Earl Kane (Earl’s Bikes), J-Bird (Japanese Jay), Jonathan Smith, Todd’s Cycles, U.S. Customs, Dennis Goodson and the music of The Lords of Altamont.
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Want to see where your NFL team ranks -
There’s turmoil at the top of the latest edition of the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings, as the top two teams from Week 2 have taken the “down escalator.”
The Baltimore Ravens‘ 2-0 start, including an impressive victory over the host San Diego Chargers in Week 2, persuaded our panel of experts to award them the No. 1 rating entering Week 3. The Ravens vaulted nine places to unseat AFC North rival the Pittsburgh Steelers, who fell from the penthouse to sixth overall in the wake of their loss to the host Chicago Bears.
After losing to the host New York Jets, the New England Patriots tumbled eight spots to No. 10 overall. The new top five features the Ravens, the New York Giants, the Indianapolis Colts, the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings, respectively.
The recently released “Minor Details” documentary follows Slednecks AMA Superbike racers Josh Galster and Misti Hurst, the underdogs who compete against factory teams.
From the news release: “Josh and Misti race on the Slednecks race team, a privateer team. They are outmanned, outgunned, and under financed. They must also overcome a gender barrier and a life threatening injury to make their dreams a reality. This inspirational film follows them on and off the track and proves to us that if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Contact: Slednecks, 928-526-3705, www.slednecks.com.
OCTOBER 15th-18th 2009
We’re almost there – Can you say …yeah!
It’s officially the start of fall and you know what that means…..it’s almost time for our favorite motorcycle rally – the biggest, best rally in the whole wide world – of course! Ok so maybe we’re getting a little excited – but why wouldn’t we when there’s so much entertainment, fun and festivities waiting right around the corner at this years Biketoberfest®.
FROM DEALER NEWS
According to a brochure promoting a new study, the global demand for motorcycles, which was 79.2 million units in 2008, will increase 7.6 percent per year through 2013. World Motorcycles (Including Electric Bicycles & Mopeds) is a 396-page study produced by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based research firm that sells the full report for $5,700. The increase in demand reportedly will be spurred by rising standards of living in developing parts of the world, which are making motorcycles a more affordable alternative to walking, bicycling or using mass transit. According to the study’s summary, 82 percent of the world’s demand in 2008 was in the Asia/Pacific region, 6 percent was in Africa and the Mideast, 6 percent was in Latin America and 6 percent was in other regions like North America. (No other statistics pertaining to the U.S. was mentioned in the brochure.) The study predicts that compared to the growth in demand, the total value of sales will expand at a slightly slower pace. Why? A future decline in sales-weighted prices due to fast market growth in low-priced electric motorcycles and smaller internal-combustion-engine (ICE) motorcycles. According to the study’s summary, electric motorcycles, which are “extremely popular” in China but account for a minimal share of demand in most other parts of the world, will register the strongest market advances. Sales of battery-powered bicycles, scooters and other two-wheelers will be driven by their generally lower retail prices, low cost of operation and lack of harmful emissions. But ICE motorcycles will continue to account for more than 95 percent of all demand outside of China in 2013. Light motorcycles, the summary says, will outperform other ICE product types and maintain their position as the largest single segment of the motorcycle market. The strongest sales advances through 2013, the summary states, will be registered in the Africa/Mideast region. This will be due to several factors, including the fastest population growth of any region, the lowest median age and the lowest (but climbing) per-capita GDP. The summary continues: “Population increases and higher standards of living will also help stimulate demand in the Asia/Pacific region, which will post the second-strongest gains, followed by Eastern Europe (rising from a very small current market base) and Latin America. China alone will account for 55 percent of all additional sales through 2013, spurred by very strong electric motorcycle demand and solidifying its position as the biggest national motorcycle market.”