PowerSports Business

June 12, 2017

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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 NEWS: Two more OEMs join AIMExpo . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 3 FINANCE: Northpoint Commerical acquired . . . . . . . . . PAGE 8 ATV/UTV: Hustler reveals new UTV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 22 PWC: Dealership sponsors Pro Watercross . . . . . PAGE 32 Performance Brokerage Services, Inc., announced the sale of Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson in Hickory, North Carolina, previously owned by Scott Fischer Enterprises. The new owner is Josh Rossum, owner of Redstone Harley-Davidson in Huntsville, Ala- bama. Rossum purchased Redstone from Fischer in May 2016. Rossum, a graduate of Auburn University, and business partner Andrew Campbell now own two Harley-Davidson dealerships. The new owners are recent college graduates, both married with young children. Campbell, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwau- kee, had worked for Harley-Davidson for 10 years in such roles as develop- ment purchasing analyst, field INSPIRING SUCCESS THROUGH MARKET INTELLIGENCE Tech training Power 50 dealer Hattiesburg Cycles see success with technician mentorship program. SEE PAGE 38 HOTNEWS On the move Textron closes Arctic Cat's Minneapolis facility, while adding production to St. Cloud and Thief River Falls. SEE PAGE 22 Adding products Straightline Performance acquires Mountain Performance, Inc. SEE PAGE 30 Taiwan Motorcycle Show sees rise in booths, visitors BY KATE SWANSON ASSISTANT EDITOR The exhibit hall at the Taiwan World Trade Cen- ter was brimming with enthusiasts and industry members alike during this year's Taiwan Inter- national Motorcycle Show. The show, now in its 12th year, has continued to grow, with this year's exhibitor list nearly hitting 400. The 2017 Taiwan show, which ran April 20-23, saw exhibitors from several countries, including Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Russia. While the number of international exhibitors declined from 2016, from 31 to 28, the number of domestic exhibi- tors increased by more than 70 booths, reaching 394 exhibitors. PSB: FOCUS Tire & Wheel SEE PAGE 12 Taipei show: Reputable products, global scale See Taiwan, Page 4 See Hot News, Page 3 June 12, 2017 • Volume 20, Number 9 • $3.99 First annual event offers education, relaxation BY LIZ KEENER SENIOR EDITOR Dealers can always benefit from more education to help them improve their businesses, and deal- ers also need time to relax. Knowing this, Bintelli combined those two needs into one event — a dealer meeting aboard a cruise to the Bahamas. The event marked Bintelli's first-ever dealer meeting. Bintelli, a scooter, go-kart and electric vehicle company, wanted to base its meeting near its Charleston, South Carolina, headquar- ters. After researching hotel room prices in the area, the company discovered it would be less expensive to take dealers on a five-day cruise than it would be to put them up at a Charleston- area resort hotel for three nights. Plus, the cruise added time for dealers to relax. The six-day dealer meeting began in Charles- ton, where Bintelli staff welcomed 75-80 dealers to the company's headquarters. There, dealers were able to see where Bintelli's citEcar elec- tric vehicles are manufactured, view the com- pany's inventory of scooters and go-karts, and tour the 15,000-square-foot parts warehouse. After that, they were treated to two hours of demos aboard all of Bintelli's vehicles. After lunch, the 60 dealers who signed up for the cruise were bussed to the Carnival Ecstasy ship. Once aboard, Bintelli hosted a one-hour pri- vate party with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and social- izing for the dealers. Between departure and arrival back in Charleston, the cruise included two days at sea, a day in Nassau, Bahamas, and one in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. EDUCATION Though dealers participated in a variety of fun activities, including swimming, sunbathing, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding and All aboard! Ship-shape dealer meeting an ideal mix See Bintelli, Page 26 Bintelli's first-ever dealer meeting was held on a Carnival cruise from Charleston, South Carolina, to the Bahamas. John Phillips of Rock Road Scooters in St. Louis, Missouri, entertained fellow dealers with his harmonica while aboard the Bintelli dealer meeting cruise. 2006 MotoGP champ dies following bicycle crash Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP World Champion, died Monday, May 22, five days after a crash in which a bicycle he was riding was hit by a car in Italy. He was 35. Hayden had been riding a bicycle near Rimini, Italy, on Wednesday, May 17, when he collided with a car. After the accident, he was transferred to the intensive care unit at Maurizio Bufalini Hos- pital in Cesena, Italy, where he died five days later. His fiancée Jac- queline "Jackie" Marin, mother Rose and brother Tommy were at his side when he passed away the evening of the 22nd. Tommy Hayden said, "On behalf of the whole Hayden family and Nicky's fiancée Jackie, I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support — it has been a great com- fort to us all knowing that Nicky has touched so many people's lives in such a positive way. "Although this is obviously a sad time, we would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest — riding a motorcycle. He dreamed as a kid of being a pro rider and not only achieved that but also managed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen sport in becoming world champion. We are all so proud of that. "Apart from these 'public' memories, we will also have many great and happy memories of Nicky at home in Kentucky, in the heart of the family. We will all miss him terribly. "It is also important for us to thank all the hospital staff for their incredible support — 1981-2017 Industry mourns loss of Hayden NICKY HAYDEN See Hayden, Page 6 BMW's presence helped grow attendance in Taipei. From no Harley-Davidson stores to two in one year

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