Wilkins H-D says secret to success -- is no secret

THIS IS NOT a riveting, tell-all story. Here, you won’t find the silver bullet to instant success, the magic catalyst to turn around an ailing business or the secret sauce to stability. Because things don’t exist, according to John Lyon, co-owner and general manager of Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre, Vt. So why keep reading?  Because as winners in the

BMW of Riverside leads from the front

Starting as a new dealership in April 2010, BMW Motorcycles of Riverside produced year-over-year growth figures above and beyond BMW’s already strong numbers. Due to a combination of aggressive leadership, hands-on participation in the sport and the right location, dealer principal Dan Schoo now finds himself at the helm of one of the strongest BMW dealers in the nation. Schoo ...

Kate Ribar 'has it made' at Renegade H-D

IF MOVING TARGETS are harder to hit, Kate Ribar has nothing to worry about.

Getting ready to move? 10 things you need to know

IT IS ALWAYS exciting to move into a new house, but it’s not always easy. If it is a new home for your dealership, the move can cost a lot of money, if you’re not careful.

First Coast Powersports is conquering the ancient city

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Owner Mark Allen started with a marine dealership. He bought another, then added three powersports businesses, finally consolidating everything in August 2012. There are separate buildings for powersports, marine and service, and a giant tent that houses an open-air side-by-side lot.

Team Winnebagoland takes a collective approach

OSHKOSH, Wis. - They don’t pay sales commissions at Team Winnebagoland, and they don’t pay unusually high salaries, either. But nobody’s complaining, because this third-generation-run business pays an annual bonus based on the dealership’s overall profitability.

Latest Updates

MEMBERS OF THE Southern California BMW Motorcycle Dealers Group, along with rental company MotoQuest, are planning a BMW Motorcycle Festival in mid-September in t
CHANDLER, ARiz. - DragonFire announced it will be distributing products to dealers through Western Power Sports (WPS) just in time for dune season, which begins i
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Problems with the foreign supply chain for the new Street motorcycles led to flat sales in the second quarter for Harley-Davidson, the company
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Oxford Products USA Inc. announced that it has expanded its dealer-direct network and separated from D2M to focus on dealer-direct sales and
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris continues to add to its Indian dealer lineup and grow motorcycle shares as the company posted its 19th straight record quarter for sa
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest post-secondary educational companies in the country and parent of automotive and motorcycle training s

Aftermarket

CHANDLER, ARiz. - DragonFire announced it will be distributing products to dealers through Western Power Sports (WPS) just in time for dune season, which begins i
GATESHEAD, England – BMC Innovations is following the Kickstarter trend, launching their new high-visibility Glowbelt through a campaign that is aiming to r
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Oxford Products USA Inc. announced that it has expanded its dealer-direct network and separated from D2M to focus on dealer-direct sales and
DELAND, Fla. - DelTran Battery Tender announces the Junior Lithium tender, programmed for lithium iron phosphate (LifePO4) batteries. The high-efficiency (12 volt
STOW, Ohio – Avon has developed a new tire to fill a growing niche in the powersports market. Specially designed for trike conversions, the new Avon Cobra T
We also wanted to get feedback about Overland Expo from some of the brands involved. Tracy Motz, communications manager for Rev’It USA, answered some questi

OEM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris continues to add to its Indian dealer lineup and grow motorcycle shares as the company posted its 19th straight record quarter for sa
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Problems with the foreign supply chain for the new Street motorcycles led to flat sales in the second quarter for Harley-Davidson, the company
The S1000RR was a huge departure from the status quo for BMW, but thanks to its class-leading performance, it quickly established a beachhead with buyers. As part
CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Outdoors has partnered with Powderhook and the National Wild Turkey Federation to give away an ATV and a Kansas whitetail hunt. The
THE BUCK STOPS HERE. A chief executive officer is the single person responsible for a company’s performance. He or she is the leader of the entire organizat
BRP has issued a voluntary recall of the 2014 Sea-Doo Spark personal watercraft, because the steering column/handlebar may have been incorrectly manufactured and

Regulatory

LUMSDEN, Sask. -- The general manager of the Saskatchewan ATV Association said that a "troubling upward trend" in fatal crashes shows the need for manda
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A single complaint from a Sacramento man has forced the California Highway Patrol and other state government agencies to remove information
NORTHFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- Council is facing some pushback from local residents after passing an ordinance regulating the use of ATVs, snowmobiles and off-road m
LAWTON, Okla. - A powersports dealer protesting his property tax assessment is one of several businesses in the middle of a county government dispute over the ROI
GREAT FALLS, Mont -- The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council will hold its annual conference in conjunction with the International OHV Program Manag
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Two former contract IT workers at Harley-Davidson are lead plaintiffs in a federal discrimination lawsuit alleging their employer, tech st

Retail

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Quotes Pros announced a new web portal that enables consumers to find motorcycle insurance available in each of the 50 states. "One uniq
MEMBERS OF THE Southern California BMW Motorcycle Dealers Group, along with rental company MotoQuest, are planning a BMW Motorcycle Festival in mid-September in t
We also wanted to get feedback about Overland Expo from some of the brands involved. Tracy Motz, communications manager for Rev’It USA, answered some questi
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A ride in memory of motorcycle mechanic Monty Heath is scheduled for Aug. 9. The ride will begin at 11 a.m. at Folsom Harley-Davidson, and i
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Adventure motorcycling is growing fast, and in doing so, becoming a larger slice of the powersports pie. But people have been “motorcycle c
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Rommel Harley-Davidson Group has gained a foothold in Pennsylvania with the purchase of Electric City Harley-Davidson in Scranton and N

Products of the Week

Here are the latest new product announcements that have caught our attention. Check them out to determine whether they're a good fit for your dealership.

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Whether looking to create a custom look, replacing crash-damaged components, or simply updating blemished parts scuffed from miles of wear and
THREE RIVERS, Mass. — In response to customer requests, Mustang Seats has started offering Super Touring seats for early FLs, including 1997-2007
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Moose is offering a variety of parts to help turn an ATV into a proper workhorse. The Moose Tracker Front Storage Trunk fits most uti
PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Lazer Star Lights has introduced LED Driving Light Kits designed for cruiser-style motorcycles.   The kits are built to provide additio
LA PALMA, Calif. - Burly Brand has released a collection of kits for riders looking for the easiest way to install tall bars without the time and troubl
CLEVELAND, Ohio - SuperTrapp Industries announced the release of its new JayBrake J-FL Forward Controls. JayBrake J-FL Forward Controls ($665) are machi