Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties Signs Two Year Commitment to Exhibit at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide in 2018 & 2019
Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties are the Industry’s Leading Powersports Distributors
IRVINE, Calif. – The American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide, (AIMExpo) is pleased to welcome Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties as an exhibitor at the 2018 event in Las Vegas (October 11-14) and in 2019 when the show makes its return to Columbus, Ohio.
The global parts and accessories distributor will join the greater powersports industry as a vital addition to the annual platform that creates the opportunity for industry, dealers, vendors and media to come together in one place at one time to highlight key brands and showcase new product, conduct business, network, and address industry challenges and opportunities. Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties and its host of brands extend the lineup of exhibitors represented at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide as the first major distributor, a key category important for continued growth of the show.
“Parts Unlimited has deep roots in the industry and it’s pivotal to be among our peers to assess the health of the sport and industry while also creating the opportunity to make connections with new and existing dealers and vendors,” said Mike Collins, CEO. “The MIC produced event provides a highly important place for powersports businesses to come together.”
Founded in 1967 by Fred Fox, Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties is the world’s largest distributor of powersports aftermarket parts and accessories and is owned by LeMans Corporation headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. Along with sister companies, Parts Canada and Parts Europe they sell to dealerships worldwide. The company portfolio includes noted brands Thor, Icon, Moose, Z1R, Arctiva, Slippery and AMS.
“In just over five years, AIMExpo presented by Nationwide has established itself as North America’s annual gathering place for all of powersports, and the addition of iconic distributor Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties signifies the platform’s value and importance for all industry constituents,” said Larry Little, vice president and general manager, MIC Events. “Post-show research confirms that meeting with distributors is a top reason for dealers to attend the event, and we look forward to partnering with them to expand the core value for dealers joining the greater industry in Las Vegas and Columbus.”
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2017 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide Opening Ceremony - YouTube
The future of the powersports industry lies with new riders, and how to develop these new riders is a tough yet intriguing challenge the industry must face together.
To help address that challenge, AIMExpo presented by Nationwide invited dealers, media and all industry attendees to the show’s opening program, “The Future Starts Here”, where leaders of iconic American manufacturers Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Polaris Industries shared their ideas.
The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) also revealed a key initiative toward this goal as the 2017 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide kicked off from the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
2017 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide Recap from Columbus, Ohio - YouTube
It was AIMExpo presented by Nationwide’s first trip to Columbus, Ohio, where thousands of dealers, media, industry professionals and consumers experienced the four-day show inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Join us as we take a look back at all of the exciting happenings from the 2017 event!
2017 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide Industry Days Recap - YouTube
Take a virtual walk through the first two days of the 2017 AIMExpo presented by Nationwide where the greater powersports industry has gathered in Columbus to see and experience the latest models and products coming to market.
Brainerd, MN:Wild Ass Motorcycle Air Cushion, an American owned company attended the AIMExpo, September 21-24 in Columbus, OH. AIMExpo was a huge success for the Wild Ass Brand! The Expo did exactly what was needed for Wild Ass offering the opportunity to showcase the complete Wild Ass line up. We were able to reach many industry professionals and retail customers to enhance brand awareness and grow market share.
“There’s no doubt our first year was interesting, but we’re here, and now stronger than ever. It was great seeing old friends in the industry and I would really like to thank the staff of AIME, especially Heather, for helping us get here and making sure we were taken care of with everything we needed throughout the show.” – Craig Johnson, Wild Ass
About Wild Ass
The Wild Ass motorcycle air seat cushion eliminates pressure points and promotes circulation by utilizing adjustable interconnected air cells, which conform to the rider’s shape, regardless of weight or seating position. Additional benefits are reduction of shock and vibration to reduce lower back pain, and provide air circulation under the rider to disperse heat and perspiration. Wild Ass is recommended for motorcycle riders who would like reduction of painful pressure points, increased circulation, reduced vibration, shock absorption, heat, and moisture reduction in the seating area and greater overall seat comfort while riding a motorcycle.
