Posts Tagged ‘Snowmobile’

Scooting Through the Snow with the SKS

April 2, 2009

OK, winter is over and scooterists in Snowbelt states are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to climb aboard their two-wheelers. But using this contraption, the SKS, there’s no need to winterize your bike. In fact, you may be looking forward to snowfall.slidescooters11

Patented by Italian firm G. Elementi and distributed by Riminimoto, the SKS (an acronym for Snow Kit Solution) can turn your scooter into a snow scoot via the use of an easy-to-attach front ski and low pressure rear tire with crampons.

The kit’s available for select Aprilia, Honda, Hyosung, KYMCO, PGO, Piaggio, SYM and Yamaha models sold in the U.S.

Find out more at Slidescooters.com

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Wanted: Copy Editor

February 6, 2009

Has anyone else noticed the photo used on Parts Unlimited’s 2009 Street Catalog features a rider in a Speed & Strength jacket?

I visited Hitching Post, my local dealership, this morning to kick some tires and talk shop. The dealership received its 2009 PU Street catalog yesterday. The PG&A guys thought I’d be interested in the cover art. I was.

Speed & Strength is a new apparel brand from Tucker Rocky Distributing.

MIC/SVIA Lead Fight Against CPSIA Lead Rule

February 4, 2009

Join Other Manufacturers In Seeking Deadline Change

The MIC is moving aggressively to convince the safety police in Washington that manufacturers and retailers need some real breathing room regarding the high visibility “lead content” rule as it applies to products made for kids.

We’re talking here about the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that became law last August. The law prohibits, for sale to children, products that contain excessive amounts of lead after Feb. 10, 2009.

There are two provisions in the law, one covering lead paint and the second covering lead content in the total product. The content provision is especially difficult because it applies to items such as steel frames, valve stems, batteries and cables, etc.

Last week, the MIC and its sister organization, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), wrote to the CPSC explaining that the agency should exempt certain materials from the law. “Because small amounts of lead are unavoidable,” wrote Paul Vitrano, executive vice president and general counsel of the SVIA, “the (member) companies will need relief from the CPSIA requirements in order to continue to sell these products on and after Feb. 10, 2009.” CPSIA refers to the law itself, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

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Deadline on Lead Content Rapidly Approaches

February 3, 2009

A Dealer Could Be Liable for Up To $15 Million In Fines

But Enforcement Is Another Question

The deadline for retailers to stop selling children’s products that violate lead content limits, set in a new consumer safety law last year, is only one week away.

Unfortunately, many powersports dealers apparently don’t realize that they could be liable for penalties reaching $15 million for violations of the law.

OK, that’s perhaps unlikely. But the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) calls for a maximum civil penalty of $100,000 per violation up to a maximum of $15 million for a series of related violations.

And, according to one attorney who is very familiar with the law, there are also criminal penalties of up to five years in jail for a willful violation of the law.

That’s a big OUCH.

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CPSC’s Recent Action Doesn’t Help Powersports

January 31, 2009

Dealers Still Face Feb. 10, 2009, Deadline

The Consumer Product Safety Commission Friday pushed back the testing and certification deadline for its lead content rule in kid’s ATVs to Feb. 10, 2010, giving dealers and OEMs an extra year to test and certify to the safety of products. That’s good news.

But this is the bad news: The action provides no real help to our industry because dealers still must obey the Feb. 10, 2009, deadline prohibiting the sale of kid’s products that exceed the lead content limit.

Here’s the situation, as explained to me by the CPSC today:

ALL PRODUCTS SOLD BY DEALERS INTENDED FOR CHILDREN 12 AND YOUNGER MUST COMPLY WITH THE 30 YEAR OLD LEAD PAINT STANDAND AND THE NEW TOTAL LEAD CONTENT LIMITS STARTING ON FEB. 10.

DEALERS ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO TEST, BUT THEY MUST ENSURE THAT THE PRODUCTS THEY SELL TO KIDS ARE SAFE AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW.

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Hot Off The Press At Dealernews.com

January 30, 2009

Honda’s worldwide sales of motorcycles and ATVs for the nine-month period ended Dec. 31, 2008, totaled 8.11 million units, up 16.7 percent from 6.95 million units during the same nine-month period in 2007. In North America – including the U.S., Canada and Mexico – the company wholesaled 248,000 units, down from 303,000 units. Motorcycles accounted for 143,000 units, down from 157,000 units; ATVs accounted for 105,000 units, down from 146,000 units.

