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Harley-Davidson, Inc. Increases Dividend, Announces Additional Share Repurchase Authorization. The Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) board of directors approved a cash dividend of $0.37 per share (3.2% yield) for the first quarter of 2018 on Feb. 2, 2018. The dividend is payable March 2, 2018 to the shareholders of record of the company’s common stock as of […]


Harley-Davidson Is Recalling Nearly 251,000 Motorcycles Worldwide (175,000 US) Because The Brakes Might Fail

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 251,000 motorcycles worldwide (175,000 in the US)  because the brakes might Fail. The U.S. recall covers more than 30 models from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Harley says deposits can form on brake parts if the fluid isn’t changed every two years as specified […]

2018 Daytona TT To Feature Trackside Seating, Fun-Filled Fan Zone, Rider Autographs and Harley-Davidson Stunt Extravaganza

America’s most unique motorcycle race – the bigger, better and faster Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys  is set to dramatically expand its fan-friendly flavor on March 15, 2018, with the addition of several exciting new features. These include pit-road bleacher seating (see yellow area on map, above), which gets fans across the […]

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Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21). Custom Chrome Bike Show Winners.

It’s my 5th report in 12 days about the famous Italy Motor Bike Expo (160,000 paying visitors, 600 custom bikes on the floor during 4 days…) and you may be confused by some bikes that I am featuring more than one time. No, it’s not a mistake. The reason is that the most interesting customs […]

Harley-Davidson Announces Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2017 Results. Struggling To Reverse A Four-year Sales Decline. Closing Kansas City Plant.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7% in 2017 compared to 2016. U.S. retail sales decreased 8.5% and international retail sales were down 3.9%. In 2017, Harley shipped 241,498 motorcycles total, down about 8% from a year earlier. Harley-Davidsom is struggling to reverse a four-year sales slide, with growth overseas somewhat helping offset a […]

Polaris Reports 2017 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results. Record Fourth Quarter Sales Up 18%. Expecting A sharper-Than-Expected Slowdown In Growth In 2018.

Reported sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 18% to a record $1,431 million; adjusted sales were $1,430 million, up 17%, a majority from organic growth. Total 2017 dealer inventory was up 1% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 6%. “I am proud of the Polaris team and excited to see their dedication and hard […]

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Bonhams Hits $2.86 Million At Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Led by the record-setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, Bonhams annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction posted $2.86 million in sales and a 75 percent sell-through rate. The Black Lightning sold at the Rio hotel and casino for $929,000, the most ever paid at auction for a collector motorcycle. […]

Indian Recalls Some 2015-2017 Roadmaster Motorcycles

Water has a chance of getting into the Indian Roadmaster’s rear wiring harness causing the brake light to stay illuminated. Owners will be notified and the potential problem will be remedied, free of charge.Indian will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trunk wiring harness with an updated harness that contains sealing plugs in the […]

The Jack Ehret Speed Record-Setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning Auctioned For $929,000 In Las Vegas

To the sound of cheers and applause in a packed ballroom at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Bonhams – led by auctioneer Malcolm Barber –  just sold the rare, original condition, British-made, Australian speed record-setting, 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle for $929,000, making it the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. […]

The New 2018 Harley-Davidson American Flat Track Racing Factory Team

The team was announced to the Harley-Davidson dealer network during meetings held today in Nashville. Halbert, Robinson and Vanderkooi will compete on Harley XG750R race bikes, mixing veteran savvy with youthful potential in a three-rider effort contesting the 2018 American Flat Track (AFT) Twin series. Returning rider Brandon Robinson will be joined by seasoned pro […]

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 4

Steve McQueen’s classic Pope 61CI Model Motorcycle Auctioned This Thursday January 25th In Las Vegas

A 1914 Pope 61CI Model bought by the Great Escape star in the late 1970s just a few years before his untimely death, has emerged for sale by the Bonhams Auction House this Thursday, January 25th, at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. McQueen’s purchase of the bike came as the result of long […]

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 3

They traveled from as far as Indonesia to show their work. Brought yo you from builders from all over the world, below is a non-exhaustive selection of the best custom motorcycles exhibited last weekend on the floor of the 2018 Italy Motor Bike Expo (photos @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)

Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb Motorcycling Debut at X Games

In an X Games first, Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will make its debut at X Games Aspen as a medaled event alongside ski, snowboard and other action-sports competitions. The new medal sport will close out X Games Aspen 2018, which airs January 25-28 on ESPN and ABC. In the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, riders will […]

Europe To Mandate Emergency Call System For Motorcycles. USA To Follow?

