Fox Factory Holding Corp. Announces Voluntary Recall for Certain Aftermarket Harley Davidson Shock Absorber Products

1 05 2017

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA –  May 1, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Fox Factory Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: FOXF) (the “Company”), today announced that it is filing a preliminary report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding a voluntary recall for FOX’s Harley-Davidson specific aftermarket motorcycle shock absorber products, purchased after September 2014, due to a potential failure hazard. It is believed that affected recall product units are limited in quantity to about 2,460 shock absorbers. More detailed information will be forthcoming as available.

Consumers should immediately stop using Harley-Davidson model FOX shock absorbers, purchased after September 2014, and await further instruction. Retailers, distributors, and customers should hold this product and stop sales, use and distribution until further instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled product.

Consumers, retailers or service professionals who have questions should call FOX Customer Service at 800-369-7469. Additional information will be posted online at www.ridefox.com as it becomes available.

FOX believes that this voluntary recall will not have any material adverse effect on its financial results or current financial guidance.

About Fox Factory Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: FOXF)

Headquartered in Scotts Valley, CA, FOX designs and manufactures high-performance ride dynamics products primarily for bicycles, side-by-side vehicles, on-road and off-road vehicles and trucks, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, and motorcycles. For more than three decades, FOX’s team of enthusiasts and professional athletes has been improving vehicle performance through a unique commitment to redefining ride dynamics.

FOX is a registered trademark of Fox Factory, Inc. NASDAQ Global Select Market is a registered trademark of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information contained in this press release, including information regarding effect on financial results and guidance, constitutes forward-looking statements and may be subject to change. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and generally contain words such as “believes”, “expects”, “may”, “will”, “intends” or similar expressions. The Company’s forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to market conditions; local, regional, national and international economic conditions; and other factors disclosed from time to time in the Registration Statement, base prospectus, prospectus supplement, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date hereof. We do not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements after they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

“Harley-Davidson” is a registered trademark of Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Source: Fox Factory Holding Corp. 

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Harley-Davidson Support Class Added To The Springfield Mile

20 04 2017

SPRINGFIELD, IL – April 20, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Kiesow Racing is pleased to announce the addition of a Harley-Davidson support class for round 6 of the American Flat Track series at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 28. The support class will provide up-and-coming talent from the AFT Singles class with a chance to ride the legendary Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile on the most iconic brand in Flat Track history.

“We are excited to provide the future of our sport an opportunity to gain experience riding twins on a Mile and honoring our title sponsor Harley-Davidson at the same time,” said Dave Kiesow with Kiesow Racing, promoters of the Springfield Mile. “It also provides us a way to bring more of the close-racing action Springfield is known for to the fans.”

The all-Harley-Davidson support class allows for any model that has previously competed in Pro Flat Track – including the Harley-Davidson XG750R, XR750, 883, Sportster or Super Tracker.

Any competitor with an AFT Singles license that is 18 years or older will be eligible to apply for entry into the support class race on the big track, which follows the AFT Singles points-paying round held Saturday, May 27 at the nearby Springfield TT. The class will get a practice, timed qualifying, two Heats and a Main Event to complement Sunday’s AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines program.

Additional information for competitors outlining the entry process, purse breakdown and event schedule will be distributed by American Flat Track in the near future.

More information on the event can be found at http://www.americanflattrack.com. Tickets for the Springfield TT and Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I are available for purchase at: https://www.springfieldmile.org.

Source: Kiesow Racing

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Harley-Davidson Releases First Quarter 2017 Results

18 04 2017

Share Gains in the U.S., Reduced Shipments Improved U.S. Dealer Inventory

MILWAUKEE, WI – April 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) first quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 22.8 percent to $1.05 compared to $1.36 in the same period of 2016. First quarter net income was $186.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.50 billion versus net income of $250.5 million on consolidated revenue of $1.75 billion in the first quarter of last year.

“First quarter U.S. retail sales were in line with our projections and we remain confident in our full-year plan despite international retail sales being down in the first quarter,” said Matt Levatich, CEO, Harley-Davidson. “We are very pleased with our continued growth in U.S. market share and the progress our U.S. dealers made in reducing their inventory of 2016 motorcycles in the quarter.”

