2007 Motorcycle Accessories
18, 2007: Lunar Year 4704-4705, The Year of
World Exclusive: webBikeWorld Live Report
From The 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo
- February 17-19, 2007
Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Final
Report - See Below!
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
It's here! This is our fourth visit to the fantastic Powersports Dealer Expo,
held each year during President's Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.
This is the place where all of the motorcycle
accessory, clothing and helmet manufacturers display a
fantastic array of products and take orders from the
distributors and dealers for the upcoming motorcycle
As always, you're the very first to see all of the
brand-new motorcycle gear as it is released by the
manufacturers for the very first time!
The Powersports Dealer Expo
is a huge event and it's the only venue where all of the
dealers, distributors and manufacturers can get together
to see what's new. It's an exhausting 3 days, with
miles of walking, elbowing gawkers out of the way to
take photos and button-holing the manufacturers, trying
to persuade them to spill their secrets for webBikeWorld
visitors. But it's loads of fun and...someone has
to do it!
There are usually around 20,000 visitors to the
event, walking through miles of aisles to visit the more
than 1,000 exhibitors who will be displaying their
Stay tuned to this page from February 16 to February
19. We'll be adding
photos descriptions of interesting products, with single
pages and larger photos for some of the more interesting
products that we hope to review at a future date.
|February 21, 2007:
||My last report for now on
Also, check out these
preview photos of the cool Victory Vision!
|February 20, 2007:
||There was so much to see, I
still have more to tell:
new stuff from Tour Master and Cortech
this year. More coming soon, my
fingers are tired!
|February 19, 2007: Monday
REV'IT! Infinity One-Piece Textile Suit
||More photos of the
new Scorpion EXO-1000 added!
4 - X-Ramp Motorcycle Ramp
||Page 3 - Öhlins MotoGP Forks and Rear
Shock, Corbin Beetle Bags for Kawasaki ZX-14
|February 18, 2007: Sunday
||Page 3 - Giannini Mini Moto Pocket Bikes
Page 2 - Teknic Clothing, Stallion Trike, W2 Boots, Muc-Off, Pivot
Pegz and more on the way...
|February 17, 2007: Opening Day
Three New Bridgestone Tires Announced
Scorpion EXO-1000 First Look
||On This Page (Below):
||1. Scorpion EXO-1000 (Below)
||2. Scorpion EXO-100 (Below)
||3. Scorpion EXO-200 (Below)
||4. New Tank Bags,
Clothing and Boots from Held
||5. New Dainese Products Announced
(Feb. 16 Pre-Show)
||6. New Brembo
Supermoto Calipers for European Motorcycles
Announced (Feb. 16 Pre-Show)
||7. News From the
Chinese Pavilion (Feb. 16 Pre-Show)
It was snowing this morning in Indianapolis and it
continued off and on all day. You'd think that
when the Visitor's and Convention Bureau knew they had
20,000+ people coming to town in the middle of winter
that they'd make an effort to clean the sidewalks?
Nope. Not sure why they don't schedule this show
in, say, Orlando in February instead.
Nevertheless, I trudged through the slush to find
what appears to be an even bigger and better show than
last year. The exhibits were packed, making it
very difficult to get good photos. They finally
have wireless Internet access this year, so next time
I'll bring the laptop right to the show and report from
there, saving the time lost by trudging back and forth
to the hotel room.
So let's see what's new:
it is folks:. It's the brand new
Scorpion EXO-1000. Yes, it has an
internal rotating sun shade, but -- get this
-- it also has air adjustable cheek pads
with its own little built-in air pump in the
We don't have many photos yet,
but this deserves its own page (see
the EXO-1000 First Look) because it will get the
webBikeWorld review treatment as soon as
it's released in May of 2007.
Scorpion also announced a new EXO-700 (wBW
review) model. The EXO-700
Scorpion graphic utilizes iridescent foil
graphic technology, providing the illusion
of color changing images. The EXO-700
Scorpion graphic is available in three
colors; Matte Anthracite, Matte White and
told you so: Scooter Style helmets are in!
Here's the new Scorpion EXO-100, with a very
cool-looking 3D Scorpion logo appliqué and
yes, a rotating sun shade!
its own page also and we'll get a helmet asap for
folks at Scorpion have been busy this
winter! Here's the new Scorpion
EXO-200, more of a modern version of the
classic open-face helmet.
I sort of knew that Held
makes a lot more than just gloves, but just
how much more became clear to me today.
They have a nice booth at the show, staffed
by the German owners and the U.S.
Their product line now
includes helmets; a line of cruiser leather
clothing and saddlebags; rain gear; duffels
and tank bags; goggles and sunglasses;
motorcycle cleaning products; a large
variety of tank bags; kidney belts; winter
windproof underwear and of course their
leather and textile jackets, pants and
Here are a couple of
interesting items that are new for 2007.
