Monday, February 14, 2011

Featured February Destination: Daytona Beach, Florida

The 70th Daytona Beach Bike Week takes place this year from March 4-13, 2011.  Each spring thousands of riders from across the country converge on this beautiful Florida resort city. Learn more on the official bike week website

Cycle Trader Releases iPhone App Version 2.0

By Phillip Billups, Director of Product Development
Mobile is the future and the future is here. At Cycle Trader we recognize this and we are working everyday to be the dominant motorcycle marketplace on smart phones and tablets. To that point we have made some key improvements to our iPhone app on the search home screen, search results & the ad detail. 

iPhone 2.0 Improvements:
  • Improved user interface on the search screen which now gives the ability to select a make.
  • Ability to refine by model on the search results screen.
  • Improved user interface on the motorcycle details page and the dealer gallery.
  • Ability to share vehicle details and photos to Facebook and Twitter.


    The Pros and Cons of New and Used

    By Kevin Domino, Author of The Perfect Motorcycle

    Deciding on the perfect motorcycle requires you to select the style, size and age of the bike. This month we’ll discuss the factors that are affected by the stage of life of the bike.


    Motorcycles can be divided into five different types which I call "life cycle stages." These range from a brand-new bike to a collectible motorcycle.

    Life Cycle Stages
    1. New and Holdover (zero miles)
    2. Retired Demo/Training and Late-Model Used
    3. Old-Model Used
    4. Vintage/Classic
    5. Collectible


    Life Cycle Stage

    Pros

    Cons

    New/ Holdover

    • Pride of ownership— new bike smell
    • Best possible performance and reliability—state-of-the-art
    • No worries about previous owner abuse
    • Manufacturer’s warranty
    • Dealer service and parts available

    • Highest price
    • Depreciates fastest
    • Insurance more expensive
    • Break-in and first major service ($) required

    Retired Demo/ Training Late- model Used

    • Lower cost than new
    • Insurance rates lower than new
    • Dealer service and parts available
    • Excellent performance
    • No break-in required
    • Often includes aftermarket parts and accessories

    • Unsure of appropriate past use
    • Not likely, but might be a lemon
    • Warranty might not be available

    Old-model Used

    • Lower cost than newer bike
    • Lower insurance rates than newer bike
    • Low risk entry point for new riders

    • Requirements might exceed performance
    • Unsure of appropriate past use
    • Warranty not available
    • Dealer service not available
    • Parts availability more challenging
    • More time required than newer bike
    • Lower performance than newer bike

    Vintage/ Classic

    • Lowest bike cost
    • Lowest insurance cost
    • Lowest risk investment
    • Good platform to learn repair and maintenance

    • Reliability concerns
    • Parts availability sketchy
    • Requires owner mechanical knowledge and maintenance
    • Lower performance than newer bike

    Collectible

    • Pride of ownership— old bike smell
    • Some trips become adventures
    • Every gas stop turns into a conversation

    • Parts sourcing requires lots of effort
    • Reliability concerns highest
    • Lowest performance
    • Every gas stop turns into a conversation


    ** The preceding is excerpted from the book, The Perfect Motorcycle: How to Choose, Find and Buy the Perfect New or Used Bike. The information provided here will give you a framework to guide your motorcycle inspections and purchases. Space limitations preclude an in-depth discussion of the subject. You can find out about the book at www.theperfectmotorcycle.com

    Thursday, February 03, 2011

    Through Mobile Texting Contest & “Red Effect,” Dominion Powersports Solutions Takes Over the 2011 Dealer Expo

    Norfolk, VA (PRWEB) February 2, 2011

    Dominion Powersports Solutions is pleased to announce an innovative mobile contest for the 2011 Dealer Expo. After its launch during the 2010 ProfitXcelerator conference, Dominion Powersports Solutions has established itself as a leading network of world-class business solutions for powersports dealers. Dominion Powersports Solutions’ four brands - CycleTrader.com, PowerSports Network, Traffic Log Pro and ZiiOS - will give away an iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle e-reader and a Flip Cam at the upcoming Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, IN on February 18-20, 2011. From January 31 to February 19 at 4 p.m. attendees can text DEALER to 30364 to enter to win. The first 200 people to text will automatically receive a free Dominion Powersports Solutions t-shirt. Winning attendees can save and show their text to claim their shirt at booths 4929/4933.

    On Saturday, February 19 attendees can participate in Dominion Powersports Solutions’ “Red Effect.” Each person who returns to the Dominion Powersports Solutions’ booth wearing their red t-shirt will be entered to win an additional prize.

    “As an industry leader in mobile solutions, we think this is the perfect way to connect with attendees during the Dealer Expo,” said Gwyn Price, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Dominion Powersports Solutions.

    Dominion Powersports Solutions’ innovative mobile solutions help bridge the gap between dealers and the growing mobile audience. Last year PowerSports Network began offering mobile websites as an added benefit for their customers. Additionally, CycleTrader.com’s free iPad application was named to Powersports Business’ Nifty 50 list earlier this month.

    Text DEALER to 30364 to receive the latest information on upcoming tradeshows, contests and product releases from Dominion Powersports Solutions.

    About Dominion Powersports Solutions
    Dominion Powersports Solutions, headquartered in Norfolk, VA, is a leading network of world-class business solutions for powersports dealers:

    CycleTrader.com – Over 1.5 million unique visitors come to the nation’s leading marketplace for new and used motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft and snowmobiles.
    PowerSports Network – Top OEMs and dealers trust PowerSports Network for web, eCommerce and mobile solutions.
    Traffic Log Pro – The web-based CRM platform helps dealers drive sales productivity, improve closing ratios and create customers for life.
    MomentumDMS Powered by ZiiOS – The industry’s leading cloud DMS lets dealerships manage all the moving parts of their dealership anytime, anywhere.

    Media Contact:
    Nedie Recel
    (757) 351-8605
    nedie.recel (at) dominionenterprises (dot) com
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