Friday, 10 October 2014

INTERMOT 2014 review

INTERMOT attracts 200,000 visitors again with strong growth in European trade visitors reported

INTERMOT Cologne, which ended on Sunday 5 October 2014, claims to have reconfirmed its reputation as the leading "international industry and public event" for high mileage motorcycle riders, with over 200,00 trade and consumer visitors packing the aisles of Europe's fifth largest exhibition complex.

This year the City of Cologne has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first time the international motorcycle industry came to town, with the Koelnmesse facility itself marking its own 90th anniversary.

In addition to its exclusive B&B exhibit zone and popular dealer lounge, INTERMOT continued to develop its dealer/industry specific initiatives with 90% of exhibitors reporting that they were satisfied or better with the new Wednesday dealer/trade only day

With around 960 vendors, from some 37 countries, INTERMOT attracted visitors from 105 countries in total and featured "a string of world firsts, showcasing the entire product range, covering the full breadth of the powered two-wheeler world".
The newly introduced trade visitor day proved popular, with most of those we here at IDN spoke to giving the concept the 'thumbs-up'. “More than 90 per cent of trade visitors and exhibitors support the introduction of the trade visitor day. The additional business focus enabled INTERMOT Cologne to emphasise its international leadership role and post a significant increase in European trade visitors, especially from Italy”, said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive of Koelnmesse. Indeed some 69 percent of exhibiting companies came from outside Germany.
BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha were among those unveiling new models, with others showcasing insights into future ideas. Reiner Brendicke, Chief Executive of the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany (Motorrad Deutschland e.V.), said that "the industry is highly satisfied with the way the fair has gone and with visitor numbers. Our target group is again becoming significantly younger thanks to the new driving licence model. We assume that INTERMOT Cologne will give a renewed boost to this trend”.

Another new highlight this year was the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, showcasing international custom motorcycle design and engineering excellence in an improved Hall 10 environment that reflected the changing nature of the custom motorcycle industry as it continues to grow in Europe and create excitement among consumers for all kinds of PTWs.
The world's leading Pro-Grade custom motorcycle competition, this was the 11th annual AMD World Championship, and saw 70 customisers from 22 countries bring 81 great bikes in search of the market's ultimate accolade.
Long associated as being the preserve of aftermarket air-cooled v-twin custom engineers, the custom industry reinforced its increasing importance as a part of the mainstream of the international motorcycle industry.
In addition to the usual slew of Harley-Davidson and leading brand aftermarket engines used, no less than 10 of the top twenty bikes in the event's acclaimed 'FreeStyle' class were based on non-traditional custom power-plants, including two Ducatis, a Jawa, a Kawasaki, two Hondas, and even a Citroen 2CV engine, with the winner (former World Champion Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand of Belgium) scooping the top prize with a heavily customised and radically styled BMW K1600.

Former World Champion Freddie "Krugger" Bertrand from Belgium won his second AMD World Champion Custom bike builder crown with his heavily modified and heavily stylised BMW K1600

With the right to modify now firmly enshrined in European motorcycle regulatory thinking, and many more manufacturers working hard to claim a slice of the action, Kudos to INTERMOT for spotting the growing profile and contribution that custom bikes are now making to overall industry revenues and growth, and to the role they play in generating popularity and enthusiasm for all forms of PTWs.

As a side-bar to how far the custom motorcycle market has come, and where it is headed in terms of delivering the kind of ownership and riding experiences that will characterise the values of future generations of motorcycle buyers, the AMD World Championship saw Danish custom bike specialist Lauge Jensen give an international debut to the very first Euro 4 compliant crate motor package to become available - fully 15 months before the regulations affecting all new builds become law on January 1st 2016.

In fact, diversity has always been a hallmark of INTERMOT, and in addition to the now established demonstration ride opportunities, displays and other outdoor activities and entertainments (such as the stunt show), INTERMOT's 'e-Motion' hall again provided the market's leading showcase for urban mobility in general, and electric motorcycles and scooters in particular. Confirming the popularity and importance of the demonstration ride opportunity that INTERMOT provides - a record of over 25,000 demonstration rides are reported to have been taken during the show.

One final 'factoid' that points to the importance of INTERMOT as the leading international motorcycle industry 'nexus' - trade visitors are reported as accounting for around 30 per cent of total attendance, with some 42 per cent of those coming from outside Germany.

