Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 5, 2013 01:26 PM
If Harley-Davidson knows one thing, it's heavy metal. The iconic manufacturer of road warriors has been building heavy bikes for decades, but facing a new era of personal transportation and some new competition, the brand is looking to strip some excess weight to make it a better fit for more global markets.
Harley is changing its look to appeal to a younger, more international demographic. After all, the company expects to make 40 percent of its revenue from outside the United States by next year. To help boost those numbers, it has debuted it first lightweight bikes—the Street 500 and Street 750—at events in Kansas City, Mo., and in Milan.
"(It) fills a need for people who want to identify with a brand but have a motorcycle that is less intimidating, and more inviting,” said Matthew S. Levatich, Harley's president and chief operating officer, according to the Los Angeles Times. “This bike is easier to ride and easier to learn how to ride."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2013 09:14 AM
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Posted by Dale Buss on October 23, 2013 09:17 AM
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Facebook reverses stance on violent video.
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Amazon and eBay shake up shipping strategies.
American Honda settles class-action suit over oil-burning defect.
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Ford trims production of C-Max and Focus.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 29, 2013 09:28 AM
Verizon Wireless may soon buy out Vodafone stake.
Coca-Cola sees public-health battle over soda consumption flare in Mexico.
Renault sees operating chief quit amid speculation he may head for Detroit.
Amazon adds to server-market woes with its push to the cloud.
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Cinnabon outlines growth strategy.
GM tries to revive sales by boosting mileage of 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.Continue reading...
start your engines
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 19, 2013 02:41 PM
Harley-Davidson motorcycles and those who ride them tend to be a rough-and-tumble bunch. However, the brand is going down a different road with the debut of its Project Rushmore lineup—a more sleek, trendy and tech-savvy rendition of the venerable brands motor bikes.
The new line of touring and trike motorcycles features liquid-cooled engines, touchscreen electronics, a more comfortable passenger seat, and a braking system that can “automatically calculate the amount of braking that's necessary under the existing conditions” when the bike is going over 20 mph, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. The company promises that these new cycles will "pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night," according to the Los Angeles Times.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 19, 2013 09:21 AM
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Toyota lets dealers drop sagging Scion brand.
AB InBev and MillerCoors bet on boozier brews.
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Five Star Feature Films finds a flop in Jobs.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 6, 2013 05:32 PM
Indian brand motorcycles were the first to be manufactured in the US, making their debut in 1901. The brand has all but disappeared since its heyday during the First and Second World Wars, however Polaris, which bought the brand in 2011 and also manufactures snowmobiles, ATVs and the Victory line of motorcycles, is releasing a new line of Indians.
Polaris took its new bikes—the $18,999 Chief Classic, the $20,999 Chief Vintage, and the $22,999 Indian Chieftain—on a mini-tour of Manhattan this week, garnering plenty of 'oohs' and 'aahs' from onlookers. But the real test will be whether the original American moto-brand will be able to reclaim marketshare from top competitors.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 10, 2013 09:31 AM
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