May 10, 2013
Almost time for a Break
I know, sorry. I have not posted in a long time.
The trip to YMC went well. There was sure a lot of snow left in Shibetsu! Typical spring conditions when we got there. Hyfax in the morning and mush in the afternoon, great riding none the less.
The engineers prepared some MY15 spec units for us along with a few ‘skunk-works’ projects which are always interesting and in a couple of cases, well outside of the box!
We reviewed our business results from the past season with no real big surprises. It’s really good to see the market beginning to strengthen and the progressive emergence of the Russian market is fascinating. The dust has settled on our MY14 model launch and overall the acceptance of the new direction set-forth in our supply agreement with Arctic Cat has been well accepted, judging by our customer deposits and dealer orders.
I was only home for a couple of weeks (long enough for my first bicycle race of the season) before heading down to West Yellowstone to join in some more testing and meetings and yes there is still lots of snow at 10,000 feet. Matter of fact this is the time of year where a select few pull out the big iron, pack a change of shorts and set forth to challenge some first ascents on the steepest chutes you can imagine. Check out this pic (courtesy of Team Thunderstruck) of Randy’s failed attempt last year, unbelievable – he is getting ready to try again!!
I expect to be travelling south again soon. We have June meetings scheduled in Kennesaw on the snowmobile accessories side and I anticipate a visit to TRF sooner than later. We are also in the midst of planning another big, new product launch in mid-June with wheels and props.
April was a personal milestone for me as I celebrated my 25th year here with Yamaha and it marks our 40th year as Yamaha Motor Canada. SMH – It sure doesn’t feel that long!
I will continue to check Sled Talk regularly for your comments and try to post some tid-bits as we get into summer. That said I hope to spend a lot of time at the cottage and behind the handlebars this summer but I’ll be back in earnest when the days begin to shorten… have a great summer! cheers cr