US Harley-Davidson Dealers Shipping Parts To Canada were reminded that they are not supposed to sell parts outside of their area. Playing the game of a favorable exchange rate for the Canadian dollar stronger than the US one, many Canadians, individuals and independent shops order their HD parts from US dealers, and not necessarily those on the border between the 2 countries. These American dealers were told that they can lose their dealership by making sales to Canada. The objective is of course to protect their Canadian counterparts.
For The First Time Ducati Selling More bikes In The US Than In Italy. On Monday Sepember 19, 2011 at a North American meeting, Ducati Motor Holding President Gabriele Del Torchio announced “We sell more bikes here in the United States now than we do in our domestic market.” He stated that the Ducati brand became the second most recognizable behind Apple (I have doubts on this statement because other brand studies don’t show Ducati in 2nd position). 20% of Ducati bikes are sold in Italy, and 80 percent are exported. Del Torchio added, “Our registrations through the end of August went up by 18.6 percent despite the fact that the worldwide market was down 4.3 percent. I truly believe that by the end of the year, we will reach 42,000 units, which would be a record in our history for highest volume, even better than our previous best year in 2008”
US National Motorcycle Thefts Down 24 Percent Since 2007. The National Insurance Crime Bureau today reported that in 2010, motorcycle thefts were down 24 percent from their 2007 total. There were 65,678 motorcycles reported stolen in 2007 compared with 49,791 in 2010–a decline of 24 percent. All data is from theft reports contained in the National Crime Information Center. As With Passenger Cars, Thieves Prefer Honda motorcycles. The top five makes stolen in 2010 were: (1) Honda, 12,260; (2) Yamaha, 9,853; (3) Suzuki, 7,869; (4) Kawasaki, 5,470; and (5) Harley-Davidson, 3,301. Combined, these five brands accounted for 38,753 thefts in 2010, or 77.8 percent of the total. For 2010, the top five states with the most motorcycle thefts were: (1) California, 5,662; (2) Texas, 4,394; (3) Florida, 4,148; (4) North Carolina, 2,649; and (5) Indiana, 1,925. These five states accounted for 18,778 thefts, or 37.7 percent of the total. Not surprising, in 2010, the summer months of July (5,714) and August (5,380) saw the most theft activity. The fewest thefts were recorded during the months of February (2,403) and December (2,763).
Canadian Sikh Riding Community Wants Helmet Exemption. Sikhism is an Indian Religion whose followers observes a religious practice of wearing a turban or dastaar, and of never cutting, trimming or otherwise removing any hair on their bodies. Because they don’t want to break their faith and remove their turbans not fitting inside helmets, they ask for an exemption to the Toronto province’s motorcycle helmet law. In addition, Sikhs state that asking them to take off their turbans is literally like asking them to take off their clothes… Both British Columbia and Manitoba have exemptions in their helmet laws for turban-wearing Sikhs.