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Wednesday 27 April 2022


Mees Edges Bauman in Spectacular Inaugural I-70 Half-Mile
Round 3, April 23

Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) added at long last to AFT race successes by taking the win at the inaugural I-70 Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Kansas City at Odessa, Missouri.
Kansas City-area fans had waited 17 years to see the world’s greatest motorcycle dirt track racers do battle and were rewarded with an instant classic.


Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle
Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) powered into the lead at the start, followed closely by JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT). Mees didn’t waste any time dispatching Beach to prevent Bauman from getting away out front, and then used that momentum to rail his way into the lead and ultimately to a win that ties him with Chris Carr for most career premier-class victories.
Behind Bauman (second), Beach, who eventually finished fifth, was overhauled by Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) and Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT), who finished third and fourth respectively.
Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) finished sixth, followed by Mission Production Twins Challenge entry Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R). Together the two ensured that a pair of Harley-Davidson XG750Rs would finish inside the top seven alongside the three Indians and two Yamahas ahead of them.

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) took his Texas frustrations out on the field in the form of outright dominance of the evening’s Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines. The Vance & Hines pilot stormed to the front off the line and effectively removed all doubt within a matter of laps.
Billy Ross (No. 109 Mission Foods/Roof Systems Kawasaki Ninja 650), Kolby Carlile (No. 36 KC36 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XG750R) and Cole Zabala (No. 51 Memphis Shades/Corbin/Vinson Yamaha MT-07) traded punches in a scrap for second that ultimately did them no good at all with mechanical issues and crashes forcing Zabala into an eighth place finish, Carlile ninth and Ross 14th.
Title leaders Nick Armstrong (No. 60 Competitive Racing Frames/Lessley Brothers Yamaha MT-07) and Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) completed the podium in second and third, ahead of Jeremiah Duffy (No. 42 Sammy O Racing/Arai Helmets Kawasaki Ninja 650) fourth (0.087 seconds behind Texter) and Jordan Harris fifth (No. 77 Roy Built/S&J Coal Mine Kawasaki Ninja 650) another 0.319 seconds back.

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
Minutes before Mees won the SuperTwins class, Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) became the first repeat winner of the season when he took the checkered flag in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER Main Event.
Australian Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) took second from Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) in third, with Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) in fourth ahead and James Ott (No. 19 MediaHT/G&G Racing KTM 450 SX-F) completing the top five.
Next up is the first Mile of the season with the Mission Red Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Lexington doubleheader on Memorial Day weekend at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 28-29.




Polaris - Q1 2022

Financial and Operational Highlights

  • First quarter sales were $1,957m, flat relative to last year.
  • First quarter reported earnings per share was $1.14, down 46% versus last year; adjusted earnings per share was $1.29, down 44% versus last year.
  • Primary drivers in the quarter included increasing supply chain challenges and inflationary pressures, partially offset by strong pricing; demand remains healthy.
  • Retail sales for the quarter were down 22% versus last year when retail sales rose 70% in the same quarter, primarily driven by supply chain challenges. 
  • Repurchased around 1.5 million shares for approximately $172m.

Mike Speetzen, CEO, is quoted as saying - "Sales for this quarter remained relatively flat to last year, depressed by continued supply chain pressures.
"While much of our focus centers on navigating the highly volatile and challenging supply chain environment, demand for our industry-leading products and services remains healthy, as we continued to see high levels of pre-sold orders and low cancellations, strong short- and long-term repurchase rates and record levels of PG&A attachments.
"We are making strategic investments in both innovation and operations to enable our long-term growth plans and productivity needs and strengthen our position as the global leader in powersports."

Segment Highlights

Off-Road segment results were primarily driven by these factors:
Sales were driven by growth in snowmobiles, commercial & government and defense, as well as robust pricing actions on new and pre-sold orders. This growth was partially offset by lower ORV sales.
Parts, Garments and Accessories (PG&A) sales increased 8%.
Gross profit margin performance was primarily driven by supply chain constraints and higher input costs, partially offset by increased pricing and lower promotional costs.
Polaris North America ORV unit retail sales were down high-twenties percent. Estimated North America industry ORV unit retail sales were down high-teens percent. Polaris North America snowmobile unit retail sales for the 2021-2022 season ending March 31, 2022 were down approximately 15%, with the industry down mid-single digits percent.
On-Road segment results were primarily driven by these factors:
Sales were impacted by lower shipments driven by supply chain challenges, despite strong demand, pricing and record low dealer inventory levels. PG&A sales increased 19%.
Gross profit margin performance was driven primarily by favorable product mix and lower promotions costs, offsetting higher input costs driven by supply chain constraints.
North America unit retail sales for Indian Motorcycle were down approximately 30%. North America unit retail sales for the comparable motorcycle industry were down almost 10%.
Marine segment results were primarily driven by these factors:
Sales results were driven by favorable mix and pricing.
Gross profit margin performance was flat with increased pricing offset by higher input costs related to supply chain constraints.
Aftermarket segment results were primarily driven by these factors:
The 5% decrease in segment sales was driven by Transamerican Auto Parts sales, which decreased 9% from $193m to $175m in the first quarter of 2022. Powersports Aftermarket sales increased 16%.
Gross profit margin performance declined largely driven by supply chain challenges and inflationary pressures.

2022 Business Outlook
The company continues to expect 2022 sales to be in the range of $9,215m to $9,455m, an increase of 12% to 15% over 2021. The company continues to expect adjusted EPS to be in the range of $10.10 to $10.40 for the full year 2022, an increase of 11 to 14% from 2021.

