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.”

2013 Zero Motorcycles Reach 95 MPH With 130 Mile Range; Recharge in One Hour

longer range, more torque and top end speed from Zero motorcycles push the electric bike envelope

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Oct. 2, 2012) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. To attain such leaps in performance, Zero designed a revolutionary new Z-Force™ motor that is incredibly powerful while also highly efficient, passively air-cooled and compact. Integrated into every 2013 motorcycle, the motor operates using a new higher voltage Z-Force power pack. Providing riders the option to charge faster than ever, each Zero can now be charged to 95 percent in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory. Perhaps most exciting, Zero plans to begin initial deliveries of its complete 2013 model line to North America in January 2013.

Nearly every element of each motorcycle has been refined to embody the sophisticated technology and elemental simplicity of riding a Zero. From highly innovative mobile phone integration to eye-catching styling, the 2013 lineup is impressive at every level. Using Bluetooth, riders can now sync their iPhone or Android mobile phones to see detailed motorcycle information and even adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle. Riders will appreciate the sleek new bodywork on the Zero S and Zero DS, which includes neatly integrated storage in the ”tank” area and flows elegantly into a comfortable two-tier seat. To accommodate the new look and advanced powertrain, Zero redesigned the frames for every model with an emphasis on improving rider ergonomics and expanding compatibility with aftermarket accessories.

“With up to 137 miles range in the city, a top speed of 95 mph and a CHAdeMO accessory that allows recharging in around an hour, the 2013 model line is truly exceptional,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “This year’s lineup offers breathtaking acceleration, new eye-catching designs and the innovative ability to customize the riding experience to each individual’s preferences via a mobile application. We invite consumers to discover the experience of riding a 2013 model by contacting an authorized dealer to sign up for a test ride or to place an order. The new lineup arrives in January.”

Among the many highlights of the 2013 lineup, Zero Motorcycles introduced the Zero FX as the ultimate “do anything” and “ride anywhere” urban rebel motorcycle. It is the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the company’s lineup with 70 ft-lbs of torque, 44 hp and a low weight of only 275 lbs. The Zero FX, as well as the Zero XU and Zero MX, now features the world’s first truly modular quick-swap power pack technology. Riders can now use one or two battery modules and can upgrade any of the previously mentioned models from 2.8 kWh to 5.7 kWh in seconds. With increased range, vastly improved handling and impressive power, the now full-sized Zero MX is capable of comfortably launching off significantly larger jumps at the motocross track.

Continuing a design philosophy of “sophisticated simplicity” for 2013, Zero Motorcycles focused on maximizing the exhilaration of riding and minimizing needless complexity. The new Z-Force motor and overall powertrain is completely air-cooled on account of its highly efficient and innovative design. With instant torque, a nearly silent belt-driven system and no shifting, riders need only focus on enjoying the ride. For the owner, there is no routine powertrain maintenance and the “fuel” cost is only a penny a mile. Whether a longtime rider or someone who is just getting into motorcycles, the Zero Motorcycles 2013 lineup offers consumers exciting new reasons to go for a ride.

Pricing information: Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100 percent electric and, as a result, may qualify to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through authorized dealerships. Each
street-legal motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty, while the Zero MX comes with a one year limited warranty. Initial deliveries will commence in January 2013 for North America and in February 2013 for Europe. Authorized dealers will begin accepting orders on Oct. 2, 2012, from consumers who would like to secure a 2013 model. The pricing for each model is below.

Zero S

  • MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
  • MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero DS

  • MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
  • MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero FX

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

Zero XU

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $7,995* | €7,995** | £6,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $10,490* | €10,495** | £8,995**

Zero MX

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

*MSRP in USD is identical to CAD. Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping and VAT. Additional PDI, local shipping and road registration fees may apply.

More on CHAdeMO
The CHAdeMO fast charging standard is the most widely adopted DC Fast Charging standard and has over 1600 installed stations worldwide, with an additional 1000 in Europe expected before the end of 2013.  According to Nissan estimates, 2000 fast chargers will be installed in the United States by the end of 2014, with at least 400 in California alone, supported by government electric vehicle infrastructure spending. Based on Pikes Research estimates, 115,000 of these chargers will be installed by 2017.

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