Tuesday, December 23, 2008

TGB 425cc ATV, Polaris RZR 800, Hammerhead 250 OFF-ROAD MRP UPGRADES

This a great video we put up last month on the RZR, TGB 425cc, and the TJ hammerhead 250.

N-MP-03589 CN250 Buggy, Scooter, ATV Helix Honda CN250 Racing Clutch with Extra Padding

If you have a Go Kart this is the perfect gift for any buggy enthusiast this Christmas. Give the gift of power, give them a new CN 250 clutch system.

For more info visit our site:
http://www.mrp-speed.com

SYM exhaust RV250 install guide

We got a call the other day from a dealer saying his client couldn't install this so we made a video. honestly, I believe you should have things installed by a local mechanic and support local stores. Thanks to the internet and the economy sometimes we want to install things ourselves so here goes James, thanks for buying the exhaust and MRP variator we hope this helps.

For a list of dealers visit http://www.mrp-speed.com

The Scooter Maven comments on recent price decreases in gasoline

The Scooter Maven comments on decreases in the cost of gas and how it might affect US scooter sales in 2009

Monday, December 22, 2008

NEW JCL 250cc SCOOTER TEST

Back on Blogger

We're back on Blogger from Malossi to Bando http://www.mrp-speed.com has the best parts at wholesale prices only. We'll be posting links to dealers and the latest news in the next few days.

Scooter Maven

Friday, September 19, 2008

Go Kart season is upon us!

Buggies, Go Karts, You name it finally that time of year!

Make sure to check out all the new MRP buggy parts

We just got this new CDI for the CF MOTO HAMMERHEAD TJ AND OTHER KARTS MAKE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5tA8LsTjpE



STAY TUNED FOR MORE BUGGY PARTS

MRP is the leading wholesale only scooter parts supplier in the USA. We sell parts for scooters, gokarts, buggies, and small ATVs. Visit us at http://www.mrp-speed.com for more information on the best scooter parts from the leading brands Polini, Malossi, Scooter Ninja, Bando, Dr. Pulley, Innova, and our in house brand MRP. Parts for Vespa, Aprilia, Malaguti, Benelli, Italjet, SYM, Honda, Yahama, Kymco, Suzuki, Eton, TGB, PGO, Genuine, Peirspeed, CF Moto, Qlink, Zongsheng, Daelim, Hyosung, JCL, Diamo, Zhennong, Flyscooters, CPI, Dinli, Apex, DDR, Jonway, Joyner, Roketa, Dazon, Tank, engines including the GY6, QMB139, Chinese 4strokes, 2 strokes, Minarelli, JOG, and much much more.


Stores need a partner and thats where MRP comes in. In this new age of sales you need a distributor that doesnt take sales from you by selling directly to the customer we need distributors that go back to the traditional distribution mode helping the small business and sending clients to the store, but it gets better we want you the small shop owner to make money online. It doesnt matter if its raining or snowing outside you can make money 24/7. No matter what your local economy is doing you can sell MRP parts all day, all night, on Amazon.com, Ebay, on your site. Work from home on rainy weekends and you can make money with MRP. What we need are dealers that offer good tech support, are willing to put in the time, and understand selling parts. Every year for the past seven years I’ve watched stores open and close in the winter, don’t be one of those stores that doesn’t prepare for the slow season. Invest in online sales and over the phone sales. Do you have a store zine?
A newsletter?
Maybe an in-store customer catalog?
Let us be your partner. MRP will send you business and drop ship to your customers if you are an active MRP dealer. Again, there’s always a reason why you’re busy, but this is an investment in your future. DONT LET THE LOCAL SCOOTER SHOP CLOSE. There are many distributors that sell customer direct and own stores, but we dont we never have our catalog is wholesale only. Benefit from a partner that sends business to the local dealer and doesnt sell consumer direct.
So if it’s snowing outside you can still sell MRP parts all day long.
Also, if you haven’t activated your account or ordered from us in a long time then don’t wait to be inactive to call us or visit us at www.MRP-SPEED.com. We will set up your new user name and password for the new website.

MRP is the leading wholesale only scooter parts supplier in the USA. We sell parts for scooters, gokarts, buggies, and small ATVs. Visit us at http://www.mrp-speed.com for more information on the best scooter parts from the leading brands Polini, Malossi, Scooter Ninja, Bando, Dr. Pulley, Innova, and our in house brand MRP. Parts for Vespa, Aprilia, Malaguti, Benelli, Italjet, SYM, Honda, Yahama, Kymco, Suzuki, Eton, TGB, PGO, Genuine, Peirspeed, CF Moto, Qlink, Zongsheng, Daelim, Hyosung, JCL, Diamo, Zhennong, Flyscooters, CPI, Dinli, Apex, DDR, Jonway, Joyner, Roketa, Dazon, Tank, engines including the GY6, QMB139, Chinese 4strokes, 2 strokes, Minarelli, JOG, and much much more.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

tgb r50x making donuts

Our Dealer testing our C3 Exhaust on his dyno

V3 V5 Saphora Legacy Exhaust Install by MRP

V3 V5 Saphora Legacy Exhaust Install by MRP

V3 V5 Saphora Legacy Exhaust Install by MRP

Kymco 250 test drive and upgrades

More videos for our fans.

Honda Hexlix 250cc Qlink Commuter Test Drive by MRP

Scooter Sales Surge across America MRP visits Zongshen

V3 V5 CF-MOTO 250cc CNC Footrests by MRP

I think a lot of you will get a kick out of our new CNC parts.

V3 V5 CF-MOTO 250cc CNC Footrests by MRP

I think a lot of you will get a kick out of our new CNC parts.

Scooter sales soaring in Spokane

I love watching these videos....just a glimpse of the future.

