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Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Harley shipments up 5.8 % worldwide in first quarter, up nearly 11 % internationally

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Harley dealers worldwide sold 57,415 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 54,254 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter (up 5.8 percent); in the U.S. dealers sold 35,730 units, up 3.0 percent compared to sales of 34,706 motorcycles in the year-ago period.

In international markets, dealers sold 21,685 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the first quarter, up 10.9% (19,548 motorcycles in the first three months of 2013), with sales said to be up 20.5% in the Asia Pacific region, 8.2% in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and 8.9% in Latin American markets. Canada was down by -2.4%.

Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. said: "Our dealers had a solid quarter of retail motorcycle sales. Sales in the Asia Pacific region were up strongly, and we are encouraged by the continued growth of new Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales in Europe. Domestically we achieved first-quarter retail growth of 3.0% in the midst of a long, cold winter."

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Friday 28th March 2014

MAG merges with Tucker Rocky/Biker's Choice

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The owner of Fort Worth, Texas based distributor Tucker Rocky/Biker's Choice (Lacy Diversified Industries/LDI of Indianapolis) has announced that it has acquired a majority ownership position in the Irvine, California headquartered Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG).

The deal to acquire a majority ownership position in MAG, best known as the owners of Vance & Hines, Performance Machine, Kuryakyn, Progressive Suspension, J&P Cycles and a number of other high profile specialist motorcycle industry parts and accessory brands and manufacturers, is being described as a "merger" between MAG and their Tucker Rocky/Biker's Choice operation.

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According to the text of a March 27th statement released by all three parties LDI "will become the majority shareholder of the combined company" with Leonard Green & Partners, (L.P. - the current majority shareholder of MAG) and other existing MAG shareholders retaining "a significant minority interest in the combined company."

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Friday 7th March 2014

Two new models debut for Daytona

Low Rider

TIMED to allow demo rides during Daytona Bike Week at the Harley-Davidson display at the Speedway, the Motor Company has launched two new mid-year models; Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T.

First launched in 1977, the Low Rider name makes a return to Harley-Davidson's Dyna range for 2014. This latest incarnation of the Low Rider features a Twin Cam 103 powertrain, and a Dyna chassis outfitted with 49mm forks and new coil-over rear shocks, both with tri-rate springs. Dual front disc brakes provide stopping power, while sculpted header pipes feed a 2-into-1 exhaust for the trademark Harley sound.

SuperLow 1200T

To make the bike suitable for the widest range of riders it has handlebar risers that offer 2.4in of adjustment and a two-position ergonomic seat with a removable bolster that moves the rider 1.5in forward. "The Low Rider represents intense collaboration between the Harley-Davidson Styling and Engineering staffs," said lead stylist Tony Pink. "Engineering created some innovative solutions to expand the comfort envelope of the Low Rider, and our styling team successfully incorporated those features while maintaining the premium finish our customers associate with Harley-Davidson.

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Thursday 30th January 2014

Motor Company reports increased sales worldwide

Harley-Davidson has released its end of years figures and is reporting that earnings and new motorcycle sales have continued to grow in the fourth quarter of 2013 and for the full year, compared to the year-ago periods.

For the fourth-quarter, diluted earnings per share increased 9.7 percent to $0.34, primarily on strong operating results in the Motorcycles segment, including higher revenue and lower operating expense, compared to the year-ago period. Fourth-quarter net income was $75.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.19 billion, compared to net income of $70.6 million on consolidated revenue of $1.17 billion in the year-ago period.

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Thursday 30th January 2014

V-Twin Expo Seminar Program

V-Twin Expo seminars

With the V-Twin Expo now only 72 hours away, a timely reminder that there is more to the show than just great vendor booths, parts, bikes and network - education has always had its place at the 'Cincinnati Show' and this year organiser Easyriders Events has put together another excellent program ...

The day before the show opens for business sees an 'exhibitor-only' V-Twin Expo exclusive - a workshop session on Social Media Marketing Best Practices (3:00 to 4:30 PM Friday February 7th). Presented by Kent Lewis (Anvil Media), the session will focus on "how to create and properly optimize social media profiles, develop a compelling content calendar and understand how to best measure the impact of your efforts on the bottom line". The presentation will be followed by a 30-minute workshop, including a real-time assessment of attendee social media efforts.

The weekend continues with a full program of vendor seminars that includes ...

DAYTONA TWIN TEC
Scanning Tools - Diagnostics and Tuning

Saturday February 8th, 8:00 - 9:00am

An annual fixture, industry veteran Allen Alvarez, of Daytona Twin Tec, will host a teach-in session on use of the Daytona Twin Tec diagnostic scan tools and tuning aids. Book your seat by contacting Allen by email at allen@daytona-twintec.com or by calling him at 386-846-1249.

DYNOJET RESEARCH
Power Vision - Flash tuning made easy, professional results with Autotune Basic and Pro.

Saturday, February 8 ~ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Event Planning Made Simple

Saturday, February 8 ~ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Presenters: Rick Fairless of Stroker's Dallas, Pete Harraka of Keyboard Transportation, Kent Lewis of Anvil Media, and David Branovan of ABC Gifts

THUNDERMAX PERFORMANCE
The "ALL NEW" ThunderMax AutoTune

Saturday, February 8 ~ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The company say they have re-engineered their popular Fuel Injection AutoTuner with a NEW Platform and Features, including fast "Wave Tuning" and Advanced Diagnostic Tools. Contact: paul@thunder-heart.com. This session is repeated later in the day on Saturday, February 8 at 3:00 pm.

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Friday 10th January 2014

Management changes at Küryakyn

Holger Mohr

Küryakyn has begun 2014 with significant changes to key managerial positions as Tom Rudd, the company's founder, is named as the new Chairman, and Holger Mohr takes on the role of company President, only the second person to hold the position in the company's history.

"This move will free Tom up to focus on the next generation of products and emerging market trends for Küryakyn and other MAG brands," said Brian Etter, President and CEO of MAG, the parent company of Küryakyn. "Küryakyn is known for bringing innovative products to the market and I will always be looking for that game-changing idea that everyone wants," said Rudd, before continuing: "The team is looking forward to working with Holger during this transition."

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Monday 23rd December 2013

Jeff Zielinski buys Badlands

Jeff Zielinski

Leading US motorcycle wiring specialist NAMZ Custom Cycle Products Inc. has purchased Badlands Motorcycle Products Inc.

"The deal took a while to get completed, but all good things work out in the end" said NAMZ President, Jeff Zielinski. "NAMZ and Badlands have been working closely together for well over 10 years; NAMZ designs and manufactures all Badlands wiring harnesses for their modules."

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