August 20, 2017
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Harley-Davidson Patch On Bucks’ Uniforms

MILWAUKEE – It’s getting to the point that there’s barely a space where an ad cannot be placed. Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson has announced a new multi-year deal whereby its iconic bar and shield logo will appear in the form of a patch on the uniforms of Milwaukee Bucks’ players, beginning with …

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Weak Sales Spur Layoffs At Harley-Davidson

MILWAUKEE – After laying off some 200 production workers last October, Harley-Davidson plans to eliminate another 180 permanent positions this fall in the wake of weakening sales of its motorcycles, the “Journal Sentinel” newspaper reports. The company said Tuesday that U.S. sales in the second quarter of 2017 were down …

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Much Ado About Harley-Davidson And Ducati

HARWINTON, CT – Wintertime is normally the slow news period when it comes to motorcycles, not summer when new models are out, when rallies and shows are being staged, and when new roads and eateries are being discovered. Winter is the time for trial balloons and cockamamie suggestions, not summer. …

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Union Outrage Over H-D Plant In Thailand

Labor unions representing Harley-Davidson workers in the U.S. are strongly criticizing company plans to open an assembly plant in Thailand. The new factory, set to open in late 2018, will build bikes from parts made at U.S. facilities. “Harley-Davidson has been the crown jewel of American manufacturing. Management’s decision to …

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Harley Chief’s Weekly Take Hits $180,000

MILWAUKEE – Last year was a very, very good year for Harley-Davidson’s top executives, most notably President and C.E.O. Matt Levatich. His total compensation in 2016 was $9,350,303 – or nearly $180,000 per week ($179,813 to be exact). That takes in salary, bonuses, stock awards and more. This also means that …

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Will Flat Track Help Fuel Rivalry?

HARWINTON, CT – There’s a saying in the news biz that “There’s no rooting in the press box.” It means that reporters – more specifically, sportswriters – should judge and report on events objectively and without favor. But I couldn’t help it last night when watching the Daytona TT on …

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Motorcycle Market May Heat Up In 2017

HARWINTON, CT – It has been a schizophrenic end to winter. Warm one day, cold and windy the next, with occasional rain or snow. One day I’m toasty while riding to New Haven to meet a friend for lunch, the next I’m shivering while hauling logs for the wood stove. …

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Small Street Rod From Harley-Davidson

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson’s small Street models haven’t been robust sellers for dealers since their unveiling in November 2013, but the company’s belief in the need for a broad lineup that includes entry-level machines hasn’t wavered, and now comes another model dubbed the Street Rod that is a bit more sporty …

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New Road King Special For 2017

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson today unveiled a new Road King derivation that lessens the chrome level in favor of black. “The Road King Special pounds down the boulevard like a gleaming locomotive rolling through a train yard at midnight,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice-President of Styling and Design. “The Road King …

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Harley-Davidson Sales Dip In U.S.

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson saw its U.S. sales drop 3.9 percent in 2016, compared to 2015, with worldwide sales dipping 1.6 percent, the company announced today. A total of 161,658 motorcycles were sold in the U.S. last year, down from 168,240 in 2015. Worldwide, the company sold 260,289 motorcycles, down from …

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Panhead Urn Provides Eternal Ride

TORRINGTON, CT – Steve Serafini of Fab-U-This got a text on Wednesday from Eric Landi inquiring if he could solve a problem. Landi wanted to know if Serafini could quickly fabricate a base for an urn to hold the cremated remains of

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Might Flat Track’s Popularity Explode?

Might motorcycle racing of some kind – any kind – finally find a truly popular platform that attracts street riders in the U.S. to the sport as spectators and fans? It’s just a hunch, and only a hunch, but my gut’s telling me that the popularity of flat track racing …

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Remembering William B. Johnson

SOMERS, NY – The setting is an outlaw motorcycle race in the 1920s, depicted near the end of the Discovery Channel miniseries “Harley and the Davidsons,” and it’s where Harley-Davidson makes history. Not only is the race the first time its legendary “Knucklehead” engine gets tested competitively, but the scene also …

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Big Ratings For “Harley” Miniseries

LOS ANGELES – “Harley and the Davidsons” was a hit for the Discovery Channel last week. The three-part, six-hour miniseries about the founding and early years of Harley-Davidson was “the most-watched

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