U.S. motorcycle sales increased 6.7% over the first quarter of 2012.

The Motorcycle Industry Council reports U.S. motorcycle sales increased 6.7% over the first quarter of 2012.

According to the MIC’s latest quarterly report, American consumers purchased 109,425 motorcycles in the three months ending March 31, 2012, compared to 102,547 units the year before.

The MIC also reports ATV sales have increased for the first time in years, increasing 5.0% to 50,107 units. ATV sales have been fading as consumers looked to side-by-side instead. The MIC does not report side-by-side sales however.

Off-road motorcycle sales continue to decline, with dealers selling 6,697 units over the quarter. Dual-sports, street bikes and scooter sales however continue to rise, though the industry still has a ways to go to reach the levels seen before the economic downturn.

2012 Q1 Figures from the Motorcycle Industry Council
Type 2011 Q1 2012 Q1 Change % Change
ATV 47,702 50,107 +2,405 +5.0%
Dual Sport 6,697 7,549 +852 +12.7%
Off-Hwy 18,725 17,473 -1,252 -6.7%
On-Hwy 70,879 77,103 +6,224 +8.8%
Scooter 6,246 7,300 +1,054 +16.9%
Motorcycle
Sub-Total
102,547 109,425 +6,878 +6.7%
Grand
Total
150,249 159,532 +9,283 +6.2%

[Source: MIC]

http://www.mic.org/members/membership/2012-MIC-Member-Directory.pdf

 

2013 Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction

January 10, 11, & 12, 2013

  • South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall
  • 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

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The pinnacle of the industry! Six hundred (600) motorcycles in three days! See motorcycles you may never see again. Meet friends in a city built for fun. Talk to experts and owners of the motorcycles you have dreamed of for years. Take home that motorcycle! For twenty-one years MidAmerica buyers and sellers have looked forward and saved the dates for the LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION. This is the legacy of a company dedicated to its customers and grateful acknowledgement to that “network family” that made it possible. It is our hope you will join our family.

Tesla S Test Drive

I test drove a Tesla S today.  Clearly the Tesla retail experience is better from traditional auto shopping and this car is the way of the future!  Tesla has stores where the other Auto Manufacturers have Dealerships.  Tesla owns their stores where other auto manufacturers have franchises.

First impressions are this is a “with it”, 21st century car.  Electronics and controls reminded me more of an iphone or ipad than a car.  The other auto manufacturers are far behind in this area.

Pros are this car is FAST!  With no transmission or gears the power continuum is smooth and consistent -what a pleasure this is!  I started thinking about saving $5,000 a year because I’d no longer need to purchase gasoline.  I also was thinking there aren’t a lot of moving parts in this car to service compared to a traditional car with an engine, transmission, differential, etc.

Cons are flat (not contoured) seat pans, headroom in the rear seats, and stepping out of the rear seats situations over the rear axle (but this has become common is many other cars).

On my test drive I accelerated onto the highway then aggressively switched out of the on ramp into one of the primary highway lanes.  When I squared the car with the new lane I felt an instability in the front steering.  The Associate with me assured me it was the alignment and tires on this particular car but I’m not sure.  I’d like to spend more time with an S to better understand this issue.  This actually became my #1 issue with the car.

 

Barber Vintage Festival (Birmingham, AL)

Birmingham, Alabama native George Barber modified, raced and maintained Porsches in the 1960′s (63 first-place wins). He started collecting and restoring classic sports cars in 1989, but his interest soon turned to motorcycles. Barber recognized that there was not a museum which reflected the history of motorcycles from a global perspective. He wanted to preserve motorcycle history in the United States in a way that represents an international aspect and to supply an example of motorcycles that until then could only have been seen in books and magazines. This was the theme used in the mission and development of the Barber collection.

The collection grew with the assistance of skilled restorers that worked for Barber at a secluded location in Birmingham that once housed a commercial vehicle refurbishing facility. Out of the same shop a vintage motorcycle race team operated with the challenge of maintaining and racing historically significant machinery. These bikes were routinely campaigned around the United States and Europe so that they could be enjoyed and appreciated in their original setting, rather than collecting dust in a garage. This racing effort brought the Barber Team 7 National Championships in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) and helped secure a credible place for the collection in the community of motorcycle enthusiasts.

