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01-18-2005, 12:40 PM
Louisville, KY nestled along the Indiana border is where ATV enthusiast and manufacturers from around the country converged for the 1st Annual ATV Industry Show this past October.

I hope everyone enjoys the coverage from the event, and I am sorry it took so long to post it, but everytime that I have planned to post the coverage another current event took its place. With the Indy Show right around the corner, I decided it was now or never.

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01-18-2005, 12:45 PM
Many kids first hear the words Louisville when they start little league baseball and reach for their Louisville slugger baseball bat, which has also made the city of Louisville famous among Baseball Enthusiast. The largest baseball bat in the world is located in downtown Louisville

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01-18-2005, 12:45 PM
Horses are also an important part of Kentuckyís heritage with Kentucky Derby and numerous horse farms. The city commemorated its horse legacy by place uniquely decorated horses on the corner of almost every block of the city.

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01-18-2005, 12:45 PM
The ATV EXPO was hosted downtown at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

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01-18-2005, 12:46 PM
Upon entering the facility, you were immediately greeted with miniature ATV course intended to give potential ATV riders a chance to get some hands on experience riding and ATV under the supervision of trained Instructors.

All ATV riders are encouraged to attend ATV training courses before heading out on the trails or tracks for the first time to help prevent the risk of injury.

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01-18-2005, 12:46 PM
Yamaha had a large presence at the entrance with their various utility and racing machines on display. Many visitors found it interesting checking out their YFZ that had various sections cut out to show the internal working parts. Also, Yamaha had on display its new Yellow & Black YFZ.

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01-18-2005, 12:47 PM
Once inside the Convention center, you were created with the early 70ís ATC three wheelers which started a new form of offroad riding. ATC vehicles evolved into ATVs in 1984, and the production of ATC where outlawed after 1986

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01-18-2005, 12:47 PM
Another restored Blue Honda ATC

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01-18-2005, 12:48 PM
Once inside the main convention center, you couldnít help but notice the huge presence of the Expoís Title Sponsor, Suzuki

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01-18-2005, 12:48 PM
Suzuki has been aggressively trying to fill gaps in its product line, so they would be able to offer every consumer a vehicle that would fit their specific needs. One of the their newest innovations is the Suzuki King Quad

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01-18-2005, 12:49 PM
Suzuki also hasnít forgot about the sport market and the ATV racer. They released their Z400 in March of 2002, which was the 1st Sport ATV to utilize the latest technology in 4-Stroke Engine design, which was a huge leap over air cooled Honda 400EX engine that was developed in the 90ís. Since the LTZ400ís release two years ago, it has undergone some improvements with each new production release besides just the color and graphics of the machine. In the past, engineering updates to any ATV after its initial design would take years, unlike the motorcycle industry where the machines were constantly being improved upon and redesigned every year almost.

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01-18-2005, 12:49 PM
Fishers ATV World will be providing full television coverage about the show in a future episode. Part of the episode, will explain the new and improved LTZ400.

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01-18-2005, 12:51 PM
For the 2005 LTZ400, Suzuki listened to its customers and added front Piggyback Reservoir shocks with Compression and rebound adjustability.

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01-18-2005, 12:51 PM
Also, the addressed some weak spots in the frame design and added additional gussets to help prevent the earlier frame issues. They also increased the engine performance by changing the cam profiles and added a larger carburetor

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01-18-2005, 12:52 PM
The biggest buzz in the rumor mill now is Suzukiís newest creation, the revolutionary 450cc engine for their newest 4-Stroke racing Motorcycle. This super lightweight and small engine is what many ATV racers are anxiously awaiting to be released in a new production Suzuki ATV. Lets all keep are fingers crossed that this becomes a reality in the near future

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01-18-2005, 12:52 PM
Suzuki has definitely proven that they are serious about ATV Racing with the signing of Doug Gust this past year, and their active support in his racing program, which allowed him to focus on racing and when the National Championship with ease. With this years racing success, Suzuki has stepped up their program for next year with the signing of 2003 MX Champion, Jeremiah Jones. They also have added amateur riders to their racing program including Jeremy Lawson for MX and yours truly, Harlen Foley, for the XC Series. I am extremely excited to be riding for such a first class organization.

