Saturday, 11 July 2020

CUSTOMBIKE and DREAM MACHINES Magazines Update

UNITED WE STAND! Weiter, nur weiter! 

Nun ist es offiziell. Die CUSTOMBIKE lebt. Hier die Pressemitteilung von den Verantwortlichen. Wir halten euch hier weiter auf dem Laufenden….
„Vor etwas mehr als einer Woche mussten wir fassungslos zur Kenntnis nehmen, dass der Verlag, in dem unsere CUSTOMBIKE erscheint, nicht mehr existieren und unser Magazin mit sofortiger Wirkung eingestellt wird. Keine Zeit, sich gebührend zu verabschieden. Knapp 30 Jahre Arbeit, viele tausend Seiten gedruckte Motorradleidenschaft – und am Ende sollen von Europas ältestem Magazin für umgebaute Motorräder nichts als zwei Dutzend Archivschuber im Regal bleiben?



Unser erster Impuls war, die Sache hinzuschmeißen und abzuhaken. Allerdings hatten wir nicht mit der überwältigenden Reaktion der Schrauber- und Customszene gerechnet. Eure Kommentare, Mails, Nachrichten und zahlreiche Telefonate weckten unseren Kampfgeist und die Erkenntnis, dass es hier noch nicht zu Ende sein darf. Um unser Magazin vor windigen Heuschrecken zu schützen, mussten wir schnell handeln. Und das haben wir getan.
So konnten wir uns als langjährige Mitarbeiter die Lizenzrechte an unserem Magazin CUSTOMBIKE und der Schwesterzeitschrift DREAM-MACHINES sichern. Unser Dank dafür gilt den Lizenzinhabern, die auch anders hätten entscheiden können, aber uns das Vertrauen aussprachen, die Titel weiterzuführen.

Wir haben weder großartig Kohle, noch sind wir Buchhalter oder Betriebswirte. Aber als erfahrene Blattmacher und Verlagskaufleute werfen wir gern unser Herzblut, unsere Kreativität und unsere Leidenschaft für umgebaute Motorräder in die Waagschale, um der Custom- und Schrauberszene weiterhin eine gedruckte Heimat zu bieten. Wir fangen komplett bei Null an, es liegt viel Arbeit vor uns und wir werden alle Hilfe und Unterstützung brauchen, die wir bekommen können. Wenn die vielen guten Worte der letzten Woche keine reinen Lippenbekenntnisse sind, werden wir noch in diesem Jahr einen Neustart unserer beiden Magazine schaffen – unabhängig von großen Verlagen und undurchsichtigen Geschäftsleuten.
Für uns gilt es nun, die Weichen richtig zu stellen, auf unsere Reise nehmen wir euch gern mit. Wir werden zur Unterstützung eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne ins Leben rufen, so könnt ihr ein Teil unseres Projektes werden. Lasst es uns angehen – united we stand!
Es grüßen herzlich,

Carsten Heil und Katharina Weber“

Friday, 10 July 2020

Rondrit "Where is Anna" in Belgie gaat door!

Rondrit "Where is Anna" gaat door!
Covid-19 risk proof.

Ons evenement is goedgekeurd door de Belgische "Event risk Matrix" 
voor nationale en internationale deelnemers.


Dus iedereen is welkom op onze rondrit 15 Augustus  langs de frontlinies van WWI aan de Belgische kust in Mannekesvere.
Locatie is open van vrijdag tot zondag. Eten, drank en activiteiten zijn iedere dag voorzien.

Wegens Covid-19 is voorinschrijven verplicht.
Stuur mail naar: whereisanna1418@gmail.com
Beperkt aantal inschrijvingen, dus schrijf liefst zo snel mogelijk in.
Na ontvangst betaling is uw plaats gereserveerd.
Bij annulatie van dit evenement wegens Covid-19  krijgt u uw geld volledig terug tot de maandag voor het evenement.



Wednesday, 8 July 2020

MEC takes off – The Motorcycle Equipment Company!



MEC takes off – The Motorcycle Equipment Company! 

THERES-OBERTHERES and AIGEN-SCHLÄGL – 8 July 2020  Standstill - not for us! We are going forward! Therefore, the companies of the brands KessTech and Cult-Werk join forces and form the MEC GmbH – The Motorcycle Equipment Company. Against standstill! 



• In future, MEC will operate the brands KessTech and Cult-Werk under one roof.
• The merger creates an unparalleled combination of strong and symbolic cult brands.

