PowerSports Business

November 27, 2017

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NEWS www.PowersportsBusiness.com Powersports Business • November 27, 2017 • 5 Products are judged in 16 award catego- ries, and each category has one winner and two runners-up. In the powersports product category, the winner was Holley/MSD for the MSD Black Solid State Relay. The two runners-up were PowerBass with the PowerBass and Advanced Accessory Concepts with its Trig- ger "Volt" Bluetooth voltage monitor. Nearly 3,000 products were entered into the 16 different showcase categories to be considered for the SEMA New Product Awards this year. Winners were selected based on a variety of factors that included superiority of innovation, technical achieve- ment, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability and more. INDIAN MOTORCYCLE UNVEILS CUSTOM SCOUT FTR1200 AT EICMA Indian Motorcycle was thrilled to host the Wrecking Crew at the EICMA show in Milan to unveil the Scout FTR1200 Custom. The president of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto, said: "We built this bike to celebrate the FTR750's dominant performance in Ameri- can Flat Track and Indian's return to racing. To come up with this one-off custom, we worked closely with the Indian Motorcycle Racing team to execute a vision of what a bike could look like if we brought the FTR platform to the street." Following EICMA, the Scout FTR1200 Custom will go on a world tour and will be exhibited at events throughout 2018 to help the brand to continue to expand its reach. "We've built a strong foundation in the Cruiser, Bagger, Tourer (CBT) segment over the past five years and we are excited by the positive feedback on the FTR750 and the opportunities to grow the brand globally in the years to come," Menneto continued. The Scout FTR1200 Custom takes inspiration from the Scout FTR750's pur- pose-built flat track race bike that Indian's "Wrecking Crew" piloted throughout a dominating championship season in the 2017 American Flat Track Series. Built in partnership with Indian's race team, the one- off custom houses the Scout's street-legal 1133cc V-Twin engine. As well as honoring Indian's race team of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker, the Scout FTR1200 Custom serves as an exploration of how Indian could expand brand perception around the world, with exciting new offerings that are relevant to a wider-ranging consumer set. Indian's marketing director, Reid Wilson, added: "Indian has a rich racing history of winning and we aim to continue that with the FTR platform and beyond. As was the case with Indian's original founders, we are using racing to develop, test and showcase the capa- bilities of our motorcycles. Indian will push boundaries by developing new products that will expand rider perceptions of American motorcycles. We plan to be respectful of Indi- an's rich heritage, while expanding the reach of the brand over the long-term horizon." Meanwhile Indian's VP/GM in Europe, Grant Bester, is excited to see the reaction to this custom bike in the European market: "While the U.S. has the American Flat Track series, we too have seen a growth in flat track racing right here in Europe. Numer- ous Indian Scouts have been modified for flat track racing and the sport is becoming increasingly popular across Europe. This custom build will gain some attention as it goes on world tour and we will be really interested in the consumer feedback." HARLEY-DAVIDSON LAUNCHES 2018 SPORT GLIDE Harley-Davidson launched its 2018 Sport Glide motorcycle during the 2017 EICMA in Milan, Italy. The ninth model based on the all-new Harley-Davidson Softail platform and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, the Sport Glide presents an engaging combination of technology and style. Designed to be lightweight and stiff, the new Softail chassis delivers agility and perfor- mance that will exceed the expectations of the most demanding cruiser riders, while the rigid- mounted Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin pow- ertrain pumps out a mountain of torque for outstanding acceleration and passing power. "The Sport Glide offers the thrilling dynamic capability of the new Softail plat- form with features that make it suited for both commuting and light touring," said Dave Latz, senior product planning man- ager at Harley-Davidson. "Its factory-cus- tom design speaks to modern performance and contemporary style." The new fairing is shaped to deflect wind away from the rider's chest while leav- ing the rider's head in a clean stream of air. The fairing is secured to the fork tubes with quick-release clamps, making removal or installation fast and easy. "The Sport Glide presents the broad influence of Harley-Davidson design in a HOTNEWS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 See Hot News, Page 35 Indian Motorcycle's 2018 Scout FTR120 Custom was unveiled at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Photo courtesy of Indian Motorcycle

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