Thursday, 12 December 2013

GIVI apparel

GIVI family enters motorcycle
apparel market

The HEVIK 'Rockwell' jacket is said to be 100 percent waterproof and features a well ventilated outer shell design in Cordura and "elastic Cordura", breathable membrane, removable thermic padding and removable CE homologated shoulder, elbow and back protectors as standard equipment

It has been a busy year for the Brescia, Italy based GIVI Group.
Hendrika Visenzi is seen here with Catia Leoni (right) who is heading up Hevik apparel sales
As if celebrating the 35th anniversary of Moto GP racer Giusseppe Visenzi's decision to start his business career in 1978, and further developing its market leading GIVI branded motorcycle luggage programmes (and those sold by the KAPPA motorcycle luggage business that is also owned by the Visenzi family), was not enough, founder's daughter Hendrika Visenzi has leveraged the KAPPA apparel industry experience and the GIVI Group's motorcycle industry logistics and channel expertise with the launch of a new apparel programme.
Called 'HEVIK' apparel, the decision to enter the apparel market was shared with their importers and distributors earlier this year, with an international introduction in September, and first designs making their public debut at EICMA in November. With the emphasis firmly on midmarket pricing, the HEVIK brand combines contemporary Italian styling with a feature-rich design.
Branded materials (such as Cordura) and CE homologated protectors make the HEVIK line a convincing entrant into the genuine riding apparel market, but, as to be expected from a programme with this provenance, the styling also wears well off the bike.
Initially the business model for the new programme is to sell through the existing KAPPA importer, distributor and dealer network.
Speaking exclusively to IDN Hendrika Visenzi said that "Hevik will be a new interpretation of Italian style in the motorcycle world, a brand which will combine motorcycle technical features and requirements with fashionably up to date styling and cutting edge materials and manufacturing techniques.
Hendrika Visenzi leads the 35th anniversary celebrations on the GIVI booth at EICMA in November.

Some 330 guests from 43 countries gathered to celebrate Givi’s 35th anniversary at the neogothic Hilton Molino Stucky on the small island of Giudecca adjacent to Venice

“The collection includes waterproof rain suits, gloves, jackets, vests, trousers, thermal underwear and helmets, and all the products are designed and manufactured to combine safety with style – we want to break down the barrier between clothing designed for riding and leisure time”.

Brescia, ITALY
Tel +39 030 2680374

FF370 helmet from LS2

FF370 helmet from LS2

THE 2104 LS2 range offers two flip-up helmets, one of which is the new FF370. In designing this helmet, particular attention was paid to the aerodynamics, noise reduction and comfort.

The external shell is smooth so that the air that blows over the helmet travels freely, without creating wind noise.
This means that even over long journeys the FF370 is comfortable and silent. Safety is guaranteed by the external shell moulded in HTTP (High Pressure Thermoplastic Technology), a material that is highly impact resistant.
The internal shell is in EPS with different densities for the best absorption of energy that can be created following an impact. The practical visor mechanism does not require the use of tools, while the external visor is anti-scratch and anti-UV. Moulded in polycarbonate Lexan, the company says there is absolutely no image distortion (3D optically correct). It is also suitable for use with the internal Pinlock lens.
The helmet is also equipped with TSS (Twin Shield System) which activates an internal sunshade screen through a lever
positioned on the lower left of the helmet, so the user can benefit from optimum visibility.
The ventilation system, known as the "In&Out Air Control System" allows for continuous recycling of the air inside the shell.
It boasts adjustable intake ventilation on the chinguard, with two adjustable air extractors positioned on the upper part of the shell, and a rear extractor.
The internal liners are laser for a superior fit against the rider's face, and they are removable and washable and  made in hypoallergenic, anti-odour, anti-bacterial and breathable fabrics. The retention system has a micrometric quick release fastening.
As with all LS2 helmets, the FF370 model is homologated in accordance with current legislation ECE 22-05 and available in sizes XS to XXL. The Easy version is available in a choice of four colours, or there is the Shadow graphic version in a variety of colours.

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel. +34 937 869 684
Fax +34 937 318 393

Brough Superior comeback?

Iconic Brough Superior brand
to make comeback?

