Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Can suspension tuning and diagnostics ever get any better than this?

Italian suspension specialist Andreani’s DB4 test bench is now ready to ship and is a major step forward from the DB3 that Giuseppe Andreani introduced eight years ago.
“We have rebuilt the entire concept,” Giuseppe says. “The new DB4 is an evolution of our previous experience with our DB3, which was for the last eight years one of our best suspension machines. Our engineers have developed new software and hardware, with the software marking the revolution.

“We focused on precision, ease of reading, managing and comparing data. This is giving the suspension technicians the final tool to develop and test material, and my technicians, together with the engineers, worked on a professional and problem-free software and hardware.”
This new suspension dynamometer features optimised design, engineering and software. The 4kW powerful motor, the load cell that allows reading up to 5.000 Newton force, the 800 mm side rods and the simple and versatile software are all said to make the DB4 “easy to use, but very accurate”.
“The process is very simple: turn on the dynamometer, adjust the stroke you need according to the suspension that has to be measured (it is adjustable from 20 to 100 mm), fix the suspension on the machine, adjusting height and position according to the stroke, then enter the required speeds and cycles for each speed, and start the test. The powerful 4kW AC motor allows you to test shock absorbers and forks in a wide range of speed and loads, choosing between several stroke settings.”
DB4 advanced features allow any suspension operator to visualise real time shock and fork load vs velocity graphs, compare different click settings and valving options, measure dynamic suspension parameters and detect any operating anomalies.

It includes a state-of-the-art, real-time dedicated controller board that ensures a stable and reliable automatic and deterministic data acquisition, while the software provides an intuitive graphical user interface for data acquisition and simple but powerful tools for suspension analysis. It is compatible with the most common operating systems, and, as it is plug-and-play, does not require a dedicated laptop. 

“The graphs and numerical outputs of the software and its sophisticated algorithms allow you to fully characterise the suspension thanks to peak velocity, load displacement and instantaneous velocity graphs,” says Giuseppe. In addition to the viscous response of the suspension, a suspension dyno provides the following outputs: gas preload, mean gas-spring rate and static friction.
Custom versions of the software can include hysteresis analysis, dissipated energy and damping coefficient calculations.




Hevik all-condition rainwear system

Hevik’s top-of-the-range ‘Rainstop’, ‘Twister’ and ‘Dry Light’ rainsuits, high-visibility jacket and trouser options, plus shoe and glove covers completing the offer, provide dealers with a one-brand system of options that will keep their customers dry (and seen) in all conditions.

Aimed at long distance riders, Hevik says ‘Rainstop’ can stand a pressure equal to an 8,000 mm water column even after many hours spent in the rain, maintaining high breathability thanks to the use of polyurethane coating (PVC-free ‘Ripstop’ Nylon). The jacket has an internal waterproof pocket, strap adjusters at the waist, a fold-away concealed hood and a strap central closure with double fastening and air vents on the back. 

The trousers have an elasticated waistband and strap adjusters at the bottom of the leg. Both garments have yellow fluorescent inserts to enhance active safety. The suit is sold in a compact waterproof bag that can be stored in a backpack or under the saddle.
For commuters, the ‘Twister’ waterproof suit has features that “are above the average” for such a garment as it can stand a pressure equal to a 5,000 mm water column, and therefore provides the necessary water resistance during medium or longer journeys in the rain. Made of Nylon PVC, matched to a mesh lining, ‘Twister’ offers the same wear features as the ‘Rainstop’.

‘Dry Light’ is “ideal for urban use” and made from windproof and waterproof fabric (polyester with PVC coating on the outside with an internal lining). Its waterproof level (it can stand a pressure equal to a 3,000 mm water column) is enough to withstand rain during short urban trips. The jacket has a central zipper opening protected by a hook and loop fastening strap, a non-removable hood that folds into the collar and closure at the wrists with elastic and strap. Trousers have an elasticated waistband and strap regulation at the ankles.

HEVIK S.r.l.

Venhill Engineering

Upgraded ‘Featherlight’ replacement cables for R1

British motorcycle controls specialist Venhill Engineering has developed a range of smooth action replacement clutch cables for all generations of Yamaha’s YZF-R1. 
Designed and made in the UK, the light and durable cables feature a smaller conduit to reduce weight, increase flexibility when routing and provide an improved, smoother operation compared to the OE version, without compromising strength or performance.

