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MIC reports year-to-date decline in motorcycle sales

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Positive trends in the month of June weren’t enough to offset a year-to-date decline in both motorcycle and ATV sales, according to data released by the Motorcycle Industry Council this week. Through June, motorcycles sales, including ATVs, were down 4.7 percent compared to the year-ago period. OEMs do not report side-by-side sales data to the MIC.

Year-to-date, off-highway motorcycle was the lone segment to increase, at 5.4 percent compared to the year-ago period. Scooter sales, which dropped 34.6 percent in Q1 compared to Q1 2012, are down 23.3 percent year-to-date through June compared to same period a year ago.

Motorcycle sales (dual, off-highway, on-highway and scooter) combined for a 5.2 percent decrease, or more than 14,000 units, through June compared to the year-ago period. On-highway sales decreased 5.3 percent, or about 10,000 bikes, through June compared to the year-ago period. Dual sport bikes saw a 3.4 percent decrease, or about 580 bikes, through June compared to the year-ago period.

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A Lion in Summer: Lions, Ladies and Motorbikes; the Old Days on the Beach

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Many might think that things down at Revere Beach in the old days were pretty prudish and conservative compared to the bikinis, tattoos, fast cars and ginormous soft serve ice cream cones that are now a staple of the Beach.

However, those people should think again; perhaps back to 1929 when the main attraction at the Beach had a mane and those big cats rode patiently and unleashed in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle driven on 90-degree angle wooden walls at break-neck speed by daredevil female drivers in short pants.

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Delhi Police Warn Stunt Bike Riders Of Tought Action

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A word of warning to our readers in India, from your friend at Bikernet…

Delhi traffic police on Tuesday warned of strict action against those found performing stunts on motorbikes.


"The incidences of performing stunts by motorcycle riders are illegal, so Delhi Police will initiate criminal action against any person indulging in such nuisance and aggressive behaviour," Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic), warned in a Facebook post.

Delhi Police have also appealed to the guardians of youths to rein in their wards to avoid accidents.

"Action shall also be taken against the riders indulging in traffic violations. The motorcycles and driving licenses of the riders will be impounded, and the riders arrested."

The warning came after a youth was killed and another one injured in a police firing on Sunday night when a group of bikers was caught performing stunts in the heart of the city.

"In case the riders are found under the influence of alcohol or in possession of weapons, appropriate sections of law will be added and cases instituted against the registered owners," Shukla said.

News Axle-Mount License Frame From Badlands

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Badlands already makes license plate side mounts, but the only ones for a rigid frame required welding. Until now! So for you “young guys” that are building a rigid (our backs won’t let us old guys ride’em anymore!), Badlands replaces the axle-spacer adjuster that tightens the chain, with this mount to solve your problem of where to hang the dreaded license plate! This mount comes in Chrome or Satin Black Powder Coat. It will accept any of Badland's Folding / Non Folding Side Mount Backing Plate Assemblies, available with plate light only, or with several tail light options. Retail is $129.95 See more of their innovative products here or call (775) 359-4450

Scorpion Launches Nationally Televised Ad

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 ScorpionEXO® has become the first major helmet and apparel brand to launch a national TV advertising campaign. The commercial will air during all MotoGP™, Moto2 and Moto3 events on Fox Sports (SPEED Channel). As the most active helmet company in the prestigious MotoGP™ race circuit (Scorpion sponsors a total of  17 riders in the Premier, Moto2 and Moto3 classes), Scorpion is fully committed to advancing its helmet technology to meet the rigorous demands of the world’s fastest racers. “While we still embrace the more traditional marketing channels historically used by helmet brands, our immense investment into the MotoGP™ program along with the launch of our premium EXO-R2000 helmet made the decision to advertise during these televised races a very obvious strategy for our brand” states National Sales Manager Jayson Wickenkamp.

Debuting during the recent Laguna Seca MotoGP™ event, the campaign highlights Scorpion’s all new EXO-R2000, the brand’s most technologically advanced helmet to date and worn by Premier class racers Alvaro Bautista, Hector Barbera, Alex DeAngelis and Yonny Hernandez. The timing of the ad launch was coordinated to support the Fall debut of the US version of the EXO-R2000 helmet and to call attention to the full roster of Scorpion MotoGP™ racers who will be featured during the upcoming Indianapolis Red Bull MotoGP™ event in August. Scorpion will be celebrating the launch of their new ad campaign and the EXO-R2000 with autograph signing sessions and promotional specials during the event.

“With this televised ad campaign, a strong sponsorship offering, and the introduction of premium GP-caliber products like the EXO-R2000, Scorpion is showcasing our commitment to meeting the requirements of the most demanding environments in the world, both on and off the track,” says Wickenkamp. “Our brand is truly dedicated to destroying boundaries.”


For more information on the new EXO-R2000 visit

Come Watch San Francisco Cops Show Off Their Motorcycle Skills

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If you come across a crew of cops on motorcycles this weekend, don't freak out like they're coming for you. Relax.

On Saturday, a bunch of San Francisco police will be getting a necessary refresher on their bike skills capped off with a little cop-friendly competition that's sure to take your mind of that last speeding ticket.

More than 50 officers from California, Oregon, and Nevada will be revving their way through the city's obstacle course as part of the motorcycle training and skills exhibition. The event is scheduled for Saturday morning at AT&T Park, if you feel like checking it out.

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Singer, songwriter, entertainer and entrepreneur Toby Keith has taken his love of motorcycles to a new level as he partners with Brass Balls Cycles' Dar Holdsworth as co-owner of the award-winning, Oklahoma City-based custom/production bike builder.


The partnership will be publicly announced August 6 as Keith returns to headline the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle Rally. Also at The Chip, Holdsworth and the Brass Balls team will be featured in a Bike Build-Off being filmed for CMT. The finished motorcycle will be given to a Vietnam vet at the conclusion of the event.


You'll see the whole story tomorrow in the Bikernet Thursday News.

Countdown To 2014 Indian Chief Launch

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We published this post earlier this year, but here is again as a refresher, for those of you who may have been stuck under a beer vending machine after trying to tip it over have missed all the hub-hub. Yes, Indian is staging a huge return to building original American machines and is ready to present the new 2014 to the world during the Sturgis Rally in a few days time. 

I will be there for Bikernet and will file a report as soon as it's possible. Stay tuned, and the meantime, here's a look at the mighty engine that's powering the new Indian Chiefs. Enjoy. —Ben Lamboeuf

Indian Motorcycle's all-new air-cooled pushrod V-twin engine is a whopping 111 cubic inches. If its looks harken back to Indian's famed past, make not mistake, it's a modern-day powerhouse. Stay tuned for an in-depth report about this new engine on Bikernet. Don't miss the video at the end of the post.

There are three camshafts on this traditional pushrod-style engine, The center cam actuates both intake valves while the outer cams manage exhaust for the front and rear cylinders.

This year, Bikernet will be following Indian Motorcycle to bring you up-to-the-minute news. Indian has decided to reveal the engine first, and this is clearly a big deal by itself… We look forward to showing you what's coming next.

We think that the folks at Indian have 'nailed' the blend of old and new with this impressive motor. It's as if production never stopped and you're looking at a natural evolution of a 1940s Indian V-twin.


Rats Hole Custom Bike Show at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Come be part of the 25th Anniversary Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show. This is the Largest Custom Bike Show in Sturgis with 18 Classes. The show is Thursday August 8th at the Crossroads at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Best of show winner will be up on the main stage with his bike in front of thousands of people. The Best of Show bike will also be on thousands of mugs for 2014. Enter your bike today at and we look forward to seeing you at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip soon!