Harley-Davidson brings back Super Ride – Test Drive Before you Buy.

2010 Sportster Forty-Eight - Super Ride

2010 Sportster Forty-Eight - Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson and their dealers are bringing back their test ride program, Super Ride. Tough economic times may be playing a part in why Harley-Davidson has decided to bring back the program that allows potential buyers to test ride 2010 Harley-Davidson models. Motorcycle test rides are generally not allowed by most dealers as many motorcycle shoppers already know. The Super Ride program will start on April 1 and end on June 30th.

There are some restrictions to the Super Ride program.

You must have a valid motorcycle license to take the short test ride, among other requirements.
While this program is available to all Harley-Davidson dealers, some may decline to participate.

Check with your local Harley-Davidson dealer to see if they are participating in the Super Ride program.

Source [JS Online, Read Entire Story]

Harley-Davidson unveils newest bike aimed at a younger demographic

Milwaukee based Harley-Davidson has just unveiled a new bike designed to appeal to the next generation of riders and this bike is not your father’s Harley-Davidson. FOX6 Reporter Mike Lowe shows you the newest bike in the Dark Custom series.

Source [Fox 6 Now]

The Governator Promoting Electric Motorcycles

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Zero Motorcycle

Photo: Zero Motorcycles

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is promoting California’s recent approval of a statewide rebate program which gives consumers $1,500 off the purchase of an electric cycle. To help promote the new rebate, Schwarzenegger along with CEO of Zero Motorcycles, Gene Banman, held a press conference in front of the State Capital in Sacramento. At the press conference, Zero Motorcycles displayed their 2010 models and gave the Governor a personal demonstration of their industry leading bikes.

We are not too sure if the Terminator will be riding a Zero Motorcycle in future movies, but the Governator seems excited about them.

“Zero electric motorcycles are very important technology and this is great for California because this is an ideal place to ride motorcycles,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I love the financial side of these motorcycles because they cost less then one cent per mile to operate and you get a 10% federal tax credit plus a California rebate of $1,500. That equates to a 25 percent price reduction making these electric motorcycles affordable for anybody.”

“We are honored to be here and to have received the support of Governor Schwarzenegger. We are a California company creating California jobs and are extremely proud the Governor’s office recognized us for our efforts,” said Gene Banman, CEO, Zero Motorcycles.

Visit Zero Motorcycles for more information about their products.

There is also a good article about the Zero Motorcycle written by Bryan Harley, who is the Cruiser & Custom Editor of Motorcycle USA.

Source [USA Today]

Arizona Officials say it’s the worst motorcycle crash they have ever seen.

March 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Safety

Arizona Motorcycle Crash3 Arizonans and 1 Louisianan were killed in one of the worst Motorcycle Accidents ever seen by Arizona Safety Officials.  The accident happened last Thursday when a dump truck driven by Michael J. Jakscht slammed into a group of riders that were stopped at a red light in north Phoenix.  Five other riders were also injured in the crash.

The driver Michael J. Jakscht, 46 years old, received minor injuries from the accident and showed no signs of impairment afterwards.  Early reports indicate Jakscht was eastbound on Carefree Highway when he failed to control his speed and collided with the rear of the eight motorcycles and four other vehicles.

Local newspapers are claiming Jakscht currently has two pending speeding tickets, both issued this month.

The American Motorcyclist Association also released a statement that read, ‘The AMA expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims in Thursday’s large motorcycle crash in Phoenix,’ noting they ‘remained concerned about incident and are looking into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.’

Buy a Used Motorcycle sends our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims. We also wish a speedy recovery to the riders who sustained injuries from the accident.

You can read the entire story at Clutch and Chrome.

Source [Clutch and Chrome]

Motorcycle Instructor giving lessons while drunk.

March 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Riding Classes, Safety

Sandra Kenyon giving motorcycle lessons while drunk

Photo: Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry Agency

Sandra Kenyon, a motorcycle instructor in the U.K., has been fired from the school where she taught new motorcycle riders on the importance of riding safe. Why was Sandra let go from her instructor duties? Well apparently she was drinking and riding while teaching class. She was so drunk during one lesson she fell off her bike three times. Losing her job is not her only problem. Sandra was also been given an interim driving ban by Bingley Magistrates’ Court after she admitted to drinking and driving while giving the lessons. Sandra’s drink of choice, French brandy.

