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David Uhl-Event this weekend, Sold Out pieces for sale

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The 2nd weekend of the Rio Grande Arts Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico will be tomorrow through Sunday. Next week, we’ll head to Las Vegas to prepare for the aviation show which starts on October 22….more on that one later.

As you may know, we send out emails from time to time trying to help find new homes for sold out and rare pieces owned by clients. These do not belong to the studio and are for sale by private collectors. Please view the listings below and let me know if any are of interest. Some of these are really tough, if not impossible to find these days.

This is not an all-inclusive list. If you’ve been looking for a specific piece and you don’t see it here, please let me know and I’ll check secondary market availability.

You can view all pieces (alphabetically, by Title) here:

https://www.uhlstudios.com/fine-art/full-product-listing/

Hundreds of drunk scooter riders lost their licenses at Germany’s Oktoberfest this year

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21 September 2019, Bavaria, Munich: “NO E-Scooter” is on a sign on the way to the Oktoberfest, next to it there are E-Scooters parked. The largest folk festival in the world lasts until 6 October.

by Zac Palmer from https://www.autoblog.com

Drinking and riding carries the same penalty as drunk driving

Oktoberfest just wrapped up in Munich, and surprisingly, there’s some pretty alarming transportation-related news coming from it. Ride-sharing scooters and drunk party-goers don’t make for a good combination, but that’s exactly what German police had to fend with throughout the 16-day-long event.

According to German news outlet Deutsche Welle, and picked up by The Drive, local police say they caught 414 people riding scooters while under the influence. Of those, 254 riders had their driver’s licenses revoked on the spot. Germany treats scooters the same as cars, so there are serious consequences for not following the rules of the road — similar to America, there are repercussions for drunk driving. What remains unreported is how many accidents or injuries occurred as a result of all the drunk scootering.

German police were on high alert when it came to the scooters, as they were just unleashed on the public in June this year. The numbers are slightly better for folks who were driving an actual car in the city of Munich during the festival. Police found 315 drunk drivers and forced 215 of those to give up their licenses immediately.

Millions from all over the globe attend Oktoberfest every year. Beer is consumed in copious amounts in massive beer glasses known as steins — the only size of beer served in the beer tents amounts to 33.8 ounces. Drinking tasty German beer and singing all day may have given some folks a little too much confidence to pilot an E-scooter home rather than walking like the rest of the crowd. Police did a great job of keeping the scooters from entering onto the Oktoberfest grounds, banning their use during the festival itself.

We’ll leave you with a few fairly obvious words of advice: Don’t drink and scoot at the same time. Traveling at the pace of a brisk jog is not worth losing your driver’s license.

MIC and Members Fend Off 100% Tariffs on EU Powersports Products

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Proposed tariffs of up to 100 percent on motorcycles, parts, and accessories, coming in from European Union countries, have been staved off – following efforts by the MIC’s Government Relations Office and some key member manufacturers.

Representatives from member companies KTM and Indian Motorcycle, and MIC staff, made the case against the proposed tariffs, testifying this summer at hearings in Washington, D.C., and holding meetings with key staff at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. And the MIC, along with motorcycle-manufacturing member companies Cobra, Ducati, Indian Motorcycle, and KTM, submitted written comments to the USTR opposing these tariffs.

In a show of transcontinental industry support, ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, also submitted written arguments against the proposed tariffs. They would have greatly affected the powersports business, and came about as part of a dispute regarding certain EU countries subsidizing their large-aircraft manufacturing sector.

“We have been actively engaged in this dispute from day one, both in Washington, D.C., and also in Europe, to protect our dealers, support the motorcycle industry and allow our customers to continue to ride and experience motorcycling,” said John Hinz, CEO of KTM North America. “Our brands and dealers have been operating in the United States for over fifty years and it is our responsibility to protect and grow the future of motorcycling. We commend the USTR’s recognition of the negative impact that the proposed tariffs would have had on our U.S. business, partners, dealers, and customers.”

“Had the tariffs been enacted, that would have meant extremely high prices for our American consumers of European motorcycles, parts, and accessories,” said Erik Pritchard, incoming MIC president and CEO. “Increased costs would have even discouraged motorcycle riders from performing routine but critical maintenance, such as brake pad and tire replacements, due to potential doubling on the price of parts.”

