Tucker Rocky Show: Metric and V-twin products get equal showing

Publish Date: 
Aug 5, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas – New products for metric bikes and Harleys seemed to be in equal abundance at the recent Tucker Rocky Dealer Meeting at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

At the event Tucker Rocky president Steve Johnson told Dealernews that the distributor had renewed its focus on the V-twin market. In addition to products for Harleys, several vendors were promoting their latest wares for Victory models.

Below is a roundup (in alphabetical order by company name) of street aftermarket products displayed at the show.

Accel was displaying its new crushed-volcanic-rock exhaust wrap. It also showed off its V304 Aluminum Vise Jaws, which feature 4-inch aluminum soft jaws that work with any 4- to 6-inch vise. Six strong magnets hold jaws securely in place. V-shaped cutouts hold and protect round or hex parts. The jaws’ purpose is to protect the finish of any painted, anodized or chrome component. MSRP is $29.99.

Airhawk is now offering the display shown here. “Having this in shops has increased dealer sell-through considerably,” said the company’s Craig Johnson. Dealers receive the display for free with a “very small” qualifying order. Airhawk cushion seats retail for $93 to $199, and just five part numbers cover all motorcycles, Johnson said. Airhawk’s Shape Fitting Technology eliminates painful points and promotes consistent blood flow for a longer, more comfortable ride.

Ancra said its new Snap-Loc trailer hardware is “red-hot.” Products in the line include a chrome E-clip anchor, a black E-clip anchor, a splinter center hook, and an E-track tie-off. Ancra was also displaying its X Series tie-downs and its ratchet straps. The company has a new bulk bin merchandising program in which each item is individually UPC-coded.

The Arai CT-Z helmet replaces the XC-RAM, which has been discontinued after being new for 2012. There are two differences between the models: new, more flexible cheekpads, and a new peak/shield combo. For customers who own the XC-RAM, Arai will offer a kit to transform the model into the CT-Z.

Arai also has a new display system comprised of banners and an 8-foot wall section with 18 helmet shelves. To receive the display, dealers order a minimum of six models with full size runs. Especially aggressive dealers could combine two displays for a 16-foot display.

New from Arlen Ness: Deep Cut Styled Windshield trim that provides a clean transition between the fairing and windshield. The trim is machined from billet aluminum, is available in chrome or black-anodized finish, and matches Arlen Ness’ line of Deep Cut accessories. Fitment is as follows: 1998-to-2012 FLHT/FLHTC/FLHTCU/FLHX and FL Trike models.

Arlen Ness’ new Deep Cut Frame Grill fits 2009-to-2012 FLT and 1994-to-2008 FLT models.

To complement its line of engine management systems, Bazzaz now has a full line of dynamometers. Bazzaz Principia dynamometers are available in a range of models with single or dual rollers to accommodate motorcycles, karts and ATVs. Models are available as Load Control versions with an eddy-brake or Inertia-Only versions. Numerous upgrades are available, including gas loading ramps and a complete 160 mph ram-air simulation kit.

Bobster’s new Street Series is comprised of 14 SKUs in six styles. The glasses have straight, flexible temples to slide into helmets easily. Some models target half-helmet wearers by offering removable foam and an attachable strap. To accommodate a variety of riders, the company encourages dealers to stock all 14 SKUs, which retail for between $39.98 and $59.98.

The Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S20R replaces the BT-016, which has been discontinued. The company bills the tire as “MotoGP technology for everyone.” New, wider tread grooves improve cornering as well as wet and dry grip. Side grooves on the tire’s shoulder improve contact feel at higher lean angles. The S20R also features a new compound that works in a wider range of temperatures. 

The Battlax lineup now includes four tire models. In order of racing-intended to touring-intended, they are the Racing R10, the BT-003 Racing Street, the new Hypersport S20R, and the BT-023 Sport Touring.

At the end of August Cobra Engineering will be coming out with Fi2000R PowrPro Tuners for Victory models. There will be two part numbers for cruisers and touring bikes. Introduced in 2010, the PowrPro is a fuel-injection-tuning device that constantly monitors and adjusts automatically.

Cobra has also added its 3-inch slip-ons to its lifetime warranty program. The slip-ons retail for $310 and have billet aluminum tips.

Condor Products' new E-Track and A-Track Adaptor Kits allow anyone who has either of those track systems in their trailers to attach any Condor Wheel Chock to them. Now customers can place their motorcycles anywhere they want in their trailers, fore and aft, or side to side. It is especially useful for those hauling two motorcycles and need to stagger their placement to fit them in the trailer properly.

Continental said that for the past four years, its best-selling tire after the ContiMotion is the TKC 80 dual-sport tire. More and more streetbike riders, the company told us, want the aggressive look that comes with running knobbies. New sizes are a 120/70-17 front and a 180/55-17 rear, making the tire compatible now with the Ducati Multistrada and Hypermotard, the Tiger 1050 and the Buell Ulysses. Interesting side note: TKC 80 tires are original equipment on some BMW and KTM models.

New from Cycle Shack are Dresser Duallies head pipes for 2010-to-2011 Harley-Davidson FL Touring models. The company tells California dealers that these pipes should be used with Cycle Shack MHC-350 Series Catalyst Touring Mufflers to comply with CARB regulations. (Story continues)