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Understanding the World of Chopper Magazines

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The Ups and Downs of Print Media
by Bandit and a handful of Editors

I thought I might check in on the Motorcycle Magazine industry, specifically the chopper guys. F***, I didn’t know what I was diving into. A couple of years ago only one magazine survived the cost issues, the internet competition and the distribution expenses, Cycle Source.

Some magazines went sorta underground, changed their formats and dropped out of the retail market. Then Chopper Magazine returned with a large glossy format, quality printing but subscription only.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for December 2022

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world

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This month’s NCOM news covers topics as varied as:

  • Congress requires NHTSA to force Automakers to monitor drivers
  • Best and Worst Drivers in the USA presented State-wise
  • Unvaccinated at higher risk of Traffic Accidents claims Canadian researchers studying encrypted government records
  • The Road to Decarbonization
  • European Motorcycle group calls to make Motorcycling affordable
  • First Honda ‘Electric Motorcycle’ on Parade
  • Yamaha goes green with Plant-based materials for future bike designs
  • Romanian motorcyclists obligated to carry fire extinguishers

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Royal Enfield Opens New CKD Facility in Brazil

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Royal Enfield strengthens commitment to Americas region with the inauguration of new CKD facility, the third motorcycle assembly unit in South America and fourth across the world.

Milwaukee, WI (Friday, December 9, 2022) – Royal Enfield, the global leader in the midsize (250cc – 750cc) motorcycling segment, today began a new chapter on its journey in the Americas region, and specifically in Brazil, with the commencement of operations of its new CKD (complete knock down) assembly facility. This is a significant step forward in Royal Enfield’s plans in LatAm, and reiterates the brand’s commitment to the region, as Brazil is a strong market for Royal Enfield.

Located in Manaus, capital of Amazonas state, the new facility is the fourth Royal Enfield CKD assembly unit across the world—after Thailand, Colombia and Argentina—in addition to its state-of-the-art manufacturing and ancillary facilities located in India.

With an assembly capacity of more than 15,000 units per year, the local assembly unit in Manaus is a modern facility that will cater to growing demand in the country. The facility will engage in local assembly of the entire lineup of Royal Enfield motorcycles, including the Classic 350, the Meteor 350, the Himalayan, and the 650 twin motorcycles, Continental GT and the INT. With this setup, Royal Enfield can now ensure seamless and quicker delivery timelines for motorcycles in Brazil.

Speaking at the inauguration of the new facility, Royal Enfield CEO, B Govindarajan, said, “Royal Enfield has been working extensively to grow the middleweight motorcycling segment globally. With markets like the Americas region, Europe and the Asia-Pacific growing significantly, it has been our strategic intent to be closer to these markets and grow the business. We commenced on this journey a couple of years ago and have set up strategic assembly facilities in Thailand, and in Argentina and Colombia in LatAm. Brazil has been a very strong market for Royal Enfield, and is soon poised to be the single largest market for us outside of India. We have seen growth of more than 100% since 2019 here in Brazil. We are very happy to launch our fourth CKD facility globally here in Brazil and this is testament to our commitment to the region and the market potential, and to our growing community of riding enthusiasts in the market. We are confident that this facility will help us grow the mid-segment market here in Brazil while enabling us to efficiently cater to the growing demand.”

Brazil has been a critical market for Royal Enfield since the brand’s market foray in 2017. Having made significant strides in the country and across the entire Americas Region, Royal Enfield is now among the top five players in the midsize motorcycle segment in markets such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and North America. With a burgeoning consumer base and a significant retail network in the region, the new local assembly unit will be a critical boost for business growth in the LatAm Region.

About Royal Enfield: The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for November 2022

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) News provides updates on motorcycle industry, market, legislation, rights of bikers, motorcyclists in USA, and motorcycle news from around the world.

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  • AVID MOTORCYCLIST ELECTED AGAIN TO NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE
  • ARIZONA SENATOR CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF THE RPM ACT
  • U.S. LAWMAKERS PURSUE “RIGHT TO REPAIR” CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
  • HARLEY HIT WITH ANOTHER RIGHT-TO-REPAIR LAWSUIT
  • EUROPE MOVES TO BAN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES
  • INTERNATIONAL TREATY AGAINST FOSSIL FUELS FLOATED AT U.N. CLIMATE SUMMIT
  • WORLD’S BIGGEST BIKE SHOW BREAKS NEW RECORDS
  • SUZUKI-POWERED DRONE TAKES FLIGHT

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David Uhl and Michael Lichter’s Motorcycles as Art

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Artist David Uhl – New Release 2022

Worldwide release of his latest – – his first ever Halloween-themed piece.

This is the photo reference he’ll use when he sits down at the easel to create his latest masterpiece.

