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Another COVID-19 Update From The MIC #RideItOut

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We Need Everyone to Speak Up
In times like these, the need to band together is more important than ever. Our collective voice will be louder and ensure that we are heard by the people making decisions that affect our community.
As governors are declaring states of emergency that limit commerce, the MIC has been asking that they ensure powersports manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and dealerships be allowed uninterrupted operation.
Motorcycles, ATVs, and ROVs are used for critical daily activity, including law enforcement, emergency response, remote rescue operations, farming operations, transportation, and military operations. It is essential that these vehicles and related parts, safety apparel, and accessories remain available, and that qualified technicians are allowed to service the vehicles.
Keep Transportation Businesses Open with a Couple Minutes of Your Time
Click here to send a simple message to your governor, set up by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access. It only takes a few minutes.
The message urges governors to use the Department of Homeland Security CISA guidance on “essential critical infrastructure workers” as their definition for essential services.
CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, released a memo to help state and local officials determine functions critical to public health and safety. Among the recommended essential workers and businesses are those in the transportation and logistics sector. The full CISA memo can be found here.
Last week, the MIC Government Relations Office sent this letter to the White House, Congress, and all 50 state governors. The MIC Board of Directors are now asking for a few minutes of your time to add your voice.
Sharing Information
For updates on the COVID-19 situation and resources available to businesses, visit the MIC’s COVID-19 Updates & Resources page. If you have questions or are looking for specific information you don’t see on the page, please write us here.
And, we want to hear from you with short descriptions of how you and your firm are coping with events, and what has worked for you. We plan to share some of these stories. Please write us here.
Your MIC staff

HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES NEW SCREAMIN’ EAGLE® 128/131 STAGE IV KITS FOR MY17 + TOURING MODELS

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“Go Big or Go Home” With New Screamin’ Eagle® Harley-Davidson® Performance Parts

MILWAUKEE (March 25, 2020) – The all-new Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® products for your ride are here to keep the thrills rolling mile after mile. High-flow exhaust kits, performance cams, ultra-powerful Screamin’ Eagle engines and a comprehensive line of upgrades get you to peak exhilaration quickly and smoothly with the power to handle whatever comes. Conquer the road ahead with H-D® parts and accessories.

 

SCREAMIN’ EAGLE® MILWAUKEE-EIGHT® ENGINE STAGE IV KIT 114CI OR 117CI TO 131CI

Go big or go home. With the largest displacement of any Harley-Davidson® Stage Kit, this 114/117CI to 131CI Stage IV Kit was designed to deliver maximum horsepower – all the way to the redline. Packaged with patent-protected cylinder technology, it allows for the largest Harley-Davidson® bolt-on engine upgrade to any Milwaukee-Eight® motor. Features new CNC-ported heads with 1mm bigger valves than the previous generation, and fully machined combustion chambers. Coupled with the kit’s high-lift SE8-517 cam, high compression pistons and a 64mm throttle body and intake manifold, this combination delivers a thrilling 131 ft-lb of torque and 121 HP rear-wheel output when paired with Screamin’ Eagle® Street Cannon Mufflers. It’s designed to run at high-end RPMs and provide a significant boost of torque from cruising speed. You’ll feel the difference as soon as you twist the throttle.

The Screamin’ Eagle 131 Stage IV Kit is eligible for Custom Coverage under the motorcycle’s factory 24-month vehicle limited warranty when dealer-installed by an authorized H-D Dealer within 60 days of vehicle purchase and is otherwise backed by a 12-month limited warranty.

 

Performance components include:

  • Screamin’ Eagle CNC Ported Cylinder Head with CNC machined chamber and 1mm larger valves than previous generation
  • 131 Stage IV Timer cover
  • SE8-517 High-Lift Cam
  • Forged High Compression Pistons
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Cam Bearing
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Tappets
  • Screamin’ Eagle 4.31″ Steel Sleeve Cylinders
  • Screamin’ Eagle 64mm Throttle Body and Cast Manifold
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Flow Injectors (5.5 g/sec)

Complete fitment information can be found on H-D.com.

