Friday, 2 November 2018

Marolo Test

60 years of Marolo

With its origins going back to 1958, French workshop specialist Marolo Test is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and welcomed its worldwide distributors, partners and press to its Cholet headquarters near Nantes in July.

Started by Paul Marrolaud, the company was established to design, produce and sell what is believed to have been one of the first dynamometers specifically for the PTW market - a test bench for mopeds - with one of the first motorcycle-specific test benches in the industry introduced in 1973.

In 1987 the company developed the first in what would go on to become one of the best selling and technically advanced workshop lift programmes and a complementary range of equipment for workshops and franchise dealers with turn-key service shop installations, in manufacturer colours if required.

In 2008 the company launched its MaroloBio environmentally friendly workshop parts washers, and after a 2009 factory extension went back into the dynamometer market in 2010 in collaboration with Fuchs.
Fast forward to 2018, and the company employs around 20 people at its 2,500 sq m facility, with annual sales in excess of 5m euro, more than 25 percent of which is exported. Marolo Test sells to 10,500 customer accounts in more than 60 countries.


New Nano Gel electrolyte technology batteries from Vertex

Italian specialist Vertex has expanded its road, scooter and off-road motorcycle product range with the addition of a new line of batteries “with advanced technological content”.
Made with highly dispersed Nano Gel electrolytes - with the maintenance-free higher discharging capability Pb-Ca Tin alloy grid structure – the batteries have a weather, salt, petrol, oil and chemical corrosion resistant ABS cover that is sealed with Cos and TTP technology. 

The new batteries have a low self-discharge ratio with one-year shelf life, a cycle life that is 15% longer than a traditional battery, a wide operating temperature range (-30 ° C/+ 60 ° C), a better recharge capacity and an excellent vibration resistance capability, making them “safe and reliable”.

Vertex batteries will be presented for the first time to the public at INTERMOT (9/A59) and EICMA (11/N30).



Sports Plus line

Performance plastics specialist Puig has channelled its long experience in the design of aerodynamic accessories into creating a new range of Sports Plus products, intended to enhance the appearance of racing motorcycles like the radical Yamaha MT-09 (FZ-09) 2017.

The company says that “these parts are distinguished by their small size and versatility, which allows them to be mounted alone, as a cover for the front, or together with the visor, which channels the air and significantly reduces turbulence for the rider”. Many combinations are possible, so that the rider can set up the level of aerodynamic protection according to personal preferences. 

Sport or Touring fairings can be mounted easily in a very simple way, the company says, which increases protection on specific occasions or in cold season. The components are made from ABS.



Winning with Galfer Racing CW1 brake discs

Endorsed by HRC in 2016 and winners of the Moto3 World Championship in 2017, Spanish manufacturer Galfer says its Racing CW1 brake discs have become “benchmarks for the sector”.

“From the smallest Moto4 class to Pre-Moto3, Moto3, SSP300, Moto2, SSP600, and even the Superbikes World Championship, the Galfer Racing CW1 brake discs are being used in many national and world championships”, the company says.
Indeed in 2017 it won the Moto3 World Cup with Joan Mir, the Supersport 300 World Cup with Marc GarcĂ­a and the Junior Moto3 World Cup with Dennis Foggia, achieving 25 victories and 44 podia. The brake discs also won the Supersport World Championship with Randy Krummenacher, and the Superbikes European Championship with Carmelo Morales. Many teams, including Estrella Galicia 0.0, Reale-Avintia, Gresini Racing, Leopard Racing, GoEleven or VR46 Junior, as well as Moto2 chassis manufacturers Suter and NTS, “trust their competition motorcycles to brake with the Galfer Racing CW1 brake discs”. Since 2017 the discs are also being used in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, along with Galfer sintered brake pads.

Laser-cut and made of high-carbon stainless steel, they undergo thermal stabilisation treatments before machining and grinding processes. They have steel centres and have been fully CNC- machined and finished with normal or hard anodised surfaces. Each CW1 disc is unique and identified with a serial number to offer 100% traceability - said to be the only discs in the world with an individual registration number.
They deliver a 15% weight reduction compared to round brake discs, “better heat dissipation thanks to Galfer’s Disc Wave design, improved braking power and better aesthetics”.



Portland EVO jacket updated

Providing improved weather protection while retaining its vintage look, the new EVO version of the Portland jacket from Hevik will be launched in October and is certified to the prEN17092 draft standard. It has a new outer fabric, now made of 450D polyamide, paired/bonded with a softshell and new Humax internal membrane, waterproof and breathable, tested to a water column rating of 10,000 mm.

