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Thursday 7 November 2019

News Briefs

Honda's on-site activities at AIMExpo commemorated its 60th anniversary in America. Plans included a world model release with dedicated media activities, along with extensive product displays and demos. Honda of America Manufacturing and the Honda Heritage Center is located in Marysville, Ohio.

Honda is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of manufacturing in America at Marysville, OH., where production of the Elsinore CR 250 motorcycle started in 1979 with a staff of 64. Honda was the first Japanese automaker to build products in the U.S., and automobile production followed in November 1982. Honda now has five U.S. auto plants, and in 2018 with 12 major plants in the U.S. in total employing some 25,000 people and representing an investment of over $11 billion in Ohio and over $21 billion in the U.S.A in total.

Anoop Prakash, a former rising star at H-D Milwaukee as Retail Development Director, Director of U.S. Marketing and Market Development, MD of H-D Canada and MD of the company's subsidiary in India, has joined another Milwaukee vehicle company - the REV Group - as its Ambulance Group President.


Worldwide voting for Harley's Battle of the Kings 2019 dealer based custom competition is now open. For the first time ever, the US will compete with bikes across Europe, Asia and Africa in a truly epic global showdown. Over 200 dealers from more than 30 countries are said to have competed this year, and the national winners will now be reduced to a short for an expert panel final at EICMA ('Milan' Show) in November. Standard Harley models are customized with a budget no bigger than half the cost of the original model.

H-D will partner with Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy for the summer 2020 Hella Mega Tour. Each band has been teasing the tour and plan to release new music before the summer. The tour will also feature an opening set by The Interrupters and gets under way at Seattle, WA, in July 2020.


After 30 years of discovering the beauty of Africa and a decade of adventure exploring the spectacular landscape of South America, 2020 sees the Dakar Rally making its debut in the Middle East - in Saudi Arabia from January 5 to 17.

PSB reports composite Lightspeed DMS data showing powersports dealer revenue from parts, service and new and pre-owned unit sales up by +6.8% in August, with parts sales revenue up by +0.2% on average compared to August 2018. Revenue from new and pre-owned unit sales is said to have been +15% among reporting dealers in the Western region of the United States.


Italian suspension specialist Bitubo has appointed well known Dayton, Ohio, performance parts specialist Brock's Performance as a distributor of its shock absorber, front end and 'Digi-Shox' electronic suspension system product lines for race, street, sports and cruiser applications in the United States.

Next year's AFT Series will see a return to Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK, for the OKC Mile on June 20, 2020. Always a fan favorite event and reputed to be the world's fastest dirt track, the OKC Mile has consistently been one of the highest attended events of the season. "We were sad that a scheduling conflict deprived our fans of an OKC Mile in 2019," said Michael Lock, AFT CEO. "We have been working hard with the facility to ensure that we could return to Oklahoma City."


K&N Filters has signed a multi-year partnership extension agreement as the Official Filter and Air Intake of NHRA. Brad Gerber, NHRA Vice President and Chief Development Officer: "K&N has been a wonderful partner of NHRA Championship Drag Racing for decades and we are so pleased that they are continuing their sponsorship." Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, K&N has a solid presence in NHRA drag racing - K&N Chief Engineering Officer Steve Williams is the current Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp World Champion.

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