 

SCREAMIN’ EAGLE® MILWAUKEE-EIGHT® ENGINE STAGE IV KIT – 107CI TO 128CI

This Stage IV Kit was designed to deliver maximum horsepower – all the way to the redline. Features new CNC-ported heads with 1mm bigger valves than the previous generation, and fully machined combustion chambers. Coupled with the kit’s high-lift SE8-517 cam, high compression pistons and a 64mm throttle body and intake manifold, this combination delivers a thrilling 126 ft-lb of torque and 121 HP rear-wheel output when paired with Screamin’ Eagle® Street Cannon Mufflers. It’s designed to run at high-end RPMs and provide a significant boost of torque from cruising speed. You’ll feel the difference as soon as you twist the throttle.

 

The Screamin’ Eagle 128 Stage IV Kit is eligible for Custom Coverage under the motorcycle’s factory 24-month vehicle limited warranty when dealer-installed by an authorized H-D Dealer within 60 days of vehicle purchase and is otherwise backed by a 12-month limited warranty.

 

Performance components include:

  • Screamin’ Eagle CNC Ported Cylinder Head with CNC machined chamber and 1mm larger valves than previous generation
  • 128 Stage IV Timer cover
  • SE8-517 High-Lift Cam
  • Forged High Compression Pistons
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Cam Bearing
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Tappets
  • Screamin’ Eagle 4.31″ Steel Sleeve Cylinders
  • Screamin’ Eagle 64mm Throttle Body and Cast Manifold
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Flow Injectors (5.5 g/sec)

 

Complete fitment information can be found on H-D.com.

 

Both the 131CI and 128CI Stage IV Kits comply with noise and emissions standards in all U.S. states other than California on 2017-later Touring Models. Street-compliant statements may not apply to markets outside the United States. The 131CI Stage IV Kit fits ’17-later Touring models equipped with Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114CI or 117CI engine. The 128CI Stage IV Kit fits ’17-later Touring models equipped with Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 107CI engine. Neither kits fit Trike models. ’17-’19 models require separate purchase of High-Capacity Oil Pump P/N 62400248. 17-’18 models require separate purchase of Screamin’ Eagle High-Capacity Clutch Plate Kit P/N 37000258. Not for use with Screamin’ Eagle® High-Flow Exhaust Systems with Street Cannon Mufflers. All models require additional purchase of ECM recalibration with the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner for proper installation. See an authorized Harley-Davidson® dealer for details.

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON™ SCREAMIN’ EAGLE/VANCE & HINES DRAG TEAM OPENS CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE IN GAINESVILLE

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The Formidable Team of Hines, Krawiec and Sampey Return for 2020 Season

MILWAUKEE– The 10-time champion Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team will open its title defense when the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing series opens its 2020 season March 12-15 at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. With defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines and past champions Ed Krawiec and Angelle Sampey aboard Harley-Davidson FXDR competition motorcycles, the team brings a winning tradition to the track.

 

“The Screamin’ Eagle team demonstrates a champion’s mindset every time they line up to the Tree,” said Jon Bekefy, GM of Brand Marketing for Harley-Davidson. “Hines, Krawiec and Sampey have won a combined 13 Pro Stock Motorcycle championships, and they are backed by a team with incredible technical expertise and experience. This is a very competitive class, but we again expect to be the team to beat in 2020.

 

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team races competition drag bikes inspired by the Harley-Davidson® FXDR 114 motorcycle, a high-performance cruiser based on the Softail® model platform that combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine with the liberal use of new weight-saving aluminum and composite components to amplify every aspect of performance. For 2020 the Screamin’ Eagle™ drag bikes will be painted Jet Fire Orange, the historic color of Harley-Davidson® competition motorcycles.