AIMExpo, Orlando, October 16th - 19th

AIMExpo secures OE backing

This year's second annual AIMExpo, Orlando, October 16th - 19th, has quickly established itself as the premier mainstream show for dealers and consumers.
Now slated for four days, the show has now passed the 400 exhibitor mark with the addition of SHOEI Helmets.

Last year the response to the first annual AIMExpo was generally positive with the fall timing and sunbelt venue finding favor with an exhibitor community that was looking for a fresh approach to the range of powersports industry expo opportunities that were available to them.

One of the critical features was that the show was a venue for motorcycle manufacturers to be able to replicate the new model introduction opportunities that they have long been accustomed to in Europe at events such as INTERMOT (Cologne) and EICMA (Milan).
The show was launched and is headed up by Larry Little (former MIC Chairman and Cycle World publisher) and Mike Webster (ex-Advanstar Communications, managing international motorcycle shows, Dealer Expo and Dealernews magazine) for Marketplace Events, a well established trade show organiser. Having responded to exhibitor feedback by reducing the show duration by a day, the show offers trade and media preview days on October 16-17 with consumer attendance on 18-19. Dealers can register to attend AIMExpo for free.

The OE community is now embracing the show with Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Kymco, Zero Motorcycles, Massimo Motors and Erik Buell Racing among those confirmed so far.
Media partner Powersports Business is powering dealer promotion of the event and again operating its Powersports Business Institute (PSBI) at AIMExpo.
Road racing legend Kevin Schwantz is named "AIMExpo Champion", and the AMA is to stage its annual National Convention and Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the event that it is now endorsing as "the premier motorcycle trade and consumer event in North America."


Midual launch at Pebble Beach

NEW French manufacturer Midual used the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show in California in August to launch its new debut motorcycle – the Midual Type 1.
Midual plans to release its first series of 35 individually numbered motorcycles for sale in Europe in 2016. The Midual Type 1 will be sold at a starting price tag of $200,000 (depending on the level of customisation chosen).

Midual has created the new machines around an entirely new engine, which is a 1,000cc flat-twin with a transverse crankshaft. The four-valve-per-cylinder, fuel injected and liquid-cooled motor is mounted in the frame longitudinally and has a claimed output of 106hp at 8,000rpm and 100Nm of torque at 5,300rpm. A multi-plate, oil bath clutch is used with a six-speed transmission with a 525 chain for final drive.
The frame, in which the drivetrain is housed, is a double-wall aluminium alloy monocoque, which also doubles up as the fuel tank and the bike’s body. The frame is cast in a French aerospace foundry and hand-finished.  The frame is matched to an aluminium swingarm that cantilevers an Öhlins TTX 36 shock, while at the front Öhlins also supplies the 43mm FGRT forks.

Tubeless spoked wheels are used, the front is 3.5in wide and carries 320mm floating brake discs and Brembo four-piston radial-mount calipers and a Michelin 120/70x17 tyre. At the rear the 5.5in rim is fitted with a 180/55 x 17 Michelin and a 245mm disc and two-piston Brembo caliper.
When it comes to finishing details, each Midual Type 1 is designed to be personalised completely in tune with its owner. As a result, details such as different types of body finishing, from brushing and cap design to a polished/patina look, can be specified. In addition, more than 45 types of leather are offered as standard and can be matched to 25 sand-casting shades, which can be applied even to the engine parts. Each machine is marked with its creation date, number and owner’s name.

Angers, FRANCE
Tel: +(33) 643 108 268

Pirelli Tyre

Pirelli wins 3 year WSBK deal

ITALIAN tyre manufacturer Pirelli has been confirmed by Dorna as the official tyre supplier for all classes of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship for the 2016-2018 seasons.

Javier Alonso, WSBK Executive Director, said of the agreement: “We are glad to continue with Pirelli for the next three seasons. This renewal testifies our excellent relationship with the company, a partnership for more than a decade that has always been strong with both the International Motorcycling Federation and the promoter and organiser of the series, and is clear evidence of Pirelli's ongoing and constant ability to innovate and to offer products at the forefront of technology.”
Talking about the importance of the contract to Pirelli, Uberto Thun-Hohenstein, Senior VP of Pirelli’s Business Unit Moto, said: "Pirelli is proud of this confirmation as official tyre supplier for the top Championship for production derived motorcycles. It is a partnership that has lasted successfully for over a decade thanks to the constant commitment and well-finished service of our racing team that goes to the track every weekend to support the teams and the riders. The quality of our tyres is appreciated not only by the riders but by many motorcyclists all over the world who, thanks to the participation of Pirelli in this championship, have been able to rely on everyday more high performing products. These are all key elements that have certainly influenced in a positive way the choice of Dorna to select us once more as official supplier till 2018".

