Victory, Indian and Harley-Davidson Vie For Attention During Bike Week

DaytonaIndian Motorcycles will unveil their new engine to the public on March 9th at Dirty Harry’s Pub.  They’ve planned a big event, bringing in Mike Wolfe, of American Picker fame and are hinting at an even bigger surprise  to come.  While the event is not open to the general public, (only registered VIP’s and Press) it’s undoubtedly going to cost Polaris more than just a few coins.

Besides events for the general public, corporate shingdigs like this demonstrate the economic impact of the spring Bike Week as hundreds of local businesses depend on the influx of motorcycle owners to start the cash registers ringing early.

Besides the money spent on Indian, Polaris is investing heavily in Victory with events all over the Daytona area during bike week.  A Victory bike night at the Broken Spoke March 12th, A custom bike show March 13th at Volusia Motorsports, and a Victory Patio party at BJ’s Brewhouse on International Speedway Blvd on March 13th.  A new Victory dealership at 402 N. Beach St. will have a grand opening party March 14th.  A Victory ride and reception will start at 11am March 15th from Volusia Motorsports and ride to the Victory Reception at the Blue Grotto in the Halifax Marina (1-3pm)

Harley-Davidson is going all out as well in Daytona with events that tie into the 100th anniversary of the iconic brand.

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Harley-Davidson will present a unique 110th Anniversary display at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona from Saturday, March 9 to Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) events in Daytona include pin stops at Beach Street and the Speedway, an area celebrating H.O.G’s 30thAnniversary on Beach Street, and a special event for H.O.G. members Friday, March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mikey Luv’s Bar & Grill on Main Street.

Harley-Davidson will give 2013 motorcycle demo rides, along with motorcycle displays, Traxxas Experience, beverages and free parking at Daytona International Speedway near the Intersection of Midway Avenue and Richard Petty Boulevard from Saturday, March 9, to Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The 7th Annual MDA Women’s Ride takes place Tuesday, March 12 with registration on Beach Street starting at 8 a.m. and the ride landing at Destination Daytona at 10:45 a.m.

Harley-Davidson will also be at Bikers on the Boulevard on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach March 14-16 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.\

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events, please visit our website at www.harley-davidson.com/events and there will be online coverage from Daytona at www.harley-davidson.com/110daytona.

 

Victory’s New Hard-Ball

The custom bagger movement has gained enough traction over the past few years that manufacturers are sitting up and taking notice.  While Harley-Davidson has yet to fully embrace the trend, Victory showed it’s nimble enough to come out with a mid-season offering that has is sure to create a buzz on the street when the bike hits the dealerships in early 2012.

The Hard-Ball takes the Victory High Ball concept a step further by blacking out almost every part on the bike, with the exception of the primary cover,  clutch and brake levers and a sliver of chrome on the engine fins and lower fork legs.  Both “Balls” share the same 65.7 wheelbase, low platform frame.  (26.5″)  Both cradle the same 4-stroke 106″(1731 cc) / 6-speed 50˚ EFI V-Twin with dual 45 mm throttle bodies.  Both have the same height-adjustable ape hangers.  What makes the Hardball a  bad ass custom bagger are the flat black paint, red pinstripes and two large hard bags which appear to be the same ones used in on the Cross Country line.  Specs are posted below the video.