Doug Gust as usual took some time out to sign autographs for his youngest fans.

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01-18-2005, 12:54 PM
Also, in attendance was none other than one of ATVriders.com largest site sponsors, T&T Motorsports. T&T Motorsports is a large Honda dealership in Bardstown, KY, and they are heavily involved in the MX racing Industry. They stock a full line of ATV racing aftermarket equipment from some of the best names in the industry including Laeager, Walsh RaceCraft, Axis Suspension, Merrell Extreme, AC Racing, and many, many more.

Both T&T Racing and C&D Racing make ATVriders.com Race Coverage and updates possible, so think of them the next time you want to enhance your ATV.

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01-18-2005, 12:54 PM
The greatest thing about T&T Racing is they are actively involved in building some of the most eye catching Race machines. Selling quality parts in one thing, but having the indepth knowledge of knowing what works together to help you get out front and stay out front at the races is allow very important, and the T&T Racing staff has this knowledge.

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01-18-2005, 12:54 PM
This Orange fire bearing machine is equipped with Custom Axis Suspension, Laeger A-arms, Duncan Racing Bumper, Quad Tech Hood, and many other awesome accessories.

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01-18-2005, 12:55 PM
Another view of the engine from the otherside

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01-18-2005, 12:57 PM
Also, on display was their race version of the Honda 450R

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01-18-2005, 12:57 PM
Side View

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01-18-2005, 12:58 PM
T&T Racing also are the exclusive distributor of Merrell Extreme Racing Front Hubs and 250R water pump covers. They are currently working on the 450R front hubs which should be available soon

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01-18-2005, 12:58 PM
The hubs definitely impressive looking when installed with some Douglas Shamrock Wheels

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01-18-2005, 12:59 PM
The convention center was also jammed pack with many other manufacturers and retailers anxious to show off their latest products.

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01-18-2005, 01:00 PM
For entertainment, the show even had the Disney Radio Band performing some of todayís popular songs

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01-18-2005, 01:00 PM
IMS Products took advantage of the Expo to show off some of their newest products and ideas. Christine Fahey which many of the ATV Racers only know from talking with her on the phone got away from the office for a change to meet some of her support riders and customers. Unfortunately, Christine is no longer with IMS because she has decided to go back to College.

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01-18-2005, 01:01 PM
IMS had on display their new color options available for the Motorcycle Pegs instead of the standard Black, Grey, and Polished available currently. They were trying to get a feel from the ATV consumers about the possibility of producing ATV pegs in various color options

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01-18-2005, 01:01 PM
Some of the new Color Options: Forest Green

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01-18-2005, 01:02 PM
Pink for the ladies

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01-18-2005, 01:02 PM
Red

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01-18-2005, 01:02 PM
Red Trans

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01-18-2005, 01:02 PM
IMS also will be releasing its aluminum products with an option rugged textured black finish.

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01-18-2005, 01:03 PM
IMS also is pleased to announce their newest bumper design

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01-18-2005, 01:03 PM
Pro Armor sent Cory Hinsz to the show to display their race proven under belly armor, which many of the top racers in 2004 used to protect their vital components to the finish line.

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01-18-2005, 01:03 PM
Pro Armor carries a complete line of Skid Plates and also offers nerf bars with integrated race pegs

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01-18-2005, 01:04 PM
One of their latest products in the Pro Stool, which is designed to conserve space in the shop yet provide a comfortable place to sit.

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01-18-2005, 01:05 PM
ITP Tires, Brad Page, displayed the Honda 450R that his team raced in the 12 Hours of ATV America. Rumor has it that Brad will be returning to GNCC racing for 2005.

