Thursday, 20 February 2014

Spanish Motorcycle market

Spanish market returning to growth?

After a bad start to 2013, motorcycle registrations in Spain recovered in the final four months of 2013 – they were up 16.2 percent for September to December 2013 compared to September to December 2012. 

Jose Maria Riana, ANESDOR Secretary General

However, the market was down by 6 percent for the year as a whole with 92,185 new units registered. Jose Maria Riana, Secretary General of Spanish motorcycle industry association ANESDOR, commented that “while the overall market performance here in Spain in 2013 saw a further reduction in PTW sales, the decline was the smallest in percentage terms for several years, and the market saw a return to growth in the final quarter of 2013.”

Further good news for the motorcycle industry in Spain came in the form of the pre-owned PTW market, which, at 245,195 units sold saw a 12.5 percent increase in purchases in 2013 compared to 2012. 

ANESDOR has repeated its call for a support scheme similar to the one seen in Spain for cars (PIVE), which provides incentives for replacement of old vehicles.

Official data from the Spanish government is said to reflect a progressive ageing of PTWs in use in Spain, where the average age has increased in recent years to 14.
As reported in the last edition of MotoWeek, data released by ACEM shows 5,021,965 total PTWs in use in Spain at the end of 2012. The data confirms ANESDOR’s reports and concerns about the ageing of the ‘bike fleet’ in Spain, because despite the dramatic decline in new sales throughout the downturn, that figure has remained remarkably steady throughout the past 7 years (at least).

Indeed from just over 4 million PTWs in use in 2005, the market in Spain has actually continued to grow steadily in terms of total number of machines in use, peaking at 5,027,461 in 2011. Spain is Europe’s third largest market in total ‘bike park’ terms after Italy and Germany.

OptiMate 3 battery charger

OptiMate 3

TECMATE’S latest battery charger is the OptiMate 3; an all-in-one tool for use with 12V batteries. Like the company’s other chargers, the OptiMate 3 is easy to use and fully automatic. However, it is also now microprocessor-controlled, lighter, more efficient, and comes with global input (100-240V).

TecMate says the OptiMate 3 is 33 percent more powerful than the unit it replaces and is capable of recovering a battery from deep discharge and optimally recharging it. It can also check that the charge delivered is the best possible before then checking how well the battery can retain the charge, and display the battery’s status.
The OptiMate 3 is available in dual and quad-bank formats as well as the single option, with the two and four outputs being independent, meaning they can handle up to four different batteries completely independently.
All versions of the OptiMate 3 have all been listed by the California Energy Commission as approved for sale in California, verifying that they meet strict energy use requirements, especially when the charger is idling (no battery connected) and during long-term maintenance charging.

Eurasia Moto Bike Expo

Eurasia Moto Bike Expo, Istanbul
February 28th to March 3rd


The Istanbul Expo Centre will host the sixth edition of the Eurasia Moto Bike Expo for four days, starting February 28th.

Supported by Turkish motorcycle industry trade association MOTED ( and many major OEs and their importers/distributors, last year saw over 80,000 consumers visit the three exhibition halls filled by the show.

Those OEs included Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, BMW, Ducati and Honda alongside domestic parts and accessory manufacturers and importers.

Turkey is Europe’s fifth largest motorcycle market, with 1,441,066 total PTWs in circulation at the end of 2012.

Data captured by Brussels based motorcycle industry association ACEM suggests that the market there has remained stable throughout the downturn, having grown by some 1.2 million additional PTWs in use since 2005.

Indeed in 2013 Turkey was the fourth largest market in terms of new PTW registrations at 164,132 units, the market having peaked at 193,606 in 2011.

American Report - 20th February

Yamaha has become the first OE to confirm its participation in this year's AIMExpo at Orlando, Florida, October 16-19 2014. Yamaha were the first motorcycle manufacturer to
sign up for last year's inaugural AIMExpo, and the brand "is looking to expand its presence at the 2014 event", according to the organisers. Now slated for four days, AIMExpo is a joint trade and consumer expo with over 200 exhibitors already confirmed for this year.


Data released in the United States by the MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) – which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – reveal that motorcycle sales ended 2013 with a 1.4 percent overall increase compared to 2012. Dual sport was up by 7.8 percent at 32,979 units; street motorcycles were up by 2 percent at 324,691 units; off-highway motorcycle sales were up 5.7 percent at 73,371 units. Scooter sales were down 15.5 percent, but the sector only represents 7.4 percent of overall US sales. 


British brake specialist DP Brakes has announced ATV sponsorships in the United States that will see the company continuing to support “outstanding riders who appreciate the high performance products that DP Brakes offers”, said Larry Mills, President of DP Brakes North America. “Many of our sponsored riders have chosen to use DP Brakes products year after year and provide us with the feedback needed to maintain our performance leadership in brakes and clutches.” The company has also announced brake pad upgrades for Can-Am Spyders, which Mills has described as delivering “fade-free performance under all conditions”.


