First COVID Death Tied to Sturgis Rally Reported

First COVID Death linked to Sturgis Rally Reported

A Minnesota biker who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has died of covid-19 — the first fatality from the virus traced to the 10-day event that drew more than 400,000 to South Dakota. The man was in his 60s, had underlying conditions and was hospitalized in intensive care after returning from the rally, said Kris Ehresmann, infectious-disease director at the Minnesota Department of Health. The case is among at least…

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Motorcycles Experiencing Unprecedented Demand

Polaris Experiencing Unprecedented Demand for bikes

Harley-Davidson (HOG, -2%) and Polaris (PII, +7.5%) issued contrasting earnings reports before the bell today. The maker of the iconic Harley missed earnings expectations by a wide margin, but Polaris, which makes off-road vehicles and snowmobiles as well as motorcycles, blew past forecasts and is experiencing unprecedented demand. The stocks are reacting accordingly. Both companies are navigating the same pandemic problems, with production facilities and dealership closed. But while Polaris is executing…

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Rare Benelli Bikes at Bonham’s Auction

Rare Benelli Bikes for sale at Bonham's Auction

It is painful to hear that the famed Morbidelli Motorcycle Museum in Pesaro, Italy, is being parted out, but the chance to purchase some rare Benelli Bikes is not one to miss if you are a collector or enthusiast. However, it does mean you have a shot at obtaining one or more of the motorcycles in the collection, including these three historic and rare Benelli bikes, at Bonhams Summer Sale auction. Here…

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Missouri to Ease Motorcycle Helmet Requirement

Missouri to ease Motorcycle Helmet Requirement

Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill into law that will ease motorcycle helmet requirements for some riders.  HB 1963, sponsored by Rep. Travis Fitzwater, allows riders over 26 years of age with proof of health insurance to opt-out of using helmets once the law goes into effect on Aug. 28.  The bill saw opposition from a number of safety groups, including representatives for the National Safety Council and the National Association of the State Motorcycle Safety…

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Zero Motorcycles Cash For Carbon Program

Zero Motorcycles Cash For Carbon Program

There’s no getting around the fact that electric motorcycles are still expensive. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great and offer a unique riding experience, but you’re definitely paying for the privilege. Zero Motorcycles is hoping to take some of the sting out of switching from a bike that runs on old-fashioned dino squeezings to one that only uses electrons by offering its Cash for Carbon program, announced on Wednesday. The program will provide…

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U.S. Motorcycle Sales Boom during Pandemic

Motorcycle Sales Boom despite pandemic

COVID-19 has sickened hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and taken more than 100,000 lives. The virus and the efforts to combat its spread have forced many businesses to shutdown or reduce their operations, leading to millions of people being put out of work. But motorcycle sales, and those of other powersports, have gone through the roof recently, sparking what many hope is a renewed passion for the…

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Franchises cut ties with Dealer over Social Media Post

Harley cuts ties with Dealer over racist social media post

Honda Powersports and Harley-Davidson Inc. announced they will cut ties with a Northwest Tennessee motorcycle and ATV dealership after a racist social media post was allegedly made on the owner’s Facebook page, following suit with Polaris Industries. The post is said to have been made on the Facebook page of Russell Abernathy, the owner of Abernathy’s Cycle in Union City which sells Honda, Polaris and Harley-Davidson products. According to screen…

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Harley-Davidson Removed from S&P 500

Harley-Davidson removed from S&P 500

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. will be moved from the S&P 500 to the S&P MidCap 400 starting on June 22nd, 2020. S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the move along with several other changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600. The changes are intended “to ensure each index more appropriately represents its market capitalization range.” Two other companies, Nordstrom Inc. and Alliance Data Systems Corp., will also…

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Harley Halts Production Due to COVID19

Motorcycle Factories Shut Down Due to Corona Virus

Harley-Davidson has announced a temporary halt on production in their U.S. manufacturing facilities through March 29 due to COVID19. On Monday, the company had asked employees at their Milwaukee-area headquarters and Product Development Center to work remotely at least until the end of March. But that was before an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus yesterday, resulting in the immediate closing of HD’s Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility. The…

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Sturgis Police Investigating Terror Threat to Rally

Main Street Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2019

The Sturgis Police Department is Investigating a Facebook message they received about a possible list of lone wolves plotting homegrown terror attacks and the rally may be a target. Sturgis Chief of Police Geody Vandewater said they immediately reached out to the FBI. Vandewater said the FBI is trying to track down the original social media post. But it is not an easy process. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find…

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