Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Andreani Group

Andreani Group

FOUNDED by former racer Giuseppe Andreani in 1988, the Italian suspension specialist has been a regular at EICMA - this year will be the 18th time that they have exhibited.

Former racer Giuseppe Andreani started his specialist suspension business in 1988

This will be the 18th consecutive year in which the Andreani Group has exhibited at EICMA

Andreani Group technicians will be showing the new products that the company has lined up for 2015, and one of the highlights will be an open cartridge for Sportbikes - such as for the Triumph Thruxton and Bonneville, as seen here.

Equipped with a 20mm diameter piston, they have adjustable compression, rebound and preload, and are built with a sophisticated hydraulic system that improves handling and braking in turns.

Andreani's open cartridges for Sportbikes feature a 20mm diameter piston and adjustable compression, rebound and preload



ST701 helmet from Airoh

THE new ST701 composite fibre full-face helmet from Airoh has been designed for sport and touring use, has an outer shell made from carbon Kevlar and is made using a multi-axial system, which has permitted it to have a weight of only 1,350 g, making it one of the lightest helmets in the Super Tourism range.

The inner EPS shell was redesigned and now uses four different densities, ensuring highest safety standards. Evolved aerodynamics, including a powerful ventilation system, an extra wide visor with integrated sunscreen, anti-fog Pinlock lens and Airoh's 'Emergency Fast Remove' system are some of the technical specifications included in the ST701.
Available in various graphics, and shown here in the carbon fibre version with neon stripe.


National Cycle

National Cycle announce Quantum hard coat upgrades

NATIONAL Cycle has announced an all-new line of Street Shield and Deflector Screen universal windshields with a "clean, minimalist look and the best materials on the market".

The Street Shield and Deflector Screen "have been the most popular small windshield designs since 1980. Riders favour their compact size and innovative, flexible mounting hardware that allows for a wide range of fitments and adjustability on the motorcycle".
National Cycle’s market-leading expertise in polycarbonate windshield-forming has led to the redesign, and upgrade of these new windshields as Quantum hard coated polycarbonate are widely regarded as the ultimate material for motorcycle windshields.
"Our state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, combined with this high quality material, gives these windshields outstanding clarity and strength characteristics unmatched by any windshield maker worldwide.

"They are 30 times more scratch resistant and 20 times more crack and impact resistant than aftermarket windshields made from acrylic, the most commonly used material".
National Cycle offer a three-year warranty against breakage, and in order to ensure simplicity and ease of use, the mounting hardware included with the new Street Shield and Deflector Screen uses as few moving parts as possible, while still offering simple adjustability and a 15-minute installation time.


Gilles Tooling

Gilles rear-sets contest

TO highlight the advanced design and engineering features of their popular AS31GT series rearsets, Gilles Tooling will again be staging the contest they ran on their booth at INTERMOT when they exhibit at EICMA.

The contest will be to see who could dismantle and reassemble their rearsets from a bike in the quickest time - the purpose being to showcase the ease of installation and the advanced ergonomics built into their designs.
Introduced as the company’s first ever product in 2000, the latest updated version, the AS31GT2, offers fitments for the BMW S1000Rs from 2014 and up, the S1000RR HP4s from 2012-2014, the S1000RR from 2009-2014, and the Triumph Speed Triple 675/R from 2013 and up.
Available in a selection of hard anodised finishes, the TUV approved design delivers multiple adjustment functionality - for the footpeg, the shifting travel and the footlength. CNC machined in lightweight aerospace grade 7075 aluminium, features include dual carbon heel protectors and "zero-play" double ball bearing gear and brake levers.
Also seen here is what Gilles are describing as being the "most unique sportbike footpeg design seen in decades".

