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Tuesday 28 November 2023

News Briefs

At the end of September, the U.S. Congress House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce held a legislative hearing to discuss several bills within its jurisdiction. One of which was the REPAIR Act - one of the MRF's key legislative priorities. 

The MRF believes the ability for consumers and aftermarket shops to have access to the parts, tools and information needed to repair products is critical to the motorcycling community. 

AIMExpo (Las Vegas, February 6-8, 2024) has partnered with Motorcycle & Powersports News for the education sessions on the Expo's 'Disruptive Thinking'. The collaboration will feature three focused tracks: Training and Talent, F&I/PG&A, and Marketing. "Symposium-inspired sessions to address issues at the forefront of our industry, including economic changes and forecasts, government relations, new-rider initiatives, and more." Additionally, classroom-style content will deliver actionable takeaways for dealers and retailers. Expo features will include E-Bike Demo Tracks, Industry Party Powered by Turn 14 Distribution, New Product Central, 4-Wheel Showcase, 2-Wheel Custom Showcase, a Dealer Tech Zone powered by Transax Digital Retail and the MIC Business Center. Register at 

Handbuilt Motorcycle Show - Revival Cycles has announced April 12-14 for the 2024 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show at Austin Texas; 

Designed "to be a true grassroots entry into the motorcycle world," the KTM SX-E 2 provides "the ideal platform for young riders to find their feet - and throttles - as young racers." 

The all-new model "rolls up to the starting line as a real-world intermediary package, bridging the gap between mini-cycle and motorcycle, complete with modern, striking graphics, top-quality materials and high-end components.

FOX Factory Performance Vehicle Development (PVD) has introduced an all-new Harley-Davidson Ford F-250 Super-Duty. "Each truck is perfectly crafted to embody top-of-the-line performance, custom appearances, luxurious interior components and premium safety features." 

Features include a custom 5" lift system from BDS Suspension in conjunction with FOX Adventure Series shocks, H-D edition 22" black and milled wheels, power running boards, a carpet rug bed liner and tonneau cover with embedded H-D. The redesigned center console includes a personalized serial number plate. There are Bar and Shield logo billet pedals and H-D logo carpet floor mats. 

Available in Europe in 2023, American Honda has confirmed availability of the 2024 XL750 Transalp for the U.S. market, with models having started getting to showrooms in October. Originally introduced in 1986 as a 500 cc, the Transalp went out of the Honda range in 2013. MRSP in USA is $9,999.00.  

Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo - One of Europe's longest established custom bike shows, the Bigtwin Custom Bike Show and Expo will be held again near Utrecht in the Netherlands on November 3-5;

The Motorcyclist Advisory Council is being re-established. After nearly two years of delay, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the initial steps to establish the Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC). In November of 2021, Congress passed, and President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Included in the law was reformation of the MAC. The Council will coordinate with and advise the Secretary of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator on transportation issues of concern to motorcyclists, including motorcycle and motorcyclist safety, barrier and road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies.

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