The HOGs Are Coming To The Strip

vegas HDThe principals of Las Vegas Harley-Davidson have announced plans to construct an $18 million dollar flagship dealership on the south end of the Vegas Strip, close to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, according to the Vegas Review Journal.  The planned 50,000 square ft tw0-level building will replace the current 70,000 sq. ft store located about 2.5 miles from the strip.

Don Andress President, and Tim Cashman, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson vice president, said they have been looking for a Strip site for six or seven years but noted the per-acre cost of $30 million to $40 million was too costly.

The pair said they purchased this 5.25 acre lot for $8 million dollars.

Andress and Cashman project the move will boost revenue 20 percent over the current location with increased sales of new motorcycles, rentals, accessories and clothing.

Andress said 2012 total annual sales were about $60 million, which were 10 percent to 15 percent more than in 2009 when the economy suffered. Annual sales peaked at $80 million in 2005, a huge spike from sales of $3.7 million in their inaugural year in 1995, Andress said.

 

Ducati Says 2012 Best Sales Year Ever

January 18, 2013  Yesterday, Ducati North America  announced that 2012 was the company’s best year in the market, with a 21% increase over 2011 in total sales of motorcycles and a 42% jump in its apparel division.

Chief Executive Cristiano Silei thanked passionate American Ducati fans “Ducatisti,” for driving 2012 U.S. sales up 21% over 2011. The US (for the second year in a row) is the Italian motorcycle company’s biggest market, where “One out of every four Ducati motorcycles sold [worldwide] is sold in North America,” Silei said. “It’s a love story.”

Silei said he was guardedly optimistic that 2012 might have been the last bad year in the motorcycle sales slump that began with the economic crash of 2008.

“Maybe this is the bottom,” he said. “I certainly hope so. The market has been stable for the last two years, so maybe we have reached a plateau. For us, we are posting record numbers now.”

Silei is a 17-year Ducati employee who insists he is as passionate a rider as any of his customers, but he no longer rides on the “edge.” “I am not the fastest rider out there,” he said. “I enjoy the twisty and windy roads more than the track.”

He is pictured in a company photo embracing Ducati’s flagship superbike, the Panigale. But that isn’t necessarily his No. 1 bike.

Pressed to name a favorite model, Silei resisted before saying, “Really, I am a Multistrada guy, in my soul.” He said he’s eagerly waiting now for delivery of the company’s 2013 Multistrada 1200S Pikes Peak Special Edition.

Suzuki Releases Black 2011 Boulevard M109R Model

BREA, Calif. June 16, 2011 –Suzuki is pleased to announce that the 2011 Boulevard M109R will now be available in black for the 2011 model year, in addition to the current Candy Indy Blue and M109R Limited Edition Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Max Orange.

The M109R is Suzuki’s flagship Boulevard cruiser, and the most powerful cruiser Suzuki has ever produced. Boasting a 109-cubic inch (1783cc) Suzuki fuel-injected V-twin powerplant, the M109R pairs unrivaled torque and horsepower with exceptional handling and aggressive styling. The rear wheel wears a huge 240mm Dunlop rear tire – the largest ever used on a Suzuki motorcycle. The Boulevard M109R offers the most complete muscle cruiser package in its class.

The new color option will be available in limited quantities at authorized Suzuki dealers nationwide.

For more information, please visit www.suzukicycles.com