Archive for July 27th, 2009

CVO_Road_GlideHarley-Davidson announced the recall of 1,759 CVO Road Glides (FLTRSE3) equipped with the Blade rear wheel accessory kits.

The problem is some of the wheels underwent a secondary heat treatment process which may have caused a crack in the wheel and may result in wheel failure.  Wheel failure is very serious and could result in injury or death of the rider.

The NHTSA Campaign Number is: 09V267000 and the recall was expected to start on or before July 20th.  Dealers are being ask to remove the real wheel and inspect the manufactures code.  Any wheel that underwent a secondary heat treatment process are to be replaced free of charge.  Wheels that do not have the suspect code will be reinstalled.

Owners can contact their local dealer or H-D directly at: 414.343.4056  or the NHTSA.

Photo courtesy of H-D and Kevin Wong.

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H-D 2010 Product Launch

H-D 2010 Product Launch

Across six model platforms Harley-Davidson introduced nine new motorcycle models over the weekend as part of the 2010 product line launch.  Although rumors circulated about water–cooled touring models none rolled out.  H-D claimed this to be the most expansive new-product introduction in the history of the motor company.   Highlights are:

  • The Electra Glide® Ultra Limited received a performance upgrade of a Twin Cam 103™ engine, and features standard equipment items previously offered only as accessories on regular-production Harley-Davidson Touring models.
  • The Road Glide® Custom has a slammed suspension, 18-inch front wheel and a new 2-into-1 exhaust system.
  • The Wide Glide® returns as an all-new Dyna® model done in old-school chopper style, with black laced wheels, a chopped rear fender, black “wire” sissy bar, 2-1-2 Tommy Gun exhaust and an optional flame paint scheme.
  • The Street Glide® Trike brings new styling to the 3-wheel category.
  • The Street Glide® gets updates that include a larger front wheel, slimmed-down exhaust, and a new tail light assembly.
  • Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO™) introduced the CVO Softail® Convertible, a CVO Street Glide, a CVO Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® and CVO Fat Bob® models are refreshed for 2010.

There were a number of additional paint refreshes and styling schemes introduced.  A good write-up on the CVO’s is HERE by Susan Carpenter of LATimes.   You can visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site for more info on the new models.

Photo’s courtesy of H-D.

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coupleWe’ve all made that poking fun comment… typically said to couples pawing at each other, engaged in heavy-duty lip smack and the lust scene makes you feel uncomfortable (or jealous).

Good news!   Best Western and Harley-Davidson have joined together to facilitate the intimate act!  The two companies announced they have extended their exclusive partnership to reward motorcycle riders with “enhanced” travel benefits.  Whether you’re about the journey or the destination – I’m talking motorcycle rides now – Best Western’s are all along America’s scenic roads, and cater to the unique travel needs of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Harley-Davidson owners can register for Best Western Ride Rewards HERE or calling 1-888-BW2BIKE.  Upon registering there is an assortment of rewards, amenities and status upgrades.  Check the site for qualifying details.  Our posse will often stay at a Best Western property because they’re “rider-friendly,” and we have access to a host of amenities, such as complimentary wipe-down rags.  Some offer access to a washing station and many have reserved parking spaces which makes unloading easier.

BW_AwardsAnd speaking of rides, if you’ve not used the H-D Ride Planner to help map out a ride I suggest giving it a go.  Due to the exclusive partnership with H-D the tool makes it easy to book a stay at a Best Western property as the locations are embedded into the trip planner.  However, my experience is the tool is U.S. centric and doesn’t provide much help for trips north of the border.  Canadian travel will require use of Google Maps or MapQuest.  In addition, Best Western’s are limited in the British Columbia province.

Photo courtesy Best Western and Flickr.

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