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Tuesday 28 March 2023

AIMEXPO 2023 review part 3

AIMEXPO 2023 review part 3

Antigravity: Featuring Bluetooth Battery Trackers, the monitoring system allows the rider to track the battery's voltage, health and status, and notifies if the battery is going dead. Available for lithium and lead/acid batteries, Battery Tracker allows riders to track battery status from their smartphone;

TAB Performance: Casey Pflanz, co-founder, and Bo Blanske from the Lincoln, Nebraska based manufacturer that is best known for its powerful and 'throaty' exhausts. However, Casey is answering the call of the need to diversify, with recent new products including the 'Folsom Prison Series' handlebars that are seen here. The first design is a contemporary 12" widow's peak, semi-ape that is "right on point." The company boasts an easy install due to interior bends that are ground down to a smooth finish, eliminating any ridges for wires to get snagged on. Plus, the 1.5" fatties provide plenty of space for cables. Initially offered for Street/Electra Glide models ('96 and up) and Road Glide models ('15 and up), they give riders a reduced arm reach. TAB are donating 5% of the profits from the sale of the bars to Wheels 4 Warriors USA - a non-profit dedicated to helping veterans - "two wheels at a time";

GPR Italia: Founded in 1968 and best known in Europe for its sport bike and superbike race exhausts, GPR also offers V-twin shops access to a range of Harley fitments, including for the V-Rod, XR-1200 and 883/1200 cc Sportsters from 2010;

Spectro Oils:  The Intercontinental Lubricants subsidiary has been bought by the U.S. subsidiary of Swiss oil brand Motorex (manufactured by Bucher AG). The deal sees the assets, including IP, commercial activity and blending and storage operations at Brookfield, Connecticut. Alex Josefson, the founder's grandson and current President of Spectro, is quoted as stating: "We have a longstanding and excellent relationship with Motorex, so when this agreement was first discussed, it seemed like the natural next step for our company";

National Cycle:
Always quick off the mark where new product applications are concerned, recent new fitments from the Maywood, Illinois based manufacturer include V-Stream Windscreens for Pan America. The patented "V" shape and advanced dimensional contours push the wind vortex away from the rider's head, resulting in a quieter riding environment. Made in 2.0 mm Quantum hard coated polycarbonate;

Tucker Powersports: New VP Marketing Lesley Madsen joined the Fort Worth, Texas based distributor following seven years running merchandise marketing for the Dallas Cowboys. Her role at Tucker "is focused on delivering impactful marketing programs for the company's 'owned-brands' as well as the products distributed by Tucker." Tucker President and CEO Marc McAllister had announced a restructure of the company's sales and marketing functions as part of a plan to bring new leadership into the company. Almost simultaneous to Lesley's appointment, McAllister hired Prnuv Sharma to the role of VP of Sales; 

Products on show from the Tucker brand included luggage, audio, lights, floorboards, mirrors, pegs and grips;

Interphone: Cellularline Italia subsidiary - motorcycle communications, phone holders and LED headlights;

ProTaper: Eboness Belin joined Tucker in 2022 as Senior Manager of Owned Brands, and was answering visitor questions as a ProTaper advocate at AIMExpo;