Motorcycle Fatalities Increase 15% in Colorado

Motorcycle Fatalities up 15% in Colorado

In 2016, there were 125 motorcycle fatalities – a 15 percent increase from the number of motorcycle fatalities in 2015, and a record high for Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). CDOT’s “The Best Never Stop Training” safety campaign is being launched this month due to the rising number of motorcycle fatalities over the last few years and to encourage riders to participate in motorcycle safety training…

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Erik Buell Racing Motorcycles Closes, Again

Erik Buell Racing Motorcycles Closes Down Again

Erik Buell Racing (EBR) Motorcycles, an East Troy bike manufacturer that, a year ago, went through a restructuring similar to bankruptcy, is shutting down…again. The company, which is the sequel to the Buell Motorcycle Co. that Harley-Davidson Inc. owned for more than a decade, says it will begin a wind down of production operations next week. EBR says it will continue to review strategic alternatives with interested investors. The East…

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Polaris to Shut Down Victory Motorcycles

Polaris Shutting Down Victory Motorcycle Brand

Polaris Industries, a global producer of motorcycles and off-road vehicles, is pulling the plug on its Iowa-made Victory Motorcycles brand, the company announced Monday. The brand launched in 1998 and attempted to compete head-to-head with Harley Davidson. Victory assembles its motorcycles at its Spirit Lake plant. It was not immediately clear how many local jobs would be impacted by Victory’s elimination. In April 2011, Minnesota-based Polaris acquired Indian Motorcycle, the nation’s…

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KTM & Husqvarna Competition Motorcycle Recall

KTM Husqvarna Competition Motorcycle Recall

This recall involves model year 2017 KTM brand and Husqvarna motorcycles brand closed-course/competition only motorcycles. Five KTM models are being recalled: 150 XC-W, 250 XC-W, 300 XC-W, 350 SX-F and 450 XC-F. Three Husqvarna models are being recalled: TC 250, TX 300 and FC 350. Recalled KTM motorcycles are orange and black with the KTM logo and engine size on both sides of the shrouds covering the fuel tank.  Recalled…

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New Yamaha Scooter Stop/Start Idle Technology

Yamaha Scooter Idle Stop Technology

Yamaha announced a new scooter model called the Janus. Available in three different trim levels, the Janus uses the 125cc Blue Core engine that also powers Yamaha’s Nozza Grande and Acruzo models but with one important addition: an idling stop. A first for the company, the Yamaha Stop & Start System will debut on the Janus Deluxe and Janus Premium trim levels (the Premium also adds a smart key system). The…

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