Every year LeMans Corp. invites the media to its biggest event of the year: the National Vendor Presentation — a four-day sales meeting for its road reps that includes vendor-hosted seminars — and a Showcase trade show for dealers on the contiguous Sunday. Presented below are reports on 82 of the roughly 140 vendors that participated Aug. 15-19 in Madison, Wis. An index is there to help you browse.
What was my general impression after speaking with so many vendors? I was even more inclined to accept what LeMans owner Fred Fox told gathered vendors the day before the Showcase: that aftermarket sales overall have bottomed out, and there is reason for optimism.
As you’ll read below, several V-twin vendors even reported year-over-year sales jumps. The fastest-emerging market, they told me, is the trike aftermarket. Performance Machines’ Ted Sands pointed out that the market is especially attractive to wheel makers (you can guess why).
Another growing segment is engine parts. Vendors report that more and more people are fixing up vehicles in lieu of buying new ones. At least three off-road vendors said they'd seen a sales increase related to two-strokes. Many component makers said dealers need to educate people on why they should invest in improvements. Cast parts versus forged ones, for example.
Most manufacturers of staples seem to be weathering the downturn. According to the latest MIC report, tire sales are up 8 percent. This statistic may seem incongruent with another: Tire makers said tire prices are as low as they’ve ever been. Nearly all these vendors said that many dealers don't realize this if they rely on LightspeedNXT for wholesale pricing. The vendors beseech dealers to look up prices using the LeMans ordering systems. One tire rep told me of a dealer who raged about an online discounter, even though he could have price-matched and made a decent profit.
Not to suggest that undercutters no longer exist, or that happy days are here again. Kenny Price of Samson said sales are at the same level they were 15 years ago. Another exhaust manufacturer, DG, said all employees were having to accept furlough days. New-unit sales declines may be slowing, but vendors of products often bought with new units — helmets, jackets, exhaust pipes, etc. — are continuing to adapt to the new levels.
All vendors this year upped their salesmanship. Several had top 10 lists on why people should choose their brand. As the reports below testify, there were new products, but not as many as in years past. More prominent this year, if not new, were an abundance of POP materials. You’ll also see plenty of those below.
That’s enough overview. Now for the specifics. I obviously tried to be accurate in the reports, but given there are about 14,000 words, mistakes are probable. Please send corrections and comments to email@example.com, or feel free to call me: 949-954-8657.
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Drag Specialties Seats
High Lifter Products
Koso North America
Lindby Custom Inc.
Moose Utility Division
Moto-Master Brake Systems
NGK Spark Plugs
Precision Performance (Drag Specialties Brakes)
Rick’s Motosport Electrics
Roland Sands Design
Russ Wernimont Designs
Vance & Hines
Wild 1 Chubbys
“This past year we increased dealer profit margins over 20 percent for all AFX helmets,” said Doug Hill, president of AFX North America. About 2 million helmets, he said, have been sold since the brand’s inception 14 years ago. Eighty percent of AFX helmets retail for under $99.95.
The LeMans-exclusive brand was promoting six all-new helmets, three of which we present here.
The FX-95 street helmet, based on the FX-16, is now ECE- and DOT-approved. AFX took away the Snell approval from the previous model and added a quick-release shield system. At $104 for graphics and $99.95 for solids, the FX-95 is the brand’s most expensive lid. Shown here is the hi-viz version.
The FX-200 has two flip-down shields, a smoke one and a clear one that work in a patented system. MSRPs are $84.95 to $94.95.
The FX-17 off-road helmet is now available in graphics the colors of which closely resemble those used by the popular energy drink brands.
Looking toward the future, AFX will have a new dual-sport helmet around Christmas. It will introduce its first modular helmet in early 2011.
Big news for AGV Helmets is a new MAP policy going to dealers the week of the NVP show.
As most readers know, Italy’s Dainese owns the AGV brand. Roberto Sadowsky, VP of operations for Dainese USA, told us early this year that because of the relatively small number of Dainese dealers, the company is able to enforce the minimum advertised prices. “We have a very tight relationship with our dealers. We don’t have the control on AGV yet,” he said. “This is something that we are going start in 2010 on the price. This is a very important thing because we want to bring AGV to the same level as Dainese in terms of importance of brand.”
AGV is a LeMans-exclusive brand. It had several new products at the show, just a few of which we present here.
Coming soon is the limited-edition Chicken Rossi graphic for the GP-Tech replica series. It will retail for $799.95, and only 750 of them will be sold. The full size run of the GP-Tech is made using three shell sizes in fiberglass/Kevlar/carbon. The ventilation system has three front vents and five rear extractors. A visor “micro-opening system” is said to prevent fog in even the worse of conditions. The liner (including the neckroll) is fully removable and washable.
The T-2 Sergeant will be available in 2011 and will retail for $499.95. The full size run for the T-2 also uses three shell sizes in fiberglass/Kevlar/carbon. A double-density EPS comes in four sizes. The ventilation system has three front vents and four rear extractors. A new quick-release shield system is even faster and includes a safety device to prevent visor detachment during a fall. The anti-fog shield comes equipped with a tear-off system. The liner (including the neckroll) is fully removable and washable.
The new Stealth SV and S-4 SV are the first AGV helmets with a flip-down sun visor. The Stealth SV combines the GT design with a race appeal given by a spoiler. The S-4 SV has all the key features of the Stealth SV but with a more sober design without the top air vent. It also has a micro-metric adjustment buckle instead of the Stealth SV’s double-D retention system. Both helmets are Bluetooth-ready, have quick-release shields, and come in a variety of colors and graphics. Stealth SV solids retail for $359.95, multis for $399.95. S-4V solids retail for $299.95, multis for $339.95.
AGV has lowered the suggested retail prices for the MT-X off-road helmet it introduced last year. Multis went from $199.95 to $179.95. Solids went from $159.95 to $149.95.
New for 2011 is the MT-X Carnival retailing for $179.95.
Also notable are two other Rossi replicas: The AX-8 dual-sport helmet comes in a special version mimicking Rossi’s “5 Continents” graphic. It retails for $399.95. The entry-level K-3 street helmet comes in several Rossi replicas, each retailing for only $219.95.
Slovenia-based Akrapovic recently opened its first U.S. office in Irvine, Calif., even though it’s been in business for two decades. Akrapovic America LLC was begun with four employees, each with a particular focus: the motorcycle industry, the automotive industry, overall operations and the warehouse. The office will handle warranty claims, technical support and replacement parts, and will lead a ramp-up in marketing and PR activities.
All this is according to Nicholas Iannitti, who was hired last summer as the manager of the Motorcycle Division. He said Slovenia headquarters has also done some hiring. Staff additions include a new CEO (formerly of Johnson & Johnson Europe), a new director of technology, and a new head of product development.
The new director of technology is a mechanical engineer who once worked for Ducati, Iannitti said. She’s into 3D modeling and other technologies. “As a result, there has been up to a 45 percent reduction in production time for some products,” Iannitti said.
Akrapovic has also reorganized the work flow on the factory floor, allowing the company to stock finished products for the first time in its history. “This will drastically reduce lead time on distributor orders,” said Iannitti, who added that Akrapovic already has a 97.5 percent fill rate.
Iannitti said BMW applications are the company’s biggest sellers right now. Accordingly, the Evolution slip-ons for the S 1000 RR were on display at the booth during the Showcase trade show. The homologated pipes are said to produce 11.15 more horsepower at 8450 rpm.
A Hypermotard system is coming.
Arlen Ness has a new MAP policy for its products: All advertised pricing must be within 10 percent of MSRP. Contact the company for details.
The company also has new see-through packaging for its Big Sucker air filter kits, which the company claims can add up to 21 percent more horsepower. An Arlen Ness rep noted that unlike other air filter kits, the Big Sucker for Sportsters will accept the OEM cover.
Arlen Ness’ new Raked Triple Trees for trikes allow the builder to use one of the company’s 21- or 23-inch wheels. The billet aluminum trees add 4.5 degrees of rake to improve handling and styling. Applications are 2009-and-up Tri Glides and 2010-and-up Street Glides. MSRP is $899.95.
Also new for the same applications are the Ness Street Dragger Rear Fenders. The slick-looking fenders fit the factory 15-inch wheels or any of Arlen Ness’ billet 18-inch trike wheels with appropriate tires. The fiberglass fenders are pre-drilled and ready for a custom paint job. MSRP is $699.95.
Bassani founder Darryl Bassani said his sales through LeMans were up more than 15 percent on a rolling 12-month basis.
In response to the slower economy, Bassani has a new line of Sportster slip-ons. A 3-inch slip-on chrome muffler with a billet end cap fits 2004-to-2011 Sportsters and retails for $349.95. Customers can opt for a black-anodized end cap for 10 bucks more. Other 3-inch slip-ons have Bologna-cut and slash-cut tips.
Bassani also has a new countertop POP display holding five new brochures: Baggers, Softail, Dyna, Sportster and Metric Cruisers. “Dealers are limited on counter space, so we gave them this,” Bassani said.
Beard Seats (a brand owned by Koronis Parts) has a new snowmobile seat that retails for $349.99. The seat is lighter than stock due partly to an aluminum base, and has a grippy material to prevent the rider from slipping around. A large storage area is under the seat, and Beard offers separately a carrying-strap-equipped Underseat Gear Bag retailing for $89.99. It also offers a containment strap ($29.99 retail) that keeps items under the seat. The seat has the following fitments:
- 2005-2006 M5,
- 2005-2010 M6,
- 2005-2006 M7,
- 2007-2010 M8,
- 2010 CFR 800,
- 2010 CFR 1000,
- 2007-2009 Crossfire 500,
- 2006-2010 Crossfire 600,
- 2006 Crossfire 700,
- 2007-2010 Crossfire 800,
- 2007-2009 Crossfire 1000.
