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By: Ray Larez

2nd Annual So Cal Dirt and Sand Expo

New to the UTV market were large 2” bodies for the Yamaha Rhino from Work Performance.
New to the UTV market were large 2” bodies for the Yamaha Rhino from Work Performance.
A Rhino just for the Ladies to cruise the dunes.
A Rhino just for the Ladies to cruise the dunes.

This year’s event had more exhibitors with a wide variety of products and wears. We spoke to Andy Meyers, the promoter, about the growth of the event and asked what their future plans were. He told me that they had reserved a new venue and were planning on a different weekend next year. They will be moving to the Pomona fairgrounds. The event is currently held at the Ontario Convention Center; and as Andy stated, it is a great facility. However, there is much more potential for growth at the new venue. The larger facility will accommodate more exhibitors. The Pomona facility is the site for the Los Angeles County Fair. So it is quite large and very accommodating for an Expo like this. One other change noted was they will be changing the weekend that it is on, mainly because the X-games are here in the intermediate area and may have drawn some of our potential spectators to that event. I mean the show is catering to the Off Road enthusiast; and with the X-games adding events such as Moto-X, Supermoto, and Freestyle Motorcycles, it’s a good possibility it directly competed for spectators.

R.I.S. Designs had a tricked out stunt QUAD. I asked for a demonstration, but they declined, and said next time they are at an outdoor show they will be happy to give us a show.
R.I.S. Designs had a tricked out stunt QUAD. I asked for a demonstration, but they declined, and said next time they are at an outdoor show they will be happy to give us a show.
Triumph Motosports Booth w/ their custom ATV and Rhino.
Triumph Motosports Booth w/ their custom ATV and Rhino

On to the show! This Expo was all off-road products, be it a truck, buggy, ATV, UTV, or even tricked-out golf cart, it was here!! The newest craze has been the UTV’s and the tons of aftermarket products that are flooding the market. Like custom bumpers to roll cages it was all here, some of the vehicles had really nice custom paint jobs that were worth a look. These paint jobs were so nice I would be afraid to go out and ride these vehicles, well, at any kind of rough speed. Hey! I might scratch it! Other new items we spotted were Works Performance New large body shocks for the Yamaha Rhino and the Polaris Ranger RZR (Razor). Their new 2” body has a massive 5/8” chrome hardened shaft and has a larger reservoir than their ATV shocks. R.I.S. Designs had some new billet accessories for the Suzuki LT-R 450 and the new Kawasaki KFX450--such as side cover, foot pegs, and shifters. Triumph Motorsports had some new items like their Dual ATV Steering Damper and some really nice Rhino Accessories.

Custom Paint jobs that you can drool over.
Custom Paint jobs that you can drool over
There were display bikes everywhere! This drag Banshee was stretched and ready for battle.
There were display bikes everywhere! This drag Banshee was stretched and ready for battle.

One of the unique parts of these shows is the discounts. If you attend a show like this, usually the exhibitors offer some sort of show discount. Make sure to ask them if they offer such a discount; it can save you big bucks. Like one of the exhibitors, a trailer manufacturer, had a 10% show discount. Also, some of the exhibitors go there to blow out end-of-the-year items like Golden West Cycle. They had great deals on everything from riding gear to hard parts. So  keep an eye out for deals at any expo you attend.

A Rhino just for the Ladies to cruise the dunes
A Rhino just for the Ladies to cruise the dunes.
Then there was the Rhino for the guys to go out and RACE!!!
Then there was the Rhino for the guys to go out and RACE!!!

Well, over all, it was cool show. I had to miss the X-games, but thank God for DVR’s. Plus, I saved a few dollars and picked up a set of paddles for myself for the dunes season that’s approaching fast. I was able to see some new products that were coming out and saw some really cool toys. So, if you get a chance, get out and attend an expo. Trust me! You will enjoy it.


DSC_0203 R.I.S. Designs had a tricked out stunt QUAD. I asked for a demonstration, but they declined, and said next time they are at an outdoor show they will be happy to give us a show.


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