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5-Ball Leather Photo Shoot Next Week

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Our new leather Bandit’s Bedroll.

I need to organize the photo shoot for next week. We have several new products that need to be featured on the web site.

New Male full sleeve Jack shirt
Details: New collar, collar snaps

5/8 Jak shirt details (just showing the new softer leather)

Women’s Hoodie Racy Jacket
Details: The hoodie, the pockets and external pockets

Woman’s Pit Crew Vest
Details: Basic details

Make brown trimmed Pit Crew Vest

Two Bandit’s bed rolls
Details: pockets, tool flaps.

One leather Bandit’s Dayroll

Speedway leather shirt sleeveless

I’m going to be busy with Markus Cuff, my grandson, Frankie, the lovely EM famous tattoo artist, Imogen, from the Great Frog Jewelry, and Maxine my granddaughter.

— Keith ‘Bandit’ Ball

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The Shifting Bikernet Weekly News for October 3, 2019

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We Are Living in the Best of Times and should Celebrate

I feel a shift coming. In some respects, I hope it’s a shift in the direction of Freedom. We are actually living in the best of times. Everything on the planet has improved for the better and we need to celebrate, not control and punish.

More and more I hear amazing stories about the lives of folks around me and the amazing things they accomplished. Markus Cuff played drums for Emily Lou Harris for several years. Then he started to shoot photos of bands in the ‘80s and I started to hire him to shoot tech articles for Easyriders. Since then he’s shot features for tons of magazines and for Bikernet.com ™.

I’m working on the Salt Torpedo slowly trying to finish the firewall, the fire suppression unit installations, the helmet cowling and strengthen the front axle swingarm mounts.

I fixed my 1969 Panhead, and the 1928 Panhead battery is toast. I’ve had two of these batteries take a shit and would like to try anti-gravity batteries, but they cost a bunch. I may try again.

In the meantime, ride fast and free forever!

— Keith ‘Bandit’ Ball

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2020 Walnecks Swap Meets

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SWAP MEET DATES FOR WALNECK’S 2020            9/11/19

January 5. Springfield, Ohio. Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet. Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, I-70 at exit # 59, Springfield, Ohio 45502.  Indoors 3-heated buildings & Outdoors, rain or shine. All brands of motorcycles and parts  SWAP MEET ONLY  . 8AM – 2PM, vendor spaces TAKE ALL THE ROOM YOU NEED just$ 40., Indoors 10’ x 10’ for $ 40. vendor set up 6AM – 8AM. Admission $ 9.00 under 14-free, free parking. 630 / 985 – 2097  www.walneckswap.com  FREE CORRAL to sell your bike.

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March 6. Princeton, Illinois.  Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet. Bureau County Fairgrounds,

811 W. Peru, Princeton, IL. 61356. About 2-hours west of Chicago, 1-hour east of Davenport. Close to Rockford, Peoria, Ottawa. Off I-80 at exit # 45. All indoors, 3-connected – heated buildings. Great food in building. 10’ x 10’ vendor spaces $ 40. ( tables included .) 2-wheel access through multiple doors. General admission adults $ 7.00 under 14-free, free parking.  Vendor set up 6-8AM. Hours 8AM – 2PM. 630 / 985- 2097 www.walneckswap.com  Very nice family diner and new motels at the exit.

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March 8.  Springfield, Ohio. Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet. Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, I-70 at exit # 59, Springfield, Ohio 45502.  Indoors & Outdoors, rain or shine. All brands of motorcycles and parts. SWAP MEET ONLY 8AM – 2PM, vendor spaces for a 10’ x 10’- $ 40., Outdoors for $40. TAKE ALL THE ROOM YOU NEED !  SWAP MEET ONLY !Vendor set up 6AM – 8AM. Admission $ 9.00, under 14-free, free parking.  630 / 985 – 2097   www.walneckswap.com FREE CORRAL to sell your bike.

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April 26. Woodstock, Illinois. Walneck’s Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet in Woodstock !   McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Rte 47 & Country Club, Woodstock, Illinois.  Indoors & out, rain or shine THIS IS THE BIG ONE, 3-MILES OF PARTS AISLES all brands of bikes & parts.. SWAP MEET ONLY.  8AM – 2PM, Vendor spaces $ 40., Vendor set up 5AM – 8AM. Admission $ 10.00 , under 14-free, free parking. 630 / 985 – 2097  www.walneckswap.com FREE CORRAL to sell your bike.

