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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

News Briefs

Harley-Davidson Athena of Athens, Greece, (owned by Paschalis Tsalamagkas) has won this year’s Harley EMEA region “Battle of the Kings” authorized dealer customizing competition, based on a Sportster Iron 883. Over 200 dealers entered from more than 10 countries, with consumers voting online to choose 12 finalists that were then jury-judged at this year’s Wheels & Waves rally at Biarritz, France.

Cliff Vaughs, 79, has died in California. Vaughs, along with his friend Ben Hardy, was co-designer of the ‘Captain America’ and the ‘Billy Bob’ bikes for the 1969 Easy Rider movie.

The excitement caused by the upward ‘blip’ in Harley’s share price just before the 4th July holiday weekend in the United States most likely turned out to be some share price boosting by profit raiders and not, after all, the first shots in a take-over battle. The price shot up by some 20 percent from around $45.00 at its close on June 30 to peak at $54.20 on Friday July 1; only to drop back to $48.37 when trading re-opened after the holiday weekend on Tuesday July 5. As this edition of AMD Magazine went to press (July 15), Harley shares were trading at around $48.10.

Vance & Hines has announced the introduction of an updated design of quiet baffle for its Pro Pipe Chrome and Pro Pipe Black applications.

Arlen Ness is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum at its Polaris sponsored class of 2016 Hall of Fame inductees breakfast during this year’s Sturgis Rally. Ness has been a Sturgis Hall of famer since 1992, and this is the first time that the Museum has added such an award to its annual recognition program.