HARLEY-DAVIDSON REDEFINES MOTORCYCLING WITH PROJECT RUSHMORE

MILWAUKEE (Aug. 19, 2013) –Yesterday, Harley-Davidson unveiled its new lineup of 2014 motorcycle models during the company’s Annual Dealer Meeting in Denver, Colo. The star of the show is not a single bike – rather eight new bikes under the banner Project RUSHMORE, the outcome of a new customer-driven product development effort, which Harley-Davidson implemented to re-engineer the world’s best-selling line of touring motorcycles. The road trip will never be the same.

In the largest scale new model launch in the company’s 110-year history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that feature improved power and braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics, and dramatic styling updates that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the touring motorcyclist’s experience.

Through the implementation of Project RUSHMORE, Harley-Davidson maintains its leadership in the luxury touring and performance bagger segments with motorcycles that are smart, comfortable, responsive and simply stunning.

A Journey, Led by Riders

“Project RUSHMORE has been touched by thousands of people, most of them being our customers and our employees,” said Scott Habegger, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Planning. “The voice of the customer is represented not just up front, but throughout the process. In our product development process, we gather input and ideas at formal focus groups, but also at all the events we attend, at our demo rides, sometimes just talking to that rider or passenger sitting on the next stool at a diner. In addition, Harley-Davidson dealers provide valuable input. We then take our ideas and solutions back to customers as prototypes and get more feedback before settling on a final design. With these inputs approved, we are then able to get into production very quickly. We really feel that we are in this together as riders.”

Harley-Davidson listens and responds like never before, and Project RUSHMORE produces thoughtful innovations and technology enhancements that build on the technological foundation that established the company’s dominant leadership in the touring motorcycle segment and collectively transform the Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycle platforms. Those enhancements slot into four customer-defined categories:

Control:  Project RUSHMORE bikes pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night, thus inspiring rider confidence.  Each model features the new Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ or the High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrains – both with fuel injection, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), and Daymaker™ LED and Dual Halogen lighting.

Infotainment: New color-screen Boom! ™ Box infotainment systems feature the first original-equipment voice recognition and touchscreen for music, GPS navigation and phone in motorcycling, with quality audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, text-to-speech technology, plus support for intercom and CB communications in a single module.

Feel: Aerodynamics and ergonomics come together to improve comfort – from the new Batwing fairing with splitstream venting, which reduces head buffeting by 20 percent, to best-in-class ride for passengers with wider and deeper seats and new back and arm rests.

Style: The form and the function of many components are improved – a larger Tour-Pak® and saddlebags with convenient One-Touch latches, sleeker fenders, lighter cast aluminum wheels and intuitive hand control switches.

Project RUSHMORE recalibrates the expectations of touring for motorcyclists. The above elements of Project RUSHMORE are applied to the following 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle models:

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Road King®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp and halogen fog lights

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

Low-profile front fender

Improved instrument graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHX_LStreet Glide®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHXS_AFStreet Glide® Special

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing and color-match fairing skirt

Stiffer 49mm forks

Premium Ride Hand-Adjustable Low Rear Shocks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTCU_AFElectra Glide® Ultra Classic®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTK_AFUltra Limited

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Stiffer 49mm forks

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Contrast Chrome Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

Tri Glide® Ultra

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic Assist & Slip clutch

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Linked Braking system

New rear brakes with 16 percent larger rotors

Foot-operated parking brake

Fillmore Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Mid-Ohio

Beck and Wyman Battle Rapp for Podium Spots

Milwaukee (July 11, 2011) – Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing’s Chris Fillmore posted a dominant victory from the pole position to win his third AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race of the season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 10.

 Fillmore lost the lead on a holeshot start by Steve Rapp, and battled with the Parts Unlimited rider for most of the first lap, but after passing Rapp on the second lap of the 11-lap race, he checked out to a substantial gap by the midpoint of the race and eventually built a lead of more than six seconds at the checkered flag.

