The Austrian parent company, WP Suspension GmbH, is entrusting KTM South Africa in the establishment of a new network of Authorized Centers, thus transferring the responsibility of the brand’s products to the Midrand-based company.
Franziska Brandl, Managing Director of KTM South Africa, has been entrusted to lead the WP brand to ‘Get In Front’ - in line with the brand’s slogan - and will manage the establishment of the network of Authorized Centers to sell and service both WP OEM equipment and Pro Components parts.
Backed by the experienced Greg Smyth as WP Suspension’s PG&A Manager and Stephan Marais as WP Suspension’s Customer Service Manager, the newly created division is set to deliver product and service of only the highest quality. ABOUT WP
WP is at the forefront of suspension technology, delivering race winning performance in a wide range of competitive environments. From Motocross and Supercross, Enduro and Rally, to Superbike and every class of MotoGP, racers have scored an impressive array of victories with WP suspension at the heart of these wins.
The expertise garnered in competition have filtered down into state-of-the-art products for the Aftermarket & OEM products.
WP AUTHORIZED CENTERS
Discussions regarding the appointment of these new Authorized Centers are at an advanced stage, and WP will announce the full list in due course. Five Authorized Centers are expected to be operating in South Africa by mid-2018.
The changes being made are customer driven. The ability to have a geographically spread and factory trained network of Authorized Centers will benefit WP customers who will receive high service levels, technician specialisation, the back-up of the considerable expertise that WP can offer, and a more local service.
Each Authorized Center will be able to sell, setup and service WP’s range of competition-focused Pro Components, such as the company’s famed Cone Valve forks and Trax rear shock absorber. Pro Component parts – from triple clamps and steering dampers to T-shirts and stickers – will also be available for those looking to tune their performance to perfection.
Each Authorized Center will be able to supply spare parts and servicing items, either direct to the customer or to other outlets, ensuring that customers get back riding without delay.THE PRO COMPONENTS RANGE
In terms of Off Road Pro Component products, WP can deliver Spring Cone Valve forks and Trax shocks to an extensive list of Japanese models, as well as to KTM and Husqvarna customers looking to replace their OEM units to get the most performance out of their bike.
Additionally, AER Cone Valve forks, which combine WP’s two greatest technologies, the cone valve damping and the AER Spring System, can also be supplied to KTM and Husqvarna machines.
Away from the adult market, KTM and Husqvarna customers can buy Pro Component WP suspension for models ranging from 50cc to 85cc, with AER Cone Valve forks and the Trax shock available for the KTM 85 SX and Husqvarna TC 85.
In addition to the Off Road Pro Component products available from WP there is also a range of On Road Competition Cartridge Kits, Competition Shocks and steering dampers. Both Off Road and On Road products will be available from all Authorized Centers.
Managing Director, WP Suspension, South Africa
“With WP Suspension being part of the KTM Group structure it was the logical step for us to adopt WP Suspension in South Africa. We are thrilled to re-launch WP and to give it the platform it deserves, with a strong network of WP Authorized Centers giving our clients the opportunity to race with the best possible components, backed by top class service.”
WP Sales Manager, WP Suspension GmbH, Austria
“We are really excited that South Africa will develop this new network of Authorized Centers in 2018. This model is being replicated across all our territories and it enables us to build on WP’s considerable reputation. The result will be that we are able to deliver class leading products and services to riders and racers that will have a demonstrable impact on their riding and results.”
Further details can be found at www.wp-suspension.com where customers are able to enter details of their machine into a configurator to understand what WP options are available for their bike, which can then be emailed to their local Authorized Center.
After quite a lengthy period with no news with regards to what is happening with Triumph in South Africa, we recently met with Bruce Allen, who will be heading up the Triumph operation, to get some insight into the new operation and this is what he had to say;
Q: The single point Triumph Flagship facility does not provide a sufficient footprint for representing the Triumph Brand in Gauteng, how does this help a Triumph owner?
