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Thursday 4th February 2016

AMD 2016 World Championship entry forms online now, four-strong 'Team America' headed for INTERMOT in October

AMD 2016 World Championship entry forms online now, four-strong 'Team America' headed for INTERMOT in October amdowclogo

The entry forms for the 2016 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building are now ready online for the second hosting of the event at INTERMOT, Cologne, Germany, Thursday October 6th - Sunday October 9th. AMD Magazine is pleased to announce that Neil "ShowMaster" Blaber will again oversee the staging, with this year's AMD World Championship being the centerpiece of INTERMOT Custom, the show's all new Hall 10 custom motorcycle industry showcase.

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Thursday 24th September 2015

Motorcycle Industry Association in United States buys Orlando, Florida based American International Motorcycle Expo

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The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) in the United States has announced that it has acquired the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo - Orlando, Florida, October 15th - 18th) from founder Marketplace Events (MPE).

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Tuesday 1st September 2015

Harley-Davidson line-up "gets darker and more powerful for 2016", according to Milwaukee PR department

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The headline news in Harley-Davidson's 2016 model year announcement is of updated Sportster 883 'Iron' and XL1200 'FortyEight' designs, two quasi-new limited edition cruiser models with the 'S-series' Softail Slim and FatBoy 110 inchers, the return of a model that should never have been retired in the first place (an updated specification Road Glide Ultra), power hop-ups and new paint jobs - especially black.

The updated Iron 883cc and 1200 cc Forty-Eight Sportster models "assert Harley-Davidson's Dark Custom leadership with motorcycles inspired by the rebellious spirit of the past, updated with modern design and new suspensions that put a little extra smooth in the Harley-Davidson soul."

The 'S-series' limited edition cruisers feature "big power and cutting-edge style." The Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S "combine rich finishes with the impressive Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine to deliver head-turning style and performance."

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Tuesday 7th July 2015

AIMExpo announces additional custom market initiative

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THE third annual AIMExpo (American International Motorcycle Expo) at Orlando, Florida, (October 15 - 18) is headed for further growth this year and now includes added v-twin aftermarket features.

The event continues to differentiate itself from prior 'mainstream' trade show formulas in the United States and delivers on former MIC Chairman Larry Little's vision of bringing a European style Milan or Cologne Show motorcycle industry experience to the North American motorcycle market.

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Bob Kay, v-twin industry event director, says that AIMExpo has "created a new paradigm for motorcycling. A way to come together at one place, at one time, at the right time adjacent to an existing major rally - Biketoberfest - in a grand celebration of the riding lifestyle and business.

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Friday 3rd July 2015

Now we only have 95% of a recession

THE new motorcycle registrations data for Europe so far this year confirms the fragility of the recovery that last year's market statistics started to show.

While some 65 percent of Europe's motorcycle registrations remain based on just seven markets (Italy, France, Germany, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Austria) the variables within those individual national markets have international significance - for motorcycle manufacturers and for parts, accessory, performance, and apparel product manufacturers and brand owners.

It can be no coincidence that macro-economic factors and motorcycle regulatory issues are at their most challenging in the one of the 'Big Seven' where there is still very little sign of growth yet - France.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015

If you want a scary story, read between the lines of Harley's share price performance

FOR about nine months now I've been writing about the Motor Company's softening sales profile, its fiscal position, the impact both have been having on their share price, and the possible implications on their independence.

I have been writing-up reports on Harley-Davidson's quarterly results since September 1993, so I guess in that time I have gotten pretty well attuned to the nuances of their reporting.

After a while you become pretty familiar with what can be gleaned between the lines - not so much between the lines of their press release text, as that is pretty meaningless BS at the best of times anyway, but between the lines of the numbers they release.

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Friday 26th June 2015

Yamaha European unit sales up by + 32 percent in first quarter

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For the first quarter of its new (January - December 2015) financial year, Yamaha's global net sales income from motorcycles was up by +8 percent (243.5 billion yen, up 18.0 billion yen) compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year; operating income was 10 billion yen, an increase of 6.2 billion yen (+164.2%).

Yamaha's total global unit sales for the first quarter of 2015 were actually down by nearly -14 percent (193,000 units) at 1,196,000 from 1,389,000 in the first quarter of 2014.

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