Sunday, 16 July 2017


SC-Project enters Adv exhaust market

Created to take SC-Project technology into the maxi street Enduro and sport tourer market, the company’s in-house R&D team have come up with a design that features an internal system with separated resonance chambers and double perforated pipe to optimise performance - both power and torque – and deliver “an unmistakable full-bodied sound – the kind of sound that SC-Project products are known for”.

The muffler body is made of titanium, so delivers a considerable weight saving; the end cap, with a superimposed double exit, is made of carbon fibre “of the highest quality and gives the muffler an aggressive look with a slimmer and more slender line than the original bulky and heavy sheet steel mufflers”.
The prestigious SC-Project logo, together with the name ‘Adventure Exhaust System’ is laser-etched on the muffler body with a "mud" effect to reflect the nature of the product.
It is currently available in a street legal/EU regulation compliant version for Honda’s CRF1000L ‘Africa Twin’ and will soon be released for the Honda Crosstourer, BMW R1200 GS and KTM 1290 Super Adventure.


DNA Filters

DNA Filters wins 2017 Red Dot Product Design Award

Greek filter manufacturer DNA has scooped a prestigious 2017 Red Dot Product Design Award for its stylish “Leather Top” sub-brand of air filters for the contemporary custom trends seen on many production and modified bikes.

Marios Nikolaidis, Motorsport Engineer of R&D and Production Manager at DNA, designed the innovative range to “combine the unique DNA filtering technology with a special synthetic “leather skin” finish in a variety of colours.
“Customising and modifying bikes has been the new trend over the past couple of years,” says Marios, “creating Cafe Racers, Trackers, Bobbers and Cruisers. Our “Leather Top” design series perfectly complements the custom motorcycles’ exterior, providing a unique added value.”
The synthetic leather texture is applied to the famous DNA universal filters using a state-of-the-art “in mould fusion” technology. The range consists of “hexagon”, “oval” and “U” shapes in brown, beige, green, yellow, blue, grey, orange and red. The leather top has a 3D convex shape engraved with the “D” of DNA.
The Red Dot Product Design Award ceremony 2017 will take place on 3rd of July 2017 in Essen, Germany, at the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The award-winning Leather Top DNA filters will be featured in the prestigious Red Dot Design Year Book 2017-2018 as well as in the display at the Red Dot Design museums of Germany and Singapore.


Modular handguards for adventures

A growing range of model-specific handguard kits is now available from Australian handguard specialist Barkbusters, allowing owners of adventure motorcycles, and a number of street bikes, to switch out inferior OEM offerings with “the best quality hand protection on the market”, says CEO Matthew Phillpott.
The company says it has used its 30-plus years’ experience and expertise “to design a range of precision-engineered handguards “that offer unrivalled impact and weather protection. Such an offering is unique in the marketplace and not available from any other manufacturer.

“In addition to improved quality, a big dealer benefit is that the kits are interchangeable with Barkbusters’ modular range of plastics. This makes them an easy stocking solution for stores needing to maximise shelf space, allowing customers to tailor their handguards to their own personal tastes with the confidence that parts will be in stock.
“Although the focus is mainly on adventure motorcycles, a number of the hardware kits are custom designed to fit many street, dual-sport, trail and rally bikes. The full wrap-around aluminium hardware is compatible with Barkbusters JET, VPS, STORM and CARBON plastic guards. All recommended fitting options are for motorcycles with OEM specifications, and details of the full range can be found on the Barkbusters website:”.

Recent additions to the range include kits for the Kawasaki Versys-X 250/300 2017, Ducati Multistrada 2015 and up and the Multistrada Enduro from 2016 on, Honda’s MSX125 Grom and the Kawasaki Z125Pro, the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Royal Enfield’s ‘Himalayan’.
“We are delighted by the reception that the model-specific handguard kits have received. As riders ourselves, we are in constant contact with our fellow two-wheeled enthusiasts, and it turns out that a lot of people are disappointed with the stock handguards on their bikes.
“We are constantly evolving the range to include new models, and because we carry out design, prototyping and production here at our facility in Australia, we can react quickly to demand. The feedback has been outstanding and it really demonstrates the importance of listening to the market”.


Venhill Engineering

Racing brake lines for Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7

British brake line specialist Venhill Engineering has introduced a race set-up kit for the 6th generation Suzuki GSX-R1000, the new L7. 
The kit consists of two braided steel hydraulic lines, running directly from the master cylinder on the handlebars to each of the Suzuki’s Brembo radial-mount monobloc front brake calipers, helping to distribute pressure evenly to each caliper and reduce overheating of fluid.
This set-up also helps eliminate the need for complex cable layouts and ‘T pieces’, where loss of pressure can occur. All Venhill braided brake hoses are built to exceed American DOT and German TUV requirements, and every hose that leaves their UK factory is pressure-tested to 1500psi.

