by Guido Ebert
guido@mnmotorcycle.com

U.S. Cycle Sales Up 2.6% in ‘12

Registrations of new motorized two-wheelers in the U.S. last year totaled 452,386 units, up 2.6% compared to 440,899 units in 2011.

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) says its registration figures represent more than 75% of new unit sales in the U.S.

Figures showed sales of On-Highway models in 2012 totaled 318,105 units, up 1.8% compared to 312,520 in 2011; Off-Highway sales grew 2.1% to 71,535 units; Dual-Sport sales grew 7.4% to 28,452 units; and Scooter sales grew 7.7% to 34,294 units.

AMA Awards Aerostich’s Goldfine

Aerostich founder Andy Goldfine has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award.

Goldfine, an AMA member since 1972, was selected for his generous and tireless support of motorcycling. Goldfine served on the AMA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2011 and on the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, which directs the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, from 2008 to 2011.

“As founder of Aerostich/RiderWearHouse, he introduced numerous innovative apparel and accessory products to the market, and as a key organizer of the annual worldwide ‘Ride to Work Day,’ Goldfine helped heighten the awareness of motorcyclists as everyday people who ride virtually every day,” the AMA wrote in its announcement.

“I am very grateful to receive the AMA’s Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award this year, and also surprised,” said Goldfine said. “I believe that riding is a genuine social good, and that motorcycling is important and has a wonderful future.”

Safety Task Force Open to the Public

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Advisory Task Force provides input to the Department of Public Safety on the operation of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program and motorcycle safety in general.

The task force represents the highly diverse community of Minnesota motorcyclists and its meetings are open to the public.

2013 Task Force Meetings

May 16:  5:20-7 p.m., Saint Paul College Faculty Dining Room

July 18:  Time and location TBA

September 19:  5:20-7 p.m., Saint Paul College Faculty Dining Room

November 17:  5:20-7 p.m., Saint Paul College Faculty Dining Room

MN Amber Alert Fundraiser

Each Amber Alert in Minnesota costs between $6,000-$12,000. The Minnesota Amber Alert Fundraiser, a charity group ride launched in 2002 by a group of motorcyclists from Hastings, helps pay those costs.

The ride grew from about 50 participants to now more than 350 bikes. And the group has raised $138,000 along the way.

Since 2001, there have been 28 Amber alerts in Minnesota, and in all 28 cases, the child was safely recovered. The group’s annual run is in early June.

10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

The 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance will be held on Excelsior Commons on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior from 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, June 2.

“The 10,000 Lakes Concours will not only showcase prestigious historic automobiles, but will also feature distinguished motorcycles,” Randy Guyer, 10,000 Lakes Concours Committee, told MMM. “We welcome and encourage all owners of authentic and of Concours quality motorcycles manufactured prior to 1971 to send in a nomination.”

Want to attend? Learn more and submit your bike at www.10000lakesconcours.com.

Park Tool Moves to Hadley Ave.

Park Tool Company, Minnesota’s tool specialist for motorcycles as well as bicycles, has moved its offices and warehouse to a new, larger location at 5115 Hadley Ave. in North St. Paul.

Phone, fax numbers and all e-mail addresses remain the same.

Viking Land H-D Plans Move

Viking Land Harley-Davidson opened in Baxter, MN, in 2005. By August, owner Dan Walton plans to be out of that 8,000 sq. ft. leased location near Lake County Toyota on Highway 371 and moved three miles south into a purchased 20,000 sq. ft. former auto dealership on Highway 210 just east of Highway 371.

The existing location employs 35 during peak season, but Walton says he expects that number to grow in the new location. The showroom floor will expand from display space for 12 new bikes to room for more than 40. Plans are to use a large parking area along 700 feet of frontage road for special events, demo riding and rider safety courses.

Rocker’s Spring Social

Ton-Up Mpls is hosting the inaugural “Rocker’s Spring Social” at Club Jager on Saturday, May 18. To be held noon to 10pm, the event features music, 13 Trophy Divisions, motorcycle themed games, vendors, beverages and food, all wrapped around the glory of motorbikes and the antics of all involved.

Ton-Up Minneapolis is a nationally recognized chapter of Ton-Up Club North America. The Ton-Up Club originated in London in the 1950’s.

