1- Motorcycle Theft Tools. Using “pigtails”to bypass the factory-installed ignition it takes as little as 20 seconds for thieves to steal a motorcycle. Law enforcement agencies across California now have the ability to crack down on crooks who were taking advantage of a loophole in the law to steal thousands of sport motorcycles every year. Starting January 1, 2011 possession of “pigtails” and other items associated with motorcycle theft will be illegal in California. Previously, police officers and deputies could not arrest a suspect carrying those devices to steal a motorcycle because it was not against the law.
2- The Harley-Davidson annual open house at the York Vehicle Operations and Kansas City facilities is canceled. The event used to draw about 10,000 visitors, benefiting local bars and hotels. Harley-Davidson declared that “an expanded commitment of resources to other activities will preclude an open house this year” The York facility will still be the presenting sponsor of York City’s Bike Night Sept. 24, and the factory still offers free weekday factory tours at both facilities.
Added 01/03/10 at 10.55 AM. I am advised by Harley-Davidson that they are still contemplating to keep in 2011 the Annual Open House at the York Vehicle Operations and Kansas City facilities. (it was cancelled in 2010). I am told that a definitive decision will be made in the next 30 days.