Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news13Harley-Davidson Won The Vehicle Brand Of The Year Dealer News Award During The Top 100 Dealer Gala Feb. 15 In Indianapolis. The Vehicle Brand of the Year is presented to the manufacturer with the most number of franchised dealerships in the Top 100. Six of the top 10 dealers in the competition this year are Harley-Davidson dealerships. Columbus, Ohio-based A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson, received the 2013 Don J. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award. Harley dealers placing in the “Top 10” were A.D. Farrow, Bud’s Harley-Davidson (Evansville, Ind.), Harley-Davidson of Erie (Pa.), Hot Rod Harley-Davidson (Muskegon, Mich.), Mad River Harley-Davidson (Sandusky, Ohio), and Worth Harley-Davidson (Kansas City, Mo.

Bonhams Motorcycles 2nd Paris Venue A Huge Success. The Bonhams Motorcycle department’s second visit to the historic Grand Palais in Paris on Thursday February 7th was a resounding success, with €857,625 realized – more than double the department’s 2011 sale total. Two headline collections realized a combined total of almost €600,000. Top-selling lot in the Garelli Grand Prix Collection was a 1926 Garelli 348cc Racing Motorcycle at €29,900, while a 1917 Indian 7hp Powerplus led the way among the bikes of the late Claude Lesellier, selling for €28,750. Top motorcycle lots were a 1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle at €40,250, a 1952 Vincent 998cc Series-C Rapide at €37,950, and a c.1941 Zündapp KS750 ‘Sahara’ Motorcycle Combination at €35,650. Immediately after the auction, a 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve was sold for €40,090. (1 Euro = US$1.33)

Küryakyn Holdings LLC Acquired Moto Centric, A Maker Of Motorcycle Luggage. MotoCentric specializes in street bike and cruiser luggage.   MotoCentric’s base of operations will be relocated from Texas to the Küryakyn Headquarters in Somerset, WI. “The MotoCentric brand is a welcome addition to Kuryakyn with its vast array of new, innovative, and exciting products,” said Marc Wolfram SVP of Sales and Marketing for Küryakyn.  “We are excited to work with new and existing customers to expand this innovative product line worldwide in the powersports industry.”

Kuala Lumpur Will Host Asia Harley Days in Conjunction with Harley-Davidson’s Global 110th Anniversary Celebrations. Harley-Davidson, Inc, along with the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), announced that Kuala Lumpur will play host to Asia Harley Days to be held in September this year. This event is being organized in conjunction with the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebrations, making it the exclusive regional experience hub in South East Asia. Asia Harley Days will be the culmination of a year-long, global celebration taking place across 11 countries on six different continents. H.O.G. members from all over the world are expected to attend this celebration. The event is free, and is open to members of the public which will be held from 14 to 20 September 2013. Events and activities include a flag parade, promotions, exhibition, displays, demo rides as well as a nationwide riding tour. For H.O.G. members, the event includes a welcome dinner, special access, promotions and deals throughout the week’s events.

2 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Tom Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    A success for Bonhams and for the rest of us on the sidelines we can only wish for as prices drive people out of the hobby.

  2. 2 nicker Mar 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    A success for Bonhams it may be…….
    But for those of us who own the older stuff, its not quite such a hot deal
    – Drives the prices up
    – Makes our scooters so much more attractive to thieves
    (parting-em out or selling over seas, no recovery )
    – That drives insurance up.
    – And it drives registration up
    (CA DMV just sent me a $94 register bill for a 42FL…….. )

    Unless i wann-a sell off my toys, its a Loose-Loose for me…….. 🙁


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