Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand new boss Paul Skarie electric 2019

2019 electric Harley-Davidson may not be a Livewire

Harley-Davidson’s 2019 electric motorcycle may not be called a Livewire, flat tracker demo races could be staged in Australia, the Dyna name is not gone and forgotten, a national rally could return and Thai Harleys are coming. These are some of the interesting points raised by new Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand Motor Company managing …

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Low motorcycle seats should be free

Several motorcycle manufacturers now recognise that shorter riders are not being catered for by bikes with tall seats, so they are offering low seat options. However, these are usually not free. You have to buy the bike with the original tall seat then buy the short seat option sometimes costing as much as $600, depending …

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What is wrong with the motorcycle industry?

The motorcycle industry needs to advertise more, spruce up its dealerships and reach out to non-riders, says an Australian riding veteran. His comments follow our recent article in which a Wall St researcher suggested sharing and leasing motorcycles to address the worldwide decline in sales. We have respected the writer’s wish to remain anonymous because he fears …

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Honda leads January sales rush

Honda Australia has started the expected January sales rush after the motorcycle market recorded a dismal sales result in 2017. Total national sales of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs were down 9.3%. Click here to read full results. While Honda remained the market leader and sales were down 8%, which was less than across the industry, …

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Motorcycle sales recovering

Motorcycle sales appear to be recovering after a very shaky start to the year with Harley-Davidson continuing to lead the road bike category. Sales were down 6.7% in the first quarter but, thanks to a slight recovery in the second quarter, they are now down 4.1% in the first half, according to the VFACTS report …

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Scruffy customer buys Harley with cash

Scruffy customer buys Harley with cash

This scruffy and elderly Thai mechanic was shunned by several motorcycle dealerships before he finally bought a Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Sportster with cash. Lung Decha is reported by AsiaOne.com as being an “honest and diligent mechanic who has partially retired from work”. He does not smoke, drink or gamble and saved his money to buy his …

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Motorcycle sales crash in first quarter

Motorcycle sales crash in first quarter

Australian motorcycle sales have hit their first downturn in several years with a massive 13.4% decline to 21,794 in the first quarter of 2017. Road bikes had been performing best of all over the past few years, but were down by 15.5% in the quarter. Off-road bikes were down 15.3%, scooters again fell significantly (22.3%) …

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How to get the best deal on a motorcycle

After two recent controversial articles looking at improving the sales experience from the point of view of the customer and dealer, Motorbike Writer contributor and ex-dealer Marty Thompson gives his tips for getting the best deal: A recent discussion on Facebook after those two MBW articles from a disgruntled female potential bike purchaser has prompted …

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How motorcycle sales people should treat us

Have you ever been in the market for a motorcycle and found the sales man condescending, uninterested, ill-informed, pushy and male? Yes, that’s right – salesman. There are very few saleswomen in the motorcycle industry, which is unfortunate as they may be little more sensitive to customers. The two archetypal salesmen are the young skater …

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