Indianapolis Dealers Expo 2008











Since I was close to Indianapolis, between 2 planes, I had to pay a very fast visit to the Dealers Expo, the ultimate extravaganza for the powersports industry. Thanks to Dennis Johnson from Dealers News I got a press pass in less time than it takes to ask for one. Thanks to Ryan Simpson for not missing any driving direction to the show. And also thanks to Pam Proctor who mapped my visit so that I didn’t get lost and lose time inside the huge RCA Dome. It’s the way I was able to meet in a record time with a few friends of the V-Twin industry that I missed 2 weeks ago at the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo. On the Avon display, the new Cobra tires were explained to me. They are replacing the Venom R in most sizes from 150/16" to 130/23" for the front, and from 180/16" to 280/20" for the rear . On the Progressive Suspension booth I looked again at their cool new shocks with turn signals incorporated. A few yards away, Cory Ness was displaying his new RedNess bike (his painter picked and painted this name without informing Cory! So, it’s going to be changed). This new custom is gorgeous with superb flowing lines, unbelievable wheels, a never seen before front end, and tons of very neat tricks. For me the best custom ever built by Cory and I told him. On the Performance Machine display I spotted an awesome new narrow primary and a new wheel, both making you desire to start building a bike just to feature them. I saluted a few other friends, and left the RCA Dome with enough info and pictures to feature in details all these parts in soon to be published new posts. The crowd was huge, giving me back a renewed sense of confidence about the future of my industry And guess what? I didn’t miss my plane back to Florida.


4 Responses to “Indianapolis Dealers Expo 2008”

  1. 1 Ryan Feb 17th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Cyril, the pleasure was all mine. Thank you for the kind words and thanks again for a great weekend you showed me in person what I had already got from this blog. You are an amazing person and an incredible builder I can’t wait to see your bikes in person.

  2. 2 Brandon Feb 18th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Cory Ness, a very discreet personality producing beautiful bikes.

  3. 3 Dave B. Feb 18th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Best looking bike from the Ness family in years. I am favoring Cory’s taste more than Arlen’s these days.

  4. 4 Nicker Feb 18th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    On the one hand, the Ness family….
    On the other, the “OCC” family….

    Quite a contrast.


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