“I took a look back and didn’t see anyone there,” Fillmore said.  “I expected [Rapp] to be there, so I took a couple more glances then put it on cruise control from there. I got a good launch, got through Turn 1 real well, and was kind of switching up my gearing through the race. I tried some different stuff, but pretty much had figured it out by the third lap.”

While Fillmore cruised to victory and a 30-point lead in the series standings, the racing action was more tense for the second and third spots on the podium, as Rapp began to fade back and was caught first by Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) to eventually drop to fourth place.

“I got a decent start and was just watching Rapp, [Michael] Barnes, and Fillmore out front,” Beck said. “I kept my head down, got by Barney, and saw Rapp in the distance. I caught Steve and was holding on to him, and I noticed his tires were going off dramatically. I felt like my bike was rolling, and all three of us had a pretty big battle; it was really great. Then both of them made a mistake in the Keyhole, and I was able to take advantage of it and ended up second today.”

“I made a move on [Beck] going into Turn 1–it was a tight, close one, but I got through,” Wyman said. “Then going into the Keyhole, Steve made a mistake right in front of me and I had to check up, and both guys got back past me. I just pushed as hard as I could through the second segment, which is the hardest place to pass. I knew if there was going to be a chance it would have to be coming up in Thunder Valley. I didn’t have the greatest drive, but I tried to get a run out into the inside of the Carousel, but I got out of shape and had to check up again. Then Steve made another mistake and I was able to get a run around the outside of the last corner [and get by him] by maybe six inches or so.”

Rapp finished fourth followed by Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing) and Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties).

The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series returns to action August 13-14 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

Mid-Ohio Race Result:

1. Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), 11 laps

2. Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), +6.587 seconds

3. Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +6.987

4. Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited), +7.020

5. Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing), +11.395

6. Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties), +11.572

7. Michael Corbino (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +39.798

8. Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing), +45.345

9. Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust), 45.745

10. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +56.463

11. Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs), +1:10.062

12. Gene Burcham (ERMCO Electric), +1:10.996

13. Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), +1:13.489

14. Paul James (Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton), +1:13.627

15. Jeremiah Johnson (BE-EV.com ·New Roc Harley-Davidson), +1:33.295

16. Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff/Davis H-D), +1:33.458

17. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), 10 laps, crash

18. Bryan Desimone (Kuryakyn), +1:33.018

19. Payton Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), DNS

 

XR1200 Series Points Standings

1. Chris Fillmore, 167

2. Steve Rapp, 137

3. Kyle Wyman, 99

4. Michael Barnes, 95

5. Michael Beck, 84

6. Tyler O’Hara, 83

7. Michael Corbino, 79

8. Chase McFarland, 74

9. Danny Eslick, 50

9 (tie). Paul James, 50

A Two-Wheeled Tribute to the Space Shuttle

On Friday, the Space Shuttle will lift off from Cape Canaveral for the last time. This launch marks the end of a 30-year space shuttle program era. The Shuttle program wasn’t just a bridge between earth and space, but the most ambitious engineering project the world has ever seen. The bravery of the astronauts that flew it, the ingenuity of the scientists that designed it and the diligence of the engineers who built it has inspired a generation of dreamers and game-changers across the world.

From one game-changer to another, ApriliaUSA , known for its advancements in two-wheel technology, invites you to share in our tribute to America’s Space Shuttle Program and last flight. Please check out the video tribute, released today from Aprilia USA.

Motorcycle Riders: Snap Photos Outside Best Western Hotels and Be Entered To Win Big Rewards, Free Nights

Photo Contest Celebrates Launch of Three Types of Best Western Hotels

PHOENIX (June 6, 2011) – To kick off motorcycle riding season and introduce two-wheeled travelers to Best Western’s three new types of hotels, Best Western International , the World’s Biggest Hotel FamilySM, announced a photo contest for motorcycle enthusiasts who visit any of the chain’s 2,200 BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS or BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels inNorth America.

 

Motorcyclists who visit a Best Western hotel and upload a photo of their bike in front of a Best Western sign will be entered to win and each week between now and July 15, three winners will randomly be chosen to receive 5,000 Best Western Rewards points.

