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

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Arctic Cat’s partnership with Yamaha continues to reap benefits for the company, which reported record sales in the first quarter
WEST MILFORD, N.J. - West Milford's governing body recently authorized a request for proposals seeking an insured organization to lease a municipal property f
GARDENA, Calif. - Motorworks Chicago's "Calle Maton" build, a tribute to the drama and spirit of individualism, won the Triumph Motorcycles X Britis
MODENA, Italy – Energica said it plans to start offering electric motorcycles in early 2015 and has identified North America as a key market. Energica, a su
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association initiated a petition drive to convince the California Office of Administrative Law to once again offer
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Dealernews has announced the list of benefits Top 100 Dealers and special prize winners will receive for the 23rd Annual Top 100 Dealer Com

Aftermarket

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson MotorClothes has expanded their men’s denim options with the addition of two styles: the Modern Straight Jeans and the Sli
FRANKLIN, Ohio - Sunstar announces that its Works Triplestar aluminum anodized rear sprockets now match KTM models. "Using the latest advancements in metallu
BEND, Ore. -- Giant Loop has added distribution partners in Japan and Indonesia. In Japan, Tokyo-based Breathfield Inc. will import and promote the Gian
LA PALMA, Calif. – Experienced riders know that suspension tuning can dramatically improve ride quality, handling and the comfort of the motorcycle. Progres
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

OEM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Arctic Cat’s partnership with Yamaha continues to reap benefits for the company, which reported record sales in the first quarter
CHENNAI, India – Royal Enfield has struck a deal to make Corbeta Group as its exclusive distributor for sales and service in the Colombian market, the compa
MODENA, Italy – Energica said it plans to start offering electric motorcycles in early 2015 and has identified North America as a key market. Energica, a su
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

Regulatory

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A former county parks employee has been indicted on one count of receiving stolen property for allegedly having a Polaris RZR on loan from B
FORT WORTH, Texas - Three members of the Fort Worth HOG were injured July 21 when a van grazed a group of more than 60 motorcyclists on its way to celebrate a rec
WEST MILFORD, N.J. - West Milford's governing body recently authorized a request for proposals seeking an insured organization to lease a municipal property f
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association initiated a petition drive to convince the California Office of Administrative Law to once again offer
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
LUMSDEN, Sask. -- The general manager of the Saskatchewan ATV Association said that a "troubling upward trend" in fatal crashes shows the need for manda

Retail

COCOA, Fla. – Fire investigators are trying to figure out what ignited two motorcycles inside a store late Saturday night. It happened at Steve's C
GARDENA, Calif. - Motorworks Chicago's "Calle Maton" build, a tribute to the drama and spirit of individualism, won the Triumph Motorcycles X Britis
ERIE, Pa. – If you want to have a party, it’s always a good idea to invite the neighbors. Harley-Davidson of Erie hosted a thank you party for it
PARIS, France – It may be across the pond, but enthusiasts in the United States can still order books for American coffee tables and more online from a moto
WASHINGTON, Ill. – It’s not easy to keep Indian motorcycles in stock at Integ Motorsports in East Peoria, which received its first shipment last month
MAMMOTH, Calif. – When your business is in a mountain resort community, it’s a good idea to be ready for tire and wheel issues. Mammoth PowerSports ju

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