Thursday, 2 November 2017


SBS unveils updated branding

New graphics are among the brand initiatives SBS will unveil at EICMA as the latest stage in an ongoing process of updating brand definition.
The famous red SBS logo remains unchanged but new, primarily yellow packaging, “will present a global brand platform as part of our increased global focus – one of many new initiatives,” says SBS Friction Chief Sales Officer Christel Munk Pedersen.

SBS presents a new brand platform at EICMA, one with a “more modern and dynamic look.” The company will also be giving an expo debut to their entry into new product groups, including brake discs and accessory parts, such as brake pins

The Danish motorcycle and scooter brake pad manufacturer has seen steady growth throughout the past five years, with new markets outside Europe developed, new product groups under implementation, and a foothold as a supplier to the OE motorcycle business.
“This growth and development calls for a redefinition of the SBS brand and its visual appearance,” said Pedersen. “Our SBS brand platform and visual looks have not been changed for around ten years. We realised that it did no longer corresponded to the company we are today and the direction we want to go,” she explained.
“We spent a lot of time analysing and re-defining our values in relation to the direction we have started to take in developing our company, and how we want to be perceived in the market. Among other things, we expressed this in a new visual profile and with new basic pay-offs to underline our offer to the industry, both in terms of our professional business partners as well as the riders who depend on the legendary SBS quality. 

With the new brand platform, SBS Friction will introduce a lot of other new initiatives. As a direct follow-up, the packaging design will be changed, new communication tools, including a new website, will be launched, and for certain regions a web shop will be part of the new platform. Specifically for EICMA, the change has resulted in a new booth.
“We are developing the business significantly,” Pedersen went on to say. “This year we have introduced two new brake pad compounds - a new sinter compound for the newest high-end sport bikes featuring modern motorcycle technology, and a special dual carbon compound for the classic road racing enthusiasts.”
A special focus area is “green” brake pads. “All over the world we see initiatives to limit the use of different materials, especially heavy metals. SBS is in front with development projects that meet these requirements.”
Also new this year, SBS has introduced new product groups – not least by entering the notoriously competitive brake disc market. “We are mainly a brake pad manufacturer, but by adding related product groups to our offer, we ensure our customers have a full brake package from one of the market’s strongest brands.
“At EICMA we will show a full range of brake discs for street and off-road including a contour design disc developed especially for SBS, as well as accessory parts such as brake pins and shims.”


Kellermann Bullet Atto Dark –
“The stealth indicator”!

First seen in IDN’s June/July edition earlier this year, German bullet lights specialist Kellermann has another version of its ultra-compact Bullet Atto indicator available - the Bullet Atto Dark, a special and almost invisible version of this already strong selling small indicator.

The dark glass and the compact size let this new indicator almost disappear on the bike. It is said to offer “even more options to individually style and consequently ‘minimise’ the motorcycle. The dark version of the Bullet Atto really goes undercover on the motorcycle,” says company CEO Dr Stefan W√∂ste. “‘This is our new indicator with a built-in ‘stealth’ function.”

It may be discreet in size terms, but it is still a powerful and highly visible indicator. The optimised light channelling is managed through a smart system of lenses and reflectors. Apart from the established Kellermann high-power LED technology used, their new EXtranz - Extreme Optical Transparency technology – produces a powerful warning light that “gets the job done.” 

The complete electronics of the Bullet Atto Dark are in the casing, and this indicator can be plugged into the 12 volt net directly; it has European approvals for use as a front or rear indicator.
The new Kellermann Bullet Atto Dark is due to premiere on new projects by Diamond Atelier (, a premium customiser from Munich, Germany. Owner Tom Konecny says he is impressed by the new indicator: “A classy piece that is in line with our philosophy. Really small, and with the tinted glass almost invisible on the bike”!



‘Jet’ handguards by Barkbusters

Australian designed and manufactured JET handguards by Barkbusters complement a bike’s appearance and offer rider protection and comfort. The full wrap-around, heat-treated aluminium handguard can help protect the bike’s levers from impact damage, and the JET impact resistant plastic guards offer defence from the elements for the rider’s hands.

Barkbusters utilises a simple to fit two-point mounting system that keeps them secure. The handguard is available in two formats to fit straight 22 mm (7/8 in) or tapered handlebars, and the three-axis mounting clamps ensure every rider is able to position the handguards exactly how they want them.
The interchangeable JET plastic shields are offered in black, blue, green, orange, red and white, making it easy for dealers to carry the entire range without having to manage multiple SKUs. It also gives the customer the opportunity to match the JET guards to their bike’s finish. 

Matthew Phillpott, Barkbusters’ CEO, says of the JET handguard: “The JET has been a stalwart in the Barkbusters range since its introduction with riders looking to get the full-on adventure look, and that’s the case more than ever now with the rise in popularity of dual-sport and enduro bikes.”


