The William Shatner co-designed Rivet One trike with a Cadillac CTS-V's supercharged V8 is going into limited production, on a build-to-order basis. Shatner is riding one from Chicago to Los Angeles laster this year.
BMW and NHTSA are recalling over 43,000 motorcycles over an issue with the rear wheel mounting flange that could crack if the bolts are overtightened. To fix the problem, they're replacing the aluminum flange with a steel one.
Polaris issues a recall and stop-sale order for its Slingshot over two issues. Certain models might have been fitted with defective ball bearings in the steering column, failure of which could cause loss of steering. It's also possible that installed roll-hoops don't meet company performance specs. Both problems will be fixed free-of-charge.
Husqvarna has announced that the 401 Svartpilen and 401 Vitpilen motorcycle concepts it showed off at EICMA last year are going into production as 2017 models. The bikes, based on the KTM 390, are meant to show what modern Husky design simplicity looks like, as well as how the tiny Swedish brand will differentiate itself from KTM.
Four years ago we posted on the three-wheeled foam car that made it to the round-of-four in X-Prize competition. Its inventor, Lon Ballard, created the vehicle for the sole purpose of lowering the number of road fatalities and has spent the intervening years refining the idea, and beginning pilot production of electric and gas-powered variants.
The three-wheeled Rivet One isn't a motorcycle or a trike, it is referred to as a "land jet," and it is what William Shatner's imagination looks like. Yes, that William Shatner, who says he plans to ride the Rivet One from Chicago to LA this summer.
Jay Leno might have a massive collection of treasured vehicles, but there are some favorites in there. This week on Jay Leno's Garage, he takes a ride on one of them – a 1925 Brough Superior SS100. These bikes were among the premiere motorcycles of their day and were certified to hit 100 miles per hour. Leno even put a drop of his own blood into the cycle's tank to strengthen their bond.
A friend of Georgia resident Chuck Beck owned a Lamborghini that died in a fire, leaving only its engine. This friend offered that engine to Beck, and Beck not only accepted, he gave it a second life that rivals Bucky Barnes morphing into The Winter Soldier for outlandish second acts.
For the first time since 2009, motorcycle fatalities decreased year-on-year in 2013: the Fatality Analysis Reporting System compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration counted 4,668 motorcyclist deaths last year compared to 4,896 in 2012.
Connecticut is the latest state to decide that the Polaris Slingshot is not a motorcycle and therefore can't be registered for the road there. It appears that the only solution is for Polaris to go to the legislature to create a separate designation for vehicles like its three-wheeler.