TGB returns to U.S. market with Key West, X-Race models

CHINO, Calif. - Taiwan Golden Bee, known as TGB, is back in the U.S. market, distributing through Excalibur Motorsports in Southern California. Excalibur's initial TGB lineup includes the familiar Key West 50 and X-Race 50 two-stroke 49cc models that feature automatic transmission. "Each scooter is manufactured in industrial highest standard in terms of quality assurance and comes in fully a...

MAP: Manufacturers, distributors get serious on price integrity

FIFTY YEARS AGO, advertised prices for a lot of items probably didn’t make that much competitive difference. Advertising was mostly in newspapers and on the radio and local TV. But that was when a 10-mile journey was a long trip, neighbors owned the local news and broadcast outlets, and the Internet? No such thing. There were price wars, to be sure, but the effect was mostly localized until dis...

Victory to race electric motorcycle in Isle of Man TT

MEDINA, Minn. - Victory Motorcycles announces its intention to race at the 2015 International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype electric race motorcycle.  The prototype electric race bikes will be piloted by William Dunlop and Lee Johnston. Victory Racing will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time the vehicle brand has entered a professional moto...

Ban on manufacturer-direct sales 'likely anticompetitive,' says FTC

LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan bill that would let manufacturers of autocycles, like Elio and the Polaris Slingshot, sell directly to the public has triggered a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opinion challenging the dealership business model as a whole. “A direct sales ban deters experimentation with new and different methods of sales by current auto manufacturers and also by future entrants...

Honda returns CRF1000L Africa Twin to 2016 lineup

TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda announces the return of the Africa Twin. The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will be available to U.S. dealers early next year. The original XRV650 Africa Twin debuted in 1989 after Honda’s four successive wins in the Dakar Rally. "Its go-anywhere ability, rugged durability, agile handling and all-day comfort made it the perfect partner with which to explor...

Honda 2016: CRF models, trials bike, NM4 street and PCX150 scooter

TORRANCE, Calif. - Honda's first new two-wheel announcement for the 2016 model year will make adventure and dirtbike riders happy, according to Lee Edmunds. "Our incredibly extensive lineup of off-road bikes includes returning models, from the little CRF50F to the enduro-ready CRF450X," said Honda's manager of motorcycle marketing communications. Also in the 2016 lineup are the Mont...

Latest Updates

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in mid-July will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Vintage Motorcycle Days wi
TORONTO, Ont. – Competitors in Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing series will have more power to play with when the 2015 Mopar Canadian Superbike
CHINO, Calif. - Taiwan Golden Bee, known as TGB, is back in the U.S. market, distributing through Excalibur Motorsports in Southern California. Excalibur's in
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles is lowering prices across its 2015 model line, reportedly due to a reduction in costs that it is experiencing on the manufac
ATLANTA, Ga. - For a limited time, Triumph Motorcycles America is offering consumers a $35 voucher to test ride select Triumph cruiser models. Triumph cruisers in
MEDINA, Minn. - Victory Motorcycles announces its intention to race at the 2015 International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype electric race m

Aftermarket

LIVERMORE, Calif. and ROCKFORD, Mich. – The latest Harley-Davidson accessories are for heads and toes, thanks to a new sunglasses model from Wiley X’s
DENVER, Colo. - For those who have perfected the art of being alone Redverz Gear introduces The Solo Expedition Motorcycle Tent.  The original Redverz design
TEMPE, Ariz. - Rockford Fosgate announces a new RFKHD9813 amplifier installation kit for 1998-2013 Harley-Davidsons. “The RFKHD9813 contains a mounting plat
FARMINGDALE, N.J. - Bel-Ray Co. has signed up to be presenting sponsor of the Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park in Sarepta, La. Bel-Ray signage will be appa
IRVINE, Calif. - As great as the current crop of street bikes, MX machines, PWC and snowmobiles may be, their highly tuned engines do require some service work, s
CHANDLER, Ariz. - DragonFire says it has evolved the hunble UTV lap belt with the "next generaton" EVO Harness. “Off-road trips are a great time t

OEM

CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha Motor Corp. USA today launched its bLU cRU Video Contest in which entrants submit videos that reflect their "unique Yamaha style.&qu
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM’s 2016 SX models have been updated with more compact, lighter engines and lighter frames. In fact, weight savings and less mass
ATLANTA, Ga. - For a limited time, Triumph Motorcycles America is offering consumers a $35 voucher to test ride select Triumph cruiser models. Triumph cruisers in
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles is lowering prices across its 2015 model line, reportedly due to a reduction in costs that it is experiencing on the manufac
MEDINA, Minn. – In recognition of Armed Forces Day, Indian Motorcycle has signed an ambassador agreement with Grammy Award winners and multi-platinum artist
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – Mark Buche will assume the role of Manager, Community and Communications with the BMW Motorrad USA marketing team, effective May 18.

Regulatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists gather in Washington D.C. for the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" this Memorial D
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – City leaders are looking to protect local businesses from short-term competition that comes to town during annual bike rallies. When ma
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Clinton Township police are asking for the public’s help to find fence-clipping burglars who took four ATVs from WOR Powersports i
LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan bill that would let manufacturers of autocycles, like Elio and the Polaris Slingshot, sell directly to the public has triggered
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Polaris is recalling certain 2009-2010 GEM hybrid electric vehicles because some frame welds may crack. Affected vehicles are from model year 2
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. – County planners will discuss the possibility of requiring special use permits for motocross tracks, including those on private prop

Retail

MANASSAS, Va. - The oldest dealership in Northern Virginia and will spread its 30th anniversary celebration over the whole year, starting May 23 with an open hous
MARIETTA, Ga. - Indian Motorcycle of Marietta is open for business with the full line of Indian motorcycles, parts, accessories and apparel. "We're excit
ROCKVILLE, Conn. – Building the biggest motorcycle museum in the country is an ambitious project in a lot of ways: financially, architecturally, geographica
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Career days have gotten more interesting since we were kids: Six Bends Harley-Davidson opened its doors May 14 to about 25 students from
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Rocket Harley-Davidson announces a new general manager, Ryan Raleigh. Raleigh has been an employee of Scott Fischer Enterprises (SFE)
RACINE, Wis. – Tradition runs deep at the new Indian Motorcycle of Racine, which opened May 11 in an art deco-style building that first housed a Studebaker

Products of the Week

Here are the latest new product announcements that caught the editors' attention. Check them out to determine whether they will drive sales for your business.

AURORA, Ill. – LS2 Helmets adds the Stream to its full-face helmet lineup, with an emphasis on a lightweight HTTP composite shell and an affordabl
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Held USA has expanded its luggage line by adding three rear bags, with capacity ranging from seven to 45 liters. The bags in
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Moose offers a new 10-gallon, battery powered sprayer for your ATV landscape/hobby farmer customers. The sprayer features a 0.2 GPM Lithium Ion
HANSON, Mass. – Joe Rocket introduced its first mesh jacket more than a decade ago, and the sixth generation of the summer gear option is the new
CHATSWORTH, Calif. - The addition of the new RC3A-12 controller to Cyron's Titanium light kit gives riders two remotes in one, the company says. Selling point
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Just in time for helping your employees sustain the heat during weekend parking lot events and rallies, Ergodyne introduces three redesigned Chi