Dealers visiting the Western Power Sports section today in the Indiana Convention Center may notice some differences compared to last year.
"We did switch a few things around," says the distributor's Dan Lopez. "As a matter of fact, our two-story structure moved from the center island to the end for better exposure of our vendors."
Companies new to the WPS catalogs that are also here at the show include:
- Adaptive Technologies, offering radar detectors built specifically for motorcycles;
- Küryakyn (WPS is carrying only its accessories for metric cruisers);
- Speedo Tuner, offering an easy way to correct a speedometer; and
- ScootR Logic, a new brand of scooter luggage made by Kwik Tek.
Factoring in all its vendors, WPS lists the following 2009 products as among those it's promoting heavily: DID Dirt Star STX rims, SixSixOne Flight and Comp boots, Leo Vince stainless steel off-road exhaust systems, FMF Apex street exhausts, Sunline MX wheelsets, Gaerne SG-12 off-road boots, Acerbis one-piece motocross seats, and the Fly Racing Formula helmet.
Besides products, WPS has given dealers other reasons to visit. Leslie Porterfield, AMA Racing Female Rider of the Year and holder of three land speed records, is signing autographs at the Fieldsheer Booth 3313; (exact days and times weren't available at press time). An Orange County Choppers custom bike is on display at WPS Booth 3413. In addition, there is a Jones Performance/Richard Gadson (nephew of Rickey Gadson) dragbike on display at the distributor's Shinko booth (3425).
WPS has more than 100 different specials and programs available for dealers during the show. Says Lopez: "We have in-store display programs available for 40-plus brands including Fly Racing; we offer an inflatable Michelin Man display for 100-plus tires ordered between Jan. 15 and March 31. Once again, we have the dealer backpack program where we give away 4,000 backpacks to dealers that have made the trek to Indy, throughout the weekend."
Asked about trends, Lopez says: "We are expecting staple items to continue to sell well as we enter the 2009 season. While we can't discount that a lot of folks are out of work, we have seen a trend towards good, economical products. With less perceived discretionary income, people who are working are being careful about spending. But many are still buying, and that is a bright spot."