Now that the dust has settled on 2016’s second quarter we’ve found motorcycle sales in the U.S. are down 8.6% year over year. This is a huge step backwards because after a major decline during the recession, motorcycle sales had been inching back up year over year.
For the second year, Harley-Davidson is offering free rider education courses for U.S. Military personnel and new for this year, First Responders. This includes all current and former U.S. military personnel and EMS, law enforcement and fire personnel. The training is offered through the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy which is the Motor Company’s own learn to ride program.
Kuryakyn has released a new accessory line called Heavy Industry™. According to Kuryakyn, “Heavy Industry Pegs provide sturdy, solid support for any type of rider. Sized to offer ideal surface area for confident control, with splined adapters that allow the footpeg angle to be dialed in for optimum comfort.”
The design of these pegs is stylish and they offer solid construction and the “industrial” look
they are named for. Currently rider pegs, passenger pegs, mirrors and a shift peg are available, with footboards and grips soon follow. They are available in chrome or black finishes.
Indian Motorcycle® has announced their complete lineup of 2017 model bikes. They are maintaining the same 2016 product lineup but are adding vibrant new color choices and a highly advanced “Ride Command™” infotainment system.
One of the great things about this industry is how united we can be for a good cause. Every year I’m honored to be part of a ride put on by a group called Tribute to The Troops. They work to raise to money to provide scholarships to children of Fallen Soldiers. They are a 501(c)(3) organization, which means no one involved with the group puts anything in their pocket. Everything they accomplish is because of dedicated volunteers.
The Discovery Channel has announced they will be premiering a new mini-series titled “Harley and the Davidsons” on September 5th. The film will chronicle the creation and rise of the Motor Company in 1903 to the historic creation of the Knucklehead motor in the mid-1930’s, including some of the great early flat track race wars with the Indian Motorcycle Company. It will use the tried and true formula of adding a dramatic fictional element to spice up actual historical events. Love it or hate this usually makes for an entertaining story.