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  1. Unfortunately, the downward trend of moto theft in the US is reversing. New National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) figures show that motorcycle thefts are up 26 percent over 2019. The new statistics reverse the figures from 2020 to 2021, where thefts were down by 3 percent. Most thefts by state California again leads the nation in total thefts with 9,345 bikes stolen. Next is Texas with 4,263, Florida with 3,698, New York with 2,662, and the state of Washington state rounding up the top five at 1,947. Most stolen brands If you are wondering which motorcycle brands were stolen the most, the NICB provides the following data: Honda (10,282) Yamaha (8,185) Kawasaki (5,904) Harley-Davidson (5,811) Suzuki (4,890) Of all the approximately 52,000 bikes stolen in the United States in 2021, less than half have been recovered. Only 42 percent have been found. Securing your ride To help reduce moto thefts, the NICB suggests the following common sense ideas: Park in well-lit areas, lock your ignition, and remove your keys. Lock your cycle even when stored in a garage. Consider investing in an alarm system. Don’t store your title in your motorcycle’s storage compartment. Place unique markings on your motorcycle and take photos of them. You can use these markings to help identify your property. Don’t walk off from an idling bike. It will make it a prime target for thieves. While not everyone has access to a garage, the remaining suggestions can help you keep your ride. Report your stolen moto to law enforcement immediately. The NICB says quick reporting increases the chance of recovering your bike. Vezi sursa
  2. Unfortunately, the downward trend of moto theft in the US is reversing. New National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) figures show that motorcycle thefts are up 26 percent over 2019. The new statistics reverse the figures from 2020 to 2021, where thefts were down by 3 percent. Most thefts by state California again leads the nation in total thefts with 9,345 bikes stolen. Next is Texas with 4,263, Florida with 3,698, New York with 2,662, and the state of Washington state rounding up the top five at 1,947. Most stolen brands If you are wondering which motorcycle brands were stolen the most, the NICB provides the following data: Honda (10,282) Yamaha (8,185) Kawasaki (5,904) Harley-Davidson (5,811) Suzuki (4,890) Of all the approximately 52,000 bikes stolen in the United States in 2021, less than half have been recovered. Only 42 percent have been found. Securing your ride To help reduce moto thefts, the NICB suggests the following common sense ideas: Park in well-lit areas, lock your ignition, and remove your keys. Lock your cycle even when stored in a garage. Consider investing in an alarm system. Don’t store your title in your motorcycle’s storage compartment. Place unique markings on your motorcycle and take photos of them. You can use these markings to help identify your property. Don’t walk off from an idling bike. It will make it a prime target for thieves. While not everyone has access to a garage, the remaining suggestions can help you keep your ride. Report your stolen moto to law enforcement immediately. The NICB says quick reporting increases the chance of recovering your bike. Vezi sursa
  3. Besides announcing a duo of electric motorcycles, iconic and traditionally off-road brand Can-Am has also announced updates to its extensive line of three-wheeled on-road offerings—including one variation that might be able to hustle down a fire road as well. Can-Am is a sub brand of Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products, which also operates Rotax, Alumaweld, Ski-Doo and other outdoor gear makers. Can-Am’s tadpole-style trikes (two wheels in front driven by a single rear wheel) are popular sellers, especially the smaller Ryker versions which are a good compromise between the traction of a car and the thrill of a motorcycle. For many, the three-wheel form factor is in that sweet spot of traction security and a motorcycle experience, and the machines are popular sellers. Can-Am offers three tiers and 11 model variations in total, ranging from the basic bare-bones 600cc twin-cylinder Ryker at $8,999 on up to the $30,999 Spyder RT Sea-to-Sky powered by a 1.3 liter triple with Goldwing-level luxuries. The Can-Am Stryker Rally can get dirty – on purpose. Photo: Can-Am Between the two, Can-Am offers plenty of variations, from bagger-style models like the Spyder F3-T to the Ryker Rally (above), which caught our eye with its slightly taller suspension, more aggressive off-road capable tires mounted on sturdy wheels and the inclusion of… mudflaps. You’ve been warned. The Ryker Rally probably isn’t going to appear at the next Dakar (but never say never), but it is interesting to see some ADV ideas cross over to this undeniably niche vehicle class. No complaints, though, and more than a few ADVrider staffers have said they’d be willing to give it a go in the dirt. The Ryker Rally goes for $13,899 and can be personalized with color panels as needed. I’ve driven the Polaris Slingshot and even the electric Arcimoto FUV, which share similar layouts, and I’ve been surprised at how the two-wheels-in-front-one-in-back formula adds up to lots of cornering fun, if not some outright hooliganism given some space to spin up the rear rubber. But off road? It seems like it would be a handful. What’s your take on the Can-Am tadpole trikes? Vezi sursa
  4. Besides announcing a duo of electric motorcycles, iconic and traditionally off-road brand Can-Am has also announced updates to its extensive line of three-wheeled on-road offerings—including one variation that might be able to hustle down a fire road as well. Can-Am is a sub brand of Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products, which also operates Rotax, Alumaweld, Ski-Doo and other outdoor gear makers. Can-Am’s tadpole-style trikes (two wheels in front driven by a single rear wheel) are popular sellers, especially the smaller Ryker versions which are a good compromise between the traction of a car and the thrill of a motorcycle. For many, the three-wheel form factor is in that sweet spot of traction security and a motorcycle experience, and the machines are popular sellers. Can-Am offers three tiers and 11 model variations in total, ranging from the basic bare-bones 600cc twin-cylinder Ryker at $8,999 on up to the $30,999 Spyder RT Sea-to-Sky powered by a 1.3 liter triple with Goldwing-level luxuries. The Can-Am Stryker Rally can get dirty – on purpose. Photo: Can-Am Between the two, Can-Am offers plenty of variations, from bagger-style models like the Spyder F3-T to the Ryker Rally (above), which caught our eye with its slightly taller suspension, more aggressive off-road capable tires mounted on sturdy wheels and the inclusion of… mudflaps. You’ve been warned. The Ryker Rally probably isn’t going to appear at the next Dakar (but never say never), but it is interesting to see some ADV ideas cross over to this undeniably niche vehicle class. No complaints, though, and more than a few ADVrider staffers have said they’d be willing to give it a go in the dirt. The Ryker Rally goes for $13,899 and can be personalized with color panels as needed. I’ve driven the Polaris Slingshot and even the electric Arcimoto FUV, which share similar layouts, and I’ve been surprised at how the two-wheels-in-front-one-in-back formula adds up to lots of cornering fun, if not some outright hooliganism given some space to spin up the rear rubber. But off road? It seems like it would be a handful. What’s your take on the Can-Am tadpole trikes? Vezi sursa
