The 2010 Indianapolis Dealer Expo was smaller than in years past, but there was no shortage of noteworthy new products. Of the literally thousands of items on display, these are the ones that grabbed our attention.
AGV Sport Solare Jacket
In today's economy, items with the smallest price tags often get the first look. That said, have a look at the Solare from AGV Sport. It's cut from 100-percent polyester fabric with strategic mesh panels built into the torso and arms for plenty of flow-through ventilation. Moisture-wicking material around the neck keeps you from getting hot under the collar, while heavy-duty seams and CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor help maximize tear resistance and minimize bruising in the tip-over we all hope never happens. And the best part? Just look at that price...
The Cycle Guys Sidemount Luggage
Saddlebags and sportbikes have never really worked well together. The affordable stuff usually involves straps and melted nylon, while the secure, purpose-fit kit can cost a grand or more. Twin brothers Tim and Tom Monroe (collectively The Cycle Guys) are changing all that with their Sidemount Luggage System. This affordable solution is unique in that the bags mount to the stock passenger footpeg brackets. The rotating brackets then adjust to clear turn signals and mufflers, and to make the bags sit at the right angle.
Balancing a tire usually isn't very interesting, but Innovative Balancing's display at Indy intrigued us. The firm's Dyna Beads balancing system uses hundreds of high-density ceramic beads inside the tire (inserted at the time of installation or afterward through the valve stem) to balance your bike's tires as they roll. The system not only continuously balances your tires, but eliminates the need for those toxic lead weights that spoil your wheels' appearance and poison the groundwater.
$9.81 and up
Ctek Comfort Indicator
What low-dollar expenditure provides this much peace of mind? The Comfort Indicator from Ctek is a fused battery hook-up with a brain. The LED display lets you see your battery's charge status-it can even serve as an early-warning signal for a failing alternator or rectifier. This handy device is also available as a plug-in for your existing pig-tail or as an in-dash panel.
Sidi Fusion Boots
Italian boots at an affordable price are sure to garner attention, and they certainly got ours when we first peeped them at the Sidi booth. These road and sport boots have all the features of footwear costing twice as much, including calf, toe, heel and ankle protection, dual-compound soles, shift pads and replaceable toe sliders.
Yoshimura R-77 Slip-On
The writing is on the wall, and it won't be long before The Man starts smog-testing motorcycles. Yoshimura is getting the jump on what's sure to be a major pain in the you-know-what with a series of catalytic convertor-equipped slip-ons. These stylish pipes meet the California Air Resources Board's requirements, which are among the strictest in the world. Not only that, Yosh claims its system is cleaner than stock pipes, all while shedding weight, adding power and looking trick. The stainless-steel slip-on is currently only available for the Honda CBR1000RR, but other applications are in the works.
Rockhard Evel Knievel Helmet
This has got to be the most instantly recognizable helmet of all time. Made (in)famous by the late, great, arguably out-of-his-mind Evel Knievel, the classic stars-and-stripes paint scheme now adorns a line of replica helmets. Made by KBC for Rockhard (the fine folks who brought us AC/DC and Slayer helmets, among others), they're available in full-face, off-road and half-helmet versions. Produced in limited quantity, each is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Get one, grab a cape, and go jump something!
SAXX Boxer Briefs
One of the more unlikely brands represented at Indy was Saxx, a new underwear company touting a revolutionary design that's destined to take the underwear-wearing world by storm. Designed with a thin breathable mesh hammock in the crotch, Saxx shorts cradle your, um, junk and keep your, um, components, from touching, helping to keep you cool, dry and comfortable. All Motor-cyclist staffers in attendance were given a pair, and we've been rocking them ever since. Seriously, when was the last there was any sort of innovation in men's underwear?
$29.95 and up
Helmet Secure Helmet Lock
Clever solutions to everyday problems are what every engineer strives for, and the guys at Helmet Secure hit the nail on the head with their stem-nut helmet lock. This device mounts right on your triple clamp and provides a keyed, coiled cable long enough to run around your helmet's chin bar. It's more convenient that that underseat helmet hook, provides more security, and keeps your lid and tail section from getting scratched. There's also a bar-mounted version.
Icon Victory Metal God Jacket
The gods must be crazy if this is what they wear! Icon's latest exercise in excess rivals the Italian brands' most extravagant offerings in terms of price and imagination. The Victory Metal God's vintage-washed leather chassis is adorned with 125 embedded metal skulls, as many buckles and zippers as a straitjacket, and more leather cordage than a herd of Hell's Angels.