A: Globally Triumph is going through a process whereby the brand is being positioned in the premium manner it deserves. In assessing the requirements for re-establishing the Triumph business in South Africa, while at the same time following the global direction of premium representation, we had to balance the investment required against the ability to still have multi-point representation in a city. For this reason, we have positioned the site for the new facility in Woodmead as geographically central as possible in order for current customers to be able to access us from the various freeways. Current Triumph volumes unfortunately do not allow for the multiple dealers to invest at the required level, so there is a compromise between an ongoing presence for Triumph in SA and a single point facility.
Q: I live in Gauteng, but Triumph SA does not yet have the service capacity to look after my needs, what do I do?
A: The transition time between the previous distributor in SA and Triumph SA being appointed has been extremely brief and has not allowed for adequate capacity to be established to take care of customers’ needs. Triumph SA has entered into an agreement with previous Triumph dealers in Centurion, Edenvale and Boksburg to service and maintain Triumph motorcycles until December 2018. Triumph Johannesburg’s service facility will be ready to take care of customers’ needs from April 2018 at its (temporary) South Road Sandton facility. The service capacity of this facility will be gradually increased over the next 9 months to ensure that we are in a position to fully accommodate our customers by the end of the year.
Q: What do I do if I live in Cape Town and own a Triumph, who will look after my motorcycle?
A: As is the case in Port Elizabeth and Durban, Cape Town customers will continue to be supported by the same agents who currently look after their motorcycles in these cities.
Q: When will Triumph open other dealerships in other cities in South Africa?
We have made an initial commitment to have a retail presence in Cape Town next year (2019) and Pretoria the following year (2020). Durban will be considered over the next couple of years, but we are unable to make a commitment at this stage.
Q: When will I be able to buy a new Triumph motorcycle again?
A: We are planning to commence retailing motorcycles in May 2018. This will depend on time required for homologations and any potential cooperation from the previous distributor.
Q: I am interested in the new Speed Triple, will you be bringing it to SA?
A: Yes, the New Speed Triple is most definitely amongst the models on offer in SA. The full model line-up will include the following: Tiger 800, Bonneville Bobber (+Black), Street Triple, Tiger 1200 Bonneville Speedmaster, Speed Triple, Tiger Sport, Bonneville T100 Bonneville, T120 Thruxton, Street Scrambler and Street Twin.
Q: When will you be announcing retail pricing for the range of motorcycles that you plan to import?
A: We are still busy finalising our pricing strategy on a couple of the new models and will be in a position to announce our pricing in mid-March 2018 (so hopefully by the time you read this).
Q: I live in Durban and would like to buy a Bonneville Speedmaster, how do I go about this?
In line with our strategy of only retailing from a facility that is in line with Triumph’s global standards, motorcycles will only be available for sale from our Johannesburg store initially. However, should there be a requirement from an out of Gauteng customer, we would be happy to facilitate the sale and arrange delivery and handover where you live. Your service support is in place in Durban (Cape Town & PE).
Q: I am the owner of a 2016 Triumph Explorer XCa, and am concerned about the effect of the September 2017 ‘fire sale’ on the resale value of by bike. I am led to believe that the used values have dropped badly.
A: We believe that whatever has happened is very short term, and only has an impact on someone who wishes to sell their recent model triumph between the ‘sale’ and when we commence retail of our new bikes. A used motorcycle price is a function of a willing seller and willing buyer, if the used bike hasn’t been sold at a reduced value, the value has not dropped. When we come back into the market with the same bike that was discounted last year at the relevant retail price, the used values will be pegged off relative value to the new bike. i.e. how much less than a new bike should a one-year old bike be? The market will correct itself in the short to medium term. Our take on the entire effect of the ‘sale’ is that those who bought the cheap bikes really benefited, but not at the expense of current Triumph owners.
Q: Are Triumph parts readily available in South Africa?
