Jan 282014
 

Well the 2014 Palm Spring Winter Gathering is now history.  Jim Kneup, Bill Calkins, Frank Brunetti, and myself made the trip to Palm Springs this year.  There were over 82 members and family in attendance this year.  This is the largest turnout we have had.  We had members from New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and California who made the trip.  We even had members from Edmonton, and British Columbia as well as the WCC Conference Chairman, Karl Hutchinson come.  The best person to see was that Buster and Gaye Hummel made the trip from Yuma.  Many of you may know Buster from his yearly Pig Roast each year at his house in Yuma.  Buster was in a serious accident several years back and it has been a slow recovery but he is looking better every day.  I have posted some photos from the trip in the “Photo” Gallery at the top of our page.

Hopefully you may make the trip next year.

 Posted by at 4:47 pm
Jan 102014
 

AMA State Chapter Network

 

The EPA needs to hear from you on E15

Submit comments before the deadline, Jan. 28!

Submit Comments!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule proposal to reduce the total amount of ethanol required in transportation fuel nationwide in 2014. The AMA supports this proposal because it could slow the introduction of E15, a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume, into the marketplace. The AMA opposes E15 because it can cause engine and fuel system damage to your motorcycle or ATV.

However, the EPA needs to hear from you to make changes to the ethanol mandate, known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, a reality.

The EPA is seeking public comments now on the rule proposal. You can tell them how this proposal will help protect 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in America — and the riders who depend on their safe operation — from inadvertent misfueling.

The deadline for comments is Jan. 28! Act today to ensure your voice is heard.

For the latest information on the American Motorcyclist Association’s efforts to protect your access to safe fuels, go to Safe Fuels.

The EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at Regulations, including any personal information provided.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA or ATVA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling and ATV riding. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at Join AMA. If you a re an ATV rider, join ATVA.

 Posted by at 5:04 pm
Dec 102013
 

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

 

SUMMARY:

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles. In certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed.

CONSEQUENCE:

As a result of the reduced engine speed, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the throttle control software, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

NOTES:

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 http://www.safercar.gov/.

 

 Posted by at 3:32 pm
Dec 092013
 

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

 

SUMMARY:

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 F 800 S and F 800 ST motorcycles manufactured August 2006 through January 2009. Due to incorrect tolerances, the rear wheel drive bearing and rear axle may wear.

CONSEQUENCE:

Bearing and axle wear may affect handling and control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wheel bearing, and if necessary, replace the bearing and rear axle, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

NOTES:

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 http://www.safercar.gov/.

 

 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Dec 082013
 

1. Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY:

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The affected motorcycles may have been built with an incorrect clutch release plate.

CONSEQUENCE:

An incorrect clutch release plate may prevent the clutch from disengaging. If the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch release plate. If the clutch is incorrect, it will be replaced free of charge. The recall began in October 2013. Harley-Davidson’s recall number is 0154. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.

NOTES:

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 http://www.safercar.gov/.

 

2. Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY:

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE motorcycles manufactured May 3, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The clutch master cylinder may allow air into the clutch system. Additionally, the motorcycles may have been assembled with an incorrect clutch release plate. Either condition may prevent the clutch from disengaging.

CONSEQUENCE:

If the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Harley-Davidson has already notified owners, and dealers will rebuild the clutch master cylinder and install the proper clutch release plate, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in late October 2013. Harley-Davidson’s recall number is 0153. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.

NOTES:

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.safercar.gov.

 

 Posted by at 3:24 pm
Nov 232013
 

Federal task force preparing recommendation for mandatory motorcycle helmet laws November 08, 2013 – Reprinted from Blue Knights Chat Group

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A federal task force is poised to recommend that all states have mandatory helmet laws for all motorcyclists, which the task force says would reduce injuries and deaths as well as result in economic benefits, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

“The AMA continues to strongly encourage the use of personal protective equipment, including gloves, sturdy footwear and a properly fitted motorcycle helmet certified by its manufacturer to meet federal safety standards,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations, on Nov. 7. “But we also believe that adults should have the right to voluntarily choose to wear a helmet.”

The Community Preventive Services Task Force, whose 15 members are appointed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, makes recommendations to the CDC and reports to the U.S. Congress about community preventive services, programs and policies to improve health. The task force is preparing to recommend that all states have universal helmet laws, which means that all riders, regardless of age, would be required to wear helmets.

