The 44th edition of the Dealer Expo is taking place this weekend, and of course MXA is on site to see all of the happenings. We’ve been coming to this annual event back when it was held in Cincinnati; now the three day event is situated in downtown Indianapolis at the Convention Center.
Indianapolis is known as a football town (have you ever heard of Payton Manning and the Colts?), for one weekend a year the motorcycle industry takes the city over. Hundreds of companies venture to the midwest to show their latest products to dealers, editors, and distributors. The Dealer Expo isn’t open to the public, which is unfortunate. Many of the big players in the industry attend the show. As a result, it’s a great time to put names with faces. MXA‘s Jody Weisel, Dennis Stapleton and John Basher spent the weekend browsing thousands of products and learning about the latest and greatest items that are soon to hit the market. Take a look at some of our findings from day one of the Indianapolis Dealer Expo.
One of the biggest news items from today was the announcement that Christini, the company that makes all-wheel drive motorcycle systems, is producing their own line of motorcycles. The Philidelphia-based company is making two models, the 2012 AWD 450 (four-stroke) and AWD 300 (two-stroke). The 450 has a twin spar aluminum frame, five speed transmission, electric and kick start, and is based on the 2008 Honda CRF450X. In fact, the bolt patters on the chassis, engine and components are carbon copies of the CRF-X. As for the 300, it has a Gas Gas engine, hydraulic clutch, PDS rear shock, steel frame, five speed tranny, and 2.8 gallon gas tank. The 300 is based on a KTM. That’s Steve Christini in the photo with the AWD 450.
EVS has focused on protection items since the company’s inception, and the Axis knee brace is the latest and greatest knee brace from EVS. Although the brace won’t be available for some time, we’re excited to try it out. The frame is considerably lighter and shorter in length than their Web brace. The patella cup design is similar to the RS8 in that it has a pivoting system.
A closer look at the EVS Axis knee brace.
Matrix has several new products for the coming year. They introduced a wedge design for their bike stands so that new Honda motorcycles will sit level. There is also an oil drain pan, redesigned tie downs, and a gas tank holder.
Renthal went back to the drawing board and re-crafted their Intellilevers. These indestructible levers are now considerably lighter and look better than the previous version. The feel of the clutch and brake lever blade is very comfortable.
Leatt introduced a street bike-specific neck brace.
Check out these new pistons from L.A. Sleeve. The LAPC stands for Los Angeles Piston Company.
ODI showed off these thin new grips, which offer incredible grip.
DR.D had a very neat collage on display of their head honcho, Doug Dubach. It included several memorable and hilarious photos.
The MXA wrecking crew is in the middle of testing the all-new Bell Moto 9 helmet. Bell had a plethora of different designs on display.
Pro Taper has several new products, as well as a few collaborations with companies Skull Candy and Metal Mulisha. Here is their new handlebar pad.
Speaking of collaborations, DVS came together with Kevin Windham and MSR to produce a limited edition line of K-Dub clothing.
EKS Brand’s Rich Taylor was proud to show off several new colors of his very popular goggle. The colors are flashy and vibrant.