Now we know what it feels like to ride a Transformer. We had a chance to take a Gibbs Quadski for a spin at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. and we couldn’t help but smile. The amphibious Quadski, if you didn’t know, is both an ATV and a personal watercraft.
We plan on spending more time on the Quadski for a full review in the coming months, but we wanted to share our first impressions after a quick demo ride.
While news of Honda’s rumored Pioneer 1100 stole the show at the 2014 AIMExpo, there is another large displacement Side-by-Side in the works.
Massimo Motor unveiled a prototype at the show of its 1200 Series UTV, which will be powered by a 1200, four-cylinder engine. That would be a larger displacement engine than anything offered from one of the major manufacturers and the only four-cylinder mill in the industry. We are told the engine will produce 88 horsepower.
TrakMotive has been the largest producer of automotive aftermarket CV axles for years, but only recently jumped into the ATV and UTV market. We had a chance to chat with TrakMotive at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. about its off-road products.
TrakMotive (also known as SurTrack) told us its ATV and UTV CV axles are engineered to hold up to the most rigorous conditions.
For some riders, the sound of the ATV or UTV engine is not quite enough. The folks at BOSS Audio Systems may have what they’re looking for.
When we stopped by the BOSS booth at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla., a Kawasaki Brute Force decked out with front and rear marine-grade speakers that certainly caught our attention. These speakers were attached to the front and rear racks, but BOSS Audio Systems also makes speakers that can attach to UTV roll over protection structures.
OTR Wheel Engineering talked to us about the new OTR Tomahawk mud tire when we stopped by its booth at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla.
The OTR Tomahawk has a fairly striking design, thanks to its unique looking tread and tire texture. We were told this tire was designed for exceptional mud traction and a set of four adorned an Arctic Cat MudPro ATV to drive the point home. The tire offers six-ply construction and OTR Wheel Engineering says that it is a smooth trail rider as well, despite its mud-focussed intentions.
One of the great things about walking the floor at a show like AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. is checking out innovative products that could help a lot of people. The Shark Kage multi-use ramp falls into that category.
When we first walked by the Shark Kage booth, we didn’t think much of it. It just looked like an ordinary ramp for a pickup truck. However, what we saw next stopped us in our tracks. The ramp was quickly folded up into a bed extender…then a work table. After talking to one of the Shark Kage representatives, we were told it could also turn into a tool box and cargo cover for your truck, as well as a sun shade.
GBC Motorsports is all set to launch several new tire sizes at AIMExpo, scheduled for October 16-19 in Orlando. GBC is expanding its popular Dirt Commander line with new larger sizes.
“We are very excited to launch our expanded tire lines at AIMExpo,” says GBC Motorsports Director Randy Tsai. “We are always working to expand our offerings and remain at the forefront of the ATV and SXS markets. This show is the perfect venue to showcase our new products not only to dealers and media, but also directly to consumers.”
Western Power Sports, a nationwide distributor of powersports industry brands and products, will be an exhibitor at the 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo, scheduled for October 16-19 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).
WPS will present the latest products from brands FLY Street Gear and Sedona Tire & Wheel, in addition to their high-end newcomer in the U.S. helmet market “Kabuto Helmets”. The lineup of 2015 protective gear, tires and wheels will be showcased at the WPS exhibit space on the show floor.
Kawasaki will be attending the 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Fla. this October and will use the venue to unveil some new 2015 products.
“AIMExpo demonstrated last year that it can serve as the ideal platform for media and brand activities and Kawasaki will leverage this grand stage to reveal new products, as well as interact closely with dealers and consumers,” says Kevin Allen, Kawasaki manager, PR + Brand Experience. “We have some very exciting new product to share and AIMExpo is the perfect place to make these announcements.”
Suzuki, one of the cornerstone OEM exhibitors at the American International Motorcycle Expo, will return again this year. Suzuki will showcase its new 2015 models to the public for the first time as AIMExpo returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. October 16-19, 2014.
Suzuki utilized both indoor exhibit space and an innovative demo area at AIMExpo Outdoors! at last year’s event in order to take full advantage of the unique AIMExpo platform. This allowed the manufacturer to interact with dealers, consumers and media by exposing them to a multi-faceted brand experience. Suzuki will return to the event this year with even more demo and showcase presentations for AIMExpo attendees.
You can expect Yamaha to have a major presence at AIMExpo 2014.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA has signed on as the first OEM participant for the 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo). The event is scheduled for Oct. 16-19 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.
Yamaha was also the first OEM to commit to last year’s inaugural AIMExpo.