The Dealer Expo in Indianapolis again served up a platter full of goodies for ATV dealers and customers. In recent years, the growing trend in the ATV segment of the industry has proven to be sport models, and we found plenty of ways to give these high-performance quads a different look or a boost in power. Still, the largest percentage of units sold in the ATV market are utility machines, and there proved to be a number of intriguing products for them, as well.
R.I.S. Designs specializes in sand ATV accessories, including a custom four-legged hub. Made from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum, the hubs mount to the stock spindle and come with custom Douglas Wheel rims. Two- and three-legged hubs were designed to reduce weight for sand drag racing. They also come with custom wheels and can be made to fit any machine, but are not recommended for normal riding conditions.
Contact: R.I.S. Designs, 8223 Somerset Blvd., Paramount, CA 90723; 562/251-1330; www.risdesigns.com
Maxxis International offers front and rear iRazr tires. These rubbers use radial construction to increase ride comfort and reduce bump steer. Both six-ply tires use a new tread design compared to the older Razr design and claim to offer responsive steering and superb braking abilities.
Maxxis says the radial design creates a larger contact patch and improves acceleration. Fronts are available in 21 x 7-10 and 22 x 7-10. Rear iRazrs are available in 20 x 11-9 and 20 x 11-10 sizes. Maxxis now has four styles of Razr tires for both MX and woods applications.
Contact: Maxxis International, 545 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, GA 30024, 800/4MAXXIS, www.maxxis.com
This tire inflation system is the must-have product for anyone planning to race in 2004. Tire Balls uses specially designed inflation cells that support the tire instead of a normal inner tube filled with air or foam insert. Each individual cell is chosen and adjusted to the correct inflation spec prior to installation. Tire Balls are the modern-day flat-proof system that also aid in traction and suspension. The material used in construction the Tire Balls is 10 times stronger than a traditional inner tube.
Tire Balls are available for both ATVs and dirt bikes.Tire Balls have been used by race team in GNCC racing and ATV endurance events like the Baja 1000 and the Maxxis 12 Hours of America. Special tools and supplies are required and specific mounting instruction must be followed to insure the inflation system functions properly.
Contact: TBDC, 6244 Old LaGrange, Road, Suite 20, Crestwood, KY 40014; 877/TIRE BAL; www.tireballs.com
ITP HOLESHOT H-D
ITP calls the Holeshot H-D its tallest 20-inch tire. This six-ply tire has a wide format and is designed to excel in wet, rutted riding conditions. Uses a stepped shoulder knob design that effectively should improve side bite and control in ruts. The lugs are spaced further apart and designed to supply added traction in wet conditions. A sturdy sidewall was added to increase puncture resistance. Currently the Holeshot H-D is being developed in a 20 x 11-9 and 20 x 11-10 rear design.
ITP used feedback from Grand National Cross Country pro riders Chad Duvall and William Yokley to help develop the Holeshot H-D. The tires should be available by April.
Contact: ITP Tires, 930-A S. Rockefeller, Ave., Ontario, CA 91761; 909/390-1905; www.itptires.com
Cobra introduced a full line of ATV accessories and hard parts to go with its current line of ATV exhausts. Some of the products include bumpers, gas tank guards, skid plates and nerf bars. The aluminum-alloy parts are designed to be durable and add aesthetics.
Parts are currently available for the Honda 450R, 400EX and 300EX, Yamaha YFZ450, 660R Raptor, Warrior, Banshee, Blaster, Suzuki Z400, Kawasaki KFX700 and KFX400 and Arctic Cat DVX 400.
Contact: Cobra, 23801 E. La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA92887; 714/692-8180; www.cobrausa.com
WARN INDUSTRIES 1.5 ci SPORT WINCH
Designed as an entry-level winch for sport quads, the new 1.5ci Warn weighs 11.5 pounds. It delivers 1,500 pounds of pulling power. An all-new 0.4-hp 12v DC motor and three-stage gear train were built to be durable and resist heat build up. A handlebar-mounted, mini rocker switch, contactor and cam-activated clutch lever provides simple winching and free spooling. A 50-foot winch wire rope, hook and clasp, hook strap and hawse fairlead are standard.
Warn engineered a bolt-on mounting system for the 1.5ci for several of today’s sport quads. Warns says the mounting system will distribute winch load throughout the ATV’s frame, which reduces impact on alignment, ride and handling. Warn backs the winch with a 1-year limited warranty.
