Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Review INTERMOT Customized 2018 - Part 2

INTERMOT Customized 2018 - Part 2 

Motorcycle Storehouse: One of Europe’s leading aftermarket parts, accessory and apparel distributors, MCS acquired MAG Europe earlier this year, and with a new headquarters warehouse about to be commissioned near Groningen in the Netherlands, has embarked on an ambitious own brand apparel program that is designed to give the company’s dealers “an edge”. Recent new products include the addition of Dutch made Moto-Master rotors for Harley applications and the Roeg Moto Co apparel program; www.motorcyclestorehouse.com

Indian Motorcycle: In addition to the Polaris booth elsewhere in the show, Indian had an INTERMOT Customized booth to showcase the versatility of its Scout and Big Twin platforms. The highlight was the formal launch of the Scout FTR1200/S, which was championed by Indian’s Heroes of the FTR brand ambassadors and has been seen in the 4-race Sultans of Sprint series around Europe this year. Press and public reaction so far suggest that Indian may have hit a ‘Homer’ with the 1200, tapping into the youth/race zeitgeist on both sides of the Atlantic; www.indianmotorcycle.com

Sol Motors: The Stuttgart, Germany based designer says the 2018 German Design Award-winning ‘Pocket Rocket’ is not an E-bike, as it goes too fast (though it is battery powered), nor a moped, as it has no pedals, but instead is a ‘NoPed’ - “defining a new category of electric two-wheelers,” saying that it is the “perfect urban commuter vehicle.” Described as an “innovative synergy of lightweight design, performance and connectivity, the clear and contemporary design incorporates technology with a functional lifestyle for a modern riding experience”. Made in Germany, it is speed limited for regulatory reasons to 50 mph (80 km/h), delivering 8.5 hp and up to Nm 150 torque. Depending on the mode (three are available - Eco, Sport and Wheelie!), it has a range of between 50 and 80 km, and the lightweight aluminum frame means it weighs just 55 kg, with an 82 cm saddle height. Features include hydraulic braking system, regenerative braking and connectivity via an Android/iOS App. The battery is removable for charging, using a standard outlet; www.sol-motors.com

Yamaha: Of the mainstream OEMs, it is Yamaha and its ‘Yard Built’ program that has done most to bring a Japanese manufacturer fully into the custom market from the mainstream. The program has been convincing and produced some outstanding results in the hands of many of the world’s leading customizers and shops. Based on models such as the popular XSR, SCR and XV (Bolt) ‘Sport Heritage’ ranges of 700, 900 and 950 cc naked style bikes and cruisers, smaller machines such as the SR400 and larger models such as the V-Max and XJR 1300, pro-builders and dealers worldwide have embraced the opportunity to explore the ‘art of the possible’ outside of the confines of the orthodox air-cooled V-twin platform and bring whole new

Yamaha XSR700 XTribute

XSR700 XTribute

In de loop der jaren heeft Yamaha vele iconische modellen gemaakt die de tand des tijds hebben doorstaan. Voor geen model geldt dit meer dan voor de XT500. Eenvoudig, sterk en veelzijdig... de XT500 werd de meest geliefde motor van Europa.

Klaar voor een comeback
Met zijn iconische kleurenschema en tal van exclusieve scrambler-uitrustingen is de nieuwe XSR700 XTribute een eerbetoon aan de XT die je de elementaire sensatie en het rijplezier die je van een motor verwacht, doet herbeleven.

Zijn speciale kenmerken zijn onder andere een vlak zadel en dikke voetsteunen in XT-stijl, evenals een off-roadstuur en vorkkappen die de tijdloze scrambler-stijl aanvullen. Dankzij zijn 689 cc 2-cilinder lijnmotor en lichtgewicht chassis beschikt de nieuwe XSR700 XTribute over het vermogen én de technologie om indruk te maken.