  5. Kawasaki’s going electric, and we have the video evidence to prove it. See below: [embedded content] In case you don’t recognize that facility, it’s Suzuka Circuit, the legendary Japanese track that’s home to the Suzuka 8-Hour, perhaps the most important stop on the FIM Endurance World Championship tour. Supposedly, that’s where these machines were unveiled—in front of the fans at that race. Is that true? Uh, the stands look kinda empty, but there are definitely some people milling around. What does it meeeeeannn? So what was the point of this fly-by? Good question. If nothing else, it firms up what we already knew: Kawasaki appears to be more serious about electric motorcycles than any other Japanese manufacturer. Or at least, it’s been running a very effective teaser campaign. Look at the evidence. For years now, we’ve seen teasers for an electric sportbike program, showing what appears to be a full-sized sportbike—see here. That was two years ago. Surely we would have seen something on the market by now, right? Nope. Kawasaki gave us the bettery-powered Elektrode balance bike for kids, But wait, two new electric motorcycles are coming next year, that must be it, right? Again, nope—if our colleagues at Motorcycle.com got their figures right, then those bikes will basically be electric minicycles, street-legal, but similar to the existing Z125. Well, that certainly doesn’t look like what we see above. Take heart, Team Green fans, it seems we shall see electric sportbikes yet, and if Kawi is showing them off at Suzuka, it can’t be toooooo much longer. Maybe we’ll see an Intermot or EICMA reveal this fall? Stay tuned. Vezi sursa
  6. Kawasaki’s going electric, and we have the video evidence to prove it. See below: [embedded content] In case you don’t recognize that facility, it’s Suzuka Circuit, the legendary Japanese track that’s home to the Suzuka 8-Hour, perhaps the most important stop on the FIM Endurance World Championship tour. Supposedly, that’s where these machines were unveiled—in front of the fans at that race. Is that true? Uh, the stands look kinda empty, but there are definitely some people milling around. What does it meeeeeannn? So what was the point of this fly-by? Good question. If nothing else, it firms up what we already knew: Kawasaki appears to be more serious about electric motorcycles than any other Japanese manufacturer. Or at least, it’s been running a very effective teaser campaign. Look at the evidence. For years now, we’ve seen teasers for an electric sportbike program, showing what appears to be a full-sized sportbike—see here. That was two years ago. Surely we would have seen something on the market by now, right? Nope. Kawasaki gave us the bettery-powered Elektrode balance bike for kids, But wait, two new electric motorcycles are coming next year, that must be it, right? Again, nope—if our colleagues at Motorcycle.com got their figures right, then those bikes will basically be electric minicycles, street-legal, but similar to the existing Z125. Well, that certainly doesn’t look like what we see above. Take heart, Team Green fans, it seems we shall see electric sportbikes yet, and if Kawi is showing them off at Suzuka, it can’t be toooooo much longer. Maybe we’ll see an Intermot or EICMA reveal this fall? Stay tuned. Vezi sursa
  7. Wondering if an electric motorcycle is a good idea for your kids, or maybe even for you? Greenger Powersports and American Honda, collaborators on the CRF-E2 electric minibike, are working to host three more demo races at California’s Costa Mesa Speedway, showing the machine’s capability on-track. If you’ve forgotten about the CRF-E2, or missed our initial write-up, you can find that here. It’s built by Greenger Powersports and licensed by Honda’s US subsidiary to carry the CRF name, even though it isn’t actually an “F” (not a four-stroke), nor built or designed by Honda itself. Greenger recently took the CRF-E2 to Costa Mesa to show off the machine’s capabilities on a mid-August visit to the Speedway, with racer Hudson Jones showing off the bike’s capabilities for a couple of demo laps in between the knobby main and speedway main races. It seems that demo went well, because Greenger is now sponsoring the Speedway for three more nights this fall, with four-rider demo races at those events showing off the CRF-E2. As well, Greenger will have units on-hand for fans to check out, with product experts to explain the machine’s capabilities and features and answer questions. Doug Chapman, marketing supervisor for Greenger Powersports, says his company’s new electric bike is the future for families interested in getting their kids out on two wheels: As a parent myself, the only thing that brings me more joy than a day of riding is getting to see a kid jump off a bike with a smile bursting out of their helmet. The speedway is a place for families to enjoy a great night of racing. The CRF-E2 is the perfect steppingstone for the next generation interested in riding. With this series of demo races, we will be able to work with a collection of youth riders allowing them to experience the adrenaline rush of being on a track for the first time. We look forward to hearing everyone cheer for these kids as they take that next step with the CRF-E2. If you want to see the action for yourself, Greenger sponsored the Costa Mesa Speedway on September 10 and September 24, and October 15. Vezi sursa