Contact: Warn Industries Off-road,12900 SE Capps Road, Clackamas, OR 97015; 503/722-1200; www.warn.com
TWO BROTHERS RACING ATV EXHAUST
Two Brothers Racing, synonymous with horsepower gains and performance exhausts within the roadbike realm, has manufactured four-stroke ATV exhaust systems for both the Yamaha YFZ450 and the Honda 450R.
Two Brothers Racing confirmed it will enter the ATV market and offer a full line of performance exhaust for several different brands of sport quads. Many multi-line dealers already carry the Two Brothers Racing name for their road motorcycles and dirt bikes and can now offer a full line of powersports products.
As of press time, slip-on systems were available. Call for full system and header pipe information and prices.
Contact: Two Brothers Racing, 401 South Grand Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705; 715/550-6070; www.twobros.com
JARDINE PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
Jardine says it introduced the nerf bar in 1985 and has been privately labeling for other companies in the ATV industry. Jardine officially launched its “House Brand” of nerf bars, bumpers and grab bars at Indy. Combined with its exhaust systems, Jardine line of 6063 aluminum products gives dealers a full line of Jardine accessories for ATVs.
Exhausts and hard parts are available for several machines including the Yamaha YFZ450, Bombardier DS650, Honda 450R, 400EX, Suzuki Z400, Polaris Predator 500 and more.
Contact: Jardine Performance Products, 1180 West Railroad Street, Corona, CA 92882; 909/739-5900; www.jardineproducts.com.
HMF teamed with 10-time GNCC champ and five-time Baja 1000 winner Mike Penland to create a new off-road exhaust system for the Kawasaki Prairie 650 and 700 ATVs. With stainless-steel headers and inlets and an aluminum canisters, this exhaust is designed to be light weight. The two-piece billet end cap accepts both a low-decibel Quiet Core and a USFS-approved spark arrestor.
Dealers can offer new performance gains for two of Kawasaki’s most desirable machines. HMF employees, like Penland, races in the Grand National Cross Country series and personally tests his products in race situations. The complete system retails for $372. GNCC Pro class champion Bill Ballance also has signature series exhaust being built by HMF.
Contact: HMF Performance, 8219 Clinton Rd., Brooklyn, Ohio 44144; 216/631-6980; www.hmfengineering.com
KOLPIN OUTDOORS ATV DUMP BOX
Measuring 37 x 42 x 10 inches, the Kolpin Dump Box mounts to the rear racks of most ATVs. On the bottom of the box is a unique mounting system making it nearly universal. It can be attached or detached in little time and is made of double-wall polypropylene. It also contains a full-hinge metal frame.
The box tilts with a hydraulic lift and allows for easy emptying or filling. A latch handle actuates the tilt feature. Grooves run along the bottom of the box to channel water and debris away. Dealerships can still sell ATVs with traditional racks and offer the Dump Box as a way to ascertain utility vehicle status with an ATV.
Contact: Kolpin Outdoors, Garland Square Professional Building, 1540 Heritage Blvd. Suite 203A, West Salem, WI 54669; (877) 9 KOLPIN; www.kolpin.com
SWISHER POWER SWEEPER
Designed to work with Swisher’s ATV Quick Switch Utility System, the Power Sweeper gives and ATV cleaning potential for every season. The Power Sweeper attaches to the front of an ATV and is capable of moving snow, dirt, sand, gravel or trash. Swisher says it also works for dethatching and spring clean up. Built on reinforced steel frame and power coated. Designed to operate as a universal fit.
Because of its size and functionality, dealers can clean their parking lots, sidewalks and paths. It also appeals to golf courses, farms and amusement parks. The Power Sweeper is available in two sizes; 4-foot broom, 6.5-hp engine with manual start and a 5-foot, 10-hp model with electric start.
Contact: Swisher Mower & Machine, 1602 Corporate Drive, P.O. Box 67, Warrensburg, MO 64093; 800/222-8183; www.swisherinc.com
GBC DIRT TAMER
From Greenball Tire comes the six-ply Dirt Tamer. The tire is designed for the larger utility 4x4 ATVs on the market today. It will come in six sizes ranging from 25 inches to 18 inches. The tire’s bias ply construction should be able to tackle most terrain. The tire has been in development since last year will be available soon
Contact: Greenball Tire Corporation, 2525 E El Presidio Street, Long Beach, CA 90810-1114; (310) 669-2626; www.greenball.com
CYCLE COUNTRY ELECTRIC BLADE ANGLE KIT
The concept of an electronically controlled, self-angling plow blade is a must for any ATV owner who plans to plow snow. Cycle County’s Electronic Blade Angle Kit is actuated by a pulley system and can be locked into three positions (straight, left and right). Cycle County tested the product in extreme conditions and found it fully functional. A handlebar-mounted switch actuates the angle selection.