First quarter worldwide Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales were down 4.2 percent compared to the same period in 2016. In line with the company’s expectations, Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down 5.7 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 51.3 percent in the 601cc-plus segment, up compared to the first quarter in 2016. Harley-Davidson’s international retail sales decreased 1.8 percent compared to the same quarter in 2016.

“We recently announced our plan to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally. We are energized by our focused strategy, and we believe our powerful brand and commitment to excellence will position us to drive demand for our products and grow our sport,” concluded Levatich.

The company’s long-term strategy through 2027 is focused on five objectives to:

  • Build two million new Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S.;
  • Grow international business to 50 percent of annual volume;
  • Launch 100 new, high-impact motorcycles;
  • Deliver superior return on invested capital for Harley-Davidson Motor Company (S&P 500 top 25%); and
  • Grow the business without growing its environmental impact.

Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales

1st Quarter

2017

2016

Change

U.S.

33,316

35,326

-5.7%

Canada

2,361

2,470

-4.4%

Latin America

2,342

1,886

24.2%

EMEA

10,167

10,210

-0.4%

Asia Pacific

6,863

7,566

-9.3%

International Total

21,733

22,132

-1.8%

Worldwide Total

55,049

57,458

-4.2%

First quarter worldwide‎ retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles were down driven by lower sales in the U.S. As we expected, U.S. sales were adversely impacted by soft industry sales and the company’s decision to reduce shipments of model year 2017 motorcycles. This decision helped dealers focus on selling down their model year 2016 retail inventory. International retail sales were down behind weak sales in Asia Pacific, partially offset by strong growth in Latin America. Retail sales in EMEA and Canada were both down as they compared against strong prior year growth of 8.8 percent and 16.3 percent, respectively.

Motorcycles and Related Products Segment Results

$ in thousands

1st Quarter

2017

2016

Change

Motorcycle Shipments (vehicles)

70,831

83,036

-14.7%

Revenue

 Motorcycles

$1,099,702

$1,317,578

-16.5%

 Parts & Accessories

$169,025

$183,705

-8.0%

 General Merchandise

$55,836

$70,618

-20.9%

Gross Margin Percent

35.9%

37.4%

-1.5 pts

Operating Income

$238,842

$332,457

-28.2%

Operating Margin Percent

18.0%

21.1%

-3.1 pts

In the first quarter, revenue from the Motorcycles and Related Products segment was down versus the first quarter of 2016 on lower shipments.

Financial Services Segment Results

$ in thousands

1st Quarter

2017

2016

Change

Revenue

$173,221

$173,358

-0.1%

Operating Income

$52,636

$56,371

-6.6%

The Financial Services segment operating income was down 6.6 percent year-over-year due to a higher provision for credit losses.

Income Tax Rate
For the first quarter of 2017, Harley-Davidson’s effective tax rate was flat compared to the prior year at 34.5 percent. The company continues to expect its full-year 2017 effective tax rate will be approximately 34.5 percent.

Other Results
At the end of the first quarter of 2017, cash and marketable securities totaled $844.7 million, compared to $739.1 million in 2016. Harley-Davidson generated $159.9 million of cash from operating activities in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $41.1 million in the same period of 2016. The company paid a cash dividend of $0.365 per share for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. On a discretionary basis, the company repurchased 1.2 million shares of its common stock during the first quarter of 2017 for $70.9 million. There were approximately 177.1 million weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 184.2 million shares in the first quarter of 2016. At the end of the first quarter, 18.0 million shares remained on a board-approved share repurchase authorization.

Guidance
For 2017, Harley-Davidson continues to anticipate full-year motorcycle shipments to be flat to down modestly in comparison to 2016. In the second quarter of 2017, the company expects to ship approximately 80,000 to 85,000 motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson continues to expect full-year 2017 operating and gross margin as a percent of revenue to be approximately in line with 2016.

The company continues to expect that full-year 2017 capital expenditures will be $200 million to $220 million.

Company Background
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles, riding experiences and events and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides wholesale and retail financing, insurance, extended service and other protection plans and credit card programs to Harley-Davidson dealers and riders in the U.S., Canada and other select international markets. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

Conference Call and Webcast Presentation
Harley-Davidson will discuss first quarter results on a Webcast at 8:00 a.m. CT today. The supporting slides will be posted prior to the call and can be accessed at http://investor.harley-davidson.com under the Events and Presentations section. The audio portion of today’s call will also be posted approximately two hours after the call concludes.

