Motorcycle Musings

Mecum vintage motorcycle auction brings in $4.4 million in Las Vegas

(June 8, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Mecum’s first foray into Nevada for a spring season vintage motorcycle auction in Las Vegas was a pronounced success with 339 motorcycles hammering sold June 2-3 for an 80-percent sell-through rate and $4.4 million in overall sales.

Highlighted by the $95,000 sale of a gorgeously restored 1950 Vincent Black Shadow, top sales at the auction were strong and showed off the great variety of marques available.

Atlanta Concours invites motorcycles of provenance for fall event

(May 26, 2017) ATLANTA, Ga. — While most Concours events are a haven for collector car owners and enthusiasts, the Atlanta Concours will be appealing to an even broader audience when it creates a true classic motorcycle Concours experience, including two judging fields of pre- and post-war motorcycles,’ as well as non-traditional activities and exhibitions for attendees to enjoy during the Sept. 30- Oct. 1 second annual Concours at Chateau Elan.

Harley-Davidson becomes official motorcycle of SVRA

(May 24, 2017) SOUTHLAKE, Texas — The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Harley-Davidson announced this week that the iconic motorcycle manufacturer is now the Official Motorcycle of the SVRA.  

"I own and ride Harley-Davidsons and I am thrilled to have the SVRA in partnership with such a culturally rich and powerful brand," said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO.

Mecum Auctions to feature hundreds of antique motorcycles in June

(May 19, 2017) Hundreds of antique, vintage and collectible motorcycles will cross the auction block June 1-3 during the inaugural Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle June Auction that will take place indoors at South Point Casino, Hotel & Spa. Three collections will highlight the consignments expected to be received from across the country that will attract motorcycle buyers, sellers and spectators from around the world.

Honda unveils 2018 CRF450R, CRF450RX

(May 11, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda has revealed that the CRF450R gets even better for the 2018 model year, with electric starting now standard. Designed following an "Absolute Holeshot" philosophy that resulted in a downdraft-intake layout achieving optimum power and centralized mass, the revolutionary motocross model is the industry's top-selling 450cc motocrosser.

BMW designs new motorcycle website

(May 2, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — BMW Motorrad starts the new motorcycling season with a newly designed website. It showcases BMW Motorrad as a lifestyle brand with its promise “Make Life a Ride”, featuring a wide range of emotional content for a fascinating experience that will appeal not only to die-hard BMW fans.

The areas of brand, product, lifestyle and cross-selling have been interlinked in intelligent, contemporary style, with purely static product showcasing now replaced by vibrant storytelling. This brings the entire BMW Motorrad range to life with even greater intensity.

First quarter Harley-Davidson sales, profits off compared to 2016

(April 18, 2017) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson's first quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 22.8 percent to $1.05 compared to $1.36 in the same period of 2016. First quarter net income was $186.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.50 billion versus net income of $250.5 million on consolidated revenue of $1.75 billion in the first quarter of last year.

"First quarter U.S. retail sales were in line with our projections and we remain confident in our full-year plan despite international retail sales being down in the first quarter," said Matt Levatich, CEO, Harley-Davidson.

Honda announces first 2018 off-road models

(April 6, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. – Just in time for spring, Honda made its first off-road announcement of the 2018 model year, starring a mix of fun and popular trail bikes. The CRF/F line is renowned for being enjoyable and reliable, and the four smallest models — the CRF125F (available in standard and big-wheel versions), CRF110F, and CRF50F — serve as great vehicles for exploring the trails and introducing new riders to motorcycling.

BMW announces pricing for highly anticipated K 1600 B Bagger

(March 20, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing and product highlights for its much-anticipated K 1600 B, the BMW bagger developed specifically with American riders and great open American roads in mind. The 2018 Model Year K 1600 B will have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $19,995 (plus a $495 destination fee).

Honda Rebel + Aviator Nation Motorcycle is launched at SXSW

(March 15, 2017) AUSTIN, Texas — This year's SXSW festival-goers will get an up-close and personal look at the ultimate motorcycle for the next generation of rider— the 2017 Honda Rebel & the Honda Rebel + Aviator Nation limited edition cruiser. The mainstream launch of this unique collaboration kicks off at the Waterloo Records Day Parties taking place in Austin today through March 18.