The Held "Rapid" tank bag
shown below can be fitted with an optional
accessory bracket to mount a GPS, iPod, MP3
player or other device. It's
ingenious: it fits into two pockets on the
front of the bag, so when the bag is removed
the device comes with it.
Here's a photo:
The "Rapid" tank bag shown
here and several others are fited with
Held's new "Quick Click" attachment system.
The system includes a bracket that attaches
to the fuel cap mount; it's the horseshoe
shaped device shown in the photo below at
the bottom of the bag.
We're looking at the
underside of the bag here; that matching
bracket in the center that looks like it's
attached with a cord is actually movable up
and down the length of the channel.
The channel is lined with Velcro, so the
bracket can be effectively moved back and
forth to position the bag for the rider's
preference, or to fit differently sized fuel
tanks or motorcycle types.
The cord in the front is
pulled to release a spring-loaded catch,
which then allows the bag to be removed.
Held also has a variety of new clothing
items on display, including these very
nicely made retro leather jackets, each with
a matching pair of gloves (available
separately), seen hanging in front.
The jacket on the left is the "Aras", with
the "Rocco" on the right. Each
includes soft CE-approved padding in the
back, shoulders and elbows.
Here's a close-up (below) of the new women's
"Nikita" jacket. The photo absolutely
does not do justice to this really
nice-looking jacket, which includes a
waterproof and windproof removable liner,
CE-approved padding in the back, elbows and
shoulders, an optional CE-approved back
protector, a detachable thermal lining, air
vent zippers in the front and an attachment
for the matching (black) pants. I'm
going to see if we can order one for a
review, because it's very nicely made and it
There are lots more Held products that we'll
try to get for a review, but I also wanted
to mention that Held is now making some of
its gloves in Long and Short versions.
What a concept -- why didn't I think of it?!
Some of us have long, thin fingers and some
of us have shorter, thicker fingers.
But gloves typically come in one length
only. Hopefully this will allow more
riders to take advantage of Held's huge
And while we're on Held, one more thing.
They now have a selection of very
nice-looking motorcycle boots (photo below),
one of which has an interesting adjuster to
allow better fitment to various calf sizes.
This has long been a problem with motorcycle
boots, so maybe this will help. See
the second photo below.
February 16, 2007: Pre-Show Press Releases
and the Chinese Pavilion
- New Dainese Products Announced
- New Brembo
Supermoto Calipers for European Motorcycles
- News From the
Let's get right down to it with a couple of
interesting press releases. Early arrivals to the
show were greeted with this information from
who have released a few new products. The press
release states "The 2007 Collection offers a selection
of high-tech Springtime apparel with original design
“suited” to all motorcycle fans who want to live the
coming warmer months in the most complete comfort and
safety. From head to toe, helmet to boots, Dainese
has come up with a line of gear with the highest quality
in materials and finishes and loving care to even the
finest technical and styling details."
|Dainese Airstream Course Seven 2
The Airstream Course Seven 2 helmet is
distinguished by its vintage style and
simple, streamlined forms.
The Number 72
on the sides recalls the year Dainese was
founded. Developed for sports/touring
use, Seven 2 features the channeled "FFV"
(Free Flow Ventilation) system that makes it
both safe and extremely comfortable. Text
and photos courtesy of Dainese.
|Portland Fabric Jacket
In the Portland Fabric jacket, protection
becomes synonymous with style.
Ergonomic cuts blend right in with the
protective elements to create a graphic
pattern in its own right.
Special pockets in “3D” double laminated
fabric with mesh structure for increased
volume give both the protections and
product’s technological core greater
visibility while also enhancing
The Portland Jacket was developed for the
eclectic rider who is equally content
astride a bike in or out of town.
|Denim Fantan Pants
Fantan Pants are the Dainese
re-interpretation of the classic 5-pocket
jeans in a stronger sports light. The
use of K-Denim guarantees higher mechanical
performance with twice the comfort of normal
In this sense, the combination of
different materials assumes fundamental
importance: natural Cordura thread
provides elevated abrasion strength; malfilè
cotton grants softness and comfort, while
Kevlar increases wearability by adding
greater resistance to tear and abrasion.
Fantan Pants are designed for everyday
wear with outstanding fabric strength and
Short Blaster gloves are long on performance
and protection. The application of
soft inserts and carbon fiber plates
combined with the use of cowhide guarantees
elevated impact and abrasion resistance.
The use of D-Stone fabric in the areas of
greatest torsion and the special inserts in
perforated leather on the back help keep the
rider’s hands always fresh and free from
thermal stress during long rides.
