Victory Is Launching The Magnum. The Bagger That Bikers Are Trying To Build Themselves. My First Impressions Riding It.

cyril-huze-1Cyril-Huze-2Cyril-Huze-3Baggers are still trending and almost all their owners spend a small fortune customizing them. So, Victory Motorcycles is launching the 2015 Magnum, a beautifully customized production Bagger. In doing so, Victory is the first manufacturer in this motorcycle segment meeting the needs with a ready to ride Bagger that consumers are trying to build up themselves for a much higher total cost and at the same time very often losing their factory warranty.

MagnumAccessory0The Bagger rider profile is somewhat different from the Tourer’s one (a Tourer is equipped with a tour-pak for long distance/adventure riding) The Bagger type wants his Bagger with very high catching styling, a tall but reasonable size front wheel to not affect handling, a “loud” paint job, a top of the line big audio system for personal enjoyment and also to impress, superb performance on the road to always feel like the leader of the pack. A profile that Rod Krois, Victory Motorcycles General Manager, confirmed to me as the direct inspiration for the conception of this new Victory Magnum offering.

VictoryMagnumBlackVictoryMagnumPlasmaLimeVictoryMagnumNessMidnightCherryThe bodywork lines, paint schemes, wheel design and accessories list offered as standard equipment out of the showroom is quite impressive for a price starting at only $21,999. For sure it will satisfy most custom bagger fans and may quickly become, like the Bobber styled 2015 Gunner in the cruiser category, the fastest selling Victory Bagger model. Continue reading ‘Victory Is Launching The Magnum. The Bagger That Bikers Are Trying To Build Themselves. My First Impressions Riding It.’

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Breaking News. Indian Motorcycle Unveils Its First 2015 Model. The Luxury Touring Roadmaster.

0IndianRoadmaster1IndianRoadmaster2IndianRoadmaster3IndianRoadmaster4IndianRoadmasterIndian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce the all-new 2015 Indian Roadmaster™, whose objective is to set a new benchmark as the ultimate in luxury motorcycle touring. Starting at $26,999 this “new king of the road” extends the 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup debuting at Sturgis, with more to come. The bagger and the touring customer are quite different. The Roadmaster™ was designed and upgraded to cater to the touring rider and his passenger. Premium touches are found throughout including adjustable air flow, complete infotainment system, adjustable passenger floor boards, dual position heated seats and much more. Revealed at the annual Indian Motorcycle dealer meeting, this new addition to the Indian Motorcycle family will make its public debut on August 2 at the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and will be available for demo rides throughout the weeklong event along with the rest of the 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup. More announcements regarding the 2015 line of Indian bikes will also be made on August 2.


66IndianRoadmaster2015 Indian Roadmaster.

Originally produced from 1947-1953, the Indian Roadmaster was widely recognized as one of America’s most reliable and comfortable touring bikes, and the all-new 2015 Roadmaster is destined to reclaim that honor. In keeping with its legendary namesake, the Roadmaster comes loaded with premium features for comfort, convenience and luxury, including expansive storage capacity and unmatched power and performance.

“It has truly been a privilege and an honor for our team to be a part of motorcycling history in designing and reintroducing the Roadmaster, which has such a legendary reputation as the king of luxury touring bikes,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The quality, craftsmanship, performance and standard feature set on this bike is simply unmatched in the luxury touring segment, and we look forward to sharing the 2015 Roadmaster and other exciting announcements with the global motorcycling community beginning August 2nd in Sturgis.” Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Indian Motorcycle Unveils Its First 2015 Model. The Luxury Touring Roadmaster.’

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Cozy Comfort With New Harley-Davidson Sun Ray Backrest Pad For Touring Models

Sun-Ray-Heated-BackrestIt’s a direct replacement for the original-equipment backrest pad on 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring models equipped with King Tour-Pak® luggage.

The Sun Ray® Heated King Tour-Pak® Backrest Pad (P/N 52300317, $349.95) adds some cozy for cool weather touring. The one-piece Sun Ray pad features an integrated heat element and thermostatic control.

Additionally, a convenient high/low/off toggle switch directs two levels of soothing warmth right to the passenger’s lower back. The heating element is switched off with the ignition to avoid draining the battery. This pad can be paired with a Sun Ray or Harley® Hammock Heated Seat for the ultimate in back-and-bottom comfort.

