Inside The Motorcycle Industry

You Will Be Missed
The motorcycle industry lost one of its icons this past July when Bruce Rossmeyer was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to the 69th Annual Sturgis Rally. Bruce was 66 years old. Aside from his amassed Harley-Davidson Dealership empire of 15 dealerships and stores across the country, including the worlds largest dealership to-date the 109,000 square-foot Destination Daytona, Bruce was just as involved in charitable work as well. A very respected philanthropist both in and outside the motorcycle industry, Bruce was heavily involved with a wide assortment of charitable organizations, and was a founder and served on the Board of Directors of Camp Boggy Creek, served on the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, and was a major player in the fundraising efforts for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital as well. He was also Co-Creator and Sponsor of the VQ Bikers Ball held during Daytona Bike Week, and was held solely responsible for creating the Bike Week party on Beach Street where his Daytona Harley-Davidson shop is located. Bruce is survived by his wife Sandy, five children and nine grandchildren. Bruce will be greatly missed by those who knew him and even those who didn't know him but were affected by his generosity.

Racer V
Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec won his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle event of the season and clinched the number-one spot in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoff series at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals on the Maple Grove Raceway. Krawiec, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, rode his Harley-Davidson V-Rod past MPR/Damn Sports Suzuki rider Michael Phillips in the final round of eliminations.

MetalSport has made a name for itself in the motorcycle wheel industry as a leader when it comes to 3-D, and large diameter wheels. Being the only manufacturer offering a 26-inch wheel (at time of print), MetalSport now offers its entire line-up of wheels in 26-inch diameters in both 3-D and 2-D. According to Metalsport, the 2-D wheel lineup is a more affordable option to the 3-D wheel line.

Yuasa Battery Inc., a leading manufacturer of batteries for powersports vehicles, recently launched an online store to offer the most popular models from its product line through the convenience of e-commerce. The online strore is branded like Yuasa's website and features order entry and fulfillment. Consumers may choose to have purchases shipped directly to them or to a dealer location to be picked up.

Women Riders Unite
With the theme "Riding to New Heights," the 2009 American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) International Women & Motorcycling Conference, presented by Harley-Davidson and Buell, wrapped up in Keystone, Colorado, following four days of riding, learning, and networking in one of the best riding areas in the United States. The event, which ran Aug. 19-22, not only honored the contributions of women riders to motorcycling's past and present, it also celebrated the fast-growing role that female motorcyclists are playing in the future of motorcycling. More than 1,000 enthusiastic motorcyclists gathered at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center in Keystone for a full slate of activities that included guided tours, seminars, demo rides, inspiring speeches, social functions, and training sessions.

Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em
The 2nd Annual Baker Burnout Drags were an intense stationary burnout drag race tournament that put 12 industry bad-asses head-to-head in a steel cage for no holds barred competition which included the returning '08 Burnout King Bill Dodge, Jerry Covington, Paul Wideman, Kevin "Teach" Baas, Bean're, Ken Wolf, Pat Patterson, Randy Winchel, Dar Holdsworth, and John Shope. This year's event even saw a few female competitors with Athena "Chickie" Ransom and Laura Klock. Not even a torrential downpour, gale-force winds and fierce hail could stop the high octane competition as the 2nd annual Baker Burnout Drags, graciously sponsored in part by Avon Tyres, Ethanol Fuels, Indian Motorcycles, New Belgium Brewing, and Spectro Oils, kicked off a night of righteous fury and rubber burning fun before rockers Buckcherry took the stage at the Legendary Buffalo Chip, in Sturgis, South Dakota. The dirty dozen competed in the half-hour tournament with primal energy and the spirit of competition filling the smoky air. In the end Ken Wolfe from S&S; smoked the competition and was named the Baker Burnout King for 09. Ken won $1,000 gift certificate to Baker Drivetrain for his victory. Avon Tyres displayed a monumental gesture of generosity by offering replacement rear tires to the competitors.

In the Vol.41 No.11 issue we made a mistake on the Kiwi Indian Chopper feature starting on page 66. While Mike did get the retro finned oil tank from Trevelen at SuperCo, Earl of Earl's Bikes fabricated the oil tank. Check out more of Earl's parts at