10th Anniversary V-Twin Expo. February 6-8, 2010.

vtwinexpobisCan’t believe that it was 10 years ago that I participated to the 1st edition of the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo. Across my display, were 2 beginners in the motorcycle industry. Bert & Lisa Baker of Baker Drivetrain…I remember like yesterday. Ten years spent in the custom motorcycle industry feels like a full generation of new participants, manufacturers, distributors, vendors and. And I already spent almost 2 generations in the biz! Anyway, 2010 is the 10th edition of the V-Twin Expo, will count about 350 exhibitors, will be exciting like every year and…a lot of fun after show hours.

The words “how are you doing?” are going to resonate with more amplitude than ever and strolling the trade show alleys it will be easy to spot those who have succeeded adjusting, very often by diversifying, to the new rules imposed by our economy. As a matter of facts it will be the main  topic of several seminars held on the 2nd floor of the Cincinnati Duke Energy Center. What sells, what doesn’t, the new trends, the new parts, the new bikes, the new faces, the old friends, the beginners, the veterans. The V-Twin Expo is all about this and attracts participants, visitors and medias from all over the world. Of course I will participate and report almost live, except the usual Wi-Fi breakdowns of the best hotel in Cincinnati!. The trade show is not open to the public. Only registered dealers and medias can visit . V-twin Expo.

10 Responses to “10th Anniversary V-Twin Expo. February 6-8, 2010.”

  1. 1 Boss Hawg Dec 18th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Good Morning Cyril,

    Flying up myself. Hope to see you there and, of course, this should be the true test of time to see who is who now in the industry along with the new showcase of products to be offered.

    Boss Hawg

  2. 2 Sturgis Rider Dec 18th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    As in reviewed my marketing-advertising database for the motorcycle industry today, names like Titan Motorcycles (RIP DP) American Ironhorse, Independence Motorcycle Company and their vendors-suppliers-service providers who occupied such a large presence at the V-Twin Expo have all but disappeared.

    It’s truly now only the “survivors club” club left, but when you read about the state of the motor company and great upstart companies at like Big Dog who designed and built better than average production customs and a great dealer network, now searching for addition capital or outright sale of the company, you start to wonder how much worse it’s going to get.

    I guess we will see February 6th through the 8th. I will miss all of my associates, friends and great talent that will not be in attendance and be thankful that I am one of those still left standing.

  3. 3 Matt Olsen Dec 18th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I am going to the expo for the first time this year. I am really excited to see this event, and even more excited to hang out with a bunch of my friends there. It will be a great time! See you guys there.

  4. 4 Rogue Dec 19th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    This is one of my Do NOT Miss Events and NO it is not because I contribute articles for Paisano Publications.
    I go to this event for a few reasons and first of all is to look for New Products I can do Technical Articles on.
    I like the seminars as I always learn something new.
    YES I do go to see friends and attend parties as well. I am sure no one will be suprised to learn that a lot of deals are made over lunch and or drinks.
    Just do not be signing any contracts if you having drinks LOL
    I will be looking to see old friends and making some new ones.

  5. 5 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Dec 19th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    So much gets focussed on companies that are not doing so good or have disappeared. In reality there are still many companies that have been around for many years who just go about doing their usual business. We have seen several business cycle ups and downs over the past 20+ years and we adjust our business accordingly. Far too often our industry focus’ on a few star players yet some of us just go about doing good business and quietly expand. For our company we have always been conservative yet we continually look at ways to expand even in down economic times. Yes it takes constant evaluating and remaining nimble and on ones toes but there are still opportunities within our industry. It is still the most exciting business to be in with some of the best people in the world whom many I call my friends

  6. 6 1550tc Dec 19th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Mike Kiwi

    In reality there are still many companies that have been around for many years who just go about doing their usual business.

    LOTS of them and your right Mike and i always enjoy coming over to where you are in the corner (1100 SECTION) by Bobby Wood and JamesGaskets ?

    Its great to see the razzzle dazle and fake ( . ) ( . ) babes from the big guys!!

    But its the lil guys whom truley are the heat and soul of this industry

  7. 7 Jeff Nicklus Dec 22nd, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I (Desperado) have exhibited a couple of times at the V-Twin Expo and I cannot say that I could ever put a finger on what we gleamed from a business stand point to justify the time and expense involved in attending. In looking at this year’s exhibitor list, as shown on the V-Twin site, many, many names of companies who normally attend the event are conspicuously absent which is understandable in the current economic state. I am not sure this event is a Motorcycle Manufacturers place to exhibit any longer. On the other hand the Expo is a must for industry suppliers to be seen by manufacturers, wholesalers and dealers alike. I have missed the last couple of years of the Expo for various reasons; however, I will be attending and walking the isles this year in Cincinnati. This event, if nothing else, is the best opportunity for those in the industry to get together in one place and at one time and see old friends and to make new ones.

    Over & Out,


  8. 8 Boss Hawg Jan 6th, 2010 at 8:49 am


    Flying in on Saturday the 6th and leaving Monday the 8th. Should arrive around 12 to 1. Would like to meet up cause we are walking the exhibit,too. Staying at the Hilton Netherland. Let’s have a beer or cocktail please.

    Boss Hawg

  9. 9 Jeff Nicklus Jan 6th, 2010 at 10:48 am


    Drop me an email and I will give you my cell phone number so we can catch up in Cincinnati. I am staying at the Hyatt Regency. jeff@jeffnickluscustoms.com



  10. 10 Mark Vidosh Jan 13th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    We’ll be displaying our new ‘Injector Scrub” package for dealers as an additional and new source of revenue. We are looking forward to meeting new freinds and sharing our new products to help increase dealership traffic and boost revenue with existing customer base. Please look us up, we would be glad to show you how this package can become an additional source of revenue for your shop.


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