Tag Archives: Motorcycles

Capitola resident seeks relief from speeders, loud motorcycles

Dear Street Smarts Q: Several neighbors met with our much respected police chief in Capitola about slowing down motorcycles that fly up the main exit streets of Capitola on weekends, tail pipes blasting ,causing an unbelievable amount of noise at … Continue reading

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Lane-splitting guidelines aim to educate motorists, riders

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your column! A recent article reported that the State has new ‘guidelines’ for motorcycles regarding lane splitting. However, it would seem that, as guidelines, there still is no law that controls what motorcyclists may … Continue reading

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Zero, Ford issue recalls

Zero Motorcycles and Ford are recalling vehicles due to safety concerns. Read on: ZERO Zero Motorcycles, Inc. is recalling 254 model year 2012 S, DS, X, XU and XU-LSM motorcycles because they could short circuit. Insufficient weatherproofing may cause a … Continue reading

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Zero recalls 450 motorcycles

A problem with the brake light switch is behind the recall of 450 Zero motorcycles. The Scotts Valley-based company reports the switch at the front brake lever may not activate when a moderate amount of front braking occurs. That means … Continue reading

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Loose bolts, engine failure behind Suzuki’s 5K bike recall

Engine failure caused by loose bolts on the side stand interlock switch is behind the recall of 4,969 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycles. If the engine stops running while the bike is in motion, it could increase the rider’s risk of … Continue reading

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Making right turns in the presence of bicycles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: If I am driving on a street that has two lanes each direction plus a bike lane in either direction. Let’s say that I am in the right hand lane and I need to make a … Continue reading

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BMW recalls 2012 S1000RR motorcycles due to engine problem

BMW is recalling 1,414 2012 S1000RR motorcycles because the connecting rod bolts may loosen during high engine temperatures and/or high speeds, causing catastrophic engine damage. The escaping oil could cause handling issues, possibly leading to a crash. The recall impacts … Continue reading

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Motorcyclist urges motorists to keep an eye out for smaller road users

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Being a motorcyclist for 55 years, I’d like to offer a tip to all motorists. While driving — pulling out on to a street, making a left turn, changing lanes, etc. — learn to focus on … Continue reading

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Toyota recalls 700K vehicles; Chrysler, Kawasaki issue recalls, too

Toyota recalls nearly 700,000 vehicles due to safety concerns. Meanwhile, Chrysler and Kawasaki issue recalls of their own. Read on: Manufacturer: Toyota Vehicle model(s): 2005-09 Tacoma vehicles made from Sept. 14, 2004 through Aug. 29, 2008. Number of units recalled: … Continue reading

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Recalls for Ducati, Nissan, Subaru and Honda

Fuel line leak and problems with curtain airbags are behind recalls announced by Ducati, Nissan, Subaru and Honda. Read on: Manufacturer: Ducati Vehicle model(s): 2011-2012 Hypermotard and Monster motorcycles made between June 25 and Nov. 30, 2011. Number of units … Continue reading

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