Amazing English motorcycles replicas by Heiwa

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Japanese manufacturers from Heiwa are trying to fill the gap on market with those decent replicas. Many drivers have been looking for some solid old-timer. This deal looks quite fine. Replicas include brands like Norton, Triumph and many others. If you insist on true historical reconstruction then you should rather choose different brand. These motorbikes are designed as much from contemporary parts as possible. It means that only a few parts of the bike are made exclusively for those bikes and you will have some effort obtaining them if they need to be replaced. On the other side this fact may be the one that can be serious dealbreaker for many people who decides about new replica. Especially in Japan. Yokohama hot rod custom show was the place where you could see many of those bikes shining and blazing. If you are amazed of those do not be afraid. Soon there should be new shop in Califronia opened. Pictures: autofun.blesk.cz

A complete start list of the World Motorcycle Championship

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It all begins today at the Losail circuit, where you can hear the sound of motorbikes during their training. It is really exciting and that is only warm up. This time you can feel the competition in the air. This is going to be on the edge. Let’s see who will compete on the circuit!

Moto3

AirAsia-SIC-AJO – Zulfahmi Khairuddin

Ambrogio Next Racing – Simone Grotzkyj, Giulian Pedone

Andalucia JHK Laglisse – Ivan Moreno

Bankia Aspar Team – Alberto Moncayo, Hector Faubel

Blusens Avintia – Maverick Vinales

Cresto Guide MZ Racing – Toni Finsterbusch

Elba-Caretta Technology – Jack Miller, Alexis Masbou

Estrella Galicia 0’0 – Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira

Ioda Team Italia – Luigi Morciano

IodaRacing Project – Jonas Folger

JHK T-Shirt Laglisse – Efren Vazquez, Adrian Martin

Mahindra Racing – Marcel Schrotter, Danny Webb

Moto FGR – Jasper Iwema

Ongetta-Centro Seta – Isaac Vinales

Racing Team Germany – Louis Rossi

Red Bull KTM Ajo – Sandro Cortese, Danny Kent, Arthur Sissis

Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta – Jakub Kornfeil

RW Racing GP – Luis Salom, Brad Binder

San Carlo Gresini Moto3 – Niccolo Antonelli

Team Italia FMI – Romano Fenati, Alessandro Tonucci

Technomag-CIP-TSR – Kenta Fujii, Alan Techer

TT Motion Events Racing – Niklas Ajo

Moto2

Arguinano Racing Team – Ricard Cardus

Blusens Avintia – Julian Simon

Came IodaRacing Project – Simone Corsi

Cresto Guide MZ Racing – Alexander Lundh

Desguaces La Torre SAG – Angel Rodriguez

Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 – Gino Rea

GP Team Switzerland – Randy Krummenacher

Interwetten-Paddock – Thomas Luthi

Italtrans Racing Team – Takaaki Nakagami, Claudio Corti

JIR Moto2 – Johann Zarco, Eric Granado

Kiefer Racing – Max Neukirchner

Mapfre Aspar Team – Nicolas Terol, Toni Elias

Marc VDS Racing Team – Mika Kallio, Scott Redding

NGM Mobile Forward Racing – Alex De Angelis, Yuki Takahashi

Pons 40 HP Tuenti – Pol Espargaro, Axel Pons, Esteve Rabat

QMMF Racing Team – Elena Rosell, Anthony West

S/Master Speed Up – Mike Di Meglio

SAG Team – Marco Colandrea

Speed Master – Andrea Iannone

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol – Marc Marquez

Tech 3 Racing – Xavier Simeon, Bradley Smith

Technomag-CIP – Roberto Rolfo, Dominique Aegerter

Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 – Ratthapark Wilairot

MotoGP

Avintia Blusens – Ivan Silva, Yonny Hernandez

Came IodaRacing Project – Danilo Petrucci

Cardion AB Motoracing – Karel Abraham

Ducati Team – Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden

LCR Honda MotoGP – Stefan Bradl

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow

NGM Mobile Forward Racing – Colin Edwards

Paul Bird Motorsport – James Ellison

Power Electronics Aspar – Randy De Puniet, Aleix Espargaro

Pramac Racing Team – Hector Barbera

Repsol Honda Team – Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa

San Carlo Honda Gresini – Alvaro Bautista, Michele Pirro

Speed Master – Mattia Pasini

Yamaha Factory Racing – Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo

Confederate Hellcat X132 – the third kitty from hell

Production of 3rd generation of innovative showbike X132 Confederate Hellcat will start next year. Do not hesitate to order, there will be a lot of customers and few pieces.