News Briefs


Owned by Eric Hoyt, Jacksonville, Florida based 1st Impressions Race Team will field a four-rider assault on the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles championship in 2022. In its first two seasons of competition, 1st Impressions grew from a one-rider team to a two-rider outfit, scoring a pair of podium finishes and top-ten championship rankings along the way. A new-look four-rider roster will campaign its fleet of Honda CRF450Rs - spearheaded by two-time AFT race-winner Michael Inderbitzen, who will be flanked by the talented trio of Tyler Raggio, Justin Jones and Michael Lainhart. 27-year-old Inderbitzen has been a top-ten finisher since the very start of his ten-year Progressive AFT career, including two Production Twins race wins and multi-time Parts Unlimited AFT Singles podium finishes.

New Freedom, Pa. based HRP Racing (Henderson Race Products) has signed Illinois native Cole Zabala to compete in the Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines class aboard Yamaha MT-07s in 2022. Memphis Shades and Corbin Motorcycle Saddles will function as co-title sponsors, with additional support from Vinson Road Boring. Nick Henderson will continue to oversee the team. The shared history in Progressive AFT of Memphis Shades, Corbin Seats and Mike Vinson (Vinson Road Boring) is beyond impressive. Memphis Shades was the long-time supporter of the late Babe DeMay's racing program, Corbin Motorcycle Saddles has fielded successful teams over the years fronted by the likes of Rich King, Joe Kopp and Kenny Coolbeth, and Vinson has been heavily involved in flat track racing since the 1970s. Viper Air, S&S Cycle, Motion Pro, Motul, WKR, J&M Racing, ARC, R Nyne Designs, RC Hotcoats, First Klass Glass, Foard Racing, ODI, RASE, Penske Racing Shocks, Evans Coolant, Helmet House are among the other sponsors supporting the team.

Arai Helmet, Inc. will be the Official AFT Helmet for a fifth consecutive season in 2022. Widely recognized as the world's premier helmet manufacturer, Arai boasts innumerable motorsports successes across such championships as Progressive AFT, Formula 1 and MotoGP. "Arai has provided elite two- and four-wheeled athletes with unparalleled safety, comfort, technology and style for generations."

In an all-new partnership, Sena Technologies has been named as the Official AFT Motorcycle Communication System of Progressive AFT. Established in 1998, Sena is the global leader in Bluetooth communication solutions for motorcycle and outdoor sporting applications. Over the past quarter century, Sena has developed countless innovative solutions for motorcyclists - including rider-to-rider communications, mesh intercom technology, smart helmets, integrated cameras and phone and GPS pairing - which have made the shared experience of riding both safer and more enjoyable.

California based tools, cables and controls specialist Motion Pro, Inc. is continuing with its race contingency program for the 2022 AFT season. The company is offering a total of $25,500 for year-end championship contingency. In the SuperTwins class, the top three in points are eligible to receive $5,000 for first, $3,500 for second and $2,500 for third place. A total of $7,250 will be available between the top five finishers in points for the Production Twins class; and $7,250 is available in the Super Singles class between the top five finishers in points; full details at

Bryan Smith has been added to the AFT Management Team in the newly created role of Director of Industry Relations. He'll support all aspects of the Competition department, including managing rider and team relationships, new rider evaluation, track prep, safety and rules development. Smith will also be available for the series to call on as an elite-caliber test rider, whether to fine-tune the rulebook or assess the viability of potential new venues. Smith was the 2016 GNC Champion and 2012 and 2013 GNC1 Twins Champion, winning 33 races during his career and is tied for eighth on the all-time win list.

G&G Racing has announced that its partnership with Yamaha Racing will continue for a seventh season. In just the most recent three seasons, with Cory Texter as pilot, G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing has claimed two AFT Production Twins championships and 14 victories among its 27 podium finishes. Including its previous success in the premier class with JD Beach, Mikey Rush and Chad Cose at the controls, the team has collected a combined 29 podiums, 36 top fives and 50 top tens during its six-year partnership with Yamaha.

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

Biltwell Inc.

Biltwell Inc. Hosts 2nd Annual Biltwell 100 Motorcycle Desert Race in Southern California

April 2 saw Temecula, California based parts and riding gear manufacturer Biltwell Inc. host its second annual Biltwell 100 motorcycle race at the Football Field Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) park 15 miles southeast of Ridgecrest, California.

The park is located on the westernmost edge of the Mojave Desert and has hosted off-road fun in California for decades. The Biltwell 100 pits men and women of all ages and skill levels aboard every kind of motorcycle you can imagine on a closed loop that offers a bit of everything: rocks, sand washes, whoops, high-speed service roads and cactuses. Depending on each rider's skill level and style of motorcycle, Biltwell 100 competitors run one to four laps on the 25-mile course.

This year over 270 men and women in 24 individual classes took the Biltwell 100 challenge. Race organizers tried hard to create classes for everyone and to include a wide range of motorcycles - everything from vintage Triumphs and late-model Ducati Scramblers to minibikes, modern motocross and ADV machines and Hooligan Sportsters. 

"The latter division was particularly stacked," says Biltwell co-founder Bill Bryant. "With nearly 20 novices and experts racing alongside each other, banging elbows on custom Harley desert sleds in the SoCal sun."
To help run the event, Biltwell 100 organizers commissioned desert-racing professionals DP4 to oversee course design, race management and scoring. This allowed Biltwell staff and volunteers to focus on what they do best: free camping, big prizes and good fun. After closing the course an hour before sundown, 1,500 campers and spectators joined racers, organizers and volunteers for an impressive trophy presentation for podium finishers. After the accolades, people partied in the desert just like they've done at Biltwell events for 15 years.
To see scoring for every class at this year's Biltwell 100, visit For a comprehensive explanation of the classes and race format, visit

NAMZ Custom Cycle Products

Industry First "Stand-Alone" Fuel Injection System

Designed by electrical guru Jeff Zielinski and the team at NAMZ Custom Cycle Products in association with Thundermax and Dakota Digital, this fuel injection system "allows anyone with an OEM or aftermarket Twin Cam motor and (throttle-by-wire) throttle body to run a Thundermax EFI system on any custom build," according to Jeff.

