St. Petersburg, FL — ChopperExchange, the largest niche motorcycle classifieds website in the United States, released its average selling prices for units sold on its website in 2017 and 2018. Numbers suggest that ChopperExchange is the leading online destination to resell American made V-twin motorcycles for the most money, with the average selling price of $12,076 for all units sold in 2017.
Milwaukee, WI — The all new Harley-Davidson® 2018 Sport Glide™ debuted at the EICMA motorcycle show on November 7th. The new 2018 Sport Glide™ is making big waves in the motorcycle industry. The Sport Glide™ features the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine. The V-Twin is considered to be one on the best motors available on the market right now. The Sport Glide™ model is set to be considered a strong addition to the 2018 motorcycle lineup.
ChopperExchange, the largest American V-twin motorcycle classifieds website in the United States, released their 2017 American V-twin Industry Pricing Report. The report compares data gathered from roughly 100,000 motorcycle listings on their website from 2016 Q3 – 2017 Q2. The data consists of listings from all American V-twin brands, but like the market the data is concentrated on perennial powerhouse brands like Harley-Davidson® and Indian® Motorcycles.
Boston, MA — The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) is supporting two bills in the State of Massachusetts. Both bills would help bikers by increasing their rights on the roads. In the State Senate, S 1923 would repeal the existing restriction on motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. They also would like too see H 2752, a State House bill, pass that increases fines for violating the right of way, which increase the dangers that bikers are exposed to on the roads.
Milwaukee, WI — The Street Rod™ from Harley-Davidson® is hitting the drag strip at the NHRA Summer Nationals. The drag racing event will take place June 8th – 11th at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Munich, Germany — The new concept vehicle is the BMW Motorrad Concept Link. It is a zero-emission urban-styled motorcycle, and it is being presented at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. BMW’s goal for the two-wheel design is to fuse digital connectivity with urban mobility.
Springfield, MA – Indian Motorcycle, which is owned by Polaris (PII 114,52 +1,82 +1,61%), has just added a Limited and Elite model option to their 2017 Chieftain touring line of motorcycles. The Chieftain line is known for its styling and handling, and these two additions will be the most expensive in this premium line of bikes.
The Chieftain Limited starts at $24,499, and Indian says it was “built from the tires up to garner attention and respect.” The bike features a custom painted body, a sawed-off open fender, and 19″ wheels. The Chieftain Elite will be a very limited production run that starts at $31,499. The bike will be the highest-end offering in the Chieftain line, and each unit will be a truly one-of-a-kind motorcycle with its hand-painted body.
Charleston, WV — If you’re a West Virginian and you prefer to ride sans helmet you may be in luck soon. The current law, W. Va. Code § 17C-15-44, requires all motorcycle riders to “[wear] securely fastened on his or her head by either a neck or chin strap a protective helmet designed to deflect blows, resist penetration and spread impact forces.” However, this may be changing in the near future if two State Senators, Mark Maynard and Sue Cline, have their way.
On March 8th, Sen. Maynard and Sen. Cline introduced SB 549 to “[allow] individuals at least 21 or older operate or ride motorcycle without helmet.” The bill, if passed, would require riders who opt not to wear a helmet to meet certain other requirements. Namely, a rider would need to have two years riding experience or have to complete a motorcycle safety education program. There is also a medical insurance requirement, but the exact requirements are not included. Other states with insurance requirements, usually require at least $10,000 – $20,000 in coverage. These strict requirements look similar to Michigan’s law that was passed in 2012. It would make West Virginia, along with Michigan, the two most onerous states in terms of helmet laws, other than those states that mandate everyone wear helmets.
Milwaukee, WI — The Street Rod™ is joining the Harley-Davidson® Street™ family of motorcycles in 2017. The bike is an agile and powerful bike that is perfect for maneuvering through traffic. It features both excellent performance and Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom™ styling.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ — BMW has released pricing for several of their 2017 models including the all new R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure. Many of the models mentioned will be available in showrooms starting in February and March of 2017, and most of the prices have remained similar to 2016 pricing with increases in the $200 – $300 range.