Anti-abrasion reinforcement inserts and
the soft pads on the palm of the hand
promote greater distribution of the load
|Torque Out Boots
The Torque boot is the highest expression of
Dainese foot protection technology.
The Torque Out model is provided with the
tried and tested Axial inner boot structure
perfected through years of collaboration
with World Motorcycle Racing champions and
Dr. Costa’s Mobile Clinic.
The Axial system limits the twisting of
the ankle that might cause serious harm.
Axial envelops the foot and the ankle for
greater protection against impact by
distributing impact forces throughout the
entire structure for better absorption.
A new slider in stainless steel applied
behind the calf bonded to supports in
thermoplastic material increases anti-grip
action in case of fall and resistance to
abrasion in case of slides over the asphalt.
Brembo Supermoto Brake Calipers
Brembo released some new brake products
last year and again this year. The two
new radial calipers are designed to be
interchangeable on the standard radial forks
of European motorcycles (Aprilia, Benelli,
Bimota, Ducati, KTM, Mondial, MV Augusta).
The calipers are "machined from a solid
billet, which helps to achieve the high
braking power and stiffness derived directly
from Brembo race engineering technology."
The calipers are supplied in a kit with
sintered brake pads, an instruction
handbook, a set of Brembo decals, and a
series of practical temperature stickers to
monitor the working temperature of the
I couldn't quite understand their press
release, but apparently the second product
is a "slim line" version of the Supermoto
four-piston caliper. The Supermoto
“slim line” calipers will be supplied
through specialized dealers and are aimed at
the serious amateur or semi-professional
racer. The new calipers fit all spoke
wheels in addition to Marchesini Supermoto
The photo above is pretty cheesy -- I'll
see if I can get better photos tomorrow at
their booth when the show officially starts.
|The Chinese Pavilion for
The Chinese Pavilion is a
separate showroom filled with exhibitors
from the vast Chinese motorcycle and ATV
industry. There are usually many very
interesting products to see, with parts,
helmets and clothing to ATVs, tons of
scooters, dirt bikes and off-road "mules",
or large industrial ATV-like 4-wheel-drive
I'm very surprised to see that
this year's Pavilion is much smaller than in
the past, but the products seem like they
have relatively higher quality. It
could possibly be that only the best
manufacturers are represented here.
There was a lot of interest from American
motorcycle dealers and I witnessed many
huddled conferences and sharing of business
cards. The Chinese do seem to be
filling a void in the marketplace,
especially for smaller sized motorcycles,
which have been missing from the U.S. Market
for some time.
Here are some examples:
CF Moto, a brand of Chunfeng
Holding Group Co. Ltd. has one of the
largest displays and this "V3" and its
companion, the "V5" were attracting a lot of
interest. CF Moto calls this style an
SRV, or Sport Recreation Vehicle.
They've been making these for several years,
and each year they are back at Indy with an
improved model, so it's something to keep an
eye on. The American motorcycle
dealers were all over these bikes, so I
think their time may yet come.
It may take a while to get
used to the styling, especially of the V3,
and although it's not my cup of tea, I do
think the bikes look practical, possibly for
commuters. The V5 actually isn't bad
looking. By the way, they are sort of
a cross between a scooter and a motorcycle,
and they have CVT transmissions.
One thing's for sure,
they're different. Both the V3 and V5
are single cylinder, liquid-cooled
four-strokes of 500cc's and they meet Euro
II emissions and noise standards. The
engines have a 72mm x 60mm bore and stroke
and the V3 has a 3.2 gallon (12 liter) fuel
tank, while the V5 carries up to 17 liters,
or 4.5 gallons.
The V3 has a 58" (1480mm)
wheelbase and the V5 is just a tiny bit
longer at 58.70" (1490mm). The claimed
dry weight of the V3 is 393 lbs. and the
unfaired V5 is 366 lbs. Claimed
maximum speed on both is 100km/h, or 62MPH.
both bikes have disk brakes front and rear
and take 100/90-18 tires up front and
150/80-15 in the rear.
The fit and finish on the
bikes is rather nice and the switchgear
feels decent. The SRV also features a
fuel tank cover that hides a built-in Hi-Fi
system for connecting MP3 players, radios,
memory sticks or other devices. The
panel is claimed waterproof and also
controls the AM/FM radio. More
controls are repeated on a plate attached to
the triple tree.
They have adjustable brake
levers, a hidden USB port under the seat for
music stored on USB memory drives.
UPDATE: The price of
the V3 and V5 starts at $3,499.00.
Seems like a bargain. Here's
a photo of the V5:
CF Moto V3, rear view.
|More coming later...
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