Dale Franks

I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

Dealers Fined

Here in California, there are a few state agencies you really don’t want to cross if you’re a business.  One of them is the State Board of Equalization, the agency that handles sales taxation.  But perhaps even more dreadful is the California Air Resources Board.  Two… Continue reading

More V-4 Goodness?

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New Honda V-4 Adventure Bike

XLV1200: New Honda V-4 Adventure Bike

Honda seems to have more in mind from its new V-4 V-Tec engine than just a new version of the VFR/Interceptor, or ST1300 replacement.  Word from BMW Motorrad is that Honda is also working on a new… Continue reading

New Yamaha Hybrid

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It was only a matter of time before motorcycling got a hybrid vehicle, and apparently that time has arrived.  Yamaha and Toyota are working on a motorcycle that reports indicate will bear the imaginative name “Prius”.

Yamaha Prius Hybrid Motorcycle

Yamaha Prius Hybrid Motorcycle

The “Prius” will… Continue reading

No Smog Testing in California

A bill was wending its way through the California legislature that would mandate regular emissions testing for motorcycles in the state.  Senate Bill 435 proposed to make emissions testing mandatory for motorcycles, on the same basis as cars.

But, the legislature has dropped hearings on it for the 2009… Continue reading

Mongols Beat the Government

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I don’t hold any particular brief for Motorcycle “Clubs” like the Angels or the Mongols, but it’s nice to see the government slapped down when it goes a little too far.

Mongols Patch

Mongols Patch

The U.S. Government has been going after the Mongols for a while–and… Continue reading

Snell Updates Helmet Standards

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When you buy a motorcycle helmet, you usually look for the big DOT sticker on the back, since most states with helmet laws require the helmet to be certified by the US Department of Transportation.  But of you’re really serious about trying to… Continue reading

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