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Five Motorcycle Sales Trends Shaking the Vintage Market

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Prices for classic motorcycles are changing

by James Hewitt from Hagerty.com

There’s a Hagerty Motorcycle Price Guide that uses thousands of transactions to track values on 9751 motorcycles. Here are five trends that stood out to us in the most recent update, released in June.

The smart take in the motorcycle community of late, much like for cars, is that a full-on, concours-level restoration rarely pays — at least financially speaking.

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Motorcycle Buying 101: The Basics

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Are you looking to buy your first motorcycle?

by Law Tigers at www.lawtigers.com
Congratulations — you’re about to begin one of the most enjoyable, rewarding hobbies. However, the bike you purchase plays a significant role in your experience as a motorcyclist. As a result, you’ll want to perform adequate research to determine the best bike for your needs.

Read ahead to learn our motorcycle buying tips and the basics you should understand before purchasing your first bike.

Consider Styles of Motorcycles

Before you can determine which bike to buy, you’ll need to choose a style of bike. Motorcycles come in the following styles:

  • Standard: Offers a comfortable ride, neutral ergonomics, a shorter seat, and room for variations
  • Cruiser: Includes a lower seat and comfortable riding experience for cruising around town
  • Touring: Offers amenities for cross-country tips, including significant storage, easy ergonomics, and sizable fairings
  • Sport bike: Optimizes speed and agility with a high seat and lightweight build
  • Sport touring: Blends the characteristics of a sport and touring bike
  • Dual sport: Includes a versatile build suitable for most terrains

You can always perform more research about each of these bike types to learn their specific builds and features. However, we recommend first considering how you plan to use your bike. Will you primarily take short rides around town, or are you planning cross-country road trips on your motorcycle?

Once you narrow down the best type of motorcycle for your needs, you can begin searching for a bike within that style.

Understand Engine Sizes

Motorcycles also come with various engine sizes, so you’ll want to consider the appropriate size for your riding habits.

Typically, smaller engines are more cost-effective, as their bikes come with cheaper price tags, and they are more affordable to insure. However, small-engine bikes have less power and drive than large-engine ones.

Determine Used vs. New

Next, you’ll want to consider whether you will purchase a used motorcycle or a brand-new one.

Used motorcycles are almost always more affordable than their brand-new models. As a result, if you’re on a tight budget or are looking for a good first bike to start your new hobby, you may want to purchase a used one.

However, used motorcycles are also less reliable than new ones. These motorcycles pose the risk that something could go wrong while riding, leading to costly repairs or even accidents. Generally, before you purchase a used motorcycle, you should have a mechanic examine it thoroughly to determine its condition.

You should also look at a used bike’s mileage before purchasing it. Motorcycles have shorter lifespans than cars. While 20,000 miles is relatively low for a car, this mileage is high for small motorcycles. Be sure to consider a bike’s mileage to estimate how much life you may be able to get out of it.

Set a Budget

You should have at least a vague idea of your budget before searching for a motorcycle. If you’re not sure what price range you want to stick to, you may be tempted to purchase something absurdly cheap or expensive.

If you’re planning to purchase a used bike, we recommend looking in the $1,500 to $3,000 range. However, if you’re hoping to buy a new motorcycle, you’ll need to spend more. The average cost of a new bike in 2022 is around $16,000.

Start Searching

Now you should have all of the information you need to start searching for your first motorcycle. You can check out dealerships, private sellers, and online shops to view their current inventory of motorcycles in your preferred style. Just be sure to compare price points across a few sellers to ensure that you get a good deal.

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Vance & Hines Issues Statement on Federal Trade Commission Action

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Vance & Hines Issues Statement on Federal Trade Commission Action Against Harley-Davidson

Background: The Federal Trade Commission announced a complaint on June 23, 2022, against Harley-Davidson, ordering the company to “fix warranties by removing illegal terms and recognizing the right to repair, come clean with customers, and ensure that dealers compete fairly with independent third-parties.”

Link to Federal Trade Commission Press Release: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2022/06/ftc-takes-action-against-harley-davidson-westinghouse-illegally-restricting-customers-right-repair-0

Statement from Mike Kennedy, President & CEO of Vance & Hines:

“This action taken by the FTC is a huge win for motorcycle riders. While we still need to see how this plays out, we anticipate that riders will have more choices in how they repair and update their motorcycles during the warranty period, which is clearly a big deal for companies in the motorcycle aftermarket, too. I hope that the “it will void your warranty” threat for someone who just wants a better sounding or smoother running Harley is a thing of the past.”

