IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE we previewed the variety of vehicles to be seen at Dealer Expo.
We reported on:
• Christini’s new 450 Enduro and AWD 450 Military Edition dirtbikes,
• Tharo EV electric scooters,
• Yelvington Trikes’ new kits and proprietary trikes,
• Ice Bear’s lowered-and-stretched scooter, inspired by the Yamaha Ruckus, and
• Strider balance bikes for kids.
Here are four more companies that caught our eye on the show floor.
Kandi USA was showing a new 150cc go-kart, the KD-150GKM-2 (see photo). The model’s single-cylinder four-stroke engine is air-cooled and paired with a chain-driven automatic transmission with reverse. Kandi claims a top speed of more than 40 mph. The go-kart’s wheelbase is about 73.2 inches. MSRP is $2,395. Kandi USA is based in the Los Angeles area with a 70,000 sq. ft. warehouse.
Kuberg is a Czech maker of electric motorcycles for children. The company’s three kids models are The Start (seat height of 16 inches for ages 2 to 5), the Trial E (seat height of 21 inches for ages 4 to 10), and the Cross (seat height of 23 inches for ages 5 to 12). All models (see photo, left) feature fully covered batteries, a chain guard, a parental speed dial control, and suspension comprised of telescopic forks and a spring shock absorber. MSRPs for the models, in order of increasing size, are $1,099, $1,499 and $1,699.
Kuberg was also displaying a prototype motorcycle for teenagers that will be available later this year. Top speed will be around 40 mph, and its range will be around 40 miles. Already in production is a waterproof electric adult trials bike with electric clutch. It weighs only 157 lbs. and has a range of up to three hours.
Massimo has new side-by-sides for 2013: the Alligator 500 EFI (retailing for $8,995), the Alligator 700 EFI ($9,995) and the four-seat Alligator 700-4 EFI ($11,499). Compared with other Massimo models, the Alligators are 8 inches wider through the suspension and have a new front-end design. Other features include reinforced A-arms, bucket seats, a top, doors, 26-inch aluminum wheels, an electric winch, a storage box and a full windshield.
Massimo also has redesigned its Croc 500 EFI ($8,499) and Croc 700 EFI ($9,499) side-by-sides. They have a new front end and feature liquid-cooled engines with pushbutton 2WD/4WD as well as new aluminum wheels. The Croc models come standard with an electric winch, full instrumentation, a windshield and a storage box. (Continued)