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September 4, 2009 | Rama Lakshmi, Lakshmi writes for the Washington Post.
Twenty-five Harley-Davidsons rumbled through the heart of the rain-drenched Indian capital recently, aggressively announcing the arrival of the legendary U.S. company in one of the world's largest motorcycle markets. The American motorcycle's long-awaited journey to India was enabled by what has come to be called the "mango-motorcycle swap" in 2007 trade negotiations, when the United States decided to allow Indian mangoes to be imported in return for the export of Harley-Davidsons.
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March 8, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Having introduced its new Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T to the world this week, Harley-Davidson is slowly dribbling out additional images of the new bikes. As we reported on Thursday , the company is continuing its aggressive push to put new models into the marketplace. Late last fall H-D revealed its Project Rushmore lineup. Not long after, it came back with its new Street 500 and Street 750s, having a year earlier rolled out the new Breakout. Here's some video of the new machines, and some more photos too. PHOTO GALLERY : Harley-Davidson Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T As has been well documented, Harley already dominates the U.S. motorcycle market, controlling what some studies suggest is a 51% share of annual American motorcycle sales.
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January 31, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Holy motors! The Popesicle is for sale! The Bonhams auction house will shortly be selling a Harley-Davidson FXDC Dyna Super Glide owned by, and signed by, Pope Francis. The motorcycle, which His Holiness personalized with a signature on the gas tank, comes with a matching leather jacket. STORY: Dirt bikers bring new life to ghost town The auction will take place at the Grand Palais in Paris on Feb. 6.  It is not clear whether His Holiness has ridden the 1,585cc machine.
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January 31, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Holy motors! The Popesicle is for sale! The Bonhams auction house will shortly be selling a Harley-Davidson FXDC Dyna Super Glide owned by, and signed by, Pope Francis. The motorcycle, which His Holiness personalized with a signature on the gas tank, comes with a matching leather jacket. STORY: Dirt bikers bring new life to ghost town The auction will take place at the Grand Palais in Paris on Feb. 6.  It is not clear whether His Holiness has ridden the 1,585cc machine.
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March 8, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson is taking advantage of this week's Daytona Bike Week to unveil a new addition to its stable of stylish street crawlers. This one is called Breakout. It's a mean machine, a throaty, growly beast with a low stance and a ton of low-end torque produced by the company's signature massive, belt-driven V-twin powertrain. The company calls the bike "an urban prowler, a bike ready for a midnight ramble to the roadhouse or a rib joint rendezvous with the crew. " Study: Motorcycling a $42 billion annual business That's about right.
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August 19, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson has unveiled a new line of motorcycles for 2014 that the company is calling "the largest scale new model launch" in its 110-year history. The company staged a Denver press event to spotlight eight new machines that the company says will feature improved power, improved braking, enhanced aerodynamics and superior ergonomics -- all part of an ambitious campaign to modernize the company's reputation as a producer of venerable but somewhat dated motorcycles. The company promises the new bikes "pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night," as a result of the product improvements.
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November 4, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson on Monday blew the covers off two dramatic new motorcycles for 2014: the Street 750 and Street 500. The bikes represent an aggressive attempt to expand Harley's already massive reach to younger, newer and smaller riders by offering them a substantially lighter and more manageable urban street cruiser. Both models feature the company's Dark Custom stylings, and a new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Revolution X motor, cradled in an all-new frame. Lane-splitting controversy: guidelines from the CHP The belt-driven bikes feature a seat height of barely 25 inches and a fueled weight of only 480 pounds.
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January 30, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson is bullish on the year just past and even more so on the year ahead. Executives from the massively successful Milwaukee company told investors Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue and earnings were up over the same period last year, with robust activity expected for 2014. They're counting on continued strong sales from their traditional line, but also considerable new business from their new Street 500cc and 750cc motorcycles. STORY: Dirt bikers bring new life to ghost town That smaller, lighter, more fuel-efficient bike, the company believes, will develop a very broad new customer base of younger, more urban riders domestically and abroad.
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April 7, 1996
I couldn't believe Harley-Davidson wanted a trademark (or free publicity) for its "distinctive" noise-making machine ("Ready to Rumble," March 17). This vehicle's racket of 1909 is obsolete! Haven't they heard? Quiet is in. Ear and air pollution are out. IRIS McKINLEY Redondo Beach
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September 4, 2002 | John O'Dell
Harley-Davidson Inc. is warming up for its 100th birthday bash in Milwaukee next year with a 10-city road tour that arrives Friday at the California Speedway in Fontana. Based on crowds that showed at the first two stops, in Baltimore and Atlanta, the three-day Southern California blowout is expected to draw thousands of Harley riders and fans of the big bikes and the Harley culture they have spawned.
