Wednesday, 15 October 2014

European motorcycle markets

Major European markets continue to see growth

The latest new model registration data released by the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, shows that motorcycle registrations there in September were up by 20.7 percent over September 2013, and at 6,124 units for the month were higher than at any time since 2008.
For the year to date, German motorcycle registrations are up by 9.2 percent, at 88,636 units (compared to 81,175 units for the equivalent period in 2013), also making it the best first nine month performance in Germany since 2008.
In total PTW terms, Germany was up by 16.5 percent in September (9,594 units - also the best since 2008), and at 127,332 units total PTW registrations in Germany are up by 7.0 percent for the first 9 months - also the best performance since 2008.

The growth in Spain continues with new motorcycle registrations up by 24.7 percent in September at 10,585 units - the best since 2011. That means the Spanish motorcycle market is up by 19.2 percent at 84,988 units for the year to date - also the best since 2011.
In total PTW terms, Spain was up by 21.5 percent in September (11,993 units) and is running at +16.0 percent (95,906 units) for the year to date.
Jose Maria Riano, Secretary General of ANESDOR (the motorcycle industry trade association in Spain), says that "the growth in the motorcycle market in Spain continues to exceed even our own forecasts. More and more people are choosing scooters and motorcycles as a tool for daily mobility and embracing the substantial savings that two wheels represent".

The good news continues in the UK with September new motorcycle registrations up by 6.7 percent in September at 11,218 units - the best September performance since 2008.
For the year to date motorcycle registrations in the UK are up by 11.6 percent at 75,192 units - the best 9 month performance since seen 2009.
In total PTW terms, the UK market was up by 6.4 percent in September (12,623 units) and is running at +10.2 percent for the year to date (83,483 units) - again, the best 9 month performance seen since 2009.


As the market gears up for the 100th anniversary EICMA 'Milan Show' in November, even Italy is seeing somewhat of an improvement in market performance with total PTW registrations up by 1.95 percent in September - 12,628 units, the best September performance since 2011.
In year to date terms, the Italian market is +1.6 percent for the first nine months of the year, at 134,846 units - the best since 2011.

Dublin Show 2015

Dublin Show 2015

THE Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show will take place at the RDS (Royal Dublin showground) in Dublin, Ireland, over the weekend of 27 Feb – 1 March, 2015. 

The Motorbike & Scooter Show, which is the largest of its kind in Ireland, attracted over 27,000 visitors in 2013, and is now taking bookings for exhibitor display places.
Among the companies that exhibited in 2013 were Ace Café London, AKB Moto Distribution, Bike Buyer’s Guide, BMW, Dublin Harley-Davidson, Feridax, Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd, Helite UK, Honda Distributors Ltd, Lloyd Lifestyle Ltd, Powerbronze Ltd, Skidmarx and Victory Motorcycles-Polaris. 

In addition to being an AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate show, and having invited racers and celebrities, retail and new motorcycle display opportunities, the show will also feature live action entertainment, world class stunt shows, demo races, a lifestyle fashion show, Ireland’s Got Biking Talent and new for 2015 Ace Global Freestyle Stunt Starz competition.

Tel: +353 1 405 5550


Fehling options for XV 950 R

YAMAHA’S factory Bobber, the XV 950 R, is the latest motorcycle to benefit from the experience of Fehling and its extensive range of luggage and protection options.
Fehling’s range of products for the XV 950 R includes its one-piece protection guard that mounts to the frame’s downtubes. Made from 38mm tubing, it offers protection to the engine cases. 

Higher up at the front Fehling is offering a mounting bar for additional spotlights. If the bar is used, the stock turn signal lights need to be replaced with aftermarket units. 
Moving to the rear of the bike, the Fehling luggage range for the XV 950 R provides a baggage holder. The tubular rails can be used to help support throw-over style soft panniers.

Fehling’s range of rear racks for the XV 950 R is made up of its tubular rear rack that mounts on the rear mudguard above the taillight when the pillion pad is installed, a solo rack that mounts in the space between the rider’s seat and the rear light, and the sheet metal solo rack that mounts in the same location. There are also two racks that have integrated sissybars. One version has a sissybar and pad for the driver and the second is for when the pillion pad is in place. 

