Tariff avoided on EU powersports products

100 Percent Tariffs on EU Powersports Products Avoided

Decision by United States Trade Representative Good for the Industry

Proposed tariffs of up to 100 percent on motorcycles, parts, and accessories, coming in from European Union countries, have been staved off – after the Motorcycle Industry Council and member manufacturers testified before, and submitted written comments to, the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
The proposed tariffs, that would have greatly affected the powersports business, came about as part of a dispute regarding certain EU countries subsidizing their large-aircraft manufacturing sector.
Representatives from member companies KTM and Indian Motorcycle, and MIC staff, testified this summer at USTR hearings in Washington, D.C., and made the case against the proposed tariffs. And the MIC, along with motorcycle-manufacturing member companies Cobra, Ducati, Indian Motorcycle, and KTM, submitted written comments to the USTR opposing these tariffs. In a show of transcontinental industry support, ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, also submitted written arguments against the proposed tariffs.
“We have been actively engaged in this dispute from day one, both in Washington, D.C., and also in Europe, to protect our dealers, support the motorcycle industry and allow our customers to continue to ride and experience motorcycling,” said John Hinz, CEO of KTM North America. “Our brands and dealers have been operating in the United States for over fifty years and it is our responsibility to protect and grow the future of motorcycling. We commend the USTR’s recognition of the negative impact that the proposed tariffs would have had on our U.S. business, partners, dealers and customers.”  
“Had the tariffs been enacted, that would have meant extremely high prices for our American consumers of European motorcycles, parts, and accessories,” said Erik Pritchard, incoming MIC president and CEO. “Increased costs would have even discouraged motorcycle riders from performing routine but critical maintenance, such as brake pad and tire replacements, due to potential doubling on the price of parts.”
“I want to thank Congressman Tim Walberg and Congressman Michael Burgess who are the co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus,” said Scott Schloegel, senior vice president for government relations at the MIC. “They sent a terrific letter to the United States Trade Representative opposing additional tariffs, which are taxes paid by American consumers. They have been fantastic champions of the industry and our consumers, and we thank them for their continued support for something that brings joy to millions of Americans every single day: motorcycling.”
MIC staff at the Government Relations Office will continue to monitor developments in Washington, in case the USTR proposes any changes to the current list of products and industries impacted by tariffs.

About MIC

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect, and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications, and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. As a not-for-profit national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. mic.org

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Speculation: KTM 490 Adventure - New Parallel-Twins on the Horizon?

Ever since the first Duke 390 was announced in 2013, the dual-sport and ADV community eagerly awaited the announcement of a small displacement, off-road capable, street bike from KTM. Sadly, our hopes still haven’t come into fruition, although we’ve seen some European spy shots of a production ready bike and scrambler-converted baby Dukes (made by some of you) that really got us excited. We expect the 390 Adventure to be showcased in production form before year’s end. But what else could KTM have up their sleeves?

With EICMA and INTERMOT right around the corner, it’s time once again to take a stab at what concepts and prototypes will show face at the biggest international motorcycle events of the year. At the end of 2018, KTM’s CEO, Stefan Pierer confirmed that several bikes sporting 500ish cc parallel-twin engines were in the works. We expect these bikes to be the Duke 490, RC 490, and 490 Adventure. Continuing the production trend of KTM’s small displacement motorcycles, the new engine will likely be manufactured by Bajaj in India.

KTM 390 Adventure 490 Speculation 1

The 490s won’t replace the 390s, at least in other parts of the world outside of the US. Bajaj produces a 125 Duke and 250 Duke, alongside the 390. These bikes sell really well and tailor to licensing limitations in Europe and Asia.

Of course, at this point we can only speculate what a 490 Adventure could look like, and to us it looks completely new from the ground up. The current frame for the 390cc bikes is likely too narrow, and the chromoly tubular frame from the 790 would increase costs too much. Another steel trellis frame makes sense to support multiple variants of the 490 (the RC and Duke). The new 490cc DOHC engine would be Euro 5 compliant; probably putting out 50-60 hp. A six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch is also expected.

KTM 390 Adventure 490 Speculation 2

As far as suspension goes, we don’t expect anything extraordinary, providing about 6 inches of travel on both sides. It’ll have limited adjustability (probably only rear preload) but it’ll be well dampened for the average rider. That’s okay with us, considering the intended market. Besides, bikes like this keep companies like Rally Raid busy.