V3 V5 CF-MOTO 250cc CNC Footrests by MRP

This is the number one request we've had for the V3 and V5 take a look at our new CNC series of aluminum accessories.

Our Dealer testing our C3 Exhaust on his dyno

Even better our dealer tested one out for us and loved it.

C3 Upgrades available from MRP

You keep calling and writing asking for parts for the c3/Vox and we are listening.

Take a look...

Honda Hexlix 250cc Qlink Commuter Test Drive by MRP

We get a lot of calls about the Honda Helix. It's an older bike, but you can still buy news ones thanks to CF Moto and Qlink. If you want our opinion get one they are fun and we have lots of upgrades for them.

Review: Aprilia Scarabeo 200 Scooter

I love what Steve at the Scooter Scoop is doing. We need more review sites like this in America for the industry to grow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

TROFEI MALOSSI - MALOSSI DAY 2006

This is a great video for American kids looking to get into the scooter race scene.

Later in the summer we are organizing our series of Miami Races, it wont be as cool as the Malossi ones but we'll try to build it up and see what happens.

Monday, July 21, 2008

From our good friends at Scooter Maxi

Beyond the Scooter Craze

Unless of course you have been hibernating for the past half year, you surely have seen, heard and read about the scooter craze.

Beyond what’s very obvious today, we want to take a peek at what the future holds for scootering in the U.S.

The knee-jerk answer is a rosy outlook for as far into the future as we can see. The reality is that the scooter market in this country has proven somewhat fickle, and Americans have tended to accept gas price hikes more readily than change their ingrained habits. So, next year scooter importers face some very difficult decisions about how much ramping up of inventory will be appropriate. From our perspective, we expect to see a middling approach. Sharp growth in sales should continue because more people are seeing scooters purchased by the neighbors and on the streets; we are finally reaching critical mass in the U.S. Riding a scooter seen as economical transportation is now almost viewed as mainstream. At the same time, it would be unrealistic to expect anywhere near the 2008 sales growth rate as the heavy media exposure wanes and the public adjusts to higher fuel prices.

At ScooterMaxi, we have been impressed with the intelligent and reasoned conversations we’ve read on various forums regarding the craze. Even more impressive are the very reasonable and honest business principles exhibited by so many dealers who are not gouging customers despite shortages in the availability of popular models. Their admirable actions now will surely serve these dealers well in the long run.

Market Changes in the Middleweight Maxis

If you had predicted two years ago that gas would top $4 a gallon and Japanese motor companies would stop sending 250cc class scooters to the U.S., a properly trained analyst probably would have suggested sending you away for a long rest. Keep in mind that a 250cc Middleweight Maxi is a great way to get around the city and spend some time on winding country roads while sipping gas at double the MPG of your typical Prius. So, what happened? The answer is complicated, but it appears likely that a combination of import quotas related to pollution limits, stiff pricing competition and mega-dealership preferences have all played significant roles.

As far as we know, no one at Kymco, Piaggio Group or SYM is complaining. Those would be the folks who provided most of the strong pricing competition. And while we are on the subject of Middleweights, we should be looking out for 300cc units on the way to the U.S. – sooner or later. First to arrive is the SYM Citycom 300i in the coming weeks, but we expect to be seeing more models Stateside soon.

How about those slower freeway speeds?

What is making Middleweight Maxis more appealing than ever is not only their excellent gas mileage, but their enhanced ability to keep up with the traffic flow on the freeway. No, scooters aren’t going faster, but have you noticed that far fewer folks in cars and trucks are zooming by at 80 mph? The lower speeds are good news for scooterists who are finding they fit in more smoothly with the more-consistent, slower traffic flow.

Remember the old 55 mph National Speed Limit? Well, that’s not likely coming back - no matter how much of a fuel crisis we might encounter. Speed studies showed that the old 55 limit on interstates resulted in some motorists obeying the law while others preferred 70 or 75 – and that big differential clearly resulted in more serious collisions and higher fatality rates. But what would happen if we lowered the 75 maximum to 65 mph? The American Trucking Association estimates that dropping the speed limit by just 10 mph would lower fuel consumption by an impressive 27 percent. The truckers support going to a 65 mph National Speed Limit, and we agree. Not only will the slightly reduced speed save considerable fuel, but more scooterists on Middleweight Maxis would find their freeway travels accommodating and safe.

Folks are watching their fuel consumption more closely than ever, and ScooterMaxi.com is getting a lot more feedback from readers on this topic. A handful of readers challenge our scooter mileage estimates, and we review our calculations regularly. Of course, the folks who keep the closest tabs tend to be riders with conserving fuel in mind. Our estimates try to take into account all kinds of riding styles, various weather conditions, and correction for odometer error (which varies widely by make and model).

All kinds go cross country and beyond

We have some interesting cross-country tourers this year, coming from unusual perspectives. A great deal of publicity has been generated by Piaggio as sponsor of Buddy and Bob (Bernard Rosenbaum and Bob Chase) on their just-completed Lincoln Highway travels from California to NYC. The 70-something MP3 500 riders have nicely chronicled their U.S. tour at www.noagelimitpiaggio.us. The message Piaggio wants to get across is pretty darn unmistakable: you might be getting a little too old to tour on a heavy cruiser, but don’t overlook the smart, cutting-edge alternatives.

A very different tour is chronicled by Alix Bryan at www.peacescooter.com, now better than one year into her 20,000 mile journey. Sponsored in large part by Genuine Scooter Company on a Buddy 125, she was inspired by the words of Jimmy Carter. Her message is far more civic-minded than political. Her play on P.E.A.C.E. is A Patriot’s Exhibition Advancing Community and Environmentalism, on a scooter. By chance, I met her at Scooterville in Minneapolis as she was heading east toward the finish line, and came away impressed with her thoughtfulness, inclusive attitude, and gutsiness. As you might expect given the length of this grueling tour on a scooter not really designed for it, the journey has had its share of mechanical and personal challenges. Alix has an inspiring take on life.

