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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch
Starting at $199
It’s that time of year again: Apple is releasing a new iPhone or two. The iPhone 6 upgrades to a 4.7-inch display, adds Apple Payments for easy credit card use and you get more storage for $100 less. The iPhone 6 plus has all the same features as the 6, but with a 5.5-inch display.
As for the Apple Watch, well that was announced, but won’t be available until early next year. Considering the wealth of information and technology that device contains, there’s a lot of potential in a very small package. It starts at $349 and we’ll see how things pan out in the coming months.
Limited Edition Rossi-Replica “Double Face” Corsa Helmet
If you’re a MotoGP fan then you may have seen Valentino Rossi’s recent choice of helmets. It’s called the “Double Face,” and well, that’s because of the double face. Created exclusively for the Malaysia track, this helmet makes it appear like the front and rear are exactly the same, sporting the same pair of eyes on both ends. Now this might not be everyone’s style on the road, but if you’re a collector (or just a Rossi fan), then this might be the ticket for you. Well, assuming you like something looking at you 24/7, anyway.
GL1500 CB Antenna
Big Bike Parts
If your GL1500 needs to talk, then you’ll want to pick up a CB antenna from Big Bike Parts. The kit mounts on the trunk (just like the factory model) and is super quick to install. It also folds down in case you want to put a cover on your ride. Quick, easy and simple.
2001 – 2012 GL1800 Safety Recall
Honda will be sending out a recall notice for some owners of 2001-2012 GL1800s. Below, we’ve included some of the text of the letter that will be going out to affected owners soon. In addition, our resident tech guru, Stu Oltman, has also addressed this issue in this month’s Workbench. If you own a GL1800 affected by the recall, check it out.
What is the reason for this notice?
Honda has decided that a defect (that) relates to motor vehicle safety exists in 2001-2012 model year GL1800 motorcycles. The secondary master cylinder repair conducted in 2011, pursuant to NHTSA recall 11V-567, was not sufficient enough in preventing the rear brake from dragging. Under certain conditions there is still a possibility that the combined braking system’s secondary master cylinder may cause the rear brake to drag. Unexpected braking increases the risk of a crash and riding the motorcycle with the rear brake dragging may generate enough heat to cause the rear brake to catch fire.
What should you do?
You can continue to ride your motorcycle if you carefully inspect it before and after each ride. Please read and follow the accompanying instructions regarding steps you can take to inspect your motorcycle for this issue.
A permanent repair remedy is not yet available and Honda will send you another letter when a permanent repair becomes available. If you suspect that your rear brake is dragging, contact your Honda Motorcycle dealer to set an appointment for an inspection, free of charge.
If you have questions:
If you have any questions regarding this notice, please call Honda Motorcycle Customer Service at 1-866-784-1870. Customers can also locate a dealer online at Powersports.honda.com.
Owners may also contact:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
Or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to safercar.gov.
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