2010 V-Twin Expo
Stepping off the plane in Ohio, I was greeted by a cold and snowy Cincinnati when I arrived to attend the 10th Anniversary Easyriders Magazine V-Twin Expo. What? You've never heard of it? Well... that's because you weren't invited - it is only for dealership and industry personnel. Hundreds of manufactures display their products at the V-Twin expo and I got the feeling from most attendees that 2010 will be a better year for the sale of new bikes and accessories.
In spite of monster snowstorm battering the country, I beat the weather so the Motorcycle Radio Network was there to bring all the good stuff back to you! I was expecting a light turn out jointly because of the weather and our continuing-to-struggle economy; but after spending a few days on the show floor I can tell you that the V-Twin industry is alive and well with tremendous innovation and enthusiasm!
Let's get right into it. Speaking of innovation, I really liked Glenndyne Design's internal brake forged wheels and the Roland Sands Design Mission Wheel that is machined twice, has speed dots and double pin striped. Roland is rapidly becoming one of my favorite custom bike builders. His background as a road racer deeply influences his designs and sets him apart from rest of the bike building crowd.
S&S Cycle had their new Easy Start Cams on display; when installed these cams let any engine, regardless of displacement, start easily.
The Expo is full of high performance parts for your American V-Twin and there are some Metric manufactures are represented as well. I spent some time with Jason from Speed's Performance Plus talking about their complete line of engine components that will make your Harley go fast. They've got this performance engine thing down to a science - The crew from Speed's supplied all the parts that we used to unleash 118 horsepower from our big bore chopper project bike! (Click here to read the Twin Cam Buildup article at UltimateMotorCycling.com)
Jason told me that they have been busy during the winter and are looking forward to bringing their mobile shop and dyno service to Daytona Beach for Bike Week in March. Take the time to stop at their truck in Florida and you'll leave with a big smile on your face too...
Another neat part about attending the expo is you get to see some beautiful custom bikes built by the top custom builders like Arlen Ness and Dave Perewitz.
I want to send thanks out to all of the hardworking people at Easyriders Magazine for making this show happen, as it lets us push the V-Twin custom industry forward and gives innovators a place to show off fantastic new products and ideas. I also want to send a special thanks out for letting the Motorcycle Radio Network cover the event for our listeners.