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.