Wickede (Ruhr), GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)2377 2033


Galfer brake kit for BMW C600 Sport and C650 GT

GALFER has developed a selection of brake kits for use on the BMW maxi-scooter. The kits include laser-cut, high carbon stainless steel Disc Wave rotors, which are said to be up to 20 percent lighter than OEM parts, and Galfer’s own brake pads.

There are two options; the basic kit made up of two Wave discs and pads for use on the front of the scooter, and a second, which is made up of the basic plus a rear rotor and pads.
Galfer’s patented Disc Wave design is said to offer not just lighter weight, but also better water and dirt removal and a better cooling, significantly improving the brake’s performance.
All Galfer products are made in Spain and approved by the German TÜV.

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel: +34 93 5689 090

Andreani Group

Andreani off-road piston kit

ANDREANI Group has designed a new concept for its latest piston kit that allows users to replace the original piston in Showa, Kayaba, White Power and Sachs shocks. 

The company says the piston kit has been created to radically improve the feeling and performances of motocross, enduro and supermotard machines, ensuring more traction and easier control of the bike during breaks and on fast sections.
The kits includes a 50mm diameter piston with 25 micron treatment furnished with an exclusive oil flow design, a Teflon band designed to resist high temperatures and a shim set to tune the kit to the rider’s style and weight. 

Pesaro (PU), ITALY
Tel: +39 0721 20921


Trials inspired mountain hybrid off-road tyre

MOTOZ has launched a new tyre – the Mountain Hybrid – which it describes as having the traction characteristics of a trials tyre with the dimensions of a serious off-road enduro tyre.

The Mountain Hybrid tyre has been developed for use by riders who ride enduro bikes in conditions that come close to trials riding where they want to maintain the bike’s handling characteristics. Motoz says of the new design that it, “Climbs like a trials tyre, but handles corners, creek crossings, some mud, sand and rocks like a regular DOT approved off-road tyre due to its construction like a trials tyre, but with reinformed sidewalls to allow lower inflation pressure when riding in off-road and mountain conditions.”
The design of the Mountain hybrid tyre includes a flexible tread concave and lock system, to give increased traction while avoiding punctures at low inflation pressures, and a unique tread design that looks like a trials tyre, but has large and tall tread blocks like those normally found on a regular off-road enduro tyre with each tread block having deep sypes for extra trials-like grip.


Brookvale, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 (0)2 9905 5155

Planet Knox

Protection options from Knox

Knox continues to expand its rider protection line with its Covert gloves. They feature new OutDry waterproof technology that keeps the gloves thin and light. The OutDry membrane is bonded directly to the glove's shell, and this is said to prevent the build-up of water between the outer and inner layers as well as sealing stitching and joins, for a complete and durable waterproof, breathable and windproof finish.

Made from Korean cowhide, the palm and fingertips are reinforced with Pittards digital goat leather, with biofoam panels on the thumb, top of hand and outer wrist. Patented scaphoid protection is provided by low profile Knox SPS sliders. There are also stretch panels and box construction fingers to aid dexterity.

Additionally, Knox has re-designed its Track vest, now manufactured using four-way stretch breathable mesh, combined with breathable, moisture-wicking and fast-drying Meryl Lycra. The Track vest includes the re-engineered Aegis back protector, which has spacer fabric and vents. The vest can be zipped off the back protector and machine-washed.
Certified to CE Level 2 of the latest European standard [EN1621-2: 2014], the Aegis has also been tested and approved at the optional high (+40 degrees Centigrade) and low (-20 degrees Centigrade) temperatures. A CE approved chest protector can also be added as an optional extra to the Track vest.

Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK
Tel: 01900 825825


New Ducati clutch kits

SURFLEX has launched two new clutch disc kits to suit the 899 Panigalina and 1199 Panigale.

The two new kits are interchangeable with the original ones, and are said to transmit the engine’s power without losing fluidity or modulation. They are composed of eleven friction discs with an aluminium core and ten steel middle discs. The coverage of friction discs, made of a carbon material mix, is designed to meet the needs of very powerful engines. The specific friction material for Ducati engines presents an excellent resistance to high temperatures and supports prolonged use without losing efficiency. 