Production is planned since January 2012, with a speed of 2 pieces per week. In order to maintain exclusivity is offer limited. The market gets only 164 Confederate X132 Hellcats bikes. Until the end of February, this unique machine can be ordered on an equal $ 45 000, from March 2012 it will be a little bit more.

While we are looking at Confederate X132 Hellcat, we don’t know what to rate earlier.

Exclusivity and uniqueness are signed on all motorcycle parts and details.

Take a look yourself.

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]

Victory Motorcycle sales increase 83% during first quarter

First Quarter Highlights:

–Sales grew 16% to $361.7 million from last year’s first quarter

–Net income increased 127% to $0.59 per diluted share, representing a first quarter record for Polaris

–Gross margin percentage for the first quarter 2010 increased 170 basis points to 26.2% due to lower product cost, higher selling prices and favorable currency movements

–Raising guidance for full year 2010 earnings to a range of $3.48 to $3.60 per diluted share, a 14% to 18% increase over full year 2009 on expected full year 2010 sales growth of 8 % to 11%

–The Polaris Board of Directors has approved the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share payable May 17, 2010 to shareholders of record as of May 3, 2010

Polaris Industries Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!pii/quotes/nls/pii (PII 64.85, +4.96, +8.28%) today reported record first quarter net income of $19.8 million, or $0.59 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. By comparison, 2009 first quarter net income was $8.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, which included an $0.18 per diluted share non-cash impairment charge on the Company’s investment in KTM. Sales for the first quarter 2010 totaled $361.7 million, an increase of 16 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $312.0 million.

“Our first quarter results demonstrate that the investments we made throughout the economic downturn have prepared us well to accelerate growth in 2010. Our first quarter sales and earnings growth exceeded our expectations driven by solid execution of our long-term strategy, which includes successfully developing and marketing innovative new products and improving operational efficiencies across our business,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chief Executive Officer. “Total Company retail sales to consumers in North America grew nine percent during the first quarter, as we saw strong demand for our Off-Road vehicles and Victory motorcycles. Our international sales to customers outside of North America grew 41 percent in the quarter, with surprising strength in Europe and several developing markets. Polaris achieved strong market share improvements in ORV and Victory Motorcycles as our retail sales performance was notably stronger than overall industry retail sales, which remained weak through most of the first quarter.”

Wine continued, “Profitable growth is an important objective for Polaris, and we leveraged operational excellence to ensure that margin expansion accompanied our strong 16 percent organic growth in the quarter. The gross margin expansion realized during the quarter was the result of a number of operational initiatives including the utilization of our world-class engineering team to reduce product costs and our Max Velocity Program, which is enabling us to work with our dealers to drive retail sales and market share growth more efficiently.”

Wine concluded, “While we still have concerns about the strength of the economic recovery and our core powersports industry, I am confident in the ability of this Polaris team to capitalize on our investments in the development of innovative, high quality products, our international expansion efforts and the many exciting new market adjacencies that we are pursuing. We fully expect to deliver consistent long-term, sustainable growth and profitability for all stakeholders.”

2010 Business Outlook

Based on Polaris’ performance during the 2010 first quarter and expectations for the remainder of the year, the Company is increasing its full year sales and earnings guidance for 2010. The Company now expects full year 2010 earnings to be in the range of $3.48 to $3.60 per diluted share, an increase of between 14 and 18 percent when compared to earnings of $3.05 per diluted share for the full year 2009. Sales for the full year 2010 are now expected to grow in the range of 8 to 11 percent. For the second quarter of 2010, the Company expects total sales to increase in the range of 14 to 17 percent primarily due to continued strength in ORV, Victory motorcycles and international retail sales to consumers. Second quarter 2010 earnings are expected to be in the range of $0.63 to $0.67 per diluted share, an increase of 19 to 26 percent, compared to earnings of $0.53 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2009.