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Copper Mike Demonstrates His Newly Designed Hideaway Pegs For Harleys

At Gravesend Cycles, Michael Cole, dubbed “Copper Mike” by his industry peers (you guessed why), challenges himself every day to conceive bikes and parts fusionning vintage design and contemporary functions. On the very practical side, he just created these Hideaway pegs. In 2 minutes, a video presentation and installation demonstration. Pegs not listed yet on his website. Info & order at 631-433-3173 or info@coppermike.com

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2014 Sturgis Rally. Victory Motorcycles Is Planning Adrenaline-Packed Activities. Lots of them…

Victory0Victory Motorcycles® has packed the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally schedule with special events, with a major focus on activities exclusively for Victory owners attending the legendary Black Hills rally. Victory’s Sturgis action includes the annual Victory Owners Ride and Party, celebrity meet-and-greets, military salutes, free 2015 Victory demo rides at three different locations, and the chance to win a spectacular Cory Ness Cross Country custom and matching guitar. Activities are planned in and around the Sturgis area from Saturday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 9. Check this out:


FREE 2015 Victory Demo Rides.
Now in 3 Locations! Aug. 2-9 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. At Hersrud’s of Sturgis (I-90 Exit 30), the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads, and Rice Victory in Rapid City. It’s kickstands up for each day’s first ride at 9 a.m., and each day’s final ride rolls out at 4:30 p.m. All riders must be at least 18 years of age, show a valid motorcycle endorsement and wear a helmet and appropriate riding attire. Rice Victory is located at 301 Cambell St., Rapid City, SD 57701. Take Exit 60 off I-90.

Victory1Victory Performance Garage Aug. 2-9 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Third & Lazelle Streets. Plan to spend a lot of time, on multiple days, at the new Victory Performance Garage, the hub of action in the heart of downtown Sturgis. Register on-site and get a wristband that serves as your registration in a drawing for a special new 2015 Victory bagger. Get the wristband scanned at various display stations within Victory’s downtown location and you qualify for equipment upgrades to the grand prize bike. There will be special activities every day, and non-stop action, including:

– “Sweet 16 Saturday” with a Victory 16th anniversary celebration, Aug. 2
– Meet & Greet world-renowned custom builder Rick Fairless, Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
– Tribute Tuesday with special gifts for first responders and military personnel and veterans, Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
– Autograph sessions featuring “Gunny,” R. Lee Ermey, Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
– Win It Wednesday with special prize give-aways every hour, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
– Live Victory Custom Bike Builds featuring the crew from HotVic.com (Aug. 6), Lloydz Motorworkz (Aug. 7), and Conquest Customs (Aug. 8)
– In the Victory Custom Garage, check out the Victory Accessories collection and learn – in hands-on fashion – which accessories to suit your riding and your style.
– Purchase Victory Apparel, including the exclusive, limited-edition 2014 Victory Sturgis Tee
– See incredible precision riding demonstrations by the Victory Police Motorcycles team
– Meet the legendary Arlen Ness family at a meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1 – 3 p.m.
– All the 2015 Victory models will be on display so you can take a seat and learn which fits you and your riding style
– Victory owners can also pick up their 2014 Victory Owners Pin. Continue reading ’2014 Sturgis Rally. Victory Motorcycles Is Planning Adrenaline-Packed Activities. Lots of them…’

Küryakyn Hires Pete Amenda As Vice President Of Product Development. Many Other Key Positions Still Available.

PeteAmendaTo lead its NXT 25 program (the next 25 years of designing and manufacturing aftermarket parts and accessories for the motorcycle industry), Küryakyn hired Pete Amanda as VO of Product development.

Most recently Amanda was the VP of Marketing for S&S Cycle where he led or supported numerous new product development and commercialization efforts that resulted in significant product line growth in the American V-Twin performance parts market. Amenda’s career has spanned three decades on both an OEM and aftermarket level. Along the way, he has held leadership roles in retail, distribution and manufacturing, including production and general management, brand, product & channel marketing, new product development and strategic planning. Besides S&S Cycle, notable previous positions include manufacturing area manager for Harley-Davidson, Screamin’ Eagle performance parts category manager, and VP of Marketing & Portfolio Management for Custom Chrome. Continue reading ‘Küryakyn Hires Pete Amenda As Vice President Of Product Development. Many Other Key Positions Still Available.’

