No bonus for CEO Ziemer this year, but Harley unions seem happy (ish). Unions representing about 2,200 workers in Wisconsin have signed four-year agreements with Harley-Davidson to settle their recent labour disputes. The company has individual labour agreements with the United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Milwaukee, and with … Continue reading Harley settle with unions
Harley riders head for the Best Western Best Western has teamed up with Harley-Davidson to lure riders into its hotels across North America. The company has agreed to offer special benefits, like lip balm, tar remover, wipe-down rags, and special parking, to motorcyclists who stay at Best Western hotels. "Best Western recognizes that Harley-Davidson and … Continue reading Harley riders get a room
Company: Ducati Models involved: Hypermotard 1100 and S Problem: On some bikes the licence plate holder may break off and get tangled in the rear wheel. Consequence: Things getting tangled in the rear wheel are never good and can result in a crash. Fix: Dealers will replace holder with an altogether stronger version. Recall Number: … Continue reading Latest Recalls
Just right for city driving … "Branding" seems to be as important as the motorcycles themselves these days; just look at the money Harley-Davidson and Ducati make from jackets, gloves, T-shirts, and other trinkets extolling the company name. New from Ducati this year is a series of clothing designed to go with the new Monster … Continue reading Monster mash
Neukirchner could have won Interesting World Superbike stuff from Valencia in Spain on Sunday, not least a contrast in personalities. High class: multiple world champion Troy Bayliss finishes second on his factory Xerox Ducati in the first race and has nothing to say except for compliments for the guy who beat him — Lorenzo Lanzi, … Continue reading Highs and lows at Valencia
"138 reasons to see the Stadium, paid with your taxes, in Montreal." Now that’s funny … A Harley-Davidson billboard campaign in La Belle Province has irritated some politicos there, according to the Edmonton Sun. The Alberta newspaper published a story recently on its website that said Harley billboards are urging people to ride to … Continue reading Ride for smokes "not funny"
Vulcan 900s need fuel pipes checking Company: Kawasaki Models involved: 2006 – 2008 Vulcan 900 Classics and Customs. Problem: Fuel hose may not have been securely fixed to the fuel injector delivery pipe during assembly. Consequence: Leaking fuel can ignite and go boom. Fix: Dealer will inspect and replace pipe if required. Recall Number: 2008094. … Continue reading Kawasaki Recalls
A Harley-Davidson signed by the cast of The Sopranos will be auctioned off by Steiner Marketplace from now through Apr. 16. The Harley is owned by Federico Castelluccio, who played Furio on the hit series, and is signed by 20 cast members. It’s a 1994 Heritage Softail, and some proceeds from the auction will go to … Continue reading Sopranos autographs on bike
Canadians Brian Bosworth and Michael Sanders are the authors and publishers of a growing series of books called Destination Highways, which describe the best motorcycling roads in British Columbia, Washington state, and most recently, northern California.
The Italian leathers company Dainese will put on a display of some historic racing suits at the Legend of the Motorcycle on May 3 in California. Dainese has dressed some of the most successful motorcycle road racers in history, and many of their suits will be displayed: Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, and Valentino … Continue reading Racing suits, and one for Mars