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I spent this afternoon at the Indianapolis Powersports Industry Dealer Show. Most of the aftermarket vendors as well as some of the OEM manufacturers are here to show their wares to try to get dealers to handle their products. It is a massive exposition and you need good walking shoes if you want to cover all or most of it. I spent about 5 hours this afternoon and will go back all day tomorrow. I took some pics and will get more tomorrow and will post them in a few days when I get back home.

A few highlights:

Stopped at the Altrider both and talked to Jeremy. He had the bars, skid plate, rear rack and a few guards on display, all looking good.

One item on my agenda was to compare my two leading choices of hard luggage, the Trax and the Trekkers. I spent quite a bit of time at the Twisted Throttle area checking out several of their items, including the Trax bags. I liked what I saw and thought I had made up my mind. That is until I stopped at te Givi display and checked out the Trekkers. Now, I was undecided. Perhaps SW Motech racks and Givi Trekkers.

Then I happened to stop by another vendor's display and he had anther brand that really impressed me with their quality and looks. I'll get more pics and info tomorrow before I tell you more, but I am excited about these. I can tell you that the Europeon head of this company was there and a sales guy told me that this gentleman had his own S10 and was in love with it and was going full tilt making accessories for it. I hope to talk to him directly tomorrow.

Yamaha had a S10 there, along with a Moto GP bike and a Dakar bike and several other bikes on display and they told me that the Super Tenere was getting all the attention.

If there is anything you guys would like me to try to find and get some pics and/or info please let me know by Saturday morning. I will be there all day and hope to cover all the rest of the show and then head back Sunday.
 

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Thanks for sharing Fredz43......looking forward to hearing more and seeing the pictures tomorrow!
 

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fredz43 said:
If there is anything you guys would like me to try to find and get some pics and/or info please let me know by Saturday morning. I will be there all day and hope to cover all the rest of the show and then head back Sunday.
All of it will be fine Fred. :D

Looking forward to it and thanks for the info so far.

Cheers
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Fred, looking forward to hearing more abou this European vendor that you mentioned. I will stay tuned.
 

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I had a PM requesting that I ask the Yamaha folks when we would get our bikes. Of course, I assured him that I had indeed asked that today. They said they are reasonably sure that we would get them this year! ;)

Actually they are still shooting for starting deliveries in May. And here is the best part:

They are going to deliver them to customers in REVERSE ALPHABETICAL ORDER! ;D

Hoo Hah!

Fred Z
 

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Fred, What was the Dakar bike they had? A YZ450?
 

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fredz43 said:
They are going to deliver them to customers in REVERSE ALPHABETICAL ORDER! ;D

Hoo Hah!

Fred Z
No problem... I just changed my name to Rod Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

:D
 

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One item on my agenda was to compare my two leading choices of hard luggage, the Trax and the Trekkers. I spent quite a bit of time at the Twisted Throttle area checking out several of their items, including the Trax bags. I liked what I saw and thought I had made up my mind. That is until I stopped at te Givi display and checked out the Trekkers. Now, I was undecided. Perhaps SW Motech racks and Givi Trekkers.
I'm very happy with mine!!

Did Givi or anyone else have crashbars on display for the SuperT? And if so, any update on accessibility of the side panels without first removing the bars?
 

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Well, I am back home with a pair of sore feet. I have uploaded the pics to an album in photobucket and if I did it right, you should be able to see the album here:

http://s632.photobucket.com/albums/uu48/fredz43photobucket/Indy%20Dealer%20Show%202011/


Sorry for the flash glare in some shots. I had a minor malfunction with my trusty Nikon pocket camera and couldn't shut the flash off. I'll try to write a few notes about these tomorrow. In the meantime, there are short captions at the bottom of each pic.
 

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Rick said:
Thanks for the images! Are the H&B racks symmetrical for the Super Tenere too?
The racks are asymetrical, so that a 30 on the left and 40 on the right end up being about even in width, (symetrical?) just as on the GS1200 in the pics.
 

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I'm very happy with mine!!

Did Givi or anyone else have crashbars on display for the SuperT? And if so, any update on accessibility of the side panels without first removing the bars?
Rod, the only Super Ten crash bars I saw were the Altrider ones.
 

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Rod, the only Super Ten crash bars I saw were the Altrider ones.
Thanks! It will be nice if we have a few alternatives - like Givi and SW-Motech.
 

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Thanks for the pictures Fred, they look great. It looks like you may have been looking at riding
gear also. Will pm you about that.
Jim
 

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Thanks for the pics Fred, very nice. I always forget to take pictures of the ordinary stuff like panniers and clothes.

Think I am going with the Trekkers and SW-Motech racks. No crash bars. Wasp adjustable windshield mount.
 

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thanks Fred - great pics...looks like you had a time there, brutha.
Huge show - might hafta go next time.!
Yes, it is a very interesting show. It is only open to powersports industry personnel, so you will have to explore those channels. Since my retirement job is working part time in sales at the local Yamaha/Honda dealer, I am able to get credentials thru them. In previous years, when I was president of the Honda Sport Touring Association and wrote a monthly column for our magazine, I was able to get Press credentials after sending them a copy of the magazine. Actually the Press credentials were the best, as many vendors gave out samples of their wares for me to evaluate and review in the magazine. With the Dealer credentials, they are very willing to discuss their products in the hopes that you will carry them in your shop, but no samples in my experience.
 

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Thanks for the pics Fred, very nice. I always forget to take pictures of the ordinary stuff like panniers and clothes.

Think I am going with the Trekkers and SW-Motech racks. No crash bars. Wasp adjustable windshield mount.
That is a very good choice and one that is still a possibility for me. I really like the SW Motech racks, but also really like the Hepco Becker Xplorer bags. The way I read the description of the SWM racks, they have adapters for HP plastic bags, but not for the aluminum ones. I will have to research that more.

As Rod said, it is good to have choices and there already are several out there for luggage, all with their pros and cons.
 
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