Harley-Davidson signed by pope Francis himself sold in auction!

If you wonder about typical Harley-Davidson owner or fan I think Pope Francis is one of the last persons to become on your mind.

Source: theguardian.com, Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPAPope Francis' Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide

 

Nevertheless it is not expected there is some connection and passion for Harley-Davidson with him. Theguardian.com remarked that the black leather has not much use in the life of the pope and I must admit they are quite right. So what is this all about?

Auction took place in January in Paris this year and Harley-Davidson 1,585cc bike has been sold for more than 200 000 Euro to private bidder in Europe. The bidding took about 6 minutes and the whole amount is going to charity – that is more like pope Francis usual style, however there may be some connection between him and Harley-Davidson!

 

In every way facts are clear – nice pieco of bike has served good purpose.

Great-Grandson of William Davidson named Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (April 23, 2010) –Harley-Davidson today announced that Bill Davidson, Vice President of Core Customer Marketing and great-grandson of Company co-founder, William A. Davidson, has been named Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum and Factory Tours. The Museum’s current leader, Stacey Watson, is taking on a newly elevated role leading marketing for all Harley-Davidson customer segments across North America. These new roles begin June 1st.

“Bill and Stacey are passionate leaders with dynamic backgrounds in marketing and customer outreach,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “A guy like Bill Davidson running our Museum is a natural next phase for this important business. He’s spent his career – probably since he could walk – deeply focused on strengthening Harley-Davidson’s relationships with our riders around the world.”

Davidson has been with Harley-Davidson for more than 26 years in various leadership positions throughout Marketing. “Harley-Davidson is in my blood,” said Davidson. “The Museum is not only the story of Harley-Davidson – it’s the story of America, told through the lens of an iconic company. I’m excited and honored to share that story and continue to build the Harley-Davidson legacy with everyone who visits the Museum from around the world.”

The Museum opened in July 2008, under the leadership of Watson. She was instrumental in the design, development, construction and launch of the Museum, which has become a highly regarded and awarded destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world.

“I am proud of what we accomplished together at the Museum to create a world-class destination right here in Milwaukee,” said Watson, “and I am thrilled to continue strengthening the Company’s focus on customers in my new role.”

Reaching customers in new demographic segments is one of the Company’s highest priorities. In her new role as Senior Director, Consumer Segment Marketing, Watson will be responsible for directing the marketing strategy for all core and outreach consumer segments within North America, with a special focus on Women, Young Adults and Diverse markets. Watson joined Harley-Davidson in 1996, and has held roles in York Vehicle Operations in York, Pa., Buell Motorcycle Company, New Business Development and Harley-Davidson Europe.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum

The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee and provides a glimpse of American history and culture like you’ve never seen it before – through the lens of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Museum is open year-round (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon-Wed and Fri-Sun, and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs) and parking is free. For more information on the Museum’s galleries, exhibits, special events, tickets, and more, visit www.h-dmuseum.com.

Source [Harley-Davidson Press Release]

Harley-Davidson is making no promises to their employees.

The road to recovery for Harley-Davidson seems to still have some potholes in it.  In a recent question and answer session between Harley-Davidson management, shareholders, and employees, Harley-Davidson’s CEO Wandell said that the company still faces challenges from the still struggling economy and that he can make no guarantees when it comes to the job security of its employees.

“I wish to God I could stand in front of everybody and say that you’re going to be guaranteed a job for life,” Wandell said. “We’d all be great friends and pat each other on the back and walk into the sunset together. You know what? Life isn’t that simple.”

“I will come to work every day, roll up my sleeves, work next to you on the line, whatever has to happen to ensure that we are a great company,” Wandell said. “But I’m not going to tell people something that isn’t true.”

A member of the United of the United Steelworkers Union, Deborah Evans, claims that unionized production workers “aren’t feeling the love” from Harley-Davidson’s Management.

The situation with Harley-Davidson is eerily similar to what American Car manufacturers have had to deal with during the Great Recession. It will no doubt be interesting to see how this story plays out.

Source [The Business Journal of Milwaukee]

Harley-Davidson Beats Expectations with 1st Quarter Results

Boosted by Harley-Davidson’s Financial Services return to profitability, motorcycle retail sales that declined less than expected, and rising stock shares, Harley-Davidson released its 2010 First Quarter results with optimism today. The Motor Company’s first-quarter 2010 income from continuing operations was reported at $68.7 million, or $0.29 per share, which exceeded analysts’ projections of $0.22 per share. The three quarter slump of H-D’s Financial Services was broken by a reported first quarter operating income of $26.7 million, an increase of $15.5 million compared to the same quarter results from 2009. The improvement was said to be driven by improved credit performance in the retail motorcycle loan portfolio and by a lower cost of funds. And backed by the announcement of its first quarter results, Harley stocks jumped this morning with a $2.58 gain to $35.35, a rise of 7.9%.

“We are encouraged by our progress in the first quarter,” said Keith Wandell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “We are seeing directional improvement in our dealers’ retail motorcycle sales as we enter the key selling season. At the same time, given the global economic uncertainty that still exists, we believe conditions will remain challenging throughout this year, and we will continue to factor that into how we manage the business.

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Post Courtesy of Motorcycle USA, Editor Bryan Harley