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2017 ITN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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Stocking Stuffing

It’s almost boot season, but are your socks up to it? H-D Footwear has
a selection of great socks with features that you’ll appreciate on or
off the bike. With a blend of high-tech fabrics to be tough, fast
drying and low-friction, they’ll make a long ride or a long day that
much more comfortable. Plus, they have embedded arch supports and
reinforced heel and toe panels for durability. Put some stockings in
the stocking this year! harley-davidsonfootwear.com Continue reading 2017 ITN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

BELL POWERSPORTS UNVEILS 2018 STREET FULL FACE HELMET LINEUP

New Category Offerings Highlighted by MIPS Equipped Star and RS-2

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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., (September 21, 2017) – Bell Helmets, an industry leader in innovative head protection, today unveiled its 2018 street full face helmet lineup, highlighted by the new MIPS-equipped Star and RS-2. The category continues to range from best-in-class Pro Star Flex to entry-level Qualifier with tasteful colorway upgrades throughout.
First integrated into Bell Powersports in 2016, MIPS is now standard in the Bell Star. MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet, designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain types of impacts. The helmet itself is among the most-versatile premium helmets on the market and carries the same racing-inspired pedigree of the Pro Star and Race Star. It’s extremely quiet and lightweight with an amazing fit, and features Bell’s exclusive Panovision viewport for a greater field of view.
“It’s not everyday that you can take a best-in-class, performance-driven helmet and make it even better, and we’ve managed to do just that with the addition of MIPS to the Star platform,” said Chris Sackett, Bell Helmets Vice President. “Similarly, the RS-1 had been arguably the highest value proposition on the market at its price point, and we’ve raised the bar for that helmet with RS-2, and done so at a price point that’s $100 lower than its predecessor.”
The fan favorite, tried and true RS-1 is back and reconfigured with the second generation, premium RS-2. The updated RS-2 features a lightweight fiberglass DOT/ECE design with a super smooth direct drive internal sun shield. This helmet is quiet and comfortable, with an optimized aerodynamic design to eliminate noise from air turbulence. The helmet comes with an X-Static comfort liner, exceptional ventilation, and is also communication and eyewear compatible. The RS-2 is one of the most feature packed and affordable helmets in the Bell line-up.
The 2018 street full face category is bookended by the Pro Star Flex and entry-level Qualifier. This year, the Qualifier line has expanded to include four offerings: Qualifer DLX MIPS Equipped, Qualifer DLX, Qualifer DLX Blackout and Qualifier. In addition to the new helmets, the entire 2018 street full face line will also feature new graphic and colorway options.
2018 Street Full Face Lineup
Pro Star Flex – $1,199
Race Star Flex – $699 – $799
Star MIPS – $499
RS-2 – $299
Qualifier DLX MIPS – $269
Qualifier DLX – $249
Qualifier DLX Blackout – $149
Qualifier – $109
RS-2 – $299
Lightweight
3.3 lbs (1500 grams)
Composite shell made w/direct off-set bladder molds
3 Shell design minimizes the overall size (XS-S) (M-L) (XL-XXL)
Quiet
Optimized aerodynamic shape, vents and shield eliminates air turbulence noise
Spring tensioning shield mechanism creates a tight seal eliminating whistles
Acoustic dampening neck & chin curtains and multi-density comfort padding keep the wind & noise out
Plush
3 Shell / 3 EPS legendary head form
X-Static comfort liner
Exceptional Ventilation
Large intake and exhaust vents utilizing purpose built channeled EPS
Communication Ready
Engineered shell/EPS, Speaker Pockets
Eyewear compatible
Magnafusion strap keeper
Click Release Shields System
Transitions, Iridium, Tints, Snow options available
5-Year Warranty

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About BELL
Founded by Roy Richter in the garage of a Southern California speed shop in 1954, Bell redefined the racing helmet and in doing so spawned an entire industry. The company is synonymous with protection and progression, and for over 60 years champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world have used its helmets. Purpose built, Bell has set the standard for excellence and innovation with nearly every advancement in safety on the list of helmet “firsts.” The Scotts Valley, California company was acquired by Vista Outdoor in April 2016. Bell is online at www.bellhelmets.com

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada and Europe. For news and information, visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.

Largest Saturday Consumer Turnout Headlines AIMExpo 2015

13586693-1a71-4156-b7c5-c53a05e039c3ORLANDO, Calif. (October 17, 2015) – The 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) kicked off its weekend activities at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and saw the largest Saturday consumer turnout in the event’s three-year history.

Just days after brand new products were showcased to media and industry the doors were opened to consumers, riders and enthusiasts alike to experience the all-new offerings. Not only were consumers able to witness the new products, but they were also able to demo them at AIMExpo Outdoors! OEMs Honda, Yamaha, Star, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Can-Am, KYMCO, Zero and Harley Davidson offered street demo rides, while Arctic Cat, BRP, Honda, Massimo Motors, Suzuki, KYMCO and Yamaha offered off-road demos of ATVs and side-by-sides.

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The German manufacturer offered attendees the opportunity to be transported to a variety of locales across the globe for an immersive virtual reality experience aboard some of its latest models. Visitors were able to spin laps around the Circuito De Almeria, the iconic test facility in Almeria, Spain, as they battled with other riders aboard the BMW S1000RR; navigate along a dirt trail on the R 1200GS Adventure bike; and cruise down a tree-lined country road while enjoying the popular R nineT.

AGV Helmets

AGV showcased its all-new AGVisor, an innovative motorcycle helmet visor able to quickly change from clear to dark in less than one second with just a push of a button. The transition is achieved through a low voltage that is applied to the liquid crystal system and is capable of staying in dark mode for up to 12 hours. A small, rechargeable battery powers the AGVisor that features a fail-safe system, anti-fog property and patented visor lock. The AGVisor is available for the Pista GP, Corsa and GT-Veloce helmet lines.

Garage Party

Rounding out Saturday’s action-packed schedule was the first-ever Garage Party, presented by Ace Cafe. With a flood of custom bikes lining the show floor thanks to the Chopper Legends Showcase, rockabilly great Jason D. Williams showcased his electric style before a huge crowd. Garage Party ambassador Leticia Cline was on hand to help with the festivities, meeting fans and sharing her own bike build stories.

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org).

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Head Games

Call us fogies if you must, but we here at Iron Trader News believe in erring on the side of caution. Motorcycling can be dangerous, so if you want to ride as often as we do, you have to be safe.

And a big part of being safe is making sure your helmet is in order; April is check your helmet month, after all! Helmets should be replaced even if they’ve only suffered a single severe impact, or if they’re more than 5 years old, even if they look like they’re in good shape.

So if your helmet is due for replacement, check out these new lids from Harley-Davidson, just in time for the spring riding season. We’re particularly fond of the Visionary model, shown here with its modular functionality and sleek looks. Whatever helmet you go with, use your head and check your helmet for age and damage! Find out more about this lid and more at Harley-Davidson’s website.

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Put a Lid on it!

For those of us with a passion for left and right turns, the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Auxtin, Texas is a welcome addition to the American racing scene. MotoGP bikes and Formula 1 cars alike have shed rubber around its twenty turns, and now Bell Helmets has released a commemorative Texas-themed helmet to celebrate this world-class racing venue.

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The Bell Start Carbon is already a stellar helmet for street and track riders alike, and this limited edition graphic celebrates the adventurous, competitive spirit embodied by the COTA and America itself. If you like the sound of that, get yours here!