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December 7, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Legendary street dream manufacturer Indian Motorcycles has taken the wraps off its 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition -- the last of its kind, and the end of a 111-year era of American motorcycle history. Only 25 have been made, and only 25 will be sold. Priced at $37,599, and almost unnecessarily described as "collectible," the Final Edition will be sold fully dressed -- with leather seats, leather fringe, leather saddlebags and chrome everywhere -- and painted in vintage Indian red, black and gold.
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December 7, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Legendary street dream manufacturer Indian Motorcycles has taken the wraps off its 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition -- the last of its kind, and the end of a 111-year era of American motorcycle history. Only 25 have been made, and only 25 will be sold. Priced at $37,599, and almost unnecessarily described as "collectible," the Final Edition will be sold fully dressed -- with leather seats, leather fringe, leather saddlebags and chrome everywhere -- and painted in vintage Indian red, black and gold.
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BUSINESS
December 9, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter
Victory Motorcycles is tired of playing nice. For years, it's lived in the shadow of Harley-Davidson, but with its new, ultra-dark Hard-Ball introduced Friday at the International Motorcycle Shows expo in Long Beach, the company that's long been known as the other American cruiser maker is taking off the gloves. Its latest is a gritty, blacked-out touring bike that won't give anyone a chance to check out their helmet hair simply by looking at their reflection in the chrome. There is no chrome.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2011 | Susan Carpenter
After several bumpy years, the motorcycle industry is hoping for smoother roads ahead as the International Motorcycle Shows tour rolls into Long Beach this weekend. Since the economy began significantly losing ground in 2008, annual new-motorcycle sales in the United States have plunged by about half to some 300,000 units, as money-conscious consumers chose not to make the often-discretionary purchases. After falling 41% in 2009 and 14% last year, sales of new motorcycles are mostly flat this year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine, and are likely to remain there as long as the economy remains stagnant.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2011 | Susan Carpenter
After several bumpy years, the motorcycle industry is hoping for smoother roads ahead as the International Motorcycle Shows tour rolls into Long Beach this weekend. Since the economy began significantly losing ground in 2008, annual new-motorcycle sales in the United States have plunged by about half to some 300,000 units, as money-conscious consumers chose not to make the often-discretionary purchases. After falling 41% in 2009 and 14% last year, sales of new motorcycles are mostly flat this year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine, and are likely to remain there as long as the economy remains stagnant.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1998 | ROBIN RAUZI
Love 'em or hate 'em, motorcycles are a way of life in Southern California, where beautiful weather, harrowing mountain roads and nonstop traffic make two-wheeled transportation appealing. Get used to it: Sales have been rising. The number of people buying the low-slung chrome-heavy cruisers has more than doubled since 1992. At the same time, fancy sports bikes like the Italian Ducati models have become the high-end toy to have.
SPORTS
September 13, 1993 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
John Kocinski, who once lived with Kenny Roberts as the former world motorcycle champion's teen-age protege, returned Sunday to Laguna Seca Raceway to win the United States 500cc Grand Prix, the first event promoted by his former mentor. Kocinski, who has traveled an enigmatic path since leaving Roberts a year ago, rode an Italian-built Cagiva to victory in a tense 33-lap race.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Julee Morrison has been obsessed with Bon Jovi since she was a teenager. So when paid ads for fan sites started popping up on the 41-year-old Salt Lake City blogger's Facebook page, she was thrilled. She described herself as a "clicking fool," perusing videos and photos of the New Jersey rockers. Then it dawned on Morrison why all those Bon Jovi ads appeared every time she logged on to the social networking site. "Facebook is reading my profile, my interests, the people and pages I am 'friends' with, and targeting me," Morrison said.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
A year ago, it looked as if fuel-sipping motorcycles might be the option for motorists facing increasing gas prices. This year, little seems to be working for bike makers. Sales of motorcycles plummeted 37.3% in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, with the biggest drops coming in cruisers and sport bikes, two of the industry's biggest product lines, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. Sales of scooters, which were gaining a year ago, also have fallen sharply.
AUTOS
October 17, 2007 | SUSAN CARPENTER
HOLY haystacks, Batman. Either the Joker's taken over Victory Motorcycles, or the Minnesota manufacturer is on to something with its obliterate-the-mold Vision tourers. As cruiser sales decline, it's interesting to watch how manufacturers staunch the wound. While many companies are slashing production to avoid a trip to the emergency room, Victory's got a different plan. The 10-year-old subsidiary of Polaris Industries is gearing up with an expansion into touring.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter
Victory Motorcycles is tired of playing nice. For years, it's lived in the shadow of Harley-Davidson, but with its new, ultra-dark Hard-Ball introduced Friday at the International Motorcycle Shows expo in Long Beach, the company that's long been known as the other American cruiser maker is taking off the gloves. Its latest is a gritty, blacked-out touring bike that won't give anyone a chance to check out their helmet hair simply by looking at their reflection in the chrome. There is no chrome.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1998 | ROBIN RAUZI
Love 'em or hate 'em, motorcycles are a way of life in Southern California, where beautiful weather, harrowing mountain roads and nonstop traffic make two-wheeled transportation appealing. Get used to it: Sales have been rising. The number of people buying the low-slung chrome-heavy cruisers has more than doubled since 1992. At the same time, fancy sports bikes like the Italian Ducati models have become the high-end toy to have.
SPORTS
September 13, 1993 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
John Kocinski, who once lived with Kenny Roberts as the former world motorcycle champion's teen-age protege, returned Sunday to Laguna Seca Raceway to win the United States 500cc Grand Prix, the first event promoted by his former mentor. Kocinski, who has traveled an enigmatic path since leaving Roberts a year ago, rode an Italian-built Cagiva to victory in a tense 33-lap race.
AUTOS
April 4, 2007 | SUSAN CARPENTER
WARNING: Dozens of bugs were sacrificed for this review. That's what happens when you ride a weekender the way it's meant to be ridden, as I did over four days and 1,100 miles through forest, desert and near-lunar landscapes. After a whirlwind trip between L.A. and Tucson, the windshield on my 2007 Victory Kingpin Tour was caked with squished entomological specimens. Not bad for a city boy that's been dressed up for country cruising.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2007 | Joshua Freed, The Associated Press
Here is an ironclad rule for selling snowmobiles: You need snow. Warmer weather and thin snowfalls since the late 1990s have melted sales at Polaris Industries Inc. and Arctic Cat Inc., the only snowmobile makers in the U.S. After one more wimpy winter in a long string of them, some dealers say they are struggling to clear out last year's sleds, let alone sell out of this year's. Some gave up months ago.
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