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Klock Werks Cycles Suing Dragonfly Concepts For Selling Copy Of The Flare Windshield

Klock Werks Cycles that develops  motorcycle parts is accusing a rival in California of infringing on a patent for its most popular product. Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and owner Brian Klock say Dragonfly Cycle Concepts of Fullerton, Calif., is selling a knock-off version of the company’s award winning Flare Windshield. The product, released in 2007, […]

Teutul Sr. Bankruptcy. Numerous Discrepancies In Filing Documents.

Bankruptcy documents filed by Orange County Choppers owner Paul Teutul Sr. contained “numerous” discrepancies his new lawyer told the trustee hearing his case on Wednesday. His new attorney Erica Aisner, told Trustee Krista Preuss that she is working to get up to speed on the case and provide a more accurate listing of Teutul’s personal […]

Harley-Davidson Applies For “Revelation” Trademark For Its Electric Motorcycle Motor Technology

We know that Harley-Davidson, like Indian, is extremely serious about mass producing electric motorcycles as soon as possible, possibly as a model year 2019. H-D just filed an application to trademark the name “Revelation” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for motorcycle powertrain, batteries and chargers. Milwaukee already uses similar sounding names like […]

Following Recall Related To Brake Problems Injured Rider Files Lawsuit Against Harley-Davidson

Only days after Harley-Davidson Motor Co. officialized a motorcycle recall due to potentially defective brakes, a Texas rider filed a lawsuit in the wake of an accident that resulted in 11 surgeries with probably more to come. His attorney alleges that 6 months before the December 2016 motorcycle accident the company was aware of braking […]

10 U.S. States Object To EPA Reducing Harley-Davidson Emissions Penalty

Ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia said Thursday they are challenging a decision by the Trump administration to drop a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG) spend $3 million to reduce air pollution under settlement the Obama administration announced. In 2016, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and […]

Europe To Mandate Emergency Call System For Motorcycles. USA To Follow?

An emergency call system for cars has been around for a while. For example think of the GM OnStar safety device system providing a quick response in case of accident. An equivalent system called “eCall” will be mandatory on all new European cars sold after April 16, 2018. Reasoning that motorcycles are more prone to […]

Roland Sands Motorcycle Accident At Buffalo Chip Leads To Several Lawsuits

An Alaska man who had a motorcycle land on him during a show at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has filed a lawsuit against the rider, the bike manufacturer and the show host. Royce Rath was in the crowd during the Aug. 7, 2016, concert that featured performances by Lita Ford and Kid Rock. Between those […]

Harley-Davidson And Its Compliance With The EPA Clean Air Act

The US Justice Department is expected to drop $3 million Harley-Davidson emissions penalty. The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce this week it is dropping a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution as part of a settlement the Obama administration announced in August, sources briefed on the matter said. […]

Motorcycle Accident: Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Claim

By John Sherman The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015. Since motorcycles do not have the enclosed protection that cars have, personal injuries and fatalities are unfortunately common. Should a motorcycle accident occur, knowing how to protect yourself is essential. But even if you have not been in […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Vice President Pence May Address The Motorcycle Industry At AIMExpo In September. It helps that VP Pence is an avid motorcyclist who recently has been seen astride his Harley-Davidson. He even just named his new dog ‘Harley’. And it was national news when Harley-Davidson’s executive team had been invited to the White House in January, […]

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Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich 2016 Base Salary Up 15%. His salary is $1,041,660, 15% lower than former CEO Keith Wandell when he left the company. Securities filings describe his salary in 2016 as based on “his individual performance, accomplishment of key initiatives and positioning his salary in relation to similar companies.” Levatich’s total compensation also […]

Breaking News. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc Lost Trademark Damage Award Of $912,500. Alleged Rights To Sturgis Name Challenged Again

All Damages Against Rushmore Photo & Gifts and Wal-Mart Stores are dismissed in a high-profile Sturgis Trademark Lawsuit. Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc. (RPG), the Niemann family, and Wal-mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) are celebrating a victory over Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI) in a controversial, six-year trademark dispute over the name “Sturgis. On March 10, […]