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01-18-2005, 01:05 PM
It was equipped with ITP C-Series Wheels and their newest off road tire the Holeshot HD. The rear HD Tire is hands down the best mud tire that I have ever used in my racing career. It is great to see Craig Peterson at ITP tires listens to his racers and reacts with new products that benefit all ATV riders.

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01-18-2005, 01:05 PM
Several Exhaust Manufacturers had their latest and greatest exhaust systems on display. In the past, many riders were only worried about the pipe that produced the most power, but with many rider areas being closed because of noise issues and the newly enforced sound restrictions at many race events, the exhaust manufacturers are quickly reacting by producing quieter exhaust system to meet consumer demands.

DMC was one of the many companies that reacted and created their new ďPro QuietĒ Exhaust system that has a decibel reading of only 96db, which is only a few db higher than the Stock Silencer on many ATVs.

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01-18-2005, 01:06 PM
DMC System installed on a Honda 450R

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01-18-2005, 01:08 PM
Big Gun Exhaust, Mike Young, also was in attendance to inform his customers about his full line of exhaust systems that meet the needs every ATV rider

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01-18-2005, 01:08 PM
The Big Gun line of exhaust systems includes the Race, Quiet, and Sport Series

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01-18-2005, 01:09 PM
Big Gun Race Series Exhaust installed on a Honda 450R

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01-18-2005, 01:10 PM
Yoshimura has been a popular choice of exhaust for the Motorcycle Industry for years, but they are now also becoming extremely popular in the ATV Industry with the success of Doug Gust. Yoshimura is also one of the few manufacturers to offer a Titanium Exhaust system which is one of the lightest in the Industry.

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01-18-2005, 01:10 PM
Many people normally associate Yoshimura only with Suzuki, but they also makes exhaust system for many other manufactures including the Honda 450R.

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01-18-2005, 01:11 PM
BUBS Exhaust System has decided to enter the ATV Market after years of producing top quality motorcycle exhaust system. With the ATV growing market, it only makes since for them to offer the ATV rider yet another choice in Exhaust systems.

Their exhaust is unique from other systems in the way that the exhaust canister is assembled. Many Manufacturers use pop rivets for securing the canister to the exhaust, but this makes changing the exhaust packing time consuming and difficult for many riders. BUBS recognized the problem, and they designed a canister that can easily be dissembled to replace the packing. Also, their Exhaust packing is specially designed to expand when heated to fill all the voids in the exhaust system silencer, which also makes it easier to install since it is compressed upon installation.

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01-18-2005, 01:11 PM
A Carbon Fiber version of BUBS Exhaust system installed on a Yamaha YFZ

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01-18-2005, 01:12 PM
DG had on display their new exhaust system for the Honda 450R.

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01-18-2005, 01:12 PM
DG is widely known for its production of Skid Plates, Nerf Bars, Grab Bars, and Bumpers. They are now expanding their aluminum product line to include Brake Levers, gas caps, and reservoir covers

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01-18-2005, 01:12 PM
DG is also going to be producing Billet Front Wheel Hubs

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01-18-2005, 01:13 PM
HMF Engineering didnít have a booth at the ATV Industry show, but there were plenty of retailers proudly displaying their complete product line. Just two years ago, HMF only produced one type of Exhaust for the each machine with an optional Quite Core, but with their incredible growth in the ATV market, they are now offering ECO Systems for the Noise concerned, and their Signature Series exhaust systems from Bill Ballance and Mike Penland, which are for the die-hard woods racers that want the best exhaust for torque and power in the woods.

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01-18-2005, 01:13 PM
LRD also remains a dominate force in the Exhaust Industry

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01-18-2005, 01:13 PM
Duncan Racingís Fat Boy Exhaust Systems are used by several pro racers in both the GNC & GNCC Series

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01-18-2005, 01:14 PM
FMF has been a familiar name in the ATV Exhaust manufacturing industry since the 80ís. Their recent powerbong exhaust head pipe was something totally new to the 4-Stroke ATV industry and has become a great seller

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01-19-2005, 06:09 AM
Several ATV Fender companies had their new products on display.

