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I got to go to the 05 Dealer Expo in Indianapolis yesterday and words cannot fully explain this show. It is not open to the public and since I (aka weasel) got in and past security I was like a mad dog in a meat house. It is so big it took up all the convention center and into the dome. We walked for over four hours and didn't see all of it.

As soon as I walked in the door I was stopped and trying to figure out which way to go and as I am looking straight ahead, two feet from me a guy walks by and I am looking at him face to face thinking "I know that guy" well I blurt out "Hey, that's E Boz" He stops and turns around, smiles and says "hey, how you doing"

I end up in the Italian section and as I am looking at the Pistal pistons, which BTW are absolute works of art, the guy behind the counter says "don't I know you"? and I said no I don't think so. He says "oh well, I'm Bruce Meyers" and I say THE Bruce Meyers, like BCM Ducati Bruce, yup it was him. We talked for a while and moved on.

Then I run into Jolene who is THE distributor in the US for Brembo and Marchesini and talked to her for quite a while. It was interesting, they had a badly bent Marchesini magnesium wheel with a wrinkled spoke and three huge areas pushed in at the rim and it was still in one piece.

Also saw Larry Pegram and Antron Brown the drag racer and at no time beyond thirty seconds were there half naked umbrella girls and show models parading around. I mean everywhere and the girls that are the ones on some companies posters were there to.

The absolute coolest item I saw at the show though has to be the Brake Tech Axis Ceramic brake rotors. Yeah I know they cost $1,600 but it felt like a paper plate in my hand. They are supposed to have better bite than iron and they weigh NOTHING, I can't imagine how big of an impact on turning these things would have. They were THAT impressive in person.
 
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Re: Weasel in the hen house....well, sort of (Phil 998)

Sounds like a good trip. I'm only an hour from indy, I guess I should have tried to weasel my way in as well
Good job
 
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Re: Weasel in the hen house....well, sort of (themagicalswitch)

very cool phil
 
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Sounds like a cool show to sneak into!

A good buddy of mine from Florida was there, to show his Lookwell leathers line (he is the USA distributor) - http://www.motoimports.com.

BTW - This gear is good solid stuff (big in Europe. Mike Hailwood used this stuff in the day) - not the flashiest, but really strong seams/joins, good zips and good leather at very reasonable prices.
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Old Baldy »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sounds like a cool show to sneak into!

A good buddy of mine from Florida was there, to show his Lookwell leathers line (he is the USA distributor) - http://www.motoimports.com.

BTW - This gear is good solid stuff (big in Europe. Mike Hailwood used this stuff in the day) - not the flashiest, but really strong seams/joins, good zips and good leather at very reasonable prices.</TD></TR></TABLE>

Saw his stuff and yes it looked very nice.
I'll tell you what was strange was how many brands of stuff I have never heard of. Motorcycles have been about my only hobby for the last 30+ years and I bet there were four or five brands of helmets alone I have never heard of or even seen advertised. I did see some new for 05 stuff too like the new Michelin Pilot Power Race and Metzeler Race Tec tires.
 
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Re: (Old Baldy)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Old Baldy »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A good buddy of mine from Florida was there, to show his Lookwell leathers line (he is the USA distributor) - http://www.motoimports.com.

BTW - This gear is good solid stuff (big in Europe. Mike Hailwood used this stuff in the day) - not the flashiest, but really strong seams/joins, good zips and good leather at very reasonable prices.</TD></TR></TABLE>

I have an older Lookwell suit. They're a Dutch company. Nice heavy but soft leather with good stitching...very well made. Like you said, not the flashiest:

 
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Yes, the previous owner dropped the bike and got replacement fairings from Ebay so if you look closely. NONE of my fairings really colour-match:







Modified by moomba at 7:29 AM 2/22/2005
 
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Shawn it's been a while since I seen your bike...

Who's your sponser???


If the weather every clears up I hope to make it to your next bike night.
 
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I finally replaced the ECU and got the Duc running again. I have been using a friend's ZX-6 to ride to/from the shop every day though...

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Mar. 11th is the next one!!!
 
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