Don’t Be A Victim And Catch A Crook

This a warning to everybody working in the motorcycle industry. An individual, supposedly French citizen, calling himself alternatively Pierre Dubois or Pierre Müller and possibly other aliases, pretending to be a journalist of well known print or digital custom motorcycle magazines in the US and Europe, s industry vendors to get free parts and samples […]

A Call To Action Against Motorcyclist Profiling

A Message from Motorcycle Riders Foundation President, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard “As many of you know, last year the MRF assumed a new endeavor related to the unconstitutional practice of motorcycle profiling. After reports began to rise from our own membership citing instances where they felt singled out by law enforcement simply because of their appearance, […]

Beef Products Versus Motorcycles. Cartoon Of The Month.

On January 17, I reported on the 100% tax proposed by the Office of United States Trade Representative on imported European Union motorcycles with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc. The reason? The European Union bans the import of beef and beef products produced from animals fed with growth-hormones. Of course, there is no logical link […]

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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 […]

About Americans’ Right To Modify Motorcycles And Street Cars

From a PR of The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) For the amateur racing industry, the year started out on a strong note. One of the first bills to be introduced in the newly indoctrinated 115th session of Congress was the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM Act). U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) […]

Settlement Reached In “Sturgis Rally Week” Infringement Case

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (“SMRi”) has reached a settlement in its trademark infringement litigation against Kent Mortimer and his companies, which arose out of misuse of SMRi’s STURGIS trademarks. “After months of negotiations, two mediations, and over two years of litigation in federal court, we are pleased to settle this case,” Dean Kinney, chairperson of […]

The Road to Zero Initiative Advances In the U.S. Motorcyclists Play an Important Role.

In October, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled a new initiative dedicated to eliminating all traffic-related deaths in thirty years. “Road to Zero” is the concept that achieving zero traffic-related deaths is achievable through new policies and solutions. First initiated in Sweden in 1997 as “Vision Zero” the program has been adopted by many […]

Harley-Davidson Owners Allege That The 103″ Twin Cam Engine Is Defectively Designed

Two Harley owners from Los Angeles County allege that the Twin Cam 103” engine equipping their motorcycles emit high heat, which can burn riders, and shorten the life of the engine. A complaint was filed by attorneys Zimmerman Reed LLP and Boucher LLP on behalf of Michael Berke and Wolfgang Costelloon and all others similarly […]

EPA Finalizes 2017 Volume Requirements for Ethanol

Last week, the EPA quietly published the 2017 volume requirements and associated percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program passed into law by Congress several years ago. The law requires oil companies to blend increasing volumes of renewable fuels like ethanol with gasoline and diesel. Under the law, the EPA has the authority […]

Is Law Enforcement Training To Terminate Bikers?

I publish below the highlights of a just written set of remarks and comments made by David “Double D” Devereaux. He is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Council of Clubs, Founder of the Motorcycle Profiling Project, and works with motorcyclists at the national level. Below are the highlights. The full article is HERE. Practice […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Indian Motorcycle Planning CKD Operation in India. Bike Prices To Go Down. The first models offered in CKD (Complete Knock Down bikes assembled in India) expected to roll in 2018. The objective is of course to grab a larger market share of the India market in offering premium motorcycles at a more reasonable price. Heartland USA […]

Harley-Davidson Sues Forever 21 For Trademark Violation

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is suing Los Angeles-based Forever 21 for trademark infringement after the retailer allegedly sold motorcycle-style jackets with a counterfeit of Harley’s iconic bar and shield logo. The suit argues that Forever 21 used the logo “in unauthorized way that falsely suggest and are likely to create the mistaken impression that Forever 21 and/or […]

The Saga Of Ethanol E15 Continues

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) informed its members that it appears that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) is reviving the 4-gallon minimum fuel purchase at blender pumps that dispense both E10 and E15. Everybody thought that this issue was put to rest in 2012! As part of its E15 “Misfueling Mitigation Program”, the EPA […]

California Just Became The First US State To Legalize Lane-Splitting

Lane Splitting, the maneuver to cut between cars, became legal yesterday Friday August 18 after California governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 51 into law . Until now lane splitting was not legal or illegal, just a tolerated riding practice. Since 2013, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) just had relatively vague guidelines for lane-splitting. They said […]



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