Fullbore released its 450R fenders

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01-19-2005, 06:09 AM
Fullbore Chrome Tank Cover

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01-19-2005, 06:11 AM
Fullbore's fender design allows you to use your Front headlights with the one piece front.

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01-19-2005, 06:12 AM
If you are removing your headlights, you can add a hood that covers up the larger headlight openings.

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01-19-2005, 06:13 AM
Check out this sweet crf450 with the classic Fullbore fenders.

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01-19-2005, 06:14 AM
YFZ450 White Fullbore fenders with Razorback Graphics and seat cover.

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01-19-2005, 06:15 AM
Cory Ellerbroek sat on his Honda 450R that he will be racing next year in the GNC Series. It was equipped with Laker Custom's 450R Fenders.

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01-19-2005, 06:17 AM
Maier USA had several new fenders to display at the show. They released a one piece front fender for the 400EX in high gloss.

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01-19-2005, 06:18 AM
They also have a new silver carbon fiber looking nose pieces for various machines.

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01-19-2005, 06:20 AM
Maier also is producing a Hood for the 450R that can be used if you remove your headlights.

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01-19-2005, 06:20 AM
Honda 450R eqipped with a Quadtech Hood and Powermadd Hand Guards.

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01-19-2005, 06:21 AM
Trailtech Handlebar Mount Lights with the Xbars

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01-19-2005, 06:22 AM
PIAA Lights also had a machine on Display

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01-19-2005, 06:23 AM
K&K had a booth at the show with several tricked out machines on display.

Honda 450R

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01-19-2005, 06:23 AM
Front View

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01-19-2005, 06:24 AM
Check out the Gibson Ball Joint Design

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01-19-2005, 06:24 AM
K&K YFZ450

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01-19-2005, 06:25 AM
Lonestar Racing setup one of the birght colored booths showing their different color options and product for each brand color coded with the facotry colors.

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01-19-2005, 06:27 AM
The split carrier housing allows easy access to the grease zerk.

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01-19-2005, 06:27 AM
Lonestar Rear Hubs

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01-19-2005, 06:28 AM
Lonestar Front Ends

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01-19-2005, 06:29 AM
Lonestar Front Hubs

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01-19-2005, 06:30 AM
Lonestar is also getting big into the Mini Motorcycles with Frames and various other replacement parts.

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01-19-2005, 06:31 AM
Houser's 450R

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01-19-2005, 06:32 AM
The Honda 450R stem is a large diameter tubing, so for weight reduction Houser kept the tubing diameter smaller and welds in a skirt for the stem to fit into the Stock Stem Bushing.

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01-19-2005, 06:34 AM
Houser also produces it very unique version of the Honda 450R linkage system, which utlizes a shock that is built specifically for the linkage. This is the same linkage that Todd Knippenberg raced in the GNCC Series.

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01-19-2005, 06:35 AM
Houser also produces a linkage system for the YFZ450

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01-19-2005, 06:35 AM
JPMX YFZ

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01-19-2005, 06:36 AM
Suzuki's Newest ATV Pro Rider, Jeremiah Jones, signed autographs at the JPMX booth with his soon to be wife Jamie Rentz in the background.

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01-19-2005, 06:38 AM
The ATV Suspension Companies had several new products to show off at the show.

Elka newest creation is its Dual Compression adjustable Front Shocks with high and low speed adjustments.

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01-19-2005, 06:39 AM
Elka utilizes a turnable knob for its rebound adjustment, so that you don't need any tools to make quick adjustments for your shocks like some other manufacturers

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01-19-2005, 06:40 AM
Works Performance showed off its new Reservoir and dual line system.

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01-19-2005, 06:41 AM
The new Works Shock with its Dual line.

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01-19-2005, 06:41 AM
Closeup look of the Shock body

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01-19-2005, 06:42 AM
Works also is releasing its new Piggy Back shock in Black

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01-19-2005, 06:44 AM
Progressive suspension has been well known in the Utility market for inexpensive replacement shocks, but now they are stepping into the High Performance Shock Market.

