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.”

BEST WESTERN AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON PARTNERSHIP GOES GLOBAL

_bestwestern_mcyclePHOENIX – (February 20, 2013) Best Western International and Harley-Davidson Motor Company® announced today that the two organizations have extended their partnership with one another for an additional three years. The agreement expands the special benefits for motorcycle riders in North America, including reduced hotel room rates, Best Western Ride Rewards® loyalty program, and the hotel chain’s Rider Friendly® properties, to a global level, making it easy for motorcycle travelers to take advantage of these perks worldwide.

As part of the agreement, Best Western is serving as the Official Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary in 2013. In addition, Best Western is now the Preferred Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s Rentals and Tours Division, which will include the hotel chain’s properties on its multi-night itineraries.

“The partnership with Harley-Davidson allows us to accommodate the unique needs motorcycle riders have when traveling,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western International’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Now, they can have those needs catered to not only in North America, but at any of our more than 4,000 hotels worldwide. We want riders to feel at home with us, no matter where in the world they happen to be.”

Best Western Rider Friendly hotels offer a free wipe-down motorcycle towel and access to a washing station upon check-in. Many offer additional benefits, such as complimentary bottled water and lip balm. Currently, there are more than 1,200 properties in North America that participate in the Best Western Rider Friendly program.

The hotel chain also offers motorcycle enthusiasts Best Western Ride Rewards, a special segment of its Best Western Rewards® loyalty program. Registration is free and affords members an automatic upgrade to Gold Elite status and eligibility for discounted room rates upon signup. Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members receive additional benefits, including an automatic upgrade to Platinum status and 15 percent bonus points. To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary, Ride Rewards members will be eligible for bonus promotional offers throughout 2013.

”Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary is the perfect time to extend our partnership with Best Western,” said John C. Farris, Jr., Harley-Davidson Director of Global Brand Alliances. “Harley-Davidson and Best Western have heritage and deep roots along America’s most scenic highways and byways as well as the many roads traveled around the world. Most importantly, this partnership brings great benefits and on-the-road conveniences to our riders and fans.”

The companies initiated the partnership in 2006.

For more information or to sign up for Best Western Ride Rewards, go to www.bwrider.com. To plan your next motorcycle journey, go towww.harley-davidson.com/wcm/rideplanner/. And, follow the adventures of Best Western’s motorcycle blogger at http://www.youmustbetrippin.com/jason_fogelson/.

 

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.

 

Catalina Grand Prix Will be Back, Improved in 2012

 

AVALON, Catalina Island, Calif. (April 27, 2011) —Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICo) has agreed to work with the City of Avalon to host the Catalina Grand Prix in December 2012, which will feature an expanded line-up of activities. Catalina Island is elevating the event to a new level, by extending the celebration to a week’s worth of race-themed events and activities.

“SCICo felt that additional planning was needed in order to make the Grand Prix more unique to the Island and more special than if it was just an annual event on the normal race calendar,” said Brad Wilson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer for Santa Catalina Island Company. “SCICo will take an active role in securing sponsorships with the City as well as administration to enhance the overall visitor experience.”

The City will continue to coordinate race operations, safety and logistics.  Both entities will share in the permitting process and expenses over the next 18months. The 2012 race week will include an array of activities designed to draw fans to the island for an extended stay. Additional activities planned include:

· One to two days of practice on the course

· Improved spectator areas

· Concourse of Classic Motorcycles

· Vintage Original “1950’s Grand Prix” Motorcycle Display

· VIP Food and Beverage Area

· Top name entertainment in the Casino Ballroom

· Parade of motorcycles

· Electric motorcycle exhibition race

Major sponsors are lining up to support next year’s Grand Prix race, which will once again take place on SCICo land.  Race organizers expect another sold out event, including top riders from around the world.

The Catalina Grand Prix is an historic race that took place through most of the 1950s and was brought back to life in 2010 for the first time in 52 years.  The course, just under 7 miles, included a variety of terrains, including pavement, rocky cliffs and hills, winding turns and an exciting motocross sections. The 2012 Catalina Grand Prix will follow a similar course, and provide excitement for both the racers and spectators.

