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Iron Riders Motorcycle Club fixes driveway for wheelchair-bound girl

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The Highland-based Iron Riders Motorcycle Club worked together with several local businesses to build a driveway for ten-year-old Plattekill resident Andrea Langston who has cerebral palsy. Pictured are Andrea, her sisters Claire and Olivia, her parents Kelly and David, members of the Iron Riders, Dean Stanley of Dean’s Paving in New Paltz, as well as representatives of Scott Barclay Trucking of Gardiner, Mehlon Trucking of Wallkill, Paul Colucci Excavating of Gardiner, Autos by Joseph of Highland and Tilcon NY. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

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Harley teammates Krawiec, Hines discuss motorcycle title race

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Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammates Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines, who are battling one another for the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, took part in a recent national teleconference to discuss the title race.

Krawiec, a two-time world champion, is the points leader by just 17 over Hines, a three-time champion, on the strength of his career-best seven wins during the season. Hines has five wins this season to go with four runner-up finishes.

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Electric Motorcycle Hits 170 mph

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Daytona International Speedway this weekend was host to the thundering sound of quiet electric motorcycle racing action with the 2012 TTXGP World Championship race. In an exciting race on Sunday morning, Steve Atlas took home the World Championship title for Brammo, winning it from two-time Champion Matthias Himmelmann of Muench Racing who came in 2nd.

 

The weekend saw an amazing performance by both Brammo riders who, during practice sessions, were hitting speeds in the high 160's (miles/hr) and Eric Bostrom was recorded at 170.1 miles/hr. This speed is nothing short of amazing for electric motorcycles, and just two years ago Lightning Motorcycles set the electric motorcycle land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in the low 170'ss. Lightning Motorcycles went on in 2011 to set the land speed record for electric motorcycles at 216 miles/hr. Also, earlier this summer Larry McBride riding the Lawless Rocket hit 200 miles/hr with an electric motorcycle in a drag race. However these speeds by the Brammo boys were in regular track racing conditions, and while abetted by the long straightaways of the Daytona Speedway represents another milestone in electric motorcycle performance. For Sunday's race the team dialed the power back slightly but was still targeting top speeds in the high 160's, with Steve Atlas apparently hitting 169 miles/hr. It's believed these speeds are the fastest speeds ever recorded for an electric motorcycle in race conditions.

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Third-Quarter Report and Nine-Month Results For Harley-Davidson

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Third-Quarter profits fall 27 percent

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG) reported earnings per share of $0.59 for the third quarter of 2012, in line with Company expectations. Earnings were lower than the year-ago period due to a previously announced plan for lower third-quarter motorcycle shipments during the launch of an ERP production system at the Company's largest assembly plant. For the full year 2012, Harley-Davidson continues to forecast a five-to seven-percent increase in motorcycle shipments compared to 2011.

Third-quarter income from continuing operations was $134.0 million on consolidated revenue of $1.25 billion, compared to income from continuing operations of $183.6 million, or $0.78 per share, on consolidated revenue of $1.40 billion in the year-ago quarter.

Through nine months, Harley-Davidson income from continuing operations increased 12.1 percent year-over-year to $553.3 million, or $2.40 per share, on consolidated revenue of $4.41 billion, compared to income from continuing operations of $493.4 million, or $2.09 per share, on consolidated revenue of $4.13 billion in the year-ago period.

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Harley's New Road Winder Wheel

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The new 18-inch Cut Back Gloss Black Road Winder™ Custom Wheel (P/N 43300064, $749.95) from Harley-Davidson features directional spokes for the look of forward motion even while standing still. The slim spokes open the wheel visually, and showcase the available matching brake rotors and sprockets.

The durable gloss black finish is cut away within the spokes reveal a contrasting highlight of brilliant forged 6061 aluminum. This wheel fits 2004-later Touring models (except Trike). A matching 18-inch rear wheel (P/N 40900074, $749.95) is also available. Installation may require the separate purchase of a model-specific Wheel Installation Kit, sprocket hardware and brake rotor-specific hardware, and a tire. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.