Beard also has new seat belts for side-by-sides. The seat belts match the stock seats and are available in four-point harnesses or five-point harnesses. Unlike the stock seat belts (which are often deemed uncomfortable due to their one strap across the chest), the belts have sternum straps. The automotive-style harness retails for $99 retail. The latch-and-link belt retails for $129.
Atlanta-based Bike Alert, the company behind Hiflofiltro and JT Sprockets, is moving in late October to a nearby building that’s three times larger. Square footage will go from 20,000 sq. ft. to 60,000 sq. ft. “Now we won’t have to have 12 or 13 inventory turns per year,” Richard Brice, VP of Bike Alert USA, said. “It’s a nine-year-old building that we bought for 50 cents on the dollar.”
Brice said that compared to last year, sprocket sales are up 14 percent, and filter sales are up 40 percent. “Because everybody let their inventory fall too low,” he explained. “At some point there’s going to have to be a point where oil filters level off, but we haven’t seen it yet.”
New oil filter applications include 1300 BMWs, the 800 GS, and the 990 Spyder.
Caliber said its aerodynamic V-Front Ramp Shield is the first UPS-shippable (i.e., it’s not oversized) drive-off ramp shield for V-front trailers. It protects machines from salt, slush and road debris. A universal design fits all open V-front trailers. Caliber’s lifetime warranty guarantees that the high-impact-plastic shield will not crack, chip, break or corrode. Integrated Caliber grip-and-glide technology guides the vehicles off safely. Molded-in track grip assists during drive-offs. MSRP is roughly $450.
Caliber was also promoting a new feature on its website that allows customers to custom-build their trailer track. It works much as “build your car” sections on automotive sites. Customers pick their trailer length, a trailer picture appears, and the site allows them to interchange different types of track. When they’re done, they print out the part numbers to take to a dealer. In this way, they won’t have to make multiple trips for more track or to return track.
Click here for Cobra’s biggest news at the show: an upcoming fuel injection auto-tuner that requires no external sensor. It’s plug-and-play just like a standard tuner.
Other Cobra news at the show: The company noted that the new Honda VT1300 models are built on the Fury platform, so Cobra exhaust systems and air intake system for the Fury also fit those models. What’s next is a set of accessories for the bikes, including sissy bars, saddlebags, freeway bars and front floorboards. “One of the difficulties with this family of motorcycles is there are no fender rails,” Cobra’s Camron Bussard said. “There’s a very clean design. That means there’s no place to mount.”
Cobra’s solution? It built a bracket to mount to the infrastructure holding up the fender. Accessories then mount to this bracket. “What that means,” Bussard said, “is that the customer isn’t going to have to drill holes through his fender to reach those mounting points.”
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Another affordable product for VT1300s is Three-Inch Slip-On Mufflers that are chromed and come with a 2-inch baffle. The billet tips can be positioned three different ways, allowing dealers to stock just one part number. The muffler set will retail for $299.
“Another bike that you’re going to see a lot of promotion for is the new RS750,” Bussard said. “The RS750 and the RS name go back deep in the Honda tradition if anybody remembers dirt-tracking in the ’80s. Those were all the RS750 motors. So Honda is playing off that heritage and tradition.”
Cobra has a full line of accessories for the RS750, including exhaust systems, saddlebags, a freeway bar, a sissy bar, a forward rack, and a stand-alone rack. “If someone doesn’t want to put a sissy bar on it, the stand-alone rack is an option,” Bussard explained.
Cobra has a full line of black accessories for the Honda Phantom, including racks, sissy bars, exhaust pipes, a Powerflo air filter, and a light bar.
There’s also the new Tri-Pro 2-into-1 for the M109R. “The M109 is a loud motorcycle even stock,” Bussard said. “When you put an aftermarket exhaust system on it, it’s terribly loud. It sets off car alarms two to three blocks away. Our pipe meets the new MIC-SAE sound standard. It still makes power, but it’s actually quiet. We sent the first set to the president of the M109 Riders Group, and they installed it at their annual ride. Suddenly the bulletin boards were lit up with how great the pipe looked, how easy it was to install, how great it sounded. There’s almost a cult status with some of the M109 guys already.”
After earlier introducing Tri-Ovals for Harleys, Cobra now has them for Gold Wings and Kawasaki Nomads. The pipes are round in front and work into an oval shape in the rear with a large billet tip.
Cobra’s Powerflo Intake comes with a K&N air filter. “This still carries a lot of weight in the industry,” Bussard said. The filter also has a proprietary built-in venturi helping the airflow.
A rep for Cometic Gasket said sales are up, with business split evenly among Harley-Davidson and metric shops. The company has made it easier on stocking dealers by offering both top-end and low-end gasket kits. It had previously offered only top-end kits and complete kits. But according to a Cometic Gasket rep, dealers typically do four times as many top-end rebuilds as low-end ones.
The 2010 Cometic Gasket catalog also lists individual components, organized by OEM part number (matched with Cometic’s own number).
To help dealers market its products, Cometic Gasket offers eight display boards, six of which are also offered through Drag Specialties.
Condor was displaying products named this past summer in our annual survey in which we ask Top 100 dealers to name their best-selling products: the Condor Pit Stop chock ($250) and the Condor Helmet Hanger ($19.95). Of the latter product, a dealer said, “Very convenient way to store your helmet.” Another dealer owned a Pit Stop for his own personal use. “Great Stand,” he said. “Works well in an out of vehicle.” An E-Track Adaptor Kit ($79) is available for use in trailers fitted with E-Track.
Click here to watch a video about Condor’s new Ultimate Dirt Bike Stand. It allows a rider to lift up his or bike easily with one foot. An opening allows for easy access to change fluids. A previous version of this stand was made out of aluminum and retailed for $250. The new model is made of stainless steel and retails for just $130.
CST stopped selling street tires in the U.S. a few years ago (when “Cheng Shin” was still its principle moniker, before it switched to the more marketing-friendly acronym). Now, however, it has reintroduced the C906/C907 Hi Max streetbike tires. They are H- and 4-ply-rated and are tubeless. The rear C907 comes in the following sizes: 120/90-16, 120/90-18, 130/90-15, 130/90-16, 140/90-15 and 170/80-15. The front C906 comes in 100/90-18, 100/90-19, 110/90-18 and 110/90-19.
A rep for Dakota Digital said sales were up 40 percent in the first quarter and 60 percent in the second. One big reason for these increases, he said, is the company’s Direct/Plug Fit for its various instruments, gauges, indicators and other electronics. Many 2004-and-newer motorcycles, he explained, use a databus that carries large amounts of information on a single wire. Several Dakota Digital instruments are able to communicate with the factory computer via this single wire, allowing the end user simply to plug in the gauge with no further wiring. Other instruments sporting the Direct/Plug Fit logo will have a connector built in, or a harness that will plug directly into the stock wiring.
D.I.D’s new ZVM-X Series of motorcycle chains has greater rigidity compared to the previous ZVM-2 Series, which it replaces.
Here’s how the D.I.D folks explain the difference: Traditionally, tensile strength has been used to indicate the overall strength of a chain. But tensile strength is only a laboratory static measurement of a chain’s breaking point. Rigidity, on the other hand, is the ability of a chain to withstand the forces that occur in the real world. Increased rigidity means better power transfer from the engine to the ground and greater resistance to stretching under load. This translates to smooth handling, quicker response time, and overall improved performance.
The ZVM-X comes in three sizes: 520 for motorcycles with a max displacment of 1200cc, 525 for those with a max displacement of 1300cc, and 530 for those with a max displacement of 1400cc. (The previous ZVM-2 Series only went up to 1300cc.) All X-ring chains are available in gold, silver and black (unplated steel). The 530ZVM-X is also applicable for custom V-twins with fat tires.
D.I.D reminded us that X-rings are superior to O-rings because they have four seating points instead of two, and are more flexible when cold. This means less horsepower-robbing friction.
Drag Specialities is running a POP display program through Dec. 31. Dealers have four options:
- Buy at least $1,500 in assorted Drag-branded products on one order, and receive one of the following POP items: a hard parts grid display, a bar stool, or a catalog rack.
- Buy at least $1,000 in assorted Drag-branded products on one order, and receive either shopping bags or a metal tacker sign.
- Buy at least $500 in assorted Drag-branded products on one order, and receive one oil display rack.
- Buy at least $400 in assorted Drag-banded products on one order, and receive a battery display rack or a battery lighted sign.
See your Drag rep for further details and how to order.
For the past 10 months, sales for Drag Specialties Seats are up in the double-digits, said Kevin Lehan, general manager of LeMans’ Seat Division. Drag has been making its own seats here in the U.S. since the early 1970s, even though many people still mistakenly believe production is outsourced to a third party, he said.
Drag Specialties offers a wide range of styles of seats, illustrated well by the sign on the right.
The brand has a new solar reflective logo to promote its Solar Leather Technology, which is now built into the leather (it’s not a coating) of most Drag Specialties seats. The technology reduces solar radiation, decreasing the surface temperature by up to 45 degrees.