  8. Wondering if an electric motorcycle is a good idea for your kids, or maybe even for you? Greenger Powersports and American Honda, collaborators on the CRF-E2 electric minibike, are working to host three more demo races at California’s Costa Mesa Speedway, showing the machine’s capability on-track. If you’ve forgotten about the CRF-E2, or missed our initial write-up, you can find that here. It’s built by Greenger Powersports and licensed by Honda’s US subsidiary to carry the CRF name, even though it isn’t actually an “F” (not a four-stroke), nor built or designed by Honda itself. Greenger recently took the CRF-E2 to Costa Mesa to show off the machine’s capabilities on a mid-August visit to the Speedway, with racer Hudson Jones showing off the bike’s capabilities for a couple of demo laps in between the knobby main and speedway main races. It seems that demo went well, because Greenger is now sponsoring the Speedway for three more nights this fall, with four-rider demo races at those events showing off the CRF-E2. As well, Greenger will have units on-hand for fans to check out, with product experts to explain the machine’s capabilities and features and answer questions. Doug Chapman, marketing supervisor for Greenger Powersports, says his company’s new electric bike is the future for families interested in getting their kids out on two wheels: As a parent myself, the only thing that brings me more joy than a day of riding is getting to see a kid jump off a bike with a smile bursting out of their helmet. The speedway is a place for families to enjoy a great night of racing. The CRF-E2 is the perfect steppingstone for the next generation interested in riding. With this series of demo races, we will be able to work with a collection of youth riders allowing them to experience the adrenaline rush of being on a track for the first time. We look forward to hearing everyone cheer for these kids as they take that next step with the CRF-E2. If you want to see the action for yourself, Greenger sponsored the Costa Mesa Speedway on September 10 and September 24, and October 15. Vezi sursa
  9. The PA Wilds BDR-X is a spur off the Mid Atlantic BDR in Pennsylvania designed by one of the original architects of the MABDR. The east side of this loop includes parts of section 8 and 9 of the MABDR but then turns west into the PA Wilds before looping back to the start in New Columbia, PA some 500-plus miles later. Similar to the MABDR, the route runs mostly on dirt and gravel roads through Pennsylvania State Forests with short stretches of pavement at the start, in between the forests, and at the end of each section. The route is designed in 4 sections with convenient places to eat, camp or lodge overnight at the end of each section. The beauty of being a loop route is that riders can start and finish from any point along the route. The PA Wilds BDR-X has a familiar feel to that of the beloved MABDR with a few more optional advanced sections for those looking for a bit of a challenge. Ride it in conjunction with the MABDR and extend your adventure or ride the “X” alone and get your BDR fix over a long weekend. And of course, you get a video trailer that teases a full upcoming launch of the route, and an accompanying film, later on this month: [embedded content] Interested? Follow BDR for a full reveal on August 31, at 5 PM PST. Vezi sursa
  10. The PA Wilds BDR-X is a spur off the Mid Atlantic BDR in Pennsylvania designed by one of the original architects of the MABDR. The east side of this loop includes parts of section 8 and 9 of the MABDR but then turns west into the PA Wilds before looping back to the start in New Columbia, PA some 500-plus miles later. Similar to the MABDR, the route runs mostly on dirt and gravel roads through Pennsylvania State Forests with short stretches of pavement at the start, in between the forests, and at the end of each section. The route is designed in 4 sections with convenient places to eat, camp or lodge overnight at the end of each section. The beauty of being a loop route is that riders can start and finish from any point along the route. The PA Wilds BDR-X has a familiar feel to that of the beloved MABDR with a few more optional advanced sections for those looking for a bit of a challenge. Ride it in conjunction with the MABDR and extend your adventure or ride the “X” alone and get your BDR fix over a long weekend. And of course, you get a video trailer that teases a full upcoming launch of the route, and an accompanying film, later on this month: [embedded content] Interested? Follow BDR for a full reveal on August 31, at 5 PM PST. Vezi sursa
  11. KTM North America (KTM) is recalling certain 2019 through 2023 KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles equipped with Continental TKC80 tires. Back in May, we told you about Continental’s recall of the TKC80 and several other tire models. t that time, Continental also advised that some of the defective tires may already have been in possession of three OEMs: KTM, Husqvarna, and BMW. This recall is apparently KTM/Husqvarna’s response to the faulty tire issue. KTM’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to NHTSA KTM’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 23,399 motorcycles may be affected. In the report, KTM says: “CTA (Continental Tires) has reported that several motorcycle tire products of the TKC80 tire lines developed superficial cracking in the tread grooves during conformance of production FMVSS 119 endurance testing.” Then, describing the safety risk, KTM reports: “CTA has reported, during FMVSS 119 testing, superficial groove cracks in the tread rubber developed, however these cracks did not propagate into the reinforcing materials of the tires. Cracks in the tread can lead to tread separation, increasing the risk of a crash.” KTM also notes that depending on the motorcycle model affected, only one or both tires may have to be replaced. Motorcycles affected by this recall The following motorcycles are affected by this recall: MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S) HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO 2019 – 2021 HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO LR 2020 HUSQVARNA FE 250 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 350 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 350S 2020 – 2023 HUSQVARNA FE 450 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 501 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 501S 2020 – 2023 KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R 2019 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R 2019 – 2020 KTM 250 EXC-F 2019 KTM 350 EXC-F 2019 – 2023 KTM 450 EXC-F 2019 KTM 500 EXC-F 2019 – 2023 KTM 690 ENDURO R 2019 – 2022 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R 2021 – 2022 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY 2021 Notification and notification schedule In its report to NHTSA, KTM said it is notifying all registered owners of the above-affected motorcycles by mail and all authorized dealers via KTM Dealernet and Husqvarna Dealernet, its internet-based communication portal. Planned Dealer Notification Date: AUG 04, 2022 – DEC 08, 2023 Planned Owner Notification Date : SEP 19, 2022 – SEP 23, 2022 KTM’s repair plan KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers will remove and replace the tires on affected models in their inventory before retailing the