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True Spirit of Harley Davidson you can Drink.
Lovers of iconic Harley Davidson motorbikes from all over the globe make a pilgrimage to the workshop of Ehinger Kraftrad, an internationally renowned manufacturer of custom-made motorbikes. Kraftrad has taken his obsession to another level, with the creation of ‘The Archaeologist’, a Premium Dry Gin whose bottles have the unusual feature of containing original Harley engine parts.
HAMBURG, Germany, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For decades, Uwe Ehinger, founder and namesake of the world’s first Premium Dry Gin to contain Harley Davidson engine parts, has been searching the most remote places on the planet for antique motorbikes, and saving them for dealing or as core pieces for designing his own models. This earned him the nickname ˮThe Archaeologist”.
ˮEverything I do pays tribute to the things that used to be”, Ehinger explains about his work. Now he honours some of the greatest legends in motorcycle history with a special homage in liquid form: ˮThe Archaeologist”.
“The Archaeologist” is a Premium Dry Gin – and the first spirit of its kind. Thus, it’s filled in bottles together with original engine parts of legendary Harley Davidson bikes Ehinger has discovered someplace over the world: 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile or 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea. To each of these iconic machines, Ehinger dedicates a very own sort of tribute Gin.
As an analogy to Ehinger’s motorcycles, ˮThe Archaeologist” is pure craftsmanship: The parts of the motorbikes are specially cleansed and sealed with a tin alloy to make it safe for them to be utilized in a drink. Subsequently, they are soldered onto a steel structure and encased by a handcrafted bottle. The creative concept was developed by Serviceplan Group together with renowned Hamburg designers “Studio Oeding”.
The entire look and feel recreates the original packing of the antique engine parts – using authentic materials and historic techniques. Packages are made using selected cardboards and colours, printed on an original Heidelberg Tiegel printing press from 1931. Waxed wrapping paper tells the story of each discovery.
This unique design is completed by hand-stamped, tamper-proof seals and clenched hang-tags, each bearing the unique serial number of the engine part in its respective bottle.
Every single bottle of ˮThe Archaeologist” is a unique item and therefore as irretrievable as the era of the motorcycles it represents. Preserved for eternity – or at least for a very special night amongst motorbike enthusiasts.
The first edition of ˮThe Archaeologist” is reserved for Ehinger’s most loyal customers and is only served in Ehinger’s garage. A limited number were distributed via the website’s online shop and sold out within hours. Advance orders for the next series can be placed from now on.
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New Harley-Davidson Street Rod Notches First Pro Stock Motorcycle Victory
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec swept through the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway to score the team’s first event win with the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle.
The Street Rod motorcycle piloted by Krawiec was quick off the trailer and the bike to beat all weekend. Krawiec was the number-one qualifier for the event with a best elapsed time (ET) of 7.178 seconds. Krawiec bested that effort in the final round of eliminations on Sunday with a 7.145-second blast at 188.28 mph to set the quickest ET and fastest speed by a Pro Stock Motorcycle for the event.
The new Street Rod drag bikes made their debut at the NHRA Summernationals at Englishtown, N.J. in June, and the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team has worked through the past three NHRA events to dial in the performance of the bikes.
The team’s competition motorcycles are based on the Harley-Davidson Street Rod production motorcycle, an agile middle-weight powered by the liquid-cooled High Output Revolution X 750 engine tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion.
“It means a lot or me to get the first win on the Street Rod,” said Krawiec. “The transition to a new racing motorcycle is a challenge because we have no data history on the bikes. In addition to the three races, we’ve done 25 to 30 runs of testing outside of competition, and today all that work paid off for us. These new Street Rods are a joy to ride down the track.”
The win was the second of the season in three final-round appearances by Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, and the 38th win of his career.
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines qualified the team’s other Street Rod drag bike in sixth position with a best ET of 7.193 seconds. Hines won in the first round on Sunday but lost in the second round of eliminations.
After seven of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Krawiec is in second place with 584 points. Hines is sixth with 403 points.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team will be back in action July 28-30 at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Info AIMAG.COM
2017 Harley Davidson Milwaukee Eight Recall
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Florida motorcycle Stunt YouTube star crashes motorcycle doing wheelie
ORLANDO, Fla. – A Central Florida biker who runs a controversial YouTube channel fell off his motorcycle and injured himself while doing a wheelie near Walt Disney World, videos posted to the website show.