All the seats come with a one-year warranty, and all internal components are zinc-coated. Just one new model is a the Large Spring Solo. It's available in a variety of styles, including the one below with a skirt and studs. MSRP is $239.95
Lehan noted that dealers can request custom colors for stitching on any of the seats.
A rep for Dunlop said the company has its best inventory levels ever, allowing for a 96 percent fill rate with LeMans. He said industry tire sales are up 8 percent year to date, according to the latest MIC study, which collects retail sales data from nearly all the major brands.
The rep said that the brand is the industry market share leader in all categories, adding that it also has the most extensive advertising and the largest sales support team, and has had no lapse in race support. “In fact, participation at all levels increased as other brands have abandoned racing,” he said.
Dunlop had several new tires, including the four below.
The Quadmax Sport is a new radial ATV tire with a closely blocked tread pattern. The rear tires are dual-directional, allowing them to be matched for better performance and longer life. The Quadmax Sport comes in the following sizes: AT19X6R10, AT20X6R10, AT21X7R10, AT18X10R8, AT18X10R9 and AT20X11R9.
The long-in-development American Elite cruiser tires will be available at the end of September. Dunlop said an all-new tread design helps provide even wear and quiet operation in wet and dry conditions. A Multi-Tread (MT) rear tire incorporates a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire tread and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder to enhance cornering performance. The tire will be available for Harley-Davidson Touring bikes, 2009 models and newer, in sizes 130/80B17 and 180/65B16. More sizes to fit other Harley-Davidson models will become available later in 2010.
The MX71 is a new hard-terrain directional tire. It rounds out the Geomax line that also includes the soft-terrain MX31 and the intermediate-terrain MX51. All popular sizes are available now.
The Trailmax TR91 adventure-touring tire replaces the D607. The dual-sport tire features a silica-fortified tread compound for better traction and grip in wet and dry weather. A V-shaped pattern with crossing grooves pulls water away from the tread contact patch. Compared to the D607, the tire is higher-mileage on both the street and dirt. Front sizes are 90/90-21, 100/90-19 and 110/80R19. Rear sizes are 130/80R17, 140/80R17 and 150/70R17.
Dynojet’s Secondary Fuel Module (SFM) for eight-injector sportbikes works along with the Power Commander V. The SFM allows for the adjustment of the lower and upper injectors separately. It also allows for quick-shifter functionality. Applications include Japanese supersport bikes.
“The big point is that we can adjust the upper injectors separately from the lowers,” a Dynojet rep said. “Nobody else can do that. If you think you need to adjust the uppers, then the biggest part of that is to leave the lowers alone and put more fuel into the uppers. Ninety percent of customers out there probably won’t see a performance benefit of adding this, but some guys, full-on racers, are seeing some big gains. They take fuel away from the lowers and puts almost the whole fuel loads to the uppers.”
For customers who just want quick-shifter functionality, Dynojet’s Quick Shifter Expansion Module product is a less expensive alternative.
Dynojet said its AutoTune accessory for the Power Commander is one of its best-selling products for the metric and Harley markets. It now supports dual oxygen sensors for all twin-cylinder models, including ATVs and UTVs.
U.K.-based Abax Engineering, a sister company of EBC Brakes, says it recently bought the most accurate machine in the world for making a new line of pilot jets (to complement the main jets it already offered). “Everyone knows how sensitive an engine is to pilot jets in the acceleration stages from 1000 to 3500 rpm, and getting the fuel mixture right in this area is critical,” says a brochure EBC was handing out at the LeMans show. “For this reason jets have to be perfectly accurate in their marked size and incremental size steps.” Thanks to the new machine, the company says, Abax pilot jets are precise, clearly marked and reliably gauged using pin gauges accurate to one tenth of a thousandth of an inch. The jets come in kits, and refills are available.
EVS was promoting its new Nitro Circus line of products. We reported earlier on the Nitro Circus editions of the EVS RC Evolution neck brace and Big Knee Pads, but there is so much more receiving the treatment: a G5 Ballistic Jersey, a Youth GS Lite Ballistic Jersey, a Revo 4 Roost Guard, a UGO2 Impact Short, a SC05 Knee/Shin Guard, an Option Knee Guard, an Option Elbow Guard, an RC3 Race Collar, an RC2 Race Collar, and an RC Evo Graphics Kit.
To display such a large line of products, EVS offers a four-sided Nitro Circus Display. It has a powder-coated steel frame and comes on casters for easy moving.
Flanders Handlebars was promoting its Notched Bars for Glides that fit Electra Glides, Street Glides, Tri Glides and Ultra Classic models with electric throttles. Six styles are available:
- 1-Inch Wide Ultra Classic with 2 extra inches of pullback ($155.95 retail),
- 1-Inch Wide Ultra Classic with 2 extra inches of pullback and 2 extra inches of height ($161.95),
- 1-Inch Narrow Ultra Clastic with 3 extra inches of pullback ($155.95),
- 1-Inch Narrow Ultra Classic with 3 extra inches of pullback and 2 extra inches of height ($161.95),
- 1.25-Inch Wide Ultra Classic with 2 extra inches of pullback and 2 extra inches of height ($284.95), and
- 1.25-Inch Narrow Ultra Classic with 3 extra inches of pullback and 2 extra inches of height ($284.95).
All bars come chromed or black. Contact Flanders for further details.
2008-and-later FL models use an electric throttle assembly in place of a cable-operated throttle system. Because of this, the installation of an aftermarket handlebar requires modification to the right end of the handlebar. With Flanders bars, the installer cuts off half an inch of tubing and installs three notches that come with the bar. According to a Flanders rep, this makes installation a lot easier compared to other brands. He estimated that it saves about $100 in service time.
Frogg Toggs’ new Horny Toadz Rain Suit ($109.95 retail) is available in high-viz and black. In constructing the suit, the company used a new “ultra-durable hybrid fabric” it calls ToadSkinz, which has the look and feel of a traditional polyester rain suit. The suit also combines the company’s DriPore waterproof, breathable, micro-porous film with a nonwoven inner layer. The suit has reflective trim and sealed, taped waterproof seams on the jacket and pants. Each suit comes with a packable stuff sack.
The Cruisin’ Toad ($79) nonwoven rain suit is a also new. Available in black only, it features Frogg Toggs’ DriPore and reflective technologies. The parka-length jacket has a raglan sleeve design, and the full cut allows for plenty of range of motion and easy wear over insulated clothing. Other features include a tuck-away hood and front zipper closure with rain gutter and storm flap. The pants have extended 16-inch adjustable leg openings that slide easily over boots. Stirrups assist in keeping everything in place.
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Hell’s Foundry was displaying its new fully integrated iPhone and iPod Touch Dash Link for the 5-gallon and 6-gallon gas tanks found on Harley-Davidson FL models. A Sportster line of the Apple Authorized product is coming soon. The Dash Link allows riders to make full use of their security and GPS apps while on the go.
Another new product is the Woof Pak Subwoofer System that fits 1996-and-newer Harley-Davidson King and Ultra Tour Pak models. The drop-in Woof Pak features plug-and-play installation to work with any audio system. Customers can combine it with Hell Foundry’s new two- or four-speaker systems. The Woof Pak features Polk’s new MM 8-inch subwoofer and Sony's xPlod 500-watt mono amplifier. MSRP is $699.
Finally, the company has new flush-mount taillights for baggers that it’s currently selling dealer-direct only.
“We’ve been selling a tremendous amount of ATV springs,” said Dan Doughty, general sales manager of High Lifter Products. The reason why, he explained, is that ATVs and UTVs come with very soft springs so they’ll feel great to consumers during test rides. But over time, stock springs lose between 1 inch and 1.5 inches of clearance.
High Lifter Spring are stiffer and add 25 to 33 lbs. of extra carrying capacity per spring. Doughty said other companies make heavy-duty springs, but that they are often so stiff that the vehicles do not ride as well and are not as comfortable. “Our springs don’t beat you up,” he claimed. “They’re a little stiffer, but we don’t have people fussing, saying their ride is not as good.”
Twenty to 25 applications include all the flagship ATVs and most of the side-by-sides.
Hotbodies allows BMW S 1000 RR riders to have two looks with the same windscreen. The race look mimics Troy Corser’s superbike with a rim air scoop. The street look is more like the stock bike. The shield comes in dark smoke, clear and solid black. MSRPs start at $80.
Click here for an earlier report on the new Icon gear for the fall (that article also includes news on Thor, Moose and Z1R). The highlight of that report was perhaps the brand’s new Patrol waterproof gear of jacket, pant and glove. We didn’t mention earlier that there’s also a Patrol waterproof boot retailing for $130. It features a leather upper, an axialmetric steel shank, a slip-resistant rubber sole, dual adjustable straps, internal ankle protection, aluminum positive-lock buckles, a protected speed lacing system, and shifter interface nubs.
The Alliance helmet has been redesigned using a long-oval head form, allowing it to fit a wider segment of the market.
Steve Schoen is now in charge of the Icon brand. He once worked for Valencia Sport Group, the former owner of SixSixOne and other brands. Before that, he was with Spy Optics for five years. He said that the fall marketing campaign will include a boutique-style, pocket-size catalog. There will also be the Bikes of Icon for fall 2010, and big push for Icon’s blog and videos.
IRC Tire was displaying two new tires:
- Made in Thailand, the SS560 tire is original equipment on the Honda PCX scooter. The front size is 90/90-14. The rear is 100/90-14.