Polaris CEO Scott Wine says 2009 will be a challenging year, and the OEM expects sales to decline 15 to 23 percent compared to 2008. “Retail sales trends for each of the industries and geographic markets in which Polaris competes are expected to remain soft for much, if not all, of 2009,” Wine says. “As a result, we will be more conservative with our production and shipment expectations for 2009.”

Arctic Cat says the OEM is focused on multiple efforts to rescale its business in the current economic climate. Actions include streamlining production operations from three production lines to two; a planned company-wide shutdown; the elimination of approximately 100 positions, or 7 percent of its 1,400 employees; the elimination of the dealer incentive trip; suspending regular quarterly cash dividends; a salary reduction of 5 percent for all officers; selective compensation and benefit adjustments; reduced vacation accrual; a hiring freeze; and lowering operating expenses by 10 to 15 percent through greater efficiencies in lean manufacturing and global low-cost sourcing.

KTM believes the economic environment for the automotive and motorcycle industry in particular could continue to worsen in the United States and Europe, and the company is responding to the scenario by scaling back production by up to 20 percent from last year and continuing to implement ongoing improvements and cost-cutting measures.

Japan’s four major motorcycle manufacturers produced 1.22 million units in 2008, down 26.8 percent from 1.68 million units produced in 2007. Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha together shipped 372,362 units to the United States in 2008, down 18.2 percent from 455,139 units shipped in 2007.

Visit Dealernews.com to read more about these and other powersports-related topics.

Polaris Gives Sled Riders The Rush

January 27, 2009

Polaris Industries Inc. today launched its 2010 600 Rush snowmobile, what the OEM describes as the first snowmobile with a truly progressive-rate rear suspension. The 600 Rush’s bottomless suspension is designed to absorb bumps by transferring the load to the super-rigid PRO-RIDE chassis outfitted with a Walker Evans front track shock and a Walker Evans Comp adjustable rear track shock.

“The new Polaris 600 RUSH truly marks a turning point for the snowmobile industry,” says Scott Swenson, vice president, Snowmobile Division of Polaris Industries Inc. “The progressive-rate rear suspension has been proven in Motocross; Polaris has now become the first company to bring it to snowmobiles. This innovative suspension combined with the new super-rigid PRO-RIDE chassis provides riders with an unprecedented level of rider-active control including improvements in acceleration and cornering.”

“Polaris has really nailed it with this sled,” said Levi LaVallee, a Polaris riding professional Sno-Cross racer and X-Games Gold Medalist. “The Rush puts you in the ideal riding position to transfer my weight for launch, and to set the front end for cornering.

The limited production 2010 Polaris 600 RUSH will be offered as part of the 2010 Polaris Snow Check program beginning in March 2009. Click here for more information and to experience a virtual test ride.

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Specifications
Engine: 600cc liquid-cooled Liberty
Dimensions
Dry Weight: 459 lbs.
Overall Length: 108 in.
Overall Width: 48 in.
Overall Height: 46 in.
Ski Center Distance: 42.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 11 gal.
Suspension
Front: IQ adjustable w/ Walker Evans piggyback front shocks
Front Travel: 9 in.
Rear: Pro-Ride w/ Walker Evans front track shock & Walker Evans Comp. adjustable rear track shock
Rear Travel: 14 in.
Track (W x L x H in.): 15x121x1.25 RipSaw 2-ply
Features
- PERC Reverse
- Multi-Function Display Gauge
- Black Color with Rush Graphics

New Look for Indy Dealer Expo

December 21, 2008

The 2009 Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis is going to feature an entirely new layout now that the huge Lucas Oil Stadium is up and functional, the Indiana Convention Center has been modified and the RCA Dome has been demolished.

The combination of the new multi-purpose Lucas Oil Stadium, or “The Luke”, and expanded Indiana Convention Center means Indianapolis will be able to offer nearly three quarters of a million square feet of exhibit and meeting space.   The combined new space will make the Indiana Convention Center the nation’s 16th largest. It currently is 32nd.

The revamped Indiana Convention Center is scheduled to offer 566,300 square feet of exhibit space.   Another 183,000 square feet will be in Lucas Oil Stadium, which will be connected to the center via walkway.

Dealer Expo takes place Feb. 13-16.

Check out the Dec. 20 implosion of the RCA Dome: