January 14 2006.
The first day of the 12th Annual Motorcycle Trade Expo opened with 2913 visitors entering the three halls at the National Agriculture Centre at Stonleigh, just over 100 more than the same day last year. The total number of companies they represented was 1058.

Among the 200 plus exhibitors was the familiar face of industry veteran Steve Kenward, who was promoting his new eskay company offering services to help those dealers who need a hand with business plans, organising finance etc. In fact all the things you need to do, but never have the time. Steve reported a lot of interest at the end of day one.  Email: stevekenward@eskay.org.uk
Davies Odell are now firmly established in the world of rider crash protection with their Forcefield range of products sold as separates or part of inner-suits. Apart from launching a new range of these, they chose the show to debut their Tornado range of garments. Using a breathable, windproof, ultra-light fabric, with thermal properties that repels water, the complete under-suit is designed to protect its wearer from the elements in the world of extreme and winter sports as well as motorcyclists. Email: mathew@daviesodell.co.uk
AGV Sport along with many others showed their 2007 clothing collection including the 'Lady Jane' jacket for women. The company has pledged that £15.00 of each jacket sold will be donated to the breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. Apart from a new leather Laguna road race boot they also launched a new backpack for riders that will protect their helmets when off the bike. The Teckpack is a conventional multi-pocket rucksack that has the benefit of the additional pocket for use off the bike and will cost £39.99.
Weise is now firmly established as a leading player in the clothing market and their Dynastar range is well respected. No surprise then that the Dynastar II jacket made its debut with a whole host of new innovations to cement their place in the crowded clothing market.  Stylish clothing for women is now a major part of most brands, recognising the growth market segment and Weise showed their Impulse jacket for ladies priced at £129.99 with all the top features normally found on more expensive products.
The Key Collection showed a range of brightly painted helmets from their Vemar brand. Basically the VXD flip-front range has been given a make-over and now comes in a range of bright colours under the 'College' moniker. The styling has been inspired by American High School Football Helmets! Up to now most of the bikes flooding the market from China have been small capacity machines. Get set for a change as Asia Motor have demonstrated with the launch of the new Jialing JH 600, an Adventure Sports machine. Designed and built in China they claim that it has been built with input from many European companies in the sub-assembly market. As a result it is claimed the bike will compete on quality with Japanese manufacturers as well as beating them on price. Sales@asisamotorsdirect.co.uk
Quadzilla, the UK's largest importer of Quads, Buggies and Off-Road bikes launched the new machinery joining their ever increasing stable. Amongst the many machines debited were some new 4 x 4's and additions to the children's range. Henry@quadzillaquads.com 

Acumen who have been at the forefront of technological accessories for motorcycles like immobilisers, alarms, digital gear indicators, battery chargers etc for some time, have come up with a monitoring and security device specifically for motorcycles as opposed to an adapted car device. Acutrac is motorcycle specific and makes use of three different technologies and is so small it is unlikely to be detected on a bike by a thief and has minimal battery drain. Apart from being a security device it will also plot journey's s made in the UK and abroad and will even give you accurate lap timing for those who love track days! info@acumen-electronics.co.uk