“I want to thank Congressman Tim Walberg and Congressman Michael Burgess who are the co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus,” said Scott Schloegel, senior vice president for government relations at the MIC. “They sent a terrific letter to the United States Trade Representative opposing additional tariffs, which are taxes paid by American consumers. They have been fantastic champions of the industry and our consumers, and we thank them for their continued support for something that brings joy to millions of Americans every single day: motorcycling.”

MIC staff at the Government Relations Office will continue to monitor developments in Washington, in case the USTR proposes any changes to the current list of products and industries impacted by tariffs.

The German Autobahn is under threat

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By Cameron Kirby from https://www.whichcar.com.au

The last bastion of high-speed driving freedom could soon be outlawed

There is a new plan to kill the Autobahn as we know and love it.

If a minority party in Germany’s federal parliament has its way, a new national 130km/h limit could replace the unrestricted sections of the Autobahn.

Currently there are 5353km of Autobahn which have the ‘unrestricted’ advisory speed limit.

The Alliance90/The Greens political party, often referred to simply as The Greens, is behind the move, and is pushing the lowering of limits as part of a package of new measures intended to reduce emissions.

“A speed limit would be a commandment of reason for an enlightened society in the 21st century,” said Green politician Cem Özdemir.

It’s claimed that enforcing a 130km/h limit would lower Germany’s carbon dioxide emissions by between one and three million tonnes per year. In 2018, Germany produced 725.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Lowering speed limits to 130km/h on the autobahn is supported by the German police union, with the head of the federal trade union Michael Mertens stating: “For us, a speed limit for transport policy reasons is urgently needed”.

A vote on the proposition will be held in Germany’s national parliament, the Bundestag, on October 13.

The federal parliament has 709 seats, with the joint Union alliance, made up of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), and Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP), holding a majority with 398 members. The Greens hold 67 of the 311 seats in opposition.

The Union has previously defended the unrestricted speed limits on the Autobahn, including when they were attacked earlier this year.

In January a leaked report from a government-appointed committee called the National Platform on the Future of Mobility suggested capping speed limits nationally at 130km/h.

The committee’s edict was to look into how Germany could better fall into line with European Union emission targets.

Germany still has 7640km of motorway with speed limits, and the national transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, claimed that adding limits to the remaining unrestricted sections of motorway would struggle to reduce Germany’s national emissions by 0.5 percent, adding that the push “goes against all common sense.”

“Whoever wants to drive 120 can drive 120, and those who want to go faster can do that too,” he told Bild am Sonntag. “Why this constant micromanagement?”

Measurements in 2006 in the German state of Brandenburg showed that the average speed on a six-lane section of the autobahn, in free-flowing conditions, was 142km/h.

If the new plan to kill the Autobahn’s unrestricted speed limits is successful, it would see the end of unrestricted highways globally.

The Isle of Man would stand alone as the remaining jurisdiction in a developed country with no speed limits, with the self-governing British Crown dependency’s 1107km of paved rural roads often having no posted limit.

Kawasaki Ninja 650: More comfortable and connected than ever

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TOKYO, Oct 9 — Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki has announced an updated version of its Ninja 650 for 2020.

For 2020, the medium-weight sportbike has a new TFT color display on which the fuel gauge, gear position indicator, speedometer, “Economical Riding Indicator,” even a connection status with a smartphone via Bluetooth are shown digitally. The screen’s brightness varies according to surrounding light conditions.

Among the motorcycle’s other new features are a passenger seat designed for more comfort, new LED headlights both in front and back of the bike, and standard Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres.

For the rest, the frame hasn’t changed, keeping a manoeuvrability that works for everyone from beginners to the most experienced riders. There are new colours, however: Lime Green/Ebony, Metallic Spark Black and Pearl Blizzard White.

The starting price for the new Kawasaki Ninja is US$7,399 (RM31,000). — AFP-Relaxnews

New Law Requires You To Listen To Greta Thunberg Lecture Before Purchasing Gasoline

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U.S.—A series of new bills working their way through state legislatures in New York, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and several other progressive states will require you to listen to a Greta Thunberg lecture before purchasing gasoline.

Motorists will be required to watch a 20-minute lecture by the 16-year-old climate activist before they purchase gallons and gallons of harmful fossil fuels.

“We want to make sure drivers are informed,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom, who says he will sign the bill into law. “So we are having them get lectured by a 16-year-old so they will have all the facts before they do something rash like put gasoline in their cars to go to work.”

