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Zodiac adds horsepower to its Scandinavian sales Mijdrecht, Netherlands based distributor Zodiac International has hired a news Sales Manager for its business in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Perhaps best known as the man behind Swecomposite in Åkersberga, Sweden, and as a drag racer and parts and performance engineer, Kenneth Holmberg is Zodiac’s new “go to guy” for the region – a role to which he brings vast experience, knowledge and contacts. Known to Zodiac International founder Ton Pels and his son and present CEO Vincent for many years from the Drag Race scene in Europe, Holmberg brings a rare level of insight and practical experience that Scandinavian dealers will be able to leverage in buying from a range of over 40,000 part numbers, with product available for most years and models of Harley - from vintage, restoration and Old School through to late model tourer, cruiser and Sportster as well as Victory and Indian parts, accessories and performance components. Holmberg has been making and selling special parts for and to most of the bike builders and racers in the Nordic countries, elsewhere in Europe and worldwide for many years and still competes in drag racing. He is a winner of the Scandinavian Pro Twin Bike championship with his turbocharged Harley V-Rod and currently competes with a ProStock bike in the Nordic and FIM Europe championships; he has also made parts for Zodiac Racing’s Top Fuel Mike Collins takes the reins at LeMans Harley, that is ridden by Ronny Aasen (Norway). “We have been talking about this collaboration for many years,” said Kenneth. “I really look forward to working with Zodiac and Vincent, as I have known them for many years. Swecomposite will remain as before with a new location in Norrtälje.” Kenneth can be reached at Ride Nice signs with Rollies California based accessory designer Ride Nice has signed Rollies Speed Shop of Newstead, Queensland, to be their Australian distribution partner. Owner Jon Reed says: “Rollies will be carrying our currently available FXSB Breakout parts for their dealers. Rollies is known around the world as being a supplier of the finest V-twin products to dealers in Australia. We think that Ride Nice products will be a great fit and we are extremely proud to be working with such a fine institution as Rollies. We are currently developing several new products that specifically have Rollies dealers in mind. “Even though Ride Nice is only a few years old, the founders have over 30 combined years of experience in the V- twin industry. The goal from day one at Ride Nice has been to align ourselves with companies like Rollies that have very high standards, and then once we are working together, we aim to do everything we can to support them.” AMD recently reported on another new Ride Nice design, their ‘Milwaukee Breather’ for the M-8 Tourers, and Reed told us: “We are pleased to report that we have hit a home run with our new intake. We have shipped the first production units and already have back orders from dealers in the USA, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Germany and Russia.” The ‘Milwaukee Breather’ features an all The Ride Nice ‘Milwaukee Breather’ for M-8 Tourers is already back- ordered internationally with dealers billet aluminum and stainless steel construction with a K&N filter element and custom option face plates. The company is also reporting strong demand on most of the major wheel builders’ rally trucks for their patented ABS flush-mount wheel spacers, with wheel manufacturers offering it as an install option. S&S Cycle returns to AIMExpo S&S Cycle has announced its return to AIMExpo, with the relocation to Columbus and signing of key OEs such as Harley and Indian making for compelling reasons to be there, according to David Zemla, VP Marketing. “The American International Motorcycle Expo is again expanding, and now with the relocation to Columbus (September 21 – 24) and participation of key OEMs, we believe the show will now build critical mass for the V-twin market, and S&S is proud to be a part of it.” AIMExpo is modelled after the massive European motorcycle shows and features two dealer-only days before opening to the public for the weekend BOOTH# 2260 14 AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - JULY 2017 – its timing giving enthusiasts a first show opportunity to get up close and personal and even test-ride the new model year introductions from the likes of Harley, Indian and others. “AIMExpo is excited to have S&S back as part of our new Custom Culture area, featuring the best in high performance V-twin parts. They are a perfect complement to our Championship of the Americas and our ‘Skidmark Community Garage’ builders lounge,” says Bob Kay, the Custom Culture Director for show organizer MIC Events. Janesville, Wisconsin headquartered LeMans Corporation, the parent company for Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties and well-known brands such as Thor, ICON and Moose, has announced that Mike Collins has been appointed as President/CEO. Mike has been with LeMans for 24 years, most recently as Vice President Purchasing. “Mike has successfully directed our Purchasing Department for Mike Collins, President/CEO of LeMans Corporation Bruce Schumacher, Director of Purchasing several years, guaranteeing dealers the best fill-rate in the industry,” said Chairman F red Fox. “He has also developed strong and well respected relationships with all of our major vendors. We are excited to have Mike at the helm to lead the company as we plan for continued growth and expansion.” LeMans is also announcing the appointment of Bruce Schumacher to Director of Purchasing. “Bruce has been a valued member of the LeMans team for many years,” continued Fred Fox. “Most recently he has been very instrumental in our successful expansion into the European market. He will continue to direct the purchasing team at Parts Europe in his new role.” The LeMans Group distributes to dealers through five warehouses in the United States, two locations in Canada, and its European distribution center in Germany. www.dragspecialti ̹)ܹ5͡