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May 17 Monroe, Michigan, Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet , Monroe County Fairgrounds, 3775 S. Custer, Monroe , Michigan 48161. ½-hour from Toledo, or Detroit. Indoors & outdoors, rain or shine.   All brands of motorcycles and parts,.  8AM – 2PM, vendor spaces $ 40., 10’ x 10’ , Outdoor just $ 40. and TAKE ALL THE ROOM YOU NEED vendor set up 6AM – 8AM, Admission $ 7.00 , under 14-free, free parking 630 / 985 – 2097   www.walneckswap.com FREE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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June 7  Springfield, Ohio,  Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet . Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, I-70 at exit # 59, Springfield, Ohio.  Indoors & out, rain or shine.  All brands of motorcycles and  parts.  Show  8AM – 2PM, INDOOR vendor spaces ARE 10’ X 10’ and admit 2-people. $ 40,Outdoor vending is $40, admits two people, and TAKE ALL THE ROOM YOU NEED ! Vendor set-up 6AM.  Admission $ 9.00, under 14-free.  Free parking.  630 / 985 – 2097  www.walneckswap.com  FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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June 28,  Walneck’s Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet. Grundy County Speedway Fairgrounds, I-80 and Rte 47, Morris Illinois.    Easy to find, indoors and out, rain or shine. All brands of motorcycles and PARTS SWAP MEET ONLY  Free corral to sell your bike. Vendor spaces indoors, 10’ x 10’      $ 40., outdoors, pay at the gate $ 40. and take ALL THE ROOM YOU NEED !. Adult admission $ 7.00, kids free, parking free. 8 AM – 2 PM. Food and beer available. Vendor set up  6 AM. More info call 630 / 985 – 2097  www.walneckswap.com FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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June 21  Woodstock, Illinois.  Walneck’s Car &  Motorcycle Swap Meet   McHenry County Fairgrounds, Rte 47 & 11900 Country Club Road. Woodstock, Illinois.  Indoors & out, rain or shine.  This is a big one. All brands of bikes & parts.  SWAP MEET ONLY  8AM – 2PM, vendor spaces $ 40., vendor set up 6AM – 8AM. Admission $ 10.00, under 14-free, free parking 630 / 985 – 2097 www.walneckswap.com FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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July12  Martinsville, Indiana. Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet   SWAP MEET ONLY . ALL BRANDS OF PARTS & MOTORCYCLES @. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 1749 Hospital Road, Martinsville, Indiana 46151.  Rte 37 & Hospital Road.  American, British, Japanese & Euro motorcycles & parts.  Indoors & out, rain or shine.  8AM – 2PM, Vendor spaces $ 40. Vendor set up 6AM – 8AM.  Admission $7.00 , under 14-free, free parking. 630 / 985 – 2097   www.walneckswap.com FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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August 2,  Springfield, Ohio.  Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet ,Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, I-70 at exit # 59, Springfield, Ohio.  Indoors & out, rain or shine.  All brands of motorcycles and parts.  Show SWAP MEET ONLY- NO SHOW. 8AM – 2PM, vendor spaces $ 40, Vendor set-up 6AM – 8AM.  Admission $9.00, under 14-free, free parking.  630 / 985 – 2097  www.walneckswap.com. FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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August 23, Woodstock, Illinois.  Walneck’s Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet. McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Rte 47 & Country Club, Woodstock, Illinois.  Indoors and out, rain or shine.  All brands of bikes & parts  ,  SWAP MEET ONLY – NO SHOW.8AM – 2PM, Vendor spaces $40 Vendor set up 6AM – 8AM. Admission $10.00, under 14-free, free parking  630 / 985-2097 www.walneckswap.com FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

August 16, 2018 Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet. Bullett County Fairgrounds. 245 Claremont ( Exit 112 on I-65 ). South east corner. Indoors & out, rain  or shine.