National Cycle

VStream hardcoated polycarbonate screens for KTM 

Maywood, Illinois based market leader National Cycle has added to its popular VStream Windscreen programme with a choice of new tint and height fitments for KTM models – ‘14-‘16 1190 Adventure/R, 2017 1090 Adventure/R, ‘14-‘16 1050 Adventure and the 2017 1290 SuperDuke GT.

Manufactured from tough, hardcoated polycarbonate.  No other thermoplastic comes close to matching the impact strength of polycarbonate, making it the ideal material for motorcycle windshields.  Polycarbonate must be hardcoated to be optically clear enough for use as a motorcycle windshelds. National Cycle uses only quality hardcoated polycarbonate.  

National Cycle’s in-house state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques produce a windshield that provides distortion-free optics, high strength, and excellent scratch resistance.   VStream Windscreens are easy to install and are protected by a 3-year warranty against breakage.

Offered in clear, light and dark tint height choices include 13.75” (35.0 cm), 16.25” (41.3 cm) and 18.50” (47.0 cm) for KTMs Adventure models and 14.50” (36.8 cm) and 17.00” (43.2 cm) for the 2017 SuperDuke GT. VStream Windscreens are easy to install and are protected by a 3-year warranty against breakage.



CBR1000RR screen

In a year that has seen Spanish manufacturer Motoplastic celebrate another WSBK Championship win as a ‘sportive’ and technical partner with KRT (Kawasaki Racing), the Barcelona based specialist continues to add to its range.

Following the launch of a new generation of sport and touring windscreen options for naked style bikes such as Yamaha’s MT-09, another recent new product is this precise fit, round finish edge, model-specific design of Z-Racing screen for the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR. 

Available in dark smoke, light smoke, clear, carbon look, black, blue and red, it is made of 3 mm “high-impact” acrylic and optimised for rider protection and airflow using their virtual wind tunnel - providing 43% improvement on aerodynamic wind protection compared to the OE fitment, but still using the OE hardware for mounting.
Additional new products this year included their 2.0 levers, GT Back and Hypernaked mirrors, R-Fighter S footpegs and lights options.

Also seen here, from Puig’s new ‘Naked New Generation’ screen series, this virtual wind tunnel derived Z650 design is available in two versions - Sport or Touring - in “high-impact” acrylic, offering “optimised aerodynamics for improved wind protection”. Available in a selection of colourways, which come with model-specific hardware.



GP One for KTM Duke and RC models

LeoVince’s new GP One slip-on range is “inspired by the racing world. The compact design is enhanced with features such as the metallic ceramic-based black paint, the laser-etched LeoVince logo and the modern sandblasted end cap. The high-tech details are combined with an unmistakable sound to give a contemporary racing look.”

Lightweight and compact, the GP One is made in AISI 304 stainless steel and finished with a metallic ceramic-based black paint that is extremely resistant to high temperatures.

EU-approved and easy to install thanks to the laser-cut connection bracket, LeoVince describe the GP One as “a perfect way to combine the race character with renowned LeoVince quality.” The GP One range is available for Duke 125/390 and RC 125/390 models.



LighTech for Honda X-ADV

Though most closely associated with cutting-edge accessories for top selling late model performance bikes, Italian accessory manufacturer LighTech has a diverse range for just as wide a range of other platforms.

No stranger to Maxi-Scooter make-over kits (check out their Yamaha TMAX programme for example), the S. Lucia di Piave (Treviso), Italy based specialist has turned its attention to Honda’s 745cc/53bhp X-ADV, the Maxi-Scooter meets Adventure Touring styled crossover that has “Urban Survivor” stamped all over it!

LighTech dealers have access to a model-specific programme of parts and accessories that already includes off-road style folding footpegs (available in red or black), a street legal tail tidy kit, chain adjuster kit, fork and swingarm protectors (very important for any Maxi-Scooter or any model that will spend much of its life in city traffic), lightweight, high-strength Ergal alloy hardware, aluminium mirrors in a choice of colourways and aluminium oil filler and brake fluid caps.

LighTech CNC precision-machine each of their aluminium products from a single solid block of high-grade, high-strength, lightweight aluminium alloy. Founded in 1997, LighTech manufactures and distributes over 7,000 Ergal products that are manufactured in six different colours, plus over 400 titanium products and a host of other accessories and has more than 2,500 authorised dealers all over the world.



High quality Matris “entry level” options

Italian suspension specialist Matris is well known for its top-end products with advanced features and high-tech components. However, the company also offers what is calls its “entry level” line – a programme that doesn’t compromise on quality or precision engineering, but offers a start point pathway for those looking to upgrade the handling of less expensive motorcycles.
The M46KD is an easy to use and adjust rear shock for naked and road bikes, that allows the road user to get the right set-up.
Computerised engineering systems are used to design, test and produce all the components, and as with all Matris products, “only materials of high-end technical and mechanical characteristics are used,” says founder and owner Alberto Turcato.
“Our M46KD features high-precision machining with the objective of reducing weight and friction to  offer a basic range of shocks to improve comfort, safety and performance, but still with the characteristic ‘Matris look’.
“It is a fully rebuildable and fully revalvable single-way mono shock with adjustable rebound; the cylinder has an inner pressurised nitrogen gas (N2) expansion tank with full floating piston for gas/oil separation and a spring in alloy steel that is available in different rates based on the bike and load.”
It is also available with up to 9 mm ride height adjustment for a customisable setting and supplied as standard with spring preload by millimetric rings; up to 7 mm adjustable spring preload also available.