- The RX-01 is a tire designed for the Ninja 250. IRC claims it’s a well-balanced bias-ply sportbike tire with good abrasion-resistance and grip.
IRC doesn’t have official MSRPs.
ITP has just added to its arsenal the Bajacross XD (Extreme Duty), an 8-ply-rated radial that comes in size 26/10R-14. Compared to the regular Bajacross, it has an extra sidewall ply and increased sidewall and tread rubber thickness for improved puncture protection.
Speaking of the established Bajacross series, it comes in the following sizes: 25x8R-12, 25x10R-12, 26x10R-14, 26x11R-14, 26x9R-12 and 26x11R-12. An overlapping tread pattern is said to provide a smooth, predictable ride as well as slow wear characteristics. Stepped lugs provide consistent tread edges as the tire wears, for predictable performance throughout the tire’s life. Wraparound lugs protect the shoulder, while a deep Rim Guard protects the wheel lip.
Now in production at the Jardine factory is a 3:1:2 full exhaust system for the 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster. The system has slash-cut tips and retails for $1,349.
Jardine also has a new Pro-Tune 3 fuel injection timer for the 2008-2010 Buell 1125R/CR. Featuring load-based technology with a one-number interface, it controls the fuel without altering the stock fuel map. Buttons allow for easy adjustments and on-the-fly tuning. LED lights indicate either real-time injector duty cycle or the air/fuel ratio. The Pro-Tune 3 will not interfere with stock sensors and inputs. Both race applications and CARB-legal versions are available.
Jaybrake was reminding reps and dealers that it builds all its products using its own 60 CNC lathes and mills within its ISO 9001:2008-certified factory. Over the past year, the company has even become TUV-certified for Parts Europe sales. Last year was slow for the company, but this year it’s up up 38 percent year to date through Drag.
Dealers also should note that the company has calipers for older bikes, a rep said.
New products include Three-Button Switches designed with a vertical switch profile for a more ergonomic layout. They work with Jaybrake Clasic, J-series and New Image hand controls. A three-piece clamp design makes for an easy installation and hides the clamping screws. Thirty-six-inch long leads also make installation easier. The switches can be wired internally or externally with dimpled bars. They’re machined from billet aluminum and are available chromed, black-anodized and polished.
J-6 Ultra Rear Caliper: Jaybrake’s progressively sized six-piston rear caliper bolts directly onto the rear brake mounting bracket used on 2008-and-newer FLHT, FLHX and FLTR models. Jaybrake says the caliper increases stopping power and reduces brake drag. It uses the stock brake line and can be installed without removing the rear tire. It’s machined from billet aluminum and is available chromed, satin-black-anodized and satin-clear-anodized.
Trac-Boards mount directly onto the stock floorboards of both Softail and Touring models. They provide no-slip foot placement in all weather conditions. Elastomeric mounts isolate vibrations. The boards are machined from billet aluminum and topped off with stainless steel studs pressed into the base. They’re available in both swept and traditional styles, chromed or black-anodized. Matching traditional-style passenger board inserts, pegs, brake pedals and shift pedal are also available.
The Elite 629 Series Helmet Headsets from J&M feature the company’s new high-output AeroMike V microphone, which compared to its predecessors has better ambient noise canceling, wind blocking, and voice response. J&M says better audio fidelity has been achieved with larger-diameter DynaPort helmet speakers that are slip and non-ported. A two-piece cord system allows the headsets to be connected to any factory-installed motorcycle audio system by interchanging the lower-section hook-up cord.
Kenda’s Big Block is the brand’s first tire for adventure bikes. It’s scheduled to begin shipping before the end of the year. Kenda says it designed the tire specifically to meet the demands of high-powered adventure motorcyles such as those from BMW, KTM and Suzuki. Large tread blocks improve tread wear and high-speed handling. A high-impact, bias-ply casing structure resists punctures. A bias-belted casing improves handling and stability. The rubber mound was designed specifically for wet and dry packed terrain. The Big Block is DOT- and E-mark-approved and will be available in front sizes 110/80-19, 100/90-19 and 90/90-21 and rear sizes 150/70-17, 150/70-18, 130/80-17 and 140/80-18.
Kibblewhite has a new spring valve kit for the 2010 Honda CRF250R, as well as all-new components for the 2010 YZF450F. A Kibblewhite rep noted that engine rebuilds are on the rise as consumers look to fix up their old bikes in lieu of buying new ones.
Klock Werks’ new Billboard Flare windshield for Road Kings and Softails is modeled after the company’s original Flare. According to Brian Klock, the shield adds 15 lbs. of downward force. It comes in tint and clear and retails for $229.95.
Click on the video below for Klock’s presentation to the Drag Specialties reps. He explains the Billboard Flare and comments on Harley’s own take on the Flare, as well as the supply problems he had earlier this year when his shop got flooded not just once but twice.
Koso North America had several new products:
The Mini Style Lap Timer is powered by an internal battery, though the white backlight can be connected to external power for late-in-the-day racing. The max recording time that can be displayed is 9:59’59”; the max laps that can be displayed is 200. A blue light indicates a best lap. The compete kit ($229.95 retail) comes with a lap timer meter, an IR receiver and an IR beacon.
The Super Slim Style Volt Meter ($39.95) has a blue back light. When the voltage is lower than 11.5 volts, the meter flashes to warn the rider.
The Super Slim Style Thermometer ($49.95) also has a blue back light. When the temperature is over 248 degrees F, the meter flashes to warn the rider.
Both the volt meter and thermometer are universal, meaning they’ll work on any type of vehicle, including ATVs and dirtbikes.
Koso has redesigned its Heated Grips. The tubing is more flexible. The temperature controller has five levels. The grips are aimed at riders of scooters, motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles. They come in four part numbers: one for a handlebar with a twist throttle (7/8-inch plus 1-inch), one for a handlebar with a heated thumb (7/8-inch plus 7/8-inch), one for standard handlebar (7/8-inch plus 7/8-inch), and one to fit all snowmobiles. All retail for $59.95 except for the one with a heated thumb, which costs 10 bucks more. Retail displays for the grips are available.
A rep for Technical Touch USA, the importer of KYB products, said his company’s newest product was sold dealer-direct instead of through Parts Unlimited, but we asked him to tell us about it anyway.
It’s the XTrig preload adjuster that allows riders to adjust their sag quickly with just an 8 mm T-handle. Not only does the product save time, but it helps riders avoid damaging something while adjusting in the traditional manner. Applications include Japanese, KTM and Husqvarna dirtbikes. MSRP is $149.95.
Also relatively new are rubber-mounted KYB triple clamps that match the preload adjuster. The steering stem allows the rider to change the offset, changing the length of the bike so that it rides better. European GP riders use the clamp in competition.
Finally, KYB has service kits containing all the parts needed to service a shock or fork back to factory quality.
Le Pera has several new seats. Among them is the Villain for 1991-2007 Harley-Davidson FLT/FLHT/FLHS models (check the Le Pera website for Villain seats for wide range of other applications). The seat is covered with Faux embossed leather. The driver’s area is 10.5 inches wide with about 4.5 inches of back support. The passenger’s area is 7.25 inches wide. Le Pera can replace the black thread with a different color for subtle accenting if you or the customer prefers. MSRP is $508.
Lindby Custom Inc. has a new handlebar, the OEM-Style Bar, which company describes as being cheaper than its OEM counterpart but of better quality. A company rep said OEM bars typically retail for $199, while the OEM-Style Bar costs only $179. It comes in black or chrome for Harley-Davidson and metric applications.
Memphis Shades is developing a program in which dealers watch a training video and then take a test to become an Authorized Custom Fitment Center. The brand will promote such centers on the dealer locator page of its website. Advertising will soon say, “Visit your local Authorized Custom Fitment Center.” The video will be available from LeMans reps by Dealer Expo.
Turning to products, a new HogTunes radio due out by October will work with nearly any Memphis Shades fairing. The only exceptions will be instances in which there’s a protruding tach or speedo off the handlebar clamps. The radio will come with iPod mounts, wires, everything needed to attach it. Suggested retail for the radio will be $399, bringing the fairing-and-radio combo in at under $900. (Memphis Shades did not have a sample of the radio at the show, so we took a photo of a PowerPoint slide presented to LeMans reps.)
Memphis Shades was also promoting its upcoming lineup of Night Shades black shields for a wide variety of blacked-out models: first Harleys like the Fatboy Lo and the Sportster Forty-Eight, then metric units like the Honda Shadow Phantom.
In a top 10 list why dealers should buy Memphis Shades products, a rep for the company mentioned its repackaging service. The company will repackage products for free.
Metzeler tires are sold exclusively through LeMans Corp. The brand has new sizes for 2011 and now offers more than 90 after beginning 11 years ago with just nine.
A Metzeler rep said that that LightspeedNXT is not keeping up with the company’s significant price drops. Regardless of the recent integration between LeMans and the software, NXT is still not picking up monthly specials or platinum specials, he said. The software often doesn’t reflect a price change for four to six months. Thus many dealers aren’t aware of just how far tire prices have fallen.
Another complaint? “The U.S. magazines are not doing as many shootouts, and I’m disappointed in that.” Still, he pointed out two positive reviews of the M5 Interact in Sport Rider magazine (click here) and on Motorcycle.com (click here).
Anyone wanting to understand the Interact technology can watch this video posted on the Metzeler website: Click here.
