Polaris debuts youth ATVs with electronic fuel injection

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris Industries Inc. introduces the Sportsman 110 EFI and Outlaw 110 EFI youth models, the first youth ATVs to offer electronic fuel injection. They will be available in dealerships in May. The Sportsman and Outlaw 110 EFI youth models will replace the current Sportsman and Outlaw 90 models and include an upgraded 110cc engine for improved off-road performance, EFI for easier ...

ZEV: 2015 electric lineup features longer range, more power and storage

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - ZEV Electric announced it has added three models to its 2015 motorcycle and scooter lineup, all with increased power and longer range at highway speeds. "All ZEV Electric bikes use innovative hub motors with the electric motor contained inside of the rear wheel," the company said. "No gears, no chains, no belts, and no moving parts except for the wheel bearings for ...

Honda 2016: First announcement features IRS-equipped ATVs

TORRANCE, Calif. - Honda launches its 2016 new model announcements with a slate of full-featured ATVs featuring Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). FOREMAN RUBICON The 2016 Foreman Rubicon with IRS accommodates tough trails to long days in the saddle, Honda said. The 500-class engine, 4X4 and IRS are standard on all models, and two transmission choices are offered: conventional (the ...

Ski-Doo 2016 lineup includes 'industry first' adjustable ski

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - BRP's 2016 Ski-Doo lineup includes a number of technological improvements, including an "industry first" adjustable ski, the Pilot TS. The company introduced the new model range Monday during its semi-annual dealer meeting. “A ski, one of the basic components of a snowmobile, has been re-engineered so riders can instantly adjust ski bite for changing snow conditi...

Electric motorcycle market: The OEMs ante up

THE ELECTRICS are coming! The electrics are coming! Even electric motorcycle antagonists have to admit that these machines are becoming more viable with each generation. And in just the last year or so, it’s been made perfectly clear that the OEMs agree, with new concepts and patents emerging from a range of major manufacturers. Here’s what the electric motorcycl...

Indian unveils blacked-out Chief Dark Horse at Chicago motorcycle show

CHICAGO, Ill.--Indian Motorcycle debuted its first 201...

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Motorcycles

THE ELECTRICS are coming! The electrics are coming! Even electric motorcycle antagonists have to admit that these machines are becoming more viable with each gene
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–Kawasaki invited journalists to “America’s Riviera” to check out their latest salvo in the battle to earn and conver
BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna, Italy - Ducati Motor Holding SpA set a sales record in 2014 by delivering 45,100 new motorcycles to customers worldwide. This represents
TORRANCE, Calif. - Honda's popular Grom returns for 2015 in two new colors, with yellow and pearl white options joining the red and black versions from the de
AZUSA, Calif. - California Scooter Co./CSC Motorcycles announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the CSC Cyclone motorcycle as compliant wi
OJAI, Calif.–Human beings, ideally, at least, are generalists. Specialization is for insects. So why, then, have highly specialized machines—heavyweig

ATV/UTV

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Polaris Industries Inc. introduces the Sportsman 110 EFI and Outlaw 110 EFI youth models, the first youth ATVs to offer electronic fuel injec
TORRANCE, Calif. - Honda launches its 2016 new model announcements with a slate of full-featured ATVs featuring Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). FOREMAN RUBICON
CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha continues its focus on personalization, announcing a new Build Your Own website for its 2016 Wolverine R-Spec performance side-by-side, a
VALCOURT, Q.C., Canada - Can-Am this week debuted three off-road vehicles for law enforcement and security companies. The Rotax-powered Outlander L DPS 500 and Ou
NEWNAN, Ga. – Yamaha has repurposed an old ATV name for a new line of sport side-by-side: The Wolverine. 

Scooters

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
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - ZEV Electric announced it has added three models to its 2015 motorcycle and scooter lineup, all with increased power and longer range at highw
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – EV technology company FTR Systems has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its newest product, the Mogobike folding electric scooter.
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. – Hot on the heels of another small scooter launch for the U.S. market (see our review of the Suzuki Burgman 200), Yamaha unveiled th
DEALER EXPO, Chicago, Ill. -- For urban commuters looking to find a faster way to catch a train and then zip to their final destination after they disembark, fold
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

PWC

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
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

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

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sales were up across all categories for Polaris Industries in the first quarter of 2015, with domestic motorcycle sales up a whopping 7
BREA, Calif. - Suzuki dealers in March recorded year-over-year sales gains for a variety of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, the OEM reported. Bright spots were in
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. – Harley-Davidson has rolled out a tech company's global lead and demo ride system that speeds the process of authenticating riders
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - BMW Motorrad USA sales grew 3 percent in March, with 1,614 motorcycles sold compared to 1,567 sold in March 2014, the OEM reported. The bes
A DEALERNEWS SPECIAL REPORT: In the same way some motorcycle dealers have leveraged their powersports branding to expand into new territory such as personal water
FARIBAULT, Minn. - Royal Enfield and Classic Motorworks announce that Royal Enfield of Fort Worth in Texas is the top dealer for the brand in 2014. This is the se

Sales Team

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
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Vehicle history report provider instaVIN has released a patented, free mobile application that provides fast access to mobile history rep
ATLANTA, Ga. – Selly Sales wants you. The company is looking for 10 small- to midsized dealerships to beta test a new version of the Selly mobile sales tool
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

E-Commerce

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – People have used classified ads to sell stuff since the dawn of newspapers, but some people seem to have better luck with it than other
BENSALEM, Pa. - A large e-commerce tire distribution site has added motorcycle tires to its inventory, and told Dealernews it is looking for more independent reta
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – If optimizing a website for mobile users seemed like an abstract concept before, it’s about to get real. Search engine behemoth
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - Vehicle shoppers who are highly satisfied with their shopping experience on an automotive third-party website are 10 times more likely
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - ARI Network Services has partnered with ChannelAdvisor to offer powersports dealers a fully automated e-commerce system that makes it easier to
NORFOLK, Va. - CycleTrader.com has added five lead management email options for dealers' TraderOnline accounts. With the new options, dealers can send leads i

F&I

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – It’s too soon to tell what impact GE selling of most its financial business will have on the powersports industry, with several ban
CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha Motor Corp. USA is diving into consumer finance with the announcement that the new Yamaha Motor Finance Corp. USA (YMFUS) will provide an
STAMFORD, Conn. and SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Synchrony Financial has announced a new, multi-year agreement to provide installment lending programs with KYMCO. KYM
IRVING, Texas – Extended coverage provider EFG Companies is recruiting powersports dealers with an incentive to offer the company’s Certified Hide pre
OXNARD, Calif. -  CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP), a provider of wireless products and services, announced it will integrate its CMF-1175 telematics device i
STAMFORD, Conn. and CYPRESS, Calif. — Synchrony Financial and Yamaha Motor Corp. USA have announced a multiyear renewal of their installment lending program