Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Harley-Davidson York Plant Temporarely Closed. Regional news station WGAL, Harley confirmed Harley temporarily closed its plant in York, Pennsylvania, which it says it does from time to time. No official reason was officially provided. The York facility is where Harley assembles its Touring, Softail, CVO, and Trike motorcycles, as well as performs various manufacturing operations such as making frames, fuel tanks, and fenders.

EagleRider Will Now Offer Motorcycle Buyers The Opportunity To Enjoy Its Million Mile Limited Powertrain Protection. This new offering empowers EagleRider motorcycle buyers to feel increasingly more confident in their purchase and ride without worry for up to one million miles. Complimentary powertrain coverage begins immediately following the purchase of an eligible motorcycle. Eligible motorcycles are thoroughly inspected by EagleRider service team members, are less than 10 years in age and have fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The protection plan covers the engine, transmission, primary drive and drive axle up to one million miles. Additional benefits include towing reimbursement up to $75 each time, roadside assistance, rental reimbursement and the option to choose a 24-, 36-, or 48-month term full WRAP coverage for a new bike or a 12-, 24-, or 36-month term for a pre-owned bike.

Texas Jury Clears Harley-Davidson In Accident Suit. Last Thursday, a Texas federal jury ruled in Harley-Davidson Inc.’s favor in an injured couple’s $3.4 million suit alleging their motorcycle was defectively designed because it didn’t have anti-lock brakes, which would have prevented their crash. After a trial that started on Jan. 9, the jury found that there wasn’t a design defect in Mark and Pamela Jones’ 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic motorcycle and that Harley-Davidson hadn’t negligently designed or marketed the bike, according to the verdict form.

Vasknetz and Bohn Join The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Team. Motorcycle Rally Event Specialists Joined the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Team. Brenda Vasknetz and Tammy Bohn, both former executives with the City of Sturgis Rally Department, will now be assisting the Buffalo Chip. Brenda Vasknetz will serve as the Buffalo Chip’s Brand Alliance Manager, working closely with Sponsorship Director Lon Nordbye. Vasknetz, formerly the Sturgis Rally & Events Director, served the City of Sturgis for the past 27 years. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip also recently welcomed motorsports, firearms and sponsorship expert Tammy Bohn. Bohn will be under contract to assist the Buffalo Chip’s sponsorship team, working to develop strategic partnerships and promote the Chip’s numerous assets to motorsports and related industries. The Buffalo Chip is a local, family-owned business which employs 28 permanent, full-time staff and several hundred during the annual rally event.

Zero Motorcycles Hires VP Of Product Development. Veteran Brian Wismann has joined the company as the new vice president of Product Development. He will report to Zero’s Chief Technology Officer, Abe Askenazi. He spent the last 13 years at Brammo, Inc. where he was responsible for development of the company’s electric motorcycle and racing programs. His experience in the industry aligns with Zero’s strategy to provide consumers with a full range of performance motorcycles. Wismann has designed electric motorcycles that have received praise from leading motorcycle and lifestyle enthusiast media outlets. Brian holds several patents in battery and electric motorcycle technology. In addition, he played an instrumental role in product development and program management that led to numerous racing championships and technical excellence awards.

9 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 rebel Jan 28th, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    sue happy people always look for the deepest pockets and hope they get lucky, they or the ambulance chasing lawyers should have to pay all legal charges associated with the trial and defense.

  2. 2 john reed Jan 28th, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I agree,and they should never be inducted to ANY motorcycle hall of fame

  3. 3 Gym Jan 29th, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Harley workers laid off, Trump is making their American dream great

  4. 4 Don R Jan 29th, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I am for the most part a not too political kind of 65 year old guy originally from NJ. I always had respect for President Obama, not necessarily for his policies but for his smarts and compassion. Right from the start of his Presidency he was treated with great disrespect. News people referring to the POTUS as OBAMA, not President Obama, The President of the US, or Mr Obama was terribly disrespectful of the man and the OFFICE. How many blabbering critics are Harvard Law grads? Not too many. How many are semi literate racists? A whole lot I am sure.
    If any person in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA believes for one minute that Don Trump gives a damn about the every day hard working American worker, tradesman, office worker or whatever people do to make an HONEST LIVING just don’t get that Don Trump has F’d anyone he has ever dealt with. It is a sad time in our country, God Bless America, that people are so desparate as to belive this lying, cheaping, tax evading “Big Shot” that, being THE SALESMAN who sold them a total crock of shi–
    Don R

  5. 5 5toedwillie Jan 29th, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Harley slow down due to lack of winter demand. If any of the Trump bashers would take time away from their donuts and rolling on the floor crying to see the inventory levels of most dealers is higher than it has been in 3 years of democratic president.mmm might be the the snowflakes are spending money on iPhones and scooters to get to San Fan. to march with the rest of the vaginas.

  6. 6 Chris Jan 30th, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I’m no Trump supporter but to presume that his administration is powerful enough to have swayed Harley’s economic forecast after a couple weeks in office shows a lack of understanding of global markets.

  7. 7 SYF Jan 30th, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Once again blame President Trump for Harley’s closure. Real smart. Making everything his fault is making liberals look stupid. Not that they need much help.

  8. 8 hark Jan 30th, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Wow…in one week President Trump is the reason the York Plant closed. What a bunch of HOG WASH that is…if anything Trump as gone out of his way to save jobs. We have not heard Harley moving to Mexico have we. Truth be known…Harley has problems…they let about 300 employees go before the first of the year…these were all salary employees as well…some with the company for a real long time. Could it be possible “Houston We Have A Problem” Rumors are flying all over the place…the worse being the company is up For Sale.

    I am 66. Spent over 40 years riding Harley-Davidson’s. Gave twelve years of my life as the State Coordinator for Florida Harley Owner Group Rallies. These past two years have been not so great. I got out two years ago…I knew something was up. Now they have a hand full of Regional Rallies. One in Florida early November this year…they say they are doing this to draw larger crowds. I say BS…it will not happen. We did a rally in Destin Florida a few years in a row in October. The turn out was near 2000 HOG members every year. Those are great numbers for a state rally so there was no reason other than money & people to stop State Rallies. Personally I am tired of all the lies. I just want to ride my Harley.

  9. 9 x-HD Rider Jan 30th, 2017 at 11:51 am

    HD closed cause of clutch failure. There was something wrong with the hydraulic clutch

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