L.A. Now
Amid scorching heat, rain, thunder and lightning in Southland


Larry Little
Bumpy road ahead for industry?
Bumpy road ahead for industry?

Consumer prices are up. The stock market is down. The dollar has plummeted. And credit is tightening. So what does that mean for motorcycles -- not only future sales, but also new model development, pricing and financing? Well, it appears the bad news has some good mixed in. On the up side, motorcycle sales in 2007 were over the 1-million mark for the fifth straight year. Battery and tire sales indicate that ridership and enthusiasm for the sport remain high. The down side is that sales in 2007 failed to increase after 14 consecutive years of gains and were lower than in 2006. By how much, the Motorcycle Industry Council won't say until summer, when it has complete sales figures. But...