2009 Powersports Dealer
World Exclusive! The webBikeWorld Live Report
From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo
- February 13-16, 2009
by Rick K., Editor, webBikeWorld.com
It's that time again! 2009 Powersports Dealer
Expo time, that is!
This is our 6th year at the Dealer Expo -- the place
where motorcycle dealers in North America meet with
motorcycle products and accessories manufacturers and
distributors to see what's new and exciting.
It's all here: clothing,
helmets, gloves, boots and, as always, just about
every other thing you can think of that fits, sits or
clicks on two wheels.
webBikeWorlders have a world exclusive look at
all of these fantastic new goodies with live reports all
weekend, direct from the show. If you want
a hint at what's in store, see the links in the
right-hand column to my reports from previous years'
Your devoted Editor will be schlepping through the
halls and aisles of the RCA Dome and -- new this year --
the Lucas Oil Stadium --
to uncover new and unusual products and accessories for
your reading and drooling pleasure.
I'll report back as often as I can, starting on
Friday night with brief commentary on the show and the
goodies along with photos and info.
Last year there were 9,500 buyers who each spent an
average of $28,502.00 per order at the show. There
are typicall more than 1,000 displays and exhibits with
cool stuff to see and touch. This show is for
dealers only, but you'll have a private ringside seat!
So stay tuned to this page starting Friday night for
your live reports continuing throughout the weekend!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Port-A-Chopper Folding Trailer
Forcefield Sub-Pro 4
Page 2: Saturday, February 14, 2009 AM
Teiz One-Piece Suit
3: Saturday, February 14, 2009 PM
Saturday, February 14, 2009 PM
Tourmaster and Cortech
Saturday, February 14, 2009 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009 AM
Sym & Homage
7: Monday, February 16, 2009 AM
Monday, February 16, 2009 AM
Wheels 4 Tots
Special Report: Fulmer Helmets!
Special Report: Suzuki TU250!
Monday, February 17, 2009 - Final Reports
Rev'it 2009 - Now Posted! (March 15,
February 13, 2009 - Live From Indianapolis!
Friday, February 13, 2009 18:13 EST - I arrived
to clear skies and balmy temperatures, only to find a
pile of rubble at the site of the RCA Dome, the venue
for the Powersports Dealer Expo in years past. The
Dome is no more, but this year the show is split between
the Indiana Convention Center and the brand new Lucas
Oil Stadium across the street.
Here's what's left of the RCA Dome:
And here's the new Lucas Oil Stadium:
After realizing I forgot my press pass
and putting on a suitable show of groveling at the
check-in counter to get a replacement, I walked
downstairs to what I assume is the field level of the
stadium to see the Friday opening exhibits.
The usual procedure has been to allow
the new exhibitors and the importers from Asia to open
early in a separate display area. But the
organizers have opened the show early this year because
of the split venue, and the field level of the stadium
contains a mix of the imports, new exhibitors and a few
old timers salted here and there to keep the crowd
I was surprised at how many visitors
were already in attendance at the unusual Friday
afternoon opening -- perhaps a signal to the organizers
that the show should have expanded hours (they normally
close at what I think is a very early 6 pm).
So this Friday night report is a bit of
an eclectic mix of the unusual, the new and the strange.
The "real" show starts on Saturday, in the Indiana
Convention Center, where all the Big Boys get to play.
So enjoy this excursion into the exotic tonight and
tomorrow will hopefully bring us news on some of the
more familiar brands.
►Port-A-Chopper Folding Motorcycle Trailer
I turned the corner and bumped into a
display of something that has become a favorite
webBikeWorlder topic: folding motorcycle trailers.
Port-A-Chopper is built right here in Indiana
(Elkhart) by QC Metal Fab, Inc., a sheet metal
fabricator who decided to make folding trailers.
This one looks to be everything my Rocket folding
trailer isn't: it easily folds into a small
package of 4 boxes that can be shipped via UPS, and it's
a brute compared to the Rocket's questionable (but
admittedly so far unfailing) slimness.
It's wide, it's made from big, honkin'
thick slabs of sheet metal and box tubing and it even
uses 5/8" diameter pins that look like they were sourced
from the local John Deere dealer to hold the thing
together. It has a GVW of 1,200 pounds, it weighs
275 lbs. and it has a 36-month warranty.