motorcycles to consumers. For motorcycles previously sold, customers can bring their affected vehicle to an authorized KTM or Husqvarna Motorcycle dealer for tire inspection and replacement, free of charge. Consumers also have the option to have the TKC 80 tires replaced by their nearest Continental Tire dealer. Customers that decide this option will have to organize the tire replacement and reimbursement between the Continental Tire dealer and Continental Tire the Americas. Customers that have already replaced an affected tire prior to receipt of this notice due to the condition described should contact Continental Tire the Americas for guidance and assistance regarding reimbursement as described in the Consumer Notification Letter. KTM does not indicate which brand or model of tires will be used to replace the defective ones, stating only: “Replacement tires of similar products will be installed.” Contacts For more information, owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090 and cite recall numbers KTB2208 and HTB2207. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.nhtsa.gov. Vezi sursa
  12. KTM North America (KTM) is recalling certain 2019 through 2023 KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles equipped with Continental TKC80 tires. Back in May, we told you about Continental’s recall of the TKC80 and several other tire models. t that time, Continental also advised that some of the defective tires may already have been in possession of three OEMs: KTM, Husqvarna, and BMW. This recall is apparently KTM/Husqvarna’s response to the faulty tire issue. KTM’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to NHTSA KTM’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 23,399 motorcycles may be affected. In the report, KTM says: “CTA (Continental Tires) has reported that several motorcycle tire products of the TKC80 tire lines developed superficial cracking in the tread grooves during conformance of production FMVSS 119 endurance testing.” Then, describing the safety risk, KTM reports: “CTA has reported, during FMVSS 119 testing, superficial groove cracks in the tread rubber developed, however these cracks did not propagate into the reinforcing materials of the tires. Cracks in the tread can lead to tread separation, increasing the risk of a crash.” KTM also notes that depending on the motorcycle model affected, only one or both tires may have to be replaced. Motorcycles affected by this recall The following motorcycles are affected by this recall: MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S) HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO 2019 – 2021 HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO LR 2020 HUSQVARNA FE 250 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 350 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 350S 2020 – 2023 HUSQVARNA FE 450 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 501 2019 HUSQVARNA FE 501S 2020 – 2023 KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R 2019 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R 2019 – 2020 KTM 250 EXC-F 2019 KTM 350 EXC-F 2019 – 2023 KTM 450 EXC-F 2019 KTM 500 EXC-F 2019 – 2023 KTM 690 ENDURO R 2019 – 2022 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R 2021 – 2022 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R RALLY 2021 Notification and notification schedule In its report to NHTSA, KTM said it is notifying all registered owners of the above-affected motorcycles by mail and all authorized dealers via KTM Dealernet and Husqvarna Dealernet, its internet-based communication portal. Planned Dealer Notification Date: AUG 04, 2022 – DEC 08, 2023 Planned Owner Notification Date : SEP 19, 2022 – SEP 23, 2022 KTM’s repair plan KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers will remove and replace the tires on affected models in their inventory before retailing the motorcycles to consumers. For motorcycles previously sold, customers can bring their affected vehicle to an authorized KTM or Husqvarna Motorcycle dealer for tire inspection and replacement, free of charge. Consumers also have the option to have the TKC 80 tires replaced by their nearest Continental Tire dealer. Customers that decide this option will have to organize the tire replacement and reimbursement between the Continental Tire dealer and Continental Tire the Americas. Customers that have already replaced an affected tire prior to receipt of this notice due to the condition described should contact Continental Tire the Americas for guidance and assistance regarding reimbursement as described in the Consumer Notification Letter. KTM does not indicate which brand or model of tires will be used to replace the defective ones, stating only: “Replacement tires of similar products will be installed.” Contacts For more information, owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090 and cite recall numbers KTB2208 and HTB2207. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.nhtsa.gov. Vezi sursa
  13. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating two separate crashes where Tesla automobiles, apparently running on autopilot, struck and killed two motorcyclists. Two separate NHTSA teams are investigating nighttime crashes on highways in Riverside, California and Draper, Utah. According to ABC News, NHTSA suspects that Tesla’s partially automated driver-assist system was in use during both collisions. The first crash under investigation occurred on July 7, 2022 on State Route 91. A Tesla Model Y SUV was driving east in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Somewhere ahead of the Tesla was a rider on a Yamaha V-Star motorcycle. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), somehow, the two vehicles collided. The unnamed rider was ejected from his machine and was pronounced dead at the scene. Whether the Tesla’s autopilot was in use is still being investigated by the CHP. We already told you about the second crash where a Tesla Model 3 sedan struck a motorcyclist from behind while both were traveling in the HOV lane. The crash happened July 24, 2022 at about 1:00 AM on Interstate 15. The motorcycle rider, Landon Embry, 34 of Orem, Utah died at the scene. According to a prepared statement from the Utah Department of Public Safety: “The driver of the Tesla did not see the motorcyclist and collided with the back of the motorcycle, which threw the rider from the bike.” The prepared statement also indicated that the Tesla driver said that he had the Tesla’s Autopilot setting on. Studying self-driving and driver assist technology While NHTSA believes technology holds great promise to reduce traffic crashes, it is intensifying its efforts to understand the risks of automated vehicle systems. NHTSA hopes to use these efforts to develop the regulations necessary to protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Currently, no federal regulations cover either self-driving vehicles or vehicles equipped with automated driver-assist systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot. Vezi sursa
