2007 Motorcycle Accessories
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From The 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007 - Indianapolis, Indiana: Continuing our live coverage of the 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo,
held each year during President's Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.
My overall impression is that the show has more
international vendors this year, with large and
sophisticated displays of their products. Previous
shows tended to be focused solely on motorcycle products
and accessories made in or distributed by U.S. firms.
Since my job is to ferret out the unique, the
interesting and the off-beat to help achieve the
webBikeWorld mission, I'm always on the lookout for
the little booths with the never-before-seen products on
display. This year, there are many manufacturers
who are trying to break into the U.S. market with some
Teknic for 2007:
Freestyle Jacket and Speedstar Suit
Teknic has been turning out some
innovative gear lately (see our review of
the Teknic Sprint jacket and pants, named
one of webBikeWorld's Best Motorcycle
Products of 2006).
Each year they have a
different type of booth at the Indy show.
It's one square display block long and wide
and there's only one entry and one exit.
It's rather imposing and there are never as
many people in there as there are at the
more open displays. Why they keep
doing this is a mystery. I think
visitors get the feeling that they're going
to be trapped by some sales sharks.
It's just not very user friendly.
Nevertheless, I bucked up
and climbed on board to see what's new.
The Freestyle jacket (photo below) looks
very nice, it's designed to pair with riding
jeans or stunt pants. It has 15-degree
forward rotated arms and a removable
waterproof and breathable liner and a zip
out vest liner.
It also features Teknic's
new Airblade shoulder venting system; look
at the shoulders in the photo below and you
can see tiny scoops that direct air on to
the rider's back. Teknic's Speedstar
leather suits and some other products also
feature this design.
The Freestyle jacket is made
from DuPont's 600D Soft Touch Cordura and it
feels comfy. It also features underarm
zipper vents, chest vents and a rear exhaust
Armor is CE-approved in the
shoulders and elbows. The Teknic
technician (!) told me that the Airblade
shoulder system has replaceable blades, but
I'm not sure what that really means.
The jacket also has memory foam chest
padding, a built-in kidney belt and some
spine padding. Suggested retail price
will be set at $199.99 and it's available in
several color combinations.
We'll get one for a review;
it looks like it might make a nice warm
The Teknic Speedstar suit
would make a good match with the
Speedstar gloves we reviewed recently
(or is it the other way around?).
It features a very cool
"sublimated" design that looks like a
circuit board (of all things), which is
created by somehow injecting the color into
the leather. The suit is loaded with
features -- too many to list here --
including an attached Airlux breathable and
moisture wicking liner AND a separate
one-piece "Union Suit" Airlux liner that
comes with the suit.
Teknic now uses GP TEK
CE-approved elbow, hip and knee armor and
the Speedstar suit also comes with a very
nice CE-approved (not sure which level)
It also has the Airblade
shoulder vent system and Teknic's "TASC"
stitching on the critical wear points.
The technician showed me a cutaway of the
stitching, which features layers of leather
and a complex stitching system to minimize
the stitches on top but increase them
underneath to hold the seams together.
He said the suit has a reduced number of
seams and it does look like it.
Unfortunately, the suit will
only be available in standard sizes, no
shorts or longs. This may make it
difficult to fit anyone with other than
There are always some motorcycle or
powersports related vehicles sprinkled here
and there throughout the show. The
Stallion is built by
Thoroughbred Motorsports, a manufacturer
of trikes. It has been available for
several years and the latest evolution is,
well, pretty radical. It's about as
far away from being a motorcycle without
being an automobile as you can get.
It's a three-wheeler with a
Ford 2.3 liter four cylinder engine rated at
155 HP. It has a five speed automatic
transmission, a 9.5 gallon fuel tank and it
has a claimed 35 to 45 MPG. It weighs
1,700 lbs. and has a length of 125 inches,
width of 62 inches and it's 58 inches high.
It appears to be very well
made and it has an 8.5 cubic foot trunk.
Other features include adjustable foot
pedals, leather seats, a Sony AM/FM CD and
MP3 player, Ford gauges, air lift
suspension, Progressive shocks and even
cruise control. And wait -- there's
more: How about air conditioning and
heat for driver and passenger, a trailer
hitch, cup holders, front and rear disk
brakes and a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty?
W2 Motorcycle Boots
The motorcycle product distribution system
is a complex and, some say, monopolistic
system that can make or break a product
before it ever reaches the shelves of the
local retailers. It's very hard for a
new company, especially one from outside the
U.S., to conquer this system without the
backing of one of the big distributors or
manufacturers. Direct sales via a
website is sometimes the best way to
circumvent the beast.
Hidden in a booth not much
wider than the shelf in the photo below was
a representative from
Wind Trading S.R.L., doing business as
W2 Boots, located in Ravenna, Italy.
They had some nice-looking motorcycle boots
on display, "still made in Italy", as he
told me. They're looking for a U.S.
distributor. Here's a link to their
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) product catalog.
The "4-Dirt Adventure" boot caught my eye.
It looks very comfortable and it has a
unique strap system that has the potential
to overcome the calf fitment problem that
seems to be common in this type of boot,
mostly due to the height of the Adventure
It isn't apparent in the photo below, but
the straps continue behind the front flap
and can be ratcheted in and out to widen the
top of the boot to fit riders with
differently sized calves. The boots
have a nice, thick, sticky rubber sole.
The W2 uses 3mm thick suede leather and it
is claimed to be fully waterproof, using a
Drytex membrane lining. It has
injection molded plastic protectors,
replaceable buckles and free-floating
The boots also feature a steel shank and
they're available in U.S. sizes from 6 to 13
(Euro 39 to 47).
We're going to try and buy a pair for a
Muc-Off may not (yet) be a household
name in the U.S.A., but it's the Number 1
motorcycle cleaner in the U.K., where bikes
get very dirty very quickly, due to the
weather and the hard-riding owners.
And here's an irony: I'm told that UK
motorcycle owners think the brand is from
Muc-Off offers a wide variety of products
besides their namesake cleaner, including
cleaning kits, brushes, chain lube, polish
and more. The cleaner is fully
bio-degradable. It's a "spray on, wash
off" type product for use on anything from
painted surfaces to saddles, wheels, spokes,
chains, windscreens and more.
They're looking for U.S. distributors and I
hope they can land a deal soon. I've
seen Muc-Off advertised for years and it
would be nice to have it available here in
Here's another interesting product for dirt
riders. It's been around for a couple
of years but this is the latest upgrade, the
Pivot Pegz are designed to replace the
standard foot pegs on a dirt bike.
They can rotate about 20 degrees fore and
aft; that is, they pivot back and forth,
which keeps the rider's feet tracking with
the motorcycle. The Mark 2 design is
wider and lighter than the original version
and it has an "enhanced" grip pattern.
They carry a lifetime warranty.
and feel very substantial and the casting
and machining work is of very high quality.
They're made from investment cast stainless
steel and the parts are rebuildable.
The base bolts on to the dirt bike in place
of the original peg holder, and the foot peg
pivots on a bushing enclosed with O-rings.
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