This event is open to the public. While there is an emphasis on the Cafe culture, all motorbikes are welcome. For further info, contact: tonupmpls@gmail.com or tonupminneapolis@facebook.com

Küryakyn Acquires MotoCentric

Küryakyn Holdings LLC has acquired MotoCentric, a motorcycle accessories company most known for its line of street bike and cruiser luggage.

MotoCentric’s base of operations will be relocated from Texas to the Küryakyn headquarters in Somerset, WI.

Founded in 1989, Küryakyn provides a diverse range of bolt on accessories for cruisers and touring bikes. The company recently released its 2013 accessories catalogs for Harley-Davidson, Goldwing and Metric motorcycles.

The 2013 Küryakyn catalogs are available to view online at www.Kuryakyn.com or via the Küryakyn app. Print copies are currently shipping to dealers and retail customers.

SSB Plans Summer Kick-Off Event

Big things are in the works for 2013 at Simply Street Bikes (SSB) the Eden Prairie-based specialist in pre-owned motorcycles.

Aside from the name change from Simply Sport Bikes to Simply Street Bikes in an effort to better market actual offerings, the retailer also has a new Parts & Accessories department along with a freshly expanded Service department.

SSB’s annual Summer Kick-Off Event will be June 14-15 at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR). Events are to include stunt competitions, CRA races, dyno trailer, parade laps, group rides, pit bike racing, a bikini bike wash, camping, various games for prizes and a Saturday evening party with the SSB crew.

Kudos to Pro Yamaha Dealers

Congratulations to the 14 retailers in Minnesota who in 2012 achieved Pro Yamaha Dealer status.

Bee Line Sports Center, Belle Plaine Motorsports, Bemidji Sports Center, Evansville Sports & Lawn, Larson’s Cycle, Motor Sports of Willmar, Ray’s Sport & Cycle, River Valley Power & Sport, RJ Sport & Cycle, Sette Sports Center, St. Boni Motor Sports, Tousley Motorsports, Waldoch Sports, and Worthington Sports Center.

Waldoch is a 10-time recipient of the Pro Yamaha Dealer designation.

MMM

 

Wisconsinite’s Ice Wheelie World Record

Ryan Suchanek broke his own world record in late January when he hit 108.5 mph on his 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R. Oh, and he was doing a 218-yard-long wheelie on the ice of Wisconsin’s Lake Koshkonong.146_ATN_Wheelie

Suchanek, of Milton, Wis., also held the previous record, 95 mph, which he set last year atop the same bike.

This year he battled a 12 to 14 mph crosswind, as well as a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. His speed was tracked by two GPS units and a radar gun.

The event becomes even more impressive when you learn Suchanek rides with a prosthetic as the result of a motorcycle/car crash that took his left leg below the knee.

“The accident changed my life forever, but I have moved on and continue to stunt ride sportbikes as a profession,” he told MMM. “I had a ton of help from sponsors as well as friends and family; there was no way I could have done it all by myself.”

Suchanek also owns the World Famous Bargain Barn in Edgerton, Wis., where he always has a few bikes for sale and offers tire changes and mechanical work.

MMM

 

Polaris Marks 15 Years of Victory

The first Victory motorcycle – a V92C classic cruiser – rolled off of the assembly line at the Polaris/Victory production facility in Spirit Lake, Iowa, on the Fourth of July 1998.

Polaris Industries’ sales of on-road vehicles, comprised primarily of Victory motorcycles but also including Indian motorcycles and GEM and Goupil electric vehicles, in 2012 increased 64 percent compared to 2011. Victory North American consumer unit retail sales increased over ten times the industry percentage growth rate for the full year 2012.

Polaris Chief Executive Officer Scott Wine says the company’s strong performance in 2012 afforded the opportunity to invest in key growth initiatives.

“Perhaps most exciting is the progress we made in support of the much anticipated Indian Motorcycle resurgence, which justifies and requires an unprecedented level of resources and investments,” Wine said. “From designing and developing an all new engine and bikes, to building the team, distribution network and launch plans, we are executing a plan that will ensure we give Indian the best possible introduction to the market later this year.”

Look for Victory to mark its 15th Anniversary throughout the year, with festivities likely culminating at the annual American Victory Rally to be held Aug. 16-17 at the production facility in Spirit Lake.

MMM

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