Thursday, 13 March 2014

SHOWZone 2014

International Show Schedule

- MotoBike, Kiev postponed to June 13-15

- MotoCykel, Bratislava, March 13-16
- MotoPassion, Belgrade, March 14-23
- InaBike, Jakarta, March 19-22

The planned 10th annual MotoBike expo at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev, Ukraine, has been postponed by three months, for understandable reasons. Originally planned for March 14-16, the show is now slated for June 13-15.
Last year the show attracted some 30,000 visitors to see over 160 exhibitors, with many of the major OEs represented one way or another.

The 14th annual MOTOCYKEL expo will be held at the Incheba Expo facility in the Slovakian capital Bratislava from March 13-16.
According to ACEM data the Slovakian market was worth some 3,355 total new PTW registrations in 2013, over 80 percent of which were motorcycles. Though the market has declined from a peak of 6,161 annual registrations in 2007, prior to that it had doubled in size in just three years.
Spread among a total population of 5.41m (4.3m of which are believed to be of riding age) it is reported that the total 'Bike Park' in Slovakia is some 68,063 total PTWs (2012).
Backed by the Slovakian automotive industry association (ZAP) and Slovakian Motorcyclists Federation (SMF), most of the major OEs are represented one way or another, with last year's show attracting some 51,000 visitors to see around 140 exhibitors in a 12,000 sqm show.

The 8th annual International Motorcycle show at Belgrade, the Serbian capital, opens on March 14th and, according to the event website, runs through to March 23rd.
The organisers say that MotoPassion is a "specialised fair event, including manufacturers and importers of motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, ATVs, related industry, spare parts and equipment. In addition to this, this event affirms and promotes motorcycle racing". Exhibitors will include motorcycle and scooter manufacturers and importers, spare parts, equipment and accessory distributors and related industry, trade organisations, associations, clubs, media, etc.

The 4th annual joint motorcycle and bicycle Indonesia International Bike, Parts and accessories Exhibition is being staged at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia, from March 19-22.
The organisers say that "Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia and the largest island country in the world. With an overall population of more than 240 million, there is a huge sales potential in this emerging market. Indonesia is also recognised as the largest economy in the ASEAN economic zone.
"Trends indicate that the Indonesian motorcycle market is growing very fast. According to industry observers, over the last three years the Indonesian motorcycle market increased at a yearly rate of 20%. The industry is prepared and ready for future growth. Indonesia is the world’s third largest motorcycle market after China and India. In total ASEAN zone terms, motorcycle growth will reach 10 million this year, with the largest percentage of that being in Indonesia".

This being the busiest time of the year for motorcycle shows, further selected upcoming international motorcycle industry events include:

Budapest Motorbike Festival, Hungary, March 22-24 (
Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Japan, March 28-30 (
Motorcycle Riga, Latvia, March 28-30 (
Berliner Motorrad Tage (BMT), Germany, March 28-30 (
ExpoMoto, Batalha, Portugal, April 3-6 (
Motorcycle Taiwan, April 9-12 (
Moto Boom Fair, Celje, Slovenia, 10-13 April (
MotoMadrid, Spain, April 11-13 (
Bike-Austria, Tulln, Austria, April 11-13 (

KTM Rally Replica

KISKA-designed KTM Rally Replica

Following their 1-2 finish in the Dakar Rally, KTM has announced upcoming availability for what it is describing as an “all new” KTM 450 Rally Replica machine.

The new model made its debut at the Morocco rally in October last year, and then went on to complete the 9,000km Dakar Rally with Marc Coma taking KTM’s 13th consecutive win.

KTM’s previous rally machine was constructed in the 690cc era, and KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said of the new model: “The success this year in the Dakar Rally has highlighted the experience and hard work of our KTM people who worked closely with KISKA’s team on the new rally bike project”.

The new model is slated to be available through KTM dealers at €24,000 plus tax.

Not to be confused with the Canadian Pacific Island occupied by the Japanese during WW2, Kiska is a leading Salzburg, Austria based industrial and commercial design consultancy founded in 1990 by Gerald Kiska. Their work for KTM is headed up by Piers Spencer-Phillips and recently also won acclaim for the final production version of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R when it was unveiled at EICMA in November 2013.

