Harley-Davidson Shuts Down Kansas Plant, Sales Decline – V-Twin Life

Harley-Davidson Shuts Down Kansas Plant, Sales Decline

Harley-Davidson to close down assembly plant in Kansas City, one of the four US factories even as sales continue to decline for the American motorcycle


• Harley-Davidson sales under pressure in the US, and globally

• The Kansas City plant is one of the four H-D plants in the US

• Harley-Davidson to launch electric bike in 18 months

Harley-Davidson sales fell sharply in 2017 and the company has decided to go ahead with consolidating its manufacturing operations, including the decision to shut down its Kansas City plant. About 800 jobs in the Kansas City plant will be cut, but production will be ramped up at Harley-Davidson’s York, Pennsylvania plant and 450 positions will be added to this plant. But the world’s largest manufacturer of heavyweight cruiser motorcycles has struggled to reverse a four-year sales slide, even though there’s been some sales growth in Harley-Davidson’s overseas markets.

The Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire concept was first showcased in 2014

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Worldwide retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles fell 6.7 per cent in 2017, compared to 2016. And domestic sales in the US fell 8.5 per cent, while international sales were down 3.9 per cent. The company shipped 1,44,893 motorcycles in 2017, a drop of 10 per cent from the year before. In 2017, Harley-Davidson shipped 2,41,498 motorcycles globally, and for 2018, volumes are expected to be between 2,31,000 to 2,36,000 motorcycles globally.

Harley-Davidson has introduced new four-valve engines for its model range

Also Read: Harley-Davidson Sales Fall In Second Quarter

Clearly, Harley-Davidson is now looking at boosting its international business, rather than focussing on a sliding domestic market. Harley had said that the company intends to add two million new riders in the US over the coming decade and boost its international business to 50 per cent of its total annual volume from around 38 per cent. And as part of that effort, the company has also announced that it will launch its first electric motorcycle within 18 months. Harley-Davidson is expected to invest more aggressively in developing electric motorcycle technology, so the future of Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle development seems to be well on track.

By CarAndBike Team on Jan 31, 2018 06:12 PM


V-Twin Life goes to Rocky Point Rally, Puerto Penasco, Mexico

It’s that time of year again! In fact, it’s the favorite time of year for thousands of motorcycle clubs and enthusiasts from all around the U.S. and Mexico.  It’s the time of year they all converge on our little slice of paradise by the Sea of Cortez for 3 nights and 4 days of camaraderie, consumption and custom bike show and tell. It’s a festive atmosphere amid continuous well-organized and fun entertainment to keep everyone busy deciding which event (read: party) or activity (like road trips to nearby scenic sites; mystery poker run; raffles, bike washes, wet t-shirt contests, and so much more…) to attend.  The saving grace is that there are no wrong decisions for these fun-loving amiable aficionados of two-wheel transportation.

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Steeped in 12 years of tradition that began in March of 2001 with a simple gesture by local hotelier (Playa Bonita Hotel owner), Harley enthusiast and passionate promoter of Puerto Peñasco, Oscar Palacio who first invited a couple of Mexican bike clubs from Mexicali and San Luis to rally for a weekend in Rocky Point. Over 80 bikers showed up and had a ball!

Oscar and his tourism promotion friends quickly saw the draw this sea side community could have on bike enthusiasts from all over. They hastily moved to invite more clubs for a second event in November of 2001 that became the first Rocky Point Bikers Rally with 380 in attendance. It has grown exponentially each year with crowds during the couple of years before the world economic crisis estimated at upwards of 8-10 thousand bikers peacefully blessing Rocky Point with their non-stop party spirit, their contribution to about every nook and cranny of the local economy—this in addition to raising large sums of money for numerous local charities as well as their insistence on bringing toys for the needy kids, and spreading the parade route with candy and little gift items for the kids during the much anticipated motorcycle show and parade through town.

Oscar Palacio, who in every other aspect of the success of his original idea is very humble, but his pride bubbles just a bit when he relates the fact that these rallies have raised over $200,000 dollars for local charities such as the all-volunteer fire department, Red Cross, La Montaña School for children with special needs, Cancer Center for Women, the Catholic Home for the Elderly (Asilo de Ancianos) and DIF programs in Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta. DIF is an important state sponsored social assistance program that provides food, medical services, mental health programs, rehabilitation programs for families and shelter for disadvantaged, abused and abandoned children.

Most of those funds have come from pure generosity on the part of our rallying bikers who willingly pay the $10 registration fee knowing it all goes to these charities.  The great percentage of the bikers also participates in another charity event, the “Poker Run”, on their way down to the rally. Since one road leads everybody from Why, AZ to Rocky Point, it’s easy to organize with some of the more than willing landmark stops along the way. This year’s game is “Mystery Poker”.  Everybody’s going to want to do this because no one will know the value of their hand until they turn it in, that’s the mystery; anybody can win.

Get all the details on the “Mystery Poker Run” and the entire event calendar in an easily readable itinerary format at www.rockypointrally.com . Just click on “events”. You’ll also probably want to click on “maps” to see the complete route for the traditional Saturday parade that will begin at the Black Dog on Fremont and wind up at the Baja Cantina and Hotel in El Mirador with two great bands waiting to start the “Parade Fiesta”.  This is such a complete web site for the Rally you can use it as your “go to” guide until you register at the Barclin Pemex-Circle K, the first gas station you see as you near Puerto Peñasco.  By the way, there’s also a facebook page at: Rocky Point Rally.com.


Since rockypointrally.com is such a great site, we can concentrate on some other important information to help you enjoy your visit during the Rally, whether you’re riding a bike or not.

