December Motorcycle News


Mary E. Peters, the new U.S. Transportation Secretary, recently visited the Harley-Davidson plant in Milwaukee and talked about the “alarming rise” in motorcyclist fatalities. Peters is an ardent motorcyclist who will “never, ever ride without a helmet," but she does not, however, think that the federal government should order mandatory helmet use.

"We don't believe that it's up to the federal government to mandate helmets," she said, adding that was something for the individual states to decide. She urged motorcyclists to wear helmets and protective gear, drive sober and take classes on safe motorcycling.

"Cyclists have a lot of responsibility to take care of themselves,"
she said, but added that motorists also have to do a better job of sharing the road with motorcycles. Peters commended Harley-Davidson Inc. for its efforts in motorcycle safety programs and cycle maintenance.

On Sept. 30, the U.S. Senate confirmed Peters' appointment, and the Harley-Davidson tour was her first public event since she was sworn in. Nicole Nason, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also took the tour. They visited what is called Harley-Davidson University, where the 660 Harley dealerships nationwide learn how better to service the vehicles.

CARB WANTS TO TEST MOTORCYCLES The California Air Resources Board
(CARB) has submitted a proposal to expand the state’s vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program in part by subjecting high-mileage vehicles to annual inspections and including motorcycles for the first time. The CARB proposal was included in a draft state plan to achieve federal pollution standards.

CARB also intends to tighten new motorcycle exhaust and evaporative emissions standards by an additional 50 percent beginning with the
2013 model year. The Federal EPA used the current CARB standards as a basis for establishing stricter new emissions regulations that went into effect with the 2006 model year motorcycles with further reductions taking effect in 2010.


The European Commission is at it again. The idea to begin with was to make motorcycles more visible. Now they propose to make them invisible by putting daytime running lights on ALL vehicles in Europe. Of course, just about all new vehicles here in
the USA do that nowadays, too. Lets make up our minds.

The International Motorcycle Show will be at the Jacob Javits Center January 19 - 21, 2007. Please click here for more information, including showtimes, online ticket purchases, ticket prices, and other venues for the show.
General Items
Gift Certificate Freehold Honda has given members of Spokes-Women who signed up for it a $20 gift certificate god for one year. Thanks Michele.
Automotive Discount
SWMC members may now receive a 10-15% discount at ANY Center in the United States. All that is required is to ask for the commercial account info
AARP Offers Discount Motorcycle Insurance Did you know AARP offers its members discount motorcycle insurance? Coverage is also available for equipment and gear. Call 800-752-2461 (Dept. 8079) or log onto

Discounts to Spokes-Women Members

Monmouth Cycles in Middletown, 30% over cost on parts.

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