Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks, and Prugh Design Announce “S.D.C.”

Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, and Prugh Design, all based in South Dakota, announced today they have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the design, manufacture, and badging of a custom trike tentatively scheduled to roll out at the American V-Twin Dealer Show in Indianapolis, February 2012. The new custom trike, the “S.D.C.” will showcase the design and manufacture prowess of the three companies.

Stated Ken Hines, President and CEO of Lehman Trikes, “Discussions about working together on a custom trike began last year, but schedules between all three companies have conflicted until recently. We are very excited about this new venture and anxious to get to the drawing board!”

Combining styling, design, manufacturing, and distribution, the three companies create the perfect team to bring a unique product to the trike industry.

Michael Prugh of Prugh Design, a full-service and innovative design company, has already collaborated with Lehman on designing the body styling on Lehman’s latest trikes: The CrossBow powered by the Victory Vision and the very successful Storm for the Kawasaki Vulcan 900. “We are really looking forward to working with Lehman and Klock Werks and bringing a forward-thinking, unique trike to fruition”, stated Michael.

Known worldwide for their innovative custom building and accessories for motorcycles, Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles said, “This exciting new partnership will emphasize our commitment to supplying new and exciting products to the motorcycle industry.  As the trike industry continues to rapidly expand, there are great opportunities for us to work together well into the future”.

Once unveiled in 2012, the custom trike will be manufactured by Lehman Trikes and distributed through Lehman Trikes dealer network.

For more information about Lehman Trikes and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.

Fewer Stalls at 2011 V-Twin Expo But Outlook is Improving

Vendors believe 2011 will be a better year than previous two

(Feb 5, 2011) Snow flurries greeted the opening of the 11th annual  Easyrider V-Twin Expo  today in the

reflecting the economy, the V-Twin expo is smaller but dealers are more optimistic than in years past.

Duke Energy Center in Downtown Cincinnati.   Held annually during the first or second weekend, the V-Twin Expo is open only to motorcycle dealers, manufacturers, or members of the press.

The number of the exhibitors at this year’s Expo is down from previous years, but officials have not released an exact figure.  In 2010 the show producer Jim Betlach addressed the downturn with a positive spin. “The industry is right-sizing. With as many years as I have served this business, seeing this cycle before, I know those that come out on the right side of the process will be rewarded”

Exhibitors expressed cautious optimism about the health of the motorcycle industry.  Lee Wimmer, president of Wimmer Machine said he’s seeing improvements in his niche. “It’s not where we want it to be but it’s getting better. There are a lot of people walking the isles today and we’re hearing a lot of positive comments from the dealers out there as well.”

Other manufacturers say they’ve heard from their dealers that the motorcycle business is improving but that we’re still not “out of the woods yet” according to a source at S & S Cycles.

In a couple of weeks the mostly metric dealer show will open in Indianapolis and early reports are that exhibitor numbers have also declined for that expo.

That’s not a bad thing, according to most of the dealers we spoke to today.  One East Coast Harley-Davidson dealer who asked not to be named said, “We had too many dealers even when business was booming.  We were surrounded by dealers within 20 or 30 minutes and everybody suffered low profits.  Today there are fewer customers but fewer dealers which I believe will benefit the dealers who can survive.

Snow and ice seemed to be the biggest complaint of attendees.  Martha Larimer of North Carolina said, “Snow and Ice and 20 degree temps don’t give us the warm and fuzzys or put us in any mood to buy!  (this is the) second year in a row that we have to jeopardize life and limb to learn about new products.”

DUI Charges Re-filed against Indianapolis PD Officer

The attorney for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard is asking a judge to dismiss new DUI charges that have been filed against his client in relation to the August 6th crash in which Bisard allegedly drove his squad car into three motorcyclists, killing one and injuring two others.

The former prosecutor dropped those same charges a week or so after they were filed saying the tests were improperly administered and could not be used in court.

The blood test revealed Officer’s Bisard’s BAC content was 0.19 two hours after the crash,  which is more than twice the level at which an Indiana driver is considered drunk.

Before the case can go to trial, Marion Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins will have to rule whether he agrees with the former prosecutor that the initial blood alcohol test was improperly administered.

Hawkins also said he expects the one side other the other will appeal his ruling.

If the blood alcohol evidence is allowed to stand and if Bisard is found guilty, he could face decades in jail.