Thursday

Triumph ST Recall, Triumph GT Recall

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
TRIUMPH / SPRINT GT 2010
TRIUMPH / SPRINT ST 2010
Manufacturer: TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES AMERICA LTD Mfr's Report Date: DEC 14, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V639000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 216
Summary:
 TRIUMPH IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 SPRINT ST AND GT MOTORCYCLES. THE PLUG/DIPSTICK IS OF AN INCORRECT LENGTH. AS A RESULT, THE ACCURACY OF THE DIPSTICK FOR MEASURING ADEQUATE LEVELS OF OIL MAY BE COMPROMISED AND ADEQUATE OIL LEVELS MAY NOT BE MAINTAINED.
Consequence:
 IN ADEQUATE OIL LEVELS MAY CAUSE THE ENGINE MAY TO SEIZE LEADING TO A LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ENGINE OIL PLUG/DIPSTICK FITTED TO THE CLUTCH COVER.

If you've got a lemon Triumph motorcycle, you need a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon bikes is what we do. And we make them pay your attorney fees too.

Sunday

Greatest Halloween Fright Video

This guy rigged a remote controlled motorbike with a skeleton driving and called it his "Jackie" bike. Then he hid across the street from a walled cemetery and when people walked by at night the skeleton rides up and gives them the fright of their life. Okay, Monday we'll get back to more serious stuff, but a little break can be fun once in awhile.

Besides, if the bike turns out to be a lemon, we're sure he'll call us for help. We're just not sure we'll answer.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's too short to ride a lemon bike, or a haunted one.
With a special thanks to my dad who forwarded this Halloween greetings to me.
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Thursday

Court Cancels Sale of Haunted House


It's the perfect story for Halloween. In 1989 Jeffrey Stambovsky bought an old Victorian house on the banks of the Hudson River at the bottom of a dead end street in the Village of Nyack, NY. At first he thought he got a good deal. But he didn't know what the seller knew.

It was haunted.

You can find the court case in a reported decision - 169 A.D.2d 254, 572 N.Y.S.2d 672 is the citation where you can find the case in a lonely law book hidden away on a dusty shelf in the dark damp corners of an empty law library that echoes your footsteps down the hallway as you search among the stacks of musty leather bound volumes no one reads anymore, tucked away in rooms no one dares to enter.

As the court of appeals laced its decision with ghostly references to literature and lore, the court also did something that no other court seems to have ever done - it held that the home was haunted as a matter of law. No if, and or but about it. The poltergeist, it seems, was legally declared to be real. Or was it?

Quipped the judge, "I am moved by the spirit" as he proceeded to declare that "From the perspective of a person in the position of plaintiff herein, a very practical problem arises with respect to the discovery of a paranormal phenomenon: 'Who you gonna' call?' " Of course, we all know the answer to that one.

The buyer had signed an "as is" clause so the seller, Helen Ackley, argued to the court that there was nothing the buyer could do. He certainly couldn't sue her, she said, and the trial court agreed. Apparently the buyer had never asked if the house was haunted so, technically, the seller never really lied or hid it from him. He just didn't discovery it until he moved in. Haunted by the seller's treacherous deceit, the plaintiff appealed.

Like the 3 ghostly apparitions residing in the home, the appellate papers worked their way through the twists and turns of the legal system until they ended up on the desk of Justice Rubin of New York's Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. Then, on an undoubtedly stormy summer night in 1991, no doubt with a headless horseman effigy hanging from a tree out front in the dark, Justice Smith sided up with Justice Rubin and together they crafted their wiley words that would undo the heartless seller's dirty deed.

No doubt with a straight face, the appellate judges noted the difficulties a buyer would face if the ghostly-burdened seller was allowed to avoid liability by her silence. "The notion that a haunting is a condition which can and should be ascertained upon reasonable inspection of the premises is a hobgoblin which should be exorcised from the body of legal precedent and laid quietly to rest." And so they proceeded.

With citations to the ghost of Hamlet from Shakespeare, joined by Prosser on Torts, and muddied with actual case law to support the fearful logic of it all, Justice Rubin noted the difficulties faced by all home buyers if the seller's "as is" clause allowed her to sweep under the rug the loud proclaiming she had made (both nationally and locally) about her home's regular (and irregular) hauntings, made in the years before this unsuspecting buyer came along.

