Thursday, 13 June 2019


Landport Batteries - 25th anniversary

Netherlands based Landport is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019 - "a quarter of a century to be proud of, and 25 years in which Landport has established itself as the premier European battery specialist," Landport's Commercial Director Tim de Zwart told IDN.

"We are happy to be part of the Louwman Group, as this enabled us to ensure our growth in all areas. Landport has grown into a successful battery specialist since its founding in 1993, serving 30 countries together with its Belgian partner Accu Viks."
Parent company Louwman is one of the largest automotive distributors in Europe and also active in the mobility aids industry. The Dutch family-owned Louwman Group was founded in 1923 and consists of import companies for the Toyota, Lexus, Morgan and Suzuki car brands, the latter including motorcycles and outboard marine engines.

"Enjoying continuous international growth, the Louwman Group is now active in the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Landport operates at the top level of the distribution chain. Our customers are wholesalers, importers, manufacturers and chain stores, customers who demand a supplier with an extensive product portfolio and large stock."
Landport offers distributors and their dealers a complete range of motorcycle automotive and VRLA batteries, chargers and accessories under the Landport, Dynavolt, DYNAC, Duracell and Pro Energy trade names and can produce private labels on request. "All our products offer maximum performance under all circumstances," Tim says, "which makes Landport a capable and reliable partner.

"We are a one-stop shop that can deliver quickly, efficiently and with a good balance between price and performance. The secret behind Landport's success is our excellent customer service and our goal is to develop long-term relationships. We have all the expertise and meet all the needs of our customers, regardless of whether we are dealing with our own products or private labels.
"Both our inside and outside teams are highly motivated to develop and maintain good relationships. We enjoy our work and our customers know they are dealing with an enthusiastic and driven partner. Our informal attitude also appeals to them. The extensive stock in our conveniently located Raamsdonksveer warehouse between Rotterdam, Breda and Den Bosch places us right at the heart of a Europe-wide logistics capability that means we can offer our customers exceptionally short delivery times."


Polini "Advanced" Vespa crankshafts

Italian specialist Polini has these "Advanced" crankshafts available - developed specifically for the iconic Vespa PE200. They are recommended for all applications, but Polini says they "deliver their maximum potential when used with our upgrade cylinder kit".

They are suitable for street and race engines, with the connecting rod machined from a solid block of aluminium alloy to increase its resistance to stresses. The position of the intake has been modified to improve engine performance, and the design of the crankshaft has been optimised to reduce vibrations - "safe and reliable, this assembly is recommended for original and tuned engines".
Two versions are available - 57 stroke, as an OE replacement, and a longer 60 stroke for upgraded engines. They are compatible with Vespa PE, PX and 200 Cosa.



'Syncro' touring boot

Dedicated to the touring segment, the 'Syncro' is "an ultra-lightweight boot with the capacity to adapt to the shape of the leg", an idea based on a past Stylmartin model.

Made from water repellent full-grain leather and internally concealing a waterproof and breathable lining with a "layered" opening. Two full-length side zippers and two posterior openings with Velcro make the boot "extremely easy to put on and can then be adjusted to fit the lower leg and calf". 'Syncro' has protections and reinforcements in the areas subject to wear and tear as well as a gripped support in the heel area to improve the grip on the footrests. The lining is waterproof and breathable (bootie construction) and the sole is oilproof and made of anti-static rubber.
Available in black with charcoal grey reflexive inserts, this new model meets EU regulation 2016/245 and harmonised technical standard EN 13634:2017.


Scorpion Exhausts

Kawasaki Z900RS slip-on

British exhaust manufacturer Scorpion has a new EC certificated 'Red Power' brand silencer for the Kawasaki Z900RS.

"In keeping with its throwback '80s styling and incorporating cutting-edge technology, our new “Red Power” slip-on excels all boundaries of design and performance. The discreet tapered outer sleeve features a state-of-the-art laser-etched logo and culminates in a multi-facetted CNC-machined end cap that incorporates Scorpion's world famous “Red Power” outlet port.
"Manufactured to our usual exacting standards, the “Red Power” silencer gives an impressively deeper, more sports suited sound that reflects the internal build quality of the pipe. Developed initially for the Kawasaki Z900RS, the kit comes complete with all fittings for ease of installation".
Dyno-tuned to ensure that no remapping is required, the company says that it delivers "a livelier throttle response and greatly improved aesthetics. Scorpion technicians also developed the slip-on system to house the OE heat shield. Buyers will be able to keep a retro feel by selecting a polished sleeve finish or add a slightly more modern look with the black ceramic option". All variants are EC certificated.



