Greg Blackwell, vice president of sales for LeMans Corp., parent company of Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties, says dealers have a lot to see in Indy from the Wisconsin-based distributor.
"New vendors that've been added since last Dealer Expo include Bassani Pipes, offering exhausts for Harley-Davidson motorcycles; Covington Cycle, featuring a selection of billet parts for Harley-Davidson dressers; Ricky Bastastini, who also provides billet bolt-on parts for Harley-Davidson dressers; Red Art, a manufacturer of UTV seats and seat covers; Technical Touch, offering genuine KYB suspension parts and components; a company known as VDP (Vertically Driven Products), which supplies UTV parts; and Vision Wheels, a brand featuring a selection of wheels for ATVs and UTVs.
"Then we have some additions offered by existing vendors, which we're also excited about: BUB has released a new product called the BUB Seven, a line of Harley exhausts; from Camoplast we have a line of very trick new items; from K&L we've added a heavy-duty motorcycle airlift; from RC Components we've added wide swingarm kits for sportbikes; Vance & Hines has a new off-road line that we're really excited about; and from Scorpio we've just added a new RFID alarm system, an owner recognition device that's really similar to what cars have now."
Don't look for LeMans Corp. to introduce any new house brands. "It's status quo on that," Blackwell says. But do ask about expansions to current brands like Icon and Thor.
And while you're there, inquire about dealer show specials on pricing and ordering, and grab autographs and a photo from Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, the Bostroms, David Knight, Jason Britton and other two-wheel stars.
There'll also be a new Parts Unlimited "cover bike" (a creation by well-known builder Roland Sands) that will be unveiled this morning.
Some longtime Dealer Expo attendees may notice the LeMans section of the show floor looking a bit different this year.
"It's a little smaller," Blackwell says. "We've eliminated that whole big exhaust section we had in there. Because it was so much work for the employees to get that stuff from the vendors and put it all together, we just decided to eliminate it." — Guido Ebert