Saddlemen’s new teardrop-style saddlebags are designed to accommodate the twin external shocks found on many motorcycles. The bags can therefore be mounted closer to the center of the bike, narrowing the overall width. The bags also require no signal relocation on most bikes, according to the manufacturer.
Bag dimensions are 20.5 inches long, 12 inches deep and 6.6 inches wide. Teardrop Shock Cutaway saddlebags are available in regular ($289.95 retail) or with chrome studs ($299.95) from Parts Unlimited or Drag Specialties.
Ideal Computer Systems introduced the latest version of its dealer management system, Ideal 6.3 for Windows. New features allow dealers to digitally capture customer signatures, track technicians’ time via an integrated Time Clock, and interface with Google Maps or Mapquest to view customer locations for pickups and deliveries. The new software also allows dealers to improve employee productivity with general time management reports as well as enhanced technician efficiency reports.
Dealers may also be able to reduce their inventory costs by using Ideal’s “even more advanced” inventory movement reports. Among other performance upgrades are new End of Day reports.
MTC Engineering was displaying the world’s first motorcycle to go over 250 mph in a quarter-mile drag race. The company was also talking up its new lock-up clutch, the Gen II Multistage Clutch. According to MTC Engineering, the clutch significantly reduces clutch lever efforts and improves clutch adjustability through its multistage technology.
The design runs on engine rpm, and reportedly demonstrates a quicker reaction time and more repeatability between passes. The design also allows for easier dynamic spring replacement with its quick-access cover plate over the springs.
Applications include the Hayabusa, Buell bikes, the GS1100/1150, the KX900/1000 and the ZX-14. Others are in the works. (continued)