EPM Performance Imports of Englishtown, New Jersey, is the exclusive US importer of Dutch made Hyperpro suspension products, and has announced that it is offering Hyperpro’s new BMW Telelever Street Box Suspension Kit to its US dealers. An all-in-one boxed set of Hyperpro’s advanced emulsion-type front and rear shocks, the kit was introduced at EICMA in November 2013 and is said to “have everything needed to replace the worn out parts of high-mileage shocks”.


BMW Motorrad USA reported that its dealer network delivered an increase of 19.9 percent in December 2013, with the company finishing the year with 14,179 units sold, up 17.6 percent over 2012. With 5 new models to hit the US market in 2014, the company says it is already looking forward to an all-time record this year.


Xinhua, China based Taotao Group, which is said to be China’s biggest ATV producer, is reported as saying it wants to expand its product variety and upgrade technology management by buying American powersports businesses. The US is said to account for 70 percent of Taotao Group’s export volume, with the group’s products accounting for 70 percent of China’s total ATV exports to the United States, put at 120,000 ATVs and motorcycles last year for a 30 percent market share.


Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has announced its first 60 domestic dealers, giving the company a network that will cover the top motorcycle markets and metropolitan areas in 26 states. There will be 9 EBR dealers in Florida, which is one of America’s sport bike heartlands, with 6 in Texas, 5 in Pennsylvania and 4 in California and New Jersey.


Harley-Davidson reported 2013 fourth quarter sales up 6.3 percent in the United States and up 4.7 percent internationally (up 5.5 percent in Europe, Middle East and Africa). For the full year, the company sold 260,839 new Harley-Davidson motorcycle worldwide (compared to 249,849 in 2012) – up 4.4 percent in the US, but down by 1 percent in EMEA. The company’s total revenue from motorcycles and related products was $5.258 billion (up from $4.942 billion in 2012).

EU regulations

Implementing acts – the next stage of the new PTW regulations


The delegated regulation on vehicle functional safety requirements, and a delegated regulation on vehicle construction and general requirements for the approval of 2- and
3- wheel vehicles (and quadricycles) have been published in the Official Journal of the EU.

The two pieces of legislation supplement the provisions of Regulation 168/2013 on the “approval and market surveillance” of PTWs.

While “certainly not the last step in the implementation of the [new] PTW regulation”, according to Brussels based motorcycle industry association ACEM, they do nonetheless represent the necessary next stage in formal adoption of the PTW regulations as guided through the European Parliament’s Internal Markets Committee (IMCO) by motorcycle affairs Rapporteur Wim van de Camp in November 2012.

In essence, these “implementing acts” represent the blank-filling “devilish detail” that populates the framework regulations with the necessary technical elements.

A delegated regulation on environmental and propulsion performance requirements (delegated act) is also expected to be published in the coming weeks.

Wunderlich screen deflector

3-D screen deflector

WUNDERLICH has been offering its adjustable screen deflector, the Vario-ERGO+, for many years, and the company has worked hard to create an advanced and three-dimensional adjustable version.
The new version of the wind deflector has been designed to be used on bikes with extremely curved screens, such as those on the new R 1200 GS (2013) and the F 800 GS Adventure.

The new Vario-ERGO 3-D is said to be infinitely adjustable and fits on nearly every windscreen. Due to the rotatable centre piece, the screen deflector can also be adjusted closer to the driver to ensure optimum relief from wind blast around the rider’s helmet and upper body. In addition its aerodynamic shape also reduces turbulences and road noise.
Both versions of the screen deflector are made in Germany and available in clear with silver anodized fixings or in smoked grey with a titanium anodized mounting.
All deflectors have ABE approval and cover nearly all models from Aprilia to Yamaha.

Tel: +49 (0) 2642 9798 0

Amphibious SOFTSEAT

SOFTSEAT seat cushion

NEW from Italian company Amphibious is the SOFTSEAT cushion, designed to ensure high levels of comfort when travelling long distances.Universal and self-inflating, it fits most maxi scooters and motorcycles and is available for riders or pillion passengers.

SOFTSEAT's pressure can be adjusted thanks to the soft material and deflation valve.
These features enable the cushion to be adapted to the height of the rider and also make touring easier. SOFTSEAT is also said to be anti-slip, extremely stable and very quick to fit. The mesh holder, supplied as standard, combined with the deflation valve, allows SOFTSEAT to be stored away neatly when not in use.
The cushion measures 38 x 36 x 4 cm (SOFTSEAT L) and 18-26 x 28 x 3 cm (SOFTSEAT S) and weighs 180/100g.
Colour is black only. The SOFTSEAT S is an alternative version more suitable for pillion passengers or for motorcycles with smaller seats like Naked or Enduro.

Lesmo (MB), ITALY
Tel. +39 039 6065879