Zero adds Showa, Bosch, Pirelli components to 2015 bikes

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Zero Motorcycles has announced its 2015 model lineup, and the electric motorcycles will now come standard with fully-adjustable Showa suspension, Bosch anti-lock brakes and Pirelli tires. In addition, the Zero S, Zero SR and Zer...

Suzuki debuts naked sportbike, updates GSX-R, V-Strom, Bandit lines

COLOGNE, Germany – After several years of releasing only a few models each season, Suzuki needed to ‘come out swinging’ for 2015. At Intermot, Suzuki unveiled a range of new and updated machines across several segments, including a much needed entrant into the naked sportbike class. Starting with the updated models, Suzuki revised a bit of everything. The GSX-R1000 now includes ABS,...

KTM launches 1290 Super Adventure

COLOGNE, Germany – Not content with packing an 1195cc superbike-derived motor into the existing 1190 Adventure range, KTM has just officially launched the new 1290 Super Adventure, powered by a retuned version of the 1301cc V-twin found in the 1290 Super Duke R. (KTM confirmed the new model in the weeks leading up to Intermot, but details were held back until now.) The Super Adventure V-twin en...

Yamaha lasers in on niche segments (including stunting) with Intermot bike debuts

COLOGNE, Germany – Yamaha will be releasing a new FJ-09 sport-tourer for 2015, according to the California Air Resources Board and numerous patents, and both the rumor mill and Yamaha’s own marketing materials point to a new supersport machine as well, likely a new R1, but these machines will have to wait for EICMA before they see the light of day. Instead, Yamaha used this week's Int...

BMW updates range with revised S1000RR; new direction for boxers

COLOGNE, Germany – Unsurprisingly, BMW chose the Intermot show in its home market to unveil three new models for 2015. The first is a modest update for the class-leading S1000RR superbike, while the other two fill out BMW’s range of boxer-powered motorcycles. The revised 2015 S1000RR features a lightened frame with tweaked chassis geometry to refine handling and a slight boost to peak pow...

Central Texas Powersports feeds the SxS, cruiser and commuter lifestyles

GEORGETOWN, Texas - Central Texas Powersports just celebrated its 10th year in business, hosting a big celebration fitting of a store decked out like an Old West town. Several business strategies for vehicles and PG&A have helped owner and GM Steve Littlefield weather economic ups and downs. When Littlefield first bought the Yamaha and Suzuki dealership in 2004, it was 6,500 squa...

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Motorcycles

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Zero Motorcycles has announced its 2015 model lineup, and the electric motorcycles will now come standard with fully-adjustable Showa s
COLOGNE, Germany – After several years of releasing only a few models each season, Suzuki needed to ‘come out swinging’ for 2015. At Intermot, S
COLOGNE, Germany – Not content with packing an 1195cc superbike-derived motor into the existing 1190 Adventure range, KTM has just officially launched the n
COLOGNE, Germany – Yamaha will be releasing a new FJ-09 sport-tourer for 2015, according to the California Air Resources Board and numerous patents, and bot
COLOGNE, Germany – Unsurprisingly, BMW chose the Intermot show in its home market to unveil three new models for 2015. The first is a modest update for the
NEW BIKE SILLY SEASON is officially upon us with the first major new bike show of the 2015 model year, Intermot, in Cologne, Germany. As new bikes are announced

ATV/UTV

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha says its 2015 Viking SxS is already rolling off production lines at the Newnan, Ga., plant, so dealers will have them in time for f
VALCOURT, Quebec – BRP announced plans Friday for the first factory turbocharged side-by-side vehicle. The Maverick X ds, featuring 121 horsepower and redes
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Arctic Cat this week unveiled 15 new ATVs and ROVs for 2015 at its annual dealer meeting. The models include the new XR ATV line, the Wildcat
This was the summer that the aftermarket rallied to launch products for the 2014 ATVs and UTVs and predict new items for the upcoming 2015 models. Dealers have mo
MEDINA, Minn.  – Polaris Industries’ engineers certainly have been busy. For 2015, the side-by-side and ATV product lines get a major boost in th
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – KYMCO USA said it will have 32 off-road vehicles in its 2015 lineup, including four versions of the new mid-sized UXV 450i SXS, fou

Scooters

TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda has released its first 2015 models, including the radical NM4. It is the only brand-new model in the group, which includes updated
MADISON, Wis. - Flux Mopeds is moving to a new location in Wisconsin's state capital that will serve as the company’s headquarters as well as dealership
Bintelli Scooters' Valor 150cc, Scorch 150cc, and Havoc 49cc have all already arrived and are ready to be distributed to the company's dealer network. The
SANTIAGO DE QUERÉTARO, Mexico - BRP opened a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro’s industrial park where it will manufacture composite hul
BREA, Calif. – Suzuki Motor of America Inc. has unveiled two more 2014 models, including the completely redesigned Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS and the Burgman 2
TOKYO, Japan - There's an app for this, too: Terra Motors Corp. is bringing to market a scooter that can use the rider’s iPhone as a dashboard, the comp

