OEM patents continue to highlight (potential) future models

Patent and trademark research is now officially part of the powersports media landscape. This sentiment comes not only from the many articles published by various media channels examining OEM patent filings, but by the increasing accuracy such research provides in determining new products in the pipeline. Last year, Dealernews published an

Harley-Davidson leads 2016 lineup with Iron 883, Forty-Eight, S-series

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Two new Dark Custom models highlight Harley-Davidson's lineup for 2016. The new Iron 883 and Forty-Eight are "inspired by the rebellious spirit of the past," updated with a modern design and new suspensions to enhance rider comfort. In a performance boost for 2016, new S series limited-edition cruisers, the Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S, get Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam...

Arctic Cat leads 2016 with more powerful Wildcat, new ATV branding

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Arctic Cat is offering 32 North American models in its first wave of introductions for the 2016 year, including seven all-new products and a renamed ATV line. The 2016 lineup includes four special edition models, powered-up Wildcat Sport models and the new Alterra ATV brand which replaces the XR.  "We unveiled exciting new special editions and models to meet the needs o...

Cobra boosts performance, durability for 2016 MX bikes

HILLSDALE, Mich. - Cobra Moto's mission for the 2016 model year has been to improve chassis and engine performance and make its line of bikes "easier to own" by improving durability and maintainability, according to Sean Hilbert, president. The CX65 receives a new rear shock, all-new cylinder porting for more power throughout the RPM range, more durable brake and clutch hydraulics, and ...

Husqvarna 2016 MX models offer substantial weight savings

HUSQVARNA'S 2016 motocross lineup, announced this past week, features substantial weight savings, plus new bodywork, engine design and carbon fiber subframes, the company announced. The OEM debuted the FC 450 (shown, right), FC 350 and FC 250 4-stroke models for 2016 along with a redesigned TC 125 (shown, below). 'Husqvarna's six-strong MY16 range ensures racers and riders alike have the ...

BRP Can-Am unveils 2016 Spyder F3-S Special at Sturgis rally

STURGIS, S.D. - BRP this past weekend unveiled its 2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S Special Series in Triple Black during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, giving test riders the opportunity to try out the new Spyder on the premium roads of South Dakota's Black Hills. "We have a great deal of current Spyder owners here to help us celebrate, and it is a perfect opportunity to show off this eye-catching ne...

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Motorcycles

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Two new Dark Custom models highlight Harley-Davidson's lineup for 2016. The new Iron 883 and Forty-Eight are "inspired by the rebelliou
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Confederate Motorcycles' second-generation P51 Combat Fighter is inspired by the 1960s rebel and the stripped, raw chopper he rode, the com
HILLSDALE, Mich. - Cobra Moto's mission for the 2016 model year has been to improve chassis and engine performance and make its line of bikes "easier to
HUSQVARNA'S 2016 motocross lineup, announced this past week, features substantial weight savings, plus new bodywork, engine design and carbon fiber subframes,
STURGIS, S.D. - BRP this past weekend unveiled its 2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S Special Series in Triple Black during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, giving test riders
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Indian unveiled its lineup of 2016 model year motorcycles to accompany the 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse announced back in February at the Pro

ATV/UTV

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Arctic Cat is offering 32 North American models in its first wave of introductions for the 2016 year, including seven all-new products and a
IRVINE, Calif. – Kawasaki Motors Corp. (KMC) has hired Michael Jacobs to fill the newly created position of Manager, Government and Fleet Sales. Jacobs will
OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. – Back in June, Yamaha unveiled its 2016 Grizzly 700 and Kodiak 700 ATVs (which you can read about here). Most notably, the models sha
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Dealers attending their annual Polaris meeting this week are viewing the OEM’s new recreational off-road model line
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., and LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Dealers attending their annual Polaris meeting this week are viewing the OEM’s new model lineup for 2016, which in
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Polaris this week is debuting much of its new off-road recreational lineup for 2016, and it includes new RZRs, Rangers an

Scooters

CHICAGO, Ill. - Genuine Scooters has launched a Back to School promotional offer that includes 1.9 percent financing, an extended warranty and discounted service.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Through an all new partnership with Taiwan Motor manufacturer Adly Moto, Bintelli announces its exclusive distribution for the brand in the U.S
CHICAGO, Ill. – Genuine Scooters announces a new color option to its Buddy line of scooters: titanium gloss. All previous chrome accents on the scooter are
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
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. &
This is one in a series of profiles of Asian powersports brands that sell machines through U.S. dealers under a franchise arrangement. The profiles are summaries

