Recall News: Harley-Davidson Touring, Baggers and Cruisers Recalled For Defective Clutch

14 H-D models are being recalled for a clutch that may not disengage.

THE RECALL: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2016 Electric Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU), Fat Boy S (FLSTFBS), Softail Slim S (FLSS), and CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout (FXSE) motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: When the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch master cylinder for the presence of gas in the fluid, if so, the dealer will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall began July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0169.

MORE RECALL INFORMATION: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

How to Sell a Motorcycle

By Justin W. Coffey

I’m 31 years old and have owned 33 automobiles and six motorcycles. Given the trajectory, I’m likely to hit the century mark long before I put in for my pension – especially if we’re combining numbers. Some might say I’m an expert at the “buy-and-sell,” a craftsman of the Craigslist, or just a good-for-nothing hustler who sees his way from half-finished to “ran when parked” bike and car projects profiting – ever so slightly – along the way. However you shake it, I sure know how to sell some stuff. Petrol powered things in particular.

So, when RideApart’s director asked a pool of contributors to pen a piece about selling a motorbike, I stuck my proverbial hand up high.

Step One: Know What You’re Selling

Got an old Kawasaki KZ440 that wandered home with you one night? Need to make space for another barely running collection of bits and pieces? Make sure you know that the KZ440 is an entirely different animal than its predecessor, the KZ400, or that the bike came in a variety of trim and configuration options (LTD, anyone?) that might make the difference between a sale and someone being surprised that their soon-to-be Café Racer is, in fact, a clapped-out Japanese cruiser from the late 1970s.

Other examples include not knowing the difference between all the Harley-Davidson designations – XLCH, FXDL, et al. These are the things that matter most to your potential purchaser. Maybe you’re not an H-D enthusiast, but a simple bit of Google-fu will solve all your problems. And be specific: what year, which model, the alphanumeric designation, how is it different from other iterations, and your history with the bike. The more specific and accurate you can be, the better.

Step Two: Take Proper Pictures

This is easier than it sounds. You won’t need the latest DSLR or mirrorless magic to make it happen, either. Start low and shoot close. Fill your frame with the bike, and make sure you’re not shooting into the sun. Take photos of both sides of the bike, then lean in for the detail shots. Gauge cluster and instrument panels, engine components, rusty spots, blemishes, etc.

Document it all, and offer it to the internet along with your lengthy descriptor. Also, try and keep the background clear of confusing and/or curious objects. You don’t want emails about that vintage BSA you have sitting in the shed when you’re trying to sell your neglected Nighthawk.

Lastly, make sure your mom approves. Don’t put your girlfriend on the bike, or include photos of you poppin’ gnar wheelies. This is a business transaction, so the pictures should be appropriate, maybe even boring. But ultimately, clear – not too dark or too bright, sharp and detailed.

Step Three: Post, Share, and Spread the Word

Seems like a simple suggestion, yeah? Get your future flash sale on Craigslist, then share the link on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, et al. Tell your friends. Send them the link. Post it on forums most associated with the bike you’re trying to sell. Be shameless. You’re not going to sell the thing if you’re not trying.

Step Four: Vet the Future Owner

I’ve finalized the purchase of countless bikes and cars via email, prior to ever looking at them. If the ad is transparent, the photos decent and the description up to my standards, I’ll usually settle on a purchase price long before looking at the bike in person. What am I getting at? Make sure the guy/gal that wants to “take a look” at your toy is ready to reach into their pocket when the time comes. Tire kickers can get lost.

How can you tell the difference? Their questions will be specific, and so should your answers. Don’t trade the damn thing! And don’t respond to nonsense, either. If you really want to sell this rig, you’ll know who the future owner is long before you meet them.

That said, don’t be afraid to determine a price you’re willing to accept before they see the bike. Build room into your price so that people can negotiate. Want $1,500 for that KZ440? List it for $2,200 and let someone “talk you down.” For some people, haggling is half the fun.

