With the beautiful weather we are having in the San Francisco Bay Area, motorcycle riding season has begun. If you’re looking for a partner to ride with or an entire group of people to hit the road with, there are two great motorcycle clubs that you should check out.
The first is the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) Delta chapter. The majority of the group owns either a standard Honda Gold wing or a Gold wing trike. They have chapter meetings the 2nd Saturday of each month at Hometown Buffet in Concord. During the riding season they go on at least one ride per month with some overnight rides during the year. They are always looking for new Gold Wing riders so feel free to contact them if you own a Wing or trike.
Another great group is the Star Touring and Riding Association (Contra Costa Chapter). The members of this active group have all different kinds of motorcycles (Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Victory, etc). While the group is sponsored by Yamaha, and many members own Yamaha’s, it is not required that you own a Yamaha. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Fudruckers in Concord. They have several rides throughout the riding season in addition to a standing ride the 2nd Saturday of each month. The chapter is sponsoring a cool mileage contest this year that just started. Some people refer to it as an “Iron Butt” contest. Basically each member of the chapter tracks their mileage throught the year on STAR rides and there are several prizes based on high mileage, low mileage, etc at the end of the year. It sounds like a totally fun contest and those interested are encouraged to contact the chapter.
Just in time for Christmas, Honda has brought back their famous Bonus Bucks on all off road (dirt bike) mototrycles. Whether its the CRF50, CRF70 or CRF80 whch are meant for the young riders, the CRF100 or CRF150 for the older kids or the CRF230 which is for the adult rider, they have Bonus Bucks ranging from $100 to $300.
The Bonus Bucks can be used for riding gear, exhaust systems, helmets, golves or anything else in the store. They can also be used to extend the factory warranty or as a down payment toewards the price of the motorcycle. The Bonus Bucks are good thru December 31, 2011. Contra Costa Powersports stocks the comnplete line of Honda off road motorcyles and dirt bikes.
The new supercross bikes from Suzuki have been released and are ready for viewing at Contra Costa Powersports. They have made some nice improvements from the 2011 which are talked about in the following press relaease video.
Over the last 6 or 7 years, there have been literally hundreds of chinese, taiwanese and other asian country brands flooding the US market with inferior scooters and other powersport products. These scooters can sell for up to 50% of the japanese competitor but there is a reason. They typically use inferior metals and other components which allow them to be manufactured at a lower price and thus sold at a lower price.
We have investigated several of these brands and have decided that we cannot, in good faith, sell them to our customers. These inferior products are typically sold over the internet, out of someones garage or from a retail business that also sells other products. There is a lot of information on the internet regarding problems with Chinese scooters such as this one from a Dealer in Cleveland.
Unfortunately we have had several of these scooters show up at our service department in need or repair, some being only 30 or 60 days old. Consumers are being told by these companys that they are just like Honda’s or that Honda replacement parts can be used. This is not correct.
The profit on these off-brand scooters is substantially more than we make on the Japanese couter parts so if they were a good product, we would definitely be selling them. We just don’t feel they are a good deal for our customers.
The first 2012 Goldwing’s are just hitting the stores. With the 2012 Goldwing, Honda has taken what is clearly the world’s best touring motorcycle and made it even better with the following new features:
– Satellite Linked Navigation System – For the the models with navigation, you can now update your map on the go and also record where you have been. – New Styling – Honda redesigned the saddle bags and front end to give it a crisp new look. – Enhanced Storage Capacity – The saddlebags are larger and you now get a center mounted lockable glovebox (non-airbag only). – Ipod Connectivity – Bring along your favorite tunes and listen to them thru the built in stereo system. – Comfortable Seat – New seat cover is waterproof and made from a more pleasing material. – Audio System with Surround Sound – The new surround sound system offers a rich three dimensional sound.