Thursday, 21 July 2016


International Night
INTERMOT 5th October
18:00 hrs, Dealer Lounge

International Dealer News is pleased to announce that it is again collaborating with INTERMOT to present the “International Night” business networking reception at 18:00 hrs on the Trade Day, Wednesday October 5th.

An established and popular opportunity for exhibitors to meet with their importer/distributors and key dealers, it will be staged, as usual, at the Dealer Lounge Business Centre of the Koelnmesse exhibition centre, in the Business District off the main boulevard between halls 4 and 5.
The show is open to the media on Tuesday October 4th, with Wednesday October 5th being the International Trade Day, and will be open to all visitors Thursday October 6th to Sunday October 9th.
Since the move to Cologne from Munich in 2006, this will be the second time that INTERMOT has promoted a specific International Trade Visitor Day, and with 2014 having been judged a success, this is now set to be a permanent feature of the INTERMOT schedule, with consumers only able to gain access on the Trade Day by exhibitor invitation.

Promoted by International Dealer News, and hosted by INTERMOT and the show’s sponsors, International Night is unique in the international motorcycle industry - the only ‘meet & greet’ business reception specifically for international industry professionals of all kinds.
The ‘Cologne’ Show has always been regarded as the world’s primary international motorcycle industry expo, and with the backing of International Dealer News and worldwide exhibitor and trade visitor footprint that is expected to reach at least 68 international markets and over 55,000 trade visitors in total (43 percent of them from outside Germany), this is a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from the industry in a relaxed environment as the show closes (at 18:00 hours) on the special Trade Visitor day.
In addition to International Dealer News, the Business District is being supported by other motorcycle industry trade magazines in Europe - such as World of Bike and Bike und Business in Germany, British Dealer News in the UK, L’Officiel in France, Moto Dealer News (Italy) and Moto Taller (Spain).

The Business District provides exclusive exhibition space for vendors who only want to meet other professionals in the international motorcycle industry, and provides facilities of all kinds for professional visitors, such as being able to make meeting appointments away from the exhibition booths.
Additional trade initiatives operated by INTERMOT include the Dealer Card, which provides show access privileges, and the online Matchmaking365 service, which is an expo visit experience optimiser – it enables trade visitors to gain an overview of the suppliers of selected product groups in the run-up to the fair, establish valuable business contacts and place targeted meeting requests.


Touring friendly dual USB charger

Ideal for BMW and Triumph models and other bikes fitted with 12mm DIN sockets, this new dual USB O-105 charger by OptiMate delivers 3300mA through two 90° opposed dual USB sockets. Riders can power and fast-charge two power-hungry devices at the same time.

The ergonomic design delivers perfect outlet positioning even for side-mounted 12V DIN sockets; it protrudes only 38mm (1.5") from the side socket, and the 90° USB outlet allows your phone’s USB cable to be routed close to the side of the motorcycle.
Equipped with bike battery protection, it is ideal for tourers and rally goers wanting to charge their phones, cameras and other devices after parking the bike.  The O-105 shuts off 3 hours after the engine stopped running or if the battery is already weak, and will warn you and shut down the instant the voltage drops to 12.3V (+/- 40% charge level).
The weatherproof plug and seal design is perfect for riding in any weather, it seals at insertion of the USB cable and the ‘ride tested’ rubber cap keeps the unused USB socket watertight at speed.



BMW to open its own manufacturing site in Brazil

BMW is to open its own motorcycle production site at Manaus, Brazil, at the end of 2016.
The new facility will create around 170 jobs with planning already going ahead for the production of more than 10,000 BMW motorcycles in 2017 for the Brazilian market, and is expecting significant volume growth in the market by assembling the new BMW G 310 R locally.
Eight other models will be produced in Manaus in addition to the entry-level model in the under 500 cubic capacity segment. The new production site replaces the current contract manufacturing being conducted by Dafra Motos in their plant in Manaus. BMW says it was agreed with Dafra that their production will be terminated this summer.
BMW states that Brazil represents a motorcycle market of strategic importance. With the new plant BMW Motorrad is positioning itself in a growing market environment and is expanding its involvement in Brazil. “With our global growth strategy we are opening up emerging markets such as Brazil. The G 310 R plays a key role in winning over new enthusiastic target groups for BMW Motorrad”, says Stephan Schaller, General Director of BMW Motorrad.
The company claims that it is currently the market leader in 27 countries in the premium segment over 500cc, and that it is set to continue growing sustainably and profitably. “The model initiative continues to advance and the worldwide sales network will be expanded significantly. The aim is to sell 200,000 units per year by 2020. The BMW Group is continuing to extend its involvement in the existing markets and is above all tapping new markets in Asia and South America. Further special focus is being placed on urban mobility”.
The BMW Group Plant Berlin will take on the lead plant function for establishing the new motorcycle production plant in Manaus. “At the BMW Group we place emphasis on international manufacturing sites in order to reinforce our market position further. With the start of production in Manaus, the BMW Group Plant Berlin is looking forward to supporting the international production network and the colleagues there.
BMW thanks its Brazilian partner Dafra for the good working relationship in the past years. Dafra Motos has been building BMW motorcycles in Manaus since 2009.

