WP Suspension to appoint new South African Authorised Centres
New shock tactics to distribute suspension products and accessories in South Africa
April heralds a change in the way WP Suspension products are distributed in South Africa. The Austrian parent company, WP Suspension GmbH, is entrusting KTM South Africa in the establishment of a new network of Authorized Centres, thus transferring the responsibility of the brand’s products to the Midrand-based company. This does make sense, because WP is owned by the KTM group and is responsible for it all its suspension needs, on road bikes, off-road bikes and race bikes, including the likes of the KTM MotoGP machines and the Moto2 bike ridden by Brad Binder.
Franziska Brandl, Managing Director of KTM South Africa, has been entrusted to lead the WP brand to ‘Get In Front’ – in line with the brand’s slogan – and will manage the establishment of the network of Authorized Centres to sell and service both WP OEM equipment and Pro Components parts. This new venture will be backed by the experienced of long standing KTM and Husqvarna members, Greg Smyth, as WP Suspension’s PG&A Manager and Stephan Marais as WP Suspension’s Customer Service Manager.
WP Authorised Centres
Discussions regarding the appointment of these new Authorized Centres are at an advanced stage, and WP will announce the full list soon, with five Authorized Centres expecting to be operating in South Africa by mid 2018.
Obviously having a geographically spread and factory trained network of Authorized Centres will benefit WP customers who should receive better service levels, technician specialisation, the back-up of the considerable expertise that WP can offer and a more local service. Each Authorized Centre will be able to sell, setup 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. Each Authorized Centre will be able to supply spare parts and servicing items, either direct to the customer or to other outlets.
The Pro Components Range
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. Additionally, AER Cone Valve forks, which combine the cone valve damping and the AER Spring System, can also be supplied to KTM and Husqvarna machines. Away from the adult market, KTM and Husqvarna customers can buy Pro Component WP suspension for models ranging from 50cc to 85cc, with AER Cone Valve forks and the Trax shock available for the KTM 85 SX and Husqvarna TC 85.
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. Both Off Road and On Road products will be available from all Authorized Centres.
Managing Director, WP Suspension, South Africa
“With WP Suspension being part of the KTM Group structure it was the logical step for us to adopt WP Suspension in South Africa. We are thrilled to re-launch WP and to give it the platform it deserves, with a strong network of WP Authorized Centers giving our clients the opportunity to race with the best possible components, backed by top class service.”
WP Sales Manager, WP Suspension GmbH, Austria
“We are really excited that South Africa will develop this new network of Authorized Centers in 2018. This model is being replicated across all our territories and it enables us to build on WP’s considerable reputation. The result will be that we are able to deliver class leading products and services to riders and racers that will have a demonstrable impact on their riding and results.”
Further details can be found at www.wp-suspension.com where customers are able to enter details of their machine into a configurator to understand what WP options are available for their bike, which can then be emailed to their local Authorized Centre.