Live from the 2005 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana – February 19-21, 2005.
Here we go – all the latest news, photos and information about all the new helmets, clothing and motorcycle accessories as they’re released to the U.S. motorcycle dealer network!
I’m touring the vast halls of the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome, taking photos, meeting all of our friends and seeing what’s new for 2005.
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I’ll upload photos and information as often as I can and I’ll provide a commentary in the evening as I rest my tired bones. It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it!
This is a wonderful show and a great opportunity to learn about all of the new products that will be introduced for the spring 2005 motorcycle season.
Feb. 19, 2005 – 13:35: Finally made it out, no thanks to the TSA…but that’s another story. Everyone has a strategy for visiting a show like this. Some attendees study the floor plan weeks in advance, and I’ve actually seen people following the lines they’ve drawn on their map, going from one display to another. Then there are the “zone people” – they’ll work one zone per hour or day, making sure they cover every single booth.
I’ve become more of a wanderer. I’ll start at the front door (actually the registration booth where everyone has to pick up their badge) and then I’ll turn around and start walking towards whatever interests me. It’s the same way a little kid would approach it – running to whatever looks cool and interesting. One thing leads to another, and another…until I find myself back where I started.
The show is just so huge, and there are so many people, that it’s hard to know if you’ve ever really seen it all. It doesn’t help that it’s broken up across several huge rooms in a couple of different hotels plus the big RCA dome.
Feb. 19, 2005 – 16:20: I’m already beat and my feet are killing me. Back to the hotel to upload this file. Sorry for the delay – I had some “technical difficulties” until I realized that the hotel gives free wireless access!
I’ve seen tons of great stuff already. The crowd seems slightly smaller to me than last year. I’m surprised at the unobstructed photos I can get – last year it was impossible to get near enough to anything to get a photo.
In the webBikeWorld tradition, I’m trying to find the unique, the weird, the stuff that no one else knows about. Not sure if I’ve succeeded, but here’s a sample from my random walk. I’ll try to get some of these products for an in-depth wBW review. Note: I haven’t validated all the websites but will try to get more information later:
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