At this year's show, the mood was optimistic, yet guarded. New motorcycle sales were down in 2007 for the first time in almost two decades. But that didn't dampen spirits too much. The consensus among attendees—dealers and vendors alike—was that slow new-bike sales mean consumers will spend more money accessorizing and servicing their existing steeds. Scott Kluver, parts and accessories director for Powersports Pro in Omaha, Nebraska, said that while new-bike sales were down, he expected 2008 would "be a steady year, and we'll do better with parts and accessories." Advanstar Communications, the show's organizer, reported a five percent increase in the number of exhibitors, and 225 companies were at the show for the first time. Advanstar does not release attendance figures, but the show seemed less crowded this year to me and other attendees and exhibitors, although the mood of everyone I met was decidedly optimistic.