H-D1 Bike Builder Tool Now Available For All Harley Models: The H-D1 Bike Builder Tool at Harley-Davidson website has been expanded to include all current Harleymotorcycle models and has new added features. H-D1 Bike Builder lets visitors virtually customize their dream Harley-Davidson motorcycle with select Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories®. Builders can gauge the visual impact of each accessory on the screen in an eight-frame, 360-degree view that’s in a large screen format. Navigation on the H-D1 Bike Builder is organized into four categories: Fit, Function, Style and Performance. Accessories can be added and deleted from the bike, with the screen image changing accordingly. The MSRP of each item added to the base motorcycle is calculated on a summary chart screen with an updated “as built” total. Unleash your inner custom…
Motorcycle Fatalities Never Stopped To Rise. Fact Or Fiction? Based on a story titled “Despite Death Toll, Motorcycle Groups Strive To Muzzle US Regulators” published by a watchdog investigative website called Fairwarning.org, many newspapers and several TV outlets picked this source to claim that the percentage of motorcyclists fatalities doesn’t stop to get larger every year. Infuriated by this misleading story , MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundation) publishes these official statistics: In 1997, there were 2,116 fatalities for 3,826,000 motorcycles registered. Or 0.055%. In 2010, there were 4,502 fatalities for 8,368,000 motorcycles registered. Or 0.053%. Of course, it’s too many, but in reality a stable percentage. (registered doesn’t mean on the road every year, but there is no way to know the exact number of bikes being ridden and how often)
Members Of Congress Back Opposition To Local And State Funded Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints. The AMA members and concerned motorcyclists contacted their elected representatives and convinced a total of 30 members of Congress, to sent a letter to the leadership of the House-Senate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee requesting the inclusion of language in the conference report that would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from providing grants or any funds to states or local governments to be used for any program to create motorcycle-only checkpoints,AMA began tracking motorcycle-only checkpoints when they first appeared in New York in 2007. In 2011, using funds provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Georgia conducted roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Fla., for Bike Week, March 4 to 13. Another motorcycle-only checkpoint was conducted in northern Virginia during one of the nation’s most visible motorcycle rallies — Rolling Thunder — over the 2011 Memorial Day Weekend. Motorcycle-only checkpoints were also conducted in Utah when thousands of riders attended a world-class road racing event. Three states have since outlawed the practice — Virginia, North Carolina and New Hampshire — and legislation to prohibit them has been introduced in Illinois, California, Missouri and New Jersey.
Bob Fletcher Passed Away. Long time owner of Fletcher Harley-Davidson in Clearwater, Florida, Bob Fletcher passed away June 9, 2012 at the age of 90. In the early days of WWII he was a pilot and was teaching US soldiers how to ride a motorcycle. During the war effort he also drove a tank in Europe. His daughter is currently the General Manager of the Harley store. A ride to honor Bob is scheduled this Saturday June 16 at 11:30. Bob’s family requests that you wear a Fletcher tee- shirt during this ride. Info at: 727-535-184