With more buzz than a bumblebee hive, the Indy Dealer Expo is the best place to catch all the latest happenings in the motorcycle industry. Dirt Rider editors Chris Denison and Pete Peterson raked the recent show in search of even more cool goodies, new products and innovative items. This is what they came back with:Note: To see the full web report from day #1 at Indy, click here.
Not, it’s not a flan: this is a Straightshot air filter, and it’s increased surface area allows for better protection from dirt without sacrificing airflow. We can’t wait to try one of these on an off-road bike! And yes, we’ll probably grab some flan after just for grins.
EnduroCross mastermind Eric Perronard poses with the Taiwanese QLink motorcycle. Judging by the look on Eric’s face, he won’t be taking one of these through the rock garden anytime soon.
One product that may have some application for EnduroCross is this helmet-mounted windshield wiper, which would be great for those nasty off-road water sections. The LED light is an interesting accessory; we’re going cross-eyed just thinking about riding in that!
CST’s latest tire, the Surge S, is a soft-terrain tire with widely spaced knobs and a focus on durability. We’re looking to get our hands on a few samples, as this is evidently an excellent mud tire. Stay tuned for a test in an upcoming issue of the mag.
Scott’s goggle line is impressive, and the company is adding more strong new products to its lineup all the time. Pictured here is the Hustle, which is one of the more popular styles due mostly to the universal appeal and fit of the frame. Plus, it looks killer!
Twin Air has a variety of really good solutions for off-road bikes, including the PowerFlow kit, which replaces a standard four-stroke backfire screen with a rigid filter cage and a flame-retardant layer of foam on the inside of the filter. If you’ve ever messed around with a stock KTM’s filter setup, you know how valuable this kit can be!
Meet the new Leatt GPX Adventure Enduro Jacket, which of course is compatible with the company’s brace setup. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Leatt’s new chest protector, but we saw a fair number of gawkers eyeing the jacket as well.
Several years in the making, the long-awaited Christini motorcycle has finally arrived. Rather than waiting for a major manufacturer to adopt the two-wheel-drive system to an existing platform, Christini simply decided to build their own bike, based off of well-known quality components and the proven 2WD system. The most impressive part may be the price, as the new 450cc machine sells for a cool $6895. Text ‘Get AWD’ to 10958 to learn more.
Renthal has redesigned their Intellilever for even better performance, and the multi-directional folding unit seems pretty darn unbreakable. A slimmer design to the lever itself aids in improved feel and comfort.
Here’s an inside look (literally) at VForce’s new AIR4ORCE tunable intake system, a groundbreaking product that’s taking the four-stroke market by storm. Dirt Rider is currently testing the beans out of an AIR4ORCE on our Honda CRF250R MX bike, and the thing is crazy cool. Keep an eye on the mag for the full DR Tested.
Contour’s GPS camera allows users to film their adventures and plot their route at the same time. The amazing thing with this product is how compact and light the technology is. Remember when helmet cameras used to be the size of bricks? Yeah, neither do we.
Now this is interesting: French company Beringer (pronounced ‘bear-en-jay’) is producing these revolutionary brake systems, which fit the rotor inside of the hub for complete protection from the elements. The disc is smaller than stock but there is more pad surface area, and the technology has been developed from current airplane applications to the point where heat is not an issue. Expect to see this wild system making its way onto enduro bikes soon!
Matrix Concepts is tearing it up as far as new products go, and the M22 Exhaust Plug is one of the many essential items produced by Matrix that every rider needs. From stands to ramps to tie-downs to utility cans, this company is making its mark on the industry in a big way.
The guys from Pit Posse brought out their posse and something to make people smile at their booth – a two-stroke!
Risk Racing’s improved bike stand lets you lift your bike with your own weight as you step off your bike. Jiminy Cricket demonstrates.
Chris loves the Coretech DX2 glove, but hates cameras. Paparazzi look out!
Pete takes a meeting with Ulysses of Utopia goggle. Pete does his best to look silly. For Dirt Rider’s Reid Douglas, looking silly just comes naturally.
If Slick Off-Road Wash is good enough to get tough dirt and mud off your bike, it’s gotta be good as a hand sanitizer, right?
Ryan Clark’s Motovite nutrition products will get you in shape. This is Ryan trying to do his best ‘intimidating trainer’ impression.
Novik gloves was there to show off their 2012 line of gloves. I took a good 30 seconds to give each glove a high five before leaving the booth.
Minnie Mouse, or fomer Dirt Rider Executive Editor Jesse Ziegler, showing the Goretex components that go into every Klim glove. No, they don’t shrink these liners, they just bunch up that much into every pair.
Galfer was there to show off their brake pads, rotors and stainless steel lines. Pete ran into Umberto, the main man in Spain who had showed him around the Galfer factory in Barcelona last June.
Fluidyne had a new trick up their sleeve – an oil cooler that tucks nicely up on your bike’s radiator. That’s cool. And at just $300 bucks worth of cold hard cash, that’s really cool.
Kite, an Italian company there at the Italian Trade Commission’s international area, was showing off some cool pegs with removable teeth. You know, like your grandpa has.
Progrip has a neck brace. It’s designed to better absorb impact than other designs. It’s also really lightweight.
What do you get when you bite into a really sharp peg from Scar? A hurty tooth! Bite harder, and they’ll call you Scarface!