"To get all of the features of a Thundermax wide-band and self-tuning EFI system, along with a NAMZ 100% plug-n-play wiring harness and exclusive twist grip assembly, is a huge step forward for dealers and custom-built bikes. This kit will offer a speedometer data wire for use with any electronic speedometer and the use of a Sportster or Big Twin fuel pump while providing a ground switched, 'low fuel' output wire for an LED or gauge of your choice."
All the components are made in the USA and the product is slated for release around May/June 2022.
This is a stand-alone fuel injection/engine management kit only. The lighting and switching functions of the bike wiring is not included. NAMZ does offer complete wiring harnesses in three different configurations - the NAMZ NCBH-01-A is the most robust with self-canceling turn signals, a combined run and turn signal front wiring option, and combined run and brake wiring functions on the rear (RED) turn signals.
The second, (NCBH-01-B) is less fully featured as it is intended for amber front and rear turn signals ONLY, and the third (NCBH-01-C) is a "bare-bones" full bike harness without any turn signals but, like the rest, provides headlight, taillight, key switch and all other basic functions to run the motorcycle.
Celebrating 21 years in business, NAMZ and Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker, Mid-USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop in Australia and Performance Cycle Wholesale Limited in New Zealand.




Tallahassee Bike Fest
Tallahassee, FL, US • May 13-15
Myrtle Beach Bike Week - Spring Rally
Myrtle Beach, SC, US • May 13-22

Lignano Sabbiadoro, IT • May 19-22

Bike Shed Show
London, GB • May 26-30

Salao Moto Brasil
Rio de Janeiro, BR • May 26-29

Isle of Man TT
IOM, GB • May 29-Jun 10

European Super Rally
Oland, SE • Jun 1-5

Custombike Show
Norrtaelje, SE • Jun 4

Lake George Village, NY, US • Jun 7-11

Republic of Texas Rally
Austin, TX, US • Jun 9-12

European H.O.G. Rally
Portoroz, Slovenia • Jun 9-12

Laconia Motorcycle Week
New Hampshire, US • Jun 11-19

Born Free
Silverado, CA, US • Jun 25-26

Wheels & Waves
Biarritz, FR • Jun 29-Jul 3

BMW Pure & Crafted
Berlin, DE • Jul 1

BMW Motorrad Days
Berlin, DE - Jul 2-3

World Ducati Week
Misano World Circuit, IT • Jul 22-24

AMA Vintage
Motorcycle Days
Ohio, US • Jul 22-24

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis, SD, US • Aug 5-14

Hometown Rally
Milwaukee, WI, US • Sep 1-5

Glemseck 101
Glemseck, DE • Sep 2-4

European Bike Week
Lake Faak, AT • Sep 6-11

Italian Bike Week
Lignano Sabbiadoro, IT • Sep 15-18

Myrtle Beach Bike Week - Fall Rally
Myrtle Beach, SC, US • Sep 26-Oct 2

Cologne, DE • Oct 4-9

Daytona Beach, FL, US • Oct 13-16

Salao Duas Rodas
Sao Paulo, BR • Nov 1-6

Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo
Houten/Utrecht, NL • Nov 2-4

Lone Star Rally
Galveston, TX, US • Nov 3-6

Milan, IT • Nov 8-13

Custombike Show
Bad Salzuflen, DE • Dec 2-4

Las Vegas, NV, US • Feb 15-17, 2023

Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show
Dublin, IE • Mar 3-5, 2023

Moto Festival
Bern, CH • Feb 16-19, 2023

Utrecht, NL • Feb 23-26, 2023

Daytona Bike Week
Florida, US • Mar 3-12, 2023

Dates/venues subject to change or cancellation. (*) Some dates provisional. "Check before you buy"

AMA Flat Track Grand Championship

AMA Flat Track Grand Championship Returns July 7-13

The AMA Flat Track Grand Championship is "already the most prestigious amateur flat track event in the country," according to the AMA, "but 2022 promises to be the best iteration of the event since its inception in the mid-1970s."

In a return for operating and promoting the event, the AMA will stage the Flat Track Grand Championship from 7-13 July at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill., with modified class structures and new race and entertainment schedules to improve the multi-day program for riders and fans alike.
"This year's AMA Flat Track Grand Championship will be bigger and better than ever," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "With four challenging racetracks, combined with the fastest amateur and youth flat track racers in the United States, it will be an epic week."
The week-long event will host different age groups across multiple racing classes, all of which will compete in the four dirt-track disciplines - Short Track, TT, Mile and Half-Mile.
Multiple AMA National No. 1 plates will be awarded at the conclusion of the event. Along with the class championships, the Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award - given to the most promising amateur rider on the cusp of a professional career - will be one of the most coveted honors awarded at the event.
The Vet/Senior Racer of the Year and Youth Racer of the Year will also be determined at the event.

Klock Werks

Road Glide Sport Pro 'Flare'

This dark smoke 14" Klock Werks Road Glide windshield is described by Drag Specialties as a "more streamlined option," offering "radical curves and a sportier stance to complement the lines of the new fairing with a more aggressive profile."

Designed for added stability and handling with improved air management, compared to riding with the stock windshield, the patented design features "hips" at the sides that are said to reroute the wind away from the rider while adding downforce to the front end of the motorcycle to improve stability.
The flip at the top of the 'Flare' redirects the airflow back as clean, less turbulent air for rider and passenger comfort. Wind tunnel-designed and tested, it is made in Lexan polycarbonate with FMR hard coating to create custom-molded designs "with unmatched durability."
All are predrilled for easy mounting using stock windshield hardware; the base color is gray.


