There are a lot of new products this year that will make our motorcycling lives that little bit easier, regardless of what or where you ride. Here are a few of the accessories we’re looking forward to…
Dimsport Rapid Bike Fuelling Modules from £355
With ever-tightening emissions regulations, more and more riders will be looking to upgrade their exhausts to freer-flowing de-cat units in search of more power and better throttle response. The Rapid Bike Fuelling Modules can make it extremely easy to alter the fuelling to suit any new exhaust.
The self-learning system takes readings from the exhaust lambda sensor, so it can tell how rich or lean the engine is running at any given revs and throttle opening, and make adjustments to suit. It doesn’t need setting up on a dyno, either – it’s just plug and play.
Senior road tester, Michael Neeves has tried one on his Kawasaki ZX-10R longtermer, find out how he got on with it here.
Akrapovic Titanium ASZT slip-on can for 2017 Kawasaki Z900 £599
The new Kawasaki Z900’s not even in dealers yet, but that’s not stopped Akrapovic releasing this stylish slip-on for the middleweight naked. Made from a titanium body with a carbon end cap, it is designed to fit the original silencer box, and comes with all link pipes, fittings and brackets required.
It’s lighter and more aurally pleasing than standard pipe – as you’d expect from the Slovenian exhaust supremos.
Sena 30K intercom system £280 (approx)
Intercom company Sena claims their forthcoming bike-to-bike system will be even smarter than before. The new 30K, expected in mid-2017, allows up to 16 riders to communicate over a range of 1.2 miles.
The 30K also features Bluetooth 4.1 for device connectivity for answering calls or listening to satnav, and a built-in FM radio. The system is fully rechargeable in four hours, and allows hands-free control via its voice-command system.
Hyperpro ESA shocks for 2008-2013 BMW R1200GS £763.89
Dutch Suspension specialists Hyperpro have come to the rescue of R1200 GS owners with failing ESA suspension. Their new aftermarket shocks are based on the firm’s 460 emulsion damper, and provide a more cost-effective alternative to solving common ESA issues such as non-functioning adjustment, over-soft springs or lack of damping.
The shocks have a stronger ESA stepper motor, waterproof connectors, improved damping setting and progressive black or purple spring, and is ‘plug and play’ ready to
connect to the BMW ESA system. They also make use of the original preload adjustment.
Kriega EDC from £99
Building on the popularity of the Urban and Sling messenger bags, Kriega have added two versions to the range: the Urban and Sling EDC. They feature more compartments for carrying laptops or tablets, plus dedicated pockets for essential chargers and cables. There’s a ridged carry handle, too. The Urban EDC (£135) is a multi-compartment messenger made from Cordura and Hypalon with YKK zips. The smaller Sling EDC (£99) is a densely pocketed, shoulder-worn alternative.
Öhlins Retro 43 forks £1785
Custom bike builders can now benefit from the Swedish manufacturer’s cutting-edge suspension know-how with these stunning new 43mm forks. The Retro 43 uses Öhlins’ tried-and-tested NIX tech, featuring compression damping in the left leg and rebound damping in the right, allowing for stable damping characteristics and ease of adjustment.
To let the creative juices flow freely, the fork bottoms come without brake caliper and mudguard mountings, enabling them to be easily adapted to various bike models.
Givi Easy-T luggage range from £17.44
Givi have a new range of urban kit for riders who value style as much as they do carrying capacity. Many of the new products come in this special ‘denim’ finish. It’s available on a 212-litre rucksack (£55.92), 35-litre tailpack (£69.70), waist bag (£16.47), leg bag (£17.44) and a tunnel bag to sit on the footboards of a scooter (£54.37).