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Cuban Citizens Free Of Buying Motorcycles And Cars. In 1959, after an armed revolution against Fulgencio Batista’s government,  Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba promising democracy and freedom. But since that year a law forbade citizens to buy cars and motorcycles as they wanted. Buyers had to get first a government issued permit, then buy only what was already available in the island, mostly vehicles from the pre-Cuban revolution. This more than half a century old law has been abolished and now Cubans will be able to buy some imported vehicles. Regarding motorcycles, due to the low buying power of its population, probably only very cheap imported moped, scooters, low cc motorcycles.

Electric Motorcycle Tax Credit Ends Today Tuesday December 31, 2013. The tax credit for buying an electric motorcycle expired once, but was reinstated by Congress last January until today. The tax credit expiring today is 10% of the price of an electric motorcycle, up to $2,500.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) will release its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 financial results before market hours on Thursday, January 30, 2013. The public is invited to attend an audio webcast with Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and John Olin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM (Central Time). A downloadable slide presentation will also be available as support to the webcast. Webcast participants should log on and register at least ten minutes prior to the start time at .


Sparks Flying At Mission Motorcycles. The maker of high-end electric motorcycles that Time magazine calls one of the top inventions of 2013 fired co-founder Vincent Ip for what the companycalls unprofessional behavior including physical threats. Mission Motorcycles is suing Ip over stock shares, claiming that a stock purchase agreement gives it the right to buy back most of Ip’s 300,000 shares. Vincent Ip intends to counter sue claiming that the agreement is invalid because he signed it under duress.

Polaris Filed Suit Against Arctic Cat For Patent Infringement. In a lawsuit filed on December 20, 2014 Polaris Industries Inc. alleges that Arctic Cat’s Wildcat SxS vehicles infringe on a Polaris patent filed in 2006 and granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Polaris is requesting a jury trial, seeking damages for willful infringement, court and attorneys’ costs.

7 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News.”

  1. 1 Rodent Dec 31st, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Regarding your statement . Regarding motorcycles, due to the low buying power of its population, probably only very cheap imported moped, scooters, low cc motorcycles. Any new vehicle will have to be imported as Cuba does not manufacture any cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, mopeds.

  2. 2 Patumwan Dec 31st, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Buying imported motorcycles. Exactly what I meant.

  3. 3 Woody's Dec 31st, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Maybe Cuba’s government will give a 75% writeoff on electric motorcycles since their national economy has a better 3-year future than the US’s?

  4. 4 Terence Tory Dec 31st, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    People forget that Castro saw himself as a liberator and freedom fighter in the vein of the U.S. founding fathers.Only after the U.S. govt decided to back the supporters of Batista’s corrupt regime,and rebuff him,that he turned to the Soviets for support.Another dumb move in the cold war era.

    The Cubans imported plenty of new bikes from East Germany and Russia,Cyril.I know because I had one of those models years ago and it had some sections of the workshop manual in Spanish for Cubans.It was a serious manual with not just part numbers for specialized tools,but extremely detailed plans on how to made them from lumps of metal.

  5. 5 Woody's Dec 31st, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Wish I was smart enough or god-like enough to know what people forgot.

  6. 6 BigAlyts Jan 1st, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The only People that will be able to afford to buy anything is the Farmers, because of their ability to Trade their Crops for Black Market Money and the People that have Stashed their money that was sent to them by their Relatives in the US. These Cubans that have money have had 60% of their Gifts taken by the Current Government!

  7. 7 richard Jan 1st, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    woody…I’m wondering where you got that statistic?

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