Check the Reservoir on those Front Shocks

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01-19-2005, 06:45 AM
Progressive's Adjustment System

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01-19-2005, 06:45 AM
The Front Shocks will be rebound and Compression adjustable

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01-19-2005, 06:46 AM
Piggy Back Rear Shock

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01-19-2005, 06:47 AM
FOX Shocks are entering the ATV market with their air shocks, and since the show they have John Natalie Jr running their newest version of the Shock.

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01-19-2005, 06:47 AM
Afco Shocks were also on Display

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01-19-2005, 06:49 AM
Shock Pros had a presence at the show with their trick looking shock covers that help keep the dirt and grit from destroying the shafts and seals on the shocks when riding.

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01-19-2005, 06:50 AM
One of Shock Pros cool looking designs

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01-19-2005, 06:51 AM
Hiper Wheels showed off their new Kawasaki Green Wheel rings.

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01-19-2005, 06:52 AM
Also, Kawasaki Orange will be available.

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01-19-2005, 06:53 AM
Streamline Performance showed off their newest Product "Blade Rotors"

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01-19-2005, 06:54 AM
Streamline Performance colored brake lines with line holders.

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01-19-2005, 06:56 AM
Jeff Stoess was working the show for several companies, and Kenda had one of his ATK machines on Display.

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01-19-2005, 06:57 AM
Kenda's new Knarly MX tire

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01-19-2005, 06:59 AM
Jeff also could be found over at the Tireballs Booth with William Yokley and Rod Cooper. Jeff and William were the first two ATV riders to test the tireballs, and the rest is history.

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01-19-2005, 07:03 AM
Tireballs have changed the way ATV racers now prepare for a race. In the past, you would see stacks on spare tires in the pits with air compressors running for impact guns with several people waiting in the pits for a rider to head into the pits with a flat. The pit crew would scramble to lift the machine and get the tire changed in the quickest time possible, but still at a minimal of 30 seconds or as long as several minutes later the rider was back on the track.

Today, all of this is a thing of the past for many riders that have decided to run tireballs. The Tireballs are lined inside the tire and if one is punctured the others will fill the space and allow the rider to finish the race without ever stopping for a tire change.

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01-19-2005, 07:04 AM
William Yokley signed autographs for visitors.

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01-19-2005, 07:05 AM
Honda 450R equipped with every moose product produced for the machine.

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01-19-2005, 07:05 AM
Side View

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01-19-2005, 07:06 AM
Check out the Rekluse Clutch cover:D

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01-19-2005, 07:07 AM
AC Racing showed off its MX Skid Plate which is half the length of a normal skid plate, but provides plenty of protection for MX racing with less weight.

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01-19-2005, 07:08 AM
Armadillo Skid Plates

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01-19-2005, 07:08 AM
Armadillo Shifters

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01-19-2005, 07:08 AM
Quadboss accessories

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01-19-2005, 07:09 AM
Kibblewhite Valves and springs

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01-19-2005, 07:10 AM
Kimpex showed off their Track System which is a popular add on for those that live in the north and actually get some snow.

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01-19-2005, 07:11 AM
The same technology is now available on remote control vehicles that will be on sale at Radio Shack

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01-19-2005, 07:12 AM
All Balls is know for its Wheel bearings, but they are now producing Tie-rods that are designed to be much stronger than the OEM and for less money.

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01-19-2005, 07:13 AM
ROX Handlebar Holders provide a flex in the handlebars.

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01-19-2005, 07:14 AM
REM, showed off their shok spoter

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01-19-2005, 07:15 AM
The device is secured to the helmet and if the helmet receives an impact the sensor will alert the rider that the helmet is unsafe to use, which may not be visible on the outside of the helmet.