Also in the Matris “entry level” offer, the F15K hydraulic fork cartridge kit completely replaces all the existing fork internals. It allows modification of a conventional non-adjustable fork into a fully adjustable fork, offering spring preload, compression and rebound asymmetric adjustments, as in a sports fork type, for a greater custom setting.
Alberto says that “it can be set up much more accurately for each rider, making the fork more precise, more adjustable, and easier to use … better in every respect. No modification of the original fork is required for assembly, and the kit is completely serviceable for proper and regular maintenance.”

The 20 mm diameter fork cartridge cylinder and 12 mm piston are made in aluminium alloy with a lapping and hard oxidation surface treatment. The anti-cavitation compression and rebound valves are machined from billet aluminium and have their own dedicated shims set for total control of hydraulic flow.
Finally, in the Matris “entry level” upgrade offer, their SDK steering damper with adjustable “speed sensitive” progressive hydraulic damping system “improves the control of the front axle, damping all the oscillations and the rapid setting changes.”
Features include twin tube system with outer titanium cylinder and aluminium alloy coaxial internal cylinder and high tensile alloy steel piston rod with hard chrome coating. The external tank for controlled heat compensation of fluid expansion is pressurised with nitrogen gas (N2) for greater stability at high operating temperatures.


Blackstone TEK

7-spoke ‘Black Mamba’ – “the world’s most advanced carbon fibre wheel”

That is the claim that ISO 9001-2008 accredited and TUV Rheinland certified manufacturer Blackstone TEK is making for the latest addition to its ‘Black Mamba’ series of carbon fibre wheels.

Designed, tested and fully manufactured in-house at their Johannesburg, South Africa factory, founder and co-owner Gary Turner says these wheels round out the ‘Black Mamba’ line-up with a conventional rear wheel and technology that has “never been seen before.”
“With the release of these wheels we are moving the composite wheels manufacturing industry to the next level,” says Gary.
“With our new BST designed, high-pressure forged composite drive side, we are leading innovation in the design and manufacture of pre-preg monocoque carbon fibre wheels.”
The wheel is designed to optimise stiffness, strength and rigidity, whilst maximising performance. “This is the “most carbon fibre” wheel in the world, and quite simply delivers better everything – better strength, weight, inertia and performance – better than everything else.

“At the same time the front wheel has been optimised to reduce weight and improve inertia values. Ours are the only carbon fibre wheels that conform strictly to the JWL (Japan Light Alloy Wheel) impact standards as implemented by all major manufacturing and international testing facilities, and this new, straight 7-spoke is no exception.”
The 3.5” by 17” front wheel weighs in from 2.4 kg complete and has a static load rating of 150 kg; the 6” by 17” rear rates at 280 kg, weighing in at 3.2 kg, excluding the sprocket carrier. The hubs are in 6082-T6 heat-treated aluminium.
The conventional rear is interchangeable, so it can be used on different motorcycles simply by replacing the brake adapter and sprocket carrier on models from manufacturers, including Bimota, Ducati, BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha. Available to order now, all BST wheels carry a 2-year factory warranty.



Weight saving Ducati ‘Stealth’ sprockets

Sprocket brand of choice for more than 60 World Champions of various disciplines (including three Pikes Peak hill climb successes – a real sprocket killer!), you would think that there couldn’t possibly be any new products from legendary manufacturer Supersprox to bring to the market. But the motorcycle industry rarely stands still, and there are always new opportunities, applications and fitments.

The latest addition from the inventor of aluminium and aluminium and steel combination sprockets is a new range of sprockets for Ducati motorcycles. With a claimed weight reduction compared to the OEM steel sprocket of over 30%, Supersprox ‘Stealth’ racing sprockets have steel teeth for long life and an aluminium core for light weight. 

Produced in Europe with production in Supersprox’ Polish and Ukraine factories, the company is currently working with HRC, KTM, Yamaha and Husqvarna factory teams to develop their latest idea of a sprocket that will help extend chain life by more than 40%.
“Although this may sound like an exaggeration, we are closer than you may imagine,” says Director General DJ Maughfling, whose father Roger founded the company in the 1950s. “The goal is to keep riding affordable for our clients,” says DJ. With their ‘Stealth’ sprockets featuring steel teeth that last up to three times longer than aluminium, and aluminium cores that are 70 percent light than steel, if anyone has the credentials to back up ambitions such as these, Supersprox certainly does.
DJ says that the company has openings for importer/distributors in certain markets and will be at EICMA to meet potential new partners.