Unlicensed Vendors And Unauthorized Products At Sturgis Rally. We all know that vendors must pay a license fee to exhibit and sell products during the Sturgis rally. They must also setup in the precise spot for which the license was granted. New this year, Sturgis City inspectors are also supposed to report unauthorized products being sold. Not difficult to guess that the target of these inspections are those refusing to pay the SMRI Group (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc.) a licensing fee for use of their trademarks obtained this year on names like Sturgis Rally & Black Hills Rally. It makes me wonder 2 things: is it the job and in the power of the city to enforce a trademark, or is it the job of SMRI? SMRI is right now suing those merchants refusing to comply, but a counter lawsuit challenging these trademarks is also going on. So, is it really possible to enforce a trademark when it is alleged in court to have been obtained fraudulently? Lawyers reading my Blog can explain in “comments”.
Paisano Publications. John Lagana who was named in September 2008 by Joe Teresi to succeed him as Publisher and CEO of Paisano Publications was let go. Officially, he is retiring. A tipster reported to me that staff is very unhappy about management style and direction, refusing to see and accept the move to a digital world of news, that the company’s monthly biker publications – including Easyriders, V-Twin & Biker Magazines -, like some other print publications in the industry, are bleeding subscribers and that financial worries are mounting. It is well known in the industry that Joe Teresi doesn’t believe in motorcycle news and features via internet, which from my point of view is almost a guarantee of slow death for most print magazines if they don’t at least diversify their channels of communication. Joe incorporated Paisano Publications in 1970 and launched Easyriders in 1971, followed by a series of lifestyle oriented entertainment products and services, many of them now defunct, with the name Easyriders licensed to some other companies (for Ex. Easyriders Bike Shows, Easyriders Rodeos.) Paisano also promotes the largest V-Twin only tradeshow in the industry, the V-Twin Expo. (Added 7/26/11 at 5.30 pm: I guess things have evolved. Joe Teresi contacted me to mention that he will launch in September a digital magazine named “Road Iron” dedicated to Builders Of Custom Harley-Davidson Baggers)
Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge Documentary. An exclusive agreement has been signed with Academy Award nominee David Roma, of Amor Factory, to produce a feature-length documentary on the August 2011 event and the riders taking part. David Roma is an acclaimed film and television producer, whose credits include the TV shows “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood,” “Hogan Knows Best,” and the “Miami Ink” franchise that is in its third spin-off. Most recently, Roma produced the documentary film “Gasland” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011. The Hoka Hey Challenge starts on August 5, 2011 in Mesa, Ariz., and ends in Nova Scotia, Canada, with the course covering all 48 contiguous US states. It is open only to riders of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson Hosts July 30th Memorial Ride in Honor of The Late Bruce Rossmeyer. Bruce Rossmeyer’s Sunrise & Ft. Lauderdale Harley-Davidson, announced their 2nd annual “Memorial Ride” which pays tribute to the late Bruce Rossmeyer and will benefit the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC.) Bruce’s dedication to charitable causes was as wide-ranging as his business interests. The event on July 30, 2011 will feature a police escorted motorcycle ride, a Bruce Rossmeyer video memorial tribute, Country BBQ and good times for all. Ride will depart promptly at 5pm from Harley Davidson in Fort Lauderdale, ending at the Sunrise location. The Marshall Brother’s Band and a DJ will be providing entertainment. Tickets can be purchased for $25 prior to the event or for $30 on the day of. Registration begins at 3pm, and attendees will receive a free commemorative patch and t-shirt.
Keith Wandell, current President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, was elected board member of Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), the world’s leading premium wine company. “We are very pleased to welcome Keith to the board of directors and believe his experience in a diversified, consumer-driven industry, will provide excellent guidance as Constellation continues to focus on building its premium wine and spirits brands,” said Constellation’s Chairman of the Board, Richard Sands. “We look forward to the contributions he will make to the organization.”
Zero Motorcycles Has Expanded Its Sales Model To Include Traditional Motorcycle Dealers as a point of purchase for retail customers. The development of a traditional dealership program has been part of Zero’s strategic plan for more than a year as the company continues to ramp up its manufacturing capabilities. Zero’s current sales channel is predominately internet-driven with consumer test rides being conducted by field representatives. Now interested buyers can go directly to their nearest Zero Motorcycles dealership to test ride and buy a Zero on-site. Once the official transition is completed, Zero Motorcycles will no longer sell motorcycles directly to consumers, unless purchasing from a powersports dealer is not feasible. The new dealership model for Zero will include the United States and Canada.