A detachable thermal liner is included with fit adjustments on the sides and cuffs, it has four large front pockets and a waterproof zipper, together with metal snap buttons and is available in black/grey or black/blue. The Portland EVO model provides a series of viscoelastic protectors certified to CE Level 1 for the shoulders and elbows, while the back pocket means it is ready to accommodate the Level 2 HFB back protector.



PBR updates its C-Light rear sprockets

Italian specialist PBR has updated its popular C-Light rear sprockets programme for all new 2019 Enduro and 2 and 4-stroke motorcycles (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha and KTM models). 

The C-Light rear sprockets have “all the most advanced technical solutions to ensure maximum robustness and lightness at the same time. Made with C45 steel and produced by CNC machines to improve quality and reliability, they have a very attractive design thanks to lightening holes and are additionally available in a tempered version for further improvements in durability”.
These rear sprockets can be combined with PBR front sprockets and are available in different sizes and colours.


DNA Filters

DNA FCd1 tech high-flow cotton filters exceed OEM flow rates

Greek high-performance cotton air filter manufacturer DNA recently added three new applications to its fast growing late-model (2018) applications for the Husqvarna Viltpilen/Svartpilen 401, Viltpilen 701 and Kymco AK550 (2017/18).

2018 Husqvarna Viltpilen/Svartpilen 401 - for race use. Flow is said to be +40.94% more than the  factory filter at 129.60 CFM (cubic feet per minute) at 1.5” H2O corrected at 25 degrees C
2018 Husqvarna Viltpilen 701 - for road and race use. Flow is said to be +19.70% more than the factory filter at 183.20 CFM at 1.5” H2O corrected at 25 degrees C

Their advanced DNA FCd1 (Full Contour design) technology is an innovative technique developed by DNA that is said to allow the filtering material to follow the contour of the airbox precisely, using the complete surface as “active filtering area“, which is said to eliminate any “dead spots” that can cause  turbulence, increasing air flow and filtering efficiency.

2017/18 Kymco AK550 - for road use. Flow is said to be +10.50% more than the factory filter at 132.50 CFM at 1.,5” H2O corrected at 25 degrees C

The filtering efficiency of DNA’s filtering media is described as being extremely high at 98-99% capture of dirt as small as 5 microns (ISO  5011), using four layers of DNA cotton.
A specially made laser-cut supporting frame is embedded into the DNA filter.



Forcefield FreeLite back protector and Tech 2 base layer

British specialist Forcefield has added a number of new products to its 2018 range, including the all new FreeLite back protector which is said to “take comfort to the next level”.

While still offering CE Level 2 performance and Repeat Performance Technology (RPT), “the new ‘free fitting’ back protector offers even more breathability, flexibility and at minimal weight.
“Using the very latest cutting techniques and intelligent design the ‘free fitting’ armour shapes the body perfectly, offering huge flexibility and no restriction when moving around on the motorcycle.
Features include DRI-M technology (Dynamic, Reactive, Intelligent Material), lightweight, EN1621-2 CE2 test pass, ‘Free fitting’ CE2 armour layering system, non-restrictive and breathable construction, height adjustable 3-point fastening waistband and heat activated 3D body moulding.

Also seen here, the Tech 2 base layer shirt and pants are a new and improved addition to the Forcefield Climate Control range that uses “the very latest production techniques to ensure the highest performing materials, combined with the most up-to-date and cutting-edge technology to produce the very best in base layer design and function.
“These garments have three functionalities: breathability, compression and the design, fundamental for a rich and technical garment. The design features aid the compression in key areas, allowing the surface knits to massage and stimulate the skin, improving overall comfort.
Features include three technical structures, produced on a seamless loom, the thermoregulation properties of BeCool, the lightness and fast drying properties of Dryarn and enhanced anti-bacterial properties and superior wicking properties.


Premier Helmets

‘Delta’ modular flip-up

A new entry into the 2018 Premier collection is the high performance and quality ‘Delta’ modular flip-up helmet, “offering a perfect compromise between a full-face and a jet”. It is designed to eliminate aerodynamic rustling and ensure optimum soundproofing, “making it ideal for long-range trips and sports use”.

