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Polaris Debuts 2015 Snowmobile Lineup

The all-new AXYS TM platform delivers new levels of rider-balanced control, acceleration and comfort MINNEAPOLIS, MN – March 4, 2014 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – Celebrating 60 years as a respected leader in the snowmobiling industry, Polaris’ commitment to innovation strikes again. The 2015 snowmobile lineup features the all-new AXYS TM platform, designed to deliver unmatched handling and performance, along with two new long-track INDY models for exceptional on-and off-trail riding.

The 2015 sleds were introduced this week during Polaris’ dealer meeting at Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Sixty years ago, our founders invented the modern snowmobile, establishing a culture of innovation at Polaris, said Mike Jonikas, vice president, snowmobiles, Polaris Industries Inc. That culture continues today.

We are committed to delighting riders with world class quality and industry leading comfort. Our new AXYS platform and long-track INDY models were designed to redefine our rider’s experience and further deliver on our promise to provide those riders with terrain dominating control. In addition to unveiling sleds to dominate any terrain, Polaris also announced an expanded SnowCheck Select program for 2015 that offers riders more customization options than ever before.

With more than 20,000 unique combinations to choose from, riders may select their model, color and equipment options to suit their riding style. The 2015 program runs now through April 15, 2014. Riders can customize their sleds online at Complete details can be found online or by visiting a local Polaris dealer.

2015 MODEL SEGMENTS ALL NEW AXYS TM PLATFORM FOR RUSH® SWITCHBACK® Polaris is once again showcasing its strong engineering, innovation, manufacturing capabilities and dedication to the rider experience with the introduction of the all-new AXYS platform – a true game changer. AXYS radically raises the bar in control, performance and comfort. This next generation premium platform is featured in nine new 2015 models within two familiar segments: RUSH and SWITCHBACK.

Built with 93 percent new parts, the AXYS chassis is truly all new. AXYS was designed to redefine the rider’s overall experience through rider-balanced control, unrivaled acceleration and rider-centric comfort. Rider-balanced control is all about flatter cornering and greater control on any terrain. To achieve this, Polaris altered the rider’s location on the sled, centralized the vehicle mass and optimized the suspension geometry.

AXYS delivers unrivalled acceleration by pairing more power with less weight. More power starts with the new 800 HQ engine with electronically controlled exhaust values. Additionally, Polaris achieved a 38 lb. weight reduction to provide the industry’s lightest flatland sleds.

Finally, models on the AXYS platform offer the ultimate in rider comfort with integrated storage, enhanced wind protection, improved controls, a more comfortable seat, longer and wider running boards and standard LED headlights – an industry first. Models that include AXYS include: 600 RUSH PRO-S, 800 RUSH PRO-S, 800 RUSH PRO-X, 800 Switchback PRO-S, 600 Switchback PRO-S, 600 Switchback Adventure, 800 Switchback PRO-X DEEP SNOW LINEUP: RMK® AND SWITCHBACK® ASSAULT Year after year, Polaris’ Deep Snow models outshine the competition with the ultimate combination of power, strength, lighter weights and durability.

Weighing in at only 417 lbs. RMK is 42 lbs. lighter than the nearest competitor making it the lightest and most flickable sled on the market. The 2015 collection of RMK, PRO-RMK, ASSAULT and SWITCHBACK ASSAULT models continue to defy deep snow and high climbs. At the core of these sleds is the PRO-RIDE RMK chassis, which is purpose-built for deep snow riding, and the sleds strong, ultra-light Carbon Fiber Infrastructure.

The RMK’s Coil-Over Rear Suspension outperforms competitor sleds in deep snow, offering more control and excellent flotation to climb higher and faster, supplemented by Gripper skis. Additionally, PRO-RMK models leverage the QuickDrive TM Low Inertia Drive System for quicker acceleration and increased flickability. Riders with a passion for extreme terrain riding are a perfect match for ASSAULT models.

