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TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor

Everyone has heard of Biketoberfest, which happens in Daytona during mid-October. But how many of you know about the new trade/consumer show that’s held at the same time in nearby Orlando? Now in its third year, this show is growing into a must-do event. The first two days, Thursday and Friday, are for the trade, meaning dealers and the media. However, on Saturday and Sunday the show is open to everyone. Being a fun putt from Daytona, it’s a great way to check out cool new products from many aftermarket manufacturers. Here are just a few of the new things I saw at this year’s show.

Yelvington, with a head designer/engineer who just retired from NASA, has introduced a new trike rear section that just bolts to your existing Touring model frame. There’s no welding or cutting involved since the new rear assembly replaces the stock swingarm. You keep the bike’s entire upper rear section (rear fender, saddlebags, Tour-Pak, etc.) just as it is. The new trike section places the two rear wheels just outside the saddlebags, complete with stock-looking rear fenders. Plus, this rear section has a built-in reverse feature, which is part of the new rear pulley. There’s no messing with the transmission! To operate, put the tranny into neutral, flip the switch that engages the reverse setup, shift the tranny into first gear, and simply move the bike backwards using your existing clutch lever just as you would to slowly move the bike forward. Sweet! We’re already set up to do a full install and review for you in 2016.

For the high performance crew, Yuasa now has a 500 CCA battery for selected models. That means the stock starter motor will now have plenty of power to crank over that monster motor you just spent lots of cash building. We’ll test these new batteries very soon.

Got a new Indian Big Twin and looking for more low-end grunt? The crew at Andrews has a new performance camshaft setup that promises an increase of over 10 ft-lbs. of torque in the engine’s low-rpm range. It’s just what the doctor ordered for the big bikes in the Indian lineup. You Victory owners have not been forgotten: Andrews has a new performance camshaft for you, too! There was also an array of new products from Barnett, Biker’s Choice, Dynojet, TechnoResearch, and a host of other manufacturers. Look for installs on these and other new products in future issues.

There was also an impressive display of showstopping bikes by noted custom builders. Definitely put this one on your short list of shows to see in 2016. And since it occurs at the same time as Biketoberbest, it’s an excellent way for riders like me who live in places with cold winters to close out the riding year. After all, we have all winter to install some of the cool new stuff we saw at the show!

See you on the road.

Chris Maida

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