September 28th, 2020.

R&G is widely acknowledged as being a market leader in the field of motorcycle crash protection products, and that sector remains at the heart of its operation. However, with a diverse portfolio of goods and services now available, there is far more on offer from the Hampshire-based distributor.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, complete with R&G products

A quick look at the R&G website is the fastest way to comprehend the breadth of its vast range. The firm has a huge amount of stock ready for next-day delivery from its warehouse in Alton, down in Hampshire. And, with its ever-evolving collection of ‘third-party’ brands, R&G has a significant variety of options for dealers to make a healthy profit, by providing a comprehensive package of aftermarket products for retail customers.

Core strength
The foundation of R&G lies with its wide range of crash protection such as Engine Case Covers, Crash Protectors, Fork Protectors, carbon fibre and more, as well as styling accessories such as Tail Tidies. Working with leading manufacturers, R&G makes products for the latest motorcycles pretty much as soon as they reach the market, ensuring dealers can protect customers’ machines from the moment they’re ridden off the forecourt.

R&G Tail Tidy

An example of this was earlier in the year when, prior to the new 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX going on sale in the UK, R&G had taken delivery of an early production model to create a host of crash protection and styling accessories for the machine ready to coincide with its arrival in dealerships. That Ninja range included Aero Crash Protectors, Radiator Guards, Fork Protectors, Headlight Shields, a Tail Tidy, Tank Traction Grips, Exhaust Hanger and so on, with recommended retail prices from just £10.83 (excluding VAT).

These fast-moving products not only protect machines in the event of a crash, but keep riders on the road.

Denali 2.0 range

Additional lines
For trade customers looking to increase business as the country gets back up and running again, R&G’s select ‘third party’ brands could well provide an additional line of revenue.

R&G has taken US brand Denali to the number one spot in the UK for auxiliary lighting solutions for motorcycles, with an ever-evolving range. R&G is the exclusive UK distributor of Barkbusters handguards - both on and off-road – and also the WD-40 Motorcycle Specialist range. Other best-sellers in the R&G stable include Scorpion exhausts, Red Dynamic adhesive products, Wild Ass air cushions, Kaoko throttle stabiliser kits, RD Moto coloured anodised caps from the Czech Republic, Visorcat and SpeedAngle – a datalogger from Taiwan.

New Gleam cleaning and maintenance products

The latest addition to the R&G line-up - launched in August 2020 - is its own-branded and sensibly-priced R&G Gleam selection of motorcycle cleaning and maintenance solutions, with products such as bike wash and a degreaser retailing from £6.66 (plus VAT).

Racing lines
R&G has a strong racing background. Its first crash bung was aimed at racers and it’s an important proving ground for product development as well as feedback. Products are tested in the harshest conditions and consumers are known to have confidence in a company with over 20 years’ experience focussing on crash protection.

“Racing is vital,” said R&G’s managing director Simon Hughes. “We came from a racing background and it’s nice to have gone full circle. It has become more of a focus for us since we became the official crash protection supplier to BSB. It’s a good endorsement and we’ve been able to fine-tune engine case covers, rearsets etc, with feedback from teams.

“If racers have tested a product and it works, then we can apply it for other bikes that don’t go on the racetrack but use similar technology. For instance, we sell as many engine case covers for adventure bikes, sports tourers and naked bikes as we do for sports bikes. It’s a requirement for bikes that go on a racetrack to have a secondary cover as no-one wants oil on the track, but equally for the other sectors, it’s far cheaper than putting a hole in the engine case.”

Race-spec engine case cover

Trading with R&G
R&G rewards its dealers and stockists with discounts based on their level of commitment. It offers different POS materials and runs frequent initiatives. It has had insurance approval since 2005 and recently entered a new agreement with Swinton Insurance.

Several members of staff are at the end of the phone at the Hants HQ, while UK sales manager Alan Garrett and a team of four full-time, field sales agents are the UK trade ‘face’ of the company.

For more information on the full range of R&G products and dealer opportunities, contact Alan Garrett, the UK Sales Manager, on 01420 89007, email alan.garrett@rg-racing.com or get in touch with your R&G sales agent.

Full product information is also available at www.rg-racing.com

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