Parts and bikes of all  kinds, plus accessories. 8AM – 2PM. Vendors spaces outdoors just $ 40 and TAKE ALL THE ROOM YOU NEED ! Indoors $ 40 for a 10 x 10. General admission        $ 7 adults. Free parking. More info call Buzz or Pixie 630 / 985 – 2097   www.walneckswap.com

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September 13.  Martinsville, Indiana.  Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet.  SWAP MEET ONLY. ALL BRANDS of bikes & parts, at Morgan County Fairgrounds, 1749 Hospital Road, Martinsville, Indiana 46151.  Rte 37 & Hospital Road  American,British, Japanese & European motorcycles & parts.  Indoors & out, rain or shine.  8AM – 2PM, Vendor spaces $ 40.  Vendor set-up 6AM – 8AM.  Admission $7.00 , under 14-free, free parking.  630 / 985 – 2097   www.walneckswap.com FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

September 20. Grundy County Speedway Fairgrounds, I-80 & Rte 47, Morris, Illinois. Walneck’s Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet. Indoors and out, all brands of motorcycles and parts. Free corral to sell your bike. Adult admission      $7., kids free, parking free. 8 AM – 2-PM, food and beer available. Vendor set up 6-AM. Vendor spaces indoors 10 x 10’ $ 40., outdoors pay at the gate $ 40. and take all the space you need. Info. 630 / 985 – 2097 www.walneckswap.com  FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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October 11. Woodstock, Illinois. McHenry County Fairgrounds’ Rte 47 & 11900 Country Club Rd.  Walneck’s Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet. Indoors and out, rain or shine, all brands of parts and bikes. Free coral to sell your bike.  SWAP MEET ONLY – NO SHOW. 8AM – 2PM Adult admission $10.,kids and parking are free. Vendor set up 6:AM. Vendor spaces indoors 10’ x 10’ – $ 40., outside, pay at the gate just $ 40. and take ALL THE SPACE you need. Info. 630 / 985-2097 Walneckswap.com  FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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November 8, Shepherdsville, Kentucky  Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet ,  we are moving back to the November date .( just South of Louisville , KY ), Bullitt County Fairgrounds, I-65 & Rte 245 ( exit 112 )  (N.E.corner )., Indoors (heated ) and outdoors pavilion, rain or shine.  All brands of motorcycles and parts.  SWAP MEET ONLY – NO SHOW. . 8AM – 2PM admission $ 7.00 , under 14-years old free, free parking.  outdoors with a larger space.. Vendor set up 6AM – 8AM.  Info 630 / 985 – 2097 www.walneckswap.com FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

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November 15.  Princeton, Illinois. Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet.  Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru, Princeton, IL. 61356. About 2-hours west of Chicago, 1-hour east of Davenport. Close to Rockford, Peoria, Ottawa.  Off I-80 at exit # 45.  All indoors, 3-connected –heated buildings. Great food in building. 10’ x 10’ – $ 40. ( tables included.) 2-wheel access through multiple doors. General admission adults $ 7.00 under 14-free, free parking. Vendor set up 6AM – 8AM. General admission 8AM – 2PM. Excellent family restaurant and new motels at that exit. Info. Pixie or Buzz 630 / 985-2097.  www.walneckswap.com

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November 29, Springfield, Ohio.  Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet.  Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S, Charleston Pike, I-70 at exit 59, Springfield, Ohio.45502.  Indoor three heated buildings & out, rain or shine.  All brands of motorcycles and parts.  SWAP MEET ONLY – NO SHOW.  ,.  8AM – 2PM,  Indoor spaces 10’ x 10’ admits 2-people vendor spaces . Outdoors, $ 40. admits 2-people. and TAKE ALL THE ROOM YOU NEED ! Vendor set-up 6AM – 8AM.  Admission  $ 9.00, under 14-free, free parking.  630 / 985-2097  www.walneckswap.com FREE BIKE CORRAL TO SELL YOUR BIKE

Thanks Buzz & Pixie

Pre-Party Coral Head BluesFest

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Get primed for the Coral Head BluesFest at the Brass Monkey on Friday night October 18, 2019.

Presented by NATIVE TAXI, this party is being hosted by Singer Jen & Brandon (2 Fools on a Stool). Prizes, Drink Specials, Contests, and more! There may event be some special guest appearances as well.

7pm – 11pm at the Brass Monkey in the Kmart shopping plaza in Marathon, Fl

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The World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle

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by Michael Alba at https://www.engineering.com/

2 Wheels and 218 Miles per Hour: The World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle

His bike wasn’t rumbling beneath him as he rolled up to Alice’s Restaurant. The California air was heavy with sun and the black exhaust of the Harleys, Yamahas and Kawasakis purring all around him.

