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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Autonomous cars

Autonomous cars to be tested with motorcycles

Following widespread concerns raised by some of Europe’s riders’ rights organizations, including Brussels based FEMA (the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations), vehicle authorities in Europe will cooperate with motorcyclists’ organizations and conduct their own test program with different brands of semi-autonomous cars.

From left to right: Arjan Everink (KNMV), Dolf Willigers (FEMA), Anton van der Heijden (RDW), Jan Sybren Boersma (RDW) and Wim Taal (FEMA) – the RDW has agreed that testing with motorcycles should be part of the test protocol for European type approval of so-called autonomous cars and those with cars with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Changing System (LCS). Field tests could start as early as 2017.

Those concerns center around the extent to which the testing of fully and semi-autonomous systems had been calibrated to account for the presence of motorcycles.
This is in response to lobbying of RDW – the Dutch Vehicle Authority that issued the European type approval for Tesla – by FEMA, the Motorcycle Action Group in the Netherlands, and the KNMV, the Royal Dutch motorcycle riders association.
At a meeting with the RDW, at which the motorcyclists’ worries were discussed, it transpired that despite granting type approval, the RDW shared many of the concerns raised.

As a result, the RDW proposes - in cooperation with the motorcyclists’ organizations - to conduct their own test program with different brands of cars with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. RDW also believes, as do the riders, that testing with motorcycles should be part of the test protocol for European type approval.
Dolf Willigers, General Secretary of FEMA, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this first meeting with the experts of RDW. We are going to act together and we will see in the field tests to which extent the technique takes motorcyclists into account.”


Kenth Öhlin appoints new CEO

Having bought back 95 percent of the ownership share from Yamaha in 2007, founder Kenth Öhlin has finally implemented a succession plan that will see him hand over day-to-day management of the suspension business he started at the age of 25 years old in 1976. 

The appointment of Henrik Johansson as CEO guarantees continuity - Johansson having been with the Swedish business for over 20 years, most recently as Deputy CEO, with an emphasis on strategic planning and management.
Kenth Öhlin will remain as owner, board member and President and said: ”I am pleased and proud to have had the opportunity to develop Öhlins Racing AB for 40 years. Now is the time to hand over to a leader who can continue the epic journey.
“I myself will remain active in the company as an advisor, and hopefully can continue to contribute with my knowledge in areas such as technical development, sales and racing activities.”
Johansson said: “It’s truly an honor to get this assignment and, as such, the overall responsibility to lead Öhlins Racing AB into the future. I believe that I gained a good knowledge of our strengths and weaknesses, but also understand what we need to develop to maintain our position as one of the benchmarks for advanced suspension systems around the globe.”
Öhlins Racing AB is a privately owned Swedish company. The headquarters and main production site are located just north of Stockholm, Sweden, and Öhlins has branch offices and subsidiaries in Sweden, Germany, Thailand and USA.
Yamaha Motor Europe N.V bought a majority stake in Öhlins in 1987. Kenth Öhlin stayed with the company during that time and oversaw a successful 25-year collaboration that saw Öhlins become almost ubiquitous as a “go-to” race suspension brand during an era in which Yamaha enjoyed unparalleled track success.
With the downturn storm clouds looming, Kenth Öhlin was able to reacquire ownership in 2007. The support from Yamaha enabled the company to develop many of the ideas that Kenth Öhlin had, not least that of the CES valve (Continuously Controlled Suspension System) patented in 1984, and an automotive industry staple still to this day.

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”;


Power Commander V-PTI

DynoJet’s Power Commander V-PTI uses the same features as the Power Commander V, but is designed for the very specific tuning demands and opportunities offered by turbocharged or supercharged engines.

Delivering “precision, control and reliability,” the PC V-PTI 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.


Joker Machine

Vintage brake and clutch levers

These new Joker Machine brake and clutch levers are made from top quality CNC-machined 6061 billet aluminum at their Lake Havasu City, Arizona facility and have been “constructed for optimal form and function over stock cast units – a great upgrade for vintage restoration projects.” They fit 1” or 7/8” handlebars, come with a 10mm or 8mm brass cable adjuster, stainless steel pivot pins and hardware.

The lightweight design features ergonomic “3D” machining on the levers; a cable clutch adjustment clip makes it easy to adjust the clutch cable. All parts are precision-machined and anodized for durability and long life. High quality “OILITE” bronze bushing on levers for super smooth action. Proven performance in road racing and off-road applications.



Rear axle trike assemblies

Long before the latest rise in popularity of trikes and trike conversions, Paughco was all over three- wheelers built around H-D power plants, frames and other OEM driveline components. 

