Yamaha 2015 Raptor 700s have more power, same price

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 suspension performance, while pricing remains the same as their 2014 counterparts. According to

Yamaha debuts R3 sportbike, new Star motorcycles, 4-stroke dirtbikes

CYPRESS, Calif. and ORLANDO, Fla. – Yamaha continues its formidable new model push for 2015 with several new motorcycle models, including something for nearly every motorcyclist to get excited about. Sport riders — both the experienced and those new to two wheels — have an all-new option in the increasingly competitive entry-level sport...

Kawasaki debuts lightweight Vulcan S cruiser

IRVINE, Calif. – Who says cruisers have to have V-twin engines and weigh over 500 pounds? By unveiling the 2015 Vulcan S, Kawasaki has rejected those classic cruiser tropes by creating a stylish and modern package around its proven 649cc liquid-cooled parallel twin found in the Versys and Ninja product lines. RELATED READING: 

Kawasaki unveils Versys 650, 1000 models for U.S. market

IRVINE, Calif. – As reported during our Intermot coverage, Kawasaki updated both its Versys 650 and European Versys 1000 models. And, as suspected, thanks to numerous sightings of the previous 1000cc model around Kawasaki’s Irvine headquarters, the United States will ...

Intermot 2014: Top new model news

COLOGNE, Germany - Here are the major new bike stories emerging from this year's Intermot exposition. Kawasaki stuns with insane supercharged H2R, launches revised Versys lineup http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/article/kawasaki-stuns-insane-supercharged-h2-...

Kawasaki stuns with insane supercharged H2-R, launches revised Versys

COLOGNE, Germany – After much speculation, patent discussion and a month-long Internet teaser campaign, Kawasaki finally pulled the wraps on its stunning H2-R hyperbike. And, as they say, things will never be the same. Featuring a supercharged 998cc inline-four, Kawasaki claims approximately 300 horsepower, shattering thoughts of comparing the H2-R with any other production motorcycle yet made....

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Motorcycles

CYPRESS, Calif. and ORLANDO, Fla. – Yamaha continues its formidable new model push for 2015 with several new motorcycle models, including something for near
IRVINE, Calif. – As reported during our Intermot coverage, Kawasaki updated both its Versys 650 and European Versys 1000 models. And, as suspected, thanks t
IRVINE, Calif. – Who says cruisers have to have V-twin engines and weigh over 500 pounds? By unveiling the 2015 Vulcan S, Kawasaki has rejected those classi
COLOGNE, Germany – After much speculation, patent discussion and a month-long Internet teaser campaign, Kawasaki finally pulled the wraps on its stunning H2
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 – Not content with packing an 1195cc superbike-derived motor into the existing 1190 Adventure range, KTM has just officially launched the n

ATV/UTV

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
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
VALCOURT, Quebec – BRP announced plans Friday for the first factory turbocharged side-by-side vehicle. The Maverick X ds, featuring 121 horsepower and redes

Scooters

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
SANTIAGO DE QUERÉTARO, Mexico - BRP opened a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro’s industrial park where it will manufacture composite hul

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

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
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

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
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,
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
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

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.