Fancy electronics? None needed.

Finally, the KTM 490 Adventure could roll out on 19”/17” alloy wheels as a 2021-2022 model. A bike of this stature would place it right in the middle of the adventure bike category, as well as KTM’s line-up (if they finally announce the 390 Adventure this year).

That’s enough dreaming for us. What do you hope will showcase at EICMA and INTERMOT? If KTM announces a 390 Adventure and/or 490 Adventure, what would the bike need for you to leave a deposit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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FirstGear 2020 Fall

FirstGear Announces 2020 Fall Collection

FirstGear USA is proud to introduce the 2020 Fall Collection featuring new products to keep you warm and dry as temperatures fall.

The underlying focus for 2020 Fall Collection was to revise the heated line and simplify the way riders’ power and interact with their heated gear. Consistency was key for the entire line. Whether using a heated jacket, vest, gloves or socks, every item turns on, scrolls through temperatures and turns off, the same. This ensures that through repetition, adjusting to your ideal comfort level will become muscle memory in no time. Another key feature is the ability to have selective heat throughout your body; each heated item can be set to its own temperature separate, ensuring the perfect balance of heat distribution. Both the Heated Vest and Heated Jacket (Battery Powered Model) can be powered by portable batteries allowing you to stay warm both on and off the bike.

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In addition, FirstGear has expanded their offering to female riders with the NEW Voyage Jacket and feature matching Voyage Pant, along with 5 NEW models of gloves.

FirstGear 2020 Fall women voyage


For men FirstGear added the NEW Kilimanjaro boot featuring the MOZ closure system, to provide the perfect fit, every time. 5 NEW glove models were also crafted to cover the range from Adventure to Sports Touring, including the NEW Outrider Heated Glove.

FirstGear 2020 Fall Kilimanjaro boots

Riders around the world have come to love the feature-filled products that FirstGear has brought to the market since their inception, and the 2020 Fall Collection is no different. With a spotlight on staying warm and dry, the NEW Heated Apparel line and NEW Rainwear for both Men and Women, will keep you going when the Mother Nature throws you her worst.

What’s new for 2020 Fall Collection:

  • Complete heated line for both men and women – Battery Powered Vests, Battery Powered Heated Jackets, Vehicle Powered Heated Jackets, Heated Pants, Heated Socks, Heated Gloves and Heated Glove Liners
  • Two new women’s rain jackets – Delphin and Triton
  • Two new men’s rain jackets – Rainman and Splash
  • Two new unisex rain pants – Rainman and Splash
  • One new Women’s jacket – Voyage
  • One new Women’s pant – Voyage
  • Five new Men’s gloves – Heated Outrider, Navigator, Kinetic, Kinetic Short, and a Tech Liner.
  • Five new Women’s gloves – Heated Outrider, Bancroft, Electra, Voyage, and a Tech Liner.
  • One new Men’s boot – Kilimanjaro

For more information on product please visit: www.firstgear-usa.com

Rigg Gear Saddlebag RG-020

Rigg Gear Dual-Sport Saddlebags RG-020

Nelson Rigg continues the tradition of excellence in providing Powersports luggage with their line of UTV and Off-Road accessories under the Rigg Gear Brand!

Rigg Gear RG 020 1

With a very universal and solid mounting system these saddlebags are designed for most dual-sport, enduro and Adventure motorcycles, such as the KTM EXC, WR, DRZ, KLR650 and CRF to name a few. Made from rugged UV treated and water resistant 1680D Tri-Max® Ballistic nylon with an anti-slip/scratch inner panel to protect your bikes plastic. For nighttime visibility and safety there is reflective piping and accents while the reverse coil zippers help keep out dust and dirt. Even the zip pullers are rubber coated and oversized to operate easily with gloves.

Rigg Gear RG 020 universal mounting

When more room is needed, the main compartment is expandable from 12L to 15L for extra storage on those longer rides and the compressions straps hold all your contents in place even in the roughest riding conditions. What’s even more is that under each bag is an external pocket to conveniently hold items such as your tire irons, tool roll and spare tube.

Lifetime Warranty included. Dimensions are 14.5”L x 9”W x 6”D and hold 12 liters / 15 liters expanded per side, plus the tool pocket.
MSRP $142.95

About Nelson Rigg

Nelson Rigg is a 35 year old, family owned business that has specialized only in the design and production of quality motorcycle covers, luggage and rainwear. For more information please visit your local dealer or visit website at www.nelsonrigg.com.