  14. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating two separate crashes where Tesla automobiles, apparently running on autopilot, struck and killed two motorcyclists. Two separate NHTSA teams are investigating nighttime crashes on highways in Riverside, California and Draper, Utah. According to ABC News, NHTSA suspects that Tesla’s partially automated driver-assist system was in use during both collisions. The first crash under investigation occurred on July 7, 2022 on State Route 91. A Tesla Model Y SUV was driving east in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Somewhere ahead of the Tesla was a rider on a Yamaha V-Star motorcycle. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), somehow, the two vehicles collided. The unnamed rider was ejected from his machine and was pronounced dead at the scene. Whether the Tesla’s autopilot was in use is still being investigated by the CHP. We already told you about the second crash where a Tesla Model 3 sedan struck a motorcyclist from behind while both were traveling in the HOV lane. The crash happened July 24, 2022 at about 1:00 AM on Interstate 15. The motorcycle rider, Landon Embry, 34 of Orem, Utah died at the scene. According to a prepared statement from the Utah Department of Public Safety: “The driver of the Tesla did not see the motorcyclist and collided with the back of the motorcycle, which threw the rider from the bike.” The prepared statement also indicated that the Tesla driver said that he had the Tesla’s Autopilot setting on. Studying self-driving and driver assist technology While NHTSA believes technology holds great promise to reduce traffic crashes, it is intensifying its efforts to understand the risks of automated vehicle systems. NHTSA hopes to use these efforts to develop the regulations necessary to protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Currently, no federal regulations cover either self-driving vehicles or vehicles equipped with automated driver-assist systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot. Vezi sursa
  15. BRP, the parent company of Can-Am, was been effectively shut down by a cyber attack on August 8, 2022. “BRP took immediate measures to contain the situation,” said the company in a press release. “The Company has activated its internal network of IT professionals and retained the services of cybersecurity experts to assist in securing its systems and support its internal investigation. Operations have been suspended temporarily, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.” This is standard operating procedure for a company facing a cyber attack. It allows BRP’s own IT department as well as cybersecurity SWAT teams get the situation under control. Unfortunately, this severely disrupts day-to-day business activities, effectively preventing BRP from doing “business as usual.” This is why they warned that transactions would be delayed. What Happened? ITBusiness.ca reports that as of August 11 BRP had restored some servers. BRP itself said it had the Valcourt, Quebec factory up and running again by Monday, August 15. Even this update had very little information about the nature of the attack. This is to prevent perpetrators of the attack from knowing what BRP knows and altering their tactics. Cyber security is a game of measures and countermeasures that combines chess with cat-and-mouse. The main difference is that fewer pawns get knocked off the table because actual cats are not involved. This attack put quite a damper on Can-Am’s virtual unveiling of two new electric motorcycles, the Origin and Pulse, the same day as the attack (although it seems likely these events were related). Vezi sursa
  16. BRP, the parent company of Can-Am, was been effectively shut down by a cyber attack on August 8, 2022. “BRP took immediate measures to contain the situation,” said the company in a press release. “The Company has activated its internal network of IT professionals and retained the services of cybersecurity experts to assist in securing its systems and support its internal investigation. Operations have been suspended temporarily, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.” This is standard operating procedure for a company facing a cyber attack. It allows BRP’s own IT department as well as cybersecurity SWAT teams get the situation under control. Unfortunately, this severely disrupts day-to-day business activities, effectively preventing BRP from doing “business as usual.” This is why they warned that transactions would be delayed. What Happened? ITBusiness.ca reports that as of August 11 BRP had restored some servers. BRP itself said it had the Valcourt, Quebec factory up and running again by Monday, August 15. Even this update had very little information about the nature of the attack. This is to prevent perpetrators of the attack from knowing what BRP knows and altering their tactics. Cyber security is a game of measures and countermeasures that combines chess with cat-and-mouse. The main difference is that fewer pawns get knocked off the table because actual cats are not involved. This attack put quite a damper on Can-Am’s virtual unveiling of two new electric motorcycles, the Origin and Pulse, the same day as the attack (although it seems likely these events were related). Vezi sursa
  17. If you’ve got the space to pack it on your bike, a camping chair makes life a lot better at the day’s end. And if you’re using one of Helinox’s chairs, you need a lot less space. Now, Helinox has just announced the new Chair Zero High-Back, which takes an existing design and adds a bit more comfort while still keeping weight and size low. The original Chair Zero debuted in 2017, giving adventure riders a way to bring along an ultralight chair that still handily fit into moto luggage while still offering plenty of comfort (not just ADVriders, of course—hikers, overlanders. kayakers, all sortss of adventure travel types went for this new design). But while the Chair Zero was comfortable, there was room for improvement. Hence, the new Chair Zero High-Back, with (as the name implies) a taller back for more even more comfort. Here’s what Helinox says about the new chair: Every aspect of the new Chair Zero High-Back is engineered for lightness, durability, strength and comfort. The frame is 7000 series aluminum made from DAC’s proprietary TH72M alloy, which is prized for its incredible and unmatched strength-to-weight ratio and depended on by the world’s top tent makers. Each pole is anodized for extra strength, and engineered and designed for its intended purpose – to support the full weight of sitting. Helinox has exclusive rights to use DAC alloy for outdoor furniture and accessories. For the seat of the Chair Zero High-Back, Helinox uses a light, durable 100D polyester and weaves in Aramid – a military-grade fiber known for its exceptional strength – to create a light, durable ripstop fabric that stands up to sun, grime, granite, and years of sitting. Finally, the hubs and joining components of the Chair Zero High-Back are molded with Helinox’s proprietary high-strength nylon resin, engineered for precise, solid and secure pole attachments. The Chair Zero High-Back has a 265-pound capacity, and is only 5x5x16 inches in size when packed. See it below: [embedded content] Asking price is $169.95 US. More details at the Helinox website. Vezi sursa