First Quarter Performance Summary

(in thousands except per share data)

Three Months ended March 31,

Product line Sales                  2010             2009             Change

Off-Road Vehicles                   $250,403      $   215,461      16   %

Snowmobiles                            5,554            8,166        -32  %

On-Road/Victory Motorcycles             25,353           13,836       83   %

Parts, Garments & Accessories           80,398           74,561       8    %

Total Sales                         $   361,708      $   312,024      16   %

Gross profit                        $   94,914       $   76,434       +24  %

Gross profit as a % of sales            26.2    %        24.5    %    +170 bpts

Operating expenses                  $   67,234       $   58,047       +16  %

Operating expenses as a % of sales      18.6    %        18.6    %    —

Operating Income                    $   31,936       $   22,791       +40  %

Operating Income as a % of sales        8.8     %        7.3     %    +150 bpts

Net income                          $   19,771       $   8,458        +134 %

Net income as a % of sales              5.5     %        2.7     %    +280 bpts

Diluted net income per share        $   0.59         $   0.26         +127 %

Off-Road vehicles (“ORV’) sales during the first quarter 2010, which includes sales of both core ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and RANGER(TM) side-by-side vehicles, increased 16 percent from the first quarter 2009. This increase reflects significant market share gains for both ATVs and side-by-sides driven by new product offerings including the recently introduced RANGER RZR 4, the Company’s first 4-seat sport side-by-side. The Company’s increase in ORV retail sales and market share also benefited from the success of its go-to-market business model called Max Velocity Program (“MVP”), which is currently in place with approximately 50 percent of the North American ORV dealer volume. North American retail sales to consumers for ORVs increased nearly 20 percent for the 2010 first quarter from the first quarter last year, with side-by-side vehicle retail sales increasing significantly while core ATV retail sales were about flat. Retail sales trends improved sequentially each month during the first quarter of 2010. North American dealer inventories of ORVs were down significantly during the 2010 first quarter, declining 34 percent when compared to 2009 first quarter levels. Sales of ORV to customers outside of North America increased over 40 percent in the first quarter 2010 when compared to the first quarter 2009, due to market share gains in both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles, positive mix benefit as more higher priced side-by-side vehicles were sold, higher selling prices and positive currency benefit from the weaker US dollar.

Snowmobile sales totaled $5.6 million for the 2010 first quarter compared to $8.2 million for the first quarter of 2009. The first quarter is historically a seasonally low quarter for snowmobile shipments. The decrease in sales was primarily the result of timing of shipments in the 2010 first quarter compared to the first quarter last year. Season-end North American dealer inventories of snowmobiles at March 31, 2010 are at acceptable levels. During the quarter the Company introduced 11 new model year 2011 snowmobiles with industry-leading innovation and technology including additional models with the award winning PRO-RIDE(TM) progressive rear suspension, reduced vehicle weight, improved durability and increased horsepower.

Sales of the On-Road division, which primarily consists of Victory motorcycles, increased 83 percent during the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the same period in 2009. This marks the 2nd straight quarter of market share gains and retail sales growth for Victory and reflects the acceptance of the new model year 2010 motorcycles including the new Cross Country(TM) and Cross Roads(TM) touring models. The heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle industry remained weak during the quarter, but Victory continued to benefit from aggressive and innovative efforts to accelerate growth. Victory motorcycles had strong retail sales during the 2010 first quarter, increasing in the mid-teens percent range in North America compared to the first quarter last year, resulting in market share gains for the quarter. North American dealer inventory of Victory motorcycles declined 25 percent in the 2010 first quarter compared to 2009 comparable levels. During the 2010 first quarter, Polaris added additional dealers for its electric powered low emission vehicle, the Polaris Breeze(TM), to further penetrate the master planned community market segment.

Parts, Garments, and Accessories (“PG&A”) sales increased eight percent during the first quarter 2010 compared to the same period last year primarily due to increased RANGER(TM) side-by-side vehicle related PG&A sales.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 26.2 percent for the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 170 basis points from 24.5 percent for the first quarter of 2009. Gross profit dollars increased 24 percent to $94.9 million for the first quarter of 2010 compared to $76.4 million for the first quarter of 2009. The increase in gross profit dollars and the 170 basis points increase in the gross profit margin percentage in the first quarter 2010 resulted primarily from continued product cost reduction efforts, higher selling prices and favorable currency movements compared to the first quarter of last year.