 

Hines will be racing in 2020 for his milestone seventh Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. His six titles (2004-06, 2014-15, and 2019) match the record set by the late Hall of Fame racer Dave Schultz. In 17 seasons racing for the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team, the 36-year-old Hines has won 56 finals, also a record for Pro Stock Motorcycle racers. In 2019 Hines dominated the class aboard his Harley-Davidson FXDR drag bike, taking eight victories in 10 final-round appearances and earning the number-one seed for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

 

Krawiec will be racing for his fifth Pro Stock Motorcycle title in 2020. A cool and focused racer, the 43-year-old four-time champion (2008, 2011-12, 2017) has won 47 times in 85 final-round appearances since his Pro Stock Motorcycle debut in 2004. In 2019 Krawiec made four final-round appearances and was the number-one qualifier for three events. He set a new personal speed record of 200.59 mph at Gainesville, and finished fifth in season points.

 

Sampey, 49 years old and a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion ((2000-02), joined the Screamin’ Eagle team in 2019. Her 42 event wins are the most ever by a female racer in NHRA competition. In 2019 Sampey advanced to one final round, was the number-one qualifier at two events, and finished the season in seventh place.

 

“Andrew and Ed will certainly be in contention for the championship this season, and I think Angelle could be poised for a break-out year,” said Vance & Hines Motorsports owner Terry Vance. “She has a season on the Harley-Davidson bikes under her belt and she’s been working out and focused on winning races since last November.”

 

The 16-event 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule includes three new venues: the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Houston (April 17-19), the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. (June 19-21) and the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash. (July 31-August 2). The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in five events in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. See the entire Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule at NHRA.com.

 

Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines Motorsports created the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team in 2002 to compete in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle division. In 2004 the team was the first to win the NHRA title with a V-Twin-powered motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team is led by Vance & Hines Motorsports owners Byron Hines and Terry Vance. Matt Hines, the older son of Byron and a three-time (1997- 99) NHRA champion rider, brings his competition experience to his role as crew chief of the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team. Byron Hines leads engineering and development efforts for the team.

 

NEWS FROM LAW TIGERS

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Brock’s Performance is open for business!

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On behalf of everyone at Brock’s Performance, our thoughts go out to all those impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) – this includes not only those diagnosed with the virus, but also their friends and family, those whose jobs and schools have been impacted and so many more. Our focus is, as always, on the health and safety of our employees, customers, and communities.

There is no question this is a time of great uncertainty. While we don’t know exactly what the future may hold, we feel confident that by sticking together and supporting each other, we’ll emerge from this stronger than before.

We will have a few key personnel that will be fulfilling orders as well as answering emails remotely. If you need to get a hold of us please email Sales@BrocksPerformance.com. Thank you for your patience and loyalty, we promise to process your emails and orders as “Stupid Fast” as possible.

Thank you for your support and be safe.

Best Regards,

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Brock Davidson
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“Nobody will be laid off – if need be, I’ll waive my salary”

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LIQUI MOLY’s Managing Director Ernst Prost strengthens his team and his customers worldwide in the corona crisis

March 2020 – The world economy is on the brink of collapse due to the corona pandemic and its development is more uncertain than ever. The German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY is aware of this and is taking a clear stand. “Nobody will be laid off. If need be, I’ll waive my salary,” Managing Director Ernst Prost promised the employees. 

At the beginning of the week, Ernst Prost had surprised his employees at LIQUI MOLY, with a bonus payment of 1,000 euro. “To boost motivation and as a sign of confidence, because in times of crisis this is quickly shaken.”

Now a job guarantee has followed: “Fear and worry are hard to live with, let alone accomplish great things. That’s why I promised them that they would not have to suffer financial losses. No one is to be dismissed!” This applies to all employees – in Germany and in the subsidiaries in Spain and Portugal, Italy, France, South Africa and the USA. In addition, there are employees in Denmark, Great Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands, Thailand, China, Japan and India. “Not only is business global, so is responsibility. All around the globe, our colleagues must be able to feed their families.”

The top priority for the Managing Director is to protect the health of his employees and their families. “On the other hand, we are trying to keep operations going for as long as possible. An exhausting but necessary balancing act,” says Ernst Prost. This presupposes the proper functioning of the supply chains in procurement as well as in sales. “As long as this is guaranteed, we will keep production going.”

