Harley Recalls… Touring Bikes Fuel Problem

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Dec 092009

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain 2009 and 2010 Touring motorcycles, including CVO Touring and Trike motorcycles, manufactured from June 6, 2008, through Nov. 19, 2009. The potential number of units affected is 111,569.

The front fuel tank mounts may distort in reaction to severe frame damage from a frontal collision. This condition could cause a fuel leak at the weld of the front bracket to the tunnel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, notes a government bulletin.

Dealers will install a left and right brace, which are intended to reduce front mount distortion during certain crash conditions. The recall is expected to begin on or about Dec. 14.

The NHTSA campaign ID number is 09V457000. Below is a list of the affected models and years.

H-D / FLHP 2009-2010
H-D / FLHPE 2009-2010
H-D / FLHR 2009-2010
H-D / FLHR SHRINE 2009-2010
H-D / FLHRC 2009-2010
H-D / FLHT 2009-2010
H-D / FLHTC 2009-2010
H-D / FLHTCU 2009-2010
H-D / FLHTCU SHRINE 2009-2010
H-D / FLHTCU W/SC 2009-2010
H-D / FLHTCU4-CVO 2009
H-D / FLHTCUSE4 2009
H-D / FLHTCUSE5 2010
H-D / FLHTK 2010
H-D / FLHTP 2009-2010
H-D / FLHX 2009-2011
H-D / FLHXXX 2010
H-D / FLTR 2009
H-D / FLTR3-CVO 2009
H-D / FLTRSE3 2009
Dec 082009


I have been a fan of Sucker Punch Sally for almost 7 years now.  I first saw their bikes in Sturgis is 2003 and was immediately smitten.  In fact, I spoke to Jeff many times before Christian stepped in to take the helm.  I really wanted a SPS for my own, but at the time, was not prepared to take on another bike…. but I digress.  This is a press release about Paul Devine joining up with the SPS Family.  Paul was a high level player in Harley’s executive team and has now switched over to be the Director of Sales and Marketing for Sucker Punch…

Check out all the news in the release below.

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,


pauldevineScottsdale, AZ (December 7, 2009) – Sucker Punch Sallys, prominent bike-builder renowned for their old school and no-nonsense style of bikes, is proud to announce an addition to their qualified and accomplished team of professionals. Paul Devine, a former and integral part of the executive team for Harley-Davidson Motor Company is joining the predominant masters of Old School as their new Director of Sales and Marketing.

Devine formerly held a variety of leadership roles in marketing, licensing and business development for Harley-Davidson. He also has extensive experience in the power-sports industry including training, coaching and mentoring sales. He brings an unparallel passion for the V-Twin industry and is a self-described motorcycle fanatic who has been riding motorcycles since he was 8 years old.

“I have always had a motorcycle and have logged hundreds of thousands of miles in the saddle,” Devine says with a smile.

Devine currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife, Amy and two young sons. In addition to riding, he also takes time to enjoy music, golf, hunting, fishing, camping and traveling. Prior to working with Harley-Davidson he directed industrial graphics for Fujifilm.

Devine is eager to get started promoting the award-winning bike manufacturer synonymous with retro style and quality construction. His first item of business will be creating and further generating an awareness of Sucker Punch Sally’s unique brand by meeting their vast array of satisfied customers and dealers. He also plans to actively increase their distribution channel by signing up new dealers to be a part of the one-of-a-kind Sucker Punch Sally’s experience.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Sucker Punch Sally’s and be a part of a brand that’s genuine to its core. The people creating these motorcycles are an unbelievably talented and dedicated crew. Every hand-crafted machine is a work of art and the attention to detail is unmatched. Sucker Punch Sally’s is seeing exceptional growth in a tough economy. I look forward to meeting the customers and dealers in the year ahead. With their help, I will work to expand the SPS market presence and bring this experience to deserving riders everywhere,” explains Devine.

“Sucker Punch Sally’s is proud to announce the addition of Paul Devine to our team. He has proven himself as a true and effective motorcycle professional,” explains Christian Clayton, Sucker Punch Sally’s owner. “He has been in the industry for years and we can’t wait to see what he can do for our brand.”

Founded in 2002, Sucker Punch Sally’s continues to stay true to their traditional biker values by providing the best stripped-down bobbers and choppers at the most reasonable prices. Located in Scottsdale, AZ, they are continually growing their dealer network throughout the U.S. Their model line has been built up to six different models all of which exude genuine Sucker Punch Sally’s style and panache. To check out their complete line of bikes, dealer info and SPS news visit www.suckerpunchsallys.com.

