Motorcycle USA is here at the 2011 Indianapolis Dealer Expo to bring you the latest on the newest products available in the Powersports market and show you first-hand what is happening on the show floor.
This year marks the first show inside the newly expanded Indianapolis Convention Center located in the middle of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Past years presented limited floor space and resulted in navigation issues along with extensive travel on foot to view all the show had to offer. With space plentiful this year, the vibe is positive and navigating the show is easier than ever. Organized neatly this year, the show is segmented into 11 product sections that include categories such as gear/apparel, helmets, racing and performance, business services and more. With the new show format it was easy to get around and spot some of the newest products being introduced and these are just some of the first that caught our eye.
The big guns are in attendance at Indy, including racers like Chad
Reed (left) as well as the superfluous eye candy. (right).
Answer Racing presented its 2012 spring motocross gear collection co-branded with personal audio lifestyle brand Skull Candy. Answer collaborated with Skull Candy to provide a unique, visually appealing product engineered to perform on the track yet look stylish while riding. Offered in two colors, red and purple, the gear sets include pants, jerseys, gloves and the Comet helmet model that features many of the standard options in today’s top performing helmets like secure-lock liners and contoured cheek pads with easy snap systems. In addition to the new Skull Candy collection, Answer is offering its Purple Haze gear that can be seen on James Stewart in the 2011 Supercross series.
KLIM released two new off-road gear sets that were shown to the public for the first time here at Dealer Expo. KLIM is known for its superior quality within the snow industry and is transferring into the off-road market quickly. The Badlands Pro and Latitude jacket /pants collection from KLIM feature GORE-TEX technology and more design features than you can shake a stick at. Badlands Pro is the higher price point and offers increased cargo capacity, variable ventilation and integrated hydration options above its lower price point brother the Latitude. Not yet in production, these new products from KLIM are sure to be popular among enduro and off-road motorcycle enthusiasts.
ViberRide’s new alert tacticle device embedded in motorcycle handlebars helps remind you through vibration that your turn signal is activated.
Acerbis new improved X-Seat features retaining grip on the front and rear portion.
In the rider safety market there is a new product available to help combat everyday riding on the roads or in the city. Viber Ride created an alert tactile device that reminds a rider his/her turn signal is on. Turn signal vibration technology is embedded into a rider’s handlebar that emits vibrations to notify the rider when the turn signal is left on. Options include silver, black and chrome end caps to match a bikes décor. Viber Ride’s slogan reads, “driven by innovation and inspired by design” and is dedicated to providing quality products with a difference.
Acerbis was on site promoting its updated X-Seat made entirely of one piece. X-Seat has become a very popular product among motocross and enduro riders in the recent past due to its exceptional durability, optimal grip and comfort. Updates include a new anti-slip design in the center and strategically placed retaining grip on the front and back portions of the seat. Available for multiple models including Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha and Husqvarna, the X-Seat continues to improve.
Following with more dirt bike products, Pro Taper showcased its 2012 line of Metal Mulisha branded dirt bike accessories. Included in the line-up are bar pads, grips and graphic imprinted sprockets along with a variety of handlebar options.
In the luggage department, Ogio stepped up with some new limited edition RIG 9800 LE roller bags. Built to standard Ogio quality the three new bags are offered in three colors listed as Raw, Voltage and White Stripes. The Moto line of bags retail at $279.99 and feature Ogio’s structure load equalization deck or SLED system designed for increased durability under the harsh conditions of travel. Other features include a wide mouth lid opening for easy access, secure hold compression straps to safely secure any load and heavy duty oversized wheels for extra clearance.
Erik Buell Racing’s 1190RS made its public debut at the 2011 Indy Dealer Expo. The new Buell, excuse us, Erik Buell Racing model features plenty of carbon fiber, top shelf suspension components and the distinctive ZTL front rotor.
Honoring fallen Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa, Shoei disiplayed this limited edition X-12 soon available to consumers.
Moving into the sportbike realm we got to see the anticipated debut of Erik Buell’s new street legal 1190 superbike. The EBR 1190RS featured at the show is the “carbon edition” and sports dual right side exhaust, Ohlins suspension, stacked front headlight array and turn signals mounted atop the windscreen and rear taillight assembly. Read more here: Erik Buell Racing 1190RS Debuts at Indy
Another new product that caught our eye is the limited edition replica Shoei X-Twelve helmet in honor of fallen Japanese Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa. A portion of the profit from every helmet sold from this one-off production run will go to a memorial fund set up in Shoya’s name by his parents. The role of the fund is to educate young riders who dream of becoming professional racers similar to Tomizawa. The outer shell of the X-12 is composed from six layers of super-strong organic fibreglass and carbon while the inner EPS receives a dual-density shock-absorbing lining.
To wrap things up we are going to mention a new highlight of the show featuring the National Powersports Auction (NPA). On site will be a live auction for the first time ever hosted by the NPA. Hundreds of mint condition pre-owned units from various NPA business partners will be available to attendee’s to bid on at the Dealer Expo. In addition to participating in the auction, the NPA will be providing educational seminars to attendee’s on the pre-owned market and how to participate in a live auction at Dealer Expo.
Stay tuned for more new product insights from the 2011 Dealer Expo at Indy and look for a follow up review on the event highlights from the weekend.