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 ...

Top 100 Dealer of the Year: Motorcycle Mall

BELLEVILLE, N.J. - Motorcycle Mall is the 2014 Top 100 Dealer of the Year. Here is their story.

Divas Snowgear owners offer tips to make Facebook work for businesses

DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Divas SnowGear has more than 75,000 likes on its Facebook page. That success helped company owners Wendy and Travis Gavinsky earn a spot on the 2014 Facebook Small-Medium Business Council, and the duo shared their insights during the National Retail Conference at the 2014 Dealer Expo. More th...

Dealers find financial Zen at Dealer Expo management workshop

DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill.— Seeking the secrets of enlightened financial management, motorcycle dealer owners and managers crowded into Dealer Expo Management Workshops hosted Wednesday by Pat Johnson and Dick Outcalt, co-founders of the Retail Owners Institute and Zen masters of retail financial management. The two retail experts packed a year’s w...

MMI presents master class on electronic fuel injection, diagnostics

DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. - Once technicians enter the workforce, the dealership world quickly proves they can never stop learning. The huge amount of new technology being unveiled with each new model year requires constant education for any technician to stay informed on the latest systems, tools, and, of course, the problems that can arise once the units get into the field. With that in mind, Deal...

Latest Updates

One of the highlights of each Progressive International Motorcycle Show is the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. The custom show, manage
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Next year's American Motorcyclist Association Vintage Motorcycle Days will be July 10-12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohi
IRVINE, Calif. — Bonnier Motorcycle Group is partnering with the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship. Bonnier Motorcycle
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris announced that Polaris RZR will be the title sponsor of the first-annual UTV World Championship, to take place Feb. 19-21 in Laughlin
VALCOURT, Quebec – Despite a bumpy quarter due to Russian currency declines, BRP said it remains on target to continue to expand its dealer network as North
CHICAGO, Ill. - A former Chicago area motorcycle and RV dealer and his accountant were sentenced to 13½ and 2½ years, respectively, in federal priso

Aftermarket

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- BikeSheath, manufacturer of covers for motorcycle tanks, seats and gauges, has gained a European distributor, Zodiac, based in the Nether
OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- RK Excel America has announced a new Minimum Advertised Price policy, effective Jan. 1 for U.S. and Canadian dealers. The policy's intent
THREE RIVERS, Mass. — Mustang Seats has expanded its RunAround lineup, now offering the seat for Harley-Davidson Softails. The seat was launched this s
BOISE, Idaho – WPS has added FOX Moto shocks and fork components to its offroad product offerings. FOX makes high-performance shock absorbers and racing sus
BOISE, Idaho – WPS has added another brand to its offroad catalog, this time the D’Cor Visuals line of dirt bike graphics, backgrounds, decals, and se
CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- Driven Racing is now offering new products for the 2015 Yamaha FZ-07. The U.S.-made, race-inspired TT rearset ($429.99) features 12.9 hardwa

OEM

BOLOGNA, Italy -- A Ducati Monster 1200 S -- the millionth Ducati to come off the Borgo Panigale assembly line -- was given to a Milan buyer by Claudio Domenicali
CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has contributed more than $40,000 in critical cash and equipment to five local riding groups to support OHV ac
MITCHELL, S.D. – Following the Sturgis reveal of the new 2015 Indian Scout model, Indian Motorcycle chose a select few shops to customize a Scout. Klock Wer
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris announced that Polaris RZR will be the title sponsor of the first-annual UTV World Championship, to take place Feb. 19-21 in Laughlin
New York, N.Y. — Dirty Bird Concepts was given a chance to customize the 2015 Indian Scout, and what was revealed at the Progressive International Motorcycl
VALCOURT, Quebec – BRP’s Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers earned a record number of wins and championships across North America in 2014. Racers secu

Regulatory

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 and the so-called CRomnibus spending bill, passed by both chambers of Congress last week, includ
IRVINE, Calif. – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has been contracted by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to provide motorcycle training throughout
TRUCKEE, Calif. - Aegis Specialty Insurance Services has partnered with motorcycle, off-road and watercraft dealerships in California to create an Aegis Powerspor
CHICAGO, Ill. - A former Chicago area motorcycle and RV dealer and his accountant were sentenced to 13½ and 2½ years, respectively, in federal priso
HESPERIA, Calif. - Authorities investigating a possible burglary found an alleged chop shop instead, leading to one man’s arrest on suspicion of possession
HICKSVILLE, N.Y. – Authorities have arrested two men who allegedly tried to get a loan with fake IDs to buy two motorcycles. Two men have been charged with

Retail

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- RK Excel America has announced a new Minimum Advertised Price policy, effective Jan. 1 for U.S. and Canadian dealers. The policy's intent
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Six Bends and Six Bends Harley-Davidson are planning a free holiday event featuring live music, holiday treats and fun activities for the
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – CDK Global Recreation is releasing LightspeedEVO version 6.1, giving users new features and functions to improve efficiency and
ATLANTA, Ga. – Selly Sales wants you. The company is looking for 10 small- to midsized dealerships to beta test a new version of the Selly mobile sales tool
CHICAGO, Ill. - A former Chicago area motorcycle and RV dealer and his accountant were sentenced to 13½ and 2½ years, respectively, in federal priso
TRUCKEE, Calif. - Aegis Specialty Insurance Services has partnered with motorcycle, off-road and watercraft dealerships in California to create an Aegis Powerspor

Products of the Week

Here are the latest new product announcements from Dealer Expo 2014 exhibitors and partners. Check them out to determine whether they're a good fit for your dealership.

DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Illinois -- In an impossible-to-ignore sea of white scooters and motorcycles located nearly smack-dab in the middle of the DealerExpo show f
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Gorilla Alarms, long a standard for two-wheeled alarm systems, now offers a more compact, but still feature-rich, alarm package
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of RacingBros. They are the first to admit that they are a tiny company. But desp
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Illinois – Arlen Ness’s Bill Brazzillo can’t stop talking about all the new products Ness has on deck - and the perfect ti
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Gravitate Jeans has their new series of riding jeans for women on display at the 2014 Dealer Expo, and they are offering a 10 p
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – CTEK claims to make “the smartest battery chargers in the world,” and its most popular unit, the Multi US (MUS) 4.3