Thursday, 15 March 2018

Splash Design

Waterproof summer jacket

Dutch specialist Splash Design’s new Macna brand ‘Imbuz’ waterproof summer jacket “is not your average jacket,” according to CEO Patrick Kant. Waterproof and styled to impose, the ‘Imbuz’ is “ready to hit the streets”.

SafeTech CE-protection on the shoulders and elbow, as well as foam padding that can be switched with the rider’s own or an additionally available back protector means it offers safety as well as style. The Raintex membrane is detachable so the ventilation zippers can cool in summer and the hood can be fixed in position, so it isn’t acting as a wind collector.
The jacket itself can be attached to a belt with an integrated loop at the back, has a fixed mesh liner, is made in 500 denier Polyester, has a water tight Aquazipper with glove-friendly “Zip Grip”.

Also seen here, the ‘Assualt’ gloves have a goat leather palm and spandex top. Lightweight and flexible, they have the look and feel of an enduro glove, but protection suitable for urban use, including RISC protection on the palm, hard external finger protectors and a 3D temperfoam knuckle protector.
Ergonomically speaking, the thumb and index finger (with “Touch Tip” for electronic devices) are made of one piece, as opposed to having an annoying seam at the thumb - Macna call it ‘Ergothumb’. 

Gloves are where the Macna brand started. It has its origins in 1990 with a new and more cost-effective production method for waterproofing gloves. The first Macna jacket followed in 1996 and although it (inevitably) looks nothing like contemporary Macna designs, it shares the same excellent price/quality ratio.
Since then innovations have flowed - the Sandwich System, Vision vest, Summer Comfort System, Twin Shell, and their Night Eye Technology that we here at IDN awarded 2012 Hot100 recognition.
Microscopic glass beads in the Night Eye fabric work like small satellite dishes, and these tiny mirrors will reflect the light right back where it came from and make the rider light up in car headlights from a long distance - the same principle as used in road reflectors, but miniaturised and refined for motorcycle apparel use.
With this technology Macna succeeded to let a normal motorcycle jacket that was just plain grey in the daytime light up like a bulb at night for an all new level of visibility that is at least the equal of the very best high-visibility materials, inserts or bibs.
Splash Design has some 8,000 sq m of offices, showroom, design, warehouse and research and development space and a staff of more than 55 people - 9 of them dedicated to design and development.

The Macna range is sold in more than 60 countries worldwide. CEO Patrick Kant told IDN that “Macna only started to sell outside its ‘domestic’ Benelux markets 12 years ago. We had seen a lot of our designs and innovative ideas being copied worldwide - a huge problem for lots of European brands, but it also showed us the potential of the brand.
“Macna is riding gear with attention to detail and innovations - all at medium prices. The design of Macna has set new trends, both for adventure style riders and for young, fashionable naked bike and retro bike riders. Macna creates demand and dealers can build on that. Consumers are surprised with its design and innovations, so when they spend money of new motorcycle gear, which they like to do when they see new styles and innovations, not just when previous gear is worn out, dealers find that Macna is a popular choice - it boosts sales in all motorcycle clothing departments”.


Techno Motor Veghel (TMV)

Stolen parts and apparel on the black market

Dutch distributor Techno Motor Veghel (TMV) has let IDN know about a shipment of Renthal handlebars that was stolen from a truck while en route from the UK.

TMV Managing Director Herman Zijerveld is asking that if anyone is offered Rentahl handlebars at a bargain price, whether just a few or a whole consignment, to let him know, so appropriate action can be taken.

This news follows another motorcycle parts theft from a truck in the UK in January. On that occasion Whitney, Oxfordshire based distributor Oxford Products saw a consignment of Hotgrips, apparel and other accessories stolen from a truck in Tamworth, Warwickshire, UK.

News Briefs

Parts Europe has announced a partnership with the 2018 Judd British Youth National Championship – the official ACU British Championship “for the very best junior MX riders in the UK”.

Mahindra, the Indian conglomerate that owns a 51% stake in Peugeot Scooters and recently acquired ownership of the BSA and JAWA brands, has opened a new North American HQ and manufacturing operation at Detroit. The (initial?) plan is to build ROXOR branded off highway vehicles there.

Indian manufacturer Royal Enfield posted worldwide sales of +16% for December 2017 at 66,968 units. For the period April to December 2017 sales were up +21% at 593,450 units. Their two new 650cc parallel twins are slated for sale in Europe from April 2018.

Triumph has announced a diversification with a limited edition run of 500 high-specification all-terrain bicycles – the Triumph XCX.