Following a News 6 report about Bigby’s previous videos, the Florida Highway Patrol launched an investigation into the biker. That probe is still underway, according to the agency.
“He has no regard for anyone else out on the roadway,” FHP spokesman Steven Montiero said in April. “For him to build a fan base off of dangerous situations and disrespecting other drivers is just plain wrong.”
In June, Bigby posted videos of himself attempting a stunt on State Road 535 under the I-4 overpass while riding his motorcycle next to a car.
As the front wheel of his motorcycle lifts off the ground and the bike is launched airborne, Bigby falls backward off the seat and skids across the pavemen
Motorcyclist Busted twice for the same traffic crime.
VERO BEACH, Florida – A Vero Beach motorcyclist has been arrested twice in one week for reckless driving and for driving without a motorcycle endorsement.
James Tullar, 48, was busted for resisting arrest after cutting several vehicles off in Vero Beach the 1st week of July .
Then July 7th , Tullar, who was out on bond from his previous arrest, was seen driving on U.S. Highway 1 at a clocked radar speed of 84 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, according to an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy.
“While still maintaining a visual of the motorcycle, I observed it making a U-turn and pull into the Rocket Fuel gas station,” the deputy wrote in the report.
Tullar still does not have a motorcycle endorsement and was subsequently arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail.
Tullar’s bond Was revoked.
Harley Davidson- One of the Oldest Running Harley’s in the World
The Awesome Ducati Xdiavel Thiverval
Some of us might think that the Ducati Diavel power cruiser is pretty incredible looking, but for bike customizers, Ducati‘s muscle bike only represents a starting point for a truly intimidating ride.
EVEL KNIEVEL MUSEUM OPENS
A Celebration was held to pay homage & honor the family and stunt crew members who supported Evel Knievel at the grand opening of the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka Kansas. Son Robbie was there to share stories about the Knievel legacy.
Visitors get to see everything Evel including his motorcycles, theyalso have the X2 Skycycle launched at Snake River Canyon, on hand also. Also Knievel’s 1966 helmet worn for the infamous Caesar’s Palace jump.
Museum guests can experience the rush of being a daredevil through the 4D Virtual Reality Jump Experience. Put on the virtual reality goggles and pilot a jump bike mounted on Evel’s actual jump ramp. This immersive jump experience is complete with rushing wind, and a rumbling motorcycle.
After four decades in the making, the Museum is a fitting tribute to confidence, individualism and epic courage—characteristics that describe the bold life of Evel Knievel. The Museum is like Knievel himself; there’s no describing it, you simply have to experience it!
Motorcycles to be banned In Hanoi Vietnam by 2030
HANOI (AFP) – Officials in Vietnam’s traffic-choked capital Hanoi vowed on July 4, 2017 to banish motorbikes from the city by 2030 to ease environmental and congestion woes, a decision that swiftly divided a city where two-wheelers are the main means of transportation.
Hanoi is famed for legions of motorbikes – sometimes stacked with entire families or overloaded with deliveries – that clog roads in a fast-growing city with limited public transportation.
There are five million motorbikes among a population of about seven million, compared to half a million cars on the road.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD LONGEST BURNOUT BROKEN BY POLISH STUNTMAN
The city of Rzeszów, Southeast Poland witnessed a new world record on 20 May 2017. Maciej “DOP” Bielicki who is Poland’s leading stunt-man set a new world record for the performing the longest motorcycle burn-out. Bielicki is known to perform his stunts on Harley-Davidson’s motorcycles. After looking into the matter, Guinness World Records have officially approved the record and since July 2017 the title rightfully belongs to the Pole.
GOC Harley-Davidson Rzeszów, the biggest Harley-Davidson dealership in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe and home of famed custom house Game Over Cycles organized the event.
The new world record stands at 4.5 km (2.8 mi), which was set in his first attempt. The latest Harley-Davidson Street Rod (March 2017, 750 ccm engine) was the motorcycle behind Bielicki’s success.
