Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Big Bear Choppers Open New Shop. Big Bear Choppers open a new shop in the Los Angeles area in Perris between Riverside and Temecula. The company is keeping the company’s headquarters in Big Bear Lake, California. It is a repair shop not exclusive to Big Bear Choppers. It will serve other motorcycle brands, from Harley-Davidson to production custom motorcycles like Bourget and Big Dog Motorcycles, and I guess one-off custom motorcycles. Big Bear Choppers was created in 1998 by Kevin and wife Mona Alsop.

2-Victory Motorcycles In India. Polaris announcing it would sell some of its Victory line in the country as of next year. Victory Motorcycles is close to completing the market analysis needed to make the decision about which models would best suit the country. Rumor is that the company would like to be able to launch during the 1st quarter of 2012. Will Polaris ship its Victory Motorcycles already assembled with the consequence of paying very high tariffs, or like Harley-Davidson, assemble its models locally to lower costs?

3-Yamaha Motor Co. sold 19.2% more motorcycles worldwide in 2010 than it did the previous year, resulting in a 10.9% increase in sales revenue. Yamaha Motor Co. made a profit of 18.3 billion yen (US$218 million) in 2010, compared to a loss of 218.1 billion yen (US$2.6 billion) recorded in 2009. But North American sales continue to decrease, with the 53,000 units sold in 2010 representing a 42.4% drop from the 92,000 units sold in 2009. North American motorcycle sales generated 34.1 billion yen (US$405.8 million), a 41.3% decrease. Motorcycles and ATVs represented 70% of Yamaha’s business which also includes marine products and power products.Motorcycle sales generated 906.0 billion yen (US$10.8 billion) in revenue, up from the 817.1 billion yen (US$9.7 billion) recorded in 2009. The Asian market now represents more than two-thirds of Yamaha’s motorcycle sales revenue, with 607.9 billion yen (US$7.2 billion) in sales. Like other manufacturers Yamaha forecasts continued growth in emerging markets while sales in Europe and the U.S. are expected to continue to struggle.

10 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    thats good to here , kevin is a cool and stright up guy , the first bike i built in 99 was from big bear and it was a cci kit he was saling then . but they were great to deal with . congrats to them…

  2. 2 Derick Feb 22nd, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Sounds to me like BBC opens a repair shop because their production business, like most, is too slow. Diversification because of necessity. Why not? I guess they open the repair shop down the mountains because of difficult access to what was their main place.

  3. 3 Johny Feb 22nd, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Accept it. Harley & Victory must succeed abroad to remain alive. There is no future for them in the US for many years to come. Be proud of any US company succeeded abroad.

  4. 4 golfish Feb 22nd, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Last I heard they wont let them do any kind of painting or coating in Big Bear and the lake front property (close to lake front) they have the main shop on is probably worth a ton.

    I built an 06 DA pro street. Went well, nice bike. I just wish the guys selling the recall bikes on ebay would “man up” and let people know what their getting into. I make sure and send each and every recall bike seller a nice e-mail. Also be nice if BBC would step it up and spend more $$ fixing these recalled bike.

  5. 5 Feb 23rd, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I visited Big Bear Choppers new facility and it seems like a great location and a great idea in the current economic climate. My next bike is a BBC Athena Pro Street and having ridden a number of BBC’s models (and liked them all) I can’t wait to git ‘er done!

  6. 6 Bigalyts Feb 23rd, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Well, I guess the New look for Harley and Victory that are Made or Assembled in India is going to have the Bars all wrapped in Loin Cloth !!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 7 Feb 23rd, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Great idea on BBC’s behalf. Certainly can’t expect everybody to drive through those crazy windy roads trailering your bike to Big Bear for a repair, and I”m sure it gets damn slow up there during winter snow. Very sensible move offering a new location for service…maybe one of the smartest moves I’ve heard of from most industry folks.

  8. 8 golfish Feb 23rd, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I just found the address…good move opening a shop on Ortega Hwy. Lots and lots of riders use that road.

  9. 9 fuji Feb 23rd, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Harley-Davidson bikes will now not just be merely assembled, but fully built in India . Factoid.

  10. 10 fuji Feb 23rd, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Harley-Davidson bike will now not just be merely assembled, but fully built in India . Factoid

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