After 3+ years of running this blog I’ve learned that it can be a truly time consuming gig. And, finding the time to blog (when it’s not your day job) or keep up the momentum is a challenge. I often run across topics, but just don’t have the cycles to create something witty or provide fast enough response to trending information before it goes stale. As a result I’ve re-set (read lowered) my 2011 targets on the number of quality posts per month I can hit. Quality is always debatable … but at least I don’t have to finish the month feeling blog guilt!
I’m looking to master the art of “half-writing.” Huh? I may not have time to create/finish a full blown post, but will try to work up a brief summary and hit the salient points so that readers can look up the information as they wish. Below is some half-writing:
Buell Bitterness Fades: His name can never be placed on the motorcycles he builds, but he looks to the future… You may recall that a little over a year ago Harley-Davidson made the decision to shutter Buell. The Buell name remains with H-D as does the intellectual property and all the original patents. There is an exclusive interview with Erik Buell who talks about what happened and is looking to return to the volume motorcycle business and possibly to collaborate with Bombardier under the Can Am name. Motorcyclistonline
2010 Financial Review: Harley-Davidson is scheduled to release its fourth quarter 2010 financial results before market hours on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The public is invited to participate in a webcast conference call and slide presentation with Keith E. Wandell, President and CEO, and John Olin, Senior Vice President and CFO from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM (Central Time). It is suggested that webcast participants log on and register (HERE) at least ten minutes prior to the start time. A replay of the slide presentation and audio webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes. Register HERE.
Searchlight, Nevada: If you’ve ever attended the Laughlin River Run motorcycle rally you’ve likely rode through this town on the way to Laughlin. More likely you’ll remember the place for the unnatural and militaristic law enforcement of the 25MPH speed limit along with the aggressive ticketing practices during rally week. It’s also the birthplace of Nevada Senator Harry Reid who on Friday (12.17.10) introduced the 1000 page legislation, S. 303, called the “America’s Great Outdoors Act of 2010” which was a substitute to unrelated legislation titled the “Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 2009.” Highly reminiscent of the controversial parliamentary tactic that anti-OHV forces used in 2009 to close 2.1 million acres of public land this was seen as yet another non-transparent land grab. Three days later on Wednesday (22nd) and under significant public pressure Reid dropped his effort – until next year. See: S. 303
Top 100: Dealer News announced the Top 100 dealers for 2011 and the northwest Harley-Davidson dealers as part of the list were: Washington – Downtown Harley-Davidson (Renton); Montana – Beartooth Harley-Davidson (Billings). Congrats! None from Idaho, Oregon or Nevada. See the full list HERE.
You’ll Sleep When You’re Dead: Harley-Davidson launched a new Color Shop Limited Series paint set. The paint set called Unrest, features Day of the Dead skull, tribal designs and helter-skelter lettering over a matte black background on the tank, fenders, fairing and saddlebags. The product is limited in quantity to 200 sets and available only for one year, priced between $2,199.95 and $5,199.95. The new Unrest paint set is hand-numbered to provide an “extra level” of exclusivity. More information HERE.
D.B. Class: Somewhat reminiscent of the man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft on November 24, 1971, D.B. Cooper, H-D made an announcement to create a new Draggin’ Bagger Class (D.B. Class) for the 2011 race season. This new drag racing class is centered on the introduction of its Screamin’ Eagle 120R engine, a 120 cubic-inch V-Twin capable of outputting 135 HP and 137 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel. The new class is for 1999 and up H-D touring motorcycles equipped with the 120R engine. The motorcycles in this class must run with an original frame, fairings, saddlebags and other bodywork. See announcement HERE.
BMW Gets SIRIUS: BMW Motorcycles announced that starting with January 2011 production, BMW will offer SIRIUS as standard equipment on new radio-equipped model year 2011 R1200 RT, K1600 GT, and K1600 GTL Touring Motorcycles. This will include an introductory one-year subscription to the “SIRIUS Everything” package. Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorcycles was quoted to saying something about “… we’re providing the perfect soundtrack for the perfect ride.” See release HERE.
But Wait, There’s More: Fairy dust heiress and fragrance line extraordinaire, Paris Hilton, has announced her own motorcycle racing team on the world motorcycle championship circuit. The SupermartXe VIP team was unveiled in Madrid and will compete in the 125cc category. Ms. Hilton agreed to attend at least 5 races in 2011 where she’ll likely wear the team colors (pink, white and blue). Clearly this will bring a new level of ‘chic’ to racing! Team riders? Who cares! The big question is will they be required to wear her perfume? See more info HERE.
Photo courtesy of H-D and AP/Paul White.