Sturgis Ultimate Builder Bike Show. August 6, 2014.

Cyril-Huze-El-Mirage-MotorcycleFor all custom builders, pros, semi-pros, amateurs and proud owners, another bike show during the Sturgis rally. The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show presented by J&P Cycles will be held August 6, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. downtown Sturgis on Lazelle and 4th Street near the community center. And for all bagger customizers, there will be a new Radical Bagger Class. There are 5 entry categories:

1) Freestyle - open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train
2) Modified Harley - open to any year Harley Davidson. Must have stock Harley Engine cases and frame maintaining original configuration. Rear end mods allowed (i.e., altered swing arms, fat tire kits and rigid sections)
3) Radical Bagger - Based on a modified or OEM frame. Requires fairing and saddlebags. Any drivetrain is acceptable.
4) Retro Mod - open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train 25 years or older
5) Modified Street - Must have major OEM; Honda Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Polaris, Triumph, Ducati, etc., manufactured frame and engine cases. Harley-Davidson motorcycles are not allowed in this class. This class is designed for mild custom sport bikes and cruisers without frame configuration modifications and stretched swing arms. Cruisers are allowed to use hard tail sections.

It’s better to register your bike in advance. Do it by jumping to Sturgis Ultimate Bike Show. (photo “El Mirage” by Cyril Huze)

Bikers of Baghdad. Sunnis, Shias, Skulls, Harleys and Iraqi Flags.

Baghdad1In Baghdad, capital of Iraq, a bikers club of not-so-wild men, including Christians and Hezbollah fighters, seeing themselves as “family.” Not a bad model for the rest of the nation in a country at war. A very interesting article written by Jacob Siegel and published in The Daily Beast.

“Most members of the “The Iraq Bikers,” as the Baghdad motorcycle club is called, ride Hondas but prefer to call them Harleys. Some have just returned from fighting against the Islamic State, formerly ISIS, in Iraq’s north where the group is entrenched. The war is tightening around all of them, those just back from it and others waiting to join the battle. At home in Baghdad they take the time they have to get together and ride.

The Iraq Bikers usually meet once a week to socialize and ride around the city, but this past Friday was special. For one thing, it was Ramadan and a number of the bikers brought their children along so they could all break the fast together in a big outing at a local restaurant. It was also almost three weeks since one of their members was killed, shot outside of his home in Baghdad. If anyone knew who was responsible for the killing—whether it was ISIS, a Shia militia, Iraq’s security forces, or one of the country’s countless other groups capable of such violence—they weren’t saying. He was a friend and he was killed and would be missed, was all they’d say.

Baghdad2Like most biker groups, this one has a special way to honor a fallen member. But in Baghdad, where violent deaths are common and loss becomes routine, the club’s memorials have been stripped of ceremony. “Our ritual is very simple,” said the group’s leader, “Captain Bilal” al Bayati: “We don’t do any shows [group rides for a public audience] for three weeks and we visit with his family.” The mourning period is almost over; if it ends without anyone else being killed they will have a show next Friday. Catpain Bilal, also called “Chief” by the other Iraq Bikers, is the club’s 34-year-old founder. “I started the group two years ago. First it was just me, then two or three people joined,” Bilal said, “then two or three more. Then I went to different parts of Baghdad to find the right people. Not just anybody can join our group.” Qualifying, as an Iraq Biker has nothing to do with family background. “Our members are from every group: Sunni, Shia, Christian, Turcoman, Kurd.” There are no hazing rituals, no violent rites of getting jumped in. Continue reading ‘Bikers of Baghdad. Sunnis, Shias, Skulls, Harleys and Iraqi Flags.’

The Polaris Slingshot Is Coming This Sunday July 27. Last Teaser Video Before Launch.

Crank The Volume And Clarity Of Your Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle With Boom! Audio Saddlebag Speakers

1Boom!-Saddlebag-Speaker-KitYou may think that Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles come well-equipped from the factory. But there are still opportunities for personalization. For example, you can pump up the music with the Boom!™ Audio Saddlebag Speaker Kit (P/N 76000489, $399.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories.