It’s important to note that you do not have to be rolling in on your Harley to take part in this gala. Anyone can register at the Barclin Pemex-Circle K. When you pay the $10 donation to register, you’ll get a wrist-band that shows you supported the many charities listed above, as well as your Rally registration pin. You’ll also automatically be put in a drawing for a free condominium stay for next year’s Rally.  You can participate in the poker runs, trips, boat rides, and the concerts, which you will not want to miss this year.


Concerts are special this year 

On Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. the annual “Fiesta on the Beach” where the rock rolls and tequila flows on Sandy Beach in front of the Playa Bonita Hotel, where it all started! This year you can dance or just listen to some great original country (as well as popular covers) by Sour Diesel Train Wreck who does their country with a lot of soul.


Then, just up the beach at the end of famous Calle 13, in front of the Peñasco Del Sol Hotel begins the equally traditional “Street Fest” with two fantastic bands that will entertain until around midnight.  If you’re a regular, this “Street Fest” is a prelude to the Calle 13 Fiesta which was modified a bit because the improvements to Calle 13 are restricting traffic somewhat. Motorcycles of course will have access all along Calle 13. The biggest change is the location of the bands to accommodate the crowd. One of the bands appearing for the Street Fest is our own local “Agua de Coco” one of the most all-around bands you’ll hear anywhere. They play anything from reggae to rock and country to jazz—and they do it well. The other band appearing Friday night is “Manzanares”  an incredibly talented ensemble of creative musicians who play in a space all their own and with such precision you’ll be compelled to move with every beat of their rhythm, which is rich and varied but Latin focused with a lot of percussion, bass and modern flamenco licks.  The greatest news about all three of these bands is that we get to hear them again on Saturday. Agua de Coco and Manzanares will appear at the Baja Cantina and Hotel “Parade Fiesta” at the end of the parade.  Sour Diesel Trainwreck will commandeer the Bonita RV Park that is off Calle 13 for the big Saturday night Tecate/XX final concert.  There’s no way you’ll have enough of any of these three unique groups in just one night.

No matter what revs your engine, there’ll be plenty of it all over town and more than enough to go around! Have fun! Everyone else will be!  This will be the first year VTwinLife.com will be attending the rally and it looks like a good one to start!  See you all down below the border for some fun in the sun.


Throwback Thursday: Johnny Cash is a Legend in Black!

Throwback Thursday: In memory of a legend…Johnny Cash died ten years ago today.

Let’s all wear a little black!

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.” 
― Johnny Cash

#vtwinlife #johnnycash #tbt

Throwback Thursday – The Legend Johnny Cash died ten years ago today.

Run For the Wall – Memorial Day H-D Motorcycle Rally

Run For the Wall

Click here for more info on Run For The Wall

The annual “Run For the Wall” event is going on now traveling in two groups, one via the I-40 or Central route and the other via I-10 or Southern route.  Both groups starting out in San Bernardino, CA and ending in Washington D.C.  The trip takes ten days to reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where the Run officially ends on Sunday evening before Memorial Day. Additionally, they have things scheduled for the weekend, ending with participation in the Rolling Thunder Parade in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. It is quite a sight to behold, 350,000 plus motorcycles all starting from the Pentagon parking lots, parading through downtown Washington, and ending at the Wall.

Some people join Run For The Wall and think of it as just another vacation or motorcycle event. After one or two days, though, you realize this is something very special. It is unlike anything else you have experienced, and it becomes a MISSION! You become part of the Run For The Wall family whose members come from all over the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries. What could be more perfect than, riding on a mission, making new friends, and helping a very good cause, POW/MIA?

Run For The Wall

Run For The Wall

I’ve been on this trip twice both times taken with my uncle who served in Vietnam and has done the run over 10 years.  This trip from a personal perspective is an eye-opening experience of a lifetime.  Spending time with those who have so bravely served our country and hearing the stories first hand is an experience that no book can ever teach you about.  This is the 25th anniversary of the Run and I look forward to doing it again.

Ride safe brothers!


Run For The Wall Pin and FNG Button from 1st run in 2002

Run For The Wall Pin and FNG Button from 1st run in 2002


Picture Perfect! Beautiful Indian Motorcycle!

If traveling in a car is like watching a movie and riding a motorcycle is like starring in one, then picture yourself on this Indian Beauty!  Indian Motorcycles is making some noise again with the unveiling of the 111 Thunder Stroke Engine and the soon to come all new 2014 Indian Chief.  The Indian Chief, starting at $18,999 will be revealed at the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which runs August 3-11, 2013. Specific details on the launch timing will be announced this summer. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the world’s largest motorcycle rally, was started in 1936 by an Indian Motorcycle club, the Jackpine Gypsies. Indian Motorcycle is honored to be back in the motorcycle community and make the brand’s launch part of the Sturgis experience.

New 111 Thunder Stroke Engine by Indian

New 111 Thunder Stroke Engine by Indian

Indian Motorcycle in a Picture Perfect Setting

Indian Motorcycle in a Picture Perfect Setting


Harley Davidson To Discontinue 6 Models In 2014 Lineup



Four Harley-Davidson models not selling as expected, will be discontinued for 2014. They are: the Sportster XR1200X, the Softail Blackline, the Electra Glide Classic FLHTC, the Road King (FLHRC dropped in the US – FLRH abandoned outside the US) 2 models are temporarily discontinued because they are going to be completely redesigned and request new tooling. the Road Glide Custom FLTRX, the Road Glide Ultra tourer FLTRU. No word yet on the new models to be released for model-year 2014.