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December 2014

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Forcefield’s Blade


UK sports protection specialist Forcefield

Body Armour is reducing the price of

its entry-level Blade back protector in

an attempt to widen access to body

protection. The recommended retail price

of the CE Level 2 protector has been cut

by 15 per cent. For more information,

contact 01933 410818 or visit

Honda income up

Honda Motor Co.’s consolidated financial

results for the fiscal second quarter (to

the end of September) reveal net income

totalling JPY 141.8bn ($1.3bn), an

increase of 17.9 per cent from the same

period last year. Basic net income per

common share for the quarter amounted

to JPY 78.73 ($0.72), an increase of JPY

11.94 ($0.11) from the corresponding

period last year. In motorcycle business

operations, revenue increased 4.9 per cent,

to JPY 438.3bn ($4bn) from the same

period last year, with operating income

totalling JPY 38.1bn ($348m), a decrease

of 16.3 per cent from the same period last


Modern hues for Modena

Bright new colours for retro AJS scooters

Modena scooter importer AJS Motorcycles has introduced three new

bright, gleaming colours for the retro Modena 125cc scooter: blue, green

and orange. Modena scooters are currently available in 50cc or 125cc

twist-and-go variants and accessories include windscreen, top-box, bore-

up kits and sports exhausts.

The 50cc machine carries a recommended retail price of £1,195 and

the 125cc is £1,225 – prices include VAT and are subject to on-the-road

charges. Healthy trade margins are on offer, says AJS, which has a number

of dealer opportunities in select areas. Call 01264 365 103 or visit www.

Putoline bags Kappa

New distributor for Italian luggage range

Putoline Distribution has been appointed UK distributor for the Italian

luggage brand Kappa, whose products include hard and soft luggage, top

cases, carriers, waterproof luggage, screens, crash bars, iPhone and sat-nav

holders and bike covers, as well as other bike and rider accessories.

The Kappa hard luggage range consists of two core product lines,

namely the Monokey with nine top cases and Monolock systems with

eight top cases and five side case sets with two fixed boxes for cycles. Also

available for both systems are accessory upgrades such as pillion back

rests, colour painted covers, lock upgrades, internal fitted bags, elastic

netting and remote control locking sets.

Putoline MD John Hayden said: "We are delighted to have secured

Kappa for the UK, the range is extremely large and the quality of Kappa

is superb, which you would expect as the brand is part of Givi, the world’s

leading brand in motorcycle luggage. We will be working alongside Givi

UK, starting with Motorcycle Live at the NEC.”

For more information regarding Kappa luggage and accessories,

contact Putoline Distribution on 01778 349333 or