Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was reportedly taken to a hospital on Thursday after falling from stage during a concert at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Tyler, 59 fell while entertaining the crowd by dancing around after the sound system failed during the song ”Love In an Elevator,’ Tyler was on the stage’s catwalk when he tottered backward and fell. He was singing “Love in an elevator” (Elevator breakdown, I guess). Tyler was taken backstage and around 12:15 a.m., Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry came out to tell the audience Tyler was being taken to the hospital and that the show would not go on. Steven is OK.
Sturgis: numbers of motorcycle riders continue to be strong (meaning same as last year) but spending is down. Some casinos and vendors report that revenue from opening weekend was exactly half what it was in 2008.
Honda Motor Co., the world’s biggest maker of motorcycles, plans to debut an electric two-wheeler in Japan next year. The motorcycle will be powered by a lithium-ion battery, and Honda will target sales to corporate customers, Buyers may include Japan Post Service and companies offering home delivery, such as pizza restaurants.
Motorcycle enthusiasts from York County and beyond did their best last Sunday to persuade Harley-Davidson’s leadership to keep its Springettsbury Township plant in place. The “Save Our Plant” Rally attendees aimed to show the company how devastating its move out of town would be by celebrating local motorcycling culture. Harley-Davidson said in May its local facility is not cost-effective and, as a result, might move its operations elsewhere. Three other states are trying to lure it away.
New-unit retail sales continued to plummet in the second quarter when compared to the same period last year. Through the first half of the year, dealers retailed 42 percent fewer motorcycles, ATVs and scooters made by the manufacturers that report numbers to the Motorcycle Industry Council. In comparison, sales were down 32 percent through the first quarter. The MIC also announced today a 48 percent decline in new-unit sales The MIC posts numbers on a quarterly basis. The data applies only to 19 reporting manufacturers: Aprilia, Arctic Cat, BMW, Buell, Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husaberg, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory and Yamaha.