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Here's another article on the topic...

http://www.motorcycle.com/features/give-a-shift-trying-to-help-save-the-motorcycle-industry.html

Give A Shift: Trying To Help Save The Motorcycle Industry
Kickstarting a needed conversation

"Give A Shift is the punny name given to an initiative intended to forward the cause of motorcycling in the U.S. market, which is showing signs of shrinkage due to a variety of reasons: demographic, cultural, and systemic.

Spearheaded by Robert Pandya, a moto industry stalwart in public relations and marketing, GAS is bringing together all interested parties to identify problems and to come up with possible solutions. All voices are desired, from newbie millennials to veteran industry personnel and stakeholders.

The first GAS conference was held last November, with a panel of 25 individuals from diverse backgrounds, including yours truly. A follow-up gathering was assembled last week.

Flattening motorcycle sales will have a profound impact on the transpo-tainment aspects of motorcycling that we’re passionate about. Baby boomers have girded the moto market for decades, but their collective influence is dying off, quite literally. For the motorcycle industry to maintain its current sales volume, particularly here in North America, we need an influx from younger generations." - Continues at link.

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http://globalmoto.media/us-motorcycle-industry.htm

US Motorcycle Industry's Woes - Part 1

Evaluation & Analysis
The US motorcycle market is very different from all other markets in the world. In India for example they sell 17M bikes a year. It's no wonder European brands are flocking there. We are a country of 320M and last year we purchased 17M new cars, SUVs and pickups. However, in the same year we bought only 470K motorcycles, including scooters and three-wheel vehicles (down from over a million units in '07). The US moto market has contracted or shrunk by about 60% in 10 years.

Read the rest at the link.

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How was attendance at AIM Expo?
Sorry about the late reply...
Reasonable, but I heard it was down from last year. Also hearing that he IMS shows are both smaller and have less attendance than previous years. As in 50% decrease from last year at Long Beach and New York, 70% down at Minneapolis. The remaining shows are coming up soon, so will report back after those. I'll be at shows for 3 weekends straight soon, then 1 weekend off before the last show in Washington D.C. last weekend of February. Racking up some airline miles, though...

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Rode to eat at Irvine Bruxie.  we hard core n chit. So what's a good photo hosting site cuz I'm still trying to get all my pics off that photobucket failure.
Imgur, Flickr, Amazon Photos if you have a Prime account, I think iCloud even can work, Google Images (aka Picasso), there are others, too. If you aren't worried about someone using them, 500pix might even be an option.

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Did a bunch of maintenance, and added some effects.

Adjusted exhaust valve clearance... Reference photo for reassembly...


Effects... Lights glow red under brakes.
(click to view video)

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Bike Nights / Re: Women's Motorcycle Show 3
« on: 01/05/18 11:09PM »
Going!

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There are a few moto specific spaces at DTD - pull in through the gates, first left, first right, right again, and left down the "front" row to the end. Last two or three car spaces are "reserved" for motorcycles.

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We finally moved our containers down from Seattle, and have the wife's piano. Surprisingly, it's held its tune quite well. Only a minor tune would be needed for those with sensitive ears. It's currently located in the LEXIN offices in Montebello. Asking $500 or best, see full details here:
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/msg/d/chickering-sonsupright-spinet/6445569436.html

Personally owned since 1992 and just taken from 4 years in climate-controlled storage (moved from Seattle). This is a spinet. Spinets are ideal for the smallest of spaces due to being the most compact of the "upright piano" family. It's very apartment-friendly in size.

Chickering & Sons makes a quality piano. They're American-made, and the company was founded in 1823 in Boston. This piano, made in 1954/55 based on its serial number, is in good condition and has true ebony and ivory keys, although some ivories are chipped (from before my time). I had it tuned regularly and should still be in fine condition. The wood is walnut. There is some cabinet damage - it's a 60-year-old piece of furniture.

All the keys have full action and it's still reasonably in tune, so you can play before you buy.

The piano can be moved by four men, one on each corner, or two body-builder types.
You are responsible for moving to your own location.
I recommend tuning once it is in position in its new home, although it is playable now.

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Off Topic / Re: Forum Design Opinions
« on: 01/04/18 09:39AM »
Check out ADVRider.com - they have LOTS of those features.

Just looked, they use Xenforo with add-ons by Waindigo. They have a "like" button for posts, and the quoting is really nice. No idea about the admin/mod side. Didn't know Xenforo couldn't split a thread... Is there a need for that?

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When you ride a naked bike for a couple of weeks straight you develop neck muscles. After the first few weeks of riding naked only, you don't notice the lack of "protection" or feel any additional strain, but when you then get on a bike with a fairing you notice a huge lack of sensation. The wind can tell you a lot while you are riding, and you are less likely to be as surprised by a sudden side gust...

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Now that RockStorePhoto is retiring, you might have a nice following if you can get the name out to others that ride Mulholland...

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Set up the company trade show booth...



The trick is where... EICMA (like AIMExpo, or Long Beach IMS, only 5 times bigger. Bigger than SEMA.) In Milan, Italy. Enjoying some really good Pizza!

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If anyone has trouble with the above code, try D2D18 for a $4 discount.

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Bikes For Sale / Re: 2007 Suzuki SV650
« on: 10/29/17 04:35PM »
Another bump for SV. ;) mine is getting close to 65 k miles now.

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Bike Nights / Re: Oct. 25 Motorhelmets Bike Nite
« on: 10/25/17 01:00PM »
Me!

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Ever thought of an SV650? Not the fastest bike in the world, but very popular for track days. Cheap, bulletproof, comfy. Quick but not fast. Tops out at 120ish, but gets past 100 quickly enough.

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Miscellaneous / Re: Accent lighting
« on: 10/13/17 09:47AM »
OK - we are still running a discount code for the fact that we are in a new space here in Montebello - after registering, you can use "NEWDIGS17" for a 15% discount on everything. Registration page here: https://www.lexinmotorcycle.com/customer/account/login/


Oh, and RDTodd - there's a gift getting shipped next week for your night fishing adventures...

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Miscellaneous / Re: Accent lighting
« on: 10/12/17 06:17PM »
No, they can be wired into the brake power lead to turn red when brakes applied, but it's a single circuit system. Sorry, still have to grab the discount code...

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If you need a calmer person to get the bike home, let me know.

Sorry about your foot, hope it heals quickly!

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Miscellaneous / Re: Accent lighting
« on: 10/10/17 10:25PM »
You can check out lexinmotorcycle.com, and I'll post a discount code for y'all tomorrow... if you want to pick up in person,  let me know before you place an order,  and we can arrange it. Offices are in Montebello. Storm trooper has our lights and speakers on his cruiser.

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