Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Another US Harley Dealer Avoids Harley-Davidson Termination Notice For Allegedly Violating Non-Retail Sales Policy. Harley-Davidson conducts frequent audits of its dealers network to see if they don’t violate the company Non-Retail Sales Policy (NSRP) On June 23, 2011 Harley-Davidson notified Riverside Harley-Davidson (dab Skip Fordyce Harley-Davidson) of its intent  to terminate the dealer agreement within 30 days. The company justified this corporate decision by contending that the dealer sold 25 motorcycles over a period of 13 months to non-retail clients. Skip Harley-Davidson protested this decision to he California New Motor Vehicle Board arguing that these sales were made by a former General Manager who concealed from the Dealer principal how the sales were made. At the same time the dealer received its termination notice, the dealer took action to fix the problem and volunteered to pay back Harley-Davidson for incentives it received for selling these 25 motorcycles.  Administrative law Judge Victor D. Ryerson used the remedy proposed by the dealer as a reason to deny the termination request, asking Harley-Davidson to apply against Skip Fordyce Harley-Davidson less draconian sanctions as laid out in the Harley NRSP. It’s the second dealer case in 2012 where a Harley-Davidson termination notice was challenged and denied. For now, the 65 employees of Skip Fordyce are keeping their jobs. Harley-Davidson lawyers may appeal the judge decision.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. Donates $50,000 to Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. (SMRi), official stewards of the Sturgis® brand, donated $50,000 to Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation who will in turn distribute that as well as another $21,850 to 45 local charities in and around the Sturgis community. SMRi’s contribution was made possible by licensing agreements the organization manages for the Sturgis® brand. “We worked hard to make sure we were able to make these funds available in time for the holiday season,” said Kathy Hersrud, president of Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation. “The beneficiary organizations and the clientele they serve are then able to use this funding to support programs they oversee as the year ends, or to devote them to 2013 programs.” Sturgis Rally Charities distributed $71,850 in funds generated by Rally-related trademarks owned by the community non-profit SMRi as well as another $21,850 donated to Sturgis Rally Charities from a variety of local sources.

Triumph Recalls 2013 Trophy. Triumph recalls 244 of its Trophy sport-touring motorcycles due to incorrect tire-pressure label information. Affected motorcycles, which were manufactured from Sept. 5 through Nov. 29, 2012 wear a label that fails to comply with the certification requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” Triumph says owners relying on the information contained in the label may install incorrect replacement tires, increasing the risk of personal injury. None of the affected motorcycles have been sold to consumers and they will be repaired prior to sale.

11 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian MC Company Dec 29th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson is an extremely good citizen of our community. This company gives a lot back to our community and sets a very high standard. To have them disappear from our community will be a great loss to many of us.
    HD corporate is out of control with their iron fist dictatorship, not only this case but many others. Is there a Harley dealer today that really enjoys being a Harey dealer?
    Be reasonable and allow your representatives to enjoy being genuinely happy representatives.
    There is a human worth for all. I (and I’m not alone) would feel a great loss to our community.

  2. 2 deadwood1783 Dec 29th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    The MoCo has gotten tough on Dealers who don’t tow the line and comply with every directive or suggestion. Upper management has said outright at Dealer Meetings and I am paraphrasing, If you do not want to comply with our guidlines and do what we suggest, you should consider finding another business to be in. Get onboard or get out is pretty much the mantra. Nearly 100 locations have closed since 2008. The days of the truly independant HD Dealer are over. And in all fairness, all other manufacturers have become pretty demanding as well. As for me, I liked it much better when each Dealership had its own individual feel, now its more like a Cracker Barrel, Same stuff on a different shelf. Time will tell if the “new” business model is sustainable. The Dealer Network certainly isn’t going to organise and take a stand as a collective. Meanwhile, Dealers will continue to get hit with threats and legal actions for trying to operate their business in a profitable manner.

