Archive for January 27th, 2009

Suzuki Recalling 26,000 GSX-R1000

January 27, 2009

Stunters beware – American Suzuki is recalling 26,082 model year 2005-2006 GSX-R1000 motorcycles because of an issue with the motorcycle’s frame.

Suzuki says cracking or breakage of the frame can occur in certain extreme situations where unusually high stress is placed on the frame. The OEM says repeated hard landings from hazardous maneuvers such as extreme or extended wheelies or other stunts may generate sufficient stress to cause this problem.

Suzuki says dealers will inspect the frame for cracks. If no cracks are found, a frame reinforcement brace will be attached to the frame using bolts and epoxy adhesive. Should cracks be found during inspection, the frame will be replaced with a new frame that has the reinforcement brace installed.

The recall campaign began on Jan. 21. Click here for more recent powersports recalls.

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Polaris Gives Sled Riders The Rush

January 27, 2009

Polaris Industries Inc. today launched its 2010 600 Rush snowmobile, what the OEM describes as the first snowmobile with a truly progressive-rate rear suspension. The 600 Rush’s bottomless suspension is designed to absorb bumps by transferring the load to the super-rigid PRO-RIDE chassis outfitted with a Walker Evans front track shock and a Walker Evans Comp adjustable rear track shock.

“The new Polaris 600 RUSH truly marks a turning point for the snowmobile industry,” says Scott Swenson, vice president, Snowmobile Division of Polaris Industries Inc. “The progressive-rate rear suspension has been proven in Motocross; Polaris has now become the first company to bring it to snowmobiles. This innovative suspension combined with the new super-rigid PRO-RIDE chassis provides riders with an unprecedented level of rider-active control including improvements in acceleration and cornering.”

“Polaris has really nailed it with this sled,” said Levi LaVallee, a Polaris riding professional Sno-Cross racer and X-Games Gold Medalist. “The Rush puts you in the ideal riding position to transfer my weight for launch, and to set the front end for cornering.

The limited production 2010 Polaris 600 RUSH will be offered as part of the 2010 Polaris Snow Check program beginning in March 2009. Click here for more information and to experience a virtual test ride.

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Specifications
Engine: 600cc liquid-cooled Liberty
Dimensions
Dry Weight: 459 lbs.
Overall Length: 108 in.
Overall Width: 48 in.
Overall Height: 46 in.
Ski Center Distance: 42.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 11 gal.
Suspension
Front: IQ adjustable w/ Walker Evans piggyback front shocks
Front Travel: 9 in.
Rear: Pro-Ride w/ Walker Evans front track shock & Walker Evans Comp. adjustable rear track shock
Rear Travel: 14 in.
Track (W x L x H in.): 15x121x1.25 RipSaw 2-ply
Features
- PERC Reverse
- Multi-Function Display Gauge
- Black Color with Rush Graphics

ABA, NRF Expect Economic Rebound Late in 2009

January 27, 2009

The economy fell at the sharpest rate in nearly three decades in the fourth quarter of last year, and the Economic Advisory Committee (EAC) of the American Bankers Association says it believes the economic downturn will continue through the first half of 2009 before rebounding in the second half. It’s a perspective the National Retail Federation (NRF) apparently shares.

Bruce Kasman, EAC chair and chief economist for JP Morgan Chase, New York, says the committee believes the first half of ’09 will be marked by consumers continuing to retrench, saving more, spending less, and further weakening demand for goods and services.

The NRF, in its 2009 economic forecast released today, says it sees more challenges ahead as consumers continue to shift their spending priorities.

Read a full report here.