We saw surprisingly few ATV tire manufacturers at the American International Motorcycle Expo, Duro Tires was showcasing a brand new design.
Duro’s Power Grip V2 is a new version of its Power Grip line. Featuring radial construction and a six-ply rating, Duro made the Power Grip 2 due to a response from its OEM partners. The Power Grip D2 has a more rounded profile than the regular Power Grip. As well, it lighter, features more spread out treads and has additional puncture resistance between the tread blocks and shoulder area.
Whether you’re looking to change a tire at home or on the road, BeadBuster’s new XB-450 bead breaker is a tool you may want in your arsenal. We had a chance to see it in action at the recent American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla.
BeadBuster designed to XB-450 ($99) to apply a concentrated separation force directly between the lip of the rim and the tire bead. According to BeadBuster, the padded clamp ensures the tool is in the proper position, and that the ram foot will not slide down the sidewall.
We’ve seen some awesome off-road riding gear at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., but two jackets from REV’IT! stand out.
The Poseidon GTX ($899.99) is what you want to wear when Mother Nature is having a bad day. It feels surprisingly lightweight, but REV’IT! says its 3L GORE-TEX outer shell is 100 percent waterproof for riding in the most extreme conditions. To add some ventilation when the sun comes out, open up chest vents with the FidLock magnetic fastener system. Other features of the Poseidon GTX include CE-certified protection, reflective panels, collar hook and connection zippers.
Yamaha has a couple of Grizzly models on display at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla. Our favorite is this Grizzly 700 Utility Package that seems like it’s ready for just about anything.
The front end of this Grizzly really stands out, thanks in part to the PIAA 510 Series Super White Performance Lighting Kit ($243.49). While the lighting will help show the way when the sun goes down, it’s the stout front brush guard ($261.49), front rack extension ($158.49) and WARN Pro Vantage 2500 winch ($107.49) that show this ATV can tackle the toughest jobs and nastiest trails.
We’ve already written plenty about the new Yamaha Viking, but we saw a very cool hunting-themed version at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla. that we wanted to share with you.
Kitted out entirely in about $2,000 worth of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, this Viking features a folding windshield, rear window, camo seat covers, bed rail with accessory mounts, gun boot mounts, gun boot with two removable gun cases, bed mat, cargo bed, overfenders and rear grab bar.
The action sports camera market is still relatively new and insanely competitive. That’s good news for consumers, who are benefitting from rapid product development and some pretty amazing technologies. One of the companies pushing the envelope is iON.
We had a chance to tinker with iON’s newest camera at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla. – the Air Pro 2. As the name implies, this is the second generation of the iON Air Pro series.
Mud riders or anybody looking to lift up their ATV or UTV may want to check out new Monster Axles XP series, which we had a chance to see at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla.
We’ll be getting our hands on one of these axles in the near future for a proper test, but here are the product highlights to tide you over.
Kali Protectives usually has a strong presence at big industry events and the inaugural American International Motorcycle Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. is no exception. We picked up one of the lightest off-road helmets ever made in the Kali booth this year.
Weighing under 1000 grams (about two pounds), Kali says its Shiva helmet ($499) incorporates a 30% smaller and lighter profile than any of its competitors.
Trail Tech is displaying a number of interesting products at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., but we were most intrigued by the Voyager GPS.
Trail Tech boasts that the Voyager is the first GPS ever made specifically for off-road riders. It mounts right on the steering wheel (UTVS) or below the handlebars (ATVs/Dirt Bikes). Its 240×400 LCD screen displays GPS speed, distance, compass, altitude, temperature and maps. As well, it can run on an internal battery or off of the vehicle’s power. Finally, gloved hands should easily be able to control the joystick navigation and large, rubberized buttons.
We’ve been reading about the Gibbs Quadski for a couple of years now and even featured the machine a year ago after getting our hands on the specs and some photos. We finally had a chance to see it in person at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla.
Straight away the sheer size of the Quadski is shocking – it’s more than five feet wide and 10 feet long and looks every bit of it.
Driven Racing Oil was displaying its wares at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla. While Driven does make engine oil, gear oil, transmission fluid, coolant system additive, wax and cleaner for ATVs and Side-by-Sides, that’s not what attracted us to the Driven booth.
Perhaps the nicest looking RZR XP 1000 we’ve seen yet drew us in like a magnet. The RZR was only slightly modified with a roof, light bar, tire rack and extra storage, but combined with a slick “Driven” graphics package it is a beauty.
The Cycle Gear booth at the 2013 AIMExpo has some high-end off-road riding gear we haven’t seen before. BiLT Explorer gear is available in several iterations, but two stood out to us – BiLT Explorer H20 and BiLT Explorer Air.
Made for wet weather riding, the BiLT Exprer H20 Jacket ($399.99) features zip-entry ventilation panels up front with fold-away feature. Long zip-entry vents on back feature multi position airflow control, while a rear pocket comes with rubber tab pullers. The H20 pants ($359.99) feature hip pockets with rubber tab pullers and long zip-entry vents on the front thighs. As well, the pants have an elastic waist with pull through adjusters and rubber grip strip.
One of the big features of the inaugural American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), which opens its doors on Oct. 16, is AIMExpo Outdoors!, the event’s interactive and experiential outdoors space. The nearly 400,000 square-foot area located on the grounds of Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) will feature a variety of activities throughout the five-day event geared towards trade, media and consumers.
The centerpiece of AIMExpo Outdoors! are the demo areas, designated for testing the newest 2014 models for dirt and street. Off-road enthusiasts can enjoy key Suzuki ATVs, while Yamaha will showcase its brand new Viking Side-by-Side. Additionally, Kymco and Massimo Motors will feature a selection of ATVs and Side-by-Sides. For the street, Yamaha will showcase its newly introduced 850cc FZ-09 triple by offering the product’s first public demo rides. Suzuki and KYMCO will also offer demo rides on select road bikes and scooters.
AIMExpo event producer Marketplace Events has announced that Warn Industries has signed on to become the 350th exhibitor for the Oct. 16-20 show.
“It wasn’t that long ago that we were announcing our 250th exhibitor, which was a huge landmark for the inaugural show,” says Cinnamon Kernes, show director. “To realize that in a little over a month we’ve welcomed 100 additional companies to be a part of AIMExpo speaks volumes about how the industry has embraced the show’s vision. Businesses have grasped the fact that AIMExpo is the only national show platform to showcase new products and promotional activities for the 2014 selling season. With more than a month to go we’re looking ahead to our 400th exhibitor!”