Vaccinations were our great hope at the start of 2021, but we entered the new year entirely lacking immunity against other threats. Supply chain issues and escalating raw material, shipping and energy prices quickly became an unwelcome reality. Cambrian Tyres is one of many firms that’s seen the cost of many products go up and the availability of some go way down, but the wholesaler is striving to minimise the global situation’s impact upon its customers.
The latest in a long line of Michelin sport touring tyres has arrived in the UK, with Cambrian Tyres reporting that selected dimensions of the new Michelin Road 6 are already in stock. A wide range of sizes is expected, including a GT version for heavyweight bikes but – unlike previous generations – there isn’t a separate Trail model.
Two-wheel vehicles came into their own in a year when travelling on public transport was often discouraged and delivery services boomed. As the Motorcycle Industry Association recently reported, unit sales of scooters shot up 10.6 per cent in 2020 and overall sales of two-wheel vehicles declined just 2.6 per cent year-on-year despite two lockdowns. Demand for aftermarket parts was also healthy within the sector, reflecting both a preference for affordable personal transport as well as the popularity of socially-distanced pastimes such as bike restoration projects. But there’s been a fly in the ointment.
Developed and tested in the USA, the new KM1 radial marks Kenda’s entry into the highly competitive sport touring market. Cambrian Tyres is distributing the range in the UK and describes the KM1 as a tyre that offers riders great all-weather performance at a fantastic price.
For the first time in the tyre manufacturer’s history, Turkish motorcycle specialists Anlas have entered the highly competitive hypersport market with their brand new Viento Sport, which is now available to UK dealer from exclusive importer Cambrian Tyres.
Kenda has signed up Jeff Ward as its latest brand ambassador. The British-American multi-time AMA Motocross, Supercross, Supermoto champion, 7-time international MX des Nations champion, X Games gold medallist and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee joins Motocross Hall of Famer and X Games Gold Medallist Doug Henry in this role.
As part of its commitment to being a ‘one-stop shop’ for motorcycle and scooter tyre retailers in the UK, Cambrian Tyres partners with all major brands in the two-wheel marketplace and supplies customers from its warehouse stock of more than 100,000 tyres. The wholesaler is also sole UK distributor of the Bridgestone motocross and Continental two-wheel ranges (see separate articles) as well as for the Anlas brand and, from the second half of 2019, Kenda. This last name is back in the local two-wheel market after a decade’s absence, and demand has started off on the right foot.
Following the successful introduction of the Kenda motorcycle range to its portfolio of exclusive brands late last year, Cambrian Tyres has released the first dedicated Kenda catalogue for the UK two-wheel market.
Italian tyre mousse brand RiseMousse is coming to the UK and will be exclusively distributed by Cambrian Tyres. Introducing the range, the distributor stresses that unlike some competitor brands, RiseMousse products have an unlimited shelf life, a characteristic that should give stockists peace of mind.
US-based two-wheel race team FactoryONE Sherco has chosen to partner with Kenda Powersports in a multi-year agreement that starts in the 2020 season. Under this agreement, Kenda becomes the official tyre company for the FactoryONE Sherco team and will provide team riders with tyres to compete in AMA Endurocross, Hard Enduro, GNCC, NEPG and more.
For many, the annual Weston Beach Race is the ultimate test of man and machine. More than 900 riders battle it out on the sands of the Victorian seaside resort, with the goal of claiming one of the most coveted prizes in motocross after a gruelling three-hour race.
Already a major success in the United States with several factory level partnerships, Kenda Tyres is the latest tyre brand to enter the UK market. It’s wasted no time in partnering with some promising British talent – the P.F.K. Ling group, who, with 12 riders in its stable for 2019, operates one of the largest motocross and enduro teams in East Anglia.
Cambrian Tyres, the largest two-wheel tyre distributor in the UK, has been appointed official importer of Kenda Tire’s motorcycle tyre range in Great Britain. As such, Cambrian is bringing the Kenda brand back after a ten-year absence from the UK two-wheeler market.