The glove-friendly mechanism to open the chin piece is by a single button on the lower part of the chin piece. There are three adjustable air vents, the first positioned on the chin piece, the other two are on the upper part of the shell, and an adjustable rear extractor.
The external shell is moulded in thermoplastic material that is highly impact resistant and able to disperse the energy resulting from an impact, while the inner shell is in differentiated density EPS, moulded in two sizes. 

‘Delta’ also includes a dark, scratchproof internal sun visor, retractable and activated via a lever on the lower left edge of the external shell. The visor can easily be adjusted and replaced without tools. Injection-moulded in transparent polycarbonate, it is 2.2 mm thick and suitable for use with the Pinlock anti-fogging system. A Pinlock lens is included as standard.
The interior, fully removable and washable, is in sanitised-treated, anti-allergenic fabric, while the strap features a rapid-release fastener for micrometric adjustment. A removable wind-stop and nose guard are included as standard, and an external housing allows for easy positioning of the wires to install Bluetooth technology.
‘Delta’ is available in classic matt black and six linear and geometric graphics in black, titanium grey, fluo and red. It is homologated to ECE 22-05/P. All Premier helmets come with a 5-year warranty, subject to registration on the Premier website.



Yoshimura Alpha slip-ons for increased hp and torque

Yoshimura R&D of Chino, California, has this USA made Alpha slip-on muffler for the 1043cc inline-4 ADV inspired Kawasaki Versys 1000 Sport Tourer. 

Alpha slip-on muffler for Versys 1000 Sport Tourers

“At Yoshimura we always make it better”, the company says, “so we took the big Versys 1000 and went to work on creating an exhaust that can enhance all of its attributes. Massive weight savings are achieved, with over half the weight of the stock muffler being shed - yes, that’s a greater than 50 percent weight saving, 9 lbs pounds to be exact (over 4 kg)”.
Dyno tests have yielded proven power gains, with the Alpha delivering 3 percent to the maximum horsepower and a massive 10 percent to the peak torque, on a consistent power and torque curve.

Alpha slip-on muffler for Ninja H2 SX

The Alpha is also seen here for the Ninja H2 SX and available in both carbon and stainless configurations with a weight saving of up to 8 lbs (3.6 kg). An optional fender eliminator kit incorporates the company’s new shrink solder connectors and improved weather-tight, light housing with a brighter (DOT compliant) LED.
Recently added as available options for the retro-styled Kawasaki Z900RS and classic Honda Rebel 500, Yoshimura’s R-34 megaphone style muffler profile combines the styling cues of yester year with the technology of today.

R-34 megaphone style muffler for Z900RS

Features include a handformed works finish stainless steel sleeve housing, custom-tuned baffling and premium packing finished off with beautifully sculpted CNC-machined aluminium hard anodised end caps. They come with a Yoshimura custom aluminium/stainless steel perforated heat shield and weigh less than the originals they replace, with added peak hp of up to 2.6% and peak torque of 4.6% in the case of the Rebel 500.


Monday, 29 October 2018


SBS goes 100% NRS Safe

Danish specialist SBS Friction has announced that it has “secured a 100% safe brake pad programme” by embracing mechanical bonding for their ceramic and sintered brake pads.
Last year SBS succeeded in launching a sinter material for street brake pads using NUCAP Retention System (NRS) technology for their SP programme. Now a new range of world leading road racing brake pads with NRS technology has been tested for a year and will be launched with a new Dynamic Racing Concept at EICMA. SBS says it has committed to going towards being “100% NRS Safe” throughout its brake product line. 

The NRS technology is said to be the most advanced mechanical pad to backing plate attachment technology in the industry with a zero-failure rate in over a billion units worldwide.
“There is no room for error in motorcycle braking. By going 100% NRS Safe, SBS is using the very best in mechanical attachment of the brake pad compound, enabling riders to feel confident that they are using the safest performing brakes available,” says SBS Friction CSO Christel Munk Pedersen.

“The braking environment demands components that are capable of standing up to violent vibrations, an incredible heating and cooling cycle, plus chemical, weather and road debris issues – brake pads are expected and needed to perform flawlessly in a severe and hostile environment. It is well known that traditional adhesives do not necessarily handle these extremes as well as the NRS method and can be prone to failure, leading to detachment of the pad from the backing plate.
NUCAP says it is the “global leader in brake system component innovation and manufacturing”. With locations in Canada, China, Spain and the United States, NUCAP co-develops and supplies “next generation brake safety technologies to the world’s leading brake pad and shoe manufacturers and distributors”.
“NRS Safe attachment is a mechanism that simply does not fail,” states NUCAP CEO Montu Khokhar. “NRS is a patented process that modifies the surface of disc brake backing plates, adding a consistent matrix of raised steel hooks that facilitate a mechanical bond between the disc brake plate and the friction materials”.


