TGB returns to U.S. market with Key West, X-Race models

CHINO, Calif. - Taiwan Golden Bee, known as TGB, is back in the U.S. market, distributing through Excalibur Motorsports in Southern California. Excalibur's initial TGB lineup includes the familiar Key West 50 and X-Race 50 two-stroke 49cc models that feature automatic transmission. "Each scooter is manufactured in industrial highest standard in terms of quality assurance and comes in fully a...

MAP: Manufacturers, distributors get serious on price integrity

FIFTY YEARS AGO, advertised prices for a lot of items probably didn’t make that much competitive difference. Advertising was mostly in newspapers and on the radio and local TV. But that was when a 10-mile journey was a long trip, neighbors owned the local news and broadcast outlets, and the Internet? No such thing. There were price wars, to be sure, but the effect was mostly localized until dis...

Victory to race electric motorcycle in Isle of Man TT

MEDINA, Minn. - Victory Motorcycles announces its intention to race at the 2015 International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype electric race motorcycle.  The prototype electric race bikes will be piloted by William Dunlop and Lee Johnston. Victory Racing will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time the vehicle brand has entered a professional moto...

Ban on manufacturer-direct sales 'likely anticompetitive,' says FTC

LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan bill that would let manufacturers of autocycles, like Elio and the Polaris Slingshot, sell directly to the public has triggered a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opinion challenging the dealership business model as a whole. “A direct sales ban deters experimentation with new and different methods of sales by current auto manufacturers and also by future entrants...

Honda returns CRF1000L Africa Twin to 2016 lineup

TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda announces the return of the Africa Twin. The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will be available to U.S. dealers early next year. The original XRV650 Africa Twin debuted in 1989 after Honda’s four successive wins in the Dakar Rally. "Its go-anywhere ability, rugged durability, agile handling and all-day comfort made it the perfect partner with which to explor...

Honda 2016: CRF models, trials bike, NM4 street and PCX150 scooter

TORRANCE, Calif. - Honda's first new two-wheel announcement for the 2016 model year will make adventure and dirtbike riders happy, according to Lee Edmunds. "Our incredibly extensive lineup of off-road bikes includes returning models, from the little CRF50F to the enduro-ready CRF450X," said Honda's manager of motorcycle marketing communications. Also in the 2016 lineup are the Mont...

Building Your Business

Planning

MALTA, N.Y. – A family-owned dealership with 20 years under its belt has moved to a new, much larger store that will accommodate growth and special events.
DOTHAN, Ala. – Spreading out around the middle when you turn 65 is pretty commonplace, so no one should be surprised: that’s what longtime Top 100 dea
WYOMING, Mich. - Fox Powersports is seeking city approval for a new 56,000 sq. ft. store near U.S. 131 south of Grand Rapids, with plans to open it early next yea
BRP/CAN-AM DEALERS remain optimistic about the market but identified a hole in their offerings in the latest Dealernews/Baird Research Survey. A total of 128 deal
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – New York’s first Indian Motorcycle dealership of this century will continue of a family tradition that goes back further than mo
TUCSON, Ariz. – Riders here will have a two Harley-Davidson dealerships to turn to, once construction is complete on Old Pueblo Harley-Davidson. Owners Tyle

Vehicles

CHINO, Calif. - Taiwan Golden Bee, known as TGB, is back in the U.S. market, distributing through Excalibur Motorsports in Southern California. Excalibur's in
WATERBURY, Conn. - A new motorcycle franchise has rolled into town, offering motorcycles as well as ATVs, personal watercraft. Land N Sea Powersports also added K
BARCELONA, Spain – Bultaco is back and the brand has a new charge: the company said it has quit making gas-powered motorcycles and gone electric. The compan
MONTEREY, Calif. - Ducati dealers remain the top ranked brand in Pied Piper's newly released Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchm
IRVINE, Calif. - Motorcycle sales were up 8.2 percent in first quarter, compared to the same timeframe one year ago, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson and its longtime exclusive Canadian distributor, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, have signed an agreement that paves the way

Aftermarket

DENVER, Colo. - For those who have perfected the art of being alone Redverz Gear introduces The Solo Expedition Motorcycle Tent.  The original Redverz design
FIFTY YEARS AGO, advertised prices for a lot of items probably didn’t make that much competitive difference. Advertising was mostly in newspapers and on the
STURDY RIDING JEANS. There was a time, not so long ago, when options were few and far between. These days, they are easy to find, but the trick is navigating all
RICHMOND, Calif. - Just a few weeks after announcing its Grey Market Policy, SpeedMob Inc. said it is implementing a No Drop Ship Fee (NDSF) promotion for so
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – REV’IT! is promoting the value of separate layers for protection from the asphalt and the elements by introducing a new line of stand
JANESVILLE, WIs. - Parts Unlimited announces the availability of its 2015 Watercraft Catalog.with 14 product categories and nearly 1,000 individual product listin

Top 100

DOTHAN, Ala. – Spreading out around the middle when you turn 65 is pretty commonplace, so no one should be surprised: that’s what longtime Top 100 dea
O’FALLON, Ill. – A Top 100 dealer in southwestern Illinois is partnering with a local classic car shop to host the Midwest Motorcycle Expo, a new two-
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame legend Malcolm Smith’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross from the iconic motorcycling movie, "On Any Sunday&quo
BREA, Calif. - Southern California Motorcycles will celebrate its 15th anniversary year with a Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Attend
ELMHURST, Ill.  – iMotorsports has added the Can-Am Spyder's four model lineup to its business and will be an authorized parts, accessories, and cl
BELLEVILLE, N.J. - Motorcycle Mall is the 2014 Top 100 Dealer of the Year. Here is their story.

