Thursday, 10 April 2014

Massimo Tamburini

Massimo Tamburini
LEADING motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini has died at the age of 70. For over 13 years Tamburini was Head of the MV Agusta Design and Engineering Division at CRC (Centro Ricerche Castiglioni) in San Marino, designing Cagiva, Ducati and MV Agusta motorcycles with Claudio Castiglioni.

Massimo Tamburini, seen here right, with Claudio Castiglioni

Regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle chassis engineers of the 20th century, with the self-made frame of the MV Agusta 750 Sport launching him onto the international stage in the early 1970s, he was one of the founders of Bimota. In a career that made him the 'go-to-guy' of the Italian motorcycle industry his design credentials include the Ducati Paso 750, the hugely admired Ducati 916, the MV Agusta F4, and the current Brutale models.

Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta, said that “Massimo was one of the legends of the motorcycle industry. He was a great designer, but above all he was truly passionate about motorcycles. He left our company a precious heritage and will always occupy a place of honour in the industry”.

MV Agusta denies sale rumours

MV Agusta denies sale rumours, first quarter up 22 percent

AFTER seeing a 2013 full-year increase in sales of 20 percent, Varese, Italy based MV Agusta has followed that up with 22 percent growth for the first three months of 2014.

Giovanni Castiglioni categorically denies that any negotiations are taking place for a sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group
The company says that new motorcycle registrations in Italy “have also taken off, with MV Agusta taking a market share of over 10 percent. Growth is being driven by the new Rivale 800 and Brutale 800 Dragster models, as their sales performance continues to outstrip expectations”.

MV Agusta’s President, Giovanni Castiglioni, said that “I’m extremely satisfied with the results of the first quarter. I’m confident that the second quarter will see a continuation of this trend. 

“I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations with regard to the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler group.

Rivale 800

“No such negotiations are taking place, nor have we ever done so. My goal is to ensure MV Agusta maintains significant levels of growth while remaining a family business that draws on the incredible passion my father passed on to me and my collaborators; it is a passion that still inspires us to design and build genuine two-wheeled gems”.

LeoVince exhausts

LeoVince back into new product activity

More good news for the Italian LeoVince exhaust brand following their widely reported difficulties this past winter, with a return to new product introduction activity.
The LeoVince NERO is a new exhaust system "especially dedicated to motorcycles and maxi scooters. This new product combines a modern design with an aggressive look" and is "perfect to give a special touch of power and style", according to the company.
Features include a new stainless steel sleeve in a ceramic based black metallic finish that is said to give improved high temperature resistance and thermal and mechanical stress tolerance.

Available for selected motorcycles and maxi scooters, the TIG welded stainless steel LeoVince 'NERO' line of exhausts is available as slip-ons or full systems and features a high-tech heat and stress resistant ceramic based coating and carbon fibre end caps

The company says that "the silencer’s shape is the result of a development that redefines the LV ONE line through a precision design study that combines style, finish and performance in full accordance with regulations."
Available in two different sizes, according to the motorcycle model, it has durable and versatile easy-fit AISI stainless steel brackets, is TIG welded, and has "asymmetric and aggressive cut" carbon fibre end caps for long life good looks and weight saving.
The company says that all the silencers in their NERO line are EVO II homologated with an extractable dB-killer, and available as slip-ons or full systems for a wide range of selected models and years, including the T-Max 530, X-Max 400, Burgman 650, KTM 1190 R Adventure, Triumph Tiger/ Explorers, Piaggio MP3 400/500, Kawasaki 750/800, Honda Integra and Suzuki GST 750.

BMW Motorrad

BMW has record March and 1st Quarter

BMW Motorrad say that they had just had their best ever first quarter, with worldwide sales up by 16.1 percent (at 28,719 units compared to 24,732 in the first three months of 2013.

BMWs R 1200 GS is their top selling model in Europe
Heiner Faust - "March was the most
successful in the company's history"

March saw the company sell 15,183 units, up by 16.2% (motorcycles and maxi scooters) over the 13,067 sold in March 2013 - making March this year the best ever monthly sales performance in the history of the company.

Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW Motorrad, said: "We got off to an excellent start to the new motorcycle season. In the first three months of this year we have supplied more motorcycles and maxi scooters than ever before in a first quarter. What is more, last month was the most successful in the company's history. Never before have we sold as many vehicles in March."

Though the positive result had a lot to do with worldwide demand, not least in the United States. The company says that "the first quarter was pleasing in Europe too. Southern European markets are seeing significant growth compared to the previous year. The strongest individual market for BMW Motorrad continues to be Germany, followed by the US, France, Italy, Brazil and Spain."

KTM sales up

KTM sales up 15.6 percent in 2013

KTM achieved its highest sales numbers in 2013, with 123,859 bikes sold worldwide, including those sold by Bajaj, KTM’s partner in India.