Matris 2018 suspension options - 790 Duke

Italian specialist Matris has a comprehensive selection of suspension upgrades available for the KTM 790 Duke - the naked twin that is selling well in all of Europe’s primary markets.

At the front, a choice of 20 or 25 mm fork kits featuring Matris’ latest ‘Quad Valve’ technology, they both allow full compression, rebound and preload adjustment and are both complete and ready to install without any modifications to the factory front end.
For sport riders, fully adjustable Matris “speed sensitive system” steering damper options reduce vibrations and front wheel shake and provide greater safety at higher speeds.
At the rear, Matris has a choice of three M46KD OE replacement multi-adjustable shock absorber options - all three have rebound and length adjustment; the std has a standard spring compression preload adjustment; the ID has hydraulic spring preload adjustment, and on the IKD it is via a glove-  friendly top knob for fast and easy setting change.
Matris front forks for the KTM 790 Duke are sold with Motorex fork oil and feature KTM colour match springs. Matris ‘Dark Series’ black springs are available on request.



Sport-T side cases

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, GIVI’s new ST604 side cases are an addition to the company’s Sport-T range. They are a thermoformed option for fast bikes, streamlined and expandable and sold as a pair.

They use the Multilock latch/unlatch system and are attached to the bike using a TST specific frame. Said to “represent the perfect synthesis between rigid cases and soft bags, with which they share many features such as functionality, sturdiness, lightness and ease of transport”, the cases are made of thermoformed EVA coated in polyester and each have a 22 litre capacity. The storage space is accessed using the zippered extension, supported by retractable straps that retain the overall shape of the bag.

Further features include an anatomic grip carrying handle, reflective lateral inserts and zipper pulls, ready to accommodate a padlock. Internally there is a strap to support the lid, mesh compartments and looped inner elastic straps. A rain cover is also included. Measuring 340 x 300 x 450 mm (HxDxL), the maximum storage load is 4 kg for each bag. UV-resistant materials are used, compliant to ISO 4892-2:3013 directive (1,500 hours exposure in Q-Sun Xenon test chamber).


Venhill Engineering

Venhill cables for KTM 2-strokers

British motorcycle controls specialist Venhill Engineering has developed replacement Featherlight throttle cables for KTM’s latest generation two-stroke off-road bikes. 
Available for the 2017 and on 125 cc, 150 cc, 250 cc and 300 cc models, these OEM replacement Featherlight throttle cables are developed from OEM items and designed to give improved performance and feel, as well as adding durability and a smoother action.

Each cable features Venhill’s high-quality Featherlight cabling – a marine-grade stainless steel inner wire for minimum stretch, and a PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) liner to reduce friction and give a lighter action. The liner also removes the need for lubrication - a real advantage when riding off-road.

The cables are ‘Bird-caged’ – a special process applied to the end of the inner wire, which allows solder to penetrate the weave of the cable, making the bond with the nipple much stronger. The process adds extra strength and durability, so cables can withstand being put under repeated stress and pressure – another major plus when riding off-road.
Available in black, orange, blue, green, grey, red, white and yellow for 250/300 SX/EXC (2017); 25/150/250 SX (2017/18); 150/250/300 XC-W (2017/18) and for the 2017 Husqvarna 125 TC.


UFO Plast

UFO Plast ‘Quiver’

Italian off-road and MX specialist UFO Plast is introducing new entry level helmets – ‘Quiver’, a latest neck brace-ready and ECE 22.05 homologated design from the UFO R&D team. 

Made from high-strength polycarbonate (high resistance thermoplastic resin), the removable and washable internal pads are said to offer excellent fit, and features such as the air vents and rear air extractors, adjustable visor height and double D straps make this a well featured product with an excellent price/quality ratio.

Available in five new graphics “with simple lines to create a trendy and classic, elegant helmet with cutting-edge technical and aesthetic characteristics”, UFO Plast says ‘Quiver’ is designed, specified and targeted to sit at the top of the entry-level market.



Polisport new products for 2019

New from Portuguese off-road and MX plastics specialist Polisport, the Armadillo pipe guard is a dual compound, high-temperature resistant steel and elastomer design that combines improved protection levels with reduced vibrations and noise.

