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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 […]

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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 […]

U.S. Transportation Regulators To Crack Down On Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

U.S. transportation regulators on Wednesday called for stronger rules for motorcycle helmets, proposing additional safety requirements in an effort to crack down on “novelty” helmets that do not meet federal standards. The Department of Transportation said such uncertified helmets are unsafe and do not protect riders in crashes despite being sold and marketed for use […]

Breaking News. As Of July 1, 2015 Ape Hangers Are Now Legal In South Dakota.

Good news for those who are going to attend the 2015 Sturgis 75th Anniversary Rally. No more worry and no more 20-dollar tickets for riding in South Dakota on a motorcycle equipped with ape hangers. On Tuesday February 24, 2015 Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 85, abolishing on July 1, 2015 the South Dakota […]

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Ban Federal Funding for Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

Specifically, the “Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act” would restrict the  Secretary of Transportation from granting funds to any government entity for a  program to check helmet use or to create checkpoints for an operator of a  motorcycle or a passenger on a motorcycle. The American Motorcyclist Association and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation fully  support the […]

Mandatory Helmet Law Fight in California. A Message From Freedom Fighter John Rogue To Support Those Who Defend Your Rights.

It has been 19 years since the federal Judge agreed with motorcyclists that law enforcement officers had been writing helmet tickets without probable cause. But some police officers across the state of California didn’t stop writing tickets in violation of the injunction and federal case law, violating riders’ rights. Most riders honestly believe the federal […]

Year-Long Study Seems To Conclude That Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Is Safe When Correctly Executed

“Lane splitting” – when a motorcycle rides between two cars – is legal (or more precisely an accepted practice) in California and has always been a controversial issue opposing bikers and car drivers. The “California Office Of Traffic Safety” and the “Safe Transportation Research And Education Center of University Of California in Berkeley conducted a […]

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Urban Outfitters Sued By Harley-Davidson. Urban Outfitters Inc. that owns and operates over 400 retail locations across five retail brands (Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN) and known for catering to “hipster” culture and fashion, is being sued for violating trademarks belonging to Harley-Davidson by allegedly purchasing officially licensed Harley merchandise and then […]

Lawsuits Against BMW And Corbin Seats Dismissed In A Case Of Permanent Erection…

On May 2, 2012 I published the story of a California biker named Henry Wolf suing BMW and seat maker Corbin-Pacific Inc. for “Non-Stop Erection.” (medically called “Priapism.) Wolf alleged that during 20 months he could not stop an erection following a 4-hour ride on a 1993 BMW K100Rs motorcycle equipped with an after-market Corbin […]

Judge Rules That Harley-Davidson Can Use “Screamin’ Eagle” Trademark On Clothing In Canada

Despite the ownership and use for 20 years of a “Screaming Eagle” trademark by a Canadian clothing store chain, the Federal Court of Canada ruled on March 11 that Harley-Davidson could continue to use its trademark for clothing in Canada, but exclusively at Harley-Davidson dealerships. “The ruling will be of considerable interest to owners of […]

E15 Fuel Introduction Into The U.S. Marketplace Will Probably Stall For A Year

Access to safe fuels for motorcycles remains a priority. In a news brief on November 15, 2013 from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), it was revealed that the release of E15 fuel into the US market could be stalled for some time, which is news that should come as a relief to motorcyclists across the […]

In 2014 A Fed Task Force Will Be Pushing Again The US Mandatory Helmet Law

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appointed a federal task force made up of 15 members to recommend that all US states enact mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, regardless of age or experience. Dubbed the Community Preventive Services Task Force, the group offers recommendations to the CDC and provides reports to the […]

The US States Where Motorcyclists Can Legally Run Red Lights

We all had this experience. Waiting an excruciating time for the red traffic light to turn green. And for some riding to work, it’s a daily experience. The reason are the intersections sensors unable to detect light vehicles with not enough metal like motorcycles. Confronted to this situation, some take illegal and potentially dangerous initiatives […]

Trademarks Battle. Judge Says Jury Can Define Sturgis Trademarks.

Reacting to the feature I wrote on March 8th under the headline “Is Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc About To Lose All Its Sturgis Trademarks In 30 Days?” SMRI sent me a press release that I didn’t intend to run because empty of substance regarding what is the current recommendation of a Judge regarding the validity […]

EPA Drops Minimum 4-Gallon Purchase Requirement For Motorcycles And ATV’s

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scrapping its requirement that all consumers buy at least 4 gallons of gasoline from certain gas stations using blender pumps that dispense E10 and E15 through the same hose. The vast majority of motorcycles and ATVs in use today aren’t […]

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