Saddlemen Gel Channel Seat
Saxx isn't the only company looking after men's comfort. The Gel Channel that gives Saddlemen's new series of seats their name is specifically designed to relieve pressure on a certain delicate area. Combine that with contoured memory-foam construction and you've got one comfortable place to spend a couple hundred miles. Seats are available for a wide range of bikes in three different styles, and the many color and texture options are sure to make them stand out.
Dainese Thorax Pro Lady
Ladies ride fast, too, and deserve the same protection as men. Dainese has been at the cutting edge of chick-specific safety gear for years, and continues to lead the charge with the Thorax Pro Lady chest protector. Part of the D-Tec line of protective gear, the Thorax Pro uses a combination of aluminum honeycomb filler inside a nylon shell topped by a polypropylene plate for even distribution of impact energy. The protector comes with adjustable nylon straps and is contoured for the female form to offer maximum protection for the thorax and ribs.
Forcefield Action Shirt
Sometimes the armor in jackets and pants seems like an afterthought. At Forcefield body armor gets all the attention, and when lead man Alan Zafrin introduced the new Action shirt at Indy, he sure got ours. The Action shirt puts Forcefield's renowned CE-approved Nitrex armor right where it needs to be: under your garments in lieu of the standard bits. So go ahead and yank out those chunky pads. Wear the shirt in conjunction with the company's Sub-4 back protector for complete upper body protection.
Speed & Strength My Weapon Helmet
This much helmet for this little price is an idea everybody can get behind these days. This new lid from Speed & Strength sets up an Advanced Thermo-Poly Alloy shell as your first line of defense. AirStrike Direct Course vents allow a steady supply of cooling air when necessary. A removable moisture-wicking Coolmax liner pulls perspiration away from your scalp, and it's washable as well. Changing shields is no sweat either, thanks to the Lock 'N' Load Rapid Conversion Shield Replacement System. Speaking of which, Speed & Strength says the optically correct face shield is anti-scratch, anti-fog and UV-resistant.
Scorpion Hurricane Race Suit
Scorpion is looking to "sting" racers and track-day riders with its new Hurricane one-piece race suit. Hewn from 1.2-1.4mm-thick leather, it has CE-approved ExoTec armor at the elbows, shoulders, knees and hips and double leather panels at all high-impact areas. If this suit is anywhere near as good as Scorpion's helmets and street apparel, it's sure to be a winner.
Spidi Neck DPS Airbag Vest
How could something like this not catch our eye? Spidi's DPS airbag vest is designed to slip comfortably over your leathers. A double-layer of protective structure in the collar can literally save your neck in a crash. There's even a handy rear zipper to accommodate the wind-cheating speed humps built into many roadracing suits. Straps secured with the usual hook-and-loop fasteners keep everything snug, even when you're deep into triple-digits. The whole system weighs just over a pound. Triggered by Kevlar wires designed to handle a 441-lb. pull, it inflates in .2 of a second when you part company with your bike, and can be easily removed and recharged.
Brembo T-Drive Rotors & Gpr-4x Calipers
Bergamo-based Brembo Racing was out in full force at Indy with an astonishing array of new products. Most impressive were the T-Drive rotors and GP4-RX calipers, both of which are already in use on the new Moto2 racebikes. The rotors use T-shaped pins (hence the name) to connect the disc to the carrier, providing more axial and radial float compared to conventional cylindrical bobbins. The new calipers are an evolution of Brembo's superb Monobloc design, and utilize 32 and 36mm pistons for optimum stopping power. We don't know how well they work, but we suspect very well, and they sure look pretty.
$799.95 & $1945.95
HJC RPS-10 Helmet
HJC's Indy booth was popping for two reasons. One was the presence of World Superbike Champion Ben "Elbowz" Spies, and the other was the new RPS-10 helmet. The lid's most salient features are its incredibly light weight (a claimed TKKK grams) and the ingenuity and quality of its central one-touch face shield latch and vent dials. Other amenities include a fiberglass shell that balances rigidity and elasticity, a Pinlock-equipped 2D flat racing shield, and a removable SilverCool Plus interior. Expect to see this Snell 2010-approved helmet on Ben's head in MotoGP and on your dealer's shelf sometime this fall.
Race Tech GS-3 Shock
The GS-3 is Race Tech's attempt to usurp a certain Swedish suspension company's latest shock, and based on its adjustability, technology and price, it might just succeed. Every GS-3 is made to order at Race Tech headquarters in Southern California, and uses Race Tech's latest 46mm Gold Valve for more consistent damping and better control. Expect to see one installed on one of our long-term testbikes in the near future.
