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  1. It's not down to price

    Which exhaust gaskets are better, aluminium fibre or copper?
    It seems they both have advantages as well as disadvantages so let’s see.
    Firstly, they both seal well, but aluminium fibre ones seal better if there are imperfections in the joint.
    Aluminium fibre ones tend to be thicker and deform more to seal bigger deformations in the joint when tightened.
    Copper ones are soft enough to deform and seal minor imperfections in the joint but are not as forgiving as fibre ones.
    Aluminum fibre exhaust gaskets can be reused if they are not too old, but copper ones will almost certainly blow if reused.
    Copper exhaust gaskets are easier to remove, you usually just have to tap them with a hammer or the tip of a screwdriver and they come off.
    Aluminium fibre gaskets often corrode over years of use and will disintegrate once the exhaust is removed, leaving a mixture of white powder and pieces of aluminium that need to be chiseled off carefully.
    There is no big difference in price as far as we noticed.
    We recommend to replace the studs with stainless studs as well when they original ones are too old and knackered. Stainless studs can be removed much easier if the need occurs.
  2. The 22nd Motorcycle Trade Expo that took place last month at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire was a full success according to the organisers.


    Promoted as Europe’s biggest motorcycle trade- only show, the organisers report that attendance increased by 8.4 % over the previous year with a record visitor number of 4332 and 170 exhibitors, mostly from the UK.


    The “ biggest motorcycle trade- only show” label is a bit of a red herring as trade shows on the continent (Europe, that one again) are many times bigger but shows like EICMA or Intermot also open their doors to the general public at least on designated days.


    Demand was driven by the desire among dealers to see the latest Euro 4 machinery, as well as to source the latest clothing, accessories, replacement parts and to evaluate finance and insurance services that especially focus on bike dealerships.


     Many exhibitors reported that they had seen a terrific 2016 for their companies, however I also spoke to dealers who have experienced the opposite.

     Whilst some wholesalers and dealers see price rises as a good thing, the majority of us see price rises with mixed feelings, ultimately effecting turnover and profit. The mood id cagey, nobody knows where the self inflicted Brexit journey goes to and where or when it will end.


    However, work is apparently already undertaken to organise next years Expo and I am looking forward to the show.