The Ridley Motorcycle Company has agreed to quit using the name "Auto-Glide" as part of a settlement with Harley-Davidson.
Harley sued Ridley in 2003 over the name, claiming a copyright infringement.
Although the case did go to court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Court in August 2007, Ridley settled with Harley-Davidson this week, before a verdict was reached.
Ridley, which manufactures and sells automatic-transmission motorcycles, has agreed to quit using the name.
Late note: it’s still an Au!o-Gl*de
A last-minute press release from the Ridley factory may relieve concerns of some Au+o-Gl@de owners.
"Yesterday we forwarded you the following press release. It has come to our attention that this news has caused some confusion for owners of motorcycles with the Auto-Glide brand mark. The owners of Auto-Glide model Ridley motorcycles should know that this settlement in no way effects their motorcycle. The settlement only effect the naming of future models for Ridley and that Ridley will not produce another model using the Auto-Glide name. Ridley and Ridley Dealers will continue to refer to previous year model Auto-Glides as Auto-Glides."
In other words, if you own a Ridley Au&o-Gl#de, you don’t have to take it into your dealer and have its name changed. We’re pretty sure you CMGers would have already guessed this, but you may know some non-CMG Ridley riders — in that case, please tip them off. No recall has been issued.