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01-19-2005, 07:16 AM
Verde Powersports Seat Covers

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01-19-2005, 07:16 AM
Golden Spectro

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01-19-2005, 07:17 AM
Utility Camo

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01-19-2005, 07:18 AM
EPI Utility Clutch Systems

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01-19-2005, 07:20 AM
Also several companies displayed their latest mini quad inventions.

Cobra announced that it will be producing a race ready mini quad in 2005 that will utilize some of the best components available.

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01-19-2005, 07:20 AM
Cobra Engine

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01-19-2005, 07:20 AM
Swingarm and Braking System

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01-19-2005, 07:23 AM
The most unique product on the machine was the A-arm and Spindle design. Instead of a Vertical mounting A-arm the Cobra A-arms are mounted horizontally to the Spindle, and the system reportedly will not bind and provide better handling.

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01-19-2005, 07:23 AM
Another view of the Spindle design

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01-19-2005, 07:24 AM
John Arens is the one that helped design the new machines for Cobra and he also showed off his personally mini quad.

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01-19-2005, 07:24 AM
Youth ATV

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01-19-2005, 07:25 AM
Hornet

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01-19-2005, 07:25 AM
Well that is everything that I have from the show and sorry for keeping everyone waiting.

jcsact
01-19-2005, 03:14 PM
I was there Friday for our ATV Club we had a booth with another club. Here are some more pics ATV Expo 2004 (http://community.webshots.com/album/201298019NkYZhX)

Bush0102
01-19-2005, 03:50 PM
wow i want those IMS nerfs and bumper....probably pretty expensive though..

Jeremiah's Fiancee is smokin!

markk
01-20-2005, 02:47 AM
Good Coverage as usally!

baker250r
01-20-2005, 08:23 AM
I take it you were reading about the FMF powerbong headers in the powertrain forum last night? If not... go take a look.... haha

ckasper18
01-20-2005, 10:34 AM
Just a little info on the three wheelers.....................

The 2nd year green one was restored by Chris Kasper from Mikes Cycle Shop.The first year is origanal no restoring also owned by Chris Kasper of Mikes Cycle Shop wisconsins oldest hoda dealership.The Sweet looking crf450 with the fullbore is another creation of mine.Was glad to meet Harlen there and rhe show was great and exciting as any quad event always is.Looking forward to the Indy show in a few weekss...Chris

400exdad
01-20-2005, 10:36 AM
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01-20-2005, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by ckasper18
Just a little info on the three wheelers.....................

The 2nd year green one was restored by Chris Kasper from Mikes Cycle Shop.The first year is origanal no restoring also owned by Chris Kasper of Mikes Cycle Shop wisconsins oldest hoda dealership.The Sweet looking crf450 with the fullbore is another creation of mine.Was glad to meet Harlen there and rhe show was great and exciting as any quad event always is.Looking forward to the Indy show in a few weekss...Chris

I knew most of the information, but I was on 90% sure on the facts, so I left it out. Thanks for posting the update.

rippin2
01-21-2005, 06:15 AM
nice quads..I cant wait till the z450 comes out i almost have enough for it(if it cost wat a 450r costs):D

ckasper18
01-21-2005, 04:55 PM
Harlen
That is awesome coverage of the show almost like i was still there the quads and accesories were great to see and ask questions from the folks that make and sell them.As far as my three wheelers go i have 4 more at home in just as nice shape as them that you posted.I sarted riding atc back in 1969 and still love the sport more now then i did back then.Its great to bring out some of my old stuff and sometime soon i need to get you pictures of all my toys.Its nice that some people enjoy the old stuff as much as i do.Thanks again for posting some of my bikes from the show.....Chris Kasper

killerkfx
01-22-2005, 03:42 PM
Hey Harlen great coverage as ususal. Will you be in attendance in INDY next month. I can't wait to see everything there, and also hopefully see some of the faces behind the names on this site.

Metzroth
01-24-2005, 07:30 PM
Wow. Awesome convention. Wish I had the opportunity to goto stuff like that :(. Nice Job:)