Arctic Cat CEO accelerates inventory reduction plans
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Arctic Cat's new chief executive officer, Christopher Metz, told financial analysts the company plans to “wrap our arms around the dealers in a partnership fashion” during its third quarter earnings call Wednesday morning.
Metz (pictured) was hired i...
Gas Gas suspends production as it awaits financial restructuring plan approval
GAS GAS faces challenging days ahead as its chairman announced the manufacturer is suspending production as it waits for banks to approve a debt restructuring plan.
In a letter issued Jan. 22 by Gas Gas Motos, Chairman Yariv Gilat said the company had been working on a restructuring plan that includes new shareholder investment to support the company's growth, but that "the banks have delaye...
Military precision, structure key at Smokin' Harley-Davidson
FROM MACHINE GUNS mounted on sidecars in Black Jack Pershing’s pursuit of Pancho Villa to brigades of Harley-Davidson WLAs used by the United States and its allies in World War II and Korea, motorcycles --particularly Harley-Davidson--and the military have always gone hand-in-hand, as military strategists grew to appreciate the motorcycle’s versatility and dexterity.
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Is Slingshot a motorcycle, or not? States push back, and dealers wait
THE PROBLEM WITH THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX is that, well, you don’t fit into everybody’s box. That’s the challenge facing Polaris as it tries to get the Slingshot street legal in a handful of states where it doesn’t fit the regulatory mold.
Texas was getting all the attention in late 2014, but four other states still won’t license the Slingshot, most due to varying confli...
BOISE, Idaho – Western Power Sports unveiled its latest house brand, Highway 21, during its 2015 National Sales Meeting being held here this week. The gear and apparel brand will launch with black leather gloves and boots with promises for additional products in the near future.
Within the next month, Highway 21 will have seven varieties of g...
Lose the clutter to bring in Millennials, student retail designers say
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Hey Grandpa! You know that store you love? The one that’s crammed with vehicles, doo-dads and leathers? News flash: your grandkids and their friends hate it.
If you want to bring in a younger clientele, lose the clutter, said Sarah Kendzior and MinJung Park, winners of the