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Tuesday 31 August 2021

News Briefs

The Harley/Serial 1 joint venture is now making deliveries of its inaugural line-up of e-bikes to pre-orders placed by selected dealers in USA.

PIERER Mobility AG, the KTM, HUSQVARNA and GASGAS owner, says unit sales doubled in the first half of 2021 at 176,045 unit sales (+95% compared to the first six months of the crisis hit previous year). Its burgeoning electric and conventional bicycle sales business was +25% over the first six months of 2020 at 53,378 units (39,603 of those were E-bikes). Group motorcycle unit sales were + 76% in Europe (73,224 units) and +160% in the United States (30,419 units sold).

Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has started a 'first-of-its-kind' membership program for the racing industry that will "make it possible for racers and enthusiasts to join racing businesses in a movement to protect and grow the industry." More than 300 businesses in the racing industry are said to have already joined since the program was first offered to PRI Trade Show exhibitors in March. Several companies have also extended their commitment to support the racing industry for a minimum of 10 years by becoming PRI Founding Members. Membership starts at $40 per year for a Pro Membership and includes entrance to the PRI show for qualified attendees, Save Our Racecars Advocacy, inclusion in the Performance Racing Political Action Committee, posting access on the PRI Jobs Board, digital magazine, membership card, welcome packet and stickers.

Cardo Systems has extended its cooperation with HARMAN for premium audio quality for motorcycle communications systems. The broader collaboration will include new integrated JBL produced and branded speakers, "delivering superior audio experience to users of Cardo's units worldwide."

Ducati has received North American radar certification for its Multistrada V4 S. Ducati describes the technology involved as a "revolutionary new system incorporated for the first time on a production motorcycle" that delivers Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection. Current model-year 2021 Multistrada V4 S owners can now have a radar software uploaded and calibrated by their dealerships.

Having recently divested itself of one of its H-D stores, 'Go Daddy' entrepreneur Bob Parsons' Arizona based GO AZ Motorcycles has added a sixth location - Star Island Motorsports (Prescott, AZ) - from prior owners Gary Hengeveld and Scott Walz. Prescott is now added to locations in Scottsdale, Peoria, Cottonwood and Flagstaff, along with H-D of Scottsdale, currently claimed to be the world's largest Harley dealership.

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MSNW, Electrek,,,, Cycle World,