Top 100 Merit Awards: Excellence in marketing, service, media and more

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and CLEVELAND, Ohio – Dealernews announces the winners of the Special Merit category awards in the 2015 Top 100 Dealer competition. Best Accessories/Apparel Department Man O'War Harley-Davidson Lexington, Ky. By placing the MotorClothes and accessories department at the store’s entrance, Man O’War Harley-Davidson removes the “intimi...

Top 100 Dealer of the in Lexington, Kentucky

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and CLEVELAND, Ohio – Dealernews announces that Lexington, Ky.-based Man O’War Harley-Davidson is the 2015 Top 100 Dealer of the Year. Performance PowerSports of Seneca, S.C. was first runner-up. Wildcat Harley-Davidson of London, Ky., and Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay, Wis., were second and thir...

EICMA 2015: New logo, two new models from MV Agusta

MILAN, Italy – MV Agusta is riding high on a profitable year but not resting on its laurels, with the rollout of a new logo and two new models – the Brutale 800 and the Dragster RR LH44 – at EICMA this week. The restyled MV Agusta logo bears the tagline Passion. Precisely Crafted, emphasizing the brand's identity, pride and craftsmanship. The logo and the new models are...

EICMA 2015: Moto Guzzi's versatile new models have runway appeal

MILAN, Italy - Moto Guzzi's motorcycle range expands for 2016 with the arrival of the V9, a totally new mid-size custom bike in two versions with distinct styles and character, fresh from the EICMA runway. V9 850cc V-Twin Bobber and Roamer The V9 Roamer and the V9 Bobber are Moto Guzzi's easy cruisers: light, agile and built for excitement. The V9 Roamer, an evolution of ...

EICMA 2015: Affordable Scout Sixty to attract new buyers worldwide, Indian says

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and MILAN, Italy - Indian Motorcycle at the EICMA expo introduced the new Scout Sixty, a 999cc bike that will "broadly appeal to new rider segments" with an MSRP that's the lowest yet for the brand. The Scout Sixty shares an identical chassis, suspension, brakes and core engine with the Scout, mated with a new 60 cubic inch engine. The Scout Sixty has a dry weight of ...

EICMA 2015: Honda updates CB500F naked sportbike, Metropolitan scooter, CBR650F

MILAN, Italy - Honda unveiled the updated CB500F naked sport bike as well as a revised Metropolitan scooter and updates to a number of returning models for 2016 at a special press event on the eve of the EICMA international exposition. The U.S. unveiling of the CB500F will take place Friday at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif. (Dealers can register for free to attend...

Building Your Business


SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) is offering a new business-to-business platform designed to connect powersports r
STAMFORD, Conn. - Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) has developed an online portal for businesses that provides resources, tools and more for its business clients.
To say that the following is a mere selection is an understatement. This list, saluting those who helped build what became the modern powersports industry, grows
WHAT WAS IT LIKE for the motorcycle dealers selling European and Japanese brands 50 years ago? Did they have the same problems as today, or was it more of a &ldqu
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – Customers west of Chicago are enjoying the opportunity to stretch out at the recently relocated Woodstock Harley-Davidson, which actu
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.


RETAIL DEMAND remains sluggish for BRP dealers, but they are encouraged by the 2016 new model rollouts, particularly the Defender utility side-by-side vehicle and
MILAN, Italy - During this week's EICMA exposition, Victory Motorcycles revealed the production version of the engine that powered the Project 156 bike up Pik
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Scooter Co. opened its doors for business Nov. 16, offering its first new scooter, the “go.” Powered by a 49.6cc, 2
UPDATING DAILY: HERE ARE the latest new model and aftermarket new product releases making their debut at the 2015 EICMA exposition in Milan, Italy.  Scroll d
MILAN, Italy – BMW Motorrad is getting ready to unveil its newest rides Nov. 17 at EICMA, which runs through Nov. 22. BMW plans some exciting new model intr
ATLANTA, Ga. ­ Triumph Motorcycles America has launched the Bonneville Reborn Tour, set to begin next week to showcase the new line of Bonneville motorcycles.


MILAN, Italy - Falco is revealing new riding footwear for men and women this week at the EICMA exposition, but they won't be available for retail sale until F
SANTEE, Calif. - Motonation announces a revised Minimum Advertised Price policy, along with some new sales programs and a no-charge freight level program. "T
SOMERSET, Wis. - Küryakyn is kicking off a new dealer program: The Kickstarter Club, an exclusive “part of the month” auto-ship program feat
DEALER REGISTRATION is now open for retailers who wish to participate in the new business-to-business program offered by the Progressive International Motorcycle
ORLANDO, Fla. - Under a new brand alliance with H&H USA, California-based SpeedMob will exclusively distribute NiTEK Racing Helmets for the U.S. market and wi
ORLANDO, Fla. - California-based Sena Technologies today debuted what it calls the world's first carbon fiber helmet with Intelligent Noise Control (INC) tech

