S&S Cycle Saved By Wisconsin State Loans. The company was in peril, admit S&S owner George B. Smith and President Steve Iggens. The La Crosse, Wisconsin company was growing very fast in the 90’s and beginning of the 00’s and took loans to finance its expansion. Then, the economic downturn with less orders and high interest borrowing created a severe cash flow issue for the manufacturer of after-market engines and parts. Help to save S&S Cycle came from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority guaranteeing a portion of the refinancing loans required to continue operation and from a Community Grant from the state Department of Commerce. Today S&S Cycle is back on track, has 230 employees with revenues stated at 30% above those of 2009, the company darkest financial year.
Headlight Configurations That Make motorcycles More Noticeable. In a report entitled “Recognizability of different configurations of front lights on motorcycles”, researchers from AA&P (Accident Analysis & Prevention) focusing on causes and impacts of transportation accidents, reported that results of a laboratory experiment have shown that motorcycles with a T-shaped light configuration are more quickly identified. It is particularly true when the motorcycles are in visual competition with other motorized road users.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inducts Five Motorcycling Greats. Five outstanding motorcyclists took their place in history Friday, Nov. 18, at the 2011 AMA Visa Card from Capital One Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, held here at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa. Hosted by actor and motorcyclist Perry King, the event honored the Hall of Fame Class of 2011: Magazine Editor Phil Schilling, Motocross Promoter Stu Peters, Industry Leader Fred Fox, Motorcycling Pioneer Norbert Schickel and Roadracing Champion Doug Polencles.