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Monday, 23 March 2015

V-Twin Expo review: Part three

V-Twin Expo review: Part three

KIBBLEWHITE: Manufacturing and engineering "quality valvetrain components for the winners' circle since 1936", KPMI is famous the world over for its Black Diamond, White Diamond and Tensilite valves and the deliberately systematic approach it takes to valvetrain component matching. Recent new products include fat stem twin cam valves and flathead valves and guides;

AVON GRIPS: Recent new products from the Kingwood, Texas based specialist include 'Caliente' heated grips for Harley, Indian and Victory applications that feature heating elements between the throttle and clutch side sleeves that are wired internally on the bars and compatible with electronic throttles. The company has also developed grips that have a new throttle and clutch slide tube for the unique handlebars and throttle-by-wire controls developed by Polaris for their 2014 and up Indian Motorcycle models;

KEN'S FACTORY: "Details create style" is Kenji Nagai's mantra, and his bike building credentials speak volumes for the style and attention to detail he has made his hallmark. Dealers can share that pedigree with their customers with the exquisitely finished craftsmanship of the product line he offers - recent additions to his "Neo Fusion" designs include lights, including a 5 3/4 inch headlight series, LED marker and taillights, grips, pegs and rocker and cam covers that complement the "Neo-Fusion" look;

VANCE & HINES: Recent new fitments from the market-leading exhaust manufacturer include oversized 450 slip-ons for Touring models that feature a 4.5 inch diameter muffler body and Hi-Output 'Grenades' - a patent-pending 2-into-2 series for Sporsters that work great with their VO2 air intake;

YUASA: Introduced to the v-twin market at Cinci last year, market reaction to Yuasa's powerful new GYZ batteries has been universally positive. Said to have the highest CCA of any motorcycle battery, Yuasa say they offer more amp hours for more accessories and feature built-in brass nuts for up to 50 percent better conductivity than stainless steel. Using Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) separators to absorb electrolyte, taller plates provide extra surface area for more power ;

COMETIC GASKET: New products from the Concord, Ohio gasket manufacturer include Twin Cooled head gaskets specifically for the liquid-cooled heads on touring models;