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.

Halifax dealer builds $1.3 million business in 30 months

THE SIGN outside Halifax Motorsports touts flotation suits, which, if you’re a dealer in Phoenix, probably aren’t part of your usual apparel inventory.

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.

Fun Country Powersports supports play -- and work

NESTLED BETWEEN the Columbia River and the Cascade Mountains, The Dalles, Ore., is an agricultural hotspot in the Pacific Northwest.

Cycles! 128 'trains' new customers

SURE, IT'S JULY, but we’re writing this in mid-May, when the Northeast hadn’t yet thawed out from a long winter. At Cycles! 128 in Beverly, Mass., the season kicked off like clockwork in February.

Latest Updates

FORT ATKINSON. Wis. – The industry is mourning the loss of  John Frederick Dorsey, who died April 22 at the Northwestern Hospitals in Chicago after a l
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Polaris gained market share in motorcycles – led by increased shipments of its new Indian models – and continues to add to
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Harley-Davidson executives said motorcycle shipments were up 7.3 percent worldwide in the first quarter of 2014, led by strong internatio
MORGAN HILL, Calif. - Custom Chrome has promoted company veteran Louis Casarez to president and CEO. He succeeds K.C. Cho, who has been reassigned to the position
WARMER WEATHER seems to be bolstering everyone's moods, according to the Q1 Dealer Sentiment Index survey produced by Baird Research and Dealernews.
CONCORD, N.H. - A Merrimack County judge has rejected a request for a permanent injunction to prevent the Dealer Bill of Rights law from taking effect. The amendm

Aftermarket

THREE RIVERS, Mass. — In response to customer requests, Mustang Seats has started offering Super Touring seats for early FLs, including 1997-2007 Road Kings
MORGAN HILL, Calif. - Custom Chrome has promoted company veteran Louis Casarez to president and CEO. He succeeds K.C. Cho, who has been reassigned to the position
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 utility ATVs
HOLLISTER, Calif. – Corbin rolled out two new seats for a pair of motorcycles that both benefit from additional saddle comfort for the long haul. Kawasaski&
DAYTON, Ohio - Brock's Performance, the exclusive North American distributor of BST carbon-fiber wheels, has lowered prices on the majority its products by as
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Expanding on last year’s introduction of its XL seats for larger riders, DragonFire has additional RZR XP1000 ergonomic options in t

OEM

FORT ATKINSON. Wis. – The industry is mourning the loss of  John Frederick Dorsey, who died April 22 at the Northwestern Hospitals in Chicago after a l
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Polaris gained market share in motorcycles – led by increased shipments of its new Indian models – and continues to add to
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Harley-Davidson executives said motorcycle shipments were up 7.3 percent worldwide in the first quarter of 2014, led by strong internatio
VARESE, Italy – MV Agusta is paying homage to 15-time World Champion Giacomo Agostini with its latest replica, the F3 800 AGO.
HORSENS, Denmark – Danish bespoke OEM Lauge Jensen motorcycles has unveiled the Viking Concept at the Top Marques luxury brands show in Monaco. The premium
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Attention, defenders of freedom: Harley-Davidson and Marvel Entertainment want you to star in a new digital series. Inspired by the recent

Regulatory

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Authorities suspect arson caused a fire at the Santa Rosa Cycle Gear store early April 19 and forced the store to close for cleanup and
TAMARAC, Fla. - A man is facing chop shop charges after investigators saw him on March 18 trying to load parts of a 2007 Kawasaki and a 2013 Yamaha into three 55-
CONCORD, N.H. - A Merrimack County judge has rejected a request for a permanent injunction to prevent the Dealer Bill of Rights law from taking effect. The amendm
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – Motor Vehicle Software Corporation (MVSC) has redesigned its Registration Management Professional (RMP) training program for 2014, ma
PLYMOUTH, Minn. - Management at CFMOTO says the company has "fully cooperated and complied with the EPA" in relation to the agency's claim that CFMO
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Zero Motorcycles Inc. is recalling certain 2014 model year motorcycles for a possible manufacturing defect that would allow the motor rotor to

Retail

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Red Mountain Motorsports is back from the brink, having worked out a deal with creditors after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Authorities suspect arson caused a fire at the Santa Rosa Cycle Gear store early April 19 and forced the store to close for cleanup and
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Stretching your marketing budget is always a challenge and that’s true for Doug Kamerer and Mindy Greer, the marketing team at A.D. Farrow
WARMER WEATHER seems to be bolstering everyone's moods, according to the Q1 Dealer Sentiment Index survey produced by Baird Research and Dealernews.
CONCORD, N.H. - A Merrimack County judge has rejected a request for a permanent injunction to prevent the Dealer Bill of Rights law from taking effect. The amendm
ORVILLE, Ohio – Auto repair firm Nagy’s Collision Specialists has opened its first powersports facility. 

Formerly operated as B&L Motorsport

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.

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – Accelerated Future LLC, which operates online suspension retailer iShock.com, is now selling the Beadlock iPhone case by PayBack
MANITOWOC, Wis. - Dowco is increasing their line of Fastrax sport and adventure-touring luggage with their latest collection, the Fastrax Xtreme. The three-p
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Bitubo USA is offering two new types of shock absorbers for Harley-Davidsons and café racers. The WME V1 and VMB V1 are now available in
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Aeromach USA LLC is shipping a heel shift lever that attaches to the stock shift lever on 2014 Indian models. The heel shift lever is machined f
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. - Scorpion Sports made its name producing street-riding gear with an urban twist. These days, the brand is moving toward sport performanc
HANSON, Mass. – The R1000X full-face helmet from Joe Rocket comes in two designs and boasts 11 vents. The Blaster and Lithium designs feature various color