ONE of the genuine legends of 20th Century motorcycle design and performance, the Brough Superior, is set to make a comeback in the hands of Switzerland based British entrepreneur Mark Upham.
Upham bought the rights to the brand name when they were put up for auction in 2007, three years before Brough Superior motorcycles and JAP engine brand name owner Alec Card died. 

The new SS100 was designed in partnership with Boxer Design of Toulouse, France

Brough Superior was considered the premium motorcycle brand of the 1920s and 1930s, and although only some 3,000 were made between 1919 and closure of the business in 1940, the formidable reputation of the brand has remained undiminished despite its short-lived glory days.
The cache of Brough Superior ownership was enhanced not only by their cost, build quality, and performance but also by many of the people who owned and enjoyed them – from playwright George Bernard Shaw through to T E Lawrence (AKA Lawrence of Arabia) who owned seven or eight of them and met his untimely death on a Brough Superior in a Dorset, England, country lane in 1935.
The model that first made the brand’s reputation was the SS100 (Super Sports, 100 mph), and even though less than 400 were manufactured between 1924 and 1940, it is still regarded as setting the Gold Standard in terms of pre WWII motorcycles.
At the EICMA (‘Milan’) show in Italy in early November, Mark Upham’s incarnation of the brand received a debut that saw a new interpretation of the SS100 unveiled to considerable acclaim. 

Said to be easily capable of and individually tuned for handling at 100 mph when it was first unveiled as a cradle framed OHV v-twin in 1924, the SS100 shown at EICMA is a liquid cooled 4-stroke 4 valve per cylinder DOHC 88 degree v-twin 1000 (actually, 997 cc!) in a steel and titanium tubular trellis frame.
Featuring Swedish-made Öhlins suspension and French-made 4-disc Ceramic Beringer Aerotec brakes with 18 inch 18 spoke wheels front and rear, the bike weighs in at 180 Kg (395 lb) dry, has a steering angle of 24.6 degrees, 96.7 mm trail and a wheel base of 1,550 mm. 

With power said to be between 100 and 140 hp at 10,000 rpm (125 Nm torque @ 8,000 rpm) and an 11:1 compression ratio, this 21st century take on the SS100 is no mere retro.
The engine’s cylinders are integrated into a horizontal seal plan semi-dry crank case with ECU setups based on the same attention to individual customer requests that characterised the bespoke build approach that George Brough brought to all Brough Superior models in their original heyday.
Design and engineering has been in collaboration with noted motorcycle specialist Boxer Design, based near Toulouse, France, and after so many motorcycle design successes in the past 25 years, internationally respected head of design Thierry Henriette described the opportunity to work on the new SS100 as "a dream come true project."
With Jay Leno's support Upham took his incarnation of Brough to Bonneville in 2011 to race (successfully as it transpired) in the AGV Class, and returned with an additional second (750cc) bike this year for equally rewarding cracks at further landmarks.
The first hand-finished bespoke 'production' examples are expected to make their way into owners’ hands in 2014, but expect numbers to be low and prices reassuringly high with saltflat- wide grin-factor!

Sprint Filter success

Continued success for Sprint Filter

FOLLOWING positive international reaction to the launch of their patented waterproof air filter and equipping of the San Diego BMW race team at the Bonneville salt flats (where five Sprint Filter equipped land speed records were set!) the success keeps on coming for the still family owned Milan based manufacturer. 

Founder’s son Enzo Fiocchi took the 60 year old Sprint Filter family business into the motorcycle industry just five years ago and at EICMA in November 2013 he was able to announce the news that their patented PO8 polyester filter technology had been selected by Ducati as stock fitment for the 1199 Superleggera

Said to be the oldest continuously established engine filter manufacturer in the world, the founder’s son Enzo Fiocchi brought the brand into the motorcycle industry just four or five years ago.
In that time the company has continued to rack up race success, the latest being with Maverick Viñales and his team Calvo taking the Moto 3 World Championship on his Sprint Filter equipped KTM.
Sprint are able to manufacture in most popular filter media, but it is with a patented 80 micron polyester that is composed of threads of just five micron diameter that they have been able to deliver a claimed doubling of the air flow and higher filtration power compared to other sport air filter technologies. 

