Dealernews - May 01, 2012

Sales
New from Twisted Throttle is the DrySpec D66 waterproof motorcycle dry bag modular packing system. The setup combines the D38 and D28 dry bags for 66 liters of st
BMW’s small-bore ADV superstar, the F800GS, gets Progressive Suspension love with the 465 Series monoshock featuring remote adjustable preload. The 46mm bor
The Interphone F5 Bluetooth Communicator has an effective range that starts at 0.8 miles and, when daisy-chained together by up to six riders, stretches to 1.5 mi
Dennis Johnson
WHEN TIM AND NAN WOODSOME of Springfield, Mo.’s Cruisin’ 66 lost their Big Dog Motorcycles franchise, they started the search for a brand that not onl
Aggressive adventure touring riders are the target for Saddlemen’s Adventure Track seat, which features a hybrid design combining the company’s Saddle
Dennis Johnson
It seems as if the Honda TransAlp’s North American debut in the 1980s was a little premature. The Golden Age of dual-sport motorcycling is upon us, and it i
Arlo Redwine
It’s an unseasonably warm Saturday in mid-March. Scott Poupard, owner of Monroe Motorsports in Monroe, Mich., is rarely absent from his store, but today he&
New from Black Dog Cycle Works are multifunction rear racks for the KTM 950/990 Adventure, Super Enduro and the BMW F800GS and F650GS twins. The racks are built f
Progressive Suspension now has a high-performance front suspension for Kawasaki’s KLR650 with its monotube fork cartridge kit. The kit reportedly offers bet
Management
Rick Fairless
Dear grandma and grandpa, I hope y’all are doing good up there in Heaven. I know you must be really enjoying it up there. I guess that’s why they call
Holly J. Wagner
Ever sat in an Apple retail store for a couple of hours to watch the customers? How about the Macy’s cosmetics department to find out how women react in a r
Joe Delmont
Editor’s note: The Dealer LAB project is a joint effort between Dealernews and PowerHouse Dealer Services, a consulting firm run by dealer Bill Shenk, detai
Bruce Steever
IT WAS A PLAN that could never work: Start with an expensive location that had seen previous dealerships collapse, combine that with a terrible economic climate,
5 Questions
Cynthia Furey
Three years ago, Arlene Battishill and Desiree Estrada started GoGo Gear, a company that specializes in chic riding gear for men and women. Last month, the ladies
Service
Dave Koshollek
At this year’s Dealer Expo, I presented a “Service 101” seminar where I divided the content into three areas of discussion: • Get It In:
Snap-on Tools has released a 12-piece, 1/4-inch, 12-point drive fractional low profile ratchet and socket sets that are designed to get into tight areas. (Part No
Holly J. Wagner
The recession has forced most dealers to take a hard look at how much they spend, return on investment and how to run a cleaner, leaner operation, but some dealer
From Lincoln Electric comes more than a dozen additions to the company’s Welding Gear line. All items can be viewed in Lincoln Electric’s Welding Gear
Marketing
That the Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of European motorcycling is not lost on Jim Boltz, the man behind the Cycle Barn. Motorsports Group north of Seattle. But t
Rod Stuckey
I’m a big fan of online media for marketing your dealership. I’ve experienced much success in executing campaigns with email, Google Adwords, Web land
Column: Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson
Road, track or trail, motorcycle riding is all movement. Whether it’s crosstown, cross-country or cross-continent, two wheels are locomotion. I know that fo