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Tuesday 10 September 2019

News Briefs

Harley was in 6th place in Germany in market share terms for the first six months of 2019 with 6,533 units sold for an 8.68% market share. Its top seller (in 21st place) was the Street Bob (716 units sold), followed by the Sports Glide, Breakout 114 and XL 1200X.

Harley has two limited edition 'early-announced' 2020 accessories available. Designed by "renowned Harley-Davidson stylists and handpainted by skilled artists - two brand-new 2020 Harley-Davidson Limited Paint Sets that allow riders to express their personality and stand out from the crowd with their bikes". The 'Quick Shift' Limited Paint Set "was designed for the performance junkie in mind." Each set includes a fuel tank, front fender and rear fender. Fits '18-later Breakout and Fat Bob models. Only 100 sets will be offered worldwide; each comes with a handwritten certificate of authenticity.


Santa Fe H-D became the latest authorized Harley dealership to look to its future and to how it can attract new customers and new styles of riders when it took on the Northern New Mexico KTM off-road motorcycle franchise.

Indian Motorcycle were in 14th place in market share terms in Germany for the first six months of 2019 with 658 units sold YTD for a 0.87% market share. Royal Enfield were 12th, selling 880 units YTD for a 1.17% share.


Described as the largest motoring garden party in the world, Harley gave the LiveWire a run up the 1.16 miles of the hill climb at the 25th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Fresh from celebrating his 2019 'Battle of the Kings' UK custom competition (his third win,) master custom bike builder and Hooligan Racing flat track series racer Charlie Stockwell of Warr's H-D (London) fame got to give the LiveWire its first run.

Polaris will pay a regular quarterly $0.61 per share cash dividend on September 16, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 3, 2019.


Now in its third year at the X Games, Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing reached a watershed moment with its first year as an officially medaled X Games event and live broadcast on ABC. Designed to make flat track racing accessible to amateurs, an initial field of some 120 riders was narrowed to 48 who made their way to Minneapolis for their chance at Gold. "In front of an international audience, and a crowd of screaming fans, Daniel Mischler took first place on a modified Sportster."

Italian motorcycle registrations were +12.27% in July at 11,516 units and +8.78% January to July 2019 at 74,577 units. Scooters were an additional +6.36% YTD at 93,776 units. The top selling motorcycle in Italy YTD was the BMW R 1250 GS (3,326 units), followed by Honda's CRF1000 Africa Twin, the Benelli TRK 502/X and Yamaha's Tracer 900. Honda is the top dog Scooter brand with its Italian made SH125/150/300 series - some 19,000 sold YTD.