CVT Clutch Tuning Part 2

Driven clutch and belt System [dropcap]P[/dropcap]art one of CVT clutch tuning focused on the tunable aspects of the drive clutch. Part two will focus on the driven clutch and belt. While initial belt engagement and engine rpm adjustments should primarily be adjusted with the drive clutch, the shifting characteristics (especially downshifting) and belt squeeze should

Your Best Price

Don’t be so eager to please [dropcap]I [/dropcap]was recently reading a column in a consumer motorcycle magazine, and came across one issue concerning people who want “your best price.” It was written, obviously, to advise consumers about shopping for the best deal, and giving the shop a break. This column was couched in delicate terms,

Rizoma’s Design Values

How Rizoma plans to infiltrate the U.S. and Harley (V-Twin) market [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was 2001 when Fabrizio and his brother Fabio first had an idea to start a motorcycle parts company. That idea sprouted from a conversation with a motorcycle rider who was looking for a mirror for his motorcycle. Fabrizio Rigolio, who has a background

Apparel Pro: Adventure Gear

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]opularized by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in their Long Way Down and Long Way Around videos, adventure riding has only grown since the iconic due traipsed both directions around the globe. ADV-everything has become big business if gauged by the meteoric rise of brands like Klim, Mosko Moto and Rawhyde Adventures. Cycle World magazine

Don’t Wing It: Q&A Tips and Techniques for Interviewing

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]espite what some HR professionals would have you believe, there is not one correct method of interviewing potential job candidates. Everyone has their own methods that work for them, especially in the powersports industry! I’m a big fan of taking bits and pieces of different styles of interviewing and making them your own. I remember

ATV/UTV Market Overview

Opportunity is Knocking [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he final 2015 sales numbers have just been tabulated by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and the result is… drum roll please… FLAT. Okay, no real surprise to the dealers in the trenches. At just under 730,000 units the grand total of motorcycle and ATV sales combined was actually up 2.2% over

January 2016 Average Wholesale Pricing in Review

The outlook for 2016 looks steady [dropcap]J[/dropcap]anuary’s Average Wholesale Pricing (AWP) mirrored December’s performance. Compared to the prior 3-month average, prices were flat for all street categories except for metric cruisers, which declined due to product mix. Off-road categories were down slightly from the prior 3-month average and were roughly even with last year. Compared

A Tough December

Mother nauture nuetralizes winter sales [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ur latest survey of powersports dealers indicates that December was another tough month for dealers across North America. Indeed, it appears that the weakness in November intensified somewhat in December, which ended 2015 on a bit of a sour note. While there was some talk of slow traffic trends, and

I Don’t Do Meetings

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]am not a big fan of meetings. Most of the time, they are a waste of time. If you can’t keep things focused, what can (and usually does) happen is the topic goes out the window and you sit around telling jokes or stories about your weekend that are greatly exaggerated for comedic effect. Thanks

Shifting Gears: February 2016

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he portable jump-starter and rechargeable battery pack experts Weego continue to charge into the powersports market, hiring industry veteran Jon Kluiter. As the company’s new channel sales manager, Kluiter will handle business development and sales management for the marine, automotive, powersports and industrial channels, plus all international business. He is Weego’s third major addition to

Passion AND Work Ethic

Lessons from a motivational speaker [dropcap]H[/dropcap]ey ya’ll, did you know that I am a Motivational Speaker? I have lectured at TCU, DePauw University and to many companies. Listen, I know what you’re thinking, what the heck could this long haired motorcycle goon possibly have to talk about that would motivate anybody? The only story I

Can-Am: Creating A Market

Crashing The Party At Can-Am’s F3 Launch Can-Am recognizes that a significant number of its buyers are not motorcyclists adding a wheel, but outdoor-adventure people subtracting a wheel, and looking for an open-air experience. The F3 can be a sedate, stable touring platform that just plain won’t fall over, or it can be ridden in