As Harley-Davidson Prepares for An Indian Revival it Drops Road Glide From Lineup.

harleydavidsonroadglideultra-600Harley-Davidson officials confirmed in an investor conference call Thursday that it intends to discontinue the FLTRX Road Glide Custom and the FLTRU Road Glide Ultra from its 2014 model line up.   Senior vice president and CFO John Olin said the decision was part of the company’s typical process of bringing models in and out of the lineup each year as it introduces new bikes.  “While those two Road Glide models are strong for us, they represent a relatively small portion of our touring sales,” Olin said in the investor call. “We don’t expect any large impact for taking those two models out for the next model year.”

HD’s Chief Operating Officer Matt Levatich told the Milwaukee Business Journal the decision to discontinue those models was so the company could plan ahead for their business and “manage customer expectations.  HD officials say the cuts would not have a material impact on sales going forward.

CEO Keith Wandell told MBJ Harley management isn’t taking the competition lightly, but “we believe the way we’ve positioned our company and how we’ve transformed product development and the pipeline of products we have coming … Our job is to just bring great products to market and make sure we’re winning with great products.”

Wandell gave props to Polaris for picking Sturgis to relaunch the once famous brand. “I think they’ll get certainly a lot of traffic, a lot of folks looking,” Wandell told me. “But it’s just going to be folks that are at Sturgis. I think when we then unveil our new products a couple weeks later, I think it’ll more than offset what’s been done there.”

Harley-Davidson Stockholders Shut out of Museum

Each year the Harley-Davidson stockholder’s meeting heralds the “unofficial” start of spring  in the Milwaukee area, and for the past two years, the HD faithful have celebrated that event at the annual meeting in their iron and steel church, The Harley-Davidson museum.

But, this year Harley was shut out of their own museum and will be forced to hold their stockholders meeting at the Frontier Airlines Center instead.

According to published reports, another group had already secured the museum’s meeting room for the April 30th date.

“We couldn’t get the space,” Harley-Davidson spokesman Bob Klein told the Milwaukee Business Journal,  “There is another group that booked the site.”

While most shareholder meetings of corporations are small events, with few attendees other than management, Harley-Davidson’s annual meeting is larger, with several hundred stockholders riding in from all over the USA.

Klien told the Milwaukee Business Journal he expects this year’s crowd to be about average.