The 600 Switchback ASSAULT and its 800 counterpart, offer a nimble machine capable for both trail and backcountry riding thanks to their 144 uncoupled skid, with tipped-up rails, rail reinforcements and a Cobra track for excellent flotation. In 2015, RMK riders have the ultimate opportunity to truly customize their sled, building it from the ground up to suit their riding preferences.

The 2015 SnowCheck Select program offers more than 20,000 unique combinations of chassis, suspension, track, color and tunnel and rail choices. Models Include: 600 RMK 144, 600 RMK 155, 600 PRO-RMK 155, 800 RMK 155, 800 PRO-RMK 155, 800 RMK Assault 155, 800 PRO-RMK 163, 800 SWITCHBACK Assault 144, 600 SWITCHBACK Assault 144 INDY®: GREATER OFF-TRAIL VERSATILITY WITH NEW 155 TRACK MODELS Polaris is once again adding to the most legendary name in snowmobiling with the introduction of the new 550 INDY Voyageur 155 and 550 INDY Adventure 155 aimed to provide riders enhanced versatility both on- and off-trail.

These new 155-inch track models deliver the ultimate in deep snow flotation, the best trail handling, no matter the speed, and unmatched hauling and towing capabilities. The new 155 INDY models offer superior ride, handling and versatility thanks to three key features including, 155 articulated rear suspension, PRO-FLOAT skis and aggressive high-flotation Cobra 155-inch track.

The ultimate in recreational utility, INDY Voyageur models are light with great cargo towing capabilities allowing them to excel at both work and play. The 2015 INDY Adventure models, 550 INDY Adventure 144 and the new 550 INDY Adventure 155 are easily configured for solo or 2-up riding and feature the most innovate cargo system in snowmobiling.

The INDY lineup also includes two additional long-track models (550 INDY XLT 144 and 550 INDY 144) and four performance models (800 INDY SP, 600 INDY SP, 600 INDY and 550 INDY) thus offering the ideal sled for every rider. Additionally, in recognition of 60 years of snowmobile excellence, Polaris is offering two specially equipped INDY models – the 800 INDY SP 60 th Anniversary Model and the 600 INDY SP 60 th Anniversary Model – exclusively through SnowCheck Select.

Models Include: 800 INDY Voyageur 144, 550 INDY Voyageur 155, 550 INDY Voyageur 144, 550 INDY LXT 144, 550 INDY Adventure 155, 550 INDY Adventure 144, 800 INDY SP, 600 INDY, 550 INDY 144, 550 INDY IQ® Designed for solo or 2-up adventures, the 600 IQ LXT is perfect for long rides. A strong collection of features geared toward comfort – from handwarmers for both driver and passenger and a 2-up pillow seat to the smooth-riding IQ 136 Comfort rear suspension and an adjustable, five-position steering post for positioning the bars – ensure riders are comfortable on even the highest-mileage rides.

The 600 IQ WideTrak is built to easily transition from work to recreation. Its 600 Cleanfire® engine, IQ independent front suspension, Gripper skis and Utility Tipped-Rear rear suspension combine to handle demanding work tasks with a combination of power, flotation and control.

Models include: 600 IQ LXT, 600 IQ WideTrak YOUTH The 120 INDY, Polaris’ youth offering, is specifically designed for young riders, providing a fun, full riding experience while incorporating several special safety features. The 120’s four-stroke engine is built for efficiency and trouble-free performance, perfect for a starter sled. Models include: 120 INDY

Bipartisan Senate bill would ban federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints

PICKERINGTON, OH – March 5, 2014 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – A bipartisan bill introduced today by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) would prohibit the use of federal funds in establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints. This is a similar bill to H.R. 1861, introduced in in the U.S.

House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). Specifically, the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act would restrict the Secretary of Transportation from granting funds to any government entity for a program to check helmet use or to create checkpoints for an operator of a motorcycle or a passenger on a motorcycle.

The American Motorcyclist Association fully supports the bill. During the past two years, federal, state and local governments spent more than a half million dollars on motorcycle-only checkpoints, said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. The AMA believes that money could be better spent supporting programs that conduct rider education, reduce distracted driving and encourage motorist awareness of motorcycles.

