Indy Update: Performance area revs up with Brock's, RaceTech, Avon and more

Publish Date: 
Jan 29, 2013
By Bruce Steever

WHILE DEALER EXPO is an opportunity to get down to the serious business of stocking up for the upcoming season, it also can be a great opportunity to check out some of the latest tires, wheels and performance-oriented parts available in the industry.

There’s something for every market, so make sure you come with a wish list of go-fast items to bring back to your dealership. Here’s just a few of the brands and products you’ll see at this year’s Dealer Expo:

Brock Davidson is one of the top names in drag racing, with the timeless motto, “stupid fast® motorcycle parts.” Brocks Performance is also one of the largest suppliers of BlackStone Tek (BST) carbon fiber parts, including BST’s super lightweight wheels. Strong, light and street-legal, they start around $1,650 each ­— not cheap, but the best never is. Specialty products such as Ducati Monster carbon fiber subframes are also available to add that ultimate touch of performance and style.

For riders who feel that practicality and versatility are their own type of performance, dealers can head to the AltRider exhibit. The Seattle-based adventure-touring specialist carries a variety of travel-ready accessories for all the major ADV and sports-touring machines. Fresh from the foundry are new parts for Honda’s NC700X adventure-styled twin, including crash bars, skid plates and radiator guards. All are available for pre-order.

No matter the ride, all bikes need to stop eventually, and nothing beats a sharp set of brakes. Galfer USA has long been a go-to for brake calipers, lines and rotors. Continuing the adventure-touring theme, Galfer now offers its patented wave rotors for BMW’s all-conquering R1200GS. Galfer also created a complete oversize rotor set, including pads and brake line for another ADV bike that has always benefitted from braking improvements: the Kawasaki KLR650. And if Galfer doesn’t stock the fitment you require, it can always be custom-built for your needs.

Braking power needs controlled suspension to reach its ultimate potential. To help your customers get the most from their bikes’ suspension, head to Racetech. Instead of simply replacing suspension components, Racetech gives you the option to make the most of stock forks and shocks at a fraction of the cost to the customer. New options for 2013 include Racetech’s iconic Gold Valves designed for the latest BPF fork technology, which promise compression and rebound improvements for only $299.99. Racetech also offers affordable special tool options to service the new Showa forks (at a reported fraction of OEM tool prices).

At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is where the rubber meets the road. Avon aims to make the most of out that small contact patch with new options for both sports and cruiser riders. The new 3D Ultra Supersport tire is designed to offer a balance between track-level grip and street endurance with wet road traction. (Continued)