Once the driver has listened to Thunberg’s entire lecture, they will be prompted to complete a quick, fifteen-question quiz to show they understand how horrible they are for driving a car. Drivers who get at least 80% will then be allowed to refuel their vehicles. As they refuel, the screen will simply play a clip of Thunberg saying, “How dare you!” over and over again.

The law will not apply to celebrities purchasing jet fuel.

–Charles the Moderator

Watts Up with That.com

 

NEW BILTWELL GLOVES

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Our new Belden Glove boasts durable safety features that contribute to the coveted CE rating, but we’ve made them aesthetically low-key. With a full thermal barrier inside, Lycra comfort liner and zero venting, this glove is designed with cooler weather riding in mind.
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34a Biker Fest: Italian Bike Week

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Biker Fest offers to all visitors a unique occasion in Europe: they can try and drive for free the motorbike of their dreams. The Motorcycle Companies that will be officially present at the event are: Honda, Harley-Davidson, Ducati XDiavel and Scrambler, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi, Indian, BMW Motorrad and Boss Hoss Italy (we are waiting for other confirmations). This year some Motorcycle Companies will offer the possibility to try also some off road models..

THE CUSTOM BIKE SHOW CONSTEST MOST HISTORIC IN EUROPE
At the Bike Show Contest of the Biker Fest takes place the final of the Italian Motorcycle Championship (14 dates) and the only date of the AMD World Championship with rich prizes like accessories for motorbikes, four reimbursement of expenses (1000 euro each one) for winners, and a exhibition area at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona 2019 for the best rising Customizer and much more! Bike show is held in the spectacular Aquasplash Aquatic Park near Demo Ride Area (Stadio G.Teghil). Don’t miss the occasion, register now your motorbike: CLICK HERE

DIRT TRACK & FLAT TRACK
After last year’s huge success, between Stadio Teghil and Luna Park you’ll find an area where it has been prepared a real oval circuit/TT. During the event you can register for a test drive with racing 450 cc motorbikes set up as flat/dirt or take part to drive courses with professional racers (with the possibility to rent motorbike and clothing when you make the registration). On Sunday you can attend at a stage of the Italian Championship of Dirt Track! For info: CLICK HERE

SATURDAY LIGHT FEVER PARADE
We know you don’t miss it at all, but we would remind it in any case! In cooperation with the Moto Club Morena FMI, in the evening of Saturday 11th of May at 7 P.m. the biggest motorbike parade will start from Luna Park and pass through Lignano and the seafront to allow everyone to know this fantastic holiday resort. Organize your group and be on time! https://motoclubmorena.it/contacts

OFF ROAD FEST
This year there will be a new area and a new circuit even more larger for over 300 off road lovers which get together every year on Saturday and Sunday to excite the spirits of adults and babies with their off-road motorbikes (cross and enduro) and test their abilities during the day. Info and registration: CLICK HERE

SCRAMBLER CHALLENGE
For the 6th time you can see and join the Scrambler Challenge, a carefree contest dedicated to vintage and custom Scramblers, the grandmothers of the present Enduro! This year there will be a new TT circuit. Register now and come to discover it: CLICK HERE

STEPH STUNT SHOW
Welcome back Stephanie Saayman, directly from Belgium, one of the greatest female stunt-riders out there! Come watch her doing crazy stuff riding Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycles in her only italian date! FB Steph Stunts. FB Steph Stunts (https://www.facebook.com/stephstunts/)

SUPERMOTO FEST
A whole new area dedicated to Supermotard bikes is taking place this here at Biker Fest International, inside the Market area at Stadio Teghil. This will be the first thing you’ll see entering the event!. CLICK HERE

4TH EAST COAST SWEET PIN-UP CONTEST
After the big success of the last years the Pin Up Contest come again like the most waited of the north-east of Italy. You can see beautiful girls ready to challenge to the sound of lipsticks and pleasantness. This dynamic and funny contest will culminate on Saturday, while on Sunday it will involve the U.S. Car Reunion, to live as best you can that original sound with a Fifties aftertaste that characterize this unique event!: CLICCA QUI

TEAM DABOOT
To speak about Daboot Team is always complicated: images, videos and lives worth than 1000 words in this case. Their show is the summary of the reasons we love drive motorbikes: freedom, risk and adrenaline. Freestyle is like Fight Club, if you live in biker world you must love it, because in this sport there is only one rule: “There’re no rules”. Come to enjoy the performances of the great Vanni Oddera! daboot.it

