1- Polaris Industries Inc. has informed state of Wisconsin officials that it will begin the layoff of nearly 500 employees from its plants in Osceola on March 1, 2011. Medina, Minn.-based Polaris announced last May that it was exiting the Polk County operations in Osceola under a realignment of manufacturing operations that includes establishing a plant in Mexico and upgrades at factories in Roseau, Minn., and Spirit Lake, Iowa.
2- Sirius Radio Offered On BMW Motorcycles. Sirius XM signed an agreement with BMW. The pact calls for SIRIUS to be standard equipment on new radio-equipped model Year 2011 R 1200 RT, K 1600 GT, and K 1600 GTL touring motorcycles.
3- Florida Helmet Law. Motorcycle Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale are suing the State Of Florida for wrongful death because of no helmet law! In 2007, a 42 year old biker died in a crash riding without a helmet as per Florida law. The non-modified 2008 Florida Helmet Law requirements say that all motorcycle riders 21 years old or younger must wear helmets, and the victim, at 42 years old, was older than what the state rules enforce. Incidents such as this can become a case for any motorcycle accident in Florida for a rider over 21 not wearing a helmet…
4- Can Am Spyder. Bombardier, in conjunction with the University of Sherbrooke, will be developing a hybrid version of the Can Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycle. Bombardier received $6.2 million from Ottawa for the four-year project, or more than half of its expected envelope of $11.3 million. Owned by the Beaudoin/ Bombardier family, Boston’s Bain Capital LLC investment firm and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, BRP will contribute the other $5.1 million. According to its president and CEO José Boisjoli, a production version is about five years away.