Forward-Looking Statements
The company intends that certain matters discussed in this release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such because the context of the statement will include words such as the company “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” or “estimates” or words of similar meaning. Similarly, statements that describe future plans, objectives, outlooks, targets, guidance or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, unfavorably or favorably, from those anticipated as of the date of this release. Certain of such risks and uncertainties are described below. Shareholders, potential investors, and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this release are only made as of the date of this release, and the company disclaims any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

The company’s ability to meet the targets and expectations noted depends upon, among other factors, the company’s ability to (i) execute its business strategy, (ii) manage through changes in general economic and business conditions, including changing capital, credit and retail markets, and the changing political environment, (iii) accurately estimate and adjust to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices, (iv) prevent a cybersecurity breach involving consumer, employee, dealer, supplier, or company data and respond to evolving regulatory requirements regarding data security, (v) drive demand by executing its marketing strategy of appealing to and growing sales to multi-generational and multi-cultural customers worldwide in an increasingly competitive marketplace, (vi) develop and introduce products, services and experiences that are successful in the marketplace, (vii) manage the credit quality, the loan servicing and collection activities, and the recovery rates of HDFS’ loan portfolio, (viii) balance production volumes for its new motorcycles with consumer demand, including in circumstances where competitors may be supplying new motorcycles to the market in excess of demand at reduced prices, (ix) manage the impact that prices for and supply of used motorcycles may have on its business, including on retail sales of new motorcycles, (x) prevent and detect any issues with its motorcycles or any associated manufacturing processes to avoid delays in new model launches, recall campaigns, regulatory agency investigations, increased warranty costs or litigation and adverse effects on its reputation and brand strength, (xi) continue to develop the capabilities of its distributors and dealers and manage the risks that its independent dealers may have difficulty obtaining capital and managing through changing economic conditions and consumer demand, (xii) manage risks that arise through expanding international manufacturing, operations and sales, (xiii) adjust to tax reform, healthcare inflation and reform and pension reform, (xiv) manage through the effects inconsistent and unpredictable weather patterns may have on retail sales of motorcycles, (xv) manage supply chain issues, including quality issues and any unexpected interruptions or price increases caused by raw material shortages or natural disasters, (xvi) implement and manage enterprise-wide information technology systems, including systems at its manufacturing facilities, (xvii) manage changes and prepare for requirements in legislative and regulatory environments for its products, services and operations, (xviii) manage its exposure to product liability claims and commercial or contractual disputes, (xix) execute its flexible production strategy, (xx) retain and attract talented employees, (xxi) successfully access the capital and/or credit markets on terms (including interest rates) that are acceptable to the company and within its expectations, and (xxii) continue to manage the relationships and agreements that the company has with its labor unions to help drive long-term competitiveness.

In addition, the company could experience delays or disruptions in its operations as a result of work stoppages, strikes, natural causes, terrorism or other factors. Other factors are described in risk factors that the company has disclosed in documents previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company’s ability to sell its motorcycles and related products and services and to meet its financial expectations also depends on the ability of the company’s independent dealers to sell its motorcycles and related products and services to retail customers. The company depends on the capability and financial capacity of its independent dealers and distributors to develop and implement effective retail sales plans to create demand for the motorcycles and related products and services they purchase from the company. In addition, the company’s independent dealers and distributors may experience difficulties in operating their businesses and selling Harley-Davidson motorcycles and related products and services as a result of weather, economic conditions or other factors.

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

March 26,

March 27,

2017

2016

Motorcycles and related products revenue

$    1,328,711

$    1,576,610

Gross profit

477,485

590,280

Selling, administrative and engineering expense

238,643

257,823

  Operating income from motorcycles & related products

238,842

332,457

Financial services revenue

173,221

173,358

Financial services expense

120,585

116,987

  Operating income from financial services

52,636

56,371

Operating income

291,478

388,828

Investment income

879

766

Interest expense

7,673

7,168

Income before income taxes

284,684

382,426

Provision for income taxes

98,315

131,937

Net income

$       186,369

$      250,489

Earnings per common share:

  Basic

$            1.06

$           1.37

  Diluted

$            1.05

$           1.36

Weighted-average common shares:

