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January 30, 2009

Honda’s worldwide sales of motorcycles and ATVs for the nine-month period ended Dec. 31, 2008, totaled 8.11 million units, up 16.7 percent from 6.95 million units during the same nine-month period in 2007. In North America – including the U.S., Canada and Mexico – the company wholesaled 248,000 units, down from 303,000 units. Motorcycles accounted for 143,000 units, down from 157,000 units; ATVs accounted for 105,000 units, down from 146,000 units.

Polaris CEO Scott Wine says 2009 will be a challenging year, and the OEM expects sales to decline 15 to 23 percent compared to 2008. “Retail sales trends for each of the industries and geographic markets in which Polaris competes are expected to remain soft for much, if not all, of 2009,” Wine says. “As a result, we will be more conservative with our production and shipment expectations for 2009.”

Arctic Cat says the OEM is focused on multiple efforts to rescale its business in the current economic climate. Actions include streamlining production operations from three production lines to two; a planned company-wide shutdown; the elimination of approximately 100 positions, or 7 percent of its 1,400 employees; the elimination of the dealer incentive trip; suspending regular quarterly cash dividends; a salary reduction of 5 percent for all officers; selective compensation and benefit adjustments; reduced vacation accrual; a hiring freeze; and lowering operating expenses by 10 to 15 percent through greater efficiencies in lean manufacturing and global low-cost sourcing.

KTM believes the economic environment for the automotive and motorcycle industry in particular could continue to worsen in the United States and Europe, and the company is responding to the scenario by scaling back production by up to 20 percent from last year and continuing to implement ongoing improvements and cost-cutting measures.

Japan’s four major motorcycle manufacturers produced 1.22 million units in 2008, down 26.8 percent from 1.68 million units produced in 2007. Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha together shipped 372,362 units to the United States in 2008, down 18.2 percent from 455,139 units shipped in 2007.

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Arctic Cat, Tucker Rocky Do The Baja 1000

December 4, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I posted news that Johnny Campbell set a new record by winning his 11th Baja 1000 arcticcatbaja1000 atop a motorcycle. Well, news keeps trickling out from various sources about other “firsts”. The latest news comes from Arctic Cat and Tucker Rocky Distributing.

The other day I received an e-mail from Arctic Cat announcing that a pair of stock Arctic Cat Prowlers beat the brutal conditions to finish first and second place in the world’s longest, continuous off-road race. It was the first time in race history a side-by-side UTV vehicle finished what is widely regarded as the most grueling off-road race in the world.

Finishing first in the 634-mile race with a time of 27 hours and 57 minutes was a stock 2009 Prowler XTZ 1000 driven by Bi-Polar team co-owner and driver Jim Creagan and co-pilot Tim Wagner for the first 409 miles, followed by driver/co-driver Chris Fallon and Aaron Bahner for the remainder of the course.

Taking second place at 28 hours and 13 minutes was a 2009 Prowler XTX 700 EFI driven by three driver/co-driver combinations: Shane Morgan and Tabor Cresap, Scott Sorenson and Justin Serface, and Casey Squires and Mike Connors.

It was just the second attempt at the Baja 1000 for the Bi-Polar/Arctic Cat team. In 2007 they made it to mile-810 before succumbing to a broken suspension bolt. They returned this year, ready to prove the Prowler’s durability and to support their sponsors: Arctic Cat, Wired Energy Drink, Vision X Lighting, GBC Motorsports, TrailReady Beadlock Rims and King Shocks.

TR & SUPPLIERS
The 2008 Baja 1000 also served as the first time a U.S.-based distributor has taken an active role in the race.

The TR-sponsored race team (from left to right) included Brent Durfee, Brandon Baldwin, Lance Kerr, Tim Pritchard, Dave Cullinan and Brian Cornelius.

The TR-sponsored race team (from left to right) included Brent Durfee, Brandon Baldwin, Lance Kerr, Tim Pritchard, Dave Cullinan and Brian Cornelius.

Tucker Rocky teamed up with Dunlop, Motion Pro, Two Brothers Racing, and Motorex to race the Baja 1000 this year. Each company fielded a rider, which is the first time a group of key industry companies and personnel have teamed up for such a race.

The team consisted of Dunlop’s West Coast Sales Manager Brent Durfee, Motion Pro’s Director of Sales and Marketing Brandon Baldwin, Two Brothers Racing Director of Business Development Dave Cullinan, Motorex/Paragon Powersports Brian Cornelius, Tucker Rocky’s VP of Sales and Marketing Tim Pritchard, and Tucker Rocky’s Offroad Sales Specialist Lance Kerr. The crew chief for the team was Jimmy Sones from Malcolm Smith Adventures and the chase team was staffed by Tucker Rocky’s Director of Sales Del Munoz and Sales Rep’s Mike Schmahl and Malcolm Bottorff as well as Montclair Yamaha’s Vadime Miline.

The industry team finished 6th in the Sportsman class which was a great accomplishment but with a logistical error (they missed a pit and ran out of gas but fortunately the Mexican Police department picked up the rider an hour later and took him to the closest pit for fuel) and some damage to the sprocket and chain (the sprocket was severely bent and chain derailed) the team still finished within two hours and 39 minutes behind first place. The total time down from the gas and sprocket incidents was over three hours. Till that time (less than 80 miles left in the race) the team was poised for an incredibly strong finish.

The team was sponsored by Dunlop, Motion Pro, Two Bros, Motorex, Yuasa, Gaerne, EVS, MSR, Pro Taper and Tucker Rocky. The bike was a race prepped Honda CRF450x which performed great for the entire race (at least when it had gas in it). The JCR Honda pit crew did a great job as well. The team also thanks it’s sponsors as well as Malcolm Smith for his help and participation.