Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news1328Todd’s Cycle Closing California Shop. Opening Todd’s Cycles Hawaii. Don’t look anymore for Todd’s Cycles in Huntington Beach, California. Todd Silicato and family with custom bikes and tools are moving this month to even sunnier Kauai, Hawaii. Nothing has changed except a new zip code, a new logo, a currently updated website and Facebook page.

Canada Insurance Plans To Test Technology To Track How Fast And How Far Motorcycles Go. With an eye to calibrating insurance rates, Saskatchewan Government Insurance( Saskatchewana is a Canadian Province between Alberta and Manitoba)is testing the new technology to track how fast and how far motorycles go. A pilot program using volunteers is being set `to equip motorcycles with telematics technology, a gadget that will record speed, braking, mileage and location. “Usage-based insurance is the ultimate in rating fairness because it essentially lets the biker control their own insurance rate through their driving” the minister responsible Donna Harpauer, said in a news release. “Simply put, those who drive responsibly pay less and those who don’t pay more.” Uh-oh. Does this sound like Big Brother in action? Will this help ensure that bad drivers will pay higher rates? Should this technology be used on all vehicles or none?

Motorcycle Manufacturer Aprilia (Piaggio Group) Fined $175,000 By California Air Resources Board. Aprilia is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of motorcycles and scooters. ARB investigators, several Aprilia motorcycles were offered for sale in California without first receiving the official certification of compliance with the state’s emissions standards. Additionally, several models had been made with easily adjustable calibrations that were not disclosed to the ARB during the certification process. In California, manufacturers not only have a basic responsibility to ensure that their vehicles meet state requirements prior to sale, but that they also take reasonable steps to ensure that dealers or owners will not be able to quickly defeat emissions controls installed on their products.” The California Air Pollution Control Fund was established to decrease air pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.

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12 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”


  1. 1 Rodent Jun 13th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    C.A.R.B. is a political scam ripping off the people of California!

  2. 2 CafeSportyTC Jun 13th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Californians did it to themselves letting their state become too large of a governmental industry…

  3. 3 MADrider Jun 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    It is the fault of the people who live in Ca they brought this on thenselves they should have put reigns on carb decades ago. Aprila here a solution stop selling anything in that socialist place called calif. In fact if every company boycoted cal the solution would be found in less than a month, and the overreaching gov would shut down. It’s just a thought.

  4. 4 Steve the Producer Johann Jun 13th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    No matter how you feel about CARB, rules are rules and anyone who sells products in CA better know them and abide by them or be willing to be fined.

    As to working to reverse or remove CARB’s power get yourself elected and then try to make changes from the inside rather than the outside.

    Last point, if you’re product passes the CARB test you can then sell it anywhere in the USA! Thus make the CARB test the litmus test for all your products, or you can slap a “For Off Road Use Only” sticker on it and skip the hassels.

  5. 5 Rodent Jun 13th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Steve the Producer
    Remember to obey all the laws 55 in a 55, not 56, There is no such thing as a
    California Stop.! Screw CARB!

  6. 6 Mr Dick Jun 14th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I live in Sask., SGI charges over $1600.00 a year to plate a newer Harley, good thing it’s winter here for 7 monthes. Now they want to double the rates, and for sport bikes 5X increase, bringing it to $5-6000 per year. It’s awesome having a gov’t run monopoly on insurance. Don’t ever move here.

  7. 7 DJ Jun 14th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Here we go again.. more prying into our lives and more big brother.. I saw this insurance crap coming with Progressive snap shot.. Soon we will be tracked to our every move of our lives. When will it stop? Does anyone out there actually think this is something they would like to have? What happens when a kids runs out in the street and you have to jam on the brakes.. Does that then upload an unsafe operation signal to the insurance company and in turn hike up your rates? This is right up that idiot Obama’s alley. I hope he don’t read Cyrils blog and get any ideas, Canada can keep this crap north of the border.

  8. 8 Chris Jun 14th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Leave it to DJ to blame this on Obama. Classic.

  9. 9 Sharkey Jun 16th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    While I can understand a bureaucrat being so out of touch with reality that they think they need to formulate their own actuarial data, I gotta wonder what motorcyclist would voluntarily consent to participate in this monitoring…those rates simply tell me it’s a motorcycle hostile province for some reason…

  10. 10 Blackmax Jun 17th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    1. Way to go Todd, Aloha !!!

    2. Big Brother wants to be on your backset looking over your shoulder
    As stated by Sharkey, any self respecting rider who participates in this study
    does not deserve to have the name & his fellow canucks shoud kick the crap out him !!!!

    3. Told ya’ in the last article about this kind of stuff,
    If you are a maunfacturer of motorcycle related or performance products
    “GET OUT OF CALIFORNIA” !!!!!

  11. 11 Chris Jun 18th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    My apologies to DJ who I incorrectly accused of blaming the emissions madness on Obama. He only expressed concern that Obama might like this kind of ploy. Again, my bad DJ.

  12. 12 Gail Jul 10th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I always spent my half an hour to read this weblog’s articles or reviews daily along with a cup
    of coffee.

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