Hard parts abound at LeMans western regional showcase

Publish Date: 
Mar 29, 2013
By Dennis Johnson

ANAHEIM, Calif. - LeMans Corp. kicked off the first stop of its two-pronged regional approach to gathering vendors and dealers under one roof with its 2013 Anaheim Regional Showcase in Southern California. The distributor said the event, held March 23-24, featured about 200 vendor displays.

Here’s a sampling of some of the new products making their way to dealer showrooms.

A couple of years back Saddlemen bought the All American Rider luggage brand and completely revamped the company, right down to its logo. After retooling the whole lineup, the seat company debuted the newly minted brand at this year’s V-twin Expo. Saddlemen’s marketing man Ron Benfield said that the fact that the luggage is made at Saddlemen’s factory near Long Beach, Calif. (read: made in the U.S.) is a huge selling point. LeMans carries about 40 pieces from All American Rider’s product line.

New for 2013 are the new Overnighter and Weekender sissy bar bags and the company’s lineup of saddlebags. The sissy bar luggage comes in a multitude of sizes and various styles. For instance, the Weekender two-piece set is suited (as its name implies) for a weekend getaway, with a number of external pockets and interior storage. The modular system allows either bag to be used separately, and a back pack/ shoulder strap makes them mobile. The bags’ leather grained RuffHyde material is water-, stain- and mildew-resistant.

The company’s saddlebags are also made from RuffHyde and are designed to be used in conjunction with supports and/or brackets. The extra large Futura Slant bags come in two different configurations, detachable and fixed, and feature sturdy inner reinforcements to the bags retain their shape even when empty. Like the sissy bar bags, this luggage also comes in a variety of sizes and styles.

Beard Seats’ main product is its line of off-road suspension seats for side-by-side vehicles. Derived from the seats used for off-road racing trucks, the lineup reportedly offers superior comfort and containment over OE seating.

The company’s Super-TZ seat is reportedly its best-seller and was built specifically for the new breed of high-performance side-by-sides. With fitments for the Polaris RZR and Arctic Cat Wildcat, the Super-TZ is built using a ridged tubular steel frame and a web of energy-absorbing components that help keep drivers and riders planted even in the rough stuff. The seat features slots for a four-point safety harness and is reportedly a direct replacement for the stock seat. The company also offers a four-point harness, performance steering wheels, door kits for the RZR and some other related bits and pieces. (continued)