Victory Motorcycles To Make Its Official Entry In India At end of 2013. India’s burgeoning motorcycle market has already attracted some of the most well-known names, be it Ducati, BMW Motorrad, Aprilia and Harley-Davidson. Victory motorcycles will initially be directly imported as CBUs from USA. with the Victory Vision and the Victory Cross Country Tour being the first models being introduced. The long-term plan, just like with Harley-Davidson, would include establishing an assembly plant in the country to bring down production costs. Victory currently has a host of international dealerships, including Australia, Canada, the UK, France, Sweden, Germany and Spain.
Steve Veltri Joins Mustang Seats. Long-time motorcycle industry sales and marketing executive Steve Veltri signed on with Mustang Motorcycle Products, LLC after a brief stint in the wholesale irrigation business. V-Twin dealers will recognize Steve from his time as the VP of Sales & Marketing for Custom Chrome for more than a decade, and it is this experience that makes him an ideal fit for Mustang. Veltri becomes Mustang’s Director of Sales, effective immediately. It’s Veltri’s work with a network of more than 5,000 Harley-Davidson® franchises and independent dealers around the world that solidified his opportunity with Mustang. After starting with CCI as a sales rep in 1991, Steve fast-tracked through the ranks, becoming a regional sales manager, national sales manager, VP of sales and ultimately VP of sales & marketing for the distribution company. All Mustang seats for Metric Cruisers and H-D® models are still handcrafted in the USA.
Harley-Davidson Inc. Will assemble 3 More Models In India And Cut Their Prices To Make Them More Affordable To The Country’s Price-Conscious Customers. The company will assemble the Fat Boy, the Fat Boy Special and Heritage Softail Classic models in India after importing kits from the U.S. The locally assembled models will cost between 1.5 million rupees ($27,342) and 1.7 million rupees, up to 23% cheaper than before. Harley already assembles half of the 12 models it sells in India at a facility at Bawal in the northern state of Haryana. The other models are imported as fully built units. Harley’s decision comes days after India decided to increase the import tax 75% from 60% on expensive motorcycles (at least 800 cc) and cars. Harley’s India head Anoop Prakash said the impact on higher taxes on its models will be “minimal” as the company is increasing motorcycle assembling in India.
Zero Motorcycles releases smart phone application Zero Motorcycles customers are able to customize their electric motorcycle’s performance and gather real-time statistical data via a new smart phone technology that is embedded in this year’s line of bikes. Once paired to a motorcycle, owners can customize settings. The technology “pushes” live, or archived, information from the motorcycle to the rider’s mobile device. Riders can display a customizable dashboard to show how well it’s charged and monitor torque, drivetrain component temperatures, and battery amps. When parked, owners can view a history of data, including an estimate of how much gas money they have saved and how much carbon dioxide wasn’t released into the air. The free app also allows owners to send diagnostic reports directly to a technician for remote troubleshooting. The Zero Motorcycles app marks the first time in history that a production motorcycle’s top speed, torque and regenerative braking can be easily adjusted by an owner in seconds,