Experts: Many Aftermarket Motorcycle Parts Don’t Meet Safety Standards
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May 27, 2012, 8:13 a.m. PDT

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HAMERSVILLE, Ohio — The first dollar Rick Doyle ever earned as a $ 3 million-a-year dealer of aftermarket motorcycle parts is tacked to the wall of a dusty barn in rural Ohio, where two custom-built bikes have been pushed to the corner, forgotten. There is nothing here now except a 10-year-old tractor. The biker calender above the desk still reads February 2006.

That’s about when Doyle made an unsettling discovery about an industry that for decades catered to motorcyclists who pride themselves on customizing bikes with unique features and high-powered parts.

Some of the products that Doyle had sold by the thousands — from undersized mirrors and lights to high-performance carburetors — appeared to violate federal standards meant to keep the roads safe and the air clear of excessive emissions. Other parts that showed signs of being dangerous weren’t covered by any standard at all. Doyle started researching the fine print of federal law after a series of aftermarket parts broke while he was customizing bikes. He was also engaged in a dispute over shipping and billing with one of his biggest parts suppliers.

“I felt like my chest had a piano on it when I realized the number of products I had sold, as well as countless ignorant dealers,” said Doyle, whose business, known as the Hog F…………… continues on OregonLive.com

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AMA FLAT TRACK: Wiles Wins Springfield TT
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AMA FLAT TRACK: Wiles Wins Springfield TT

Don’s Kawasaki’s Henry Wiles captured his fourth Springfield TT victory.

Near record heat hit Round 3 of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil as the Series resumed at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association built a very challenging TT track inside the beautiful multi-purpose arena.

As challenging as the track was, the results were familiar. Don’s Kawasaki’s Henry Wiles captured his fourth win on the Springfield TT and his 21st Grand National victory, tying him with Joe Kopp for 13th on the all-time win list.

“I knew I had to get a good start because it was really hard to pass. We had a good heat race result so I had a good starting position”, said Wiles. “I was able to get the hole shot, but I knew someone was right there for a while. I just kept telling myself, ‘go faster, go faster,’ pretty soon they weren’t there.”

Defending Grand National Champion Jake Johnson had his Zanotti Racing Honda in second, but couldn’t run down Wiles’ Kawasaki. Johnson soon had problems of his own as Honda-mounted Montgomeryvi…………… continues on SPEEDtv.com

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