▲ Ducati Multistrade Enduro Pro. Think this bike can kick much dirt in BMW's face? Ducati is certainly up for that particular fight. Basically, this motorcycle is the current 1200cc Testastretta DVT engine wrapped up in new livery and sporting the all-important "Pro" monicker designed to separate the men from the wannabes, etc. But that's no wind up rubber band inside the engine case. This motor churns out 160bhp @ 9,500rpm and backs it up with 100lbs-ft (136Nm) of torque @ 7,500rpm. Features include traction control, power modes, cornering ABS, wheelie control, cornering lights, cruise control, hill-hold control, and semi-active suspension. The colour is "Sand" (with a fashionable textured sandy finish). The tyres are Pirelli Scorpion Rally. The saddle is two-tone. The crash bars are Touratech. The titanium exhaust is courtesy of Termignoni. Last we heard, BMW's GS Rallye wasn't ready to surrender. But it looks like this Duke is capable of giving the German a bloody nose. The bike should be available in July 2017 priced around £18,995.
Vozz helmets UK launch
Sump Motorcycle News December 2015 reported on the development of these revolutionary Vozz crash helmets. Well, a UK distributor has now taken on the product and will be campaigning them as from this month (June 2017). That company is Manchester-based Helmet 28 Ltd. George Richardson is the managing director. Said Richardson, "The last few years have seen us move from strength to strength, and now with the addition of Vozz we feel it cements our position as one of the leading automotive distributors across Europe. Vozz is the first helmet in our product line and we couldn’t have asked for a better fit. Vozz and Helmet 28 share a huge amount in terms of our outlook and values; we are both looking at the industry and thinking how we can shake things up for the better!"
A collarless leather jacket? None of us here at Sump favour this style. If you haven't got a collar, after all, where the hell are you gonna pin all your favourite bike badges? Moreover, if you don't have a collar, how are you gonna turn the collar up and look as cool as Elvis and as mean as Eddie Cochran? That said, we also understand that plenty of riders with more tender necks prefer the collarless look, and Weise also understands that fact—hence this retro Brunel leather jacket with its "stripped-back classic look". We haven't seen the jacket up close, but we're advised that it's manufactured from full-grain cowhide, the leather is waxed to aid drying, and Level 2 CE-approved protectors are fitted at the shoulders and elbows. Meanwhile, a Level 1 CE-approved Elastofoam® back protector is part of the deal. This protector, we understand, has a low-profile design to keep you looking like the cool dude that you no doubt are (as opposed to tramping around like Quasimodo). [more...]
KTM 125 & 390 Duke recall
If you're riding a 2017 KTM 125 (£4,099 RRP) or a 390 Duke (£4,599 RRP), especially at night, you might want to pay a little attention to this story. Apparently, the company has found a fault with the on-board software that could switch your lights out without warning. There's nothing wrong with the headlight itself, we're advised. It's just computer thingies having a bad day. The remedy is to take your bike to your neighbourhood KTM dealership and have them sort it out (and only an official dealer can do this work, says the firm). Here at Sump we're evidently living a lot further in the past than we thought because we're struggling to figure out if you really need a headlight managed by a computer. But then, these bikes—like many modern bikes—are running LED lights that require different switching technology. So we need to play a little catch up if we're going to report on stuff like this. [more...]
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