For more information, visit www.visitcatalinaisland.com.

 

Restrictive Federal Wild Lands Policy on Hold for This Fiscal Year

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The funding measure that keeps the federal government operating throughSept. 30 includes language that bars the U.S. Interior Department from using any money to carry out the new Wild Lands land-use policy, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

The Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution — which was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on April 15 — specifically states that no federal money “may be used to implement, administer, or enforce Secretarial Order No. 3310 issued by the Secretary of the Interioron Dec. 22, 2010.”

“This is a major victory for responsible off-highway vehicle [OHV] riders and others concerned about appropriate access to public land,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations. “But we can’t let up. Anti-access groups will continue pushing for implementation of the Wild Lands policy for the next federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.”

Secretarial Order 3310 created the Wild Lands land-use policy. The policy essentially allows federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials to manage public land as if it had received a Wilderness designation from Congress, but without requiring congressional approval.

This new policy, if implemented, is widely expected to restrict or eliminate responsible OHV use in the affected areas.

A Wilderness designation is one of the most restrictive forms of public land management. Once Congress designates an area as Wilderness, nearly all forms of non-pedestrian recreation are illegal.

The AMA supports appropriate Wilderness designations that meet the criteria established by Congress in 1964, but anti-access advocates have been abusing the legislative process to ban responsible OHV recreation on public land.

Sutter to Echostar: “Whores”

Dish network Son's Fans upset over dispute

Hollywood CA  The creator / director of the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy announced on his twitter feed that the show has been picked up for a fourth season, but that’s little consolation for the millions of Dish subscribers who discovered in October that Son’s had been pulled from the network in a carriage dispute.  Kurt Sutter, never one to mince words, called the satalite company “whores.”

Sutter says, “DUMP DISH!” You’re already paying more for FX than every other cable/satellite company in the free world.  Echostar are whores.  Get out now.

A Fox statement called its proposal “fair and in line with the tremendous value we provide” and said “Dish has asserted its subscribers do not value our channels and has made a decision to go forward without them.”

Dave Shull, Dish Network’s senior vice president of programming for Dish Network, said in a statement that his company’s customers shouldn’t “be held hostage in order to finance Fox’s irresponsible acquisition of sports rights,” especially in a tough economy

There is no doubt that if the dispute with Dish isn’t resolved, Sons of Anarchy and other FX shows will suffer a ratings decline.  Currently Dish has over 13 million subscribers.  FX network is using the web to get its message out that Dish is being unreasonable.  The website www.getwhatyoupaidfor.com was created by News Corp to give their side of the dispute.


American Motorcyclist Association ramps up ‘Vote Like A Motorcyclist’ campaign

The AMA wants you to "Vote like a motorcyclist"

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has ramped up its “Vote Like a Motorcyclist” campaign with T-shirts, pins and posters to supplement its new 2010 AMA Voter Guide.

“The elections on Nov. 2 are some of the most important in many years for the future of motorcycling,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations. “It’s critical for motorcyclists to get out and vote to help protect their right to ride.”

A major tool available to AMA members this campaign season is the online 2010 AMA Voter Guide — the first national voter guide of its kind for the motorcycling community. It features a fuel-gauge rating for every federal and gubernatorial candidate of the major political parties who returned an AMA questionnaire. The rating shows how closely the candidates’ answers align with AMA positions.

The 2010 AMA Voter Guide is available to AMA members in the Members Area of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcyclist.com. Riders who wish to join the AMA and utilize the guide can do so at the AMA website. To join, click here.

Moreland noted that during this political season it’s important to remind fellow riders to think before they vote, and to vote like a motorcyclist. One way to do that is by wearing a “Vote Like A Motorcyclist” T-shirt while out for a ride, hanging with riding buddies or while picking up parts at a dealership.

It’s also a visible reminder to non-riders and candidates that motorcyclists vote.

“Vote Like A Motorcyclist” T-shirts cost just $21.95. Posters range in price from $11.20 to $22.45, depending on size, and pins are $2.20.

Gear up with “Vote Like A Motorcyclist” items at http://www.zazzle.com/americanmotorcyclist.

And don’t forget to vote on Nov. 2!