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KTM Recall

May 23, 2007

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Off-Road Motorcycles Recalled Due to Fuel Leak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Off-Road Motorcycles

Units: About 20,000

Distributor: KTM North America Inc., of Amherst, Ohio

Hazard: The seal around the fuel tank can loosen allowing fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: KTM has received 5,114 reports of leaking fuel tanks. CPSC has received one report of a minor chemical burn due to fuel coming into contact with a consumer’s skin.

Description: This recall involves KTM off-road motorcycles. KTM is printed on the side of the orange and black motorcycles along with the model. Model numbers included in the recall are:

Model Year 2005: 250SX-F

Model Year 2006: 200XC, 200XC-W, 250XC-W, 250SX-F, 250XCF-W, 300XC, 300XC-W, 400EXC-G, 450XC-G, 450EXC-G, and 525EXC-G

Model Year 2007: 125SX, 144SX, 250SX, 250SX-F, 450SX-F, 505SX-F, 200XC, 250XC, 300XC, 450XC, 200XCW, 250XCW, 300XCW, 400XCW, 450XCW, 525XCW, 250XC-F, and 250XCF-W

Sold at: KTM dealers nationwide from November 2004 through April 2007 for between $5,400 and $7,800.

Manufactured in: Austria

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these vehicles immediately and contact their local KTM dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair. Consumers with the recalled vehicles are being sent direct notices from KTM.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact KTM at (888) 985-6090 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ktmnorthamerica.com

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07194.html

Different Opinions

May 15, 2007

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A lot of times in the Motorcycling world there are very opinions on debates such as: How to break in your bike properly, Synthetic vs. Non-synthetic, How much Power bikes should have?, What grade of motor oil to use? and so on.  Some of these debates may never be able to be proved empirically for all cycles, but it is important to keep an open mind.  I recently read a speech by Michael Crichton entitled “Aliens cause Global Warming“, in which he shows time and time again that even some of the world’s most famous scientists (Crichton refers to them as Media Savvy) can be wrong time and time again.  Crichton say “Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.” which reflects his comparing modern science to politics as what scientific agendas get pushed are the ones that the media focuses on.   While the mainstream media doesn’t really focus that much on the motorcycling world (except to portray them as death traps), there have been many widespread rumors that always seem to be one-sided.  Where are the differing opinions?  Where are the scientific dyno tests?  Motorcyclist magazine is finally starting to differentiate their compiled dyno results by which dyno machine they were run on, and this is the kind of stuff that the motorcycling world needs.  On our Wiki I want to try to avoid consensus just for the sake of consensus.  I think that is one of the major things that is killing one other wiki we all know of.  I leave you with this second quote from Michael Crichton who by the way is one of my favorite authors.

“Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.” - Michael Crichton

Daily Motorcycle Blog roundup May 13, 2007

May 13, 2007

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  • Ama News has another update about motorcycle awareness month, highlighting various ideas sent in by readers.
  • Bikes in the fast lane has several updates including the BMW computer adaptor and cell phone adaptor to allow you to program your BMW’s electronic bus and read data via USB or Bluetooth. Looks really interesting, Suzuki just started rolling out a system such as this (although they don’t do bluetooth). Right now with Suzuki it is pretty much a dealer only tool but it’ll be interesting to see if these things pretty much become standard or what. Mike also has a post about a space age motorcycle (not really sure if its justa prop or a real scooter) but it’s definitely different. Also another interesting post covers the UK based OnTrak System which is another bike tracking gps that sends the transmitters current location via sms message to the phone you called it from. These are definitely good things and hopefully someday a manufacturer will include such a system stock.
  • Helmet Hair covers the Mototuneusa breakin method of breaking in your bike. Now if I were rebuilding my bike every weekend and racing it, I might just do try out what MotoMan suggests. As it is I can’t really see a huge benefit as this isn’t a scientific test with controlled conditions. I don’t doubt that getting hard on it every now and then helps though. I’m positive the manufacturers have many reasons for the way they suggest to break it in, and I’m sure some of them are also legal reasons. Also I’m not really sure that it is as simple as the piston ring seal simply needing to be forced up against the cylinder walls. I’d like to see more scientific tests into this though.

Motorcycle Headlines and Links May 4, 2007

May 4, 2007

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Daily Motorcycle Blog roundup May 3, 2007

May 3, 2007

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Daily Motorcycle Blog roundup May 2, 2007

May 2, 2007

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