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Tuesday 9 February 2021

News Briefs



Indian Motorcycle remains in 12th spot in market share terms in Germany in 2020, with a new high of 1,966 units sold (up from 1,234 in 2019), for a 1.49% market share.

We here at AMD were greatly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Don Graves. The motorcycle and motorcycle sports industry veteran and general all-round 'good guy' was everyone's friend and mentor. If the world had more like Don, it would be such a happier place!

Triumph Motorcycles and Indian conglomerate Bajaj have announced a delay to their deal to co-develop small displacement Triumph badged, Bajaj made units from 2021 to 2023. The range is expected to include a 200 cc Bonneville single, a Daytona 250 and a "tiny Tiger" with manufacturing centered on Bajaj's Pune-based factory.

As Asian and especially Indian manufacturers continue to add to their burgeoning portfolio of European and North American motorcycle brands, it looks like Excelsior-Henderson may be the next to be resurrected.  RideApart reports, having secured the trademark for the Excelsior-Henderson name in the motorcycle design class (which includes vehicles, service and parts) in 2018, December 2020 saw KTM shareholder and Triumph collaborator Bajaj register a second Excelsior-Henderson trademark (with the EUIPO) for motorcycle apparel and gear.

ProBEAM by Custom Dynamics is to sponsor James Rispoli in the 2021 AFT SuperTwins series as he and his Latus Motors team look to back up its 2020 Production Twins Championship in switching to the senior class. This will be the third consecutive year that ProBEAM has supported Rispoli.

H-D remains in 6th place in motorcycle market share terms in Germany in 2020, with an 8.36% share (11,040 units sold). The XL 1200 X remains the company's top seller (1,220 units sold), followed by the Street Bob (1,089) and Sport Glide (737). BMW remains top dog in its home market with a 20.22% share and 26,712 units sold - with five models in the Top 20, its best seller is the R 1250 GS (9,228 units sold).

After 36 years of ownership, Brian Bentley has sold his Brian's H-D of Langhorne, PA., to Paul Veracka. It's the fourth dealership acquisition for Veracka over the last 14 months, his sixth in the last three years, and takes his east coast and Midwest, south east store count up to eight - six of them being top 15 new bike volume dealerships in the USA. Collectively, his company will have sold over 8,000 new H-D units in 2020. His group also includes High Octane H-D (Mass.); Palm Beach H-D (FL); Rockstar (Fort Myers, FL); Alligator Alley (Sunride, FL); Manchester H-D (NW) and Old Glory (MD). Paul's brother Michael owns a further six mostly west coast and south west H-D stores.

The 81st Sturgis Rally has been confirmed for August 6-15. Buffalo Chip President and CEO Rod Woodruff is quoted as saying: "We know from last year that outdoor events can be held safely when proper precautions are taken. The majority of people act respectfully and practice social distancing when they are expected to do so. Plus, we feel good about the highly effective vaccines that are becoming available."

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