Each Venhill brake line features a DuPont Teflon core, which is resistant to heat, softening, expansion and loss of shape. The liner is also constructed with a consistent internal diameter and a smooth bore, to offer more efficient fluid flow to the calipers and increased braking force. Marine grade stainless steel braid is wrapped around the core to prevent further pressure expansion and damage, and this is then covered with a protective PVC sleeve.
Venhill brake line kits include all the fittings, bolts, connectors and washers required; banjos and bolts are offered in polished stainless or high quality, chrome-plated steel for a durable quality finish. Produced with clear or black PVC sleeves, a range of other colours are available on request.



‘Splash’ gloves

These new ‘Splash’ motorcycle gloves from Orina are made from high quality Technalin Gold leather, which “is not only very robust, but also offers great wearing comfort, good fit and an excellent level of safety features”, according to the company.

Carbolex protectors on the inner knuckles and Gigatex pads on the cuff cover the most vulnerable areas; the inside of the back of the hand is additionally reinforced with a layer of tear and cut resistant Kevlar as well as another protective layer made of EASA FOAM shock absorber, which is designed to hold the kinetic energy of an impact.
The ‘Splash’ gloves are available in five different colour combinations and in a wide range of sizes (7-12).


Design Engineering Inc

Titanium wrap in a sleeve; 
flexible heat shield

Avon Lake, Ohio based thermal barrier and sound control specialist Design Engineering is now offering its best-selling titanium exhaust wrap in the form of a sleeve.

Their titanium exhaust sleeve kit is woven from the same high performing VR material as the original titanium wrap – a proprietary material that is engineered to be stronger than glass fibre wraps for improved thermal performance, durability and reliability.
“It's hard to believe, but not everyone likes the look of exhaust wrap,” says DEI’s powersports product specialist Brian VanKoevering. “But despite different visual tastes, we haven't met one customer that likes getting burned from a hot exhaust. This great looking alternative to traditional wrap satisfies the eyes while offering the same amount of insulation and protection.” Each kit includes five feet of sleeve, four stainless steel locking ties, and tie tool to ensure a secure fit on 1.75”- 2.25” diameter exhaust systems.
Also seen here, DEI has expanded its award-winning flexible heat shields programme to include a new ‘Double Black’ version. This new iteration combines the excellent heat blocking power of their ONYX series textiles with black Cerakote trim plates. 

“These shields will keep your legs from burning and add a sinister look at the same time,” says Brian. “Being flexible, these shields can be adjusted to fit a range of exhaust diameters. They work great as OEM replacements, over exhaust wrap, or even doubling up existing metal heat shields for the ultimate protection. Each shield includes mounting hardware for easy installation.”
Founded in 1995, DEI is a major manufacturer and supplier of high performance automotive aftermarket products selling worldwide to all sectors of the international powersports market. DEI specialises in the development of thermal and acoustic performance products.



Superbike ‘Wave’ disc applications and Trials pad/disc combo

Laser cut in Spain from high carbon content steel with aluminium center carrier, Galfer have three new ‘R’ rated 2017 sportsbike applications of their popular front ‘Wave’ disc design – 320 x 5 mm for the Honda CBR 1000RR SP2 and the Suzuki GSX 1000 R, and a 330 x 5 for Kawasaki’s ZX 10RR.

Honda CBR 1000RR

Galfer say their ‘Wave’ disc design delivers lower unsprung weight, increased breaking power, improved heat dissipation, excellent resistance to corrosion, less tendency to warp and “a great look”, according to Export Sales Manager Ivo Bristot.
These three new discs are expected to be in stock from July or August.

Kawasaki ZX 10RR
Suzuki GSX 1000 R

Meanwhile, last year’s FIM approval for Galfer’s G1805 red compound brake pads and rear ‘Wave’ discs has clearly gone well with Trials riders, with many of the leading 2017 competition riders using them, including World Champions Toni Bou and Emma Bristow, as well as Adam Raga, Albert Cabestany, Jeroni Fajardo, Takahisa Fujinami, Jaime Busto, Berta Abell├ín, Marc Riba, James Dabill and Lorenzo Gandola, among others. “Both Bou and Bristow won their last world titles using Galfer brake components”, says Ivo.

“These are fixed, laser cut, high-carbon stainless steel discs with an outer ‘wave’ profile. They are delivering a level of precision and reliability that is a genuine performance improver. The disc has small holes drilled to improve cooling and avoiding cuts when there’s an accident and the rider has to grab the wheel – attention to detail like that is appreciated by leading competition riders and club Trialists alike”.


UFO Plast

UFO Plast new neon yellow plastics

Italian off-road specialist UFO Plast has extended its range of replica plastics to include a new neon yellow programme for the 2017 Honda CRF 450 R. Exclusive to UFO Plast, their fluorescent yellow design versions “give an extra touch of personality to the queen of the market”. 

The kit consists of front and rear fender, front and side number plates, fork slider protectors, filter box panels and double injection radiator conveyors - all made with the same high quality materials that the company’s products are known for.