Monthly Archives: January 2014

Fowlers voted best for trade spares service

British Dealer News - Wholesaler of the year Award

Parts & Contact Centre Manager, Pete Aitkenhead (centre) receiving the award.

Fowlers has been voted the Wholesaler of the Year by British motorcycle dealers for the second time in three years.

Trade magazine British Dealer News, which is distributed to 9,745 people employed in the motorcycle industry, invited readers to vote in the annual poll and presented awards based on the results.

Parts & Contact Centre Manager, Pete Aitkenhead, who has worked at Fowlers for 35 years, collected the award from TV presenter Steve Parrish and current MotoGP racer Scott Redding, in front of a packed audience of 350 motorcycle industry personnel at a ceremony held during Motorcycle Expo, the UK’s biggest trade event.

Following an agreement with BSA, Fowlers began distributing motorcycle parts in 1959 and the team of 25 parts advisors working with Pete shares approximately 300 years’ experience.

Today, Fowlers is the official UK parts distributor for Yamaha, Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera and Derbi. The company also supplies spares for Honda, Suzuki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia and Triumph and carries substantial stocks of Kawasaki parts, plus clothing and accessories for all Piaggio Group brands too.

Fowlers has recently invested in an Electronic Parts Catalogue system (EPC), which trade customers can use to look up parts, check whether they are in stock and place orders. The EPC also highlights low stock, out of stock and discontinued lines.

Trade customers can find out more by calling Fowlers Wholesale on 0117 977 8899 or visiting

The picture shows (left to right) Steve Parrish, Pete Aitkenhead and Scott Redding.


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Me Me Me – it really is all about you

Not only can you choose the bike you want but you also get to choose the offer!

You can choose between either £500 towards your deposit, £600 to spend on Genuine Suzuki Accessories or up to £700 towards the cost of your insurance on the selection of bikes below.

GSX-R750It really is all about you






Burgman 400

Burgman 650 ABS

Intruder C1500T

V-Strom 650 ABS

GSX-1250 FA


To find out more about the models, Genuine Suzuki Accessories and Suzuki Insurance, visit out dedicated Fowlers Suzuki web site.

£500 Deposit Paid* or

£600 of Genuine Suzuki Accessories or

Up to £700 towards the cost of insurance **

Terms & Conditions
With every purchase of a GSX-R750, GSX-R600, GSX-R1000, HAYABUSA, BURGMAN 400, BURGMAN 650 ABS, INTRUDER C1500T, V-STROM 650 ABS, GSR750/A, GSX1250FA choose from either *£500 (including VAT) deposit paid, £600 (including VAT) of Genuine Suzuki Accessories or **up to £700 towards the cost of motorcycle insurance (first year only, through Suzuki Insurance Services only). Subject to underwriting terms and conditions, details available from your dealer or at Please note that if your insurance premium is less than £700 per annum this offer may not be the most suitable option. Suzuki Insurance Services is arranged and administrated by Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd . Suzuki Insurance Services is a trading style of Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered Office: Trafalgar House, 110 Manchester Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1NU. Registered in England and Wales No.2600841. Offer excludes GSX-R1000Z and GSX-R1000ZSE. No alternative discount can be offered. Offer valid and subject to availability of machines privately registered from January 1st 2014 to 31st March 2014. Suzuki has the right to withdraw this offer at any point.

KTM 690 Duke – Review

KTM 690 Duke Review

KTM 690 Duke

To my old fashioned eyes the KTM690 duke is a strange looking beast, like some sort of weird insect poised to strike – an angular confection of KTM’s signature orange, black and white colour scheme.

I wasn’t sure how I would find it when Rod suggested I take the Fowlers demonstrator over to the Isle of Man for the Manx Grand Prix.

The bike caused a predictable stir and much hilarity wherever I parked it, “Mate! They said, looking at the large “Demonstrator” graphics, “did you tell ‘em you was just taking it out for an hour or two?” It also prompted some shocking confessions, one bloke told me he’d borrowed a demonstrator and taken it straight our on a track day, very bad man.

The Manx, or the “Isle of Man festival of Motorcycling” as they now want to call it, is very much a classic bike fest. Usually I would take over one of my old bangers and spend a happy morning, (that’s every morning), fettling the old croc in order to get a ride in after lunch.  In the company of friends Angus and “Old fashioned Tom”, this is actually a very enjoyable way to pass the time. I rather doubted if the KTM would need much spannering so I was going to miss out.

I missed out on the fettlingbut I did not miss out on the riding.

KTM 690 Duke ReviewI had thought of comparing the KTM with Old fashioned Tom’s bike, a 1953 Vincent Commet – a 500 cc single bored out to 560cc. Ok its 50 years older but it’s a large capacity single with a monoshock rear end, slightly sporting (in the state of tune O.F. tom has it) and superbly put together. The first ride on the KTM rendered all thoughts of comparison redundant. Its chalk and cheese.

Despite Rod’s assurances I couldn’t help wondering if a 690 cc single would be fast enough for a bit of fun around the TT course, especially up “the mountain” where there are no speed limits, the road surface is superband one glorious bend follows another in one long unfolding slice of bikers heaven.

Also, looking at the bike, would the high wide front end start to flap about when pushed hard into corners? Would it vibrate like a jackhammer and be horrendously uncomfy at speed?

Well, none of the above.

The KTM690 was a complete revelation to someone like me who was brought up on old British singles. I simply don’t understand how KTM have managed to get a 690 cc single to perform as it does. This bike is fast, no, really fast – just when I thought it would start to run out of puff – say 75 it simply accelerated harder and harder – effortlessly passing the ton. Frankly I wouldn’t have wanted to go much faster with “open roads” (i.e. two way traffic). Though I have to confess I got mullered by a bloke on a grubby brown Kawasaki around windy corner, who were you? Respect whoever you are, your fast.

KTM 690 DukeHandling? The Duke could be barreled into my favorite corners at high speed (80+) without any problems. Despite the semi “adventure” look of the front end it never waggled once – even on the fastest corners it felt wonderfully planted without a single complaint from the front end.

As you go into a corner the remarkably comfy seat simply “digs in” in a most delightful fashion – settling down into the corner – the whole thing is tremendously confidence inspiring.

Due to a massive cock up on my part I had to come home early and thus miss a lift home to Bristol in the Van. This meant I had to ride the little KTM through the night from Heysham (one of my least favorite journeys). How would the bike performMartin Hughes Gaines as a “tourer”? Answer – astonishingly well. We settled down to a comfortable Motorway speed, I wasn’t sure what to dial in, 70, 80, 90? Whichever I chose the Duke obliged. The balance shafts work so well it’s hard to judge if and when the big single is feeling stressed.

I arrived home even more impressed with the orange insect than I had been on the Isle of Man. Inevitably, it has now joined my ‘I want’ list!

All in all, an extraordinary “little” bike.

Now, I wonder if the KTM390 is almost as much fun?

Martin Hughes Gaines

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