The 12th annual V-Twin Expo by Easyriders showed once again over the weekend that in Cincinnati, the V-twin market is alive and well.
The three-day event that attracted more than 230 exhibitors sparked enough excitement from dealers that renewals following the event were up compared to 2011 renewals.
"The most important takeaway from the event was the real positive vibe from the exhibitors and dealers," V-Twin Expo producer Jim Betlach said. "People were doing some serious business. They were serious as a heart attack about doing business and finding products that will make their businesses a success once again in 2012."
Some longtime exhibitors told Powersports Business that the crowd on Saturday was the largest they had seen in the past three years.
"We're very, very pleased with the success of the show this weekend," Betlach said. "Several exhibitors that had contracted their booth size when the industry contracted have decided to go back and expand their booths for 2013, so we'll be looking at a new floor next year. The dealer engagement was fantastic and people are counting on 2012 to be a great year."
Amidst all of the new products and seminars for V-twin dealers, the V-Twin Expo presented its annual awards. The 2012 award winners are as follows:
Industry Leader of the Year: Barry Willey, National Cycle
Industry Trendsetter of the Year: Todd Silicato, Todd's Cycle
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ron Paugh, Paughco, Inc.
Motor of the Year: Delkron Manufacturing, 120 Square Block Complete
Wheel Design of the Year: Performance Machine, Paramount Wheel
Performance Product of the Year: BUB Enterprises, EPA/CARB-legal CAT System
New Product of the Year: Michelin, Commander II Tires
Value Product of the Year: Saddlemen, S2600 Deluxe Sissy Bar Bags
Tech Product of the Year: Cobra Engineering, Fi2000 PowrPro with CVT Technology
Audio Product of the Year: Hawg Wired, Four In The Face 4-channel Audio System