The Team Calvo/Maverick Viñales KTM 2013 Moto 3 World Championship win is the latest in an impressive and growing list of race and performance credentials for the Milan based filter manufacturer

Fiocchi says that their polyester filters (PO8) “can be installed on stock motorbikes without the need to make and ECU tuning changes”.
At EICMA this year Fiocchi was able to announce his first OE contract in the motorcycle industry, with Sprint filter having been chosen by Ducati as the stock filter for the 1199 Superleggera.

Metisse Triumph CR900

Metisse Triumph CR900

IN 2012, Metisse unveiled their first BMW based ‘Café Racer’ style model, following it up with their R1200 CR-T roadster version in the sprint of 2013.
Designer and Metisse owner Horst Edler says that “both bikes impressed motorcycle enthusiasts all around the world, and sales started very well”.
He has now followed them up with a third member of his CR family, the Metisse Triumph CR900. Based on Triumph’s Thruxton/Bonneville/ Scrambler range, Edler’s Metisse kits are available for all models from 2001 up, or complete brand new TUVapproved bikes can be supplied worldwide by German Triumph dealer and Metisse partner ZTK.
Kits and bikes can be supplied with a range of optional Metisse accessories, from hardware makeovers and suspension units up to belt drive conversions.
The standard kit includes a polished aluminium tank with fitting for the original fuel pump, tank filler cap with lock, polished aluminium seat with chequered flag upholstery, seat brakets, LED tail light, licence plate and indicator bracket, decals and a lowering kit for the instuments.
Kits can be ordered directly from Horst Edler at Metisse in Germany, but Horst says that he is also interested in hearing from potential import/distribution partners elsewhere in Europe and worldwide.

Leiferde, GERMANY
Tel: +49 5373 924 0780

CNC Racing KTM clutch actuator

KTM clutch actuator

CNC Racing has taken the knowledge it has acquired from producing clutch actuators for Ducati and Aprilia motorcycles and applied it to KTM.

CNC Racing's Luca Fornaini - seen where with his company's excquisitely machined Ducati Panigale rear-sets

CNC Racing’s clutch actuator for all KTM LC8, 950, 990, 1190/1195 and RC8 engines is said to reduce clutch lever effort by 20 to 25 percent. The actuators are machined from Ergal 7075 and anodized in a choice of five colours; KTM orange, black, gold, titanium or red.

Arezzo, ITALY
Tel: +39 0575 342010


MT-09 Urban Roadster by LSL

LSL-Special – MT-09 Urban Roadster

EVERY year German aftermarket parts specialist LSL prepares a one-off build, based up on a new production machine, as a rolling showcase for its new parts. This year’s chosen model is the MT-09 from Yamaha, which the company has rebuilt as an ‘Urban Roadster’.
The most significant change to the bike has been the move to spoked wheels from Kineo to give the bike a retro look. Then the rider’s position has been changed by the use of a more contoured and higher seat, which is said to help prevent the rider sliding forward. The change of the handlebars to drag style handlebars further helps to improve rider comfort. In order to allow the fitting of the bars, LSL black anodized handlebar clamps are used and the bars themselves are fitted with LSL grips, LSL adjustable levers, bar end mirrors and bar end weights.
A further change to the rider contact points is the use of eight-way adjustable 2Slide rearsets, which are matched to LSL passenger pegs and like the front brakes fitted with anthracite coated stainless steel brake hoses.
Additional changes to the bike include fitting of a LSL Urbanline headlights, mini indicators, Neo LED taillight, aluminium license plate holder, crash bungs for the frame, forks and swingarm, and swingarm paddock stand bobbins.


Krefeld, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)2151 5559 0

LIQUI MOLY's new General Manager

Carlos Travé joins LIQUI MOLY

VETERAN oil industry specialist Carlos Travé has joined leading German oil and lubricant manufacturer LIQUI MOLY as General Manager of their two wheel business division.
Formerly with Motorex, Custom Chrome and Panolin among others, Travé markes a deliberate attempt by LIQUI MOLY to make a statement about their motorcycle and wider powersports industry market share.

“I am delighted to have been able to join such a prestigious company”, Carlos told IDN at EICMA in November. “Although the brand is very well known in Germany, in both automotive and motorcycle terms, outside of the German speaking countries a lot of people in the motorcycle industry just don’t realise that LIQUI MOLY is the number one oil brand in Germany.
“I see my primary mission in this new appointment as one to develop the profile and market share for the business in the motorcycle industry, both in Germany and internationally”.