Starting this season, it is mandatory for GP riders (Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP) to wear an approved airbag system within their leather
racing suits.

BRP is celebrating 50 years since the launch of the Sea-Doo personal watercraft brand.  The first model was a two-seater and proved ahead of its time, creating what has gone on to be a two-million- unit industry. Powered by an air-cooled, 320cc Rotax engine, to prove its capabilities, Bombardier CEO and President at the time, Laurent Beaudoin and his management team rode new Sea-Doo watercraft from Montreal to New York City, a trip with over 430 miles through Lake Champlain and down the Hudson River.

BS Battery

New ‘Power Box’ by BS Battery

The new ‘Power Box’ PB-01 is said to “make life easier for all - it is a compact and powerful battery that can be put inside any motorcycle trunk, glove box, adventurer backpack or student bag. It ensures you can always start your vehicle and charge your mobile devices”.

The flashlight function provides three blinking modes with SOS, Strobe and normal constant light. 

The ‘Power Box’ is a 12000 mAh lithium ion battery that will jumpstart 20 times before needing a recharge - rechargeable with a standard cigar plug or electric charger. It has smart cables, is said to be “very safe, and has an additional USB power supply”.
General Manager Benjamin Sebban told IDN: “In the last few years BS Battery has become one of the largest and most innovative lead-acid powersport battery and charger suppliers, present in both OEM and aftermarket fields. We sell worldwide and cover the full range of motorcycle, scooter, ATV, watercraft, snowmobile, and Utility Vehicle applications.”



Enlarged EK Chains range

Italian specialist PBR is offering an enlarged range of EK Chains. Produced by “higher standards of quality, Japanese EK chains offer the same technology as their famous racing chains at a convenient price/quality ratio for bikes with small, medium and large displacement engines”.

Available in different versions both road and off-road bikes, including Heavy Duty, O-Ring, QX-Ring SRX2, and QX-MVXZ2 Series, they are now also available for the new 2018 production bikes - with many models available in coloured versions.



Sifam - “first homologated MX glove”

This is the GAN095 from French distributor Sifam, described as “the first homologated Motocross glove - meeting the KP1 homologation level (EN13594: 2015 standards), which is essential for road use”.
Available in 5 different colourways in sizes from XS to XXXL “the GAN095 gives dealers a remarkable glove at a remarkably low price point,” according to the company.
Features include durable polyester and cotton Amara ventilated palm, with vented Ariaprene on the top of the glove. Ariaprene is a high-tech, ultra-durable, synthetic, ventilated and hypo-allergenic rubber with a foam core.
The glove is said to be “very comfortable thanks to inserts between the fingers with non-slip grips for a perfect feeling, and knuckle protection for added safety”.



‘Hunter’ for touring and urban use

Airoh’s new ‘Hunter’ is a three size, high-performance composite (HPC) fibre outer shell sized Urban Jet that is said to be “among the lightest available on the market” at 1,250 g (+/- 50 g).

“The unbeatable combination of ultra-light weight, advanced safety features along with the versatility and improved comfort and fit of three shell sizes make it a perfect choice for touring and urban use”.

Those features include a retractable sun visor; scratch and UV resistant tool-free quick release extra wide main visor to which an optional Pinlock lens can be attached; hypoallergenic, removable and washable lining for “maximum breathability and comfort”; improved top and rear vents for optimised airflow and a micrometric fastening with anti-theft ring.



Modular system soft bags

For dealers, this new line of modular system based universal soft bags that Kappa has added to its waterproof ‘Kappa Racer’ range delivers a big variety of make and model options with a flexible solution programme that includes a backpack/tank bag, a pair of side bags and a multi-purpose bag.

Designed for practicality they are made in UV resistant polyester with reflective elements, sealed seams, waterproof zips and inner linings. Easily installed and detached, four magnets and adjustable straps enable mounting to the rear or gas tank. The versatile M.O.L.L.E. and roll top system allows the internal volume to be adjusted with controlled and additional bags (such as Kappa’s RA317) to be securely attached - there is a removable helmet bag, a front pocket with smartphone holder, a handle for easy transportation and a set of adjustable and extendable straps on the sides for hook-ons.

Features of the RA316 universal side bags (that can also be used on a large scooter) include internal volume control roll top closure and additional side, base and front straps for adjustability and versatility.
The net pocket interior pouch can be mounted on the handlebar or on the rear rack and paired with other bags from the ‘Racer’ range using the all-round M.O.L.L.E. system.