This kit adds a pair of 5×7-inch waterproof 2-ohm full range speakers to the saddlebag lids of 2014 Harley-Davidson Prject RUSHMORE Touring models . The result increases the available sound pressure level (SPL) and listening volume with lower distortion and improved clarity at highway speeds. Continue reading ‘Crank The Volume And Clarity Of Your Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle With Boom! Audio Saddlebag Speakers’

Custom Bagger Monstruosity Being Built For “The Biker Battleground Phoenix” TV Reality Show.

voodoobikeworksbattlegroundphoenixSorry to ruin your day. You are looking at the custom bagger being built by Kody McNew from Voodoo Bikeworks for the TV reality show Biker Battleground Phoenix. How somebody can do this to a motorcycle is beyond my understanding. Exactly what is wrong with the excesses of the Bagger craze. Remember my yearly 2014 predictions where I wrote that extreme custom baggers would reach very soon the peak of non-sense and bad taste before builders and owners come back to more reasonable riding machines. Continue reading ‘Custom Bagger Monstruosity Being Built For “The Biker Battleground Phoenix” TV Reality Show.’

Zero Motorcycles To Exhibit And Host National Dealer Convention At 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo

zero1The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) welcomes a new OEM partner to the 2014 event this October 16-19 in Orlando, Florida, as California-based Zero Motorcycles, maker of high performance electric motorcycles, will be exhibiting and hosting its 2015 National Dealer Convention at AIMExpo. Zero’s assessment of last year’s inaugural AIMExpo led them to the conclusion that the groundbreaking event provides the ideal platform to showcase its innovative product line in North America. AIMExpo is the only powersports event in the United States to bring together trade, media and consumers all at one time and in one place.

“The electric motorcycle segment is still very new and is constantly evolving. Because of that, we are always searching for ways to ensure Zero stands as the pre-eminent global electric motorcycle company,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing. “During our evaluation of AIMExpo it became clear this event presents the ideal means for us to both showcase our products to the North American marketplace, and to interact directly with dealers, journalists and the riders who will help our brand continue to grow. Bringing our Dealer Convention to AIMExpo makes perfect business sense for us.” Continue reading ‘Zero Motorcycles To Exhibit And Host National Dealer Convention At 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo’

Ross Tomas, Son Of Mike And Carolyn Tomas From Kiwi Indian In Fatal Motorcycle Accident

RossTomasBonnevilleI am heartbroken to have to announce that Ross Tomas, the 20-year old son of friends of the industry Mike and Carolyn Tomas from Kiwi Indian, passed away yesterday evening Wednesday July 22, 2014 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was wearing a helmet. Ross had an inherited passion for motorcycles and I saw him successfully race in Bonneville when he was only 16 years old.

At this time, his parents and family request privacy. Service and other details will be announced soon. My thoughts and prayers for Mike & Carolyn and my condolences to all his family and friends.

New Ness Beveled Black Wheel, Inboard Rotor, Pulley, Rotor For Harley And Victory Models.

1nessbeveledwheel2NessbeveledrotorArlen Ness extends its line of Beveled line of custom parts to black wheels, rotors and inboard brake rotors.

The Beveled Black Wheel And Floating Rotor. For those thinking that the wheel looks fragile because of its 7 thin spokes, know that it has been tested in both computer simulated and physical environments. Made of forged billet aluminum. Available for many Harley models (Front. 18 x 3.5”, 21 x 3.5”, 23” x 3.50”, 26” x 3.50. Rear 16 x 5”, 17 x 6.25”, 18 x 3.50”, 18 x 6.50”) and some Victory models (see website) In black anodized finish. Starting at $1399.95 per wheel. Matching two-piece design rotor eliminates vibration associated with early one-piece rotors. The 420 stainless rotor is slotted in order to disperse heat during braking friction Sold individually in size 11.5″ or 11.8”. $299.95

3Nessbeveled15'Inboard-Rotor4nessbeveledwheelbisThe Beveled Black Inboard Rotor. This 15″ billet carrier is also made of forged aluminum. It features a floating 420 stainless disc and 8-piston caliper (bolt directly on your fork leg on 2000-up FLT touring and 2000-up Softail models) for exceptional braking performance. Each kit includes: inboard brake carrier/ hub assembly, floating disc and 8-piston caliper. A custom axle spacer may be required for your custom application. $1495.00. At Arlen Ness.