PWC

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Gibbs Sports Amphibians has added the two-person Quadski XL model to its lineup. In addition to seating for two, the XL has 11.8
VALCOURT, Quebec -- BRP management is anticipating a delay in some personal watercraft deliveries from the first quarter to the second, but believe existing retai
WHITEWATER, Wis. - A former computer technology executive has developed a personal watercraft that promises enough speed to offer thrills, and then breaks down fo
VALCOURT, QC - No matter how much we love the powersports industry, we have to face the facts: our sports are essentially hobbies -- discretionary purchases that
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – “Kawasaki Strong” was the key message of the day as the OEM kicked off its national dealer meeting last week. Kawasaki aims
KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha’s 2014 WaveRunner lineup is the company’s largest ever, and it is headlined by two new luxury performance models.

Snowmobiles

BEND, Ore. - Giant Loop announces a new line of packing systems for snomobile enthusiasts. The new product line will be ready in September, the company said. The
HASLETT, Mich. -- Worldwide snowmobile sales increased by 9 percent in 2013, and manufacturers are optimistic for a robust 2014, according to data from the Intern
HOWELL, Mich. -- Premier is debuting its first model, a 2015 Enforcer 350EFI mid-size snowmobile. Standard features on the 2015 Enforcer 350EFI include an advance
QUEBEC CITY – BRP announced the 2015 Ski-Doo snowmobile line during its semi-annual dealer meeting on Tuesday. The new Ski-Doo Summit X with T3 package and
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Polaris introduced its 2015 snowmobiles this week at its annual dealer meeting. The new AXYS platform took center stage and is the basis o
FOR COMMUTERS, the cold temperatures and snowfall that recently swept across the country were inconveniences. But for snowmobile retailers and manufacturers, it w

Sales Management

Sales Managers

NEW BIKE SILLY SEASON is officially upon us with the first major new bike show of the 2015 model year, Intermot, in Cologne, Germany. As new bikes are announced
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris Industries will partner with the Costco Auto Program (CAP) as the exclusive promotional partner for its powersports division.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld an employee’s claim that Rice Lake Harley-Davidson engaged in wage discrimination on the basis
BREA, Calif. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. (SMAI) August sales for sport and utility sport ATVs increased 23 percent over August 2013, the company reported. Moto
INDIALANTIC, Fla. -- An automotive auction business expanding into powersports seeks experienced general managers for the midwest, south central and eastern Unite
CHINO, Calif. - Franchise dealerships are seeing some tides turning when it comes to gaining an advantage over online retailers. Brands such as Maxxis and CST hav

Sales Team

Photographer Brett Flashnick took photos at Hannum's Harley-Davidson for this month's cover story. He shares his thoughts about the experience: I am thank
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Dealernews welcomes retail sales consultant, award-winning speaker and best-selling author Mark Rodgers as a regular contributor, starting
IN MY April article, I covered the importance of having a training plan and continuously improving it. Having a training system in place separates elite dealers f
WHILE SOME customers might be perfectly happy with their new motorcycles, the majority of buyers won’t keep their machines stock for long. For most riders,
MONTEREY, Calif. - Ducati dealers ranked tops among mystery shoppers for the first time since 2009, according to the 2014 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index (
For many dealers, spring means bulking up inventory levels and hiring additional staff. It also means training your staff to offer the best customer service and s

E-Commerce

NORFOLK, Va. – CycleTrader.com has promoted General Manager Paige Bouma and Director of Product Development Phillip Billups to vice presidents in their resp
SUWANEE, Ga. - Maxxis and CST announced they will implement a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy for all Maxxis ATV and motorcycle products and all CST bicycle
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - ARI Network Services Inc. has signed a data license agreement with Liquid Combustion Technology (LCT) that will let ARI expand its B2B and B2C e
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Dealernews has learned of certain benefits available to dealers as a result of ARI Network Service's recently announced partnership with Fid
AKRON, Ohio – Want to sell stuff in China? Harley-Davidson reportedly did, so it sought help from an Akron startup that represents U.S. companies working to
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. - A new online retailer is capitalizing on the growth in adventure touring with an online store specializing in accessories for dualsport mo

F&I

ATLANTA, Ga. - Safe-Guard Products International has hired Jardon Bouska as chief operating officer. "His role will be essential to the next stages of growth
AUSTIN, Texas - Service Group will provide comprehensive extended coverage on new and used powersports units sold at Kawasaki dealerships throughout the U.S., acc
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
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Quotes Pros announced a new web portal that enables consumers to find motorcycle insurance available in each of the 50 states. "One uniq
JUPITER, Fla. - F&I and dealer development provider RpmOne has upgraded its website to include a virtual training center and Instant Quote System, a web-based
CLEMMONS, N.C. - Sheffield Financial has renewed its financing services agreement with Suzuki Motor of America Inc. for another two years, effective immediately.