Foothill Ranch, California – With the effects of Hurricane Irma still being felt, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is donating five new Kawasaki MULE™ utility vehicles toward relief efforts in the Southeast United States.
“With Hurricane Irma coming right on the heels of all of the destruction from Hurricane Harvey, everyone at Kawasaki is prepared to support those most recently impacted,” said Yoshi Tamura, Kawasaki President and CEO. “We have seen how the Kawasaki MULE vehicles are assisting support teams, families, and our dealers in repairing their homes and businesses in Texas and we will extend that assistance to those now affected in Florida and the rest of the Southeast U.S.”
Many Kawasaki dealers have immediately begun loaning MULE utility vehicles to local relief organizations and the Kawasaki regional office in Atlanta, Georgia is ready to assist our vast dealer network. In addition, Kawasaki will continue a corporate donation-matching program for employees at all of its U.S. locations. The company will match all individual donations from $30 to $500 made to non-profit organizations. So far, Kawasaki has donated a combined total of more than $150,000 to hurricane relief efforts.
As the Kawasaki MULE reached its 30th anniversary of production, it has also been the choice for infrastructure projects and emergency response for those three decades, since first being introduced in 1988 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Used by police, fire and EMT departments across the country, the versatility of these lightweight, four-wheeled vehicles is coupled to their capacity to hold six passengers and unique ability to traverse rugged terrain, such as the debris from this natural disaster. They are able to reach hard-hit areas that traditional vehicles cannot. Combined with a tilting cargo bed capable of holding a large payload, the MULE is well suited for removing storm wreckage or hauling new construction materials or emergency supplies into hard-hit areas.
Suzuki to be dinner sponsor for 2017 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Five new Hall of Famers to be inducted Sept. 22 in Columbus
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association welcomes Suzuki Motor of America Inc. as the dinner sponsor for the 2017 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sept. 22 during the American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
“Suzuki is a company that has deep roots in the history of American motorcycling,” AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey said. “Suzuki is one of the premier motorcycle manufacturers and leading innovators in the industry. And Suzuki’s support is greatly appreciated at this year’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as we celebrate the five new inductees and the Hall of Fame Legend.”
Reservations for the induction ceremony may be made at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/induction. Tickets, which include a reception, dinner and the induction ceremony, are $130 per person, or $120 for AMA Life Members. Current AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers can attend for no charge. All proceeds benefit the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises money to support the Hall of Fame.
“Suzuki has always been proud to support the AMA, and all of its efforts on behalf of motorcyclists,” said Paul LaBella, communications manager at Suzuki Motor of America Inc. “We are happy to once again sponsor the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Suzuki congratulates all of the 2017 inductees and wishes them continued success.”
The Class of 2017 includes FMF Racing founder Don Emler Sr., off-road racing champion Eddie Lojak Sr., world motocross champion and Road 2 Recovery founder Bob Moore, racer and filmmaker Peter Starr and racer, team owner and publisher John Ulrich. They will be honored along with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Bill Werner.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo, an event that brings together consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the world press in one location for global product launches, demo rides, motorcycling seminars and more.
The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation welcomes industry support of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which supports the inductees, honors their achievements, recognizes the impact of their accomplishments and spotlights motorcycling’s deep roots in America. Contact Steve Gotoski at (951) 491-1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming involved.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
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Kenda Tire USA will debut its newest UTV tire – the Kongur UTV tire – during the American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo) in Columbus, Ohio, on September 21-24, 2017.
To showcase the tire, Kenda is partnering with MAG Off-Road Group to deck out a UTV for display at AIMExpo.
“We are launching our new Kongur UTV tire at AIMExpo, so we wanted to show them off on a UTV with all kinds of accessories to excite dealers and consumers,” said Jason Baldwin, the director of powersports at Kenda.
The Kongur UTV tire will be available in two sizes, 28×10-R14 and 30×10-R14, starting Q1 2018.