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Wednesday 20 November 2019

News Briefs

More than 220,000 riders are again expected to visit next year's INTERMOT (Cologne, Germany, Trade days 6-7 October, public opening 8-11 October). In addition to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building highlighting INTERMOT Customized in Hall 10, a "spectacular innovative event stage - 'Stage X' - will global stream new model launches and guest appearances, with new products, innovations and services being staged and the whole world of motorcycling brought to life, live from Cologne." 
The show will announce a whole range of initiatives to attract young consumers in the coming months; October 6 and 7 will be reserved specifically for the press and German and international industry and dealer visitors.

Indian Motorcycle has issued a recall for certain 2019 Chieftains over a taillight issue - apparently they may be too bright - exceeding the maximum light output allowed. "Due to increased brightness, other drivers may have difficulties discerning the brake light from the taillight, and thus may be unaware that the motorcycle is braking, thereby increasing the risk of a crash."

Fort Worth, Texas based Tucker Powersports (formerly Tucker Rocky Distributing) has announced its 2020 'Tucker Show' for the downtown Fort Worth Convention Center for three days from January 21st to 23rd 2020.


Mike and Bev Corbin (of Corbin Saddles fame) are donating a full size Jeff Decker bronze of famous Board and Flat Track racer Joe Petrali to Dale's Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum in Maggie Valley, N.C. "Our precious piece of motorcycle art has been on display in our Florida facilities for over 20 years and will now be enjoyed for many years to come under the passionate and loving care of the Walksler family," said Mike.

United States imports of Japanese made motorcycles (Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki) continue to fall sharply with a -23.79% decline for the eight months to August 2019 at 37,559 units; the lowest figure since before 1999, the market for the corresponding period having peaked at 276,000 units in 2006.


South African carbon wheels specialist Blackstone Tek has unveiled a new website, with "new brand experience and new product features. Our new brand identity - Distinctly The Best - reflects the forward-moving direction of the company. Our new identity and tagline represent BST's commitment to innovation and new product development, while honouring our years in the carbon fibre industry."

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, B&B, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MSNW, Electrek