  Basic

176,001

183,429

  Diluted

177,070

184,204

Cash dividends per common share

$          0.365

$         0.350

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

March 26,

December 31,

March 27,

2017

2016

2016

ASSETS

Current assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents

$       839,700

$      759,984

$       694,013

    Marketable securities

5,004

5,519

45,122

    Accounts receivable, net

335,578

285,106

311,960

    Finance receivables, net

2,354,095

2,076,261

2,564,608

    Inventories

485,476

499,917

553,750

    Restricted cash

75,705

52,574

93,192

    Other current assets

142,362

174,491

229,105

Total current assets

4,237,920

3,853,852

4,491,750

Finance receivables, net

4,792,027

4,759,197

4,811,958

Other long-term assets

1,251,908

1,277,191

1,163,963

$   10,281,855

$    9,890,240

$   10,467,671

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

    Accounts payable & accrued liabilities

$       906,321

$      721,970

$       935,793

    Short-term debt

953,357

1,055,708

870,073

    Current portion of long-term debt, net

697,061

1,084,884

782,140

Total current liabilities

2,556,739

2,862,562

2,588,006

Long-term debt, net

5,320,797

4,666,975

5,460,553

Pension and postretirement healthcare liabilities

223,702

257,709

326,383

Other long-term liabilities

187,208

182,836

199,909

Total shareholders’ equity

1,993,409

1,920,158

1,892,820

$   10,281,855

$    9,890,240

$   10,467,671

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 (In thousands)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

March 26,

March 27,

2017

2016

Net cash provided by operating activities

$       159,939

$        41,131

Cash flows from investing activities:

  Capital expenditures

(23,967)

(39,011)

  Finance receivables, net

(63,538)

(43,787)

  Other

52

95

Net cash used by investing activities

(87,453)

(82,703)

Cash flows from financing activities:

  Proceeds from issuance of medium-term notes

497,406

1,193,396

  Repayments of medium-term notes

(400,000)

(450,000)

  Repayments of securitization debt

(111,359)

(173,363)

  Net decrease in credit facilities and unsecured commercial paper

(101,702)

(331,090)

  Borrowings of asset-backed commercial paper

305,209

5,814

  Repayments of asset-backed commercial paper

(29,383)

(15,740)

  Net change in restricted cash

(23,132)

(4,282)

  Dividends paid

(64,611)

(64,457)

  Purchase of common stock for treasury

(79,753)

(150,369)

  Excess tax benefits from share-based payments

110

  Issuance of common stock under employee stock option plans

7,336

276

Net cash provided by financing activities

11

10,295

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

7,219

3,081

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$         79,716

$      (28,196)

Cash and cash equivalents:

  Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

$       759,984

$      722,209

  Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

79,716

(28,196)

  Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$       839,700

$      694,013

Motorcycles and Related Products Revenue and

 Motorcycle Shipment Data

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

March 26,

March 27,

2017

2016

MOTORCYCLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS REVENUE (in thousands)

  Motorcycles

$    1,099,702

$    1,317,578

  Parts & Accessories

169,025

183,705

  General Merchandise

55,836

70,618

  Other

4,148

4,709

$    1,328,711

$    1,576,610

MOTORCYCLE SHIPMENTS:

    United States

45,784

57,635

    International

25,047

25,401

      Total 

70,831

83,036

MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT MIX:

    Touring

29,068

38,497

    Cruiser

25,154

26,929

    Sportster®/ Street

16,609

17,610

      Total

70,831

83,036

Worldwide Retail Sales of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles(1)

Three months ended

March 31,

March 31,

2017

2016

United States

33,316

35,326

Europe(2)

8,984

8,846

EMEA – Other

1,183

1,364

  Total EMEA

10,167

10,210

Japan

1,986

2,106

Asia Pacific – Other

4,877

5,460

  Total Asia Pacific

6,863

7,566

Latin America

2,342

1,886

Canada

2,361

2,470

  Total International Retail Sales

21,733

22,132

  Total Worldwide Retail Sales

55,049

57,458

(1)   Data source for retail sales figures shown above is new sales warranty and registration information provided by Harley-Davidson dealers and compiled by the Company. The Company must rely on information that its dealers supply concerning new retail sales, and this information is subject to revision. The EMEA Europe total for March 31, 2016 includes 251 units originally reported in the EMEA – Other total.

