April 11, 2021

National News

Harley-Davidson Workers To Vote On New Contract

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson workers at factories in Wisconsin are expected to vote on a new contract Monday. The existing seven-year contract, which was ratified in 2010 and went into effect in 2012, was scheduled to expire today but was extended for one day. Union employees spent time last week outside …

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Ducati Sales Dipped Significantly In U.S. In 2018

BOLOGNA, ITALY – Sales of Ducati motorcycles dropped nearly nine percent in the U.S. in 2018, the company announced today, with global sales down five percent in the over 500cc market. Ducati sold a total of 53,004 motorcycles last year, down from 55,871 in 2017. Nonetheless, Ducati topped the 50,000 …

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Harley-Davidson’s U.S. Sales Sank In 2018

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson sold 15,104 fewer bikes in the U.S. in 2018 compared to 2017, a 10.2 percent drop, according to a full-year earnings report released this morning. U.S. sales totaled 132,868 last year, down from 147,972 in 2017. The company still commands a 49.7 percent share of the 601+cc …

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MIC Survey Says More Households Have Motorcycles

IRVINE, CA – A record number of households in the U.S. now have a motorcycle parked in the garage, according to a new Motorcycle Industry Council survey. The trade association said Wednesday that eight percent of households had at least one bike in 2018, “the most ever recorded in decades …

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Energica Having Chuckle At LiveWire’s Expense

It’s a coincidence to be sure – two companies in the same field using the same words to promote an identical product. In this case, it’s a teaser line touting battery-power motorcycles. “The Future Is Electric” proclaimed Harley-Davidson in its website introduction earlier this week of its new LiveWire model. …

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BMW Shows Off Riderless Motorcycle

LAS VEGAS – BMW calls it a “research prototype for future mobility innovations.” It’s a R 1200 GS model that’s able “to ride off, accelerate, corner, and slow down to a standstill – completely independent of its rider.” Yes, it’s a riderless motorcycle and BMW used the Consumer Electronics Show …

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Rolling Thunder Ending Patriotic Run In D.C.

WASHINGTON – The patriotic Rolling Thunder ride on Memorial Day weekend, which annually draws thousands of riders from across the country to the District of Columbia, will be no more after 2019. After 32 years, the plug’s being pulled on the massive event due to costs and communications problems with …

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