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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 7 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:  Sunday, February 15, 2009 AM

Sym Scooters Streetfighter MID        

Page 7 (This Page):  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      

Akuma

The Akuma folks have been busy as usual!  Lots of new goodies to see.

First up is the new Carbon helmet -- I was so excited in the booth that I forgot to turn on my voice recorder, and I forgot all the details, but the helmet definitely feels light and it includes the Akuma I.P.S., or Integrated Power System to power the Akuma accessories, such as the internal light included in the helmet and other Akuma accessories like their Tint on Demand visors.

Akuma Carbon Fiber Helmet

Akuma also partnered with Gator Customs, the developers of Gator Glass, on their new "Wolfpack" helmet.  The IPS system powers an LED behind the translucent Gator Glass, making logos or designs visible at night when the light is on.

The effect isn't as noticeable in the harsh lights of the Dealer Expo, but here's an example with the black G-series helmet in "stealth" mode and then with the Akuma logo turned on under the Gator Glass:

Here it is again in the Akuma Wolfpack helmet, available in several color combinations.  Again, not as noticeable during the day, but looks bright when it's dark:

Akuma Wolfpack Helmet with Gator Glass - Off

Akuma Wolfpack Helmet with Gator Glass - On

Here's a Gator Glass and Akuma partnership on the bike and matching helmet:

Akuma Helmet and Motorcycle

Here's the production version of the Akuma Gemini "Tint on Demand" visor.  There's more information and a video of the prototype in the story we published a few months ago.  The final version uses a vinyl container for the electronics and the battery is now said to last 72 hours compared to the prototype's 30 hours:

Akuma Gemini Visor - Off

Akuma Gemini Visor - On

Here's another interested development in prototype -- a dark visor with these "cat eye" lights.  The helmet was up on a display so I couldn't handle it, but apparently the visor works like a normal tinted visor to the rider and these "eyes" can be turned on and off using the IPS:

Akuma "Cat Eye" Visor

As if all of that wasn't enough, Akuma is also introducing a line of motorcycle clothing, starting with these jackets that match the Akuma helmets! 

Akuma Jacket and matching helmet

Akuma Jacket

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