Posts Tagged ‘H-D’

Blogs Abuzz About H-D’s Buell Decision

October 15, 2009

Buell_logoHarley-Davidson has carved a lot of pork, and jobs, during the past year, and now the move to end production of the Buell line and sell off its recently-purchased MV Agusta business has people buzzing anew about the way the Motor Co. has chosen to streamline its operation.

Here are some thoughts gleamed from a surf through some of the social networking sites:

Gutted that Harley has pulled the plug on Buell Motorcycles. After all of Erik’s struggles and hard work developing improved product, he deserves better than that. – Kevin

No matter what you think of HD or Buell product, you have to respect Erik Buell’s independent and creative thinking. Sorry to see you go Buell. – Glenn

Victims of Hope and Change? – Robert

I feel for all those who have been laid off … but I keep thinking there is more to come from Buell. – Greg

Buell gone; MV on the block!? Whats next? Price drops on Fatboys and baggers? – Jeffery

Why didn’t they dump their latest European acquisition instead of wiping out more American jobs? As an American manufacturer, it sickens me to see HD become just another company making a profit at any cost. – Chris

A day of mourning for American Sportbikers … regardless of what you ride. Buell, you will be greatly missed! – Brittany

I am truly bummed about Buell going under. I wasn’t a die hard Buell fan but it was nice to see a company like that succeed. – Aaron

It seems that we have let another American Motorcycle Company go by the way side my friends, and what a shame! – Patrick

Learn more about H-D’s decision by clicking HERE.

Victory Lays Down the Hammer … S

June 15, 2009

I picked up a 2009 Victory Hammer S from Polaris HQ today, June 15. I’ve noticed this particular bike is about Victory performance, and that my sportbike has tire envy.

2009 Victory Hammer S

2009 Victory Hammer S

After rolling 200 miles during the first few hours after pick-up, I do have a few qualms about riding position (see future posts). Of course, I’m traditionally more of a sportbike rider, so anything I ride foot-first seems a bit odd.

Still, this is the best of the four Victory I’ve ridden for an extended period of time. It accelerates impressively (for (more…)

H-D Awards National Film Contest Winner

December 16, 2008

Harley-Davidson hosted a party last Thursday, Dec. 11, for the winner of Bikes, Camera, Action!, a contest the OEM says was designed to challenge female filmmakers from around the country to inspire other women to get behind the handlebars of their very own motorcycles. More than 65 party guests, including the contest winner, her film crew, members of the media, local Harley enthusiasts and film school professors, were among the first to view the winning film.

Dozens of female filmmakers answered the call to participate in Bikes, Camera, Action! and create original two-minute short films that capture the freedom and control that riding offers women.

Victoria Sampson of Shadow Hills, Calif. was selected as the Grand Prize Winner and honored at the premiere party for her film, Her Need for Speed. H-D says Sampson’s film stood out for the quality and creativity of the content. Aside from unveiling her film at the premiere party, Sampson received $5,000, a new High Definition video camera, a Harley-Davidson leather jacket, and a gift certificate for a 5-day bike rental through Harley-Davidson’s Authorized Rentals.

Melissa Kosar of Orange, Calif. and Marta Masferrer of New York City were selected as First Prize Winners, receiving $1,500 to use toward their next project, a Harley-Davidson leather jacket and the opportunity to learn to ride through Rider’s Edge, Harley-Davidson’s rider training program. Kosar’s film, entitled Girls Night Out and Masferrer’s film, Here Comes the Bride can be viewed, along with the Grand Prize winning film here.

Now For Some Dealer News

November 26, 2008

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Wilwert’s, Inc., a Harley-Davidson, Buell, KTM and Suzuki dealership in Dubuque, Iowa, is preparing to close its doors due to foreclosure. A sign on the dealership’s showroom window informed customers of the closing.
The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department says the building will be made available for public auction on Jan. 15, 2009. A sale notice says the Dubuque-based American Trust and Savings Bank, the Wilwert’s lender, recently was awarded a judgment of $1.6 million. The 53,000 sq. ft. Dubuque location was opened in April 2003.
Owned by Clay and Janelle Wilwert, the dealership is a family-run business, opened by Clay’s parents in September 1960 as a Harley-Davidson retailer. Since then, the store has relocated five times and added KTM and Suzuki brands.
Wilwert’s, Inc. had 40 employees at one time, but is now down to 16 in an effort to cut costs and remain open.
The Dubuque County Assessor’s Office this year valued the building at $2,011,200 and the parcel’s 6.78 acres of land at $335,800. Records show Wilwert was current on his property taxes, last paying $40,315 on Sept. 6. His next payment of the same amount would be due March 2009.
In 1999, Wilwert’s opened a second location 15 miles away from Dubuque in Galena, Ill. The 6,000 sq. ft. Galena store carries only Harley-Davidson and Buell. The Galena store also will close because Harley-Davidson considers it an extension of the main store and Motor Co. by-laws prohibit branch stores from remaining open if the main dealership is closed.
Wilwert’s is only one of multiple long-time H-D dealerships to close in November. Santa Cruz Harley-Davidson owner Mike James closed his dealership earlier this month, ending Harley-Davidson’s 80-year run in the city.
Citing poor motorcycle sales due to a struggling economy, James shut his dealership and museum Nov. 11. The dealership’s satellite shop in Watsonville closed earlier this year.
“The simple answer is we’re a victim of what’s happened to consumer confidence,” James told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Though other areas of the dealership were doing fine, bike sales at the Santa Cruz dealership had fallen from an average of 50 per month to 15 in October, James said.
In Wisconsin, River Falls Harley-Davidson closed its doors on Nov. 1.