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January 30, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson is bullish on the year just past and even more so on the year ahead. Executives from the massively successful Milwaukee company told investors Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue and earnings were up over the same period last year, with robust activity expected for 2014. They're counting on continued strong sales from their traditional line, but also considerable new business from their new Street 500cc and 750cc motorcycles. STORY: Dirt bikers bring new life to ghost town That smaller, lighter, more fuel-efficient bike, the company believes, will develop a very broad new customer base of younger, more urban riders domestically and abroad.
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December 27, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Freud asked, "What does woman want?" Harley-Davidson has the answer. She wants a motorcycle -- or should. That is the result of a study of female motorcycle riders and non-riders, commissioned by the Wisconsin-based bike manufacturer. Female riders were twice as likely as their non-riding counterparts to feel "confident. " They were twice as likely, too, to feel "extremely satisfied" with their appearance. More than half of those riders said the two-wheeled experience made them feel "free" and "independent.
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November 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
"Cosmic artist" Jack Armstrong was arrested in Eagle Rock last week on a warrant in connection with an alleged rape in Beverly Hills in 2010, authorities said. Armstrong, 56, was taken into custody Friday on a warrant issued by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. He was released after posting bond. "The arrest was the result of a lengthy, in-depth and multi-county investigation," the police department said. The Southern California artist got his nickname after christening his bright, multicolored paintings as “cosmic extensionalism.” His paintings fetch six figures and he raised eyebrows last year by unveiling a painted Harley-Davidson motorcycle valued at $1.1 million.
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November 4, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson on Monday blew the covers off two dramatic new motorcycles for 2014: the Street 750 and Street 500. The bikes represent an aggressive attempt to expand Harley's already massive reach to younger, newer and smaller riders by offering them a substantially lighter and more manageable urban street cruiser. Both models feature the company's Dark Custom stylings, and a new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Revolution X motor, cradled in an all-new frame. Lane-splitting controversy: guidelines from the CHP The belt-driven bikes feature a seat height of barely 25 inches and a fueled weight of only 480 pounds.
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October 4, 2013 | By Charles Fleming, This post has been updated, as indicated below
This summer Harley-Davidson announced a new line of motorcycles and a plan to take the company in a new direction. The 2014 Street Glide Special is an example of the road ahead. This is an all-new variation on the 100-year-old American manufacturer's heralded “touring” line of Electra Glides and Street Kings, yanked into the 21st century by a bunch of high-tech additions. Among them are a dramatic new dashboard presentation that offers GPS navigation, AM-FM stereo, iPod plug-ins for your personal jukebox and a hands-free voice recognition system for your telephone calls.
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August 19, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson has unveiled a new line of motorcycles for 2014 that the company is calling "the largest scale new model launch" in its 110-year history. The company staged a Denver press event to spotlight eight new machines that the company says will feature improved power, improved braking, enhanced aerodynamics and superior ergonomics -- all part of an ambitious campaign to modernize the company's reputation as a producer of venerable but somewhat dated motorcycles. The company promises the new bikes "pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night," as a result of the product improvements.
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January 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Harley-Davidson Inc. said that strong international sales of its motorcycles helped drive its fourth-quarter profit up 9.7% -- a touch above Wall Street expectations -- but also that U.S. sales were flat. Chief Executive Jim Ziemer pledged to ramp up dealer rallies and safety classes to bring in new riders to shore up the domestic market. Shares of Harley-Davidson fell $1.89, or 2.6%, to $70.95. Net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31 totaled $252.
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August 23, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson, who have the title roles as likable drifters in "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (citywide), play off each other beautifully and have never looked better, but this lively but ludicrous macho fantasy should be way beneath them. Rourke is Harley, a biker, and Johnson is the Marlboro Man, a former rodeo cowboy. They're old friends who cross paths and join forces to try to save their beloved '50s-style Rock 'n' Roll Bar and Grill in Burbank.
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August 7, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Kiehl's is scheduled to wrap up its fourth annual Life Ride for amfAR on Thursday at the Grove in Los Angeles. The nine-day motorcycle caravan from Seattle to L.A. is to end with the cyclists riding up to the shopping mecca. Actress Sharon Stone, whose  film "Lovelace" opens Friday, is scheduled to accept Kiehl's donation on behalf of amfAR , the Foundation for AIDS Research. In addition there will be performances by Kelis and DJ Spinderella, an interactive photo booth with Harley-Davidson, temporary tattoos and more.
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