Japanese exports to Europe up

Japanese PTW exports to Europe up by 50 percent in December

Japanese PTW exports to Europe increased by 50 percent for the month of December 2013 to 21,146 units, up from 14,094 in December 2012. This brings the total of exports for the whole year to 147,965, down -9.52 percent on 2012, but substantially better than the first half of the year, as the first 6 months saw substantial decline in exports.

250cc+ motorcycle exports from Japan to Europe follow a similar trend - with an increase of 46 percent for the month of December 2013 (18,878 units, up from 12,022 in December 2012), with the whole year figure down -11.48 percent at 130,455 units.

250cc+ motorcycle exports to the United States were down slightly at 0.19 percent for 2013, at 118,819 units, down from 119,048 in 2012, following disappointing figures for October, November and December, reversing the positive trend seen earlier in the year.  PTW exports were down -5.8 percent for the year, at 156,942 units (down from 166,061 in 2012).

Japanese worldwide exports of PTWs were up a substantial 23.98 percent in December at 48,164 units, however, exports for the years as a whole remained in negative figures, down
 -10.17 percent at 430,447 units (down from 479,163 last year).

Ducati record sales

Ducati close 2013 with record sales

Ducati closed-out 2013 strong results, both in terms of new product and sales performance. The company says that their sales network of 817 dealers across 88 countries delivered 44,287 motorcycles to customers, an increase over the 2012 total of 44,102.

The company, which increased its workforce by 83 to a total of 1,281 employees in 2013, sees 51% of its sales recorded in Europe, 24% in North America, with the remaining 25% in Asia and South America. Not surprisingly Italy and Germany are Ducati's strongest markets in Europe; the company says it sells in over 80 countries worldwide in total.

“We are very proud and satisfied with our results in 2013”, commented Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati.
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati

“Despite market uncertainties, especially in Southern Europe, Ducati has achieved positive results, confirming the strength of our products and the appreciation of our brand. For the second year running we have achieved record results, selling over 44,000 motorcycles, helped by the introduction of new models such as the Hypermotard and 899 Panigale.

“Results for 2013 also confirm positive sales trends in emerging markets such as Asia, which grew by 26% compared to 2012 (with 5,200 motorcycles sold) and Brazil, where Ducati only started sales activities in the second half of 2013 and already delivered 700 motorcycles in that period of time.

"The United States, accounting for 24% of sales, continues to be our largest market, followed by Italy with 11.3% and Germany with 10.7%. Continuous development of the product range and the success in new markets makes us confident that 2014 will see further growth for our company.

“These results allow us to continue our commitment to new product development plans and, in line with our main shareholder - the Audi Group - continuous technological and design innovation remains the cornerstone of our industrial strategy”.

The company says that the arrival of new models for 2014, such as the new Monster 1200 and the 1199 Superleggera (a limited edition of just 500 units, which was already 90% sold out before its official presentation at the Milan show) "enable Ducati to look ahead with confidence and optimism, confirming the company’s prestigious role for “Made in Italy” excellence in terms of technology, design and performance".

Leovince partners with Adler

Sito/LeoVince exhaust manufacturer in strategic partnership with Adler S.p.A.

Promet sp zoo, the Polish manufacturer who is to continue to make and market Sito/LeoVince brand exhausts following the bankruptcy of the Italian company late last year, has announced that it has negotiated a "strategic partnership" with respected and well known Italian parts designer and manufacturer Adler.
Established in 1958, The Adler Group is best known for their OE and aftermarket transmission products, frames, gears and engine parts (some of which are sold under the Adige brand), Adler S.p.A. will "support the future development of the LeoVince and Sito brands".

Promet has been the manufacturing company responsible for production of all the Sito product lines for more than 15 years, and they say that in partnership with Adler they will "continue to serve the international markets with LeoVince and Sito products".
The company goes on to say that the partnership "will guarantee the continuation of industrial operations with a number of improvements: the objective is to boost the international presence of the brand by implementing the research and development and reactivating production at full speed".