Rukka adds new Urban collection

Legendary sportswear and motorcycle clothing brand Rukka has launched a new Urban collection, which the company says “encapsulates style and safety, coolness and comfort, retro and reason”. Aimed at riders being able to mix and match their own style from a range of jackets, trousers, gloves, tees and hoodies, the collection “features distinctive elements like genuine leather, waxed cotton, eye-catching zippers, massive metal studs and contrast stitching”. 


There are three retro jackets in different styles. All jackets, available in dark brown or black, have CE certified protectors on the shoulders and elbows and can be fitted with the Rukka D3O All Back protector.
‘Raymore’ is a cotton Cordura jacket that “combines an authentic vintage look with the latest safety and comfort features”. These features include top quality materials like a highly abrasion resistant blended Cordura cotton fabric and four outer and two interior pockets. Newly developed Rukka D3O Air XTR Level 2 joint protectors offer maximum impact protection, elastic Cordura inserts at the sides as well as the sleeves and shoulders ensure maximum mobility, while air vents provide ventilation. 


The ‘Melfort’ textile jacket has an added Gore-Tex Z-liner, leather reinforcements at shoulders and elbows and a removable thermal lining. Thanks to the membrane, the jacket is 100% water- and windproof as well as breathable while the leather trim provides abrasion resistance.
The ‘Yorkton’ jacket is made from top quality bovine leather and “offers plenty of protection due to outstanding abrasion resistance” and includes the Rukka D3O LP1 joint protectors. Features include two outer and one interior pocket, adjusters on the waist and cuffs and elastic inserts on the shoulders.


In addition to the jackets, the Urban collection includes the ‘Eston’ trousers, leather gloves ‘Fernie’ and ‘Elkford’, T-shirts ‘Dalroy’, ‘Mitford’ and ‘Westlock’, the ‘Ribstone’ sweatshirt and the ‘Rimbey’ hoodie.



Scottoiler ‘Scorpion’ dual injector

Scottoiler has announced the launch of a new dual injector dispenser compatible with all Scottoiler chain oilers - the ‘Scorpion’ - an accessory upgrade for all Scottoiler chain lubrication systems. 

The easy-to-fit and discreet twin feed is said to deliver enhanced oiling to both sides of the chain. Replacing the standard dispenser, it works by feeding oil simultaneously to both faces of the sprocket through its unique twin feed pincer nozzles.
This precise application is said to ensure an even distribution of oil onto both sides of the chain via the sprocket. The more precise application can result in an even cleaner transmission, less oil use and increased intervals between refills.
The ‘Scorpion’ uses Scottoiler’s new multiform dispenser mount, utilising high quality super-adhesive tape that sticks to all surfaces and provides an easy and effective solution for mounting the ‘Scorpion’. The new multiform dispenser mount can be bent and cut in various ways, giving the ‘Scorpion’ the versatility to be fitted to nearly all swingarm types and in different orientations, allowing for compatibility with a greater number of different makes and models.
The ‘Scorpion’ is supplied with small straight pincer nozzles as standard, giving a very neat and effective application, and longer nozzles for some bikes with toe guards, such as the Honda Africa Twin.



Roof RO200 full-face

Founded in 1996 by Claude Morin with the 'Rebel' full-face, and perhaps best known for its 'Boxxer' helmets, French helmet manufacturer ROOF has introduced this new RO200 as a follow-up to the popular RO10, stating that its "performance and protection are the two aspects that have guided the development, keeping true to the ROOF DNA".
Made in two sizes of multi-composite visible-carbon shell and weighing just 1,200 g, it features a fast removal system for a visor that is protected and secured by the dual carbon shell, with a wide field of vision and included Pinlock lens and air deflector with shutter for efficient defog.
The comfort lining is ventilated, adjustable, antibacterial treated and fast drying, removable and washable, and has fast emergency removal of cheek pads that are adapted for wearing glasses.
The optimised aerodynamics are said to minimise air turbulence; six top and two front air vents provide airflow; a wind guard comes as standard and fastening is by Double-D chinstrap buckle.