Harley Davidson files patent for Autonomous Braking
Harley Davidson, in a surprising PR stunt, has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. Blowing the door wide open, HD gave us a peek at all their new products coming in the next five years including new internal combustion engines (500cc, 750cc, 975cc and 1,250cc) that will go onto 16 new models and its Project LiveWire models.
Fresh information just came in with regards to a new patent filing by the Milwaukee brand suggesting ‘Emergency Autonomous Braking System’ in the event of a collision. The system will make use of multiple sensors to study the surroundings as well as the alertness of the rider before it intervenes to activate the braking systems autonomously.
NOTE: We do not endorse/promote stunt riding on public roads. Keep yourself and other road users safe. Always consider safety first and wear a helmet and all riding gear.
In a project aptly called as “Wheelie King”, Japanese Masaru Abe pulled off the longest wheelie on a two-wheeler creating a record that now stands at an incredible distance of 311 miles. It was done on a closed course, rather a pre-created track just for this feat under marshals and all safety factors are taken into considerations.
Then there is this guy, just like all spoilt brats out there attempting the wheelie on public roads – across Auckland’s Harbour Bridge exactly. It is apparently the ’world first’ wheelie across the span of the mile-long bridge. But he is, however, facing the heat from the authorities for this act.
Video: The wanna be stuntman who forgot his math
We all want to jump off a ramp and feel weightless with our bike. Doing that may sound dead easy, but it involves a lot of things in play. Ramp angle, approach speed, bike weight, fuel mass, rider mass, and some basic mathematical solutions to land you safe back on the ground.
This guy here on a Harley thought he could pull off a Travis Pastrana jump. He did get a few things right though: two ramps, a bike and himself. Unfortunately, he must have left his brains hanging in the backyard and forgot to pack it.
The NHTSA announced that it is opening an investigation into an apparent problem with some of Harley-Davidson’s brakes. “Some” being defined by as many as 430,000 units with ABS built between ’08 and ’11. It seems that there have been two-score-and-three complaints of sudden and complete loss of braking power, with three crashes and two injuries.
Continue reading for more information on the investigation.
Harley-Davidson owners should take heed of what the company has just announced. Over 185,000 Harley bikes are being recalled by the company over issues pertaining to the saddlebags.
It’s not exactly comparable to potential fire hazards or mechanical malfunctions, but still, the problems are serious enough that Harley determined the need to send out a campaign to recall 185,272 units of its 2014 and 2015 motorcycle lineups. Apparently, the issues surrounding these saddlebags are equal-opportunity nuisances to Harley-Davidson as a range of models are affected by the problem, including the Road King, Street Glide, Electra Glide, and a handful of others.
According to Harley-Davidson, the specific issue pertaining to the saddlebags can be traced to the spring wires in the mounting receptacles. These receptacles apparently can’t maintain adequate tension, thus endangering the security of the times placed inside the bags. This can lead to the items falling off during riding and we all know how annoying that can be.
Harley caught wind of the problem when it received higher-than-usual warranty claims from customers back in January 2015. Upon investigating all these claims, the company discovered the issues and decided to issue the recall.
So here’s where we’re at: owners of affected models will be notified by Harley-Davidson beginning in July 27, 2015, at which time they’ll be advised to bring their bikes to their local Harley dealerships where the saddlebag mounting receptacles can be replaced with updated parts.
Continue reading to read more about Harley-Davidson’s massive saddlebag recall.
Harley has always been all about showing their appreciation for our service men and women throughout its history, and it looks like the factory will continue this tradition in 2015. The two-pronged (more on that later) mission is set to run from May 16th through September 13th, 2015, with exceptions made for those who are deployed overseas that extend into 2016. This free Riding Academy is available to all current and former members of the military. Harley teamed up with Heath Calhoun of Wounded Warrior Project alumnus to help get this project off the ground.
Harley-Davidson has found itself under siege from a barrage of recalls affecting a lot of its current touring models. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 45,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles are affected by the recall, covering a myriad of models that include the Road King, Street Glide, Road Glide, and Ultra Limited.
