Fast Motorcycle Industry News

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Allstate To Donate Warning Signs To Be Installed At Most Dangerous Intersections For Motorcyclists. Allstate and its engineering partners work closely with local traffic authorities to review available crash data and to identify intersections with a high number of multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles. Allstate then donates warning signs to be installed at the site with the intent of elevating awareness of motorcycle incidents that would not be readily apparent to a driver.   The warning signs used in the campaign are yellow diamond warning signs that read “Watch For Motorcycles.” Allstate worked in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration to design the current sign to ensure compliance with section 2A.06 paragraph 13 of the M.U.T.C.D. The NHTSA (National Highway Safety Administration), in their Fatality Analysis Reporting System, supports the Hurt Report’s findings, showing 46 percent of all multi-vehicle motorcycle crash fatalities (8,107 out of 17,470 fatalities from 2006-2012) occurred at intersections.  This data shows that, on average, three motorcyclists are killed everyday from multi-vehicle crashes at intersections in the US.

Polaris Sued Over Victory Motorcycle Saddlebags. Polaris Industries Inc. on Friday was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois court alleging its Victory motorcycles have a defective latch on their “saddlebags” that renders the storage compartments useless and belies the company’s claims that the bikes are rugged and well-made. Lead plaintiff Charles Harden is alleging that the faulty locking mechanism has appeared since 2010 on several Victory models and can cause the right saddlebag lid to fly open on the road, posing a hazard to the rider and other drivers.

When Gas Price Goes Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents. As gas prices rose in recent years, so did motorcyclist injuries and deaths, a new study suggests. In times of gas increases, more people start using motorcycles and many of those riders are inexperienced, the researchers explained. Data gathered between 2002 and 2011 in California, which has the highest number of motorcycle registrations in the United States and the third highest number of motorcyclist deaths shows a strong association between rising gas prices and an increasing number of motorcycle registrations, along with motorcyclist injuries and deaths. Crashes were more likely to occur in urban areas and during the afternoon. Of the motorcyclists involved in crashes, nearly 93 percent were men, 46 percent were middle-aged, and 68 percent were white. Riders ages 16 to 24 and those on the latest models of motorcycles were most likely to be involved in at-fault crashes. The study also found that one in five injured riders was uninsured. Of course, aside from the price of gas, the ways to reduce motorcycle injuries and deaths include compulsory training, stricter licensing tests and raising other drivers’ awareness of motorcycles.

Triumph Recalls 2014-2015 Motorcycles. Triumph Motorcycles America has recalled certain model 2014-2015 motorcycles due to an malfunctioning Engine Control Unit (ECU). If the ECU may improperly activate the fuel injectors, causing the engine to unexpectedly lose power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. The following models are included. America, Bonneville, Bonneville T100, Rocket III Roadster, Rocket III Touring, Rocket III Touring ABS, Scrambler, Speedmaster, Thruxton, Thunderbird, Thunderbird ABS, Thunderbird Storm, Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 ABS. Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will modify the internal ECU hardware, free of charge. Owners may Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010 (recall number is SB519) Owners may also the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153),

18 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”


  1. 1 Rick Fairless Dec 18th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    ALLSTATE is an awesome company that truly cares about motorcycle riders & they are working hard to make it safer for all of us to ride our motorcycles! Thank you ALLSTATE! RF

  2. 2 Courtney Lambert Dec 18th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Allstate is doing a great job with this. Recently, they’ve made the project interactive by incorporating a Rider Risk Map on Facebook. To log a dangerous intersection in your area, type “Rider Risk Map” in the search bar at the top of your Facebook page and follow the instructions. Ride safe y’all!

  3. 3 H Johnson Dec 18th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Is there an alternative to Facebook for this information, not everyone in the worlds lives revolve around that web site.

  4. 4 BobS Dec 18th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    H Johnson, yes there is an alternative. Build your own social networking site and load all this information on it. Just be prepared that a lot of our lives won’t be revolving around your web site either.

  5. 5 Courtney Lambert Dec 18th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I believe so H Johnson. Let me look into it.

  6. 6 rebel Dec 18th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    whinning about a saddlebag latch? man up honey!

  7. 7 H Johnson Dec 18th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    BobS thanks for the thoughtful and intelligent answer that solves the issue for people that simply don’t let their lives be run by social media and the world needs idiots so keep up the great work. Courtney, thanks for the informative response I”m sure there are many folks that would appreciate the alternative.

  8. 8 Greeko Dec 18th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    K. Johnson. How come you have a Facebook page for your company with only 850 likes! Bitter because you failed at social medias?

  9. 9 Courtney Lambert Dec 18th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    H Johnson – Unfortunately, the only way to access the Rider Risk Map is through Facebook. I do agree that it’s inconvenient for people who aren’t on Facebook, but this is a huge step in the right direction and hopefully they will make it accessible outside of Facebook soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in bringing attention to a dangerous intersection, I will be happy to log in and post it for you. Just let me know the city, state and cross roads.

  10. 10 Boomer Dec 18th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    “whinning about a saddlebag latch? man up honey!”

    What happens is the keeper for the latch will wear through the catch mechanism; then the lid blows open. The only way to keep it closed after that is with tape or a bungee cord. It is fixable before the damage is done but the point is the mechanism is not set up properly from the factory. There is also a question about Polaris replacing the latches after they are damaged.

    So you see this isn’t about whining; it’s about getting it installed correctly to start with and to replace the ones already damaged by not installing them correctly either by design or mistake.

  11. 11 BobS Dec 18th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Funny how people go on an internet site, to complain that something on another internet site isn’t available on a third internet site because they don’t want to go to the second. Then they want someone else to go find a third for them instead of doing it themselves. If you’re really interested in the data, just go to the site it’s at and get it!

  12. 12 Kroeter Dec 18th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    When gas prices go up there’s more bike crashes? Thank you, Capt. Obvious, how much money was wasted on that study?

  13. 13 Lyle Dec 18th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Another sign to further distract the driver.

  14. 14 troll Dec 18th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I posted this earlier, but apparently I pissed off the wrong people…oh well DILIGAF? Soooo how is this different from having to keep the saddlebag on an H-D closed with a bungee cord, as has been done since before most of you were born????

  15. 15 troll Dec 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    OOOOOOPPPPSSS…left out an “L”…should be DILLIGAF….

  16. 16 BobS Dec 19th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Um….people who really don’t give an F don’t feel the need to tell people they don’t give it, let alone correct their spelling of their acronym telling people they don’t give one lol. But I see your point. Disagree on your standard of quality we should find acceptable, but I get what you’re saying.

  17. 17 calif phil Dec 19th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Good on Allstate. ABATE of KS also does a good job of promoting motorcycle awareness with their LOOK TWICE! SAVE A LIFE Signs and billboards.

  18. 18 H Johnson Dec 19th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Bobs If I want to ask someone that posted a specific knowledge of something for additional information that’s my prerogative, so whats it to you. Obviously you are a Troll, having zero contribution to make other than to be argumentative. You’ll prove my point by responding to this, you can’t help yourself you need the last word don’t you, $10 says you can’t restrain yourself, Come on Bobby give us an adult moment and either contribute something positive or prove your Troll status.

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