Harley-Davidson 2013 Models. Harley-Davidson will announce and show its new 2013 models during the Summer Dealers Meeting in August. What can we expect? A look at the California Air Resources Board website shows 2 new products in the CVO lineup, including a new Softail named the Breakout. Most other bikes evolved from existing ones, like a new Street Bob and probably a new Nightster Sportster. And of course several 110th Anniversary models with special badges and insignias and a “celebration” paint job. Harley-Davidson is scheduled to announce its second quarter results on August 1st, at 8 am central time. All Harley dealership studies made during the last 2 months converge to the same conclusion, a continued new bike sales growth estimated in the 10 percent + range.
Triumph To Open Indian Assembly Plant. The motorcycle maker has now confirmed its assembly unit’s set up at Narsapur, Karnataka, near the port of Chennai. Triumph India will assemble 4 motorcycles in India out of a sum total of 7, with the rest of the motorcycles being brought into the country through the completely built unit(CBU) route. There, Triumph will employ 1065 people. All the motorcycles are expected to be initially imported into the country as CBUs, with CKD assembly to begin soon after.
Change Of Mind. City Of Sturgis Will Not Lease Soccer Fields During Bike Rally. City Manager hoped to lower the 2013 budget shortfall by leasing out the Sturgis soccer fields to vendors. Locals opposing this idea (no place for children during the rally, damage to the fields), it was decided to group vendors and entertainment to the 900 block of Main Street. The entertainment will be located in the middle of the street from Middle Street to 960 Main Street. The most western section of the block will still accommodate motorcycle traffic with a turn around in the center. Vendors will set up on property owned by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.
Zero Motorcycles Inducted in “Made In The U.S.A. Hall of Fame'”. Zero Motorcycles becomes only the second United States-based motorcycle manufacturer, in addition to Harley-Davidson, to receive this prestigious award. Zero Motorcycles was acknowledged for their commitment to promoting local commerce and job creation in the United States. Other companies inducted during the ceremonies held on July 2 include manufacturers of energy-efficient vehicles, including electric cars and motorcycles, solar panels and more. Judging was based on three criteria: “quality”, “competitiveness” and “impact.” “Quality” comparisons included use the Consumer Reports, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and other evaluating entities.