His name was Richard Hatfield, and he was a computer engineer turned bike builder who was taking the first test run of his first prototype. It was an old Yamaha R1 bike frame fitted with an electric motor and stuffed with lithium iron phosphate batteries. The year was 2006, and the bike was the first lithium battery sports bike ever built.

Richard would have revved the engine had there been one. Instead, he turned left at Alice’s and pointed his bike toward the top of the Woodside hills. He gunned it, then it gunned him. It was the fastest acceleration he’d ever felt on a bike, and in an instant, the Yamaha shot noiselessly up the hill.

Richard felt fast as lightning.

Lightning Motorcycles

There’s nothing easy about building an electric motorcycle. There’s limited space for components, yet electric vehicles need one component in abundance: batteries. Hatfield retrofitted his Yamaha R1 with 28 lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo4) batteries, each one weighing 6.6lb and storing 90Ah at 3.2V for a total capacity of about 8kWh. The batteries took 7 hours to recharge and offered a range of 80 miles at 65mph. The whole project cost him $15,000.

It may not have been pretty, but it worked. That test drive at Alice’s Restaurant convinced Hatfield that electric bikes were the way of the future, an “unquestionably” better biking experience.

“For the first time, I experienced that electric torque and thrust without any noise or vibration or sound,” Hatfield recalled. “And the overwhelming feeling of this hand of God shoving me up the hill—without any of those distractions from internal combustion engine bikes—it just overwhelmed me that this is the future. This is the way motorcycles should feel.”

In 2009, three years after he created that first prototype, Hatfield incorporated Lightning Motorcycles, a company to bring his electric bikes to market. Using the knowledge he’d gained from building that first electric Yamaha and several prototypes since, Hatfield and his team of Silicon Valley engineers built a new sports bike that they called the Lightning SuperBike. The SuperBike had a liquid-cooled 104kW, 12,000rpm electric motor, a 345V, 11kWh LiFePo4 battery pack, and user-programmable regenerative braking.

It was a big step from a retrofitted Yamaha, and Hatfield and his team faced many challenges as they worked to bring the SuperBike to life.

“Anytime you try to do something for the first time, there are pitfalls,” Hatfield said. “There were thousands of things that had to be solved and evolved and improved.”

One of the biggest challenges was lowering the SuperBike’s weight to the level of a gas bike while working within the limited space of a motorcycle. For the SuperBike, the team’s solution was to make each component serve multiple functions. The electric motor, for example, doubled as the main stressed element of the bike frame. The battery pack was built with a strong skin to carry loads from the front fork to the motor. The swing arm on the back tire connected to the center of the motor as well.

“Every step of the process required an incredible amount of focus and a team effort to solve problems,” Hatfield noted.

Breaking Records, Then Breaking Them Again

In September 2010, the Lightning SuperBike lived up to its name when it broke the land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats Racetrack in Utah. The bike clocked a record speed of 173mph. Less than a year later, in August 2011, the SuperBike outdid itself by hitting a top speed of 218mph. That wasn’t just fast for an electric bike. It was faster than any other production motorcycle for sale in North America, electric or otherwise.

To honor the record, Lightning renamed the SuperBike the LS-218, and it remained the bike to beat. In 2013, the LS-218 took first place in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a winding 12.42-mile journey to the top of the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado. The LS-218, in the hands of rider Carlin Dunne, made the journey in 10 minutes and 694 milliseconds. It was over 20 seconds faster than the next best time (10:21.323) claimed by a gas-powered Ducati Multistrada. It was the first year that electric bikes were allowed to compete in the race.

The LS-218 was available in its final commercial form by the end of 2015. It was a street-legal superbike, an emphatic demonstration that electric bikes aren’t just available, they’re desirable.

The commercial LS-218 packs an internal permanent magnet (IPM) liquid cooled electric motor outputting 150kW and 10,500rpm. It charges in as little as 30 minutes with 50kW DC fast charging. The entry-level model has a 12kWh battery pack, provides 100–120 miles of range, and costs $38,888. The bigger the battery, the higher the price: 16 kWh (120–150 miles) costs $42,888 and 20kWh (160–180 miles) costs $46,888.