Source [Telegraph, Read Entire Story]

Getting a motorcycle license may get tougher in British Columbia

March 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Legislation, Safety

It looks like motorcycle riders will have to work a little harder to get their license in British Columbia.  The British Columbia Coroners Service is recommending that the B.C. government  change the rules when it comes to licensing motorcycle riders. They are making the recommended changes due to rise in motorcycle deaths.

Here are the changes being recommended:

  • Establish a graduated-licence program for new riders.
  • Require mandatory industry certification for all motorcycle helmets.
  • Implement a zero-tolerance blood-alcohol policy for new riders.
  • Issue a different-coloured licence plate to motorcyclists who hold a learner’s licence.
  • Re-evaluate existing standards for training schools and instructor certification.
  • Expand the scope of coroner’s investigations involving motorcycle deaths to include more data and compile it in a specific section for better analysis in the future.

There were 286 motorcycle-related deaths on B.C. roads between 2000 and 2007.

Source [CBC News, Read Entire Story]

Rumors of a Harley Takeover

March 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Manufacturers

Rumors are floating around that private equity firms are bidding for Harley-Davidson. It looks like some rumors are circulating that several private equity groups are proposing to buy Harley-Davidson. The news has caused Harley’s stock price to rise throughout the day. I don’t know if the rumors are true and if a deal will happen. Just hope Cerberus isn’t one of the bidders.

Source [The Street, Read Entire Story]

Seth Enslow breaks world record for longest jump on a Harley not once, but twice.

March 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Motorcycle Stunts

Cash is still king. If you think it isn’t, then make sure the check clears the bank first.

March 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Buying Advice

Investigators in Northern Ohio are looking for a man by the name of Lamar Johnson who they believe has purchased several motorcycles and some trucks with fake checks. In all the transactions, Johnson allegedly paid for the bikes with bogus checks. By the time the sellers realized that the check was no good it was too late.

One of the victims called “Eugene” sold his Honda Sport Bike for $6,000 to Johnson through craigslist. Eugene says Johnson showed up late at night and paid with a U.S. bank check.  “It looked like a legitimate check,” Eugene said. It looks like Eugene should have been a bit more cautious.

You can read the rest of this story here.

We posted the above story as a reminder on how to handle payments when you are selling your motorcycle.

Make sure you receive payment by either cash or a certified check. If you decide to take a cashier’s check or a certified check, be sure to ask the issuing bank to verify that the check is genuine and the account contains sufficient funds to cover the check amount. Wait until the check clears before you hand over the keys and transfer the title.

With that said, we still believe cash is king. If you are uncomfortable with large amounts of cash then you can always go to the bank with the buyer and make an electronic transfer to your account.

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Source [wkyc.com, Read Entire Story]

Times may be tough at Harley-Davidson, but things are looking up for their CEO.

March 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Manufacturers

Harley Davidson's CEO - Keith WandellAs with most companies, times have been a little rough for Harley-Davidson during the Great Recession. In the past year they have laid off workers, closed some factories, shut down the Buell brand, and lost $218.7 million in the fourth quarter of last year. I am not too sure if Harley-Davidson is starting to turn the corner yet, but hopefully they are.

Things went pretty well for their new CEO, Keith Wandell, during the first eight months of running the troubled motorcycle manufacturer. According to a regulatory filing he received a pay package of $6.4 million dollars for being the head hog during 2009. Keith E. Wandell received a base salary of $650,025 from his start date of May 1 through the end of 2009, according to proxy a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He received a bonus of $780,030 and stock and option awards valued at $4.9 million at the time they were issued.

There is no doubt that Mr. Wandell has a tough road ahead as Harley-Davidson’s boss as he acknowledged that the U.S. motorcycle market will likely take more than a year to rebound fully, if it ever does, amid a pullback in discretionary spending, he said in an interview back in January.

Source [The Associated Press, Read Entire Story]