Thursday, 17 July 2014

German motorcycle registrations up

German motorcycle registrations up 10.5 percent for first six months of year

Data released by the German motorcycle industry association the IVM show that motorcycle registrations in June were up by 9.3 percent (10,284 units) compared to June 2013, making it the fifth month of the year so far to see growth, and the 20th month of growth out of the last 30.

For the year to date, motorcycle registrations were up by 10.5 percent and at 66,213 units this is the highest first half year performance for the German market since 2008.
In total PTW terms, German registrations were up by 7.7 percent in June, and at 15,375 units for the month that was the best June performance since 2008.
Total PTW registrations for the year to date were up by 9.1 percent at 91,535 units, which again is the best first  six month performance since 2008, with total PTW registrations there now having show growth for 19 out of the last 30 months.

Record sales for BMW Motorrad

Record sales for BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad has reported an all-time six-month high for sales in the first half of 2014, with worldwide sales of 70,978 motorcycles and scooters.
The total sales are an increase of 9.3 percent compared to the equivalent period of the previous year. 

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing says "we have achieved an all-time six-month high in the first half of this year"

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "We have achieved an all-time six-month high in the first half of this year. Never before have we sold this many vehicles in the first six months of a year. With an increase of 9.3 percent in the first half of 2014, we remain on course to achieve an all-time sales high for the year as a whole.

“The best-selling model remains the R 1200 GS. Almost 15,000 units were supplied to customers worldwide during the first six months of the year. This is followed in second and third place by the two new boxer models R 1200 GS Adventure and R 1200 RT with 9,708 and 7,420 units respectively. The R nineT launched in March surpassed the expectations with sales of 4,114 vehicles".

Spanish motorcycle registration

Spanish motorcycle registration growth continues

Spanish motorcycle trade association ANESDOR has released motorcycle and moped registration data for June this year that shows continuing motorcycle and PTW growth.
Motorcycle registrations in Spain for June were 11,288 units, which is up by 16.1 percent over June 2013, and with 52,681 units registered for the first six months of this year, the market is up by 19.3 percent compared to the same period in 2013.
This means that Spain has now seen 10 consecutive months of growth in motorcycle registrations since September 2013, and is now also ahead of 2012 in first six month terms.

Interestingly, the larger the displacement of motorcycle, the stronger the growth is in Spain. Light motorcycles (up to 125cc) grew by 13.5 percent for the year to date, but average displacement motorcycles (126cc – 750cc) grew by 24.9 percent, with the over 750cc market up by 38.2 percent.

The light motorcycle cycle sector remains the most popular, accounting for more than half (59.3 percent) of the total motorcycle market in the first six months.

In style of bike terms, Spain remains a market dominated by scooters, of all displacements, which accounted for 66.2 percent of the market (+15.1 percent) with off-road motorcycles up 6.9 percent and road-going motorcycles showing the strongest growth at 32.6 percent.
Total PTW registrations in Spain were 13.3 percent up in June, and at 59,332 units are 16.2 percent up for the first sixth months of 2014.

UK motorcycle market up

UK motorcycle market up over 12 percent for first six months

Figures released by the MCIA show that growth in the UK motorcycle market continues, with June up by 8.1 percent (10,097 units) over June 2013, with the first six months of the year up by 12.8 percent over the same period of last year at 49,137 units – the UK’s highest first half motorcycle registrations performance since 2009 (54,400 units).

In total PTW terms, the UK was up by 6.3 percent over June 2013 and is running at up 10.1 percent for the year to date at 53,994 units – also the highest seen there since the first six months of 2009 (62,412 units).

In motorcycle and total PTW registration terms, the market in the UK had appeared to stabilise in 2012, with growth seen throughout that year over 2011. However, several factors, not least weather, saw the market lose most of that growth in the first nine months of 2013, but this latest data represents 9 consecutive months of motorcycle registration growth.


Magura hydraulic clutch for BMW F series

MAGURA has introduced a version of its Hymec hydraulic clutch conversion kit for use on BMW F series motorcycles.

The Magura kit, which replaces the stock cable set-up, has been engineered to offer 15 percent lighter clutch operation, improve clutch feel and control. The kit is said to be fully plug and play and features a break away lever in the event of a fall over. The company says that the hydraulics will compensate for expansion and contraction in the clutch system to ensure a constant pressure point. Included in the kit is a forged lever, with improved ergonomics and span adjustment, while the kit is supplied filled with a specially developed mineral oil – 'Magura Blood' – which is non-toxic and non-hygroscopic.
The Magura Hymec hydraulic clutch conversion kit can be retro-fitted to the BMW F800 R, F800 S, F800 GS, F800 ST, F800 GT, F650 GS and F700 GS models. 

