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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.

International Motorcycle Show Tour Kicks Of In Atlanta

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The 2012 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows kicks-off the nation's largest and longest-running motorcycle show tour Friday, November 2,at the Cobb Galleria Centre, in Atlanta. This is the first place in the United States to see all of the new models from leading manufacturers including BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki,Triumph, Yamaha and more, as well as the latest aftermarket parts and accessories. From hard-core enthusiasts to casual riders, the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta will be the place for motorcycle enthusiasts to immerse themselves in bike culture, talk to experts and climb on all the hottest rides.

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Wizards Brings Shine To SEMA Show

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Wizards will, once again, bring the shine to Sin City for the SEMA show October 30-November 2. The top players gather at the annual “Industry Week” to exhibit the best of the Aftermarket world. Last year’s show drew a record 125,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

This year Wizards will debut their revolutionary Nano-Technology Mystic Spray Wax™ and host a killer Harley bagger by Covingtons Customs. The bike is sure to turn heads with many one-off and custom parts and gorgeous Kandy Turquoise paint.

For more information about WIZARDS® Products come to booth #11033 at the SEMA Show, visitwww.WizardsProducts.com or call 800-356-7223.

J&P Cycles Transforms a Reporter Into a Biker

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In the midst of the excitement surrounding the Daytona Beach Biketoberfest set up, an associate at J&P Cycles’ Iowa headquarters received a phone call from an editor at the Daytona Beach News Journal. The newspaper wanted to send a straight-laced reporter into the store to be outfitted as a biker and do so the following day.

Always up for any challenge, J&P Cycles reached out to staff in Florida who jumped at the opportunity. Andrew (the reporter) came into the store as a typical reporter and came out of the dressing room very different.

See how it went or read the article here.

 

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