• The new MEC is perfectly positioned to enable bikers to realize their dream of the perfect motorcycle. 




• We are constantly thinking outside the box to make your dream bikes come true.
• Together we are the ideal mix of bikers, engineers, technicians, lawyers, financiers, designers, Q-managers, marketers, buyers, web designers, accountants, graphic designers, sales people,

MEC gaat van start - The Motorcycle Equipment Company!

MEC gaat van start - The Motorcycle Equipment Company! 

THERES-OBERTHERES en AIGEN-SCHLÄGL - 8 juli 2020  Stilstand? - niet bij ons! 
Wij gaan vooruit! Daarom bundelen de bedrijven achter de merken KessTech en Cult-Werk hun krachten en vormen ze MEC - The Motorcycle Equipment Company ("MEC").
 Tegen stilstand! 


• MEC zal in de toekomst de merken KessTech en Cult-Werk in de markt zetten 
van onder één dak.
• Door de fusie ontstaat een ongeëvenaarde combinatie van sterke cultmerken.
• MEC is perfect gepositioneerd om motorrijders in staat te stellen hun droom van het bezitten van de perfecte motorfiets te verwezenlijken. 


 
 

• We denken voortdurend out-of-the-box om jullie droommotorfietsen te verwezenlijken
• Samen zijn wij de ideale mix van motorrijders, ingenieurs, technici, advocaten, financiers, designers, marketeers, inkopers, webdesigners, accountants, grafisch designers, verkopers,

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Driving restrictions in Tyrol - Statement and all-clear signal from KessTech

Driving restrictions in Tyrol - 
Statement and all-clear signal from KessTech 

From 10 June 2020 until 31 October 2020, "motorcycle noise restrictions" will apply on certain routes in Tyrol. These apply exclusively to motorcycles that have an idle noise level of more than 95dB(A) recorded in the vehicle documents. 

Since the prohibition was announced, we have received a lot of inquiries about what this means for motorcyclists with KessTech systems. To all KessTech drivers who have already worried about not being able to drive to Tyrol any longer: Here the all-clear comes! ;)
Since the 95dB(A) in Tyrol refer to the idle nouse level when measuring stationary noise, which is noted in the vehicle documents or on the vehicle's type plate, there is no connection to the KessTech systems, only to the OEM value. Even customers who have registered our systems always only have the OEM value in their vehicle documents. So as long as the registered values of the original vehicle are not higher than 95dB(A), there shouldn't be a problem.

For the following vehicles, the value of the OEM stationary noise level is above 95dB(A), but below it when using a KessTech system (updated on 23th of June): Harley-Davidson FXDRS, Indian Motorcycle with TS111 as well as TS116. 


With immediate effect, we are supplementing our EC-type approval cards for the models concerned with our homologated idle noise level.
If you already have such a system, we can provide you with a new EC-type approval card. Please send us a photo of your current EC-type approval card and your vehicle document as well as your address to contact@kesstech.de.

Legally, the EC-type approval card has no relevance. However, it will help you during controls and show that with the KessTech system there is at least no technical reason to prevent you from continuing your journey. 

By the way, with the valve closed, KessTech drivers are always quieter on the road than with the OEM! ;) So you can - whether in Tyrol or not - have fun driving and also show respect for your environment!



Scrapping Premium – Exchange into legal!

Scrapping Premium – Exchange into legal!  

Now your time has come! Regulations are becoming more and more rigorous, police controls more and more frequent. ...Exactly the right time to switch from nonhomologated to legal! Exchange your non-homologated exhaust into a legal KessTech exhaust with a European type approval and save 250€! Order your legal KessTech exhaust now at your dealer with the keyword „Scrapping Premium“! Configure it right now!

Your advantages? • Save 250€/order! • Have a legal exhaust and avoid conflicts with the law! • Get an awesome sound with a high-end product!

How can you get the deal? • Order a new exhaust at your dealer with the keyword “Scrapping Premium“. • Get the old, illegal exhaust demounted and the KessTech exhaust installed. • The dealer will send us a picture of the demounting.  • This offer is valid until 31 December 2020.

When your exhaust is exchanged, we will pick up the scrap metal from your dealer. ...Stay curious what we plan to do with it. 😉😉 



Corbin New Product - Rear Fender / Undertail for 2020 Triumph Rocket III


 Corbin New Product - Rear Fender /
 Undertail for 2020 Triumph Rocket III
 Rear Fender / Undertail
2020 Triumph Rocket III






The Rocket III is an amazing bike and we really appreciate the inspired visuals. Unfortunately when it came to the stock license plate mounting arrangement we found ourselves inspired to create something different.