Customers

CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha Motor Corp. USA today launched its bLU cRU Video Contest in which entrants submit videos that reflect their "unique Yamaha style.&qu
ELYRIA, Ohio – Lake Erie Harley-Davidson is encouraging riders to get or renew training during May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  “It&rsquo
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association is launching the AMA Get Women Riding campaign to promote motorcycling to women and girls with a series
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – If optimizing a website for mobile users seemed like an abstract concept before, it’s about to get real. Search engine behemoth
KANSAS CITY, Mo. and RHINEBECK, N.Y. – A new report for the automotive market finds that vehicle recalls can hurt brands long after they stop making headlin
MEDINA, Minn. - Indian Motorcycle is teaming with the United Service Organizations (USO) as an official partner, a yearlong commitment that includes a $100,000 do

Market Forecasts

Arctic Cat dealers struggle with soft demand: survey

ARCTIC CAT dealers continued to report soft demand for product and said they were frustrated with stocking expectations, but the OEM is making progress with regard to inventory, they told researchers in the latest Baird/Dealernews Dealer Sentiment Index survey. 12 Dealer Sentiment Index: Current Conditions 18 3-5 Yea...

Running Your Business

Administration

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Rocket Harley-Davidson announces a new general manager, Ryan Raleigh. Raleigh has been an employee of Scott Fischer Enterprises (SFE)
TORRANCE, Calif. –  Honda is expanding its automotive industry Environmental Leadership Program as a voluntary initiative for powersports, power-equipm
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – It’s too soon to tell what impact GE selling of most its financial business will have on the powersports industry, with several ban
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
RICHARD WALKER joined Zero Motorcycles as CEO in July 2012, marking his first foray into the motorcycle industry. Walker spent much of his career with Hewlett-Pac
DEALER EXPO, CHICAGO, Ill. - Dominion Powersports' DX1 dealership management platform, being showcased this weekend at the 2014 Dealer Expo, was recently feat

Financials

OXNARD, Calif. -  CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP), a provider of wireless products and services, announced it will integrate its CMF-1175 telematics device i
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Is your business market-driven … or marketing-driven? That’s the question Tory Hornsby, executive vice president o
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill.— Seeking the secrets of enlightened financial management, motorcycle dealer owners and managers crowded into Dealer Expo Manageme
CHICAGO, Ill. and SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Every powersports business makes use of an attorney, an insurance agent, an accountant, a real estate agent, a financial
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Equipment financing provider Blue Bridge Financial says it is beefing up its national sales and management team as it develops offerings in s
WHEN WE FIRST STARTED Dealership University in 2004, before the creation of Powersports Marketing, we focused exclusively on training dealers in all aspects of op

Inventory

ARCTIC CAT dealers continued to report soft demand for product and said they were frustrated with stocking expectations, but the OEM is making progress with regar
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - ARI Network Services announces the release of Mobile Version 2.0 for iOS and Android users. The mobile app, announced in October 2014, is an add
CHICAGO, Ill. - GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) has launched Dealer Insights, an online portal designed to give powersports dealers information
CARMEL, Ind. – Floorplan financing provider Automotive Finance Corp. (AFC) has promoted Johnny Shroyer to vice president of operations, west division. Shroy
LAUREL, Md.—Auction prices for used snowmobiles are up slightly, but by less than expected, according to the latest analysis by Black Book. Snowmobile price
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Arctic Cat's new chief executive officer, Christopher Metz, told financial analysts the company plans to “wrap our arms around

Legal/HR

INDIALANTIC, Fla. - Former MMI employment advisor Amy Beyer has joined Lonski and Associates LLC. During her seven-year tenure with the Motorcycle Mechanics Insti
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A Southern California dealer’s lawsuit against Harley-Davidson can proceed, despite the Motor Co.’s contentions that the d
WANTED: Motorcycle mechanic. Must be experienced, reliable, bondable, and an ex-con. Bet you’ve never written that ad. But before dismissing the idea, remem
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A.D. Farrow Co. will be hosting hiring events at its locations as the dealership group looks to hire several positions in sales and service. The
INDIALANTIC, Fla. -- A multi-line metric powersports dealership group based in the southeast is seeking a human resources/insurance specialist. Candidates should
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld an employee’s claim that Rice Lake Harley-Davidson engaged in wage discrimination on the basis

Training

ATTENTION, dealers: Would you like to be able to sell two more motorcycles every month for the next year? What if you were able to hold $200 of additional profit
MONTEREY, Calif. - Ducati dealers remain the top ranked brand in Pied Piper's newly released Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchm
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Corinthian Colleges, Inc. has shut down operations and discontinued instruction at its remaining 28 ground campuses, including the last
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Just in time for helping your employees sustain the heat during weekend parking lot events and rallies, Ergodyne introduces three redesigned Chi
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - ARI Network Services Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS) will conduct its first HelpFirst Live webinar for dealers at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Feb. 23. &q
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. - Once technicians enter the workforce, the dealership world quickly proves they can never stop learning. The huge amount of new techno