Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news1328Motus Motorcycles Confirmed That They Will ship Their First Production Bikes To Dealers This Fall. The company stated that standard model will start at $30,975 and signed 16 dealers in the USA.  it said. the company announced today. The Motus MST bike can be geared to achieve a top speed of 204 mph, but will come configured to deliver “massive torque in a usable street range, from 2,500 rpm to 7,500 rpm,” said Brian Case, Motus co-founder and head of design. “As street riders, we wanted the Motus to offer an unparalleled experience from 20-90 mph, where we do almost all our riding,” he said in a prepared statement. “We also built in a sensible riding position, adjustable windscreen and controls, luggage, and other accommodations for longer rides.”

Peter Fonda Is Suing Upscale Italian clothing designers Doce & Gabbana for selling tee-shirts with his name and photo in the film Easy Rider without his permission. The fashion duo were just sentenced in Italy to 20 months in prison each and restitution for massive tax evasion. Peter Fonda is also suing upscale department store Nordstrom for the same reason but for different pieces of clothing using his image and likeness.

The Financing And Insurance Arm Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Is Planning To Expand Its Plano, Texas Office, Creating Up To 270 New Jobs. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provide financing for dealership and retail customers. The Plano City Council approved a $216,000 economic incentive grant to help Harley-Davidson expand within the city limits.

The Petersen Museum Is Selling Hot Rods To Buy Motorcycles And French Cars. In a surprise move, Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum is undertaking a pretty dramatic change of direction, selling off about a third of its collection to make improvements and renovations and stated that the museum will now focus more on motorcycles and avant-garde French cars. The Petersen’s 400 or so car collection will be soon about 120 cars lighter. The museum will announce its exact plans in August at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

Zero Motorcycles Getting Development Boost With $6.5M In New Funding. Electric motorcycle maker Zero Motorcycles it has raised another $6.5 million in funding from only 1 investor. In March 2011 when Zero raised $17 million from New York-based Invus LP, still its principal investor.

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16 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”


  1. 1 Kirk Perry Jul 28th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    “Peter Fonda Is Suing Upscale Italian clothing designers Doce & Gabbana for selling tee-shirts with his name and photo in the film Easy Rider without his permission.”
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    Yeah! Buy the rights!

  2. 2 BobS Jul 28th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Upscale Italian clothing designers are making t-shirts? I guess next time I’m on Rodeo Drive I’ll stop in Versace and Armani to shop for biker t-shirts!

  3. 3 Richie Jul 28th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    BobS. Yes, they all do designer tee-shirts. Why not?

  4. 4 Kirk Perry Jul 28th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    The Financing And Insurance Arm Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Is Planning To Expand Its Plano, Texas Office, Creating Up To 270 New Jobs. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provide financing for dealership and retail customers.”
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    And more. The factory wants customers to be absorbed as family. The “modularization” and parts “grouping” of model series (i.e; Sportsters and Dyna-Glides belong to the same frame family and can swap “curb appeal” parts at will, such as exhaust assemblies), helps in delivering “warrantied protected fun”, while demanded only oil and fuel top-off involvement from the customer.
    At 1k, and once every *5k miles thereafter, the customer has to be inconvenienced by bringing their bike in for service. At best, early one morning you can ride your machine in to the ‘ship by 8:30 am, retire to the stuffed-leather lounge and watch the worlds trial and tribulations on big screen, with your biggest decision being which water-to-coffee beverage to consume within a myriad of choices.
    2-1/2 hrs. later, a service-professional walks-over with your key and you’re on your merry way.
    My 1k maintenance was $356.12. (XL site posters howled, because they paid $250. at an “indy” shop. But, did they have HD fluids installed? Probably not.)

    “2013” to me, means you and I will not be working on modern Harley’s at all, ever.

    Imo, H-D’s “lost silver mine” is their retail floor space. Their board of directors should demand that a search be made, for an “almost forgotten designer” who can put a clothing line together, which will attract a completely different customer base than the motorcycle customer they are “selling to” now.

    * “Once every 5k miles” meets the “SYN3 H-D® (full synthetic) Motorcycle Lubricant”
    And there-in lies the lynch-pin of the “program”. They’ve designed a “full synthetic lubricant” with the same anti-roller skid properties as their Sun Oil formula.
    The lube will last for how long now? That’s right…. 5k miles between changes. 🙂
    The syn3 runs cooler. The motor cools down quicker. “Developed with a proprietary three-synthetic base-stock formula”….”approved for all stages of engine life, not detrimental to break-in stage of engines”. JD, knuckle, pan and shovel included.

