Triumph Motorcycles got the magic touch and attacts more and more buyers. Defying the recession, the company market share continued to increase in the US in 2009 and every year since 2005. The company celebrates its 100,000th motorcycle since its return to North America in 1995 and just annouced at its Dealer Conference in Orlando that it will expand its linup from 16 to 23 models in 2010. Custom Builders and after-market part manufacturers, take notice and watch the British invasion! Harley-Davidson is now listing absenteeism as a major issue when it considered moving out of the Springettsbury Township plant. The company tries now to impose a new sick policy aimed at reducing unapproved and unplanned absences, which the company says brings down productivity. Harley states that last year it incurred 382,000 hours of missed work worth about $13 million but doesn’t say whether the number refers to local operations or the company as a whole.
– Former American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) board Chairman Dal Smilie has been sentenced to 8 months in prison and 2 years probation for embezzling more than $100,000 through fraudulent travel reimbursement. Smilie pleaded guilty to felony counts of grand theft by deception and of receiving stolen property – In France, for many years, bikers were allowed to split lanes. Filtering, or lane splitting, is one of the main reason many ride a motorcycle in the city, since traffic anywhere is usually at a standstill. Now the French government is moving towards changing the law on this. “The Angry French Biker Association” is organizing protest rides on March the 13th. On that day, in all major cities of France, all bikers are asked to ride in traffic as if they were a car, that way creating major traffic jams –