Dealers can expect the replacement of the Roadtec Z6 Interact, the Roadtec Z8 Interact, to arrive stateside in April or May.
An upgraded version the Tourance EXP has replaced the previous one to increase tire life. The original had 7 mm of tread depth compared to the standard Tourance’s 9 mm. The new version has 1.6 mm to 1.8 mm deeper tread. Dealers can recognize the new version because it has the designation “M.”
A lot of North American BMW riders, the rep said, are using the standard Tourance in the back because of the better mileage and the Tourance EXP in the front for its grip.
The rep said that one of the positives of the Interact tires’ staying with a single compound is the avoidance of the “step effect” found with dual-compound tire. The transition from the soft to harder compound can get worse as the tire ages or puts on miles.
The rep also claimed that Interact tires heat up “extremely quickly so you’re confident the minute you start your ride to the end of your ride.”
Michelin’s Pilot Road 3 is due out in early 2011 and will include new sizes for the BMW GS models and other dual-sports.
Michelin will phase out the Pilot Road this year, a rep for the company said. Next year the Pilot Road 2 will probably be priced a little bit lower, allowing the Road 3 a nice differential.
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As usual, Moose Racing had a busy booth full of new stuff. Its new Hybrid Footpegs for dirtbikes retail for $99.95. They are cast, heat-treated and hardened from 17-4 stainless steel, and measure 57 mm wide and 90 mm long. A slightly convex platform helps with boot positioning and grip when the rider leans forward or back. Dual-plane teeth provide traction without the “stuck” feeling, Moose says. The pegs are available with a half-inch rear offset to allow more space.
Moose Racing, of course, shared space with Moose Utility Division, the ATV Bow Carrier of which installs on an ATV rack or railing using provided U-bolts. Soft honeycomb construction holds and cushions the bow while rubber snubbers provide extra security. MSRP is $38.95.
Netherlands-based Moto-Master Brake Systems has a new 270 Oversize MX Front Rotor that’s durable enough, light enough, and provides enough stopping power to be used by Grand Prix factory teams in Europe — about 80 percent of them according to a Moto-Master rep.
Also new is a Nitro Series of high-performance brake rotors providing low weight and excellent cooling. All Moto-Master rotors are made from a special type of stainless steel, the rep said.
Motorex has a new generation of racing products: Racing Pro 4T fully synthetic oil in 0W/40 and 15W/50, Racing Gear Oil in 10W/40, and Racing Brake Fluid. According to a Motorex rep, racers have reported 2 hp gains after adding just the oil.
Motorex business manager Joe Hurd was also demonstrating the brand's new Protex waterproofing spray. Click the video below to see the demo.
The Triple Threat Mounting System from Nelson-Rigg makes it easier and less expensive for dealers to stock the company’s luggage. All bags and mounting accessories are sold separately, though each bag comes standard with one mounting system. Thus with the right accessories, each bag can be used as 1) a strap-mount tank bag, 2) a magnetic-mount tank bag, or 3) a tail pack.
There are four types of mounting straps: traditional strap, magnetic, suction cup, and strap-and-hook. Tank bags come with a traditional strap mount, and tail bags come with a strap-and-hook mount. Customers then have the option of buying the other mounts.
Bags come in four sizes: micro, sport, touring and jumbo. Click here and scroll down to view a YouTube video explaining the system.
NGK Spark Plugs has a new Plug Zapper display and a new V-Twin Rack. They were offered to Showcase participants ordering a certain amount of plugs, but interested dealers should contact NGK to see if any are still available.
In late summer or early fall, NGK will come out with oxygen sensors for motorcycle applications. Applications will include anything with which NGK is OEM, such as Suzuki, Honda, BMW and Ducati models.
Performance Machine is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Ted Sands, director of national sales, said the company is the No. 1 brake and wheel manufacturer in the world. This year also marks 14 years of the brand’s being distributed by Drag Specialties. There are now more than 1,700 PM part numbers in the Drag Fatbook. One hundred part numbers are new for 2010 and 2011, Sands said.
New forged aluminum wheels are the Element (shown below) and Element Contrast Cut Platinum. Matching components are available for both.
Sands said the Super Gas Air Cleaner lineup is PM’s fastest-growing segment. The product features a versatile design that accepts interchangeable faceplates matching PM wheels. A K&N filter behind a stainless steel wire mesh screen allows high-volume air flow, resulting in increased horsepower.
PM’s new Touring Accessories include black Contour Floorboards, Contrast Cut brake levers, and Contrast Cut shift levers.
PM Trike Wheels are now available in the following styles: Contrast Cut Platinum Wrath, chrome Wrath and chrome Torque. They fit trikes made both by Harley and Lehman Trikes. PM also offers Trike Brake Systems.
Finally, Sands talked about a new POP program. Purchase six sets of grips and receive a free PM grip display. The reorder program: Buy six sets of grips, get the seventh set free.
Dealers also now have a chance to receive a free PM shop shirt. All they have to do is participate in three online classes hosted by Motorsport University. Once they pass the courses, they receive a shirt and become a certified seller.
PIAA’s Slim-Line Sports Horn produces a 112 dB sound at 500 hertz. In comparison, a PIAA rep told me, most stock systems make between 60 dB and 80 dB. The bolt-on horn is popular among V-twin riders, but is also slim enough for the tight fitments associated with sportbikes. MSRP is $59. PIAA also continues to sell an older version of the horn that’s actually louder by 2 dB. It retails for $54.
Pirelli has a new website at www.getpirelli.com. People can enter a contest to win products just by becoming a member of the site.
Pirelli just signed a contract with Ducati to be its exclusive supplier for the next three years.
The Angel ST tire, a Pirelli rep noted, has been selling well while being marketed as EMS, extended-mileage sport. It’s the first tire with a double sole.
The Night Dragon, the rep said, is starting to catch on through word of mouth. Rebates and promos did not work.
The Pirelli rep said that LightspeedNXT is not keeping up with tire price changes, and suggested that dealers consult Partsnetweb. In reference to the electronic ordering system, he noted that dealers can type anything into the “Tire Size” field, and the system will do a search for that term.
Right now all dealers receive the same price for Pirelli tires, whether they buy one or 100. Everybody gets the same 32 percent discount across the board.
The Pirelli rep, who had just given a presentation to some Drag Specialites old-timers, had this to say: “I asked those guys, ‘Have you ever seen tire prices as cheap as they are now?’ And the answer was no.”
Pivot Works was promoting three new products:
- The Shock Thrust Bearing Kit. This bearing sits on top of the rear shock spring, under the preload adjuster nut. It eases any preload adjustment a rider might have to do. The biggest benefit is that it allows the spring to twist under compression, allowing the coil to compress instead of binding, smoothing out the ride. Another advantage of the Pivot Works shock thrust bearing is that it’s sealed to prevent debris from entering the bearing. The bearing retails for $39.95.
- The Shock Repair Kit contains all the components to rebuild the internals of the rear shock in one convenient package. Included in this kit is the bladder, bumper, seal head with seal, piston ring, O-ring and new lock nut. Separately these items retail for about $200. This new Pivot Works kit retails for $89.95.
- The Waterproof Wheel Bearing/Collar Kit prevents water from entering the wheel hub by sealing the surface between the collar and axle. The military-spec collars are hard-anodized to decrease wear. Pivot Works said the kit will prevent corrosion from building up on the inside of the wheel hub. The kit includes bearings, seals, collars with O-rings, and an extra set of O-rings. The front kits retail for $49.95, the rear kits for $59.95.
- The ATV Tapered Wheel/Hub Conversion kit replaces the stock ball bearings with special tapered roller bearings. These tapered bearings are much stronger than the OE ball bearings and provide less drag. These bearings can be installed in direct replacement of the O.E. bearing without any modification to the stock hub. The ATV hub conversion upgrade retails for $74.95 and includes four bearings and four seals to complete both front hubs.
The PowerMadd Cobra ATV windshield comes with or without a headlight cut-out. A new two-point mount allows both shields to fit more than 80 percent of current ATVs. The universal quick-release mount has a four-way positioning system, and unlike some shields, the entire shield and mount grips come off. Also unlike some shields, customers won’t have to remove the Cobra shield to trailer their ATV (as long as it’s facing forward).
Cobra ATV shields are made of scratch-resistant, distortion-free polycarbonate. Their approximate size is 22 inches by 38 inches, and they retail for $109.95 and $119.95.
PowerMadd also has two new handguard accessories — the Flare and Race Flare.
The Flare ($39.95) attaches over existing handguards to provide more than triple the amount of protection. PowerMadd says that because the Flare sweeps back toward the rider, wind protection is significantly increased. The mounting system allows it to work with most handguards, including the PowerMadd Star Series, the TrailStar and O.E. guards.
The Race Flare ($34.95) permanently attaches to the PowerMadd Star Series and TrailStar handguards, adding 360-degree protection.
Precision Performance is the Florida-based company that has been making all Drag Specialties’ brake lines since 2002. During that time, a rep for the company said, Drag has sold more than 300,000 feet of Teflon hose, or 57 miles.
One of Drag’s newest products is the Universal Brake Line and Fittings, which are black 3/16th nylon brake lines intended for custom show bikes (they are not DOT-approved). The flexible nylon gives the builder more control. The lines and fittings are sold separately. Right now the fittings are available only chromed. The Precision Performance rep said it’s hard to get platers to do black fittings, but that “it’s something we’ll probably entertain in the near future.”
