Harley Hints at Entry Level Model Made in India and Electric Bike

made-in-india-bikeWe can’t confirm it, but Gizmag is reported that during the recent 110th anniversary celebrations, Harley-Davidson H-D’s COO (Chief Operating Officer) Matthew Levatich said the brand is planning to release a 500cc model to appeal to entry level riders, and that it will probably be built overseas.  Levatich is quoted as saying, “We have Harley-Davidson factories in India and Brazil – can we leverage those facilities and expertise so it can get to the, for example, Indian consumer, faster?  These are things we are becoming more open-minded to, but we understand the importance of ‘made in America’ – the American quality, spirit and integrity that matters to the customer.”

Levatich also said he’s often asked about an “electric”  model.  “People would say ‘hell no’. But why not: our engineers are quite intrigued with the idea of what an electric Harley would look like, sound like and feel like. And would it be visceral, would it be emotional, would it be luscious. And there’s a way to do that I believe, and it would be very exciting.”

Industry insiders speculate that the threat of a revived Indian Motorcycle Co is the reason Harley-Davidson is exploring every potential avenue to reverse its shrinking demographic base by attracting younger riders who may not care about where a bike is manufactured.

Read the report at Gizmag here

Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge Coming to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Competition breeds excellence, and on July 22 at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter will challenge all comers to push the limits of motorcycle fuel economy.

“The goal of the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge is to discover the least amount of energy — in dollars and cents — it takes to travel the way we really ride,” said Vetter. “The conditions of these events reflect utility and reality, not controlled track conditions. Not only do entered motorcycles have to produce excellent mileage, but they must be comfortable, attractive and be able to carry a reasonable load — such as four bags of groceries.”

As the country’s grandest celebration of the people and machines that define motorcycling’s history, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days provides a unique backdrop for an event focused on the future of motorcycle design.

“Our goal with these events is to move motorcycle technology forward,” Vetter added. “This is an opportunity for riders to participate directly in that process.”

Vetter said that the route from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be roughly 100 miles, with awards for the overall winner, the best electric bike, and the best performing vintage motorcycle — 1969 model year and older.

“How many times have we heard that the old bikes got great mileage?” Vetter asked. “My Brit buddies are sure their BSA singles from the ’50s and ’60s got 100 mpg. And who knows? Maybe they did. At the AMA Vintage Days Vetter Challenge, we will learn the truth.”

Rules and additional details about the 2011 Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, which will take place Friday morning, July 22, at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, are available at CraigVetter.com

Staged at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers’ Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.

Kawasaki is the honored Marque of the Year at 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. The Grand Marshal, a major figure from Kawasaki’s storied history on two wheels, will be announced shortly.

Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. Its exhibits honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website atMotorcycleMuseum.org.

For tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see MidOhio.com. For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.

 

 

 

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