The AMA has tracked motorcycle-only checkpoints since they were first enacted in New York. The state of Georgia used funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March 2011 to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Fla. for Bike Week.

Another motorcycle-only checkpoint was conducted in northern Virginia during one of the nation’s most visible motorcycle rallies – Rolling Thunder – over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend. Motorcycle-only checkpoints also were conducted in Utah when thousands of riders attended a world-class road-racing event. California, Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Virginia have passed legislation curbing MOCs.

If passed, this federal bill will ensure that riders across the country are safeguarded from ineffective and prejudicial MOCs. For more information on the efforts by the AMA to fight motorcycle-only checkpoints, go to .

CFMOTO Powersports, Inc. will pay $750,000 EPA fine for Importing None Certified Vehicles

A Chinese powersports company and its related U.S. distributor have agreed to recall and replace fuel tanks that will better control gasoline vapors in approximately 1,000 vehicles and take other steps to control pollution stemming from the illegal import of over 12,000 recreational vehicles and highway motorcycles. These motor vehicles were manufactured in China and imported without the required certification indicating that emissions would meet federal standards. Overview of Companies

CFMOTO Powersports, Inc. is a Minnesota corporation that holds certificates of conformity and that imports highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles manufactured by Zhejiang CFMoto Power Co. Ltd. and ChunFeng Holding Group Co. Ltd. both Chinese companies.

CFMOTO America, Inc. is a now-dissolved Michigan corporation that was the predecessor to CFMOTO Powersports, Inc. Violations

Between March 2007 and August 2013, CFMOTO imported over 12,000 highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles into the United States that were not certified by the EPA, as required by the Clean Air Act, to meet applicable federal emission standards, including approximately 1,400 vehicles that were imported without proper emission control information labels. Pollutant Impacts

Nine hundred and ninety-three (993) recreational vehicles were imported with uncertified fuel tanks. Fuel tanks are emissions related parts that ensure that highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles meet emissions requirements under Title II of the Clean Air Act. Non-Penalty Conditions

The settlement requires CFMOTO to institute a Recall and Fuel Tank Replacement Program to prevent any excess emissions from the uncertified fuel tanks. Furthermore, the settlement requires CFMOTO to correct the emission control labels for 340 of the vehicles with nonconforming labels that are still within CFMOTO’s contol. Health Effects and Environmental Benefits

Highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles emit carbon monoxide, as well as hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone.

Nitrogen Oxides – Nitrogen oxides can cause or contribute to a variety of health problems and adverse environmental impacts, such as ground-level ozone, acid rain, global warming, water quality deterioration, and visual impairment. Affected populations include children and people with lung diseases such as asthma. Exposure to these conditions can cause damage to lung tissue for people who work or exercise outside.

Ground-level ozone – Ground-level ozone is formed by reactions involving HC and NOx in the presence of sunlight. Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems, including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It also can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.

Ground-level ozone damages vegetation and ecosystems as well. In the United States, ozone is responsible for an estimated $500 million in reduced crop production each year.

Carbon Monoxide – Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is formed when carbon in fuel is not burned completely. It is a component of motor vehicle exhaust, which contributes about 56 percent of all carbon monoxide emissions nationwide. Carbon monoxide can cause harmful health effects by reducing oxygen delivery to the body’s organs (like the heart and brain) and tissues.

Civil Penalty

CFMOTO will pay a $725,000 penalty

BRP recalls Can Am and Ski-Doo heated gloves

Publish Date: Feb 27, 2014 STURTEVANT, Wis. – BRP is recalling Ski-Doo ad Can Am heated gloves because the gloves’ lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The gloves were made in China and sold at BRP authorized dealerships nationwide and via BRP’s website from August 2013 through February 2014.

Recalled product codes are 446247 for the Can-Am heated gloves, 446248 for the Ski-Doo heated gloves and 4880580001 for the two Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that are sold separately. BRP has received three reports of batteries overheating while charging, two in Canada and one in United States. In two reports, there was minor property damage.

