Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Royal Enfield’s Twin Cylinder To Become a Reality. Strong of its renewed success around the world, the Indian owned British retro classic Royal Enfield brand will have in the next 2 or 3 years a twin cylinder model in his lineup which could displace between 600 to 1,000cc. Royal Enfield is said to be leaning on a traditional layout, favoring a pushrod design with an overhead valve(OHV) rather than the more modern over head cam(OHC) design. The main idea to keep the pushrod design is to maintain the classic appeal of the motorcycle, with the characteristic low revving, high torque nature that most Royal Enfield motorcycles are well known for. Royal Enfield used to make parallel twin motorcycles in the 1950s and 60s called the Interceptor, which features a 700cc, air cooled, parallel twin cylinder engine. Royal Enfield also made 500cc parallel twin motorcycles before the 700cc versions. While the brand also built V-Twins in the early part of its history, it chose to go the parallel twin way during most part of its existence in England.

Polaris to add 89 jobs To Wisconsin Plant. Polaris Industries Inc. said Thursday it will add 89 jobs to its plant in Osceola, Wis., to support added production of two businesses it acquired last year. The additional workers will be hired to support ramped-up production of Indian motorcycles and low-speed electric vehicles made under the Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) name. Polaris acquired Indian and GEM last year and is currently producing those vehicles on a limited scale at its Spirit Lake, Iowa, plant. Polaris plans to begin full-scale production of both Indian motorcycles and GEM next year in Spirit Lake and is in the process of expanding that facility. Polaris has added about 200 workers in the Spirit Lake area in the last 18 months, bringing the workforce there to about 540.

Former Rossmeyer’s Pompano Beach Florida Harley-Dealership Sold For $2.75 million. U.S., Inc. acquired the former Harley Davidson dealership in Pompano Beach, FL from Rossmeyer Fort Lauderdale Motorcycles, Inc. for or about $162 per square foot. The 17,000-square-foot building was built on the edge on the I-95 in 2002 at 2900 Center Port Cir. on 2.9 acres in the Pompano Beach submarket of Broward County was never successful, offered harley rentals, and was vacant since at least 3 years.

New Theft Device Creates A Protective “Geofence” Around Your Motorcycle. Each time your ignition is off, the SkyLINK PowerSport device creates a “geofence” and if your bike is moved beyond the crested perimeter, a text message or email is being sent to you. SkyLINK uses GPS and cellular technologies to provide the vehicle’s exact location to the local police department. Another feature is  SkyLINK PROTECT, an online dashboard tracking the location of your bike, speed, battery charge, etc. Let’s say you lend your bike to a friend, at all times you know exactly where he is, his speed, etc…

7 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Ray Apr 6th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Harley erases jobs. Polaris creates new ones. Go figure.

  2. 2 Fritz Apr 6th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    There will be 89 very happy people ( and dependants) around. Hopefully these are jobs are fulltime!

  3. 3 barney Apr 6th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Fantastic news about Royal Enfield. As long as they produce quality and go at least as high as 900 cc air cooled twin classic looks they’ll sell a million of them. The boy racer Japanese sport bike scene is so over.

  4. 4 bigalyts Apr 7th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Bruce did many great things , but how he couldn’t see that 3 Massive Dealerships in Ft. Lauderdale, was down right “Moronic”, unless he believed in putting People to work on a temporary basis. He probably had triple the money they sold it for in that Property !

  5. 5 bigalyts Apr 7th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Skylink seems like the answer to finally end the relationship with the Insurance Company. I am sure it will work out the same money that your Insurance Policy cost! These Company’s already figured that out before they went to Market and Production. The Insurance for my Bike with a Car Insurance Policy and Muliti Motorycle Policy still sets me back $1,000 or $1,200. My Bet is that this System cost around the same for a Year, with the initial cost + the monthly fee or Vig!

  6. 6 Aloha-Terry Apr 9th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    A buddy of mine had a 1966 Royal Enfield 750 Interceptor…It was the fastest thing on the street in those days. The thing was KING KONG on the street…13.80 in the quarter and was the bike to have on the street and winner in street riding. So a Twin for RE would make good sense and be a good seller.

  7. 7 nicker Apr 11th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    “…Royal Enfield is said to be leaning on a traditional layout, favoring a push-rod design …”

    Oh ya!
    And don’t forget the Albion transmissions with the neutral-finder, they were hard to come by 25 years ago.

    Hope RE keep close to the old design.
    Some of us could use the parts…. 🙂


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