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Motorcycle Ice Racing at Hirsch Saturday Night

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Professional motorcycle ice racers Colby Long and Andrew Barlow talk with 101.7 / 710 KEEL’s Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about Saturday night’s Xtreme International Ice Racing, coming to Hirsch Coliseum Saturday night.

Long, an Australian native and Barlow, originally from England, are two of the premiere racers in the sport that bills itself as “the fastest sport on ice”, as riders man motorcycles that accelerate from zero to sixty in less than three seconds.

And both racers highlight the fact that there are over 2000 metal studs added to the tires and “there are no brakes!”

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Facing financial crunch, UK based Norton Motorcycle goes into administration; India roll out hit

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by Ketan Thakkar from https://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Norton had set up an equally owned joint venture with Pune-based Kinetic Motoroyale in 2017 to start making mid-size motorcycles for India and Southeast Asian Markets by 2018. The project got delayed due to financial crunch at the UK-based entity.

UK-based premium bike maker Norton Motorcycle’s India roll out may be hit, as the company has gone into administration after failing to pay outstanding dues to the UK authorities.

According to a news report, the company is struggling to pay a tax bill and faces a winding-up order under the UK’s insolvency law.

Norton had set up an equally owned joint venture with Pune-based Kinetic Motoroyale in 2017 to start making mid-size motorcycles for India and Southeast Asian Markets by 2018. The project got delayed due to financial crunch at the UK-based entity.

When contacted, Kinetic Motoroyale managing director Ajinkya Firodia told ET that Norton was looking to raise funds. Firodia said he would be travelling shortly to the UK to understand the situation better and seek clarity.

“Norton Motoroyale (the joint venture) is a separate company and continues to exist and hold its rights in its territories of India and Asean countries. After our visit, we shall understand the extent of impact, if any. The India-side development of all parts is nearly complete for the 650 Atlas. For some parts developed in the UK or Europe for Norton, I shall seek clarity from the administrator,” Firodia added.

When queried if the 650cc bike would get further delayed, he said it was “difficult to predict” now.

Kinetic Motoroyale had set up a 30,000-unit capacity plant in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. A range of Norton bikes were expected to be made at this plant for Indian and Southeast Asian markets.

According to media reports, Norton, which was rescued by property developer Stuart Garner in 2008, said the company owed tax authorities 300,000 pounds and could be liquidated if it was not given more time to pay.

The report added that two of Garner’s other companies were also in administration.

Founded in Birmingham, Norton began making motorbikes in 1902 and soon became associated with races such as the Isle of Man TT.

Models like the Dominator and the Commando are well renowned and some of the bikes have even been featured in films including the Bond movies. The Norton Interpol was used by the UK Police in the 1980s for patrolling.

Billy Joel’s motorcycle collection vandalised

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by Bang Showbiz from http://www.contactmusic.net/

Billy Joel’s beloved 12 motorcycles were trashed when a thief broke into his home over the weekend.

Bill Joel’s motorcycles were trashed when a thief broke into his home over the weekend.

The ‘Piano Man’ hitmaker called police on Monday (27.01.20) morning when he discovered someone had obtained access to his house in Long Island and damaged his property.

Nassau County police told TMZ 12 motorcycles and a home office on the property had been vandalised and it seems that the burglars smashed through a glass door leading into the garage.

It is unclear whether anything was stolen or whether Billy was at home at the time of the break-in, which took place at some point between Saturday (25.01.20) and Monday.

The 70-year-old singer – who is a known bike enthusiast and even owns a nearby motorcycle story – gave a statement to police and they are currently investigating.

Billy previously insisted he’ll never retire because he has the ”greatest job in the world”.

Asked if he’s considered retirement, he said: ”I have the greatest job in the world. You get up there, you make a lot of noise, girls scream, and you get s**tloads of money. Are you f***ing kidding me?”

But if he does decide to quit performing, the ‘Just the Way You Are’ singer already knows what he wants to happen in his final shows.

He continued: ”Now, I do have an idea for a farewell tour.

”The stage is a living-room set: couch, TV, coffee table, food. And there’s bulletproof glass between me and the audience.

”Then I come out and lay down on the couch. I grab the remote and start watching TV.

”The crowd after a couple minutes goes, ‘F**k this’, and starts throwing s**t at the glass.