Constructed of durable ABS with a steel mounting bracket, the Corbin undertail kit provides a very clean appearance and tightens things up under the fender. It comes pre painted in OEM colors to keep the look clean. We currently have matches for

Friday, 3 July 2020

Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo gaat door! - Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo goes on!


Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo gaat door!

We hebben heel goed nieuws! Door versoepeling van de corona-maatregelen kan de Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo 2020 gewoon doorgaan! Hiermee is er een einde gekomen aan de onzekerheid. Van 30 oktober t/m 1 november gaan de deuren van Expo Houten weer open voor het jaarlijkse custombike evenement. Je bent dan van harte welkom om te genieten van spectaculaire custombikes en lifestyle in een gezellige sfeer.
Standhouders kunnen nu al reserveren! Binnenkort is het mogelijk om je bike in te schrijven voor de Bikeshow.
Meer info op: www.bigtwin.nl en op de Facebookpagina. Voor aanvullende info: 0031(0)345-520709, mail: info@bigtwinbikeshow.nl



Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo goes on!

We have great news! Due to easing of the corona measures the Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo 2020 can be held as usual! We can hereby put an end to all uncertainty. Expo Houten will be open for our annual custombike event from October 30 to November 1. We are happy to welcome you to enjoy the spectacular custombikes and lifestyle trends.
All exhibitors will receive an invitation to reserve a stand and it will be possible to register your cutombike for the Bikeshow soon. More info: www.bigtwin.nl and on their Facebook page. For additional info: 0031(0)345-520709,
mail: info@bigtwinbikeshow.nl

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Wheels and Waves - Biarritz, France, September 3 to 6

Wheels and Waves

Wheels and Waves - Biarritz, France, September 3 to 6
After the inevitable postponement of the originally planned June event, the organisers of Wheels and Waves have confirmed September 3 - 6 as the new dates for the 9th edition of the Biarritz, France based weekend of all things 'Moto Culture' and scrambler/hill climb/flat track racing.


Staged at the 'Jaizkibel', the superbly named 'Punk's Peak' will see mild to wild, the serious and the downright optimistic racing for fun and kudos as the highlight of "this joyful and very artisanal" and hugely popular Millennial showcase where art, motorcycles and surfing come together in an alliance that taps the spirit of the times.
"Since 2012, obstacles have often been a source of creativity. This year the challenge is huge, but the messages of support that we have been receiving have made us realise that the void created by the virus this year needs to be filled."

www.wheels-and-waves.com

Triumph to reduce global workforce

Triumph to reduce global workforce

Triumph Motorcycles is to lay off 400 employees in response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 health emergency. Some 240 of them will be from the already much reduced UK workforce at its Hinckley, Leicestershire "Centre of Excellence for Research and Development" as part of 400 job losses around the world.



In a statement the company said that the pandemic had "significantly reduced global demand for large capacity motorcycles". Triumph employs some 2,500 people worldwide, around 1,000 of them in the UK. The company only recently announced that it was to move all remaining volume production from the UK to one of its factories in Thailand, leaving the much reduced UK facility to focus on design, R&D, race engines and the assembly of its programme of factory custom specials.
Triumph Motorcycles' Chief Executive Nick Bloor said: "These are not only challenging times for everyone as individuals, but also for the company. No business could have anticipated the scale of the coronavirus crisis and its economic consequences.
"The pandemic has caused significant damage to the global motorcycle market, and, sadly, we have to respond and react accordingly, both as a responsible employer and as a business that invests for the future.




"These are not easy decisions to make, especially when individuals' livelihoods are affected, however, regrettably the scale of impact of COVID-19 necessitates us to restructure now in order to protect the long-term health and success of the Triumph brand and business.
"Sales in the larger 500 cc plus motorcycle segment in key markets such as France, Italy, Germany, the USA and the UK have fallen by between 40 and 65 percent over the past three months during what would normally be the peak season for sales.
"Although Triumph sales have outperformed this significant decline to some degree, the market is forecast to remain considerably down on pre-COVID-19 levels as a direct result of the economic conditions created by it."
Turnover grew to £529.5m in the year to June 2019, when worldwide production was put at 60,131 bikes - at that stage only some 6 to 7,000 were thought to have been made at the UK factory. Pre-tax profits rose from £9m to £9.5m, while the amount spent developing new models rose from £36m to £43.4m.