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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

News Briefs


Vance & Hines has renewed its partnership with AMA Pro Racing as Presenting Sponsor of the Harley-Davidson GNC1 class for the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season. Vance & Hines started its presenting sponsorship of the GNC1 class in 2014 - co-founder Terry Vance says that "the reason we got involved in the first place is that we felt Flat Track racing has a very bright future and the best overall chance of accelerated growth of any form of motorcycle racing in the coming years."

Moto Illimitees of Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada, has won Indian Motorcycles' 'Project Scout' dealer contest with their "Boardtracker" customized Scout interpretation.

Much of the extra $60m of marketing budget announced by Harley-Davidson last year is being spent on a an integrated broadcast and social media campaign called "Live Your Legend" in which the company seeks to market the desirability of its metal based on the social and generational attributes of shared experience, friendship and legacy - inviting new generations of riders to build their own brand story.

For the first time since 2006 the Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Factory Team will feature two riders - Brad Baker and Davis Fisher - on the 2016 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Flat Track series - competing in all GNC1 Twins races, beginning with the Circuit of the Americas half-mile in Austin, Texas, on April 9.

Polaris is to move production of its 'Slingshot' three-wheeler to its new Huntsville, Alabama factory when it is completed later this year, leaving their 400,000 sq ft Spirit Lake, Iowa plant entirely dedicated to production of Victory and Indian motorcycles. With some 1,000 employees, Spirit Lake is expected to see motorcycle production "level-off" at around 900 units a week once the transition is complete. The plant originally produced personal watercraft when it opened in 1994.

The entire production run of the Limited Edition Jack Daniel's Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage models was sold in just one day. The first-ever production vehicles to feature Jack Daniel's livery were created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, with a maximum of 150 total units. Of the 149 units sold, 97 were purchased by customers in the U.S., and 38 found a home with international customers. The final unsold unit, #1 of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage version that was the custom painted prototype built by Klock Werks, will be auctioned at Las Vegas in October with all monies benefitting Operation Ride Home. Designed in conjunction with Brian Klock, Jack Daniel's and Indian Motorcycle have partnered to give Brian Klock the last motorcycle of the limited edition run - the Jack Daniel's Indian Springfield #150.