Tag Archives: Motorcycles

Ford, Nissan, Suzuki and Chrysler announce recalls

Ford, Nissan, Suzuki and Chrysler are all recalling thousands of vehicles due to safety concerns. Read on: Manufacturer: Ford Vehicle model(s): 2011 F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles made between Feb.1, 2010 and July 1, 2011; 2012 F-53 AND F-59 … Continue reading

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Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network workshops this week

Have an interest in the path(s) the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network is going to take as it snakes through Santa Cruz County? The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission this week is hosting public workshops around the county … Continue reading

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Honda recalls nearly 2 million cars, motorcycles

Honda is recalling more than 1.7 million motor vehicles because of air bag safety concerns. At issue, air bags that were installed originally or as replacement air bags could malfunction. The inflator could rupture under excessive pressure, causing metal fragments … Continue reading

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Reader weighs in on motorcycle helmet law

Dear Street Smarts, I feel that a helmet is a personal decision — and no I do not ride. BUT I feel that if a rider does not wear a helmet that they are then and there taking on full … Continue reading

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Motorcycle, motor scooter helmet laws not built the same state to state

During my recent Hawaii vacation, I noticed that few motorcyclists and zero scooter riders wore helmets while they zipped around Waikiki and Honolulu on the island of Oahu. How could this be? Each state is in charge of crafting their … Continue reading

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Recalls announced for Honda/Yamaha motorcyles, Pontiac cars

Several vehicles, passenger car and motorcycle alike, are being recalled this week because of issues that could pose a danger to drivers and their passengers. Here’s a short list from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Company: General Motors Vehicle: … Continue reading

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Harley-Davidson recalls nearly 251,000 motorcycles

Harley-Davidson is recalling 250,757 motorcycles representing 25 models manufactured from June 6 2008 through Sept. 16, 2011 because of a problem with the rear brake light. The recalled bikes represent model year 2009-2012 touring, CVO touring and trike vehicles, according … Continue reading

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Triggering the green light 101

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Every time me and my buddy, TrugDog, come to a stop light, he bugs me to ‘move up a little bit’ to ‘activate the sensor,’ as if there is some hidden sensor to activate the green … Continue reading

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Temporary traffic signal at B-40 slipout now working

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live on Branciforte Drive and, after the storms, part of the road washed out. Now, (the county is) going to put in a light. But after a week of them putting it in, no more … Continue reading

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Readers offer scooter buying advice

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I rode in my teens and now as an old guy. Italian products can be good but expensive. Personally, I’d never buy one because you’d be a slave to their prices — parts and labor — … Continue reading

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