Friday, 27 June 2014

Growth continues in the UK

Growth in motorcycle registrations continues in the UK

The latest new PTW and motorcycle registration data released by British motorcycle industry trade association MCIA shows that registrations have continued their upward trend in the UK in May, albeit at a slower rate than for the previous two months, with 8.77 percent growth (9,595 units) compared to May 2013 (8,821 units).


April was the eleventh month of motorcycle registration growth seen in the last 13 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 14.12 percent at 39,040 units compared to 34,211 for the first five months of 2013.


Although the rate of growth has slowed from the 18.04 percent growth in April (and 20.25 in March) it is still possible that the UK could see new motorcycle sales edging towards the 100,000 unit mark by the end of this year. Last year, the UK motorcycle market grew by 1.16 percent compared to 2012 (with 81,180 units registered in 2013), 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 (approaching 4,000 units for the year-to-date). In total PTW terms, the UK was up by 8.22 percent in April and is up by 12.286 percent for the year-to-date at 42,979 units in total.

Borile B500 Ricki

Borile B500 Ricki

BORILE Motociclette has announced the launch of its B500 Ricki, a limited edition scrambler model hand-made by Umberto Borile. 

Founded in 1988 by Umberto Borile, Borile Motociclette is a small volume motorcycle manufacurer based in Vò Euganeo, Italy, and this latest model is built around a Borile specification GM engine, which was originally developed for speedway racing. Housed in a frame built from 7020 aluminium, the motor is backed by a a classic Norton four-speed gearbox with a dry clutch driven by a toothed belt. The B500 Ricki rolls on spoked wheels; 3 x 21in front and 4.5 x 18in rear. The mudguards and tank that make up the minimal bodywork on the bike are hand-beaten from aluminium and left raw.
The launch of the B500 brings the range of motorcycles available from Borile Motociclette up to six, with the selction covering both off-road and cafe racer models.

Vò Euganeo (PD), ITALY 
Tel: +39 049 9941307

Mitas for FIM Speedway GPs

Mitas for FIM Speedway GPs

MITAS, the Czech Republic-based tyre manufacturer, has signed a multi-year contract with BSI Speedway, the promoters of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix, to be the official tyre supplier and associate sponsor of the World Championship Series.

Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ Marketing and Sales Director, said: “Mitas’ association with speedway spans over 67 years since we began manufacturing specialist tyres for the sport, back in 1947. Over the years we have been dedicated to the development and support of the speedway discipline and look forward to continuing this work over the coming years.”
In 2014, Mitas renewed its FIM certificate for both the SW-07 and SW-09 speedway tyres. The FIM certificate, issued by the governing body, is to confirm that the named tyres have met or exceeded the requirements of the FIM certification programme, and the certification is valid until the end of 2017.

Tel: + 386 4 206 58 83

World Champs entry forms

World Champs entry forms available online

THE official entry form, rules and class definitions for the 2014 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building are now available online.

Being staged at INTERMOT for the first time, in Cologne, Germany, from September 30th to October 5th 2014, 'Early Bird' competitors can scoop a €100,00 entry fee discount - bikes entered prior to June 30th will be able to enter for €100,00 (fee exemptions apply to 2013-14 Affiliate Show winners and previous World Championship prize winners).

All competitors also receive the AMD World Championship 2014 special edition 'Competitor Logo' for use in all their own advertising, marketing, print, website and social media activity, in addition to a free of charge studio-grade photo-shoot set of pictures of their bike.

There will be five classes at the AMD World Championship in 2014 - the now traditional and highly acclaimed FreeStyle class from which the 11th annual AMD World Champion Custom Bike Builder will be chosen, plus four further classes to recognise specific sectors of the custom motorcycle market.

The Retro/Modified Class will showcase customs based on engines manufactured before 1984.

The Modified Harley-Davidson Class will feature stock frame geometry customs with engines (minimum stock cases) from 1984 and up.

The Street Performance Class will showcase custom design and engineering work where the primary objective is to improve the performance and handling of streetable customs.

All new for 2014, a Cafe Racer Class for 50s/60s inspired road race bikes.

One change from previous years is that no run-testing will take place at the event itself, so video evidence of each bike being ridden must be submitted prior to arrival at the Cologne Exhibition Centre (Koeln Messe) on Monday September 29th (set-up day) for the bike to be eligible to win a prize.

For further information or for any clarifications contact the World Championship program Director Neil Blaber at

To enter, follow this link:

Liqui Moly re-launches

Liqui Moly re-launches its motorcycle line with 40 new products

GERMAN motor oil and additive specialist Liqui Moly has completely revised its line of products for motorcycles, adding numerous new oils and additives to its two-wheel product line.

Industry specialist Carlos Travé, who recently joined Liqui Moli as General Manager for their motorcycle and scooter product lines, said that "with these new products we now offer a complete line of products for two-wheelers. No one else offers such a comprehensive line of products for motorcycles".

