Fast Motorcycle Industry News

India Is Now The World’s Largest Motorcycle Country. India sold 17.59 million motorcycles during the 2016-2017 financial year. Ok, they are smaller displacement machines (mostly 125 cc) than those ridden in the US and Europe. In India, a small motorcycle may be the only mode of transport that an entire family has. In the last year, in India alone, Royal Enfield sold 700,000 bikes, more than the ENTIRE GLOBAL OUTPUT of Harley-Davidson, BMW, Triumph, KTM and Ducati combined. China lost its position as world’s largest motorcycle country because of interdictions or restrictions imposed in big cities to lower or prevent pollution.

Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally In Milwaukee During Labor Day Weekend. In its 34th year, HOG is the official riding club of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. The last national HOG rally was in Milwaukee during Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary party in 2013. Before that, there was one in 2009 in Oklahoma City, Okla. “We wanted to bring back the national rally concept, and we decided to do it this year in Milwaukee. Maybe it’s a bit of a warmup for some folks for the 115th anniversary” in 2018, said Harley-Davidson spokesman Matthew King. The HOG events get underway Wednesday August 30 and continue through Saturday, Sept. 2. Motorcyclists can get some of their first opportunities to test ride model-year 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, including the all-new Softails, at the company’s Pilgrim Road manufacturing plant in Menomonee Falls. Tours of the Pilgrim Road operations will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Much of the partying will take place at the Harley-Davidson Museum at S. 6th and W. Canal streets. At the same time, Milwaukee area Harley dealerships are hosting a Milwaukee Rally with live music and group bike rides.

Confederate Motorcycles Plan To Go Electric. Confederate President Matt Chambers, showing bikes at the annual car show known as The Quail, said his company has gone as far as it can possibly go with gas-powered motorcycles. Confederate Motorcycles plan to go electric with a Santa Cruz company.

Royal Enfield Begins Production From Third Manufacturing Facility Near Chennai, India. The state-of-the-art facility starts with an initial production capacity of 300,000 motorcycles per year. In FY 2017-18, the combined production capacity from all the three plants is planned to be 825,000 units.  In FY 2016-17, Royal Enfield produced and sold 667,135 motorcycles, Royal Enfield’s sales have grown at a compounded rate of over 55% over the past 6 years.

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3 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”


  1. 1 Lyle Landstrom Aug 29th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Can Royal Enfield fix their POS sprag clutch in the E-Start system? It’s not as if they haven’t known about the problem for 15 years.

  2. 2 NoH2Oh Aug 30th, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Confederate Motors to change name to Curtis Motorcycles? Political correctness strikes once more.

  3. 3 Xenu Aug 30th, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Many RE riders just discard the starter and use their foot.
    Even my carbed RE kickstarts right up.

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