One grand prize winner will be chosen at random to receive 65,000 points, good for room nights, gift cards, airline miles and more,in celebration of Best Western’s 65th birthday in 2011. To commemorate the launch of the three new types of Best Western hotels, the first rider to submit a photo in-front of all three different BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER signs will win a $650 travel card – good for use at any of the chain’s 4,000 hotels worldwide.

Participants must upload their digital photos to Best Western’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BestWestern between now and July 15, 2011 to be eligible to win prizes.

“We want motorcycle riders to know that there’s a Best Western hotel for every type of trip they take with the introduction of BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels, and we welcome them to come and stay with us,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western senior vice president of marketing and sales. “This photo contest allows new and existing Ride Rewards members to experience the special amenities and services we offer exclusively to riders. What’s more – one lucky rider will win 65,000 rewards points which can be redeemed for up to a week of free nights at participating hotels, gift cards, airline miles and much more.”

Photo contest entrants must sign up or be existing members of Best Western Ride Rewards®, the industry’s only free loyalty program for guests traveling by motorcycle. Best Western Ride Rewards members will automatically earn Gold Elite status when the sign up, allowing them to earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent on qualified room rates and 10 percent bonus points with each qualified stay at any Best Western hotel. Motorcycle travelers can register for Best Western Ride Rewards by visitingwww.bwrider.com or calling 1-888-BW2BIKE.

As part of its partnership with Harley-Davidson®, Best Western has more than 1,200 Rider-Friendly® hotel locations in North America which provide services such as a special Harley-Davidson rate, a clean wipe-down at check-in and a bike cleaning station. Additional benefits at some properties include reserved parking spaces, bottled water and lip balm.

As a complement to Ride Rewards, enthusiasts can also use the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner tool to map and plan rides, and book a Best Western hotel along the route.

Keep up with the photo contest by following Best Western on Twitter @TheBestWestern, hashtag #BWBikerPhoto.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Best Western International, Inc. is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILYSM, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in 90* countries and territories worldwide. Each Best Western-branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Now celebrating 65 years of hospitality, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world’s biggest family, with our hotels and staff sponsoring children in need around the globe. Our partnerships with AAA/CAA, Michael Waltrip Racing™ and Harley-Davidson® help guests make the most of every trip. For the fastest way to a free night globally, join Best Western Rewards®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visitwww.bestwestern.com

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*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.

 

Ducati Diavel launched in Spain

With my feet tucked up in a semi-race position, arms stretched out in front of me like a Streetfighter, and the Spanish road dividers beside me traveling backwards at over 120 mph, it feels more like being in the latest Tron movie than out on a test ride. Futuristic electronic gauges feed me information, as we carve effortlessly through the Andalucía countryside. Big fat tires, loud, raucous engines and a pack of leather-clad riders around me fuel the excitement, as we blast along the interstate heading for the slower, more scenic mountain roads that will take us towards the town of Rhonda. Riding on the all-new Ducati Diavel is like nothing I have ever experienced in over a decade of testing motorcycles around the world, and my brain is in stimulation overload.

It’s a naked standard. It’s a custom cruiser. It’s a sporting muscle bike. No amount of shuffling and juggling with existing motorcycle terminology is going to help me adequately pin a definition on the latest Ducati. That the world Diavel is an Italian derivative for Devil is about the only thing that makes any sense, as I peel through a triple-digit sweeper and let loose all 162 horsepower again to keep pace with my group.

For the launch of their radical new Diavel, Ducati picked the town of Malaga in the south of Spain. As a central spot for the world’s press to converge, it affords beautiful views of the Mediterranean ocean with challenging climbs up in the mountains that frame out the coast in this area. With fast, open interstate sections, slower crawls through town, and a couple of hours bend-swinging as we made our way for coffee in the mountains, Ducati gave us a chance to test the Diavel in a wide variety of different conditions.

