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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

INTERMOT 2016 - review

DYNOJET RESEARCH: Latest new products from the Las Vegas based manufacturer include the Power Commander V-PTI for the very specific tuning demands and opportunities offered by turbo and supercharged engines. It uses the same features as the Power Commander V and allows modification of the fuel curve based on a pressure (boost) table and/or temperature table on ‘07-’09 XL 1200s. The pressure table provides 3D mapping capability based on boost vs. rpm; the temperature table provides 2D mapping capability with up to 50 points of adjustments. It comes with a Bosch 3 bar map/temp sensor;


HOT LEATHERS: A major player in the domestic U.S. custom apparel market and famed for their presence at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, their range includes premium U.S. made jackets, vests and riding pants;


RST: New products from the well-known German parts and accessory manufacturer include Motorcycle Storehouse distributed, ABE approved brake and clutch levers designed with 6-way adjustability, enabling all riders to set their levers to the right grip to lever distance for virtually any given hand size. CNC-machined from billet aluminum with stainless hardware, they are available in a polished or black anodized finish for most tourers, Softails, Dynas and Sportsters;


S&S CYCLE: Two months ago S&S Cycle launched the first in a series of European approvals for its top sellers with E9 certification for their ‘Stealth’ air cleaners for cable or throttle by wire throttle body applications on 103 and 110 inch Dyna and Softail models, and well as EFi 883 and 1200cc Sportsters;


HYPERPRO: Recent new products from the well-known Dutch specialist include much needed replacement, upgraded fork springs, replacement rear springs for the stock shock absorbers, two grades of complete replacement rear shock absorbers and a complete rear and front “combi-kit” for the suspension challenged Indian Scout. Founded in 1993, Hyperpro specializes in progressive-wound springs that are said to improve stopping distances by 15-20 percent, stabilizers, complete shock absorbers and front fork components and kits. The company employs around 25 people at their 10,000 sq ft headquarters building, sells to 40 countries and at any one time has over 30,000 springs in stock for some 2,500 different models;

HARLEY-DAVIDSON: One of two booths that Harley had at INTERMOT this year (the other one was adjacent to the AMD World Championship in the nearby ‘INTERMOT Customized’ hall), Harley’s international sales continue to go a long way towards balancing the balance sheet hit that their softening domestic U.S. demand is creating ... first nine months 2016 domestic U.S. sales were down by -4.7 percent, while international sales were +3.3 percent in their EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa,) +1.9 percent for the third quarter and +6.6 percent year-to-date;

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE: Polaris continues to “plough the road” in terms of opening dealerships as quickly as it can in Europe and feeding new models into the market tactically as production ramps up. The marketing hype in Europe hasn’t been as intense as that seen in the United Sates, but the latent demand created by residual brand legacy popularity should see them able to sell all the new units they can ship to Europe for some time to come;

AVON TYRES: Ever since Arlen Ness embraced Avon Tyres as his brand of choice “back in the day”, Avons have been one of the most popular tire choices among custom aficionados. This was strongly in evidence at this year’s AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, with the World Champion and more than twenty others choosing the British designed and manufactured brand. As Arlen Ness once said “for me, it all starts with the tire”;