How to prevent (or save) a DIY installation gone wrong

YEARS AGO one had to have basic to intermediate mechanical skills to own and ride a motorcycle. The vehicles were unreliable and required frequent on-the-side-of-the-road repairs almost every time they were ridden. Today, even moderately maintained vehicles seldom break down during use. And that's a good thing, since the majority of owners don't have the knowledge to effect do-it-yourself rep...

Early projections indicate motorcycle fatalities declined in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists gather in Washington D.C. for the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" this Memorial Day Weekend, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is projecting that motorcyclist fatalities decreased for the second straight year in 2014, based on preliminary state data. However, the latest Spotlight on Highway Safety ...

TGB returns to U.S. market with Key West, X-Race models

CHINO, Calif. - Taiwan Golden Bee, known as TGB, is back in the U.S. market, distributing through Excalibur Motorsports in Southern California. Excalibur's initial TGB lineup includes the familiar Key West 50 and X-Race 50 two-stroke 49cc models that feature automatic transmission. "Each scooter is manufactured in industrial highest standard in terms of quality assurance and comes in fully a...

MAP: Manufacturers, distributors get serious on price integrity

FIFTY YEARS AGO, advertised prices for a lot of items probably didn’t make that much competitive difference. Advertising was mostly in newspapers and on the radio and local TV. But that was when a 10-mile journey was a long trip, neighbors owned the local news and broadcast outlets, and the Internet? No such thing. There were price wars, to be sure, but the effect was mostly localized until dis...

Victory to race electric motorcycle in Isle of Man TT

MEDINA, Minn. - Victory Motorcycles announces its intention to race at the 2015 International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype electric race motorcycle.  The prototype electric race bikes will be piloted by William Dunlop and Lee Johnston. Victory Racing will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time the vehicle brand has entered a professional moto...

Ban on manufacturer-direct sales 'likely anticompetitive,' says FTC

LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan bill that would let manufacturers of autocycles, like Elio and the Polaris Slingshot, sell directly to the public has triggered a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opinion challenging the dealership business model as a whole. “A direct sales ban deters experimentation with new and different methods of sales by current auto manufacturers and also by future entrants...

Latest Updates

BELAIR, Md. – Friends and family are mourning the loss of former motorcycle shop owner John Andrew Jager, of Joppa, who died May 17 at his home. He was 68.
FT. MYERS, Fla. – Watsonian Squire USA, the U.S. distributor for Watsonian Squire sidecars, has recently launched three new sidecar models, and the company
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed standards that would effectiv
WASHINGTON, D.C. – BRP is recalling about 12,500 model year 2008 through 2015 Can-Am Mini DS ATVs for two different problems that could cause crash hazards.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in mid-July will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Vintage Motorcycle Days wi
TORONTO, Ont. – Competitors in Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing series will have more power to play with when the 2015 Mopar Canadian Superbike

Aftermarket

SEATTLE, Wash. - Touratech USA introduces a toolbox for BMW R1200GS Adventure riders. The 4.2.-liter, aluminum and plastic toolbox fits in the space between the p
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Parts Unlimited announces two new sales reps—one for Idaho and another for western Florida. Jeff “Bandit” Martin (image, righ
HANSON, Mass. – Power Trip, a brand designed and manufactured by Joe Rocket, is taking a minimalist approach to its two new armored jackets, both in the des
TEMPE, Ariz. - Rockford Fosgate announces a new RFKHD9813 amplifier installation kit for 1998-2013 Harley-Davidsons. “The RFKHD9813 contains a mounting plat
LIVERMORE, Calif. and ROCKFORD, Mich. – The latest Harley-Davidson accessories are for heads and toes, thanks to a new sunglasses model from Wiley X’s
DENVER, Colo. - For those who have perfected the art of being alone Redverz Gear introduces The Solo Expedition Motorcycle Tent.  The original Redverz design

OEM

CHICAGO, Ill. – Genuine Scooters announces a new color option to its Buddy line of scooters: titanium gloss. All previous chrome accents on the scooter are
WASHINGTON, D.C. – BRP is recalling about 12,500 model year 2008 through 2015 Can-Am Mini DS ATVs for two different problems that could cause crash hazards.
CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha Motor Corp. USA today launched its bLU cRU Video Contest in which entrants submit videos that reflect their "unique Yamaha style.&qu
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM’s 2016 SX models have been updated with more compact, lighter engines and lighter frames. In fact, weight savings and less mass
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles is lowering prices across its 2015 model line, reportedly due to a reduction in costs that it is experiencing on the manufac
ATLANTA, Ga. - For a limited time, Triumph Motorcycles America is offering consumers a $35 voucher to test ride select Triumph cruiser models. Triumph cruisers in

Regulatory

SALEM. Ore. – Oregon riders will benefit from the state's new “dead red” law, signed by Gov. Kate Brown  last week. Senate Bill 533, si
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed standards that would effectiv
WASHINGTON, D.C. – BRP is recalling about 12,500 model year 2008 through 2015 Can-Am Mini DS ATVs for two different problems that could cause crash hazards.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists gather in Washington D.C. for the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" this Memorial D
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – City leaders are looking to protect local businesses from short-term competition that comes to town during annual bike rallies. When ma
LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan bill that would let manufacturers of autocycles, like Elio and the Polaris Slingshot, sell directly to the public has triggered

Retail

DEVORE, Calif. – The Inland Empire is revving up for music and motorcycles with the first Lost Highway Festival May 30 offering a range of entertainment for
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – A piece of the city’s auto row along Milwaukee Avenue is about to become Indian country as a village trustee opens Indian Motorcy
VIRGINIA, Minn. – A custom shop is firing up a new motorcycle show June 6 with the first Iron on the Range Motorcycle Expo at the Sawmill Saloon. The free e
LANARK, Ill. – There’s more selection for Chicagoland riders with Eastland Motor Sports Inc., about to become a full-line Suzuki motorcycle and ATV de
BELAIR, Md. – Friends and family are mourning the loss of former motorcycle shop owner John Andrew Jager, of Joppa, who died May 17 at his home. He was 68.
RED RIVER, N.M. – It wasn’t the fear of violence that kept people away from the annual Memorial Day rally here, it was the reality of unseasonably coo

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.

AURORA, Ill. – LS2 Helmets adds the Stream to its full-face helmet lineup, with an emphasis on a lightweight HTTP composite shell and an affordabl
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Held USA has expanded its luggage line by adding three rear bags, with capacity ranging from seven to 45 liters. The bags in
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Moose offers a new 10-gallon, battery powered sprayer for your ATV landscape/hobby farmer customers. The sprayer features a 0.2 GPM Lithium Ion
HANSON, Mass. – Joe Rocket introduced its first mesh jacket more than a decade ago, and the sixth generation of the summer gear option is the new
CHATSWORTH, Calif. - The addition of the new RC3A-12 controller to Cyron's Titanium light kit gives riders two remotes in one, the company says. Selling point
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Just in time for helping your employees sustain the heat during weekend parking lot events and rallies, Ergodyne introduces three redesigned Chi