Daytona Biketoberfest Organizers Would Like To Extend The Rally Beyond 4 Days. The convention and visitors bureau is trying to invigorate the entire off-season because they should be no “off-season” in the Daytona Beach area where weather is always great when compared to the northern states. Biketoberfest is a very important off-season boost to retailers. The 2-county area claims 600,000 visitors during Bike Week in March and 100,000 during Biketoberfest. Room to grow… But of course, a longer Biketoberfest is still a somewhat controversial proposal because not all region residents like the extra noise.
Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie Says The City Made Nearly $400,000 Off Of This Year’s Rally. At Monday night’s council meeting, Ainslie provided the 2012 Rally summary. Ainslie says vendor, sponsor and advertising revenue were all up this year. Rental property was also significantly higher this year. The city rents out space at the community center, liquor store, auditorium and on Main Street. Regarding expenses, s,anitation saw the biggest increase — up 12-percent over the previous year. The amount of garbage that is hauled away is one factor the city uses to determine annual attendance at the rally. Ainslie says this year, the city calculated that 445,700 people came to the Sturgis City, up 7% percent versus year 2011.
Zero Motorcycles Expansion Of California Facility. Zero Motorcycles was awarded a $1,815,123 grant from the California Energy Commission to quadruple its manufacturing capacity in California. Zero has been successfully designing and building electric motorcycles in California since 2006. Zero’s recently introduced 2013 model line leveraged a previous successful California Energy Commission R&D grant program, driving the development of an advanced electric vehicle powertrain. This new electric powertrain, along with other key Zero Motorcycles innovations, delivers an average Zero Motorcycle power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle on the market.
Indian motorcycle makers cut production as sales plummet. With motorcycle sales declining for the first time in three and a half years caused by surging interest rates and fuel prices, two-wheeler makers in India have slashed production sharply since August to prevent a build-up of inventory.