Tradate (VA), ITALY
Tel: +39 0331-811795

Vertix - Motohaus Powersports

Vertix Bluetooth multimedia helmet interface


MOTOHAUS Powersports now has the Vertix Raptor-i Bluetooth multimedia helmet interface available, which connects wirelessly to GPS, MP3 player, phone or other riders/passengers to deliver communication. 

With the Raptor-i fitted, riders can make and receive calls, communicate with two other riders in line of sight up to a range of 800m, listen to FM radio stations or connect to an MP3 player via Bluetooth. Cut-the-Noise technology, which then constantly evaluates surrounding noise to provide optimum output power to the earphones, means that riders can hear and be heard clearly at speeds up to 130mph and, because Raptor audio is designed specifically for users wearing ear protection, clear sounds come through.

Buttons on the waterproof helmet-mounted control unit are slightly bigger than a normal handheld device to compensate for reduced sensitivity when wearing gloves.
The Raptor-i control unit weighs 48g, measuring 77 × 51 × 24mm, and is supplied with a choice of open or full face headsets.

Odiham, Hampshire, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1256 704 909

Peugeot Scooters

Indian conglomerate Mahindra to buy controlling 51% stake in Peugeot Scooters

The $16.5Bn turnover Mumbai, India based Mahindra group is buying a 51 percent controlling stake in French vehicle maker PSA Group's Peugeot Scooters subsidiary.

The owner of Peugeot and Citroen cars is believed to have been seeking union approval in France of a recovery plan as part of the group's "Back in the Race" strategic plan to get the vehicle maker on to a "road map to an accelerated recovery".

Mahindra Two Wheelers, a subsidiary of the Mahindra group, first entered the scooter business in 2008 through acquisition of Kinetic Motor, and sees the deal as a way of gaining access to European technology to boost a division that has been loss-making for some time, with production down by half to 10,787 units from 22,546 in the year ago period.

Mahindra has stated that a "robust portfolio in scooters" would be critical to its overall two wheeler strategy. With the Peugeot deal, Mahindra will get the research and development capabilities that it lacks and a strong European footprint.

Mahindra will acquire their 51 percent majority stake in return for a €15m cash injection, and a €13m share purchase, making the deal for half of a company that generated revenues of €99m last year worth €28m in total.

Described as the "oldest motorised two-wheeler manufacturer in the world", and "a key player in urban mobility in Europe for 116 years", Peugeot produced some 79,000 scooters in 2013.

Peugeot claims that the investment will help fund new models and secure the future of its plant at Mandeure, France, where it employs 500 people, and its facility in Jinan, China, a joint venture with Qinji, where it has a further 300 employees.

Down the years, Peugeot has racked up many notable scooter technology firsts, and is not entirely new to involvement in the Indian market - the mid 1980s saw it collaborate with Shree Chamundi Mopeds.

Mahindra Executive Director Pawan Goenka is quoted as telling a press conference that "Mahindra will not restructure Peugeot Scooters for two years, but will look to turn around the business focusing on growing volumes".

Goenka said that the existing management will remain in place at Peugeot Scooters, but that Mahindra will have three seats on the board. He went on to say that while "Peugeot will continue to remain a premium product, Mahindra will focus on the mass market and is eyeing other Asian market opportunities such as Vietnam".

GB Trade Expo & JPMS 2015

January trade shows in date clash

The popular and highly rated GB Trade Expo returns to one of its former venues for 2015 as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, housed the show between 2004 and 2007 when it saw record attendances, and it returns there for three days on January 18th to 20th 2015.
Boasting over 160 exhibitors and thousands of top name brands, Expo is firmly established with UK dealers as their perfectly timed "must go to" trade-only event. Organiser Mark Mayo said that "its all about being in the right place at the right time, and independent research shows that 92 percent of dealers think Expo tick's their boxes. Dealer's find it a relaxed, friendly but above all informative environment that easy to get to, with free on-site parking and the pick of the market's leading vendors and specialists.