The cables feature the much-needed additional length to route around the R1’s starter motor, so that when at rest on full lock, there is no binding/pinching on the starter socket.
Like all Venhill control cables, each one features high quality Featherlight cabling - marine-grade stainless steel inner wire for minimum stretch and a Teflon liner for minimum friction and a lighter action and removing the need for lubrication.

Each cable is also ‘Bird-caged’ – a special process applied to the end of the inner cable wire, which allows solder to penetrate the weave of the cable, making the bond with the nipple much stronger and reducing the cable breakage that can arise when conventional designs are put under repeated stress and pressure.
The new cables sit alongside Venhill’s ‘standard’ replacement cables for the R1, so dealers have a choice of staying with original spec or upgrading; available for all years of the YZF-R1 (1998-2017).



SC-Project exhaust options

In the June edition of IDN we reported that SC Project had entered the ADV exhaust market for the first time, and here we see the aggressive “Matt Black Edition” version of their double chamber, double perforated pipe design, as an alternate option to their stylish titanium finish. The kit includes carbon fibre protection and is now available for the BMW R1200 GS, Honda Africa Twin, Suzuki V-Strom, Triumph Tiger and KTM 1290 Adventure.  

The full titanium GP70-R silencer is one of three SC Project has available for the S1000RR – additionally there are four different versions of their CR-T silencer and their S1 – all showing hp and torque gains, and all are Euro 4 compliant and EU approved

Seen here on the R1200 GS in matt black edition, SC Project’s new ‘ADV’ muffler is also available in full titanium finish for models such as the Honda Africa Twin, Suzuki V-Strom, Triumph Tiger and KTM 1290 Adventure

Also seen here for the Panigale 959, a Moto2 World Championship race-bred, road legal Twin RT-T exhaust that the company says gives the Panigale “a slender line with a lighter muffler”.
For the Kawasaki Z900 and Z1000, SC Project has Euro 4 approved Double S1 silencers with DB killers – “two aggressively styled conical silencers that blend perfectly with the futuristic design of the bike”.
With the engine from the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS set to replace Honda’s four-cylinder CBR 600RR engines as the new official spec engine for the Moto2 series from 2019, SC Project has Euro 4 compliant Street Triple 765 S1 silencers with a "S" link pipe in full titanium, TIG welding in sections with 60 mm diameter “to guarantee the best performance and a strong and racing aesthetic impact”.
The S1 silencer, with “S” link pipe in full titanium, is 4.7 kg lighter than the original exhaust.

SC Project’s double S1 silencers are now Euro 4 approved for the Kawasaki Z900 and Z1000 (seen here)

For the BMW S1000RR, SC Project has three different road legal Euro 4 options – their S1 silencers, four versions of their CR-T silencer and their full titanium GP70-R.
The CR-T silencer is available in four different versions for the S1000RR - full titanium, matt carbon fibre, full titanium with titanium mesh or matt carbon fibre with titanium mesh. The CR-T is 3.73 kg lighter than the original muffler and delivers increased performance throughout the entire rpm range, especially at around 8,000 rpm, where gains of +7 hp and +6 Nm have been measured.

For the Ducati Panigale 959, SC Project is offering EC type approved Moto2 derived twin CR-Ts

The Triumph Street Triple S1 silencer comes with a 60 mm TIG welded “S” link pipe in full
titanium for a 4.7 kg weight saving

The GP70-R silencer is a full titanium design, starting from link pipe to the silencer outlet, giving the system “remarkable lightness”. The GP70-R is 3.70 kg lighter than the OE system and has shown the same mid-range +7 hp/+6 Nm power gains at 8,000 rpm as seen with the CR-T.
The S1 silencer’s body is also full titanium, with a conical structure and top-quality matt carbon fibre end cap. The S1 is 3.53 kg lighter than stock and gives +5 hp and +4 Nm at 8,000 rpm.  



Universal ‘140’ windshield

Kappa launched a range of flyscreens and windshields last year, including their minimalist new ‘100ALK’ design in aluminium. The company has now added to the range with this new ‘140’ version – a slightly larger design, using more standard materials, but retaining the look of the smaller original design.

The protective surface is made of Plexiglass, measuring 35 x 41 cm (H x L) and its main design characteristic is a slightly angled, bevelled shape, highlighted by the moulding.

Available in clear or smoke, the screen is universal as it can be fitted to any bike using Kappa’s separately available model-specific installation kit. Installation of the screen does not involve any structural modifications to the motorcycle. This is the same kit used to install the 100ALK windshield, which enables riders to switch screens on the basis of looks or functionality.
Currently the kit is available for selected BMW, Moto Guzzi, Triumph and Yamaha models (XSR 900 seen here), with the fitment list being updated regularly.

