Even though Parts Unlimited's area is the same size as last year, the company's Greg Blackwell points out that many dealers and vendors may be struggling just to attend the show. "We're anxious to see who's going to show up, considering business these days," he says.
Having managed the feat of showing up, ABUS Locks, Roadhouse Brand and Vision Wheels have their own booths in the Parts Unlimited area.
ABUS, a German manufacturer, has a 10'x10' booth. "They're the leading lock leader in Europe, and they make really neat high-end stuff," Blackwell says. "We're pretty excited about having them."
The Roadhouse and Vision Wheels booths measure 10'x10' and 10'x20' respectively. Roadhouse, which has been with Parts for a while, is showcasing its latest cruiser exhaust systems. Vision's ATV and UTV wheel kits were additions to last year's catalog. The company returns this year with new stuff.
Blackwell says Indy is always a big deal for house brands Icon, Moose, Thor and Z1R, so expect to see lots of new products from them. AGV Helmets, Alpinestars and Saddlemen are also having particularly strong showings this year, he notes.
Like last year, Drag Specialties has a small booth within the Parts area. (Drag, of course, had a larger presence at last week's V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati.) "We have one or two bikes on display, as well as a small staff of people to answer questions for any V-twin dealers who do come by," Blackwell says.
Also like last year, autograph signings will be taking place at the Icon, Moose and Thor booths. Parts Unlimited was still trying to finalize a schedule at press time, but Jason Britton was planned, and there was talk that Travis Pastrana might show up. See the Parts Unlimited booth for information on other signers.
— Arlo Redwine