ScooterMaxi evolves

Although we are less than a year into our existence, you probably have started noticing some changes at ScooterMaxi. Thank you goes out to the folks at August Publications for their invaluable assistance in the development of the website. In recent weeks, ScooterMaxi has gone independent, allowing more time devoted to providing quality content. You probably have noticed that Kymco is our first advertiser, with banner buys in June and July. Thank you, Rick Pawelka, for your support! New to the advertising side of it, we really needed to get on the ball with organizing the marketing of the website. Thanks for the kick in the pants, Rick.

So many industry folks have been very encouraging to us. Among them, we want to thank Glenn Hansen of Suzuki, Suzanne McIntosh of Carter Bros. (SYM), Joel Martin (who appears to be everywhere at all times) of Martin Racing Performance, Kevin Andrews of Piaggio/Vespa, and Elke Martin of Brandware Group (Piaggio). I’m sure I have missed some of you who have been helpful – please excuse me.

So many readers, riders and enthusiasts also have given us positive feedback. Thank you! Please continue contacting us with your suggestions and comments. Email: Jim@ScooterMaxi.com.

Friday, July 18, 2008

High Rev Buggy 250cc Carb upgrade now available MRP

High Rev is a new brand on the market of Go Karts and Buggies. We're the first company in the USA to start making performance parts for them. Stay tuned for more info on High Rev Karts.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

My DIO POWER BOTTLE

This is another kick ass DIO engine video.

Shifter Knobs for buggies and go karts by MRP

Ok, for all our buggy and go kart fans we just got some of our billet parts in and they are selling fast.

Mating the 54mm cylinder to Stroker Crank 2

This is a great video link for anyone with a DIO engine. The Honda Dio is coming back into the states thanks to all the new SYM and Kymco engines appearing which are based on this popular engine.

We have a full selection of engine upgrades for the Honda Dio from transmissions to the cylinders.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The surge in US scooter sales

SCOOTER SALES AND SCOOTER PART SALES ARE BOOMING!!!

Yeay, we're all going to be rich! No, not really. It's taking off, but the magic is in the numbers so you have to carefully analyze what's happening to see the real winners of the US scooter sales boom this year.

Sales all over the world are booming when it comes to scooters. Americans tend to forget gas is going up everywhere not just here. We're just not used to inflation. I keep thinking scooters will really take off once gas hits $5 and when you think about it America will be better off in the long run for it. We need $5 gas so that cities like Miami, Denver, LA, will invest in more metro-rails. Seriously, I would like the whole world to be covered in the Disney style monorails you take at the magic kingdom. I mean weren't those supposed to be like high tech back in the 60's and thier still the best monorails in the world. It just shows how corrupt and innefficient local authorities are in this country when it comes to public transportation. Reminds me of the whole story behind Roger Rabbit and how the auto industry destroyed the trolly system and got rid of toon town. Only toon town in Miami is city hall with its thirty years of innefficiencies when it comes to building a working monorail system.

However, we have a solution. More scooters. Yes, more scooters will make sure I'm not stuck in traffic for two hours. Miami is starting to look a lot more like a small Italian city with the number of bikes I see on the road and I'm starting to like it. I might not be importing bikes anymore, but now I can appreciate all the brands regardless of who imports them because they are not my competition. Simply put the more scooters on the road the more demand there is for MRP and our work here.

My friends in the UK are telling us that sales are up there as well. The UK has some of the highest fuel prices and car taxes in Europe right now. Their version of the MIC or Motorcycle Industry Association show that scooters are up about 20%. In the US its much higher our MIC says 28%. Our MIC only includes a handful of companies so theres no way of knowing who is really selling what. So there's no way of confirming say SYM, Lifan, Linhai, or even Genuine sales because none report to the MIC the true numbers. You can go by US customs data but that also doesnt say much because you dont know whats sitting on the dealer floors. So the US market is hard to figure out. I've tried for the last 8 years and honestly most reporters don't dig that deep they just copy whatever the Piaggio press release says or the PR agency thats pushing the annual sales increase in the US market. I should know I used to be one of the guy paying the PR agencies.

With gas currently selling at nearly £1.20 or like $8.50 a gallon sales in the UK are bound to go higher. Italy is also having a good year in sales. Scooter sales figures in Italy and much of Europe are public knowledge so its easy to see what brands are selling the best. It seems that when you look at the top ten European Scooter markets there is a huge difference with the US. What you see in Europe is basically the best selling brands are in order Honda, Piaggio, Peugeot, Yamaha, and in the Maxi range the Suzuki dominates in sales next to Honda and Piaggio group. Piaggio group has Aprilia, Gillera, Vespa, and Piaggio so they dominate most sales lists in most countries like in Spain with Derbi in the sub 125 category and in much of Europe with Vespa sales. If you look at the list closely you will see several Aprilia models in the top sellers yet in the US they only move close to 2,000 pieces a year. That's because Piaggio's main goal is Vespa and the company doesn't properly promote Aprilia. I honestly think this year they could have sold several thousand more had they had the variety they have in Europe. They took Derbi out of the market so they wouldnt compete against themselves which was another mistake. Derbi had quite a following thanks to Ozz Imports and the work Ozzy Saez did for ten years as the importer. He built the following in the USA and not a week goes by that MRP doesnt sell a belt or a cylinder kit for the Derbi brand. We still sell more Derbi parts than parts for new bikes like Daelim or Piaggio which tells me something about the passion behind the ownership of this brand. Maybe Piaggio should look into that.

