As part of a wider program to bring in different perspectives and news from the industry we sought the help and advice of customer and journalist Bob Pickett. Bob’s been writing for publications including Motor Cycle Monthly, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure, UBG and RiDE magazine for a while now and he’s agreed to write a few interesting tidbits from the wider motorcycling World.
Thanks to Bob for the first group of articles.
Triumph to be Moto2 engine supplier
Triumph will replace Honda as supplier of the control engine used in Moto2 from 2019. The British manufacturer has signed a three-year deal to supply a version of the 765cc three-cylinder engine used in the Street Triple, expected to deliver 128bhp. The engine will be paired with an ECU developed by current MotoGP control unit supplier Magneti Marelli.
Harley-Davidson recalls 57,000 bikes
Harley-Davidson is recalling about 57,000 motorcycles worldwide due to a potentially loose oil line. A clamp on an engine oil cooler may not have been fitted correctly, and could come loose. Dealers will inspect and fix the clamps free of charge.
The recall covers certain 2017 Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Police Electra Glide, Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide and Road Glide Special motorcycles.
Sierra Leone offers a new kind of Escort service
A Sierra Leone woman – herself a former prostitute – has been saving other woman from ‘The Life’ by training them to become motorcycle taxi riders.
Mariatu Kamara, 24 was trained – along with 34 other women – to ride a bike as part of a women’s empowerment program. Kamara applied for and received Government funding to buy 18 motorcycles for her trainees. After training, the women started taking fares around the streets of Freetown.
Sadly, the very same government is now making life hard for the cabbies, known as ‘Okadas’. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has banned okadas on a number of major local roads in the centre of Freetown, forcing a number of girls out of the trade. “Work is not there, and the women are very discouraged,” says Fatmata Nathuma, who founded the Female Commercial Motorbike Corporation, the program that trained Kamara.
Former US analyst charged with lying about motorcycle emissions
A former Suzuki analyst has been accused of lying about motorcycle emission figures. Filings lodged with the Environmental Protection Agency were, allegedly, falsified on a series of 2012 motorcycles – a felony violation.
The analyst, Wayne Powell, is no longer with Suzuki, will be charged in Detroit federal court. Powell is accused of knowingly making false statements in reports required to regulate motorcycle emissions of hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants in accordance with federal law.
Suzuki was not a participant in emissions credits banking programs at the time, according to the court filing.