Fast Motorcycle Industry News

H-D1 Bike Builder Tool Now Available For All Harley Models: The H-D1™ Bike Builder Tool at Harley-Davidson website has been expanded to include all current Harleymotorcycle models and has new added features. H-D1 Bike Builder lets visitors virtually customize their dream Harley-Davidson motorcycle with select Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories®. Builders can gauge the visual impact of each accessory on the screen in an eight-frame, 360-degree view that’s in a large screen format. Navigation on the H-D1 Bike Builder is organized into four categories: Fit, Function, Style and Performance. Accessories can be added and deleted from the bike, with the screen image changing accordingly. The MSRP of each item added to the base motorcycle is calculated on a summary chart screen with an updated “as built” total. Unleash your inner custom…

Motorcycle Fatalities Never Stopped To Rise. Fact Or Fiction? Based on a story titled “Despite Death Toll, Motorcycle Groups Strive To Muzzle US Regulators” published by a watchdog investigative website called, many newspapers and several TV outlets picked this source to claim that the percentage of motorcyclists fatalities doesn’t stop to get larger every year. Infuriated by this misleading story , MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundation) publishes these official statistics: In 1997, there were 2,116 fatalities for 3,826,000 motorcycles registered. Or 0.055%. In 2010, there were 4,502 fatalities for 8,368,000 motorcycles registered. Or 0.053%. Of course, it’s too many, but in reality a stable percentage. (registered doesn’t mean on the road every year, but there is no way to know the exact number of bikes being ridden and how often)

Members Of Congress Back Opposition To Local And State Funded Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints. The AMA members and concerned motorcyclists contacted their elected representatives and convinced a total of 30 members of Congress, to sent a letter to the leadership of the House-Senate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee requesting the inclusion of language in the conference report that would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from providing grants or any funds to states or local governments to be used for any program to create motorcycle-only checkpoints,AMA began tracking motorcycle-only checkpoints when they first appeared in New York in 2007. In 2011, using funds provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Georgia conducted roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Fla., for Bike Week, March 4 to 13. Another motorcycle-only checkpoint was conducted in northern Virginia during one of the nation’s most visible motorcycle rallies — Rolling Thunder — over the 2011 Memorial Day Weekend. Motorcycle-only checkpoints were also conducted in Utah when thousands of riders attended a world-class road racing event. Three states have since outlawed the practice — Virginia, North Carolina and New Hampshire — and legislation to prohibit them has been introduced in Illinois, California, Missouri and New Jersey.

Bob Fletcher Passed Away.  Long time owner of Fletcher Harley-Davidson in Clearwater, Florida, Bob Fletcher passed away June 9, 2012 at the age of 90. In the early days of WWII he was a pilot and was teaching US soldiers how to ride a motorcycle. During the war effort he also drove a tank in Europe. His daughter is currently the General Manager of the Harley store. A ride to honor Bob is scheduled this Saturday June 16 at 11:30. Bob’s family requests that you wear a Fletcher tee- shirt during this ride. Info at: 727-535-184

6 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Kroeter Jun 13th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Stats can be twisted to match anyone’s agenda. I checked out the Fairwarning article. They talked about the increase in deaths with the same numbers that Cyril listed, but did not show the increase of 4.5 million registered bikes, a convenient omission. More bikes = more deaths, it’s the nature of the beast.

  2. 2 Colemanfu Jun 14th, 2012 at 5:23 am

    RIP Bob.

  3. 3 BigWave916 Jun 14th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    They say that figures lie and liars figure….I checked out the Fairwarning article also and a couple of other sources. In 1997 the fatality rate for motorcyclists when compared to all fatalities was 5%. In 2010 it had increased by almost the same percentage as the increase in motorcycle registrations. In that same time period the number of motorcycles registered more than doubled while automobile registrations stayed nearly the same (133.8 M in 1997 to 134.9 M in 2009)

    We also know that cars have gotten much safer over that time period with the increased use of passive restraints, ABS, improved crush panel and bumper designs, so while on a percentage basis automobile occupants are more likely to survive. The motorcyclist has about the same chances that he had back in 1997.

    If I take the 2010 fatality total for motorcycles to take into consideration the doubling of motorcycle registrations, and the fatality rate for automobiles from 1997 to negate the increased safety of modern cars, I get the same 5% for motorcyclists as a percentage of the total motor vehicle fatalities.

    Go figure……….


  4. 4 Kirkland Jun 15th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    ~ News Flash ~
    Boy Improves On Knucklehead Frame Original Design – Nixes Spring Fork

    A “living Michelangelo” Stett finessed a TiG bead almost around an anchor pin base for a ’49-59 fork damper. Really came out nice and the single issue that has been keeping me from building the Iron Maiden w/ level-tail, stacked shotguns and KH barrel mufflers.

    The mod enables a Hydra-glide fork to operate as designed and certifies as the ONLY Knuckle machine being built online in the world today and the frame can be redeemed for a springer, if so, fact so.

    The Glide fork channel-drops the 4’1-45 OEM frame (from the Dago Pete/Morgan City parts piles 1994) to something low-down.
    The buckhorn handlebars reach back, so the seating is very similar to the Twin Cam Cut-Down.
    Too bad no-one had repopped the ’49-59 Buckhorns yet, as they’re so much a better rider than the Speedster, in almost any chassis configuration.

    There’s always tomorrow for now. 🙂
    We took pics to show you how to do it on der site.

  5. 5 Kirkland Jun 16th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    ~ Early OHV Industry Void ~

    And we know how nature abhors a vacuum – because there’s pent-up need for the [long] (56054-54) Buckhorn handlebar that reaches back.

    The [short] Speedster that’s straighter-acrosser is repopped, the Buckhorn not. Well it is, but the maker is persnickety about who he sells too and there done in batches and it’s a ritual to get, and another bottleneck of growth for the industry. Success depends on what your shelf is stocked with, that ships immediately. The latter, pure hobby.

    Unbeknownst to most, is that V-Twin, Mfg, Inc. makes very few early OHV parts. It is instead independent vendors that make parts and sell them to V-Twin. It’s hit and miss, but that’s the reality.

    So, I’ve posted pics of the OEM Buckhorn’s before I take them to Victor this morning at West Coast Plating, offering the opportunity for the “Speedster Vendor” to check out their look and crank out a 1,000 pieces a.s.a.p.
    My old bucks, chromed, weigh 3.45 lbs and will probably weight 3.5 when re-chromed. We need the weight in there.

  6. 6 motorcycles utah Jun 26th, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Stats can be twisted to match anyone’s agenda. I checked out the Fairwarning article. They talked about the increase in deaths with the same numbers that Cyril listed, but did not show the increase of 4.5 million registered bikes, a convenient omission. More bikes = more deaths, it’s the nature of the beast.

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