Bielicki shared his views on this landmark attempt, saying, “I have been preparing for this attempt for a month. Last week before the attempt I spent practicing on the bike I was going to break the record on, so Harley-Davidson Street Rod. The route was a bit of challenge, because it was not a straight line. It’s a regular street by which Harley-Davidson Rzeszów dealership is located, which was shut down for the traffic for the time of attempt. It contains two crossings I had to go through and I one roundabout I had to turn around at. Besides, in various places of the route there were different road slope angles, which made the continuous drift and burnout challenging, but eventually everything went well. I am very happy, that we made it and I would like to thank everybody involved in making this attempt successful.”
When Indian Motorcycle announced it will return to its roots in flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport, the motorcycle industry and fans alike were unsure what to expect. At the halfway point of the 2017 American Flat Track season, it seems a new star within the sport has emerged. The Scout FTR750 has won the first eight races of the season and has captured 22 of 27 podiums.
To celebrate, Indian will offer 50 limited edition, individually-numbered Scout FTR750. Fans and collectors can now purchase one of these machines as part of a limited run. In addition, buyers will receive a once-in-a-lifetime riding experience with their favorite Wrecking Crew rider.
With such a limited run, Indian is also allowing customers to customize their FTR750 with a variety of options, including:
- Selecting their own number (on a first-come, first-served basis) from 1-50
- Choose from a variety of custom finishes
- Optional installment of a front brake
Buyers will also be given a VIP viewing experience at an American Flat Track event where they will have access to the racing pits and a meet-and-greet with the team. The following morning, the VIP guest will receive their one-on-one flat track riding lesson with a Wrecking Crew rider.
Text and Photography: Indian Motorcycle
JAY LENO’S JET MOTORCYCLE
The BMW R60/6
The BMW R60/6 made its first appearance in 1974 as part of the all-new /6 family of motorcycles by the German manufacturer. These new models replaced the outgoing /5 motorcycles but shared many of their components – BMW was onto a good thing with their horizontally-opposed air-cooled engines, and being somewhat cautious by nature they tend towards incremental improvement rather than blank-slate redesigns.
The new /6 model range had 4 major versions, the R60/6, the R75/6, the R90/6, and the R90S. As a general rule, the first two digits represent engine size, and the digit after the slash is the generation. So an R60/6 is a 600cc 6-series, the R75/6 is a 750cc 6-series, and the R90/6 is 900cc 6-series.
By the mid-1970s BMW had been building motorcycles with air-cooled boxer-twins for 53 years. The first had been a relatively simple machine with an engine developed from a reverse-engineered Douglas motor. Over the decades that followed BMW perfected the art of the horizontally-opposed twin, and the company is now only 4 years shy of their 100 year anniversary of building the engine that would become known as the “Airhead”.
2017 Peterson Key West Poker Run on Ho
The 45th annual Phil Peterson’s Poker Run is “on hold” and would be a scaled-down event without a street fair or a bike show on Duval Street, organizers said Monday.
“Sorry for all the confusion, we have not been able to get the support of the local charities and volunteers this year,” Drew Peterson said in an email Monday. “I hope to have an answer in a few weeks about the Poker Run.”
Peterson, whose father created the event as a way to improve business in Key West during the slow summer season, said he still lacks a permit from the city “because the documents and commitments are not finalized.”
He also blamed “a lack of local support” for this year’s Poker Run lacking a street fair and bike show.
Typically, a nonprofit partners with an organizer like Peterson for a big event in Key West that includes street closures and promises big crowds. The Poker Run draws some 10,000 motorcyclists, Peterson has said.
The Key West Sunrise Rotary last fall dropped its sponsorship of the event and a biker brawl at the Rumor Lounge downtown left some city leaders wary of allowing the event to continue.
Peterson said he couldn’t find another nonprofit to partner with but that proceeds will benefit diabetes research. He told the City Commission this month that even if he cancels the Poker Run, he can’t stop people from coming to Key West expecting a motorcycle-themed week.
Peterson’s Harley-Davidson dealership in Miami on Tuesday still promoted the event as being set for Sept. 15 to 17. Peterson couldn’t be reached by email or phone Tuesday afternoon.
At their June 20 meeting, city commissioners debated whether to grant the Poker Run a permit but after City Manager Jim Scholl stepped in with a recommendation to approve, they fell into line.
