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Tuesday 21st October 2014

Harley-Davidson Third-Quarter Retail Motorcycle Sales Rise

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From a Harley-Davidson press release, October 21st 2014


Harley-Davidson has announced that dealer new motorcycle sales grew worldwide and in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2014, "topping a strong prior-year quarter". Dealer new motorcycle sales grew 3.8 percent worldwide, 3.4 Percent in U.S.

"Harley-Davidson's third-quarter financial results were in line with our expectations, and we are on track for a year of growth and strong financial performance in 2014," said Harley-Davidson, Inc. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell.

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Monday 6th October 2014

Krugger wins 2014 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building

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Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand joined the exclusive club of multiple title winning World Champions when he took top honors in the 2014 World Championship of Custom Bike Building with his BMW K1600 engined masterpiece called Nurb's.

Krugger, who is a regular competitor at the AMD World Championship, beat 69 other builders from 22 countries to once again lift the coveted Freestyle class trophy.

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This is the second Championship win for Belgian Krugger, who took his first title at the 2010 Championship in Sturgis, USA where he competed with the V-Rod-based Veon. His victory makes him the only person other than Canadian three-time World Champion Roger Goldammer to win the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building more than once.

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Friday 20th June 2014

H-D reveals LiveWire project - the Motor Company's first electric bike

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Harley-Davidson is to dip its toe into the controversial waters that are electric motorcycles with the unveiling of the 'LiveWire' project - a road going pre-production prototype with which it intends to gauge and garner consumer reaction.

The Motor Company intends to tour dealers along America's historic Route 66, giving riders the chance to test-ride the 'LiveWire', in an outreach market research exercise aimed at softening-up dealers and traditional Harley riders for a brand extension exercise that could easily come back to haunt the company if not handled creatively.

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The plan is to continue the program domestically and internationally through 2015, with no firm commitment yet being made as to whether or not the bike will ever make it to retail at all, or as to what the eventual specification will be.

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Thursday 12th June 2014

The Return of the King - AMD's International Aftermarket Directory

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We've been promising for 18 months, and with software and compilation issues now a thing of the past, we are finally grinding our way towards completion of the 2014/15 edition of AMD's acclaimed International Aftermarket Directory.

The 200+ page AMD Directory is the world's only specialty in-print (and now also digital) contact finder and buyers guide for the international v-twin custom motorcycle and aftermarket parts, accessory, performance, workshop, service and tuning industry.

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Friday 23rd May 2014

World Champs entry forms available online

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The official entry form, rules and class definitions for the 2014 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building are now available online.

Being staged at INTERMOT for the first time, in Cologne, Germany, on September 30th to October 5th 2014, 'Early Bird' competitors can scoop a €100,00 entry-fee discount - bikes entered prior to June 30th will be able to enter for €100,00 (fee exemptions apply to 2013-14 Affiliate show winners and previous World Championship prize winners).

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All competitors also receive the AMD World Championship 2014 special edition 'Competitor Logo' for use in all their own advertising, marketing, print, website, and social media activity, in addition to a free of charge studio-grade photo-shoot set of pictures of their bike.

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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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