"Applying the strict rule of caveat emptor to a contract involving a house possessed by poltergeists conjures up visions of a psychic or medium routinely accompanying the structural engineer and Terminix man on an inspection of every home subject to a contract of sale," announced the court of appeals. A normal "subject to inspection" clause might never be the same.

In a written decision that resulted in 17 published points of law [which lawyers call "headnotes", not to be confused with the headless notes of less worthy court decisions, no doubt], the court ruled that since the house was haunted with poltergeists, then the seller did not deliver the premises "vacant" as required by the sales contract. Ahah, with the contract breached, a remedy had to be found.

To that end, the court declared the contract rescinded by the Law of Equity - and with that the seller's ownership of the home arose like a zombie from the grave to haunt her again. And the buyer's purchase was cancelled as the court ghoulisly called the sale "a most unnatural bargain."

So, if this Halloween season you are lured into buying a house without knowing it's haunted, you might want to call the fabled lawyer who got this seller back his money. He went on the become the town attorney for a nearby New York community - presumably where there are no poltergeists.

As for the seller, Helen Ackley, she finally sold the house and moved to Florida in the early 1990's. And just by a curious coincidence, perhaps, just across the river from the haunted house is Tarreytown. Sound familiar? It should. All little children have heard the story. That's where the famed Sleepy Hollow is - the one described by Washington Irving's Halloween tale of the headless horseman, "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow."

Burdge Law Office
http://www.burdgelaw.com/
Helping consumers protect themselves everyday, even from poltergeists.

Special thanks goes out to Nadine, a great friend and source of the case citation above.
The photo above is copyright by Warner Bros. from their 1940's movie "I Walked With a Zombie"

Monday

Ducati Desmosedici Recall

Vehicle Make Model: Model Year(s):
DUCATI DESMOSEDICI RR 2008
Manufacturer: DUCATI NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date: SEP 24, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V370000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE Potential Number of Units Affected: 386
Summary:

 DUCATI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 DESMOSEDICI RR MOTORCYCLES. DUE TO INSUFFICIENT DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TAIL GUARD AND THE EXHAUST SYSTEM, THE TAIL GUARD COULD OVERHEAT.
Consequence:

 OVERHEATING OF THE TAIL GUARD COULD CREATE A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD.
Remedy:

 DUCATI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE MOTORCYCLES

If you own a lemon Ducati and your dealer can't or won't help you, you need the motorcycle lemon laws at USLemonLawyers.com. We've been getting rid of lemon bikes since 1978.

Panther P150 Recall, Panther P50 Recall

Do you own one of these potential lemon Panther motorcycles?

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
PANTHER / P150 2008-2009
PANTHER / P50 2008-2009
Manufacturer: PANTHER MOTORS INC Mfr's Report Date: SEP 23, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V379000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: PARKING BRAKE Potential Number of Units Affected: 434
Summary:

 PANTHER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 MOTORCYCLES. THESE MOTORCYCLES FAIL TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 122, "MOTORCYCLE BRAKE SYSTEMS." THE STANDARD REQUIRES A STRICTLY MECHANICAL FORM OF ENGAGEMENT OF A MOTORCYCLE PARKING BRAKE, WHEREAS THE PARKING BRAKE ON THESE MOTORCYCLES RELIES IN PART ON HYDRAULIC PRESSURE.
Consequence:

 IN THE EVENT OF A LOSS OF HYDRAULIC PRESSURE THROUGH THE LOSS OF BRAKE FLUID, BRAKE PERFORMANCE WILL DEGRADE INCREASING THE RISK OF CRASH.
Remedy:

 PANTHER WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS

If you've got a lemon bike, you need a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon motorcycles is what we do.

Ducati F1098S Streetfighter Recall

Do you own one of these dangerously stalling Ducati Streetfighter potential lemon motorcycles?