Only commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Sam Kaufman dissented in the 5-2 vote. “This is an event that attracts motorcycle gangs,” Kaufman said.
STEEL CITY, Pa. — Arthur Werner Sr. bought himself a new 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail with his retirement bonus after working 42 years as a Bethlehem Steel welder.
His daughter-in-law Cindy Werner says “he lived for that bike.” Werner 89 made plans way ahead of his death from cancer Sunday to be buried in the sidecar of his. David Heintzelman says the funeral home doesn’t even have to modify the sidecar to make it happen.
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From May 2017 Fun Run
INDIAN AMERICA’S 1ST MOTORCYCLE
An Indiana motorcycle group gave their friend a final goodbye on Monday night. Jon Stanley was a biker for years before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His final wish –- to hear a Harley roar. So an organizer put out a call on Facebook yesterday morning and in a matter of hours managed to round up more than 100 bikers. Friends family and complete strangers rode by his South Bend, Indiana home Monday night, loudly revving their bikes so he could hear through his windowThey were even able to bring him down and place him in a side carSadly we learned overnight Stanley died just a few hours after this special tribute.We’re sending our condolences to his friends and family.
SOURCE : http://wsbt.com
September 28 – Oct 1, 2017
The Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival is a 4-Day event held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, one of Tennessee’s most popular tourist attractions. The Motorcycles and Music Revival will showcase the area’s depth and devotion to Music, Motorcycles, Food, Art, Entertainment, and Southern Hospitality. This year, to comply with permits and to ensure a great experience, the Revival will host 4,500 on-site campers on 400 acres of manicured countryside that adjoins the meandering Hurricane Creek. Additional day tickets will available as well.
THIS SATURDAY 6/17/17
Texas Motorcyclist DECAPATATED
CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) – Detectives are investigating a fatal accident on the JFK Causeway that resulted in one man being decapitated. Crews shut down lanes going westbound for over an hour while they worked to clear the scene.The accident took place shortly after midnight Thursday. Detectives say a man was speeding down the causeway in his motorcycle before losing control. Witnesses said they saw the man’s body fly into the water.Several body parts were discovered on the scene. On Thursday afternoon, the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 35-year-old Jayson Roerich. SEE MORE
Harley Motor Clothes 5/8 Helmet And Women’s Vented Jacket
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NEW DELTON SUN SHIELD 5/8 HELMET OFFERS RIDERS MORE COVERAGE WITH LESS WEIGHT
MILWAUKEE (June 12, 2017) Ride with a new combination of coverage and freedom in the Delton Sun Shield J04 5/8 Helmet (P/N 98308-17VX, $175.00*) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® Collection. This matte black helmet has a fiberglass 5/8 shell design that offers more coverage than a half-helmet but is still very lightweight and open. The sun shield is a two-stage pull-down design that permits coverage options and offers 95 percent UV protection and an anti-scratch coating. The liner is removable, washable, antimicrobial, and moisture-wicking, and features built-in speaker pockets. Visor and forehead vents are integrated into the helmet lip for a streamlined appearance. This helmet meets DOT standards and weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces. Available in XS to 4XL sizes.
GET CUSTOMIZED COMFORT IN THE NEW MISS ENTHUSIAST TRIPLE VENT SYSTEM LEATHER JACKET FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON
MILWAUKEE (June 12, 2017) Ride with attitude and innovative function in the new Women’s Miss Enthusiast H-D® Triple Vent SystemTM Leather Jacket (P/N 98134-17VW, from $450.00*) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® collection. This midweight cowhide leather jacket features the Triple Vent System; three strategically placed vents on each side of the body can be adjusted individually to customize airflow to suit conditions and a passenger or rider position on the motorcycle. Designed for motorcycling comfort and function, this jacket features an action back and slightly pre-curved sleeves, snap waist tabs and two back-hip release zippers for an adjustable fit, and body armor pockets at the elbows, shoulders, and back (body armor sold separately). For added style the black leather shell features contrasting cowhide leather stripes on the sleeves and yokes, and quilted stitching on the back waist and yokes. Available in XS to 2XL, Plus, Tall and Petite sizes.