Today the company offers trike enthusiasts one of, if not the largest, selection of three-wheel conversion products. Seen here, their comprehensive collection of rear axle drive assemblies include units designed specifically for converting Sportster, Softail, FXR, Dyna and chain drive models - just about every possible configuration is covered.
Made in the USA, Paughco’s rear axle assemblies “feature the finest quality components and rugged construction. Housings are constructed from precision-cut and welded 1” x 4” and 1” x 2½” rectangular tubing. Axle tubes are precision-crafted from 2 3/8” diameter thick-wall tubing and solid steel, CNC machined carriers house US-made Dana 44 spider gears.
“Automotive-style Timken-type splined wheel hubs provide exceptional strength and are designed for severe use applications. Disc brake components include black Wilwood two-piston calipers and two-piece 11.09” diameter rotors with an offset hat.”



Lights-ready ergonomic gas and clutch grips

German accessory manufacturer WUNDERKIND-Custom has designed these new custom gas and clutch grips with an open grip end diameter, which means they can be matched with bar-end indicators such as the motoGadget m-Blaze Disc designs seen here. The two-part rubber design appears to be a one-piece, and is said to deliver superior vibration damping and ergonomic grip comfort on Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and touring models.


W&W Cycles

New Retro parts from W&W Cycles


Bates “Beefy Body”
The 1970s saw the emergence of daring tank and seat combinations, mostly realized in fiberglass. This solo-riding, US made “Beefy Body” tank-seat-fender combination for 4-speed Big Twins 1958-1984 derives from a design of the period by the legendary Californian company Tracy, an industry leader in this field back then.
The gas tank, seat, side panels and rear fender form a single unit and completely transform the Big Twin. Covered with a VE Flex gelcoat, it bolts directly to the frame; the original fender struts can be omitted; supplied with a seat base plate for building a custom seat. Oil tank and battery carrier of 1965 and up models do not fit and must be replaced by a top fill horseshoe oil tank or something similar - petcock thread: 2 x 3/8” NPT, fuel tank capacity 7.5 liter, length x width: 125 x 26.5 cm with gas cap.


Kellermann Bullet 1000 DF turn signals
These German made Kellermann E13 approved classic bullet design turn signals feature state-of-the-art HPT (Homogenous Projection Technology) electronics that emit an intense ultra-quick response homogeneous, ring-shaped light combined with a smooth reaction of the internal reflector, resulting in a “harmonic turn signal pulse.” The shape of the restrained design of the quality metal housing blends well into most bike designs.
Available black or chrome plated, the Bullet 1000 DF are supposed to be mounted as rear turn signals and feature an integrated stoplight and taillight function, replacing the existing stoplight, taillight and turn signals. The permanently illuminated circumferential ’red rings’ will create a distinctive look, and when hitting the brake these red rings will flash up extremely bright to guarantee getting the attention of following traffic. An ideal front turn signal complement would be a set of Kellermann’s award-winning 1000 Extreme Bullets.

Ignition system for OHV Big Twins 1947-1960
Accurate reproduction of the factory circuit breaker assembly as used on post-war OHV Big Twins - correct for the 1947-1960 year group, but can be fitted to all OHV Big Twins 1936-1969. Ship complete with breaker points and condenser, so it is ready to be installed; cadmium-plated/chrome-plated.


Burly Scrambler handlebars
One inch black powder-coated or chrome plated handlebars in sport classic Scrambler style, which will add that sought-after off-road touch. They provide a comfortable seating position on the highway with just enough height to fit your reach; work on most H-D’s with stock cables and brake lines; W4 custom oval hole cable routing - total width: 85 cm, center width: 13.5 cm, height: 15 cm, depth: 7.5 cm


Kustom Tech master cylinder
Italian made universal use 14mm rear brake master cylinder with a very small and smooth design. A great part for all custom rear wheel brake projects, they are CNC-machined from billet aluminum, have 30mm distance between the mounting holes (L x W x H: 82 x 31 x 68.5 mm); available polished or black anodized.


Kustom Tech handlebar rings
Designed for a smooth transition between grips and handlebars and particularly recommended when installing custom controls without switch housings. Made in Italy, they mount easily on 1” handlebars with set screws; available in polished or black anodized aluminum, polished brass or chrome plated stainless steel.


Friction discs for steering damper
A properly working steering damper is a great device for all bikes, but especially on big full dresser bikes with 16” front wheels to stabilize high speed handling. This kit consists of three steel pressure/anchor discs and two fiber friction discs to put FL(H) 1949-1984 stock dampers back into service.


WLA front fender
Reproduction of the front springer fenders as used on WLA military models; made in Europe in bare steel by Samwel Supplies. Fits 45cui/750cc WLA models 1940-1945.


Cooper Smithing Co. rear fenders
US hand-made steel fenders with a fully circumferential 3/8” beaded edge for improved rigidity, featuring a flawless ready-to-paint finish; available for 16 and 18 inch wheels.


‘Snatch’ transmission side cover
Made in France by EMD, this cast aluminum finished ribbed design cable clutch actuation ‘Snatch’ cover will radically change the style of the right side of the transmission; installs on 2006 and up Dyna and 2007 and up Softail models with the OEM mounting hardware. It is also available black powder-coated.