February 7, 2011-Tucker Rocky adds new supplier

Beginning this spring, Tucker Rocky will distribute RoadLoK Security, a manufacturer of motorcycle locking systems, the companies announced.
The new partnership provides dealerships more access to RoadLoK Security’s expanding product line, which covers all major brands of motorcycles, including Harley-Davidson, Victory and all major metric and European manufacturers.
“We are excited to bring Tucker Rocky into our select group of distributors,” Adam Xavier, CEO of RoadLoK Security, said in a press release. “Our goal is to give dealerships greater access to our product line and increase product awareness domestically.”
The new RoadLoK System product line will be available in Tucker Rocky’s Street Metric catalog and Biker’s Choice catalog.
V-twin distributor adds manufacturer to lineup
Custom Chrome International will immediately begin carrying a select line of aftermarket accessories and products from Cycle Visions, the companies announced in a press release.
“I have known the owner of Cycle Visions for years and have always been personally impressed with their existing product and their eye toward developing new parts,” Custom Chrome International President and CEO Holger Mohr said in a press release. “Cycle Visions makes accessories and parts that dealers can put on customers’ bikes and know there is quality and thought put into each one.”
Cycle Visions owner Randy Aron said, “since starting Cycle Visions in 1997, our goal was to develop unique product with the highest quality and availability for the V-twin market. Teaming up with Custom Chrome in the U.S. in 2011 in addition to Europe in 2009 to distribute our products will only enhance that.”
The new distribution agreement takes place effective immediately.
Harley-Davidson, Hot Leathers team up for second year
Hot Leathers is partnering for the second year with Harley-Davidson to sell the OEM’s footwear at nationwide motorcycle rallies.
The agreement began last year and was successful for both companies, according to a press release from Hot Leathers.
“We are thrilled about our second year collaboration with Harley-Davidson Footwear,” Hot Leathers’ retail operations manager Andy George said in the release. “We’ve been in this industry for over two decades and only associate ourselves with the best and we consider Harley-Davidson Footwear to be one of the best. Our collaboration last year was very successful and we look forward to another lucrative rally season in 2011.”
Dunlop appoints new race tire distributor
Dunlop has chosen Erion Racing to serve as its new distributor of road race tires in the western United States.
Distribution from Erion recently started, and Erion will make an announcement of its track coverage plans in the near future, according to a press release.
To lead the new Dunlop program, Erion has hired Rick Mitchell, an industry veteran who has spent the past 24 years working in the Parts and Accessories Division at American Honda.
“We are very excited about partnering with Dunlop in this new capacity,” Erion Racing principal Kevin Erion said in the release. “We view this as an endorsement of the high caliber of our company and personnel, and we will bring the same level of effort toward making this new enterprise a success as we have in our past championship-winning racing efforts.”
ITP provides details on its 2011 racing contingency program
ITP has announced details on its 2011 WORCS racing contingency program, called WORCS Bucks.
Along with generous payouts, ITP will again be providing trackside support through Roy Bloodworth and Big Kid Racing.
The ITP “WORCS Bucks” Awards Program is designed to reward ATV riders who achieve racing success while using ITP tires. WORCS Bucks are being offered to top finishers in all WORCS events who use ITP ATV tires and display ITP decals.
Companies team up to develop transmission prototypes
TEAM Industries along with technology development company, Fallbrook Technologies, announced their partnership to develop electric vehicle transmission prototypes.
The first initiative under the agreement is for the Tomberlin Anvil, a street-legal Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) offering a range of more than 40 miles.  
“We are equally committed to improve both the performance and battery life of electric vehicles,” said Rob Smithson, Fallbrook’s vice president of business development and chief technology officer.  “Our NuVinci product line is ideal for this. It allows an electric car motor to operate in a more efficient manner by continuously optimizing the electric powertrain for driving conditions.”
Production of the powertrain will occur at TEAM Industries’ Minnesota-based facilities. “We’re continually searching for leading suppliers capable of providing technologies to make our eco-friendly automobiles more compelling and exciting than anything else like it on the market,” said Michael Tomberlin, CEO of Tomberlin. “That means offering improved hill climbing, acceleration and towing capacity as well as other rider benefits in our vehicles. Developing systems that enable electric vehicles to enhance performance is a key step towards achieving that goal, thus we are very pleased to support the Fallbrook-TEAM development initiative.”
Progressive Suspension adds to its sales team
Progressive Suspension Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of high-performance motorcycle suspension products, announced that Jeff Reid has accepted the position of account manager.
“We are excited to have Jeff on board and looking forward to leveraging his extensive suspension experience and knowledge” stated Progressive’s Director of Sales Pat Lovro.
Reid, formerly with Parts Unlimited as well as Öhlins and having spent many years in the race and performance market segments, will be assuming account management, training and dealer support functions for the company’s Southeast region.
Reid comes to Progressive with a decade of experience working with race car shocks and wide-ranging experience with Champ/Indy Car, IRL, ALMS, Trans Am, Toyota Atlantic and Indy Lights teams.
S&S Cycle adds v-twin industry veteran to its team
S&S Cycle Inc. has welcomed Scott Seaman to its team as warranty rebuild and remanufacturing service manager.
A familiar face in the V-twin industry for more than 20 years, Seaman is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, and has been riding and working on motorcycles since the age of 7. He worked for Andrews Products Inc. for 12 years in Chicago before relocating to work for GMA Engineering in 2002. 
While working for Andrews, Scott built and raced a Pro Dragster Nitro Harley. PSB

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