Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Michigan Helmet Law Repealed. Since yesterday Friday April 13, 2012, helmets are no longer mandatory for all riders and passengers in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill, which received bipartisan support, on Thursday and announced the change Friday.T he law has immediate effect but sets conditions to legally ride without a helmet. Motorcyclists must be at least 21 and carry $20,000 in medical insurance. Those who ride without helmets also must pass a safety course or have their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years. Shannon Banner, a spokeswoman for the Michigan State Police, said the law does not require motorcycle operators to carry proof of the medical coverage, proof they have had their motorcycle endorsement for two years or proof they have completed a safety course. “Officers may not stop a motorcycle operator for not wearing a helmet based on the mere possibility the operator or passenger may not be exempt from the requirement to wear a helmet,” the state police said in a an update sent to local police agencies Friday. Michigan, which had required motorcycle helmets for more than 40 years, is the 31st state to make helmets optional. Snyder’s office said Michigan joins the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Harley-Davidson Plans To Split Capitol Drive Plant. Harley has submitted plans to the city of Wauwatosa which would pave the way for selling a portion of their manufacturing plant in 117th and Capitol Drive. Wauwatosa Director of Economic Development Paulette Enders said the plan would split the parcel between the north and south end. Twenty-eight acres on the north portion of the plot, which currently has the product development facility, will remain with Harley. The other 21 acres, now the manufacturing facilities, will be sold.

Harley-Davidson To Open 9th Dealership In the next couple of months. Harley Davidson will open a new dealership in Goa’s capital city, Panjim. The brand, has already eight dealerships in India. Apart from displaying, selling ad servicing motorcycles, the new dealer will also sell a range of branded accessories, just like the other Harley Davidson dealerships in India.

For 2012 Ducati Report s10.2% Sales Increase Over First Quarter of 2011. It’s the 7th straight quarter of positive sales for the Italian manufacturer. In 2011 sales were already up 43 percent with strong growth in the USA, Canada and Mexico. North America is now Ducati’s largest global market. Ducati expects this growth to gain even more strength throughout the year, thanks to the imminent introduction of new products across several of Ducati’s motorcycle categories.

BMW Motorcycles Sets Record Q1 Sales.  During the first three months of 2012, BMW Motorrad reported its best quarter to date, recording the company’s highest sales ever achieved at the start of a year. Sales increased to 24,373 motorcycles (23,109 last year), an increase of 5.5% compared to the first quarter of 2011. In March, BMW Motorrad had delivered 12,295 motorcycles (11,675 last year) to customers worldwide, 5.3% more than in March 2011. The USA, Australia and Brazil are the 3 countries where BMW progresses the most.

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11 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”


  1. 1 DJ Apr 14th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    This is great news for Michigan and the country. We don’t need big brother to look after us

  2. 2 David Apr 14th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Well at least they can write them a ticket when their laying on the roadside bleeding and then the rest of us can then pay their medical bills which will surely add up to more than 20k(thats only 2 days in the hospital). Go ahead and profile I dont care if it keeps them out of my pocket for their burial or recovery.

    SSDD; David

  3. 3 Boomer Apr 15th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Congrats Michigan! We know that didn’t come easy…

  4. 4 harleyguy Apr 15th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Freedom of Choice! Great news. And the cost of healthcare and your insurance premiums has NOTHING to do with the treatment of uninsured, helmetless riders! That’s insurance company BS! First off, you moron, riders with helmets still get killed & injured and can also be uninsured. Second, insurance & healthcare companies gouge you because they can; because there isn’t a damn thing you can do but bend over & take it. If EVERY rider wore a helmet & every person had insurance your premiums would still be exactly what they are! They’d just feed you some other BS explanation. And I’m sure you’d accept it just as blindly. So wear your helmet, pay your premiums and STFU!!!!!

  5. 5 harleyguy Apr 15th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    @ David – exercise your CHOICE to wear your helmet, pay your insurance premium & SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!

  6. 6 Smittydog Apr 15th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Let those who ride decide.

  7. 7 Woody Apr 15th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    David; back in the 70s/80’s folks kept saying the same stuff about how “society would bear the cost of helmetless riders” and ABATE repeatedly invited the insurance companis to bring their proof. None ever did. One thing conveniently ignored is that it often costs less to pay off on a wrongful death than on maintaining a vegetable, so even IF there are more deaths it doesn’t always mean higher claim payouts.
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  8. 8 fredp Apr 15th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    HMMM? Harley keeping R&D facility, closing manufacturing plant., Well India hopefully can understand our R&D engineers when they start building the harleys for us.

    BURNOUT, you there? DUCATI baby, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 9 David Apr 15th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    @harleyguy—Exercise your right to do what you please and SHUT THE HELL UP !!! Who made you an all knowing ass? I am a licensed insurance agent in Texas. Have you ever noticed that when material cost go up or health cost so do your insurance cost go up..If you have more uninsured accidents or higher medical cost because of that ,the insurance cost go up Making everyone pay for those who don’t . That comes out of my pocket as well as yours but then you probably ride uninsured and unprotected anyway, I can tell from your brain damaged comments.

    SSDD; David

  10. 10 Brett Apr 16th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    @David….when they ever make all motorcycle helmets that I believe would protect me more then an authentic NFL helmet, I might consider wearing one.

    Fact is…a very disturbing trend in Wisconsin is going on as we speak. Bikers go down & the moron cagers who follow everyone way to close, run over the downed bikers….please tell me how a helmet saves the biker in that situation…

    Until cell phones, TVs, video games, unrestrained dogs & screaming kids are banned from cars….cars will always be the real problem.

  11. 11 burnout Apr 20th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    fredp you snoozed and lost your chance to own Ducati……. peace

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