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Harley-Davidson’s Icon Collection Invokes Brand’s Past With Modern Technology

MILWAUKEE – It looks decades old, but it’s new. It’s Harley-Davidson’s new, limited-edition Electra Glide Revival model, the initial offering in what the company is calling its Icon Collection. Going forward, the company plans to bring out one or two limited run models each year that will invoke the past …

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A Fast Rescue For A Panhead With A Problem At Oley

OLEY, PA – Girard Fox had 40 miles remaining on a 140-mile ride Thursday from his home in Brooklyn, NY when his 1949 Harley-Davidson “Panhead” Hydra-Glide started losing power going up a hill. He was headed here to attend the Perkiomen Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America’s National …

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Big Turnout For Oley Meet With Long-Forgotten Brands On Display

OLEY, PA – Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts came to gaze at vintage models and to shop from tables and bins filled with tens of thousands of old parts at this weekend’s National Meet put on by the Perkiomen Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. After a year of …

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Harley-Davidson Has Positive Q1, European Tariff Threatens Progress

MILWAUKEE – Less is proving to be more for Harley-Davidson. Having trimmed both its model lineup and its dealer network, Harley-Davidson saw significant bottom line improvement in the first quarter of 2021. Quarterly income rose to $259 million, up from $70 million in 2020. Earnings per share increased to $1.68, …

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Royal Enfield’s New Meteor 350 Line To Start At $4,399

MILWAUKEE – Royal Enfield’s strategy is to be an “accessible, affordable and authentic brand,” according to Krishnan Ramaswamy, president of Royal Enfield Americas. The India-based company brought the Himalayan adventure model to the U.S. in 2018 and followed up with the INT 650 and Continental GT twin models a year …

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Children’s Author Beverly Cleary Dies At 104, Created Motorcycle-Riding Mouse

Of all the books ever written about or involving motorcycles, Beverly Cleary’s “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” could well be the top seller of all time. After all, in a writing career that lasted decades, Cleary sold more than 85 million books. And who knows how many riders can trace …

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Harley-Davidson Plans Pan America Demo Tour With New England Stops

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson has announced plans for an eight-month demo tour of its new Pan America 1250 adventure model that includes five stops in the Northeast. The 25-stop tour kicks off in mid-April in Dallas, but makes its way to New England in June when it visits Laconia Motorcycle Week …

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Triumph Shows Off Design Of Project TE-1 Electric Prototype

HINCKLEY, Leicestershire – Touting its prototype design as “significantly more compact and lighter than anything currently available on the market,” Triumph today provided a peek at its “Project TE-1” electric model that has been in development for nearly two years. Featuring sport bike/roadster styling, the TE-1 is a collaboration of …

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Best And Worst Motorcycles Based On Particulates Found In Motor Oil

It’s a fascinating video that contains some surprising and not-so-surprising conclusions on the build practices of various motorcycle brands. It’s perhaps predictable that the Chinese brand Yin Xiang gets labeled as “atrocious but cheap” and Italian makes Aprilia and Ducati get written off as “shoddy.” However, Royal Enfield from India …

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Poll: Readers Itching To Buy Motorcycles, New Poll On Plans To Attend Shows

There were some open spaces on showroom floors last year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers who were anxious to buy motorcycles and escape were a big part of the reason for the gaps, but factory shutdowns also presumably played a role. If dealerships did well in 2020, they may …

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U.K. Survey Results Suggest Electric Future For Riding

At this stage, it’s still anyone’s guess when the riding landscape will significantly shift to electric motorcycles from those that are powered by gas. However, just-released results from a survey done by the BikeSure insurance company suggest a rapid switch may happen fairly soon, at least across the pond. More …

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