Bikini Bike Wash. The 2014 Sturgis Commemorative Painting By David Uhl.

UhlSturgisCommemorativeSince 2005, David has created a special piece for Sturgis every year.  He continues that tradition this year with “Bikini Bike Wash”. His latest masterpiece features bike builder Matt Olsen and his wife Brittney. Matt is astride his ’39 Knucklehead bobber “Dottie” (now owned by Pat Simmons and Cris Sommer-Simmons) Bikini Bike Washes are a fixture at rally time, and the unmistakeable Black Hills backdrop stamps this as a true Sturgis scene from days gone by.

Uhl’s Studio is taking orders for David’s hand-signed, numbered canvas giclee prints. Beautifully framed with a commemorative plaque, each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Matching numbers are available for those who want to add this to their existing Sturgis Commemorative pieces.

Edition numbers will be assigned as orders are taken, so you are encouraged to act quickly. Similar to past Sturgis pieces, the edition’s special Rally prices are available only through the end of this year’s rally (August 10, 2014).

Specifics: “Regular” – image size approx 28 x 20, framed price $895. “Jumbo” – image size approx 42 x 30, framed price $2,250. Shipping is included within the contiguous 48 United States**

David Uhl will exhibit his gallery at the Gold Dust Casino in Deadwood again this year during the rally (from July 31st-August 10th). Kristy Swanson, David’s model for “The Huntress”, will be joining him at the Gold Dust on Sunday August 3 and again on Monday August 4. Orders by calling National Sales Manager Greg Rhodes 303-913-4840.

New Brand Positioning For Metzeler, the Two wheels Specialist For Over 150 years.

Metzeler1From a PR Of Metzeler Press Office.

Metzeler draws a line of continuity with the past while emphasizing the value of freedom typical of the brand with new slogan, METZELER is “SHARING INDEPENDENCE™”

The METZELER brand, also known as “The two wheels specialist”, which has always specialized in the production of tires for motorcycles and mopeds, renews its positioning to make the role of the brand more emotionally immersive for the world of true bikers.

Since its foundation at the end of the nineteenth century, the METZELER brand combines its expertise and commitment to developing cutting-edge tires that allow the riders to live true and fulfilling experiences. The machines are the only interest and objective of the brand that has accompanied generations of riders all over the world. The strength of METZELER has always been to be an integral part of the rider community sharing the distinctive values and codes of conduct: individualism within a community, whilst respecting the freedom of unwritten rules.

In fact, the freedom and the spirit of independence that unites riders are the key values underpinning the new positioning of METZELER: motorcycle riding embodies spirit of independence and shared values within a group, hence the new slogan “SHARING INDEPENDENCE™”. The new brand positioning underlines METZELER’s point of strength; that it is not simply the choice of a ‘bike owner’ but the natural choice of true motorcycle enthusiasts. METZELER caters to the community of riders who are looking for high performance and reliable tires capable of providing a fulfilling riding experience in any condition or situation. Continue reading ‘New Brand Positioning For Metzeler, the Two wheels Specialist For Over 150 years.’

Dual Touring Saddle For Harley-Davidson Street Glide And Tri Glide Trikes.

corbinseattriglide1Designed by Corbin specifically to fit the Street Glide trike (2009- 2011) and Tri Glide Trike (2012-up) and provide the greatest ergonomic advantage for touring quality support. Wide, sculpted seating positions create a larger area of contact for excellent weight distribution. Shaped like your body to eliminate pressure points and give long lasting support that will keep you in the saddle all day.

Corbin’s rigid Fibertech base pan provides a great fit and is built low to hug the frame and conceal the gaps in the bodywork for a clean look. Corbin created a foam shape that keeps you in the sweet spot which provides a more positive feeling of control. Deep, supportive bucket design gives four and a half inches of vertical support. Passenger seating area has also been maximized for a greater area of body contact and best weight distribution. All of this adds up to a very relaxed posture and comfortable ride so you’ll be able to go out and put some serious miles on your ride.

corbinseattriglide2Inside, Corbin’s exclusive Comfort Cell foam provides firm support that stays resilient indefinitely. It is nearly twice as firm as the stock foam to support your body weight. Soft foam allows your body to fall through it the longer you sit on it… once compressed, soft foam offers no resilience and you start to experience discomfort. That’s why Corbin always says “firm is a good thing!”

