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ATV – Kolpin Expands ATV Business

April 7, 2005
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Kolpin Powersports, Inc., Fox Lake, Wisc., has introduced a third ATV to its line-up and says it is planning to ramp up its accessory offerings through the purchase of an aftermarket supplier.
Kolpin says the 180 ATV, a 169cc unit available in green (MSRP $2,899) or green/camo ($2,999) should be available for retail in May. The manufacturer showcased the vehicle at the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis.
Featuring a 341-pound capacity rating, the four-stroke, oil-cooled unit comes with an electric starting system, automatic transmission, and fog and back-up lights.
Kolpin Powersports, Inc. entered the ATV vehicle market in 2004 with the introduction of the 50cc and 90cc models. Taiwan-made by Armstrong Industry Corporation, the Kolpin brand ATVs are sold at Gander Mountain stores across the country.
Last year, Kolpin issued a recall on 1,000 of the 90cc units and 39 of the 50cc units. The quads in question were sold from September 2004 to November 24, 2004, for $1,399 to $1,499.
Based on two reports, the company said metal-flange locking nuts securing the tie rod assemblies, integral to the steering system on the quads, can come loose.
In related news, Kolpin Powersports, Inc., announced the acquisition of ATV accessory manufacturer DirtWorks. The arrangement took effect last month and includes all of DirtWorks products, which will now be sold as Kolpin Powersports’ DirtWorks Series. Finanical terms of the deal were not disclosed.
DirtWorks is perhaps best known for its three-point hitch system, which attaches to the front or back of utility vehicles, garden tractors or ATVs. Kolpin says the attachment system combined with its numerous implements — blade, box scraper, cultivator, forklift, landscape rake and disc — is an important addition to its list of ATVs and accessories.
“Their innovative features and robust quality fit our product strategy well and complete the circle in offering a full range of ATV accessory products for all outdoor and work activities,” Tom Lutes, president of Kolpin Powersports, said of DirtWorks. “The overall growth in this category, coupled with our strong brand and distribution, will provide continued momentum for Kolpin and its wholesale and retail partners.”
Kolpin Powersports, Inc., offers Kolpin branded ATVs and ATV Accessories withpatented innovations in gun boot cases, stealth exhaust systems, fuel and water packs, carriers, luggage and other accessory items.

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