Ducati, H-D top 2015 Pied Piper Index, KTM, Aprilia make gains

MONTEREY, Calif. - Ducati dealers remain the top ranked brand in Pied Piper's newly released Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking Study. The study measures dealership treatment of motorcycle shoppers, with rankings by brand determined by Pied Piper's PSI process that ties "mystery shopping" measurements and scoring to industry sales success.

MV Agusta adds dealers in seven states

BRISTOL, Pa. – MV Agusta has been busy recruiting new dealers, with nine stores adding franchises in recent months. The new dealers are Douglas Motorcycles in San Bernardino and Newport Italian in Costa Mesa, Calif; Melillimoto in Ocala  and D&D Cycles in Pensacola, Fla.; G.N. Gonzales, Baton Rouge, La...

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...

Latest Updates

MONTEREY, Calif. - Ducati dealers remain the top ranked brand in Pied Piper's newly released Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchm
IRVINE, Calif. - Motorcycle sales were up 8.2 percent in first quarter, compared to the same timeframe one year ago, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.
TULSA, Okla. - US Highland Inc., in a "corporate update" press release, said it plans to license its engine technology rather than manufacture it, and i
WASHINGTON, D.C. - KTM North America is recalling certain 2015 model year 690cc Enduro R motorcycles due to a possible damaged brake line. The rear brake line fro
IRVING, Texas - Visitation is scheduled for later this week to honor Sharon Fairless, mother of Rick Fairless and famous matriarch of the Strokers Dallas family a
BRISTOL, Pa. – MV Agusta has been busy recruiting new dealers, with nine stores adding franchises in recent months. The new dealers are Douglas Motorcycles

Aftermarket

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Off-road apparel maker Moose Racing has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Beta AMA National Dual Sport and Yamaha Super Tén&e
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
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. – Helmet House, Inc., has announced settlement of its patent and trademark litigation against RPM Gear Inc., dba Olympia Moto Sports
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
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – REV’IT! is promoting the value of separate layers for protection from the asphalt and the elements by introducing a new line of stand
STERLING, Va. - Hepco & Becker, imported via Moto Machines, has released its full line of luggage systems for the sport-touring Yamaha FJ-09. Included fo

OEM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - KTM North America is recalling certain 2015 model year 690cc Enduro R motorcycles due to a possible damaged brake line. The rear brake line fro
BARCELONA, Spain – Bultaco is back and the brand has a new charge: the company said it has quit making gas-powered motorcycles and gone electric. The compan
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson and its longtime exclusive Canadian distributor, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, have signed an agreement that paves the way
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – BRP’s 100,000th Can-Am Spyder rolled off the assembly line April 20, and 10 days later BRP and local dealer Pit Bull Powersports pr
BRISTOL, Pa. – MV Agusta has been busy recruiting new dealers, with nine stores adding franchises in recent months. The new dealers are Douglas Motorcycles
STURTEVANT, Wis. – BRP’s closed-loop facility water system has been awarded a Sustainable Business Award for Sustainable Process for its Sturtevant, W

Regulatory

TULSA, Okla. - US Highland Inc., in a "corporate update" press release, said it plans to license its engine technology rather than manufacture it, and i
WASHINGTON, D.C. - KTM North America is recalling certain 2015 model year 690cc Enduro R motorcycles due to a possible damaged brake line. The rear brake line fro
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The American Motorcyclist Association is honoring 42 members of the 113th Congress for their support of motorcyclists' rights and i
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Nearly a year after a San Juan County commissioner led an ATV protest ride over an illegal trail cut through an historic canyon, prosecutor
WASILLA, Ak. – The City Council has voted to tamp down ATV use in city limits, but stopped short of a ban in voting Monday to amend the city ordinance. ATVs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson Motor Co. is recalling nearly 9,000 2015 model year XG500 motorcycles made from Jan. 28, 2014, to March 9, 2015, and XG750s mad

Retail

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – It’s going to be an “All American Weekend” at Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson with a weekend party for the community and t
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - McGraw Powersports has signed up to use the PCRS system by PCMI to administer its extended warranty and service business. “We feel that P
WOODSTOCK, Ill. - A construction worker was critically injured while working on renovations to turn an old Kmart building into the new Woodstock Harley-Davidson.
ELYRIA, Ohio – Lake Erie Harley-Davidson is encouraging riders to get or renew training during May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  “It&rsquo
WOODBURY, N.Y. - Harley-Davidson Military Sales is hosting a Mother’s Day giveaway that lets friends and family nominate military moms through May 7 for a c
IRVING, Texas - Visitation is scheduled for later this week to honor Sharon Fairless, mother of Rick Fairless and famous matriarch of the Strokers Dallas family a

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