Tucker Rocky Dealer Show: Abundance of new street products (44 vendor reports)

Publish Date: 
Jul 25, 2013
By Arlo Redwine

FRISCO, Texas - Dealers attending last week’s Tucker Rocky Dealer Show may have been heartened by the abundance of new products. Spring may have come late this year in many areas of the country, but the aftermarket seems to be confident of future growth.

The vintage- and UTV-related markets are doing particularly well, according to vendors at the show.

If you missed the show or missed any of the booths, here are more than 40 stories on new product introductions for the street market. To read about two-dozen new off-road products, click here.

Credit for the show's continuing success goes to the person who has organized it for the past few years: Tucker Rocky’s Karen White. More than 650 dealerships pre-registered for the event, and about 170 vendors exhibited.

Here are some of the new products that were on display.

ABUS is a German lock brand exclusively distributed by Tucker Rocky. The company claims to have a 17 to 18 percent market share in Europe and is now making inroads into the U.S. The brand is not sold in big-box stores and the company has a MAP policy.

One of ABUS’ new products is the Granit Power XS 67 lock with a 14 mm steel shackle and a double-bolted lock body. It comes in red or yellow, and suggested retail is $99.99. Customers can also choose a lock-and-chain combo that includes the XS 67.

This October Airhawk will release a new, smaller cushion shape, pictured here, aimed at the adventure-touring market, including BMW and Triumph models, the company told Dealernews. The new shape can also be used as a passenger seat on a lot of touring bikes, an Airhawk rep noted. Airhawk has long claimed that its Shape Fitting Technology eliminates painful points and promotes consistent blood flow for a longer, more comfortable ride.

Arlen Ness now makes billet brake caliper housings for 2000-to-2007 FXST, FLST, FXD, FXDWG, FLHT, FLTR and FLHX Harley-Davidson models, as well as for 2000-to-2003 XL models. These applications are in addition to the many others the company has already offered. Ness billet housings give customers a new look while accepting their original pistons, seals, pads and internal hardware. The housings are available in chrome or black-anodized. Suggested retail is $199.95.

Avon Tyres’ new Cobra tire combination is for select Kawasaki and Yamaha motorcycles. The tires feature a rounded profile for nimble handling. They also have deep tread depth for better mileage, and Force Following Grooves (FFG) transmit energy across the surface of the tire for even wear.

The Cobra combination for Kawasaki motorcycles is available in size MT90B16 (front) and 170/70R16 (rear) for the

  • Vulcan 1600 Classic (2005 and newer),
  • the Vulcan 1700 Nomad and VN 1700 Voyager (2008 and newer), and
  • the Vulcan 1700 Classic/LT/Tourer (2008 and newer).

The tire is available in size 150/80R16 (front) and 170/70R16 (rear) for the Vulcan 1600 Nomad (2005 and newer).

It is available in size 130/70R18 (front) and 170/70R16 (rear) for the Yamaha  XVS V Star 950 Midnight Star/Tourer (2009 and newer).

Avon was also promoting its Marketing Alliance Program, which rewards stocking dealers with incentive cash, gift cards, displays, apparel and more.

Cardo Systems was promoting two major changes to its lineup. First, the Scala Rider Q1 Teamset rider-to-passenger intercom replaces the Teamset. The main upgrade is new Bluetooth capability and an FM tuner with six pre-set stations. Suggested retail prices are $219.95 for individual systems and $259.95 for a pair.

Second, the Scala Rider Q3 MultiSet bike-to-bike intercom replaces the Q2. The former model allowed riders to connect two riders. The new version allows them to pair four, and yet the MSRP remains the same: $389.95 for a pair.

Clear View is new to Tucker Rocky, though it has been in the aviation industry for 30 years, where it developed cleaners for aircraft windshields. Right now Tucker Rocky offers a Clear View cleaning kit containing a can of Clear View Plastic & Glass Cleaner, a can of Clear View Plastic Polish & Protectant and two microfiber towels. The kit retails for $19.95.

A booth rep said he was trying to convince Tucker Rocky to carry the cleaner and polish separately -- each would retail for about $9, offering a more affordable option than some other cleaners on the market, the rep said.

Cobra’s booth at the show included a Honda F6B equipped with the company’s new Six-2-Six slip-on mufflers that retail for $899.95. The chromed pipes are shipping now; a black version will be out in about a month. The slip-ons will also fit Gold Wings going back to 2002. The tips just stick out a little bit more in the rear.

In building the Six-2-Six system, Cobra first created a massive three-into-one collector. Three individual mufflers join at the collector, which feeds into the stock exhaust chamber. The rearward arc of the pipes matches the arc of the bags for a symmetrical finish.

Continental’s ContiTrail Attack 2 will be original equipment on the upcoming KTM 1190 Adventure. The tire is already enjoying credibility by being original equipment on 2013 KTM Adventure T, the KTM Adventure R and the BMW R 1200 GS.

Zero-percent-steel-belt construction on the rear tire provides stability even at high speeds and high loads, according to Continental. On the front tire a reinforced carcass and a newly designed pattern ensures “better precision and optimized wear.”

CruzTools’ SpeedKit line of tool kits is intended as an affordable replacement to OEM kits that have gone missing, or just don’t meet the customer’s standards. Three variants of the kit cover virtually all makes and models of powersports vehicles, the company claims.

The kits fit into most OEM tool cavities. Included in the kits are wrenches, nut drivers, a two-in-one spark plug socket with lever, a multi-bit screwdriver, star bits, hex wrenches, a tire pressure gauge, and slip-joint pliers — all housed in a durable zip-up pouch. Suggested retail is $32.95. (continued)