In 1994, the Barber collection became the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum when it was granted a 501(c)3 not for profit status. On March 14, 1995, the museum was officially opened to the public in the original secluded location on Birmingham’s Southside. The museum operated here until November 1, 2002. The Museum reopened at its new location at the Barber Motorsports Park on September 19, 2003. Along the way vehicles from the museum’s collection have been featured in exhibits around the world. Twenty one motorcycles were selected for the famed Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim’s New York and Bilbao, Spain location as well as the Field Museum in Chicago. England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed has featured cars from the Barber collection. Birmingham’s own Museum of Art has conducted a special exhibit featuring motorcycles from the Barber collection.

The collection now has over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other racecars. It is considered the largest collection of its type in North American and possibly the world. There are approximately 600 of the collection’s 1200 motorcycles on display at any given time. These bikes range from 1902 to current-year production. Bikes from 20 countries represent 200 different manufacturers. The common street bike is represented, as well as rare, one-off Gran Prix race machinery. Bikes have been purchased from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden, but also as close as down the street.

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Wheels Through Time Museum

The Wheels Through Time Museum is home to the world’s premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorycles.  Located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, in beautiful Maggie Valley, NC, this All-American motorcycle museum houses over 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 24 marques on display, including the likes of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more.  Western North Carolina’s premier museum and tourism attraction features dozens of motorcycle-related exhibits, ranging from board track racers, hillclimbing, and original paint machines to American Dirt Track racing, choppers and bobbers, and one-of-a-kind motorcycles. The museum also annually holds a motorcycle raffle, which helps them continue their mission.

Founded by Dale Walksler in 1993, WTT has become an integral piece in discovering, maintaining, and preserving American motorcycle history.  The collection houses tens of thousands of motorcycle pictures, historic memorabilia, and other motorcycle artifacts, and has been featured in hundreds of motorcycle publications, including American Iron, Cycle World, Cycle Source, and American Motorcyclist to name a few.

WheelsThroughTime.com contains hundreds of motorcycle videos, ranging from Antique Motorcycle Restoration videos to event shows, virtual tours, feature bike shows, and more, and is considered the world’s best motorcycle video website.

Trans-America Trail

The Trans-America Trail is a west bound ride across America. The Trail starts in Southeastern Tennessee, and ends at the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon. Some 4,800 miles of mostly off-pavement riding. This trail was the mastermind of Sam Correro, who for years pursued his goal of charting a coast-to-coast, off-pavement motorcycle adventure. He studied countless maps and surveyed thousands of miles to create one great trip. This Trail is not a single-track tight woods ride. It is a route using dirt roads, gravel roads, jeep roads, forest roads and farm roads. Dropping down into dried-up creek beds, and riding atop abandoned railroad grades. There are sections of mud, sand, snow and rocks. It’s all of the above, but it’s for the Dual-Sport Rider. Check out their website by clicking on the following

Trans-America Trail

American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association

 

 

 

 

 

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Ltd. is a not-for-profit       organization dedicated to restoring and competing on classic motorcycles. With about 5,000 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.

 

AHRMA traces its roots to efforts to organize vintage road racing during the late 1970′s in the Northeast. In the early 80′s, other group’s began emerging around the nation, adding scrambles, observed trials, dirt track and concourse events to the competition options available for vintage riders. Among these organizations were the California Vintage Racing Group and, in the Southeast, the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association. By 1986, it was clear that a national organization would be necessary to administer this burgeoning sport. AHRMA was originally formed as a privately held business corporation. Other groups were brought together under one banner and one set of rules, and in 1989 AHRMA was reorganized into the member-owned association of today.

