Hello, festive greetings and happy new year everyone!
We hope you had a great time over the Christmas period, whatever you did and where, and we wish you all the best for the new year ahead!
Here at ScooterNova magazine we have taken a little time off to relax, but rest-assured we’re chomping at the bit for 2019 and to celebrate our third year of publishing a quality scooter magazine!
Until then, have a very merry time and don’t forget that edition 11 has just been published so if you don’t have a copy yet, either visit our online shop now or your local retailer.
If you are venturing out this coming weekend to any scooter events, don’t forget that the Vespa Club of Britain and Lambretta Club Great Britain both stock ScooterNova magazine on their stall, as don various scooter shops as well.
Happy New Year!
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Rumours of a new version of the Vespa GTS have been circulating for a few months now, and Piaggio have finally released details of what fans can expect to find in the showrooms in the near future.
For 2019 the flagship Vespa range is Continue reading →
Good news folks, edition 9 of ScooterNova magazine is on the way!
Completed and printed in time for the Isle of Wight scooter rally next weekend, you can pre-order online and be one of the first to receive it.
So what’s to look forward to in edition 9?
While ScooterNova magazine were at Mallory Park race circuit yesterday to watch the BSSO riders during their pre-season testing, we were made aware of an issue a couple of riders had their with AF Rayspeed Clo5e Ratio gearboxes.
Subsequently, AF Rayspeed have issued a statement concerning this, stating the part in question is being examined and until anything conclusive is discovered, sales of the product have been suspended. The full statement from AF Rayspeed is as below:
“Dear Customer, “I am sorry to contact you out of the blue but I wished to provide you with some information regarding our New Clo5e Ratio gearboxes. “On Friday, at the Mallory Race track two Group 6 race bikes managed to break their gear selectors. A selector failure is a serious issue and we are currently looking in to the mode of failure and speaking with the manufacturer. We are taking this issue very seriously and will provide updates as we have them. “Both of the bikes concerned are in the 40-45bhp region and were on the track when the failures occurred. “Subject to the assessment of the parts and if indeed the gear selector is inadequate for the task it was designed for then a new version of the selector will be produced as soon as possible. In the meantime we will not be supplying any new Clo5e Ratio gearboxes until we have had chance to asses the failures. “Our product testing had involved a seasons racing in a slightly lower powered group 6 engine (approx 35bhp) and a 4,500 mile hard road test in a 28bhp engine, plus several unusual event tests (slamming the bike into 1st gear at 50 and 80mph etc.) “Based on that experience, I do not believe that fast road use in 30bhp engines would be likely to result in a failure. (One of the group 6 race riders is still running a Clo5e Ratio in his RB25 road bike and is 3000 miles in). I plan to continue to run the Clo5e ratio boxes we have in our own bikes. However everyone has to judge their own acceptable level of risk. Anyone who wishes to return their gearbox will of course be given a full refund. “Equally if we experience any failures in lower powered / road engines I will provide another update and immediately issue a warning. “Sorry for placing doubt in your mind, but I believe it is only correct to provide you with what information I have. We are working on this at the moment and will let you know what we find.”
Note that at the time of writing, nothing has been officially recalled and only one component has been reported as failing, and only in two high-powered race scooters. Until it has been investigated we will not know the actual cause of failure and no doubt AF Rayspeed will announce in due course their findings and any further action that they will take.
With a number of AF Clo5e Ratio gearboxes already sold, and indeed one also fitted to one of our scooters for this year’s rallies and events, we will keep you informed as and when we receive further information from AF Rayspeed.
If anyone has any concerns you can contact AF Raypseed via Tel: (01944) 710693, fax: (01944) 710081 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are in Milan for a couple of days at the Motorcycle Show here and the first new product to share with you is a full image of the new Davida Koura crash helmet we teased you with a couple of days ago.
The New Davida 94 FF Koura features an “Advanced ‘ orbital laminated’ GPR composite shell construction” and there will also be an optional shell made from T700 grade racing carbon fibre. Davida claim it has a compact and close fitting shell derived from their open face Davida Speedster V3 helmet and say that the shell shape is “designed to give optimal weight-balanced ergonomic performance, gradually sculptured upwards from front to rear to eliminate clothing interference.”
There are six chin air vents, the helmet will be supplied with a 3mm anti-fog ECER22-05 approved visor, it also features multi-density EPS shock liner, removable, washable, fast-drying, anti-bacterial fabric liner and interchangeable with after-market leather liner kits in five colours. Secured using traditional webbing strap and double D Ring the Koura will be available in the 20 Davida Core Colour Range as standard, two shell sizes and six helmet sizes from XS to XXL. SRP is expected to be £435 when launched in 2018.
British crash helmet manufacturers Davida are known for their open-faced crash helmets, as well as their retro ‘pudding basin’ style lids too. Producing helmets from their factory in the north-west for over 40 years now, Davida have Continue reading →
We’ll be heading off to Bridlington for the Scooter Trade & Custom Show rally there in a few weeks, a great event where we will also celebrate the publication of edition 4 of ScooterNova magazine! As we’ve done at previous Continue reading →