Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news1328Chrysler Has Purchased The Old Harley-Davidson Test Track In Florida for $7 Million. The six-mile-long track on the edge of the Everglades has been sitting mainly silent since Harley’s decision four years ago to consolidate its hot-weather testing at a Kingman, Ariz., facility. Before Harley purchased the racetrack for $6.5 million from Collier Enterprises Ltd., in 2002, Ford Motor Co. leased the track to test its own vehicles.
Harley put the 531-acre property up for sale in 2011, asking $7.5 million.

Looking For Motorcycle Shop Manager Who Wants To Get Famous on TV.  Bunim/Murray productions, the producers of “The Real World,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Project Runway”are doing a casting to select a male motorcycle shop operation manager. The successful candidate must be in his mid 30’s, have a edgy look and personality, tattoos welcome. Applicants must send a professional work history and 3 headshots. Casting ends April 29.

International Powersports Dealer Expo Total Attendance Was Down 27%. The Dealer Expo in Indianapolis (last Feb. 15-17) had a total attendance of 10904 (exhibitors, buyers and allied industry trade professionals), down approximately 27% from last year which pretty accurately reflects the 36% decrease in US dealers across the country since 2009. According to show management at parent company Advanstar Communications, Inc., verified attendees totaled 5,452, with approximately 3,700 verified as traditional franchised and independent retailer buyers. The Motorcycle Industry Council estimates that sales of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs in the U.S. market decreased by 54 percent in 2012 compared to the market’s peak five years ago. “It seems logical to assume that if you have 54% fewer unit sales and 36% fewer dealers, you’re also going to have fewer vendors as well,” noted industry veteran and Dealernews contributing editor Mike Vaughan.

Harley-Davidson To Release First Quarter 2013 Financial Results. Results will be announced before market hours on April 25, 2013. The public is invited to attend an audio webcast with Keith Wandell, chairman, president and CEO, and John Olin, senior vice president and chief financial officer from 9 to 10 a.m. April 25. Downloadable slide presentation will also be available as support to the webcast. Webcast participants should log on and register at least ten minutes prior to the start time at this website. A replay of the audio webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes.

9 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Jason Dietrich Apr 4th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    So, they look for a dysfunctional shop manager? Should be easy.

  2. 2 Cobalt Apr 4th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    If the Easyriders V-Twin Expo would give their 2013 numbers, attendance this year will be down by?

  3. 3 Kirk Perry Apr 4th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    “The successful candidate must be in his mid 30′s, have a edgy look and personality, tattoos welcome.”
    Hang out with real…..not actors. The club house is a block up the street and they own the entire city block(s) on Hell Cajon Blvd. Don’t come if you’re scared.
    Ya’ never known who you’re going to meet at the parts counter – that’s what makes every trip to East County an adventure. 🙂

  4. 4 Kirk Perry Apr 4th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    And to bring our SoCal circle of talent full circle, to the bluff-edge of a “west coast micro-climate energy-spot”, sharing the huge (new pour) concrete corner of Hwy 101 & Cowabunga, is Mitch’s Surf Shop & Mooreland Choppers, half of which is filled with rows of bikes daily – less than 1/4 mile south of Seaside reef (a world-class, territorial, *top-to-bottom, leash ripping, A-frame peak).

    What your getting here sum-total, are two distinct cultures that by Hollywood B-flick standards, never got along to begin with.

    *One of those “axle cam” videos off our amazon book site shows the palm trees (down in the huge beach parking lot at Seaside reef) – on a low day, but feature it with sun and white-water so bright it blinds your pupils.

  5. 5 Mika Apr 4th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Wow, I am shocked at those Advanstar/Dealer Expo numbers. Not too long ago, Advanstar was bragging about over 20,000 attendees and how they weeded out all the non-industry folks.

    Now they are saying they only had 5,400 verified attendees?

    Considering it costs a couple grand just for a 10×10 booth, then at least $8k more for transport, flights, hotel, show utilities and move-in/out costs, not to mention booth worker pay and printed materials… that’s about $2 for every legitimate attendee at the show.

    That’s HIGH! It costs drastically less than that for any other form of highly targeted advertising, and with targeted ads, I can actually make sure I’m only marketing to the people that are potential buyers of my stuff. With the Dealer Expo, I’m spending money marketing sport bike parts to cruiser guys and cruiser parts to ATV guys and ATV parts to the Chinese who take ’em back and knock ’em off.

  6. 6 David Apr 5th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    They could probably get either one of those scumbags on Fast and Loud to do it!


  7. 7 Blackmax Apr 6th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    The numbers from Indy do NOT surprize me ……
    So we will see what happens when they move the dates of the show
    probably the same thing or worse

  8. 8 DJ Apr 8th, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Stop by Dumonts 3 doors down from Stets and tell everyone in there you are looking for a new Hollywood puke to make a show about….. Just to see how that goes over, it will be fun

  9. 9 Kirk Perry Apr 11th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    ~ V-Twin® Rigid Frames ~


    Calling for an RA number to return a couple of parts for exchange, I asked Linda if there was any news on the knuckle and pan frames. She said, “They’re talking about the expected arrival of frames, and mentioned knuckle, if that’s the one you’re talking about.”

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