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2020 Africa Twin SE

Ever since its inception, Honda’s versatile Africa Twin has presented motorcyclists with unprecedented capability for pavement excitement and off-road adventure. Today Honda introduces the 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin platform, whose two model versions return with even more ability to take riders anywhere while broadening options for how they can do so.

Both Africa Twin iterations—the standard version and the Adventure Sports ES—are lighter despite receiving a larger, more powerful engine, and they also benefit from a much more advanced suite of electronic rider aids. The two types diverge in terms of specialization for 2020, with the Standard Africa Twin honed to improve sporting and off-road performance, while the Adventure Sports ES benefits from technology to bolster comfort and confidence when tackling long distances.

Honda AT 2020 AdventureSports

Honda AT 2020 Standard

"Since the Africa Twin’s 2016 rebirth, it’s been gratifying to see riders gravitate to a practical-but-fun adventure bike," said Chris Cox, American Honda’s Manager of Experiential Marketing/Public Relations. "For 2020, Honda has amplified what customers appreciate most about the Africa Twin platform—its ability to go anywhere, whether that means safety and comfort on the road, or performance and maneuverability in the dirt. With a long list of important updates to both model types, riders will find even more ways to pursue ‘True Adventure.’"


With an aggressive appearance, enjoyable engine and capable chassis, Honda’s true all-rounder continues to win fans among a broad range of consumers. For 2020, both Africa Twin versions (each of which is still available with either an improved manual transmission or a more advanced version of Honda’s automatic DCT), cram more power and torque into a lighter overall package, maintaining principles that have been intrinsic to the model since day one. The water-cooled, overhead-cam, parallel-twin engine receives an 86cc displacement increase, along with improved intake and exhaust systems, resulting in a horsepower boost of approximately 6 percent. The frame is updated for optimized handling characteristics, the rear subframe now has aluminum construction and is detachable, and the CRF450R-style aluminum swingarm is lighter and more rigid.

A six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) makes possible the addition of new rider aids including wheelie control, cornering ABS, rear-lift control, DCT cornering detection and cornering lights, while a new, 6.5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) color touchscreen display is compatible with Apple CarPlay®. Cruise control is now standard on both Africa Twin versions.

Despite sharing improvements, each Africa Twin type maintains an individual role. The standard version has a sharply renewed focus on off-road use, with a shorter, fixed windscreen and a 5.0 gallon fuel tank. Meanwhile, the Adventure Sports ES offers real long-haul ability and practicality, boasting intelligent Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment suspension (EERA™), tubeless wheels, heated grips, accessory socket, larger skid plate, aluminum rear rack and a 6.5 gallon tank.

The new CRF1100L is everything we loved about the outgoing model, plus answers every concern we addressed (REVIEW HERE). Now we're wondering what's going to bridge the gap between Honda's new CB500X and the AT. The current NC750X is a great mid-sized displacement between the two, and if Honda gave this bike the same treatment as the CB500X, that would surely be something to be excited about. What concepts do you hope to see at this year's EICMA and INTERMOT? Let us know in the comments below!

Honda AT 2020 Action

  • Pricing
    • Africa Twin: $14,399
    • Africa Twin DCT: $15,199
    • Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE: $17,199
    • Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE DCT: $17,999
  • Availability: March 2020
  • Colors
    • Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES: Pearl Glare White/Blue
    • Africa Twin: Matte Black Metallic

In addition, Honda welcomes two returning on-road models for 2020:

The legendary XR650L boasts truly broadband dual-sport performance, Baja heritage and a long record of reliability, all of which have garnered it a diehard following of riders. Equally at home on dirt roads, single-track trails, highways and byways, the versatile dual-sport model opens the door to riding adventure like few motorcycles ever have.

  • Price: $6,999
  • Availability: March 2020
  • Color: Red
Honda 2020 XR650L

Last year’s U.S. return of the celebrated Super Cub—the model behind American Honda’s transformative "You Meet the Nicest People" ad campaign of the 1960s—proved to be a big hit, with customers drawn to its nostalgic look and friendly performance. For 2020, the highest-selling motor vehicle of all time is back for more, now in a new Pearl Nebula Red color.

  • Price: $3,649
  • Availability: December 2019
  • Color: Pearl Nebula Red
Honda 2020 Super Cub

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the United States. American Honda’s Powersports Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com.


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