Get Your Husky at Crosstown Cycle
Centrally located on Garfield Avenue in Bloomington, Crosstown Cycle is the state’s newest Husqvarna motorcycle dealer.
Crosstown owner Pat Simons added the KTM brand in 2013 – perfect timing for pairing with the company that’s in the midst of a major product offensive with the future addition of small and mid-displacement on-road models like the 390 Duke and 690 Duke.
U.S. Cycle Sales Up 1.4% in 2013
The numbers are in – two-wheeler sales in the U.S. in 2013 totaled 465,783 units, up 1.4% compared to 459,298 units sold in 2012, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, which tabulates sales from 21 leading brands.
On-Highway sales totaled 324,691 units, up 2% compared to 318,206 units; Off-Highway sales totaled 73,371 units, up 5.7% compared to 69,395 units; Scooter sales totaled 34,742 units, down -15.5% compared to 41,105 units; and Dual-Sport sales totaled 32,979 units, up 7.8% compared to 30,592 units.
While total sales eclipsed 2012 numbers, the market likely was negatively impacted by a long-lasting winter, the absence of a seasonal spike in fuel prices followed by lower than expected prices, a continued weak job market, and a resulting lack of available funds for non-necessities.
MN State Cycle Legislation
State lawmakers are mulling a few bills that could bring about changes in motorcycle equipment and licensing.
HB1211, HB1730, SB724 and SB737 require the cmsr. of public safety to issue special “Start Seeing Motorcycles” plates or single motorcycle plate to registered owners of motorcycles, passenger automobiles, noncommercial 1-ton pickup trucks, or RVs who contributes minimum of $10 annually to motorcycle safety fund; $10 fee for each set of plates … Pending
House Bill (HB) 723 and 2017, and Senate Bill (SB) 906 provide that information stored on an event data recorder is personal data of motor vehicle’s owner & shall not be downloaded or retrieved by person who is not owner, with exceptions … Pending
Furthermore, lawmakers also are debating some changes that could impact your purchase of an electric vehicle: SB994 (pending) exempts qualified plug-in electric drive vehicles from sales tax up to $2,000; HB1614 (pending) establishes a $100 surcharge for all-electric vehicles subject to registration tax.
BMW Up 8.3% in 2013
BMW Motorrad says it had sales of 115,215 motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2013, up 8.3% compared to 106,358 units in 2012. Leading markets are Germany (with 21,473 units sold), the U.S. (14,100 units sold) and France and Italy (each with more than 10,000 units sold). Globally, the most sought-after models included the R 1200 GS, with almost 30,000 units sold; the BMW F 800 GS, with 10,166 units sold; and the F 700 GS, of which 7,155 were sold.
Ducati Holds Steady
Ducati says it achieved a new record of 44,287 motorcycles sold globally in 2013, up 0.4% compared to 44,102 units retailed in 2012. The U.S. remains Ducati’s top market – with 10,628 units sold, or 24% of total sales – followed by Italy and Germany. Ducati says sales of the Panigale 899 and Hyperstrada helped achieve its slight growth.
Triumph Keeps Growing
Triumph says it sold 52,089 motorcycles last year, up 6.4% from 48,957 units the previous year. Best-sellers? The Adventure models gave Triumph a shot in the arm, but it is the Classics – the Bonneville, T100, Scrambler and Thruxton – that continue to lead sales. Triumph in 2013 opened new facilities in Brazil and India. These join three existing factories in Thailand.
KTM Sales Climb 15.6%
Mass expansion in India and South American helped KTM achieve sales of 123,859 motorcycles in 2013 – a 15.6% increase compared to the previous year. KTM has long attempted growth via off-road and adventure motorcycles, as well as an extremely limited selection of true road bikes. The introduction of low-cost models like the 200 Duke, 390 Duke and RC390 in developing countries helped usher in that sought-after growth.
Yamaha’s Three-Cylinder Sport-Tourer?
Yamaha could be working on a three-cylinder sport-tourer, according to recently filed trademark application. Yamaha filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the name “FJ-09” in reference to motorcycles, scooters and three-wheeled scooters. Could be a nice option alongside the heavier FJR1300.
MSF Launches Courses on iTunes
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has launched four new iTunes U courses: “An Adventure in Motorcycle Physics,” “Dr. Ray’s Street Strategies,” “Dr. Ray’s Guide to Group Riding” and “Dr. Ray’s Seasoned Rider.” These four courses address a wide variety of motorcycle tips and strategies to help motorcyclists sharpen their skills, make wise choices on the road and become riders of good riding character. All four courses are free and are available now on Apple’s iTunes U.
Formatted for the iPhone and iPad, MSF’s iTunes U courses incorporate photos, technical diagrams and video clips to illustrate the concepts and have been structured as five-week courses.
St. Boni is Hiring
St. Boni Motor Sports has openings for a motorcycle service tech and a shop assistant. Preferred tech candidates would be Yamaha Silver/Gold certified, BRP Spyder certified and/or have experience with a Dynojet.
The shop assistant position will be responsible for greeting customers, checking email/schedule, and keeping the lot clean and clear of customer vehicles. Tasks often include loading and unloading customer vehicles, speaking with customers, cleaning customer machines, and helping the Service Writers and Technicians as needed. Someone with an interest in becoming a technician would be preferred.
St. Boni sells BRP, Kawasaki and Yamaha brand products from a 22,000 sq. ft. store located nine miles west of Excelsior on Highway 7. Visit StBoniMotorSports.com to apply for an open position.
Tousley is Hiring, Too
Tousley Motorsports in White Bear Lake is hiring, too, looking for a service technician, service writer/advisor, receptionist, salesperson, Internet sales specialist, and someone to handle clothing & accessories sales.
Visit TousleyMotorsports.com to download an application. Experienced applicants are asked to deliver the completed form, or to email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Opened in 1971, Tousley today retails BRP, Honda, Suzuki, Polaris & Victory and Yamaha brand products from an impressive football field-size show floor.
NASCAR Takes Over AMA Pro Racing
The weirdness continues at AMA Pro Racing, as the organization recently added three “motorsports executives” to its Board of Managers.
While AMA Pro Racing bills itself as the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, the Board of Managers now consists of Tom Bledsoe, Vice President, Administration, NASCAR; George Silbermann, Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, NASCAR; Todd Wilson, Vice President, Finance and Governance, NASCAR; Mark Raffauf, Series Director, Ferrari Challenge & Lamborghini, IMSA; and David Atlas, Chief Business Development Officer, AMA Pro Racing.
Of course, AMA Pro Racing is owned by a company called the Daytona Motorsports Group, which in turn is owned by publicly traded International Speedway Corporation – whose primary business is the ownership and management of NASCAR race tracks.
Read more about AMA Pro Racing in this
issue’s Sport Bike Special Section.