In addition, it is important for the Managing Director to be able to continue to pay wages and salaries in full and on time. Especially now, despite the fact that, due to the protective measures against the coronavirus, the decline in orders is drastic and revenues are correspondingly low. Looking at the current year, LIQUI MOLY must generate a payroll including social security contributions of around 57 million euro. “These are the tasks we have been facing around the clock for days now,” says Ernst Prost. For the worst-case scenario, he goes one step further: “If the situation demands it, I will forgo my salary. Everyone must make sacrifices; the captain has to set an example, so that the crew can trust him.”

The Managing Director sees himself as responsible not only to his co-entrepreneurs, but also to his customers all over the world. “Wherever we can assist, we will. The first calls for help have already reached me personally, for example from Mexico. Not only is the new virus rampant in this country, but inflation and violence are also affecting people’s lives daily.” We are doing everything humanly possible to bring goods, as the basis for the customers’ activities, to the partners. Ernst Prost sees the situation abroad as more threatening than in Germany, because in most countries the economic strength and state aid programs are not comparable with those in Germany. A glance at Italy reveals apocalyptic conditions. “Many an already weakened country has now been devastated. We must stand firm as long as we can.”

 

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Tucker Powersports Names Motorcycle Industry Veteran Marc McAllister as President

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Bretschneider to Leave Company

 

March 24, 2020 – Ft. Worth TX – Tucker Powersports today announced the appointment of former Harley-Davidson executive Marc McAllister to the position of President and CEO. McAllister replaces Sebastian Bretschneider who has left the company.

McAllister held a variety of roles at Harley-Davidson during his 24-year tenure with the company. After starting in product design and supply chain, he moved to senior roles leading the company’s sales and growth in Europe and Asia. As Vice President and Managing Director of Global Markets and previously the Asia-Pacific region, McAllister led sales, marketing and operations of the Motor Company while working closely with powersports dealers in each region. He also represented the company with board positions at the American Motorcyclist Association and the European Motorcycle Manufacturers Association.

 

“Marc has tremendous experience in powersports and in driving business growth. That’s what we need at Tucker right now,” said Greg Ethridge, chairman of the company’s ownership group.

 

“I’m excited to dive in and work with the Tucker Team,” said McAllister. “My experience building a strategy and structure that delivers growth is important for Tucker right now. And it needs to be done while supporting our customers and partners in this difficult time. This is a tremendous opportunity for me to help strengthen the Tucker brand and the motorcycle industry.”

 

McAllister moved into the Tucker role today. Due to the company’s work-from-home employee health rules, he will be working from his home office in Wisconsin for the near term.

 

Chop Fluey Hysteria — A Con for the Ages

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The Vegas Plaque Diary by Arnold Snyder of ToplessVegas.com

As a professional gambler in addition to strip club afficionado, I’ve seen many cons up close and in person and heard about many more from the people who pulled them. I know Las Vegas casino blackjack dealers who dealt seconds and professional poker players who rigged elaborate camera systems for reading the hole cards of their opponents.

I even had a professional grifter try to involve me in investment fraud and a major telemarketing scam before he was put away for it.  That scam was so big even Forbes wrote about it.

But I have never seen a con as enormous and successful as the one the powers that be are putting over on us with the Kung Flu Big Con.

Las Vegas Evictions

♦ A friend and business associate was just kicked out of his digs at The Downtowner motel, a former dive (now semi-dive) a couple of blocks south of the Container Park downtown.  Never mind that he was a long-term resident, paying by the week, like many thousands of other seasonal and gig workers in Las Vegas.  The governor ordered all Nevada motels closed, so he is now homeless and en route to Arizona to seek shelter.

Vegas Job Losses

♦ Most of my neighbors work in the Vegas tourist industry somehow, many of them small business owners.  The couple down the block that does hiking and biking tours of Red Rock Canyon?  Shut down for the duration.  The guy across the street who owns the little restaurant in the canyon? Had to lay off all his employees and is now reduced to selling brownies to locals through the door.  The family that rents  mountain bikes to tourists?  No tourists, so why open?  The blackjack dealer who lives two doors down?  Casino closed, laid off.

