There have been quite a few changes taking place recently in the motorcycle business besides the American IronHorse difficulties. The changes are neither good or bad in themselves, just an indication of the economic conditions affecting many businesses.
Global Motorsport Group, owner of Custom Chrome is going bankrupt. Dae-Il USA, a subsidiary of the Korean Dae-Il that supplies the RevTech engines is in the process of trying to buy Global Motorsports. read
White Brothers has closed its doors and the off-road exhaust business is being taken over by Vance and Hines. read
Ducati is currently entertaining a buyout offer from its major shareholders: read
Combined with Honda pulling up stakes and moving motorcycle production back to Japan, you could say things are changing, or as economist Joseph A. Schumpeter would say, the business is going through a period of “creative destruction.” It may very well be stronger in the end.
UPDATE: Another rumor floating around has been the upcoming sale of the AMA racing properties. A tip earlier this week from John, said NASCAR was buying AMA flat track and today Cycle News reports an announcement will be made tomorrow that a group led by
Bill France Jim France will be buying the road racing properties. None of this is official until the announcement is made but it looks like news will be out soon.