There is a huge difference with the US where recently CPI has shut its sales office and Daelim is switching importers. Both these brands do extremely well in Europe. It's a shame they werent marketed right in the USA because both could have done an amazing job. Daelim has some sick looking 125 units and the new Besbi 125 is the best retro scooter I've seen. Companies like PGO hardly have any sales in Europe, but the US importer Genuine has done an amazing job in marketing the Bubu units (Buddy in the USA) but in Europe it doesnt even appear on the map as a selling unit since some countries don't have importers for the brand. I think the factory is now taking lessons in marketing from its US importer because supposedly Genuine is the best importer in the world right now for the brand. It's amazing how a small importer was able to kick Vespa's butt in their own dealerships this year.

PGO is relatively small compared to the giants in Taiwan. The main Taiwanese OEMs are Kymco and SYM. Kymco which wasnt on any top list in Europe when I first went to Spain 15 years ago now appears everywhere. You can't walk in Rome without seeing a Kymco. Both are giving Italian brands a run for the money. SYM has a top selling unit in several countries in the 125cc range and they've done extremely well with Carter this year. When I first started importing the SYM line in 2003 nobody wanted to buy them because of the price, but since then the American consumer has changed and more and more consumers are willing to pay for a quality Asian scooter like a SYM, PGO, or Kymco. These are often purchased at smaller mom and pop dealerships which now have a market for them like never before. These brands also have higher returns than say a Vespa or Honda which have almost not margins whatsoever for the American dealership.

For example these are the best selling Luxury and Sport 125 category scooters (150cc units are not popular because of licensing laws in Europe)

Luxury Scooter 125

Honda
FES 125 Pantheon
Aprilia
Atlantic 125
Aprilia
Leonardo 125
Daelim
NS 125 III
Daelim
S2 125
Daelim
SL 125 History
Jialing
JL 125 T Speedeyes
Kymco
B&W 125
Kymco
New Dink 125
Kymco
Grand Dink 125
Linhai
LH 125 Monarch
Malaguti
Madison 3 125
Peugeot
Elystar 125
Peugeot
Satelis 125
Piaggio
MP 3 125
Piaggio
X8 125 /Street
Piaggio
X9 125
San Yang
GTS 125 Voyager /Joymax
San Yang
Joyride 125
Suzuki
UH 125 Burgman
Yamaha
YP 125 Majesty

Sport Scooter 125

Peugeot
Speedfight 2 100
CPI
Hussar /Oliver 125
Derbi
GP 1 125
Gilera
Nexus 125
Gilera
Runner VX 125
Keeway
KW 125 T Arn /Matrix
Malaguti
Phantom Max 125
Peugeot
Jetforce 125
San Yang
Shark 125
Yamaha
XP 125 X-Max
XP 125 Skycruiser

Then you have the Maxi Scooters


Big Luxury Scooter 150-250cc

Honda
FES 150 Pantheon
Peugeot
Elystar 150
Piaggio
X8 150 Street
Suzuki
UH 150 Burgman
Yamaha
YP 180 Majesty
Kymco
New Dink 200 i.e.
Piaggio
X8 200
San Yang
Joyride 200
Suzuki
UH 200 Burgman
Honda
FES 250 Foresight
Honda
NSS 250 Forza /EX
Honda
JAZZ 250
Aprilia
Atlantic 250
Daelim
S2 250
Kymco
B&W 250
Kymco
Grand Dink 250
Kymco
Xciting 250 i.e.
Malaguti
Madison 3 250
Peugeot
Satelis 250
Piaggio
MP 3 250
Piaggio
X8 250
Piaggio
X9 250 Evolution
San Yang
GTS 250 Voyager /Joymax
Suzuki
AN 250 Burgman
Yamaha
YP 250 Majesty


Honda
SH 150
CF Moto
E-Charm /Ona 150
CF Moto
E-Jewel /Urban-R 150
Kymco
People 150
Malaguti
Ciak Master 150
Aprilia
Sportcity 200
Aprilia
Scarabeo 200 Street
Kymco
People S 200 i.e.
Malaguti
Ciak Master 200
San Yang
HD 200 /Evo
Piaggio
Beverly 200
Piaggio
Carnaby 200
Piaggio
Liberty 200 /S
Aprilia
Scarabeo 250
Aprilia
Sportcity 250
Kymco
People S 250 i.e.
Malaguti
Password 250
Peugeot
Geopolis 250 /ABS
Piaggio
Beverly 250 /Cruiser
Yamaha
X-City 250

If we are to assume the US market is ten years behind Europe when it comes to the scooter craze I still believe our next big area of growth will be the MAXI Scooter range. There's a reason Yamaha is unleashing the T-Max this year. They have the market data to know this is what Americans want. It also has better margins for the dealers than the 50cc units which hardly make any money for the stores.

If you look at the list above you will also notice a name like CF Moto. This is mainland China. The company is also having a great year in the USA and their numbers are impressive. So far the US subsidiary has doubled the number of stores and there are waiting lists for the V3 250cc unit. If you look at the fact that in 2 years they are on the best selling list in Europe it should say something about the future of the company in America.

I also noticed something on the list this year. The fact that Honda and Suzuki in the US have been slow to take notice of the scooter surge. They havent started importing all the cooler units they sell in other countries. I think this is a huge mistake. Companies like Kymco, SYM, CF Moto have the funding and the factories now produce in mainland China. They are building strong distribution networks in the USA. American Honda dealers neglect scooters and need training. Most of them dont offer a scooter performance or accessories center. Basically you buy your Ruckus at a Honda dealership and then you take down the street to the MRP mom and pop shop for customization. They keep loosing business and sales because their dealers arent trained. By the time they catch on and release newer models in the USA it will be too late.

