Archive for February 10th, 2009

Rey Sotelo Makes Federal Court Appearance

February 10, 2009

Former Indian CEO Charged with Conspiracy

Former Indian Motorcycle Corporation CEO Rey Sotelo appeared in federal court Monday for allegedly conspiring with a central California shop to ship a stolen motorcycle to Sweden.

Sotelo was arrested July 15, charged with conspiracy for allegedly helping to counterfeit the bike’s official papers along with men associated with the Road Dog Cycle in Denair, Calif.

Federal prosecutors have used a grand jury’s findings to indict a total of 11 men, including five with law enforcement connections. Chief among those charged are Robert Holloway, 61, a retired Stanislaus County sheriff’s (more…)

It’s Black Tuesday. Some Kid’s ATVs, Bikes Banned

February 10, 2009

CPSC Staff Considers Issue.

Grassroots Lobbying Effort Begins in Missouri.

Effective today, retailers in the U.S. cannot sell products designed for children under the age of 12 that do not meet the limits for lead content, lead paint and phthalate, a chemical sometimes used to increase the flexibility of plastic parts.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) applies to used, current and non-current ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles and related products such as collectibles, apparel, parts and accessories.

The penalties for violation are stiff: up to $100,000 per violation and up to $15 million for repeated violations.

The law affects some 13,000 franchised and non-franchised dealers, as well as OEMs, aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, and numbers of other businesses involved with children’s off-road machines, such as racetracks and race promoters. It applies to anyone involved in the so-called “stream of (more…)

Blogging Dealer Expo: Stay Tuned!

February 10, 2009

We all at DealernewsBlog are getting ready to head out to Indy for the World and Locallydealer-expo Famous Dealer Expo. If you’re not going to be there, (And why wouldn’t you be there?) but still want to know what’s going on, visit the DealernewsBlog and www.dealernews.com sites early and often for the latest, greatest and sometimes strangest stuff the powersports world has to offer.

For example did you read the latest info about more than 100 exhibitors changing locations? If not, go here to find out what’s happening.

If you are going to be in Indy, see you there. And each day look outside your hotel room or around the show floor for our latest Dealer Expo Show Dailies. These daily newspapers will come flying off the presses fresh each night with up-to-the-minute (give or take a few) highlights of the show. We’ll be roaming the floor, covering the meetings, getting the scoop, taking pics, scratching out notes and wearing out shoe leather to cover Dealer Expo from the inside out.

We’ll have “newsrooms” in the second floor of the Indiana Convention Center and in the Lucas Oil Stadium where press info and other related materials can be dropped off. If you want to contact any of us editor types, drop a note at the Dealernews booth just outside the main hall in the convention center.

Jeremy Lusk: FMX Pro, Metal Mulisha Teammate

February 10, 2009
Photo of Jeremy Lusk from Metal Mulisha Web site.

Photo of Jeremy Lusk from Metal Mulisha Web site.

We’re sad to report that Jeremy Lusk, 24, died Monday night from injuries he received during a horrific crash at the X-Knights freestyle competition in Costa Rica.

The Metal Mullisha Web site reports that Lusk was surrounded by his mother and father, wife and other family members, in addition to some of the Mulisha crew, when he succumbed to his injuries. Head on over to the MM site to leave your thoughts and read others from around the world.

A blog set up by a close friend, soliciting prayers for Lusk, has posted that it will announce arrangements when the information is available.

As a father, husband and son, Lusk’s death is painful on a fairly personal level. My deepest thoughts go out to the family of this young man, whom I’ve never met, but feel connected to given our chosen careers and passions. Our professional worlds were a million years apart, but I feel a kinship with anybody with a love for two wheels. Again, to Lusk’s friends and families I want to offer my most sincere condolences.

A fan of Lusk’s has posted a tribute video to him on YouTube.