E-bike top speed test adopted

SAE International adopts E-bike top speed test

In the search for an accepted test model SAE International, recognised worldwide for developing motor vehicle standards, has adopted a new top speed test based on the protocol developed by the California based Motorcycle Industry Council’s Electric Vehicle Subcommittee.

"Prior to the development of this standardised test procedure, electric motorcycle manufacturers used different methods to calculate top speed, which presented a challenge for consumers interested in comparing various electric motorcycles", according to the MIC.
“With several brands of electric motorcycles on the market, having standardised testing protocol is vital”, said Abe Askenazi, Chair of the MIC’s Electric Vehicle Subcommittee and Chief Technology Officer at Zero Motorcycles.

Zero Motorcycles' Chief Technology Officer and MIC Electric Vehicle Chair Abe Askenazi says that "having a standardised protocol is vital" to developing consumer confidence and understanding when making E-bike performance comparisons

“It allows manufacturers to be able to present consistent information to consumers for product comparison. The MIC’s Electric Vehicle Subcommittee is honoured that SAE has chosen to adopt our key recommendations”.

SAE J3007, Recommended Practice, Top Speed Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles, is based on the European Union test procedure and sets standards for the many variables involved in determining top speed, such as vehicle equipment, battery charge-discharge cycle, test roadway conditions, and the rider’s weight, attire and riding position. 

Additionally it considers atmospheric conditions, such as wind speed, temperature and atmospheric pressure. 

The MIC's Electric Vehicle Subcommittee includes representatives of on-highway electric motorcycle makers who currently market or are developing electric motorcycles, as well as other industry participants. In addition to developing test procedures for the top speed and riding range, the subcommittee addresses a broad scope of issues related to electric vehicles, including public information/education and government legislation. SAE J3007 can be purchased from SAE at:

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programmes, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. As a not-for-profit national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organisation has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at

BMW Motorrad Development

Karl Viktor Schaller to head BMW Motorrad Development


Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller is taking over from Dr. Christian Landerl as head of BMW Motorrad development. Landerl headed up the motorcycle development team from November 2008.

His replacement studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich from 1979 to 1985, and following his studies he continued there as a scientific assistant at the research institute for gear wheels and gear manufacturing, obtaining his doctorate in the process.

His professional career then began at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG (commercial vehicles) in Munich, where he became the board member responsible for technology and purchasing.  In 2009 he founded kvs consulting, which specialises in the automotive sector. He remains managing director of kvs, and BMW say he has been an enthusiastic motorcycle rider for
35 years.

Zandona back protectors

Zandona back protectors


ZANDONA has introduced a new version of its Italian made Spine EVC back protector that is finished in high-visibility fluorescent yellow on the outside.
The Spine EVC uses a high-tech, deformable structure composed of splinter-proof plastic materials and EVC (Evoluted Viscoelastic Cells) in its construction. This is claimed by Zandona to offer protection for the wearer’s back in the event of a collision, while offering good lumbar support. The plates in the protector are joined by a drop wire system, which is said to guarantee impact distribution throughout the whole of the protector’s surface.

Additionally, the Spine EVC has an ‘Anti-Torsion System’, which limits rearward twisting.
The Spine EVC reaches Level 2 performance according to the EN1621-2/03 normative.
A second back protector produced by Zandona is its Esatech Back Pro.
The external plate of the Esatech Back Pro is a hexagonal nitrile anti-shock structure (Esatech System), which has been formulated to absorb high impact energies and dissipate the energy over the whole protector surface. The internal padding is composed by EVC (Evoluted Viscoelastic Cells), waterproof anti-shock material with a high performance/weight/thickness ratio, which is perforated to help perspiration travel from the contact area to the outside.

The waist closure has a double elastic regulation system, the back protector itself is said to follow the natural forward movement of the spinal column, and it is also foldable for easy storage.
The Esatech Back Pro reaches Level 2 performance (4.6 kN average result) in EN1621-2/03 tests.

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