1- Billy Joel To Open A Motorcycle Store. The Piano Man is giving the last touches to the 20th Century Cycles, his soon-to-be-opened motorcycle store in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. In it, Billy’s fans will be able to buy motorcycles, parts, clothing, but no alcohol, the piano man being famous on Long Island for his DUI related accidents.
2- Riding a Harley 300 miles not using hands. Phil Comar plans to ride his Harley-Davidson about 300 miles from the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to the Ohio border without using his hands to steer to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. The 61-year old man wants to raise $3,000 with the ride for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He will steer his Harley with his legs and by leaning. Quite dangerous, I think…
3- Mixed reviews for the Fall Myrtle Beach Rally. It was very small and North Myrtle Beach didn’t allow vendors except under one tent at Bare Foot Landing. So, vendors concentrated south of the Grand Stand. The South Carolina Supreme Court struck down the Myrtle Beach ordinance requiring helmets for bikers, but not much optimism for the 2 coming May rallies.
4- Europe: the motorcycle industry has been hard, like in the US, with new motorcycle sales about 1/3rd below pre-recession levels. Europe’s motorcycle industry employs about 150,000 workers Abut 90 percent of manufacturing takes place in France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The European Commission wants European motorbikes to come with advanced braking systems, cleaner engines and daytime headlights from 2013 as part of a phased crackdown on road deaths and pollution. The European Commission wants all new motorcycles in 2013 to have a mandatory ABS, and more draconian anti-pollution exhausts (Euro norms 4,5 and 6),