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Wednesday 28 February 2024

2024 NVP & Parts Expo Part 3

2024 NVP & Parts Expo Part 3

Louisville, Kentucky - January 20-21, 2024

Universally acknowledged by the vendors and dealers in attendance as an excellent show, the Drag Specialities and Parts Unlimited 2024 NVP Product Expo at Louisville, Kentucky, in January proved to be a great 'season-starter' for Drag vendors who were there. 

At a time when even the customary uncertainties of the annual business cycle are themselves uncertain, it left all concerned a lot more optimistic about the business landscape for the year than might otherwise have been the case. 

As beautifully well planned and executed as always, with a new 'variation on a theme' of high speed but still intense distributor 'Rep Training' getting everyone's vote as a good new formula.

Some seventy plus V-twin specialist vendors and brands and a whole slew of cross-over business opportunities kept the attending dealers busy and hopeful that 2024 will be a year when, to channel Fred Fox, "everyone will get to go to the bank happy" ...

Total Fuel Systems Fi2000 & PowrPro Tuners: Cobra USA private labeled the Fi2000 & PowrPro Fuel Tuning Systems for many years, Total Fuel Systems being the OEM.  About four years ago there was a mutual decision that Total Fuel Systems would take over its own Sales & Marketing. Since then, it has expanded the fitment list and is still producing one of the only plug & play auto tuners in the market. With the patented "autotune" feature and phone app, it works after the motorcycle's ECU and therefore is invisible to ECU's and does not trip the security features in any ECU. It monitors the motorcycle and adjusts for the best air to fuel ratio 80 times per second, giving the most optimal 'sweet spot' for the rider's chosen combination of upgrades;

Hogtunes: The Canadian motorcycle audio specialist's kits "sound better and install easier" with straight forward, faster ordering - "motorcycle audio, made better";

Rick's Motorsport Electrics: Based in Hampstead, New Hampshire, Rick's offers a new universal style regulator for single phase Harley-Davidsons that is made to work with lithium batteries.  The 'Hot Shot' brand regulator/ rectifier is a 50 amp unit made with cooling Mosfet technology. Founded in the late 1970s, Rick's started out as a small motorcycle salvage business and has grown to be an internationally recognized, highly reputed brand name in specialty motorsports electrics circles, offering a full parts line of motorsport charging and starting systems and electrical ignition components for the widest possible range of makes and models;

Kibblewhite Precision Machining: Founded by James L. Kibblewhite in 1939 and owned and operated by his some Will Kibblewhite since 1989, the Pacifica, California valvetrain specialist's Black Diamond and White Diamond valves are "as close to a H-D application 'go-to' as you can get for quality and performance, unless you turn to KPMI Tensilite Titaniums for M-8 engines that is." Manufactured from solid titanium bar, the bar is cut, forged and the stem pulled from the forging process and cross-sectionally reduced. These one-piece forgings are made from 6-2-4-2 titanium alloy for superior strength, hardness and thermal characteristics. After final grinding and machining, they are encased in a hard Chromium Nitride (CRN) shell of resistance to impact, abrasion and corrosion;

Revolution Performance: New from the Plymouth, Wisconsin based manufacturer is its 55 mm intake manifold for 2017-2023 M-8 applications - described as the "ultimate cost-effective upgrade," says Chief Sales Manager Jeff Meyer. "High flow means extra horsepower and torque just by bolting on our manifold." Replacing the stock plastic design with the company's precision CNC-machined 356 T6 heat-treated cast aluminum upgrade will, on average, "boost your Harley's performance by a remarkable 3-4% horsepower/torque by just bolting on our manifold. Pair our manifold with a simple tune and see 5-6% horsepower/torque gain. Add our CNC-ported cylinder head package with the manifold and tune to see 12-14% horsepower/torque increase";

­­SBS Brakes: The Danish brake pads, rotors and clutch leader has recently been at the leading edge of embracing the new generation of forward-facing product initiatives that meet the 'Better Brakes' regulations for reduced use of rare earth minerals and pollution production - and guess what? The world didn't end, the sun still rose each morning and people still rode their bikes. The real shocker? Not only less waste, but reduced heat, improved stopping distances and no great impact on brake pad pricing. Who'd a thunk it! 

Kodlin USA: With designs by noted German customizer Fred Kodlin, Kodlin USA is a Morgan Hill, California based joint venture enterprise between former Custom Chrome and MAG/Kuryakyn man Holger Mohr and Kodlin's son Len;

Horsepower Inc: The Indianapolis based manufacturer is still leading the way in performance V-twin products with an upgrade throttle body option for every model of fuel injected Harley-Davidsons.  The newest upgrade is an OEM 45 mm replacement for 2001-2005 Big Twin/Twin Cams, with features including zinc coated throttle shaft, double sealed roller bearings and factory OEM bolt pattern. No dyno tuning or re-tuning required;