Friday, 2 December 2016


UK Dealer Expo, Stockholm, Zurich, Dublin and Madrid headline a busy new year show schedule
The ‘majors’ may be over for another year (two years in the case of INTERMOT), but with the debut of ‘INTERMOT Customized’ showing that there is vibrancy on the biggest of stages.
However, the next three or four months now see a number of the smaller European markets and specialty events take their moment in the spotlight as we head into 2017.
The new year kicks-off with the popular UK Dealer Expo at Stoneleigh, near Coventry in England, opening its doors for the 22nd time for three days from Sunday January 15 to Tuesday 17.

With new motorcycle registrations growing quickly in the UK, the past four years are said to have seen an average of 3,800 visitors representing some 1,800 UK motorcycle industry businesses. With research showing that 89 percent of all show visitors are decision makers, with 80 percent of them going there to do business, it is no wonder that a massive 91 percent of 2016 exhibitors said they planned to return in 2017.

The UK Dealer Expo is Europe's largest Dealer specific show. It averages 3,800 visitors, representing some 1,800 businesses, 89 percent of who are said to be buying "decision makers"; at the time of going to press IDN was told that exhibit space is already sold out for 2017, with 6 weeks to go until the show opens on January 15th, 2017

The Expo is some 30 minutes away from Birmingham International Airport and at the heart of the UK motorway network
A week later Moto Bike Expo (MBE) will fill four halls at the Verona Expo Centre in northern Italy from Friday January 20 to Sunday 22. A combined custom and ‘mainstream’ consumer expo, “Verona” has seen attendance grow ever since its move from Padua in 2009.
At the end of January, Sweden’s annual show, MC-Massan, returns to the capital Stockholm (26 to 29 January 2017) in its biennial rotation with Gothenburg.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the annual specialty V-Twin Expo will take place at its usual downtown exhibition centre venue in Cincinnati, Ohio (Saturday January 28 and Sunday 29.
Billed as “The Only Show of its Kind”, which it is - as the only independently owned and operated dealer show for the Harley-Davidson aftermarket and custom v-twin parts and accessory industry – it is nonetheless a crowded few weeks for motorcycle dealers of all kinds in the United States with the market’s two major parts and accessory distributors holding their own dealer shows in February: Tucker Rocky/Bikers Choice are playing host to their dealers in Texas on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 of February, and just 10 days later Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties set up shop at the RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February.

In fact, that weekend are at least three motorcycle industry events in play that we know of, with the annual MCN Show (as it is known) taking place at the Excel Expo Centre in East London from January 17 to 19 and the excellent Swiss Moto being staged at Zurich from February 16 to 19; the following weekend it is the chance for Dutch riders to join in the fun with Motorbeurs, the largest motorcycle show in The Netherlands, taking place from 23 to 25 January at Utrecht

Highlights in March and April include (but are not limited to!) the biennial Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show, taking place at Dublin, Ireland, from March 3 to 5; MotoSalon, Prague, March 2 to 5;  Moto Days, Rome, March 9 to 12; Daytona Bike Week, Florida, USA, March 10 to 19

MotoMadrid from March 24 to 26; Tokyo Motorcycle Show, March 24 to 26; InaBike, Jakarta, Indonesia, March 29 to April 1; Motorcycle Taiwan, 20 to 23 April


Kenth Öhlin appoints new CEO

Having bought back 95 percent of the ownership share from Yamaha in 2007, founder Kenth Öhlin has finally implemented a succession plan that will see him hand over day-to-day management of the suspension business he started at the age of 25 years old in 1976. 

The appointment of Henrik Johansson as CEO guarantees continuity - Johansson having been with the Swedish business for over 20 years, most recently as Deputy CEO, with an emphasis on strategic planning and management.
Kenth Öhlin will remain as owner, board member and President and said: ”I am pleased and proud to have had the opportunity to develop Öhlins Racing AB for 40 years. Now is the time to hand over to a leader who can continue the epic journey.
“I myself will remain active in the company as an advisor, and hopefully can continue to contribute with my knowledge in areas such as technical development, sales and racing activities”.
Johansson said: “It’s truly an honour to get this assignment and, as such, the overall responsibility to lead Öhlins Racing AB into the future. I believe that I gained a good knowledge of our strengths and weaknesses, but also understand what we need to develop to maintain our position as one of the benchmarks for advanced suspension systems around the globe”.
Öhlins Racing AB is a privately owned Swedish company. The headquarters and main production site are located just north of Stockholm, Sweden, and Öhlins has branch offices and subsidiaries in Sweden, Germany, Thailand and USA.
Yamaha Motor Europe N.V bought a majority stake in Öhlins in 1987. Kenth Öhlin stayed with the company during that time and oversaw a successful 25-year collaboration that saw Öhlins become almost ubiquitous as a “go-to” race suspension brand during an era in which Yamaha enjoyed unparalleled track success.
With the downturn storm clouds looming, Kenth Öhlin was able to reacquire ownership in 2007. The support from Yamaha enabled the company to develop many of the ideas that Kenth Öhlin had, not least that of the CES valve (Continuously Controlled Suspension System) patented in 1984, and an automotive industry staple still to this day.

