Indian Motorcycle Planning CKD Operation in India. Bike Prices To Go Down. The first models offered in CKD (Complete Knock Down bikes assembled in India) expected to roll in 2018. The objective is of course to grab a larger market share of the India market in offering premium motorcycles at a more reasonable price.
Heartland USA Under New Ownership. Hearland, known for its E-Z Rear Fender Conversions and accessories for the American V-Twin marketplace for the last 20 years is now under new ownership. Jim Grove, the former owner, has retired from the motorcycle industry, passing the company on to his director of sales and marketing and a V-Twin industry veteran, Lonny Spiva. Spiva has worked for companies such as Bikers Choice, Chrome Chrome, Hard Drive and Renegade Wheels. Grove says, “Lonny was the first choice to carry the Heartland USA brand into the future. In the three plus years that Lonny was here at Heartland, his fingerprints can be found all over this brand. He was instrumental in developing the first Heartland catalog.”
AMA Concerned About Exclusion of Motorcycles In New DOT Safety Plan. The “Road to Zero’ initiative is a coalition focusing on ending road fatalities. This coalition tackling the task of ending road fatalities within 30 years includes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Safety Council. During the announcement of this major initiative, no mention was made of motorcycles or motorcyclists, even though the safety of other vulnerable road users-including pedestrians, bicyclists, even joggers – was mentioned. The U.S. Department of Transportation ignores a significant sector of the nation’s road users, the millions of Americans who choose motorcycles as their favorite form of transportation. Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association, says that AMA must be part of the discussion to ensure that motorcycle safety is also at the forefront of this safety initiative.
Polaris Employees Celebrate The Life And Accomplishments Of David Johnson, One of the Company’s Three Co-Founders. Polaris employees and Polaris riders worldwide are celebrating the life and mourning the passing of one of the company’s co-founders, David Johnson. He passed away yesterday in Roseau, Minn., after an extended illness. He was 93 years old. After working together for a few years, David and his two cousins, Edgar and Allan Hetteen, officially founded Polaris in1954. Polaris produced a variety of products, including several agricultural products such as straw cutter attachments for combines. But David Johnson and several co-workers who were avid outdoorsmen envisioned a vehicle – a snow machine – they could use in winter to reach their remote hunting shacks. In late 1955, David and his cohorts created the first Polaris snowmobile, a machine that made its first run across a snowy Roseau field in January 1956. In the years following his retirement in 1988, he remained one of the faces of Polaris as he enjoyed visiting the Roseau manufacturing facility and often gave tours at the Polaris Experience Center located near the plant