Fast Motorcycle Industry News

fastnewscyrilhuzeblog211111[1]Despite paying dealers a $5,000 incentive on every Buell sold, there’s still 1,302 Buell for sale at the time of this writing. Harley wants you to buy one and had set up a bike finder detailing the numbers of each model remaining and its dealer location. Best deals ever on new bikes. Jump to Buell Bike Finder Ridley Motorcycles introduced its automatic transmission Auto-Glide models in 2003. Immediately Harley-Davidson sued Ridley to prevent the use of the name Auto-Glide. After a long lawsuit, in September Ridley President told me that his company would settle.

It’s now official Ridley has agreed to discontinue the use of the Auto-Glide name in any future models. Under the terms of the settlement Ridley is forbidden to disclose any details of its agreement with Harley-Davidson – For 2009, Triumph was on a roll.  My sources indicate that Triumph is the only motorcycle manufacturers to hold relatively well  in 2009, the worst year for many manufacturers. Triumph opened 39 new stores and has increased its market share in every country in which the brand is present, and this at the expense of all other motorcycle manufacturers. Most successful models, the Bonneville (+100%) and the Supersport 600 to 700 cc class (+60%). In terms of new sold units the overall worldwide motorcycle industry is about 30% down from its 2008 level – Harley-Davidson fans may see the Milwaukee motorcycle company as an icon. But haters are slamming the hog as “noise terrorism” by “Noise Free America“. This association is opposing and fighting a bill to designate Harley-Davidson as the official Wisconsin State Motorcycle. Several State Legislature public hearings are scheduled on this matter.

6 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Len Hanger Jan 1st, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Really sad to see Buell’s go away. Was on a trip with two motojournalist who rode new Ulysses They were on a road test for American Iron Mag. The bikes performed well in the mountains of
    West Virginia.

    Noise from Harley’s and other bikes can be a nuisance. If riders would use a little common sense in neighborhoods this concern would go away. Stock pipes are not loud enough to alert people to our presence. I use Screamin’ Eagles on my ’03 Deuce and have the best of both. Quiet in town but loud enough to be heard on the road. I did leave baffles in and the performance is very good.

  2. 2 J Jan 1st, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    So….. “Noise-Free America” pursues its agenda by making a bunch of…. noise….

    Someone’s bored housewife hubby must be so proud today……

  3. 3 ian Jan 2nd, 2010 at 4:31 am

    That’s very interesting about Triumph – with overall sales down across all all bike sales by 30% in 2009 – Triumph still grows with some impressive figures. I guess they have a full range of bikes – sports, off-road, retro, cruisers (but less diversity within that range), a good brand heritage, support and merchandising and competitive pricing.
    Seems simple dosent it?

  4. 4 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Jan 2nd, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Triumph is one of the most successful growing motorcycle companies to date. Some years ago we were in negotiations to get a dealership but we were too close to an existing one. Calif law states further than 10 miles and we were 9.1. Triumph is doing it right and has a nice cross section of models to suit almost anyone. While they have heritage, they also pursue other markets with exciting models. Congrats Triumph, well done indeed.

  5. 5 Doc Robinson Jan 2nd, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I spent three days aboard the new Thunderbird at the Australian launch. The Thunderbird is an extremely well sorted bike, has what looks like an overbuilt (and therefore bullet proof) motor, a wonderfully slick gearbox and handles really well and stops on a dime. And, in case you didn’t know, it was designed by an American.

  6. 6 motorcycle medic Jan 7th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I am so tired of the ” safety police ‘…..let us be bikers with common sense!
    We still achieve double the gas mileage of ANY hybrid and can still have a freakin radical built motor achieve 40 plus miles to the gallon.
    As far as noise I agree SOME are F’IN annoying, me personally THUNDERHEADER’S RULE!

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