Michigan Helmet Law Repealed.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.