May 23, 2007
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:
May 15, 2007
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