(2)   Europe data includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Motorcycle Registration Data(1)

Three months ended

March 31,

March 31,

2017

2016

United States(2) 

64,250

68,305

Two months ended

February 28,

February 29,

2017

2016

Europe(3)

36,456

39,828

(1)   Data includes on-road 601+cc models. On-road 601+cc models include dual purpose models, three-wheeled motorcycles and autocycles. 

(2)   United States data is derived from information provided by Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). This third-party data is subject to revision and update.  

(3)   Europe data includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Industry retail motorcycle registration data includes 601+cc models derived from information provided by Association des Constructeurs Europeens de Motocycles (ACEM), an independent agency. This third-party data is subject to revision and update. 

Source: Harley-Davidson, Inc.

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Batwing Fairing Pouch for ’14-’17 Touring, Tri Glide

18 04 2017

SOMERSET, WI – April 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Keep small essential items within easy reach with the new Batwing Fairing Pouch Bag from Kuryakyn®, now available for ’14-’17 Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide®, Street Glide® and Tri Glide®.

The structurally formed Batwing Fairing Pouch Bag (P/N 5261) provides much-needed additional storage for wallets, cell phones, sunglasses or other items that require quick and easy access. Specifically designed with a compact profile, the three-pouch bag hugs the contours of the fairing and windscreen for maximum storage with a tailored custom fit. High-strength magnetic closures on each pouch ensure secure storage and convenience when opening or closing the flaps. The main compartment also features an internal zippered storage pocket to separate and securely stow paperwork, smaller loose items, or coins.

Full access to the fairing vent open/close switch permits uninterrupted airflow. Premium formed construction provides shape retention, durability, and eliminates the risk of sagging over time, while UV-treated outer vinyl guards against discoloration from prolonged sunlight exposure.

  • Overall dims: 23.5” wide x 6.375” tall x 3” deep
      MSRP: $99.99

About Kuryakyn

Kuryakyn has been leading the design and manufacturing of aftermarket parts and accessories for the motorcycle industry for the past 28 years. Our ideas are products of expressive minds that realize a motorcycle isn’t simply a means of transportation, but rather a representation of a person’s very identity. We are dedicated to producing innovative parts and accessories that keep us Miles Ahead.

Source: Motorsport Aftermarket Group

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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Announces Partnership With Harley-Davidson

14 04 2017

THE TWO AMERICANA-STEEPED BRANDS CELEBRATE THE KICK-OFF OF THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNVEIL OF THEIR ARTIST SERIES MOTORCYCLES

NEW YORK, NY – April 14, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, created to honor the father of American old school tattooing, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, has aligned with the iconic, American Harley-Davidson Motor Company for a multi-year partnership. To commemorate the kick-off of the partnership, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum will be unveiling a series of twenty-two customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles designed by high profile artists and visionaries from around the United States including Harley-Davidson’s own Styling Team, at a celebration this spring.

This 360-partnership will come to life in bars, restaurants, Harley-Davidson dealerships and joint celebrations around the country. Consumers can expect a series of shared events and moments from the two iconic brands, leading up to Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary in 2018.

The first official venture together is the series of customized motorcycles created by acclaimed artists from around the country.  The participating artists include a range of innovators with backgrounds in tattoo design, mural paintings, street art and automotive design. Acclaimed tattoo artists Jonathan Valena aka JonBoy, Oliver Peck, and Megan Woznicki aka Megan Massacre have designed a selection of bikes as well as popular Miami-based muralists, Alexander Mijares, celebrated automotive designer, Michael “BuckWild” Ramirez and artist L’Amour Supreme. Each artist was tasked with interpreting the infamous flash art style of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins into their unique motorcycle design. Members of the Harley-Davidson Styling Team round out the group of artists and use their deep knowledge of Harley-Davidson history to inspire their unique designs.

The motorcycles will be unveiled in a celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on May 2, 2017 that will be open to consumers and include exciting festivities for all attendees. Following the celebrations, these bikes will not become a part of the exhibit, but instead be available for viewing around the United States all summer 2017 at liquor retailers, Sailor Jerry’s Fleet Week New York celebrations, at the Harley-Davidson Museum and more. Fans of Harley-Davidson and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum will have a chance to win a motorcycle through a sweepstakes program kicking off on May 15, 2017. There will be twenty-two total bikes available to win. To enter, participants can log on to www.SailorJerry.com/Harley-Davidson and can receive additional information on the sweepstakes.

