Thursday, 11 September 2014

Andreani Suspension School

This weekend - Andreani Suspension School

ANDREANI Group International, the Italian street and off-road bike suspension specialist, is to hold another of its acclaimed series of technical seminars.
It is being held in the impressive surroundings and facilities of their Italian headquarters on September 17th and 18th, 2014 - just a few kilometers from the Misano Adriatico road race track, at Pesaro, near Rimini on Italy's Adriatic coast.

The courses, in English, are aimed at professional mechanics and motorcyclists who want to improve and update their suspension tuning knowledge with "tips and secrets regarding street and off-road suspension set-up brands such Öhlins, Sachs, Showa, Kayaba, Marzocchi, Paioli and WP".
The one or two days courses have both theoretical and practical sessions, allowing participants to personally try techniques and tools, including Andreani designed special machines like their acclaimed suspension test bench, a unique in-house designed electrical motor powered simulator with vacuum pump and spring tester.
Andreani say that their instructors are the same professional technicians who give track-side assistance to World Superbike Championship, MotoGP, Motocross and Supermoto world championship riders. The company says that they "will share their knowledge based on twenty years working side by side with factory teams and riders from all over the world". Travel and accommodation assistance is available.

Pesaro (PU), ITALY
Tel. +39 0721 20921

UK motorcycle registrations

UK motorcycle registrations up 12.5 % for first eight months of 2014

Data released by the MCIA (Motorcycle Industry Association) show UK new motorcycle registrations up by 7.4 percent in August (6,038 units, up from 5,620 in August 2013), meaning that the United Kingdom has seen monthly growth in all except for two of the last 16 months.

For the eight months of 2014 so far, sales in the UK are up by 12.53 percent, at 63,974 units (up from 56,849 in the year ago period), the best sales performance that the UK has seen at this stage of the year since 2009.
In total PTW terms, the UK was up by 6.7 percent in August, and at 78,680 units is up by 10.9 percent for the year to date - also the best level seen since 2009.

Victory Motorcycles

Magnum launched by Victory

VICTORY has begun releasing details of its 2015 motorcycle line-up with the launch of a new model – the Magnum.

The motorcycle manufacturing subsidiary of Polaris Industries is following aftermarket trends in the Bagger market with the launch of its Magnum as the new model features a 21in front wheel and a rear end that is 1in lower than other Touring models in the company’s range. This change also provides a 25.7in seat height, claimed to be the lowest in its class. 

Further evidence of following consumer led trends can be seen with the inclusion in the custom painted fairing of six speakers, capable of delivering a claimed 100 watts of sound from the bike’s high-performance audio system. Victory is also offering a set of accessory saddlebag audio (as a separately available option) to complement the fairing speakers.
Taking the custom idea to its natural extreme, Victory is equipping the Magnum with a full range of color-matched parts. The rear fender closeouts, saddlebag hinges, dash and radiator shroud are all painted to match the rest of the bike’s bodywork.
As with other motorcycles in the Victory range, the Magnum is powered by the Freedom 106/6 package 106ci air-cooled V-twin motor and six-speed overdrive transmission.

Fechter Drive

Accessories for 2014 Z1000

FECHTER Drive has a collection of parts dedicated to the latest Z1000 from Kawasaki.
The Bodystyle rear hugger incorporates a chain guard and can be ordered unpainted or in a choice of colours to match the Kawasaki paintwork. A second rear hugger option is the Race Line version, which is finished with a carbon fibre look. Both huggers have ABE type approval.

The Bodystyle belly pan for the 2014 Z1000 is also supplied with ABE type approval and in a choice of unpainted or colour matched finishes.
The range of parts from Bodystyle includes the company’s pillion seat cover, which can also be ordered colour matched or unpainted and has ABE type approval too. 

As part of the Protech range of parts, Fechter Drive has a radiator guard for the Z1000 and also a license plate holder, both of which are finished in black.
Completing the range of parts available from Fechter Drive for the Z1000 is a fly screen from Ermax. The black tinted screen is 10cm higher than stock and has ABE approval.

Weilheim/Teck, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)7023 95230


Rukka AirMan jacket and Rytmi gloves

RUKKA has new clothing options available that are suitable for warmer weather riding with the release of its AirMan jacket and Rytmi gloves.
For the AirMan Rukka has made use of its AirPower concept of making jackets that can be layered up. Worn without the detachable inner jacket, the AirMan allows a cooling stream of air through the soft Cordura AFT knitwear material of the outer jacket to the wearer’s body. Passive safety is still assured not only through Cordura AFT’s high abrasion resistance, but also because of reinforcement where it is needed and through the use of CE certified Rukka D3O Air joint protectors.