”I’ll have created a bond between me and the audience where I know they will never pay another nickel to see me again.”

Indian motorcycle sales surge 37% following rollout of Challenger

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by Carrigan Miller and Mark Reilly from https://www.bizjournals.com

Polaris Inc. stock is up sharply Tuesday morning after the maker of ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles reported better-than-expected profits for the fourth quarter, driven in part by the rollout of a new Indian motorcycle.

The Medina, Minnesota-based manufacturer posted income of $98.9 million for the quarter, or $1.58 per share, up from $91.4 million, or $1.47 per share the year before. Adjusted earnings were $1.83 per share, ahead of Wall Street average estimates of $1.79.

Sales were $1.73 billion, up 7% from the year-ago period but at the low end of Wall Street estimates. Sales growth was led by the company’s Indian Motorcycle division, which saw revenue increase by 37% to $116 million as Indian debuted the Challenger, a heavyweight touring bike.

Indian is the vintage motorcycle brand that Polaris is marketing as an alternative to those sold by Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. The Challenger is indicative of how Polaris is positioning Indian. Upon the rollout of the Challenger in October, motorsports industry writers were comparing it to Harley-Davidson’s Road Glide, a big touring bike that represented a sizable portion of Harley’s sales mix back in 2013, when the iconic motorcycle manufacturer put Road Glide on a hiatus that lasted all of one year.

Indian unveils new Challenger lineup for 2020

As for Polaris, investors liked what they saw. Shares of Polaris closed up almost 6% Tuesday. The company may look particularly good in comparison to rival Harley-Davidson, which reported its lowest quarterly sales in years and missed Wall Street estimates by 6%, Barron’s reports. Shares of Harley (NYSE: HOG) closed down about 3% at $33.79.

Sales in off-road vehicles and snowmobiles, still the company’s biggest business, grew by 7% as the fortunes for ATVs and snowmobiles diverged. Sales of off-roading vehicles like the RZR and Ranger rose 13%, snowmobile sales were down 10 percent.

Boats, the company’s newest business unit that includes the recreational and sport boat brands of Marquis-Larson Boat Group of Pulaski, also saw a sales decline during the quarter, while clothing and aftermarket parts rose.

For the full year, Polaris posted earnings of $323 million, or $5.20 per diluted share, on sales of $6.8 billion.

“In 2019, we delivered strong operational performance across Polaris (NYSE: PII), especially productivity and delivery, and we expect further gains to create value for customers and shareholders in the year ahead,” Polaris CEO Scott Wine said in a statement.

Polaris said it projected growth between 2% and 4% in 2020, with earnings in the range of $6.80 to $7.05 per diluted share. “While the negative impact of tariffs remains a significant headwind on an annualized basis, the year-over-year impact is expected to be minimal,” the company said.

Harley-Davidson’s stock tanks as motorcycle sales continue to slide

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by Paul R. La Monica from https://edition.cnn.com/

New York (CNN Business)Harley-Davidson has a big problem. Americans aren’t riding its trademark hogs nearly as much as they used to do.

Shares of Harley-Davidson (HOG) fell 3% in early trading Tuesday after the company reported sales and earnings that missed Wall Street’s forecasts. The stock is now down more than 10% this year.

Most alarming: Demand for Harley’s bikes continued to fall in the United States — even as they rebounded overseas.

Harley’s retail sales in America were down 3% in the fourth quarter. That’s the 12th consecutive decline. US sales fell more than 5% for the full year.

Sales were up slightly internationally, led by a more-than 6% jump in Asia. But that wasn’t enough to lift Harley’s worldwide motorcycle sales, which fell 1.4%.

The weakness in Harley’s home market is particularly disappointing given that the United States and China have now reached a “phase one” trade truce. Harley has been complaining about tariffs put into place by the Trump administration for the past few years.

President Donald Trump has also been critical of the fact that Harley — based in Milwaukee — had shifted some of its production outside of America to avoid tariffs in Europe that were put into place on the company in response to US tariffs on steel and aluminum. Trump even supported a boycott of Harley by US consumers in 2018.

But Harley clearly has bigger problems than global trade policy. The company is trying to revitalize its sales with the launch of its LiveWire electric motorcycle.

Harley CEO and president Matt Levatich struck a hopeful tone in the company’s earnings release.