HP Corse

HP Corse for Scout Bobber

Italian performance exhaust specialist HP Corse has a selection of options available for the Indian Scout Bobber - seen here the company's 2-into-2 V-2 is said to "totally reinterpret the character and styling at the rear of the bike, giving it a uniquely aggressive character."

Available in polished or matte black ceramic coated, it features removable dB killers, a manually TIG- welded bracket, CNC-machined billet aluminum end caps, a stylish laser-etched logo and robust, durable slip-on connection for the stock collectors.

HP Corse says that the V-2 "delivers increased hp in all rev ranges and a deeper sound that emphasizes the iconic pedigree and design of the historic Indian Motorcycle brand."


Corbin Saddles

Sportster S - Rear Fender/Undertail Tidy

Another new Sportster S product design from Hollister, California based Corbin Saddles, this rear fender/undertail conversion tidies up the look of the rear wheel and swingarm area - liberating this otherwise great looking machine from swingarm-mounted clutter.
"This small, simple Corbin fender looks better than the stock arrangement and also provides a stylish extension to keep the road grime from slinging off the rear tire and onto the passenger using the H-D pillion pad. Naturally, it works even better with the Corbin Gunfighter and Lady Smuggler seat!"

Constructed of durable ABS with a steel support structure, the Corbin undertail kit provides an integrated appearance with sympathetic lines that emulate the Sportster styling. It comes pre-painted to coordinate with the factory colors and utilizes the factory lighting components transferred from the bumper mount.

The Corbin undertail kit includes a black license plate frame to complete the look and comes pre-bent to conform to the shape of the fender - just curve the license plate to match.
"While we wouldn't go so far as to say that installation is simple, we WILL say that it is not difficult, although a bit time-consuming - but we reckon it's worth it for the visual improvement. Complete instructions are included along with all required hardware."


Tuesday 19 April 2022


Valeo reveals bargain electric powertrain

Valeo is one of the biggest automotive parts suppliers on the planet, so its decision to create a low-cost, compact, off-the-shelf powertrain for electric bikes could turn out to be a pivotal moment in the spread of battery-powered two-wheelers.
While previously focused on cars rather than bikes, Valeo is a giant by any standards with 187 production facilities in 33 countries, 63 R&D sites and more than 100,000 employees. What's more, its motorcycle powertrain design is based on mass-made components already being made for hybrid and electric cars, making for economies of scale that could radically slash prices, allowing small motorcycle brands around the world to grab a ready-made motor and transmission that's suitable for widely used 48-volt battery packs.

Valeo demonstrated its powertrain in a modified Super Soco TC Max, replacing the original Chinese 60-volt battery and 5 kW motor with its own 9.4 kW, air-cooled motor and a suitable 48-volt battery, upping performance to something close to a 125 cc petrol-powered bike.
Valeo already has a market share of more than 30% of the global market for 48-volt hybrids, and the air-cooled motorcycle motor is derived from a starter/generator that also provides an electric power boost for mild hybrid cars. The same unit is also in mass production as the power unit for the Citroen Ami electric city car.
For the motorcycle application, it's incorporated into a single-speed reduction transmission, in a package weighing less than 17 kg. With multiple motorcycle manufacturers converging on the idea of a 48-volt standard for swappable battery packs - such a standard has already been drawn out in Japan and a European consortium is hammering out similar specifications at the moment - the Valeo motor/transmission, with integrated control electronics, promises to be perfectly placed to capitalize on that.
While the petrol engines powering today's motorcycles are an integral part of their character, often used by brands to distinguish themselves from rivals, future electric models won't be able to use that tactic.
Riders aren't likely to notice or care about who made the whizzing electric motor driving their bikes, or to be able to distinguish one from another, opening the door to opportunities for a host of new brands, bolting off-the-shelf suspension, lighting, instruments and powertrains to their own frames and styling in a way that's likely to see the most significant shake-up in the motorcycle manufacturing status quo since the rise of the Japanese industry. Valeo might remain a name that goes under the radar, but its powertrain could be a driving force towards that revolution.


Polaris - Six Steps to Heaven

No self-respecting corporation is complete these days without its strategic plan and five-year targets, and powersports industry market leader Polaris took the opportunity of a recent Las Vegas 'Analyst and Investor Day' to outline its "six strategic objectives" …

Long-term growth and profitability are at the heart of Polaris Industries' six strategic objectives that are "focused on delivering a sustained competitive advantage as the global leader in powersports."
Its long-term strategy for "achieving accelerated growth, driving profitability and expanding its customer base" is wrapped in a six-step mantra, with Polaris Inc. CEO Mike Speetzen quoted as saying: "We see a clear opportunity to profitably grow Polaris, demonstrating to new customers how powersports fit into their lives and connecting with current riders who already love our products - while executing on our plans to innovate with new category-defining products, expand margins and return capital to shareholders.

Polaris CEO Mike Speetzen

"We have the best team in powersports and are well-positioned to execute on our strategy, continuing to set the bar for our industry while delivering long-term value for our customers and shareholders." The six strategic objectives revolve around …
Best Customer Experience: "Providing our current and future customers with the best possible overall experience, fueling and creating new ways to help people experience the outdoors to the fullest.

