Motorcycle Accessories News
More from from the 2005
Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana -
February 19-21, 2005.
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| 2006 Dealer Expo
Feb. 20, 2005 - 06:15: Tons more stuff
to see. I could go nuts with posting photos, so
I'll try to show only the accessories I think are most
The show closed at 18:00 yesterday and there's a
staggered opening today, starting at 08:00 in the Westin
The Big Twin Expo is also here somewhere, although,
believe it or not, in the two years I've been coming
here I've never come across it. Maybe they want to
keep the cruiser crowd separate from everyone else?
There's a nice silent auction that takes place
during the event. Motorcycle racers, celebrities
and others donate all sorts of cool stuff like helmets,
clothing, artwork and more. A visitor can register
and then bid on items.
The idea is that you check back a couple of times
during the day and up your bid if necessary. All
proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, aka
Ride for Kids that so many motorcyclists are
There aren't quite as many items to bid on this
year, but they do have a really nice selection of
lithographs of European motorcycles. They have a
1930's Art Deco look to them. I'll bid on a couple
of items on behalf of webBikeWorld, and if we win, I'll
host a drawing on the site.
I just found out there's a whole second floor this
year, the "Gold Zone". I'll have to check it out.
Sometimes the coolest products are hidden away in the
less expensive real estate.
I have many single photos of items that are
interesting, but I don't have much information on some
of them. Tomorrow after I get home I'll add them
to the end of the journal, because some of the stuff is
pretty cool and worth knowing about.
OK, enough talk, here are some more photos:
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|As I mentioned earlier,
Derbi, the Spanish scooter manufacturer who
has been successful in the fantastic 125cc
Grand Prix class, has established itself in
the U.S.A. Derbi has been around for
about 75 years and is well known in Europe.
Expect to see some leading-edge products;
these scooter/motorcycle hybrids are some of
the nicest looking examples of two-wheeled
transportation I've seen in some time.
There was no information available on these
models, and the one on the right looks like
a prototype. Derbi also had one of
their 125cc race bikes on display, obviously
used by someone.
|Here's a very
interesting product. It's the
Flexo braided expandable sleeving by
Techflex Braided Sleeving Products.
These slide over any wire, wire harness
or cable to give them a very nice
finished look. They can be used in
place of traditional cable harness
wraps. They're available in many
different colors, including chrome and
carbon fiber look. They seem easy
to install - they're very flexible, so
they open up very wide and you slide it
over the cable. The larger
diameter versions have a Velcro "zipper"
on the back, so they can be wrapped
around existing bundles.
has been around for a while; Bill
Dermody IV is on the left in the right
photo; he's the son of Bill III in the
middle, and Bill III's father started
the business in 1963. They have
thousands of different styles and
applications, and are used in the
motorcycle industry in addition to
aerospace, automobile, medical and many
more. They gave me one of their
Motorcycle Wire & Hose Customizing Kits,
so we'll write up a more detailed
article in the near future.
|I was surprised to see
this STM slipper clutch (left) and what
appear to me to be idlers (right).
We have a diagram of an STM slipper
clutch that was posted several years ago
for the Mid-Atlantic Ducati Owner's Club
when their website was down. The
clutch looks like a work of art, and the
Italian STM representative got a real
kick and a laugh when I said that it was
"too beautiful to use".
|Off to breakfast and
then on to the show! Check back
this afternoon for more.
|I'm back! Last
posting until late tonight, I have to
finish up taking photos because I'm
headed back first thing in the morning.
There's plenty more, so don't worry!
|Motorcycle goggles from
the '40's? This guy had a table
set up just as you see it in the photo
on the left. He claims he found a
warehouse full of these 1940's era
goggles (left). They do look like
the real thing, and they have an
incredibly comfortable leather
Chamois-type backing. They're
ventilated all around the exterior.
He also claims that the rounder goggles
shown in the upper left in the photo on
the right are Mig pilot goggles from the
'50's. He has no website and his
"business card" was his name and phone
number written in pen on a piece of
paper torn out of a notebook. A
pair of these would be just the thing
for all you vintage and antique
motorcycle owners. Contact Jacek
Sachajski at 773-392-4343.