Technische specificaties
2-cilinder, 4-takt, vloeistofgekoeld, DOHC, 4-kleppen
Boring x slag
80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
11.5 : 1
Max. vermogen
55.0kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Limited power version
Max. koppel
68.0Nm (6.9kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Type koppeling
Nat, Meervoudige platen
Constant mesh, 6 versnellingen
Fuel consumption
CO2 emission


now at your Zodiac Dealer

Cartridge type forks are found in most state-of-the-art sports bikes because they provide better handling characteristics as rod-type dampers and also offer more tuning possibilities. The specialists from Italian suspension manufacturer Bitubo have created these complete and easy to install fork cartridge kits that also can be used to lower the front of your bike with, depending on the application, up to 30mm. For the finishing touch you can order Bitubo fork cap covers in chrome or black finish. 

Now available at your Zodiac dealer, starting at:
Belgium, Euro incl. BTW/TVA                  470,00
Deutschland, Euro inkl. MwSt.                462,00
España, Euro incl. IVA                              470,00
Finland, Euro incl. ALV                             489,00
France, Euro TTC                                       464,00
Hungary, Euro incl. AFA                           493,00
Italia, Euro incl. IVA                                  473,00
Nederland, Euro incl. BTW                       470,00
Norway, Euro incl. MVA                            481,00
Österreich, Euro incl. MwSt                      466,00
Poland, Euro incl. PTA                              477,00
Sweden, EURO incl. MOMS                    485,00
United Kingdom, EURO incl. VAT          466,00

These products in the Zodiac Online Catalog:

The Zodiac Online Catalog: http://catalog.zodiac.nl
Where to buy: http://zodiac.nl/dealers

Part Number Information

758329          Fits the 39mm forks in 2010 thru 2015 XL1200X Forty-Eight

758333          Fits 2007-2008 VRSCDX & VRSCDXS Night Rod

758332          Fits 2007-2008 VRSCDX & VRSCDXS Night Rod

758331          Fits 2007-2010 XL883R Roadster

758205          Fits the 39mm forks in 2010 thru 2015 XL1200X Forty-Eight

758330          Fits the 49mm forks in 2016 to present XL1200X Forty-Eight

758202          Fits the 49mm forks in 2008 thru 2017 FXDF Fat Bob

758203          Fits the 49mm forks in 2014 thru 2016 Touring

758196          Fits 49mm conventional forks in 2018 to present FXBR and FXBRS Breakout

758197          Fits 49mm Upside Down forks in 2018 to present FXFB & FXFBS Fat Bob

Friday, 16 November 2018



Introducing the incredibly small but powerful Atto DF, Rhombus S and micro S.
The Kuryakyn by Kellermann collection of high-output L.E.D. turn signals welcomes a trio of all-new incredibly small but amazingly bright options including the industry’s smallest combination run-turn-brake light application, the Atto DF.

The new Kuryakyn by Kellermann Atto, micro S and Rhombus S indicators feature optimized light channeling through a smart system of lenses and reflectors known as Kellermann’s EXtranz® (Extreme Optical Transparency) technology. This unique internal structure produces highly concentrated light output despite the incredibly small size of the indicators. Additional features include durable metal housings and glass lenses, as well as Kellermann’s HighPower L.E.D. technology with Long Life Protection Guard® for unrivaled longevity.


Atto DF
Measuring 10mm (diameter) x 14mm long, the 4-wire Kuryakyn by Kellermann Atto DF features three-in-one ultra-bright red run/brake and amber turn signal functionality. The Atto DF remains visually hidden when the bike is powered off, but when activated, these pint-sized powerhouses deliver intense illumination to keep trailing motorists at a safe distance. The newest member of the Atto family is intended for rear use only. Unlike other Atto indicators, the Atto DF includes a heat sink that absorbs and disperses heat away from the housing to prevent overheating. Atto DF is available in satin black or chrome finishes.
• MSRP: $99.99 (Satin Black), $109.99 (Chrome)


