Early spring helping some Michigan dealers


An early spring means business is picking up for some Michigan dealers despite the sluggish economy.

Great Lakes Bay Region motorcycle dealerships anticipate a profitable year on the heels of a 2009 that suffered from the economy, bad weather and lower gas prices, according to the Bay City Times.

“Last year was a little rough,” says Joe Yax, sales manager for Great Lakes Harley-Davidson in Bangor Township. “But we’re on pace for a good 2010. In my opinion, we’re coming out of the economic slump here.”

Bill Stevens Sr., owner of Stevens’ Cycle Sales Inc., says sales are up more than 30 percent from last year at his dealerships in Bangor Township and Midland. His dealerships are No. 1 in Michigan for Yamaha motorcycle sales, he says.

“A lot of people are looking at saving money for fuel, for one thing, and they’re a little bit more set financially. So they can afford that extra toy to go play,” Stevens says.

Bay Cycle in Bangor Township, has seen a 25 percent in profits.

“These are big-boys toys and they get excited every spring ‘cause all of a sudden they can start playing with their stuff again,” says GM Sharon Larocque.

Posted by Holly Wagner