Nov 082009

You all know I am a photographer and you probably know that my Ol’ Lady is also a photographer… and you might even know that we have a daughter named Camera… so when you put photography and Harleys together, I can’t help but get excited… and you throw in a super model like Marisa Miller posing in a classic pin-up fashion, you can’t keep me from the computer screen.

Seriously though, November is Military Appreciation Month and Harley has put together a campaign that is both patriotic and sexy.  You can send postcards to our military personnel; active military members can enter to win a new Harley delivered by Marisa, and more.

Here is a behind the scenes video about the promotion and showing a little of the photo shoot.  This and other info can be found on Harley’s website at:


Love, Respect, and Thanks to the Troops,



My Baby Likes Em Large, She Likes Em Chunky…

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Aug 072009

fat boy lo 20102

Hey, it may not be a chick’s bike… but it could be MY chick’s bike.  You see, I have been trying to get the ol’ lady onto a Harley for a lot of years now.  She was never into Sportys because they are (were) a little top heavy and stood up a little too much for her 5’2” frame.  She was into the Low Rider for a while and then became interested in the Heritage.  Both can be lowered and are beautiful bikes.  An all time favorite for her, as well as a very large segment of the riding population, has always been the Fat Boy.  And, now, it seems that the Factory has made a Fat Boy that could make my girl sing!

The new Fat Boy Lo comes is a wicked flat black paint scheme, called Denim Black, but if we bought one, we would need to add a couple of flat pink accents (like a star or lightning bolt or something… think a flat Pepto Pink).  Because it is a full sized Harley with a 96” engine we could nickname the Lo, “Big Mamma’s Fat Girl,” or better yet, “Little D’s Big Jugs.”

What makes this baby attractive to my gal, and to lots of guys like myself who are not incredibly tall, is the fact that the bike comes lowered out the door. The front and rear suspension are each lowered by 1.15 inches to give the Fat Boy Lo model a road-hugging stance and the seat height is the lowest of any Harley-Davidson model at just 24.25 inches.  This, coupled with a new, narrower seat makes it possible for almost any rider to place both feet flat on the ground when the motorcycle is at rest.  Take into account that the stainless steel 1.25-inch-diameter handlebar is narrower than the standard Fat Boy handlebar, and you have a comfortable perch for just about anyone!Fat_Boy_Lo_1

The Lo comes with Bullet Hole Disc Cast Aluminum 17-inch wheels front and rear with black centers and machined outer rims. Tire sizes are 200 mm-17” rear and 140 mm-17” front.  I would probably change this out right away for a simple, classic spoke wheel.  Maybe powder coat the whole thing so that you don’t have to worry about the spokes rusting or even having to do more than rinse and go.  The primary reason for this is not because I don’t care for the look of the wheels, quite the contrary actually.  But, because my girl is so small and so light, the last thing she needs are a pair of wheels that catch the wind like a sail.  I ride a Deuce with a solid rear wheel and I know when a side wind hits me… my old Panhead has spoke wheels and I don’t have the same problems.

Again, Harley has it on the money with a cool look.  Following the trends of the past few years, the bike comes with Denim Black finish is applied to the following components: frame, swingarm, front shock covers, derby cover, horn cover, coil cover, oil tank, and air cleaner cover.  A gloss black finish is applied to the triple clamp covers and nacelle, headlight bucket, air cleaner cover trim ring, rear fender supports, footboards.  Like I said… throw a little pink in there and Big Mamma would be a happy gal…. she can be such a girlie girl sometimes.

Love, Respect, and New Harleys,



Mar 222009

Harley Davidson is feeling the pinch as much as everyone else in this dismal economic climate.  They have been trying to keep their customers, gain the female market, grab a hold of younger riders, and even pare down production to keep from flooding the market.  All smart moves. 

What may be a smart for you, if you have a few extra dollars lying around, is to buy into the stock.  Now, I am not an economist by trade, but I do try my best to be wise with my money.  In the past three or four months Harley stock has dropped from over $40 per share to under $12.  Quite a drop.  The good new with this is that if you can invest and wait it out a little while, you should get a good return on your cash.  I have been checking the cushions of the couch, looking for change in the washer and dryer, and picking up the pennies from the floorboards of the truck and think I might be able to buy about 10 shares… well, maybe 7. Not much, but hey, at least I will be a real live investor! 


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,



UPDATE: As this post has been sitting on my desktop, things have changed a bit… Harley stock got down to $11.42/share.  However, last Wednesday, Harley was given an extra year to repay a 500 million dollar loan (due date of March 17, 2010).  Investors were happy with the move and it was apparent in the stock market where HOG  rose 18.0%, or $2.06, to $13.48.