Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news1328New Harley-Davidson Dealer Principal Is At Age 25 The Youngest Female Owner In U.S.  A woman who grew up in the family Harley-Davidson business has just become the youngest female dealer in the Motor Co.’s American network. Dia Matteson is the new president and director of Motorcycle Times Inc., which owns and operates the Harley-Davidson dealerships in Anchorage, Soldotna and Wasilla. At 25 years old, she is now Harley’s youngest female dealer.Her father, Barry Matteson, retired June 14 after holding the region’s Harley franchise for 37 years, passing the torch to his daughter. “This is all I’ve ever really known. I never really worked anywhere else,” she said. “Even in high school I know this is what I wanted to get into,” Dia Matteson told the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Since her teen years she’s worked most jobs in the dealership, and she became GM In 2008. Of about 650 franchise dealers in America, there are probably fewer than 20 sole franchises with a woman at the helm.

Harley’s wholly-owned subsidiary in India Has So Far Sold Around 2,000 Motorcycles. One-third Were financed By Bank Loans. Harley-Davidson Managing Director for India said that banks offer interest rates of 11 to 12%, the same it offers for luxury passenger cars. “Before we entered the market, the rates were 18-19 per cent but for our customers it is 11 per cent, Prakash pointed out. He said that in India those buying Harley-Davidson motorcycles are in the age group of 35-40 years while the product itself is positioned as a leisure bike to be indulged during the weekends. The price of Harleys is much lower now in Indian as the company has started assembling them in the country through the CKD route. Because of this, the company has been able to reduce the price of their models between 15 per cent and 20 per cent. A completely built unit (CBU) attracts a tax of 75 per cent but a CKD (completely knocked down) unit attracts a mere 10 per cent import duty. A total of nine out of 11 bikes are assembled in India.

Dominican Republic Ranks Number One For Car And Motorcycle Related Traffic Deaths. Traffic accidents, especially those involving a motorcycle, are the top killers of men in the Dominican Republic. The problem is so bad that the U.S. State Department dedicates 10 paragraphs on its travel website to warning visitors about the hazards of driving in the country. U.S. officials recommend that tourists hire a professional driver when visiting, but if that’s not an option: “Be aware that the utmost caution and defensive driving are necessary. The Dominican Republic is effectively the deadliest nation anywhere second only to the tiny South Pacific island of Niue, where each death among its roughly 1,400 inhabitants spikes the fatality average. For every 100,000 inhabitants in the Dominican Republic, 42 die every year from traffic accidents. Motorcycles are also a major danger in Venezuela, the country with the second highest traffic death rate in the Western Hemisphere, with 37 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants. The United States saw 11 traffic deaths per 100,000 people, while Mexico saw 15, according to the World Health Organization.

A Proposed Law In Western Kenta Could Force Wommen To Sit Sidesaddle While Riding Mtorcycles And Bicycles. Why? Legislators state that straddling a motorcycle is “really demeaning to our women!” And men complain that it is distracting them… One man interviewed about the proposed law said he was so distracted by women motorists that he found it hard to drive safely. The sitting position in which the women sit with their legs apart holding the motorcycle rider from behind, is termed as bad taste and  un-cultural…

4 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 BobS Aug 14th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Cue the snide comments from someone who has no idea what CKD and CBU means…

  2. 2 Terence Tory Aug 14th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Riding sidesaddle is preferable to the placing of sandals on the grips of apehangers.It is ungainly and unsafe.There needs to be more information and education in Africa in regards to the safe and comfortable use of motorcycles.

  3. 3 Motorcycle Matt Aug 14th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Wow, that’s some crazy laws over there in Kenya. Also, I recently visited the Dominican and can confirm that there are some idiots on the streets. Half of them not wearing helmets too.

  4. 4 Olive Oil Aug 15th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I rode side saddle 1500 miles to Sturgis, very interesting ditches along the way !!

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