Vehicle Make Model: Model Year(s):
DUCATI F1098S STREETFIGHTER 2010
Manufacturer: DUCATI NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date: SEP 24, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V365000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING Potential Number of Units Affected: 247
If you've got a lemon motorcycle, you need a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemons is what we do. Everyday. www.MotorcycleLemonLaw.com

Summary:

 DUCATI IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2010 F1098S STREETFIGHTER MOTORCYCLES. THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT GROUND SCREW MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY TIGHTENED DURING PRODUCTION WHICH CAN CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL.
Consequence:

 STALLING WHILE DRIVING CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:

 DEALERS WILL RETIGHTEN THE GROUND SCREW.

If you've got a lemon motorcycle, you need a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemons is what we do. Everyday.

Friday

Auto Moto XY150Zk Recall

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
THE AUTO MOTO XY150ZK 2009-2010

Manufacturer:
ZHEJIANG XINGYUE VEHICLE CO., LTD
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 29, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V405000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:CONTROLS:FOOT CONTROL Potential Number of Units Affected: 305
Summary:

 XINGYUE IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 MOTOR SCOOTERS MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 2009 THROUGH JUNE 2010. THE REAR BRAKE CONTROL IS ACTUATED BY THE DRIVER'S RIGHT FOOT AND NOT THE LEFT HAND AS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLES SAFETY STANDARD NO. 123, "MOTORCYCLE CONTROLS AND DISPLAYS."
Consequence:

 THE MOTORCYCLES DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF THE BRAKING STANDARD.
Remedy:

 XINGYUE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE REAR BRAKE SYSTEM.

If you've got a lemon motor scooter, and they won't take it back or replace it, then you need a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon bikes is what we do. Making them give you back your money and pay your attorney fees is only fair. After all, life's too short to drive a bad bike.

Wednesday

Harley Davidson FXDF Recall

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
Harley Davidson FXDF, H-D FXDF 2010
Manufacturer: HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: JUL 19, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V329000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY Potential Number of Units Affected: 70
Summary:

 HARLEY-DAVIDSON IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 FXDF MOTORCYCLES WITH FORK LEG ASSEMBLIES (LH P/N 48622-08, RH P/N 48623-08) MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 29 THROUGH FEBRUARY 9, 2010. THESE FORK LEG ASSEMBLIES MAY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY ASSEMBLED USING THE WRONG SPRINGS.
Consequence:

 MOTORCYCLES CONTAINING THE WRONG SPRINGS WILL HAVE REDUCED SUSPENSION EFFECTIVENESS WHICH MAY RESULT IN REDUCED TRACTION ON IRREGULAR ROAD SURFACES, AND WILL ALSO HAVE A DIFFERENT LEAN ANGLE WHEN PARKED ON THE SIDE STAND, POSSIBLY AFFECTING PARKING STABILITY. THIS CONDITION MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:

 HARLEY-DAVIDSON WILL NOTIFY OWNERS

Got a lemon Harley Davidson motorcycle? Get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon bikes and getting you back your money is what we do. We've helped thousands of clients since 1978. If you've got a lemon, don't take a chance. We can help.

Monday

Ducati MTS1200 Recall

It's the third recall we've been notified of just today on this bike model. What's up Ducati?

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DUCATI MTS1200 2010

Manufacturer:
DUCATI NORTH AMERICA
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 28, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V358000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING Potential Number of Units Affected: 196

Summary:
 DUCATI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 MULTISTRADA 1200 MOTORCYCLES. DURING PRODUCTION AN INCORRECT SCREW MAY HAVE BEEN INSTALLED IN THE MOTORCYCLE'S STEERING HEAD. THIS SITUATION COULD CAUSE THE STEERING HEAD TO POSSIBLY BECOME LOOSE DURING NORMAL OPERATION.

Consequence:
 ANY LOOSENING OF THE STEERING HEAD COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO STEER THE MOTORCYCLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
 DEALER WILL REPLACE THE STEERING HEAD SCREW WITH THE CORRECT SCREW.

Got a bad Ducati bike? Is it a lemon motorcycle? Then get a Burdge attorney and get your money back so you can go buy a bike that runs right. It's quite an understatement to say (see above) that the loosening of the steering head could 'adversely affect" one's ability to steer a motorcycle.

If you've got a lemon Ducati, get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon bikes is what we do. Everyday. Since 1978.