Also seen here, this KS920 universal multimedia ‘Smart Clip’ fits handlebars from 8 to 35mm and can clamp to irregular profiled bars to attach a wide range and size of devices securely. Not only does it enable the rider to see the route on the Sat Nav, but it also allows obstruction-free video shooting. Constructed from a combination of materials moulded together (technopolymers and rubber, increasing the grip where the device is housed), the front is adjustable and can be rotated to provide horizontal or vertical view of the screen. Insertion and removal is also “smart”; the device is securely restrained by three claws, which can be extended using a single command. The KS920M can accommodate overall sizes from a minimum of 112 x 52 mm to a maximum of 148 x 75 mm and be used with smartphones with an overall size ranging from a minimum of 144 x 67 mm to a maximum of 178 x 90 mm.



Light, fast and cool –
the Ilmberger R nineT ‘Racer’

The BMW R nineT has been begging for the “Ilmberger treatment”, and never ones to do anything by halves, the Bavarian carbon fibre parts specialist has exploited the versatility of a platform that has quickly become a favourite with the custom community by developing a range of designs that pay homage to the legendary Superbikes of the 1970s.

So far Ilmberger has completed 12 model-specific parts, with options such as “a street fairing as well as an exclusive version for racing, which works well on the race track, but is also a great basis for customising the bike, as customers often install very small lights. With our race fairing, we pave the way for all fans of the racing look,” says Julius Ilmberger, Managing Director of Ilmberger Carbonparts.

Core piece of the carbon collection for the BMW R nineT ‘Racer’ is the engine spoiler – “a direct adaption from racing, which also looks quite impressive on the street version.” The full line-up includes a belly pan, cover behind the headlight, fairing holder, front fender, tank vent holder, pillion seat cover (with or without holders), rear splash guard, rear undertray (without number plate holder), side covers at the seat (left and right), silencer protector (rear) and complete top fairing in choice of race or street style.



Maxi Enduro side lights

Following in the evolution of GIVI’s R&D team’s ongoing LED and halogen lights development programmes, these S321 LED ‘projectors’ are designed to deal with an issue caused by the frame design and lights positioning on Maxi Enduro models.
The front headlight is usually positioned quite high, which can create areas of shadow to the side, near the front wheel and up some metres away. 

Waterproof and certified as a fog lamp, the S321 uses LED technology and only 8 watts (16 watts in total for the pair, a consumption ably supported by the battery, enabling it to be used also on small to medium sized engines). The light beam is of lens profile type - direct but not blinding for oncoming traffic. The circuitry does not interfere with the proper functioning of the electrics (ECU, ignition etc.) and includes a fuse, cabling for direct connection to the battery and a waterproof switch to be installed on the handlebars. The set also includes a third cable for the connection to the ignition lock of the motorcycle.

The S321 has an aluminium housing featuring slender fins; the main body, painted in black, is a nice contrast to the silver rim holding the lens. The pair of lights can easily be fitted to all engine guards with a tubular diameter ranging from 21 to 25 mm by means of a round clamp, which can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically for the correct alignment of the light beam.

The S321 kit includes a light support and an accessory that enables use of the two lights even if the engine guard is absent - a 25 mm tubular rod to be fitted beneath the light that can also be used for an action camera. Currently this accessory is available for the BMW R nineT and R1200 RT, Kawasaki Versys 650, Yamaha Tracer 700 and Honda NC750X.



Z900 make-over options

French specialist Ermax is offering styling upgrades for the 2017 Kawasaki Z900, including this 30cm sport style nose screen made in thermoformed PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate), a plastic noted for its high light transmission, extremely long service life, high resistance to UV light and weathering, and what is said to be the greatest surface hardness of all thermoplastics.
Another benefit is its ability to take unlimited colouring options, and Ermax are offering their nose screen in 16 colours, with 16 optional screen-printed designs available.
Also seen here, and made from thermoformed ABS, are model-specific designs of two-piece belly pans with air channelling and grilles for covering the low part of the engine and a racing rear hugger with integrated chain guard and rear shock absorber protection coverage.

