A Sound His­tory

Classic Trial - - PRODUCT FOCUS -

TSi­lencer (WES) has been pro­duced since 1976. Dick Walker was the man be­hind the WES from the very be­gin­ning. In 2012 he trans­ferred all of his pro­duc­tion and all his sales to the WES im­porter in Spain, mov­ing the fac­tory’s equip­ment to the Mediter­ranean coun­try dur­ing the end of 2011. The com­pany is now headed by Jose Fran­queira and wife Celia Bonet. Dick Walker re­mains as the Hon­orary Pres­i­dent and tech­ni­cal and qual­ity ad­viser for WES.

Jose Fran­queira has been rid­ing in mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als for more than forty years, and has worked as a de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer his en­tire ca­reer in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor. He has worked for the Fer­rari im­porter in Spain as Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, and for the DAF Trucks Span­ish sub­sidiary as Sales En­gi­neer­ing Head of Depart­ment. He has been Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Mo­tor­cy­cle In­dus­try in Spain, a Mem­ber of the Board of the Madrile­nian Mo­tor­cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion and a Mem­ber of Com­mis­sion at the FIM. The new WES works fa­cil­i­ties are now es­tab­lished in El Es­co­rial Madrid. This his­tor­i­cal town has be­come the third home of the brand, af­ter Birm­ing­ham in the Mid­lands in Eng­land and then Bre­con in Wales.

Al­most all tri­als twin-shocks and many Evo-mono-shocks and Pre-65 mo­tor­cy­cles have their si­lencers be­spoke from WES, whose model range nowa­days reaches thirty-five dif­fer­ent si­lencers, and new mod­els are fore­seen in the com­ing months. One-off si­lencers can be made as well if it does not in­ter­rupt pro­duc­tion. The struc­ture of a WES si­lencer con­sists of a TIG welded alu­minium al­loy oval pro­file pro­duced espe­cially for WES by a multi­na­tional alu­minium com­pany, that is de­vel­oped to re­sist the tough blows that the mo­tor­cy­cle with­stands in tri­als.

The si­lencer inside is made up of alu­minium al­loy tubes and baf­fles that give an ex­cel­lent throt­tle re­sponse. Long-last­ing basalt fi­bre is pro­duced espe­cially ac­cord­ing to WES spec­i­fi­ca­tions and is used to achieve a quiet sound­ing ex­haust note. WES si­lencers weigh less than half of the orig­i­nal ones and give the ma­chine a true ‘works’ look. WES

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