New models dominate top stories of 2013

Publish Date: 
Dec 30, 2013
By Mary Green Slepicka

13. Paul Teutul Sr. files bankruptcy on OCC merchandising unit
Founder of the V-twin empire seeks to liquidate assets on Orange County Choppers' merchandising business (Feb. 4)

14. Ride in Peace: Mark McCaffrey of Rocket Motorcycles
Popular vintage dealer dies in November after his motorcycle collides with a police cruiser doing a U-turn in San Diego. (Nov. 20)

15. Indian unveils redesigned Chiefs for 2014
It's the biggest news in Sturgis as the storied brand rises with all-new bike and an all-new engine for the coming model year. Follow-up coverage throughout the fall would tout an extensive warranty and lots of branded apparel. (Aug. 4)

16. Star Motorcycles debuts Bolt urban performance bobber  
OEM helps dealers target riders who want a stripped down cruiser, devoid of the bling common to the segment. (March 9)

17. Yamaha removes Grizzly 300, three Raptor models from 2014 lineup
A  five-sentence "breaking news" story generates thousands of page views for a problem which Yamaha says was "unforeseen." (Sept. 5)

18. Tucker Rocky senior management injecting energy into distribution
In an interview with Arlo Redwine, new president Dan Courtney says he wants to improve fill rates, strengthen the V-twin line, support online retailers and drive passion, especially for the distributor's house brands. (July 22)

19. Skip Fordyce Harley-Davidson changes hands after nearly 40 years
Dealership once mired in a franchise termination protest sells to an out-of-state Harley dealer group. (Oct. 29)

20. Three dead in Cycle Gear parking lot shooting
One of the worst nightmares for any shop is violence on the premises, but manager and staff are heralded for keeping customers out of harm's way. (July 1)

21. Tucker Rocky pays $500K CARB fine for non-compliant parts
Distributor joins exhaust manufacturers also targeted by the California regulatory board. (June 27)

22. Dealer Sentiment Index: Shaky spending, eroding margins fuel concerns
Retailers at the beginning of 2013 still reeling from the recession, discounters, lackluster products and pressures to stock. (Jan. 15)

23. Norton returns to U.S. with three models for 2014
Initial demand outpaces capability, so Norton puts a cap on new dealers until production can catch up. (Nov. 13)

24. Dealer Sentiment Index: Foul weather, high inventory dampen the mood
So close, yet so far away. A cold, soggy spring that extends into mid-summer in many areas of the country makes consumers think twice about buying, leaving dealers with lots of inventory on the floor. (July 10)

25. Valkyrie rides again: Honda's all-new version of the popular cruiser
OEM caps off a busy year for new model rollouts by reviving a icon put out to pasture a decade ago. And unlike its classically styled forebear, the new machine features bang-up-to-date styling, features and performance. (Nov. 20)