They offer a single or dual bike version
starting at around $1,350.00. I may see if we can
get one for a review, because it looks like the answer
to the folding motorcycle trailer question everyone's
►Ceramic Bearings by Worldwide Bearings
I walked by this small booth and the
bearings laid out on the table caught my old machinist's
eye. Dave Conforti, the company President, comes
over and says "Pick that one up", pointing to a large
steel ball from a bearing. It was heavy.
"Now pick up that one", he said,
pointing to its graphite-colored mate. I picked it
up -- what a difference! Like aluminum to steel.
Worldwide Bearings (Cedar Grove, New Jersey) makes replacement bearings with
steel races and ceramic balls. They're available
in any size you want, and the company claims 40% less
friction, 60% less rotating weight, a 3-5 times
increased life over steel, lower vibration, cooler
running and more.
They're available as replacement wheel
bearings, crank bearings and just about any other type
for motorcycles, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs,
automobiles and even bicycles. Worldwide sells
mostly to racers but is at the show introducing the
product to dealers and distributors. Very
Standard steel bearing ball (L), ceramic replacement
►Speedway Motorsport Shelters
Speedway Motorsport Shelter is a nice-looking, heavy
duty portable shelter that packs into a small bag.
It can be used by motorcycle owners living in an
apartment or for backyard or temporary storage.
The frame snaps together with spring-loaded buttons, so
no tools are needed. It comes with floor anchors
and the lower part of the frame has holes for the
anchors. It also locks closed for security.
It has taped seals and is waterproof and
it even comes with a 48 LED night light inside.
The list price is only $279.95, so this should be a
Everything fits into this bag.
big fuss about replacement scooter tires for the
Aprilia Scarabeo? They released the scooter a few
years ago with a bizarre 140/70-16 tire size.
There were no tires of that size in the aftermarket, and
Scarabeo owners were screaming.
Then came Heidenau to the rescue, but
U.S. scooterists had to send to Germany to buy one.
No longer --
Heidenau USA now distributes in North America, and
they have a full range of tires for scooters to
motorcycles. Lots of vintage replacements with
original-looking tread patterns but said to perform like
modern tires. They even have some popular off-road
and street/dirt tires for the BMW GS series!
If you can't find the tire you're
looking for on the Heidenau USA website, they said to
visit the main
Heidenau website in Germany and find the tire you
want and Heidenau USA can order it.
And get this -- need snow tires for your
scooter? That's right -- Heidenau makes snow rated
scooter tires, the Snowtex. Just the thing for
Kymco owners in Alberta...
The mythical and elusive 140/70-16 scooter tire for the Aprilia
Snow tires for your scooter. Huh?
►Easy-Cruz Motorcycle Cruise Control
A surprisingly simple-looking device but
with a robust notched friction control wheel. It
fits as a replacement for the bar end weight or a
"Stealth" version is available without the end weight.
Smooth action and appears to be easy to use; it can be
controlled with the pinky finger on the right hand when
What's surprising is that the
Black Dog Cycle Works, has many different fitments,
including versions for Ducati, BMW, Triumph, KTM and
Buell, among others, including many cruisers. I'll
plan on getting one for a review.
►Road Warrior Plus Paint Protection
In the running for the Dealer Expo best
new product of the year,
Road Warrior Plus is a very interesting paint
protection film that's applied by hand with a roller or
spray gun and forms a very shiny protective film over
the paint. It hardens when dried but can be
removed by peeling it off, much like a liquid 3M
Scotchcal, reviewed several times on webBikeWorld.com.
It's available in 1 quart, 1 gallon and
5 gallon quantities.
I'll get some of this to try for a
Treated (sprayed on) surface on the left vs. untreated
surface on the right.
The film can be removed by peeling it off if desired.
►Forcefield Sub-Pro 4 Back Protector
This is the latest and greatest back
protector from Forcefield, just announced and soon to be
released. The photo below is of a prototype
version, which they promised to us for an exclusive
The Sub-Pro 4 is claimed to be "the
highest rated professional grade back protector in the
world". It is CE certified to 3.5 kilonewtons,
about 3 times less than the maximum allowed by CE Level
2. It's breathable and form-fitting and
perforated. It also feels very light.
The Sub-Pro 4 will only be available in
the UK and U.S., according to the Forcefield
representative, and in an interesting switch, the U.S.
is getting it first.
Stay tuned for more on this one, I'm
going to try and bring this home with me!
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