Kawasaki expands Teryx recall to bolster the floorboards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kawasaki is expanding its recall of Teryx off-highway vehicles, as sticks or other debris can break through the vehicle's floorboard and protrude into the footrest area, posing an injury hazard to the operator and front passenger, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced. Roughly 19,500 vehicles are being recalled; 11,000 were recalled for the same hazard in July 2014, ...

Ducati, Italia Independent unveil limited edition Scrambler, matching eyewear

MIAMI, Fla. and BOLOGNA, Italy - The collaboration between Ducati and Italia Independent, announced earlier this fall, has fielded its first creation: the Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent, which will be produced as a limited, numbered edition of 1,077 bikes. The bike was unveiled at a...

Yamaha 2016: Raptor 90 ATV gives kids a 'confidence-inspiring ride'

KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha’s Raptor 90 for the 2016 model year is a youth ATV for riders starting at 10 years old, and it is available now for the holiday season, the OEM said. The entry-level Raptor has styling and a sporty ride reminiscent of the Raptor 700, but at a size and performance level appropriate for younger riders and budding ATV enthusiasts. At $2,799 MSRP, it can be a great gift...

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 Year...is 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...

Building Your Business

Planning

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.

Vehicles

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RETAIL SALES in the final quarter of 2015 is tracking nearly flat with the 26,957 units the Motor Co. retailed this time last year, which is ahead
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

Aftermarket

UNiQ Cycle Sounds has come out with the Premier Edition speaker system to compete, according to the Wisconsin-based company, with top-end motorcycle audio and fai
IRVINE, Calif. – Tired of "shrink it and pink it?" PowerLily is recruiting female powersports entrepreneurs with great ideas for new products and
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., and PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Action sports firm BRG Sports and 360fly announced a formal partnership to develop a line of helmets featuring 360fly
NEW YORK, N.Y., and SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Dealers in the Northeast and MidAtlantic regions are invited to participate in the new B2B program at the upcoming Prog
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

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

Customers

IRVINE, Calif. – Female motorcycle ownership is at an all-time high according to the latest data from the Motorcycle Industry Council. The MIC’s lates
SEATTLE, Wash. – Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has launched its all-new 2016 annual membership program, featuring perks and giveaways from more th
IRVINE, Calif. – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published its Contract for Safety, a training, gear and skills checklist for use by the general motorc
IRVINE, Calif. – The Motorcycle Industry Council has introduced its Guide to Buying or Selling a Used Motorcycle. While there's nothing quite like the f
LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce snowmobile decibel level rules this
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) has contributed more than $40,000 in cash to support two projects reflecting the program’s

Market Forecasts

New model availability plagues Harley-Davidson dealers: Q3 Baird, Dealernews survey

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RETAIL SALES in the final quarter of 2015 is tracking nearly flat with the 26,957 units the Motor Co. retailed this time last year, which is ahead of expectations, say analysts at Baird Research. Researchers previously forecasted that Harley unit sales would decline 2.4 percent vs. fourth quarter 2014. Dealer Sentiment Index 53 Current C...

Running Your Business

Administration

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
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - DeskManager, AutoManager's DMS software product, is now integrated with credit reporting, prescreen data and compliance service provider
DALLAS, Texas - NextGen Dealer Solutions’ new CyclePro is promising to revolutionize dealership software with real-time sales management, equity lead genera
FRESNO, Calif. - Credit reports and compliance information provider Credit Bureau Connection (CBC), is introducing eQualify Online, a process that lets consumers

Financials

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.— 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

Inventory

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Polaris Industries will reduce side-by-side shipments to dealers and lowered investor guidance today, citing low demand in a winter tha
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Arctic Cat has chosen Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF), a business of GE Capital, as an exclusive provider for dealer inventory financin
HARLEY-DAVIDSON RETAIL SALES in the final quarter of 2015 is tracking nearly flat with the 26,957 units the Motor Co. retailed this time last year, which is ahead
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris Industries has renewed its U.S. dealer financing joint venture with Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF), a business of GE Capital,
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

Legal/HR

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - RevZilla.com has been named by Great Place to Work and Fortune to the list of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail. RevZilla.com came in fifth on
JANESVILLE, Wis. - LeMans Corp., parent of Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties, announced in late November that it reached a settlement with the California Air R
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

Training

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 Basic Anti-lock Braking Systems, electronically-linked brakes and Configurable ABS, and Cornering ABS. System: Basic ABS Applications: Nearly any n
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