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. This affinity isn&rsq...

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...

WPS HardDrive introduces Highway 21 V-twin gear

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

Latest Updates

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – U.S. sales were down for Harley-Davidson but international sales continued to increase as the Motor Co. reported its fourth quarter and ye
One of the highlights of each Progressive International Motorcycle Show is the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. The custom show, manage
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Polaris has issued an official recall for the 2015 Slingshot, affecting units manufactured from Aug. 26 to Dec. 16, 2014 and then SL units made
ATLANTA, Ga. – Powersports Marketing, a subsidiary of Dealership University, announces the 2014 Voice of Customer Excellence winners.  "Earning th
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Arctic Cat's new chief executive officer, Christopher Metz, told financial analysts the company plans to “wrap our arms around
OXNARD, Calif. -  CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP), a provider of wireless products and services, announced it will integrate its CMF-1175 telematics device i

Aftermarket

JANESVILLE, Wis. – Moose Racing’s Qualifier adult and youth goggles are a budget-friendly option for riders, with pricing under $20. Selling points: T
ASUZA, Calif. - On the heels of getting its RX3  blessed by EPA, CSC Motorcycles announced the first round of accessories for the 250cc adventure touring bik
LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Chrome don’t get you home, but it can look fine, and thanks to innovations at EBC Brakes, it can also stop you on a dime. You don&rsqu
FORT WORTH, Texas – Speed and Strength’s spring gear covers a wide array of riding preferences, from sportbike to dual-sport to V-twin style options m
UPLAND, Calif.—Patriot Suspension and HardDrive American V-twin parts have formed a distribution agreement for dealers to offer Patriot’s direct
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Brian Etter era at MAG is over and the Andrew Graves era is in. Motorsport Aftermarket Group announced the hiring of Graves, former presi

OEM

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – U.S. sales were down for Harley-Davidson but international sales continued to increase as the Motor Co. reported its fourth quarter and ye
Yoji “George” Hamawaki, first president, and founder of Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA (KMC) was recently inducted into the Japan Auto Hall of Fame, becau
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Polaris has issued an official recall for the 2015 Slingshot, affecting units manufactured from Aug. 26 to Dec. 16, 2014 and then SL units made
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Arctic Cat's new chief executive officer, Christopher Metz, told financial analysts the company plans to “wrap our arms around
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Polaris continued to grapple with a supply chain slowdown during its fourth financial quarter, and as a result backorders for Slingshot
PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Elio Motors will debut its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype with an official "first start" at a private event for

Regulatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Polaris has issued an official recall for the 2015 Slingshot, affecting units manufactured from Aug. 26 to Dec. 16, 2014 and then SL units made
RALEIGH, N.C. – With the ink still drying on a law requiring registration of mopeds, the state legislature is looking at some other new limitations, chiefly
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
MIAMI, Fla. - Hundreds of people riding dirt bikes and ATVs sped across Miami-Dade and Broward’s major roadways — Interstate 95, US 441, Northwest Sev
IRVINE, Calif. - Donald L. Green has joined the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to manage the Indiana Motorcyclist Safety Program and assist MSF in advancing nationa
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Polaris has issued a stop sale/ride order for the Slingshot, citing potentially faulty ball bearings in the steering system and issues w

Retail

ATLANTA, Ga. – Powersports Marketing, a subsidiary of Dealership University, announces the 2014 Voice of Customer Excellence winners.  "Earning th
OXNARD, Calif. -  CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP), a provider of wireless products and services, announced it will integrate its CMF-1175 telematics device i
ATLANTA, Ga.—Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Ann Arbor, Mich., is the Powersports Marketing "Voice of Customer" dealer of the year. The annual compet
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The owners of Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs have been buying land in Cool Springs since plans last year to relocate and expand in Brentwood we
BIG SPRING, Texas – There’s a unique attraction at Big Spring Harley-Davidson this time of year: hundreds of sandhill cranes roost in a wild bird sanc
HOLLISTER, Calif. - The Hollister Downtown Association has chosen Las Vegas, Nev.-based ConvExx to run the Hollister Motorcycle Rally this July, the association h

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.

BOISE, Idaho – FLY Racing has entered the premium offroad boot segment with the Sector, which is designed for motocross and offroad competition. S
BOISE, Idaho and HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— The more comfortable your customers are on their bikes, the more they ride. The more they ride, the happier they are. Th
BOISE, Idaho - For big UTV jobs, KFI Products has added the SE45W (for Wide) winch to its Stealth line, company officials told WPS reps gathered here this week fo
BOISE, Idaho and LONGMONT, Colo. – Many people are used to hearing the phrase “German engineering” in car commercials. In the case of Deute
LA PALMA, Calif.—Burly's new Brat seats were inspired by the Japanese take on custom Harley-Davidson Sportsters, shaped to follow the frame rails and bl
BOISE, Idaho – GMAX has two new helmets on display at the Western Power Sports National Sales Meeting. The FF49 is a full-face helmet with a price