Precision also supplies Drag with its oil lines and fuel crossover kits.
Precision has heard from dealers that they would like packaging designed so that it can be displayed face-forward. Precision is now changing both the packaging and labeling with this goal in mind.
ProX Steel Valve & Spring Kits (for intakes or exhausts) are offered as an alternative in cases in which the OEM application uses titanium valves. “The OEM titanium valve quality in general is rather poor, while high-end titanium valves are very expensive,” states a ProX brochure. “Titanium valves need to be replaced at a regular base, resulting in many expensive rebuilds.
“The steel valves offer increased durability and easily extend three times the lifespan of the OEM titanium valves. Due to the extra weight of the steel, a heavier valve spring must be used.”
The ProX kit contains a set of steel intake or exhaust valves plus a set of stronger valve springs. They can be installed using the OEM retainers, bases and valve seats.
ProX also has a new piston kit for the 2006-2011 KTM 250SX-F and the 2007-2011 KTM 250EXC-F. The piston measures 75.96 mm and produces a compression of 12.8:1.
Python is Drag’s No. 2 top-selling exhaust brand after Vance & Hines (its maker).
Products include Predator slip-on rounds and ovals for Harley Touring models. They come with 3.5-inch full-coverage chrome heat shields, and are topped off with billet end caps with machined channels. The Predator rounds have proven more popular than the ovals, a Python rep noted
Other products: staggered duals, a 2-into-1 system, oversized 3-inch blue-proof Mamba slip-ons, and Viper 3.5-inch round chrome slip-ons with slash-cut ends. The Venom Radius is blue-proof with one-piece 2.5-inch 220-degree-coverage heat shields.
Python offers interchangeable baffles for all Touring slip-ons.
This fall, the brand will offer its 2.5-inch slip-ons in black ceramic, retailing for less than $300.
The Python rep said another half-dozen new products will be introduced at Cincinnati. The Python ramp-up may be partly in response to Rinhart/BUB’s relatively recent exit from the Drag catalog.
RC Components has been in business for more than 22 years and claims it built the first aluminum motorcycle wheel. The Kentucky-based company does everything in-house starting with wheel blanks. It claims to be the only manufacturer to offer a free seven-year chrome warranty. The company can do so, a rep said, because it keeps its wheels in the nickel tank longer than usual.
The new Czar Eclipse and Savage Eclipse wheels are powder-coated, not anodized, so there’s no fading. All the company’s wheels can be complemented with a matching rear wheel, brake rotors, a belt pulley, a pulley rotor and a sprocket.
The rep said RC Components has a 95-percent-plus fill rate with Drag Specialties. He noted his company can have unavailable items into a LeMans warehouse within 10 days, even though the Drag’s electronic ordering system says it takes six to eight weeks.
RC Components has expanded its applications for 240 and 300 sportbike swing arms.
The rep said a wheel display the company introduced last year is now working well in 22 dealerships. Dealers usually receive the display for free (freight included) by ordering three sets of qualifying wheels, but the company lowered that requirement to two sets for two weeks in honor of the LeMans show. Dealers need not attend the show to participate. The display is equipped with castor wheels for mobility. It’s 24 inches wide and 76 inches high when a wheel is attached.
How should a metric dealer get started with RC Components? The rep said that a dealer should begin with the best-selling applications like the Road Star and the VTX1800. The M109R is probably the No.1 metric cruiser right now for wheel upgrades, he said. For sportbikes, the Hayabusa is No. 1, followed by the ZX-14 and the GSX-R1000. Dealers should install a set of wheels on a showroom bike and have another set in stock.
Renthal enters a new product segment with its Moto Handguards. Made in the U.S. but retailing for just $39.95, they are lightweight, do not interfere with controls, and protect against rocks and roost in motocross applications. Multiple mounting positions for both the bracket and shield offer the user greater adjustability during fitment. The guards’ dual-compound plastic has a flexible rubber edge. A reinforced composite plastic mounting bracket protects and allows the guard to flex in the event of a crash. The guards mount independently of perches for versatility, and each comes with an optional red and blue graphic kit.
Revolution Performance says its Precision Engine Management System for Harley-Davidson Twin Cam motorcycles is the industry’s “first fully integrated dynamic tuning control unit. It isn’t just another controller claiming to be self-tuning, or one that is cumbersome to install,” the company says on its website. “This new EMS is a true self-optimizing system, adjusting almost instantly with little further adjustment. No resetting, no laptop, no dyno, just set it up once and ride.”
Note that LeMans was not carrying this product at press time. Revolution Performance is selling it dealer-direct. It’s currently available for 2004-to-present Twin Cam motorcycles. For 2004 models, an upgrade to a 2005-and-up ECU is required. MSRP is $799.95.
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Rick’s Motosport Electrics has a new Connector & Terminal Kit (part 11-501) as well as a new crimping tool (part 11-001). They retail for $90 and $75, respectively, and refill kits are available.
After coming out last November with chrome Lightning Duals for the Honda Fury, Roadhouse now has black ones for the model.
Both the chrome and black pipes come in two part numbers: one in which the pipes are perpendicular to the ground, and a “Strike” option in which they tilt up. All options feature long, smooth transitionless styling, have full-length 220-degree heat shields, and retail for $669.95. Roadhouse says the systems produce a throaty bark and increase horsepower and torque.
Also new from Roadhouse is a 4-inch chrome slip-on for the 2008-2010 V Star 950. It has slash-cut tips and retails for $299.95.
Roland Sands said that sales at Roland Sands Design have been up 13 percent over the past 12 months, and he expected a 25 percent increase for the next 12 months. The company has a 94 percent fill rate through Drag Specialties and is now shipping 2011 products.
The big news at the show was the new parts used on Sands’ Sportster Café Racer (click here to view a video showing the parts). The Café Gauge & Headlight Relocator ($249.95 retail) moves the stock speedometer of an XL Sportster from the top handlebar clamp to the front of the top triple clamp, and lowers the stock headlight 2 inches.
The relocator, which comes in chrome or black, allows for the use of any aftermarket risers — or eliminates the risers for use of the RSD Café 39 mm Clip-Ons ($214.95). The clip-ons mount to the front forks, below the top triple clamp for a low handlebar position. They also come in chrome or black.
The Coil Ignition Relocator ($219.95) moves the oil and ignition switch from under the neck of the bike to between the V of the motor and removes the plastic wire caddy to expose the frame of the bike above the front cylinder.
Rounding out the line are master cylinder caps that retail for $59.95 and come in chrome, Contrast Cut or Black-Ops.
Other RSD news includes the addition of Black-Ops styles to the company’s lineup of gas caps. The MSRP for the caps has been lowered to $69.95. The Ribbed T-Bar is a new handlebar. Tracker Grips now have a brass option, and Sands said he’ll be adding some other brass products.
The RSD display kit uses the dealer’s own slat wall or grid wall to merchandise the company’s best-moving product, the Venturi Air Cleaner, and one of its newest product lines, RSD Gas Caps. There are three options:
- If dealers buy $1,800 in any RSD product, for an additional $500 gas cap order (10 caps), they will receive the entire kit, which includes a metal corporate sign, an air cleaner display with air cleaner, a gas cap display with gas caps, a catalog holder and an “Authorized Dealer” sticker. (Dealers can also just buy the kit for $450.)
- If dealers buy 12 gas caps, any style or finish, they will receive the gas cap disoplay with three gas caps attached.
- If dealers buy four air cleaners, any style or finish, they will receive the air cleaner display with a Speed 7 Contrast Cut air cleaner.
Russ Wernimont Designs enters the mirror market with cast mirrors featuring real convex lens for wide-angle views. “We’re always taken a close look at the safety side of things,” Russ Wernimont said.
The mirrors come in two styles in black or chrome (so four SKUs altogether). Because they’re cast, they retail for $100 per set instead of the $200 typically associated with billet mirrors, Wernimont said. A full warranty lasts one year.
RWD also has a seat to turn the Harley-Davidson Rocker back into a Softail. The RWD Rocker Solo Seat retails for $330.95 and features Saddlemen’s combination of progressive-density foam and SaddleGel. The seat fits with the RWD Rocker Strutless rear fender.
Russell ProSwivel brake hoses are for single-disc applications, from stock Harleys to full custom builds. Customers can choose by model or overall hose length.
The ProSwivel feature allows the hose end to rotate 360 degrees, eliminating the hassle of aligning the connection at the caliper. Installers route the hose using stock mounting locations, attach the banjo at the master cylinder, and rotate the caliper banjo to the angle required. They then tighten and bleed, and they’re done.
The hoses are factory-assembled, requiring no shop assembly, in lengths from 40 inches to 54 inches with various end configurations for the master cylinders. MSRPs range from $57.95 to $66.95.
Saddlemen, a brand exclusive to LeMans, had a wide variety of new products. First up, the soft Sport Tunnel Bag that fits over a motorcycle’s pillion pad. The bag, which is easily put on and taken off, comes in two widths for wide passenger seats and narrow ones. It features backpack straps and 1,600 cubic inches of expandable pockets. MSRP is $119.95. Despite the product’s name, it is aimed at all types of motorcyclists. Click the video below to see a demonstration by Greg Friend, Saddlemen's director of marketing.
A Saddlemen rep said that unlike some other seat makers, his company uses stretchable covers to work with gel in a carefully engineered system. Gel underneath inflexible material, he noted, is nearly pointless.
