Gas Gas suspends production as it awaits financial restructuring plan approval

GAS GAS faces challenging days ahead as its chairman announced the manufacturer is suspending production as it waits for banks to approve a debt restructuring plan. In a letter issued Jan. 22 by Gas Gas Motos, Chairman Yariv Gilat said the company had been working on a restructuring plan that includes new shareholder investment to support the company's growth, but that "the banks have delaye...

Military precision, structure key at Smokin' H-D

From machine guns mounted on sidecars in Black Jack Pershing’s pursuit of Pancho Villa to brigades of Harley-Davidson WLAs used by the United States and its allies in World War II and Korea, motorcycles --particularly Harley-Davidson--and the military have always gone hand-in-hand, as military strategists grew to appreciate the motorcycle’s versatility and dexterity. This affinity is...

Is Slingshot a motorcycle, or not? States push back, and dealers wait

THE PROBLEM WITH THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX is that, well, you don’t fit into everybody’s box. That’s the challenge facing Polaris as it tries to get the Slingshot street legal in a handful of states where it doesn’t fit the regulatory mold. Texas was getting all the attention in late 2014, but four other states still won’t license the Slingshot, most due to varying confli...

WPS HardDrive introduces Highway 21 V-twin gear

BOISE, Idaho – Western Power Sports unveiled its latest house brand, Highway 21, during its 2015 National Sales Meeting being held here this week. The gear and apparel brand will launch with black leather gloves and boots with promises for additional products in the near future. Within the next month, Highway 21 will have seven varieties of g...

Lose the clutter to bring in Millennials, student retail designers say

DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Hey Grandpa! You know that store you love? The one that’s crammed with vehicles, doo-dads and leathers? News flash: your grandkids and their friends hate it. If you want to bring in a younger clientele, lose the clutter, said Sarah Kendzior and MinJung Park, winners of the

Dealers win big at Top 100 Awards gala in Chicago

DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – A festive Top 100 Dealer Awards Gala at the historic Palmer House in downtown Chicago was the scene as New Jersey’s Motorcycle Mall was presented with the 2014 Dealer of the Year Award. Local hero Woodstock Harley-Davidson, a Harley ...

Latest Updates

GAS GAS faces challenging days ahead as its chairman announced the manufacturer is suspending production as it waits for banks to approve a debt restructuring pla
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Beta USA has signed on as title sponsor of the AMA National Dual Sport Series for the next three years, the organization announced. "In
MEDINA, Minn.—Victory Motorcycles is partnering with two-time champion Matt Smith to form Victory Factory Racing, to compete in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Dr
THE PROBLEM WITH THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX is that, well, you don’t fit into everybody’s box. That’s the challenge facing Polaris as it tries to
BOISE, Idaho – Western Power Sports unveiled its latest house brand, Highway 21, during its 2015 National Sales Meeting being held here this week. The gear
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Kolpin Outdoors, now owned by Polaris, announces several management changes. Kolpin veteran Tom Lutes is president and will focus on new mark

Aftermarket

BEND, Ore. – Giant Loop has added to their lineup of tank bags with the Kiger model, designed with adventure touring in mind. It is the company’s larg
MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Several new components from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories can help dealers address riders' concerns related to c
BOISE, Idaho and HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— The more comfortable your customers are on their bikes, the more they ride. The more they ride, the happier they are. Th
MANY SMALL BUSINESSES get started because someone solves a problem of his or her own and then discovers a market for the solution that was developed. It explains,
SAN JACINTO, Calif.—Seat Concepts has acquired Quad Tech-ATV.  The two companies have been associated for more than 10 years, with Seat Concepts provid
IRVINE, Calif. - Scorpion has been named the official helmet of the GEICO EnduroCross Championship and will feature Colton Haaker representing the brand for 2015,

OEM

GAS GAS faces challenging days ahead as its chairman announced the manufacturer is suspending production as it waits for banks to approve a debt restructuring pla
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Industry veteran Kerry Graeber has joined Questus as marketing director and will provide strategic direction for a former employer (of sorts): Su
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Beta USA has signed on as title sponsor of the AMA National Dual Sport Series for the next three years, the organization announced. "In
STAMFORD, Conn. and CYPRESS, Calif. — Synchrony Financial and Yamaha Motor Corp. USA have announced a multiyear renewal of their installment lending program
MEDINA, Minn.—Victory Motorcycles is partnering with two-time champion Matt Smith to form Victory Factory Racing, to compete in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Dr
THE PROBLEM WITH THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX is that, well, you don’t fit into everybody’s box. That’s the challenge facing Polaris as it tries to

Regulatory

THE PROBLEM WITH THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX is that, well, you don’t fit into everybody’s box. That’s the challenge facing Polaris as it tries to
IRVINE, Calif. - Donald L. Green has joined the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to manage the Indiana Motorcyclist Safety Program and assist MSF in advancing nationa
MIAMI, Fla. - Hundreds of people riding dirt bikes and ATVs sped across Miami-Dade and Broward’s major roadways — Interstate 95, US 441, Northwest Sev
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Polaris has issued a stop sale/ride order for the Slingshot, citing potentially faulty ball bearings in the steering system and issues w
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Piaggio Group Americas is recalling certain Aprilia Shiver 750s and Caponord 1200 motorcycles due to a defect with the output gear shaft face.
LIBERTYVILLE. Ill. – Village officials are considering a zoning change to let a motorcycle dealership move into a former furniture store in a gentrifying ne

Retail

STAMFORD, Conn. and CYPRESS, Calif. — Synchrony Financial and Yamaha Motor Corp. USA have announced a multiyear renewal of their installment lending program
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - The former Heritage Cycles Harley-Davidson has reopened under new ownership as Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson. Diane Biancanello sold the
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Counting down to the 75th rally in Sturgis, Black Hills Harley–Davidson in Rapid City is expanding by more than 25,000 sq. ft. Gene
LINCOLN, Neb. – A 20-year parts counter man at Frontier Harley-Davidson was killed in what investigators are calling a hit-and-run crash. The Lancaster Cou
DOTHAN, Ala. – Authorities are asking the public’s help to find three men who burglarized Dothan Powersports early Sunday morning. The dealer’s
ARCTIC CAT dealers say the company's new CEO, Christopher Metz, is cause for optimism, but he’ll have his work cut out trying to repair a relations

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.

CORONA, Calif. – The 2015 Pro Circuit/Monster Energy bag collection includes six models manufactured by Ogio, all emblazoned with the livery of the Kaw
THREE RIVERS, Mass.—Mustang is now offering a trio of seats—Fastback, Vintage Touring and Vintage Touring with backrest—for the Harley-Davidson
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - Biker Boot Straps is showcasing seven new emblem designs at five upcoming Progressive International Motorcycle Shows. The emblem desi
JANESVILLE, Wis.—With more fuel being offered with more ethanol, Moose Racing is offering a new fuel treatment additive to safely run any fuel without damag
STURGIS, S.D. - Legend Suspensions is adding AERO Softails to the Legend AERO suspension line. The new AERO-ST models have been redesigned with aramid fiber air s
CORONA, Calif. – According to conventional wisdom, two-strokes are dead, buried, eulogized and all but forgotten. Except for the fact that lots of riders st