MotoUSA is here in Indy to bring you a recap of our second and final day at the Dealer Expo. So, what else caught our eye? While not nearly as much new stuff was unveiled in 2010 as years past, there were a few more new items worth mentioning.
Michelin released its new Power Pure tire at Indy. Claimed to be 10% lighter than the competition while using Michelin’s 2CT dual-compound technology, they aimed to blend the high-performance worlds of canyon riding and casual track days into one do-it-all sportbike tire. We’ve yet to see any word of a press intro roll across our desks for the new Michelin, but here’s hoping that changes real quick so we can get a taste of the new French rubber and bring you a full first-hand report.
Arai Helmets caught our eye with its new Corsair-V Johnny Rea and Nicky Hayden replicas. While the helmet is basically the same model, they all now meet Snell 2010 standards by virtue of an updated shell construction, one which did little to nothing to increase weight, making it one of the first Snell 2010 lids we’ve seen that didn’t get noticeably heavier. Loads of other new designs graced its full line of helmets, showing the Japanese helmet manufacturer shows no signs of slowing down in these tough economic times. We have a few of their new helmets on the way, so be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming full product reviews.
Nicky Hayden’s new replica Arai Corsair-V garnered a lot of attention (top), as did the full-carbon GP-6 RC Formula 1 lid.
Also quite interesting were several of Arai’s car lids, including a full-carbon GP-6 RC, which is the helmet of choice for today’s Formula 1 drivers. Over 80% of the grid wears them and Arai doesn’t have to pay a penny to get them to do so. That speaks a lot for the quality of the helmet itself. It’s now for sale here in the US at a whopping $5000 each, though as such don’t expect to see too many around. Amazing technology nonetheless.
(Top) Alpinestars’ Afrika Gore-Tex XCR Shoe. (Bottom) Jesse Rooke-built Honda CBR1000RR on Dunlop’s Q2 rubber.
Yesterday we showed you a couple of Alpinestars’ new MX products, so today we’ll give you a look at some of its 2010 street gear. They now have a full integrated back and chest protector called the Track Vest to wear under leather riding suits for additional protection. Also on display was a full line of new high-performance street riding shoes and boots, including the Afrika Gore-Tex XCR Shoe. These new shoes were designed to be versatile enough to be used for riding as well as whatever one plans to do when they get to their destination, eliminating the need to carry extra footwear. Keep an eye out for a full review of several of these new products in coming months.
K&N had a beautiful Roland Sands Designs-built KTM 450SX-F-turned-road-racer on display to show off one of its new cleanable air filters. Dunlop also had a gorgeous RSD custom cruiser in its booth alongside a Hart & Huntington-themed Honda CBR1000RR custom done by Jesse Rooke. The CBR had Dunlop Q2 rubber on it, which is the tire manufacturers’ latest doughnut. We tested them some time back. Check out the full story: Dunlop Q2 Review
Motocross gear maker MSR has teamed up with Metal Mulisha’s Brian Deegan, releasing a full line of signature gear, including helmet, which was a big attention grabber at the show. French helmet company Shark was in attendance and showed off its RSR2V+ helmet, a carbon version of the RSR2V. We had a chance to pick it up and
the weight, or lack thereof, was impressive to say the least. Also featured in its full line of products was the RSI mid-level street helmet. Judging by its growing booth size at Indy, no doubt they are making a bigger push in the US market for ’10.
Scorpion Racing displayed its Hurricane one-piece leather suit. While traditionally known for its price-point helmet line, Scorpion looks to be expanding into other areas for 2010.
While out for awhile but new for this year, Fly Racing displayed its new-for-2010 MX lid, which can been seen atop Andrew Short’s head once he returns from his recent SX injury suffered at the San Diego round of the series just over a week ago.
Also in racing news, we caught up with Yoshimura Suzuki American Superbike rider Blake Young. The young Wisconsin native is very optimistic going into the season, especially after promising results from his latest test.
“It went good, far better than the first one at Fontana in December,” said Young of the team’s recent test at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. “Josh (Hayes) kicked our butts at the first test so we knew we had to find something, so to end up right in the mix this time was good.” Young was less than half a second off the quickest rider of the test, which was Aaron Yates on the Jordan Suzuki, and right on pace with Hayes.
When asked if the bikes he rode at Fontana were full-spec of what he would race this year, Young added, “Nah, not quite yet. The boys (team) are at the shop working hard to get ready for Daytona and I think we’ll have a few more little things.”
As far as his predictions for the season: “I’m ready! After the season I had last year, with the crash (Young lost part of his pinky finger in a high-speed get-off at Barber Motorsport Park), I’m definitely happy that I had a two-year deal. It’s time to step it up and win some races and then we’ll see where things fall after that. I think it’s going to be a good year for us.”
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Following with the Superbike theme, Brembo released its new GP 4RR and GP 4RX calipers, which trickle down straight from Grand Prix and World Superbike, representing the pinnacle of braking performance. The 4RR is the high-end version to be used with Brembo’s own racing discs, while the 4RX is similar in build and makeup, but are designed to fit the stock mounting points of most popular Japanese sportbikes and can be used in conjunction with the bike’s OE rotors.
To wrap things up on lighter note we’ll leave you with a photo of this off-the-wall trike made by Thoroughbred Motorsports. The $30,000-plus car/motorcycle hybrid from the Texas manufacturer is said to be a direct result of consumer demand, featuring a 2.3-liter Ford engine and 5-speed automatic transmission, as well as full trunk and trailer and air conditioning as an option. We somehow find the ‘consumer demand’ part hard to believe, but either way, it’s quite a sight to behold.
So with that, MotoUSA signs off from the 2010 Indy Dealer Expo. Here’s hoping attendance and new product releases makes a rebound in 2011…