Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Mark Blackwell. AMA Hall of Famer and longtime industry executive Mark Blackwell is joining Zero Motorcycles board of directors. Mark started racing while in his teens and was one of the very first American Motocross superstars. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. After his racing career,.Mark has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the motorcycle industry, initially at Suzuki, then at Husqvarna, at Suzuki again and finally at Victory Motorcycles where he was VP and general manager through a critical growth period for the brand. Mark remains an executive of Polaris Industries.

Updated US Motorcycle Statistics. There are 7.7 million motorcycles in the U.S., compared to 248 million cars and trucks.  That lopsided ratio is one of the reasons May is Motorcycle Safety Month, with programs teaching riders that many accidents are caused when car drivers don’t see them or see them too late.  Accidents result in the deaths of nearly 5,300 motorcycle riders yearly, approaching twice the number of fatalities in 2000.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau.

138 Million Electric Motorcycles By 2017. Electric motorcycles and scooters have strong appeal for many consumers. 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. According to the market research and consulting company Piker Research , by the year 2017 there should be some 138 million electric motorcycles and scooters riding around our globe. With high fuel prices and interesting government incentives, many people will be looking at purchasing an electric PTW. The more people who buy one, the cheaper they get. Asia at this moment has the lion share of electric bikes, but that is going to change. With the government incentives in North America and Europe, and the rising fuel price, many people will leave their car at home and use electronic scooters to get to work. Electric scooters are seen to outsell electric motorcycle six to one. This year, there are an estimated 17 million electric motorcycles and scooters out there, but over the next few years, the number will increase dramatically.

BMW Sales. For the 4th consecutive month, BMW reports positive motorcycle-sales figures. In April,global sales of BMW motorcycles rose by 5 percent to 13,072 units. For the first for months of 2011, BMW has delivered 36,181 motorcycles worldwide, an 8.7-percent increase over the same period in 2010. At the start of the 2011 season, Bavarian motorcycle customers benefited from the revised flat-twin engine roadster BMW R 1200 R that for the first time will also be available as a classical variant. Moreover, the motorcycle manufacturer presented the new G 650 GS, yet another particularly appealing GS model with a single cylinder engine. The first half of the year will see the launch of the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL, innovative, de luxe touring motorcycles with six cylinder inline engines, the first of their kind in the history of BMW Motorrad. Featuring the most compact six cylinder inline engines in series motorcycle production, these two top models in the BMW Motorrad range will be unlocking new dimensions for riding, long distance, and comfort characteristics.

5 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 fluke May 18th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    “This year, there are an estimated 17 million electric motorcycles and scooters out there,”

    odd, other than on track or at a demo I have never ever seen one out on the road, but I have seen no end of electric bicycles.

    I wonder where all these 17 million scooters or motorbikes are? and who sold them? as I can’t even remember seeing one for sale.

  2. 2 Larry May 18th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Fluke. get out of your hole.

  3. 3 Kevin May 18th, 2011 at 9:52 pm


    On BMW. I test rode the K1600 GTL about two weeks ago before my last photo trip.
    I need a tourer that can hold my camera gear and be fun as well in the twisties.
    Loved the bike and all the features not to mention speed and gobs of torque.

    “When can I buy one?” I asked the dealer. His reply was, “Next year in the US, they’re having trouble
    getting chips from Japan after the quakenami.” he said.

    I’m wondering if you shouldn’t check your sources on not only BMW but others in the moto industry
    as to whether or not everyone is having the same issue. I/we know it’s a problem in the auto, cage,
    area but how is it effecting us, the motorcyclists?



  4. 4 Rider2 May 19th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    It’s really funny how they come up with those numbers for electrical scooters and motorcycles, when guys like Zero, Brammo etc… can’t even sell 500 units a year combined. It took Zero motorcycle 3 years to hire a VP of Marketing. Brammo is actually trying to sell their stuff in China via Jackie Chang (no kidding, it’s true) and to cops in countries like Malaysia. Brammo also tried to sell their bikes through Best Buy but after looking at the numbers, a small handful of them are actually trying to push this. The rest backed out.

    Until those bikes sell for under $5000, it will be hard to sell. Nobody is going to spend $12,000 (with no financing available anywhere) on a motorcycle that needs to be charged every 100 miles or so.

    Hopefully the technology will get better and cheaper soon.

  5. 5 GRIP ACE - HIDDEN MOTORCYCLE SWITCH SYSTEM May 23rd, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Good info. Thank You

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