International Dealer News IDN 147 February/March 2019 - Page 48

PRO GuIDe New dual compound ‘Dynamic Racing Concept’ from SBS Danish brake pad manufacturer SBS has announced that “after more than two years testing, our DS-1 racing brake pad compound is being followed up with the DS-2 to match different braking performances and preferences”. “From the testing a whole new unique concept emerged, not just a new compound - the combination of mounting two different compounds for track use”. SBS has been actively involved in road racing at the highest level since the 1990s. Over the last two seasons, selected teams in the World Superbike, SBS Race Manager Allan Østli: “The Dynamic Racing Concept makes it possible to fit the DS-1 on the left hand side brake disc and DS-2 on the right hand side brake disc to achieve a combination of the different performance characteristics of the two compounds” Moto2 and Moto3 GP, British Superbike and World Endurance Championships have actively participated in the fine-tuning of the latest compound - now launched as the DS-2 Dual Sinter. SBS says that “the DS-2 has been developed based on requests from riders wanting a compound with a little more’ human’ initial bite, but with more powerful braking power in the end of long brakings”. During the development SBS says it received a wide range of feedback, with Race Manager Allan Østli saying “many riders were very satisfied with the new DS-2, but some still felt that the initial bite was reduced too much compared to the DS-1. On the other hand, some riders who preferred DS-1 occasionally missed a little more braking power at the end of braking with DS-2. “Therefore, a completely new braking concept emerged - the Dynamic Racing Concept, combining the strong initial bite and linear in-stop performance from the DS-1 and the smooth initial bite and progressive in-stop performance of the new DS-2. “The Dynamic Racing Concept makes it possible to fit the DS-1 on the left hand side brake disc and DS- 2 on the right hand side brake disc, thus achieving a combination of the different performance characteristics of the two compounds. In short, a fine tuning of braking performance for the individual rider's brake preferences.” SBS riders still have different preferences, and Kervin Bos, Technical Team Manager of the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team and riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne say they prefer the new DS-2. “Our partnership with SBS is a great asset for our team in the WorldSBK championship. The support we receive, and quality of the product, are second to none. Our technical partnership with SBS allows us to develop the optimum brake performance to suit each rider. For us, the standout performer is the new SBS DS-2 brake pad”. SBS FRICTION Svendborg, DENMARK Tel: +45 63 21 15 15 Shoei GT-Air II - “The answer for all conditions” Shoei says its new GT-Air II features “bold, innovative design and exceptional safety features” and that the original GT-Air has been “leading the touring helmet sector since its introduction in 2013”. With the introduction of the new GT-Air II, they claim “the bar has been raised again”. 48 The GT-Air II “comes in seven colours and nine graphic variants with an aggressive and compact shell design, all verified by wind tunnel tests for relaxed rides and less turbulences” and that it is prepared for the SENA SRL2 (Shoei Rider Link2) intercom system, “which can be perfectly integrated into the helmet shell, with no protruding operating unit”. The 3D-moulded visor (CNS-1) with optimised visor base is said to offer extra wide vision and a unique shape for optimum sealing. The modified QSV-2 internal sun visor used on the GT- Air II has been lengthened by 5 mm in order to reduce the amount of light coming through the gap between INTERNATIONAL DEALER NEWS - FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019 the lower edge and the eye port. “A stainless steel micro ratchet retention system and a fully removable and washable interior system ensures maximum rider comfort.” The six size options (XS-XXL) are being produced out of three different outer shell constructions with a newly developed ventilation system with two inlets at the upper head and chin area as well as four outlet vents at the top back. In terms of helmet graphics, Shoei says it is “setting new standards. Whether with our X-Spirit III pure racing helmet, the sporty NXR street helmet, our flip-up Neotec II, our classic open jet helmet line or our recently introduced neo-retro full-face EX-Zero - all come with new stunning graphics for the upcoming season”. SHOEI (EUROPE) Dusseldorf, GERMANY Tel. +49 (0)211 17543632