MV Agusta adds 2015 Stradale, Turismo Veloce models

MILAN, Italy – MV Agusta announced the remainder of their 2015 three-cylinder motorcycles during EICMA, unveiling the Stradale 800, Turismo Veloce 800 and Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso. The Stradale 800, essentially a Rivale with panniers, has inverte...

BMW launches S1000XR to battle Multistrada; updates F800R roadster

EICMA, Milan, Italy – Through countless leaks of somewhat dubious origin, we knew that BMW’s S1000R-based street-adventure-tourer was coming… but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. BMW’s also surprised with a worthy series of updates for its middleweight roadster. Clearly built to battle Ducati’s high-tech, all-purpose Multistrada 1200, the all-new S1000XR ...

Kawasaki street H2 lives up to 'Built Beyond Belief' tagline

EICMA, Milan, Italy – When Kawasaki publically unveiled the supercharged H2-R hyperbike at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, there were likely many riders in this industry that held doubts as to how much of the extreme design of the H2-R model would trickle-down to a street legal version. At EICMA, those questions have been answered, and it turns out that the H2 streetbike is just as wild ...

Industry first for Ducati: a full variable valve timing motor

EICMA, MILAN, Italy — Thanks to several teaser releases from Ducati, in addition to a photo leak from the OEM’s U.S. dealer show, Ducati’s EICMA releases went as expected, but that doesn’t change how exciting the new technology turned out to be. The biggest news is a major redesign of the well-reviewed, all-purpose Multistrada 1200. Whil...

Yamaha’s 2015 YZF-R1, R1M are race bikes for the street

CYPRESS, Calif. and HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Yamaha’s YZF-R1 has been redesigned for 2015 with a much stronger focus on racing than street riding. Both the R1 and the new YZF-R1M, which Yamaha says is the closest a rider can get to a production YZR-M1, were unveiled during a launch in Hollywood on Monday. The...

Triumph tells new stories with special edition Bonnevilles

ATLANTA, Ga. – Motorcycles usually don’t tell stories on their own, except maybe for heavily customized machines built to support distinct causes, such as memorials or charities. But Triumph is getting into the story-telling business itself with two new special edition 2015 Bonnevilles—and an updated Street Triple for good measure. Th...

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Motorcycles

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
MILAN, Italy – MV Agusta announced the remainder of their 2015 three-cylinder motorcycles during EICMA, unveiling the Stradale 800, Turismo Veloce 800 and T
EICMA, Milan, Italy – Through countless leaks of somewhat dubious origin, we knew that BMW’s S1000R-based street-adventure-tourer was coming… b
EICMA, Milan, Italy – When Kawasaki publically unveiled the supercharged H2-R hyperbike at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, there were likely many rid
TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda has announced additional returning models for 2015, with few changes among the list of motorcycles, side-by-sides and scooters. The
EICMA, MILAN, Italy — Thanks to several teaser releases from Ducati, in addition to a photo leak from the OEM’s U.S. dealer show, Ducati’s EICMA

ATV/UTV

MINNEAPOLIS -- Polaris has continued its flurry of ATV-related acquisitions by buying aftermarket company Pro Armor, the OEM announced. Terms of the deal were not
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
TORRANCE, Calif. – American Honda has initiated a voluntary recall for all models of the 2014 Honda Pioneer 700 side-by-sides sold from August 2013 through
CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha will have the 2015 Raptor 700R, Raptor 700 and Special Edition Raptor 700R available this fall. All three boast increased power and
WASHINGTON, D.C. - KYMCO USA is recalling more than 500 MXU700 ATVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years for a possible fire hazard, CPSC announced. In hot envi
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

Scooters

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
TROUP, Texas --  Motor Trike is now offering the GT3, a conversion kit for the Honda Silver Wing. Orders are being taken now, with deliveries beginning in No
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - APT MotoVox Group has launched an e-commerce website to sell its newly acquired MotoPed line of vehicles.  MotoPed debuted last December i
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

PWC

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
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

Snowmobiles

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
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association has partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute in the ‘Lo
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

Sales Management

Sales Managers

NORFOLK, Va. - CycleTrader.com has added five lead management email options for dealers' TraderOnline accounts. With the new options, dealers can send leads i
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

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 added five lead management email options for dealers' TraderOnline accounts. With the new options, dealers can send leads i
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - BMW Motorrad USA has created a National Parts website that will present the complete catalog of original BMW parts and then direct consumer
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

F&I

DALLAS, Texas – Cautious consumers may need a little extra security to take the leap into a big purchase these days, and EFG Companies is rolling out a new
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