Our first parts orders were placed on 1 March 2018 on commencement date as the new distributor for Triumph Motorcycles. Prior to this we requested the dealers that would continue as Authorised Triumph Service Centres stock up with fast moving parts in order to minimise the effect of a gap between distributors. We have ordered sufficient stock of the most frequently needed parts to ensure our customers are well supported.
Q: What effect does the change in distributor have on my warranty on my 2017 Daytona?
A: Your Daytona is still well covered in terms of the original warranty conditions set out by Triumph, and can be taken to any one of the Triumph service centres convenient to you.
Q: I am looking for a new Rocket III, but I don’t see it as an available model on your media release?
A: Globally Triumph has ceased production of the Cruiser models being Thunderbird and Rocket in order to focus on the segments where the opportunity lies for Triumph to be economically competitive.
? Test ride a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be in with a chance to win a trip for 2 to the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee, 29th August – 8th September 2018
? Prize includes flights, R35,000 spending money and accommodation for five nights
? A Harley-Davidson to ride for the duration of the trip!
? Entry is easy – simply book a test ride at a Harley-Davidson® dealer
With an incredible nine new Softail® models and the recently unveiled new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special Sportster® models, there has never been a better time to take a Harley-Davidson motorcycle out for a test ride. From the 750cc Street Rod™ to the acclaimed Fat Bob® and amazingly versatile new Sport Glide™, all the way through to the Touring line, there is now an incredible riding experience for everyone. If that wasn’t enough, you could be in with the chance to win an amazing all expenses-paid trip to Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, which takes place between 29th August and the 3rd September 2018.
It doesn’t matter if this your first experience in the saddle of a Harley-Davidson, or if you have been considering making the move for a while, it couldn’t be easier to enter the draw. Simply go to https://www.harley-davidson.com/aa/en/find-a-dealer.html or your authorised Harley-Davidson dealer and arrange a demo ride. You will then be entered into the draw for a chance to win the prize, which includes spending money and the use of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle whilst at the event.
Celebrating Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary in Milwaukee promises to be an incredible experience. The hometown event kicks off from the 29th August through to the 3rd September and features some amazing events – including beach racing, hill climbing and a parade through Milwaukee. There’s also the chance to visit the Harley-Davidson museum – with machines from every decade of our 115 year history. So don’t delay – book a test ride on a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle today. Who knows where it could take you?
Topping the Enduro 1 class standings on the opening day of competition in Lake Paijanne, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Jamie McCanney has enjoyed a victorious start to his 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship season. With the championship opening GP taking place under extreme winter conditions, the WR250F powered rider wrapped up a highly positive weekend claiming fifth on the second day of racing in Finland.
With the season opening GP being an all-snow affair, Jamie McCanney and his Outsiders Yamaha team battled against sub-zero temperatures throughout the weekend in Finland. Making a steady start to the first day of racing, the Manxman increased his speed as the event progressed. Getting the 250cc class victory at the end of a long and demanding first day of competition, which included a number of night-time special stages, Jamie made the perfect start to the long 2018 season that lies ahead.
Feeling the effects of an exhausting 12-hour opening day, Jamie opted for a risk-free ride on the second day of racing in Finland. Avoiding costly mistakes, Yamaha's official representative in the Enduro 1 class secured a sold fifth place result to wrap up a tough weekend of racing on a high note.
Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Santiago de Compostela, Spain for round two of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on April 27/29.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce that it will continue its strong relationship with nine-time World Champion and living MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, having signed a new two-year agreement.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Valentino Rossi are delighted to have reached an agreement that will see the Italian rider remain with Yamaha's factory team for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons, aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1.
The contract extension comes just before the 39-year-old will embark on his 13th season with Yamaha, starting at the Grand Prix in Qatar, held from March 16th - 18th.
