Trikes: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The three-wheeled motorcycle concept came out two years before Karl Benz was credited with creating the automobile. However, they have more or less been relegated to a small niche market within the industry.

Retrograde Motion: What is Old is New Again!

Slab seats, flat bars and universal tread tires… what is old is new again. In a case of retrograde motion, these classic hallmarks seem to be the choice of builders these days (see sidebar on the Handbuilt show).

Exploring The Adv/Touring Sector

Seems like once every decade, Americans get the bug for big adventure bikes. But with the seeming exception of clannish KLR650 riders and BMW GS Gelände/Straße (German for off-road/road) riders, the dual-sport sector remained a slight blip on the MIC Retail Sales Report radar… Until now!

Kawasaki’s Jet Ski SX-R Lets the Good Times Float

Forty-three years ago, Kawasaki created a new phenomenon on the water with the launch of its Jet Ski watercraft. Today, Kawasaki is attempting to reawaken that sentiment as an innovator on the water with the introduction of a four-stroke stand-up PWC – the 2017 Jet Ski SX-R. Combining heritage with its race winning performance, Kawasaki

MV Agusta Relaunches in North America

The motorcycle Gods are smiling on MV Agusta  –  and its U.S. subsidiary, MV Agusta USA. MV rose to prominence in the ’50s and ’60s grand prix motorcycle racing era on the back of such legends as Giacomo Agostini, John Surtees and Mike Hailwood. Hoping to recapture some its heritage after tough financial times, the

Garage Composites Update 2017

Lemco Legacy Lives On Have you heard of Garage Composites? You should if you plan to successfully operate a dealership! How about the name Lemco? Ring any bells? Back in the day, Lemco was the foremost dealer training organization in the nation – and founder Ed Lemco was the dealers’ leading champion. Garage Composites co-founders

OEM Update: 2017 Snapshot

A Glimpse at What Has Been Released in the Market Thus Far Still just a few months into 2017, numerous OEMs have been announcing new models to the market, and some have even hinted at what’s in store for 2018 models. Excelsior-Henderson Some OEMs such as Excelsior-Henderson are using 2017 to try and make a

CFMOTO: The Sweet Spot In The Showroom

CFMOTO Finding Success as a Top Value Brand In a maturing industry like powersports, manufacturers have a tough job trying to find a place in the market. For some, that means always going bigger – a turbocharged 170 horsepower engine today, 190 horsepower tomorrow – for others, 50 years in the industry has gotten customers

OEM Update: Monster Moto

Little Bikes, Big Fun [dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you walked the aisles of the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) a month ago, you might have spotted Monster Moto exhibiting its mini bikes and go-karts, and were likely transported back to your youth. The company used the tradeshow to introduce itself and new products to the powersports market. However,

Big Bang Theory: Harley Doubles Up With Milwaukee-Eight

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ike a July 4th fireworks display that builds to a crescendo, it seems as if the OEMs have saved the biggest booms for the end of the year. The 2017 model year had already seen some real sparklers ranging from Kawasaki’s nifty little Z125 Pro all the way up to Ducati’s monstrous Diavel, but the

Making Waves & Blazing Trails at Club BRP 2017

BRP’s three-pronged strategy for capturing untapped customers Three words summed up Club BRP 2017, BRP’s global dealer meeting held in Orlando in late August: Defiant. Precise. Powerful. While there were many new products and programs presented at the Orange County Convention Center (coincidentally held in the same North Hall that the AIMExpo is occupying in

Suzuki Puts The FUN in FUNky

New Models Aimed Squarely at the Entry-Level Market and Millennials Suzuki decided to crank up the heat for the summer months! In addition to rolling out several new motorcycles and ATVs in June and July, road-going favorites like the GSX-S750 and the redesigned SV650 made big splash, while word of return of the QuadSport Z50