One-Armed Motorcycle Rider Makes History In TT At Isle Of Man. 42-year-old Chris Mitchell from the Isle of Man rode a specially adapted Suzuki machine and managed to complete a race around the island’s TT course, finishing in 11th place out of 20 riders at the Manx Grand Prix Newcomer’s B race on Wednesday August 28th. Mitchell lost his arm after a motorcycle accident in 2001 and he admitted finishing the course was a “life-time ambition come true”. He had entered the same event in 2012, but failed to complete a lap after a mechanical failure. Mitchell averaged 99.134 miles per hour on his bike. After the race, he said: “I made a couple of mistakes on the last lap. My concentration began to wander but I have just completed 150 miles on the most demanding course in the world.”
Pre-Polaris 2009-2013 Kings Mountain Designed Indian Motorcycles Subject to Rear Rim Safety Recall. Indian Motorcycle announced that some legacy generation, Kings Mountain-era Indian motorcycles of model years 2009-2013 have a defect related to motor vehicle safety. The affected motorcycles — produced between December 10, 2008 and November 1, 2012 and designed by the previous owner of Indian Motorcycle, housed in Kings Mountain, North Carolina– may have been assembled using a defective rear wheel rim. The rim may crack and cause a loss of air pressure. This could cause the vehicle operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. The recall does not impact the newly launched 2014 Indian(R) Chief(R) motorcycles unveiled by Polaris Industries Inc. in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 3. Consumers affected by today’s announcement should visually inspect the rear motorcycle rim for cracks and check tire pressure prior to riding the motorcycle. If any cracks are found, the motorcycle should not be ridden until the rim is replaced. Affected consumers are also encouraged to contact their nearest dealer to schedule an appointment for the bulletin repair service when parts become available. Additional information is available by visiting Indian Motorcycle or by contacting Indian Motorcycle Consumer Service Department at (877) 204-3697.
Harley-Davidson Declares Dividend. Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced yesterday that its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.21 per share for the third quarter of 2013. The dividend is payable September 27, 2013 to the holders of record of the Company’s common stock on September 17, 2013. Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services.