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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited NVP 2018 Part 1

Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited hosted their most successful NVP and Product Expo in 20 years at the Indianapolis Convention Center in February. Following two days of sales training from vendors, the show opened to dealers and reps on Saturday, February 10th. “The entire event was fantastic,” reported Jeff Derge, Vice President of Sales. “There was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from vendors, reps and dealers from the minute the show opened. Dealer attendance on both days at the Product Expo was the highest of all past NVP shows. The dealer seminars offered Saturday and Sunday morning were crowded with dealers interested in new products and in-depth training from new vendors. Mike Collins, President and CEO, summed up the success of the show saying: “This was a great event. The quality and number of vendors and dealers was impressive. Our reps were very excited about our new products and programs. It’s the first step to a successful year for us, our dealers and hopefully for the entire industry.”

Belt Drives Ltd: New from the Anaheim, California manufacturer, the open belt drive kit for M-8 Tourers features a two-piece motor plate design with 2” primary belt and 52/69 pulley combination for a 1.32:1 final drive ratio. The diaphragm clutch is a 6-bolt configuration for a firmer feel and improved appearance; the kits include side and top guard for an aggressive, open dome look. It has a ball bearing pressure plate, and the springs and spring collar are enhanced for more positive lock-up engagement - “great for big-inch/high-horsepower motors.” Available in chrome or black/natural for ‘17-‘18 FLHT/ FLHR/ FLHX/ FLTRX/ FLTRU models with hydraulic clutch;


ASA/Jensen: Founded in 1977, Elkhart, Indiana based ASA Electronics, manufacturers of the Jenson brand of audio products, was recently granted ISO 9001:2015 Management System Certification. Recent new products include a follow-up to the award-winning HD1BT525 H-D replacement stereo package - all-new 6.5-inch speakers that are said to add “over an inch more of booming sound”;


Saddlemen: Recent new products from the Rancho Dominguez, California based original gel seat experts include American-made GELcore saddles for 2018 Softail models and 2013-2017 Breakouts;


Pertronix: Coming soon, the Spyke exhaust system will be available for ’04-up Sportsters and ’06-up Dynas, in stainless steel and black ceramic coating, featuring a 2 into 1 true merge collector design providing both increased performance and a “killer sound”. Spyke and Compu-Fire are not just working on new products, they have also announced a new stress free warranty policy, which “helps reduce turn-around time if that unlikely scenario ever happens. Providing new products and the best customer service is their 2018 focus.” Also, from the Patriot line, a new tuning tool for Harley fuel injection systems: “Today's motorcycles are tuned from the factory to have a very lean air/fuel mixture. This causes the bike to run hotter and sacrifices power. When exhaust, air filter or other engine changes are made, the situation is heightened. The Patriot Top Fueler is a simple plug and play type fuel controller that is user-friendly and does not require a computer or expensive Dyno time to install and use”;


Feuling Parts: The Californian performance specialist has a choice of ‘Reaper’ branded M-8 cams; HP+ premium camshaft kits; HP+ and RS (Race Series) oil pumps, oiling systems and camchest kits; OE+ hydraulic cam chain tensioner conversion kits; OE+ camplates and High Flow (HF) camplates for M-8 engines that increase engine oil flow and volume by enlarging the oil pump reservoirs and critical oil passages, including increasing the scavenge return holes from the pump to the camplate and into the engine case;


Daytona Twin Tec: Billed as “Innovation and Technology for Serious Tuners,” owner Allen Alvarez says theirs is the “only complete EFI system of its kind. Available in AlphaN, 100 kpa and 300 kpa speed density formats, the TCFI systems take serious tuners and engine builders to the next level - without compromise”;


Custom Dynamics: New products from the market-leading Youngsville, North Carolina motorcycle lights specialist include the new premium ‘ProBEAM’ line. Unveiled at the Drag Specialist Dealer Expo, this is the first motorcycle use of the kind of ‘Light Pipe’ technology seen in top-end automotive applications. Rather than an array of multiple LEDs, ‘Light Pipe’ is a formed tube with reflectors, magnifying LEDs located at either end. The design creates a distinctive look with increased visibility, greater reliability and, by separating the rear light from the brake light function, greater cognisance with following traffic. The location of the LEDs in the housing at either end of the curved tube also significantly increases peripheral visibility with a 90 degree ‘turn’ that is proud of the housing at either end.  Using its own components throughout its new ‘ProBEAM’ line, owner Dave Pribula says “these have been two years in development, and we have four patents to protect our design work. All our products are backed by our lifetime LED warranty, and these are the best available”;


KB Pistons: KB’s ‘SuperDuty’ piston series for Twin Cams feature ‘Line2Line’ abradable coatings. Applied to match the thickness of the piston-to-wall clearance for a zero install clearance, the coating abrades-in on start-up to hone for “the perfect fit per cylinder, eliminating piston rock for the best possible ring seal with no piston slap noise”;