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 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo Report

World Exclusive!  The webBikeWorld Live Report From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo
Indianapolis, Indiana - February 13-16, 2009
by Rick K., Editor, webBikeWorld.com

This is Page 5 of our live report. 

Index

Page 1:  Friday, February 13, 2009

Indy Live! Port-A-Chopper Folding Trailer Ceramic Bearings Speedway Shelters Heidenau Tires EZ-Cruz Cruise Control
Road Warrior Paint Protection Forcefield Sub-Pro 4        

Page 2:  Saturday, February 14, 2009 AM

Wacky Wheels Teiz One-Piece Suit Xena Security      

Page 3:  Saturday, February 14, 2009 PM

HJC Helmets Knox Armor Expo Comments Caberg Helmets    

Page 4:  Saturday, February 14, 2009 PM

Marushin Helmets Tourmaster and Cortech        

Page 5 (This Page):  Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lazer Helmets

Brembo Brakes (Below) and Special Report: Brembo Brakes

Page 6:  Sunday, February 15, 2009 AM

Sym & Homage Streetfighter MID        

Page 7:  Monday, February 16, 2009 AM

Akuma News          

Page 8:  Monday, February 16, 2009 AM

Wheels 4 Tots Marketing 101 Thermafur Vest Special Report: Fulmer Helmets!
      Special Report: Suzuki TU250!

Monday, February 17, 2009 - Final Reports

Shark Helmets Rev'it 2009 - In Process      

Lazer Helmets

Andrew de Vos van Steenwijk is the CEO of Lazer Helmets and he brought some Superskin and other Lazer helmets to see about finding U.S. distributors for this renaissance brand.  The Lazer Superskin helmet was described in this webBikeWorld article last week, and I can say that the real thing is quite interesting. 

The "skin" is stiffer than you might think.  It was developed by Bayer in Switzerland and was tested in the UK's Transport Research lab using ECE equipment.

I've added a short video on our Superskin page showing Andrew "squeezing" the Superskin on the helmet.  Some readers asked about the consequences of having a stone hit the helmet or if the Superskin helmet was inadvertently dropped.  All I can say after seeing it is "no worries". 

A "normal" helmet, if dropped, may crack and I see no difference in the Superskin helmet.  The same care should be taken and as far as I can tell, if the helmet was damaged enough to compromise the Superskin, a normal helmet would also have been shattered.  The skin is very tough.

Andrew promised more technology in upcoming Lazer helmets.  If the Superskin mimics the protection provided by human skin, the shell of a helmet could mimic the human skull, with air pockets and a "sandwich" layering system to provide longer duration, lower G-force impact spread.  So expect some news regarding helmet shells coming soon...

Lazer Helmets is also undergoing a design evolution, and the Lazer Kite helmet is a very cool-looking angular helmet to match current motorcycle styling trends.  The angles are molded into the shell, a first.

By the way, Lazer is also known for a couple of other innovations.  The helmets have a unique face shield visor system, which allows the visor to seal tight against the eye port gasket.  The rotating mechanism on the side is made from a solid block of aluminum, and Alexander said all of the visors are interchangeable across all of the same type Lazer helmets, as are the liners!

The helmets also have a special brow reinforcement band under the shell to increase protection.

More from Lazer soon...

The Lazer Superskin, painted (left) and "raw" on the right.
The Lazer Superskin, painted (left) and "raw" on the right.

A gaggle of Lazer helmets.
A gaggle of Lazer helmets.

The Lazer Kite (R).
The Lazer Kite (R).

Lazer Helmets, rear view, with the Kite on the right.
Lazer Helmets, rear view, with the Kite on the right.

Brembo Brakes

Brembo leverages the opportunities at the annual Powersports Dealer Expo to make new product announcements, and they are always kind enough to give us photos and information on the new goodies. 

This year, Brembo is releasing a new master cylinder brake system for unfaired bikes, along with accessories for some of their previous brake systems.  Also, check out the cool nickel-coated brake caliper, all in this special one-page Brembo 2009 report in our Motorcycle News section.

Brembo Brakes

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