Top 100

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and CLEVELAND, Ohio - Dave Damron has been a manufacturer, a distributor, owner of a racing team that won three AMA Supercross championships.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and CLEVELAND, Ohio – Dealernews announces that Lexington, Ky.-based Man O’War Harley-Davidson is the 2015 Top 100 Dealer of the
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and CLEVELAND, Ohio – Dealernews announces the finalists for the 14 Special Merit category awards in the 2015 Top 100 Dealer competiti
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and CLEVELAND, Ohio -  Dealernews, the premier business information resource for North American powersports retailers, announces the wi
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The powersports industry will hail the Top 100 Dealers of 2015 at the 24th annual Awards Gala, to be held Friday evening, Nov. 20, in Long Be
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and CLEVELAND, Ohio - Dealernews, the premier business information resource for North American powersports retailers, announces a Call for J


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Internet has made lots of things available by subscription – movies, gaming, razor blades, medications – so why n
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah Harley-Davidson will have its grand reopening Nov. 14 at its new location near Highway 204 and Interstate 95. A ribbon-cutting is set for
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and CLEVELAND, Ohio – Dealernews announces the finalists for the 14 Special Merit category awards in the 2015 Top 100 Dealer competiti
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson will extend its offer of free Riding Academy motorcycle training to all current and former United States military for another ye
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – After two years touring the country in a fundraising campaign at Veteran events, rallies, conventions and trade shows, an International Mo
GILLETTE, Wyo. – Northeast Wyoming’s ABATE club is working to extend the Christmas spirit all year round, if the group can find a permanent location f

Market Forecasts

Arctic Cat dealers want OEM to accelerate innovation: survey

RETAIL DEMAND has not improved for Arctic Cat dealers as they battle promotional activity and product innovation from other brands in the sector. Pricing also remains a key issue preventing more vehicle sales, dealers told researchers in the latest Dealer Sentiment Index survey conducted by Baird Research and Dealernews. Many acknowledge that the OEM’s new management team needs time to rekindle...

Running Your Business


HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - CDK Global has begun rolling out a new free product, Dealer Data Exchange (DDX), designed to give dealers more visibility into the flow of
ALBANY, N.Y. – When Laconia Harley-Davidson needed to upgrade its telecommunications system, the dealership called on FirstLight Fiber, a fac
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Yamaha Motors is feeling a bit more secure since implementing the Imperva Incapsula web application firewall (WAF) to protect its w
DALLAS, Texas - NextGen Dealer Solutions’ new CyclePro is promising to revolutionize dealership software with real-time sales management, equity lead genera
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - DeskManager, AutoManager's DMS software product, is now integrated with credit reporting, prescreen data and compliance service provider
FRESNO, Calif. - Credit reports and compliance information provider Credit Bureau Connection (CBC), is introducing eQualify Online, a process that lets consumers


FAIRFIELD, Conn. – GE will sell GE Capital’s global Commercial Distribution Finance, North American Vendor Finance and Corporate Finance platforms to
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


RETAIL DEMAND has not improved for Arctic Cat dealers as they battle promotional activity and product innovation from other brands in the sector. Pricing also rem
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The nation’s largest series of consumer motorcycle shows is adding a business component to help powersports retailers meet with key p
HARLEY-DAVIDSON dealers are pleased with the manufacturer's 2016 new model  lineup, although they acknowledge that it doesn’t pack as much of a pun
COLUMBUS, Ohio and LAKE CITY, Fla. – Dixie Distributing and Dixie International (Dixie) has retained Liquid Asset Partners to solicit bids for all the asset
HEIGHTENED PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITY from competitive vehicle brands is taking a toll on BRP sales, dealers reported in the latest Dealernews/Baird Research quarterly
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Northpoint Commercial Finance is looking for powersports dealers to expand its market focus to include exclusive, captive and private labe


INDIALANTIC, Fla. - Lonski and Associates has added former Mercury Marine sales executive Tom Cassidy, Jr. to its team of industry recruiters.  Cassidy has a
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A Clarksville dealership is facing fines from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance on allegations that sales reps urged custome
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Repo troubles? David Johnson, CEO of First Associates Loan Servicing, will offer insights into the powersports vehicle financing industry
LAFAYETTE, La. - Cajun Harley-Davidson is not liable for the death of a man who was killed in an accident on a group demo ride in March 2010, a state appeals cour
PRESCOTT, Ariz. – What’s in a name? In the case of Prescott Valley Cycle Zone Motorsports and Marine, a big legal headache after national automotive r
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Geico has agreed to pay $6 million and implement several changes to its business practices as part of a settlement with California&rsqu


MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Mark Rodgers' latest book, "Persuasion Equation: The Subtle Science of Getting Your Way," (AMACOM) has been named one of the year&
Did you ever hear the story of the salesperson who spent a lot of time with a customer, but no matter what he did he just couldn’t seem to make the sale? Th
BOX ELDER, S.D. - Daniels Performance said it now offers training using the new Dynojet Dynamometer hardware Dynoware RT and software suite Powercore fe
An update on Electronic Fuel Injection, Power Modes and Ride-by-Wire. System: Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) Application: Nearly every street-going motorcycle
IF YOU'RE WORKING IN the motorcycle industry, by now you should be well aware that basic technologies, like fuel injection, have quickly become commonplace on
An update on Basic Traction Control, Configurable Traction Control, Lift Control and Launch Control, and Dynamic Traction Control systems. System: Basic Traction