American Heritage Motorcycles demonstrates power in numbers

Everyone likes the idea of the historic, multigenerational motorcycle shop. You know the type: born out of pure passion, persisting through ups and downs for decades, and run by the original owner’s descendants several generations on. It’s a story that resonates with authenticity and commitment, and customers feel a kinship with those stores. Despite its name, American Heritage Motor...

Central Texas Powersports feeds the SxS, cruiser and commuter lifestyles

GEORGETOWN, Texas - Central Texas Powersports just celebrated its 10th year in business, hosting a big celebration fitting of a store decked out like an Old West town. Several business strategies for vehicles and PG&A have helped owner and GM Steve Littlefield weather economic ups and downs. When Littlefield first bought the Yamaha and Suzuki dealership in 2004, it was 6,500 squa...

Tom Hannum, a third-generation owner, has a simple mission

THE PRESSURE’S ON for Tom Hannum III - but not for the reason you might think. Hannum’s grandfather and father started the family dealership 60 years ago by selling a Ford dealership and buying a Harley-Davidson sales and service agreement. The store moved in 1959 from Crum Lynne, Pa., to Media. In 2000, the Hannum family opened a second location in Chadds Ford, Pa. The Media store has si...

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.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Arctic Cat interim CEO Chris Twomey said the OEM will work with dealers to reduce inventory during the company’s second quarter earnin
POLARIS EXECUTIVES said Wednesday that the company remains committed to all its two- and three-wheeled products as analysts questioned whether the company's m
ATLANTA, Ga. – Motorcycles usually don’t tell stories on their own, except maybe for heavily customized machines built to support distinct causes, suc
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. is recalling more than 23,000 GSX-R750 and GSX-R100 motorcycles because the drive chain could detach under certain
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A planned reduction in inventory led to a decrease in revenue, but Harley-Davidson said its sales increased in the United States and worldwide,
INDIALANTIC, Fla. -- A manufacturer in the midwest is seeking a director of operations with plant operations or factory general management experience. The directo

Aftermarket

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Power MIG 210 MP from Lincoln Electric is a multi-process welder for a dealer or hobbyist who wants to perform MIG, DC stick, DC TIG a
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – Scorpion unveiled two new helmets on Friday, each with distinct markets. The EXO-T1200, designed for touring riders, is the compa
THREE RIVERS, Mass. — Mustang Seats is adding to its Triumph offerings, with new touring seats for the Rocket III, the bike that bills itself as having
LA PALMA, Calif. -- Progressive Suspension's latest, the Ultra-Low, is the lowest-riding version of the company's 944 Series shocks. The Ultra-Lows are de
BREA, Calif. – The 2015 version of 6D’s ATR-1 offroad helmet includes a bevy of updates, including improved safety features and more graphics options.
SOMERSET, Wis. — Küryakyn is offering trim accents for 2014-later Indian Chieftain models. The Windshield Trim ($79.99) attaches to the top edge of the

OEM

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. – Rewaco USA has added the RF1 Turbo Automatic, a fully automatic three-wheeler, to its lineup for the 2015 model year. The new
ATLANTA, Ga. – Motorcycles usually don’t tell stories on their own, except maybe for heavily customized machines built to support distinct causes, suc
VARESE, Italy – After introducing the Brutale 800 Dragster in early 2014, MV Agusta has given the bike further enhancements to create the 2015 Brutale 800 D
POLARIS EXECUTIVES said Wednesday that the company remains committed to all its two- and three-wheeled products as analysts questioned whether the company's m
MIAMI, Fla. – Arctic Cat has sued Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and BRP U.S. with a patent infringement claim, alleging that the maker of Sea-Doo co
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Zero Motorcycles is now accepting orders for its 2015 line of electric motorcycles from police, authority and military customers. The p

Regulatory

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A former dealership sales manager will most likely get a lighter sentence after a partially successful appeal to his 2010 conviction o
MIAMI, Fla. – Arctic Cat has sued Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and BRP U.S. with a patent infringement claim, alleging that the maker of Sea-Doo co
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. is recalling more than 23,000 GSX-R750 and GSX-R100 motorcycles because the drive chain could detach under certain
CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire Fish and Game will hold a public hearing Oct. 24 to discuss setting dates for the 2015 and 2016 Tri-state Snowmobile reciproci
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association's 2014 "Vote Like A Motorcyclist" campaign provides members with exclusive access to an
WAVERLY, W.Va. – West Virginia ATV riders have a new option in the ATV Adventures park in Wood County’s Mountwood Park. The 600-acre ATV course opened

Retail

FAIRMOUNT, Ind. – Funeral services will be today for former dealer Glenn S. Thornburgh, who died Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne. He was 84. Thornb
BERGLAND, Mich. – Local retailers are working to support snowmobile trail grooming, one bandana at a time. Merchants including Bergland Snowmobile are selli
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Authorities are investigating an early morning shooting at a motorcycle dealership outside Delray Beach after the dealer told authoriti
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A custom shop and restaurant that’s struggling to make the concept work will get a visit from chef Robert Irvine and his show &ldq
Powersports industry’s largest, longest running and most prestigious retail competition will celebrate dealer excellence at Dec. 4 awards dinner and gala du
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Bayside Harley-Davidson has scored a celebrity event: actor Tommy Flanagan from the TV show “Sons of Anarchy” will stop by to meet f

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