Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Harley-Davidson New Motorcycle Sales Would Have Been Down In July and August. Robert W. Baird & Co conducted a new survey of 47 US Harley-Davidson dealers representative of all the network. Results show sales declining from 3 to 5% during the last 2 months. The reason may be the 2013 model-year motorcycles being released one month later than usual, creating a situation where potential buyers postponed their purchase decision. Most dealers state that they are running on “about right” or “too low” inventory of brand new models. Soon we will know if the new line-up, including special 110th anniversary paint job models, is able to create excitment with the Harley crowd.

Klock Werks No More Looking For a Buyer. Confronted with some financial issues since quite some time Klock Werks’ owner Brian Klock  had decided to offer his company for sale or at least was looking for a partner/investor. But during the Drag Specialities National Vendors Meeting he declared that Klock Werks is not for sale anymore and instead will focus its activities on parts development. The Flare windshield is the main product marketed by Klock Werks.

2012 Cannonball Endurance Run. Yesterday Friday September 7, some 77 riders from 15 countries with an age ranging from the mid 20’s to over 70 left from the Motorcyclepedia Museum in the City of Newburgh , Ny en route to San Francisco. No motorcycle built after 1929 can participate. All machines are powered by the original engine and carburetor (wether modified or updated). Each bike must use it’s intended ignition source. The first stage was a 210 mile ride to Wellsboro, PA. Today, participants will ride 320 miles to Sandusky, Ohio.

4 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Dealerz Sep 8th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Brian, pay your bills.

  2. 2 maytag Sep 8th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Ride along the Cannonball with RTW Doug Wothke, Alabama’s motorcycle ambassador and an all-around good guy, here –

  3. 3 Black Dog Sep 8th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I was in Wellsboro yesterday when the bikes arrived from N.Y. If these bike stop anywhere close you need to take a day and welcome them. Great time and some very interesting machines. All the riders were eager to discuss the days ride and their bikes. I can’t imagine going cross country like this, good luck to all.

  4. 4 Darin Maltsberger-Instructor@MTI Sep 8th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    The Cannonball is an awesome example of the obsession those of us involved in the motorcycle industry have for the motorcycle itself and riding for the sake of riding our own way. Cudos to all those participating, I for one wish I could be going along.
    As for the story on KlockWerks, it is sad to see another business become a victim of the current economy. When any business in our industry suffers or is forced out, we all lose a little bit. Our world gets smaller, competition becomes less, and pretty soon it is each and every one of us staring down that same demon. I know, bcause I’ve been there myself. There are a lot of creative minds and many good friends working at KlockWerks. I wish them all the best and hope things work out.

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