♦ A Las Vegas friend who does online marketing has overnight lost 100% of his clients after the best January in his business’s history.  Even if the shutdown ends in 30 days, he estimates 50% of his clients will never return because they will either have gone under by then or be unable to afford advertising as they struggle to climb out of a period of fixed expenses with no revenue. Meanwhile, data show that even in states with no shutdown 50% of small business revenue is already gone.

Empty Stores and Food Prices Soaring

♦ I had to go to five grocery stores in Las Vegas yesterday to put together enough ingredients to feed my household for two days.  At store after store, shelves were bare.

The prices of many foods had doubled or more since last week just as tens or hundreds of thousands got laid off here.  Last week I got chicken legs for 79 cents a pound. Yesterday I had to pay $4.99.

Long-Term Destruction of the Vegas Economy

♦ Mayor Caroline Goodman of Las Vegas has informed the public that she told Governor Sisolak his 30-day Kung Flu closure of the casinos and all non-essential businesses will “destroy the economy of Nevada for years to come.”  She urged him to reconsider and end the shutdown in a week to 10 days.

But this morning, all he is talking about is getting bailout money for the casinos.  The Las Vegas casinos have always hated smaller businesses like the Vegas strip clubs and firing ranges and nature tour outfits that draw tourists out of their establishments.  This crisis is made to order for them.

And for What?  Did You Know You Are Expected to Get the Virus Anyway?

♦ There is no way to extinguish the virus completely, so who decides when it’s safe to end the shutdown or when we have to shut down the economy again?

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin just said he expects the lockdowns to remain in effect for 10-12 weeks, into early June.  But individual state lockdowns may last longer.  Governor Cuomo is warning New Yorkers that the state may be in shutdown for 4 to 9 months.  [Pro tip:  He and other Democrat governors, mayors and county commissioners have every intention of keeping the shutdowns in place as long as possible going into the election.]

And the Imperial College climate change “scientist” behind both the Green New Deal and the virus model that prompted the shutdown frenzy says countries may have to stay in lockdown for 18 months!  (In case you doubt what’s behind the Imperial College virus model, here they are openly planning to use coronavirus to advance their socialist climate change agenda.)

If there’s always a possibility of the virus or its mutations coming back (and there is), we will always be under the threat of another shutdown. How many times can we do this?  Are you aware that, despite the shutdowns, you are expected to get WuFlu anyway?

Not Even Close to as Deadly as You’ve Been Told

If you followed in real time the daily infections and deaths from any flu season, any year, it would look scary.  (The CDC says deaths from regular flu in the U.S. this year already number 23,000.)  But Kung Flu is well within the norm.  The real death rate of Kung Flu is likely 0.125%, or well within the range of a typical flu year, and the death rate of the elderly is not unusual for flu death rates among the elderly, according to Stanford doctor, medical professor and epidemiologist John Ioannides.

The Diamond Princess data confirm, and suggest the virus isn’t as contagious as feared, even among the vulnerable.  The growth rate of the virus is not exponential, despite media claims, according to these Duke University professors.  One of the reasons it’s less contagious than feared, according to those professors, is because people move everyday through the same social network, seeing the same people over and over.  They don’t venture out of their network to deliberately infect others. Another reason, says this Nobel laureate, is because most people are naturally immune.

Oh, and the data show that the virus does not spread from asymptomatic individuals (another urban myth that has terrorized both citizens and governments and is still circulating virally).  That’s why South Korea and Japan were successful in halting the spread of the illness by aggressive quarantine of only the symptomatic.

That means that Imperial College virus model overstated a key method of transmission by 50x.  This is the study behind every single sensational media headline.

Read the entire report here:

https://toplessvegasonline.com/vegas-plague-diary/?fbclid=IwAR0uzwUy81BpIerJl8Wf8d-rondJCBRFtkYuixOYGwbdbS-2RIx5aFgEAxo

The President just said that the death rate might be as low as .07 percent. I’m hoping he will set us free by Monday. By the way, this report came from J.J. Solari. Couldn’t be a better source…–Bandit