TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall a total of 40,672 units of two motorcycle models commonly used for mail delivery in Japan over concerns about potential brake malfunction.
In a report filed with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Honda said the two models subject to the recall are 110MD and 50MD Super Cub motorcycles manufactured between September 2009 and September 2012.
The recall followed reports of malfunctions in brake parts meant for use in cold weather and covers all motorcycles in which the parts may have been installed. READ ON
Commentary by Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson
2/26/2014 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Motorcycle crashes are a leading cause of death for our U.S. Air Force members. While motorcyclists represent only 10 percent of our active duty force, they account for approximately 40 percent of our fatal crashes. At the Academy, we experienced our most recent motorcycle fatality in 2012 and have recorded 12 motorcycle mishaps since 1990.
Motorcycle safety remains a top priority at the Academy. Even if you are not a rider, each of us has a role in motorcycle safety. READ ON
Yamaha YZF-R1 and Super Tenere Motorcycle Recall
Yamaha has recalled 24,000 of its 2009-2013 YZF-R1 sportbikes and 2012-2013 Super Tenere XTZ12 adventure-touring motorcycles due to overheating headlights.
Yamaha says the possibly affected YZF-R1 sportbikes were manufactured October 2008 through August 2013, and the Super Tenere adventure tourers from October 2011 through August 2013. READ ON
Rep. Seth Grove introduced HB 892 in this session of the Pennsylvania State Legislature in an effort to curb the practice of “serial permitting” by novice riders in the state. The bill was just signed by the Governor and becomes effective immediately.
The new law restricts the number of times someone can reapply for a motorcycle learners permit to three times in a 5 year period. Prior to this law, there was no restriction on the number of times an individual could reapply for a learners permit and thereby skirting the need to take the full motorcycle license written and riding test. READ ON
A road safety campaign launched in spring by the Safer Northumberland Partnership to warn bikers about the dangers of speeding and cornering has been a success.
For the past three years, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police have led an initiative aimed at cutting motorbike related accidents on the county’s roads.
This year, the eye-catching yellow signs warning bikers about the dangers of speeding and cornering, were put up on rural roads in key locations where police have received reports of dangerous driving. READ ON