Thursday, 22 May 2014

German registrations up over 13%

German motorcycle registrations up over 13% for first four months of 2014


For the first time since September last year, and only the eighth time since January 2012, motorcycle registrations in Germany were down in April.
At -3.76 percent (15,412 units) the variance over April 2013 (which was itself over 26 percent up on April 2012) industry analysts are saying that this is likely to be as a result of Easter timing, and that the March market in Germany included some boost as a result of changed Easter timing.

For the year to date, German motorcycle registrations are running at 13.07 percent up, on volume of 44,029 units (compared to 38,940 units for the first four months of 2013).
The picture in Germany is broadly similar for lower cc models, with total PTW registrations falling by -3.72 percent (21,175 units), but the total for the first four months of the year (59.550 units) shows the total PTW market in Germany running at 13.22 percent up.
As previously report in MotoWEEK and International Dealer News, most of Europe’s major markets have now returned to growth in both motorcycle and total PTW terms, but while growth remains low and inflation higher than ECB targets in the Euro zone, it will still take some time for the macro economic recovery to translate into stability. 

Öhlins cartridge kits

Öhlins' NIX' technology cartridge kits for adventure bikes

ÖHLINS has based its fork cartridge kits for adventure bikes on its existing ‘NIX’ cartridge technology for road bikes. 

The FKA cartridge kit features a compact design to make it easy to fit in the USD forks most adventures bikes are equipped with. Once installed the bike has a fully adjustable front end. Rebound damping is on one leg and compression within the other, with adjustable spring preload in both. Different springs are available for riders’ individual demands and there is an effective hydraulic stop inside the kit to prevent ‘bottoming’.
Robert Brinkmark, Öhlins Product Manager Motorcycles, said: “The FKA Cartridge kit is a very easy way to upgrade adventure bike suspension, offering great quality, durability and easy adjustment.

“This market has grown massively over the past decade and interest is still increasing for this segment. Here at Öhlins we also know adventure bike riders demands a lot from their bikes in general and suspension in particular, so we look forward to continued development in this area.”
The new FKA range is available for BMW F800GS ‘08-‘12 and ‘13-’14, Ducati Multistrada 1200 ‘09-’12, Triumph Tiger 800 ‘11-’14, and Triumph Tiger XC ‘11-’14 models.

Upplands Vaesby, SWEDEN
Tel: +46 (0)8 590 025 00

Rukka Gore-Tex suit

Gore-Tex textile suit from Rukka

THIS new textile suit from Rukka combines all the ground breaking features the Finnish manufacturer is well known for.
The outer material is an elastic Gore-Tex three-layer laminate. Abrasion resistant Armacor fabric is used to reinforce it in exposed areas, and the jacket has a waterproof AquaSeal YKK front zipper - a technology that Rukka claims it is bringing into motorcycling for the first time. 

Other features include a soft Neoprene collar, a detachable neck warmer made from elastic Gore-Tex three-layer laminate and water and windproof sleeve ends with elastic cuffs and zippers.

Ventilation zippers at the shoulders, in the back and on the thighs allow entry of fresh air whenever desired. Nine pockets offer plenty of storage space, most of them being waterproof, and the upper chest pockets feature tear-proof magnetic closures.
The air-permeable Rukka D3O Air protectors at the joints and in the back combine optimum comfort with maximum protection thanks to their soft, flexible material that instantly multiplies crash damping in case of an impact.
The ‘Premium’ suit has detachable thermal linings with temperature-regulating Outlast, a long connecting zipper, numerous adjusters on the sleeves, waist and hips, and the trousers have the climate regulating Rukka AirCushion System and Antiglide-Keprotec.

Tel. +358 (0)3 822 111

Hyperpro FZ-09 suspension

Hyperpro FZ-09 suspension upgrades

HYPERPRO has released shock and fork upgrades for Yamaha's FZ-09.
Their 461 shock has a 45-click range of settings for rebound damping, the capability to fine-tune high- and low-speed compression damping, and a threaded preload collar.
It is also equipped with a high-performance remote reservoir and can be ordered with an optional length adjuster that will raise or lower the bike by a 1/2in.

