MIC Membership Grows 56% in Past Two Years
MIC welcomes the following thirteen new members approved by the Board of Directors. Sixty four companies have joined MIC so far this year, for a total of 278 members, a 56% growth since January 1997. Help us reach the 300 member mark soon by referring member prospects to the Aftermarket Program Manager (ext. 3046), Pamela Amette or Tim Buche).
- ACERBiS USA (motorcycle parts and accessories distributor)
- MA Motorcycle Value Guide (publisher of motorcycle and ATV appraisal guide)
- Arvin Ride Control Products (shock absorber manufacturer)
- First American Insurance Company (insurance provider)
- Klemmer & Associates (provider of leadership & teamwork development seminars)
- Muzzys Performance Products (manufacturer of motorcycle performance products)
- McDonald ATV, Inc. (distributor of ATV parts and accessories)
- Omega Advisors (investment management firm)
- Powersports Inc. (investment consulting firm)
- PowerSports Network, Inc. (provider of powersports internet services)
- Primex Technologies (motorcycle suspension manufacturer)
- Sky Alland Marketing (consultant and customer relationship management firm)
- Stonehill Trading (manufacturer of cleaning, care and additive products)
MIC Welcomes Will Hawes as Manager, Aftermarket Programs
MIC is pleased to announce that Will Hawes has been hired as Manager, Aftermarket Programs. Will, a committed life-long motorcyclist, comes to the MIC from outside the industry where he developed his excellent business acumen during his almost ten years account executive experience for various marketing, product planning and trading groups. Please refer to the enclosed press release for more information about Will’s background and his MIC responsibilities
Discover Today’s Motorcycling Helps to Underwrite The Art of the Motorcycle Exhibit in Chicago
The Field Museum announced that MIC’s Discover Today’s Motorcycling (DTM) will help underwrite The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition in Chicago, open through March 21,1999. The exhibit of 72 motorcycles, spanning years of motorcycle design, comes directly from The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York where it shattered attendance records. DTM’s communications service bureau will provide both financial as well as significant communications and promotional support for the exhibition. DTM’s underwriting support is in addition to an underwriting commitment made by Zell’s Angels, a group of motorcycling enthusiasts founded by Chicago businessman Sam Zell. Please refer to the enclosed press release for more information about DTM’s activities and The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition.
Special Report: CARB Adopts More Stringent On-Highway Motorcycle Regulations
At the December 10 hearing, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted new on-highway motorcycle exhaust emissions standards beginning in model years 2004 and 2008 which will reduce emissions by approximately 25% and 60%, respectively. MIC’s testimony stressed that less stringent standard for 2008 would provide the same emissions reductions as the CARB staff proposal, without the detrimental effects on model availability and prices that are expected with a catalyst-forcing standard. The enclosed Special Report provides a detailed summary of the new standards and what transpired at the hearing. Copies of MIC’s testimony are available upon request from Pamela Amette.
1999 MIC Board of Directors Nominations
Our thanks to members for their participation in nominating candidates for the 1999 Board of Directors. Candidates accepting the nomination for the five aftermarket / allied trades director positions and one motorcycle manufacturer / distributor position are listed below. The Board has determined that a primary mail ballot will not be necessary this year, based on the number of candidates accepting the nomination. The following candidates will be placed on the final ballot for the election to be held at the MIC Annual Member Meeting on Friday, February 12 at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Members unable to attend the Annual Meeting may vote by an absentee ballot or official proxy which will be mailed to members in mid January. Aftermarket / Allied Trades Candidates
- Mark Applen, Transamerica. Distribution Finance Corp.
- Buzz Dyer, Cycle Shack, Inc.
- Larry Little, Cycle World Magazine
- Fred Fox, Parts Unlimited / Drag Specialties
- Tony McAndrew, Mototech International
- Tom Cates, K & N Engineering, Inc.
- Doug Muellner, Tucker Rocky/ NEMPCO
- Larry Coleman, Finish Line Technologies, Inc.
- Tom Hicks, Race Tech
- Dan Murphy, Speedvision Productions
- Bob Jackson, Motorcycle Product News
Motorcycle Manufacturer Candidates
- Sel Narayana, KTM Sportmotorcycle USA
- Joel Sacher, Italjet USA
- Michael Vaughn, Triumph Motorcycles America, Ltd.
CARB Opens Up 85 Riding Areas for Non-Complying Off-Highway Motorcycles and ATVs
At the December 10 hearing, CARB adopted amendments which will allow 1997 and later model year off-highway motorcycles and ATVs which do not meet the emissions standards to be ridden during designated times in 85 Forest Service, BLM, and State Park riding areas. These vehicles to be ridden year-round in thirty four of these off-highway riding areas. The DMV will issue red stickers which must be affixed to these non-complying vehicles. Green stickers will continue to be issued for complying vehicles which are allowed to be ridden year-round in off-highway riding areas throughout the state. For over two years, the MIC served on the CARB Recreational OHV Committee with other interested groups to reach this agreement. CARB was forced to recognize that the emissions standards had resulted in fewer sales and economic hardships for many dealers, particularly those selling brands with no complying vehicles. The enclosed CARB fact sheet provides greater detail about this issue and lists the seasonal riding areas.
MIC Convinces CARB to Adopt Alternative Test Procedures for Off-Hwy Aftermarket Parts Certification
Following several meetings and telephone discussions with CARB staff, the MIC was successful in having CARB amend its proposed aftermarket emissions certification procedures for 1997 and later model year off-highway motorcycles and ATVs. MIC submitted a compelling case for adopting a simpler and less costly test than the proposed Federal Test Procedure (FTP), including data which indicates a close correlation between the FTP and two alternatives proposed by MIC. In an eleventh hour attempt at the hearing on November 19 in Sacramento, MIC finally convinced CARB to adopt a simpler and less costly test procedure, such as the IM 240, to certify off-highway aftermarket parts with less than 100 unit sales in California, and to adopt the ASM, an even less costly test, if supported by test data. CARB stated that they are committed to working with MIC on this issue and that the sales volume limit may be eliminated, based on future test results. These alternative test procedures can result in a 80-95% savings in certification costs to aftermarket companies that seek exemptions for off-highway parts that affect emissions.
A more in-depth MIC Special Report on this issue will follow when the actual wording is confirmed in a CARB 15 day notice on this amendment to the regulation. On behalf of MIC members, we would like to give special recognition to Dave Koshollek and the Aftermarket Technical Committee for the many hours they contributed to championing this cause.
1998 New Motorcycle Sales Up 18% Through October
1998 new motorcycle sales rose 18.3% through October compared to the first ten months of 1997, according to the MIC Retail Sales Reports. The greatest percentage growth was reported for off-highway and competition motorcycles (+25%), representing 25% of motorcycle sales, followed by on-highway (+17%), scooters (+16%), and dual-sport (0.4%). 1998 year end ATV sales will be reported in January. More detailed motorcycle information by brand, displacement category, and model type is available at no charge to members in the monthly MIC Retail Sales Report.