Sunday, 12 January 2014

ETRA closes

ETRA closes due to lack of funds

Founded in 1995 as an attempt to fill what was seen as a missing link for dealer/retailer representation in the bicycle and motorcycle industries in Europe, the European Twowheel Retailer’s Association (ETRA) has announced that it is to close with immediate effect due to insufficient funding.

The organisation was a European economic interest grouping (trade association) of national two wheel retail organisations in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, UK and The Netherlands with a claimed representation for nearly 7,000 independent bicycle, moped and motorcycle sellers.
Though based in Belgium (Gent), ETRA is not to be confused with FEBIAC (la Fédération Belge de l'Industrie de l'Automobile et du Cycle), the Brussels based domestic Belgian motorcycle industry trade association that is a member of ACEM.
At this stage, it is unclear what implications ETRA’s closure has for the ‘Sustainable-2-wheels’ initiative that ETRA has been organising for the past four years as part of European Mobility Week.

America Report 13th Jan


Philadelphia, PA based Christini Technologies is now adding dealers for an increased range of complete AWD (all wheel drive) off-roaders and dual sports modles based on Gasgas 250cc and Chinese made replica Honda 450X two and four strokes. Featuring their own frame and branded parts such as Rekluse clutches, Nissin brakes, FMF exhausts and Marzocchi front forks, Christini originally had just made AWD conversion kits for Honda and KTM for several years.


Californian off-road exhaust specialist FMF Racing has been chosen to supply exhaust systems for Husqvarna's World Motocross, Enduro World Championship and Extreme Enduro race teams.


Twisted Throttle, the Exeter, Rhode Island based distributor that specialises in US imports for European brands has added the durable polymer based British made R&G Racing crash protectors programme. The company also distributes accessories and luggage for SW Motech/Bags Connection in Germany, German made MRA Windshields, and MACNA branded apparel by Dutch motorcycle gear specialist Splash Design. The company has also announced expansion for its Canadian sales with the acquisition of Toronto based distributor A Vicious Cycle.


BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) has inaugurated a new €130m facility at Queretaro, Mexico, where it will assemble Rotax engines for its Can-Am off-road vehicles and the 'Spark' model line-up of Sea-Doo PWCs. It is already making composite hulls and decks there in advance of a complete transfer of all Sea-Doo watercraft operations to the new factory in 2015, at which time the workforce is expected to exceed 1,100 people. BRP already has one facility in Mexico, in the Texas border town of Juarez, where it already employs 1,250 people assembling all Can-Am ATVs and Side-x-Side models.


BMW Motorrad USA has issued a recall for 2,475 production year 2012 K1600 GT and GTL models - citing an engine control unit defect that could cause stalling.


Elio Motors of Troy, Michigan CEO Paul Elio says that he hopes to have his 84 mpg three-wheeled two-passenger vehicles being produced at  a US facility at Shreeveport, La., and on the market by the end of 2014. Weighing in at some 1200 lbs the three-cylinder 55 hp fuel injected 'Elio' is expected to have an MSRP of around $6,800 Cooper Tire and Rubber (parent company of UK tyre maker Avon) will supply  what are being described as "inovative low rolling resistence technology" tires as an important contribution to meeting the vehicle's frugal fuel consumption ambitions.


KTM North America says its dealers achieved a 29 percent year-on-year sales boost for the Austrian manufacturer for the period from January to November 2013, with November sales up 49 percent over the year-ago month. A recent news report in the United States quoted KTM management there as saying that at 107,000 KTM was the number one selling European motorcycle manufacturer in 2012, topping BMW for the first time; that street bike sales, currently just 10 percent of KTMs numbers could rise to as much as 25-30 percent once the present 'on-highway' line-up is completed with new model and displacement offers, especially at the entry level price-point; and that sales in North America have now grown continuously for 36 months.


Japanese exhaust and performance tuning specialist Yoshimura has capitalised on its experience working with Suzuki on specials sold through Suzuki dealers only by developing a 'Speed and Style' kit for the new Honda Grom. They will be available to licensed Honda dealers in the United States only through Parts Unlimited and Tucker Rocky Distributing.

