Successful 2019 Sand Sports Super Show at OC FairgroundsPosted in News on September 16, 2019
Business was brisk over the weekend at the 2019 Sand Sports Super Show held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, as the booming side-by-side market continues to grow. OEMs release new models, and aftermarket parts manufacturers play an ever-changing game of keeping up. The show comes just before the fall riding season.
Polaris had its new General on display along with the recently released Pro XP. Can-Am also showed off its latest side-by-side models. New to the show this year was the Honda Talon. Off-road legend Robby Gordon announced he will begin manufacturing side-by-sides. Gordon will build the vehicles under his "Speed" brand which includes energy drinks and stadium truck racing. Gordon helped Textron develop the Robby Gordon edition Wildcat XX. Gordon said he will start taking deposits immediately for the new side-by-side.
We scoured the show and found plenty of cool must-have items. Canyon Coolers re-designed its cooler with the addition of a side-mount cutting board. When you are done using it, the cutting board fits nicely as a divider inside the cooler. Over in the Baja Designs booth we took a look at the new B2 Squadron light that mounts to the aftermarket Assault mirrors—a cool way to get additional lighting on your side-by-side. New at FOX is the Shock Therapy IQS kit which will turn any 2.5-inch or bigger shock into an electronically controlled system.
Tires are always a hit, and all the manufacturers are now making them specifically for UTVs. CST has a new Apache steel belted radial tire that starts at 30 inches. Bigger tire sizes will be released soon, including a rumored 35-inch.
Overlanding has taken the off-road market by storm, and it is no surprise we found side-by-sides with rooftop tents. Aftermarket manufacturers are busy churning out plenty of parts for a new type of overland UTV crowd. If you build it, they will buy it.