“We see 2020 as the pivotal year in the transformation of Harley-Davidson. This year we will broaden the reach of our brand and build more committed riders as we enter new and growing segments in motorcycling and eBicycles,” Levatich said. “More and easier access to two-wheeled freedom on a Harley is well underway.”

Bajaj Triumph motorcycle launch in 2022

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Bajaj and Triumph will introduce new affordable motorcycles in India and abroad under a new partnership.

Bajaj Auto and Triumph Motorcycles have formally announced their new partnership to produce a range of mid-size motorcycles and platforms for the Indian and global markets. The decision was initially announced back in 2017, but the formal agreement was signed only now. The partnership will see a positive impact in either brand’s future business in India as well as abroad.

The long-term partnership agreement follows a non-equity approach under which both brands retain their intellectual property rights. Beyond the operational side of the business, motorcycle enthusiasts have been eagerly looking forward to seeing what the partnership would introduce in our market in due course.

Apparently, Triumph will introduce ‘big bike experience’ while Bajaj continues its expertise at making smaller-capacity motorcycles. Both brands will collaborate on the R&D of each motorcycle and platform, but manufacturing will be done solely at Bajaj’s Chakan facility for all global markets. Eventually, Bajaj will take over Triumph India and introduce the iconic British motorcycle brand to newer markets.

This move will also make Triumph motorcycles much more accessible in the country and have an edge over other premium two-wheeler brands. The first-of-the-line products under the partnership will debut in the Indian market sometime in 2022. There is no news of a bigger-capacity multi-cylinder Bajaj motorcycle yet, but there’s no harm in expecting something of that sort.

With the help of Bajaj, Triumph aims to penetrate further into major Asian markets that are currently dominated by the likes of Japanese motorcycles. In markets where Bajaj does not operate, Triumph Motorcycles will sell the upcoming mid-size products alongside its regular portfolio.

Hence, Bajaj will open doors to a new market in major European nations where Triumph Motorcycles leads. On the other hand, the British motorcycle maker will reap an untapped potential present in the lower, affordable, mass-volume segment. More information regarding the upcoming Bajaj-Triumph products will be shared in the coming months and as the launch timelines close in. The products’ naming will be borrowed from the roots of Triumph’s strong heritage.

While it is too early to confirm the exact specifications and output of the upcoming Triumph-Bajaj motorcycles, the partnership aims to make them “aspirational and affordable” with a targeted ex-showroom price tag starting from under Rs 2 lakh. Currently, the Royal Enfield 650 Twins are the most desirable mid-size motorcycles available in foreign markets that offer superior value for money.

With the introduction of the new range of products under the alliance, major rival brands such as Royal Enfield, Harley-Davidson, etc., might have to worry a bit. Harley-Davidson has already anticipated such a scenario and is working on a 338cc motorcycle for the affordable segments in the Asian market.

Hundreds of bikers rev engines at funeral so motorcycle-mad boy can ‘hear them in heaven’

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Hundreds of bikers made the wish of a grieving dad come true by revving engines at his young son’s funeral so he could “hear them in heaven”.

Romeo Ferreira, who loved motorbikes, died aged three in December after battling a brain tumour.

His father Leandro made a hopeful plea on social media for roadies to make his son’s final day special.

He said he never expected hundreds of clubs from across the country to appear in Leamington Spa on Thursday.

The bikers rode and revved their engines in convoy behind the Romeo’s tiny coffin in a funeral cart, attached to a bike.

Romeo’s mother Kelly told the riders: “The louder the better. And rev it up so everyone can hear them and Romeo can hear from upstairs.”

“Heaven needs to hear the bikes,” Leandro told BBC Midlands Today. “Most of the bikers, 99 per cent, they don’t know Romeo. Everyone has just been awesome.”

One biker said: “Any support we can show, that’s why we’re here,” adding of the small funeral cart: “I’m big and ugly and it teared me up.”

Bikers from across the country answered a grieving dad’s call to come and rev their engines at his son’s funeral so the youngster could ‘hear them in heaven’. Romeo Ferreira died from a brain tumour in December aged three. He loved motorbikes, so his father Leandro appealed for riders to come and make some noise as he was being laid to rest in Leamington Spa. His tiny coffin was even ferried to church in a small sidecar as the convoy of riders followed.