Keith Code's California Superbike School has been training riders for 34 years at 117 tracks worldwide with graduates having won 52 world and national road racing championships. Gilles say that "all the experience and knowledge resulting from thousands of hours and miles of motorcycle training can be found concentrated in the Gilles Tooling California Superbike School footpeg collaboration".
Described as a unique, patented design with sloped footpeg ends made specifically for sportbike and track day enthusiasts, the design is said to "assist a rider with comfort while hanging off in a corner. The top surface is wide and rounded to offer a large contact area for the sole, with the best possible grip.
"Thanks to a serrated link to the motorcycle-specific turning joint, the footpegs can be precisely rotated and fixed in 15° steps, to find the perfect alignment." Gilles say they are designed to work with stock rearsets, which is a big plus, and that they can be mounted directly on to approximately 250 different motorcycle models - this makes them a superbly flexible product for dealers to stock, with their RGK2 series turning joints connecting the footpegs to the specific bike.


UFO Plast

Century Offroad Clothing Collection

DEVELOPED with MXGP vice world champion Jeremy Van Horebeek and WMX world champion Kiara Fontanesi, the newest offroad clothing line from Italian specialist UFO Plast - UFO Century - is entirely produced in Italy, and the company says that "for its quality standards, it represents new state-of-the-art offroad clothing".
Available in four colours, it is composed of a light and comfortable polyester shirt with breathable Airnet inserts, and "extremely protective and scratch resistant pants that feature breathable Airnet fabric, an ergonomic cut, double belt adjustment and Spandex inserts in the most stressed areas".  The company has also announced that it has renewed its sponsorship of Belgian Yamaha rider Jeremy Van Horebeek for the 2015 season.
In addition to the Century offroad clothing collection, he has also been involved in another 2015 programme that UFO Plast will be showing at EICMA - the 'Voltage' line, which has already built a strong reputation for its advanced ergonomic and breathable features.
UFO Plast have a long and successful record of backing race winners, and this year saw their sponsored rider Kiara Fontanesi take the women's MX title.


Zard Exhausts

Zard Exhausts

ALWAYS among the quickest to unveil fitments for new models, Italian exhaust specialist Zard will use EICMA to unveil designs for models such as BMW's R nine T, Triumph's Scrambler and a new range for enduro bikes.



Vertex Cam chains

USED by several official factory MX and Enduro world championship teams, Vertex cam chains became available worldwide this year in versions for Yamaha YZ250F and YZ450F, KTM EXC/SX250F and EXC/SX350F, KTM Freeride 350, Suzuki DRZ 400 and for 4x4 Yamaha Rhino 700 and Kawasaki Brute Force 750/650, among others.  

Made by Japanese factory Borg Warner Morse, and manufactured with OE technology to ensure maximum reliability, Vertex cam chains are noted for their excellent performance due to the quality of materials used in production.



Silkolene to rationalise branding

FUCHS Lubricants UK is the "global centre of excellence" for the Fuchs Silkolene product range throughout the Fuchs Group. The current product range is known for its advanced formulation, one that is said to "offer superior protection, performance and power".
The company says that over the last few years "our products have developed into the most comprehensive 100% dedicated motorcycle range. The development of our market leading XP Technology offers increased fuel economy, reduced oil consumption, increased API specs and enhanced bhp across the Pro4 and Comp4 range.

"To ensure we can clearly display all the latest advantages, we have started a product rationalisation project, and the first stage of this is to redesign our front labels.
"In 2015 we will introduce our new front label, ensuring that riders can make a fast, confident decision when purchasing FUCHS Silkolene oil.

The new label designs are easily defined through colour coding, with red for fully-synthetic, gold for Ester based semi-synthetics and silver for the firm's 'standard' product line".
The Silkolene brand has always had a proud history where racing is concerned, and this year saw Shane Byrne become the first man in history to take the British Superbike Championship on four occasions when he clinched the 2014 title on the Fuchs Silkolene sponsored Kawasaki at Brands Hatch in October.


Bonamici Racing

Bonamici BMW S 1000 RR rearsets

ITALIAN Sportbike parts specialists Bonamici Racing will be showing a range of recent and new products on their booth at EICMA.
Seen here are new rearsets designed for the 2015 BMW S 1000 RR. CNC-machined in 70/75 billet aluminium, Bonamici's design is said to completely eliminate friction on the levers, due to their use of bearings, and feature a spring for the assisted return of the rear brake lever.

