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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

INTERMOT 2016 review

GALFER: Originators of the popular ‘Wave’ style brake rotors, the Spanish manufacturer (with U.S. subsidiary at Oxnard, California) distributes through Zodiac International in Europe. Recent new products include their ‘Skulled’ disc brake rotors - said to combine race-proven brake technology and a “stellar design into the ultimate stopping power” -  available as full floating or rigid mount for most applications. The discs come in 10” (254mm), 11.5” (292mm) and 11.8” (300mm) diameter, are TÜV/KBA approved and available for most 2000 to present Harley models, and most 1984 thru’ 1999 Harleys when used with a retrofit disc adapter;


FEHLING: The noted German accessories manufacturer offers dealers access to one of the largest handlebar, engine guard and protection parts ranges (plus luggage racks and related parts) in the industry. Recently new products for V-twins include new 1” (25.4 mm) outer diameter steel tube TUV approved ‘Z’ bars in a choice of heights, and accessories for Harley’s Dyna Fat Bob (FXDF) in chromed or black anodized steel for 2008-2013 and 2014 and up models. Fehling specialize in anything that involves tube bending and design and make all their own products in-house at their factory near Dortmund in Germany. Founded in 1945 as specialist metal-forming and processing engineers, the company specializes in motorcycle parts, currently employs around 25 people and is still in the founder’s family ownership;


DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL TRADING: Founded in the early 1970s by Henry Abe, there can’t be many parts and accessory distributors or custom shops in the V-twin industry that hasn’t bought, sold or used products from this Japanese ‘major’. Recent new products include the addition of the ‘Asura’ multi-function trip computer to their extensive line of digital and analogue gauges and instruments, and a reverse gear kit for Harley Touring models;


OHLINS: After the success of their Harley-Davidson targeted ‘Blackline’ shocks, the Swedish suspension specialist introduced a new Road & Track NIX22 (22mm) front fork cartridge kit for Dyna and Sportster models earlier this year. Using their proven “NIX” design, the fork internals feature compression damping in the left leg and rebound damping in the right, a configuration that is said to give a more precise function. The system is an easy install in the stock front forks;


SBS: The Danish brake pad manufacturer says it “has raised the bar” in brake pad friction material terms with a new high-end disc brake pad compound – the SBS EVO Sinter. Described as being manufactured with conductive sintering (direct hot pressing), the material is heated up by electrical current, resulting in an “excellent and homogeneous brake pad material”. SBS says it also features advanced friction material bonding technology - the NRS system, which is a mechanical bonding method based on a matrix of steel hooks raised on the backing plate that mould into the friction material, creating an “indestructible and corrosion safe mechanical bond without any use of adhesives”. The initial launch range includes almost 30 part numbers for modern Adventure, Roadster, Sport and touring bikes – look for cruiser fitments to be announced in 2017;


PAASCHBURG & WUNDERLICH: The respected Hamburg based distributor and parts designer continues to innovate. With warehouse space of some 3,600 sq m (nearly 40,000 sq ft) they carry over 23,500 products - lighting, exhaust pipes, accessories, spare parts, maintenance products, workshop accessories and service items;


NATIONAL CYCLE: Recent new products from the award-winning Maywood, Illinois manufacturer include updated universal fit Deflector Screens and Street Shields in Quantum hardcoated polycarbonate, three new VStream windscreens for the FLTR Road Glide, and multiple screen, windshield and cruiseliner hard saddlebag options for the Indian Scout;