Parts Europe

Dutch dealer wins Dunlop/Parts Europe KTM Duke raffle prize

Nils Imhoff from American Bike Store in the Netherlands will soon be finding out just how cool the KTM Duke 390 is, because he is the lucky winner of the Parts Europe and Dunlop raffle. 

From left:  Raoul Smits, EMEA Sales Manager Motorcycle & Racing, Goodyear & Dunlop, Nils Imhoff, American Bike Store, Xavier Williart, Sales Manager Europe, Parts Europe

Parts Europe’s German Sales Agent Diana Rausch was Lady Luck and drew their invoice-number out from the many dealers who had purchased 40 Dunlop tyres or more in the period from June 1st 2015 to May 31st 2016, or ordered 10 Dunlop tyres or more in the qualifying period from June 1st until October 30th 2016.
The bike, equipped with Dunlop tyres, and the shipping, was paid for by Dunlop. Nils Imhoff was invited to join Parts Europe at EICMA where Raoul Smits, EMEA Sales Manager Motorcycle & Racing for Goodyear & Dunlop Tires, and Xavier Williart, Sales Manager Europe for Parts Europe, handed over the keys of the Dunlop-Parts Europe Duke to Nils during the show.

Among Parts Europe’s 2017 catalogue releases, their ‘Tires, Tools, Lubes and Chemicals’ is a specialty guide to the service and maintenance products available to dealers throughout Europe from their 16,500 sq m Wasserliesch/Trier, Germany warehouse

Forma boots

Drytex lined Adv Tourer

This new Adv Tourer boot from Italian specialist Forma completes their 2017 range of adventure riding footwear with a dual-purpose adventure/tour design with off-road features and a three- quarter length upper.

The boot has a full grain, oil treated suede leather upper, with personalised fit heat protector, double Velcro closure with adjustable and replaceable GH plastic buckles. A double reflective insert is visible on both sides of the boot, and the specific compound rubber sole has an aggressive grip tread that is suitable for both touring and off-road use; the use in the construction of an “Extra Comfort Fit” last and padded inserts on the upper shin and calf area are said to guarantee maximum fit and comfort.
Externally there is a reinforced front plate and pre-formed plastic protections on the gear pad and lower buckle area; internally TPU moulded plastic protections and soft Polymer padding with memory foam protect the shin and ankle. The personalised fit Drytex tubular lining (Booty System - a special sock with thermo-welded seams) prevents water from entering the boot and guarantees breathability.
The contoured and shaped Mid Dual Flex midsole in PP with anti-shock EVA material covering and steel inserts offers higher front flexibility and greater rear stiffness to “ensure sensitivity during gear changing, stability when in contact with the bike pedal and easier walking". The anti-bacterial and replaceable footbed with Forma’s A.P.S. (Air Pump System) enhances air ventilation and cushions body weight. Available in black from sizes 38 to 49, Adv Tourer is CE-approved, designed and developed in Italy and made in the EC.



Rukka “Next to Skin”

Rukka say that their next generation Rukka “Next to Skin” (N2S) long-sleeved shirt and long johns, named ‘Wisa’,  combine the function of Gore Windstopper with the properties of a high quality polyester fabric.

Rukka first developed their “Next to Skin” (N2S) functional undergarment programme several years ago specifically to protect against windchill effect, using a wicking Gore Windstopper membrane to do so. The new N2S ‘Wisa’ riding underwear also includes the properties of high quality, skin-friendly, soft polyester textile to guide moisture away from the skin and prevent evaporative heat loss.
Rukka Windstopper N2S garments were specifically developed to be worn directly on the skin, but can also be worn as a mid-layer above functional undergarments.


CNC Racing

CNC for MV Agusta F4

With the introduction of its accessory line for the MV Agusta F4, CNC Racing now completes its accessory line for the Schiranna bikes, offering “a superb choice and variety of options to customise the timeless MV Agusta icon”.

