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A Call To Action Against Motorcyclist Profiling

A Message from Motorcycle Riders Foundation President, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard “As many of you know, last year the MRF assumed a new endeavor related to the unconstitutional practice of motorcycle profiling. After reports began to rise from our own membership citing instances where they felt singled out by law enforcement simply because of their appearance, […]

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Beef Products Versus Motorcycles. Cartoon Of The Month.

On January 17, I reported on the 100% tax proposed by the Office of United States Trade Representative on imported European Union motorcycles with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc. The reason? The European Union bans the import of beef and beef products produced from animals fed with growth-hormones. Of course, there is no logical link […]

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Harley-Davidson York Plant Temporarely Closed. Regional news station WGAL, Harley confirmed Harley temporarily closed its plant in York, Pennsylvania, which it says it does from time to time. No official reason was officially provided. The York facility is where Harley assembles its Touring, Softail, CVO, and Trike motorcycles, as well as performs various manufacturing operations […]

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About Americans’ Right To Modify Motorcycles And Street Cars

From a PR of The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) For the amateur racing industry, the year started out on a strong note. One of the first bills to be introduced in the newly indoctrinated 115th session of Congress was the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM Act). U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) […]

Settlement Reached In “Sturgis Rally Week” Infringement Case

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (“SMRi”) has reached a settlement in its trademark infringement litigation against Kent Mortimer and his companies, which arose out of misuse of SMRi’s STURGIS trademarks. “After months of negotiations, two mediations, and over two years of litigation in federal court, we are pleased to settle this case,” Dean Kinney, chairperson of […]

The Road to Zero Initiative Advances In the U.S. Motorcyclists Play an Important Role.

In October, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled a new initiative dedicated to eliminating all traffic-related deaths in thirty years. “Road to Zero” is the concept that achieving zero traffic-related deaths is achievable through new policies and solutions. First initiated in Sweden in 1997 as “Vision Zero” the program has been adopted by many […]

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Harley-Davidson Owners Allege That The 103″ Twin Cam Engine Is Defectively Designed

Two Harley owners from Los Angeles County allege that the Twin Cam 103” engine equipping their motorcycles emit high heat, which can burn riders, and shorten the life of the engine. A complaint was filed by attorneys Zimmerman Reed LLP and Boucher LLP on behalf of Michael Berke and Wolfgang Costelloon and all others similarly […]

EPA Finalizes 2017 Volume Requirements for Ethanol

Last week, the EPA quietly published the 2017 volume requirements and associated percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program passed into law by Congress several years ago. The law requires oil companies to blend increasing volumes of renewable fuels like ethanol with gasoline and diesel. Under the law, the EPA has the authority […]

Is Law Enforcement Training To Terminate Bikers?

I publish below the highlights of a just written set of remarks and comments made by David “Double D” Devereaux. He is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Council of Clubs, Founder of the Motorcycle Profiling Project, and works with motorcyclists at the national level. Below are the highlights. The full article is HERE. Practice […]

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Indian Motorcycle Planning CKD Operation in India. Bike Prices To Go Down. The first models offered in CKD (Complete Knock Down bikes assembled in India) expected to roll in 2018. The objective is of course to grab a larger market share of the India market in offering premium motorcycles at a more reasonable price. Heartland USA […]

Harley-Davidson Sues Forever 21 For Trademark Violation

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is suing Los Angeles-based Forever 21 for trademark infringement after the retailer allegedly sold motorcycle-style jackets with a counterfeit of Harley’s iconic bar and shield logo. The suit argues that Forever 21 used the logo “in unauthorized way that falsely suggest and are likely to create the mistaken impression that Forever 21 and/or […]

The Saga Of Ethanol E15 Continues

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) informed its members that it appears that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) is reviving the 4-gallon minimum fuel purchase at blender pumps that dispense both E10 and E15. Everybody thought that this issue was put to rest in 2012! As part of its E15 “Misfueling Mitigation Program”, the EPA […]

California Just Became The First US State To Legalize Lane-Splitting

Lane Splitting, the maneuver to cut between cars, became legal yesterday Friday August 18 after California governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 51 into law . Until now lane splitting was not legal or illegal, just a tolerated riding practice. Since 2013, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) just had relatively vague guidelines for lane-splitting. They said […]