Overall I'm impressed with what I'm seeing on the list in both Europe and the US. Everyone is having a great year in the USA. Im surprised some companies like Adly closed its doors and had to set up an importer. The brand is probably in better hands now that Hammerhead is the distributor. American sales teams and marketing teams tend to do better than Taiwanse management when it comes to selling to Americans (just look at what Genuine did with PGO) the same applies to CPI. The company had the ultimate scooter with the GTR. It was the bastard son of Superman and a Dragster 180. I can't believe they were unable to build a brand around such a cool looking bike. Now that both companies will have new representation I have a feeling the scooters will sell a lot better.

Compared to the cost of a new car, motor scooters are a real bargain. They are not for everyone. If you have no balance or have ADD I highly suggest you dont drive one. I sold scooters at a dealership and I saw people crash right on the test drive. I also think everyone in Florida and any other state should have to take a scooter driving class. American's arent used to drving in he rain either. Seems like the moment it rains in Miami everyone on a scooter falls off a bridge or something, so take it slow when your in the rain. That's the most important advice I can give besides wearing a helmet. It's a no helmet state and if I have to go anywhere on an open road I wear one. I might not have one in some of my videos, but I've been riding 20 plus years so I know. Whether a motor scooter is right for you depends on many questions that you need to ask yourself and your dealer.

So yes, the US market is taking off and sales are going up. A lot of dealers that were calling me in December fearing they were going to close can now make their payments on their house and are probably making a lot more money than they should. My next rant will remind them to accessorize and save for the winter. In any case I'm happy that overall the US market is doing well and there is siffucient room for growth. All the companies from Kymco, Genuine, SYM, TGB, Diamo are all reporting higher sales. That to me is progress and a good future for the US emerging scooter industry.

Ok, Hellboy is about to start but that's it for my weekly rant. If you would like to know more about the emerging US market and whats going on in the scooter world email me or read some of my articles on http://justgottascoot.com/

Friday, July 11, 2008

New Smyrna Beach Scooters Dealer Interview Kymco Agility

On this episode of Scooter Adventures we interview Larry Johnson of New Smyrna Beach Scooters he's a Lance, Kymco, Mojo, Schwinn scooter dealer in one of the best year round locations in the country. We also test drive the Kymco Agility 50cc scooter. He's totally sold out of product and just happened to get a bunch of scooters that week which were already pre-sold. The scooter sales boom of 2008 while the rest of the US economy has been tanking lately the scooter stores are cashing in. We also had a great time driving along the beach and eating at some of the finer locations along New Smyrna Beach. Highly reccomended for any scooter fan or tourist that happens to be nearby. To find out more about MRP our dealers and our parts visit http://www.mrp-speed.com

Larry is just one example of the scooter sales boom thats going on right now. We will be posting more stories like this in the weeks to come.

Summer 2008 MRP Scooter Racing at Miami County Line Speedway

This summer Scooter Racing night is coming back to Miami thanks to MRP. We will have both sponsored local racers from South Florida and everyone is invited. It will be open to the public at County Line Drag Way. Stay Tuned for more updates....

A message for our dealers Join the MRP nation!

Guys, this is an election year and scooter sales are up. Gas prices, the economic slowdown, and just interest in the units have sent scooter sales skyrocketing. Some say its $4 gas and the possibility of $5 gas before the end of the year, but who knows what it could be. So lots of new stores opening, lots of interest. More sales than ever before, but what about the quality of stores and stock? Are most of these new stores Just In Time stores? or are they stocking parts and accessories. We want all the new dealers to see us as their partners. I'm not saying the US should be more like Rome next week, but if you're new to the industry or if you are opening a scooter shop stock parts, sell online, and learn about what you sell. There is more to the store than just selling scooters in the store.
The Motorcycle Industry Council says nationwide, sales were up 24 percent in the first quarter of 2008, and there's no indication they're going to let up. Sales of scooters are up and so parts are going up as well, but you have to prepare and have the right suppliers. So make MRP your partner in this new project.

If you have a scooter store or your opening a scooter store give us a call.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Scootertronics upgrade

This is one of our dealers http://www.scootertronics.com
upgrading an engine with our MRP parts. They are doing an awesome job and I have to say Im glad they are putting this out there because it will really encourage more racers in the USA to pick up a GY6 scooter and hit the track.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Dr. Pulley Hit Clutch Honda Zoomer Ruckus Malossi and More

If your riding a Honda Ruckus / Zoomer then you want more power / speed then this is the upgrade for you. The Dr. Pulley Hit Clutch is our best selling upgrade for the Zoomer besides our exhaust so we made this little video to explain how some HARDCORE enthusiasts are ugprading the Zoomer with the Dr. Pulley parts. Its not an easy swap you have to replace the whole pulley but the results are incredible and faster than most Zoomers in the US market. Hardcore racers know Dr. Pulley.

www.MRP-SPEED.com

Scooter Adventures in Napoli the land of pizza and scooters

Scooter Adventures in Napoli the land of pizza and scooters

Part of our continuing effort to help promote scootering in America. To some its just a hobby, a recreational activity, or lifestyle, but the reality is that "Scootering" is quickly becoming a real form of transportation in America and its not longer just a "hobby." We like like to show how other people in other countries live and use scooters so stay tuned for more scooter adventures from Austin to Arkansas. MRP will be posting monthly updates on all our cool scooter adventures.

Kymco 250 Transmission removal step by step by MRP

We're getting a lot of calls regarding the Kymco 250cc engine. The reason being is that all the Arctic Cat 250cc ATVs are using this engine and you see a lot of Chinese clones on the market with a copy of the engine. Oh well we have happen to the have the only 300cc cylinder upgrade for it in the USA at a MSRP of $250 its an affordable upgrade for the dealers to do to any ATV, Scooter, or Buggy owner.

