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Getting Hosed – Price fixing in the rubber market

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Getting Hosed – Price fixing in the rubber market · Industry, Politics of Riding

We have written here before about what price fixing in the rubber market means to the motorcycle industry. The corporate corruption on the part of our beloved suppliers continues. According to this Oligopoly Watch post “Getting hosed“, the EU competition commission recently issued $173 million in fines to six global corporations for conspiring to fix […]

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Long live the two-stroke Part Deaux: FUD in the marketplace

July 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Long live the two-stroke Part Deaux: FUD in the marketplace · Industry, Politics of Riding, Technology, Two-Stroke

Editor’s note: You may want to read Long live the two-stroke: Part 1 and FIM to put 2-strokes on even footing in 2010 for more background. Recently a vintage racing/CZ friend posted the following query here: Hey Terry, Correct me if I’m wrong because I’m not totally sure, but hasn’t Calif banned 2 stroke sales […]

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Why has only one company successfully entered the MX market since 1985?

June 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Politics of Riding, Technology

To my knowledge only one (1) company has successfully entered the motocross market since 1985 – the small Hillsdale, MI firm of Cobra Motorcycle Mfg. What did Cobra do? They brought innovation to a market the Big Four were ignoring. They met a need. They built good products – right here in the USA. Once […]

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Why all the dirt bikes look the same

December 14th, 2007 · Comments Off on Why all the dirt bikes look the same · Industry, Racing, Technology

In his excellent book Market Domination author Steve Hannaford explores how consolidation in an industry leads to conversion between erstwhile “competing” products and ultimately reduces choice for customers: Competitive differences tend to narrow over time, as they must when companies are trying to keep up with better selling rivals. When markets are dominated by a […]

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Effects of motorcycle industry consolidation on the AMA

August 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Effects of motorcycle industry consolidation on the AMA · Industry

Recently I was on PitPass Radio, a weekly radio show that covers motorcycle racing. The hosts of the show – Scott Casbar, Tony Wenk, and Ed Kuhlenkamp – are really nice guys and do a great job. Their guest list is filled with industry leaders, racers, promoters, and interesting personalities from the world of two-wheeled […]

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