LIVE ROCK
Faithful to the slogan “Rally-Race-Rock Festival” here you are the 11 bands that act like sound track of the 32nd edition of the Biker Fest with their live rock. Programma musicale

DAVIDE FAVATA STUNT SHOW
Davide Favata is a 30 y.o. Stuntrider who rides sportbikes and mostly known for being a member of Pirate Troop and Swootgang teams. He is famous for precision and technique in his stunts. He is also the only italian doing tricks together with his girlfriend on the bike, in fact they won the 2015 “Best Trick” prize at Evotech Stunt Competition. Don’t miss it! www.davidefavata.com

MOTOTHERAPY
During the last years Motorbike Therapy has been held at the Biker Fest and many TV programs spoke about it. It’s a true occasion to understand and appreciate that our life gives us everyday! Also this year, Friday 11 of May will be dedicated to Motorbike Therapy realized by ASD Vanni FMX and leaded by the famous Vanni Oddera. To attend it from in person is something magic, don’t miss it. vannioddera.it

HOG FRIULI CHAPTER TOUR
At the HOG Point near Nik’s H-D Pordenone Dealer (Stadio Teghil area) visitors will have the chance to join the HOG Official Tour spreading through the Collio hills. In a 3 hour moto tour you are gonna visit some famous wine producers and much more. The tour will come back at Biker Fest to enjoy the evening shows. Info: friulichapter@niks-harley-davidson.com

GLOBE TROTTERS
We renew the invitation to all motorcycle travellers and Travel agencies (specialized in trips for bikers) to take part at “Motorbike without frontier”, the area of the Biker Fest dedicated to great motorbike trips. This area was born to present and make know personal histories, trip experiences, projects, organized trips, books and to give some useful advice to whom is going to start a long motorcycle trip. INFO: www.mauriziodebiasio.it

MOTOTOURS
A long time tradition is guiding our guests to discover the beauties of our region. Visit two UNESCO protected cities like Palmanova and Aquileia with our tours. More over, a ride to the Frecce Tricolori (aerobaticdemonstration team of the Italian Aeronautica Militare) airbase in Rivolto is on the list! Info and registrations at: https://motoclubmorena.it/contacts

Info Biker Fest International – Italian Bike Week
Web: www.bikerfest.it    Mail: press@bikerfest.it
Tel.: +39. 0432.948777   Mob.: +39 366.6310768
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Harley struggles to fire up new generation of riders with electric bike debut

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by Rajesh Kumar Singh from https://www.reuters.com/

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) is betting on electric motorcycles to attract the next generation of younger and more environmentally conscious riders to reverse declining U.S. sales.

But as Harley ships its first “LiveWire” bikes – priced at $29,799 – to dealers, there is little evidence the 116-year-old brand is catching on with new young customers.

The problem lies mostly with this “super-premium” product’s price. The bike costs nearly as much as a Tesla Model 3, and aims for a market that does not really exist: young, “green” and affluent first-time motorcyclists.

The sleek sport bike has been available for preorder in the United States since January. However, the bulk of the orders are coming in from existing and old riders, according to interviews with 40 of the 150 dealerships nationwide that are carrying the bike this year.

The dealers Reuters spoke with account for little over a quarter of LiveWire dealerships and are spread across Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, California, Nevada, New Jersey and New York.

Harley has for years failed to increase sales in the United States, its top market accounting for more than half of its motorcycles sold. As its tattooed, baby-boomer base ages, the Milwaukee-based company is finding it challenging to woo new customers.

In 2018, Harley posted the steepest sales decline in four years in the United States. U.S. sales are tipped to fall again this year.

Harley Davidson’s U.S. Retail Sales

Grappling with an ageing customer base and the waning charm for its big bikes, Harley has failed to post sales growth in the United States – its biggest market – in the past four years.

The heavyweight motorcycle maker’s stock price has declined by 42% in the past five years. By comparison, the S&P 500 Index .SPX has gained 47%.

Price Barrier
When Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich announced LiveWire’s launch last year, his hope was the ease of riding motorcycles with no gears or clutch would help attract young and environmentally conscious urban riders.

In an interview with Reuters in February 2018, Levatich said the bike would help address Harley’s demographic problem.