Rhombus S
The Kuryakyn by Kellermann Rhombus S is a significantly scaled-down version of the popular micro Rhombus family. Available as 2-wire amber for front or rear applications, as well as 4-wire red run/brake and amber turn signal for rear applications, the Rhombus S features a sleek, angular housing that measures approximately 35mm long x 9.5mm wide x 11mm high. Because of their unique angular shape, Rhombus S indicators are sold as specific right- or left-

Review Intermot Customized 2018, Part 1

Intermot Customized 2018, Part 1
“It Was Rammed”

No exaggeration, the aisles of the 240,000 sq ft Hall 10, which staged INTERMOT Customized and the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, were crammed with people from around 9:30 am through to within an hour or so of the 6:00 pm close on each of the first four of the five public attendance days; even the generally slower Sunday was noticeably busier than in prior years.

The combined Press and Dealer day was also more crowded than we’d seen before and estimates put the INTERMOT Customized attendance at around 150,000 with INTERMOT as a whole pulling around the same attendance as 2016 - some 220,000 people. This confirms INTERMOT Customized and the ‘AMD’ as a major draw for the whole of the motorcycle industry, as the best attended indoor international custom industry expo there has ever been, anywhere, and as the headquarters event for the international custom market in the 21st century - a Parallel Universe of business opportunity.

Zodiac International: The oldest of the specialty V-twin distributors in Europe, and based in the Netherlands with sales offices and agents in all of Europe’s main markets, Zodiac has always been well known for its relationship with its dealers, multi-lingual catalogs and newsletters and focus on the leading U.S. brands, backed up by respected own brand product lines; www.zodiac.nl

Harley-Davidson: Like BMW and other OEMs, Harley had two booths at INTERMOT, with its INTERMOT Customized Hall 10 custom Dark Custom showcase alongside the AMD World

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

PDF Motociclette Italia wins Best Of Show at the Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo!

PDF Motociclette Italia wins Best Of Show 
at the Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo!

Out of the 85 custom bikes competing in the international custom bike show, organized by leading custom bike magazine Bigtwin, The Netherlands, Big Kahuna was the BEST OF SHOW!

Tech Specs: Harley-Davidson
JD 8-valve 1927 1000cc / 61 c.i. in a 1920 Harley-Davidson frame, partly made and restored by PDF.
Linkert carburator with old style air cleaner
Tanks, fender, handlebars and numerous parts madeby PDF.
Wheels are 21” with o.e.m. hubs

Congratulations to PDF Stefano Martinellio & Frenky Pidieffe Bergano ! And thanks for coming to the Bigtwin Bikeshow & Expo in The Netherlands!

#pdf #harleydavidson #bigtwin #bigtwinbikeshow #houtenexpo #custombike #custommotorcyle #onnowieringa #madnessphotography


The new Katana stole headlines last month when it was unveiled at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany, and now Suzuki has revealed a black version of the modern retro, which draws inspiration from the original icon launched nearly four decades ago. Shown for the first time today at the Milan show, Italy, the black Katana will join the classic silver in Suzuki’s 2019 range.

The new Katana takes styling cues from the original machine but moves the design into the modern era, with its lines inspired by the handcrafted Japanese sword by the same name.
Yet under the skin the new machine uses thoroughly modern engineering. The frame is the same lightweight, twin-spar aluminium frame that is specific to the popular GSX-S1000 series, while the inline four-cylinder engine is the famed powerplant that began life in another noteworthy Suzuki – the GSX-R1000 K5 – heavily revised and modernised for street-based performance, with a peak power output of 150PS at 10,000rpm, and peak torque of 108Nm at 9,500rpm.

While the original Katana was only available in silver, the expansion to two colour options for 2019 gives customers that added level of choice.


Suzuki will be displaying the new Katana at Motorcycle Live which takes places 17-25 November at the NEC in Birmingham, and it is expected to arrive in UK dealerships in spring 2019.