The task force is ready to make the recommendation based on its belief that a universal helmet mandate would reduce motorcyclist deaths and injuries, and that mandating riders to wear helmets would result in economic benefits. The task force believes health care costs for injured helmeted riders wouldn’t be as high as those of injured unhelmeted riders, and also that universal helmet laws would result in fewer missed days of work for injured riders.

The CDC, which oversees the task force, is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Atlanta. Its official mission is to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the United States. “Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same,” the agency says on its website.

“The AMA strongly advocates helmet use, but helmet use alone is insufficient to ensure a motorcyclist’s safety,” said Allard. “There is a broad range of measures that can be implemented to improve the skill of motorcycle operators, as well as reduce the frequency of situations where other vehicle operators are the cause of crashes that involve motorcycles.”

In its position on voluntary helmet use, the AMA noted that mandatory helmet laws do nothing to prevent crashes.

“The AMA supports actions that help riders avoid a crash from occurring, including voluntary rider education, improved licensing and testing, and expanded motorist awareness programs,” said Allard. “This strategy is widely recognized and pursued in the motorcycling community.”

Concerning the task force claim of economic benefits, the AMA noted that injured motorcyclists are less likely than the general population to use public funds to pay for injuries sustained in crashes, and are just as likely to be insured as other vehicle operators.

In addition, the AMA said the costs associated with the treatment of motorcyclist injuries account for a tiny fraction of total U.S. health care costs. An even smaller portion of these costs is attributable to unhelmeted motorcyclists, the majority of which are paid by privately purchased insurance. In 2000, for example, approximately 1.55 percent of total U.S. health care costs were attributable to all motor vehicle crashes. Motorcyclists involved in crashes represented a miniscule percentage of this figure.

 Posted by at 8:21 pm
Nov 102013
 

Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY:

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014 Trike motorcycles manufactured July 24, 2013, through September 2, 2013. Due to an incorrectly machined part, the motorcycle may have an excessive steering angle allowing the inner fairing to contact the rear brake fluid reservoir resulting in a loss of brake fluid. Additionally, the steering damper may be damaged.

CONSEQUENCE:

Loss of brake fluid from the rear reservoir would reduce brake performance. Steering damper damage could reduce the rider’s ability to control the motorcycle. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the trikes and replace the fork stem bracket, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to in late November 2013. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s recall number is 0152.

NOTES:

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 SAFECAR.

 

 Posted by at 1:39 pm
Nov 072013
 

Southwest Conference Winter Gathering

(A sanctioned Blue Knights Event)

The annual winter gathering for the Southwest Conference will take place January 24-26, 2014 in Palm Springs California. We are changing venues this year, which has the added bonus of a less expensive room rate than the previous location. This is your chance to see old friends and make new ones. There is no agenda for this event. We will sit around, tell lies, and enjoy the warmth of each other’s company.

There will be three scheduled meals (two dinners, one breakfast) at locations and times that will be announced when you arrive. There is a Carrows Restaurant on the property, as well as a steak house (currently closed, but management says it should be open by early January), plus other local eateries. And of course, there is plentiful shopping throughout the downtown area.

The hotel has blocked out 30 rooms for our use. They will hold these rooms for us until January 1st, at which point they will release them. Please call as soon as you can, tell them you are with the Blue Knights, and book your room. Rates may change after January 1st.

Dates: Friday, January 24th Saturday 25th, 2014

Check-in: 1500 (1300 if room is ready) Check-Out: 1200

(Checking out on the morning of the 26th)

Where: Quality Inn Palm Springs
1269 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 760-323-2775

Quality Inn Palm Springs

Rate: $69.00 per nights + Tax

 Posted by at 12:54 pm
Nov 012013
 

Well another month has gone by.  We had our monthly dinner ride at Thunder Canyon Brewery (TCB) and what a turnout we had. Twenty members and their family made the dinner memorable.  Those who e dinner were; Stan & Patti Thibaut along with their daughter, Twan & Fonda Van Der Sanden, Frank & Kate Brunetti, Jeff & Kelly Jamieson, Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Stewart Van Kirk and Judy Sable, George “Bud” Welch, Patrick & Georganna Shely, Bev, and myself.

Here are a couple of pictures of the members.  Unfortunately I forgot to take all of the tables.

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 Posted by at 11:35 pm