Operating expenses for the first quarter 2010 increased 16 percent to $67.2 million or 18.6 percent of sales compared to $58.0 million or 18.6 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2009. Operating expenses in absolute dollars for the first quarter 2010 increased primarily due to the increase in incentive compensation plan expenses that were temporarily reduced last year during the extremely uncertain economic environment and the current higher stock price and higher expected profitability for 2010.

Income from financial services was $4.3 million during first quarter 2010 compared to $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2009.

The non-cash Impairment charge on securities held for sale was $0.0 for the first quarter 2010. In the first quarter 2009 the Company recorded a $9.0 million, pretax, or $0.18 per diluted share impairment charge on securities held for sale. During the first quarter 2009, the Company determined that the decline in the market value of the KTM shares owned by the Company was other than temporary and therefore recorded the decrease in the fair value of the investment as a charge to the income statement as of March 31, 2009.

Financial position and cash flow

Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $3.8 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010, a significant improvement from cash used for operating activities totaling $33.1 million in the first quarter of 2009. Higher net income and lower working capital requirements for the 2010 first quarter compared to the first quarter last year are the primary reasons for the increased cash provided by operating activities. Borrowings under the credit agreement were $200.0 million at March 31, 2010 compared to $244.0 million at March 31, 2009. Cash and cash equivalents improved to $124.4 million at March 31, 2010 compared to $17.9 million for the same period last year. The Company’s debt-to-total capital ratio was 48 percent at March 31, 2010, compared to 64 percent at the same time last year.

Dividend declared

The Polaris Board of Directors has authorized the payment of a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share payable May 17, 2010 to shareholders of record as of May 3, 2010.

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation

Today at 9:00 AM (CT) Polaris Industries Inc. will host a conference call and webcast to discuss Polaris’ 2010 first quarter earnings results released this morning. The call will be hosted by Scott Wine, CEO, Bennett Morgan, President and COO, and Mike Malone, Vice President Finance and CFO. A slide presentation and link to the audio webcast will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Polaris web site at www.polarisindustries.com/irhome approximately 30 minutes before the conference call begins.

To listen to the conference call by phone, dial 800-374-6475 in the U.S. and Canada, or 973-200-3967 Internationally. The Conference ID is #50080804.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call for a one-week period by accessing the same link on our website, or by dialing 800-642-1687 in the U.S. and Canada, or 706-645-9291 Internationally.

About Polaris

With annual 2009 sales of $1.6 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER(TM), snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are making in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including management’s expectations regarding 2010 sales, shipments, net income, net income per share and cash flow, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include such factors as product offerings, promotional activities and pricing strategies by competitors; warranty expenses; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; effects of the KTM relationship; environmental and product safety regulatory activity; effects of weather; commodity costs; uninsured product liability claims; uncertainty in the retail and wholesale credit markets; changes in tax policy and overall economic conditions, including inflation, consumer confidence and spending and relationships with dealers and suppliers. Investors are also directed to consider other risks and uncertainties discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any duty to any person to provide updates to its forward-looking statements.

Source [Polaris]

Trucker Charged in Phoenix Motorcycle Crash

April 20, 2010 by  
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The sanitation truck driver who ran into the back of  a group of motorcyclists stopped at a stoplight in Phoenix on March 25 — killing four of them and injuring five others — has been arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

Police arrested truck driver Michael Jakscht, 46, on April 6 and booked him on four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment.

Initial toxicology tests on blood drawn from Jakscht on the day of the crash show he had the illegal drug methamphetamine in his system, according to police. He could face an additional charge of impaired driving, police said.

Motorcyclists who died as a result of the crash were Daniel Butler, 35; Clyde Nachand, 67; Stephen Punch, 52; and Dale Downs-Totonchi, 47. Another motorcyclist, Phoenix Fire Capt. Ernie Lizarraga, 52, remains hospitalized suffering from injuries sustained in the crash.

“We commend the Phoenix Police Department for its diligence in pursuing this case, and for getting the initial toxicology results as quickly as possible,” said Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for government relations. “We understand that toxicology results normally take about six weeks to process, and the police were able to get initial results in this case in just two weeks.

“We again express our condolences on behalf of the AMA and its members to the families of those killed, and hope for a full recovery for those injured,” Moreland said. “We will continue to watch this case closely.”

Source [American Motorcycle Association]

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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