Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Myrtle Beach Rally. The number of vendor permits was down last year from previous years, dropping from 394 in 2008 to 146 in 2009. For 2010 expectations are again much lower for permit applications and attendance is predicted to be about 50% lower. Attendance started to drop in 2009 after the first year for strict noise ordinances and a helmet law inside Myrtle Beach. Several pro-motorcycle candidates ran for mayor and City Council in Myrtle Beach with promises to overturn the rally restrictions. All but one incumbent was re-elected when voters went to the polls last November.

Harley-Davidson. A lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles against Harley-Davidson for infringement of a patent for providing multi-colored lighting for speedometers and tachometers. The suit was filed by inventor and patent attorney Frank Weyer, who successfully sued Ford under the same patent for using a multi-colored instrument lighting system in the 2005 Ford Mustang. The suit seeks damages and an injunction prohibiting Harley from selling any more of its combination speedometer and tachometer with “color matched lighting.” – Triumph Motorcycles has followed up on its record-breaking 2009 and is achieving excellent new sales number for the beginning of 2010. Triumph attributes its success to a strong line up of of 16 different models, which include the iconic Bonneville, offering desirable styling, performance and value.

6 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Don Apr 8th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I feel like the city made their decision, and apparently they don’t like bikers or the revenue we generate for the community.
    Why would we continue to spend money there when they have made it clear we’re not wanted?
    Myrtle Beach was a good event in the past, but it’s over. My company won’t spend a dime in an effort to support their decision or the community.
    There are other towns and other events that will take the place of Myrtle Beach. I hope Daytona is watching these events unfold.

  2. 2 Brandon Apr 8th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Just the confirmation that it’s the rally last edition.

  3. 3 Boss Hawg Apr 9th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Hey Don…gotta agree. We used to display there and never missed the spring nor fall rallies. Myrtle was one of our favorites.

    I feel sorry for some of the vendors and business owners there. But oh well…Myrtle can go to hell. Plenty more places that do want our money.

    Boss Hawg

  4. 4 Jeff Nicklus Apr 9th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I am sorry but I think that is extremely funny that Harley is being sued for Patent Infringement … just another example of what goes around comes around! HD, now go and try to patent the sound of a big twin ….. or the shape of an oil tank etc, etc.

    Myrtle Beach …. kiss my ….. well you get the idea!

    Have a great weekend everyone ….. I am off to the drag races!

    Over & Out,


  5. 5 Jesse Apr 11th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Nice content, keep up the good work.

  6. 6 live2rideaglide Apr 15th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    hey people Myrtle Beach has moved on. They have put bikers, motorcyclists whatever in their past. I suggest we all do the same.
    Sure it sucks,sure it smacks of dictatorship to target one group and reject or punish them for the wrongs of a few, but it is over.
    There are to mnay other great rallys and other cool places to go where the citizenry aint sitting on a cob. Rallys, poker runs, drags( nitro) are way cool and they (MB clods ) will never know. Their loss. ride free today .glide

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