Yamaha's Yard Built

Yard Built gets the iron treatment -
Moto di Ferro's XV950 'Speed Iron'

Yamaha's latest Yard Built creation is a “true Italian beast”, a tracker style build with understated design, showing true metallurgy craftsmanship. The Moto di Ferro Yard Built XV950 'Speed Iron' is the brainchild of Italian builder Marco Lugato.

Marco is one of those builders who has had oil in the blood from a very early age, first riding off-road and then as a professional road racer, his credentials are without question. After a career in racing followed by some years honing his craftsmanship in various workshops, Moto di Ferro (Iron Motorcycle) was born in 2009 as a custom house to “build the motorcycles that Marco dreamed of”.
The collaboration with Yard Built came about following an encounter at Wheels & Waves between Marco and Yamaha Motor Europe's Product Manager Shun Miyazawa and Marketing Co-ordinator Cristian Barelli.
"As we met and talked with Marco in Biarritz it was clear we shared the same passion and love for motorcycles," commented Cristian Barelli. "One of the most important aspects for us when considering Moto di Ferro for this collaboration was that Marco doesn't consider this to be just a one-off machine, but a concept he can build, based on the XV950, for multiple customers. Marco has shown the maximum expression for him of the XV950 and I'm really happy with 'Speed Iron'. It has a clear Moto di Ferro design whilst retaining the simplicity and performance of the XV950, it's a beautiful bike that is still fun and rewarding to ride - and potentially available for a wide audience of Yamaha riders to own."
The concept for 'Speed Iron' comes from Marco's passion for speed. He wanted to create a motorcycle with strong design statements combined with soft lines. Thick tyres were important, but not at the expense of rideability. Those thick tyres were wrapped around beautiful Borrani rims, with the front suspension getting swapped out for VMAX forks.
A hand-made aluminium tank and rear seat unit take the weight down and complement the hand-made aluminium side panels. The front brake discs were increased to 320mm and benefit from VMAX calipers for proper stopping power. An Acewell odometer provides just the right amount of data for the rider and an Arrow exhaust adds the soundtrack.
Various other pieces complete the look, including Tarozzi footpegs and LSL dumbbells. A hand-made rear frame sets the clear lines tone, and an aftermarket headlight and stop lights integrated into the turn signals keep everything super clean.
The great news for XV950 owners is that Marco plans to make various parts from the 'Speed Iron' build available so they can create their own Italian custom, or hand over their XV950 to him and have it made for them.

Vertex Pistons

Top-end piston kits

These new top-end piston kits have been developed by Italian specialist Vertex Pistons to ease the repairing process of 2 and 4-stroke off-road bikes - saving time and money.
The kits include all the required parts to update and renew the thermal section of the engine. The 2-stroke kit includes the complete piston, top-end gaskets and wrist pin bearing; the 4-stroke kit also includes a cam chain for free.



Durable urban cycle scooter brake pad compounds

Italian brakes specialist Newfren has updated its brake pads programme with new compounds and applications, offering its distributors and their dealers access to a comprehensive range with coverage for most popular makes and models of on and off-road motorcycles and scooters.

