Posts Tagged ‘scooters’

Who Wouldn’t Love a Job Right Now?

April 28, 2010

We’re not above using this space to help out a fellow industry type in need, especially when it means possibly helping another fellow industry type who is also in need. In this case, it’s the scoot-tastic (did I just write that?) folks over at Scooterworks USA.  The Chicago-based crew behind the legendary Scooterworks catalog, Scooterworks direct and Genuine Scooter Co., has a job opening.

Here’s some wordage they forwarded to me about the position (bold added by me):

Sales manager with 10 plus years of experience with phone sales experience and management, preferably in a mechanical/cycle/auto parts environment. College degree necessary.Must be an “evolved” individual with superior coaching and mentoring ability, an understanding of revenue generating sales techniques, a great communicator who can move a team forward and sustain a fun, rewarding work enviroment. Must be familiar with a variety of selling software applications and a fast learner with exceptional and proven team- building and revenue generating skills.

Individuals without applicable experience need not apply. Must have impeccable references and work background. Great benefits and salary plus bonus which will be commensurate with professional experience and performance. We are an EEO and are based in Chicago. No phone calls or “drop ins”. Resume and cover letter to jobs@scooterworks.com.

Got the goods? Give ’em a shout. 

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Selling Scooters: There’s More Than One Way to Pitch a Vespa

January 5, 2010

Caught these two advertisements recently on YouTube. Enjoy.

First there’s this:

And then there’s this:

Race Replica Scoots We’re Not Getting

September 27, 2009

File this under cool stuff we’re not getting in the U.S.: Three 50cc scooters wrapped in race livery that are sure to be a hit with sportbike enthusiasts looking for alternative surface street transportation.

Inspired by Valentino Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha MotoGP racing team, the Aerox Team Yamaha Race Replica (top), powered by a liquid-cooled two-stroke 50cc engine, is wrapped in the new-for-2009 paint and graphics to match the racing livery of the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike.

The Gilera Runner Marco Simoncelli Replica (middle) is powered by a 50cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine delivering 5.4hp and features livery similar to that of the 250cc MotoGP World Champion’s factory racebike.

The Malaguti Phantom F12R Ducati Corse Superbike (bottom), available in 50cc liquid or air-cooled two-stroke versions, is the latest in a line of scoots made available via a licensing agreement between Ducati and Malaguti. Also available: the Phantom F12R Bayliss Limited Edition and the Phantom F12R Ducati Team version.

I saw all three of these units during a recent trip to the Nuerburgring in Germany. The bikes depicted in the photos were for sale at motorcycle dealerships adjacent to the world-famous racetrack.
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Customs Grabs $1.5 Million in Powersports Units

September 2, 2009

10 CFMOTO Containers Tied Up

EPA Violations Claimed

U.S. Customs officials in Dallas last week grabbed more than 1,400 motorcycles and scooters, claiming they violated EPA regulations. About 400 hundred of those units belong to CFMOTO Powersports, Inc., the distributor based in suburban Minneapolis. They’re worth about $1.5 million at retail.

The move by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) people has cost CFMOTO more than $100,000 in storage fees alone, and the company also could be hit with penalties and legal fees, says Lev Mirman, president of CFMOTO’s operations in the U.S.  “This is absolutely crazy at a time when scooter sales are down 75% from last year and cash is very tight,” says Mirman.

When I spoke with Mirman this week, he was really hot, pointing out that his vehicles all have passed EPA certification tests at EPA approved labs. He says he holds four certificates that cost him more than $20,000 each. “We follow every EPA rule,” he says.

Mirman claims the grab is a move by the feds to block the sale of Chinese-made products. “They had a big push in the Dallas port to get as many Chinese bikes arrested (more…)

U.S. Firm To Buy International Scooter Business

May 13, 2009

Agreement in Principle Is Confidential

Joe Delmont

Joe Delmont

A major international manufacturer plans to sell its scooter business to a U.S. company, possibly as soon as next week, according to insiders at the companies.

The parties have an agreement in principle, but are waiting for  attorneys to complete their work dotting the “i’s” and crossing the “t’s” before announcing the deal. When the lawyers are finished, Dealernews will have all the details for you right here.

The seller, a diversified manufacturer,  has been in the scooter business for some time and has an extensive scooter operation, but is choosing to allocate its resources elsewhere, I’ve been told.

The U.S. buyer has experience in the powersports industry and could add considerable manufacturing and retailing expertise to this valuable brand. It’ll be interesting to see how the pending deal affects U.S. scooter market shares this year, since a recent research report suggests there could be a slowdown in U.S. scooter sales.

U.S. Retail Scooter Sales

U.S. retail scooter sales by non-traditional manufacturers— that’s primarily non-MIC reporting companies located in China and Taiwan— increased 155% last year to 250,000 units, according to research compiled by Power Products Marketing (PPM), a Minneapolis research firm that specializes in the powersports industry.

