Fast Motorcycle Industry News

In India Harley-Davidson Launches Its Locally Assembled Fat Bob Model. It’s the 6th Harley model assembled in Indian under the completely knockdown (CKD) program. Bikes are imported in parts and assembled in India at the company’s facility at Bawal province of State of Haryana. This method of importation with local assembly allows for a more attractive price point for the buyers. Harley Davidson India started its operations in 2009 and till today is offering 13 models available at its 9 authorized dealers in the country. Apart from the US, India and Brazil are the only two countries where the company has assembling facilities. Harley-Davidson sold around 1000 units in the year 2011 and it expects to close 2012 at 2000 sold motorcycles.

Europe Enacts 3 Motorcycle-Related Laws. 1- After many protests and great efforts in lobbying, the European parliament has finally voted, rectified and added a few laws that affects the European motorcycle world in general, and the French one in particular.1- Since 1985, motorcycles bought and registered in France have been limited to 100 HP. Over the years it has become obvious to everyone that less HP didn’t translate in less fatalities. So a law has been voted that disallows European member countries (ergo France) from imposing power limitations on motorcycle sold. 2- Starting on the 1st of January 2016, all motorcycles sold & registered in Europe above and and including 125 cc will be required to have ABS. Bikes between 51 and 125 cc will be required to have a combined/linked braking system. 3- To make our world cleaner and to fight global warming, the Euro4 norm for motorcycle will become active on January 1st 2016, in 2017 it will be applicable to mopeds and in 2020.

In Europe Apple Acquires From Harley-Davidson Use Of Lightning Trademark. Last Thursday, Apple acquired for Europe from Harley-Davidson a partial transfer for the term “Lightning” it uses to describe its new proprietary device connector for the iPhone 5, the fifth-generation iPod Touch and seventh-generation iPod Nano. A partial transfer is for use in a limited number of goods or services, suggesting that Harley-Davidson will still be able to use “Lightning” for some goods. For the term “Lightning” the original Harley trademark was listing items such as motorcycle electrical parts, protective helmet and turn signals. television sets, games, computer game programs, eye glasses and eyeglass frames. many things that have nothing to do with Harley-Davidson. It appears that Harley will be able to continue to use “Lightning” for goods like clothing and outerwear while Apple’s trademark lists a variety of “games and play things. The EU trademark won’t apply in the U.S.where ownership of the U.S. trademark appears to be in limbo after other companies registered then canceled their trademark applications.

3 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 John O Nov 28th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Lightning is also the name Buell (a division of H-D) gave to a range of motorcycles, until production was halted in 2009.

  2. 2 Blackmax Nov 28th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Wow, just wow
    I’m speechless about India and Europe

  3. 3 Waldo Dec 3rd, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Street legal off-road, dual sport, and motocross bikes will be required to have ABS.

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