The re-launch also includes changing the name of the motorcycle line from "Racing" to "Motorbike". "The name 'Racing' appealed particularly to sporty riders, but all motorbike owners can benefit from our products", continued Travé. 

Altogether 40 new products have been added to the motorbike line, including a "complete series of motor oils for cross-country [off-road] bikes". Moreover a 20W-50 HD oil and an economical 10W-40 oil have also been added.

"In addition to the motorcycle additives we already have available, we are adding our 'Engine Flush' for thoroughly cleaning the oil system when the oil is changed. In the area of gasoline additives, we are introducing our gasoline stabiliser to ensure that the bike starts well in spite of the old gasoline still in the tank after standing the entire winter.

"Another new product is our Speed Additive to improve acceleration, particularly in the partial-load range; for radiators we have one additive to clean them from the inside and a second to reliably seal any leaks. No other manufacturer offers additives exclusively for motorcycles in their product line. 

"Our policy of offering everything in the chemical sector from one company also applies to the motorcycle segment. This is why, in addition to motor oils and additives, Liqui Moli also offers transmission oils, air cleaner oil, fork oils, care products, chain cleaner, chain oil and even cleaner for helmet visors and leather balm for motorcycle leathers. This wide assortment makes Liqui Moli unique in the world of two-wheelers. 

"With our motorcycle product re-launch we are also improving message clarity in our line of motor oils. The motorbike line will now be divided up into two segments: Street and off-road. The off-road sector includes  motorbikes, ATVs and snowmobiles. The street sector serves the motorbikes, scooters and go-cart segments. Two and four-stroke oils can be identified by the colour of the container, and the colour of the label indicates at a glance whether the oil is a mineral based, semi-synthetic, fully synthetic or synthetic technology oil. This gives the line a clearer presentation at point-of-sale and makes it easier for customers to find the right oil quickly".

Tel. +49 731 142059

Sinisalo MX ‘Battery’ outfit

Sinisalo MX ‘Battery’ outfit

SINISALO is marking its continued partnership with Finnish energy drink Battery by introducing the MX Battery outfit and RaceCult Battery MX helmet for the 2014 season.

A raglan style cut is used for the polyester Battery jersey, which features stretch collar and cuffs, armpit ventilation and a long back. Sinisalo is making it available in sizes S to 3XL. The matching pants are made from polyamide and have reinforcement at the seat and knees, YKK zipper, mesh lining and pre-formed legs. The Battery pants are available in sizes 28 to 44. 

The matching Sinisalo RaceCult Battery MX helmet is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic and features a large face opening, integrated chin guard, adjustable shade, ventilation, double D-ring fastening, removable cheek pads and a breathable interior that can be removed for washing. The CE -approved helmet, which weighs a claimed 1,150g (medium size), is available in sizes XS (53 /54) to XXL (63). 

Tel: +358 (0)3 822 2313

Spidi Sport

Spidi team up with Aether Apparel

INSPIRED by Spidi's renowned custom MotoGP gear and a "shared appreciation for both technical performance and design", Los Angeles based Aether Apparel teamed up with the Italian motorsport brand to create the Eclipse motorcycle jacket.

Designed by Aether and made by Spidi, the collaboration has resulted in a jacket that is said to "combine a refined modern aesthetic with the finest in old-world leatherwork". Made with a premium leather shell and yarn-dyed cotton lining, the Eclipse uses hand-selected natural materials that have been prepared in "traditional Italian fashion". Box quilting on the upper torso and arms offer a subtle nod to "vintage styles of the past, while the clean lines and piecing underline the jacket's distinct modern look".
Aether incorporated Spidi CE-certified armour into the elbows, shoulders and back and removable shock-absorbing pads that have a multi-layer construction to progressively dampen and diffuse the force of impact. 

Sarego (VI), ITALY
Tel. +39 0444 436411

“smart, digital” battery chargers

Digital multi-language battery chargers

FORELETTRONICA, the Italian manufacturer behind the BC Battery Controller brand, has introduced a new series of “smart, digital” battery chargers and testers featuring an LCD display and selectable languages. The range includes their BC BRAVO, BC 3500 EVO and BC 9000 EVO.

The backlit LCD display digital voltmeter helps the user follow every step of the charging and testing process. All the BC chargers automatically execute a microprocessor-driven 8-step charging algorithm, offering the opportunity to check the battery’s state of charge and cranking power, as well as the function of the alternator.

BC chargers are 100 percent made in Italy, and Forelettronica say that their technology represents a “complete solution for car and motorcycle battery care, allowing recovery and reconditioning of deeply discharged batteries and recharge, desulfate and maintain all kinds of 12V lead-acid batteries, including gel, sealed and AGM start & stop batteries”.

The company says that the charger can remain connected to the battery indefinitely, with no risk and no need to disconnect it from the vehicle. Languages can be selected from English, French, Italian, German or Spanish, and the package includes a waterproof battery cable and insulated clamps.

Cisliano (MI), ITALY
Tel +39 02 903 85059