"Despite the downturn Expo has attracted and average of more than 3,600 decision-makers from some 1,800 motorcycle businesses in each of the past four years and with 20 years of serving the UK motorcycle industry Expo clearly has a winning formula".
Mayo is certainly right to point to the excellent timing of the show, and it is no surprise therefore to see that the organisers of the JPMS motorcycle trade show have settled upon the same date (January 18th/19th 2015) as they seek to re-establish their event.

The recession had not been so kind to what was originally also a very successful, very busy three day show, at Lyon in south-eastern France. After a move to Marseilles failed to galvanise dealers, the show has finally announced a Paris venue (the Parc Floral, just to the south of the city) and a range of re-branding and re-configured initiatives and incentives.

Motocross of Nations

France win Motocross of Nations

The French team of
Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis and Steven Frossard won the Chamberlain Trophy and the Motocross of Nations by a massive margin at Kegums in Latvia on September 28th, 2014.

This is only the second time the French riders have won the Motocross of Nations (the last and first time was in 2001), and French riders will now defend the title on home soil at Emee, France, in 2015.

Riding Kawasakis, the French riders finished each of the crucial Sunday afternoon races in the top 10, and will now have the honour of running the number 1, 2 and 3 plates next year.

Team Belgium, who held poll position going into the races, took second place overall, with team USA third, GB fourth and title holders Germany fifth.


SW-Motech equips Yamaha and BMW

SW-MOTECH has expanded its range of parts for the Yamaha MT-07 to include protection pieces like frame slider kit, front axle slider, front spoiler, Kobra handguard kit and the BBStorm handguard kit. Luggage options include a selection of tailbags: Speedpack, Racepack, Rearbag, Rackpack, Cargobag and Slipstream. 

On-bike navigation parts include a Universal GPS mount kit NAVi Bag, Universal GPS mount kit ball, Universal GPS mount kit NAVi Bag 5in, and Universal GPS mount kit RAM. SW-Motech also has the Alu-Rack carrier system available for the MT-07.
The line of parts for the MT-07 will be further developed with a radiator guard, a seat rack and a clutch cover guard available soon.
These products are joining a parts selection that already features handlebar mounting kits, gear levers and footrest kits, mirror extensions, crash bars and engine guards, fog and off-road lights. The company also produces systems for bar positioning and vibration dampening. 

SW-Motech has also expanded its line of parts for the BMW R 1200 GS LC with the introduction of stainless steel upper crash bars. These new bars have been designed to match the manufacturer’s original crash guard and mount on existing anchor points on the bike’s frame.
Made from 21.3mm diameter tubing with a wall thickness of 2.4mm, the bars have an electro-polished and blasted surface. For use together with the protective bars SW-Motech also offers a pair of mounts for Hawk fog lights. 

Rauschenberg, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)6425 820280

Polini Motori

Polini expands product range

POLINI has expanded its product range with the introduction of a new carb and a range of oil filters.
The company says that its new CP Evolution carburettor has been shown to achieve best performance between 12,000 and 15,000rpm. This performance is due to the CNC machining of the intake to allow high levels of air flow. This is then combined with a manifold mount that has a 28.5mm diameter to allow the fitting of a free flowing manifold to exploit the carb’s performance. The carb is also supplied with a flange to adapt the Polini Evolution filter with its bigger diameter. 

Additional performance measures on the CP Evolution include a very short inlet pipe with an exclusive concentric design and a geometry optimised for air. The float level, which is completely made of plastic, and the needle seal are carefully quality- controlled during production to ensure the same standard of efficiency over time, and the overflow of petrol in the atomiser has been checked to ensure the correct flow dynamic at every position of the throttle valve when open.  

Polini’s ‘Original’ oil filters are available for four-stroke engines and feature a micro- porosity filter structure to purify the oil by holding any micro metal particles or sludge present in the lubricant.

