New Year, new models and new EP accessories
2020 represents a new decade and a new business year – and a long EP accessory project list!
Forward planning is vital to good business practice. At end of 2019, the Evotech Performance planning board was already populated with model year 2020 (MY20) motorcycles designated for EP accessory production. In reality, the planning board is a wish list – we know the bikes we require but to acquire them is a different matter altogether.
When motorcycle manufacturers roll out a new model, the logistics of global provision is one of precise forward planning. It has to be. Production of a specific model is not constant; they are built in batches of, say 50 or 100 because other models in their product ranges also have to be produced. Major motorcycle manufacturers do not have rows and rows of production lines because it isn’t financially viable – it would also mean one factory alone would cover an area equivalent to the Isle of Man just to house a production line for each model they list.
Throw in a few curved balls of different colour schemes per model and model variations and, hopefully, you can understand why new models are mostly always in short supply and why some high volume countries get precedence over others when it comes to initial supply. In short, this means like potential new bike customers, Evotech Performance has to wait until new models arrive before we can physically get to grips with them.
The Evotech Performance ‘2020 new model wish list’ is lengthy; nearly as long as the list of new models that appeared at international motorcycle shows towards the end of 2019. The models we hope to produce EP accessories for (as early as humanly possible) starts with BMW Motorrad and its F 900 R and F 900 XR models, plus the revised S 1000 XR. Under the heading of Ducati, we have in our sights the Panigale V2 and Streetfighter V4. Honda has lit the fires of adventure riders and sports bike fans with the new CRF1100L Africa Twin and the tasty-looking MY20 Fireblade. KTM looks to have yet another hit on its hands with the MY20 1290 Super Duke R – reading the specification of this hyper-naked it is clear why the Austrian company has tagged it “The Beast.” Yamaha also has the revised R1 and R1M, which is a tool and a half for fast road and track day aficionados.
There are many other capacity and genres of bikes that will receive the Evotech Performance treatment, but until such time they are available to us we will continue to produce EP accessories for existing models. Examples of which are full EP Accessory Lines (including EP Tail Tidies to replace the standard swingarm bracket mount) for Ducati Multistrada – 1260, 1200 (MY15+) and 950 models – and the Ducati Diavel / XDiavel 1260 models. Both of these EP Accessory Lines are now in stock.
By the end of January we will have stock of new EP Tail Tidy and EP Crash Protectors for an array of Triumph’s current Classic range e.g. Thruxton and Speed Twin. Currently undergoing product durability testing prior to release are EP accessories for the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin. More information on these EP accessories coming soon.