'expanding customers by 50 percent'


"This includes dealer interactions for service and delivery as well as trusted products and services. We are also expanding our new business models like Adventures and Adventures Select that encourage more diverse groups of people to experience the outdoors."
Inspirational Brands: "We will bring to life brands our owners are proud to be associated with, and excited to showcase and share with friends and family. Brands that continue to be viewed as authentic, unique, engaging, and just fun to experience and that support our Think Outside mindset.
Rider-Driven Innovation: "We listen and learn directly from our customers to deliver high-quality products, experiences and services that matter most to them. While innovation has been part of our DNA from the beginning, our electrification and connected vehicle initiatives represent an incredible opportunity to exceed customers' expectations in powersports, and the recent launch of the Ranger XP Kinetic is the first example of how we plan to lead in these areas."

Agile and Efficient Operations: "As the global leader in powersports, we take advantage of our global scale as well as lean operations and talented people to deliver the most responsive, customer-centric service levels in powersports."
Best Team, Best Culture: "Our team and culture are what makes achieving our goals possible. We focus on hiring, developing and retaining the best people, constantly challenging them with new opportunities and high expectations. Our team and culture combine to create a competitive advantage that enables us to deliver industry-leading innovation, support our customers and dealers, and drive long-term growth."

'entryway experiences'


Geared for Good: "A core belief that as the global leader in powersports, we have a responsibility to be good stewards for our industry, employees, riders, communities and the outdoors. Along with our unwavering commitment to Safety and Ethics Always, we remain more committed than ever to making a positive impact by being Geared for Good."
Under the theme of "Leading from the Front", the company says that in order to "reinforce its position as the global powersports leader" it has long-term strategic targets such expanding Polaris powersports customers by 50 percent in the next ten years, deepening its customer knowledge through increased investment in insights as well as how customers interact with the Polaris brand, and increasing access to powersports through new business models and entryway experiences with Polaris Adventures and Polaris Adventures Select.
Continued investment in research and development will clearly be a priority - "to drive innovation for its riders, both within already established capabilities of ICE powertrains and drivelines, fit and finish, ride and handling, and an extensive accessories portfolio, along with emerging capabilities including making Ride Command+ connected technology available across most of its powersports models by 2026 and furthering electric vehicle options with a strategic and targeted approach that centers on the customer."

'furthering electric vehicle options'


Polaris says that it is "testing electric prototypes broadly across its product platforms, but will commercialize purposefully where electrification improves the customer experience" and that "in addition to supporting organic investment in growth opportunities, Polaris is committed to a capital allocation strategy that prioritizes organic investment, dividend growth, share repurchases and acquisitions."
Which makes it sound like the Scott Wine era of wholesale acquisitions is well and truly over for Polaris.

The Ranger XP Kinetic - the first example of how Polaris plans to lead in the area of electrification.

With a strong focus on financial performance, the company highlighted its five-year financial targets of mid-single digit compound annual growth rate in sales, mid- to high-teens percentage EBITDA margin, return on invested capital in the mid-twenties percent, and double-digit percent compound annual growth rate in earnings per share.
Polaris reaffirmed its 2022 full-year guidance of total company sales of $9.2 to $9.5bn, up 12 to 15% compared to 2021, and adjusted earnings per share between $10.10 and $10.40, up 11 to 14% compared to last year.

News Briefs


Investcorp (the Bahrain Sovereign Investment fund/BIC), who bought Dainese from founder Lino Dainese in 2014 (for € 130m), has judged that the time is right to do what most private equity investors do with their acquisitions sooner or later - take the profit and "flip the asset." In a deal said to be worth some € 630m ($692m) including debt, the new owner is Washington D.C. headquartered private equity investor The Carlyle Group (CG.O). During its ownership, Investcorp says it more than doubled Dainese's sales to € 250m euro and expanded core earnings (EBITDA) at a double-digit rate annually. Lino Dainese is credited with many firsts, not least the back protector, knee sliders and the wearable air bag. He diversified his business by adding the legendary 1947 founded Italian AGV helmet brand in 2007.

Performance Brokerage Services (PBS) reports the sale of Four Corners H-D and Four Corners Powersports of Farmington, New Mexico, by owners Tom McCreery and Gary Almond to Joe Washburn and Pete Tabor. Originally founded in 1963 as Desert Sports, McCreery and Almond themselves acquired the businesses in 2002 and these days sell for H-D and Polaris from a state-of-the-art downtown Main Street purpose-built facility. Retirement beckons for the former owners - McCreery additionally recently sold his Salem, Or. dealership. Former telecomms professionals out of Denver, in 2015 Washburn and Tabor bought Fun Center Cycles - a motorcycle, off-road and PWC store. These days they have two such outlets in Colorado. Reflecting the ongoing 'churn' in the powersports industry, especially among H-D store owners, PBS has advised on the sale of over 250 dealerships of all kinds in the past five years - 72 in 2021 alone.

SEMA reports that U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has introduced the 'Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair' Act (REPAIR Act). "This crucial Federal legislation is introduced to provide consumers rights to their vehicle's data and safeguard a free and fair repair market." The move is applauded by SEMA plus The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Auto Care Association and CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition. "The legislation will ensure the preservation of consumer choice, a fair marketplace, and the continued safe operation of the nation's 288 million registered passenger and commercial motor vehicles, 70% of which are maintained by independent repair facilities."

Wally Brown Racing has confirmed the signing of James Rispoli for 2022 - WBR is to campaign a KTM 890 Duke in a limited schedule in the Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines class. Rispoli earned the 2020 Mission Production Twins championship on the strength of seven wins and four runner-ups and returns to the class following a season competing in the premier Mission SuperTwins category. The New Hampshire native is a two-time AMA Pro roadracing national champion, a British Superbike vet, and a two-time AMA Bonneville Salt Flat Land Speed Record holder.