The more economical 466 is a DeCarbon style shock with adjustable preload and rebound, with separate chambers for gas and oil to prevent cavitation in the FZ-09's near-horizontal mounting position.
Both can be fitted with convenient, hydraulically operated preload adjusters.
Hyperpro also offers rising-rate fork springs and progressively wound replacement shock springs - an alternative option to replacement of the entire shock absorber.

Tel: +31 (0)183 678867

Forma touring boots

Tourers featuring 3D laminated Outdry by Forma

THE Forma range for 2014 includes four new high-end touring boots equipped with the patented 3d laminated Outdry membrane.

Fuji Outdry is a comfortable technical boot featuring a full-grain upper, polyurethane personalised gear pad protection, rear reflex insert, PU injection ankle protection system and padded front and rear collars.
The Outdry membrane is waterproof and breathable and 3D laminated to the upper. Other features include a Forma outsole made from double density rubber, an anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with Air Pump System (APS), plus a special Dual Flex midsole in TPU with EVA (anti-shock/anti-vibration) covering.

Fuji Outdry for short/medium distance

The other boots in the range all have the same or similar features with the Cortina Outdry also featuring internal moulded and injected TPU plastic protections in the ankle and shin area, plus memory foam padding.

Cortina Outdry for long distance riding

The La Paz Outdry is made especially for long journeys and the Aspen Outdry is said to be an extremely comfortable multi-purpose boot.

La Paz Outdry for long journeys
Aspen Outdry multi purpose

All Forma boots in the range are CE approved, designed and developed in Italy and manufactured in the European Community.

Altivole (TV), ITALY
Tel. +39 0423 915335

Galfer upgrades

BMW R 1200 GS and Ninja 300 brake upgrades from Galfer

SPANISH manufacturer Galfer has a range of front and rear brake components for the ’13-’14 Kawasaki Ninja 300, including brake pads, 'Wave' style rotors, and steel-braided brake lines.
Brake pads for the Ninja 300 are available in semi-metallic/organic, Sintered Advanced Ceramic, and organic/Kevlar compounds.
The Galfer Disc Wave rotors are said to maintain a cooler braking system during street and track use, offering "the best friction surface of any stainless steel rotor" for predictable, consistent braking. The rear rotor is for Ninja 300/300 SE's only, and is not compatible with ABS models.

The Galfer Disc Wave rotors are said to maintain a cooler braking system during street and track use, offering "the best friction surface of any stainless steel rotor" for predictable, consistent braking

To complete the bike’s brake upgrades Galfer is offers steel-braided brake lines, which are designed to prevent brake fade, and include pre-positioned banjo fittings.
For the BMW R 1200 GS, Galfer is offering front or front/rear combo kits that include two or three laser cut high carbon stainless steel 'Wave' rotors (which are said to be up to 30 percent lighter than stock) and matched sintered brake pads. Items can be purchased individually and are TÜV-approved.  

BMW R 1200 GS brake kits are available as front or front/rear combo packs featuring two or three TÜV-approved laser cut high carbon stainless steel 'Wave' rotors and matched sintered brake pads

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel: +34 93 568 9090

SW-Motech's range for V-Strom 1000

SW-Motech's range for V-Strom 1000


SW-MOTECH has responded to the launch of the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 by creating an extensive range of products for the new model.
The range includes luggage options such as the Tailbag range or Rearbag, Slipstream, Rackpack, Jetpack and other soft luggage options such as their Strap tank bag Enduro LT, Strap tank bag Enduro, and Strap tank bag ION four.

For riders looking for hard luggage there are steel or aluminium racks, Quick-Lock Evo side carriers, Aero ABS side case systems and Dakar pannier set.
For protection there is a choice of BBStorm or Kobra hand guard kits, SW-Motech crash bars, brake pump and reservoir guards and a front axle slider kit.
General accessories include a side stand foot, chain guard, mirror extenders, footrest kit, gear lever, centre stand and Quick-Lock GPS mount.

Rauschenberg, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)6425 816800