Industry Updates

Michelle Kumbier is COO at Harley-Davidson, Mike Kennedy departs

MILWAUKEE, WI – Mike Kennedy is out at Harley-Davidson, Dealernews has confirmed. Michelle Kumbier has been named chief operating officer for the company, and Dave Cotteleer takes over as vice president of the U.S. market. Kumbier “will have responsibility for planning and delivering the company’s global business results, effective immediately. Kumbier will have oversight of

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Harley-Davidson Q3 earnings call: Used prices, tight inventory… and hurricanes

Highlights from Harley-Davidson’s the third-quarter call with financial analysts. Comments are from Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich and CFO/SVP John Olin. (See also: “Harley-Davidson: U.S. retail inventory will be down ‘significantly’ in 2017”) ‘Hurricanes accounted for 1.5-2 percent of retail sales decline’ “The industry was down 9.2 percent in the third quarter, which represents the eighth

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Yamaha Canada Dealers can add Camso track systems to WR450F, Kodiak 450

MAGOG, QC – Yamaha Dealers in Canada can offer Camso’s track conversion systems to their dirt bike and ATV customers, thanks to an extended collaboration announced between the company and Yamaha Canada’s Parts and Accessories Division. Customers riding Yamaha’s WR450F dirt bike in Canada “will now be able to enjoy their vehicle year-round when equipped

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Electric bike manufacturer Alta adds Dealers, receives OK for state rebate

BRISBANE, CA – Alta Motors said it has signed on new Dealers in several states, increasing its retailer network to more than 30. The latest Dealers that will sell Alta electrics, according to the manufacturer, are Coeur D’Alene Powersports (Coeur D’Alene, ID), TJ’s Cycle (Austin, TX), Oregon Motorcycle Adventures (Medford, OR), Rocky Mountain ATV (Washington,

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Excelsior-Henderson brand, patents to be auctioned by Mecum in January

WALWORTH, WI – Want to buy an iconic motorcycle brand? Here’s your opportunity. The Excelsior-Henderson motorcycle brand and all of its intellectual property will be auctioned off during the 27th Annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, Jan. 23-27 at the South Point Hotel & Casino, the Wisconsin-based Mecum announced. This auction includes ownership of the

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Should you carry an electric motorcycle line, and when? For Dealers, it depends

Dealernews talks with Scot Harden THE LONG-PROMISED conversion to electric-powered vehicles is a hot-button topic. Practically every OEM involved with motorized vehicle production, sales and distribution in the United States is debating the timing of electric’s arrival, or is already in the marketplace with initial offerings. What EV technology promises: greatly reduced powertrain maintenance, low

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