Ducati MTS1200 Recall

When it rains, it pours for Ducati.
Vehicle Make / Model:
Model Year(s):
DUCATI MTS1200 2010

Manufacturer:
DUCATI NORTH AMERICA
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 28, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V357000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:MOTORCYCLE KICKSTAND/CENTER STAND Potential Number of Units Affected: 495
Summary:

 DUCATI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 MULTISTRADA 1200 S TOURING EDITION MOTORCYCLES. THE MOTORCYCLE'S CENTER STAND MOUNTING SCREWS MAY COME LOOSE DURING NORMAL OPERATION. THIS SITUATION COULD CAUSE THE CENTER STAND TO POSSIBLY BECOME DISPLACED FROM ITS INTENDED MOUNTING POSITION RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THE MOTORCYCLE AND A POTENTIAL HAZARD TO THE RIDER.
Consequence:

 ANY DISPLACEMENT OF THE CENTER STAND COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO CONTROL THE MOTORCYCLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:

 DEALER WILL REMOVE THE CENTER STAND SCREWS APPLY THREAD-LOCKING COMPOUND AND REINSTALL THE SCREWS TO THE SPECIFIED TORQUE.

Got a lemon Ducati motorcycle? Get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon bikes, and getting you back your money, is what we've been doing since 1978.

Ducati MTS1200 Recall

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DUCATI MTS1200 2010

Manufacturer:
DUCATI NORTH AMERICA
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 28, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V356000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CABLES Potential Number of Units Affected: 396
Summary:

 DUCATI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 MULTISTRADA 1200 MOTORCYCLES. THE THROTTLE CABLES MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE UPPER EDGE OF THE RADIATOR DURING NORMAL OPERATION OF THE MOTORCYCLE. THIS SITUATION COULD CAUSE THE THROTTLE CABLES TO BECOME CHAFED BY THE RADIATOR RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THE MOTORCYCLE AND A POTENTIAL HAZARD TO THE RIDER.
Consequence:

 DAMAGE TO THE CABLES COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE MOTORCYCLE'S THROTTLE OPERATION AND THEREBY REDUCE THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO CONTROL THE SPEED OF THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:

 DEALER WILL SECURE THE THROTTLE CABLES TO THE FRAME ABOVE THE RADIATOR TO PREVENT CONTACT.

Got a lemon Ducati motorcycle? Get a Burdge attorney. We've helped thousands of vehicle owners get back their money and get a new motorcycle, a new car, new truck or other vehicle. Since 1978, it's what we do.

Yamaha YZF-R6 Recall

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
YAMAHA YZF-R6 2005-2010

Manufacturer:
YAMAHA MOTOR CORPORATION, USA
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 02, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V365000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING Potential Number of Units Affected: 54000
Summary:

 YAMAHA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 THROUGH 2010 YZF-R6 MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 2005 THROUGH MARCH 2010. THE MOTORCYCLE'S FRONT SIDE REFLECTOR WAS NOT PLACED AT THE PROPER HEIGHT WHICH FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT."
Consequence:

 VISIBILITY OF THE MOTORCYCLE WILL BE DECREASED, POSSIBLY INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:

 YAMAHA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS.

Got a lemon motorcycle? Get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon Yamaha bikes is what we do. Since 1978.

Tuesday

Yamaha FJR1300 Recall, Yamaha FZS600 Recall, Yamaha YZF-R1 Recall

Yamaha is known for its "fight at all costs" attitude when it comes to lemon bikes. And Yammie fans are a loyal bunch. But if you've got this lemon bike's stalling problems, you need help. Do you own one of these potential lemon Yamaha motorcycles?

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
YAMAHA FJR1300 2005
YAMAHA FZS600 2005
YAMAHA YZF-R1 2005
Manufacturer: YAMAHA MOTOR CORPORATION, USA Mfr's Report Date: SEP 15, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V360000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL Potential Number of Units Affected: 180
Summary:

 YAMAHA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005 MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN OCTOBER 2004 AND APRIL 2005. THE THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR CAN FAIL.
Consequence:

 FAILURE OF THE THROTTLE POSITION COULD CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy:

 YAMAHA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR.

