EXPO DAY TWO
January 16 2007.
As the crowds thinned out on day two, exhibitors reported surprisingly good business from day one, traditionally seen as the 'tyre kickers' day. This was followed up with another good day, despite some sore heads from the previous night's activities at the awards night. Good rumour of the day being a move to the NEC for next year's show!
Motad has been a respected name inthe replacement exhaust industry for well over 30 years and as Ian McDonald, (himself a veteran), was keen to point out, they are still producing top quality items and moving with the times. Hence one of the new items on display was a range of stainless, fully road legal, complete systems for some of the most popular scooters on the road today. In addition Titanium options are also now available for the sportier scooter options. However, they are not forgetting mainstream models and have added more collector boxes to their catalogue. They now have catalyst removal collectors for the enthusiast who wants to do track days and shed some weight as well as improving performance. sales@motad.co.uk
Delkevic were also displaying a complete range of new exhaust headers for road bikes as well as silencers in stainless steel. However, their comprehensive headers for the MX range all come in titanium to save those extra ounces. Hot new product though was nothing for the bike, but for the rider in the shape, (literally), of some knee braces. Designed to help those with damage to the joint, they are also designed to stop it happening by providing bilateral and hyperextension protection at an affordable (£99.99) price. www.delkevic.co.uk
The custom market continues to grow in popularity and Bandero are offering face masks to give riders attitude as well as providing protection. Designed to fit snugly around the mouth and nose it secures around the neck with neoprene straps. They come in various styles and colours. www.bandero.co.uk 
   
Quads are displayed in all three halls, but one of the most significant is the new Can-Am Renegade. The Rotax engined machine has all the performance of a sport ATV along with the functionality of a 4x4 ATV driving through a constantly variable transmission. Apart from a whole host of innovative physical features it has an OEM anti-theft device to ensure that it can only be started with a coded key similar to those used in the car and motorcycle markets. www.brp.com
Chinese Motorcycle Dealers is a stand showing machines from numerous Chinese manufacturers like Jianshe, Lifan and Haotian in an effort to facilitate the growth in the UK market of Chinese brands. As members of the MCIA they provide service and training facilities for dealers they appoint. In addition to the mainly small capacity motorcycles and scooters they also showed some 250 and 400 cc quads. www.chinesemotorcycledealers.co.uk
E.P. Barrus are now firmly established in the motorcycle market with their three major brands, Hyosung, PGO and Rieju gradually building up solid reputations. One year on from taking over the Hyosung brand and moving it forward they are able to show a three bike line up in the GT range with a 650 equal to the similar capacity Suzuki along with a 250 and 125 that differ only in engine size as well as the GV650 and GV250 that are all getting very good reviews in the motorcycle press. In addition to these, they debuted a new PMX Naked from PGO aimed firmly at the commuter market. From the US manufacturer Carter Brothers come new road legal buggies making their UK debut with an expected availability around April May of this year. www.barrus.co.uk