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November 27, 2017

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NEWS 4 • November 27, 2017 • Powersports Business www.PowersportsBusiness.com www.powersportsbusiness.com Editorial and Sales: 763.383.4400 Subscriber Service: 847.513.6025 EDITOR IN CHIEF: Dave McMahon 763/383-4411 (dmcmahon@powersportsbusiness.com) SENIOR EDITOR: Liz Keener 763/383-4413 (lkeener@powersportsbusiness.com) ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kate Swanson 763/383-4412 (kswanson@powersportsbusiness.com) MANAGING ART DIRECTOR: Dodi Vessels ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR: Nicole Siewert GRAPHIC ARTIST: Chad Cochran PRODUCTION ARTIST: Kelsey Larson PRODUCTION MANAGER: Angela Schmieg PRODUCTION DIRECTOR: Cherri Perschmann NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Allison Gruhn 763/383-4467 (agruhn@powersportsbusiness.com) NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER Mark Rosacker 763/383-4433 (mrosacker@powersportsbusiness.com) NATIONAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE Michael Kula 763/383-4440 (mkula@powersportsbusiness.com) CEO: Marion Minor SR. VICE PRESIDENT/FINANCE & OPERATIONS: Gerald Winkel SR. VICE PRESIDENT/MARKET DEVELOPMENT: Joanne Juda-Prainito VICE PRESIDENT, POWERSPORTS: David J. Voll SALES OPERATIONS MANAGER: Bernadette Wohlman CONTRIBUTORS: Lauren Labunsky, Lisa Pelissier COLUMNISTS: Mark Mooney DEALER ADVISORY BOARD: Hooksett Kawasaki-Polaris, Jim Whalley; Hacker's Yamaha & Honda, Rick Hacker; Honda/Polaris of Lubbock, Morris Baker; All Action Water Sports, Ray Leps POWERSPORTS BUSINESS (ISSN #1522-7944) is published monthly except twice in May and November plus the Market Data Book in May, 15 times per year by EPG Media/Specialty Information Media, 10405 6th Avenue North, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55441. Periodicals postage paid at St. Paul, MN and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Powersports Business, P.O. Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Free to qualified members of the motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile and personal watercraft industries. Annual subscription rate is $56 per year for U.S residents, $76 for Canadian residents and $96 for residents in other countries. All paid subscriptions must be paid in advance and in U.S. funds only. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Visit www.PowersportsBusiness.com, email customerservice@epgmediallc.com, call (847) 513-6025, fax (763) -383-4497 or write to Powersports Business, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. CANADIAN RETURN ADDRESS: EPG Media & Specialty Information, 4960-2 Walker Road, Windsor, Ontario N9A 6J3. Publication Sales Agreement #40012332. EDITORIAL: All manuscripts, materials, photographs and artwork submitted are at mailer's risk and must include self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return. Send editorial materials to EPG Media/Specialty Information Media, 10405 6th Avenue North, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55441, 763/383-4400. No responsibility will be assumed for unsolicited materials. Powersports Business is a registered trademark of EPG Media & Specialty Information. Copyright 2017 by EPG Media & Specialty Information. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited unless expressly authorized by publisher. REPRINTS: For more information on e-prints or reprints from Powersports Business, contact Robin Cooper, 763/383-4400 ext. 4491. Printed in U.S.A. NOVEMBER 2017 24-25: KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series, Palmdale, CA DECEMBER 2017 1-2: AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series Banquets, Morgantown Events Center at Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 1-3: Progressive IMS Tour, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY 7-9: Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN 8-10: Progressive IMS Tour, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN 9: S.N.O.W.FEST 5, Wahkon, MN 9-10: P1 AquaX World Championship, Key West, FL JANUARY 2018 5-6: GMZ UTV Winter Nationals Casey Folks Parker 250, Parker, AZ 6-20: 40th Dakar Rally, Latin America 23-26: SHOT Show, Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, NV 26-28: Progressive IMS Tour, I-X Center, Cleveland, OH 26-31: Bintelli Dealer Meeting Cruise, Charleston, SC to the Bahamas 27-28: Garage Composites Update, Denver, CO 27-28: Motorcycles of Manchester Winter Bash and Monster Sale, Foxboro, MA FEBRUARY 2017 2-4: Progressive IMS Tour, Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, Dallas,TX 2-4: 2018 AMA Ice Race Motorcycle Grand Championship, Cadillac, MI 2-9: King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley, CA 3: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA 8-10: Tucker Rocky | Biker's Choice Dealer & Brand Expo, Fisco, TX 9-11: Progressive IMS Tour, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, IL 9-14: Auto Expo, India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, India 10: AMA ATV Ice Race Grand Championship, Wausau, WI 10: AMSOIL Arenacross, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI 10: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Petco Park, San Diego, CA 10-11: Parts Unlimited & Drag Specialties Spring NVP, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN 10-11: Texas Motorcycle Dealers Association Annual Conference, Courtyard Marriot, Austin, TX 17: AMSOIL Arenacross, Florence Civic Center, Florence, SC 17: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 23-25: Progressive IMS Tour, Walter E. Washing ton Convention Center, Washington, D.C. 24: IJSBA Mark Hahn Memorial Havasu 300 Mile, Crazy Horse Campground, Lake Havasu, AZ 24: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL MARCH 