Enthusiasts leave on a test ride of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during an Open House. (John A. Pavoncello) MORE PHOTOS
Enthusiasts leave on a test ride of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during an Open House. (John A. Pavoncello)
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Harley-Davidson, Inc. on Thursday announced profits increased nearly 10 percent during the second quarter.

Second-quarter net income was $271.7 million, or $1.21 per share, compared to $247.3 million, or $1.07 per share, during the same period a year ago.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer reported $1.79 billion in revenue for the recent quarter, an increase from the $1.73 billion posted during the second quarter last year.

The increase was largely attributed to improvements in operations and global sales.

Harley dealers worldwide sold 90,193 new motorcycles in the second quarter, compared to 85,714 motorcycles sold during the same period a year ago.

After motorcycle shipments fell 7.2 percent during the fourth quarter of 2012, Harley announced plans for a seasonal production surge during the first quarter this year at its local plant in Springettsbury Township.

The plan was expected to increase motorcycle shipments 10 to 18 percent in time for the prime selling season, according to CEO Keith Wandell.

That surge ended during the second quarter.

"During the second quarter, we completed our first-year seasonal surge production at York with great success," Wandell said in a news release. "We also surpassed a milestone for international dealership growth. With the opening of a dealership in Salvador, Brazil on June 29, we have added 104 dealerships outside the U.S. since late 2009, achieving our goal to add 100 to 150 international dealerships by the end of 2014."

In the U.S. --- Harley's biggest market -- dealers sold 58,241 new bikes in the second quarter, a 4.4 percent increase compared to same quarter last year.

In international markets, dealers sold 31,952 new motorcycles, compared to 29,953 in the same quarter a year ago, with unit sales increasing 39 percent in Latin America, 12.3 percent in the Asia Pacific region and 3.6 percent in Canada. Revenue from motorcycle sales climbed 4.2 percent to $1.27 billion, compared to $1.22 billion during the second quarter a year ago.

Harley shipped 84,606 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the quarter-a 1.3 percent increase compared to 83,502 motorcycle shipments logged in the same period a year ago.

"Of course, all summer long we are celebrating our 110th anniversary with Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from around the world," Wandell said. "And less than a month from now, we will launch an exciting lineup of new 2014 motorcycles."