At the heart of the issue is what’s been reported to be clutch problems plaguing a handful of these models. The issue is specifically tied into what the NHTSA describes as "glass bubbles" that could potentially damage the bike’s clutch system and prevent it from disengaging even after the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.
This recall, somewhat surprisingly, has been months in the making, or at least the wheels were put into motion in October 2014 when Harley opened an investigation on the issue after receiving multiple complaints about the aforementioned clutch master cylinder. The company even went so far as to hire a chemist to help with the investigation surrounding an issue that has led to an incredible 313 warranty claims.
It would’ve been manageable if that was the extent of Harley’s recall woes, but it isn’t. Turns out, another 9,285 models of the 2015 Street 500 and 750 are also being recalled for an entirely different issue. The good thing is that these bikes don’t have it as bad as the other Harley models. The bad news is that it’s still significant enough to warrant a recall.
Apparently, these bikes don’t have any rear reflector assemblies. That’s a problem because rear reflectors are federally mandated equipment for all motor vehicles, Harley Davidson Street 500 and 750 models included. Turns out, Harley simply forgot to put them there. If that isn’t embarrassing enough, the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard issued a similar recall for these Harleys since the country has the same requirement for its own vehicles and these bikes don’t have their own rear reflectors.
This particular recall affects Street 500 models built from Jan. 28, 2014 to March 9, 2015 and Street 750 models built from May 12, 2014 to March 9, 2015.
As is always the case when it comes to recalls of this magnitude, Harley-Davidson is setting a plan in motion that would allow its dealership network to inspect any bike that shows up and, if necessary fix whatever’s ailing all these Harley bikes, be it a problem with the clutch or the absence of rear reflectors
Continue reading to read more about Harley-Davidson’s fresh round of recalls.
In case you’re wondering, recalls aren’t an endemic that’s exclusive to the auto industry. Motorcycles go through the same course, if not more often than cars due to the more dangerous nature of these bikes. That said, it’s been a while since Harley-Davidson has issued a recall for any of its motorcycles so when it announced that problems were discovered with the brake line banjo bolt in the front brake master cylinder, the famed American bikemaker did what had to be done.
According to the statement issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the corrosion of the brake line banjo bolt on these bikes could result in a “sudden loss of fluid”, which in turn could lead to the loss of power on the front brakes, thus increasing the possibility of a crash happening. In other words, uh-oh.
Fortunately, the issue seems to affect only a limited number of full-sized cruisers built between August 22, 2011 and February 24, 2012. Models affected generally belong to the FL and FX families so if you own a V-Rod or a Sportster, you’re still in the clear. But if your bike is part of the affected lot of 19,015 bikes in the US, it might be in your best interest to have your Harleys brought to your local dealers so certified engineers can do a proper inspection on your bike’s master cylinder.
If it’s determined that there’s a problem, Harley-Davidson will fix the problem at no cost to the bike owner. The recall begins on January 14, 2015 so better find out soon if you’re bike is part of the affected bunch.
Click past the jump to read more about the Harley-Davidson’s recall of 19,015 bikes.
Harley-Davidson’s Rider’s Edge New Rider Course trained its 100,000th student, Michael Lambert of Estero, Fla., on March 22-26, at Harley-Davidson of Naples.
Lambert, age 39, decided to learn to ride a motorcycle when he fell in love with the dark and sinister 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster. Earlier this year, while waiting for the restaurant next to the dealership to open, Lambert took a stroll through the sales area to check out the new motorcycles. When he saw the new (...)
How often should a helmet be replaced and how snug should it really fit? These are two key questions that many enthusiasts regularly ask. April is Check Your Helmet Month and MotorClothes specialists at Harley-Davidson dealerships are available to answer these questions and others regarding helmet fit, function, care and replacement.
As the riding season begins to ramp up, it is important to ensure a helmet is ready for the rides ahead. During April’s “Check Your Helmet Month” and throughout (...)