The combination of the Doctor and the YZR-M1 has led to many milestones in the past and together they secured four MotoGP World Championship titles. He is Yamaha's most successful Grand Prix rider in history, with 56 wins, 43 second places, and 35 third places secured in 206 races together. Moreover, out of the manufacturer's 500 Grand Prix victories, achieved in Le Mans 2017, exactly 11% of those victories were secured by him, making him the biggest contributing rider, having scored 55 victories on a Yamaha up to that point.
For an overview of some of Rossi's records and career highlights, visit Yamaha's special Valentino Rossi Webpage. Clicking on the statistics will reveal a hidden image.
With six strong podiums last year, including a brilliant GP victory in the Netherlands, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is confident in their partnership with Rossi and look forward to being a serious title contender for 2018 and the following seasons.
This weekend Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales get to fire up their YZR-M1's engines again, signalling the start of the 2018 MotoGP season at the Grand Prix of Qatar.
It was only about a week and a half ago that the riders were at the Losail International Circuit to complete the final pre-season test. Rossi and Viñales finished in second and fifth place respectively in the combined Day 1-2-3 results and find themselves in good shape for this season's title challenge.
Nine-time World Champion Rossi is known for his love of close racing and he can't wait to get the show started in Qatar. He holds an impressive record at the Losail circuit of four wins (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015), four second places (2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014), and one third place (2017), but he feels there is room for more trophies. This weekend he will go all out to start the 2018 season fighting at the front of the pack.
After the intensive winter testing season, Viñales also arrives in Doha eager to fight for victory at the opening race. The young Spaniard knows his way around the track, not only due to the many laps he completed during the winter test at the Losail circuit, but also because of his previous racing experience and successes in Qatar. He added a Moto3 victory to his resume in 2012, he secured second place in the same class one year later, and he took a brilliant MotoGP win on his debut race with Yamaha last year.
The 5.4km-long Losail International Circuit is located on the outskirts of Doha and was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2004. Four years later the track became the first and only circuit in MotoGP to host a night-time Grand Prix, held under the floodlights. Besides the special mood of an evening-race, the Losail circuit also offers a mix of medium and high-speed corners (six left, ten right turns) and an over a kilometre long main straight, that are guaranteed to make for an exciting race, with many overtakes.
The Qatar GP time schedule for the upcoming race weekend slightly differs from the usual. The Free Practice 1 session will take place on Friday afternoon from 14:45 - 15:30 local track time (GMT+3) followed by FP2 at 19:05 - 19:50. On Saturday FP3 starts at 14:35 - 15:20 and FP4 is held at 18:40 - 19:10, before the qualifying sessions from 19:20 - 20:00. On Sunday the warm-up is held at 14:40 - 15:00 and the race starts at 19:00.
Taking corner carving confidence to another level
Launched to the world at the EICMA motorcycle show in late 2017, the all-new Yamaha NIKEN is about to open up a whole new dimension in riding control. With its revolutionary Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) platform, the NIKEN introduces a totally new concept to the world of motorcycling, and takes corner carving confidence to another level.
The new NIKEN has many rider benefits coming from the unique new technology, and the new technical video released today by Yamaha gives a full explanation of the key features used in the new LMW design.
The LMW concept explained
In the latest video released by Yamaha, each aspect of the LMW Ackermann steering geometry is explained with detailed visuals that highlight how this unique new system benefits the NIKEN rider.
The video shows it all, from the LMW system's parallelogram link design through to the offset joints and dual tube inverted forks - showing how each component contributes towards the NIKEN's excellent cornering performance together with its unique and sporty riding experience. Viewers can also see how the unique hybrid frame combined with a long aluminium swingarm and model-specific chassis geometry work together to create one of today's most innovative and exciting new models.
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is pleased to announce the extension of its contract with 25-year-old Spanish rider Marc Márquez, currently competing in the FIM*1 MotoGP World Championship for the HRC's factory team *2 "Repsol Honda Team," that will see him continue to race for two more years beginning in 2019.
After winning the 125cc championship in 2010, Márquez moved on to Moto2 racing in 2011 to win the title in 2012. In his debut year in the premier class in 2013, he became the world's youngest champion after taking the title for the Repsol Honda Team. In 2017 he became the youngest rider in history to win four titles in the premier class.
