The 36th International Powersports Dealer Expo could prove to be the largest, most comprehensive trade show of its kind in the world for dealers, distributors and manufacturers of aftermarket powersports products. Scheduled to take place in Indianapolis, Feb. 14-16, the event encompasses more than 526,100 sq. ft. of exhibit space and attracts just under 20,000 industry-related visitors.
Check out motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, karts, and all of the associated parts, garments and accessories.
A reformatted Big Twin East, additional exhibit space, and stronger international presence are all to be expected at the ’04 Dealer Expo, and organizers say they have increased events and services to better assist both attendees and exhibitors.
This Focus section offers a look at Powersports Business’ first 25 Nifty Fifty products — exemplary PG&A, and vehicles, you’ll likely see at the Expo.
Then, read how the event has changed for 2004, learn about gate times and other helpful information, and check out a list of new and favorite dining establishments, one of which may suit your special plans.
To help you better plan your time at the Dealer Expo, the Editors of Powersports Business have picked 50 products that we think may be worth searching out. They range from performance products to apparel.
We haven’t tested all of these products, but we’ve based our decision on advance information provided by both manufacturers and distributors.
Here, then, are the first 25 products. The second 25 products will be presented in the Feb. 9 issue of Powersports Business.
Product: Fi2000 Digital Fuel Processor
For 2004, the Fi2000 has been improved with more available adjustments and a stylish, modern redesign. Tuners working with non-stock engines will now be able to find the perfect settings. The Fi2000 continues to be a great addition for stock motorcycles with aftermarket exhausts. Fool-proof installation results in enhanced rideability. For Metric Cruisers and H-D models.
Big Bike Parts, Inc.
Product: Prairie Dog ATV/Snowmobile Heated Grips
Big Bike Parts introduces the new Prairie Dog brand of heated ATV/Snowmobile grips. Come with a four position hi/lo/med/off switch, giving the rider greater control over the degree of warmth produced. Easily configured dial switch mounts to handlebars in no time. Fits ATV/Snowmobile grips measuring 7/8” x 5” & 7/8” x 5”.
Product: The V
Custom Chrome’s latest creation in the fast growing kit bike market is simply known as the “V”, and includes a purpose designed “featherbed” style frame with a rubber mounted 110-inch RevTech engine coupled to a 6-speed transmission. Looks like a streetfighter with the muscle and simplicity of a V-Twin muscle bike. A true crossover that gives the dealer the option to make a profit selling it as a kit or assembled.
Jardine Performance Products
Product: 650 V-Star/Drag Star Oil Filter Relocation Kit
This 650 V-Star/ Drag Star Oil Filter Relocation Kit will convert the paper/cartridge filter into the more readily available spin-off type filter and will increase the oil volume and cooling capacity of the bike. Chromed CNC billet components and durable stainless steel lines and fittings. Chrome filter is supplied, and a chrome Billet Filter Cover is available as an option.
Product: RK Chain Breaker/Press Fit and Rivet Tool
Three tools in one, the new RK Chain Breaker/Press Fit and Rivet Tool easily breaks 40 and 50-type chain, press-fits tight tolerance 40, 50 and 60 O-ring chain sideplates, and flares RK’s special pin hole rivet links to the proper dimensions.
Booth #229 and #443
Product: Pro Series Super Motard Wheelsets
Get ‘em while you can. Available in 17×3.50 and 17×4.25, the new Excel super motard universal wheelsets come with interchangeable drive and brake carrier ring adapters, stainless steel eight-gauge spokes and spline-driven aluminum nipples. Rims, hubs and carriers come in silver, gold or black.
Booth #5151 and #5467
Product: Moveable Motorcycle Lift
Full-size motorcycle lift – 1000 pound capacity with incredible stability – with a 32-inch working height. Perfect for your customers and doubles as an in-store display. Finished working? Simply fold and stand in the portable unit in a space less than 2 feet by 2 feet.
Product: Spider Jacket
A 2-in-1 Jacket system, the Spider can be worn as a 100% waterproof breathable Cordura jacket with CE armor or zipped apart to be worn as a mesh ventilated jacket with CE armor. Available in sizes 40 through 52, it features 600 Denier cordura outer shell and a heavy-duty poly mesh on inner jacket. Anatomical pre-curved waist length sport cut, CE approved Knox TP2 armor in back, KPF1 armor in shoulders & elbows, and a Neoprene lined collar.
Lazer Star / Weekend Concepts
Product: MX Number Plate light kit
Lazer Star battery powered MX Light Kit incorporates a custom front number plate, which houses the battery, lights and switch. A universal fork clamp offers quick installation, taking the place of your stock front number plate. The kit comes complete with a 110 charger and a single SLA 2 hour-life battery, which runs dual 20watt Lazer Star’s Micro B spotlights. Kit will fit any 125cc or higher bike. Available in White, Black, or Charcoal Silver.
Product: Summer Rose
Sidi has a couple of key new models for ‘04 – a new Vertebra 2 Air for street enthusiasts and a redesigned Force SR motocross boot – but one of its best new products is the Summer Rose, a boot being billed as the market’s only women’s vented street boot.
Product: RF-1000 full-face helmet
Shoei Helmets’ all new RF-1000 is the successor to the company’s ultra popular RF-900. The RF-1000 features an aerodynamically superior space age shape, revolutionary cooling system technology, and a 3D comfort liner that allows a custom fit. Has a CX-1V face shield, the same as in the X-Eleven, and comes in sizes XXS to XXXL.
