Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsTriumph Motorcycles Marks India Entry with 10 Models. Triumph Motorcycles Ltd will open nine dealerships in India by the end of March, a top executive said, as the British bike maker aims to capture a significant chunk of the country’s premium bike market dominated by the US’ Harley-Davidson Inc. According to Triumph, the Indian premium bike market represent annual sales of about 3,000 units. Apart from Harley-Davidson, makers of superbikes such as Ducati Motor Holding SpA, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), Suzuki Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd also sell in India. Indian Motorcycle International is the latest premium bike maker to debut in India. Triumph globally sold 53,500 bikes last year, cornering 6.1% market share in the 500cc and above category.

LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Concours D’Elegance & Calendar Girl Music Festival Moves to Malibu, CA on Sunday July 20th 2014. The 23rd edition relocates this year to the beautiful green event lawn of the exclusive Malibu Golf Course, located at 901 Encinal Canyon Road. Malibu, CA 90265 in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, just outside Los Angeles. The location is on the world’s best motorcycle riding roads, just off legendary Mulholland Highway and the Pacific Coast Highway 1, midway between Southern California’s favorite motorcycle enthusiast gather spots The Rock Store and Neptune’s Net / County Line. Among the top name custom bike builders expected at the Show are former Calendar Bike Building Championship winners featured in the Calendars including builders Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles, Jim Giuffra and the Spokesmodels of AFT Metric Customs, Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, Ron Simms / Ron Simms Customs, Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Chris Redpath / MotoGPwerks and many more.

The US Is Still The Biggest Market For Ural Motorcycles. 604 units sold through 2013, from a total of 1206 unit manufactured. 95% of the production was exported, with Germany, France, Canada and Australia completing the top 5 markets worldwide, and 98% of the total production were sidecars.  The best Ural dealer in the US is Ural of New England, who pushed 99 bikes. California also saw 73 Ural bikes sold in 2013, and was followed by Texas (43 units), Florida (39), New York (35) and Washington (29). Believe it or not, there is an American state where no Ural was sold: North Dakota. At the other side of this extreme, 12 Ural were sold in Alaska, and the state become the densest Ural-populated US territory, per capita. The average age of the Ural customer is 51, with the youngest Ural buyer in 2013 being only 22 and the oldest, 85.

Ed Magee Has Resigned From His Role As General Manager Of Harley-Davidson’s York Vehicle Operations. His last day with Harley-Davidson will be Feb. 14. In 2003 Harley hired Magee after he ended his U.S. Marine Corps service as a lieutenant colonel in 2002 and earned master’s degrees in public administration and business administration from George Mason and Duke, respectively. Magee started out in the local plant’s materials organization, then moved to the company’s Kansas City, Mo., plant and later managed its powertrain operations in Wauwatosa, Wis., and its global manufacturing operations.During his time in York, the site served as ground zero for a companywide restructuring that involved consolidating production that once sprawled across 1.5 million square feet into a 600,000-square-foot building with leaner manufacturing processes.

BMW Motorcycles USA Reports Double Digit Sales Growth In 2013. Third Straight Record Year. BMW Motorrad USA reported a 17 percent increase in sales for 2013 – the second highest retail performance on record – with 14,100 units sold in 2013 compared to 12,100 units sold in 2012. Worldwide, BMW Motorrad sales reached a record high for the third year in a row with 115,191 units, up 8.3% over the previous record of 106,358 units in 2012. BMW Motorrad’s double digit growth in the U.S. was fueled by sales of the new, water-cooled R 1200 GS enduro. BMW’s best-selling motorcycle (both in the U.S. and worldwide) accounted for more than 2,000 U.S. customer deliveries, revving up demand for the boxer model line by nearly 20 percent. BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.

3 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Rodent Jan 31st, 2014 at 10:06 am

    A pig by any other name is still a pig. That said the long titled”iLA Calendar Motorcycle Show Concours D’Elegance & Calendar Girl Music Festival” is still just a custom show.

  2. 2 Lyle Jan 31st, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    North Dakota does not have a Ural dealer, but there’s a few of them running around there.

  3. 3 New York myke Feb 3rd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Ed Magee is an awesome dude and he will be missed but remembered fondly! Wherever he goes and whatever he does, the people he will be with are lucky! Thankyou Ed for everything you’ve done for HD and especially for your service to our country as a US Marine! Looking forward to spending more saddle time with you in the near future!

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