As David stated, “The first time I saw this outrageous build by 70’s Helmets was at Michael Lichter’s Motorcycles as Art exhibit in Sturgis. It simply was destined to be painted.”

FROM David Uhl Fine Art, Uhl Studios :

We are now taking orders for the Fine Art canvas prints. Each print will be hand-signed by David and numbered, along with the appropriate Certificate of Authenticity.

Please note: We will take orders for these through November 7th, at which time we will close the edition.

** Image size 18 x 24, $895 framed

** Image size 24 x 32, $1,295 framed

** Image size 30 x 40, $1,895 framed

Please let me know if you’d like to reserve this new piece. You can respond to this email or call me at 303-913-4840.

Thanks!

Greg
International Sales Director

Visit Website at: https://www.uhlstudios.com/

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for October 2022

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Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

In the news this month:

  • Arizona Lane Filtering Law
  • Attack on Noise in California
  • Federal Answer on Anti-Biker Profiling
  • Cost of charging e-bike as much as refueling an ICE engine bike
  • Linking Russian Attacks to Potholes in UK
  • Plant-based Asphalt from France
  • Now Watch Videos while you ‘Drive’ a Self-driving Car
  • Gamers to explore Poke-universe on Motorcycles

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Evidence of a Harley-Davidson Pan America 975 Emerges

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A smaller, more affordable Pan America makes a lot of sense if Harley-Davidson wants to expand its share of the ADV market.
by Dennis Chung from https://www.motorcycle.com

Earlier this year, signs of a Pan America 975 were mistakenly mentioned in an official Harley-Davidson web page for an accessory locking fuel cap. Up until shortly after our article went live, the page listed the fuel cap as being compatible with the RA1250 (Pan America 1250) and RA1250S (Pan America 1250 Special) as well as two unannounced models: the RA975 and RA965S, which we assumed to be Pan America models powered by the 975cc version of the Revolution Max engine, like the one equipped on the Nightster.

Motorcycle.com has now obtained further evidence of the existence of middleweight versions of Harley-Davidson’s adventure-tourer, once again from Harley itself, as well as the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The proof comes via official installation instructions for a pair of accessory mirrors designed for Revolution Max models. The ’66 Collection Round Mirrors and Empire Mirrors (available in black anodized or anodized with machine-milled highlights) are designed to fit all RevMax models, including the Pan America 1250, Pan America 1250 Special, Sportster S, and Nightster. For most markets, including the U.S., the installation instructions specify additional steps for “for all models except RA1250S”, which is the model code for the Pan America 1250 Special. These added steps are necessary because the non-Pan America models (i.e. the Sportster S and Nightster) come with bar-end mirrors and require installing handlebar mounts for the accessory mirrors.

The instructions for a few other markets, however, provide the same additional steps “for all models except RA1250S and RA975S”. Both model codes are listed in the instructions for Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia, and Ukraine. We’ve gone through the mirror kit instructions for all other markets and languages, and none of them mention the RA975 (or the previously leaked RA965S which now appears to have been a typo.)

It’s probably not a coincidence that the nine markets above do not have their own dedicated sections on www.harley-davidson.com (i.e. they do not appear in the country and language dropdown in the top right corner of every page of the Harley-Davidson consumer website.) What this suggests is that someone on Harley-Davidson’s web team went through every language on their site and scrubbed mentions of the RA975S, but because these nine countries aren’t on the site, they somehow got overlooked.

Further proof comes to us from NHTSA’s Safety Issues and Recalls page. This page lets people look up any recalls, safety investigations, consumer complaints and manufacturer communications in NHTSA’s system. As of this writing, if you click on the Vehicle tab and search for “RA975” or “RA975S,” you will find three service bulletins for a 2022 Harley-Davidson RA975 and RA975S.

Two of the bulletins, M1559 and M1560, are for all Harley-Davidson Revolution Max models, including the 2021-2022 RA1250 and RA1250S, the 2021-2022 RH1250S (Sportster S), the 2022 RH975 (Nightster) and the 2022 RA975 and RA975S. The third service bulletin, M1558, is for all 2021-2022 Pan America models regarding the proper routing of the lower radiator hose, and it affects the 2021-2022 Pan America 1250 and 1250 Special, as well as the two 2022 RA975 models. The wording of service bulletin M1558 suggests the smaller models will also go by the “Pan America” name.

Looking at all this evidence, it seems pretty clear the RA975 and RA975S exist, and are unlikely to be the result of a simple typo, alhough the previous leak listing a RA965S now appears to be an error. There is no logical reason to exclude the RA975S from additional installation steps if it doesn’t exist. Likewise, the NHTSA information suggests it’s highly unlikely someone mistook the RA975 and RA975S for the Sportster S or Nightster.