  18. If you’ve got the space to pack it on your bike, a camping chair makes life a lot better at the day’s end. And if you’re using one of Helinox’s chairs, you need a lot less space. Now, Helinox has just announced the new Chair Zero High-Back, which takes an existing design and adds a bit more comfort while still keeping weight and size low. The original Chair Zero debuted in 2017, giving adventure riders a way to bring along an ultralight chair that still handily fit into moto luggage while still offering plenty of comfort (not just ADVriders, of course—hikers, overlanders. kayakers, all sortss of adventure travel types went for this new design). But while the Chair Zero was comfortable, there was room for improvement. Hence, the new Chair Zero High-Back, with (as the name implies) a taller back for more even more comfort. Here’s what Helinox says about the new chair: Every aspect of the new Chair Zero High-Back is engineered for lightness, durability, strength and comfort. The frame is 7000 series aluminum made from DAC’s proprietary TH72M alloy, which is prized for its incredible and unmatched strength-to-weight ratio and depended on by the world’s top tent makers. Each pole is anodized for extra strength, and engineered and designed for its intended purpose – to support the full weight of sitting. Helinox has exclusive rights to use DAC alloy for outdoor furniture and accessories. For the seat of the Chair Zero High-Back, Helinox uses a light, durable 100D polyester and weaves in Aramid – a military-grade fiber known for its exceptional strength – to create a light, durable ripstop fabric that stands up to sun, grime, granite, and years of sitting. Finally, the hubs and joining components of the Chair Zero High-Back are molded with Helinox’s proprietary high-strength nylon resin, engineered for precise, solid and secure pole attachments. The Chair Zero High-Back has a 265-pound capacity, and is only 5x5x16 inches in size when packed. See it below: [embedded content] Asking price is $169.95 US. More details at the Helinox website. Vezi sursa
  19. Riders on the US east coast might be familiar with Union Garage, the NYC-based “Purveyors of quality motorcycle gear for riding around town or around the world.” Welp, the Brooklyn-based business (which has long been a friend to ADVrider) has just opened a new location in Bridgeport, Connecticut, after the previous NYC showroom closed down. Here’s what owner Chris Lesser had to say about the move, via LinkedIn: Very happy to have turned a big page with the completion of the new Union Garage Showroom in downtown Bridgeport, CT. After (gulp) almost 10 years in the previous location, a break in the action was welcomed. We spent the last nearly 6 months simultaneously keeping the online store humming while building out the physical space. It’s a big experiment — moving the established brick-and-mortar aspect from bustling BKN to “destination location” BPT, and we’re optimistic and excited to see where this goes. And I love the new space. *That it’s 19 minutes from home, and not a 1:19-2:19 one-way commute, has already been a real positive qualify of life change. We’ll have relatively limited in-store hours compared to 7-days-week NYC, but we’re consciously using this pivot period to recenter focus on the online opps and product development now that we’ve got a showroom for determined customers to come visit. We finally loaded out the crates of tools and supplies that have taken up space here for months, and dusted off the new showroom for photos just in time for Peter Domorak to come in and do his thing. Taking a look at Domorak’s photos of the new location, it looks very much like a place we’d like to stop by and visit. It’s in a century-old loft in downtown Bridgeport, as opposed the strip mall-type locations that are so common for retail in the moto world. Here’s what the Union Garage blog says about the new store: We’re still dialing in showroom schedule, but in the near term we’re aiming to have the store open 10am-5pm, Weds-Fri; and 11-5 Saturdays. We recommend confirming opening hours via our Google listing for the latest hours, or email us at [email protected] for scheduling a visit outside regular hours. In the coming weeks we’ll be putting together a proper weekend housewarming party—so keep an eye on our email newsletter for details. Until then, we encourage you to take a ride and see the new digs for yourself. There are some fantastic roads to be explored in easy striking distance of the new shop, so if you’re looking for an excuse and/or a destination for a ride, look no further. In addition to getting you outfitted with gear, we’re happy to point you in the right direction for local routes and restaurants. Plus, for the first time since COVID we’ve got our espresso station back up and open to the public, so come on up for a cuppa. Find it at 162 Elm Street; more deets here. Vezi sursa
  20. Riders on the US east coast might be familiar with Union Garage, the NYC-based “Purveyors of quality motorcycle gear for riding around town or around the world.” Welp, the Brooklyn-based business (which has long been a friend to ADVrider) has just opened a new location in Bridgeport, Connecticut, after the previous NYC showroom closed down. Here’s what owner Chris Lesser had to say about the move, via LinkedIn: Very happy to have turned a big page with the completion of the new Union Garage Showroom in downtown Bridgeport, CT. After (gulp) almost 10 years in the previous location, a break in the action was welcomed. We spent the last nearly 6 months simultaneously keeping the online store humming while building out the physical space. It’s a big experiment — moving the established brick-and-mortar aspect from bustling BKN to “destination location” BPT, and we’re optimistic and excited to see where this goes. And I love the new space. *That it’s 19 minutes from home, and not a 1:19-2:19 one-way commute, has already been a real positive qualify of life change. We’ll have relatively limited in-store hours compared to 7-days-week NYC, but we’re consciously