So go ahead tell your dealer you heard it from us get an MRP 300cc Kymco cylinder upgrade.

www.mrp-speed.com

Thursday, June 26, 2008

7 SEC SCOOTER PUERTO RICO

This is something we need to start doing more in the US, with the price of gas it would be interesting to see if scooter drag racing takes off instead of cars.

We're going to take our race TGB out to the track and our JOG maybe do our own drag racing until the scene starts to pickup in Miami like it has in DR, PR, and Panama.

Gilera 800 finally I found one

Gilera 800cc finally I found one...
I had only seen these at the trade shows and to finally find one made me happy take a look at this kick ass scooter.

This is a follow up from our last scooter adventure. Should get more up shortly....

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Monkey Cheese

Let's take a break from talk of scooters and such to marvel at the beauty of monkey cheese.


Artist: Natalie Lee
http://www.nataliedee.com

HISTORY OF SYM - Sang Yang Motor Co scooters

This is a short video in Chinese regarding he history of SYM. We're getting a lot of calls here regarding upgrades for the brand so I posted this as a treat for our fans.

One of the best known OEMs in the world, here is the story of SYM.

The company was once part of Honda Taiwan before splitting three ways one became known as Kwang Yang Motor Co. aka KYMCO, the other Sang Yang Motor Co. aka SYM.

We highly recommend this brand. We are familiar with the engines and the makes having been the importers 2003-2005 in the USA and spent time working on the Honda based engines.

To buy performance parts for the SYM lineup in the USA visit one of our authorized sales centers by visiting http://www.mrp-speed.com/consumers.html

There you can find a full list of authorized dealers where you can buy original Martin Racing Performance scooter parts.
www.MRP-SPEED.com

Monday, June 23, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

In Berlin, A Scooter Is Art: From The New York Times


A wax-encrusted Vespa scooter sits in one corner of the Grill Royal, acting as a kind of massive, hipster-European candelabrum.

Photo: Oliver Hartung for The New York Times

Friday, June 20, 2008

Run on Scooters

Seems like a lot of people have woken up across America. Our family has been in the scooter business since 1995, we no longer sell retail and we no longer sell actual scooters but we are happy because we've watched stores discount, close, and struggle for eight years since I came onboard. Doesnt matter what people drive. Driving a scooter is a hundred times better than a Hummer.

It's about time America. Let Ford learn its lesson, let GM close down the Hummer plant. Let's wait for the hybrid scooters and the new Vectrix to arrive. Maybe Harley will make scooters again....

A scooter revolution is finaly on its way.

Why Scooter Sales Are Up in San Francisco


Justin Kramm
West Coast Scooter Correspondent

MRP-SPEED.COM

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Kymco 500cc teaser from 2Xtreem TV with MRP as guests...

The follow up episode should be on Direct TV shortly... MRP will be there for the episode.

Monday, June 16, 2008

MRP visits Zongshen one of the leading scooter makers

Speaking of history of scooters. The world of scooters is changing and one company to look at is Zongshen. I have a cool video I will be posting in the next few weeks as you see the Walmart of Italy Centrostores selling the rebadged Zongshens.

All the new Piaggio 50s and 150s entering the USA come from these guys. Also the repair parts for many of the Piaggio and Vespas are being made by them instead of in Italy. Next year they should be coming from Vietnam so stay tuned as the market shifts once again.

By popular request the story of Malaguti

If anyone ever wanted to know the story behind Malaguti SPA this is a good video to watch. It was made in the 1990s so the company is actually like 78 years old. Great old video for anyone interested in the history of scooters like Lambretta, Vespa, and Malaguti.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

MRP presents scooter adventures Capri

We're going to start posting more scooter blog adventures from LA to Austin, Saigon to NYC. We have plenty of footage just not the time to upload everything but over the course of the next few months we should be posting more MRP scooter adventures.

If you like them let us know.

Stay Tuned to www.mrp-speed.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

MRP your number one source of parts for scooters in the USA

Sometimes the more direct approach is the best way to explain to stores what we have and offer.... We'll be using this little clip on the site to talk about the parts we offer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Links

If you are new to the world of scooters dont forget to check out these links...

http://www.scootmagazine.com/

http://www.scootermaxi.com/

http://www.justgottascoot.com/mrp.htm

If you're looking for articles and information on MRP a great source of goodies is Just Gotta Scoot. Check out the page at:

http://www.justgottascoot.com/mrp.htm

Hey this is Kerwin for USA and Caribbean Sales

Guys, we have many new parts arriving this summer. More than we can post. If anyone has any requests make sure to call the office, Im looking fwd to working with all the new dealers.

Kerwin
MRP

Scooter Racing in Puerto Rico

A lot of people dont know we are sponsors of the national Puerto Rico scooter association, the National Buggy Racing Association in the USA, and we are sponsoring three races across the USA. This weekend June 14th we will be at the first annual Miami Scooter race where over 500 scooters are expected.

I just got this in my email. We will be out there, the promoter says 1,000 but it will more be like 500. I hope next year it is a 1,000 scooters....

FIRST SCOOTER EVENT IN MIAMI, MORE THAN A 1000 SCOOTERS WILL SHOW UP THIS SATURDAY JUNE 14TH AT 7PM FOR DIRECTIONS GO TO WWW.MIAMIWHEELZ.COM
EVERYONE IS WELCOME, SHOPS AND COSTUMERS.
DO U HAVE THE FASTEST SCOOTER IN TOWN???
LET HAVE FUN 1/8 MILE, AT COUNTY LINE DRAW WAY.....
FOR MORE INFO AND DIRECTIONS WWW.MIAMIWHEELZ.COM


Martin Racing supports the racing scene in Puerto Rico we sponsor two race teams including the best TEAM CASA
Sponosoring the racing scene in San Juan since 2006 with team MRP

Kymco 500cc teaser from 2Xtreem TV with MRP as guests...

