1- Harley-Davidson Bikes To Be Built From The Ground Up In India? Going from imported bikes to India to imported kits assembled locally saved a lot of money in Tariffs to Harley-Davidson. Now, 2 India magazines (Indian Express and Indian Cars Bikes) are reporting that Harley will be upgrading its India plant to be able to manufacture complete bikes from the ground up. Expected, many will comment. Lowering manufacturing costs using local manpower (and no unions) is estimated to allow a consumer price reduction of 40%, widening Harley market opportunities not only in India but also in all the fast growing Asian market.
2- Jesse James American Outlaw. Jesse signed a deal with Gallery Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, to write a Memoir (not his Memoirs), in a book to hit the shelves later this year. It is to be called “American Outlaw” and in it you can expect Jesse to “say it all” about some unknown facts about his life. Because as we all know, there is always 2 sides to a story.
3- Bikers Choice. Tucker Rocky President Steve Johnson wants to refocus on the V-Twin after-market business and muscle up Bikers Choice, its its V-Twin business group. Additional resources include the addition of Charlie Hadayia Jr. (ex S&S Cycle) to its management staff. will handle business development duties for Biker’s Choice while Director Richard Schafer will work on product and inventory.
4- Big Dog Motorcycles Refusing Tax Breaks. When the motorcycle manufacturer informed the Wichita City Council, without any explanation, that it declines receiving a new tax exemption for which it qualifies, city mayor and officials scratched their heads. Are cities and states so addicted to giving out subsidies to private businesses that they can become disoriented and upset when they are turned down?
5- Harley-Davidson To Race Again In Daytona. Harley returns to AMA Racing. Based on a largely stock Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle equipped with a race-preparation kit provided by Vance & Hines, the series brings the Harley-Davidson V-Twin engine back to the high banks of the Daytona Speedway. Harley-davidson stopped the VR1000 Superbike program in 2001. A record five-time winner of the Daytona 200 race, former Harley-Davidson factory VR1000 Superbike rider, and 1993 World Superbike Champion, Scott Russell will ride a Harley Owners Group sponsored XR1200 wearing his favorite No. 4 in his first AMA Pro motorcycle race at the Speedway since retiring from the series in 2002. The seven-lap XR1200 feature race is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm EST on March 11th.
6- Harley-Davidson Customer Service. Since February 28th, if you want to talk to the good people of Harley-Davidson for praise, technical information, recalls, complaints, etc, whatever your good or bad reasons to call them, US customers need to use a new toll free number 1-800-258-2464 (same number for anything H.O.G. related)