Bad Urach, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)7125 153 262

Cellular Italia

New Interphone MC Bluetooth Series

COMMUNICATIONS specialist Cellular Italia has added to its motorcycle-specific Interphone MC communication system series with the F3MC, F4MC and F5MC.
The F3MC connects wirelessly to a mobile phone, Sat-Nav and music player, along with being useable as a rider-to-pillion intercom that can be used with a second device (Interphone or another brand). 

The F4MC allows bike-to-bike intercom toggling with up to four other riders, within a range of 0.8km. It receives GPS voice instructions and allows communication with a pillion or other riders via intercom and receives phone calls directly into the helmet. There's a function to listen to music from a stereo A2DP connection, or MP2/iPod via cable. The F4MC also has a built-in FM radio with RDS and a preset memory for up to eight stations, including automatic radio muting for incoming calls.

Sitting at the top of the range is the F5MC, which has a range of up to 1.3km, and can connect between up to four riders in conference mode. Its multi-device connectivity includes mobile phones, A2DP Bluetooth stereo, FM radio, with RDS, and conference intercom. The AnyCom feature allows communication with all types of brands and intercom devices. It also features an 'intercom auto reconnect', where if the paired intercom device goes out of range the F5MC will automatically try to reconnect to the device.

All the MC Series devices are now available as single units or as a twin pack, and a handlebar remote control is available for the entire Interphone MC product range.

Reggio Emilia (RE), ITALY
Tel: +39 0522 334002

'International Night'

'International Night' to be staged on INTERMOT's Trade Visitor Day

THIS year's INTERMOT will see the return of IDN’s popular 'International Night', from 18:30 to 20:00 pm on Wednesday October 1st at the Dealer Lounge Business Centre of the Koelnmesse exhibition centre.
The show is open to the media on Tuesday September 30th, with Wednesday October 1st being a Trade Day, and Thursday October 2nd to Sunday October 5th open for all visitors.
Since the move to Cologne from Munich in 2006, this is the first time that INTERMOT has promoted a specific Trade Visitor Day, with consumers only able to gain access by invitation.

To get your invitation to the free of charge IDN International Night at INTERMOT
(18:30 hours Wednesday Oct 1st) just email Sara Viney  (

Promoted by International Dealer News, and hosted by INTERMOT and the show's sponsors, International Night is unique - the only 'meet & greet' business reception specifically for industry professionals (of all kinds) and unique in the motorcycle industry.
The 'Cologne' Show has always been regarded as the world's primary international motorcycle industry expo, and with the backing of International Dealer News this is your opportunity to meet colleagues from the industry in a relaxed environment as the show closes (at 18:00 hours) on the Trade Visitor special day.
In 2012, INTERMOT underlined its position as “the most significant motorcycle industry international business platform” with the number of visitors increasing to 55,000 – with a record proportion of those trade visitors (43 percent) being from outside Germany and an 8 percent increase in the number of countries represented.
That year also saw the introduction of the Business District, which was developed to bring together a number of expo initiatives that had been developed for trade visitors in prior years.

This year it is once again located between halls 4 and 5, with the Dealer Lounge as the central meeting point.
In addition to International Dealer News the business district is being supported by other motorcycle industry trade magazines in Europe such as World of Bike and Bike und Business in Germany, British Dealer News in the UK, L’Officiel in France, Moto Dealer News (Italy) and Moto Taller (Spain).
The business district provides exclusive exhibition space for vendors who only want to meet other professionals in the international motorcycle industry and provides facilities for all kinds for professional visitors to be able to make meeting appointments away from the exhibition booths.
Additional trade initiatives operated by INTERMOT include the Dealer Card, which provides show access privileges and the online Matchmaking365 service, which is an expo visit experience optimiser – it enables trade visitors to gain an overview of the suppliers of selected product groups in the run-up to the fair, establish valuable business contacts and place targeted requests.
Matchmaking365 is a free of charge, time-saving service that helps trade visitors maximise the benefits of their visit.
This year sees the international motorcycle industry celebrate the 50th anniversary of its expo involvement with the city of Cologne, and highlights and a timeline from past shows will be showcased along with an “old timer” exhibition.


Zandona Shark EVC

ZANDONA’S Shark EVC is a back protector made in Italy using specialist materials such as the ultra-breathable S.R.T. (Sweat Removing Textile) 3D textile material, which transfers sweat from skin to the exterior of the fabric.

The Shark EVC is also designed to provide back protection and to offer kidney support. Its structure is composed of high-technology deformable structure, splinter-proof plastic materials and E.V.C. (Evoluted Viscoelastic Cells), an innovative waterproof anti-shock material with a high performance/weight/thickness ratio.
The plates are joined to a drop wire system to guarantee impact distribution throughout the whole protection surface. Shark EVC also has an Anti-Torsion system, which limits twisting and deformation.
It is CE approved to EN-1621-2/03 Level 2 and available in anthracite, black and white, and sizes height: x6 – x7 – x8 – x9 and waist: XS – S – M – L – XL.

Caerano di San Marco (TV), ITALY
Tel: 39 0423 569135