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

MEDINA, Minn. – Victory Motorcycles pulled the wraps of its 2015 Magnum, a factory bagger that comes standard with aftermarket-inspired details, wild paint
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Services are being held July 28 for Margaret Wilson, who died July 23 after a short illness. Wilson, who retained a seat on the American Mot
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Indian Motorcycle plans to go head-to-head with Harley-Davidson in the luxury custom touring segment after announcing its new 2015 Road
WYOMING, Minn. - …And now for something completely different. Polaris Industries, not content with being a dominant force in SxS and ATV sales, nor with ma
TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda introduced the COTA 4RT Race Replica in 2014, and the trials bike returns in 2015 with a slew of upgrades. In addition, Honda is in
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Arctic Cat’s partnership with Yamaha continues to reap benefits for the company, which reported record sales in the first quarter

Aftermarket

FRISCO, Texas - Phil Davy joined Tucker-Rocky/Biker’s Choice earlier this month as the company’s senior director of apparel brands. Actually, he doesn
FRISCO, Texas - Küryakyn was at the Tucker Rocky/Biker's Choice Brand Expo this weekend talking to dealers and distributor reps about the previously anno
RICHMOND, Calif. – Arrow Exhausts has been keeping busy developing new exhaust options for the latest machines, with fitments now available for Honda’
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. The company is debuting the line this weekend
BEND, Ore. -- Giant Loop has added distribution partners in Japan and Indonesia. In Japan, Tokyo-based Breathfield Inc. will import and promote the Gian

OEM

MINNEAPOLIS -- Polaris Industries is combining several lines to form a global adjacent markets division. Global Adjacent Markets will be responsible for all small
VARESE, Italy - MV Agusta has partnered with executive management company E.I.M. to fuel MV Agusta’s growth in key markets including the United States, Braz
MEDINA, Minn. – Victory Motorcycles pulled the wraps of its 2015 Magnum, a factory bagger that comes standard with aftermarket-inspired details, wild paint
WYOMING, Minn. - …And now for something completely different. Polaris Industries, not content with being a dominant force in SxS and ATV sales, nor with ma
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Indian Motorcycle plans to go head-to-head with Harley-Davidson in the luxury custom touring segment after announcing its new 2015 Road
TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda introduced the COTA 4RT Race Replica in 2014, and the trials bike returns in 2015 with a slew of upgrades. In addition, Honda is in

Regulatory

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Renville County Board wants to build a 270-acre ATV park with taxpayer money, and residents near the proposed site aren’t happy abo
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. – The owner of a local kiddie park is suing Warren County, claiming his rights were violated by snowmobile traffic on a disputed sliver of
HELENA, Mont. – Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on recommended funding levels for 2014/2015 Montana Snowmobile Program grant applications
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program funding of about $1.3 million to several cities, state parks and the Black Hills Natio
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

Retail

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The owner of Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson and Riders Harley-Davidson has plans for a new store in Tuscaloosa next year. Bill Peek has a
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Things are really cooking at the site of the new Boiler Harley-Davidson mega store, set to open this fall. Harley franchise owners Mark an
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Services are being held July 28 for Margaret Wilson, who died July 23 after a short illness. Wilson, who retained a seat on the American Mot
CASTLE ROCK, Wash. – A hobby turned into a business for Jeff Hart, who opened NW Motorsports repair shop in May and is doing brisk trade. Hart and his famil
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