BROOKLYN BRAWLER: 883 SPORTSTER
As of 2017 the Harley-Davidson Sportster has been rolling for 60 years. It’s a tough little bugger too, and easy enough to tear apart. Which is probably why Brooklyn-based Tim Harney picked it as his new do-it-all. READ MORE
Nashville Bike Week Organizer arrested in Kentucky on multiple warrants.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Deputies from multiple Tennessee agencies arrested Nashville Bike Week’s organizer on6/5/17 on multiple warrants. He was arrested with active warrants in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri with charges including probation violation, failure to appear and larceny. Other charges may be forthcoming. The BBB put Nashville Bike Week on its misleading advertising list and claims the event responded to questions about complaints with expletives.Nashville Bike Week has faced a series of setbacks since the event’s announcement in 2015. The event is set to take place this fall from September 14-24. In March 2017, its former venue, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, had removed the event,stating NBW “failed to meet the financial terms of the agreement.”Shortly after, the Tennessee Department of Health ordered Axle to stop selling tickets to the event. Axle told Fox 17 in a previous interview that his attorney advised him that he hadn’t sold enough tickets to be ordered to stop. Last week, the group announced it signed a contract to host the event at Opryland in Davidson County. Within two days, NBW said Opryland will no longer be hosting the event.
HARLEY DAVIDSON PERFUME??
Harley-Davidson’s founding fathers realized how important branding is. Arthur Davidson was the chief cook and bottle washer down in the advertising and public relations leg of the company. They came up with some great idea’s but some where giant flops. You see not all the non-motorcycle product hit the mark with H-D Guru’s. successful however. Perfect example: Harley-Davidson perfume. In the mid-90s H-D went off the rails into the world of perfumes and colognes. Some boasting the fragrant aromas of wooded glades with overtones of tobacco. But to most consumers, seeing the bar and shield logo on , jackets, vests, chaps, shirts and underwear was one thing, but perfume? Here are some of the descriptions>>
Here’s what they had to say about a cologne called Cool Spirit:
“The crisp top notes of bergamot, pineapple, apple, lavender, and cypress possess an almost mossy undertone. Perfect for the well-dressed businessman, Harley Davidson Cool Spirit also complements the casual attire of the avid sportsman. The heady aromatic blend of this manly fragrance is just what you need to start your day the right way.”
Then there were the aromatic delights of His Destiny cologne:
“Harley Davidson is best known for their rugged motorcycles, but they also have a lot of other products designed to make you feel like the manliest man out there. The scents found in His Destiny are chypre, amber, ginger, aniseed, sandalwood, leather, cinnamon, and cedar wood. Whether you ride a motorcycle yourself or only appreciate them, this cologne is for you.” YIKES
Twenty years have come and gone since H-D dipped its toe in the eau de toilette market. While the product line tanked in Harley showrooms, most of the scents remain available online on eBay and places like perfumes.com, and Fragrancenet. Perhaps, like good whiskey, the quality of fine fragrances actually improves with age.
With Hurricane season 2017 in Gear, what’s up with the Damage to A1A during Biketoberfest 2016?
Matthew eroded nearly two million cubic feet of sand and dunes in a matter of hours. Estimates pieced together over the past 8 months indicate repairing that damage — replacing just the sand the hurricane eroded, not any previous critical erosion — could cost nearly $50 million. Another $32 million may be spent to repair and protect State Road A1A north and south of Flagler Beach, not including an already planned federal project. At the peak of Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 7, 2016 a storm surge of 5 to 7 feet swept ashore along Flagler County, topped by waves 15 feet or higher, the National Weather Service said. The large breakers ripped out 30 feet of dunes from the shoreline in some locations. In other spots, sand and water were pushed far inland, flooding entire neighborhoods, and overwhelming storm water and septic systems.
I suppose a recon mission should be undertaken to see what repairs have been made thus far with Biketoberfest 2017 right around the corner.
6/5/2017 Female corner judge killed during Motorcycle Race
Hazel Harrell, 60.
She was working as a corner judge during the race when she was hit and killed by one of the participating motorcycles. Friends said Harrell loved to help riders and drivers and had been volunteering at the track for 15 years. She was known as a fixture on Turn 7 at the track. Investigators are working to figure out what went wrong and caused the crash. Condolences for Harrell from the racing community poured in on social media.