Alzano Lombardo (BG), ITALY
Tel: +39 035 2275 111

NEXX Helmets

XT.1 sport-touring helmet

NEXX Helmets say that their new NEXX  X.T1 is "a breakthrough in sport-touring helmets as the tear-shaped X.T1 is all about intelligent shell design where aerodynamics come into play".
Designed to help improve riding posture of touring bike riders, the X.T1 shell is moulded at the front and back, and the company say that unlike most touring helmets it is also ergonomically shaped on the sides and top, with a shell-integrated spoiler at the rear that eliminates upward lift and reduces drag during high-speed riding.

The helmet is equipped with a three-position large upper vent shutter with dual intake, that has been designed for ease of operation with gloved hands, and features dual side and rear exhaust vents. 

The  X.T1 shield is said to provide a real panoramic field of vision and a built-in sun shield. The visor is prepared for the use of a Pinlock fog-free lens, and the company claims the X-SWIFT Quick Release visor mechanism can be changed in less than 8 seconds without the need for any tool.

The company goes on to say that "the Recoil Visor System with its spring-loaded base plates control noise and pull the shield back against the dual-lip window beading. A Block'N'Seal system with automatic closure spring button ensures a smooth wind and waterproof seal".

The shell is made in lightweight tri-composite (fiberglass, carbon and Kevlar) and is equipped to accommodate the NEXX Helmets X-COM System, developed in cooperation with well-known Bluetooth specialist SENA.

Newly designed 3D formed pads include removable cheek pads with an emergency strap, a system that allows an easy and quick release. All the interior parts are made in CoolMax and are removable, skin friendly (anti-allergenic and anti-bacterial properties) and washable.

Three shell sizes come with NEXX Ergo Padding System - a foam replacement kit that allows the rider to personalise the helmet for a custom fit.



Tel. +351 231 590010
+351 231 590010

Exhaust Pro-Guide

Arrow exhausts for Integra and NC 750

FOLLOWING on from Honda updating its line of Integra and ‘NC’ bikes with a 750cc engine to replace the existing 700, Arrow has also expanded its exhaust options for the Integra and NC 750 models including versions with DCT.

The Arrow exhaust selection for Honda’s Integra line includes the Race-Tech street legal silencers, which fit the Arrow mid-pipe, and are available in titanium, carbon fibre, aluminium, or black anodised aluminium with all versions featuring a carbon end cap. The aluminium versions are also available with aluminium end caps.
A second option is the street legal Pro-Racing NiChrom silencer that fits the Arrow mid-pipe.
Arrow’s stainless steel mid-pipe fits all Arrow silencers and the OE and Arrow collector kit. The stainless steel collector kit from Arrow fits the mid-pipe and OE silencer.

San Giustino (PG), ITALY
Tel: +39 0758 61811


GPR exhausts for Ducati

GPR has introduced a range of different exhausts, available in both aggressive and classic shapes, which have been created for use on both the Ducati Hyperstrada and Hypermotard 821.

The company states that installation of one of its exhausts will not just change the look of the bike, but will also offer weight saving, a change of sound and a power increase.

Tel: +39 2 98112058


Aftermarket pipes for Triumph Bonneville

REMUS has introduced a line of aftermarket slip-on exhaust silencers for the 2014 Triumph Bonneville and Bonneville SE. The 45mm tapered silencers include a catalytic converter and have EG, ABE and EEC approval. The slip-ons are available in a choice of chrome or black stainless steel finishes.

Baernbach, AUSTRIA
Tel: +43 (0)3142 6900 0


MIVV exhausts for V-Strom 1000

ITALIAN exhaust specialist MIVV has launched two exhaust options for Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000; the Oval and Speed Edge. Both the new silencers are said to improve engine performance in the low to medium range and increase torque. Along with the power increases the exhausts are said to reduce the bike’s overall weight too.

Test data has shown the Speed Edge, which is available in steel black or stainless steel with carbon end caps, to have an increase of 13.8hp and 17.2Nm at 3,600rpm, and the Oval offers a maximum increase in power and torque at 3,500 rpm of 12.3hp and 15.4Nm. The Oval slip-on can be ordered in carbon, titanium with carbon end caps or stainless steel. 

Sant' Omero (TE), ITALY
Tel: +39 0861 81 20 237