Lightning Strikes Twice

With the LS-218, Lightning Motorcycles had built a high-performance but high-cost motorcycle. For Lightning’s next project, Hatfield wanted to make an electric bike that was accessible to more riders. In late 2016, he and his team set out to develop a lower-cost follow-up to the LS-218.

“The next big challenge was not just to build something that performed as good or better than the best internal combustion bikes in the world, but something that could be competitively priced and perform as well,” Hatfield said.

Named the Lightning Strike, the new bike would have a target retail price of $13,000. Designing a new bike that would be a third of the price of the company’s previous model was a challenge, but Lightning was finding its feet in the electric motorcycle market.

“We’ve spent a lot of the last 10 years vetting suppliers, building relationships, and trying to enroll supply chain vendors in the vision we have for this product,” Hatfield explained.

The biggest cost saver for the Strike was the plummeting cost of batteries. In 2006, Hatfield’s first lithium battery prototype cost $15,000 and had a total battery capacity of 8kWh. Today, 8kWh of lithium-ion batteries costs less than $1,500.

“We, like most of the electric vehicle industry, are the beneficiary of the reduction in price of lithium batteries,” Hatfield explained. “The lithium batteries are the number one cost in setting all the world records for motorcycles: for performance, for top speed, for winning international racing competitions.”

Earlier this year, Lightning Motorcycles began shipping the Lightning Strike Carbon, the top-spec model of the Strike series, for $19,998. The bike has a 20kWh battery, a 90kW, 15,000rpm electric motor, a top speed of 150mph, and a range up to 200 miles. Lightning will soon offer a $15,998 version of the Strike, followed by a $12,998 version, fulfilling Hatfield’s goal of having a great electric bike with an entry-level price.

“We’re starting with the top-spec bike, getting that out to customers, and then working into the more competitively priced bikes,” Hatfield commented.

Beyond 218

Lightning Motorcycles hasn’t forgotten about its record-breaking superbike. In 2018, the company built an even higher-performing successor to the LS-218: the LS-218R. But when the company took the bike to the Bonneville Salt Flats to test its top speed, the track got in the way of a new record.

“Unfortunately, the quality of the salt at Bonneville has really been degrading over the last 10 years,” Hatfield explained. “So, when we took the new bike to the salt, anything over 50 percent throttle basically spun the rear tire. We ended up going 209.7 at 58 percent throttle with the rear tire going 235. The rider said he felt confident it would have broken our existing record by a pretty large margin, but we just couldn’t put the power down.”

Lightning hopes to break its record—and find a proper name for its new bike—as soon as it can pinpoint the right test track. Meanwhile, the company is experimenting with new ways of designing its motorcycles. For example, Lightning has partnered with software provider Autodesk to use generative design to optimize and lightweight parts of its bikes. Nothing has entered production yet, but Hatfield is confident in the technology.

Looking back on that day in 2006 when he rode his electric Yamaha for the first time, Hatfield feels grateful for the confluence of good timing and clever engineering that led to Lightning Motorcycles.

“Sometimes there’s a feeling of just being very fortunate to be at the beginning of something, and being able to make a difference and lead a charge,” he said.

The Rear Tire.

Two Days until Vegas BikeFest!

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October 3-6, 2019

Vegas BikeFest Opens Thursday!

The 19th Annual Vegas BikeFest is happening THIS week! Are you Ready? We are ready for you! We have a full lineup planned and you don’t want to miss a thing! This is your once a year chance to party with all your riding buddies together in Vegas!

Check out the full schedule here!

Prices Increase Thursday, 10/3!

Party Pass – $45 goes up to $59

Ultimate Pass – $69 goes up to $89

VIP Pass – a limited number still available before 10/3 for $149!

To register for your pass, CLICK HERE.

Indian motorcycles taps into 100-year roots with Japan relaunch

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By Chester Dawson and Reed Stevenson from Bloomberg and https://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com

Even though Japan’s population is shrinking and economic growth is tepid, the archipelago is one of the top five markets for heavy bikes. Polaris is seeking to boost Indian’s single-digit market share to 10% by 2025.

A century ago, Indian motorcycles were the brand of choice for Japan’s police. They were called “aka-bai” — or red bikes — because of their color. Now, the maker of big American two-wheelers is seeking to recapture some of that glory with a brand relaunch.

