HONDA INCREASES PRICES ON 2005 MODELS
Officials at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Torrance, Calif., say increased cost of materials, fuel and transport associated with manufacturing, as well as unfavorable movement in the exchange rate, have significantly impacted production cost and necessitated a price increase of two percent to four percent on 2005 models.
The new suggested retail prices for 2005 models went into effect February 1, 2005.
SPORTBIKE TRACK TIME RELEASES '05 SCHEDULE
Sportbike Track Time (STT) says it has more than 100 dates scheduled on 27 track layouts for the 2005 season.
New tracks include Laguna Seca, Infineon, Road Atlanta, Summit Point, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Plus, 2005 Limited Endurance Day (LED) events have expanded to Mid-Ohio, BeaveRun and Autobahn. LED sessions, priced at $249, offer seven 30-minute sessions of on-track time.
STT sponsors for the ’05 season include Aprilia, Triumph, Hotbodies Bodywork, Gaerne Boots, Held Gloves, Scorpion Helmets, PowerStands, Cycle Cynch, Tyr Sox, Chicken Hawk, 7th Gear Oils, XT-Racing and Michelin.
Visit the Web site, www.Sportbiketracktime.com, for more information.
BIG DOG OUTGROWING FACILITY?
Big Dog Motorcycle founder and owner Sheldon Coleman Jr. has purchased 106 acres in northeast Wichita that may become the site for a new Big Dog Motorcycles plant.
Big Dog has about two years of growth left in the 175,000 sq. feet it currently inhabits, and already has some production and warehousing off site.
The company expects to make 5,700 motorcycles this year, 27% more than in 2004, and now employs about 340 people. Coleman told the Wichita Eagle newspaper he will move the plant if the company continues its spectacular growth.
DAKAR RALLY CLAIMS TWO RIDERS
Riders Fabrizio Meoni and Jose Manuel Perez died while competing in the grueling Dakar Rally. Perez died January 10 from injuries suffered in a crash a week earlier. Meoni died January 11 after a crash about 6 miles into the 11th stage. Our sincere condolences go out to both Fabrizio Meoni’s and Jose Manuel Perez’s families and many friends worldwide.