Europeam Motorcyclists' Forum

FEMA's third European Motorcyclists' Forum   

Organised by FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations), the Brussels based Riders Rights group lobby organisation, the 3rd European Motorcyclists' Forum will focus on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the context of the EU Horizon 2020 initiative.
"Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) users are market consumers using new technology to improve their riding experience or to increase their safety", says Aline Delhaye, General Secretary of FEMA.
Aline Delhaye,
General Secretary of FEMA

"However, as vulnerable road users, they are also impacted by ITS deployment. The specificities of this transport mode need to be carefully understood and integrated into ITS deployment activities to guarantee that PTW use is rightly integrated into tomorrow’s transport system".
The Forum – which is being organised under the umbrella of the Riderscan project – will discuss the safety challenges faced by powered two wheelers (PTWs) "in an ever more connected transport system" and look at EU transport/mobility challenges, safety strategies and the role of ITS, motorcycling and ITS challenges, addressing research and deployment issues; practical considerations related to the use of PTWs in Europe and the priorities and challenges faced by the motorcycling sector both at EU and national level.
It is hoped that the Forum, which is being hosted by MEP Bernd Lange in the European Parliament premises on March 5th 2014 (from 3 to 6pm), with discussions continuing all day on March 6th will arrive at a consensus of recommendations for optimal integration of PTWs into ITS-driven policies.

Puig parts for Honda CB500X

Honda CB 500X parts from Puig

PUIG Hi-Tech Parts from Spain has a new line of parts for the 2013 Honda CB 500X. The touring screen is 165 mm higher than stock and its design has been studied through virtual wind tunnels to improve windblast protection. It has a precise fit, mounts with stock hardware and does not require modification. The screen can also be purchased drilled with a visor, which provides multi-options to personalise inclination and height.

The rear fender is available in matt black and carbon look. It also has a precise fit, is supplied with fitting instructions and is said to give great performance by protecting the undertail from dust, rain and rocks.

The R12 sliders will protect the bike in case it tips over. Made of nylon, with a rubber on top to protect the rider from knee hits. Supplied with instructions, and the pucks are available in different colours.

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel: +34 938 490633
Fax: +34 938 490988

Japanese export for November

Japanese manufacturer exports to Europe increase in November

Motorcycle exports to Europe by the big four Japanese manufacturers were up in November, in the 250cc plus sector, by 33.8 percent at 11,743 units – which continues the upward trend seen in October when they increased by 29 percent.
However, for the year to date, the first 11 months of 2013, exports to Europe remain down by 17 percent at 111,577 units.
In total PTW terms, Japanese exports to Europe were down 15.1 percent at 126,819 units for the first 11 months of 2013.

Worldwide Japanese exports of all PTWs were slightly up in November (+2.3 percent/39,343 units) but were 13.18 percent down for the year to date at 382,283 units.
Japanese motorcycle exports to the United States were down in November, for the second consecutive month, at -24.16 percent; the trend towards the end of the year has resulted in 11 month year to date US export figures dipping into slightly negative territory for the first time since March 2013 at -0.02 percent (107, 326 units).
Total PTW exports to the United States were also down in November at -17.64 percent/15,063 units, bringing the January-November 2013 figure to 142,415 units (-6.25 percent).
In worldwide total PTW export terms for the 11 months to November 2013, Yamaha exported the most units at 143,810 (+1.24 percent), however Suzuki, who are in second place having exported 95,708 units, have grown strongest, being +10.29 percent. Honda are the biggest losers (down 39.07 percent at 86,893 units) with Kawasaki exporting the fewest units at 56,322 (down -19.25 percent).

MAGURA 190 Radial brake master cylinder

MAGURA to update radial
master cylinder programme

EVER since its introduction, the MAGURA 190 Radial brake master cylinder has been a brake and clutch control benchmark for many riders and dealers, but the company has announced that a new version is currently undergoing the final development stages.
To be named HC3, Magura say that the brand identity is designed to integrate two of what they see as the most important design process features.
The ‘HC’ refers to the fully patented “MAGURA Hard Core Braking technology”, which has been designed to reduce the internal friction in the master cylinder while improving the compatibility for long-term use with ABS systems.
The ‘3’ is said to refer to the “innovative mechanical lever ratio adjustment, which effectively offers three piston diameters in one master cylinder”.