GOMR (Grumpy Old Men Racing) has signed Brandon Price to compete in the 2022 Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle class aboard an Indian FTR750. GOMR - which previously competed as Racing - will continue to be overseen by Johnny and Sarah Goad, with mechanical assistance from Tom Draina and Caylee Goad; Russ and Illene Briggs will provide the resources to back the operation. GOMR will also field rising star Tyler Scott in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER class. Scott - the reigning MotoAmerica Junior Cup champion - will run a limited Progressive AFT schedule in conjunction with his roadracing efforts. Scott's dad, former professional flat track racer Mike Scott, will serve as his builder/tuner, with Davey Loikits rounding out the crew.

The 2017 Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER Champion Kolby Carlile is to compete on the H-D XG750R for the 2022 Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines Championship under the KC36 banner with title sponsorship from Las Vegas Harley-Davidson. After claiming five career victories and a national title aboard 450 cc single-cylinder machinery, the New York native stepped up to twin-cylinder competition full time in 2019.

AFT has announced that veteran sportscaster Ralph Sheheen will join the "Voice of AFT" Scottie Deubler in the broadcast booth to provide in-depth coverage of the 2022 season. Deubler will be calling a 14th straight season for AFT, while Kristen Beat will provide key insights from the pits. Sheheen is one of the most recognized voices in US motorsports with more than three decades of nationally televised broadcasting experience. Riki Rachtman - master of mayhem in both the motorsports and music worlds - will return for a third consecutive season to provide additional color from the pits at select rounds.

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S&S Cycle

S&S - Official AFT Exhaust, SuperTwins Presenting Sponsor

AFT has announced that S&S Cycle will once again serve as the Official Exhaust of Progressive AFT as well as the presenting sponsor for the Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle class.
In addition to being a dominant force in the V-twin performance aftermarket, S&S is now also a dominant force in AFT racing, as evidenced by the essential role it has played in the development of both the all-conquering Indian FTR750 and race-winning Royal Enfield Twins FT.

"S&S Cycle is a proven innovator with a long history of success at the highest levels," said Gene Crouch, COO of Progressive AFT. "We appreciate their continued support and investment of the series, and we're pleased to have them as an integral partner as we continue to grow the fanbase of America's Original Extreme Sport."
S&S Cycle will again have a huge presence in the Progressive AFT paddock for competitors and fans alike. S&S has offered a race and championship contingency bonus package of $76,000 to qualifying racers for the 2022 season.
"Proven Performance has been our battle cry for over six decades, and nothing proves it more than winning races," said David Zemla, S&S Cycle VP Marketing. "We're proud to support AFT and the Mission SuperTwins class for the 2022 season."

Indian Motorcycle

London - Indian and Krazy Horse Partner for Kensington Flagstore

Indian Motorcycle has announced a partnership with well-known UK multi-dealer Krazy Horse to establish a London flagstore at a prestigious, high profile Kensington location.
Described as the UK's first dedicated Indian Motorcycle Brand Experience Center, 'Indian Motorcycle London' opened on February 7th on Kensington High Street, West London.
The prestigious landmark site was, for over 50 years, the home of the Bristol Car Company. The iconic corner showroom, part of the Hilton Olympia Hotel, has been fully refurbished over two floors, incorporating the basement which had never been accessible to the general public.
Located close to London landmarks such as Harrods, Kensington Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the extensive refurbishment has doubled the available sales space and allows a complete range of Indian motorcycles, accessories, clothing and heritage to be displayed in a highly sought-after central London location.

In addition to the latest Indian Motorcycle models on show, there will be demonstration motorcycles available and exclusive one-off bikes on display from the 'Krazy Horse Custom' collection. Customers will be able to build their dream Indian motorcycle in the configuration area and browse the latest Indian Motorcycle apparel and accessory lines.
Paul Beamish, founder and Managing Director of Krazy Horse, said: "It is fantastic to have the opportunity to create the UK's first Indian Motorcycle Brand Experience Center, in partnership with America's first motorcycle company, in such an iconic location. We have partnered with Indian Motorcycle on many exciting projects since the relaunch of the brand, including The Wall of Death with Guy Martin, developing and campaigning in the Hooligan series in the DTRA and the opening of three stores in Suffolk, Oxfordshire and South London. The opening of this store firmly puts a focus on this great brand, and I am proud that Krazy Horse is a part of it."

Grant Bester, VPGM On-Road International, for Indian Motorcycle: "We are extremely proud of our long association with the dynamic team at Krazy Horse, what better partner to become the custodian of the Indian Motorcycle brand in the UK's capital. Exposing our portfolio to high-street consumers in this prestigious location is sure to raise Indian Motorcycle's profile still further, which perfectly complements our delivery of a newly refined line-up of premium American motorcycles for 2022. We look forward to welcoming customers to experience the stunning new location."

Vance & Hines

VO2 Falcon 90-Degree Air Intake
Vance & Hines has added to its air intake products line-up with the VO2 Falcon, a 90-degree, high performance intake system with fitments for most late-model Harley-Davidson models.  
"Air intake systems are our fastest growing product line," said Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy. "With motorcycle customizing trends moving toward an intense, performance-focused look, the VO2 Falcon gives bike owners the aggressive style they seek and four different finishes to make it special.  

"The VO2 Falcon is a cut above other 90-degree intakes with its attention to detail. From its slant-nosed oversized filter for higher volume air flow to its precision-machined billet aluminum mounting and integrated breather assembly, it looks like it belongs on a rider’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle."
The system comes in four finishes, show-quality chrome, ceramic matte black and two carbon fiber choices - high-gloss traditional weaved carbon and matte, forged carbon, a compound originally developed for use in high performance sports cars - and this is its first appearance in the V-twin parts market.
The shape of the unit extends the air intake track, which V&H says allows the VO2 Falcon to outperform the leading 90-degree units on the market - for both horsepower and torque.  
They are available in four fitments, H-D M-8 Touring and Softail models, H-D Twin Cam models with fly-by-wire throttle, late-model H-Ds with cable-actuated throttles and late-model Sportsters.
"Vance & Hines also recently introduced a collection of VO2 air intakes that recognize veterans, the Military Power Series, and offers a full line of air intake products with dramatic looks and great performance."