Step Five: All Sales Are Final

The last step in this “selling your bike” thing is to actually sell your bike. This means you need to be available and willing to meet someone on their schedule. Selling is a sport that gets played in the arena outside normal office hours. You might need to meet someone right after work or on your lunch break.

Have the bike in ready-to-sell condition and accessible. Ride it to work every day or park it in a place that’s accessible. Nothing says, “I don’t want to sell this,” like arriving at someone’s house to find your future fun-machine buried in the back of the garage, or in a shed covered by a blue tarp (been there).

Another thing to note is that when the cash comes out, be ready to shake hands and mean it. If an offer is accepted, be sure to shake on it. There’s something about a firm squeeze and shake that says: “This deal is done.”

And done it is. Once the money is exchanged, the Bill of Sale signed and keys offered up, that’s it. Emails or calls about how the bike didn’t make it home, or that it won’t start a week later are met with a firm Buyer’s Beware notice. Also, and perhaps most importantly, be as transparent as possible. Tell the prospective owner all your secrets. Let them know what you’ve done to the bike and why, how long you’ve had it, how long it sat or was ridden, and why you’re selling it. No one wants to buy a bike from a guy who’s just looking to come up a little.


Argument between Vagos club members led to double homicide

A barroom argument Sunday evening ended with two men dead and a third in custody, all three of them allegedly members of an outlaw biker gang.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of the Sports Page, located at 1225 E. Lynwood Drive. The incident was reported to San Bernardino police at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

“There was an altercation in the bar that spilled out into the parking lot,” San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden said. “It looks like the suspect and victims all knew each other.”

Scott Gardner, 45, of Bloomington and Brian Davis, 43, of San Bernardino later died after being taken to a local hospital.

“The suspect then fled the location on his motorcycle and later in the evening, turned himself into the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Morongo Station,” Madden said.

Beau Gabriel Hempel, 38, of Joshua Tree, was arrested on two counts of murder.

He’s currently being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, without the possibility of bail.

“All of the involved parties are members of the same outlaw motorcycle gang,” Madden said.

All three are reportedly members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

Staff writer Doug Saunders contributed to this story.


DUI Suspect Drives Home With Victim’s Motorcycle In Front Bumper

A man is now charged with DUI after striking a motorcyclist Wednesday morning.

It happened at Rangeline Road and Halls Mill Road around 6:00 a.m. Police were called out to the scene where the victim, who was riding the motorcycle, was taken to the hospital. The driver was nowhere to be found.

Police were told the man who hit him had driven off in his Jeep with the motorcycle still attached to his front bumper.

A call tipped off police that the driver was in the 5100 block of Halls Mill Road, not far from where the accident happened.

Around 7:45 a.m. Police then arrested 29-year-old William Pruett. He is now charged with DUI, assault first degree, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

The victim, a 49-year-old male is listed in critical condition.

According to jail records, Pruett was also charged with DUI in 2008.



Riding a motorcycle without wearing safety equipment probably isn’t the greatest idea that anyone has ever had. I think that riding without going so far as putting on a shirt on is an idea that I think most folks would agree is pretty moronic and this rider just about had to learn why.

In this one, we watch as this rider seems to let his motorcycle get the best of him as it slides out from under him and throws the rider on the ground, leaving him to react quickly or loose every square inch of skin that’s currently doing the job of covering the front of his body!

It really makes you gasp when this guy goes down and it looks like the worst is coming, but somehow, he manages to get his hands down to save his body from destruction. That isn’t to say that this one went by pain-free because I can guarantee you that he peeled a good amount of flesh off of his palms.

Check out the video below that shows the clip that will most certainly make your skin crawl as you watch this incredibly close call that could have so easily ended a lot worse than it actually did. Remember kids: when you head out to ride on two wheels, you want to think about your safety first!



This is putting a positive twist on a crappy situation.

Stunt riding on any motorcycle is always a balance of risk vs reward. You push the boundaries of what you and your bike are able to pull off, knowing at any moment, physics can come calling and put and end to the fun.

