Harley-Davidson, Wisconsin unions reach tentative deal

Harley-Davidson and its Milwaukee area labor unions have reached a tentative agreement to keep production jobs in Wisconsin.

Union members will get details Tuesday of a contract they are expected to vote on Sept. 13.

Company and union officials have not disclosed the terms of the deal, but H-D said in a press release that leaders of the United Steelworkers of America and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are recommending approval of the deal.

Terms of the contract offers are expected to resemble deals the Motor Co. made last year with production workers in York, Penn. Those deals spared some full-time jobs but traded others off in favor of more flexible, “casual” workers.

Harley had threatened to move production out of Wisconsin if it couldn’t cut $54 million in labor costs.

“The proposed agreements provide a very competitive compensation package,” spokesman Bob Klein told the Journal Sentinel. “At the same time, they provide us with the flexibility and the cost competitiveness that we need to succeed in the future.”

The company says it will make decisions quickly after the vote. If workers reject the deal, it has threatened to move production out of the state, likely splitting the work between existing plants in Kansas City and York.

Posted by Holly Wagner at DEALER NEWS


BMW, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha issue recalls

NHTSA has reported recalls for BMW, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Yamaha, all detailed below.

BMW is recalling certain 2005-through-2009 R 1200 RT police motorcycles manufactured from April 2005 through September 2009. The bracket supporting the audible signaling device can break, possibly allowing the device to fall to the road. It could then become an obstacle for other drivers. BMW has not yet provided the agency with a remedy plan and notification schedule. The potential number of units affected is 1,900. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 10V328000.

Harley-Davidson is recalling certain 2010 FXDF Dyna Fat Bobs with fork leg assemblies with the following part numbers: LH P/N 48622-08 and RH P/N 48623-08. These fork leg assemblies may have been incorrectly assembled using the wrong springs. Motorcycles containing the wrong springs will have reduced suspension effectiveness, which may result in reduced traction on irregular road surfaces. The bikes will also have a different lean angle when parked on the side stand, possibly affecting parking stability. Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will repair the motorcycles. The recall is expected to begin on or about July 26. The potential number of units affected is 70. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 10V329000.

Kawasaki is recalling certain 2009 EX650C9F/FL and 2010 EX650CAF/FL Ninja 650s. The right rear portion of the lower cowling can interfere with the operator’s foot while in the process of applying the rear brake. Dealers will install an updated footrest guard and fairing bracket. The recall was expected to begin on or before July 19. The potential number of units affected is 676. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 10V323000.

Yamaha is recalling certain 2009 VMX17 models manufactured from June 2008 through March 2009. There could be excessive electrical resistance in the ground wire from the accelerator position sensor (APS) and the throttle position sensor (TPS) due to an insufficiently crimped connection. Excessive resistance can cause incorrect signals to be sent to the ECU, which could lead to unstable idle speed. Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will repair the motorcycles. The recall is expected to begin on or about July 28. The potential number of units affected is 700. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 10V327000.

Interested in having recall information e-mailed to you immediately as it becomes available? NHTSA offers recall alerts via e-mail and RSS. Follow this link to sign up.

Posted by Arlo Redwine at DEALER NEWS

Harley-Davidson Unveils Forty-Eight Sportster

Harley-Davidson today unveiled the Forty-Eight, described by it as “a factory custom in the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster line with the raw, elemental appeal of the Dark Custom bikes.”

The bike rides low with a slammed suspension and has the classic 2.1-gallon “peanut” fuel tank. It’s powered by a rubber-mounted Evolution 1200cc V-twin that’s blacked out and polished. Other features include a low solo seat, under-mounted mirrors, a side-mount license plate, a clean rear fender and a tall-and-fat front tire.

Its MSRP will start at $10,499 in Vivid Black. It will also come in Brilliant Silver and Mirage Orange Pearl, and will be in dealerships soon (Harley’s winter dealer meeting takes place this weekend).

“With its classic bulldog shoulders stance, the Forty-Eight strikes a distinctive look and low profile that could only come from Harley-Davidson,” Ray Drea, Harley-Davidson senior director of styling, stated in a press release. “The Forty-Eight model has a collective past life experience and broken-in look that is raw and authentic.”

Forty-Eight features and highlights:

  • Blacked-out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200cc V-twin engine with polished covers
  • Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Steel 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
  • One-piece solo Sportster classic seat
  • 26-inch seat height
  • Tall-and-fat 130 mm Dunlop MT90 front tire
  • 16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels
  • Low-profile custom handlebar
  • Under-mounted mirrors
  • New front forks with wide triple clamps
  • Chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes
  • Blacked components including air cleaner cover, clutch and brake levers and turn signals
  • Chopped rear fender
  • Stop-turn-tail lights
  • Side-mounted license plate
  • Two-year factory warranty
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System

Other Dark Custom bikes include the Nightster, Iron 883, Cross Bones, Fat Bob and Street Bob.



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Harley-Davidson said today that it has extended its partnership with the NHRA through 2012.


The Motor Co. will continue its Official Motorcycle program as well as its title sponsorship of the NHRA Harley-Davidson Sportsman Motorcycle Series.


Harley-Davidson will also continue to have an interactive display at NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events. In partnership with the NHRA, it will continue to give away a motorcycle at select Full Throttle events.


For more information on the National Hot Road Association, visit www.nhra.com.






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