Contact: Cycle Country, 2188 Hwy 86, P.O. Box 239, Milford, IA 51351; (800) 841-2222; www.cyclecountry.com
BRIDGESTONE XXTREME ATV MUD HOOKS
Bridgestone Tires, the original equipment supplier of ATV tires for Honda, offers its first consumer-focused mud tire. The tire is an all-new design for Bridgestone and marks the first time the company has pushed into the competitive performance ATV tire market.
This tire used deep, recessed lugs and has a six-ply rating. A rim and bead protector was built in. Initial sizes will be 26-inch tires. April is the anticipated release date.
Contact: Bridgestone Americas, 535 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214; 800/543-7522; www.bridgestoneamericas.com
This line of accessories is for all-terrain utility vehicles, off-road machines — Kawasaki Mule, Polaris Ranger and more — and go karts. Kart Accessories offers covers, snow plows, soft tops, grab lights and more for this type of off-road vehicle.
With more manufacturers focusing on this type of machine and release hybrid of this style of machine, custom accessories will be in high demand. Kart Accessories plans on release a full line of accessories for the four-wheeled Yamaha Rhino.
Contact: Kartaccessories.com, 7516 Precision Dr., Suite 107, Raleigh, NC 27613 ;(919) 957-0044; www.kartaccessories.com.
Scorpion Helmets had its own room reserved to display its line of street and off-road helmets at Indy. Scorpion has two full-face helmets for dealers with off-road products. The Scorpion VX-17 helmet retails for an affordable $200 and features a fiberglass/Kevlar construction. The $130 VX-14 polycarbonate is Scorpion’s price-point helmet. Both lids come in six sizes and six color schemes. Each is Snell and DOT certified.
Scorpion Helmets — which are imported to California from its Asian production facility — feature a KwikWick liner that is removable and washable. Large eyeports and goggle grips improve visibility and riding comfort. Custom liners and cheek pads are available in several colors and patterns.
Contact: Scorpion Sports, 25921 Atlantic Ocean Blvd., Lake Forest, CA 92630; 949/768-5517; www.scorpionusa.com.
Off-road dealerships should be attracted to the new line of Alloy MX gear because it offers a fresh, clean look and high quality feel. A full line of sportswear or casual wear also blends with the ATV, dirt bike and off-road lifestyle. This line of gear has three different styles of pants, five jersey, two sets of gloves in an elaborate display of color and design.
White Brothers is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Alloy Motocross line of off-road riding gear and casual apparel.
Contact: Alloy Motocross Company, 11 Orchard Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630; 949/458-6686; www.alloymx.com
PRO ARMOR SHOK-SPOTR
Pro Armor’s Shok-SpotR helmet-mounted, calibrated sensor was designed to inform ATV and dirt bike riders that a helmet has received significant damage from an impact. This item works as a point-of-purchase display for helmet buyers. Anyone with a helmet can add this device and be warned a helmet has received enough of a blow to limit the amount of protection it was originally rated at.
Super-strong adhesive tape attaches the Shock-SpotR to the upper rear of the helmet. Once the helmet incurs a blow or impact — depending on the force — the bubble turns red and the wearer is asked to consult his helmet manufacturer.
Contact: Pro Armor, 715 East Debra Lane, Anaheim, CA 92805; 881/31-ARMOR; www.proarmor.com
ONE INDUSTRIES TROOPER HELMET
The Trooper is the first helmet from ONE Industries. It has a fresh look and unique style to separate it from the competition. The Kevlar, reinforced-fiberglass and carbon fiber shell keeps the weight low and offers superior quality and protection. A comfortable Savoire suede liner wicks moisture and is removable for cleaning. Innovative venting chambers are designed to cool the rider. Built-in goggle guides and a grooved goggle strap guide were added, too.
The Trooper comes in three color patterns and white. It retails for $299.
Contact: ONE Industries, 4559 Federal Blvd., San Diego, CA 92102; 619/263-9880; www.onehelmets.com