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Tuesday 10 January 2023

EICMA 2022 Review part 3

Gates Carbon Drive: The famous belt drive manufacturer has its eyes on the electric scooter market with its new Moto X5 belt. Described as a "significant addition to the Gates Carbon Drive portfolio, offering the same core belt drive benefits of clean, quiet, smooth, strong, but with even quieter performance than its predecessors," Gates says it achieved this breakthrough in belt technology through the combination of a high-stiffness, long-lasting synthetic compound with Gates' long-proven carbon fiber cord reinforcement. The expansion of the use of drive belts rather than chain on electric motorcycles will represent a major new business opportunity for the Denver, Colorado based Bates Corporation;

SBS Friction: Available through Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited, the leading Danish brake pad manufacturer has been on a mission to turn motorcycle brake pads into being among the most environmentally responsible products possible, and its new ECE R90 formulations will mark the final stage in a "Better Brakes" transition. This will see production at its Svendborg, Denmark factory achieve carbon neutral production by 2025. The transition means that SBS will be removing and replacing raw materials such as copper, nickel (for sintered pads) and antimony (for ceramic pads) from greater than 95% of production;

Bitubo: In strategic terms, the big news from the Padua based Italian suspension specialist has been the opening of a new North American headquarters in Florida, headed up by former Progressive Suspension man Sean Delshadi. In product terms, recent additions include JBH cartridges, including 2" overs, and SSW steering stabilizer kits;

S&S Cycle: Grant Hillegass says that "the popular S&S Cycle 'Winter Power Packages' have returned through the end of January. They are the ideal combination of performance and savings, with winning combinations on offer for M-8 and Twin Cam models";

Società Generale Ricambi (SGR): Italy's leading motorcycle spare parts distributor has largely "flown under the radar" as one of Europe's majors, but is now starting to flex its muscle. The Bologna based distributor owns Moraco in France, Langenscheidt in Germany and Euromoto 85 of Barcelona, Spain - making SGR Europe one of the market's 'Big Five' distribution players, including Kellermann lights, Putoline Oil and the Uclear range of Bluetooth intercoms;

Galfer: Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Galfer wrapped up the 2022 edition of EICMA celebrating a record number of visitors to its stand, "a high level of interest from industry professionals and a successful 70th anniversary party attended by partners, clients, riders and friends." Recent new products for V-twin applications include its Floatech brake discs. These are added to a wide range of braking solutions - rotors, calipers and pads for H-D use, including its award-winning Cubic rotors and established Disc Wave, Skull and 'Classic' designs;,

GIVI: Recent new products include the latest evolution of the GIVI Trekker Outback EVO aluminum cases. "Design updates go far beyond a mere restyling. There are 16 dedicated molds, changes to components, load capacities, technical components, and, for the first time, a contoured shape side case. Notched, rounded, flared - basically the bottom of the side case is split into two levels. It's the perfect solution for ADV models with a high exhaust on the right side such as the BMW GS and H-D Pan America";

Kellermann: Seen here on Italian distributor SGR's booth (Società Generale Ricambi), recent new products from Aachen, Germany based LED lights manufacturer include its award-winning 'Jetstream' 3-in-1 rear, brake and sequential lighting turn signal combo. "Integrating elements from aviation design - the shape of a wing with an integrated jet engine - the distinctively and shapely designed Jetstream is a guaranteed eye-catcher both for its looks and for its power." LED design expert Guido Kellermann told AMD: "Our new premium Kellermann Jetstream is probably the most spectacular motorcycle indicator ever built," and one of Europe's leading custom parts and accessory distributors described it simply as "probably the best combination taillight ever conceived";

Bihr: The Bartenheim, France based distributor became a second acquisition in 2022 for the Minnesota based Arrowhead Engineered Products (AEP) Group. Best known until recently, in powersports terms, as owner of Vertex Pistons in Italy, All Balls Racing and other component brands such as Hot Cams and Pivot Works, the year started with news that AEP had acquired the Boise, Idaho based domestic U.S. distributor Western Power Sports (WPS). The year ended with the market coming to terms with AEP's August announced addition of Bihr to its portfolio - headed up by CEO Christophe Piron;

Barkbusters: One of the world's leading handguard manufacturers, the Melbourne based manufacturer was quick out of the blocks with a wide range of choices for H-D Pan America riders that "allow discerning riders to switch out the inferior OEM offerings with the best quality hand protection on the market." A two-point mount crash protection hardware kit is now available for the Pan America to secure the full wrap-around aluminum design with a heat-treated aluminum backbone for added strength and impact protection. Bar end weights are also included. The kit allows riders to protect their hands using one of the five separately available Barkbusters plastic handguard designs, including its best-selling 'VPS' - a high impact resistant plastic guard with deflectors that can be fitted in two positions for variable wind protection;

Cult-Werk: Hosted on Parts Europe's huge multi-vendor exhibition hub, recent new products from the noted Austrian parts and accessory designer and manufacturer have included a slew of designs for the Nightster and Sportster S;