“Between our shared American roots, values and traditions, collaborating with Harley-Davidson is an exciting and natural fit,” said Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Senior Brand Manager Josh Hayes. “Harley-Davidson shares Sailor Jerry’s genuine Americana values for freedom and living outside the lines. With Harley-Davidson, we look forward to a long partnership that celebrates our shared brand beliefs.”

The collaboration of these two Americana-steeped brands is a true testament to their rich histories of honoring the traditional values, passions and purposes of the men for whom they are named. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Norman Collins dedicated his life honing the art of tattooing out of his shop on Hotel Street in Honolulu. Collins’ shop became the must-stop destination for sailors on their shore-leave. His unique flash-art style started a movement that still inspires artists today. Harley-Davidson, named after founders William S. Harley, Arthur Davidson, William A. Davidson and Walter Davidson, has become an American icon since its founding in 1903. Since its first motorcycle, Harley-Davidson has been dedicated to fulfilling dreams of personal freedom – from exceptional custom experiences, innovative products and precise manufacturing. Together, these two brands are excited to begin a partnership that combines their joint passions and values.

“Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Harley-Davidson are all about freedom of expression and customization, whether that is expressed by a Norman Collins tattoo or a bike,” said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson Director of Marketing. “We are struck by the natural ties Sailor Jerry has to the motorcycle culture.”

The three Harley-Davidson models used in this program are:

  • Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight: With its bulldog stance, fat front tire and narrow profile, the Forty-Eight exudes bare-boned attitude. A new seat, mag wheels, and wider 49mm forks and adjustable rear suspension provide an even more muscular, comfortable ride. The iconic 2.1 gallon peanut tank sports ’70s inspired graphics and floating brake rotors and blacked out slotted exhaust add to the fresh new look.
  • Harley-Davidson Iron 883: Bare-knuckle minimalism and garage-built style featuring bullet design detailing, straight cut mufflers, a low drag-style handlebar, front fork gaiters, chopped rear fender and a solo tuck and roll seat. All new adjustable rear shocks and front cartridge forks provide stability and comfort. The Iron 883 is a nimble urban machine that kicks asphalt.
  • Harley-Davidson Roadster: With a profile reminiscent of racing Sportster motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s, Roadster joins Harley’s Dark Custom lineup with a minimalist design inspired by classic models and current trends in stripped-down custom bikes. A rider’s bike, the Harley-Davidson Roadster boasts premium suspension components and a balanced, athletic stance that connects the rider to the road.

To learn more about Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, log onto www.sailorjerry.com

To learn more about Harley-Davidson, log onto www.harley-davidson.com

About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur.

William Grant & Sons has been honored as “Distiller of the Year” by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge 11 times over the past 16 years.

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Flor de Caña Rum, Art In The Age, The Knot and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com.

About Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was created to honor Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, a Navy vet who built his rep inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu where he established his legendary tattoo parlor and himself as the undisputed father of American old school tattooing. Crafted in the traditional Navy way by William Grant & Sons, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is bold and smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Just like the man who inspired it, this 92 proof rum speaks for itself and holds itself to the traditional values and standards of craftsmanship that Norman Collins espoused. Made in America from Caribbean Rum and blended with spices including ginger, cinnamon, clove and vanilla, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is an exceptionally smooth drink with an ABV of 46%. From the liquid itself to the packaging, every detail of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum stays true to the vision of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. For more information, visit www.sailorjerry.com or follow www.twitter.com/sailorjerry and www.facebook.com/SailorJerry.

About Harley-Davidson

Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Source:  Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

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TBR Introduces NEW Harley Davidson Moto Footpegs

29 03 2017

Designed to Fit Current Model Harley Davidson Dyna & Sportster

SANTA ANA, CA – March 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A leader in aftermarket exhausts and performance accessories, Two Brothers Racing (TBR) is excited to introduce their new line of Moto Pegs to their product lineup. These footpegs, designed to fit most current model Harley Davidson Dyna and Sportsters, allow you to add yet another element of TBR customization and functionality to your bike.

Available in three finishes: natural, powder black and polished, these pegs are100% constructed of stainless steel and use an engineered tapered lock mount which allows for infinite adjustment in rotation to suite the rider’s preference.