Cobra Powerflo Intake & Exhaust
Getting more soulful bass notes and better low-end/midrange performance from your big-incher just got easier, thanks to the new PowerFlo intake and exhaust systems from Cobra. The Intake (shown) lets your engine inhale more efficiently and look good doing it thanks to its crafty internal-venturi design and an integrated K&N filter-so efficiently that Cobra recommends using one of its Fi2000R EFI tuners to make sure there's enough fuel to mix with all that air.
The mufflers use a slick, Tri-Oval design and big aluminum V-tips for a significant increase in curb appeal over standard exhaust plumbing. Choose chrome, black or black with chrome tips for various American and metric cruisers and tourers.
$539.95-$639.95 & $249.95
Teknic Xcelerator Gloves
Full-fledged roadracing gloves give you a sense of confidence, but the armor tends to bruise and pinch your hands, especially around the knuckles. Teknic took on the challenge of designing a full-featured race glove that's also comfortable to wear. The Xcelerator glove uses leather, Knox armor, carbon-fiber and a genuine Dupont Kevlar lining to offer top-notch protection, while a "seamless" finger/palm design (in kangaroo hide) and careful interior padding placement ensures total comfort.
Tour Master Centurion Suit
If you're a realistic, no-nonsense type in search of one suit to do pretty much everything, try Tour Master's Centurion. It does the work of a closetful of gear, but for a fraction of the price. The 600-denier Carbolex shell puts heavier 1680-denier panels over your shoulders, forearms and knees for extra abrasion resistance while CE-approved elbow, shoulder and knee armor adds vital impact protection. A collar-to-cuff main zipper makes getting in/out easy, and Carbolex accordion-stretch fabric at the back, waist and behind the knees lets you move around more freely on the bike. The list goes on, but the bottom line is that bottom line.
Joe Rocket Drytech Nano Jacket
Joe Rocket's Nano membrane is a technology that's sure to change the way you feel about wet-weather riding. While other brands put a cheap plastic liner on the inside of a jacket and call it waterproof, Joe Rocket bonds its proprietary Nano material directly to the back of the Drytech jacket's robust RockTex shell, so the jacket itself is waterproof. Numerous pockets and details like a plush fleece thermal liner make the Drytech an excellent all-season sport, touring and adventure jacket.
Kali Naza Helmet
New helmet brands are a dime a dozen these days, and they all make their debut at Indy. Kali Protectives caught our attention with its Naza street lid featuring its innovative Composite Fusion liner. Rather than molding the EPS liner separately and gluing it in place, Kali blows the EPS beads (with different densities depending on the location) directly into the helmet cavity, bonding it to the carbon-composite shell for a more efficient and controlled transfer of energy and lighter weight (a claimed 1350 grams). Moreover these competitively priced helmets come with an anti-fog face shield, anti-microbial removable liner, ECE certification and a five-year warranty.
AGV MT-X Off-Road Helmet
AGV is now owned by Dainese, and the most interesting item the Italian company had on display at Indy was its new off-road helmet. Airflow is of paramount importance when you're sweating in the dirt, and the MT-X's thermoplastic-resin shell features no fewer than five front vents plus two lateral intakes and two rear extractors. The anti-microbial lining is removable and washable, and the crown and cheek pads can be swapped out for a custom fit. But most impressive is its light weight: a claimed 1540 grams. DOT and ECE-approved, it comes in sizes S-XXXL in black, white or, for $40 more, multi-color hues.
You've got a Facebook page; how about your motorcycle? Aritronix, manufacturer of Scorpio motorcycle alarms, introduced its new rLiNK technology at Indy, and the way it simplifies the motorcycling experience is almost too complicated to describe! rLiNK incorporates advanced theft prevention, GPS tracking, SMS and E-mail alerts with programs that allow enthusiasts to share their experiences on social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter through computer, smartphone or rLiNK's free iPhone application. Plan trips, get traffic and weather alerts, let the ones you love keep tabs on where you are in real time or get instant help in case of an accident, automatically. In addition to the price of the unit itself, a yearly data plan costs $120.
Mac's Ultimate Bike Pack
Anyone who's ever set up a trailer or van to haul motorcycles knows what a hassle it is to source all the various components. Mac's makes that a no-brainer with its Ultimate Bike Pack, which includes everything you need to safely transport your bike: one wheel chock, two pairs of tie-downs, four 6-foot lengths of track, plus various bands, sleeves, straps and all necessary hardware. If you haul two bikes, the Twin Pack doubles the hardware but keeps the center track, saving you almost $100.