Harley-Davidson’s Holiness In The Motorcycle World. The company’ announced Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will bless its bikes at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer’s 110th anniversary. Amen.
Less Harley-Davidson Anniversary Motorcycles To Celebrate 110th Anniversary. The number of limited 110th Anniversary edition bikes is about half what it was for the 105th Anniversary. Harley-Davidson’s 800 U.S. dealerships will receive just two or three 110th-anniversary bikes with deliveries during the second week of September. The rest of the 2013 lineup will be available this week.
Hells Angels Sue U.S. Over visas And Criminal Designation. The Hells Angels motorcycle club is suing to protest a federal policy barring its foreign members from the U.S. and is also is fighting its federal designation as a “known criminal organization.”Lawyers for the Los Angeles-area-based group describe its membership as composed of loosely associated charters, “made up of motorcycle enthusiasts who have joined to ride motorcycles together, organize social events, fundraisers, parties and motorcycle rallies. The group is asking for a temporary injunction, allowing foreign members to be granted visas to travel to the United States. In its lawsuit, the group claims the government routinely denies visas “to all aliens based solely on their membership in a Hells Angels charter without further analysis into whether or not that individual seeks to enter the United States to engage solely, principally, or incidentally in unlawful activity. “The motorcycle group also seeks to have its “criminal organization” designation removed.
Country Singer Wynonna Judd husband Michael “Cactus” Moser Loses Leg In Motorcycle Accident In The Black Hills, SD. Judd and Moser, 55, of Nashville, were riding motorcycles on state Highway 16 in the Black Hills last Saturday when Michael Moser crossed the center line and hit the driver’s side door of a southbound Chevrolet Malibu driven by Michael Bruce, 59, of Rapid City. Moser’s leg was severed at the scene of the accident. Judd was riding ahead of her husband and was not involved in the crash. She canceled a show at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino in Deadwood, S.D., scheduled for that night. Moser’s left leg was amputated above the knee at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road and not having a license to operate a motorcycle.
Harley-Davidson For Two More Years in AMA Road Racing. Vance & Hines to support the series through 2014. The Vance & Hines XR1200 series has been extended for two more years but now with a new name. The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series gives the brand and the aftermarket company the option of using different motorcycles from within the Harley-Davidson family, an important consideration since the XR1200 will no longer be marketed in the U.S. But with production continuing for sales outside the U.S., and plenty of XR1200s available, it’s unlikely the series will change models in the near term.
Advanstar Expands Progressive International Motorcycle Shows. Advanstar Communications has expanded its Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® nationwide tour to include two new markets: Atlanta & Indianapolis. Shows series is set to launch its 2012-2013 nationwide tour November 2-4, at the Cobb Galleria Centre,, and then continues across the country for a total of 13 stops. The new show in Indianapolis, taking place February 15-17, 2013, will be co-located with the Dealer Expo.
SuperTrapp Industries Has Acquired All Assets Of Jardine Performance Products. Kevin Berger, President of SuperTrapp Industries, Inc. stated, “We look forward to adding Jardine Performance Products to the SuperTrapp family of products. We are confident that the combined talents and resources of the two brands will be of a great benefit to our customers and market place.” Jardine manufactures high-performance exhausts, highway bars, forward controls, back rests, racks and accessories for the Harley, metric, sport, dirt bike and ATV markets. SuperTrapp manufactures Kerker exhaust systems, Road Legends SeriesPaul Yaffe; and TC Racing exhausts. Supertrapp Inndustries is asking dealers to direct all orders and order inquiries for Jardine to SuperTrapp at 4540 W. 160th St., Cleveland, OH 44135-2628; tel. 216-265-8400; email email@example.com.