Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the acquisition of Indian Motorcycles. The business was acquired from Indian Motorcycle Limited (“IML”), a company advised by Stellican Limited and Novator Partners LLP, U.K. Private Equity firms. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Ever wonder what kind of motorcycle Erik Buell built in the very beginning? Well, as a Harley factory suspension and chassis engineer AND ex-roadracer, Erik first built a roadracer powered by a dual carb XR1000 Sportster engine. Here, thanks to our friends at Bike EXIF, is a brief write up and some cool photos of one of Erik’s first Harley-powered motorcycles – the Buell RR1000R.
Last week it was announced that RM Auctions, a major player in the high end auto auctions, has “merged” with Bator Vintage Motorcycle Auctions, owned by Glenn Bator. If you are not keeping track, Glenn Bator bought the J. Wood auction company from my long time friend and racer Jerry Wood, taking over the long running auctions at Daytona Bike Week and other locations.
We at American Iron Magazine have been very busy building the regular issues of American Iron Magazine and launching the new Motorcycle Bagger Harley magazine as a bimonthly magazine. In our spare time (Chris Maida and Joe Knezevic are now insomniacs) we are creating and launching a brand new concept in Harley magazines that goes on sale in May.
Every year the AMA holds this breakfast in Daytona during Bike Week and I am surprised at how few people are even aware of this fund raising event open to the public. This year it was held on Friday at the swanky 500 Club facility in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway track. The guest speaker was Erik Buell who gave a wonderful recounting of his history with motorcycles, racing and Harley-Davidson. He also unveiled his stunning and technologically leading new street motorcycle. It is limited to a 100 bike production worldwide.
Every year I have seen a greater number of Harley baggers come to Daytona Beach for Bike Week and this year there are more than ever. I am seeing fewer choppers with fat rear tires and long forks. They are just fading off the scene as the Harley baggers continue to grow in popularity here.
I got pretty much every year to the Daytona Beach Bike Week to cover the activities for American Iron Magazine and the Harley enthusiasts who can’t attend. Yet when it comes time to pack my stuff it is odd to be in freezing New England trying to figure out what to bring to sunny and warm Florida.
Motorcycle Bagger Harley magazine Launch Party and Bike Show
March is right around the corner, and that means the annual Daytona Beach Bike Week party is almost here. This event is fun every year, but we want this one to be something special. In conjunction with celebrating our 22nd birthday here at American Iron Magazine, we’re expanding our most popular special issue magazine ever — American Iron Motorcycle Bagger — to a bimonthly publication in March.
After not riding or even starting a motorcycle in over a month I finally got my driveway free of ice and snow and pushed my 1931 Indian 101 Scout motorcycle out of the garage into the 18 degree temperature Sunday morning. My pal Charlie was due at my house on one of his motorcycles for us to do a freezing Sunday morning breakfast ride.