ZEV: 2015 electric lineup features longer range, more power and storage

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - ZEV Electric announced it has added three models to its 2015 motorcycle and scooter lineup, all with increased power and longer range at highway speeds. "All ZEV Electric bikes use innovative hub motors with the electric motor contained inside of the rear wheel," the company said. "No gears, no chains, no belts, and no moving parts except for the wheel bearings for ...

Fulmer for spring: new helmet graphics, jacket upgrades

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Fulmer has unveiled special-edition graphics and new gear with the launch of its Spring 2015 catalog. In addition, the catalog includes selections of Memphis Xtreme Audio’s inventory and a security system from Encore Powersports Security. The 62B is Fulmer’s best-selling full-face helmet, and the company is ...

Arctiva’s latest snow apparel features four sets of gear

JANESVILLE, Wis. – Arctiva has launched their 2015-2016 line of snow apparel, with four new sets leading the lineup. There are options for men, women and youth included in the Mech, Comp, Comp RR and Gem jackets, pants and bibs. The men’s Mech jacket ($325-350) and pants ($295-320) are constructed of a waterproof, windproof, breathable ...

Latest action sports cameras court your video-hungry customers

ACTION SPORTS CAMERAS are a big deal right now, with riders of all types recording their two- and four-wheeled adventures. At the most simple level, mounting an camera is a chance to record and share rides with friends and family, but depending on the rider and the camera, there are plenty of more advanced uses: "Dash-cam” functionality, to legally protect a rider on the road from oth...

U.S. Senator introduces federal autocycle safety bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Vitter has introduced the Autocycle Safety Act, which creates the new classification “autocycle” for enclosed motor vehicles with three wheels and would set standards for autocycles under safety rules and the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards. It’s no surprise that S. 685, introduced March 10, comes from Vit...

Electric-assisted bicycles: a natural line extension for powersports dealers?

A DEALERNEWS SPECIAL REPORT: In the same way some motorcycle dealers have leveraged their powersports branding to expand into new territory such as personal watercraft, scooters or side-by-sides, e-bikes could help a growth-minded dealer expand to reach a whole new, but related customer segment. But there are several things to consider before taking action.

Building Your Business

Planning

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
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
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
MORGAN HILL, Calif. - House of Thunder Harley-Davidson has re-opened under new ownership, but why change a name that shouts from the heavens? New owners Bret Irvi
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - BMW Motorrad USA expands its presence in Georgia with a new dealer, BMW Motorcycles of McDonough. The new BMW dealership at 755 Industrial

Vehicles

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - ZEV Electric announced it has added three models to its 2015 motorcycle and scooter lineup, all with increased power and longer range at highw
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Vitter has introduced the Autocycle Safety Act, which creates the new classification “autocycle” for enclo
MEDINA, Minn. – The road to legality in a handful of states is fraught with twists and turns for the new Polaris Slingshot, but it seems to be making progre
ST. ALBERT, AB, Canada - Pacesports Distributors will become the exclusive Canadian distributor of Pitster Pro off-road/competition use motorcycles, UTVs and snow
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Zero Motorcycles has added three new regional sales directors to the company’s roster in the first quarter in response to growth
A DEALERNEWS SPECIAL REPORT: In the same way some motorcycle dealers have leveraged their powersports branding to expand into new territory such as personal water

Aftermarket

ACTION SPORTS CAMERAS are a big deal right now, with riders of all types recording their two- and four-wheeled adventures. At the most simple level, mounting an c
SWANWICK, England – Technical riding jeans company Bull-it has reclassified its product range in time for the launch of its 2015 collection.  The move
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Rinehart Racing, manufacturer of high-performance exhaust products for Harley-Davidson, announces the purchase of the company by its current CEO
RICHMOND, Calif. - SpeedMob has added Ariete goggles, grips and motorcycle accessories to its lineup. Ariete, founded in 1947, is a three-generation, family-owned
REMEMBER THE good old days, when a round or oval exhaust was just fine, whether it was the stock pipe from an OEM or an aftermarket replacement? Today, to provide
SOMERSET, Wis. and CINCINNATI, Ohio - Küryakyn Holdings debuted its Bahn vehicle accessories brand line during the 2015 V-Twin Expo. Bahn is the company'

Top 100

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
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame legend Malcolm Smith’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross from the iconic motorcycling movie, "On Any Sunday&quo
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.
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – A festive Top 100 Dealer Awards Gala at the historic Palmer House in downtown Chicago was the scene as New Jersey’s Motor
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and CHICAGO, Ill. - Dealernews announces that Harley-Davidson has won the Top 100 Vehicle Brand of the Year award for 2014. The award is give

Customers

MASON CITY, Iowa – More than a dozen riders took off from Mason City Harley-Davidson on a more than 100-mile ride to the Okoboji Harley Davidson March
LONG BEACH, Calif. - MotoQuest is partnering with Long Beach BMW Motorcycles for the second annual Death Valley Campout April 17-19. The weekend event will bring
TORRANCE, Calif. – In a recent presentation ceremony at Horner Honda in Salisbury, Md., American Honda Finance Corp. Senior Vice President David W. Paul han
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson will sponsor the GNC1 main event at the AMA Pro Flat Track 2015 season-opening doubleheader
IRVINE, Calif. - Hispanics comprise 7 percent of U.S. motorcyclists overall, and 11 percent of Generation X and Generation Y riders. So the Motorcycle Safety Foun
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – The bikes and goodies are gleaming just like the new building at Longley Harley-Davidson, which opened the new store Feb. 23. The owner

Market Forecasts

BRP dealers want stronger SxS lineup: survey

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 dealers from the United States and Canada participating in the survey indicated that they continue to hold mostly favorable views for the company’s current conditions, outlook, innovation and return on investment, but suggested that BRP ne...

Running Your Business

Administration

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
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – ADP Dealer Services has officially become CDK Global Inc. following its Sept. 30 spinoff from Automatic Data Processing Inc. CDK Rec
THE PRESSURE’S ON for Tom Hannum III - but not for the reason you might think. Hannum’s grandfather and father started the family dealership 60 years
THE BUCK STOPS HERE. A chief executive officer is the single person responsible for a company’s performance. He or she is the leader of the entire organizat

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.— Seeking the secrets of enlightened financial management, motorcycle dealer owners and managers crowded into Dealer Expo Manageme
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – Is your business market-driven … or marketing-driven? That’s the question Tory Hornsby, executive vice president o
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

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
GAS GAS faces challenging days ahead as its chairman announced the manufacturer is suspending production as it waits for banks to approve a debt restructuring pla
ARCTIC CAT dealers say the company's new CEO, Christopher Metz, is cause for optimism, but he’ll have his work cut out trying to repair a relations

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

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
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. – If you’re in the powersports business because it’s sexy, get over it. The powersports business is sexy, but just li
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and CHICAGO, Ill. - More than 4,000 retailers have already registered for the 2014 Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo, to be he
Mark Rodgers started at Hannum’s Harley-Davidson near Philadelphia, Pa., before moving to The Motor Co. in 1990. In 1998, he and his wife, Amy, started thei
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) a division of Universal Technical Institute, will deliver two half-day ‘master’