Motorcycling News

Motorcycling News

Florida Helmet Law Proposal

January 31, 2017
A bill in Florida was introduced that would require all riders to wear helmets.

Polaris shuts down Victory Motorcycle Division

January 31, 2017
As has been widely reported, Polaris has decided to shut down its Victory Motorcycles Division after 18 years.

Bell and Ace Cafe Release Limited Edition Helmets

April 21, 2016
Bell and Ace Cafe London are partnering up for a run of limited-edition motorcycling gear. First in line are two limited edition helmets that meld the iconic insignia of London’s Ace Café with the unmistakable profile of the Bell lids.

Zero Motorcycles To Race The 100th Anniversary Of The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

April 20, 2016
Zero Motorcycles, one of the leading electric motorcycle manufacturers, has announced that it will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in partnership with the Hollywood Electrics Racing team.

Samsung Introduces Smart Windshield for Motorcycles

March 28, 2016
Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Yamaha Italy has introduced a concept of a heads-up display for motorcycle windshields. The technology appears to consist of a smart phone app and a wirelessly controlled projector in the windshield. Scroll down for the video from Yamaha.

Lane Splitting

July 29, 2015
California has been the only state that allows lane splitting. While there is no specific law addressing lane splitting one way or another, police were allowed to use their discretion in whether to issue tickets for the maneuver.

Missouri Blue Law Repeal on Motorcycle Sales - One Year Later

May 31, 2015
Blue laws in the United States vary by state. By definition, Blue laws are laws that were historically designed to “enforce” religious standards. Because of this “law,” many states prohibit the selling of particular items on Sundays, including groceries, alcohol, office supplies, housewares, cars, and even motorcycles; under the rationale that people should be in church on Sunday rather than out spending their money and supporting our economy.

Recent Bills Regarding Motorcycles

March 30, 2015
Oregon Senate recently passed a bill that would make it legal for motorcycles and bicycles to “run” red lights. SB533 would follow the lead of other states that have passed similar laws. Like the others, Oregon would allow motorcycles and bicycles to proceed through a red light if it has not changed after one complete cycle.

Indian Recalls for Brake Issue

March 30, 2015
Report Receipt Date: March 11, 2015NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V142000Component(s): Service brakes, hydraulicPotential Number of Units Affected: N/AManufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

Let’s Twist Again Foundation Inc. Motorcycle Therapy Program

February 28, 2015
Living up North, we are resigned to a winter season not being able to enjoy the open road. However, many motorcycle enthusiasts find themselves unable to ride at all for several reasons, including recovering from surgery, in short or long term rehabilitation, military related injuries for veterans at the VA, and even hospice patients. Those who used to ride motorcycles have a very close relationship with riding and find it depressing to think they might never have that experience again.

Victory Racing Team to Compete in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Class in 2015

January 24, 2015
Victory Motorcycles will join the competition in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class for the 2015 racing season. The Victory team’s riders will be two-time champion Matt Smith and his wife, Angie. “Victory is excited to enter the world of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing.” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “It is Victory’s intent to continue to test ourselves at the highest levels and the Victory Factory Racing Team is the perfect opportunity for us."

The HER Project - Honor, Encourage, Recognize - We Salute Women in Military Service

September 30, 2014
We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering and creating awareness for our American Women Veterans with respect and dignity. HONOR, ENCOURAGE, RECOGNIZE (HER).

Missouri Allows Sunday Motorcycle Sales

September 28, 2014
As many of you already know, especially those living in Missouri and Kansas, in order to help keep Missouri motorcycle dealerships competitive with the Kansas dealerships, as of August 28, 2014, Missouri motorcyclists could begin buying motorcycles on Sundays.

"Where's Walter?" The Last Known Harley-Davidson Forecar on Tour

August 1, 2014
SLINGER, WIS. (July 28, 2014) - The last known Harley-Davidson Forecar in existence, affectionately named "Walter," is on tour making impromptu appearances in his birthplace of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This very rare 1913 motorcycle has been delighting motorcycle enthusiasts with its arrivals at motorcycle events and generating the question from fans of "Where's Walter?" and "where will he turn up next?"

Petition to get Bill Van Tichelt into the AMA Hall of Fame

July 1, 2014
Bill Van Tichelt, with VanTech Engineering, is a pioneer in the go-kart and motorcycle worlds. His designs and inventions revolutionized the go-kart and motorcycle racing industries.

LAPD Tries Zero MMX Electric Patrol Motorcycles

June 23, 2014
Zero Motorcycles announced that LAPD has purchased three of their special ops electrical motorcycles to patrol the remote areas. Virtually silent, the Zero MMX delivers 54 HP and 68 ft-lb of instant torque, which is plenty for a bike that weighs mere 276 pounds, taking it from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds. The off-road form factor combined with the electric powertrain make this bike extremely capable in remote areas and allow it to forge water up to 3.2 feet deep.  With a top speed of 85 mph, this motorcycle can go around two hours before needing a re-charge.…

New Bikes

May 29, 2014
Harley-Davidson Street 750If you’re looking for a new bike, as in really new, Harley-Davidson has introduced its first truly new model in 13 years, the Street 750 and 500 models. For the US market, the bikes are built in Harley’s Kansas City plant. Marketed as a “first bike,” the Street is powered by an all-new liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin with chain-driven single overhead camshafts that operate four valves per cylinder. This keeps the seat and center of gravity low, it weighs only 480 lbs with a full tank of gas, and is said to have more suspension travel than the Sportster.

Random Tidbits

March 10, 2014
Coming soon to a theatre or motorcycle dealer near you, Why We Ride is a documentary about the passion of motorcycling. Its synopsis states that is a story about “individuals with a desire to dream, discover and explore. It’s a story about the journey, not the destination. Motorcycles represent the milestones of our lives.

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