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Apr. 6, 2009 – Aftermarket Digest

April 6, 2009
Filed under Features

Bell: Its youth helmet meets lead standards

Due to concern of the lead content in Bell Powersports’ SC-X Jr. youth motocross helmet, the company is sending its dealers a letter and copy of the certificate of conformity that proves the helmet meets new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) guidelines, according to a press release from Bell.
Bell’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs Thom Parks said in the release, “Our engineers, quality control specialists, chemists and product managers have been working to reduce the amount of lead in all our products and coatings for more than two years and have tested and documented the results in accordance with the CPSIA.”
Bell National Sales Manager Randy George says he’s fielded a handful of calls from dealers asking about helmets after OEMs removed youth bikes and ATVs from dealers’ sales floors.
“I hear some of the stories and it’s evident that there’s a lot of confusion out there,” George said. “The one thing I can say with certainty, however, is that dealers can continue to sell — and consumers can continue to use — the Bell SC-X, Jr. with full confidence. All Bell powersport helmets are in compliance with the CPSIA.”

Midwest Motorcycle Supply names new vice president

Midwest Motorcycle Supply has promoted Mike Garrison to vice president of manufacturing.
Garrison has more than 30 years experience in all aspects of high-performance motor manufacturing. Garrison is best known as the former owner and senior designer of Engenuity Motors.
In the press release, Midwest Motorcycle Supply said it feels “that promoting Mike is another positive step to insure that the Ultima Motor is the best choice when purchasing your V-twin.” Since joining Midwest Motorcycle Supply in September 2007, Garrison has helped create several new motor options, such as the Black Gem, the 96 Shovelhead and the all-new Diamond Cut edition. He also has helped create and supervise Ultima’s all new Engine Rebuild Program. Ultima motors are cast, machined and assembled in and around St. Louis, which gives Garrison the advantage of being able to oversee all manufacturing processes.
Along with the motors, Garrison also is in the process of producing an even more complete line of replacement engine parts from Flatheads to Twin Cams.

Wiseco recalls some off-road engine parts

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wiseco Performance Products voluntarily recalled its off-road dirt bike connecting rods and crankshaft assemblies, according to the CPSC.
More than 400 of these products were recalled because engine stress could cause the connecting rods to crack and the engine to lock up, posing a crash hazard. There have been no injuries reported.
Wiseco’s identification number can be found on the neck of the connecting rods between the two circular ends. The part number and date code can be found on the product’s packaging.
The parts recalled are the YZ450F Crank Assembly, YZ250F Crank Assembly, WR250F Crank Assembly, KX250F/RMZ250 Crank Assembly, WR450F Crank Assembly, YZ/WR250F Connecting Rod and YZ/WR450F Connecting Rod. The parts were sold at off-road dirt bike distributors nationwide and directly to consumers at www.wiseco.com from March 2007-December 2008 for about $130 for the connecting rods and $240-$300 for the crankshaft assemblies. For more information, contact Wiseco at 800/321-1364, visit www.wiseco.com or e-mail recall@wiseco.com.

Prowler’s new engine now available at MC Advantages

Prowler’s New CL-E 107” motors are available from the Classic Series Engines. Engines are available in basic or show polish, assembled or unassembled. The 107-inch motor features a 4-inch bore and 41?4-inch stroke.
Prowler products include Belt Drives, the new Patented 6 speed BAR transmission, and the Classic Series CL-P, CL-SH and CL-E Engines.
For more information, contact MC Advantages at 800/726-9620.

Shock Doctor adds industry leaders to executive team

Shock Doctor Inc., a global brand in sports protective gear, has added Steven Coopersmith as senior vice president of marketing and Andy Donahue as its powersports sales manager.
Coopersmith will lead all marketing efforts, in promoting the company’s brand on a worldwide basis. Donahue will helm the sales and distribution of Shock Doctor’s powersports line, as well as promote lasting relationships with key powersports athletes and teams.
“Shock Doctor is the pre-eminent advocate and provider of sports protection, and this expansion of our executive team further establishes our leadership position,” Steve Washburn, president and CEO of Shock Doctor, said in a press release. “Steven and Andy’s extensive experience and proven success will be invaluable to Shock Doctor as we increase our international presence.”
Coopersmith has 23 years of experience in building global brands and increasing shareholder value. Most recently, he served as vice president of global marketing at Tennant Company, where he built and solidified the company’s marketing department and branding strategy.
Donahue brings seven years of sales and marketing experience to the company, as well as long-standing industry ties with retailers, teams and athletes. Prior to joining the Shock Doctor team, Donahue served as powersports sales manager for sports bag and gear designer OGIO.

Hot Leathers unveils updated web site

Hot Leathers, a manufacturer of motorcycle apparel and accessories, unveiled a new look for its Web site. With the newly designed HotLeathers.com, bikers no longer have to wait until the next rally to find that one-of-a-kind item. Bikers can browse the great selection of motorcycle products found at a Hot Leathers rally booth from their home. psb

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