American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 217 August 2017 - Page 12

Biker’s Choice 2018 BRIEFS Dealer & Brand Expo NEWS Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has settled a dispute with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which saw it hit with a $5.2m fine over alleged failure to report an ROV defect that could have created a “substantial product hazard.” Swiss oil blender Bucher AG is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its formation this year. It started out as a leather and floor care products business called REX in 1917 and evolved to become the Motorex BOOTH# motorcycle lubricant and oil brand in 450 1947. Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice has announced that it will again stage its ‘Dealer & Brand Expo’ next year, with the event slated for February 8 - 10 at Frisco in Texas (some 25 miles north of Dallas). After a break, Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice brought their annual dealer event back for the first time since the merger with MAG in February this year; the event was well attended and well received and the company had said at the time that it hoped to make it an annual fixture at its new February timing. At the time, MAG/TR CEO Andy Graves told AMD that “our new look, new format Dealer & Brand Expo has been quite an investment, but the response from our dealers and the results it is generating make it entirely worthwhile. “The new timing is key as it gives our dealers and vendors the opportunity to do business at just the right time. The reaction is entirely positive, so we do expect to hold it again at this time in 2018 and beyond.” Andy Graves, CEO: “Our new look, new format Dealer & Brand Expo has been quite an investment, but the response from our dealers and the results it is generating make it entirely worthwhile” MTA Distributing has added U.S. availability of Thai made Vee Rubber tires for V-twin applications. New Mexico, Oklahoma and Oregon are the latest U.S. states to reclassify its licensing requirements, allowing Polaris’ Slingshot – a three-wheeled, open-air cockpit “autocycle” - operate the vehicle with a valid state driver’s license rather than the previously required motorcycle endorsement or license. A total of 33 states have now aligned in reclassifying its licensing requirements. Brutale 800 ‘America’ MV Agusta USA is offering a limited edition run of 50 Brutale 800 ‘America’ specials as a homage to the “glory days” of the brand in America with the 1973 MV Agusta 750 S. The former subsidiary of Harley- Davidson continues to struggle corporately, despite the considerable investment and Yamaha’s new air cooled 1850cc Star Venture, the latest Big Incher to crowd the ‘Tourer Space’, is launching with a 5-year warranty. dowry that Harley left them with when they sold the business back to its former owner for 1 Euro in 2010, despite very positive press and consumer reception that their 3- cylinder Brutale models have enjoyed ever since. Each individually numbered example (50 for the 50 U.S. states apparently) of the 2017 Euro 4 compliant Brutale 800 is available at $14,998 with two years warranty and roadside assist. Harley is recalling certain 2017 Electric Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Police Road King (FLHP), Road King (FLHR), Road King Special (FLHRXS), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), and Road Glide Special (FLTRXS) motorcycles - a clamp used to secure an engine oil cooler line may have been improperly installed. 12 AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - AUGUST 2017