This is a great scene from an upcoming episode of 2Xtreem TV featuring the Kymco 500cc

N-MP-02062 GY6 Type 1 Scooter Exhaust our best selling Exhaust kit in the USA!

N-MP-02062 MRP GY6 150cc Type 1 Exhaust

This is the best selling scooter exhaust in the United States since 2004 when we first tested in out in the Miami race scene. Now its the exhaust of choice in Costa Rica, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, and in Canada. We sell this baby all day long because racers know that the N-MP-02062 is the true and tested MRP race exhaust.

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Don't accept immitations this is the best exhaust you can get for your GY6 150cc scooter. It offers 2CV more power, more speed and it doesnt slow down the take off like cheaper immitations do. If you've heard of Scooter Racing then you've heard of MRP the leading North American parts distributor of parts for scooters and racing upgrades for the emergning American scooter race scene. Check out our wholesale only website www.MRP-SPEED.com to find out more information about the GY6 engine and all its upgrades available from MRP.We offer the most standard GY6 exhausts available for Chinese mainland scooters including Wangye manufactured United Motors X-Peed 150, the Powersports Factory Strada 150cc (the 125cc is a KDU), all the Vento 150, Killerscooter 150, Phantom GT5, Tank 150cc (various models),Vento 150cc Phantom R4I, Strada RX150TE, Strada Chrome Edition RX150, Strada RX200HP, Strada 150CE, Primo Terminator 150cc, Primo "Strada" Streaker 150, Avanti Epsilon 150cc, Kinroad XT150T-8, Avanti Beta 150, Roketa Tahiti MC-03, Roketa Fiji MC-04, Verucci Viper 150GTX, Verucci Permier 150GTX SE, Tank Racer 150, RAD-10 150cc, Bemine 150 Touring, Racer 150, Yamati 150, BKM 150, BN 125 / 150,Madami 150, Lifan L150T-7, Lifan 125/150, Longbo 150, Mod Cycle 150, Wussi 150, Spigaly 150, Diamo 150, Velux 150, Retro 150, Loncin 150, Wangye 150, PGO -- Genuine G-Max - Blur150. We also offer a Go Kart and ATV Exhaust for GY6 engines found on Asian Go Karts and ATVs.Go Karts featuring the standard GY6 Engine include: Some Nerf Dog models, Xtreme, TJ Powersports, Kinroad -- Runmaster Sahara 150. Hensin ATVs, EVO, Flyscooters, and many other Chinese 125cc/200cc ATVs are all GY6 based engines. To find out more visit us at www.MRP-SPEED.com Our parts fit many Chinese scooter brands like CF Moto, Baron, Avanti 150cc and 125cc, Chinese, Kymco, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki We have parts for scooters featuring the QMJ152 and QMJ157, GY6 engine and scooter parts. This popular 4-stroke engine is used on Chinese scooters, atvs and dunebuggies. Full-Size Scooter Parts (mini gas & electric scooters parts) MRP -- Martin Racing Performance sells parts from Polini, NCY, Malossi, Koso, Dayco, Bando, Innova, TK, Italkit, Scooter Ninja, Buggy Ninja, Dr. Pulley, and our in house brand MRP. Performance Parts Full-size Scooter Parts, brakes, batteries, pads, cables, CDIs, An American Scooter Center dedicated to new Scooter Parts. Weather its Vespa, new Lambretta or Piaggio, we got the parts you are looking for. Online shopping at its easiest.We are wholesale only so make sure to visit your local dealership and ask for the best brand available by name ask for Martin Racing Performance.www.MRP-SPEED.com (more)

New posts and videos coming



We haven't paid much attention to the posts but rising gas prices, crazy sales, and an increase in interest have led us to open this new form of communication so we will be paying more attention to the blog in the coming weeks. First it will be more of a who we are sort of thing and then we will have constant updates about what's new.


Regards,


Team MRP

Ideal Scooter Store Display Advice Ideas for new store owners and how to build a better scooter store display. There are ideas that can help the store owner stay in business and help out their locel customers. MRP Scooter Parts Ideal Scooter Store Display To find out more visit www . MRP-SPEED . com

The importance of accessories
Anyone who has watched Orange County Choppers or Monster Garage knows how important custom bikes are in the motorcycle industry. In the rest of the world from Italy to Japan customizing a scooter is a normal part of the industry. The emergence of the hip hop and urban style around the world is undeniable. This is now starting to take off in America as well so don’t get left out by not stocking accessories. Clients tend to invest more in customizing a scooter than what they spent on the scooter. A good shop has one or two custom scooters on display and we don’t mean vintage we mean “new.” Never underestimate the importance of having chrome accessories, rims, and other body kits in stock. These are hot items which sell themselves. From racing exhausts to cup holders if you don’t have them it only means someone else is selling them. This is what separates your business from the fly by night guy who only orders parts as people need them. In the world of customization you have to invest to be the best. If you stock it, display it, and show it off your clients will keep coming back to build their dream bike.

