WP Suspension Steps It Up In OZ
If you caught the recent interviews we did with KTM’s Daniel Milner and Husqvarna’s Daniel Sanders, you may have picked up on the fact these two Pro off-road champs were talking up the new WP Suspension components fitted to their 2018 race bikes, and the opportunities that WP’s new distribution arrangements in Australia has created for consumers. And when the ‘Daniel duo’ went on to dominate last weekend’s AORC season opener in Queensland, it sure rammed home the point that the high-performance products used in their race bikes are now available to the general public.
But how do you find your nearest Authorised WP Centre? What WP Suspension componentry will now be available to buy over the counter? Will WP’s forks and shocks fit Japanese dirt bikes, as well as the Austrian-made KTMs and Husqvarnas? What about WP’s steering dampers and triple clamps? And what will it all cost?
Here’s the PR released earlier this week from KTM Group Australia, which addresses those questions…
The new year marks a change in the way WP Suspension products are distributed in Australia and New Zealand. The Austrian parent company, WP Performance Sports GmbH, has chosen the KTM Group Australia to distribute the latest range of WP Suspension products. Jeff Leisk, the General Manager of the KTM Group Australia, will manage the establishment of the network of Authorised Centres to sell and service both WP OEM equipment and Pro Components parts.
AUTHORISED WP CENTRES
WP is at the forefront of suspension technology, delivering race-winning performance in a wide range of competitive environments. From Motocross and Supercross to Enduro and Rally, through to Superbike and every class of MotoGP, racers have scored an impressive array of victories with WP suspension at the heart of these wins. The expertise garnered in competition has filtered down into state-of-the-art products for the aftermarket and OEM products. Discussions regarding the appointment of these new Authorised WP Centres are at an advanced stage, and WP will announce the full list in due course.
The changes being made are customer driven. The ability to have a geographically spread and factory-trained network of Authorised Centres will benefit WP customers, who will receive high service levels, technician specialisation, the back-up of the considerable expertise that WP can offer, and a more local service. Each Authorised Centre will be able to sell, set up and service WP’s range of competition-focused Pro Components, such as the company’s famed Cone Valve forks and Trax rear shock absorber. Pro Component parts – from triple clamps and steering dampers to T-shirts and stickers – will also be available for those looking to tune their performance to perfection. Each Centre will be able to supply spare parts and servicing items, either direct to the customer or to other outlets, ensuring that customers get back riding without delay.
In terms of Off-Road Pro Component products, WP can deliver Spring Cone Valve forks and Trax shocks to an extensive list of Japanese models, as well as to KTM and Husqvarna customers looking to replace their OEM units to get the most performance out of their bike. Additionally, AER Cone Valve forks, which combines WP’s two greatest technologies – the cone valve damping and the AER Spring System – can also be supplied to KTM and Husqvarna machines.
In addition to the Off-Road Pro Component products available from WP, there is also a range of On-Road Competition Cartridge Kits, Competition Shocks and steering dampers, as well as forks, shocks and steering dampers for Road Racing Bikes. Both Off-Road and On-Road products will be available from all Authorised Centres.
WP’S MINI PRODUCTS
Away from the adult market, KTM and Husqvarna customers are able to buy Pro Component WP suspension on models from 50 to 85cc, with AER Cone Valve forks and the Trax shock available for the KTM 85SX and Husqvarna TC85. All these products will now only be available through a WP Authorised Centre.
JEFF LEISK – GENERAL MANAGER, WP SUSPENSION
“This is an opportunity to realise potential, both for riders and WP. For customers, the fitment of WP Pro Components, or honing of their OEM suspension, is a chance to enhance their riding and results – regardless of the badge on the tank. The move to establish a network of WP Authorised Centres enables us to concentrate pockets of expertise around the country and for them to develop close relationships with their riders so that they can deliver their services effectively. And for WP, it better allows the distribution of knowledge gained in world-level racing to reach the customer, either through products or through factory training.
“WP is a proven performer in the world’s toughest and most competitive racing environments. Multiple world championship victories are clear evidence that WP suspension technology gives riders the confidence to push harder than the competition and stay in control.
“We are excited to bring WP technology to our customers here in Australia and New Zealand so they to can ride with the same confidence as our factory riders.”
For more info on WP Suspension’s product range, visit www.wp-group.com