The Ducati launch wasn’t just essentially dealing with new graphics, styling, or minor upgrades like a lot of intros lately, and the press brief was enough to make my head spin. Jet-lagged and on some weird time schedule, and sitting in a warm, dark room is normally the kiss of death for staying alert and attentive. Not so this time, as the Ducati designers, engineers, and marketing staff told their stories. The new Diavel is so totally new and fresh, and jam-packed with such a plethora of advanced electronics, it actually ended up being a fairly long affair as we learned all the intimate details. From anti-lock brakes, to multiple-position traction control, different ride modes, keyless ignition and all the custom parts, the connection to the Tron movie actually started before I even rode the bike.

While the majority of the espresso-bar conversations about the new Diavel are undoubtedly going to focus on the styling,     the most impressive part of the beast to me was the engine. Using what is called the, Testastretta 11 referring to the degrees of crankshaft rotation during valve overlap it’s also a lot more civilized than Ducati’s own Streetfighter: a machine that is darn right unfriendly on an open throttle unless you are on a deserted road. This doesn’t make the Diavel less exciting, as the big desmodromic twin is still kicking out 162 Italian stallions, it’s just able to mind its manners at low speeds before you get too rowdy with the throttle. Now get that throttle pinned and you had better be holding on, as the Diavel can apparently accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.6 second. I’m told it feels very similar to the new Multistrada, but I’ve not ridden it yet so can’t comment.

I have no reason to doubt this acceleration claim, as yanking open the throttle pins you back in the seat and demands your full attention. Using Ducati’s Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system this acceleration is immediate and flawless and it really starts to build once you get past 6,000 rpm. There is a choice of three different maps, or riding modes, and if you don’t want this full-power version, you can step down from this sport level to a touring mode. This will still give you the full 162 horsepower but with a more progressive delivery. Finally, there is a city mode that limits the Diavel to 100 horsepower, and after letting loose all the horses in the full-power mode, trying it out just didn’t feel like fun so I never used it again.

Besides, the new Diavel comes complete with full traction control, so worrying about putting too much power to the floor is never a problem. The sandy Spanish roads near the coast were as slick as anything I’ve ever ridden on and were almost as polished as a concrete floor in places. Twist the throttle any time and the traction control immediately kicked in, keeping the Diavel moving forward without drama. You know it’s working, but you also know it’s not spinning, and that’s very comforting with so much horsepower on tap.

Called DTC (Ducati Traction Control), there are eight levels of traction control to choose from. These are set for one being the least invasive for sport riding, with eight being the most invasive. The DTC is pre-set to a specific level in each of the three riding modes, but you can easily change this to suit your needs, or you can access the set-up menu found on the lower display and custom set each mode to your desired level of traction control. If you want to leave your choices, that’s fine, or there is a default option available that puts everything back to the factory pre-sets when you turn the bike off.

The secondary display molded into the fuel tank uses TFT (Thin Film Transistor) technology to show you which riding mode you are in and what level of traction control is active. It also has a gear-position indicator as well as mileage and trip counter. You will be familiar with TFT from your experience with cell phones and computer screens and the display is so incredibly vivid you wonder why no one has used it before. Of course, in keeping with the futuristic nature of the Diavel, the display will adjust between a black and white background depending on the light available.

While we are talking lights, there is no departure from the unique for the Diavel with either the headlight or the taillight. Up front a large aluminum body houses high and low beam double reflectors, with an additional strip of LED positioning lights for extra night vision. Once you’ve seen the Diavel coming at you, you’ll never forget it, or mistake it for any other bike. In the rear, you’ll find two clear vertical LED strips for tail light, braking light, and turn signals, and these are integrated into the under seat paneling for a cleaner look and greater visibility. This part of the bike looks somewhat similar to my buddy’s Desmosedici, but as much as I tried to like it, while following the group of Diavels around all day, it just always looked unfinished to me compared to the rest of the bike. Just my two cents, but I heard it from a couple of other scribes during the day, so clearly I’m not alone in my thinking.

