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Pounce on your customers’ excitement

By Liz Keener

Fans rise to their feet as the  450SX Main Event starts at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Oakland.

O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., was packed Saturday night. As the lights went out and top Supercross racers rode around the stadium during introductions, the crowd roared as their favorite riders’ names were called. There’s no mistaking that Supercross is a serious sport for its fans. Everyone in that stadium took a chunk out of their weekend; many drove from ...

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Expanding, acquiring while staying humble

By Liz Keener

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Jesco Marine & Power Sports remains mindful of community during growth Jesco Marine & Power Sports, in Kalispell, Mont., has undergone big changes in the past couple of years. The dealership acquired a Polaris dealership, absorbing the line into its store, and then Jesco built a new facility, more than doubling the size of its dealership. Despite this, general manager ...

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Trio elected to MIC board of directors


Menneto, Little, Schilke to serve two-year terms Motorcycle Industry Council members have elected Steve Menneto, Larry Little and Sarah Schilke to each serve two-year terms on the MIC Board of Directors. A leader in the powersports industry for nearly 20 years, Menneto was the driving force behind the successful New York dealership, Menneto Powersports. He has also held multiple positions ...

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IMG to expand Yamaha branding

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA has partnered with IMG Licensing, a division of the global sports, fashion and media company, IMG Worldwide, to exclusively manage and expand Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA’s licensing business in North America. Under the terms of the multi-year licensing representation agreement, IMG Licensing, the largest licensing agency in the world, will work closely with the Yamaha licensing ...

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EBR opens European office

Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has opened an office in The Netherlands to help expand distribution and overall brand awareness across Europe. EBR’s European office will be located outside Amsterdam, in the suburb of Alkmaar. EBR launched its latest product —the 1190RX — during the 2013 AIMExpo in Orlando. This new street-legal, high performance sport bike is a direct descendant of ...

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MV Augusta adds ABS to 3-cylinder models


News Release The 2014 3-cylinder models, the Brutale 675 and 800, the F3 675 and 800 and the Rivale 800 are now also available with dual-function ABS: Normal and Race Mode. With an internal pressure sensor and independent wheel sensors on each axle, the Bosch 9MP ABS control unit offers unmatched size and weight. The ABS was specifically developed to ...

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Indian Motorcycle, Triumph enter India


Polaris India Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc., recently launched the Indian Motorcycle brand in India just days after Triumph opened its first dealership in the country. Indian’s entire lineup of the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain is available in India. “This launch holds great importance for us. We launched the marquee bikes in the ...

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Analyst: H-D Q4 retail sales expected to be up 5-7 percent


Harley-Davidson’s fourth quarter retail sales are anticipated to increase 5-7 percent, according to a research note provided to Powersports Business by Wells Fargo Securities senior analyst Timothy Conder. Harley’s fourth quarter call is scheduled for Thursday morning. Key points from Conder’s report include: “Reaffirming our positive outlook on HOG. We believe Q4 2013 U.S. retail sales finished up 5-7% driven ...

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BMW Motorcycles posts impressive U.S. sales growth in 2013


News release BMW Motorrad USA reported a 17 percent increase in sales for 2013 — the second highest retail performance on record — with 14,100 units sold in 2013 compared to 12,100 units sold in 2012. Worldwide, BMW Motorrad sales reached a record high for the third year in a row with 115,191 units, up 8.3 percent over the previous ...

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New Harley-Davidson dealership opening in New Mexico


News release Scott Fischer Enterprises, industry leader, has officially announced plans to open a second Harley-Davidson store in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Named Duke City Harley-Davidson, the new store is expected to open in March 2014 and will operate in addition to the existing, successful Thunderbird Harley-Davidson. Duke City will be located at 8605 Lomas Boulevard NE in Albuquerque, just 10 ...

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