Believe it or not, Adjure, the specialist of custom lighting for motorcycles is doing a Christmas Sale during July & August! 50% off on selected items !!! Does it sound like Christmas? I would be you I would not wait Christmas to order new lights- Smog Checks in California. The bill provision requiring mandatory motorcycle smog testing for motorcycles built in 2000 and later has been dropped. Instead, Sen. Fran altered SB 435 to authorize law enforcement officers to fine motorcyclists who remove smog equipment from their motorcycles. The amended bill eventually passed 22-17. The bill now goes to the Assembly and if passed will go to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
– Honda quits making motorcycles in the US after a 30-year run. The company was a forerunner among Japanese firms in making motorcycles in North America, having launched U.S. production in 1979. Its plant in Ohio had an annual output capacity of about 70,000 units. This facility produced the Gold Wing. But the American motorcycle market shrank to 1.32 million units in 2008, down almost 30% from a recent peak of 1.79 million units in 2005. Honda concluded that the advantages of local production have faded and decided to export products from Japan to the U.S. market instead. Honda states that its business in Asia is booming – Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Monday cut its ratings on Harley-Davidson Inc. citing the decline in sales. Earlier in July, the company said its second-quarter profit plummeted 91 percent, with U.S. retail sales falling 35 percent. Harley also announced another 1,000 job cuts. A S&P representative states that Harley-Davidson sales could be down as much as 30 percent in 2009 – Harley-Davidson is recalling about 1,759 units of its 2009 FLTRSE3 CVO Road Glide motorcycles equipped with Blade rear wheel accessory kits. The OEM says some wheels underwent a secondary heat treatment process which may have caused a crack in the wheel and result in wheel failure. Dealers are asked to remove the rear wheel and inspect the manufacturer’s code. Wheels will be replaced free of charge.