For the more mundane stuff, like how far over the speed limit you are and how close to the rev limit, there is an attractive LCD display attached to the handlebar risers. This also houses all the usual warning lights as well as the time and temperature. It requires fairly good eyesight to keep up with the fast-moving electronic display, but it will be very familiar to existing Ducati owners. These risers also hold a set of wide, tapered aluminum bars that hold a pair of forged aluminum mirrors. It’s all very sparse and minimalistic and the mirrors actually let you see most of what’s going on behind, minus the usual amount of elbow. The switchgear took me a while to get comfortable with as you have to slide the kill switch cover up to engage the starter button the way you would use a trigger catch on a gun. The turn signal switch also doubles as a scroll button for changing the riding mode above and as a navigation tool for the control panel below.

The last time I rode toward Rhonda, it was pouring with rain with the clouds so low we couldn’t get out of second gear for lack of visibility. During the Diavel launch, there was barely a cloud in the clear, blue sky, and the air was so fresh and clean it felt sharp enough to cut. Swinging through one perfectly manicured bend after another, with the accompanying sound track of the booming V-twin engine and the occasional sound of the hero blobs marking their territory, the Diavel threw the next set of pre conceived ideas out of the window. Even though it has a 62.6-inch wheelbase, and a 240-series rear tire, it can really hustle through the curves. Now a sport bike it is not, and you always have to remain conscious you have a long bike to turn, so more thought is obviously needed. But as we carved our way up the beautiful mountainside, I realized I’ve never gone faster on a bike with this sort of riding position and comfort. My friend Arthur Coldwells, the owner of Ultimate Motorcycling, was riding with me, and we’ve put on some crazy miles around the world together. So when we arrived at the coffee stop, after profusely manifesting that we absolutely weren’t pushing it, his big shit-eating grin was all I needed to back up my feelings about the Diavel’s excellent handling.

Heading back down the mountain, we were taking it just as easy as I left progressively more foot-peg metal on the Andalucía tarmac. This gave a wonderful opportunity to put the brakes to test.

Looking like they were lifted straight from Ducati’s Superbike, there are two 4-piston Brembo Monobloc calipers up front clamping down on 320mm discs. Fluid makes its way to the pad via a radial-pump master cylinder stored in a uniquely styled reservoir. The lever is adjustable and the setup is not so strong that it overwhelms the front fork when you get aggressive. It lacks the initial bite of something like the 1198, but that’s fine for the street. It’s also got a nice sweet-spot for trail braking with all the power you need for getting the 456-pound Diavel under control when you pull a little harder. The rear brake is also very strong, and this setup comprises a two-piston Brembo working on smaller 265mm disc.

Suspension is a mix of Marzocchi forks up front and a Sachs shock in the back. A black-bodied 50mm inverted fork comes equipped with pre-load, compression and rebound settings, and is held in place by a beautiful, cast-aluminum, slash-cut triple clamp. These are blacked out and certainly add to the Diavel’s looks. In the rear, the spring holding your butt off the wheel is mounted horizontally under the chassis. It features an external adjuster for setting pre-load as well as compression and rebound damping adjustment.

Ducati quote figures of 28 degrees for rake, and 130mm of trail with a 24mm offset. Somehow, the people who have recently won a MotoGP world championship and more World Superbike championships than any other manufacturer have figured out how to juggle the numbers to achieve the impossible here. They have made a long wheel based, fat-tired motorcycle handle way better than it has any right to, better also than I had expected from looking at the spec sheet before our ride.

Parking the Diavel for coffee and sitting back to enjoy its visual footprint, I couldn’t help being attracted to the custom 14-spoke wheels. Looking more like something Bobby Fisher at Roaring Toyz would accessorize one of his custom bikes with, it’s going to be a tough job convincing people they come stock on the Diavel. The rear is a massive 8×17-inch rim, while the front is a more sporting 3.5×17. Of course the bike rolls on some specially designed Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires. With a more rounded profile than a traditional cruiser tire of this width, they no doubt contribute heavily to the bike’s handling manners, and it’s nice to know you have such high levels of grip available when riding with Mr.Coldwells at speed.