S&S Cycle, Inc.
Product: 124” Twin Cam Engine
A 124 cu. inch Twin Cam replacement engine available for carbed and fuel-injected bikes from 1984 to 2003.
Product: Dry Pak GPS Case
Dry Pak features a cam lock clip that seals out water, sand and dust. It floats, and is easy to see. Constructed of TPU (thermo-plastic polyurethane) – 10 times stronger than vinyl and functional in extreme cold and heat. No offered in 5×8-inch case to fit most PDAs, GPS units and pocket PCs.
Product: Universal ATV mounting Kit
Capable of holding attachments such as a forklift, plow, power sweeper and more.
Big Gun Exhaust Systems
Product: CRF450 Exhaust System
Big Gun Exhaust Systems’ Honda CRF450 complete system and slip-on offers a new tear drop head pipe that allows the silencer to hide just behind the number plate. The complete system is said to add more mid range and more top-end. The complete system will come standard with a black carbon fiber heat shield to protect the user’s leg. Both exhaust systems will only be offered as Race and Quiet series. A USFS approved spark arrestor is standard equipment on both to meet the 96 and below decibal’s. Made of mild steel with Big Gun’s exclusive internal and external aerospace ceramic coating.
The Carlson Company
Product: Dynojet Model 1250i
The “i” in The Carlson Company’s new Dynojet Model 250i represents the integration of external components like the air/fuel ratio monitor, a design the firm hopes will make carb tuning or fuel-injection mapping easier than ever before.
Product: Lead Manager/HTML Newsletters
PSN is a Web site provider for over 600 motorcycle and powersports dealers and recently released two major enhancements to its array of dealer Web site solutions. LEAD MANAGER gives the dealer the ability to manage, track and follow-up on walk-in, call-in and Internet-based sales leads. HTML NEWSLETTERS provides dealers with a way in which to send online newsletters with minimal time effort and no computer coding skills.
Product: Sahara Youth Gear
Created from the same ventilation principles as the Sahara Racewear, the Sahara youth gear shares all of the same features and materials. Jerseys, pants and gloves come in Blue or Stealth. Jerseys have sublimated graphics, pants feature ovesized stretch Kodra knees ande Kodra reinforcement in high-wear areas, sublimated stretch panels and Schoeller Keprotec inner knees. The price is right: $34.95 jersey; $79.95 pants; $16.95 gloves.
TWS USA Inc.
Booth #715 and #725
Product: R2 and R3 Mini Cycles
Imported by TWS USA, Inc. and refined and upgraded for 2004, the LEM R2 and R3 come equipped out of the box with leading aftermarket products from Pro Circuit and Braking. In addition, LEM has also added it’s own modifications like the EZ2N 3 shoe racing clutch, restyled super flex plastic, and molded swing arm and shock protectors. Perfect for any 50cc racer.
Vance & Hines
Product: Sideshots exhaust system for Softails 84+
Sporting slash-cut ends and drenched in chrome, Sideshots for Softails by Vance & Hines offer full coverage heatshields and are virtually blue-proof. The Vance & Hines Power Chamber is designed to deliver the performance advantages of a 2-into-1 race system with the sleek, new look of a 2-2. Removable baffles and all the mounting hardware are included. Dealer margin? 30-35%.
Booth # 6027, Zone 14
Product: 9,900 cu. in. Bag
Carry all your gear in Ogio’s new 9900 cu. inch capacity bag that comes with a lifetime warranty, a roll-out changing mat, inline skate wheels and a pull-out handle. Different compartments store clothes, gear and boots. Retail $170-$175
Booth #913 and #919
Product: Switchblade system of Quickset windshields
The Switchblade system of Quickset windshields by National Cycle allows a rider to enjoy a touring-size shield, a commuting-sized shield, and a sport-style shield… all interchangeable without tools, using one set of mounting hardware.
Booth #101 and #5467 and #907
Product: E-Z Choppa Bike-in-a-Box
Offering consumers a chance to build their own American Chopper, Tucker Rocky’s E-Z Choppa features a 38° rake – 5” stretch in front legs, 3-1/2” in backbone – a 6” over Wide Glide front end with chrome billet triple trees and chrome lower legs; a 21” front wheel and tire; a 200 Series rear Avon Tire with 1-1/2” belt drive; 96” natural finish S&S motor; Twin Power 5-speed Trany-In-A-Box; chrome inner and outer primary; rolled Sportster style 3.4 gallon gas tank; a Shotgun tapered exhaust; chrome billet forward controls; braided brake lines; chrome handlebar controls; stainless steel oil tank; chrome fender struts; and a Corbin Solo seat. Retail price? $14,797.99
Product: Cyclevault Storage System
Not just another high priced dust cover, Cyclevault uses “Zerust”, a corrosion inhibitor, as its defense to harsh weather conditions. With this, Cyclevault can store a motorcycle for up to 5 years without corrosion. Starting at $169.95 retail, this system comes in small and large, with or without a liner.
Product: Sharp Hand Protectors
Focusing on off-road plastics, Polisport uses DGP (Durable Gloss Polypropylene), the first plastic composition for off-road that incorporates simultaneously maximum gloss and high resistance. Look for the new Sharp Hand Protectors and Super Motard Front Fenders carried by Marshall Distributing.