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2012 Powersports Dealer Expo Live Report

webBikeWorld Live Report The 2012 Powersports Dealer Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana February 18-19, 2012

Sena SMH10 4.0 Firmware Update Announced

Sena SMH10 4.0 Firmware Update(2012 Dealer Expo Report – Frida, February 24, 2012) – Sena announced a major new update for the SMH10 intercom system. The 4.0 firmware update will provide enhanced user features, better battery life and performance on the “flagship” Sena intercom system.

More in this webBikeWorld report on the Sena SMH10 4.0 firmware update.


UClear HBC200 Intercom and WT300 Bluetooth Adapter Introductions

UClear HBC200(2012 Dealer Expo Report – Thursday, February 23, 2012) – UClear announced the new HBC200 intercomand the WT300 Bluetooth adapter at the 2012 Dealer Expo.

The HBC200 is an advanced version of the original UClear HBC100 (review) “boomless” intercom with Adaptive Beam Forming technology and the WT300 is a new-generation Bluetooth “hub” that provides connectivity to any Bluetooth intercom with FRS/GMRS radios, MP3 players, GPS and other devices, both wired and wireless.


Sena SMH-5 and SM10 Introductions

Sena SMH-5(2012 Dealer Expo Report – Tuesday, February 21, 2012) – Sena has been busy! The company introduced the new Sena SMH-5 intercom system and the Sena SM10 Bluetooth Stereo Audio Adapter that lets you dual-stream your music, GPS and more.

Also, Sena announced a major new upgrade for SMH-10 owners, the 4.0 firmware update (report coming next) with many new features.



SCHUBERTH S2(2012 Dealer Expo Report – Tuesday, February 21, 2012) – SCHUBERTH chose the 2012 Dealer Expo for the world introduction of the new SCHUBERTH S2 helmet!

Here’s the latest information and photos in the SCHUBERTH S2 helmet preview.


Arai XD4

Arai XD4(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Monday, February 20, 2012) – The Arai XD4 dual-sport helmet was introduced at the Dealer Expo. We have one just starting the review process and here’s a preview of the color choices.

More in this preview of the Arai XD4.


Interphone F5 Intercom

Interphone F5(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Sunday, February 19, 2012) – Interphone is back in the U.S.A.! The Interphone F5 will be readily available and we have a review coming very soon. The F5 was formally announced at the 2012 Dealer Expo.

More in this very brief update on the Interphone F5.



HJC RP-Max(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Sunday, February 19, 2012) – HJC released a mysterious new helmet (I think). Or maybe a helmet brand. Or maybe not…

More in this article on the HJC RP-Max.


Richa Spirit Police Jacket

Richa Spirit Police Jacket(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Sunday, February 19, 2012) – We reviewed the Richa Spirit jacket (review) not long ago and the brand was formally introduced to the U.S. dealer network at the 2012 Dealer Expo. Richa staff was on hand and they brought a police version of the Spirit jacket from the Netherlands Politie.

More on the Richa Spirit Police Jacket.


Handy Motorcycle Lifts

Handy Motorcycle Lifts(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Sunday, February 19, 2012) – Handy Lifts are back! Here’s the (partial) story and some photos of their new product line and company colors, made in the U.S.A.

Check out the Handy Motorcycle Lifts.


Torchmate Plasma CNC Cutting Table

Torchmate Plasma CNC Cutting Table(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Sunday, February 19, 2012) – You need one of these! Don’t know what for really, but you need one.

Check out the Torchmate Plasma CNC cutting system in action!


Shoei Neotec Cutaway!

Shoei Neotec Helmet EPS Cutaway(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Saturday, February 18, 2012) – Interesting photos of the inside of a new Shoei Neotec (review) showing the ventilation channels in the EPS liner and other features.

More in this article on the Shoei Neotec Helmet EPS Cutaway.


2012 Teknic Motorcycle Clothing

2012 Teknic Motorcycle Clothing(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Saturday, February 18, 2012) – We’ve ignored them for too long! Teknic is known for innovative designs and unique styling. Here are a couple of examples from the 2012 Teknic lineup.

More in this preview of 2012 Teknic motorcycle clothing.


Dual-Sport Motorcycle Tires

Dual Sport Motorcycle Tires(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Saturday, February 18, 2012) – There are many motorcycle tires on display at the 2012 Dealer Expo for some reason, which got me thinking about replacement tires for the DR650.

More in this digression on dual-sport tires for the DR650 and more…


2012 Bell Helmets

2012 Bell Helmets(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Saturday, February 18, 2012) – Bell is known for some of the best graphics in the business and 2012 is no exception. New models include the Bell Pit Boss, Mag-9 and the Revolver EVO.

More in this wBW First Look at the 2012 Bell Helmets!


2012 Tourmaster Clothing

2012 Tourmaster Clothing(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Friday, February 17, 2012) – The Tourmaster brand is designed by Helmet House, a U.S. motorcycle products distributor and the clothing is contract-made in Asia. Tourmaster is known for honest, solid products that have good value. For 2012, Tourmaster is introducing the third generation of the Transition jacket, the Transition 3.

More in this wBW First Look at the 2012 Tourmaster Clothing!


AFX FX-140 Helmet

AFX FX-140(2012 Dealer Expo, Indianapolis – Friday, February 17, 2012) – The AFX FX-140 flip-up has been for sale for some time, but this it’s being formally introduced at the 2012 Dealer Expo. There’s a long story to this helmet and it almost never reached production — twice. It’s also in very limited production, so if you want one, act fast!

More in this wBW First Look at the AFX FX-140!


2012 Dealer Expo Introduction

February 14, 2011 – The 2012 Powersports Dealer Expo is being held this weekend, February 17-19, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, and I’m now here “live” to cover the event.

Coverage of the Dealer Expo has been a yearly event on since 2005. The Powersports Dealer Expo is the largest motorcycle dealer show in North America, held each February on President’s Day weekend in Indianapolis.

The Dealer Expo is a “trade only” event, where motorcycle and powersports dealers get to meet and greet the manufacturers and distributors and see all of the latest products about to be released for the start of a new motorcycling season. The webBikeWorld reports give you a “live” insider’s look at the show, which otherwise is closed to the public (for some strange reason!).

The Indy show traditionally focuses on new motorcycle gear including clothing, helmets and accessories, not motorcycles. In that regard, it is different from the huge EICMA 2011 show (report) in Milan. Also, the Dealer Expo is focused on the U.S. market.

The 2012 Dealer Expo will feature the formal release of the Shoei Neotec flip-up helmet (review), the U.S. version of the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmet of the Year, the SCHUBERTH SR1 (review), the new SCHUBERTH S2, the Nolan N-104 flip-up (review) and the Cardo Scala Rider G9 intercom (First Look).

Many more new products will be announced, including the Sena SMH5 intercom and more, and I’ll be there to cover it all.

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