American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 230 September 2018 - Page 12

Motus Expands Dealer Network in Arizona and Colorado Respected Birmingham, Alabama based American V4-powered sport tourer manufacturer Motus has added Motus Scottsdale/Double D's Performance in Arizona (an Indian Motorcycle, Slingshot and Royal Enfield dealer) and Grand Prix Motorsports of Littleton, a Polaris, Indian, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Roxor and Zero dealer. Charting a steady course to growth the company now has over 30 “carefully selected, high-calibre dealerships” in the U.S. for its two model line-up. Founded in 2008 by diehard motorcycle enthusiasts Lee Conn (company President) and business partner and designer Brian Case, Motus finished testing the prototypes MST-01 and MSTR-01 in 2012 and applied what they learned from the prototypes towards building production machines, revealed for the first time in 2013. According to Conn, “Motus manufactures sport bikes with accommodations for touring that are designed to excel in performance, comfort and range. All Motus motorcycles - the MST and premium MSTR - are powered by mighty V4 Baby Block engines, combining high performance with low maintenance and a unique character that expresses the evolving heritage of the American motoring experience.” Importantly, the Motus V4 uses known technology proven to be durable and easy to maintain. “It’s the same small block architecture found in the most reliable and competitive engines on the planet from popular American passenger cars and trucks to high performance racing vehicles.” Charlie Yakich, General Manager at Motus Scottsdale said that “we have been extremely impressed with the products and the people at Motus. After touring the factory and meeting the team, we took an extended, twisty-road ride and we were sold! We are excited to be the first Motus dealer in Arizona”. Located just minutes from the back range of the Rocky Mountains outside of Denver, Grand Prix Motorsports General Manager Scott Newlin said: “Motus is perfect for Colorado's awesome Rocky Mountains, and we look forward to representing Motus here.” EagleRider Launches Online Pre-Owned Motorcycle Exchange Enabling dealers to purchase high-quality, pre-owned late model Harleys, motorcycle rental and travel specialist EagleRider has announced a new online Pre- Owned Motorcycle Exchange. Earlier this year EagleRider launched an all-new program for qualified dealers to purchase pre-owned Harley-Davidson motorcycles from EagleRider’s expansive fleet. “The EagleRider Dealer Exchange, known as ERDX, is a convenient and cost- effective way for dealerships to expand their pre-owned bike offerings from a trusted source.” In June, EagleRider expanded its online platform by launching a mobile application, so purchasers of pre-owned bikes can buy inventory from any place at any time directly from their mobile device. “ERDX is a complete game- changer, not just for us, but for the motorcycle industry,” said Richard Wolff, COO and CFO of EagleRider. “We are thrilled to see another advantage of our Harley-Davidson partnership come to life.” Wolff says that ERDX is a direct result of the May 2017 announced strategic alliance between Harley-Davidson Motor Company and EagleRider. Using the ERDX private web portal, dealers have exclusive access to the best source for low mileage, high-quality Harley-Davidson motorcycles that have been serviced and maintained by H-D trained technicians with OEM parts. The pre-owned bikes for sale on ERDX are factory stock and EagleRider has full condition reports and service records. ERDX officially launched on January 2, 2018 and now has over 350 dealers actively purchasing on the site. “Response from participating dealers has been extremely positive” said Wolff, “with the initial inventory selling out in a matter of days. Now that we are in the height of riding season, hundreds of high quality bikes are being put into inventory over the next 60 days and will be replenished on an ongoing basis as EagleRider continues to turn its rental fleet throughout the year.” Rocco Falabella, Re-Marketing Director of ERDX, said: “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback since launching the program. Dealers have quickly realized the great value these bikes have and the convenience of buying through ERDX and are responding accordingly.”