Recreational vehicle maker Polaris Inc., which makes and sells Indian bikes, is betting that it can gain market share from entrenched foreign rivals such as BMW Motorrad and Harley-Davidson Inc. Instead of relying on a single distributor, the Medina, Minnesota-based company now has its own operations in Japan, with plans to double its store count to 30.

Even though Japan’s population is shrinking and economic growth is tepid, the archipelago is one of the top five markets for heavy bikes. Polaris is seeking to boost Indian’s single-digit market share to 10% by 2025. It has taken direct control over local marketing, which it had outsourced after buying the Indian Motorcycle brand and relaunching it globally in 2011.

“We weren’t doing the rational thing in Japan,” said Kintaro Izumida, general manager of Polaris in Japan. He works out of an office in Yokohama with about a half-dozen other employees. “Now we’re going to do that.”

Harley provides a rich target as the longtime market leader among import brands, with a 44% share of the 20,385 bikes sold last year, according to the Japan Automobile Importers Association.

Japan’s domestic bike makers — Honda Motor Co., Kawasaki Motors Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp. and Yamaha Motor Co. — specialize in smaller-engine mass market bikes, with relatively few high-end motorcycles with engine displacements of more than 1000cc.

“They are very strong manufacturers with really strong brand, but we don’t really go head-to-head,” Steve Menneto, president of Polaris’s Indian motorcycle division, said in a phone interview. “For a small island, it’s amazing how much appreciation there is for motorcycles, and premium motorcycles at that.”

The move comes as U.S. motorcycle sales face headwinds, which is prompting American brands to look abroad for growth. Last month, Harley-Davidson said it anticipates international sales to expand to half its business.

Japan is a natural market because it has the type of well-heeled buyer who can splurge for bikes that start at $8,999 for the Indian Scout, and top $29,000 for the brand’s Touring model. Partly due to its international exposure, Polaris’s sales rose in the first six months and the company forecasts a full-year gain in the low to mid-teens over the segment’s 2018 revenue of $546 million.

Indian’s retro-styling and long history in the U.S. and overseas is a selling point in Japan, where brand identity is a key differentiator. That extends beyond the bikes into lifestyle categories such as Indian-branded accessories and apparel, which account about a fifth of his division’s revenue.

“The awareness of the Indian brand in Japan is pretty strong,” said Izumida, noting it was the favored brand of a famous sumo wrestler who became the father of pro wrestling in Japan.

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Race Team Announces 2020 Roster

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Foothill Ranch, Calif. (October 1, 2019) – The upcoming 2020 racing season marks 27 years of winning for Kawasaki and Pro Circuit. This successful combination boasts an impressive resume of accolades including the most combined supercross/motocross wins in the 125/250 class and industry-leading 28 championships.

Returning to the Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team for 2020 aboard their new KX™250 motorcycles are long-time Team Green™ race team ambassadors Austin Forkner and Garrett Marchbanks. The duo will be accompanied by the fresh faces of Jordon Smith and Cameron McAdoo.

“We have a great team for the 2020 season,” said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. “It is a great balance of veterans, combined with youth and new talent to our team, and we will provide all the necessary tools to help them reach their full potential. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has high expectations and I know they will all perform their best each weekend.”

Forkner will enter the new season as the most experienced rider on the team. The multi-race winner has high hopes of capturing multiple championships after his successful 2019 season was cut short due to injury. As a young gun, Marchbanks completed his first full year as a pro, earning the Monster Energy AMA Supercross “Rookie of the Year” award along with 14 top-10 finishes between both series. The team is excited about the added depth to their roster with class veteran Smith, while fellow newcomer McAdoo will return to the brand that he once found great success on as a Kawasaki Team Green rider throughout his amateur career.

The 2020 Pro Circuit squad will make their debut as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship drops the gate on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

BMW Considers Bringing M Badging To Motorcycles As Well

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From http://www.autospies.com

More separates the worlds of Bimmers and Beamers than just the number of wheels.

The two Bavarian houses of BMW, which encompass Bimmers (cars) and Beamers (motorcycles), have had a long-standing wall dividing each other. Cracks, though, have been recently forming and it seems BMW’s ready to tear down that wall with three trademark applications that would unite the two via the brand’s M Division.

According to BMWBlog, which unearthed a score of recent trademark filings with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, BMW looks set to bring the “M” moniker to the company’s motorcycle division using three of its motorcycles.