An emergency call system for cars has been around for a while. For example think of the GM OnStar safety device system providing a quick response in case of accident. An equivalent system called “eCall” will be mandatory on all new European cars sold after April 16, 2018. Reasoning that motorcycles are more prone to […]

A Message From Tucker Rocky|Bikers Choice To Its Dealers And Vendors

To All Valued Tucker Rocky Dealers: “
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to the 2018 riding season. I want to kick off the year by sharing some very good news. Wednesday, January 10th, Tucker Rocky filed its Disclosure Statement and Plan for restructuring our debt with the bankruptcy court—this is […]

Von Dutch’s Drawings Going Up For Auction

During the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on January 25, several of Von Dutch’s drawings are coming up for auction. Von Dutch (real name Kenny Howard, 1929-1992) was one of the most interesting characters of the 60’s and 70’s Kustom Kulture scene He initially rose to fame for his pinstriping skills, but he also built […]

Valerie Thompson Going To Australia With Team 7 Racing To Become The World’s Fastest Motorcycle Racer

It’s official! Racer Valerie Thompson with Team 7 Racing are heading to Australia to continue her quest to become the world’s fastest on motorcycle at the 28th Annual Speed Week competition at Lake Gairdner in Southern Australia March 12–19, 2018. Often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed”, she has earned the famed “Red Hat” […]

FX Confirmed It Will Air A Spin-Off Of The Sons Of Anarchy Drama Titled “Mayans MC”

The drama show ended 4 years ago on the FX cable network, but Sons Of Anarchy mastermind Kurt Sutter returns to co-create and executive produce the spin-off “Mayans MC” with an almost all latino cast. Sons of Anarchy, FX’s highest-rated drama, concluded in 2014 after a seven-season run. Mayans MC will come to FX either […]

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Harley-Davidson Adds “Pan America” And “48X” to “Bronx” In New Trademark Filings. While the ‘Bronx’ was filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office, the two new monikers have been filed for a trademark at the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The applied trademarks are to be used for “motorcycles and structural parts” Energica, An […]

John Lennon’s Honda Z50A To Be Sold At Auction

The late great Beatle John Lennon (1940-1980) was using this little Honda Z50A to zip around his UK Tittenhurst Park Estate, his main residence in 1969. H&H Classics is going to auction it March 4 at the National Motorbikes Museum in England and online. with bids to be estimated around £30,000 (US 39,000)… In running […]

Ace Cafe Orlando To Detroit On A Special Edition Triumph Thruxton

“The Drive Home III is an annual vintage vehicle trek from Orlando Ace Cafe To Detroit. Organized by the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and America’s Automotive Trust (AAT), the drive will include and feature a special edition Triumph Thruxton from Ace Cafe Orlando. Ace Cafe Orlando – the first North American location of the […]

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Morgan First All-Electric 3-Wheeler To Be Produced in 2018

Two and a half years ago I published the Morgan all-electric EV3 concept. and now it’s almost here with a production scheduled for second quarter 2018 in partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems.The all-electric Morgan features a very low center of gravity (lower than on Evo models), a light weight under 1100 lbs (500 kg), a […]

S&S Cycle Adds To Massive Flat Track Contingency Program

American Flat Track, the American’s original extreme sport, has never been so popular with spectators. The 2017 racing season was pretty amazing with the renewed rivalry between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle and the financial and technical support of teams by major brands like S&S Cycle whose high performance exhaust were often seen on the podium […]

Genuine Red Rapide And Original Condition Knucklehead, Along With Exemplary SS80, 750S America, Several Racing Ducatis And More At Bonhams Las Vegas Auction

First was the Australian speed record-making and multiple race-winning 1951 Vincent Black Lightning owned and ridden by Jack Ehret – unquestionably one of the most important motorcycles in existence. Now Bonhams is pleased to announce the addition of further rare and important motorcycles to highlight its famous January event. From the hallowed Vincent marque, a […]

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