Designing the Powersports Retail Model of the Future

My transition from dealer to OEM is coupled by my experience in the Brigham Young University EMBA program. As a capstone project for Dr. Paul Godfrey’s course, “The General Manager’s Role”, my cohorts and I had the opportunity to work towards identifying solutions to the future powersports buying and ownership experience. Being parts of the […]

Arctic Cat Acquires Motorfist

Arctic Cat Acquires Motorfist Chris Metz, new CEO for Arctic Cat (ACAT) made good on his promise from earlier this year. He announced in front of a group of over 400 Arctic Cat Dealers plus employees that Arctic Cat acquired Motorfist, a premium mountain snowmobile clothing company headquartered in Idaho. This is a strategic bolt-on […]

Jack Rabbit Revved Up on Rockstar – 1st Ride on the 2016 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK

My first ride on the Polaris Axys Mountain Snowmobile Chassis in Alpine, Wyoming Better than Burandt? IS an average mountain rider better on the Pro RMK Axys than professional rider Chris Burandt on his “old” 2015 Pro RMK? Nope. However, the thought that came to me riding the new 2016 Polaris Pro RMK 800, “I […]

Karate Kid of Powersports

Average vs Great Businesses Average companies and great companies have a great vision, develop innovative strategies, set goals, become accountable to budgets and execute relentlessly. However, what separates the average from the great is focus and fight. Focus in an organization is the ability to align the vision, strategy, the wildly important goals, budgets and […]

The ‘Motorcycle’ Innovator’s Dilemma

The ‘Motorcycle’ Innovator’s Dilemma In his business classic, “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, Clayton Christensen identifies that the reasons well managed organizations fail managing disruptive innovations. Ironically, those reason are the same reasons organizations are successful managing sustaining innovations. Christensen explains, “paradigms of sound management are useless – even counterproductive, in many instances – when dealing with […]

Surfing Asphalt on the Polaris Slingshot

Giddy with a broad smile, a bug actually stuck to my teeth. Early on the morning following Polaris 2015 product launch in Minneapolis, I was finally riding the worst kept secret in Powersports; the 2015 Polaris Slingshot. I was being convinced. Was it really a motorcycle? I had to flash my motorcycle endorsement before I […]

Worn Out Tires and Peace on Earth

The Riding Experience Robert M. Pirsig described the powersports experience best in his book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values”, when he states; “In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just […]