Channel 2’s Matt Johnson spoke to a neighbor who said Harrell was a sweet, loving person who will be missed.
Road Atlanta has not yet commented on the incident.
Source: Biker’s Post
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HARLEY NEWS 6/4/2017
A spokesperson for Harley-Davidson confirmed the manufacturer’s presence at the upcoming AIMExpo. Excitement mounted quickly as major vehicle manufacturers, including Indian, Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM, Textron and BRP, had announced their plans to participate in the 2017 show, with Kawasaki adding that it will do a global unveil of a new model in Columbus.
The missing piece was Harley-Davidson, the heavyweight in American motorcycling.
The Motor Co. will be strutting out their 2018 line-up for every Scooterholic in the world to see. SOURCE: Dealer News
Smartphone Diagnostics by Motorscan for Your Harley Davidson
The complexity of modern day Motorcycles is becoming mind boggling. Just turn the key on and data is sent to every part connected to and controlled by your on board computer. YIKES SUDDENLY YOUR CHECK ENGINE light ignites indicating, some equipment function is going to ruin your day, consuming your thoughts about a giant repair bill. What if you could check things out yourself?
What if you are not a wiz with trouble codes, you don’t need to be with Motorscan, a plug in diagnostic adapter for most Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 2001 to 2015.
This compact adapter comes in two versions, one for older Harleys, one for newer:
If you are the owner of a 2017 touring model from Harley-Davidson.
There is a good chance that your bike is in need of a safety recall, as the Bar & Shield brand is recalling 45,589 units from those its sold for this model year.
The recall includes nine 2017 models, the Electric Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Police Road King (FLHP), Road King (FLHR), Road King Special (FLHRXS), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), and Road Glide Special (FLTRXS).
The crux of the recall is that a clamp used to secure an engine oil cooler line may have been improperly installed.
To remedy the situation, Harley-Davidson will notify affected owners, and Harley-Davidson dealers will inspect and correct the oil cooler line clamps, as necessary, and free of charge.
This recall is expected to begin on June 6, 2017. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464, reference Harley-Davidson’s recall number: 0170. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.
Harley teaches and entire North Dakota Community to ride!
As far as PR stunts go in the motorcycle industry, this one might be the best. This is because this weekend, Harley-Davidson is going to roll into Ryder, North Dakota with the mission to teach everyone there how to ride a motorcycle.
With a population of 84 residents, making riders out of the people of Ryder – do you see what Harley-Davidson did there? – might not be as large of a task as one would think, but it is still an important start into making motorcyclists out of the general population.
“In Ryder – and across the country – Harley-Davidson is passionate about creating opportunities for new riders to experience and enjoy the sport of motorcycling,” said Anoop Prakash, the Director of Marketing and Marketing Development for Harley-Davidson.
“By teaching the entire town of Ryder, we believe we’ll show others how easy – and fun – it can be to make the switch from four wheels to two.”
While the main goal may be to grab some headlines for the Bar & Shield brand (especially on the same day as Harley-Davidson is recalling 45,000 motorcycles), but it shows that part of the motorcycle industry’s future success is showing how practical and how much fun riding a motorcycle can be for people…and the easiest way to do that is to put asses in seats.
Hopefully this isn’t the last time that we see an initiative like this take place, and hopefully other manufacturers will take note as well.
Florida RANKS 3rd in Motorcycle thefts!!
Is your motorcycle ripe for the pickin’.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released statistics on motorcycle thefts for 2016, and the results show a slight increase in the number of motorcycles that were reported stolen last year.
Accordingly, the NICB says that 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen last year, up from the 45,555 motorcycles that were reported stolen in 2015 – an increase of 2%. This figure of course does not include motorcycles that were stolen, but not reported to police or insurance companies.
While there was an increase in motorcycle thefts last year, 2016’s figure is still well below the figure set just a decade ago in 2006, which saw 66,774 motorcycles reported as stolen – a 30% decrease.
According to the NICB, August is the month most likely to see motorcycle thefts, while February has the fewest – a trend that the NICB attributes to the weather. Unsurprisingly too, the most motorcycle thefts occur in states with the most motorcyclists.
An interesting factoid from all this is that roughly one-third of motorcycle thefts in the United States are recovered by authorities.