Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Harley-Davidson Bike Sales Up 10% In October? A Citi analyst said Wednesday that it appears Harley-Davidson Inc.’s October sales rose more than analysts previously thought. Gregory Badishkanian said that based on checks with Harley dealers, it looks like retail sales rose 10 percent in October, while most analysts expected the company to post an increase in the mid-single digits for the month. In comparison, the company’s sales rose 9 percent in September and fell 5 percent in the third quarter, he said. He called the double-digit jump “encouraging,” because it may indicate that September’s sales increase wasn’t just due to pent-up demand stemming from the late launch of a new model. “We expect November to be a noisy month with U.S. retail sales likely being impacted by the storms as well as greater levels of pessimism from dealers and core Harley customers due to the election results,” Badishkanian wrote in a note to investors.

Lightning Motorcycles Uses Solar Power To Set El Mirage Speed Record At 189 mph. The energy for the motorcycle was supplied courtesy of the sun. Its rays fed a 48-kWh battery pack attached to a mobile solar array, which in turn, fueled the bike’s on-board batteries. On the 1.3-mile course that runs downs the El Mirage dry lake bed the solar powered Lightning motorcycle (sponsored by solar technology company SMA) reached a speed of 189.086 mph. A handful of customers will begin receiving the same type of motorcycle within the next 60 days or so.

Looking For A Cheap Harley Davidson Motorcycle? The IRS might have one for you in December. The Internal Revenue Service will be auctioning off 11 Harley Davidson motorcycles in Alabama. The auction will be at Asset Auctions in Elkmont beginning at 9 a.m. on December 1. Preview and registration for this sale is November 30th from 12pm to 4 pm and December 1 from 8 am. The motorcycles will be available for viewing the afternoon before the auction. Cash or certified funds made payable to the US Department of Treasury.  Credit cards accepted with 3% processing fee.  No buyers premium on IRS seizures

List of 11 bikes up for auction: 1. 1946 Flathead, white in color. 2. 1993 EVO, black in color, Body Black leather on tank with metal studs 3. 1973 Sportster Ironhead, Black with orange/red flames. 4. 1972 Sportster Ironhead, Orange in color. 5. 2009 Rebel 250, black with black saddlebags 6. 2003 Sportster 1200, Red/purple metallic. 7. 1992 EVO, orange/dark brown. 8. 2005 EVO, Front/back panel red,black, turquoise. 9. 1950 Hummer 125, black, all original. 10. 2005 Dyna Superglide, solid black. 11. 1983 Shovelhead SHR, black with gold pin stripes, saddlebags.

1 Response to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Blackmax Nov 17th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    1. H-D profits up, but forecasting a downturn because of the election?
    hate riding in the rain & can’t ride in a hurricane, but you can ride after ANY election!!!!
    2.Wow, solar powered, Thanks, but no thanks…..
    No rumble, no soul !!!!! :Liquid cooling is coming, no doubt,
    but gas V-Twins (of ANY make) win over electric & solar any day
    3.Those sound like some damn fine machines the IRS got their little gubby paws on
    They have no idea what they’re worth, Somebody’s gonna pick up one heck of a deal !!!!

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