We reccomend stocking accessories for all the brands you service and sell and if you're a smart dealer for the brands the guy down the street sells. Honda and Yamaha dealers dont like to stock scooter accessories. Go ahead steal their business. Be the number 1 repair shop in your area for Ruckus / Zoomer upgrades, make money where others dont see a market. Thats the greatest thing about the US scooter market its that its under-served. Go for it and call us if you have any questions.

www.MRP-SPEED.com


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The thrill of riding a scooter or a buggy is living in the moment. This applies to accessories and performance parts. Your customer sees it in the store, asks about it, and buys it. Having an exhaust display, a tire display, a helmet display, and an accessories display is essential. We understand that stores cannot stock everything, but if you don’t stock anything then your not really a store just a front. This makes the difference between the fly-by-night guy and a permanent shop that customers can have confidence in. If you don’t have it there is no reason for the customer to buy from your store when he can go online and get it. If you create traffic you will create buyers who buy a Vespa toy for a friend even if he/she do not ride a scooter. This creates cash flow and makes a more interesting store.

Building a good display takes only a few minutes. First you need to figure out what brands you are focused in your store.
Do you really want to promote SYM? How about TGB? Maybe your Kymco lineup?
Call us and stock accessories for your flagship line. Get the tires for the bikes you move the most. Customers don’t want to wait three days for a tire and if your supplier is out of stock then you better be ready. So if your best selling scooter is a TGB 303 then you need to stock tires all the time for the TGB 303.

So what should you stock? Well that all depends on what you carry and we can help you here at MRP with these hard decisions. Do you have accessories for the Maxi Scooters? Do you stock your most common engine cylinders?
A decent dealer has at least $2,500 in accessories on display and $1,000 in tires and cylinders. You can build an incredible performance center with less than $2,000. In most stores this is less than the cost of two units. Scooter/Buggy shops should also have an assortment of apparel and lubricants we suggest at least $2,000 in these items. A total investment of $6,000 will allow you to have a full range of entry level cylinders to the high end aluminum Italian brands. If done correctly this will be one of the most profitable sides of the business.

I’ve looked at the model and if you’re not getting at least $1500 in PG&A from a scooter then you’re not maximizing the potential of the store. To do this you have to have the accessories in stock. Just in Time will not work.

MBRA uses MRP Power Packs for GY6 Go Karts

Some of our clients are racing using the MRP Power Pack on the MBRA race scene. We are a proud sponsor of the leading race league for off-road gokarts in North America. Check out the MBRA in Action.


MRP GY6 Power Packs are available for:

Scooters, ATVs, and Go Karts using the Honda Air or Liquid Cooled based engines.


POWER PACK GY6 150ccMRP GY6 Power Pack for Scooters, ATVs, and Go Karts as seen on 2Xtreem TV featured on Direct TV and Dish Network.If you've heard of Scooter Racing then you've heard of MRP the leading North American parts distributor of parts for scooters and racing upgrades for the emergning American scooter race scene. Check out our wholesale only website www.MRP-SPEED.com to find out more information about the GY6 engine and all its upgrades available from MRP.We offer the most standard GY6 power pack available for Chinese mainland scooters including Wangye manufactured United Motors X-Peed 150, the Powersports Factory Strada 150cc (the 125cc is a KDU), all the Vento 150, Killerscooter 150, Phantom GT5, Tank 150cc (various models),Vento 150cc Phantom R4I, Strada RX150TE, Strada Chrome Edition RX150, Strada RX200HP, Strada 150CE, Primo Terminator 150cc, Primo "Strada" Streaker 150, Avanti Epsilon 150cc, Kinroad XT150T-8, Avanti Beta 150, Roketa Tahiti MC-03, Roketa Fiji MC-04, Verucci Viper 150GTX, Verucci Permier 150GTX SE, Tank Racer 150, RAD-10 150cc, Bemine 150 Touring, Racer 150, Yamati 150, BKM 150, BN 125 / 150,Madami 150, Lifan L150T-7, Lifan 125/150, Longbo 150, Mod Cycle 150, Wussi 150, Spigaly 150, Diamo 150, Velux 150, Retro 150, Loncin 150, Wangye 150, PGO -- Genuine G-Max - Blur150. Go Karts featuring the standard GY6 Engine include: Some Nerf Dog models, Xtreme, TJ Powersports, Kinroad -- Runmaster Sahara 150. Hensin ATVs, EVO, Flyscooters, and many other Chinese 125cc/200cc ATVs are all GY6 based engines. To find out more visit us at www.MRP-SPEED.com Our parts fit many Chinese scooter brands like CF Moto, Baron, Avanti 150cc and 125cc, Chinese, Kymco, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki We have parts for scooters featuring the QMJ152 and QMJ157, GY6 engine and scooter parts. This popular 4-stroke engine is used on Chinese scooters, atvs and dunebuggies. Full-Size Scooter Parts (mini gas & electric scooters parts) MRP -- Martin Racing Performance sells parts from Polini, NCY, Malossi, Koso, Dayco, Bando, Innova, TK, Italkit, Scooter Ninja, Buggy Ninja, Dr. Pulley, and our in house brand MRP. Performance Parts Full-size Scooter Parts, brakes, batteries, pads, cables, CDIs, An American Scooter Center dedicated to new Scooter Parts. Weather its Vespa, new Lambretta or Piaggio, we got the parts you are looking for. Online shopping at its easiest.We are wholesale only so make sure to visit your local dealership and ask for the best brand available by name ask for Martin Racing Performance.

www.MRP-SPEED.com
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Monday, June 9, 2008

Check out our YouTube Page

MRP now has a new You Tube page. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/user/MartinRacingPerf
Our GY6 power pack is still one of the best selling MRP part.

If you see it in the store make sure to pick it up. To see more watch this:





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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Upgrade 300cc for V3 V5 CFMoto JD250 Scooter and more!

This is our latest video for the CN 250 engines check it out.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The New MRP Blog

Hey Guys,

This is the new MRP blog and it will be available for both dealers and consumers to check out. We will have links to all our partner companies and information on our new products plus links to all the YouTube videos.

Stay Tuned....