Magura claim that this represents a genuine evolution for race master cylinder design and “largest change seen in brake master hydraulic technology for many years”. The company says
that the HC3 is “honed from the highest quality aluminium alloy, combining decades of hydraulic
know-how with modern technology”, and that it will be “top of the shopping list for all those who wish to reduce lap times”.
Magura say that the design compatibility with all modern ABS systems means that the HC3 is also suitable for all high end specials builders, modern Supersport riders, and that it will be “as   popular in the paddock as in the streetfighter scene”.
By relocating the lever securing bolt (within pit stop time limits) the HC3 mimics having three separate pistons by converting the master cylinder for a higher or lower piston dimension (11/12/13mm, 14/15/16mm and 17/18/19mm).

Bad Urach, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)7125 153 262

Record Sales for BMW

BMW report record sales in 2013

BMW Motorrad, said: it has achieved an "all-time annual sales high" for the third time in succession.
Worldwide the company supplied 115,215 motorcycles and maxi scooters - an increase of 8.3 percent compared to the previous record year 2012 (when it shipped 106,358 units).
December 2013 saw 6,343 units sold, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to December 2013.      
The R 1200 GS was BMW's best selling 2013 model with over 25,000 units sold

Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad said: "Never before in the 90-year history of the company have we supplied so many vehicles. With a significant increase of 8.3 percent over 2013, we have achieved an all-time sales high and supplied more than 115,000 vehicles to our customers worldwide.
 "We have achieved growth in all sales regions. In some markets, such as USA and Russia,  growth reached double figures. Germany remains our most successful individual market. However, we also saw very positive sales developments in South America and Asia.
"Despite the difficult market environment that persists in Europe, we once again asserted and further extended our market leadership in the relevant capacity segment over 500 cubic centimetres in Germany, Spain and Italy. In the crisis-ridden markets of Italy and Spain we were able to achieve growth for the first time in years, despite the fact that the market as a whole was heavily in decline in those countries."
 In Germany, BMW sales were up by 4.7 percent at 21,473 units compared to 2012, further increasing its market share leadership in the 500cc plus sector there (25.5 percent).
The USA is BMW's second most important market, with 14,100 vehicles sold in 2013, 2,000 more than in 2012; an increase of around 17%.
 Other markets in order of BMW sales numbers are France and Italy (each with over 10,000 units), followed by Brazil and then the UK, where BMW achieved growth of almost 15 percent compared to 2012, moving up from third to second position overall in the UK market, with a share of 15.8 percent.
 The most successful model in 2013 with almost 30,000 vehicles sold was once again the R 1200 GS; well over 25,000 units are accounted for by the new water-cooled travel enduro.
 It is followed in second place by the BMW F 800 GS (10,166 units sold), with the F 700 GS in third (7,155 sold).
 Sales of the 1000cc supersports models S 1000 RR and HP4 were also strong - with just under 6,800 Double R and almost 2,700 HP4s sold. The R 1200 RT and the R 1200 GS Adventure are said to have achieved excellent sales figures in their last year (before the model change) and the new mid-range models F 800 GT and F 800 GS Adventure, C 650 GT and C 600 Sport maxi-scooters and K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL 6-cylinder touring bikes are described as continuing to "enjoy a high level of popularity".

Macna Night Eye riding apparel

MACNA Night Eye riding apparel

The Macna apparel programme is the brainchild of Patrick Kant, of Splash Design at Veghel in The Netherlands, and at EICMA the company introduced what it is calling a revolutionary new apparel technology called “Night Eye”. In a dramatic display on their booth, the Macna line has found a technology that allows a normal looking daytime riding jacket to “shine like a traffic sign” at night, without the use of a power source. Microscopic glass beads in the “Night Eye” fabric work as small reflectors which return light back at the source and make the whole surface of the fabric light up in a car’s headlights, even from a very long distance according to the company.