2017 2-3: Modern Classics Motorcycle Show, Martin Moto, Boyertown, PA 3: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA 9-11: Best in The Desert, Polaris RZR Mint 400, Las Vegas, NV 9-18: Daytona Bike Week, Daytona Beach, FL 10: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL 15: American Flat Track Daytona TT, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL Send an email to dmcmahon@powersportsbusiness.com to get your industry event added to the calendar. CALENDAR OF EVENTS HOTNEWS this project — taking a truly battlefield-tested, trusted tacti- cal vehicle and evolving it into an extraordinary new off-road vehicle concept for SEMA. We look forward to the reaction of showgoers as they get to see, feel and touch an extreme civilian version of a machine — with new levels of protection through its LINE-X coatings — that's only been available to military organizations." HELLWIG PRODUCTS DEBUTS WILDCAT- EQUIPPED TRUCK Hellwig Products, a manu- facturer of sway bars and tow/ haul suspension products, has introduced an adventure pickup truck equipped with a custom bed-mounted Textron Off Road Wildcat X LTD UTV during the 2017 SEMA Show. The all-new 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty was the per- fect platform for the "Operator." With its powerful Power Stroke diesel engine and high payload and towing capacity, the Super Duty has no problem hauling around the custom Arctic Cat UTV and gear in its eight foot bed. However, the stock sus- pension just wasn't up to the task of keeping the truck's ride height level or countering the increased body roll from the new higher center of gravity. To keep the load level, Hellwig products installed its new "Big Wig" 2,800 lb. Air Springs to allow the driver to fine tune the load support and ride quality. To improve driver control both on the highway and off-road, Hellwig installed its new forged adjustable front and rear sway bars. When it came time to turn concept into reality, Hellwig turned to the team at LGE-CTS Motorsports in San Dimas, Cali- fornia. First on the docket was adding more ground clearance so that the truck could easily navigate rough terrain. To accomplish this, Hellwig had a Stage 5 Suspension Kit by Icon Vehicle Dynam- ics installed to raise the vehicle 3-inches. Next, Fab Fours Ven- geance front and rear bumpers, a Rigid Industries light bar, and the PowersStepXL running boards by AMP Research were added while a Warn winch and a Whelen Siren Light bar were installed for an aggressive look. In the power department, the "Operator" received a Mag- naflow Pro DPF Performance exhaust system to deliver that demanding sound and an Optima battery was added to power the command center and auxiliary accessories. For traction on both the highway and in remote areas, Hellwig turned to Falken Tire and equipped the truck with a set of 37-inch Wildpeak M/T tires and mounted them to a set of 17-inch Method ND-HV wheels. Then, to keep the larger tires inside of the Super Duty's wheel wells, a set of Bushwacker Fender Flares were installed. The "Operator" received a completely hand painted custom paint job using BASF paint to achieve the unique Digi-Camo look, and incorporated a custom 5.11 Tac- tical upholstered interior. To add a little more style to the build, Hellwig also installed a T-Rex X-Metal grille to the truck's hood, and added a Wilco Pre Runner Tailgate to the back end. Because the "Operator" is destined to see lots of use on unpaved roads, the UTV needed to be as secure as pos- sible in the bed so that it doesn't move around. Hellwig turned to Sherptek for a custom bed- mounted UTV deck. Finally, Mac's Custom Tie Downs will be used to keep the UTV secure on the rack while Daystar Fuel Cans, a Hi-Lift Jack and a Krazy Beaver Shovel round out the rest of the bed-mounted necessities. Though extremely capable out of the box, the 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat X LTD UTV received a number of upgrades including a SSV Works side-by-side head unit and speaker cans, Kicker Audio speakers while Rugged Radio provided the Race Radio and intercom to stay connected to the main rig. The UTV sported an upgraded steering wheel and side mirrors thanks to Assault Industries, and an Amber Buggy Whip safety antenna. BENELLI, SSR INTRO- DUCES 2018 MODELS SSR Motorsports/Benelli Motorcycles USA introduces the all-new electronically fuel- injected 2018 Caffenero 150 scooter, plus the popular Raz- kull for 2018. The Caffenero is the fourth Benelli unit to be released to the SSR/Benelli dealer network, along with the Zafferano 250 EFI scooter, the TnT300 and TNT600 naked street motorcycles. It has a water-cooled engine with Electronic Fuel Injection, automatic transmission, disc brakes, and 31.5 in. seat height and 16 in. wheels. The Caffen- ero is the perfect unit to buzz about town, all for an MSRP of $2,399 (tax and destination charges not included). The 2018 Razkull is one of the most popular 125cc units in the industry. It is available in red, black and white with an affordable MSRP of $1,999 (tax and destina- tion charges not included). Benelli is a 100-year-old motorcycle manufacturer, engi- neered and designed in Italy and produced in China. It is a company rich in motorcycle pas- sion and performance built in to every Benelli units. TOP POWERSPORTS PRODUCT ANNOUNCED AT 2017 SEMA SEMA's annual New Product Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of products being introduced to the auto- motive specialty-equipment market at the SEMA Show. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 See Hot News, Page 5 The "Operator" adventure pickup by Hellwig Products features a custom bed-mounted side-by-side. Photo courtesy of Hellwig Products The 2018 Caffenero 150 scooter retails for $2,399. Photo courtesy of SSR Motorsports

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