The company estimates that total retail scooter sales last year were 327,000 units, up 114% over U.S. retail sales in 2007.

The outlook for 2009 isn’t quite so promising, says Matthew Camp, the report’s author, since many U.S. distributors carried over high levels of inventory from last year. However, says Camp, U.S. scooter sales could still hit 200,000 units, a level not seen for two decades. Except for last year, of course.

We’ll present a complete report on 2008 U.S. Scooter sales and Camp’s 2009 forecast here soon. Watch for it. JD

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at 952/893-6876 or joe@powersportsupdate.com.

Ride ’em if ya got ’em — Ride to Work Day 2009

April 16, 2009

Don’t forget! Also, it’s a few weeks earlier this year so take note of the date.

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And if that bitchin’ ad doesn’t do it for you, don’t forget the tale of Fred’s Roughest Ride (more…)

Helmet House Launches YouTube Channel

February 24, 2009

Riding gear distributor Helmet House has created a YouTube channel offering videos aimed specifically at motorcyclists.

Helmet House distributes product from Cortech, Tour Master, Shoei, HJC, TCX and Utopia. The company plans to use its YouTube channel to post videos of racers, events, rides and interviews with industry personalities, plus helpful tips on hooking up with the right equipment to match specific riding needs.

Some of the first videos include behind-the-scenes interviews with road-racing champions Ben Bostrom and Jake Zemke, the story of Jason McVicar – who set a land-speed record at Bonneville and then later in the day set the record for the fastest survived crash – and a feature on Cortech and Tour Master jackets in action.

“We are excited about bringing fresh insights to riding enthusiasts through YouTube,” says Richard Kimes, director of marketing, Helmet House. “Viewers will be able to enjoy entertaining video clips and also learn about the many elements that go into making superior riding gear. In short, this new Helmet House YouTube channel will be a great way to get closer to the sport of motorcycling.”

Click here to visit the Helmet House YouTube channel.

Honda Begins New Online Marketing Effort

January 19, 2009

Honda has launched a new marketing campaign that uses an interactive strategy and short “documentary” films contained within a multi-layered Web site.

The Web site destination, dreams.honda.com, showcases Honda’s “Dream the Impossible Documentary Series.”  Three short films (about 6- 8 minutes in length) debuted with the campaign launch Jan. 12; additional films will be added every few months. Two of the films discuss core values that have inspired generations of Honda associates by telling the stories of impossible engineering challenges and exploring where failure brought Honda and what success came of it. The third film explores the future of mobility.

The company plans to use online media to generate awareness for the campaign, drive traffic to the new site and help create consumer buzz. Spots (:30 and :15 spots using footage from the films) will run during television shows broadcast online on ABC.com, CBS.com, NBC.com and Hulu.com. Unique page takeovers, roadblocks and pre-roll placements will launch late January through early February on Wired, Gawker Network, Discovery Channel, Time, Yahoo! and CNN.

Learn more here.

Scootering and scooters — the Vespa Way

December 2, 2008

OK, so I’m a sucker for anything Vespa. With that said, Vespa USA’s new Web site is pretty interesting.vespapic11
It features a pretty cool section called Community Rides, which features user-generated ride maps. I haven’t had a chance to check out all the local So Cal routes, but did notice that a couple of them are suggestions on navigating Los Angeles’ — and by Los Angeles, I mean the West Side — infamous gridlock. These routes are almost as useful and interesting as any number of suggested rides through mountainous twisties.

There’s also a powerful dealer locator that not only lists dealers by zip code or city, but also Google Maps each dealership for the viewer’s pleasure.vespapic21

Beginners can follow the “Six easy steps to getting on the road with my Vespa” and other advice on owning and maintaining a Vespa.

But the kicker for me, because I’m an admitted Vespa geek and scooter nut, is the Heritage and History page. Here you can view a timeline of the history of these Italian beauties, view old advertising copy and see a little about this bike my all-time favorite Vespa model.

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Piaggio has really kicked into high gear its growth plan for the U.S. For more info on its brands read here, here and here.

Motorcycling in Life

November 25, 2008

You gotta love sites like the new Life magazine photo archive. Yet one more way to wile away the time.

Here are a couple pics that caught my eye.

That's the LAPD motor cop force tearing it up at the Coliseum.

That's LAPD's motor cop force tearing it up at the Coliseum.

Has motorcycle fashion changed much?

Has motorcycle fashion changed much?

This is apparently at a protest over a state law that banned motorcycles from the freeways. Like that could happen today... Or could it?

This is apparently at a protest over a state law that banned motorcycles from the freeways. Like that could happen today... Or could it?