Leandro told the BBC: ‘Heaven needs to hear the bikes, the bikers. Most of the bikers, 99 per cent, they don’t know Romeo. ‘Everyone has just been awesome.’ Romeo’s mum Kelly said she told the bikers: ‘The louder the better. And rev it up so everyone can hear them and Romeo can hear from upstairs.’

As Utah motorcycle deaths rise, cycle groups call for better ban on drivers using hand-held cellphones

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by Lee Davidson from https://www.sltrib.com/

Motorcycle groups revved up a call Thursday for something they say might have saved several of the record 48 riders who died on Utah highways last year: a better ban on the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.

“Every time I ride my motorcycle, I always have to worry that there’s people right next to me, or in front or behind me, that are texting” or talking on cellphones, said Elvecia Ramos, founder of The Riderz Foundation, at a state Capitol news conference. “It drives me crazy.”

She’s not alone.

“We’re getting hit by people who are on their phones. We’re all getting hit by left-hand turns” by drivers without peripheral vision because their phones block it, said Annette Ault, Utah chapter president of American Bikers Aiming Toward Education.

“And we don’t have any protection,” said Terry Marasco, legislative and policy analyst for The Riderz Foundation. 8“We don’t have any air bags. We don’t have any seat belts.”

“And we don’t have any metal around us,” Ault added.

So they are calling for passage of HB101 by Rep. Carol Moss, D-Holladay, to create a better ban.

Hand-held use of cellphones while driving has technically been illegal in Utah since 2007. But it can only be enforced if another moving traffic violation is committed at the same time, such as speeding. So few tickets are ever written.

It also complicates the enforcement of laws that have banned texting while driving since 2009. Police report that when they pull over people they see texting, they often claim to have been merely dialing a phone number — complicating whether they may issue a ticket if they committed no other moving violation.

Moss has tried — and failed — for years to allow direct citations for talking-on-the-phone violations. Republican majorities have repeatedly torpedoed it by arguing that it interferes with personal choice, or that cellphones are no more dangerous than many other distractions, or that it won’t change behavior.

For example, Rep. Phil Lyman, R-Blanding, said in debate last year, “I don’t like a bill that has to spell out everything that is forbidden …. I don’t want to live in a society where that is the standard,” and said most people know it is not smart to phone and drive.

Three-year-old girl rides her own mini-motorcycle – with training wheels – as she zooms along a trail with her father

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by Raven Saunt from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/

  • The footage was recorded on a helmet-cam by Bob Trabuco in Phelan, California
  • The 39-year-old drives down a sandy track with his daughter, Presley, up ahead
  • Social media users were quick to say that she was too young to be on the track

A three-year-old girl was caught on camera riding her own mini-motorcycle as she zoomed along a trail with her father.

The footage was recorded on a helmet-cam by Bob Trabuco in Phelan, California.

In the video, the 39-year-old can be seen driving down the sandy track on a blue motorbike with expanses of open space up ahead.

His three-year-old daughter Presley, who is wearing a grey t-shirt and pink helmet, has come to a stop on the left-hand side of the screen.

She is straddling her own mini-motorbike with her stabilizers keeping her steady on the ground.

Bob looks toward his daughter and says: ‘This might be the most fun day ever riding motorcycles Presley, do you know that?’

The little girl, who is equipped with her own helmet-cam, turns around to look at him before saying that she is ‘too stuck’.

Bob gives her a helping hand and urges the bike forward with his foot before the pair begin to accelerate around the course.

The pair continue to navigate across the rocky terrain before hesitating outside a tunnel as Presley says: ‘Every time I go through a tunnel its too noisy.’

But her father continues to encourage her to complete the course and the video ends shortly after.

The footage was recorded last month during Presley’s first real outing on a motorcycle.

Marketing manager Bob uploaded the clip to his YouTube Channel, Suburban Delinquent, but was quickly met with criticism by users who said that Presley was too young to be out on a track.

One user, wzrubicon, wrote: ‘Actually, it is too young as a three-year-old’s coordination hasn’t even come close to developing.

‘I know others here are saying how cool and great this is, but it’s really f***** up.

‘This is like saying it’s okay for a three-year-old to climb out on a limb 50 feet up a tree.’

Another, Michael Mulcahey, added: ‘When the kid whines non stop then starts crying it’s definitely too soon and not cute.’

But he reassured the internet that Presley, who had mastered a push bike at the age of two, was perfectly safe.