The Saddlemen Helmet Bag retails for $70. The breathable bag features shoulder straps, a carrying handle, and feet so it sits upright on a surface. A sling on the inside holds the helmet in place.
The Heels Down Seat is aimed at short people. Available now for all Harleys, coming soon for metrics.
The inaugural seat in Saddlemen’s Signature seat line is the Slammed Pro Tour for the latest Harley-Davidson Touring models. Custom bike builder Todd Silicato, founder of Todd’s Cycles in Huntington Beach, Calif., designed it. Suggested retail is $401.95. Other famous builders will soon design Sportster and Dyna seats for the line.
There are now 20 applications for Gel Channel Seats, including Ducati, GSX-R and CBR models, and the FJR1300. Each app comes in three versions: Track, Sport and Tech, the last of which features memory foam. All the gel channels are covered with a microfiber. With the Track version, the trim is made to match the specific bike.
Saddlemen’s Back Rest Bags now include a leather version with studs.
The company’s new Branded Luggage Display Program comes in packages for Harley or metric dealers. Each package comes with quick-selling luggage systems plus POP materials such as signs, banners, decals and SaddleGel samples. A similar program is in the works for seats.
The rLiNK from Scorpio is principally a theft prevention device, but riders can also use its GPS tracking and SMS alerts to document and share their riding experiences (a feature especially popular among riding clubs). Users control the alarm functions and other features using the system’s remote control, a free iPhone app, or a computer or smart phone. The rLiNK can detect movement, shock, tilt and perimeter violations, and features two-way communication with unlimited range and police-accessible theft tracking.
Riders can use the SR-i11000 rLiNK to view maps of their rides and send and receive instant progress updates with trip stats. They can set it up so that multiple people receive geofence updates or alerts. They can upload maps, top speed and segment times to Facebook and Twitter with the device’s social networking interface.
The rLiNK comes with a universal harness that connects to any vehicle using a key and a 12-volt battery. Optional plug-and-play OEM factory connector kits are available to simplify the installation.
Suggested retail for the rLiNK, including the siren and perimeter sensor, is $599.95. The RSD-7 Starter Disabler retails for $29.95. Note that the rLiNK requires a data plan to be fully functional. Theft tracking is free for the first year with a $19.95 activation fee. It costs $6.95 per month afterward. An unlimited tracking, mapping and SMS alert plan is available for $9.95 per month with no activation fee. Dealers sell and install (in 30 to 45 minutes) the rLiNK. Customers then buy the data plans at www.rlink.com. The website also has a product demo.
Shipping in October, Scott’s Hustle goggle replaces the NoSweatXi. Compared to the outgoing model, it is longer overall, has better peripheral vision, and has a shortened width to accommodate smaller-port helmets.
Most exciting, however, is the new Scott Fit System, a one-time mechanical adjustment that creates a custom face and nose fit. Two pivot points located at the bottom of each side of the goggle can be adjusted in four positions, allowing the goggle to fit tightly against the rider’s face.
The Hustle uses a 100 percent UV-protected WORKS Clear Lexan lens that’s compatible with tear-offs and has been treated to prevent fog. The goggle also features NoSweat 3.2 face foam and a silicone-lined strap.
New for 2011 from Slipstreamer is the Yamaha Royal Star Venture Series of windshields. Customers have six height choices, the first three of which retail for $62.95: a 6-inch screen, an 8-inch screen, a 10-inch screen, a 13-inch screen ($92.95), a screen the same height as stock — 17 inches ($112.95) — and a 19-inch screen ($119.95). The 13-, 17- and 19-inch shields are made out of clear 0.177-inch Lucite aircraft-quality acrylic. The 6-, 8- and 10-inch shields are made out of 0.118-inch dark smoke acrylic. All the shields are direct replacements, so installation is easy.
A Slipstreamer rep said the company came out with the dark shields to allow Yamaha buyers to follow the trend in the Harley aftermarket.
Other new Slipstreamer products include the Scoot 60 Universal Scooter Shield and BMW K 1200 LT replacement shields in the stock height and 2 inches over stock.
New products from Smith Optics include the SC goggle that comes in black only and retails for only $15. It uses Smith Evo/Sub Speed lenses. Other features:
- medium fit,
- plush, hypoallergenic face foam,
- a clear Lexan lens,
- an ultra-wide, silicone-backed strap, and
- dual-slide strap adjustment.
Also new from Smith Optics in 2011:
- free roll-offs with all goggles with an MSRP of $25 or more,
- free goggle bag with all goggles with an MSRP of $25 or more,
- anti-fog lenses installed in all goggles, including youth,
- a new, lower pricing structure,
- the Fuel v.1 ($25 retail, pictured below left) featuring two-layer face foam, anti-fog lens, and Fuel lenses,
- the race-ready Gambler MX ($20 retail, below right) for riders ages 6 and up featuring hypoallergenic, single-stage face foam and a clear anti-fog Lexan lens,
- the Hart & Huntington signature collection of four goggles and two sunglasses, and the
- Travis Pastrana signature collection of two goggles and two sunglasses.
Sportech has a new detachable fairing and a compatible audio system for metric and Harley-Davidson cruisers.
The Sportech Detachable Fairing is made out of TPO plastic, which Sportech says is lighter and more durable than fiberglass and acrylic. The fairing has an integrated storage compartment and comes with a sporty 3-inch black, nontransparent windshield. The fairing’s outer shell is painted black with a clear coat. The fairing ships completely assembled, and is installed and removed via four fasteners. Suggested retail is $599.95, though many applications also require an adapter kit that retails for $49.95 or $69.95. Applications include Harley FLHR and FLHRC models, Softail FLSTC, FLSTF and FLSTN models, the 1999-2009 Road Star 1600/1700, the Roadliner and Stratoliner, all Honda VTX models, and the Suzuki C50/Valusia.
Sportech introduced the audio kit at Sturgis. It retails for $399.95 and comes with a speaker, amp, cables and inserts. Sportech designed the kit so that a consumer could add it easily to the fairing at a later date.
Steadymate is a maker of premium tie-downs. The high-end brand is owned by Kinedyne Corp., a company that has been supplying cargo control products to the trucking industry for more than 40 years. Founded in New Jersey, Kinedyne also has offices and factories in Canada, Mexico and China. Steadymate products have been available in Canada for about six years, but the company division just recently entered the U.S. through an exclusive agreement with LeMans.
“There are thousands of vendors out there that make just cheap tie-downs that you can buy a four-pack of at Wal-Mart for $10. That’s not who we are,” Steadymate’s Dorothy Creighton told Dealernews. “We have quality control. We manufacture all our own products.”
Steadymate even owns looms to make its own webbing. Creighton said that quality is greatly enhanced when all components are made to work together. Take cam buckles, for example. She said other manufacturers often buy an S hook, some strap and a cam buckle, then sew them all together. The result usually doesn’t work well, giving people who use them the impression that cam buckles in general don’t work well. “People say, ‘I won’t use cam buckles because they slip,’ Creighton said. “Well, our cam buckle is designed to work with a certain type of webbing. If you have the right number of teeth and the right number of stitches, it will work properly. We make sure that that cam buckle works with that webbing. We’re not looking to make the cheapest product; we’re looking to make the safest and the one that’s going to last.
”Everything we do is corrosion-resistant,” Creighton added. “It’s not like you’re going to buy a strap where the rubber coating [on its metal components] is going to peel off, and everything rusts.”
Steadymate also does its own strength testing and cycle testing. All its tie-downs are tagged with a working load limit, not a breaking strength, because most people don’t know that the working load limit is only one-third of the breaking strength. Said Creighton: “If we had a tag that said, for example, 2,500 lb. breaking strength, people would be under the assumption that they could tie something down that’s just under that weight.” A lot of accidents happen because of other brands’ confusing labels, she said.
Steadymate offers premium marketing support to go along with its premium products. Its bright, flashy POP display has won marketing awards. This silent salesperson explains the entire product line and allows customers to see and feel each option. All the tie-down boxes are color-coordinated, so it’s easy for employees to keep them in their proper areas. Employees also know when to reorder. The display is free when dealers order enough product to fill it: $724.90 dealer cost with a potential retail value in excess of $1,100. The display comes fully assembled on a skid. Dealers only need to insert the products. Through Dec. 31, shipping is free, and dealers will receive a free Steadymate Cargo Bar (a $25 value) for a pickup truck.
Steadymate sells more than just tie-downs. A new portable wheel chock, for example, allows the user to transfer it from trailer to garage and back again. It doesn’t have to be permanently installed because it has rubber feet that grip into the floor of whatever material. The chock also comes with hardware for people who do want to install the chock. All the components are separated by Styrofoam in a box completely covered with marketing materials for not only the chock, but the other Steadymate product lines.
Visit www.steadymate.com to see all the company’s offerings, including a wide selection of securement points, track and accessories.
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SuperTrapp Road Legends FLH Phantom Pipes for 1986-2011 FLH/FLT models were inspired by the original Phantom Pipes designed by Paul Yaffe. The black ceramic system comes in a standard version and a SAE-sound-compliant “Long, Baffled” version that SuperTrapp says is “much quieter.” The system includes oxygen sensor plugs for early-model applications. A billet end cap described as “Domino Dot Engraved” complements stylish four-piece chrome heatshields. Suggested retail is $1,299.
Symtec Inc. now offers Heat Demons Grip Warmers for the Honda Gold Wing bikes and trikes. The product works in conjunction with any brand of grips. The Heat Demons controller, available in black or chrome, mounts on the existing perches on either side of the handlebar. A four-color LED indicates the heat level selected. The LED lights dim for night viewing.
