Imported Spanish Harleys Ordered Off The Road By Police. Up to 5,000 Harleys brought to a halt following detection of what police describes as a scam used by importers: Harleys bought in the US by some importers to be shipped to Spain and sent to privately owned MOT centers (equivalent of DOT in the US) that have been willing to turn a blind eye to the legal road norms for vehicles to circulate in Spain. Owners of these imported Harleys claim that Harley-Davidson is trying to stop second hand imports so as to sell more motorbikes through its official dealers. Spain is one of the top markets in Europe for Harleys, “There is no problem with imported second hand bikes as a whole, only with illegal ones.” said a company representative. Some importers stress they carefully follow the guidelines. “We change everything that has to be changed and then take the bike to the MOT to make it legal to ride.” An association regrouping owners of privately imported Harleys claim that the second hand imported bikes are the same as those brought in by the company. Harley-Davidson denies any involvement with the Spanish police crack down. (Personal note: most europeans consider that a Harley kept at US norms is more valuable because “authentic”)
Indianapolis American V-Twin Dealer Show Versus Cincinnati Easyriders V-Twin Expo. The American Dealer Expo will take place February 17-19, 2012, at the Indiana Convention Center, 1000 South Capitol Ave, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event is held at the same time than the Dealer Expo but the Dealer Expo is not associated at all with the Easyriders V-Twin Expo, held a couple of weeks earlier in Cincinnati. The inaugural V-Twin Dealer Show announced that it attracted 3 major vendors as anchors: Custom Chrome International, S&S Cycles and Rinehart Racing. “The changing face of the V-Twin Industry dictates that we have to get serious about finding solutions and ways to jump start the retail sector again,” said American V-Twin Dealer Show Brand Ambassador Grady Pfeiffer. The American V-Twin Dealer Show claims that it will be a truly distinct experience for all things V-Twin (claiming to be more more efficient for vendors and dealers than competitor Cincinnati Easyriders V-Twin Expo.) The industry continues to wonder if both shows can co-exist in competing for the same vendors and v-twin dealers or if one would have to disappear. I may visit both shows in February and report from there my experience.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Graduates 6 Millionth Student. More than 6 million students have graduated from its safety course. “We have Rider Courses across the nation and around the globe, often during weekdays, and virtually every weekend of the year,” said Robert Gladden, vice president of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. “Plus, MSF offers 23 different courses to meet the needs of any level of rider. We congratulate all our safety professionals, as well as the students.” The MSF has a variety of training programs to help beginners learn the basics of motorcycling, as well advanced classes to help experienced riders fine tune their skills.