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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 6 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:  Saturday, February 14, 2009 PM

Lazer Helmets

Special Report: Brembo Brakes

Page 6 (This Page):  Sunday, February 15, 2009 AM

Sym Scooters 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      

Sym Scooters Hommage au Passé

Every year I stop by the Storz booth to drool over this Harley flat track homage.  I'll probably never own one, but something about it speaks to me.

Right across from the Storz booth is a big display of Sym scooters.  Sym is a popular brand in the UK, and their products are looking better and better each year.

A couple of interesting examples caught my eye -- this 125 cc retro motorcycle with the yellow rear shocks looks like another homage, this time to the Honda CB125.  And how about the step-through scooter homage to the old Honda Super Cub, the primary form of transportation for many countries in the world?

The Storz Sportster-based flat track homage.
The Storz Sportster-based flat track homage.

The Sym CB125 homage.
The Sym CB125 homage.

Sym Super Cub homage.
Sym Super Cub homage.

The K&N V-Rex by Travertson.
Definitely not an homage.  The K&N V-Rex by Travertson.

Akuma Streetfighter MID Gloves

Akuma is always busy, now branching out into gloves and clothing.  We reviewed the Streetfighter gloves in 2008 and they used the Dealer Expo to introduce the Streetfighter MID: "Medical Information Device".

The MID prototype glove, shown below, includes a Care Memory Band, which is a miniature USB drive, fitted into the glove cuff.  The band can also be worn around the wrist. 

The USB drive contains a self-installing computer application that allows the owner to enter a medical history, contact information and more into a standardized database. 

Apparently, when Emergency Medical Technicians come to the scene of an accident, they look for this device and plug it into their computer to get information on the victim, contact information, family members to contact, insurance information, health history, medical indications, drug allergies and more.  I didn't realize this was standard operating procedure, so this is an ingenious application and the MID band could be worn for many other types of sports.

The gloves will be available in April 2009 at a list price of $139.00.

Streetfighter MID Glove with Care Memory Band
Streetfighter MID Glove with Care Memory Band

A version of the Care Memory Band
A version of the Care Memory Band

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