There are three options available for the brake/clutch/oil tank: the exclusive “Carbon”, produced wholly in carbon, the new and glamorous “Rebel”, or the great classic, the aluminium round tank signed by CNC Racing. The last two are available in different colours. 

For the F4, CNC Racing has also introduced a LH side clutch lever protector that is added to the “Brake Guard” used also by Moto GP champions Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding. To complement this, the brake and clutch levers are available in black, red and gold, in both fixed and folding versions. 

CNC Racing’s adjustable footboards are made in black, with the driver and passenger footrests available in various colours. For chassis and engine protection, CNC Racing proposes a wide range of products from chassis caps to casing protectors and front and back wheel pads. 

To soften the use of the clutch, CNC Racing recommends its famous actuator, accompanied by the pinion cover option.


Banner Batterien

New generation Accucharger intelligent chargers

Austrian battery specialist Banner’s range of Accucharger brand end-user battery chargers offers “the simplest possible operation and an extensive range of accessories”.
Günther Lemmerer, Marketing Manager for Banner, says that “our new 12V chargers in the Banner Accucharger series represent the state of the art. Highly modern microprocessor-controlled technologies with a multi-level charging programme ensure first class levels of precision and safety, as well as long battery life.

“At the same time, the Banner Accuchargers are extremely simple to use as they require no adjustments prior to operation. This makes our new Accucharger series an ideal end consumer device.” In line with the plug & play principle, the chargers operate fully automatically and have an auto-start function that actuates as soon as the battery is connected correctly to the Banner Accucharger.  
The chargers are available in four different performance categories with 2A for motorcycles or car retentive trickle charging, 3A for small cars or retentive trickle charging, 6A for cars and 10A for large cars, SUVs and small vans. The batteries in quads, snowmobiles, tractor mowers and motorboats “can also be charged to perfection. Equally, the Banner Accucharger is predestined for the retentive trickle charging of convertibles, which stay in the garage over the winter. The chargers are suitable for conventional, EFB, AGM and GEL batteries”.    
The “retentive trickle charging mode” maintains battery voltage “at an optimum level over many months. The chargers also have integrated protection against short circuits, reverse polarity and overloading. Moreover, hooks are provided for the secure anchorage of the device outside the working area, and the Banner Accuchargers are fitted with an extensive range of accessories that includes charging clamps with quick connectors, a fused ring connection with a quick connector, edge protection and a storage bag”.    
Based in Linz-Leonding, Austria, Banner GmbH has been manufacturing batteries for all types of vehicles since it was founded in 1937. The family-owned firm, which is headed by Andreas and Thomas Bawart, employs a workforce of around 770 across Europe. They say they produce and sell over 3.8 million starter batteries annually.



More power for the powerful ZX-10R

Akrapovic has launched a range of options for the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, with designs said to be strongly inspired by the exhausts used by Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea during the machine’s 2015 World Superbike Championship–winning season.

The Evolution Line (Carbon) is a full system designed to deliver an impressive increase in power across the entire rev range, while also improving torque delivery and decreasing weight by over 5 kg. Constructed from a high-grade, race-proven lightweight titanium alloy and finished with a hand-crafted carbon fibre hexagonal muffler and end cap for a power gain in excess of 16 hp (12.1 kW); an optional carbon fibre muffler bracket is available.
The Racing Line (Carbon) is a full stainless steel exhaust system with a hexagonal carbon fibre muffler sleeve, titanium inners and a carbon fibre end cap. Delivering a huge increase in power and torque across the entire rev range, this system also has an optional carbon fibre muffler bracket available.
Akrapovic has also launched two Slip-On Line exhausts. The carbon fibre version of the Slip-On Line is an EC-ECE type-approved exhaust that provides increases in power and torque across the entire rpm range with a reduction in weight. Features include a hexagonal muffler and end cap finished in hand-crafted, high-quality carbon fibre, with titanium pipes and muffler inners; optional titanium link-pipe carbon fibre muffler bracket available.
The Slip-On Line (Titanium) exhaust is aimed directly at markets where EC-ECE type approval is not valid. With an increase in power and torque, coupled with weight savings, the titanium version of the Slip-On Line is said to be a step up in performance. Designed with a short conical muffler for an enhanced racing appearance and finished with a carbon fibre end cap, the Slip-On Line offers a unique sharper racing sound - optional titanium link-pipe available. ECU remapping required when using the link pipes.