Both seating areas are designed to work with an optional Corbin backrest for added comfort and support. Use a single backrest transferred front to back as needed or order two for full time use. Corbin backrests are fully adjustable to fit a wide variety of statures and riding postures with a variety of backrest models available to suit your taste. A spring loaded fold down feature makes it easier to mount to the bike. Continue reading ‘Dual Touring Saddle For Harley-Davidson Street Glide And Tri Glide Trikes.’

Polaris Second Quarter 2014 Results. EPS Increased 26%, Net Income Increases 21%. Motorcycles Division Increased 107% Versus Same Period.

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Shares of Polaris (PII) jumped more than 5% in pre-market trading after the company announced its second quarter results and increased its full year guidance for year 2014.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today reported record second quarter net income of $96.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, up 21 percent from the prior year’s second quarter net income of $80.0 million. Earnings per share were also a record at $1.42 per diluted share for the 2014 second quarter compared to $1.13 for the second quarter of 2013. Sales for the second quarter 2014 totaled a record $1,014.0 million, an increase of 20 percent over last year’s second quarter sales of $844.8 million. Company increases full year 2014 Sales and EPS guidance. Full year 2014 sales are now expected to grow in the range of 16 percent to 18 percent when compared to 2013.

Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The second quarter results, our 19th consecutive quarter of record earnings performance, exemplify our commitment to delivering high quality innovative products and a first-class purchase experience that our consumers expect. Our strong financial performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding retail sales growth, up 15 percent in North America, driven by share gains in our side-by-side vehicle product line and continued growth of our Indian motorcycle business. The recently introduced Sportsman ACE( further solidifies our #1 market share position in the North American ORV market and our Small Vehicle and PG&A businesses delivered impressive growth, up 29 percent and 20 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, respectively.

Wine continued, “On the heels of last year’s new product launch, which was lauded to be the largest and most groundbreaking in our Company’s history, next week we will celebrate our 60th anniversary and further enhance our innovation profile with the unveiling of our model year 2015 products for ORVs, motorcycles and the much anticipated Slingshot vehicle. Between strong demand for our existing offerings and our industry leading product innovation, we believe sales and earnings will continue to accelerate in the second half of the year, supporting our confidence and decision to again raise full year sales and earnings guidance for 2014.

polarisbisSales for the Motorcycles division increased 107 percent to $103.1 million in the 2014 second quarter compared to same period last year due to continued strong demand for the new model year 2014 Indian motorcycles. Consumer retail demand for Polaris motorcycles, driven by Indian Motorcycle retail sales, was up approximately 50 percent during the 2014 second quarter, while second quarter North American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales were about flat versus the 2013 second quarter. The re-launch of Indian Motorcycle continued during the 2014 second quarter as additional dealers began retailing the bikes and awareness of the brand’s revival continued to gain momentum in the motorcycle community. Victory retail sales in the 2014 second quarter were down mid-single digits percent largely due to a product recall in May, but Polaris is encouraged by its performance of market share gains in April and June. Sales of Polaris motorcycles outside of North America almost doubled in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the year-ago period driven by strong retail demand for Indian motorcycles. Continue reading ‘Polaris Second Quarter 2014 Results. EPS Increased 26%, Net Income Increases 21%. Motorcycles Division Increased 107% Versus Same Period.’

Harley-Davidson Posts Upbeat Second 2014 Quarter Earnings. Lowers Full-year Shipment Guidance.

harleystockShares of Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) tumbled more than 2% in pre-market trading after the company cut its motorcycle shipments forecast for the full year.

Harley-Davidson posted its quarterly earnings of $354.2 million, or $1.62 per share, versus $271.7 million, or $1.21 per share, in the year-ago period. Its EPS surged 33.9% to $1.62 in the quarter. Its revenue climbed to $2.0 billion from $1.79 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.46 per share on revenue of $1.834 billion.

