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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Services are being held today for Margaret Wilson, who died July 23 after a short illness. Wilson, who retained a seat on the American Motor
WYOMING, Minn.  - …And now for something completely different. Polaris Industries, not content with being a dominant force in SxS and ATV sales, nor w
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Indian Motorcycle will be going head-to-head with Harley-Davidson in the luxury custom touring segment, as the company announced its ne
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
WEST MILFORD, N.J. - West Milford's governing body recently authorized a request for proposals seeking an insured organization to lease a municipal property f

Aftermarket

RICHMOND, Calif. – Arrow Exhausts has been keeping busy developing new exhaust options for the latest machines, with fitments now available for Honda’
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
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. "Using the latest advancements in metallu
BEND, Ore. -- Giant Loop has added distribution partners in Japan and Indonesia. In Japan, Tokyo-based Breathfield Inc. will import and promote the Gian
SEATTLE, Wash. - Touratech's latest anti-theft device is a locking mount designed exclusively for Garmin's new Zumo 590LM GPS. It gives riders the confide

OEM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Indian Motorcycle will be going head-to-head with Harley-Davidson in the luxury custom touring segment, as the company announced its ne
WYOMING, Minn.  - …And now for something completely different. Polaris Industries, not content with being a dominant force in SxS and ATV sales, nor w
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
MODENA, Italy – Energica said it plans to start offering electric motorcycles in early 2015 and has identified North America as a key market. Energica, a su
CHENNAI, India – Royal Enfield has struck a deal to make Corbeta Group as its exclusive distributor for sales and service in the Colombian market, the compa

Regulatory

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
WEST MILFORD, N.J. - West Milford's governing body recently authorized a request for proposals seeking an insured organization to lease a municipal property f
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
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association initiated a petition drive to convince the California Office of Administrative Law to once again offer
NORTHFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- Council is facing some pushback from local residents after passing an ordinance regulating the use of ATVs, snowmobiles and off-road m
LUMSDEN, Sask. -- The general manager of the Saskatchewan ATV Association said that a "troubling upward trend" in fatal crashes shows the need for manda

Retail

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Services are being held today for Margaret Wilson, who died July 23 after a short illness. Wilson, who retained a seat on the American Motor
PARIS, France – It may be across the pond, but enthusiasts in the United States can still order books for American coffee tables and more online from a moto
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
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Empire Harley-Davidson is hosting “The Ride Home” event July 26 to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Westchester and its vete
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine’s Scooter community will come out in force July 26 for the second annual Ski's Shrimp Run, a ride that reportedly brings r

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