Unit sales were up 15.6 percent in 2013, helping the company achieve a turnover of €716.4 million (up 17.1 percent from 2012).

KTM are targeting an annual capacity of over 100,000 units for their Mattighofen, Austria factory this year

Among the highlights for KTM in 2013 were the launch of the 1190 Adventure and the 390 Duke. Despite the continuing market decline for most of last year KTM say they achieved an 8.5 percent market share in Europe.

For 2013, EBIT increased 49.5 percent to €54.9 million; EBIT margin grew to 7.7 percent, up from 6.0 percent in 2012. The company increased headcount last year, by 147 additional personnel (up 8.6 percent), for a total for 1,849 employees by the end of 2013.

Gone are the days of overweight/underpowered adventure bikes - KTM's 1190 is radically different to the 990 it replaced, is one of a number of bikes from a number of manufacturers that have reignited consumer enthusiasm for the class, and one of a number of product launches that have been powering KTM sales in the past few years and reinventing the meaning and reach of the brand

KTM say they expect further increases in sales, turnover and market share in 2014, and plan to invest €68 million on new development projects and the expansion of buildings and capacity. The production capacity at KTM headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria, is planned to increase to more than 100,000 units this year.

ACEM releases registration figures

European motorcycle registrations showing growth

According to the latest registration figures released by ACEM, the Brussels based motorcycle industry trade association, a total of 121,478 powered two wheelers (PTWs) were sold in Europe in January and February 2014 - an increase of 8.6 percent compared with the 111,879 units sold in January and February of 2013.

ACEM is reporting that “most of the largest European markets performed well on a year-to-year basis. Sales increased in key markets, including Germany (+24.1%), Spain (+8.7%), UK (+4.2%) and France (+1.8%). The Italian market for PTWs, however, contracted by 3%” – though by the recent standards of the Italian market this actually represents a better start to the year than has been seen there for a long time.

When analysed without sales of small cc models, the motorcycle segment did even better – it grew by 14.8 percent during the first two months of the year, representing good news for dealerships as it would appear that the selection of more expensive machines available to consumers are the primary drivers of growth at this stage.

85,742 motorcycles were sold in January and February 2014 in the EU, whilst 74,673 were sold during the same period of the previous year.

Key European markets for motorcycles have performed well during the first two months of the year. Year-on-year sales have increased in Germany (+47.8%), Spain (+14.8%), France (+10%), UK (6.6%) and Italy (0.5%), with other European markets also experiencing growth – the only two exceptions being Ireland and Romania.

The small cc sectors continue to be under pressure - during the first two months of 2014 registrations fell by 4.3 percent compared to the same period in 2013. This figure, however, represents a substantial improvement compared to the January results on a year-on-year basis (-15.2%).

ACEM says that “it is clear that the small cc sectors continue to be the most affected by the economic downturn. All key markets for small cc models contracted during the first two months of the year”. Registrations in Germany decreased by 28.5%, in Italy by 18.9%, in Spain by 16.1%, in France by 12% and in the UK by 4.6%.

Hevik jacket and gloves

Parka rain jacket & Tiburon Gloves

THIS new rain jacket from Hevik is 100% water- and windproof and made from polyester 190T laminated PVC. It has heat sealed seams, a net internal lining, rear air intakes and elastic adjustment at waist and bottom. Closure at the wrist is with Velcro, and there are two frontal waterproof pockets. The nonremovable hood is foldable at the neck and the jacket also features reflective fabric inserts. Sizes S to XXXL in black.

In addition these black Tiburon gloves are long gloves made from a soft shell fabric and have an internal breathable membrane, which is wind- and waterproof. Other features include Clarino leather palm reinforcement and grippy reinforcement at palm finger tips.
Protections on knuckles and finger tips as well as side protections are made from TPU material. There is also a frontal waterproof zip and fitting adjustments with Velcro at the back cuff.

HEVIK S.r.l.
Brescia, ITALY
Tel. +39 030 2680 374

Puig new accessories

Puig launching new accessories for Triumph Daytona 675/R

NEW from Puig for the 2013/14 Triumph Daytona 675/R is the Z-Racing screen, which is 30 mm higher than stock and provides an improved windblast protection while maintaining aerodynamics. Its design has been studied by use in a virtual wind tunnel and it features a precise fit, mounts with stock hardware and does not require any modification. It also has a rounded edge and a shadow on the lower part of the screen (only on light smoke, colours and clear) to cover bulks and cables behind the speedometer.

Racing footpegs are available in black and other colours and have a rotational system to adjust as preferred and provide an increased grip to improve touch and confidence when riding, having a precise fit, are sold in pairs and are available for rider and passenger.

The R12 sliders will protect the bike in case of tip overs. Made of nylon and with rubber on top to protect rider from knee hits. Supplied with specific hardware for a precise fit and instructions, the pucks are available in different colours.

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel. +34 938 490633