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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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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for July 2022

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

  • NCOM Convention Rocks Nashville
  • New Motorcycle Organizations join NCOM
  • Fuel Transperancy
  • Tennessee waives Registration Fees for One Year
  • Iowa ATV Riders now have greater access to State Roads
  • New York gets tough on Non-Legal Road Bikes
  • No more Licenses required for Three-Wheelers in Utah

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Five Motorcycle Sales Trends Shaking the Vintage Market

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Prices for classic motorcycles are changing

by James Hewitt from Hagerty.com

There’s a Hagerty Motorcycle Price Guide that uses thousands of transactions to track values on 9751 motorcycles. Here are five trends that stood out to us in the most recent update, released in June.

The smart take in the motorcycle community of late, much like for cars, is that a full-on, concours-level restoration rarely pays — at least financially speaking.

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Used Volkswagens and Autonomous Cars

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This is for those committed to keep driving alive

Never Stop Driving ! Two things are on my mind: A recent sale of a used Volkswagen and a podcast in which Elon Musk said Tesla cars will have Level IV autonomous capability in 2023. I think the two are related. Let me explain.

While I would not mind an autonomous pilot myself from time to time, I am first and foremost a driver. The one thing I’ve had in common at all my gigs is that I have no off-hours from cars. I spend nearly every waking minute either working on cars; driving cars, whether around town or, my favorite, long road trips; racing; or passing on my enthusiasm.

Your humble narrator fathoms deep in the car thing.

–by Larry Webster from Hagerty.com

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for May 2022

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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.

THIS MONTH –

  • US President Recognizes Motorcycle Awareness Month
  • Traffic Deaths Top 16 Year High
  • Teenagers More Likely To Die in Car Crash Than by COVID
  • European Motorcyclists Fight to Protect Rider Data
  • New Hampshire Outlaws Motorcycle Profiling
  • Seeking Support for Federal Anti-Profiling Measure
  • California may Establish Pilot Noise Camera Program
  • NCOM Nashville – Be There If you Care

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The 37th annual NCOM Convention in Nashville, Tennessee will draw hundreds of bikers’ rights activists from across America to “Music City, USA” from June 17-19 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport, 10 Century Blvd. (615-871-0033 for room reservations), to discuss and develop legal and legislative strategies regarding issues of concern to all riders.

For more information, or to pre-register (by June 10), call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com. ALL motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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Harley-Davidson Regains Number One Position In India’s High-End Motorcycle Segment

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Earlier Harley-Davidson, exited the Indian market and again entered in 2020.

by Sameer Contractor from https://www.carandbike.com/
by FPJ Web Desk from https://www.freepressjournal.in/

According to the data shared by SIAM, Harley sold 601 motorcycles in FY-2022, as compared to only 206 Harley-Davidson motorcycles sold during FY-2021. It’s a 37 per cent growth in sales as compared to last year.

Hero MotoCorp took over Harley’s distribution in India in October 2020 including motorcycles, accessories, merchandise and more. The company is currently operating about 13 dealerships and 10 authorised service centres across the country.

Harley-Davidson has witnessed a resurgence in its sales in India as the brand managed to regain the number one spot in the high-end motorcycle segment in the country. The company, which announced its exit and subsequent re-entry into the Indian market in 2020, has been on a road to a revival with partner Hero MotoCorp.

According to the data shared by SIAM, Harley sold 601 motorcycles in FY-2022, of which 531 units were sold in the 1,000 cc and above two-wheeler segment. The company witnessed a 37 per cent growth year-on-year. In comparison, only 206 Harley-Davidson motorcycles were sold during FY-2021.

When compared to other premium motorcycle brands, Harley was substantially ahead with Triumph Motorcycles India selling 336 units, Kawasaki selling 283 units, Suzuki selling 233 and Honda selling 71 units in the 1,000 cc and above motorcycle segment.

The majority of the iconic American brand’s sales have been driven by its new launches, the Pan America 1250 adventure tourer and the Sportster S cruiser and mark a revolution, both in terms of a platform and segment for the manufacturer.

It’s also noteworthy that a bulk of Harley’s previous sales in India were driven by entry-level offerings like the Street 750, Iron 883 and the Forty-Eight, which were locally assembled. While the latter models are still on sale, they are now wholly imported much like the rest of the range comprising the Pan America 1250, Sportster S, Fab Bob, Fat Boy, Heritage Classic, Road King, Road Glide and Street Glide.

The company is now gearing up to introduce the Harley-Davidson Nightster S later this year.

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