The two exhaust pipes hanging out off the right-hand side of the Diavel, beg to be removed and replaced with something smaller and more compact. Ducati already has this covered and we got to see a  Termignoni carbon full exhaust system on the full-carbon display bike in the hotel. A must for new owners I’d say. This fully accessorized Diavel adds $3,000 to the $16,995 entrance price of the standard Diavel; if you can call a bike like this standard?

The bike uses keyless ignition: just put the fob in your pocket, hop on the bike, press the starter, and go. It comes in a choice of red or black, and Ducati are seeing big things for the Diavel in the American market. It’s wild, futuristic, and like nothing I’ve ridden before, and that’s what’s going to make it so appealing to the lucky few who buy one.

Words by Neale Bayly. Photos by Ducati.

 

New Husqvarna Motorcycles Website Goes Live



May 6, 2011 – Corona, CA – Husqvarna has committed some serious resources to the North American marketplace. Starting with a $12 million contingency plan Husky has more than doubled its investment in parts and accessories to serve Husqvarna dealers and customers alike. This level of investment continues with the latest dealership collateral materials and effective immediately, the launch of a specific website for the United States. “New model info, brochures, sales promotions, contingency awards, and complete US specific product information are now available at www.husqvarna-motorcyclesna.com,” explains Corey Eastman, Husqvarna NA’s National Marketing Manager.

“We will also be using the website as a true communications tool,” adds Corey. “Everything from a dealer locator to the latest news from Husqvarna and the magazine tests of our motorcycles is available at the site, as well as some fun stuff including Team Husqvarna race bios, photo galleries and links to our social media outreach at Facebook and Twitter.” This launch is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the behind the scenes efforts Husqvarna’s new management team has been making.

“I guess if you don’t blow your own horn, no one else will, but honestly, the new team has had a pretty productive six months,” Corey claims. “In addition to moving operations from New Jersey to Southern California, and bringing an entirely new management team on board as well as rolling out the 2011 models and going racing with Fred Andrews/FAR, Zip-Ty and Hall’s Cycles we have been busy behind the scenes to help the Husky dealer network. We created the new ‘Ride More’ message and came up with the creative 2.99% APR financing offer and 60-month terms to make it work. Dealer collateral materials from full model line posters, hang tags, handlebar placards, stickers, window clings, floormats and more have also been introduced.”

Eastman is quick to add that even more is in the works and the 2012 models are ahead of schedule. “The first place dealers and customers alike can learn about all the latest Husky happenings will be at the website. This site is designed to be far more than a virtual brochure,” he says. “It is a very dynamic product, always changing, adding new content and connecting with the customer to give everyone a reason to Ride More!”

Click On: www.husqvarna-motorcyclesna.com

Steven Tyler Joins Motorcycle Club

He is the Demon of Screamin, a walking, talking exclamation point who has become a living legend. The internationally known front man of Aerosmith, and now American Idol judge, Steven Tyler has earned many accolades. And now he’s part of a different kind of venture, a custom motorcycle company that’s located right here in the Granite State. Tiffany Eddy caught up with Tyler at the company’s Boston launch and got to sit down and talk about two of his favorite subjects… motorcycles and New Hampshire.

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Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2011 Results; EPS Increased 127% to $1.34 on 49% Sales Growth

MINNEAPOLIS, Apr 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today reported record first quarter net income of $47.3 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. By comparison, 2010 first quarter net income was $19.8 million, or $0.59 per diluted share. Sales for the first quarter 2011 totaled $537.2 million, an increase of 49 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $361.7 million.

“Given our excellent start to the year we are significantly raising our expectations for sales and earnings for the full year 2011,” continued Wine. “We will continue to make prudent strategic investments and our strong balance sheet, with $346 million in cash on hand and only $200 million in debt at March 31, 2011, gives us the strength and flexibility to remain aggressive in identifying opportunities to accelerate growth. In addition, product innovation remains at the forefront of our strategy, as evidenced by our January launch of the all-new RANGERRZR XP(TM) 900 recreational vehicle and the Victory High-Ball(TM) custom cruiser, in addition to the March introduction of our model year 2012 snowmobiles.”

