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Inaugural AIMExpo Brings Together Motorcycle and Power Sports Industry

The inaugural American International Motorcycle (AIM) Expo was held October 14-20 in Orlando, and our STA-BIL Engine Answerman Team was there for all the action and excitement.

The Expo was billed as “motorcycling’s first combined trade, consumer and media event in North America… where the entire industry will come together for an unparalleled celebration of motorcycling, the motorcycling lifestyle and the business of motorcycling.” Also featuring motorcycling related products like Scooters, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides, the event lived up to expectations.

OEMs, distributors, parts & accessories manufacturers, dealers, consumers and the media spent six days immersed in all things motorcycle and power sports, and we were right in the mix the entire time.

We met many new friends and also renewed some old friendships. One of the highlights was seeing Chris Carr who I met in 2006 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. On September 5, 2006, Chris broke the motorcycle land speed world record with a two-pass 350.8 mph (562.6 km/h) average. He was the first motorcyclist to break the 350 mph barrier.

I also saw Rocky Robinson, whom I met in 2010 at the Salt Flats. On September 25, 2010, Rocky reclaimed the record with his Top 1 Ack Attack team with a run of 376.363 mph. That was the same day I set my World Land Speed Record for a Lawn Mower, with a speed of 96.529. That night Rocky, his Ack Attack Team and my STA-BIL Crew all went out to dinner to celebrate! What a great day that was!

On Sunday, October 20 I gave a presentation “The Effects of Ethanol Blended Fuels on Motorcycle Engines” as part of the AIMExpo Consumer Education Series presented by the Power Sports Business Institute. My goal was to educate riders on ethanol-blended fuel, how it impacts on your engine and how fuel additives can help protect and preserve engines from these new fuel compositions.

My presentation was well-received, and I look forward to giving more of them on future Tour stops. As we see consistently out on the road, ethanol was again a hot topic, and people want to learn how they can protect their engines form its effects. I’m glad I am able to answer their questions and help them out.

I’d like to thank my colleague Alan Elder from Gold Eagle Co. for coming out and supporting me, along with my buddy Mark Boyce, an avid motorcyclist and hot rodder, along with my Field Manager Leroy Santana who kept me going during a great AIMExpo! Special thanks to Matt Banach of Gold Eagle Co. for helping me create an awesome Power Point presentation!

See you on the road!

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