"I'm excited to continue to race for Honda's factory team in the MotoGP class. I'm proud to race as a member of the Honda family, and I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years. The first two official tests went well, and with my contract renewed, I can concentrate on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody, and do my best to reach our shared goals. Thank you!"
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were back on track in Qatar for a very special third and final day of MotoGP testing. Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales had a full schedule today, completing both a dry and a wet session. They ended the 2018 MotoGP pre-season testing on a positive note, finishing in second and fifth place respectively in today's and the combined timesheets, and in third and seventh position in the wet session.
Unable to complete his time attack yesterday, Rossi was eager to make strides today. The Doctor entered the track at 15:30 local time and he wasn't to let a small set-back get in his way. Though he suffered a crash in turn 14 with still four hours of the dry session remaining, he was unharmed and quickly back out on track to make up for lost time.
The Italian spent the remainder of the available dry time preparing for the first race of the season, to be held at the Losail International Circuit in two weeks' time, and noticeably quickened his pace towards the end of the session. He ended the dry testing in second place with a 1'54.276s, set on lap 42 of 49 laps, 0.247s from first.
Viñales also showed that hard work pays off. He started the session half an hour after his teammate, but went the extra mile to find a good set-up, ahead of the first round of the MotoGP season.
He completed 40 laps in total and made a big step in the final 40 minutes of the dry testing time. He wrapped up the third day of testing in fifth place, posting a best time of 1'54.471s, set on lap 38, 0.442s off the front.
Following the dry session, the riders were given the opportunity to test the Losail circuit in (artificial) wet conditions during the final hour. Rossi completed the wet session in third place with a 2'15.542s. Viñales secured seventh place in the wet session results, clocking a 2'21.302s.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in Qatar on March 15th for the MotoGP 2018 Line-up Presentation and to commence the 2018 season, with the Grand Prix of Qatar being held from March 16th - 18th.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON INVESTS IN ALTA MOTORS; COMPANIES WILL COLLABORATE ON FUTURE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Collaboration Will Advance Application of EV Motorcycle Technology and Expand Electric Motorcycle Marketplace Combining Instant Torque and Quick Acceleration with Intuitive and Dynamic Motorcycle Design
MILWAUKEE (March 1, 2018) – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced today that it has made an equity investment in Alta Motors, a leader and innovator in lightweight electric vehicles, and that the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development.
“Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, in part, by aggressively investing in electric vehicle (EV) technology,” said Harley-Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich. “Alta has demonstrated innovation and expertise in EV and their objectives align closely with ours. We each have strengths and capabilities that will be mutually beneficial as we work together to develop cutting-edge electric motorcycles.”
Harley-Davidson has already announced the planned launch of its first electric motorcycle, informed by Project LiveWire™. That motorcycle is on track for release in 2019.
Since its inception, Alta Motors has designed and commercialized the world’s most advanced electric motorcycles, enabling everyone from pro riders to new riders to experience “the future of fast.”
“Riders are just beginning to understand the combined benefits of EV today, and our technology continues to progress, said Alta Motors Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Marc Fenigstein. “We believe electric motorcycles are the future, and that American companies have an opportunity to lead that future. It’s incredibly exciting that Harley-Davidson, synonymous with motorcycle leadership, shares that vision and we’re thrilled to collaborate with them.”
As electric-drive innovation brings new levels of ease, accessibility and control, Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors aim to attract new audiences who are inspired by motorcycles and drawn to the “twist-and-go” ease and exhilaration of an electric motorcycle with no gears or clutch.
“We believe that EV is where global mobility is headed and holds great appeal for existing riders as well as opportunity to bring new riders into the sport,” said Levatich. “We intend to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles and, at the same time, remain true to our gas and oil roots by continuing to produce a broad portfolio of motorcycles that appeal to all types of riders around the world.”