  3. 3 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian MC Company Dec 29th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    The Motor Company does not have any skin in the game at the dealer level so they can make unreasonable demands upon their franchise dealerships. They say “build a new store” or “this is what you need to inventory” and so on. Believe in us, really????, or else?????
    Many dealerships have gone out of business because they have been dictatored to by the Motor Company and had to build a fancy new store. Same applies to their overseas dealers. The dealers in most cases know their local market the best. US Harley corporate really does not have any idea as to how overseas markets operate, none at all.
    Today many companies subscrible and believe in “business models”. If we don’t subscribe to the school of business models then they are perplexed as to how we are successful and continue to grow. Think outside the stupid cookie cutter box, that’s what made the United States of America into what it once was.
    I enjoy going into stores that are able to express their owners individual tastes.
    A happy and profitable dealer will do more for brand loyalty and promotion than any corporate dictatorship will.

  4. 4 Knucklehead Dec 29th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    What is meant by selling to a non-retail? And I too miss the local independent dealer.

  5. 5 Brenner Dec 29th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Knucklehead. In this case, it means selling motorcycles at a discount to another business entity reselling them for a profit. The business can be an independent shop, a car dealer, a motorcycles exporter. Harley dealers can only sell retail…on their territory. Same story with Harley parts. The should not be sold to another business, only retail.

  6. 6 deadwood1783 Dec 29th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Non-retail sale is basically selling the product to another retail operation. This has been a big deal for years with the MoCo. Some business owners, car dealers for example, want to buy their personal bikes in the dealership name to avoid taxes. Others just want them for resale. Sales Mgr’s and GM’s are pushed to move product and sometimes they will succumb to the pressures and go out on a limb by doing these type deals which inevitably will bite them in the ass. The system is not applied evenly or fairly, moreover it is used to get rid of so called “underperforming” dealerships. I.E. do exactly as you have been instructed, move on, or we will move you on. Its just the way it is at this point in time. Wandell said: “ONE COMPANY, ONE TEAM, ONE DIRECTION”. He meant it, for better or for worse he did mean what he said.

  7. 7 Smittydog Dec 29th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    If the MOCO keeps folding up those AMERICAN dealships will have to buy a hog in INDIA.

  8. 8 big doug Dec 29th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I have to agree with you mike I had know idea how much the moco pokes around in a dealership until I started working in one,the people I work for have been in business for 40 years so you would think they would know what they are doing by now, but no HD have us on efficiency targets and having to spruce up the shop every now + then,but down here we trade a lot of various bikes and resale these for good money harley seem to despise us for having these on the floor and would rather we have just all harleys on the floor but as you say they don’t understand foreign markets and how they work drives me freaking nuts.

  9. 9 Domenick Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I can’t wait for Harleys day to come… and it will… then all those high paid big shots will be begging you to buy their crap…..

  10. 10 New York myke Jan 2nd, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Is this a pity party for Harley dealers? Or just another opportunity to do some corporate bashing! Hey I’ve been fighting with the Motor Company for 20 years and there’s no place I’d rather be and nothing else I’d rather be doing and I’m sure most dealers would agree. We go through the same bullshit every business does, have our good days and bad, we’ve gotten slammed and we’ve seen some of our industry friends and fellow dealers hurt. So how about those Chrysler dealers that were terminated for no reason at all? Ask anyone dealing with distributers or manufacturers, working for airlines or oil companies. How about people in he energy business when cracking is outlawed or coal mimes are shut down. Think Doctors love Obamacare? Shit happens out there but I’ll guarantee you most ( I said most) of the people at HD love this brand and this industry as much as I do and as you do. I know some of the people who had to deal directly with the two terminations you’re talking about and they were distraught over having to do this to dealers they care about. And trust me I know I could be on the receiving end of legal fees up the ass tmrw… No pity parties please. And Keith Wandell has done an amazing job of keeping HD profitable. Helmet laws suck and EPA laws suck and politicians who give us more of them and raise taxes suck and lawyers suck but this is still the greatest country in the world, but you still have to fight every day and life ain’t fair……. just remember our troops and don’t ever forget Bengahze and the lies they’re still telling about how that happened and why! Wanna hear about Vietnam? Suck it up people…and ride free!!!

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