 

AHRMA offers vintage national and regional road racing, motocross, dirt track, observed trials and cross country competition. The machines active in AHRMA these events span a full 50 years, from the 1920s to the mid-’70s.  The national-championship schedule typical includes 15-20 rounds apiece in road racing, motocross, dirt track and trials. AHRMA nationals take place at some of the finest and most historic venues: Daytona, Road-America, Willow Springs, Miller Motorsports Park, Barber and Peoria, to name but a few.

 

Realizing that the definition of “classic” varies from one generation of enthusiasts to the next, AHRMA began adding classes for long-travel motocross machines from the late 1970s to early ’80s and for roadracers from early in the AMA Superbike period (up to the 1980 model year). These Post-Vintage motocross classes have been incorporated in many of AHRMA’s regional series and also have their own national circuit. The three Vintage Superbike classes have been added to AHRMA’s normal roadrace program.

 

In an effort to bring single-cylinder roadracing to the U.S. and to rejuvenate twins racing, AHRMA in 1993 began offering Sound of Singles®and Battle of Twins®classes, with a full national series in 1994. Bolstered by the presence of world-class riders on machines such as the exotic Britten V1000, AHRMA’s Daytona SOS/BOT events have attracted worldwide attention. Since 1995 the organization has been offering the almost-anything-goes Sound of Thunder® for singles, twins and triples, with Daytona as the opening round of the world Sound of Thunder series for several years. Including these innovative modern bikes with the vintage program has met with widespread acceptance and allows AHRMA to host its own events instead being the guest of another racing

 

The organization occasionally sponsors concours d’elegance, swap meets and banquets featuring world renowned speakers.  One of the organization’s best-known activities began in 1992 when AHRMA and BMW of North America began promoting the BMW Battle of Legends®, extremely popular events pitting motorcycling’s legends against one another on identically prepared BMW motorcycles.  Tens of thousands of fans enjoy the Legends races during Classics Days each year during Daytona’s Bike Week.  Legends and non-racing Legends Emeritus have included David Aldana, Hugh Anderson, Mark Brelsford, Don Castro, Yvon Duhamel, Chris Draayer, Don Emde, Walt Fulton III, Dick Klamfoth, Kurt Liebmann, Dick Mann, Bart Markel, Eddie Mulder, Jody Nicholas, Gary Nixon, Reg Pridmore, Phil Read, Roger Rieman, George Roeder, Jay Springsteen, John Surtees MBE, Don Vesco, Walter Villa and Walter Zeller.  Races have been held at Daytona Beach, Florida; Loudon, New Hampshire; Sears Point, California; and Lexington, Ohio. The BMW Battle of the Legends Grand Finale took place in March 1997 at Daytona International Speedway.

 

AHRMA members enjoy a professionally edited monthly journal “Vintage Views”; an annual racing rulebook/handbook; access to a site on the World Wide Web (www.ahrma.org);  a variety of AHRMA logo products. The association maintains a Benevolent Fund to aid riders who are injured or otherwise in need.

http://www.ahrma.org

CamoplastSolideal.com Hi Performance Tracks for ATVs and UTVs

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Try driving your wheeled ATV or UTV in snow or on muddy ground. Spinning wheels dig into soft surfaces and get buried very quickly. Camoplast tracks are engineered to provide bite for superior traction and pulling power.

Operating your vehicle with a Camoplast track kit is comparable to operating an ATV or UTV on wheels, with a few distinct advantages.

Superior Floatation

The exclusive triangular geometry of Camoplast tracks assures far less concentrated down pressure so the vehicle simply doesn’t sink like it would on wheels. With 2,000 to 2,470 square inches of floatation, the weight of your vehicle and its load are spread over a much greater area to maximize floatation.

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Camoplast draws from more than 50 years of expertise with snowmobile tracks to design track conversion kits that maximize traction for any ATV and UTV, large or small.

Our fine tuned track tread technology spreads traction over a large surface area to work in tandem with other precision engineering features that assure your vehicle’s carrying and pulling power is never compromised.

For a 900 lbs ATV (including driver) the average pressure on the ground in soft terrain is:

ON TRACKS: 0.55 PSI (3.79 KPa)ON WHEELS: 2.00 PSI (13.79 KPa)