‘It’s in the Stretch’
Shock Strap (Lucas Oil Stadium, Booth 8034) is offering a 10 percent discount on all orders placed at the show. The company’s new tie-downs feature a dog-bone-shaped rubber piece connecting the straps to the hooks. This rubber piece reportedly absorbs road vibrations better than straps alone would. “Shock Straps will not work loose like rope or other tie-downs,” the manufacturer claims. The catch phrase for the product? “It’s in the Stretch.”
NHJ Makes Dealer Expo Bow
This is the first Dealer Expo for NHJ Powersports (Indiana Convention Center, Booths 2101 and 2211), the Alsip, Ill.-based distributor created last May through the merger of Nichols Motorcycle Supply with Hap Jones. All orders are now shipped out of the Alsip warehouse. New products at the show include:
- The Elite cargo box for ATVs comes in standard and deluxe models. The fancy version has heated grips and hand guards. Both boxes feature two storage compartments on the sides, as well as a central toolbox. Retail prices range from $379.99 to $419.99.
- MXRx Aggressor boots ($169.99) feature three buckles, steel toe plates, ventilation and external plastic shields.
- Roadkrome Donna women’s leather boot comes with a side zipper and an expandable back panel.
Other new products include the Roakkrome Sturgis ABS removable plastic saddlebag, the Xtreme X-Drive helmet, three different MXRx hydration systems, and the three lids from Zox: the Armada R SVS, the carbon fiber Biker Beanie, and the Etna SVS open-face helmet with a quick-release flip-up clear shield, a flip-down solar visor and a removable MX-style peak.
Maxxis Finds Its Ballance
At an invitation-only event Saturday, Maxxis (Indiana Convention Center, Booth 325) unveiled what it describes as its most aggressive and lightest radial ATV tire to date, the Razr Ballance.
Designed with input from nine-time GNCC champ Bill Ballance, a longtime Maxxis rider, the tire is based on the Razr and Razr2. The 6-ply tire is intended for intermediate to loamy conditions and reportedly provides “very predictable” sliding characteristics.
“These tires offer more traction than anything I’ve ever ridden, and I’m confident they’ll keep me in front on race day,” Ballance told Maxxis. He and fellow Maxxis-supported racers Mike Penland and Maria Forsberg were on hand to sign autographs and chat with fans.