Friday, 22 August 2014

German Market growth slowing?

German Market growth slowing?

As news was released that German economic recovery appears to be faltering, the IVM, the German motorcycle industry trade association, released data for July that appears to show that the recovery in the German motorcycle and PTW market may also be slowing down.

German motorcycle registrations in July were up by 3.3 percent (9,762 units), but that follows 9.3 percent growth in June and greater than 10 percent monthly growth in each of the first three months of the year.

Indeed July 2013 saw nearly 23 percent growth over July 2012, and for the seven months of the year to date the German market is up by 9.5 percent (75,975 units), but that represents a sixth straight month in which the rate of growth has declined.

In total PTW terms, July was down fractionally (-0.5 percent / 15,034 units) from July 2013 (which had been up over 16 percent over July 2012), and for the year to date the market is running at 7.7 percent up (106,569 units), itself also a sixth straight month of growth slowdown.

Motorcycle sales in Germany peaked in March, in monthly terms, at 19,141 units. In all likelihood, the remaining five months of the year will still see the German market emerge from 2014 with some growth, as the final five months last year only accounted for 18,027 registrations - meaning only a further 11,500 registrations are required to exceed the 2013 full year figure.


Z1000 scoops 2014 Plus X 2014 "Product of the Year" award

Kawasaki has added to the Plus X Award given to the Z1000 for "innovation, quality and design" by scooping the "Best Product of the Year 2014" in the "Best Naked Bike of the Year" category.

The Kawasaki brand has also captured what the company describes the highest honour of the Plus X Awards, the "Most Innovative Brand Award" in the motorcycle category.

Now in its 11th year, the Plus X Award programme features an international and independent panel of judges from 25 industries, 23 "competent partners" and a marketing investment of more than 25 million euro. It is claimed that this is the world’s largest innovation competition for technology, sports and lifestyle.

At the Plus X Award Night on June 5th, 2014 in the old Bundestag building in Bonn, Germany, Masatoshi Yoshioka (right), Branch Manager of Kawasaki-Branch Germany, and Michael Belz (left), Manager Administration & Finance, accepted the Plus X Award trophies.

Kawasaki say that the awards recognise their " new and innovative technology, exceptional design, intelligent, easy to use operating systems, outstanding ergonomic and ecological features, and the use of high quality materials and processes".

UK Market Growth continues

UK Market Growth continues

According to data released by the MCIA, the UK's motorcycle industry trade association, July saw a UK motorcycle registration growth of 14.6 percent (8,800 units) over July 2013, making it the fifth consecutive month of growth in a 15 month cycle that has seen negative numbers only twice.

For the year to date, the UK market is up 13.1 percent (at 57,937 units), which represents a tenth straight month in which the UK has seen growth on a year to date basis.

With some two thirds of the year's motorcycle sales already made in the UK, it now looks likely that the British market will exceed the 1.2 percent growth that it achieved in 2013 and the 1.1 percent growth seen in 2012.

In total PTW terms, July was up 13.9 percent (9,886 units) for a fifth straight month of growth. For the year to date the UK is running up by 11.4 percent in total PTW registration terms (63,880 units).
MCIA CEO Steve Kenward comments: “The Motorcycle Industry Association is pleased to report  another month of growth, and as a result of strong sales so far this year we have revised our forecasts for 2014.  They were originally estimated at around  92,0000 units for 2014, but we are looking closer to 100,000 units”.


Suzuki has reported mixed results for the first quarter (to June 30th 2014) of its current financial year

In its motorcycle business, net sales decreased by ¥4.9 billion (6.9%) to ¥65.6 billion year-on-year, mainly owing to a decrease in sales in Asia.

However, the operating loss of ¥2.7 billion in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year turned into the black with an operating income of ¥1.0 billion, partly owing to the sales of large-displacement models which were exported in the previous fiscal year, but  stocked and sold overseas this quarter.

The company say that although income in Japan, Europe and other areas increased, the operating income in Asia decreased by ¥4.8 billion (24.3%) to ¥15.1 billion year-on-year, mainly owing to decrease in income in Indonesia and Thailand.

The company reports total worldwide sales of 301,000 units for the first quarter, down by 36,000 units from the same period last year, European unit sales at 11,000 from 15,000 a year ago. Suzuki were also down in North America at 11,000 units, from 13,000 for the year-ago quarter.


Peugeot evolves scooter range

PEUGEOT is now offering its big wheeled Tweet Scooter in an updated form as the Tweet Evo. The scooter is offered with a choice of either a 50cc or 125cc four-stroke motor, both of which are combined with a short wheelbase of 1,330mm, low weight and 16in wheels. 

