Thursday, 15 May 2014

Italian market growth

Italian market sees third month of growth

For the first time since the downturn started to bite, the Italian market has seen motorcycle sales grow for three consecutive months.

In April this year, sales were up by 8.95 percent at 20,198 units (from 18,539 units in April 2013), having been up by 28.91 percent in March this year (17,997 units compared to 13,961 in March 2013), and, as previously reported, up by 10.25 percent in February.
For the year-to-date, motorcycle sales in Italy have totalled 56,547 units (compared to 50,649 for the first four months of 2013), which puts the market up a total of 11.64 percent for the first four months of the year.

Like many others, the Italian market started to see the rate of decline in new motorcycle sales bottom out in September last year, and while the historically most important months in Italy (May, June and July) will determine whether or not the market there really has turned a corner, the March and April figures are particularly encouraging.
In 2013, sales were down by 25.5 percent for the full year, following a 19.04 percent decline in 2012. If the market continues to see an average monthly growth of around 10 percent for the remainder of the year, then Italy’s motorcycle sales will have recovered from last year’s 153,863 units to something in the region of 170,000 units.

BMW see growth

BMW continues to see double-digit growth and achieves new all-time high in April

After achieving record sales during its first quarter of 2014, BMW Motorrad says it "remains firmly on course for success" with sales in April up by 12 percent on April 2013 at 16,344 units (14,587 in April 2013).

BMW says that makes April 2014 "the most successful month ever in the history of the company. All in all, BMW Motorrad has supplied 45,063 (previous year: 39,319 units) vehicles to customers since the beginning of the year (compared to 39,319 units in the first four months of 2013), and 14.6 percent (5,744 vehicles) up for the year so far".
Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing said that "we have been able to build very successfully on the momentum of an excellent season start. We have seen double-digit growth every month since the start of the year. Sales results in April even surpassed the existing record of March this year, making it the best month ever for BMW Motorrad".

BMW expect their records sales performance for the year so far to be boosted further from May onwards as the new C evolution electric maxi scooter hits showrooms
The company went on to say that "this has been achieved on the basis of ongoing stable market developments worldwide. In Europe (not including Germany) BMW Motorrad had supplied 2,841 vehicles more as of April than in the first four months of the previous year. In Germany, sales are 672 units above the previous year's level. BMW Motorrad is also seeing impressive growth in the USA and Asia".
The new R 1200 GS remains the top-selling model with 9,826 units sold. The new R 1200 GS Adventure (5,440 units as of April), the new R 1200 RT (3,760 units as of April) and the newcomers in the BMW model programme R nineT (2,024 units as of April) and S 1000 R (1,679 as of April) are also seeing "very strong demand", according to the company. 
Heiner Faust went on to say that "the excellent sales results mean we are very confident in terms of how the season will develop. Demand for our newly launched Boxer and S series models is especially pleasing. We have started supplying the BMW C evolution this month (from May 2nd 2014) and after initial test rides, the world's first electrically powered maxi scooter in the premium segment has received excellent reviews from the media - we are very much looking forward to the response of our customers in Europe".

Spanish market stats

Spanish market continues upward trend

Spanish motorcycle trade association ANESDOR has released motorcycle and moped registration data for April this year that shows the growth trend in Spain first seen late last year continuing.

Motorcycle registrations in Spain in April were up by 17.8 percent (9,807 units) from 8,337 in April 2013, with year-to-date market performance up 22.4 percent at 30,257 units from the 24,790 seen for the first four months of 2013.

While the (surprisingly) small moped market in Spain remains sluggish (-6.1 percent for the first four months of this year at 3,758 units) the total PTW registration figures reflect the strength of motorcycle sales with April being 12.9 percent up on April of 2013 (at 10,765 units) and the year-to-date being up 18.4 percent at 34,208 units (compared to 28,898 for the first four months of 2013).
Jose Maria Riano, Secretary General of ANESDOR, said that “the motorcycle market continued to improve in April, and the main reason is the improved economic situation, but better weather so far this year has also played a part.

“ANESDOR also believes that the time, cost and emissions savings offered by PTWs as a favourable urban transport solution are positive messages that are gaining increasing recognition with consumers in Spain, and as a trade association we plan to market these advantages heavily in the coming months”.
Illustrate with Jose Maria Riano captioned: Jose Maria Riano, Secretary General of ANESDOR said that “the motorcycle market continued to improve in April, and the main reason is the improved economic situation”

Growth continues in the UK

Growth continues in the UK

Motorcycle registrations have continued their upward trend in the UK in April with 18.04 percent growth (9,024 units) compared to April 2013 (7,645 units).

April was the tenth month of motorcycle registration growth seen in the last 12 months (July 2013 was only off by -0.51 percent, with February this year down by -11.04 percent due to poor weather). For the year-to-date, the UK is up by 15.97 percent at 29,445 units compared to 25,390 for the first four months of 2013.

