Feb. 11, 2008 – Aftermarket Digest

World of Powersports Launches New Dealer Web Site

World of Powersports, Decatur, Ill., has launched a dealer-only Web site called “DealerOrders.com.”
World of Powersports said it spent numerous hours evaluating and utilizing dozens of manufacturers’ dealer Web sites and has integrated the best of each of these into its newly designed Web site.
The site allows dealers to locate, price, purchase, track and prepare return requests for more than 2 million skus, from more than 20 manufacturers and distributors.
The new site is fully integrated with the dealer’s DMS system, including Lightspeed Nxt, Lightspeed Unix, MIC Commander, Softek and C-Systems. Dealers can now reprint invoices, upload and process purchase orders, track shipments, manage back-order items and even check availability with some of the suppliers through an easy to use interface.
Recently added features include a trouble ticket tracking system that ensures dealers get prompt responses to their inquiries and an extensive database that allows dealers to find answers to common questions quickly and easily.
World of Powersports says its the largest OEM parts dealer in the United States for all the franchises it carries. World of Powersports (www.worldofpowersports.com) offers genuine OEM repair parts and accessories, as well as many aftermarket items to dealers and repair shops around the world. It is a franchised dealer for Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph, Polaris, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Can-Am and Arctic Cat motorcycles, ATVs, PWC and snowmobiles. Contact Mike Jackson at 217/423-6521, ext. 501 for more information.

INTERMOT 2008 to Feature New Online Scheduling

In 2008, German motorcycle show INTERMOT Cologne will offer trade visitors more services to ensure that planning a visit to the fair will be efficient, painstaking and in line with the trade visitors’ needs.
In addition to the Dealer Card, a special admission ticket for trade visitors that offers numerous benefits, a new online service, called Matchmaking, enables buyers from around the world to arrange their trade fair visits in line with their specific needs during the time leading up to the show, which will be held Oct. 8-12. The online service can be used to request meeting appointments and find out product prices and information.
In 2006, 506 exhibitors from 33 countries presented products from INTERMOT’s parts/accessories segment; 299 companies from 25 countries exhibited products in the clothing/riding equipment segment. In addition, 254 companies from 22 countries also exhibited motorized vehicles at the event.

Harley Motorclothes Designs Helmet for Women

Harley-Davidson MotorClothes says it’s introducing an industry first — a helmet series designed expressly for women.
For years, Harley-Davidson MotorClothes has designed riding gear made to fit and function on a women’s body, offering everything from jackets to eyewear. The helmet, however, was long assumed to be a unisex item until research revealed that women had other ergonomic needs.
“We started hosting helmet seminars at dealerships, and women told us they often have to fit the helmet over more hair than men do, which can leave the helmet sitting too high on the head, which can result in a poor fit,” said Matt Thompson, Harley-Davidson category manager of riding gear, leathers and outerwear. “We determined that a woman’s helmet needs to be more adjustable both front-to-back and side-to-side.”
The result is the new Skyline helmet series. It features:

  • a shell and liner that is 10 mm deeper than the standard helmet dimensions, allowing it to fit more comfortably on a women’s forehead and the back of her head;
  • an interchangeable inner liner side panel keeps the helmet from being too loose on the sides. The panels, sold separately, simply slide and snap into the helmet liner in place of the side panels that come with the helmet;
  • seven different thickness sizes that can be fitted with thin pieces of foam for a customized fit, along with an anti-static comfort liner to reduce “helmet hair” that often results after removing a helmet. It also features a “pony tail notch” to provide extra room through a special cut-out section in the back.
    MSRP on the helmet series is $150-195, and sizes come in 2XS-2XL.

    Dunlop Announces Dealer Expo Autograph Sessions

    Custom motorcycle builders Jesse Rooke and Roland Sands will be on hand at the Dunlop Dealer Expo booth to autograph special limited-edition posters during two sessions Saturday (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m.). Also present at all autograph signings will be new Guinness Book of World Records record-holder Robbie Maddison, who rang in the New Year by completing a motorcycle jump of more than 322 feet, 7.5 inches. In addition, ATV racer Joe Byrd, 2007 ATVA MX champion and 2007 AMA MX national champion, will be on hand for the two autograph sessions on Saturday only.

    OceanLED Launches Amphibious Lighting for 2008

    OceanLED, a manufacturer and designer of LED underwater lighting products, is launching a new lighting range designed to be used both in and out of the water.
    The first light of the new collection, The Amphibian 3, will be launched at this year’s Miami Boat Show on Feb. 14-18 with the next two models following shortly after.
    The Amphibian 3 is a small, powerful economical underwater light; specifically designed for pleasure craft up to 23 feet.
    The injection moulded Amphibian Range has been designed with a linear shape, versatile enough to be mounted onto any transom and requiring a quarter of an inch hole for the cable entry. The Amphibians can be used on a variety of surfaces such as trim tabs, engine brackets or even on boat trailers for night launching.
    Visit www.oceanled.com for further details and release dates. psb

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