PWC

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. - SkiSafe Insurance said it is expanding is Jet Ski and Personal Watercraft Insurance program to cover stand-up units. "Our studies indica
VALCOURT, Québec — Personal watercraft helped propel BRP Inc. to a gross profit increase of nearly 23 percent for the first quarter of its 2016 fisca
REDMOND, Wash., and SAN DIEGO, Calif. – An entrepreneur seeking funding for his no-rider drive system for personal watercraft may face more challenges than
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A new company called Wake Solo said it has filed a patent and is taking initial orders for a product that reportedly lets a person wakeboard b
LAUREL, Md. -- Auction prices for motorcycles and other warm-weather vehicles continued to decline, but there has been no corresponding increase for ATVs and util
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

Snowmobiles

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Polaris announced its 2016 snowmobile lineup during the company’s annual dealer meeting in Orlando, Fla. Included in the more tha
VALCOURT, QC, Canada - BRP said in response to dealer input, the 2016 Ski-Doo range will sport two new colors—and a reverse upgrade feature for one model. &
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - BRP's 2016 Ski-Doo lineup includes a number of technological improvements, including an "industry first" adjustable ski, the Pilot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—BRP is offering a new limited edition snowmobile to commemorate the Iron Dog 2,000-mile race. The Ski-Doo MXZ Iron Dog Special sled, inspi
LAUREL, Md. -- Auction prices for motorcycles and other warm-weather vehicles continued to decline, but there has been no corresponding increase for ATVs and util
VALCOURT, Quebec -- BRP is offering its own RAS 2 front suspension kit, allowing owners of older Ski-Doo snowmobiles to upgrade to the latest suspension

Sales Management

Sales Managers

TUALATIN, Ore. - Southern California-based Del Amo Motorsports keeps its edge by keeping its technology fresh. The multi-year Top 100 dealership recently turned t
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
ATLANTA, Ga. - For a limited time, Triumph Motorcycles America is offering consumers a $35 voucher to test ride select Triumph cruiser models. Triumph cruisers in
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles is lowering prices across its 2015 model line, reportedly due to a reduction in costs that it is experiencing on the manufac
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

Sales Team

Patent and trademark research is now officially part of the powersports media landscape. This sentiment comes not only from the many articles published by various
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
MONTEREY, Calif. - Ducati dealers remain the top ranked brand in Pied Piper's newly released Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchm
CONVINCING CUSTOMERS to spend money on safety technology is tough. Case in point: airbags for automobiles. John Hetrick, a U.S. Navy engineer, designed one of the
PORTLAND, Ore. - Dealership Performance CRM now has data integration with LightspeedNXT and LightspeedEVO from CDK Global Recreation. This data integration will i
DALLAS, Texas - Software company Halcyon Technologies has launched NextGenAuto, targeting the powersports, marine, RV and automotive markets with a new sales mana

E-Commerce

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. - Online retailer Competition Accessories LLC (www.compacc.com) has acquired Cruiser Customizing, an e-tailer of metric cruiser aftermarket part
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - ARI Network Services has acquired Direct Communications Inc. (DCi), a provider of differentiated product content and electronic catalog software
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Powersports Support has launched a new listing tool for Powersports sellers on eBay. The PSS VIP program will include all the same features t
NORFOLK, Va. - CycleTrader.com  has launched a redesigned website with a simplified user interface that aims to increase leads for powersports dealers. Consu
TEMECULA, Calif. - Temecula Motorsports has launched an online store at TMSPARTS.COM. The authorized dealer of Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, SeaDoo, Victo
COSTA MESA, Calif. - NADAguides.com, has added motorcycle, RV and boat pricing, specs and tools into its mobile site, giving consumers unlimited access to suggest

F&I

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
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - First Associates Loan Servicing has partnered with Crediauto Financial, a company that provides subprime vehicle financing to franchise and in
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Wolters Kluwer Financial Services has released a new version of its AppOne indirect loan origination platform for powersports, automotive, ma
ERIE, Pa. – Ever see another rider pulling a stunt and think, “Is he nuts? I’d never do that!” or, conversely, “I wanna try that?&rs
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Polaris has chosen Allstate as its preferred insurer for all products including ATV, side-by-side, snowmobile and motorcycle, the companies ann
BRISTOL, Penn. - MV Agusta USA is launching a new retail financing program in time for the peak summer riding season, with offers available through June 30. &ldqu