Available in black anodised with colour and accessory options, the footpeg can be adjusted to six different settings.



Nolan N21

AMONG the new helmets to be introduced by Nolan at EICMA, the N21 Demi-Jet is said to be a "minimalistic product inspired by the timeless vintage look".
Said to continue the legacy of its predecessor, the N20 Traffic, Nolan say it is "ideal for both custom riders and cafe racer owners".

The outer shell is made from polycarbonate Lexan in two sizes with a further six inner shell size variants.
Features include a light blue Vision Protection System inner sunshield and fully removable and washable inner padding 



Rieju seeking distributors

SPANISH manufacturer Rieju will be showing all their new 2015 mopeds, scooters and motorcycles, including new colourways for the popular MRT50 geared moped series, at EICMA.

Rieju's new 'City Line' Maxi Scooter

The company will also be launching new Piaggio EFI powered 'City Line' 125cc and 300cc Maxi Scooters.

Rieju's popular MRT50 geared moped series

The company say they are still seeking distributors for a number of selected markets.


Forma boots

Forma Sahara OutDry Cooling Boot

THE Sahara OutDry, the brand new entry in the 2015 Forma boots collection, in cooperation with Inuteq, incorporates the patented Cooling Boot system, which Forma say is the first motorcycle boot which cools itself simply due to water.
This revolutionary system keeps feet cool and dry with the utmost performance and comfort level ensured. Temperature regulation is based on the process of evaporation, which is activated automatically with the use of a limited amount of water (max. 20ml) and allows a long cooling effect. The higher the external temperature is and the airflow intake, and the lower the humidity level, the greater is the overall effect for a cooling capacity that ranges from 5deg C to 15deg C, while the effective duration of the cooling effect varies from a minimum of 8 hours to 72 hours.

This cooling boot was created with front and rear vented material inserts, with ceramic finish for maximum abrasion resistance, which facilitates air intake. The tank, at the rear part of the boot, just needs filling with water and the new patented system will start the foot cooling process.
The Sahara OutDry has all the classic characteristics of the Forma Touring OutDry range. The new and innovative OutDry system includes the use of a waterproof membrane, breathable and 3D laminated directly to the upper to avoid rain or snow penetrating the boot. The boot also features a full grain leather upper and personalised Forma double-density rubber sole, and the rear reflective insert allows for greater visibility during night riding.
Overall comfort and fit are assured due to front and back inserts, which also give added comfort to the shin and calf areas, the Velcro and zip closure, as well as padded memory foam. For safety the boot features externally vented plastic ankle protection, personalised gear pad protection in polyurethane, and internally shin and ankle TPU moulded plastic protections.

The ergonomic Dual Flex midsole, with a stiff mid/back and flexible toe area to facilitate gear changing and easy walking, is in TPU with anti-shock felt covering, designed to minimise vibrations and offer stable foot contact with the bike pedal. The personalised anti-bacterial and replaceable footbed with APS (Air Pump System) and microfibre covering completes the boot. Channels at the centre of the insole expel air uniformly, cushioning and absorbing body weight.
Available in black and in sizes 38 to 47, the Sahara OutDry cooling boot is CE approved, designed and developed in Italy and made in the EU.



Caberg Stunt

STUNT is a new full face helmet from Caberg, made in polycarbonate with a sporty look and compact design.
It comes in two shell sizes and is equipped with a double visor system (Double Visor Tech) with integrated anti-scratch treated sunshade visor. The outer clear anti-scratch visor is prepared to fit the Pinlock lens. 

Ventilation is provided by 3 glove-friendly air vents, the lower vent on the chin guard drives air directly to the inner side of the visor to avoid misting. The vent on the top channels fresh air inside the helmet through numerous air grooves. The washable and breathable lining, chin guard wind stop and breath guard are all removable.


Draggin jeans

Draggin jeans

THIS has been a big year for specialist Australian protective clothing manufacturer Draggin Jeans.
Earlier this year the company was able to announce that it had won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award for its 'Holeshot' jeans - said to be the world's first product to be approved to CE EN13595-1:2002, Level 2.

