American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 236 March 2019 - Page 10

NEWS Euro 4 S&S ‘Grand National’ BRIEFS Harley has had to recall certain ’16- ‘19 Street XG 500, 750 and 750A (’17-‘19) models - brake caliper corrosion may cause brake drag, which can increase the risk of a crash. The NHTSA says some 12,871 units may be affected. The brake calipers may corrode internally after exposure to certain driving environments such as coastal regions or road salt. Harley will install new front and rear brake calipers free of charge. A survey by the Munich, Germany based Ifo economic institute has found that the business climate index in Germany is at its lowest level since 2014. It means that business morale has fallen for the sixth consecutive month and indicates that the German economy is on course to grow only +0.2% in the first quarter. Six motorcycle manufacturers have announced a collaboration to increase on-road rider safety in the United States through data driven approaches and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. American Honda Motor Company, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Indian Motorcycle Company, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. have teamed up to form the Safer Motorcycling Research Consortium (SMRC). The organization was formally incorporated in Washington, DC, as a 501(c)(6) non-profit entity to develop strategies to advance and integrate on-road motorcyclists’ safety through data driven research and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. Exclusively available through Parts Europe/Drag Specialties in Europe, S&S’ Euro 4 homologated mufflers “will exceed the expectations in terms of torque, power and sound. A race catalytic system helps to improve the performance.” S&S Cycle has been on the gas for six decades, but the last five years have seen the Viola, Wisconsin based manufacturer heavily focused on high- performance exhaust systems. The popular ‘Grand National’ muffler line and the classic slash-cut version are now available as Euro 4 homologated slip-on-mufflers - in show chrome or ceramic coated black for 2018- 19 H-D Fat Bob, Street Bob, Low Rider, Softail Slim, Deluxe, Breakout, Fat Boy and Heritage Classic - and exclusively available to dealers in Europe through Parts Europe. Midwest 2019 Catalog Pevely, Missouri based distributor Midwest Motorcycle Supply has released a new print catalog for 2019, with the highlights including a slew of new products in the popular Ultima Motorcycle Products program. Additions to the Ultima range for 2019 include Twin Cam Parts and an extension to the company’s line of Shovelhead engines with a new three- piece crank assembly and availability in four finishes - natural, black, blackout and polished. The Twin Cam additions include ignition coils (also available for 107” and 114” M-8), Twin Cam pistons, pushrod tube kits, speed rods, cams, valve key lock sets, sprocket spacers, thrust washers for crankcase main bearing, counterbalance shaft bearings and more. Best known for driveline parts, assemblies and complete engines and transmissions, the Ultima program also includes cycle parts and accessories, with 2019 updates and additions to the range such as more Ultima Wheel applications (including cush drive), handlebars and forward controls, black brake calipers, chrome and black mufflers and dual exhaust systems. Last fall saw additions to the Ultima engine program including 113” and 127” EFI ‘Competition Series’ engines for Delphi set-ups, and a ‘Builder Value’ stock replacement mild cam 100 incher. Additionally, a new Dealer Portal is now live for online orders, with the option to request a wholesale account.