No injuries were reported, according to the recall notice posted by the CPSC . Consumers are advised to immediately disconnect all battery packs from the electrical connections and remove the battery. Avoid charging the battery packs and contact an authorized dealership or BRP directly for a full refund of the paid price up to $199.99 plus taxes. Customers can keep the gloves.

A full reimbursement of the paid price up to $49.99 plus taxes will be offered for the return of additional two battery packs.

Yamaha recalls 1,300 off-road competition bikes for drive chain fix

Publish Date: Feb 27, 2014 CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha is recalling about 1,300 competition off-road motorcycles because the drive chain can detach and cause the rider to lose control of the bike. The recall, posted by the CPSC, involves model year 2014 bikes with model numbers YZ250FEL, YZ250FEW, YZ450FEL and YZ450FEW. YZ250F or YZ450F and 250 or 450 is printed on the left and right side panels of the motorcycles.

The bikes were sold from December 2013 through January 2014 for between $7,500 and $8,500. No incidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the drive chain issue, the OEM reported. Yamaha is contacting registered owners directly.

Consumers are instructed to immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair.

Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction Set For Houston Debut At Reliant Center

Over 200 Vintage Bikes from Ariel to Zundapp will Cross the Block Sunday, April 13

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WALWORTH, WI – February 26, 2014 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – Mecum Auctions will present the next MidAmerica Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction Sunday, April 13 at the Reliant Center in Houston. The offering of more than 200 vintage and collector bikes will immediately follow the auction house’s third-annual Houston classic and collector car auction April 10-12. Following the record-breaking motorcycle-exclusive auction in Las Vegas, Jan.

9-11, Mecum is excited to now present MidAmerica Motorcycles at an entirely new venue in a state that is home to some of the most well-known motorcycle rallies and events in the country. 1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65)

Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72)

Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions More than half of the sought-after lineup of bikes to be offered at the Houston auction hail from the Mike Doyle Collection of Dixon, California. Comprised of 100-plus motorcycles, Doyle’s collection includes some of the finest two-wheeled machines available like a 1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65), a completely restored 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72) with correct factory engine and frame numbers, and a 1913 Sears Auto-Cycle Single Cylinder (U132).

Doyle’s 1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81) is a truly rare find. Built approximately 15 years ago using factory original cases and parts, this bike could be shown and judged at any A.M.C.A. event. Doyle’s collection also includes a great period racer in the form of a 1960 Ducati 260 Elite Racer (Lot U89).

This gem is one of the early Ducati motorcycles with the company’s trademark valve systems and features a fresh concours restoration. Rarely does such a varied collection of American, British, German, Italian and Japanese motorcycles come to be offered from one collection. 1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81)

Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1960 Ducati 260 Elite Racer (Lot U89)

Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Also set to cross the auction block are two motorcycles that once belonged to the King of Cool Steve McQueen including a 1931 Harley-Davidson VL (Lot U85) and a 1971 Husqvarna 250cc Moto-Cross (Lot U59). The Husky is a well-documented motorcycle initially invoiced to McQueen’s film business, Solar Productions, on Oct. 19, 1971, with a note on the invoice that read Ship to Valerians for Steve to have picked up.

Originally purchased for $898, this machine has since been restored and is currently in clean, running condition. 1931 Harley-Davidson VL (Lot U85)

Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1971 Husqvarna 250cc Moto-Cross (Lot U59)

Photo Courtesy of Mecum Auctions For a complete list of consignments visit Mecum’s website is updated daily with the most recent consignments including photos and descriptions of each motorcycle. For more details on the Houston Motorcycle auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit or call (262) 275-5050. About Mecum Auctions Nobody sells more than Mecum.

Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 26 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month.

Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook. Twitter.

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Mecum Houston Auction

The Reliant Center

One Reliant Park

Houston, TX 77054

April 10-12, 2014

Admission: $20 per person per day, children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission

Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Auction: Vehicles start at 10 a.m. each day with Road Art 30 minutes prior

TV Schedule: April 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

April 11 3:30-6 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 p.m.

April 12 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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