The father-of-one said: ‘I was the proudest parent ever.

‘Never in my life did I think I would be in a situation like that – I choked up a few times while on that trail.

‘Presley is sharp, caring and a bit of a daredevil – she loves to put herself out there.

‘When we go anywhere she will seek out any other kid no matter what their age is and try to be best friends with them, it’s really fun to watch her navigate in social environments.

‘Since she was an infant she has been exposed to motorcycles in one way or another as I own a few.

‘She took an interest in learning to ride on her own after watching videos on YouTube, she watched another little girl learn and asked if she could also learn to ride.

‘My wife and I felt she was capable of taking direction – Presley is smart, she listens and understands consequences associated with risks.’

He added: ‘Presley absolutely didn’t want to go through the tunnel. I think she thought there might be monsters in there, I’m not sure.

‘I ended up having to ride her bike through it.

‘This is Presley’s second time on a motorcycle, her first experience was on Thanksgiving weekend.

‘I put her on the bike and explained the controls and dangers of operating a motorcycle.

‘She rode in a small circle while I chased after her on foot yelling instructions at her.

‘I was terrified so it only lasted a couple of minutes before the bike was put away.’

Other social media users, however, praised Presley’s fearlessness and Bob’s parenting skills.

One, ParanormalRider1, commented: ‘That’s some wholesome family content right there.

‘Parenting done right.’

Anotehr, 2wheelLove1, wrote: ‘Simultaneously the cutest and most badass thing I’ve ever seen. Lol.’

Bob said he was thrilled with the good feedback after posting the clip online and highlighted that next time Presley will be wearing her gloves.

He said: ‘I do appreciate the concern but I’m confident that we did everything right.

‘I had pretty much everything she needed to keep her safe, I did forget to bring her gloves though – I won’t let that happen again, the internet slayed me for it.

‘The helmet-to-helmet communications kept it safe, it meant I was able to very calmly give her direction and advice.

‘By not yelling stuff over the sounds of the bikes it helped keep emotions to a minimum.

‘Presley understood what she was doing and I knew what to look for, we spoke about everything extensively before the bike was ever started.

‘The day she’s able to pick the bike up on her own and hold it up with at least one foot planted is the day those wheels come off.

‘Besides a few internet trolls, the response to the video has been really positive – with thousands of people from all over the world praising her.

‘It’s really cool to hear strangers share their personal stories of their first time riding or riding with their kids.

‘I can’t believe how many people have been touched through this video, I think it brought back a lot of memories for some.

‘I also think the world is insane at the moment and we all need a “feel-good” video to remind us we are all just humans.’

Presley shows no signs of slowing down with Bob claiming she’s desperate to hit the track again.

He said: ‘I have plans to take Presley out in future as she’s been asking a lot lately.

‘We’ll go again real soon and I’ll make sure to film it and put the video up for everyone to see.

‘It’s really funny, anytime someone new comes over she makes them watch the video – she’s very proud of it and so are we.

‘We haven’t been back out since as I have been looking for a new place without any rocks.

‘The message I would like people to take from this video would be to experience life and do it with those who you love – for me, motorcycling allows me to do that.

‘I hope the video inspires some to get their kids away from the TV or games and try something new.’

Comtech builds navigation platform for Indian Motorcycle’s Ride Command System

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Comtech Telecommunications has announced its Location Technologies group has teamed up with Indian Motorcycle to build a motorcycle-specific navigation platform for its Ride Command system. Customized to enhance the Indian Motorcycle experience, the built-in navigation platform is designed to provide riders with continuous connectivity. In addition to turn-by-turn directions, riders will be able to access real-time access to special routing options for locating the shortest, fastest and most scenic routes.

This includes waypoint routing that enhances the rider’s overall navigation experience by adding up to 100 stops, or special points-of-interest, as well as real-time traffic and weather overlays. Comtech’s navigation platform also features Doppler weather radar information. These navigation features are coupled with maps available onboard and offboard, as riders ride through areas where cellular connectivity is limited.

Using its Location Studio platform, Comtech provided navigation and mapping leveraging an open ecosystem to customize Ride Command. In addition to specialized routing, Ride Command includes an intuitive search system and can support geographical data from multiple countries and 11 different language capabilities with a plan to expand in the future. The Ride Command system is included with various Indian Motorcycle models.