Victory to Rally in Colorado & Iowa
The 2015 American Victory Rally (AVR) takes place June 25-28 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
AVR previously was held in Spirit Lake, Iowa – the community where Victory motorcycles are produced. Instead, the newly announced ‘Boji Bike Rally is to be held there Aug. 14-16. Open to riders of all brands, the ‘Boji Bike Rally is to include vendor displays and concerts at Lake Okoboji’s Arnolds Park, Victory Demo Rides, scenic country rides, official event merchandise, plant tours at the Victory final assembly facility and more.
Cycle Soup Re-Launch
The folks behind the CarSoup.com online marketplace are in the process of re-launching CycleSoup.com.
CarSoup.com was founded by Minneapolis native Larry Cuneo 25 years ago, in the early days of the Internet, as a sort of “multiple listing service” for automobiles. Today, the company serves individuals and corporate clients in all 50 states.
10,000 Lakes Concours, June 7
The 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance takes place 10am to 4pm, Sunday, June 7 in Excelsior, MN.
The gathering of collectible motorcycles, cars and boats will be further joined by members of the MN Historical Society dressed in period clothes, the Westonka Historical Society showcasing its Tonka Toy Collection, live music, an art display, and foods and fine beverages.
Tickets are $35 per adult. Kids 12 and under free, as are active military with I.D. Proceeds benefit the ICA Food Shelf. Visit www.10000LakesConcours.com for more information.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 2014 Metropolitan Freeway System Congestion Report shows traffic congestion (defined as traffic flowing at speeds 45 mph or less) continues to grow in the Twin Cities.
The average Minnesotan spends 34 hours a year in congestion, according to MnDOT. Officials say if there is no new transportation investment, that time could grow to 45 hours a year by 2025.
MnDOT says factors that impact congestion rates include the local economy, population growth, gas prices, transit ridership and vehicle miles traveled. To combat the issue, MnDOT says it plans to open additional MnPASS lanes, add overhead message boards to improve traffic flow and ramp meters to space out traffic.
“Get Women Riding”
The American Motorcyclist Association recently launched the AMA “Get Women Riding” campaign in an effort to promote motorcycling to women and girls.
“Women and girls face additional difficulties of finding bikes and gear that fit them, of getting certain salespeople to take them seriously and – the big one – overcoming the societal stereotype that motorcycling is something for men only,” said AMA Board of Directors Chair Maggie McNally-Bradshaw.
The AMA Get Women Riding campaign includes four videos that promote riding to women by women (www.youtube.com/AmericanMotorcyclist/) as well as a redesigned website (www.womenandmotorcycling.com) featuring information for new riders and stories about women motorcyclists.
Cycle Sales Up in 2015
Motorcycle sales in the U.S. during the first three months of the year grew 8.2% compared to the first three months of 2014, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).
Of the 102,288 two-wheelers retailed in Q1, On-Highway model sales were up 8.6% to 70,948 units, Off-highway model sales were up an incredible 12.9% to 18,741 units, Dual model sales experienced a 1% increase to 7,718 units, and Scooter sales fell -2.2% to 4,881 units.
H-D Cuts Shipment Outlook
Harley-Davidson says it expects to ship 276,000 to 281,000 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2015, an approximate 2% to 4% increase from 2014 but down from previous guidance of 282,000 to 287,000 units.
In the second quarter, ending June 30, the company expects to ship 83,000 to 88,000 motorcycles, compared to 92,217 motorcycles shipped in the year-ago period.
H-D’s Operation Personal Freedom
Bravo to Harley-Davidson for offering a free H-D Riding Academy New Rider Course for all current and former U.S. military personnel. The offer runs May 16 – Sep. 13, 2015. Visit www.Harley-Davidson.com for more information.
Ducati Dealerships Ranked #1
Ducati dealerships in the U.S. have for the second straight year come out on top in a study measuring treatment of motorcycle shoppers.
Of the 18 manufacturers evaluated in the 2015 Pied Piper Satisfaction Index U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking Study between July 2014 and April 2015, Ducati dealerships were shown as the highest ranked brand in dealership treatment of motorcycle shoppers.
Ace Café … Orlando?
Motorheads planning to bring the family to Disneyworld may want to ditch them for a day to visit the Ace Café Orlando – the first North American off-shoot of the famed Ace Café London.
A full-service restaurant & bar, live music and special event venue with art gallery and retail shops, the property covers three acres at the corner of West Livingston St. and Garland Ave. Learn more at www.AceCafeUSA.com
AMA Opposes Ethanol
The American Motorcyclist Association says it opposes the proliferation of E15 fuel in the marketplace.
The rider group says the formulation is not approved for use in any of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently on U.S. roads and trails, and says use of E15 in motorcycles or ATVs can result in fuel system failure, cause engine damage and void manufacturers’ warranties.
Polaris Picks Up Timbersled
Polaris recently acquired Timbersled Products, Inc. an Idaho-based supplier of kits that can adapt off-road motorcycles for on-snow use.
Founded in 2002, the Timbersled began by designing and selling aftermarket accessories for snowmobiles. The motorcycle conversion kits are priced from $5,300 to $6,500 and currently sold through approx. 150 dealers.
Recalls, Recalls, Recalls
Harley-Davidson is recalling 45,901 model year 2014-2015 motorcycles for a clutch master cylinder that may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time. The Motor Company says it will notify owners, and dealers will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder free of charge.
Also, H-D is recalling certain 2015 XG500 and XG750 motorcycles that were shipped without a rear reflector assembly.
Honda, Triumph and Yamaha are each recalling motorcycles because the nut on the damper rod of the Ohlins rear shock absorber may loosen. Honda is recalling 504 of its model year 2014 and 2015 Honda CBR1000S, Triumph is recalling 566 model year 2014-15 Daytona 675R and Speed Triple R motorcycles, and Yamaha is recalling 350 of its R1M supersports bikes.
KTM is recalling 409 of its 2015 690 Enduro R because the rear brake line from the ABS pressure modulator to the foot brake cylinder may have been damaged during the assembly process and/or be subject to subsequent damage caused by contact with the spring clamp of the crank case ventilation hose.
All OEMs say they will notify owners and that dealers will inspect and correct the issues as necessary, free of charge.
Remember, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a free online tool that’ll allow you to type in the Vehicle Identification Number of your motorcycle or automobile to check whether it has been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years. Visit www.Safercar.gov and click on the “Search For Recalls” tab.