Pohlad Combines Cycle Biz in Delano

Twin Cities Automotive (TCA), owned by Pohlad Cos., in late 2013 acquired Delano Sports Center in Delano, Minn. and combined it with its existing business in town called Star West Motorsports.

Delano Sports Center was retailing Polaris, Victory and KTM brands. Star West was retailing Honda, Arctic Cat and Yamaha vehicles from a Chevrolet dealership.

Minnetonka-based TCA launched with the BMW, Hyundai and Chrysler brands, and in past years has purchased an additional two Audi dealerships, two Porsche dealerships, a Mercedes dealership and two Chevrolet dealerships.

TCA leaders have said they are exploring possible cross-selling opportunities with their car business.

MN Native Becomes Fox Pit Reporter

In case you missed it, Minnesota native Jenny Taft has been reporting from the pits during coverage of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on FOX Sports.

Taft joins play-by-play announcers Ralph Sheheen and Jeff Emig, as well as a trio of former champions: Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath and Kevin Windham.

Taft served as a social media contributor for FOX Sports North during Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, and Wild programming. She also worked as an in-stadium and in-arena host for the Twins and Wild while getting television experience as a sideline reporter for the Minnesota Lynx WNBA telecasts.

Hitching Post Consolidates

Hitching Post Motorsports ended 2013 by consolidating locations – closing the store in Fridley and instead concentrating on operations in Hopkins and South St. Paul.

Doors shut permanently in December, after the dealership held a Final Store Closing Sale – advertising all bikes below invoice and 50 to 75% off all regular priced items during in-store Black Friday specials.

Hitching Post Motorsports, which retails BMW, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Polaris, was founded in 1969 in a small store on University Avenue in St. Paul.

Moon Motors Plans Open House

Moon Motors in Monticello plans to hold its annual open house event 8:30am to 4pm on April 5.  If last year’s event offers any indication, expect big crowds of powersports enthusiasts checking out deals on vehicles and gear, perusing vendor displays, riding demos and lining up for a tasty buffet.

Moon, a third-generation family owned retailer, offers product from BMW, Triumph, Honda, Polaris and Yamaha.

Woman Bikers Happier

Results of a survey commissioned by Harley-Davidson reveal that riding a motorcycle improves a woman’s feelings of overall self-worth compared to women who don’t ride.

Other findings:

More than twice as many always feel happy: 37 percent of riders vs. 16 percent of non-riders.

Nearly twice as many always feel confident: 35 percent of riders vs. 18 percent of non-riders.

53 percent of women who ride cite their motorcycle as a key source of happiness and 74 percent said they believe their lives improved since they started riding.

Leo’s South Offers Fun Times E-Club

Leo’s South has launched the Fun Times E-Club rewards program for riders seeking the latest and greatest deals from the retailer in Lakeville.

E-Club members receive a free $10 E-Ward Gift Certificate just for joining. There’s also: member-only sales; service savings opportunities; coupons for apparel, parts and accessories; advance notice of special events; and a monthly e-newsletter.

Leo’s retails product from Aprilia, BMW, BRP, CF Moto, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Suzuki, Ural and Vespa. Visit LeosSouth.com to sign up for the E-Club.

Changes At Küryakyn

Tom Rudd, founder of Küryakyn, has relinquished his role as president of the Somerset, Wis.-based company to Holger Mohr. He will remain as chairman, focusing his energy on the R&D of new products.

Rudd founded Küryakyn nearly 25 years ago, but he is perhaps best known in the motorcycle industry for starting Drag Specialties in 1968 as a small parts an accessories store in Minneapolis. He sold the operation in 1987 to Wisconsin-based LeMans Corp. as the V-twin sister company to mega supplier Parts Unlimited.

RATs Hang Out in Belle Plaine

Stationed at the top of an overpass just a few miles south of the Twin Cities on Highway 169, Belle Plaine Motorsports welcomes RATs from all over. But, umm, to be clear: These RATs are members of the Rider Association of Triumph.

The motorcycle-riding group typically comes together for a minimum one ride per month during the riding season. Additionally, there are monthly get-togethers dubbed as 3rd Thursday events, held at a different location every month where like-minded riders and friends gather for a bit of bench racing. You can find the group on Facebook. Just search for BPMS-RAT.

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder – Minneapolis

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show headed to Minneapolis, MN in January for the eighth round of competition. Custom builders beat the winter blues by showcasing their latest creations inside the warmth of the Minneapolis Convention Center. SHO DOG winners for the Minnesota round were Huenly Choppers that received a Garage Leathers solo bag for their promotional efforts. Hable Racing won a Rocking K Custom Leathers chain wallet. People’s Choice Award winner Mean Machine Cycle Parts received a custom Bell Helmet pinstriped by Skratch.

Ewwwwwww, E15

The American Motorcyclist Association says it believes the widespread release of E15 fuel into the U.S. market could be stalled for some time as motorcycle lobbyists continue to try to buy more time in order to get motorcycles that would be approved for the fuel on the road.

E15 fuel is currently available in a minority of states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas and North Carolina.


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