Ness Enterprises

Ness - 'Deep Cut' Back in Stock

Dublin, California based Ness Enterprises has its popular Black Contrast 'Deep Cut' parts and new Rough Crafts collections back in stock.
Seen here, Ness' forged billet 'Deep Cut' inverted air cleaner design maximizes airflow by pulling in air from all directions, including the face of the air cleaner. Each performance air filter features an inverted pleated top and is handmade from black synthetic filter element wrapped in a stainless steel mesh. 

Featuring the Ness patent-pending hidden breather system and oil catch/reservoir, the design is shown to increase horsepower, torque and mileage, eliminating oil blow-by on M-8 engines.
Each hidden breather in the CNC-machined forged billet aluminum backing plate is O-ringed at the heads, passes through the backing plate and exits inside the mouth of the throttle body through proprietary shooter tubes. This eliminates the need for any external hoses or hardware for a virtually closed-loop system.

The 'Radius' air inlet makes for unobstructed airflow and specially designed breather bolts hidden under the billet covers give that sought-after clean look.
CNC-machined from a single piece of forged billet aluminum, the air filter housing features an inverted face that acts like a velocity stack by pulling in air into the top of the performance air filter. The CNC-machined style features run from the face of the intake to the backing plate "for eye-catching style at every angle".

Matching black 'Deep Cut' parts include driver and passenger floorboards, horn kit, a selection of shift pegs and grips, including 'Fusion' style grips and pegs, and control components such as shift rod, solo shift arm, heel/toe shift arm, brake arm, inner shift lever and flat shift rod.


Drag Specialties

Wild Boar for Road Glides

Available in chrome or black, this Wild Boar 400 watt amp and speaker kit for Road Glides features a plug-n-play 400 watt two-channel amplifier with R.E.M.I.T Technology with Road Glide-specific mounting.

The speakers are Wild Boar Audio 6.5" 4 ohm Road Glide-specific fronts and include trim for the grills. Drag Specialties says that the system is "extremely easy to expand to add a second or third amp later on.
"It includes very high-quality plug-n-play wire harnesses and everything needed to complete the installation."


Kodlin Motorcycles

Sportster S - 1" Lift and Lowering Kits; Belt Guards

Following the success of its M-8 Softail lowering and lift kits, Kodlin Motorcycles has created these new parts to modify the height of the Sportster S to either lift or lower it by 1" (25 mm). 

Made of steel and black powder-coated, they are said to be easy to install with the provided instructions. "These 1" lowering and lift kits are a simple and fully reversible way to modify the ride height of the Sportster S - no modification to the suspension and no shock compression tool is required."

Also seen here, these black powder-coat Kodlin belt guards upgrade the look of the Sportster S; another easy install, new stainless steel hardware is included.



VPerformance Exhausts for Indians

Designed and manufactured near Milan, Italy, by QD Exhaust parent company Arcas Industrie, VPerformance exhausts are the brainchild of Manuel de Liso - a man on a mission to "disrupt the orthodox assumptions about V-twin exhaust design and performance." 

'Dark Chubby' for Indian Chief, a chrome version is also available.

Available for select Harley, Indian, Victory and Royal Enfield models, Manuel describes the VPerformance program as "high performance for customs and classics" - yes, they are. But they are also just absolutely stunning additions to any stock or custom V-twin and just ooze quality and style. Oh, and 'btw' - in addition to all the design and quality advantages of being from Italy, they actually sound quintessentially 'American'.


Wednesday 13 April 2022


"It's a Sportster" - Harley's New Baby

The second iteration of the 975T Revolution Max platform, Harley's new MY2022 ''Nightster'' model is rather more conventionally styled than the Sportster S, staying closer to the legacy XL look - perhaps with a hint of V-Rod thrown in for good measure.
Claimed to be starting a "new chapter" in the venerable H-D Sportster motorcycle story - one that started in 1957 with the original 55 ci, Model K derived Sportster - Harley is claiming a "leap forward in performance and design" compared to the prior (theoretically) lower-cost range of 883 and 1200 cc Sportsters that the company has now largely retired, "while remaining an accessible entry point to motorcycling and the brand.
"This all-new motorcycle combines a classic Sportster model silhouette with the on-demand performance of the new Revolution Max 975T powertrain and a host of contemporary electronic rider aids and features. The 2022 'Nightster' model redefines the Sportster motorcycle experience for a new generation of riders.

"The 'Nightster' is an instrument of expression and exploration, underpinned by performance," said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. "By building on the 65-year Sportster legacy, the 'Nightster' provides a canvas for creativity and personalization, offering the ultimate platform for customization and expression for new and existing riders."
The liquid-cooled, 60-degree 975 cc Revolution Max 'T' V-Twin is said to have a torque curve that "stays flat through the broad powerband - with engine performance designed to deliver strong acceleration and robust power through the mid-range. The length and shape of the intake velocity stacks, combined with the airbox volume, are tuned to maximize performance across the engine speed range. The profiles of dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing phasing on the intake valves are designed to match the performance of this engine."
It is said to deliver 90 hp (67 kW) @ 7,500 rpm and 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm) peak torque @ 5,000 rpm from the 97 mm bore x 66 mm stroke, 12:1 compression ratio stock configuration, but we already know from the early Sportster S customs that are now starting to emerge regularly that there is tuning a plenty to be had.
"Hydraulic valve lash adjustment ensures quiet operation and eliminates the need for costly, complicated service procedures. Internal balancers help reduce engine vibration to enhance rider comfort and improve vehicle durability. The balancers are tuned to retain just enough vibration to make the motorcycle feel alive." In other words, it is confession time: yes, the old Sportster engine was noisy and vibrated like a sex toy.
"The 'Nightster' model pairs a nimble, lightweight chassis with a powerful engine tuned for strong mid-range performance, an ideal combination for navigating urban traffic and charging along curving backroads. Mid foot controls and a low-rise handlebar put the rider in a centered, comfortable posture on the bike. Unladen seat height is 27.8 inches. The low seat height combined with a narrow profile makes it possible for most riders to confidently place feet down flat at a stop.


