Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Appeals Board Will Hear Challenge to Sturgis Trademarks. The petition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the two registered trademarks Sturgis and Black Hills has been accepted and will be heard, and it’s good news for the group “Concerned Citizens for Sturgis” opposing “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc” (SMRI). Opponents to the trademarks claim that when the application to register those trademarks was initially made by the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce in 2001, everyone was using the words on items they were selling. Vendors and others had used Sturgis for patches and other products in connection with the rally as far back as the 1940s. SMRi says that not-for-profit corporation legally acquired the trademarks from the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce and that it’s important for the Sturgis community to own the trademarks. But don’t expect a judge decision very soon. The trial is scheduled to last beyond 2012, meaning that SMRI will continue to enforce its trademarks, unfairly obtained or not, during the next Sturgis Bike Week.

Harley-Davidson To Add Contract Workers In April. Harley-Davidson Inc will begin adding non-unionized contract workers at facilities in Wisconsin due to new labor contracts that take effect in April. Harley expects to have 325 fewer unionized full-time employees in Wisconsin as of April than it has had under the outgoing contract. That will open up opportunities for the use of some flexible, or contract employees, not subject to a union agreement. Harley-Davidson recently offered voluntary layoffs to unionized employees in an effort to trim its Milwaukee-area hourly workforce by about 25 percent. Overall, Harley-Davidson’s global workforce declined by about 300 people in 2011 compared with 2010. The move toward a more flexible workforce follows a push among manufacturers to transition production costs to a more variable model. For decades, the terms of union contracts sometimes have made it difficult for American manufacturers of heavier machinery and household goods to adjust headcount and other costs to meet shifts in demand.

Myrtle Beach Vendor Permits To Be Cut From 7 to 5 Days. Tuesday night, Horry County Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would change how long permits last for vendors during the Spring Harley Rally. The proposed change comes after Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson moved the dates of their Cruisin’ the Coast Spring Rally from May 14-20 to May 18-28, the same weekend as the Memorial Day Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice said, “The bike rallies are the most obtrusive event that we have, and we issue a lot of special event permits. For some reason, we issue the longest permits to the most obtrusive events we have.” Horry County Council will have to vote on the change two more times before it becomes official.

9 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Michael Mar 4th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Sorry, but this is one I can’t buy, Layoffs are a fact of life in many comapnmies, all Harley Davidson is doing is not paying benefits .
    When the management also follows that standard ( yeah right) things may be more believable.
    Harley needs a new leader IMHO

  2. 2 deadwood1783 Mar 4th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Harley-Davidson Inc. CEO Keith E. Wandell received compensation valued at about $6.4 million in 2010, a 1 percent bump over what he got the year before, according to an Associated Press review of data filed with regulators.
    Why is it American companies constantly whine about not being able to compete in the world marketplace because of high labor costs. Why indeed. Look at what the top executives are paid. Most, icluding me, can understand companies must cut costs to remain competive, but the disparity between the top and the bottom is ridiculous. When guys from outside are brought in and are not even vested in the business its nuts to pay out millions to them and send those who have dirt on there hands and build the products home and make them out to be villians when past upper management derailed the train, not the guy on the factory floor. I do beleive in capitalism but there must be some equity. Its just like the free trade issue. I’m all for free trade if its a level playing field.. Free trade must be fair trade or its not free. The free trade we have now is being paid for with the future of our children. These overpaid execs are simply selling us out. OK I’m done venting now and ready to take my lumps about how I don’t understand Economics 101. Aparrently, no one in Govt. or big business does either.

  3. 3 Rodent Mar 4th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    If the rednecks in myrtle beach don’t want us, let’s not go and give them a nickels worth of business and tell all you’re golf friends not to go there. Why force yourself onto a town that don’t want you

  4. 4 rob Mar 4th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Workers are being laid off everywhere………………….less workers= less goods and products being purchased. Add that to the price of fuel going up and you know what happens.

  5. 5 Poppa Mar 5th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    If you don’t understand why CEOs make millions, then you don’t understand why actors and sports players make millions either.

    I understand, but think they all are overpaid.

  6. 6 Knucklehead Mar 5th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Trade marks get me. Like the ones for a town. So where is that. A town near here Frankenmuth. A dad and son were writing a book for kids on how great a town Frankenmuth is. But they had to get permission to publish it. Becuse of trademark rights. So much for free speech.

  7. 7 Jason Mar 5th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I wish, I pray, I bet that SMRI will lose its trademarks. These people have $$$$ in their eyes, not charities. Or Berkowitz would not be a leading member. He is the guy who fought against the trademark “Daytona Bike Week”….because he could not get it!

  8. 8 Brett Mar 7th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Enough crying when HD does this. Every company does this….Unions are a thing of the past & a dying breed. Yes, CEO’s making millions is hard to take…..but things like pensions are killing companies. Non union workers don’t have someone else pay for them until they die. Why should union people be paid in retirement? Save their money like everyone else has to.

  9. 9 harleyguy Mar 8th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Myrtle Beach should be boycotted! See how obtrusive they think it is when all those biker dollars aren’t coming in!

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