    I rode in with an empty backpack and left the ‘ship with (2) qts. of syn3 to top-off the tank for the next 5k miles, and an HD spoke brush, plain license plate holder, and a spray-can of non-Harley ProtectAll
    http://www.protectall.com/palong.aspx
    (an all surface care w/ carnauba wax that “polishes, waxes, treats, protects”), that Mike Rodriguez, parts-professional recommended. “I spray it on everything from about 2 feet away, then wipe it off”).
    Parts Professionals don’t “push” Harley brands on you, they tell you the truth (i.e; “Here’s a Harley license plate holder for $11.95…here’s the same one for #5.95”, and then walk off and leave you to choose. I liked that. ☺

    Of note, a huge dealership like San Diego HD has divided the motorcycle up into parts groups. There’s a “chrome & wheel shop” within the dealership. Any question in the domain of chrome gets answered there and no where else (i.e; mufflers, handlebars, what-fits-what and how), so it’s more of a “military operation” business model. Everyone concentrates on their particular area of the motorcycle – from sales, finance, warranty & insurance, to finish, you’ll meet a lot of people along the way.

  5. 5 Kirk Perry Jul 28th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    “Parts Professionals don’t “push” Harley brands on you, they tell you the truth (i.e; “Here’s a Harley plain-chrome license plate holder for $11.95…here’s the same one for #5.95”
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    Because he knows once (and soon) the zinc oxidizes and bubbles through the thin-chrome, I’ll be back for a Harley-Davidson one. 🙂

  6. 6 Kirk Perry Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    ~ Any person that devotes a large portion of their life – providing employment for other people deserves no less than a Congressional Medal of Honor. ~

  7. 7 jim Jul 29th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Do some research, because “SYN3 H-D® (full synthetic) Motorcycle Lubricant” is not synthetic.

  8. 8 Kirk Perry Jul 29th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    “because “SYN3 H-D® (full synthetic) Motorcycle Lubricant is not synthetic””
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    I…’er…but I, …. well I….. quoted their testament from the back label on the quart o’ lube.
    So,…… iffin’ it t’ain’t “full synthetic”…..then gol’ durn’…….. what is it…? :-

  9. 9 Kirk Perry Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    H-m-m-m, but then again there’s that dodgy word “full” instead of “pure”.
    So maybe it’s “full” but compared to what? Full. H-m-m-m….. Full? Synthetic.

    I don’t think Harley-Davidson advertises their oil or lubricants using catch-words or phrases, but more like a simple statement of facts – the same as federal mandated “contents” or “ingredients” labeling on food products – If that make any sense at all. 🙂

  10. 10 Kirk Perry Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The change-out procedure from fossil oil to syn3, is to drain your hot oil and install a new oil filter, add syn3 and ride away.

  11. 11 BC Jul 29th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Tee shirts, he should be happy he is still getting recognition out of a 44 years old movie. Heard he’s now “kinda Fonda Honda.” Each to his own…..

  12. 12 Terence Tory Jul 29th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Motus says:”The Motus MST bike can be geared to achieve a top speed of 204 mph”.I can gear a moped to do 400mph,don’t mean it will ever get there.A Hayabusa struggles to do a honest 200mph on the salt.If a Motus with a stock motor ever does that kind of speed bill me for the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

  13. 13 Waldo Jul 29th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Honda ST1300 Sport Touring bike. V4, shaft drive, $18,230.
    Motus MST Sport Touring bike. V4, chain drive, $30,975.
    They’re going to be a tough sell.

  14. 14 Stephen Jul 30th, 2013 at 6:05 am

    lol these guys dolce & gabbana have never had enough…

  15. 15 Knucklehead Jul 30th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Man! You whine more than my ex-wife Take a Midol Kirk! Go by a mud truck or something.

  16. 16 Kirk Perry Aug 3rd, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Well here’s a place you can take the girlfriend:

    July 31, 2013 , the Uruguayan House of Representatives passed a groundbreaking bill to legalize marijuana. The Senate is expected to pass the bill, and then Uruguay will become the first country in the world to regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana.

    Are there any good mountain roads in Uruguay? Do the Uruguayan Harley-Davidson dealers have road-trips organized to the growing-grounds? An (optional) breakfast bong in the lounge, then a long ride to lunch at a high altitude stream-side cafe, of barbecue brochettes, crunchy-crust baguettes and sweet mint-tea?
    Why not? Sounds like civilized-living to me. Have it all – while we’re here. 🙂

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