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28 April 2018 www.thunderpress.net THUNDER PRESS by Robert Filla FRISCO, TEXAS, FEB 8–9— Boasting 140 brand partners in atten- dance, the annual Tucker Rocky/ Biker's Choice Dealer and Brand Expo threw open the doors to the vast 40,000-square-foot showroom fl oor at the Embassy Suites north of Dallas with bright smiles and high expecta- tions. And despite the slowdown in the American motorsports market coupled with the recent sour news concerning the MAG Group's fi nancial spread- sheet, the crowd that included over 500 TR/BC dealers was upbeat—the gen- eral attitude being one of riding out the storm with the acknowledgement that all business has its highs and lows. At the end of 2017, the American motorcycle scene was rocked by the news that the Motorcycle Aftermarket Group (MAG) was fi ling Chapter 11. And while many readers may have little working knowledge of MAG, you are probably aware of its family of brands including Performance Machine, Tucker Rocky, Vance & Hines and J&P Cycles along with many other aftermar- ket suppliers. At a press conference on Friday afternoon during the Expo, exec- utives reiterated that since the Chapter 11 fi ling, the company has been able to eliminate millions in debt, allowing Tucker Rocky to adjust to a changing marketplace, enhance operations and technologies and, in turn, improve cus- tomer service. Noting that "the future of Tucker is bright," two major contrib- uting factors mentioned were that the company's vendors and customer base have both remained exceptionally loyal. But while we were pleased to hear of the positive results of these fi nan- cial decisions, T HUNDER PRESS was here to see product—the innovative, the brilliant, the bizarre—inventive items sketched out on bar napkins or imagined during an evening ride while watching the sun set. Since the Expo is not open to the public, we present the following as some of the best discov- ered as we wandered the many booths. Howard Kelly with Black Brand Motorcycle Clothing was busy elaborat- ing about the high points of the compa- ny's new Cheater helmet line. Available in .50 (half-helmet) and .75 (3/4-helmet), the Cheater uses both a low-density foam (near the skull) and a high-density foam (against the helmet shell) with interlock- ing pyramid points (labeled Conehead Technology) that disperses impact forces laterally during an accident resulting in a lower G-force experience. This Conehead Technology combined with other radical design features makes the Cheater the smallest DOT Certifi ed hel- met currently available. Arnott Motorcycle Air Suspension was showing their newly-developed TUCKER ROCKY/BIKER'S CHOICE DEALER AND BRAND EXPO The tides of change Fox Mono-Shock 2018 Softail Kit designed for the latest generation of Harleys. Featuring the company's on- board ViAIR High Output Compressor, the unit will not allow the tire to touch the fender even when fully defl ated. Our old friend Dar Holdsworth with Brass Balls Cycles was on hand dis- playing his latest line of motocross- inspired bagger fl oorboards. Designed for Street Glide and Road Glide mod- els, they are machined from aluminum billet and have an adjustment to dial them in and out plus a pitch control to change the angle. Dar is also now producing mini-moto fl oorboards to replace the front pegs on the Dyna and FXR, a hammered copper insert tank panel and fuel door for Harley baggers and a fl y-by-wire throttle assembly with leather-wrapped grips. The team from AIM Corporation was unveiling their latest clutch goodie for Harley-Davidson Touring models, the VP-SDR Easy Kit. Taking only 10 min- utes to install, this sliding-weight kit cre- ates an additional 105 pounds of clamping pressure with a 40-percent softer pull. And while Counteract Balancing has been providing balancing bead kits for years for motorcycle tires, they are now offering pre-balanced inner tubes to make the job even simpler. Using 100-percent recycled tempered glass beads, the Counteract sys- tem is the only internal balancer approved by the Motorcycle Industry Council. Kuryakyn showed up with plenty of custom accent pieces to deck out any Harley or Indian On display by Cobra USA were the 909 Slash-Cut Muffl ers as well as the new El Diablo Megaphone Slip-Ons Glenn Nash with Arnott Air Suspension giving the thumbs up for the new Fox Mono Shock Kit for 2018 Softail models See "Tucker Rocky," page 44, column 3

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