T-Bags was displaying its Road King Windshield Bag for 1996-to-present models with stock handlebars and a quick-release 16-, 18- or 22-inch windshield. It retails for $89.95. Before the end of the year, the company will be coming out with Heritage Windshield Bags for the Fatboy, the Softail Deluxe and the Heritage Classic.
This bag is as wide as the metal windshield frame and stretches from the headlight housing to above the upper metal windshield frame. Approximate dimensions are 9 inches tall, 14 inches wide and 4.25 inches from windshield to handlebars.
The bag is made of 1680-denier ballistic nylon with simulated leather trim. The lid closes with a self-mending coil YKK zipper. There are four interior mesh wall pockets and two wire pass-through grommets for electronics.
The new OptiMate PRO-S from TecMate ($129.90 retail) is an affordable all-in-one battery care center for dealers and shops. It provides diagnostics, charging, testing and technically correct initialization charging for brand-new MF batteries within one hour. Users select “New” for new batteries and choose between 2-amp and 4-amp for used batteries (dependent on size). The company’s new Ampmatic microprocessor then selects the right charge current to suit the battery condition and continually adjusts the charge to best suit the changing battery condition. An enhanced multi-stage version of the Optimate desulfication action automatically recovers most badly neglected, otherwise dead batteries. Irrecoverable batteries with mechanically damaged cells are identified and signaled after 10 minutes of connection.
For its retail products, Temate has a free counter display available for as long as supplies last. Dealers who order at least one Optimate 3+ and one Optimate 4 can receive the display. No Partsnetweb orders are accepted. Call or fax the order to Wisconsin, Attn: “Optimate 4 Shelf Promo.”
Throttle Threads, maker of both custom shop wear and customized retail wear, says it redid about 60 percent of its line. It has new shirts featuring Frayed Edge patches that puff and fray when washed. The company also has a new line of Fashion Fit T-shirts, which are made of a thin, soft material and are a little tighter-fitting (thus their name), a style that's growing in popularity in malls. In normal T-shirts, the company’s sizing goes up to 4XL. A Throttle Threads rep said there had been a 10 percent to 20 percent reduction in retail prices, and dealers who place a $1,000 order get a free display.
A new Drag Team shop shirt features the logos of Python, Klock Werks, Metzeler, Dynojet, Genuine, Vance & Hines and Roland Sands Design. It will be in the Helmets & Apparel catalog due out in October but is in stock now for ordering. Throttle Thread’s section in the catalog will go from 11 pages to nine pages, featuring four to six images per page instead of eight to 10. Larger images, the company said, will allow customers to see the products better.
Throttle Threads also told me about its dealer uniform program that it offers directly to retailers, and that can include large OEM brands such as the motorcycle makers. Dealers can click here to design their own shop wear. To help reduce the costs, Throttle Threads is trying to get the manufacturers to subsidize the logo patches. But BW Designs, the parent company of Throttle Threads, did obtain last July the worldwide license for Harley uniforms.
Trail Tech has a new LED light, due out this month, for off-road riders who train or ride on trails in the evening. It will come in two formats: 1) the light only with a tether to attach it to a motorcycle, or 2) the light with a portable battery, charger and cord to hook to the motorcycle. A button on the back of the light has three light settings: full-power, 50 percent power and 25 percent power. Helmet docks will come in pairs with double-sided tape. Also available will be handle bar clamps in 7/8- and 1.25-inch sizes. Each light has a 11-watt draw and produces about 500 lumens. The battery has six to 20 hours of life, depending on which power settings are used.
Trimax’s new VMAX9C Camo Trimax Versa-Cable Camouflage Lock allows for many different configurations, including a double loop. The product is 9 feet long and uses a 3/8-inch (10 mm) braided-steel cable. Users need only to press down on a button to tighten or loosen the cable through the lock. Suggested retail is $24.95.
Another new product is the Deluxe Universal Wheel Chock Lock, which retails for $84.99. It’s made of heavy-gauge powder-coated steel.
Carlisle has reworked its family of Ultimax drive belts for powersports vehicles. This next generation sports a new logo and includes Hypermax ATV/UTV belts, MD multi-duty belts, and Max, Pro and XS snowmobile belts.
The Max (previously called Max2) belt is for general service machines under 500cc. It has an improved cog design for greater flexibility and cooler running. It’s also thicker for greater strength and longer belt life.
The Pro (previously called Ultimax 3) belt has a thicker cross section so more surface area contacts the clutch. Carlisle says this means less slippage over a broader speed range for quicker acceleration. “The new cog design dissipates heat and aids flexibility,” the company says. “Cooler-running belts mean better performance and longer-lasting belts.”
The Ultimax XS is for high-horsepower sleds. The Hypermax is the new name of the Ultimax ATV and UTV drive belts. Each Hypermax belt is designed for its specific application.
The Ultimax MD multi-duty belts (not sold through Parts Unlimited) are for a variety of applications, including scooters and go-karts. About a year ago, the cutch and torque converter manufacturer Comet Industries closed its doors after more than 60 years in business. Carlisle supplied belts to Comet. Ultimax MD includes the Comet belts (MD100 series), snowmobile fan/water pump belts (MD200 series), and scooter belts (MD300 series). The MD100 series belts have an MD part number and the Comet number printed on the belt. The MD200 and MD300 belts have the MD part number and a dimensional number printed on the belts. Each size of scooter belt (MD300 series) is available in two constructions — one with a polyester cord and one with an aramid cord. The high-performance aramid belt is the same part number with a K suffix.
“Vance & Hines’ 40-plus engineers spent last year making Harley products,” the company’s John Potts told the LeMans reps. “This year they created lots of new metric SKUs.” On their way from V&H: Urban Brawlers for the Concours 14 and Z1000, and a new slip-on for the FJR1300.
Exhaust systems for the 2011 Kawasaki MX bikes are done, Potts said. The V&H truck is appearing at more and more motocross races, and the company is counting more and more dirtbikes at the track with V&H pipes, he said. All V&H off-road pipes are now 94 dB and 96 dB. A Dual Chamber for the YZF450 is a new pipe with a titanium header and producing more horsepower than stock.
Turning to the Harley market, Vance & Hines’ new Monster Round retails for $649.95. According to the company, the system produces the same stereo-friendly deep-and-mellow sound as the Monster Oval. It’s also blue-proof and has a billet end cap. It fits 1995-2011 Harley-Davidson Touring models.
V&H also has two new 2-into-1 Touring systems: the Pro Pipe Hi-Output retailing for $689.95 and the Pro Pipe Chrome for $599.95. See the V&H website for details.
“Without a doubt, Power Duals, now available in black ceramic or chrome, are going to be one of the best-selling systems for Touring in 2011 because they dramatically cut down the amount of heat that the stock headers create,” Potts said. “Plus they make even the stock mufflers sound significantly better. People are putting them on with their stock mufflers just to get rid of the heat and improve sound quality.” More horsepower and torque are other benefits, he added.
“Another emerging market in the Touring section is the Tri Glides, and we have some products specifically designed for them that you guys are going to do really well with,” Potts told the LeMans reps. “The Tri-Glide Adapter Kit allows you to use Power Duals or Dresser Duals on any Harley-Davidson trike.”
Potts also gave the reps a sneak peek at a brand-new Tri Glide slip-on that doesn’t even have a name yet. “This slip-on is the answer to ground-clearance issues for a Tri-Glide rider,” he said. “It gives the Monster Oval or Monster Round sound quality on a trike with significantly improved ground clearance over stock. And right now it’s planned to sell for under 600 bucks. This product will be available in November and will be featured in the November issue of Drag Specialties Magazine.”
Finally, Potts had samples of two new accessories. The newest V02 air filter has an all-new Skull Cap accessory cover and retails for $49.95. The company also has a new Exhaust Wrap Kit with a laser-cut Vance & Hines-logo-decorated wrap clamp for its black exhaust wrap.
Vesrah was talking up new dirtbike applications for its Off-Road High-Performance Complete Clutch Kits:
- the 2008-2009 CRF250R,
- the 2009-2010 CRF450R,
- the 2008-2010 YZ250F,
- the 2007-2009 YZ450F,
- the 2008-2010 RM-Z250,
- the 2008-2010 RM-Z450,
- the 2009-2010 KX250/KX250F, and
- the 2006-2010 KX450/KX450F.
Each kit comes with a clutch case cover gasket, a clutch friction, a clutch steel plate and a clutch spring. All parts are made in Japan.
Wild 1 Chubbys offers new Outlaw’z’ Narrow Bottom Apes. The bars have an 8-inch inside base width and a 10.5-inch outside base width. They’re bent for a good wrist angle. Like all the company’s bars, they are pre-drilled for internal wiring, notched for fly-by-wire, and available in either chrome or semi-gloss black powder coat. Retail prices for 14-, 12- and 10-inch sizes are $224, $219 and $214, respectively.
Click here to download a PDF displaying the latest products from Woody’s, including
- a Grand Master single-ply design stud now offered in 1.450- and 1.575-inch lengths,
- 1.630- and 1.860-inch Chisel Tooth studs,
- Trigger stud, “the necessary ammunition for lake racers,”
- A new line of standard wear bars for a variety of snowmobiles, and
- a motorcycle Triangle Stand with a W shape that makes it stable on uneven ground.