At the present rate of growth, the UK could see new motorcycle sales edging towards the 100,000 unit mark by the end of this year, if the current trend continues. Last year, the UK motorcycle market grew by 1.16 percent compared to 2012 (81,180 units), having grown by 1.07 percent to 80,251 units in 2012 – which means that the UK motorcycle market had been stable for four years following the 95,000 units sold in 2009.
The small cc market in the UK remains low in terms of volume (approximately 3,000 units for the year-to-date). In total PTW terms, the UK was up by 16.09 percent in April (up by 18.22 percent in March) and is up by 13.66 percent for the year-to-date at 32,470 units in total.

LS2's 396 helmet

High-tech aerodynamics

LS2's most technologically advanced helmet is said to be the 396, available in three different versions.
The CR1 and CT2 versions have a carbon external shell, reinforced with special fiberglass and polymeric resins, while the FT2 has a fiberglass shell. The external shell, with its particularly aerodynamic shape, copes with every type of turbulence and is made in two different sizes with the bag moulding system.

The internal shell is in EPS with different densities for the best energy absorption that can be created following an impact. The new visor mechanism does not require any tools and is equipped with a small lever that activates a mechanism to block the visor in a closed position. 

The visor is anti-scratch and anti-UV. Moulded in polycarbonate Lexan, LS2 says there is no image distortion (3D optically correct) and it is also suitable for use with the internal Pinlock lens that comes with the helmet.
The CT2 and FT2 versions are equipped with TSS (Twin Shield System) that activates an internal sunshade screen through a lever positioned on the lower left of the helmet. Comfort inside the 396 is guaranteed by the "In&Out Air Control System", which has two adjustable upper air intake vents, one air intake vent in the centre of the chinguard, and a rear extractor.
The internal liners form the Advanced Air-go Perfext Fitting system that is said to guarantee a comfortable fit even over prolonged use.
The sponges are laser-cut foam, removable and washable and made from hypoallergenic, anti-odour, anti-bacterial and breathable fabrics. The strap has a double D-ring fastening, and a practical nose guard completes the range of standard features.
The helmet just weighs 1,350 gr in case of the CR1 and CT2 versions, while the FT2 has a total weight of 1,450 gr.
As with all LS2 helmets, the 396 is homologated in accordance with current legislation ECE 22-05 and available in sizes from XS to XXL.
The 396 CR1 has a carbon shell, equipped with a new type of open woven carbon. It is available in Carbon, Trix or Diablo versions, as well as the new Magneto version, with open woven carbon coated with an opaque transparent varnish.
The 396 CT2 is available in two versions, the Carbon and Carbon TT with graphics. The 396 FT2 with fiberglass shell comes in three colours and five graphic versions in a total of ten options.

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel. +34 937 869 684

Powerbronze parts for Yamaha MT-09

MT-09 gets the Powerbronze treatment

CELEBRATING their 30th anniversary this year, British specialist Powerbronze has released an extensive range of parts for the Yamaha MT-09. The new product line includes an aftermarket screen in a choice of three heights and 22 colour choices, including iridium finish.

Powerbronze’s headlight protectors are manufactured from thermo-formed acrylic and designed to protect the headlamp lens. Supplied with 3M Dual Lock fixings, which allow easy removal for cleaning.

To give the MT-09 a more aerodynamic racing profile, Powerbronze manufactures a seat cowl, which fits over the existing seat with no modification needed to the bike’s existing bodywork. The cowl is available in a choice of black, white or carbon look.

The rear hugger from Powerbronze for the MT-09 is supplied pre-drilled with all mountings. Made from a high impact plastic for a smooth internal finish, it uses steel-sleeved rubber mounting points to dampen vibration and avoid cracking. It is available in black, white, carbon look and carbon fibre with either gold or silver coloured meshed vents (replacement mesh kits are available as a separate item in blue, red and black).

Their MT-09 cooler grill is designed to enhance the machine's appearance and protect the radiator from debris. Made from polished stainless steel, the cooler grills require no modification to fit.

Swingarm and fork protector kits in injection moulded high impact plastic are supplied with the necessary high tensile studs (de-embrittled) and hardware.

Accident protection options also include CNC machined high impact plastic and aluminium crash posts that fit in a choice of locations.

Littlehampton, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1903 783222

Fehling parts for Suzuki Burgman

Burgman accessories

GERMAN manufacturer Fehling has created a range of parts for fitment to the 2013 and up Suzuki AN 650 Z Burgman Executive, including a twin rail tubular steel fender protector/guard that mounts directly to the front fork to help prevent damage to the outside edge of the scooter’s fairing and running boards.

Accident damage coverage for the side of the scooter is offered with a footboard protector that mounts along the edge of the pillion footboards, a rear protection guard to cover the rear panels of the scooter, and covers that can be used with the rear protection guards or, as seen here, Fehling's side case holders.

The side case and matching top case holders work with luggage from Givi, Kappa, Hepco & Becker and SW-Motech.
Fehling’s ‘Quarter Turn’ fastener can be retro-fitted to the side case carriers for quick mounting.

Tel: +49 (0) 2377 2033