he Swiss-based family-owned company has been in business for 100 years and is the Yamaha distributor in Switzerland, so they know a thing or two about motorcycling.
This is big news, as there hasn’t been a new launch of this magnitude for motorcycle gear in the U.S. in quite some time.
This wraps up my report from the 2014 AIMExpo. The show was about 50% larger than the initial 2013 AIMExpo but the crowds seemed a bit thin and I hope that doesn’t discourage the manufacturers for next year’s show.
October 20, 2014
▪Scorpion Helmets 2015 Preview – Scorpion has re-focused their helmet lineup with racing, touring, cruising and off-road helmets now having their own letter designations.
Lots of new products and the Scorpion reputation for quality with reasonable pricing continues.
October 19, 2014
▪Bell Helmets 2015 Preview with new full-face helmets, a dual-sport helmet and the Moto-9 Flex with a new type of internal liner that reduces rotational forces.
There were hundreds of attendees waiting outside the doors on the first morning of the AIMExpo as Greg White and Kevin Schwantz introduced the show.
At the official 10:00 am opening time, the doors open and everyone’s jockeying to get the first glimpse of the new Scramblers at the Ducati exhibit, which was strategically located right inside the entrance to be the first exhibit you viewed as the doors opened.
Ducati paid huge bucks for to be at that location, right at the front door. So the doors open and what does everyone see?
Nothing! Nada! Not a thing!
Ducati — in their infinite (NOT) wisdom — had all the Scramblers covered up with cheap tarps. So hundreds and hundreds of attendees walk by take a look, shake their heads and walk away, totally disappointed.
A huge opportunity wasted, because everyone would have instantly stopped to see the new Scramblers.
Then, to make bad matters worse, Ducati decides to wait until 3:00 pm to pull the covers off the bikes. So the Ducati booth was an empty ghost town for most of the day.
And to make matters worse, Ducati brought ZERO other bikes to see; only the tarp-covered Scramblers.
Finally, around 3:30 pm, they decide to pull the covers off the bikes to a handful of people. And by the way, they ordered up some “mood” lighting which made it nearly impossible to get good photos.
What idiocy! Whoever planned that fiasco should be fired immediately. Anyway, be glad you didn’t have to put up with it. Here are some photos and a video of the new Scramblers. Enjoy!
▪Sena Prism Action Camera production version is here and will start shipping soon. This is a unique camera that can be controlled by voice commands through the intercom to start and stop the video recording.
The kit comes with a huge number of mounts and accessories. Here’s an updated preview and photos of the production version and all the mounts.
October 16, 2014
▪SCHUBERTH M1 Helmet is an open-face helmet, SCHUBERTH style with unique new intercom system available.
UPDATE: Added photos and info on the built-in intercom system for the M1 helmet.
Here’s a list of motorcycles introduced at the recent Intermot show. All of them are interesting and some of them will make it to the U.S.A. Don’t know how many will show up at AIMExpo.
Aprilia Caponord Rally with the full Adventure treatment, 125HP/85 ft. lbs. torque 1197cc V-twin.
BMW S1000RR 199HP and minus 3 kg.
BMW R 1200 R and the return of the RS with the R 1200 RS.
Kawasaki H2R (Photos) – Supercharged 296HP (!) hyperbike with Rain, Sport and Race modes; optional Slick and User modes with Dynamic Traction Control (7 stages and lean angle sensor); ASC with lean angle sensor standard; ABS.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 and Versys 650 redesign.
KTM Super Adventure with 1301cc, 160HP/103 ft. lbs. torque V-twin, semi-active suspension and opitional hill hold control.
Moto Guzzi V7II now with ABS and traction control and repositioned engine for more knee room.
Suzuki GSX-S1000F version of the famed GSX-R1000
Suzuki GSX-R1000 ABS now with — you guessed it — ABS.
Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is a redesign, now with wire wheels and V-Strom 1000 ABS styling.
Suzuki Bandit 1250S looks just like the original. Probably not for the U.S.A.
Suzuki Inazuma 250F is the Suzuki GW205 with a cool sportbike fairing.
Triumph Street Triple RX with wild styling borrowed from the Daytona 675R and a quick-shifter.
Triumph Bonneville Spirit, Newchurch an T214. Will they come to the U.S.A.?
Yamaha XJR1400 Racer with 1251cc four, 97HP/80 ft.lbs., twin Öhlins shocks and 4-into-2 exhaust. Don’t hold your breath.
If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can also view the webBikeWorld Facebook posts on this webBikeWorld page. I will then follow up with more detailed reports, photos and videos of all the new products for 2014.
NOTE: If you have a special request for photos and/or info on a product you’d like to see, let me know via email or the wBW Facebook or Google+ page and I’ll see what I can do!
What Is It?
The American International Motorcycle Expo started exactly one year ago. The promoters took a chance, hoping that the show would eclipse the Dealer Expo and become the “EICMA of the U.S.A.”.
The results at the inaugural event were fantastic and this year, many more displays and participants will be in attendance.
I’m also scheduled to get a laser noggin scan for a custom-fitted Bell Star helmet (review) and I’ll tell you all about it. If they can actually fit something to my bulb-shaped dome, it will truly be a miracle!
The AIMExpo event was developed as a counterpoint to the long-running Powersports Dealer Expo, traditionally held in February in Indianapolis.
The motivation was to create a motorcycle dealer show that introduces new products to the dealers in the Fall, so that dealers could see next year’s products and place their orders in time for the manufacturers to make the stuff during the winter.
The 2013 AIMExpo (Report) was a phenomenal success and this year’s show will be much bigger. And by the way, the event is open to the public during the October 18-19 weekend!
AIMExpo Event Schedule
The AIMExpo show starts with Press Days on Thursday, October 16 and Friday.
It runs through Sunday, October 19 at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive in Orlando. For more information, visit the AIMExpo website.
Be sure to check the webBikeWorld home page, this page (the page you’re reading now) and our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ feeds for live updates from the show, starting this Wednesday.
The 2014 AIMExpo show will be an exciting event with lots of interesting news!