Dealernews - August 01, 2011

Management
Bruce Steever
In a way, it’s easy to envy Ken and Kelley Haney. The owners of South Texas Suzuki entered the powersports industry just a few years ago when they purchased
Joe Delmont
Editor’s note: The Dealer LAB is a joint editorial project between Dealernews and PowerHouse Dealer Services, a consulting firm operated by Bill Shenk who i
Eric Anderson
This may not be what you want to hear, but it is what you need to hear. Retail customers no longer have any allegiance when it comes to shopping and buying produc
Sales
Dennis Johnson
There we were, saddling up outside the El Rancho Relaxo compound, a quasi-secret location in the high desert region of Southern California. It’s a hideaway
Retail sales of UTVs in the U.S. and Canada grew about 7 percent in 2010, climbing 16,000 units to about 239,200 units, but still more than 30,000 units short of
Zero Gravity’s Corsa line now includes a windshield for 2005 and 2006 Honda CBR 600RRs. The windshield is shaped to mimic those on factory race bikes on the
Python’s Fishtail Duals are made to fit 1997 to present Harley-Davidson FXST and FLSTs (except the 2009 FSXTSSE). Specs: 1-5/8-inch headpipes wrapped in 2-1
K&N Engineering now offers a replacement filter for 2010 and 2011 Harley-Davidson CVOs that use the Screamin’ Eagle Ventilator Air Cleaner. The filter i
Covington’s new footprint-style billet floorboards fit 1980s and newer Harley-Davidson trikes and 1986 and newer FL Softails equipped with floorboards. You
Now available from Yoshimura are rear suspension linkage kits for the 2011 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750. The company says the kits offer a high level of tune-ability, al
Chicken Hawk Racing says its knee sliders are thicker than others on the market. Sliders utilize a special blend of high-tech plastic to give a better track feel
The fender mount tool pack from Moose Racing allows off-road riders a way to keep everything they need with them while out riding the trails. The tool pack is mou
LA Choppers has released handlebar wiring extensions that are compatible with 1996 to current Harley-Davidsons with handlebars up to 20 inches. The kit helps user
RS Taichi’s GP-EVO gloves offer high-end features at a mid-level price, the company says. The glove takes elements from RS-Taichi’s GP Max and EVO lin
From AFX comes the FX-95 911, a street helmet that pays tribute to 9/11. Only 911 helmets will be made. Each limited-edition lid is numbered, and comes with a car
From Performance Machine comes stage one brake systems made exclusively for Harley-Davidson trikes. These kits combine the company’s four-piston caliper wit
Service
Dave Koshollek
Some powersports businesses are doing better this summer than last. One that’s doing great is Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation — they’re up to t
Wiha Quality Tools has unveiled its automatic pro series metric ball end hex L-key set. The ErgoStar tool provides a fast, auto-open key holder for quick access.
From JIMS USA comes transmission case shifter shaft seal installers (No. 767 and No. 768), which are designed to ease the process of installing shifter seals on c
Challenger Lifts, known in the automotive market for its sturdy lifts, has recently branched out to the powersports market with its 1,750-lb. capacity motorcycle,
5 Questions
IT HAS been two years since the industry took a broadside hit from Washington when it was determined that the Consumer Product Safety Information Act would have c
Column: Mike Vaughan
Mike Vaughan
I’m always amazed when new products or concepts are introduced in the motorcycle industry. Unlike for instance, Apple, whose customers actually encourage an