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BMW Recalls C 600 and C 650 Maxi Scooters

BMW C650 Sport BMW has issued a recall for some 2,000 C 600 and C 650 scooters.

The scooters affected are 2013 to 2015 models. The issue is with the front brake line, which can kink when the handlebars are turned fully to the left. This can cause a brake fluid leak.

The affected machines are  C 600 Sport scooters built Aug. 2, 2012, to March 31, 2014, and the C 650 GT scooters built July 30, 2012, to May 29, 2015.

BMW will be notifying current owners, although the parts to fix the issue will not become available until the 28th of December. BMW will issue a second notice when the parts become available. If you have any questions, you can contact BMW Customer Service at: 1-800-525-7417


Vespa 946 Emporia Armani Arrives in the U.S.

Vespa 946 Emporia Armani Just when you thought your scooter was stylish enough, well-known Italian designer Georgio Armani (yes, they of the elegant purses—bring on the wisecracks) has teamed up with Piaggio to create a special edition scooter for the fashion conscious rider.

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Night Riding

graphic of a scooter riding at night I’d venture to say that there is a fair percentage of scooter riders who have never ridden at night. For some this may be because the need has never arisen. Some others would never entertain the thought for the perceived extra danger.

Personally, I find night riding a pleasant and relaxing activity which, done correctly, is no more dangerous than riding during the day. There are even some distinct advantages safety-wise.

Let’s shed some light on the subject:

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Bennett’s Insurance. Moped and Scooter Guide

Bennett's Insurance I was happy to recently be asked to provide some safety tips for new scooter riders on Bennett’s Insurance’s new Moped & Scooter Ownership Guide.

The guide is a worthwhile read if you’re new to the scooter world, or thinking of entering it. Among other things, it covers licensing requirements for the UK, clothing, buying your first bike, buying electric bikes, resources and, of course, safety! Check it out here!


Honda Recalls 10,000 Grom 125 and Forza Scooters

2014 Honda Forza Honda has issued a recall for 10,076 Grom motorcycles and Forza scooters. The recall is due to fuel system problems.

There is a resin bracket inside the fuel pump, which may swell and lead to a fuel pump failure.

The vehicles involved are: 2014 Grom 125 manufactured between 12th June, 2013 and 24th September 2014. The Forza scooters are models NSS300 and NSS300A manufactured between the 18th of June, 2013, and the 21st of May, 2014.

Honda will be notifying owners, and offering a free replacement fuel pump, or owners may contact Honda on: 1-310-783-2000

Honda’s reference number for this recall is:  JL1 NSS300 (Forza) and JL2 Grom (Grom125)


First Hydrogen Fuelled Scooter

Is this the shape of things to come?

A university in southern Taiwan has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered electric scooter.

Called the “Pegasus One”, its maiden run consisted of 80km (50 miles), but the estimated range is easily double that, according to Dr. Wei-Hsiang Lai, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the National Cheng Kung University.

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New Initiative for Increased Motorcycle/Scooter Use and Safety

Red Scooter A very encouraging initiative came from the Motorcycle Industry Association and the Association of Chief Police Officers today.

Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity; A motorcycle safety and transport policy framework was devised in response to the slow-down in crash statistics for motorcycles and scooters in the UK.

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Micro-Climates

Graphic. Micro-climates Here in Georgia, it’s that time of year when weather conditions are changing rapidly. In the last week alone, we have swung between icy conditions and snow, to beautiful sunshine and spring-like temperatures. And I’m sure we’re going to head back the other way in short order.

It occurs to me that these conditions are perfectly suited to generating the subject of today’s post: Micro-Climates.

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Honda Opens Second Scooter Safety Park in Delhi

Ribbon cutting ceremony Kudos to Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. They have opened their second traffic training park in Delhi to promote safe riding on Delhi’s busy roads.

The traffic training park, which is spread across some 1,172 square metres, is staffed by Honda’s expert safety instructors, and teaches riders from the age of thirteen to experience and handle over one hundred possible road dangers.

The park also caters to teaching younger riders from age nine to twelve on imported Honda CRF-50 bikes.

Mr. Yadvinder S. Guleria, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd, said, “For us, most overwhelming was the enthusiastic response of Delhi women who came forward and enrolled themselves to learn 2 wheeler safe riding program. From 18 year old college students to 45 plus home-makers and working women, over 2100 females enrolled in our Delhi traffic park. To facilitate the same Honda has launched Dream Riding – a safe riding initiative exclusively for females.”

Good for you, Honda. This is something that would help immensely in other countries as well.