American Heritage Motorcycles demonstrates power in numbers

Everyone likes the idea of the historic, multigenerational motorcycle shop. You know the type: born out of pure passion, persisting through ups and downs for decades, and run by the original owner’s descendants several generations on. It’s a story that resonates with authenticity and commitment, and customers feel a kinship with those stores. Despite its name, American Heritage Motor...

Central Texas Powersports feeds the SxS, cruiser and commuter lifestyles

GEORGETOWN, Texas - Central Texas Powersports just celebrated its 10th year in business, hosting a big celebration fitting of a store decked out like an Old West town. Several business strategies for vehicles and PG&A have helped owner and GM Steve Littlefield weather economic ups and downs. When Littlefield first bought the Yamaha and Suzuki dealership in 2004, it was 6,500 squa...

Tom Hannum, a third-generation owner, has a simple mission

THE PRESSURE’S ON for Tom Hannum III - but not for the reason you might think. Hannum’s grandfather and father started the family dealership 60 years ago by selling a Ford dealership and buying a Harley-Davidson sales and service agreement. The store moved in 1959 from Crum Lynne, Pa., to Media. In 2000, the Hannum family opened a second location in Chadds Ford, Pa. The Media store has si...

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.

Latest Updates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. is recalling more than 23,000 GSX-R750 and GSX-R100 motorcycles because the drive chain could detach under certain
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A planned reduction in inventory led to a decrease in revenue, but Harley-Davidson saw sales go up in the United States and worldwide, thanks t
Powersports industry’s largest, longest running and most prestigious retail competition will celebrate dealer excellence at Dec. 4 awards dinner and gala du
INDIALANTIC, Fla. -- A manufacturer in the midwest is seeking a director of operations with plant operations or factory general management experience. The directo
Follows guilty plea, sentencing of consultant who admitted falsifiying emissions documents for several imported vehicle brands.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Authorities are investigating an early morning shooting at a motorcycle dealership outside Delray Beach after the dealer told authoriti

Aftermarket

VALCOURT, Quebec – For 2015, BRP is debuting a snowboard and ski rack for Ski-Doo snowmobiles that utilizes the company's LinQ attachment system.
FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS who don’t want their pants to billow up when they’re riding, Biker Boot Straps will roll out its new and improved lineup of functio
AS PROFILED in our September issue, Hornet Outdoors’ line of patent-pending rear cargo racks and box side rails basically double the storage capacity of a P
ARISUN's latest offering, the After Shock cross terrain tire, is designed for off-road enthusiasts who want a UTV tire for any terrain.   The tire fe
THE SIGNATURE product for Speed-Way Shelters has been redesigned with arched steel cross-members to allow for better protection and added internal clearance. &n
EVERYONE AGREES that the Fulmer exhibit at Dealer Expo is going to be newsworthy as the company broadens its lineup of gear and accessories.   Fulmer&rsq

OEM

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A planned reduction in inventory led to a decrease in revenue, but Harley-Davidson saw sales go up in the United States and worldwide, thanks t
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. is recalling more than 23,000 GSX-R750 and GSX-R100 motorcycles because the drive chain could detach under certain
VALCOURT, Quebec – For 2015, BRP is debuting a snowboard and ski rack for Ski-Doo snowmobiles that utilizes the company's LinQ attachment system.
SYM USA/Alliance Powersports is bringing to Dealer Expo 2014 its Taiwan-made T2 250i “pure adrenaline” machine, which offers 25 hp with a top speed of
THE NEW Landmaster LM202 light-utility vehicle, on display at Dealer Expo, is the company’s latest addition to its lineup of rugged, go-anywhere products.&n
TORRANCE, Calif. – American Honda has initiated a voluntary recall for all models of the 2014 Honda Pioneer 700 side-by-sides sold from August 2013 through

Regulatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. is recalling more than 23,000 GSX-R750 and GSX-R100 motorcycles because the drive chain could detach under certain
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association's 2014 "Vote Like A Motorcyclist" campaign provides members with exclusive access to an
WAVERLY, W.Va. – West Virginia ATV riders have a new option in the ATV Adventures park in Wood County’s Mountwood Park. The 600-acre ATV course opened
Follows guilty plea, sentencing of consultant who admitted falsifiying emissions documents for several imported vehicle brands.
LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. – A dealer got an unpleasant surprise last week when a California border station flagged two containers of personal watercraft the dealer
CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire Fish and Game will hold a public hearing Oct. 24 to discuss setting dates for the 2015 and 2016 Tri-state Snowmobile reciproci

Retail

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Authorities are investigating an early morning shooting at a motorcycle dealership outside Delray Beach after the dealer told authoriti
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A custom shop and restaurant that’s struggling to make the concept work will get a visit from chef Robert Irvine and his show &ldq
Powersports industry’s largest, longest running and most prestigious retail competition will celebrate dealer excellence at Dec. 4 awards dinner and gala du
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Bayside Harley-Davidson has scored a celebrity event: actor Tommy Flanagan from the TV show “Sons of Anarchy” will stop by to meet f
TULSA, Okla. - Reba McClanahan and her sons are inviting the community in from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 to celebrate 100 years of Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson. &l
LAFAYETTE, La. – It’s auction time again at Cajun Harley-Davidson. The dealer had its first auction of pre-owned motorcycles almost exactly a year ago

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