‘Armadillo’ pipe guard

Quick and easy to install, it is also easy to remove and clean after riding; it has a variable width through the protection areas for a better fit to the pipe – the exhaust does not have to be removed for guard installation.

Frame protectors

Also seen here as universal fit for two-stroke machines, Polisport frame protectors provide protection of the frame from rust, rocks and the rider’s boots. Abrasion and impact resistant, its texturised surface means enhanced grip. The slim, robust and durable design means long life and doesn’t interfere with the rider’s boots.

‘Fortress’ skid plate

The ‘Fortress’ skid plate is a highly durable and resistant injection-moulded design for full coverage of the engine and frame rails. A specific mounting kit has been developed for a simple and quick installation. It delivers extended side protection, is available with and without linkage protection and, unlike metal protectors, is noise-free. 

‘Hammer’ hand and master cylinder protector

Polisport’s MX style (single point mount) ‘Hammer’ hand and master cylinder protector uses a new universal mounting system for quick and easy mounting and precision fit.
The large yet slim and low profile plastic guard is said to ensure optimal protection with horizontally orientated airflow vents for improved cooling.
These are among the new products Polisport will present at INTERMOT, and they will be available by the beginning of 2019.



‘Commander’ ON/OFF road

The latest evolution of Italian specialist Airoh’s ON/OFF helmets, the ‘Commander’, features “an innovative design” with a changeable configuration that turns it from a ‘peak and visor’ off-roader to a ‘naked’ on-roader with the peak and visor removed. 

The company says that all of its “latest helmet design and technology comes together in the ‘Commander’ to redefine standards and achieve performance levels that others cannot match”.  Features include a high performance composite fibre (HPC) shell, extra wide visor with retractable sun visor, Pinlock lens, aerodynamic peak, three-zone ventilation, Bluetooth housing, two outer shell sizes and a wide range of “striking” graphics.



“The bearable lightness of LeoVince”

Developed in collaboration with its Racing Department, the new LV-10 Titanium by Italian exhaust specialist LeoVince has a muffler and collector made using very pure, very light and very strong grade 1 titanium.

Hand TIG welded in a control chamber, the ‘Titanium’ achieves a 29 percent weight reduction compared to stainless steel and delivers “high ductility, strength and corrosion resistance”.
Applying experience gained in the Moto 2 and Moto 3 championships, the company says the LV-10 Titanium “expresses the maximum in racing technology applied to a tailpipe designed for standard bikes” and is available as an approved fitment for street bike applications.
 The LV-10 Titanium exhaust has a sanded finish with a laser-etched LeoVince logo and is being unveiled for select models at EICMA.


M3 Black Titanium replica

Italian manufacturer GPR Exhaust Systems, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has announced updates to its popular product lines with this new M3 Black Titanium Limited Edition slip-on - a Moto 3 replica developed in conjunction with the World Champion Joan Mir during the 2017 season and with Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio this year.

Available for all main sports use and naked style street bikes, the M3 is totally hand made in Milan, Italy, in black titanium with a high temperature resistant ceramic coating. The brackets are in carbon for high strength and light weight with a 304 stainless steel link pipe.
Fully TIG welded, the compact and lightweight design is available in a homologated version with removable db killer and either as a slip-on or as part of a complete 3-2-1 or 4-2-1 full system.


Premier Helmets

Anniversary limited editions

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Premier has launched an exclusive series of helmets, the Anniversary Edition, combining “hi-tech materials, artisan craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology”.

‘MX’ vintage full-face cross
‘Trophy’ full-face with a full carbon shell and interior leather

The four top models in this vintage range have been created in “high-quality, hi-tech carbon” with a visible carbon weave, looser than usual, giving “strong aesthetic personality and first-rate performance”.
Materials used include natural leather with visible stitching. The interior padding is made from Carbon Fitting, a natural fabric with active carbon fibres in the weave - breathable and thermo-regulating, it is said to guarantee perfect air-conditioning.
The inner shells are in differentiated density EPS, moulded in two sizes. Four models are available - the ‘MX’, a vintage full-face cross in full carbon, while the ‘Trophy’ is a vintage full-face with a full carbon shell, interior leather and four air vents on the front and rear.
The ‘Vintage Classic’ is a jet with a full carbon shell, and the ‘Le Petit Classic’ has a full carbon shell and leather details. Each helmet is presented in exclusive packaging and is homologated to current standard ECE 22-05; 5-year warranty.