Designed to deliver both improved control and feel to the rider, TBR’s new Moto Pegs provide high ground clearance with a secure boot perch and a classic moto look. “The goal was to create a product that enhanced the riding experience and had a badass, functional look,” says TBR owner Craig Erion, “We are very excited with the final product, which is 100% TIG welded and constructed in our facility in Santa Ana California. We’re fully committed to a true ‘Made in America’ product.”

As mentioned before, the new footpegs are slated to fit most current model Dyna and Sportster models. Specifically the Sportster models 1988+, and Dyna models 1991+ that do not come with forward controls or floorboards.

ABOUT TWO BROTHERS RACING

Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, Two Brothers Racing is one of the leading manufacturers of performance exhaust systems and aftermarket components on the market today. Established in 1985 and having over 30 years in the motorcycle industry, this race heritage brand delivers the finest exhaust systems and accessories for everything from sport bikes, to v-twin cruisers, to offroad. For more information, contact: sales@twobros.com.

Source: Two Brothers Racing

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American Flat Track’s Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina slated for Thursday, March 16 at Daytona International Speedway

14 03 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – March 14, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  After much anticipation, the time has finally arrived for American Flat Track to launch into a new era for Pro Flat Track. On March 16, the 2017 season kicks off with the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina on an all-new purpose built TT track inside the famous tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway.

Taking center stage in the season’s debut is the newly reborn rivalry between two American heavyweights – Harley-Davidson vs. Indian Motorcycle. Harley-Davidson’s factory three of Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Jake Johnson and Brandon Robinson will go up against Indian Motorcycle’s three-rider “Wrecking Crew” to launch their campaign amongst the best flat track racers in the world for the Grand National Championship in the newly restructured premier AFT Twins class. The season-opener also marks the first time in 20 years that twins will race a TT (Tourist Trophy) event, which incorpates a jump and right-hand turn on a .6-mile layout.

For the first time in four years, defending Grand National Champion Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) and rival Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) will line up on similar machinery. Smith is looking to get his title defense off to a good start and score his first TT win. On the flipside, Mees is looking for some redemption and to take that number one plate back in 2017.

Both riders are looking to take home Indian’s first win on the Scout FTR750 as well as Smith’s teammate Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) who makes the move from Harley-Davidson to the Indian factory squad in 2017.

Last year’s third-place finisher in the point standings, Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Team XG750R), is looking for his first TT win, which would be the perfect way to start his campaign for his first ever Grand National Championship.

While Robinson searches for his first, teammates Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Team XG750R) and Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Team XG750R) are looking to get back to their Grand National Championship form and take home the first win on Harley-Davidson’s new-age flat tracker – the XG750R.

There are some fast wildcards in the mix that could steal the factory riders’ thunder – Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07), TT specialist Henry Wiles on the No. 17 Kawasaki Ninja 650 and 2016 GNC2 Champion (now AFT Singles) Ryan Wells on the No. 94 BriggsAuto.com Kawasaki Ninja 650.

AFT Singles
The 2016 GNC2 runner-up Dalton Gauthier (No. 22 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) looks to take home the crown in the all-new AFT Singles class in 2017. Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R) and Kolby Carlile (No. 36 K.C. Cycle Honda CRF450R), a couple other riders in the mix in 2016, are also looking for their first professional title. Daytona Beach-based Richie Morris Racing will field the No., 52 Honda for Shayna Texter.

Bringing some international flavor to the AFT Singles class is 2016 Spanish Flat Track Champion Ferran Cardus (No. 377 Neumaticos Hermanos Rojas/Moto Grau Honda CRF450R) and runner up Franc Serra (No. 318 Honda Alonso Racing Team/Bell Honda CRF450R). The Spaniards will make their debut in the American Flat Track series under the lights in Daytona as a reward for their results in the inaugural season of the RFME Copa de Flat Track Championship last year. Also making the trek across the pond is British Flat Track racer Oliver Brindley on the No. 124 Kawasaki UK KX450F.

The season opener will host a variety of entertainment spectacles, including the luxurious Ace Cafe Fan Zone with vintage and modern motorcycle displays, and live music from the new-age honky-tonk band Giddy Up Go. Also, motorcycle racing legend Jay Springsteen will headline American Flat Track’s inaugural Daytona event as Grand Marshal. All of the racing action begins with the AFT Twins and AFT Singles practice sessions at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) with Opening Ceremonies commencing at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT). Live coverage of the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina can be viewed on FansChoice.tv. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Tack), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack).

Source: American Flat Track

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