using this pivot period to recenter focus on the online opps and product development now that we’ve got a showroom for determined customers to come visit. We finally loaded out the crates of tools and supplies that have taken up space here for months, and dusted off the new showroom for photos just in time for Peter Domorak to come in and do his thing. Taking a look at Domorak’s photos of the new location, it looks very much like a place we’d like to stop by and visit. It’s in a century-old loft in downtown Bridgeport, as opposed the strip mall-type locations that are so common for retail in the moto world. Here’s what the Union Garage blog says about the new store: We’re still dialing in showroom schedule, but in the near term we’re aiming to have the store open 10am-5pm, Weds-Fri; and 11-5 Saturdays. We recommend confirming opening hours via our Google listing for the latest hours, or email us at [email protected] for scheduling a visit outside regular hours. In the coming weeks we’ll be putting together a proper weekend housewarming party—so keep an eye on our email newsletter for details. Until then, we encourage you to take a ride and see the new digs for yourself. There are some fantastic roads to be explored in easy striking distance of the new shop, so if you’re looking for an excuse and/or a destination for a ride, look no further. In addition to getting you outfitted with gear, we’re happy to point you in the right direction for local routes and restaurants. Plus, for the first time since COVID we’ve got our espresso station back up and open to the public, so come on up for a cuppa. Find it at 162 Elm Street; more deets here. Vezi sursa
  21. There can be few events in your relationship to a new motorcycle that are as distressing as finding the first scratch in the pristine paintwork. They are usually small, but once you know they’re there you find yourself looking at them over and over. Well, a new coating can self-heal scratches with as little as half an hour of sunlight exposure. In future, they might even be gone before you notice them reports web news site New Atlas. Scientists in Korea have developed this coating that self-heals scratches in as little as 30 minutes when exposed to sunlight. The new coating contains a polymer network based on acryl polyol, with what’s called a hindered urea structure. Essentially, the polymers have dynamic chemical bonds that can break apart in response to a stimulus (the scratch) and then reform in their original arrangement, effectively repairing minor damage like scratches. In this case the trigger is heat, which is provided by an organic photothermal dye that captures infrared light, also embedded in the coating. Importantly, the new coating including the dye is transparent, so it won’t affect the color of your bike’s paint, and can be applied using existing spray-coating methods. At the moment cars are seen as the primary use for the as-yet unnamed coating, but the team says it could also be applied to other often-scratched devices like phones or building materials. They didn’t mention bikes, but the application is obvious. Demonstrating the effect on a model car, the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) team showed that the coating heals scratches in 30 minutes of unobstructed midday sunlight. In theory, that means someone could scratch your bike while parking next to it and the scratch would be gone before you came back. [embedded content] If for some reason half an hour is too long for you to wait, the team also demonstrated that the process can be drastically sped up under concentrated light. Using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto the mark patched it up in less than 30 seconds. The KRICT team says the new coating has a few advantages over existing self-healing coatings. Using organic photothermal dyes means it needs far less energy to work than current versions. These usually require heat guns or concentrated UV lights. Slower coatings, like Nissan’s Scratch Shield, require less intense energy but can take up to a week to do their work. The new coating can also repair a scratch in the same location multiple times, unlike self-healing materials that work using bursting capsules of resin. Would I use this? On a bike like my Triumph Street Twin with its expensive aftermarket paint job, I would! Vezi sursa
  22. There can be few events in your relationship to a new motorcycle that are as distressing as finding the first scratch in the pristine paintwork. They are usually small, but once you know they’re there you find yourself looking at them over and over. Well, a new coating can self-heal scratches with as little as half an hour of sunlight exposure. In future, they might even be gone before you notice them reports web news site New Atlas. Scientists in Korea have developed this coating that self-heals scratches in as little as 30 minutes when exposed to sunlight. The new coating contains a polymer network based on acryl polyol, with what’s called a hindered urea structure. Essentially, the polymers have dynamic chemical bonds that can break apart in response to a stimulus (the scratch) and then reform in their original arrangement, effectively repairing minor damage like scratches. In this case the trigger is heat, which is provided by an organic photothermal dye that captures infrared light, also embedded in the coating. Importantly, the new coating including the dye is transparent, so it won’t affect the color of your bike’s paint, and can be applied using existing spray-coating methods. At the moment cars are seen as the primary use for the as-yet unnamed coating, but the team says it could also be applied to other often-scratched devices like phones or building materials. They didn’t mention bikes, but the application is obvious. Demonstrating the effect on a model car, the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) team showed that the coating heals scratches in 30 minutes of unobstructed midday sunlight. In theory, that means someone could scratch your bike while parking next to it and the scratch would be gone before you came back. [embedded content] If for some reason half an hour is too long for you to wait, the team also demonstrated that the process can be drastically sped up under concentrated light. Using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto the mark patched it up in less than 30 seconds. The KRICT team says the new coating has a few advantages over existing self-healing coatings. Using organic photothermal dyes means it needs far less energy to work than current versions. These usually require heat guns or concentrated UV lights. Slower coatings, like Nissan’s Scratch Shield, require less intense energy but can take up to a week to do their work. The new coating can also repair a scratch in the same location multiple times, unlike self-healing materials that work using bursting capsules of resin. Would I use this? On a bike like my Triumph Street Twin with its expensive aftermarket paint job, I would! Vezi sursa