"The Revolution Max 975T powertrain is the central, structural component of the 'Nightster' motorcycle chassis, which significantly reduces motorcycle weight and results in a very stiff chassis. The tail section structure is lightweight aluminum. The swingarm is formed of welded rectangular steel tubing and is an attachment point for the dual rear shock absorbers.
"Front suspension are 41 mm Showa Dual Bending Valve conventional forks designed to provide improved handling performance by keeping the tire in contact with the road surface. The rear suspension features dual outboard emulsion-technology shock absorbers with coil springs and a threaded collar for pre-load adjustment."
The 'Nightster' model is equipped with a suite of Harley-Davidson rider safety enhancements - "a collection of technologies designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking. The systems are electronic and utilize the latest chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology. Its three elements are Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS) and Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS)." There are also selectable ride modes - Road, Sport and Rain.
All of which, to be fair, is a great step forward for the story of the venerable Sportster and for Harley's ability to compete in the customer expectation stakes a lot more convincingly than in the past. It also makes further sense of its positioning as "entry level" new production, but not "price-point" - now that Harley has successfully harnessed and rebuilt its used program as the base-line brand pathway.

News Briefs


Polaris has announced a 165,000 sq ft expansion to take its Wilmington, Ohio PG&A Distribution Center up to 465,000 sq ft; completion is slated for Spring 2023. Polaris reported a +13% growth in its global PG&A business in Q4 2021 with "growth in all categories and business segments." Total 2021 PG&A sales exceeded $1.5bn.

Founded in 1959, Elkhart, Indiana based Patrick Industries has completed its acquisition of Arizona based Rockford Corp. and its Rockford Fosgate audio products brand. A marine, recreational vehicle, domestic and industrial building commercial builder products manufacturer, Patrick says its stated aim is to acquire expansion opportunities and strategically grow its "presence in powersports and leisure lifestyle enthusiast aftermarkets."

Can-Am, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo, Lynx and Rotax owner BRP has added to its Valcourt, Quebec headquarters R&D facilities with a new design studio at Sophia Antipolis in the South of France. Slated to officially open its doors in December 2022, BRP says it will "mark another important step towards developing and leveraging its design expertise worldwide." The focus will include sustainable mobility and leverage its geographical proximity to the "understanding of market dynamics" in Europe.

After a record-setting race career, Andrew Hines has taken a new role in a restructured Vance & Hines, Mission Foods, Suzuki NHRA PSM Team. With Angelle Sampey and Eddie Krawiec set to ride the 4-valve Suzuki Hayabusas, the V&H effort will be headed up by no less than three former NHRA champions - Hines will step up to the role of full-time Crew Chief for the team.

SEMA has introduced a new program to make it possible for automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers to meet the legal requirement for emissions compliance under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Tampering Policy. The program, called SEMA Certified-Emissions (SC-E), gives manufacturers the ability to verify that a product meets the EPA's "reasonable basis" criteria and is therefore legal for sale in 49 states.

RumbleOn and NADA/J.D. Power have announced a new marketing and referral agreement enabling customers to receive instant cash offers on powersports online at

Polaris has struck a deal with Qmerit, "a leader in green energy transformation with the largest nationwide network of certified electrical installers for EV charging, to provide a simple and convenient home charging installation service solution for Polaris's customers in USA," says Steve Menneto, President of Off-Road. "With the launch of our new RANGER XP Kinetic, customers want a turnkey solution for fast, accessible charging. Qmerit will be the go-to resource for Polaris, and our dealers, to support these customers' needs."

SEMA has applauded public-private efforts to save the Bonneville Salt Flats, with the installation of a new water well and weather and hydrologic equipment used for measuring salt growth conditions as part of the broader Restore Bonneville program. Federal and state funds were released last year to instal the monitoring equipment and help increase the volume of salt pumped onto the Bonneville Salt Flats this year to a total of up to 500,000 tons. The collaborative restoration effort has seen SEMA and the racing community join forces with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Utah Geological Survey (UGS) and Intrepid Potash Inc. Originally in the 1960s, the racing venue was over 13 miles in length, but the course is now eight miles or less. According to a study by the BLM, the Salt Flats have also shrunk in size from 96,000 acres to about 30,000 acres.

Texas based Volcon ePowersports ("the first all-electric off-road powersports company") has already signed its 60th dealership in North America, having received 365 applications in just 160 days.

As part of the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Freedom Powersports, which represents 15 OEMs through 13 retail locations operated in Texas, Georgia and Alabama, RumbleOn has named Freedom founder and former CEO Kevin Lackey as the President of Retail for all Freedom locations, reporting to CEO Marshall Chesrown, with Daniel Arriaga reporting to Lackey as regional director of all Freedom retail locations. The Freedom acquisition completed on February 22nd.

Bloomington, Mn., based SxS/UTV manufacturer Toro Company has acquired Robert and Becky Foster's Batesville, Arkansas based Intimidator Group - of Spartan mowers fame.

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