What’s particularly interesting is that NHTSA lists the RA975 and RA975S as 2022 models. That, plus the fact the smaller Pan America was mentioned in instructions for accessories currently on sale suggests that Harley-Davidson likely planned to include the mid-sized ADVs this year but decided against launching them, perhaps due to supply chain constraints. The installation instructions and all three service bulletins are dated between Aug. 8 and Aug. 16, which gives us an indication on when a decision may have been made.

Still, we expect the RA975 and RA975S will come out at some point, likely for 2023. Harley-Davidson is expected to announce the bulk of its 2023 models in January. An appearance at EICMA might be possible, but at this point, the only Harley presence confirmed for the show is a booth about the brand’s 120th anniversary events.

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RevZilla Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Storefront

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RevZilla Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Storefront in Newport Beach
The leading online powersports brand launches its latest brick-and-mortar experience with a three-day event

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 26, 2022 —

RevZilla, the largest digital platform for moto-enthusiasts worldwide, is celebrating the grand opening of its new location in Southern California. This is RevZilla’s first California retail location and the brand’s fourth store nationwide. The new storefront has received an overwhelming “welcome” from the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa riding communities and RevZilla is throwing a grand opening MotoBash event on September 30 – October 2 to thank the community.

“Southern California has always had a strong riding culture and we’re honored to serve the community that’s embraced us since our inception,” said Stevan Popovich, Chief Business Develop ent Officer, Comoto Family of Brands. “This new location gives RevZilla access to one of the largest retail markets in the U.S. and offers our customers yet another in-store experience where they can engage with the RevZilla brand firsthand, along with other local riders.”

RevZilla will be hosting a grand opening event at the new store (1812 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, Calif., 92627) from Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. PT each day.

Throughout the weekend, the public is invited to celebrate the opening with several fun—and free—activities at the store, including:

  • Meet RevZilla Media Hosts Ari Henning and Jen Dunstan
  • See the Yoshimura Racing R7 motorcycle that Ari Hemming raced in the MotoAmerica round at Laguna Seca this summer
  • Enjoy live music, food and refreshments
  • Participate in moto-giveaways* throughout the weekend. Winners will receive a variety of items from gloves to helmets and much more

RevZilla is the leading online destination for all things motorcycling with the largest selection of helmets, apparel and accessories, and the most in-depth content catalog of riding education and entertainment. The RevZilla in-store experience is an extension of the beloved online brand, bringing the Gear Expert level of motorcycle apparel to help riders find the best solution for their needs.

The Newport Beach location will regularly host community events and feature a full line-up of motorcycle gear including helmets, men’s and women’s apparel, race suits, parts and more. The retailer has been the go-to brand for riders across the globe for more than a decade and is excited to bring a new brick-and-mortar location to the ever-growing Southern California rider community.

Members of the media, community members and residents are invited to join the grand opening festivities. For more information on RevZilla and the new store, please visit https://www.revzilla.com/newport-beach.

*Interested parties must register onsite and be present to win

About Comoto Family of Brands : Comoto is America’s largest and fastest growing omni-channel platform in the powersports aftermarket-products industry, dedicated to advancing the experience of moto-enthusiasts across the globe. Comoto’s brands, RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, and REVER deliver premium products, dedicated expertise, engaging media, and passionate customer support of the rider community through best-in-class eCommerce and retail
experiences.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for September 2022

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Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

THE AIM / NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM).

In the News this Month:

  • QEII RIP
  • NEW STUDY REVEALS SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE NOT SAFE FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
  • SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE COMING, SOONER THAN LATER
  • CALIFORNIA VOTES TO BAN NEW GAS CAR SALES BY 2035
  • NOTEWORTHY TOO: MAJOR HEATWAVE IN CHINA DISRUPTS SUPPLY CHAIN
  • TEN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES DUE FROM HONDA BY 2025
  • ILLINOIS ANNOUNCES ROUND TWO OF ITS EV REBATE PROGRAM, INCLUDING BIKES
  • BIG BROTHER MAY PUT AN END TO SPEEDING IN NEW YORK
  • ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULATED NATIONS SET TO BAN ALL MOTORCYCLES

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for August 2022

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Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

In the News this Month:

  • Motorcyclist killed by self-driving car — “the driver of the Tesla said he had the ‘auto-pilot’ setting on…he told police he didn’t see the motorcyclist.”
  • UN set to allow increased speed for autonomous vehicles
  • Honda developing lane assistance system for the “bikes of the future”
  • UK wants to ban the sale of new fossil fueled motorcycles
  • Jury acquits trucker charged with seven-count motorcycle homicide (Yes! Its that New Hampshire trucker!!!)
  • Petition calls for proper punishment for Bike thieves
  • Sturgis traffic down, but still higher than average
  • Bonneville motorcycle speed trials cancelled due to flooding
  • Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) calls it quits
  • SAVE THE DATE 2023 NCOM Conevention in Phoenix

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