Harley-Davidson Settles US Government Lawsuit Over Numerous EPA Violations

The suit was alleging that Harley-Davidson sold more than 12,000 motorcycles not covered by a certification ensuring the engines meet federal standards, according to a statement from the EPA. The suit also accused the company of selling 340,000 after-market engine tuners that, once installed, “caused motorcycles to emit higher amounts of certain air pollutants than […]

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Harley About To Introduce The New 2017 Touring Models Lineup With An All-New Engine.  The Milwaukee Eight. As I wrote 3 weeks ago, it should be a 107” with 4 valves per cylinder. A lot of speculation is going on about other features. It will be the 8th generation of Harley engines and will replace the […]

AirHawk International Files Lawsuit

AirHawk International announced that it recently filed in the United States District Court Central District Of California Southern Division a Complaint For Patent Infringement, False Advertising, Tortious Interference, and Unfair Competition against various parties related to a product called “Wild Ass Motorcycle Cushion.”. AirHawk has also sent Cease and Desist letters to various parties and some retailers […]

75th Daytona Bike Week. What Police Officers Will Be Watching For.

Officially, Daytona Bike Week starts Friday March 4th. Bikers will be all over the Volusia & Flagler counties with police departments enforcing Florida motorcycle-related laws. In addition to careless or reckless riding, excessive speed, racing on the streets or highways, driving under the influence, etc some Florida motorcycle statutes dictate what is legal or illegal. […]

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Jesse Rooke and HardDrive V-Twin Products Form Alliance. HardDrive American V-twin, a division of Western Power Sports (WPS) Products, and Jesse Rooke are pleased to announce the formation of an alliance that will see the bike builder serve as HardDrive’s creative ambassador for the foreseeable future. Rooke brings years of custom bike building experience and […]

New Hampshire May Repeal Law Limiting Handlebars Height

If you have been to the Laconia, New Hampshire event, you may have been pulled over by police because of your motorcycle high bars. Senator Andrew Hosmer, a Democrat from Laconia, has introduced legislation to repeal the statute restricting the height of handlebars on motorcycles. Since 1967 the Granite State is among more than 30 […]

Judge Declines A New Offer To Buy Erik Buell Racing Manufacturing Assets

The Erik Buell saga has a new episode. The sale of Erik Buell Racing Assets has been denied by a judge to the only bidder, liquidator Liquid Assets Partners who made a $1.6 million offer. In a surprise announcement in April 2015 Erik Buell Racing (EBR) informed its 130 employees that the company was stopping […]

LeMans Corporation, Parent Of Drag Specialties And Parts Unlimited, Settles With CARB (California Air Resources Board).

LeMans Corp (Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Parts Canada, Parts Europe) settles with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding the distribution of emissions-regulated products to dealers in that state. The settlement agreement resolves CARB’s alleged claims without litigation, protects LeMans’ California dealers regarding sales of the listed parts LeMans sold to them through Oct. 1, […]

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Harley Davidson CEO Wants Net-Zero Greenhouse Emissions By 2050. Many influential CEO’s have already committed to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and urged other business leaders to match this ambition by committing to bold long-term targets. Harley-Davidson joined the group of the world’s biggest car and motorcycle makers who promised to make bold […]

EMD Motorcycle Design Versus Custom Parts Distributor Zodiac. If It’s Not Plagiarism, What Is It?

During the last 12 months I had the opportunity to feature the custom parts designed and cast by EMD (Esteves Motorycle Design). Rocker, primary and cam covers all conceived with a vintage vibe for XL, Evo, Twin Cam Harley-Davidson modern bikes. Original parts sold both in the US and Europe and now extremely popular on […]

Ethanol 15. The American Motorcycle Association And The Renewable Fuels Association Accuse Each Other Of Misinformation.

E15 is shorthand for gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. E15 fuel has been certified for sale in the United States and is showing up at gas stations. The reason it’s a big deal is that ethanol is fairly corrosive to rubber and certain metals, so it can cause damage to vital components. Ethanol also […]

Proposed EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Would Increase Ethanol Risks For Motorcycles & ATVs


(Source AMA) The Renewable Fuel Standard proposals announced yesterday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would increase the risk of misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle owners by forcing the widespread availability of higher-ethanol fuel blends, such as E15, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. The EPA proposed setting the renewable fuel standard for 2014 at the […]

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California Close To Make Legal Motorcycle Lane-Splitting. Motorcycle lane-splitting — the rush-hour time saver for bikers that enrages many drivers is close to be formally legalized. Assembly Bill 51 has been passed and would authorize a motorcycle to be driven between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane if the motorcycle is not […]



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