  23. There’s good news for Royal Enfield and its North American sales. The Indian brand sells hundreds of thousands of motos each year worldwide. During the first seven months of 2022, Royal Enfield posted global sales of 419,173 machines. But its presence in the North American market has been relatively small compared to the rest of the world, so to take a shot at the North American market, Royal Enfield established a North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2015. Seven years later, several models of Royal Enfield machines are available in the US and Canada. The company’s 650cc twins like the INT650 and Continental GT and its Himalayan models are available. In addition, the company has also recently introduced new bikes like the Classic 350 and Meteor, and they are also importing them to North America. Sales figures While the total number of bikes sold is not gigantic, it’s the growth of the sales that are garnering attention. According to Eicher Motors’ (Royal Enfield’s parent company) annual report, Royal Enfield North America sold 7,305 motorcycles in the fiscal year ending in March. Those sales numbers are near twice the 3,820 bikes sold in fiscal 2021. Revenue also nearly doubled in 2022. Sales were about $34.1 million against the previous year’s sales of approximately $19.1 million. Royal Enfield has also been able to add to their North American sales network, although only slightly. As of March 2022, the company brought on four new multi-brand US outlets, bringing the total to 125 outlets. In addition, Eicher Motors reports that its sales for the Americas, including North and South America, are growing. Sales jumped by 135 percent and now amount to approximately 35 percent of its international business volume. Its 2021 middleweight segment market share in the Americas grew to 5 percent from just 1 percent in 2018. So while Royal Enfield’s North American sales presently do not reflect huge volumes, they suggest that the Indian manufacturer is making inroads into the North American marketplace, and that can only be a good thing for the brand’s future. Vezi sursa
  24. There’s good news for Royal Enfield and its North American sales. The Indian brand sells hundreds of thousands of motos each year worldwide. During the first seven months of 2022, Royal Enfield posted global sales of 419,173 machines. But its presence in the North American market has been relatively small compared to the rest of the world, so to take a shot at the North American market, Royal Enfield established a North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2015. Seven years later, several models of Royal Enfield machines are available in the US and Canada. The company’s 650cc twins like the INT650 and Continental GT and its Himalayan models are available. In addition, the company has also recently introduced new bikes like the Classic 350 and Meteor, and they are also importing them to North America. Sales figures While the total number of bikes sold is not gigantic, it’s the growth of the sales that are garnering attention. According to Eicher Motors’ (Royal Enfield’s parent company) annual report, Royal Enfield North America sold 7,305 motorcycles in the fiscal year ending in March. Those sales numbers are near twice the 3,820 bikes sold in fiscal 2021. Revenue also nearly doubled in 2022. Sales were about $34.1 million against the previous year’s sales of approximately $19.1 million. Royal Enfield has also been able to add to their North American sales network, although only slightly. As of March 2022, the company brought on four new multi-brand US outlets, bringing the total to 125 outlets. In addition, Eicher Motors reports that its sales for the Americas, including North and South America, are growing. Sales jumped by 135 percent and now amount to approximately 35 percent of its international business volume. Its 2021 middleweight segment market share in the Americas grew to 5 percent from just 1 percent in 2018. So while Royal Enfield’s North American sales presently do not reflect huge volumes, they suggest that the Indian manufacturer is making inroads into the North American marketplace, and that can only be a good thing for the brand’s future. Vezi sursa
  25. Harley-Davidson is facing a pair of Federal lawsuits following a Federal Trade Commission vote that upheld owners’ “right to repair” in June. According to Reuters and other news outlets, the lawsuits do not allege that Harley-Davidson broke any specific laws as much as they may have limited owners’ choices on repair options and also allegedly threatened to void warranties over the installation of aftermarket parts. At the time, Westinghouse was also singled out for their warranty and repair policies. Allegedly, Harley told owners that the bikes had to be repaired at Harley-run service facilities and factory parts had to be used to repair the bikes. Those actions allegedly run afoul of anti-competitiveness laws in California as well as antitrust provisions in Wisconsin, thus the latest legal action. Back in June, the FTC rapped Harley’s (and others) knuckles over its use of the dreaded “terms of service” (TOS), which said “the use of parts and service procedures other than Harley-Davidson approved parts and service procedures may void the limited warranty.” If you’ve ever seen a Harley that didn’t have some aftermarket mods, that would be a rare bird indeed, so the TOS enforcement could potentially included thousands upon thousands of owners. The FTC told Harley and other companies to not only re-word their TOS and warranty verbiage, but to also let buyers/owners/consumers know of the changes. Harley relented, clarifying that they could not (and would not) void a warranty over the installation of aftermarket parts, but the new wording did give them an out if the bike had a problem because an aftermarket part failed and caused the need for repair. Got that straight? That’s why lawyers are now involved. Back in June, we wrote that Samuel Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said “consumers deserve choices when it comes to repairing their products, and independent dealers deserve a chance to compete. These orders require Harley and Westinghouse to fix their warranties, come clean with consumers, and ensure fair competition with independent providers.” We’ll now see if a new pair of court cases will further pressure companies to allow consumers – especially Harley owners and tech consumers – to customize and modify their wares while still providing warranty coverage with as few asterisks as possible. Stay tuned. Vezi sursa
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