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November 26, 2018

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w w w . p o w e r s p o r t s b u s i n e s s . c o m INSPIRING SUCCESS THROUGH MARKET INTELLIGENCE November 26, 2018 • Volume 21, Number 15 • $3.99 Ducati North America names Hudson Valley Motorcycles as top dealer See page 4. Kymco products turn heads in Paris, Milan Ionex electric scooters for commercial use, SuperNEX sport electric concept bike create a buzz BY DAVE McMAHON EDITOR IN CHIEF It's a long way from Ozark, Alabama, to Paris, no matter how you slice it. That's why Denny Johnson, co-owner and vice president of Beasley's in Ozark (pop. 14,000) was soaking up ever y minute of the new dealer sales incen- tive trip he won from KYMCO USA to the Paris Motor Show. Sure, the trip was acknowledgement of a job well done, but it also allowed Johnson to experience the worldwide launch of the Taiwanese man- ufacturer's newest product, the Ionex Commercial electric scooter. Johnson was giddy from the get-go, using his thick southern drawl to successfully order both a coffee AND a croissant at a patisserie on quite a number of different occasions. AIMExpo 2018 reports record dealer attendance Las Vegas event at Mandalay Bay sees 12 percent attendee growth The inaugural foray to the western U.S. proved to be a success for the American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo), as North America's premier event for the greater powersports marketplace enjoyed a record number of trade attendees in Las Vegas. In total, more than 7,000 dealers, media members, indus- try personnel, and exhibitor attendees spent time on the show floor and at AIMExpo Outdoors! over the course of four days at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, result- ing in an impressive 12 percent attendance increase over the 2017 event. See AIMExpo, Page 6 Dealer group expands in Seattle Dealership consultant Gart Sutton moderated one of his 20-groups prior to the start of the show, then presented three well-attended seminars at the Powersports DEALER Seminars @ AIMExpo in Las Vegas. Here, he points out a slide to a dealer. Photo by Dave McMahon/Powersports Business The Veracka Family in front of Jet City Harley-Davidson (formerly Lawless Harley-Davidson) of Renton, Washington. (From left) Lauren Veracka, Paul Veracka, Michael Veracka, Dave Veracka and Charlyn Veracka. Photo courtesy of The Motorcycle Company Veracka family adds Jet City Harley-Davidson in Renton; hiring 40 staff Jet City Harley-Davidson in Renton, Wash- ington, formerly known as Lawless Harley- Davidson Renton, has been acquired by Michael Veracka. Michael, along with his brother, Paul Veracka, and father, David Veracka, have been in the Harley-Davidson business since 2003, owning and operating 12 of the larg- est dealerships in the country. Jet City Harley-Davidson will become the newest member to The Motorcycle Company's family of dealerships coast-to-coast; Mas- sachusetts to California, Kansas, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and now Washington. "We're excited to add Jet City Harley- Davidson, expanding our national footprint of dealerships into Washington, growing See Veracka, Page 6 KYMCO's SuperNEX, the company's electric supersport motorcycle, goes from 0 to 100km/hour in 2.9 seconds, from 0 to 200km/hour in 7.5 seconds and from 0 to 250km/hour in 10.9 seconds. Photo by Dave McMahon/Powersports Business See Kymco, Page 8 Over there, kids, it's the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees. Denny Johnson, co-owner and vice president of Beasley's in Ozark, Alabama, mapped his way to the destination. Photo by Dave McMahon/Powersports Business

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