Harley-Davidson’s dealers worldwide sold 90,218 motorcycles in the period, compared to 90,193 units in the year-earlier period. US sales fell to 58,225 units, versus 58,241 units. In international markets, dealers sold 31,993 new motorcycles, versus 31,952 motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson’s revenue from motorcycles climbed 16.2% to $1.48 billion, while revenue from motorcycle parts and accessories rose 0.7% to $271.6 million. Revenue from general merchandise declined 6.5% to $76.4 million.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell said, “Harley-Davidson’s second-quarter results reflect the financial strength of the Company and brand, including the benefits of continuous improvement throughout our operation.” Harley-Davidson shares fell 2.36% to $65.50 in pre-market trading.

Friday Fest At Sturgis Buffalo Chip To Kick Off Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling

bcThe first Friday of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® nine-day Motorcycle and Music Festival, Aug. 1, will host “Friday Fest,” a party chocked full of exciting events, specials and hot performances leading up to the headlining performance by Loverboy on the main stage. Guests with Friday Fever will have the chance to see performances from six diverse bands with styles ranging from blues and classic rock to sexy Psychobilly and Japanese rockabilly.

These bands join red-hot fire dancers and rump-shaking dance troupes for a jam-packed Friday Fest event lineup. South Dakota’s longest zip line will be open in the amphitheater for adrenaline junkies wanting to be the first of the season to Zip the Chip. Buffalo Chip’s Bikini Beach will also be freshly primed for guests who want to take a dip in the swimming hole or jump off the rope swing.

bclogoLoverboy will be lighting up the main stage equipped with its catalog of timeless hits like “Workin’ For The Weekend,” “Hot Girls in Love,” and “Heaven in Your Eyes.” Starting at 4 p.m. an eclectic mix of bands and entertainers will take to the stage leading up this performance including Iron Cowgirl Missy, the Charlie Brechtel Band, The Living Deads, Japan’s premier biker band, MMS, The Mods, Buffalo Chip’s own Rythym Rockers bikini dance team and the Illumination Fire Troupe. Friday Fest guests can take advantage of the free keg party in the amphitheater at 3 p.m. and two-for-one Friday Buffalo Chip Zip Line tickets. Continue reading ‘Friday Fest At Sturgis Buffalo Chip To Kick Off Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling’

Honoring Minerva The Goddess Of War, Wisdom And Arts

0Minerva2Minerva5Minerva6Minerva3MinervaOnly an Italian can build a custom motorcycle to pay tribute to a Roman goddess. Minerva, the goddess was born from Jupiter. Minerva, the bike featured here, is reborn from a 1971 Ducati Mark III 250 bought by Simone Ceccarelli from a collector. Ceccarelli is a semi professional builder whose name in not unknown since he collaborated with Abnormal Cycles on the now internationally famous Union Flathead sidecar.

During the last 10 years, it seems that almost all the world of bike building took its inspiration from antique or classic motorcycles. The lines, the parts and the themes. Continue reading ‘Honoring Minerva The Goddess Of War, Wisdom And Arts’

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsMarketing Company Advanstar Exploring Sale That Could Fetch More Than $900 Million. Privately held U.S. company Advanstar, which puts on 54 trade shows in industries such powersports, fashion, healthcare, etc is looking for a buyer. Advanstar produces the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, a 10-city nationwide tour offering 600,000 consumers and over 900 exhibitors from all powersports market segments an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling. Advanstar also produces the Dealer Expo each December, Supporting these brands are Dealernews, a monthly trade journal and motorcycle industry dealernews.com and motorcycleshows.com.

Sons Of Anarchy’s 7th and Final Season Will Premiere on Tuesday, September 9th At 10pm E/P. Sons Of Anarchy, the highest-rated series in the history of FX, will begin its 7th and final season on Tuesday, September 9th at 10 PM ET/PT with a special 1 hour & 45 minute episode.  Immediately following the premiere, the live post-show “Anarchy Afterword” will air in its entirety on FX. Sons Of Anarchy’s sixth season notched its most viewers to date, capturing 7.48 million Total Viewers and 5.11 million Adults 18-49.  Season 6 holds the record as FX’s most-watched season of an original series in the network’s history in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and other key demos. Sons Of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’



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