“It is more about the next century than the last century,” he said at the time.

The preorders, thus far, have belied those hopes, according to the dealers.

“It is appealing to a demographic that is already riding,” said Gennaro Sepe, a sales manager at a Harley dealership in Chicago. His store has received four preorders for the bike. All of them are from existing riders.

Harley declined to comment on LiveWire preorders.

The motorcycle maker is not the only company investing in battery-powered transportation.

Tougher emissions rules in Europe, China and the United States are forcing auto companies to switch to electrified models. A survey of U.S. millennial motorcyclists, published in February by the Motorcycle Industry Council, found 69% of the riders interested in electric motorcycles.

Harley’s dealers said they are getting inquiries from young customers, but are struggling to translate them into sales. A key reason: LiveWire’s retail price.

“Interest is very high,” said a sales manager at a New Jersey-based dealership, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to media. “But once you get to pricing, interest is thrown out of the window.”

Over half of young college graduates in America, whom Harley is courting with battery-powered bikes, are saddled with student loans that entail average repayment of $200 to $300 per month.

Harley is not offering any discount or incentives to push the sales, either, the dealers said.

In an interview with CNBC television in May, Levatich called LiveWire “one of the best engineered products on the market” and said it was worth its price.

Gary Jon Prough, general sales manager at a dealership in Countryside, Illinois, said the vast majority of millennials cannot afford the bike as LiveWire is targeted at young and affluent customers with incomes above $100,000 a year.

Tesla’s Way

To drive up sales, Prough and other dealers expect Harley to go Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) way: launch more affordable battery-powered vehicles after creating a buzz with the premium model.

Tesla’s first electric car cost over $100,000, but prices came down with subsequent models. Its Model 3 now comes with a base price of $35,000 and was instrumental in lifting its vehicle deliveries to a record level in the latest quarter.

Traditional Harley Davidson entry-level bikes cost about $6,900.

The motorcycle maker has plans to bring out four more electrified models in the mid-power, low-power, e-bicycles and kids’ two-wheeler segments by 2022.

But unlike Tesla, Harley does not enjoy the true first mover’s advantage.

California-based Zero Motorcycles is already selling electric bikes in the United States with retail prices ranging from $8,500 to $21,000. Its top-end bike – SR/F – is similar to LiveWire, but costs nearly $9,000 less.

Still, Bob Clark, a dealer for Zero’s bikes in Chicago, says he has not yet sold one SR/F to riders under the age of 35. All three electric bikes he sold to young riders this year were in the $10,000 price range.

“Young riders are environmentally conscious, but are also very price-sensitive,” Clark said.

It is not just pricing. LiveWire’s limited range is also hampering its sales.

The bike can travel 146 miles (235 km) in the city or 95 miles in combined city and highway riding per charge. An ordinary household outlet can provide an overnight charge, while Level 3 direct current fast chargers stationed at Harley dealers will fully charge the bike in 60 minutes.

This renders LiveWire less effective for longer-distance rides, limiting its appeal among rural riders who prefer touring bikes.

Seven Harley dealerships told Reuters they have not even bothered ordering the bike, which would require investing in a Level 3 charging station and training staff.

An Ohio-based dealer, who had initially signed up for LiveWire, said he pulled out at the last minute as he was not sure of the bike’s demand in his area.

Delayed Arrival

A delay in LiveWire’s arrival in stores has left the dealers in the Midwest and the East Coast with hardly a month to aggressively push the bike before the snow season sets in. Winter generally means a lull for motorcycle sales.

When dealers began taking preorders, the delivery was expected in August, but was later shifted to September. On Sept. 30, the dealers Reuters spoke with were still waiting for the first bike.

In a Twitter post on Oct. 2, Harley said the bikes are starting to arrive at authorized dealers. The tweet also carried a picture of the first LiveWire that was “rolled off the line” at its York, Pennsylvania, facility in late September.

With the demand rather limited, the dealers said, Harley has decided to keep the supplies tight in order to protect the bike’s brand value and prevent any price-discounting pressure. The dealers said they are all expecting to receive less than 10 LiveWires this year.

James Hardiman, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, reckons Harley would sell between 400 and 1,600 LiveWires in the first year. That is not even 1% of the 228,051 bikes it sold worldwide last year.

“This is going to be largely a rounding error certainly this year and even next,” Hardiman said.