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Friday, March 10, 2017

Crush Of The Day #24

Been too long since I did a new "Crush Of The Day" collection. Baggers beautiful and outrageous. 



















Friday, March 3, 2017

Daytona Bike Week









Daytona Bike Week
Daytona Bike Week started in 1937. It may have been the appeal of the hard sand, the warm winter days and the cool idea of a motorcycle race happening on the beach. It most definitely the spirited activities surrounding the event that have kept people keep coming back year after year. Bike Week has been a biker tradition since January 24, 1937 with the first running of the Daytona 200.



1937 Daytona 200 as the crowds look on in amazement
The first race took place on a 3.2 mile beach and road course, located south of Daytona Beach. Ed Kretz of Monterey Park, CA was its first winner, riding an American made Indian motorcycle and averaging 73.34 mph. Kretz also won the inaugural City of Daytona Beach trophy.



1937 Daytona 200 Winner Ed Kretz
The race course ran, in 1937, approximately one and a half miles north on the beach; through a 1/4 mile turn where the sand was banked, and then onto the paved, public roadway portion for the trip south. Coming back on the final turn, another high sand bank awaited riders as they raced on the hard sands of the beach. Interestingly enough, starting times for these events were dictated by the local tide tables. The races continued from 1937 to 1941. In the early years the Daytona 200 was also called the “Handlebar Derby” by local racing scribes.



Getting ready at the starting line

Harley-Davidson has always been a big part of Bike Week in Daytona Beach. In 1940, Harley-Davidson not only won the Daytona 200 mile road race Championship, but 8 of the top ten were won by Harley-Davidson.



A big win for Harley Davidson at the 1940 Daytona 200. 

In 1942, the Daytona 200 was discontinued because of the onset of World War II. The American Motorcycling Association (AMA) sadly noted it was “in the interest of national defense” that the event was canceled. With the war, came a general rationing of fuel, tires and key engine components. Even though the racing event was “officially” called off, people still showed up for an “unofficial” party called Daytona Bike Week. On February 24, 1947, the famous motorcycle race resumed and was promoted by the legendary Bill France. Newspaper stories of the period recount that the city fathers asked the townsfolk to open their homes to the visiting motorcyclists because all hotel rooms and camping areas were filled to the max. The 1947 Daytona 200 featured a record 176 riders and in 1948 Life Magazine did a full feature on the event.



                                      Racers line up prior to the 1948 Daytona 200.  In 1948, a new beach road course was used because of developments along the beach. Organizers were forced to move the event further south, towards Ponce Inlet. The new circuit measured 4.1 miles. The last Daytona 200 to be held on the beach road course took place in 1960. In 1961, the famous race was moved to the Daytona International Speedway.



Following World War II, a new course was used 
Bike Week has always had a flavor of its own. Some time after the war, the event began to take on a rugged edge. While the motorcycle races on the beach were organized, events surrounding the race were not. As time passed, locals became afraid of the visitors and law enforcement officers and city officials were less than enthusiastic about what some termed an “invasion”. Relations between the Bikers and law enforcement officials continued to worsen. When things appeared to be at their worst after the 1986 edition, a special task force was organized by the city in cooperation with the local chamber of commerce to improve relations and change the magnitude and scope of the event.



It is time for the 76th Daytona Bike Week are you ready!
Today Bike Week has transformed into a 10-day festival that expands throughout Volusia County. There are hundreds of events for motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy. Bike Week now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and is enjoyed by locals and motorcycle enthusiasts world wide.Plenty of action and all about the vroom...

Pat Savage





Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Harley-Davidson Plans 50 New Models

                      Matt Levatich, CEO of Harley-Davidson..."We will continue to deliver what matters to riders"


Harley-Davidson Inc. leaders are counting on a slew of new models and drivers to increase sales and earnings.

In a call with analysts following the release of its fourth quarter and annual 2016 earnings today, Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) president and CEO Matt Levatich said the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer plans to introduce 50 new motorcycles during the next five years.

The success we saw with the launch of the Milwaukee-Eight engine is a sign of the innovation we have in place. We are confident our 2018 line will also help sales,he said. I have never been more excited about the products in our pipeline.

Harley-Davidson plans to increase drivers — who may eventually become buyers — by adding foreign dealerships and introducing more Americans to the Harley lifestyle, Levatich said. Company plans call for adding up to 200 dealerships outside the United States by 2020. In the U.S., the company’s Harley-Davidson Riding Academy looks to teach people how to ride a motorcycle. In 2016, more than 65,000 riders were trained through the Riding Academy.

We do not just build motorcycles, we build drivers, too. We are focusing on the next generation of riders,” Levatich said.We want to add more dealers overseas and grow riders here in the United States, reaching out to new markets including younger riders, women, African-Americans and Hispanics.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, Harley-Davidson’s net income was $47.2 million, or 27 cents per share, compared with $42.2 million, or 22 cents per share, during the same quarter in 2015. Sales, however, were $933 million during the quarter, down from $1 billion during the same period in 2015. In the U.S., sales fell 3.9 percent.

International sales are a bright spot for the company, with sales outside the United States increasing 2.3 percent in 2016. Levatich said Harley-Davidson added 40 dealers around the world during the past year, with the manufacturer now selling 52.5 percent of its motorcycles outside of the United States.

Harley-Davidson shipped fewer motorcycles overall in the last quarter of 2016 to help dealers reduce their inventory, said John Olin, senior vice president and chief financial officer. The company is doing the same for the first quarter of 2017.

Olin said economic and political uncertainty in the United States and around the world contributed to lower sales. We believe we will see continued strong headwinds, but think the plans we put in place will help us continue to grow, he said.

While not giving specifics about what Harley-Davidson has under development, Levatich said they will change the way people view Harley-Davidson. It will push us into new markets. We are definitely entering a new stage of product development.

Levatich said the investments Harley-Davidson have made in both new product development and manufacturing deficiencies will have lasting benefits.

We will not see overnight returns, but we are making decisions that will attribute to long-term success,” he said. “We are adjusting to the new normal of U.S. market performance. We will continue to deliver what matters to riders.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Harley Davidson Vintage Photos II

  

                    A second collection of rare vintage photos from the official Harley Davidson files.