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.