When worn with the inner jacket, the AirMan protects the wearer from cold and wet weather. The inner jacket not only features a wind and waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex climate membrane, it also uses the temperature-regulating Outlast material. The AirMan’s collar is made from soft Neoprene and features a magnet closure. Sleeve and waist adjusters ensure a perfect fit, and several pockets, some of them waterproof, offer space for the wallet, mobile phone and other necessities.
The AirMan jacket is available in titan/black and black with hi-vis yellow in sizes 46 through 66.
The AirMan can be paired with the Rukka AirVision trousers, available in an even greater range of sizes: with regular leg length in sizes 46 through 62, with shorter legs in sizes 48 through 66, and with longer legs in sizes 48 through 58.
The summer weight Rytmi leather gloves feature integrated protection for the knuckles along with PVC studs for increased grip on the palms. Velcro strips on the elastic cuffs help keep the gloves in place and, in addition, touchscreen fingertips allow the wearer to operate a GPS system or a smart phone with the gloves on.
Available in all black or with highlights in red and white or in high-vis yellow and white, the Rytmi gloves are available in many sizes.

Tel: +358 (0)3 822 111

Polini Motori

Hi-Speed variators and scooter exhausts

POLINI’S latest version of its Hi-Speed variator has been created in order to achieve the best performance from the Kymco 400i engine.
The design of the new 12-roller Hi-Speed variator is said make the most efficient use of the engine’s horsepower even at low speed. Polini states that bench tests have shown that from 0 to 100km/h there is a marked increase in acceleration without sacrificing top speed, which also increases.

The patented lubricating system provides efficiency and performance without affecting reliability. The bush is made of special casehardened chromed-nickel steel, which is tempered and ground, and it has a big internal pocket to contain the grease, inside of which there is a special spring that allows a constant grease distribution on the pin even during the hardest conditions of use. The 12 rollers have a coating made of a new mixture of nylon and aramidic fibres. 

A second version of the Hi Speed variator from Polini is being produced for use in both Kawasaki’s J300 and Kymco’s 300 4V scooters. For these applications the variator is available with a compression spring which is 30 percent harder than the original one, increasing the engine revolution rate when starting.

Also new from Polini is a new range of exhaust mufflers for 50cc scooters – the Original range that follows the lines of the stock designs and is EU homologated.
The exhausts feature a black painted steel body, while the internals offer a performance increase while maintaining a low noise level. A thermal-resistant bulkhead has been fitted outside to protect the rider and the scooter’s bodywork from excessive heat. 

Alzano Lombardo (BG), ITALY
Tel: +39 035 2275 111


‘Manis’ back protector by Dainese

DAINESE was the first company to introduce a back protector in 1981, and the latest version from the Italian manufacturer is the Manis. This new back protector is said to offer freedom of movement, while also moulding to the back by elongating, contracting and flexing to adapt to the position of the body.

In order to protect the spine, Dainese’s D-TEC engineers have developed a revolutionary solution for the Manis that fastens the protective components of the back protector so that they are not static, but free to move. The protector can elongate and flex laterally so as to protect along its full length and can twist so as to perfectly follow all chest movements while still performing its main role as a back protector.
The scales that make up the outer of the protector are fastened to a separate layer of padding and joined to each other by a central pivot that lets them slide as and when needed. Lateral flexible silicone joints provide control and stability of movement as well as flexibility and resistance under all types of conditions.
The padding consists of a sandwich made of three different materials as well as ‘Crash Absorb’ material joined to a comfort layer made of expanded polyethylene. The Manis also has numerous perforations to allow body heat to dissipate.

Molvena (VI), ITALY
Tel: +39 0424 410711


New Ermax screens for PCX

ERMAX is making three new screen options available for the Honda PCX, both the 125 and 150 2014 versions.
The Ermax Sport screen for the PCX is 48cm high and available in a choice of clear, smoke, grey, light black, dark black, satin black or satin grey colours and 16 screen printed designs. 

At 55cm high, the Touring screen is 10cm higher than stock and is offered in clear, smoke, grey or light black and 16 screen printed designs. Those same colour and design options are available on the 25cm higher than stock High Protection screen from Ermax.

Roquefort La Bedoule, FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)4 42 73 67 91/92