Scooters are nothing new at Dealer Expo. Over the past couple of years you couldn't walk a foot without bumping into a booth filled with "new Asian imports" or other, more well-known, importers. With this rising tide of scooter sales, a spot has opened up in the aftermarket for related gear and gizmos.
This year it was easier to move around at Indy without tripping over an import; the number of Chinese and Asian exhibitors dropped, and those showing seemed to display fewer models. What we found was a growing number of manufacturers and distributors offering aftermarket products, and even if the products weren't specific for scoots, booth reps were pushing the items as possibilities anyway.
From the top cases and new soft luggage by Shad to handguard mounts from PowerMadd (Handguards? Yep, they looked pretty cool), there was a good selection of scoot-centric items. One of the biggest collections was at the Genuine Scooter Co./Scooterworks Direct booth. The company's direct-to-dealer catalog for the small-wheeled crowd has expanded by 100 pages and 1,000 new SKUs.
Scooterworks Direct now carries the full line of Street FX scooter lights, Ipone lubricants and YSS scooter shocks, and has developed a scooter-specific armored riding jacket with an MSRP of about $120. A line called Chinese Take-off Parts features inexpensive, replacement parts for imported scoots on the GY6 platform.
Helmet House displayed the Metro jacket from Tour Master, an armored textile jacket that looks just like a workman's shop jacket but has EVA foam armor in the elbow and shoulder and an articulated triple-density back protector — quite a change from what people consider usable, conventional scooter apparel. The Metro also features zippered shoulder, sleeve and rear exhaust vents, and is waterproof and breathable. The zip-out quilted liner has 100g polyfill insulation.
One of the more unique products was a new mount from PowerMadd that enables scooterists to install the company's PowerX handguards for a rugged street look. Longtime windshield maker Slipstreamer, which has been manufacturing scooter screens for about 30 years, is doing a line of windscreens for new Asian import scooters such as those from TGB.
— Dennis Johnson