Motorcycle Musings

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.

Indian Motorcycle Introduces Limited Edition Jack Daniel's Indian Chieftain

(March 14, 2017) MINNEAPOLIS — Indian Motorcycle, America's first motorcycle company, and the Jack Daniel Distillery, America's first registered distillery, today announced the availability of a Limited Edition Jack Daniel's Indian Chieftain. The new custom-inspired Chieftain marks the second year the two iconic American trailblazers have joined forces to build a unique V-twin-powered celebration of American craftsmanship.

The motorcycle brings together two brands that share a mutual commitment to independence, originality, and ingenuity.

New Harley-Davidson Street Rod tuned for dynamic urban performance

(March 10, 2017) MILWAUKEE — The new Harley-Davidson Street Rod motorcycle is a muscular middle-weight built to blitz the city streets. An addition to the Harley-Davidson Street model family, the Street Rod is agile, powerful and tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion. Steeped in tough Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling, bearing a stance that's poised and aggressive, the Street Rod always looks ready for action.

BMW K 1600 B Bagger to be on display at Daytona Bike Week

(March 8, 2017) DAYTONA, Fla. — BMW Motorrad’s K 1600 B Bagger will make its East Coast debut during Daytona Bike Week March 10-19. Visitors to BMW Motorcycles of Daytona will have an opportunity to see the bagger-style motorcycle based on BMW’s six-cylinder K 1600 platform. BMW representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the K 1600 B, which was developed specifically with American riders and American roads in mind.

Nick Beaulieu named 'King of Custom Motorcycle Builders'

(February 14, 2017) CHICAGO — J&P Cycles, the world's largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, celebrates the naming of a new King of Custom Motorcycle Builders, Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine. Beaulieu earned the title during the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which announced the winners at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago on Sunday.

Collection of 30 unrestored Ariel motorcycles to be sold

(January 31, 2017) DONINGTON PARK, England — H&H Classics will be selling a collection of 30 unrestored Ariel motorbikes at Donington Park this year — Arrows, Arrow Sports and Leaders, discovered over the last 30 years by Clive Pearson of Leicester for whom they have been a lifelong passion.

This big collection includes a range of parts too. Pearson, 68, is selling the bikes to fund his other passion German WW2 machines.

BMW K 1600 B Bagger unveiled in Cleveland

(January 27, 2017) CLEVELAND — BMW Motorrad’s production prototype K 1600 B Bagger will make its U.S. debut to motorcycle enthusiasts at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. For the first time, show attendees will be able to view the production version of the Concept 101, a bagger-style motorcycle based on BMW’s six-cylinder K 1600 platform.

BMW representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the K 1600 B, which was developed specifically with American riders and American roads in mind.