If you've got a lemon Yamaha motorcycle, we can help. Getting rid of lemon bikes is what we do. Getting back your money makes it even better.

Honda VTX1800 Recall

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HONDA VTX1800 2002
Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.) Mfr's Report Date: SEP 14, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V362000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS Potential Number of Units Affected: 688
Summary:

 HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002 VTX1800 MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN AUGUST 14 AND OCTOBER 4, 2001. THE SWINGARM MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY WELDED.
Consequence:

 THE SWINGARM COULD BREAK WHILE RIDINGCAUSING THE RIDER TO LOSE CONTROL, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN CRASH.
Remedy:

 HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE WELD AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE SWINGARM.

Reading this sort of makes you wonder if the welding guy was off that day.

If you've got a lemon Honda motorcycle, get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of bad bikes is what we do. Getting back your money only makes it better, too.

Buell XB12SS Recall

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BUELL XB12SS 2009
Manufacturer: BUELL MOTORCYCLE CO. Mfr's Report Date: SEP 02, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V347000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC Potential Number of Units Affected: 405
Summary:

 BUELL IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2009 XB12SS MOTORCYCLES. THE FRONT BRAKE LINE MAY CONTACT THE FRONT TIRE. THIS CONTACT COULD CAUSE A HOLE TO DEVELOP IN THE FRONT BRAKE LINE, ALLOWING BRAKE FLUID TO LEAK.
Consequence:

 THIS CONDITION MIGHT CAUSE AN INEFFECTIVE FRONT BRAKE AND LEAD TO A CRASH.
Remedy:

 DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT BRAKE LINE AND IF UNDAMAGED, INSTALL A GUIDE ON THE LINE. IF THE LINE IS DAMAGED, IT WILL BE REPLACED AND RE-ROUTED.

This isn't the way you thought the brakes would wear out, is it? If you've got a Buell lemon bike, or a lemon motorcycle of any kind, we can help. Helping bikers get rid of their lemon motorcycle and get their money back, is what we do. Call us and we can do it for you too.

Wednesday

Are Federal Safety Investigators Hiding Recalls Again?

On Jan. 22, 2010, CF MOTO reported to federal safety investigators that the rear brakes system on its CF250T motorcycles, built between 2005 and Dec. 31, 2009, failed to comply with federal motorcycle safety requirements because they were designed for "scooters" instead of motorcycles. CF MOTO's lawyers sent to letter to Stuart Seigel in NHTSA's Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance in Washington. We have a copy of that letter.

NHTSA received all the proper documents to commence a recall to protect the safety of several thousands motorcycle owners nationwide. They even posted the recall in their online "NHTSA Recall Database" where the public could find it.

Buried in the small print was the statement by CF MOTO that it was not going to tell current owners of the recalled motorcycles of the defect for another few months and that it also had no intention of even telling their dealers of it for another couple of months. Of course, doing that would allow dealers to keep selling the recalled motorcycles without the dealers or the public knowing that the rear brake systems were the wrong ones. "Trust us. We'll get around to it" seemed to be the message.

Then a funny thing happened. The recall disappeared. Gone. Taken off the web site. Why?

Is NHTSA falling prey to more overseas undue influence? Did CF MOTO decide to get cozy with federal regulators, like Toyota did in order to save itself millions of dollars?

So far, the explanation is fuzzy, to put it mildly. Maybe NHTSA investigators are still "investigating" but if the manufacturer admits it built it wrong, what is there to investigate? Why the stall and delay? And in the meantime, how many owners are riding around thinking they have the right kind of brakes when they don't?

Maybe the recall is a big deal. We're sure CF MOTO would say it is not. That raises the question. Since when did a recall become a "not-recall"?
If you own a CF MOTO, you might want to be careful out there on the street. And you might want to ask NHTSA just whose side they're on. After all, there's a reason the name of the recall agency is the National Highway Traffic SAFETY Administration.

Burdge Law Office
http://www.motorcyclelemonlaw.com/
Because life's too short to ride a bad motorcycle,
no matter who built it.

