American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 229 August 2018 - Page 8

NEWS BRIEFS The NICB reports that U.S. motorcycle thefts decreased in 2017 by -5% (44,268 motorcycles reported stolen); this follows increases against trend in 2015 and 2016. The top three states for theft were California, Florida and Texas; the top three cities were New York, San Diego and Los Angeles. The three most stolen brands were Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki (Harley the fourth). July and August were peak months. Skip Eaken (who died in 2012) joins Terry Cunningham, Gary Davis, Nicky Hayden, Clifford “Corky” Keener and Mary McGee as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee for 2018. A motorcycle racing tuner from Lodi, Ohio, he began building competitive and reliable flat track racers in the 1970s. He notched his first Grand National victory in 1983 with Ted Boody riding an Eaken-prepped H-D. He is best known as the mechanic who worked on Hall of Famer Bubba Shobert’s factory Honda motorcycles in the 1980s. Valerie Thompson, the world’s fastest female motorcycle racer, was among those inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame at this year’s 78th annual Rally, alongside Jeff Decker, Jack Hoel, Armondo “Mondo” Porras, Marilyn Stemp and Hamsters USA. Thompson set a new land speed record of 328.467 mph (528.616 km/h) during the DRLA Speed Week competition at Lake Gairdner, Australia, earlier this year - surviving a huge 363 mph crash during the World Speed Trials. < motorcycles that spans three distinct product spaces and four displacements - starting with the company’s first Adventure Touring motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250; a 1250 cc Custom model, and a 975 cc Streetfighter model, all of which are planned to launch at the beginning of 2020. Additional models to broaden coverage in these product spaces will follow through 2022.” Harley also states that it is to develop “a more accessible, small displacement (250 cc to 500 cc) motorcycle for Asian emerging markets through a planned strategic alliance with a manufacturer in Asia. This new product and broader distribution is intended to fuel Harley- Davidson’s customer access and growth in India, one of the largest, fastest growing markets in the world, and other Asian markets.” Ambitiously, Harley also states that it intends to lead the electric motorcycle market by “launching Harley- Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, in 2019 - the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport. LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride.” It is thought that these will include electric scooters and mopeds, ‘PedElecs and bicycles. In terms of its “broader access” pledge, Harley-Davidson will “advance its market delivery approach and meet today’s customer needs by creating ‘the company’s first Adventure Touring motorcycle’ Harley’s 1250 cc “all-new custom motorcycle with a muscular stance and aggressive, stripped down styling” is planned for 2021 This 975 cc ‘Streetfighter’ style model is slated to be part of Harley’s new modular 500-1250 cc “middleweight” platform range - planned for 2020 launch high-engagement customer experiences across all retail channels – including improving and expanding the company’s global digital capabilities by evolving the Harley- experience to integrate with and enhance the dealership retail experience for existing and new LiveWire - “the first in a broad, no clutch ‘twist and go’ portfolio of electric two wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in electrification of the sport” - 2019 launch Vanson Leathers has opened a riding gear studio at the Fillipachi Action Sports Store in Soho, NYC, where it will offer custom riding leathers fitting in addition to its respected ‘off- the-peg’ program. The Irvine, California based Motorcycle Safety Foundation has issued its Motorcycle Operator Manual (MOM) in Chinese (Mandarin) as the organization seeks to promote safety to an expanding segment of the riding audience. MSF’s MOM is used by motor vehicle agencies in 44 U.S. states as a study guide for motorcycle license applicants and has been a part of MSF’s inventory of reference materials on motorcycle operation for the past four decades. 8 ‘new modular 500 cc to 1250 cc middleweight platform’ AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - AUGUST 2018 >