Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news13The Real Price Of A Harley Davidson Is Disbarment. The Wyoming Supreme Court has disbarred a former county deputy attorney who had purchased a 2007 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle from an Idaho dealer. He misrepresented the purchase price of the Ultra Classic motorcycle to pay less in taxes and other fees. He claimed that the price was $800 when it in fact was $14,000. In attempting to renew the registration of other Harleys he owned, the attorney made similar misrepresentations to the county treasurer and submitted a falsified sales document. He was charged with felony forgery and possession of forged writings, resigned his deputy attorney position, and negotiated a plea to one felony count. He was placed on unsupervised probation for two years.

The Motorcycle Industry Council Opposes Minimum Noise Levels For Electric motorcycles. MIC has submitted comments opposing a proposed rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that would require electric motorcycles to emit a minimum sound to protect pedestrians. The rule would set minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles, including but not limited to motorcycles. In the MIC’s comments, the organization argued that because of the unique attributes of motorcycles, the NHTSA should not need to require a minimum sound for them. The MIC says that motorcycle riders are better able to see and avoid pedestrians because their sight is unobstructed, and motorcyclists are more alert because of their vulnerability. The MIC also stated that electric motorcycles are not quiet, so they shouldn’t need to be subject to minimum sound requirements. The MIC stated further that adding a speaker system to electric motorcycles to emit sounds would be an issue because motorcycles have less space to add such a system, the weight of the system would have a large effect on the motorcycle’s low-speed stability, energy consumption of the speaker system would have a greater impact on a motorcycle’s range and the price of installing the system would be higher than with automobiles. The NHTSA acknowledged that motorcycles have unique challenges with the proposed rule, but it noted that because the rule is technology neutral, the sound requirements could be met without the use of a speaker system.

Utah Helmet Legislation Pulled. ABATE of UTAH is happy to announce that Senator Weiler has decided to pull his proposed mandatory helmet law for Utah.
ABATE thanks the MRF, U.S. Defenders, The Confederation of Clubs and everyone else for all of their support. The phone calls and e-mails definitely made a difference. Senator Weiler has assured that a Helmet Law bill will not be run in Utah this year. ABATE looks forward to working with the Senator in the future.

Sturgis wants To Take Action To Revitalize The Stagnant Downtown Area. Last Mobday, the city presented three proposed ordinances: the formation of a business improvement district, a downtown overlay district for zoning and a new vendor licensing fee structure. The city council will act on each ordinance separately with a first reading on Janurary 22 at a council meeting and second reading February 4. The revitalization committee, of which Anslie and mayor Mark Carstensen are members, believes the downtown could be so much more and should be a cultural and recreational destination, a community gathering spot and even a residential neighborhood for 20 somethings and empty nesters.

Electric Motorcycle And Scooter Sales To Reach 18.7 Million Annually by 2018. Pike Research forecasts. Although still small, the market is expected to grow strongly as consumers become more aware of the products available. According to a new report from Pike Research, annual worldwide sales of e-motorcycles and e-scooters will reach 18.7 million by 2018. The vast majority of these vehicles will be sold in China. Two-wheel vehicles are growing in popularity as a form of transportation, particularly in large cities in the Asia Pacific region. Urbanization in Asia Pacific is expected to grow to 55 percent by 2015. The resulting increased traffic and pollution have driven significant government interest in promoting e-motorcycles and e-scooters.

14 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Chris Jan 24th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    UPDATE: NHTSA mandates that all electric motorcycles must have a baseball card in the back wheel to protect unsuspecting pedestrians. NHTSA recommends Topps or Donruss cards from 1978 to 1999, but does not recommend trying to substitute the card with the stick of gum.

  2. 2 Dave Blevins Jan 24th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I suppose a recorded Vroom-Vroom sound is to be expected?

  3. 3 Rodent Jan 24th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Sturgis main street is like an empty fairgrounds 340 days of the year without the carnival. This is what greed did. In 1978 it was a real hick farm town. Then they saw the suckers and the carnival began.

  4. 4 DJ Jan 24th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    For all you electric bike loving idiots…. Just get a segway scooter. Then you can wear a man purse and one of those very stylish bicycle helmets that they wear in speed cycling. You can put a pinwheel on it and program it like your ring tone on your phone for your favorite sound. Maybe even put a bubble machine on it. Then swing by my shop for some good ol humiliation.

  5. 5 Oldernowiser Jan 24th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I’m gonna make my own recording, play it at about 120 db out of my little electric speaker, be the first to get a “no baffle” violation on my little lectric scooter!………………………….15 minutes of fame, here the f*&k I come!!

  6. 6 BobS Jan 24th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I don’t need any speakers or baseball cards for my electric scooter. Whenever I’m downtown or in a heavy pedestrian use area I just blast my “General Lee” horn over and over and over again.

  7. 7 burnout Jan 24th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    18-wheeler jake brake would be blasting from my ‘lectric scooter…..IF I had one! peace

  8. 8 Steelchoppin Jan 25th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Chris: I just peed my pants.

    Little known fact (at least here): The BMW M5 uses the audio system to bolster the sound of the engine through the stereo…it is like a fake boner pill.


  9. 9 bigalyts Jan 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Wow, No comments about the LAWYER and even worse A Prosecutor, getting Tagged with his Pants down to his knee’s. Love it and I love it for 2 reasons. 1 that he is a Lawyer and # 2 He was a Greedy Pig! Idiot maybe say the Bike cost $10,0000 or $8,000 but, $800 moron. I don’t want to about the ‘Honest” Readers and listen preach about Integrity and Doing the Right thing and……… Why should the state not all of them, but Florida for sure, keep getting a Tax on the same Venicle every time it’s sold. ONCE IS ENOUGH!

  10. 10 ray c wheeler Jan 26th, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Loud Pipes Save Lives………..?

    Or do they?

    Hell yes they do.

    Rather slightly startle a texting driver than get run over.

  11. 11 axzl Jan 27th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    You’ll get my internal combustion powered motorcycle that makes its own noise by way of the syncopated, soulful sounds of a forty five degree, single crankpin, overhead valve v-twin away from me when you pry it from my cold, dead hands……..

  12. 12 izadore007 Jan 28th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Axzi, said it well!

  13. 13 Kirk Perry Jan 28th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    ~ Boy Communicates With Spirit of Bill Harley ~

    “Tinkerer under the influence of pure THC, channels William S. Harley for permission to modify his 1936 spark coil. Not only was permission granted, Bill helped with reassurance that all would fit.
    His final words were, “It will fit and the parts exist out there, so go find them and keep thinking”.

  14. 14 Harlan Schiilinger Feb 2nd, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Politics and nonsence have prevented The city of Sturgis from thrieving like the rest of the Black Hills.

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