As part of the refresh carried out by Peugeot, the Tweet Evo has a restyled headlight, flush-fit indicators and badge, as well as a combined alloy luggage rack/pillion grab handle assembly. The comfortable dual seat gets sport stitching and is colour contrasted to the scooter; the Antarctica White has a black seat, light brown for the Blueberry bodywork and maroon for the Onyx Grey models. In addition the Antarctica white colour Tweet 50 and 125 get polished all-black alloy wheels.
A second new option from Peugeot is a special edition of its successful Speefight 125. The Darkside edition is finished in a distinctive matt black and orange colour scheme.

The 125cc engine used in the Darkside Speedfight has been tuned for mid-range torque, and to provide matching stopping power, the 215mm Shuricane front brake disc is gripped by a four-piston radial calliper, while at the rear there is a 196mm disc with twin-piston calliper. Responsive handling is delivered by 32mm upside down front forks and 13in alloy wheels fitted with sports profile 130/60 section tyres.

Erik Buell Racing

EBR partners with Le Mans for OEM parts distribution

ERIK Buell Racing (EBR) has announced that it has selected Parts Unlimited of Madison, Wisconsin, and Parts Europe of Konz, nearTrier, in Germany as its distribution partners for all EBR spare parts, with the distributor handling order processing and parts fulfilment for EBR’s dealer network.

“We selected the LeMans Group as our distribution partner because of their highly automated operations, strategically located warehouses and existing relationships with so many of our dealers. They share our customer satisfaction focus and have a reputation for providing a fast and friendly service in support of the highest quality products.
"We simply want to make parts ordering and stocking as efficient as possible for our dealer network, and ensure that the rider has the industry’s best possible support team,” said Erik Buell.

“This relationship is a new chapter for our business as we are now expanding our business model to support OEMs. We are excited that EBR recognizes our market value and we look forward to our new relationship,” said Fred Fox, Chairman of LeMans.

East Troy, Wisconsin, USA
Tel: 262 642 1627

Exhaust ProGuide

‘Racing Line’ for Vespa Primavera

AKRAPOVIC has released its latest ‘Racing Line’ exhaust system, which has been designed for the Vespa Primavera.
Introduced for the Vespa Primavera 125/150 ie 3V, the LX 125/150 ie 3V, and the Sprint 125/150 ie 3V, the Racing Line system is claimed to offer an increase in power of almost five percent, and an increase of more than five percent over standard torque figures. This is in addition to a weight saving of 1.7kg over the stock exhaust. 

The Racing Line exhaust is made from stainless steel and features a black coated outer-sleeve and a carbon fibre end cap.
No remapping of the fuel system is necessary and no other parts are needed once the Racing Line is installed. However, a catalytic converter is an optional extra to make the exhaust system EC Type-approved when fitted.

Ivancna Gorica, SLOVENIA
Tel: +386 (0)1787 8404


Full exhausts for Xciting 400i

GIANNELLI now has two full exhaust systems available  for the Kymco Xciting 400i maxi scooter. Both systems are built around the Maxi Oval silencer, with carbon end cap, street legal with removable baffle. One system uses an aluminium silencer body, the other choice is titanium. A collector kit with approved catalytic converter is available as an option. 

Selci di San Giustino (PG), ITALY
Tel: +39 0758 61081


Exhausts options for Z1000

MIVV has developed four different exhaust options for use on the 2014 year model Kawasaki Z1000, which follow the original twin silencer configuration, but are all lighter with weight savings ranging from 3.5kg to 6.2kg.
The Corto GP is a short sporty exhaust, designed with input gained from MIVV’s experience in MotoGP as the sponsor of the HRC team, and is available in carbon, titanium and steel black versions.

MIVV’S Suono is available in the Inox stainless steel version with carbon caps and also in a steel black version.
Stainless steel is used in the construction of the Ghibli, which is homologated for street use, and is said to offer a 4.7hp power increase.
The minimalist Double Gun, manufactured entirely in titanium, is the only exhaust not homologated, but offers a weight saving of 6.2kg compared to the stock system.

Sant' Omero (TE), ITALY
Tel: +39 0861 8120 237

Planet Knox

Knox Defender safety shirt 

KNOX’S new Defender shirt features the company’s Extreme Armour at the shoulders and elbows that has given it CE level 2 certification. 

Certified to the highest CE standard (EN1621-1 Level 2), Knox Extreme Armour are products certified to perform to the same standards at extreme temperatures, tested at +40°C to -20°C to replicate use in extreme climates. A full back protector that is CE certified to EN 1621-2 Level 2 and an adjustable chest protector are also included for complete upper body protection.

The low profile armour used in the Defender has a smooth finish with thin edges and is designed to be as flexible as possible. Combined with the four-way stretch mesh on the sleeves, it allows the wearer to move freely and ensures protection is maintained in all positions.
The Knox Defender is available in unisex sizes S–XXL.

Tel: +44 (0)1900 825825
Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK