Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news1328133New York City To Spend $2.6 million On 100 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. The NYPD began using Harleys in the late 1950s. The last Harley-Davidson purchase was in 2007, when cops bought $945,000 worth of bikes. The NYPD traditionally uses the Harley-Davidson Road King and Electra Glide, which both range from $18,000 to $24,000. The Harleys are used to patrol streets and highways, escort dignitaries and lead parades.

Erik Buell Racing To Distribute India’s Hero Motorcycles In North America. Erik Buell Racing LLC will become the exclusive distributor of Hero MotoCorp Ltd. motorcycles and scooters in North America beginning in summer 2014, marking the latest collaboration with its minority owner. East Troy-based EBR has had a partnership with India-based Hero since 2011, and Hero bought a 49.2 percent stake in EBR this past summer. EBR made the announcement about distributing Hero motorcycles last week at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., where it also unveiled a new street-legal sport bike at a price that competes with international manufacturers like Ducati. Specific Hero models to be distributed by EBR and pricing details have yet to be determined, EBR said in a press release. Hero manufactures more than 6 million two-wheelers in India each year.

Metzeler Has Enlisted Steven Tyler To Help Introduce Its Latest Models. Introduction will be made at the Metzeler Legendary Knight, a free entrance and open bar event to be held on 5 November at Fonderia Napoleonica in the Motoquartiere of Milan. Aerosmith frontman and Dirico Motorcycles USA spokesman Steven Tyler will unveil Metzeler’s custom touring ME 888 Marathon Ultra tyre in a Whitewall version and new 23” front size, while popular British rider Guy Martin will help the brand launch its new Sportec M7 RR supersport tyre.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Enters The motorcycle Business With A New Las Vegas-based Fleet Of Harley-Davidsons. The company better known for four-wheeled vehicles launched its two-wheeled last Wednesday, marking the first time a major car rental company is offering motorcycles in the U.S. Enterprise Vice President Steve Short says the company started the pilot program in Sin City because it sees opportunity among tourists who want to venture out to attractions like Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. Customers can now rent five different Harley models from a new Enterprise branch on Flamingo Road. Two more models should be available by the end of November.

Polaris Receives Contract With US Special Ops. Polaris Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, announced the company was awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to provide MRZR Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicles. This contract award spans up to five years, and allows SOCOM to manage their ultra-light tactical mobility needs to meet mission demands and emerging threats. This award comes on the heels of the five-year contract awarded to Polaris, in August, to provide MV850 ATVs to USSOCOM. The MV850 is a highly-mobile single operator ATV platform, designed for the U.S. military and allied forces.

Bonhams Annual Sale Of Collectors’ motorcycles At Stafford Creates New Records For Competition Machines. On Sunday 20th October, 2013 the auction produced new records. 1- Top performer among the competition machines on offer, the c.1966 Norton 350cc Manx prepared by legendary tuner Francis Beart and raced by Joe Dunphy and Keith Heckles found a new home for £61,980 (US $100,400), more than doubling the top estimate and setting a new world record for a Manx sold at auction. 2- Hot on its heels came the modern Molnar Norton Manx, prepared and entered by Fred Walmsley for the late World Champion Barry Sheene, which sold for £55,200 (US $89,400) . 3- But it was a technological marvel from an earlier era that produced the sale’s best result when the 250cc Moto Morini Grand Prix racer from the 1960s fetched £83,260 (US $134,800)

Motorsport Aftermarket Group, Inc. (MAG) Announces Organizational Changes Within Several Of Its Key Brands. Vance & Hines, Performance Machine and MAG’s International Operations are the primary groups involved in a restructuring of senior management to support future growth opportunities. Paul Langley has taken the newly formed position of Vice President of International Business.  In this role, Langley will have responsibility for international growth of all MAG Brands, and will be working closely with manufacturers, distributors and dealers to provide aftermarket products targeted to global markets.Additionally, Langley will continue to provide leadership for the Vance & Hines’ race team. Current President of Performance Machine, Mark Finnie, will move into the position of President of Vance & Hines. Robyn Hetland, Executive Vice President of Performance Machine, gets promoted to President of the company. All these moves become effective immediately.

Suzuki Recalling 210,228 Motorcycles In The U.S. The recall s about front brakes not work properly. The recall involves GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 motorcycles from the 2004 through 2013 model years and GSX-R1000 motorcycles from the 2005 through 2013 model years. The company says older brake fluid and corrosion of the brake piston inside the front brake master cylinder can form a gas that reduces fluid pressure transmission to the front brake. That can reduce braking power and increase the risk of a crash. Suzuki Motor of America Inc. will notify owners starting next month. Dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder for free.

4 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Rodent Oct 24th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hope Steven Tyler don’t fall of the stage presenting the new line of tires! at the ledgendary night like he did at the ledgendary chip in Sturgis

  2. 2 JackS Oct 24th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    One question to Enterprise: After looking at your website, what compelling reason would I have to want to rent an HD from you instead of from Eaglerider?

  3. 3 Rick Lossner Oct 25th, 2013 at 6:54 am

    @jackS .. I would normally think the same thing.. .except.. a buddy of mine had a shitty bike , in Vegas, from EagleRider last year..

    If Enterprise pulls this off, would be interesting to see prices come down a notch ( under $100/ day? ) and more convenient locations..

  4. 4 richard Oct 25th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    A little competition never hurts.

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