Indian, Victory sales rev up first quarter for Polaris

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sales were up across all categories for Polaris Industries in the first quarter of 2015, with domestic motorcycle sales up a whopping 74 percent from the same quarter last year on new vehicle introductions, the company reported today. Polaris stock rose 3.7 percent in early trading on the news, even though Polaris’ chairman and CEO Scott Wine noted room for improvemen...

Suzuki: Several models make sales headway in March

BREA, Calif. - Suzuki dealers in March recorded year-over-year sales gains for a variety of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, the OEM reported. Bright spots were in the dual sport and enduro segments, said Steve Bortolamedi, communications manager, in a monthly press update. From Suzuki: In the dual sport segment, the new DR200S proved to be a popular price-point motorcycle, while the

How to sell it: Airbag safety gear

CONVINCING CUSTOMERS to spend money on safety technology is tough. Case in point: airbags for automobiles. John Hetrick, a U.S. Navy engineer, designed one of the first airbag systems based on his experience using compressed air for launching torpedoes from submarines. His 1951 patent is a good example of an invention with a great deal of“safety value but no economic value, as the patent expire...

Dothan Powersports adding off-road showroom, doubles space

DOTHAN, Ala. – Spreading out around the middle when you turn 65 is pretty commonplace, so no one should be surprised: that’s what longtime Top 100 dealer Dothan Powersports is doing now. The dealer built and moved into its current 22,000 sq. ft. space (see image, right) back in 2000. A lot has changed since then, not least the size of the vehicles on the lot: Dothan carri...

Polaris fuels snow bike market with Timbersled acquisition

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris Industries has acquired Timbersled Products, a Sandpoint, Idaho-based company that develops and sells kits to convert off-road motorcycles for snow use. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We are excited to add the Timbersled brand and team to Polaris’ strong snowmobile business. Timbersled has created a compelling product and revolutionized the spor...

Harley-Davidson reducing 2015 shipments following soft first-quarter sales

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson will scale back motorcycle shipments and growth projections for the rest of the year after a decrease of 1.3 percent in worldwide sales during the first quarter of 2015. Wall Street negatively reacted to the announcement on Tuesday, with shares of Harley-Davidson (HOG) falling 9.7 percent to $55.59 In early trading. Dealers worldwide sold 56,661 new Harley...

Latest Updates

DESPITE reporting sales increases across the board during its first quarter earnings call, Polaris CEO Scott Wine indicated that there is room for improvement, es
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 45,901 motorcycles made between April 28 and Oct. 24, 2014, because the clutch master cylinder may not generate en
BREA, Calif. - Suzuki dealers in March recorded year-over-year sales gains for a variety of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, the OEM reported. Bright spots were in
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sales were up across all categories for Polaris Industries in the first quarter of 2015, with domestic motorcycle sales up a whopping 7
ATLANTA, Ga. - Triumph Motorcycles America is airing national television commercials as part of its global “For The Ride” brand slogan positioning. Th
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson will scale back motorcycle shipments and growth projections for the rest of the year after a decrease of 1.3 percent in wo

Aftermarket

MORGAN HILL, Calif. - Kali Protectives said it recently transitioned California territory manager Steve Hayes to a newly created logistics management role. The mo
IRVINE, Calif. – Gear Up Every Ride, a new initiative built around innovative ways of encouraging riders to use proper motorcycling apparel, is launching du
JANESVILLE, WIs. - Parts Unlimited announces the availability of its 2015 Watercraft Catalog.with 14 product categories and nearly 1,000 individual product listin
CONVINCING CUSTOMERS to spend money on safety technology is tough. Case in point: airbags for automobiles. John Hetrick, a U.S. Navy engineer, designed one of the
RICHMOND, Calif. – SpeedMob Inc., importer of USWE Hydration packs in the United States and Canada, now has the new F6 PRO Hydro pack available to deal
MEDINA, Minn. – An extensive Spring and Summer 2015 Indian Motorcycle apparel collection is now being sold by Indian dealers and online. The collection incl

OEM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 45,901 motorcycles made between April 28 and Oct. 24, 2014, because the clutch master cylinder may not generate en
BREA, Calif. - Suzuki dealers in March recorded year-over-year sales gains for a variety of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, the OEM reported. Bright spots were in
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sales were up across all categories for Polaris Industries in the first quarter of 2015, with domestic motorcycle sales up a whopping 7
ATLANTA, Ga. - Triumph Motorcycles America is airing national television commercials as part of its global “For The Ride” brand slogan positioning. Th
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris Industries has acquired Timbersled Products, a Sandpoint, Idaho-based company that develops and sells kits to convert off-road motorc
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson will scale back motorcycle shipments and growth projections for the rest of the year after a decrease of 1.3 percent in wo

Regulatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 45,901 motorcycles made between April 28 and Oct. 24, 2014, because the clutch master cylinder may not generate en
DAVIE, Fla. – A man arrested for allegedly stealing an ATV from a dealership storage unit March 30 has accused the shop owners of backing the crime for insu
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens Police have found the goods but are still looking for the thieves who took three ATVs from Brinson Powersports, and ditched them in a seclude
RUSTON, La. – Monster Moto will move its headquarters from the Dallas, Texas, area and its manufacturing operations from overseas to establish a headquarter
FAIRFIELD, Calif. - An ex-con with a history of stealing cars will stand trial on charges of overseeing a motorcycle “chop shop” and possessing m
DAVIE, Fla. – Police have arrested a man believed to have stolen an ATV in a March 30 burglary at Motorcycle World. Police said someone recognized the man o

Retail

FARGO, N.D. - Harley-Davidson of Fargo will open its new 28,000-sq.-ft. store April 28, just ahead of its grand opening and demo days May 15 and 16. "Our goa
NEW INDIAN DEALERSHIPS are springing up all over, most launching with demo days events to introduce locals to the revamped brand. 
Indian Motorcycle of Orlando
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Making the most of your business means leaving nothing on the table, even when the table is virtual and the business never comes onto t
SANFORD, Fla.- Seminole PowerSports has added Husqvarna motorcycles to its array of brands. “We are excited to be able to offer our customers the Husqvarna
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – Five-store owner Jim Snyder is adding to his stable with the opening of BMW Motorcycles of Shreveport, offering a complete line of BM
DOTHAN, Ala. – Spreading out around the middle when you turn 65 is pretty commonplace, so no one should be surprised: that’s what longtime Top 100 dea

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.

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – Roland Sands Design has been carving its own little empire in the custom café racer and retrobike world, and shows no signs of
BOISE, Idaho – In preparation for summer heat, FLY Racing has released its spring racewear and casual apparel, which is headlined by the Kinetic V
VIOLA, Wis. - S&S's new Variable Pressure Clutch upgrades the Harley stock clutch without modifications and reportedly provides up to 40 percent more pres
MONTEBELLUNA, Italy - TCX has unveiled the R-S2 EVO boots, designed with a bevy of technical and safety features for both street and track riding. Selli
MORGAN HILL, Calif. – Kali Protectives has a new offroad helmet available, and it is both smaller and lighter than anything the company has offere
HOLLISTER, Calif. - We really liked Triumph’s latest Thunderbird Commander when we rode it around the Anza Borrego desert in Southern California, thanks to