Fast Motorcycle Industry News


Harley-Davidson World Ride Tops 10 Million Miles. Record Mileage Eclipses 2012 Total by 28 Percent. Motorcycle riders from around the world enthusiastically joined members of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) on June 23 and 24 to shatter last year’s record mileage total for the Harley-Davidson World Ride by collectively logging more than 10 million miles, a 28 percent increase over the 2012 total. Launched in 2008 as H.O.G.’s Million Mile Monday, the annual event was expanded into the two-day Harley-Davidson World Ride in 2012 to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate. In 2012, participants logged 7,799,140 miles, but this year as riders celebrated the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the 30th Anniversary of H.O.G. that culminates this Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee, they blitzed that record by more than 25 percent, tallying an official total of 10,018,231 miles.

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Report Details Electric Motorcycle Growth. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, sales of e-motorcycles and e-scooters in North America will grow from a little more than 4,000 in 2012 to more than 36,000 in 2018, a nearly ten-fold expansion. “The North American market is still very much in its infancy, but the United States will see strong growth, with a compound annual growth rate of greater than 50 percent through 2018” the study concludes. In Asia Pacific, scooters and low-powered motorcycles are widely used as everyday transportation. In North America, by contrast, motorcycles and scooters (including e-motorcycles and e-scooters) are more likely to be used for recreation than as a primary form of transportation. The interest in higher-powered and touring motorcycles is higher in North America than other regions, so e-motorcycles and e-scooters are often purchased as complements to other forms of transportation.

Zero Motorcycles Delivers 100 units To Colombian Police. The transaction is Zero’s largest “authority” sale to date. All 100 police motorcycles are based on Zero’s 2012 Zero DS, which has a range of about 112 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 80 mph.Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro has presented the new fleet of police motorcycles as part of his commitment to environmentally and socially responsible transportation for the city’s law enforcement agencies. The Bogota Police Department will be using the specially painted and marked Zero Police Motorcycles for patrols, traffic enforcement and all daily policing actions. Zero’s Colombia sale comes four weeks after the company delivered 59 police motorcycles to the Hong Kong government. In the past year, Zero also has worked with city and university police departments in California as well as with large law enforcement agencies, including the London Metropolitan Police.

2 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Doc Robinson Jul 7th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Electric motorcycles ugh!

  2. 2 Kirk Perry Jul 12th, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Gasoline is so… 19th … century. What a swooping joke. How many gallons of “gasoline” can be cracked from one 50 gal. barrel of oil anyway? Anybody know that? 🙂

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