The best you can hope for when that moment comes is to walk away to ride another day, and this stunter does exactly that in pretty awesome fashion.

As the rider rides a wheelie so high his back fender scrapes the ground, the bike slams forward, tossing the rider into the air before crashing unceremoniously to the concrete. The rider, however, has enough presence of mind and body control to actually land on his feet without so much as a scratch. Thinking quickly, he kills the ignition on his battered bike before spending a moment reflecting on the incident with the camera.

There’s no doubt this could have ended so badly, but instead it made for one badass video!



A Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy is under an Internal Affairs investigation

after being accused that he arrested a Biker in order to get his camera installed on the helmet.

The incident took place near the Stemmons Freeway when a group of bikers was riding together on Memorial Day.

According to Carmen Castro, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, they were reportedly being reckless in front of police cars, taunting the police officers, doing wheelies and repeatedly pressing the brakes.

Very soon after this incident was reported, deputy James Westbrook pulled over a motorcyclist Chris Moore, thinking that he was part of the group of bikers engaging in illegal or unsafe behavior.

Chris Moore thinks that he was pulled over only because he had a camera on the helmet and the deputy had the idea of taking it and using it as evidence.

The camera was turned on during the stop and, according to the footage, when Chris asked the reason for being pulled over, he tells him that it is because he is going to take his camera and use it as evidence of the crimes committed by other bikers. Moore responded that he has no right to take the camera, it is a personal property.

However, Moore was eventually arrested because of an allegedly obstructed license plate, even though the plate can be seen clearly in the footage. And even if that was the case, according to the law, it is an offense that amounts to nothing more than a citation.

The footage shows that it took Westbrook almost three minutes to come up with an accusation. Moore was astounded when he heard the allegation and started reading off the license plate number.


Jay Leno Gifts A Wounded Veteran A Brand New Can Am Spyder! VIDEO

Jay Leno is a famous TV host who used to have his own show for over 20 years.

He is famous for many things other things, but probably the most important for us is that he is a true gearhead!

He owns over 200 vehicles of his own, including several really rare cars!

However, we are not here to talk about his collection. Today we are sharing a video of Jay Leno`s incredible gesture, where he gifts a wounded veteran a brand new Can Am Spyder bike.

Jay is a known philanthropist, but this is a gesture that can shut even the hardest critic.

Richard Silva is an ex-Marine that got severely injured in Fallujah in 2004. His passion was riding bikes. Upon hearing the story about Richard, Jay Leno decided to invite him for a tour of his garage.

Unbeknownst to Mr. Silva, Jay had a surprise in store for him, a brand new Can Am Spyder motorcycle! Jay gave the keys for the new bike to Richard`s son, and Richard started crying after figuring out that the bike in front of him was actually for him!

We applaud Jay for this incredible gift and we thank Mr. Richard Silva for his brave service.

Watch the emotional video below!



Here’s a list of some of the irritating things that all bikers have to experience:

1.The winter stall

Someone stops to let you out, and you try pulling out and nodding thanks at the same time. Your half warm bike thinks your a bit of a wus and stalls half way to prove it!

The moral – manuever first then nod, wave, scratch balls etc….

2.Sitting at a traffic light,

Sitting at a traffic light, trying not to breathe.

3.MOST annoying (and disgusting)

These don’t even come close (well the stalling one does)
The most annoying is riding down the motorway between services in a full face helmet, and you cough, and up comes a mouthful of phlegm. You wait and wait but… you have to swallow it, and by then its gone cold.
It’s why I only buy flip fronts these days.. 🙂

4.The dread in your soul…

when the waft of diesel fuel hits your nostrils half way around a wet island as you massage the throttle, clench butt cheeks and pray to your God you won’t bin it.

5.You stare at it and wonder hows this possible.

The annoying jacket cuff that slips back just enough from under the glove gaunlet to let a draft of cold air in. No matter what you do while riding it keeps letting the draft in until you pull over and readjust it again.


I think I’ll just walk.