July Motorcycle News

Glow in the Dark Bikes

Yamaha has developed a process for making its bikes glow in the dark. A phosphorescent polymer film, developed by Yamaha of Japan, absorbs sunlight and then releases the energy at night as a soft glow.

In phosphorescent materials, incoming UV light excites electrons to a state that they depart from very slowly, emitting visible light as they do so over many hours.

Yamaha has developed a vacuum pressure process that sticks a thin even layer of phosphorescent plastic film to irregularly shaped fenders, engine covers and cowlings.

Harley Davidson Announces New Engine Harley-Davidson announced it's new 'Big Twin' engine, called the 'Twin Cam 96'. The 1584cc TC96 replaces the Twin Cam 88 motor, and will power all models in the Harley-Davidson Dyna, Softtail, and Touring product lines. Going hand-in-hand with the new motor is an all-new six-speed transmission, which Harley is calling the 'Cruise Drive'. Harley claims more horsepower throughout the powerband from the new motor, combined with smoother shifting and more durability from the new transmission.
Cellphone-Impaired Drivers May Be Worse than Drunks Most motorcyclists who ride in traffic can confirm this. The final version of a University of Utah study says that whether it's handheld or hands-free, a cellphone makes a driver ill-equipped to handle a car (or, presumably, a motorcycle). Cellphone users actually are more dangerous than legally drunk drivers in some situations. We certainly spend more time dodging cellphone users than those who might be drunk. Drunk cellphone users are a special treat.
Motorcycles Are Target of Crackdown THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: July 21, 2006

Motorcycles and scooters were the target of a police crackdown in Manhattan yesterday in which 87 summons were issued and 24 vehicles towed, the police said.

Traffic officers set up at least five checkpoints where they flagged down drivers of two-wheeled motorized vehicles to check their licenses and registrations.

Vehicles whose drivers lacked proper licenses or registrations were towed, and summonses were given out for infractions like riding without a visor.

The checkpoint locations included the Queens-Midtown tunnel entrance, 60th Street and First Avenue, 125th Street and Second Avenue, Eighth Street and Broadway, and Delancey and Norfolk Streets, according to the police.

The crackdown was part of a periodic enforcement campaign by the Police Department, said Paul J. Browne, a department spokesman.

While riders were not charged to retrieve their towed vehicles, the motorcycles and scooters were released only to those who had proper licenses or arranged for private tow trucks to move them.

Motorcyclist dies after officials can't trace cell calls for help WOODSTOCK, Ill. - An injured motorcyclist who made two cell phone calls for help from a McHenry County cornfield died after authorities were unable to trace his calls.

Kurt Regnier, 47, laid in the field for four hours early Sunday before he was found, officials said Monday. By then, he had died of injuries to his head, neck and chest.

After veering his Harley-Davidson motorcycle off of a rural McHenry County road, Regnier couldn't tell dispatchers where he was, and the county lacks the technology necessary to pinpoint his location, said McHenry County Sheriff's Patrol Capt. Anton Cundiff.

Officials could only tell what cell tower picked up his call.

His first call was picked up by a tower in McHenry County, but his second call eight minutes later was retrieved by a tower 64 miles away and routed to police in Winnebago County.

Sheriff's departments in McHenry, Winnebago and Boone counties all set off in search of Regnier, even calling in a private helicopter with spotlights and thermal imaging technology.

It was ultimately a passing motorist who notified police about Regnier's location.

In most of the country's most densely populated areas, emergency systems can determine where cell phone calls originate within about 300 to 900 feet, said Roger Hixson, technical issues director for the National Emergency Numbers Association in Ohio.

Once jurisdictions request the technology necessary for such precise locating, the Federal Communications Commission requires that cellular companies provide it.

According to FCC filings, neither McHenry nor Winnebago counties have requested the technology, Hixson said.

McHenry County Commissioner Mary Lou Zierer said this weekend's accident has made officials realize how much the updates are needed.

"You don't realize the importance until something like this happens, when a gentleman probably could have been saved if we could have pinpointed him and sent a rescue squad or even a helicopter," she said.

Regnier's family said Monday they think police did everything they could.

"It's the technology that has to improve," said his sister, Paulette Edson.

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 http://www.aarpforemost.com/motorcycle/index.htm.

Discounts to Spokes-Women Members

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

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