Motorcycle News Roundup: Victory's Growth. Harley's Changes. Motorcycle Magazine Publishers Killed.

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More legal pressure against loud pipes. Monster Garage weds Miss Congeniality. Harley's road to success. Why are they crashing while roaming Wyoming? Site for Kingpin riders.

Is Victory Polaris' Growth Engine?
Although it accounted for only 4% of the company's sales last year, Minnesota's motorcycle maker may have hit the power curve, with sales up 24% for the second quarter, making it Polaris' strongest division—and countering the flat sales at neighbor Harley-Davidson.Motley FoolAuto ChannelTwin Cities Business Journal, MNPioneer Press, MNReuters

Victory Kingpin Owners Now Have Their Own Site
You can now climb in the KEG.
Kingpin Enthusiasts Group

Ride to Work Day Worldwide
Are you joining the ride?
Motor Cycle News, UK

Residents to Loud-Pipe Lovers: Shut Up!
New Hampshire's anti-noise law with more teeth could be in effect within a month. How will it affect custom builders? Meanwhile, another Florida city plans to crack down on loud pipes.
Foster's Online, NH
Sun-Sentinel, FL
Foster's Online, NH

Monster Garage Marries Miss Congeniality
Celebrity customizer Jesse James, 35, married Sandra Bullock, 40, this weekend in California. It is his third marriage, her first.
Washington Post, DC
E! Online

While Paul Teutel Starts New Company
It will finish motorcycle parts.

Bluestein Reflects on Harley's Success
The former Harley-Davidson CEO discusses how Harley emerged from its dark days.
York Daily Record, PA

Working for Straight Riding
Two Michigan riders get the message out about not drinking and riding.
AMA DirectLink

Why Trailer Your Bike to Sturgis...
When you can fly there?
Inside Indiana Business, IN

You Can Flaunt It, But Don't Ask for a Trademark
San Francisco's lesbian motorcyclist organization, the original Dykes on Bikes, has been twice refused a trademark. However, they have been able to get a website.
Monsters & Critics
Web India 123
Women's Motorcycle Contingent/Dykes On Bikes of San Francisco
Dykes On Bikes

Michigan Motorcycle Show Gets New Management
Advanstar has acquired the Michigan Motorcycle Show and Motorama from TBJ Productions LLC.
Dirt Rider Magazine

Motorcycles for the Rest of Us: Should Harley-Davidson Buy Ducati?
Harley looks beyond its traditional customers. Would buying a more sporting marque speed the process?
York Daily Record, PA

NHTSA Releases State-by-State Traffic Stats for 2003
This posting includes, among other things such as alcohol involvement, motorcycle fatalities and a breakdown of how many fatally injured riders were wearing helmets.
NHTSA 2003 State Traffic Safety Information

Fatal Crashes Up Sharply in Wyoming
So far 13 riders have died in crashes this year, compared to 15 for all of 2004, and the heavy traffic of Sturgis is still ahead.
Casper Star Tribune, WY
Billings Gazette, WY

And a Bad Day in the Delaware valley
Four riders died in less than a day.

Wreck of the Week: RoadRunner Magazine Publisher Killed in Collision with 18-Wheeler
Reports don't make it clear exactly how Christian Neuhauser's sidecar ended up under the tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 in North Carolina, but it appears that he lost control, causing the truck to swerve and fall onto him. This does nothing to raise our low regard of the safety of sidecars. The motorcycle publishing industry is mourning his loss.
Winston-Salem Journal, NC
Neuhauser's Final Column
RoadRunner Condolences Forum

Another Motorcycle Magazine Publisher Also Dies
Bryan "Neal" Johnson, co-owner of BikersINK died in a car crash.
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY

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They look pretty but annoy the vast majority of non-motorcyclists. Those people are beginning to make their feelings known about loud pipes. Will the remedies hit larger targets?
If you are going to haul your dresser to Sturgis, you might want to tie it on with more than one tie-down, use a more substantial support than a trailer hitch, and make sure the hauling vehicle's license plate is visible.