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Ducati Reports 68% Retail Sales Growth for Q1 in 2011

CUPERTINO, Calif.- Ducati North America is proud to announce its third consecutive quarter of motorcycle sales growth, beginning 2011 with a 68 percent Q1 retail sales increase over the same period in 2010.

“We have had an outstanding start to the year”

Ducati’s strong start to 2011 continues a trend of consistent growth in the Italian manufacturer’s most important foreign market. The positive sales figures in North America represent the entire 2011 model lineup, an important signal that growth has been driven by demand for every single model.

“We have had an outstanding start to the year,” said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. “We expect our growth to continue strong for the rest of the year with our most popular new product, the Diavel, which arrived in dealer showrooms late March.”

The fantastic Q1 results fall in line with Ducati’s 2011 sales plans. The coming month’s sales will also be fueled by the new Monster 1100EVO and Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak Special Edition, supported by several key activities. Ducati has named April “Diavel Ride Month,” during which motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the new Diavel firsthand through dealer test-ride experiences. June also marks Ducati’s return to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, where the Multistrada will compete for an overall victory in the race to the clouds. Additional marketing programs will be announced soon surrounding a riding experience for the Diavel and Multistrada models, as well as the North American launch of the new Monster 1100EVO.

For more information about Ducati North America and its line of sporting motorcycles, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.

 

Harley-Davidson Kit Assembly Operations in India

Company to Assemble Select Models at Facility in India  from U.S.-Supplied Assembly Kits

Kits from the USA will be assembled into complete bikes in India

Milwaukee, Nov. 2, 2010 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) is moving forward with the launch of operations in India to assemble motorcycles for the Indian market from component kits supplied by its U.S. plants, the Company announced today. The Company expects the CKD (complete knock-down) assembly facility to be operational in the first half of 2011.

The announcement comes as President Barack Obama prepares to travel to India on a state visit focused on trade and business opportunities between the two countries.

“CKD assembly operations in India are a natural next step for Harley-Davidson as we build our brand presence around the world,” said Harley-Davidson Motor Company President and Chief Operating Officer Matthew S. Levatich. “This investment will allow us to improve our market responsiveness and production flexibility while reducing the tariff burden, which we expect will drive growth over time by making our bikes more accessible to India’s consumers. Given the strong response we have received in the initial months of retail operations, we believe this is the right investment for this important market,” Levatich said.

To date, Harley-Davidson India has been importing completely assembled motorcycles from the Company’s U.S. final assembly plants. Once the Indian CKD assembly facility in the Indian State of Haryana is operational, Harley-Davidson India will import CKD kits for select current models, consisting of components produced by Harley-Davidson’s U.S. plants in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Missouri and by the company’s suppliers. Indian employees at the Haryana  facility will then assemble the components into finished motorcycles. Other models will continue to be imported as completely built motorcycles for now.

India will be the second country in which Harley-Davidson has CKD assembly operations outside the U.S., after Brazil where the Company began assembly operations in 1999.

“We are committed to global growth and growth in India for the long term,” said Levatich. “India’s rapidly growing economy, rising middle class and significant investment in construction of new roads and highways are paving the way for leisure motorcycle riding.”

“We are building a strong foundation for our business in India, first by establishing a world-class dealer network, and now by commencing CKD assembly operations” said Anoop Prakash, Managing Director for Harley-Davidson India. “It is important for us to continue to invest in strategies that make our products and experiences accessible to an increasingly broader set of customers across India.”

Harley-Davidson India commenced operations in August 2009 and opened its first dealership in July 2010. The Company currently offers 12 models in its 2010 line-up in India, available through authorized dealerships in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Hyderabad. For more information, visit the Harley-Davidson India web site at www.harley-davidson.in.