Archive for February, 2009

Helmet House Launches YouTube Channel

February 24, 2009

Riding gear distributor Helmet House has created a YouTube channel offering videos aimed specifically at motorcyclists.

Helmet House distributes product from Cortech, Tour Master, Shoei, HJC, TCX and Utopia. The company plans to use its YouTube channel to post videos of racers, events, rides and interviews with industry personalities, plus helpful tips on hooking up with the right equipment to match specific riding needs.

Some of the first videos include behind-the-scenes interviews with road-racing champions Ben Bostrom and Jake Zemke, the story of Jason McVicar – who set a land-speed record at Bonneville and then later in the day set the record for the fastest survived crash – and a feature on Cortech and Tour Master jackets in action.

“We are excited about bringing fresh insights to riding enthusiasts through YouTube,” says Richard Kimes, director of marketing, Helmet House. “Viewers will be able to enjoy entertaining video clips and also learn about the many elements that go into making superior riding gear. In short, this new Helmet House YouTube channel will be a great way to get closer to the sport of motorcycling.”

Click here to visit the Helmet House YouTube channel.

KTM RC 125 GP Race Bikes for Sale

February 24, 2009

The 2008 U.S. AMA Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM RC 125 race bikes are now for sale through HMC Racing.

There are a limited number of Rookies Cup bikes available, 24 to be exact. Each bike has been refurbished and comes “Ready to Race.” While the Red Bull Rookies Cup will not be held in the U.S. in 2009, the series will continue on in Europe.

All bike sales and future service and spare parts will be handled directly by HMC Racing. Pricing starts as low as $13,900. For more details contact Mitch Hansen at HMC Racing: (920) 242-9639 or mitch@hmcracing.com
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More on Lead with MIC’s Paul Vitrano

February 20, 2009

Industry raconteur, Victory MC flack and Advanstar flunky Robert Pandya talks with Paul Vitrano from the MIC. The subject? Lead, of course. Vitrano explains the impact of the new lead content laws (read here) on the youth powersports market. It’s good stuff.

Missouri Legislator Organizes Email Flood

February 19, 2009

Website Generates 53,000 Emails to CPSC

MIC Delivers 4,400 Letters to Agency

Sen. Klobuchar Questions CPSC’s Lack of Action

Tom Self is the parent of two young motocross riders and he’s unhappy about the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that was signed by President Bush last August. The law bans the sale of ATVs and dirt bikes designed primarily for youths ages 12 and under as of Feb. 10, if the machines contain excessive amounts of lead.

Unfortunately, most youth machines are affected by the law because lead is used in batteries and many alloys such as copper, steel and aluminum contained in valve stems, engine components and vehicle frames.

The law also limits the use of formaldehyde in apparel and phthalates, a chemical used to add flexibility in many plastic products.

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A brief hiatus.

February 19, 2009

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We West Coast DealernewsBloggers will be taking a short break from posting while we move into our new offices. Our Mid Western outpost will like keep the posts flowing fast and freaky so come back for updates on the CPSC/Lead fiasco and other industry updates.

For your regular news head over to Dealernews.com. We’ll be back the week of Jan. 23 after we settle into our new digs.

MY (Dennis Johnson) new address/telephone contact info is:

Dealernews/Advanstar

17770 Cartwright Road Suite 300

Irvine, CA 92614

T: (949) 954-8616

F: (949) 954-8845

E-mail address stays the same.

Grassroots Efforts Aim at CPSC, Congress

February 17, 2009

Websites Send Thousands of Emails to Congress
MIC/SVIA CPSC Letter Campaign Generates Strong Response

The recent letter writing campaign pushed by trade groups to change the ban on kid’s ATVs and dirt bikes  found a ready group of exhibitors and attendees at last weekend’s huge Dealer Expo, the motorcycle industry’s annual B2B equipment show in Indianapolis.

And a website launched by a Missouri state representative has generated tens of thousands of emails to congress in only a few days.

Officials at the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), a trade group located in Irvine, Calif., collected nearly 4,400 signed letters at the Dealer Expo last weekend in support of exclusions under the law for the powersports industry by the end of the four-day show Monday afternoon.  MIC representatives plan to deliver these letters to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this week and send copies to Congressional leaders to urge their support for MIC/SVIA’s request for exclusions. The SVIA (Specialty Vehicle Institute of America) is a trade group representing manufacturers of off-road equipment.

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CPSC Approves Sale of Units for Youths, 12-15

February 17, 2009

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Saturday it has heard the concerns of the motorcycle and ATV industries and riders and is taking action to meet their needs.

The agency is charged with implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that was signed by President Bush last August. The law limits the amounts of lead in paint and materials contained in products designed primarily for youth age 12 and under.

Effective Feb. 10, 2009, any products for children that did not meet the requirements specified in the law could not be sold. These items include ATVs, dirt bikes, apparel, and related parts and accessories for these items.

Now, the agency has decided that machines designated for youths 12-15, formerly the Y12 category, are not prohibited under the CPSIA and can be sold, an agency representative told Dealernews magazine.

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CPSC Blocks MIC Lead Content Petition

February 17, 2009

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has denied the motorcycle industry’s request for temporary relief from the lead content rule covering children’s toys that became effective Feb. 10, 2009, saying it didn’t have authority to grant that relief.

The petitions filed by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) sought temporary exclusions that would have provided an opportunity for powersports companies to clear out inventories that do not meet the new standards.  The CPSC now will consider the MIC/SVIA submissions as it finalizes its rule-making for granting permanent exclusions (more…)

Remember what mom always said: Don’t eat lead or motorcycle parts.

February 16, 2009

The story that has been buzzing all around Indy for this Dealer Expo is the new lead content rules that affect sales of youth ATVs and motorcycles. We’ve covered it extensively over at Dealernews.com and in our Show Dailies. The regulations are the kind of sweeping, all-inclusive legislation that rules out such things as common sense and rational thinking.

Here is one exhibitor’s solution: 

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If you’re reading this and you’re still at Dealer Expo, head over to the Motorcycle Industry Council’s Business Center to voice your concerns. They’re in Booth 4705 in the Indiana Convention Center and sign a pre-printed letter to the CPSC and generate an e-mail to members of congress.

 

“This is a big deal,” said MIC president Tim Buche at the organization’s annual meeting on Friday. He urges people to take charge against the rulings that virtually wipes children’s ATVs, motorcycles and related accessories off the market.

 

You can also go online at www.arra-access.com to generate the letter to congress.

Fulmer Helmets at Dealer Expo

February 15, 2009

 

Branimir Kvartuc shot this pic here at Expo. It rules. He rules.

Branimir Kvartuc shot this pic here at Expo. It rules. He rules. That's Miss Indiana 2008.