1- Global Market for E-Scooters and E-Motorcycles to Surge. The global market for electric motorcycles and scooters is expected to surge, with the number of vehicles projected to jump from 17 million in 2011 to more than 138 million by 2017. The two-wheel electric vehicles, which are already popular across Asia, will become increasingly common elsewhere as the rising cost of petroleum-based fuels and government incentives will drive market growth, according to the report by Pike Research. “They are relatively low cost to own, do not take a lot of space, and are easy to maintain, therefore making them attractive for city dwellers,” said Dave Hurst, a senior analyst for the Colorado-based clean-technology research firm. While the market for electric scooters will be six times greater than electric motorcycles in most markets, e-motorcycles are expected to be the more popular choice in some parts of the world, including North America, because of their improved speed and greater range. The growth of electric vehicles will spur an increased demand for batteries, with the market for lithium ion batteries for e-motorcycles expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 24 percent from 2011 to 2017, and the market for lithium ion batteries for e-scooters predicted to increase at 19 percent.
2- Harley-Davidson to resume hosting Open House at York Bike Night. After a one-year hiatus, Harley plans to bring back the Open House event during this year’s Bike Night, scheduled for Sept. 29 through Oct. The thousands planning to flock to York Bike Night this year will get a first peek inside the changes taking place at Harley-Davidson’s Springettsbury Township operations. This means Bike Night guests can take self-guided tours of the newly restructured factory, where Touring, Trike and Softail models will be made under the same roof. “Even if you’ve been to the event before, this is the first time we’re opening the doors on the newly restructured factory,” said Michael DiMauro, spokesman for the York County Harley site. “It’s the first time people will get to see what exactly we’ve been doing inside the gates for the last year and a half.” More details will be available at York Open House.
3- The Japanese motorcycle motorcycle production was down 41.5% in March after the devastating Earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11. For the month of March, Japanese The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association reported that 37,841 units from Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda were produced, compared to 64,711 units in March of 2010. As for exports, 44,971 motorcycles were shipped compared to 49,792 units total recorded in March 2010, which is a decrease of 4,821 units or 9.7 percent
4- The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame just announced the 2011 Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame Inductee, Rodney Taylor of Indiana. Taylor has been actively involved in the motorcyclists rights movement since the early 1980s. His interest was first piqued by rider education and he has worked endless hours on this community service. He’s donated time and money to help develop motorcycle safety programs and to purchase equipment. He paid for all of the costs of establishing the first Mobile Training Unit (MTU) for ABATE of Indiana’s Motorcycle Safety Division in 1985. This first MTU laid the groundwork for a training program in Indiana that has trained almost 100,000 riders. As an attorney, Taylor has offered endless advice and services to motorcycling organizations around the world, all at no cost. Rod heads up ABATE Legal Services and has helped to create Road Hazard – a website designed to allow motorcyclists an easy way to report road hazards to the appropriate agencies in various states. The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the commitment and sacrifices individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists. In their honor the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame established the nation’s first and only Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame.