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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles to fix a problem with the ignition switch on units modified to rev higher th
What a difference a year makes. We knew last weekend would be an interesting one, as it was the first coming-out party for Tucker Rocky since it had merged with M
IRVINE, Calif. - The industry was able to recover in second quarter, with the Motorcycle Industry Council reporting a 2.5 percent increase in street, off-road and
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is recalling about 11,000 Teryx4 vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years, because the floor boards won't protect passengers fr
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson is starting its 2015 model announcements with its new returning Road Glide models. The Road Glide and the Road Glide Speci
RALEIGH, N.C. – When visitors ride into the 10th annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest in September, they’ll find a lot more than the three-day outdo

Aftermarket

FRISCO, Texas - PIAA's newest light bars for ATVs and UTVs feature a reflector facing technology (RFT) that concentrates and focuses the beam pattern more pre
JANESVILLE, Wis. – In its continued effort to support racers of all levels, Moose Racing will accept applications for sponsorship. Resumes will be accepted
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - IMS Products is now offering an auxiliary fuel tank for Polaris' RZR900.   The tank system provides an additional five gallons t
FRISCO, Texas - JIMS' new Engine Failure Detection System, on display at the Tucker Rocky Brand Expo, detects metal shavings and other items early, before the
CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- Cyron is offering a new locator light system to keep ATV and UTV riders from losing their campsite at night. Selling points: The campsite lo
FRISCO, Texas - ITP was at the Tucker Rocky Brand Expo drawing interest with its Black Water Evolution tires for side-by-sides -- mostly because they were paired

OEM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles to fix a problem with the ignition switch on units modified to rev higher th
IRVINE, Calif. - The industry was able to recover in second quarter, with the Motorcycle Industry Council reporting a 2.5 percent increase in street, off-road and
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is recalling about 11,000 Teryx4 vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years, because the floor boards won't protect passengers fr
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson is starting its 2015 model announcements with its new returning Road Glide models. The Road Glide and the Road Glide Speci
WINDSOR, Ontario - The Honda line of gear and apparel produced by Parker Synergies is expanding for 2015, with a bigger focus on casual apparel. In the motorcycle
MINNEAPOLIS -- Polaris Industries is combining several lines to form a global adjacent markets division. Global Adjacent Markets will be responsible for all small

Regulatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles to fix a problem with the ignition switch on units modified to rev higher th
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is recalling about 11,000 Teryx4 vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years, because the floor boards won't protect passengers fr
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Authorities are looking for thieves who broke into Bobby J's Yamaha motorcycle shop July 18 and made off with three high-priced dirt
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
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

Retail

NAPLES, Fla. – Lease provider Chrome Capital is reminding dealers that this is a month in which there are five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays with
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Authorities are looking for thieves who broke into Bobby J's Yamaha motorcycle shop July 18 and made off with three high-priced dirt
RALEIGH, N.C. – When visitors ride into the 10th annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest in September, they’ll find a lot more than the three-day outdo
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Hollywood Electrics has become the newest California dealer for Brammo electric motorcycles and plans a launch event Aug. 16. Hollywoo
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Indian Motorcycle is going to Daytona Beach, and the dealership will be at the birthplace of the Bruce Rossmeyer Harley-Davidson empir
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Things are really cooking at the site of the new Boiler Harley-Davidson megastore, set to open this fall. Harley franchise owners Mark and

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