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Savings for Dad from WindVest

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Happy Father’s Day

WindVest Motorcycle Products wants to pass on the savings for your Dad!! Take 20% Off on all in stock items now until June 24th.

WindVest fits a variety of motorcycles from Harley to Honda and many in between.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call.

Our email: sales@windvest.com

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Milestone Collection Apparel from Indian Motorcycles

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Indian Motorcycle is launching the new 2022 Milestones Collection of casualwear for men and women.

The Milestones Collection aims to celebrate the brand’s heritage by correlating each piece of apparel to a significantly iconic element from its 121-year history. Featuring premium quality and construction, the line includes nine new arrivals.

1920 Scout Engine Tee
Since its debut in 1920, the Indian Scout has set the standard for American cruisers and carved its place as a truly iconic motorcycle. With its innovative helical gears and lightweight frame, the Charles Franklin 1920 Scout became a favorite of riders seeking a thrill. Today, the Scout remains a popular choice for new and experienced riders alike. The 1920 Scout Engine t-shirt features the iconic 1920’s Scout engine on the back of the white pocket tee, with an exclusive “Milestones Collection” label on the sleeve. It’s available in the men’s classic fit.

1910 Script Tee and Hat
Introduced in 1910, the Indian Script logo ushered in a new era of success on and off the track for Indian Motorcycle. Within a year of the logo’s inception, the Indian Motorcycle racing team swept the podium at Isle of Man – the first of many podium finishes to follow. The grey marl 1910 Script T-Shirt features the original Indian script stamp graphic on the back and is available in the men’s classic fit. The hat, featured in black, includes an embroidered Indian Motorcycle script logo.

Big Chief Tee
One year after legendary Isle of Man racer and Indian Motorcycle engineer, Charles Franklin, launched Indian Motorcycle’s most enduring line, the Chief, Indian Motorcycle (formerly Hendee Manufacturing Company) introduced the Chief 74. This bike featured a class-leading 74 cubic-inch engine and boasted more power than any other Indian Motorcycle to date, earning it the name “Big Chief.” 100 years later, the reborn Indian Chief honors the original machine – one of the most historic and influential motorcycles of all time. Available for both men and women in black, the 1922 Big Chief T-Shirt features a distressed graphic sketch of the original Big Chief motorcycle on the front with and an exclusive “Milestones Collection” label on the sleeve.

IMC Factory Sign Tee and Hat
Founded in Springfield, Massachusetts by world-renowned bicycle racer George Hendee and powered by Oscar Hedstrom’s revolutionary 42-degree V-twin engine, Indian Motorcycle built a legacy through technical innovation, racing excellence and unmatched brand loyalty. The IMC Factory Sign T-Shirt features the original Springfield, Massachusetts factory sign and a list of key milestones from the early days of Indian Motorcycle. The Factory Sign Tee is available for both men and women in charcoal grey and in the classic fit. In addition, the hat is available in grey marl and also features the factory sign.

841 Bike Tee
Amidst the second world war, the U.S. War Department issued contracts for experimental military motorcycles. Indian Motorcycle developed numerous options, including motorized tricycles and extremely lightweight motorcycles that could be dropped out of airplanes. These offerings earning the company two Army-Navy “E” Awards during the war. The 841 Bike T-Shirt features the shaft-driven Indian Motorcycle developed specifically for desert warfare. This bike was one of three Indian Motorcycle models that answered the American and Allied forces call to action. This white men’s tee features the 841 bike American Flag Shield graphic on the back and is available in the men’s classic fit.

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The One and Only Magnificent Nelk

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The Only Motorcycle Company to be Destroyed by a Natural Disaster

by Bandit with Photos from the Master Markus Cuff

In early motorcycle industry, one of the most magnificent startups was unfortunately unable to survive, because of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Rumor has it Carl N. Nelk pushed this motorcycle out in front of his brick building for a photo-shoot when the earthquake hit. The blast destroyed his operation behind him. One bike survived and this is it. More than 3,000 San Franciscans died, and over 80 percent of the city was destroyed.

In the early era, ome motorcycle companies grew behind not-so-reliable machines. Others including the Nelk, of Palo Alto, California, with its outside polished flywheel was way ahead of its time from a styling and performance standpoint.

Unfortunately, the smooth art-deco styling never made it to the mass-manufacturing stage.

CLICK HERE To Read about the Performance Specs, reliability and other significant features which makes it memorable beyond its looks. ONLY IN Bandit’s Cantina – Exclusive Photos of the only surviving Nelk !!!

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