Idaho-based Western Power Sports Inc. (Booths 3213, 3313 and 3413) continues to achieve its growth initiatives by adding KBC to its roster of manufacturers. (KBC also is distributed through Motorcycle Stuff and Tucker Rocky.)
In August 2006 Western reported that it was now distributing 550 brands, 48 of which had been added during the previous 12 months. Three of these recent acquisitions were PIAA, Progrip and Silkolene.
Dealers stopping by the distributor's booth will also get to see the 2007 Fly Racing and Fieldsheer apparel, as well as the latest stuff from semi-exclusive brands Gmax, Kings Tire and Shinko.
Gmax's GM46Y youth off-road lid now comes in with special-edition Lizard graphics in five colorways. The helmet is marketed as lightweight (a large weighs 2.2 lbs.), highly vented (There are 19 vents!), and affordable ($79.95 retail). Removable, washable cheek pads and liners are available in different sizes for a custom fit.
Shinko has two new tires: 224 Series dual-sport rubber and 421 Series tires for minibikes. The tube-type dual-sport tires are DOT-approved, have a 4-ply rating, and are designed for front and rear fitment. Sizes are available to fit most off-road and enduro motorcycles. The minibike tube-type tires feature a tough nylon carcass with dimpled knobs to provide traction in a variety of terrains. They come in 8- and 10-inch rim diameter sizes. — Arlo Redwine
KBC's flagship model, the VR-2, has a shell constructed of fiberglass, carbon and Kevlar for an "extremely lightweight helmet," according to the manufacturer. The lid has two intakes for ventilation, and its flat polycarbonate racing visor (tear-off posts are optional) is optically correct, scratch-resistant and anti-fog. The shield releases via a one-step, tool-free system.
The VR-2 comes in sizes XS-XXL and retails for $219.95 to $269.95. It's available in solid black, matte black and silver, or in five different graphics in various colorways.