Their updated Scooter Line now features a choice of two 'Elite' series sintered and organic compound brake pads that have been developed with urban riding and the growing performances of the new generation of Maxi scooters in mind.
For models that have to cope with the urban riding cycle without the increased power of larger displacement machines, Newfren offers its durable, low-maintenance overhead 'Active' organic compound pad.
For off-road riders and racers the company has a five-compound range for MX and Enduro applications, and their Road Line for street and race bikes now features a single HH+ rated premium R01 Sintered Race formula developed for Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Supermoto models, and two lines of sintered and organic pads for street bike pads.
Founded in the 1950s by Alessandro Barbero, the company is still in family ownership with Valter Barbero at the helm, and has just completed a 24 month, multi-million Euro investment programme in new manufacturing technology at its 6,000 sqm facilty/10,000 sqm site at Cirie near Turin.
Products made there include brake shoes, backing plates, clutch plates and parts and brake discs and assemblies in addition to brake pads.


NEXX Helmets

Taking it to the ‘NEXX’ level

NEXX Helmets has introduced its newest collection of X.R2 sports full-face helmets. “Two exceptional new graphic designs are offered; the “FUEL”, a fast and sporty looking design, offered in seven colourways to match anyone’s taste, and “VIRUS”, an edgy design with original “vital signs” on the sides has a nice metallic flake to it when exposed to the sunshine, surely to be appreciated by many race fans”.

NEXX X.R2 ‘Fuel’ - the new X.R2 – super light for its class at just 1,400 gr, NEXX’s new X-Matrix shell technology uses multi-axial fiberglass, 3D organic fibres, special Aramid fibres and carbon reinforcement, with a Lexan polycarbonate anti-scratch visor with Pinlock included

NEEX X.R2 ‘Virus’ – fully approved to ECE/22-05, DOT and NBR-7471:2001, the UV resistant shell is available in two sizes and features X.Mart Dry fabrics,  2 inlets and 4 outlet air-vents (Air Dynamic System), aerodynamic rear spoiler and removable and washable 3D lining

The two top vents are redesigned to increase airflow and reduce noise levels, carrying more fresh air directly to the forehead and interior of the helmet. The X.R2 spoiler and aerodynamic profile reduce turbulence at high speeds. A race-ready flat face-shield has posts for tear-offs and Pinlock insert (both sold separately).
The Easy Lock shield is more soundproof and airtight. Tear shaped, the X.R2 represents NEXX's new X-Matrix technology, a process that combines multi-axial fibreglass, 3D organic fibres, special Aramid fibres and carbon reinforcement. The result is said to be a super strong and lightweight shell, 35% stronger for extension and bending resistance than normal fiberglass.



Luggage system, protectors and accessory options

German parts, accessory and luggage specialist SW-Motech is always quick to market with products for their dealers to add value to the latest models, and here we see three new 2016 models getting the ‘SW’ treatment – the Honda NC750X, the BMW S 1000 XR and Yamaha’s XSR 700.

For the much updated 2016 Honda NCX 750, SW-Motech’s R&D department have responded quickly to the changes made to what is one of Europe’s top 20 sellers, and the company says they are one of the first vendors to have bike-specific product designs already available.
The items seen being used here include their BLAZE brand pannier set in black, pannier spacer bars, their TRAX ADV brand aluminium pannier system (available in black or silver), side carriers and add-ons, engine guard, crash bar, centre stand, mirror extenders, footrest kit in stainless steel, handguard kit, and a universal GPS mount kit.
Where needed, TUV approvals are either already concluded or under way.

For the BMW S 1000 XR the company’s offer includes streamlined BLAZE pannier and handguard kits for sporty riders, crash bars, slider kits, oil radiator guard, engine case protector, robust and waterproof TRAX aluminium cases, TRAX EVO aluminium pannier system, side carriers, ABS side case system, mirror extensions, bar riser, footrest kits and side stand foot. Furthermore an alu-rack for OEM luggage, quick-lock adapter plate, bar riser, oil radiator guard, crash bar, engine case protector, footrest kit, frame slider kit, front and rear axle slider kits and frame cap set.

For Yamaha’s “classic meets modern” XSR700, SW-Motech are using luggage from their ‘Legend Gear’ line. This retro luggage range offers bags in several sizes for the tank, side or rear of the bike.
Founded in 1999, the company currently employs some 130 people at their Rauschenberg, German headquarters and maintains an additional production plant at Brno in the Czech Republic. In addition to its massive aftermarket and retro fit parts and accessories programmes, SW-Motech is a certified OEM partner for the development and production of original accessories for leading brands and exports to more than 60 countries.