The company has also signed a licensing agreement with DuPont to use Kevlar in its Classic jeans. The company says that the protective lining it uses in its jeans " passes all the safety tests for CE Level 1, offering two and a half times the abrasion resistance of the next best motorcycle jeans tested".
“This is a big deal for Draggin, motorcyclists and the wider motorcycling community,” says Grant Mackintosh, founder and CEO of Draggin Jeans. “We are concerned with the safety of motorcyclists and that is why we are proud to become an official licensee of DuPont™ Kevlar® fibre for our motorcycle jeans.” Draggin has for many years worked on producing the highest safety for motorcyclists, and its products have been tested through certified methods to be fit for purpose. Draggin has always rigorously tested their products to ensure safety.
Grant Mackintosh said: “For me this license is an important part of Draggin’s technical development, and I am excited about the steps forward we will make during the relationship with DuPont".



Bitubo training sessions

ITALIAN suspension specialist Bitubo is taking registrations for their next series of technical training sessions.

Bitubo's training courses are conducted by owner Gianni Mardollo (seen here left) at the company's headquarters facility in Italy

Aimed at industry professionals such as distributors, dealers, workshops and race team technicians who want to develop their knowledge of hydraulic suspensions, the one day courses are in Italian and English, with German and French text also available.

The courses are offered in four levels:

  • base, for professionals who want to start to learn more about suspensions and the basics that will enable them to find the best set-up for any bike
  • advanced, for those who have already completed the base course and want to deepen their knowledge
  • racing, where the basics of race suspension set-up techniques are reviewed, and more is leant about suspension tuning for tracks and conditions
  • service centre, which covers new model set-ups and replacement/upgrade options



FOUNDED in 1999, Rauschenberg, Germany based SW-Motech is one of the fastest growing luggage and accessory vendors in Europe.

With additional production at Brno in the Czech Republic, and employing over 180 people, SW-Motech sells to the aftermarket as well as supplying leading motorcycle manufacturers such as Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, KRM, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki and Yamaha.

The company sells to more than 60 countries worldwide, and their product range encompasses luggage systems, including the QUICK-LOCK side carriers and tank bags as well as the TraX aluminium case system, accessories for navigation and power and motorcycle gear for ergonomics, safety and maintenance use.
Among the product range are handlebar mounting kits, gear levers and footrest kits, handguards, mirror extensions, crash bars and engine guards, fog and off-road lights. The company also produces systems for bar positioning and vibration dampening. In addition the product line ‚style meets function’ focuses on functional bearing design elements for several brands of motorcycles.

Available from Spring 2015, EICMA will see SW-Motech unveil a new premium case system called TRAX Adventure. Designed to complement their lightweight TraX EVO cases, these robust new waterproof aluminium side and top cases will provide 37 to 45 litres of storage capacity and are "suited for any driving situation", according to the company.


Free Spirits

Great custom bikes by Free Spirits

THERE will of course be dozens, if not hundreds of great bikes on show at EICMA, many of them being customised 'company bikes' on exhibitor booths to showcase their parts and accessories.
Italy boasts many fantastic customisers and high quality parts design and engineering businesses. One such, the brainchild of Marcello Fontana, is Carrè, Vicenza based Free Spirits. Noted for their custom Buells, Triumphs and Harley-Davidson Sportsters, their parts programme extends from brake and clutch levers to rotors, from front disc kits to risers and handlebar conversion kits, and from bodywork to exhausts, footrests, triple trees and fairings.




Always in demand, Marcello has no less than three different custom examples on show on exhibitor booths at EICMA.
Motoquality (Hall 2) are showcasing one of Marcello's recently completed customised Harley- Davidson Street 750s, in Hall 4 Bitubo are displaying a Triumph Scrambler "K31" that has been built for official Triumph stuntman Kevin Carmichael, and in Hall 10 Newfren are hosting "Harlequin", another of Marcello's customised Triumph Scramblers.