Pirelli Tyre Spa
Milano, ITALY
Tel: +39 02 6442 5684


Puig products for R nineT

PUIG is now able to offer both a rear hugger and a screen for BMW’s recently launched R nineT. 

Puig’s Naked screen includes specific hardware designed for the bike, which means no modifications are necessary to fit the screen. The screen is available with a carbon look or black surround and a range of screen colours. 

The rear hugger made by Puig for the R nineT is manufactured from ABS plastic and aluminium, designed to protect the undertail area and suspension from rain, dust, and rocks. The plastic section is available in matt black or carbon look. It is supplied with instructions and does not require any modifications to the bike to fit it. 

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel: +34 938 490633


Meteorit and Meteorina jackets

RUKKA has released two new jackets; the men’s Meteorit and women’s Meteorina. The jackets have skin-friendly Neoprene collars and removable storm collars made of elastic Gore-Tex material. Gore-Tex also supplies the water- and windproof and breathable membrane between the inner linings and the outer shells of the jackets. A removable thermal lining reflects warmth back inside, while vents with two-way zippers on the sides provide cooling.

Both jackets offer the protection of abrasion resistant Cordura 500, with high impact exposed areas covered in dual layers. Further protection also comes through the use of CE certified Rukka D3O Air protectors at the back and joints. 

L-Fashion Group Oy
Tel: +358 (0)3 822 111


Tsubaki Alpha final drive chains

TSUBAKI has now introduced its line of Alpha final drive chains. These new chains are the result of over 40 years of constant product development which has seen the company develop chain technology from the standard ASA 50/60 series to the first sealed O-ring series in the late ‘70 to the current premium TX4-ring chains series.

A part of that series of chains is the Alpha XRG Series, a third generation product developed to meet the demand of OE-engineers for a light running, long lasting chain with high tensile strength, for high performing machines. Technology integrated into the chain includes TX4 seal rings to keep lubricants in and dirt out of the inner parts.
The chain, which features distinctive gold coloured link plates, is available in three sizes; 520 for engines producing up to 120hp, 525 for engines up to 135hp, and for engines of 150hp the 530.
The second Alpha Series chain to benefit from the TX4-seal rings and life-time lubrication of inner parts is the XRS, which is said to offer long lasting performance with low maintenance.

It is available in the same size/hp options as the Alpha XRG Series, and there is also the 428 size for engines producing up to 80hp.

Tel: +31 (0)78 6204000


Magura HC3 master cylinder with Hard Core Technology

MAGURA has developed its new HC3 master cylinder, which features its patented Hard Core Technology (HCT) for reduced internal friction and improved brake performance and feel, with racing and high performance road bikes as its target custom build audience.

The HC3 can be used with all hydraulic motorcycle braking systems, and is also compatible with ABS systems: a slotted piston and stationary primary piston seal is used to provide faster pressure balance in the event of 'ABS kickback'.
The 90-degree full-radial design, where the push-rod and cylinder sit at a right angle to the handlebar, is said to give more direct feeling for improved control. The three-way adjustable lever ratio mimics the effect of using a piston size 1mm below or above the selected hydraulic ratio; removing and repositioning the lever support bolt softens or hardens the pressure point.

The lever blade folds in the event of an accident, reducing the risk of damage to the master cylinder and increasing the possibility of being able to operate the brake normally after a fall, and advanced X-Ring technology is said to prevent the introduction of air through secondary seal ingress, which is a common problem on racing motorcycles.
Supplied with an external reservoir and mounting bracket the HC3 is available in 12, 15 and 18mm brake variants and 12 and 15mm clutch versions. It is supplied with a pre-installed switch for brake and clutch activation. The clamp retaining bolts are titanium for reduced weight

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

Ilmberger Carbonparts

Carbon parts for BMW S 1000R

GERMAN carbon parts specialist Ilmberger offers a large selection of carbon parts designs for the new BMW S 1000R.

Highlights are a design-optimised motor spoiler made from heat resistant pre-impregnated carbon material.

The company is also offering an upper fairing (headlight fairing), which can accommodate various headlamp shapes and sizes for the S 1000R. 

Other carbon parts in the series for the BMW S 1000R include multiple fairings, left and right frame covers, front and rear fenders with chain and ABS covers, swingarm covers and licence plate holders.

Oberhaching, GERMANY
Tel. +49 (0)89 6133 893