Also in ABS, their seat cowl is available painted in Kawasaki stock colours, two-colour and tri-colour, to “bring a racing look to the stock Z900”, and soon available will be an undertail in Kawasaki stock colours, carbon or raw, that is said to complete the rear fairing and is delivered with fitting kit aluminium license plate support with arm and top plate and retro reflector support in black anodised aluminium; EC-approved plate lighting and mini blinkers also included.



Suspension options for
Triumph’s “modern classics”

Dutch suspension specialist Hyperpro continues to add to its already extensive range of options for most popular makes and models with a range of suspension options for the latest (2016/2017) Triumph “modern classics” such as the Bonneville T120, Street Scrambler and Street Twin.

Sales & Marketing Director Jan Belder told IDN: “The timeless style and iconic character of these Triumph modern classics is immediately obvious in the high standard of detailing, quality and finish of these motorcycles, combined with the performance of the authentic twin cylinder engine.


“Hyperpro can help dealers lift the comfort, agility and stability of their customers’ bikes to a new and higher level with options that include our progressive front and rear springs, 360 emulsion shock kit, 367 fully adjustable shock kit with fixed reservoirs and our famous steering damper and mounting kits.”
Ever since the company began doing business in 1993, their range has included stock replacement and performance upgrade product designs, including rear shock absorbers and rising rate/progressively wound shock absorber springs, front suspension springs, full front end suspension kits, and one of the best known and most widely used steering damper programmes in the market.

“Our rising rate progressive front fork springs provide any bike with improved comfort and, above all, a shorter braking distance with no bottoming out. Together with the specially formulated oil that comes with the springs – an oil that is blended to our own precise requirements – we create better controlled damping, which results in a much more comfortable feeling while riding on the straight and while cornering. It’s all about confidence and consistent, faster, reliable and predictable response.
“Our rising rate progressive rear spring sets can be mounted on the original shocks for a hugely noticeable and immediate improvement. Due to the rising rate design of the springs, they also give a comfortable feeling in all conditions and riding circumstances, from the wet to the dry. Solo, two-up, with or without luggage, the spring rate will automatically adjust for every need of the suspension. Together with a set of progressive front fork springs, it gives the bike its needed balance and much more stability.”
Hyperpro currently has some 25 employees and exports to more than 40 countries around the world from their state-of-the-art 1,000 sq m (10,000 sq ft) facility at Werkendam in southern Holland.



Caberg adds three helmets

Caberg has added the ‘EVO’ to its ECE approved Drift sport riding full-face helmets range, with a 2-size carbon/Kevlar/GFK tricomposite rear spoiler equipped outer shell and redesigned inner lining and cheek pads for a closer fitting and custom-fit option.

Drift EVO

The quick release visor mechanism allows visor self-adjustment to guarantee a close contact of visor and window beading, with a spring double movement mechanism that prevents water or air ingress – a lever on the left side of the visor mechanism allows the position of the visor to be stopped at 0.5 cm from the window beading to avoid or eliminate fogging; when the lever is lifted, the visor is locked to avoid sudden opening.
The Drift ‘EVO’ is also equipped with a transparent anti-scratch visor, an adjustable Pinlock lens Max Vision, and a lever operated, integrated anti-scratch sunshade DVT visor (Double Visor Tech).
Drift ‘EVO’ has a comms-ready, removable and washable lining and weighs in at 1,350 (+/-50 g) for the tricomposite and around 100 g less for the full carbon version.


The ECE 22.05 ‘Jackal’ is a new 2-size polycarbonate shell full-face that features “a sporty and dynamic design combined with the comfort and technical solutions of a touring helmet with an entry-level price and the quality of an Italian product.”
The removable and washable hypoallergenic and breathable lining, three air vents, rear extractor, adjustable two-way chin guard air vent and twin top vents, removable chin and nose deflectors, integrated DVT (Double Visor Tech) sunshade visor and Pinlock lens make the ‘Jackal’ a feature-rich package for the price-point and weighs 1,450 g (small shell) and 1,500 g (larger shell), +/- 50 g.

Finally, the ‘Levante’ is a new flip-up that features “innovative design and avantgarde technical solutions developed for the most demanding touring riders,” according to Caberg.


Offered in 2 sizes, weighing 1,550 g in the carbon/Kevlar/GFK tricomposite or 1,500 g in the full carbon shell version with P/J dual homologation, there are twin front vents and rear extractors with built-in inner shell air channels. Additional features include a panoramic ultra-wide visor, glove-friendly integrated DVT sunshade visor, Pinlock Max Vision lens and comms-ready removable and washable hypoallergenic and breathable lining.