Thursday

CFMoto CHG CF 250 Recall

CHG CF250T V3 2005-2009
CHG CF250T V5 2005-2009

Manufacturer:
CFMOTO POWERSPORTS, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: JAN 13, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V027000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A


Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:CONTROLS:HAND CONTROL Potential Number of Units Affected: 6405
Summary:

 CFMOTO POWERSPORTS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005 THROUGH 2009 SCOOTERS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2005, AND DECEMBER 31, 2009. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 123, "MOTORCYCLE CONTROLS AND DISPLAYS." THE SUBJECT VEHICLES WERE intended to be MANUFACTURED AS SCOOTERS AND THEREFORE LACK A REAR WHEEL FOOT BRAKE AS REQUIRED FOR MOTORCYCLES BY THE STANDARD.
Consequence:

 THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONSEQUENCE AS IT RELATES TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY.
Remedy:

 CFMOTO POWERSPORTS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL INSTALL A RIGHT FOOT CONTROL REAR WHEEL BRAKE KIT

So, at what point did some knucklehead in China say "how about we start building motorcycles and just use our old scooter design for the brakes, guys?" And they don't even bother to see if it's legal? Dumb. Just plain dumb. Okay, maybe worse than dumb.

Only thing dumber is that CFMOTO is saying they aren't even going to tell their dealers about the recall though until June and they won't tell their customers who bought the bad motorcycles until July 2010. What is this? A secret? Or is it a plan to give its dealers a chance to quietly unload all the recalled motorcycles before the public finds out and maybe before the dealers themselves know what they are doing?

If you've got a bad bike, be careful. There's a reason they require brakes on the wheels, both the wheels. If you've got a lemon CFMoto, get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon bikes is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Aprilla RSV4 Recall

APRILLA RSV4 2010
Manufacturer: PIAGGIO USA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JAN 25, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
10V029000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE Potential Number of Units Affected: 335
Summary:

 PIAGGIO IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 APRILIA RSV4 "FACTORY¿ AND RSV4 "R" MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JULY 2, 2009, AND OCTOBER 30, 2009. IN MANUFACTURING THE CONNECTING RODS, A PROCESS WAS USED TO STRAIGHTEN THE ROD IN ORDER TO MEET SPECIFICATIONS. THIS PROCESS INTRODUCED STRESSES INTO THE RODS WHICH GREATLY AFFECTED STRENGTH AND RELIABILITY.
Consequence:

 CONNECTING RODS IN THE AFFECTED VEHICLES COULD FAIL AND CAUSE ENGINE FAILURE THAT COULD LEAD TO A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, RESULTING IN A CRASH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR DEATH.
Remedy:

 PIAGGIO WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE ENGINES

In other words, the engine falls apart while you are riding it? And they say that it "could" cause an accident? What, are they thinking the engine will fall apart while it's parked in the garage? Go figure.

If you've got a lemon Aprilla, or a lemon Piaggio, or any other motorcycle lemon, get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon bikes is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Wednesday

BMW F650 Recall, BMW F800 Recall

Do you own one of these potentially stalling lemon BMW bikes?

2008 through 2010BMW F650 GS

2008 through 2010 BMW F800 GS

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 17, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V499000
PE09051NHTSA Action Number: PE09051

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4498

Summary: BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 THROUGH 2010 F650 GS AND F800 GS MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 2008 AND DECEMBER 2009. DURING ENGINE OPERATION, A VACUUM IS CREATED IN ORDER TO DRAW FRESH AIR INTO THE CANISTER. THIS AIR THEN MIXES WITH THE FUEL VAPORS CAPTURED BY THE CANISTER, AND IS SUBSEQUENTLY COMBUSTED. DUE TO THE ROUTING OF THE VENTILATION HOSE, WATER NEAR THE END OF THE HOSE COULD BE DRAWN INTO THE CHARCOAL CANISTER.

Consequence: WATER COULD FLOW INTO THE CANISTER CAUSING A STALLING CONDITION INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND ADD AN ADDITIONAL HOSE AND ROUTE IT SUCH THAT THE PRESENT DEFECT IS PREVENTED.

Got a bad bike? Is your BMW motorcycle a lemon motorcycle? Get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of bad bikes is what we do. Everyday. Since 1978.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's too short to drive a bad bike.