First COVID Death Tied to Sturgis Rally Reported

First COVID Death linked to Sturgis Rally Reported

A Minnesota biker who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has died of covid-19 — the first fatality from the virus traced to the 10-day event that drew more than 400,000 to South Dakota. The man was in his 60s, had underlying conditions and was hospitalized in intensive care after returning from the rally, said Kris Ehresmann, infectious-disease director at the Minnesota Department of Health. The case is among at least…

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2021 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Flywheel Recall

2021 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Flywheel Recall

Ducati North America is recalling certain 2021 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and Streetfighter V4 S motorcycles. The generator rotor, also known as a flywheel, may break, damaging the generator cover and causing oil leakage from the engine. As a rider is moving forward, the oil would likely be absorbed by the rear tire, potentially affecting handling and leading to the increased risk of a crash occurring. Remedy All affected Ducati Streetfighter…

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Indian Scout and Bobber Brake Recall

2019 Indian Scout Bobber Brake Recall ABS

Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2019 Scout and Scout Bobber motorcycles equipped with Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS). After the manufacturing process, air may remain trapped within the brake system, possibly reducing brake performance leading to the announcement of this Scout and Bobber Brake Recall. Remedy Indian will notify owners, and dealers will perform a brake fluid bleed of the front and rear ABS to evacuate the air, free…

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to Start Friday

80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally August 2020

A city of about 7,000 in a rural region of western South Dakota is set to host what will likely be one of the largest gatherings the world has seen in months, as hundreds of thousands are expected to show up for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally even with coronavirus cases climbing in the state. The 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will go on this year, bringing an expected crowd…

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Motorcycles Experiencing Unprecedented Demand

Polaris Experiencing Unprecedented Demand for bikes

Harley-Davidson (HOG, -2%) and Polaris (PII, +7.5%) issued contrasting earnings reports before the bell today. The maker of the iconic Harley missed earnings expectations by a wide margin, but Polaris, which makes off-road vehicles and snowmobiles as well as motorcycles, blew past forecasts and is experiencing unprecedented demand. The stocks are reacting accordingly. Both companies are navigating the same pandemic problems, with production facilities and dealership closed. But while Polaris is executing…

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VA Police offer free Motorcycle Safety Course

VA Police offer free Motorcycle Safety Course

Virginia State Police have invited local residents to take part in a free motorcycle safety course and self-assessment called “Ride 2 Save Lives” this Saturday. It is a free course that will be held Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morton’s BMW Motorcycles located at 5099 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg. Space is limited to 30 people. According to a press release from Public Relations Director…

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Rare Benelli Bikes at Bonham’s Auction

Rare Benelli Bikes for sale at Bonham's Auction

It is painful to hear that the famed Morbidelli Motorcycle Museum in Pesaro, Italy, is being parted out, but the chance to purchase some rare Benelli Bikes is not one to miss if you are a collector or enthusiast. However, it does mean you have a shot at obtaining one or more of the motorcycles in the collection, including these three historic and rare Benelli bikes, at Bonhams Summer Sale auction. Here…

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Missouri to Ease Motorcycle Helmet Requirement

Missouri to ease Motorcycle Helmet Requirement

Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill into law that will ease motorcycle helmet requirements for some riders.  HB 1963, sponsored by Rep. Travis Fitzwater, allows riders over 26 years of age with proof of health insurance to opt-out of using helmets once the law goes into effect on Aug. 28.  The bill saw opposition from a number of safety groups, including representatives for the National Safety Council and the National Association of the State Motorcycle Safety…

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Zero Motorcycles Cash For Carbon Program

Zero Motorcycles Cash For Carbon Program

There’s no getting around the fact that electric motorcycles are still expensive. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great and offer a unique riding experience, but you’re definitely paying for the privilege. Zero Motorcycles is hoping to take some of the sting out of switching from a bike that runs on old-fashioned dino squeezings to one that only uses electrons by offering its Cash for Carbon program, announced on Wednesday. The program will provide…

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U.S. Motorcycle Sales Boom during Pandemic

Motorcycle Sales Boom despite pandemic

COVID-19 has sickened hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and taken more than 100,000 lives. The virus and the efforts to combat its spread have forced many businesses to shutdown or reduce their operations, leading to millions of people being put out of work. But motorcycle sales, and those of other powersports, have gone through the roof recently, sparking what many hope is a renewed passion for the…

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