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Friday, 1 December 2017

AIMEXPO 2017 review part 3

Arnott Air Suspension: The company has extended the range of applications for its ‘Ultimate Ride’ and ‘Smooth Ride’ height-adjustable air suspension systems to include 1991 to 2017 Dyna models. Arnott’s completely redesigned line of TruAIR motorcycle air suspension kits are available in two options, ‘Ultimate Ride’ and ‘Smooth Ride’ kits. Arnott’s ‘Ultimate Ride’ kits for the Dyna feature two nitrogen charged FOX shock absorbers with optional rebound control knobs. Custom-designed for the Dyna, they replace the OE shocks on Dynas, including the Street Bob, Low Rider, Fat Bob and Wide Glide, “providing the rider with superior control, ride comfort and height adjustability.” Arnott’s patent-pending design adds a rugged Goodyear air spring, “ensuring superior ride quality and durability.” Arnott pairs the shocks with a small but powerful compressor, application-specific mounting bracket and air distribution valve block, which includes a muffler to control how fast air is released. Available in black or chrome and backed by Arnott’s Limited Lifetime Warranty;

Liqui Moly: Last year the German oil specialist signed an exclusive distribution deal with fast growing Corona, California based distributor MTA Distributing. Founded as Motorcycle Tires and Accessories in 1979, these days MTA is owned by Motovan of Canada and sells from warehouses in California, Louisiana, Ohio and South Carolina. In addition to its streetbike, powersports and automotive product lines, Liqui Moly offers a range of oil formulations for V-twin applications;


Samco Sport: Founded in the UK in 1990 at a time when there were very few manufacturers of silicone rubber goods, the Samco Sport brand of silicone hose products has become one of the “go- to” motorsports market leaders. Samco have offered silicone hoses for liquid-cooled motorcycle engines for several years, but with increasing numbers of new Harleys now adding water or water/oil cooling, Samco is now offering silicone hoses for selected Harley models and applications. Look out for a full report in an upcoming AMD Magazine edition, meanwhile full details are available from the exclusive distributor Racebikebitz;,


DNA SPECIALTY: The Californian wheels, front end and trike conversion parts specialist has new spoke and billet wheel designs, sizes and colors on offer this year, including a 26 inch addition to its 'Mammoth' spoke wheel line and upgrades to its Softail, Dyna, Touring and Sportster trike axle kits;

Wiseco: The big news from the Mentor, Ohio based manufacturer is of its new ‘Black’ pistons for late model Harley applications featuring two new proprietary coatings, what Wiseco describes as an “industry first” ArmorFit coating on the piston skirt, and an ArmorX coating on the entire piston. Said to offer superior protection against wear, higher compression, smooth and quiet operation and maximized efficiency, they are available for M-8s and popular Twin Cam and Rushmore model engines (SE heads). ArmorX coating comes from a proprietary electrochemical process using high-strength materials that create an armor-like coating on the piston dome and ring grooves. The company’s patented Wiseco ArmorFit coating “comes from a ‘moly’ (molybdenum) based dry film. Moly is naturally a dry lubricant, providing great lubricating qualities, even in the presence of zero liquid lubricators”;


J.W.Speaker: The Germantown, Wisconsin based specialist’s Adaptive Series headlights “represent a genuine evolution in motorcycle headlights”, and are described as “the world’s first dynamically adaptive motorcycle headlight.” Designed to address the issues of lighting blind spots created by fixed lights when a motorcycle is leaning or cornering, they use onboard sensors and advanced electronics to calculate bank angles on a real-time basis, automatically directing the light array up or down as the motorcycle leans. The “integrated optical system” includes both an adaptive low beam as well as J.W. Speaker’s proprietary ‘ComfortLite’ high beam. Together these optics are said to provide “best-in-class foreground illumination and light above the horizon that dramatically improves operator comfort and safety for night-time driving; 

Race Tech: Though best known for its sportsbike and race products, the Californian suspension specialist has decades of Harley-Davidson suspension development experience. With shocks and front suspension products for Sportsters, Dynas, Softails, V-Rods, Baggers and Tourers, check out the company’s gold valve cartridge emulators. Said to “transform damping rods to perform like well-tuned cartridge forks,” they eliminate “orifice” style damping, allowing for a set-up that will “absorb small bumps, increase bottoming resistance and reduce front end dive”;

K&L Supply: One of the leading suppliers of equipment, tools and hard parts for the powersports industry;