Tuesday, 23 December 2014

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations +15.4 percent for November

The latest data released by IVM, the motorcycle trade association in Germany, show motorcycle sales up by 15.4 percent (2,007 units) for November, with registrations for the first 11 months of the year up by 9.7 percent at 94,477 units - the highest seen for Germany since 2008 (100,684 for the January - November period).

For much of this year the German market has been showing a less positive performance when smaller displacement models were taken into account, but in November total PTW registrations in Germany were +21.4 percent at 3,475 units.

For the Year to date, total new PTW registrations in Germany were +7-9 percent at 137,406 units.


Horex out of business

GERMAN specialist motorcycle manufacturer Horex has had to give up on its plan to continue production despite their insolvency filing of August this year.

The company used social media in early December to announce that it had closed its doors and dismissed its staff.

The company exhibited at INTERMOT in October, and announced a plan to continue all business operations but it would appear that no fresh capital was available to help it continue production and that the debts incurred so far, especially in connection with attempts to develop its narrow angle V6 engine for the VR6 Roadster and Classic models had finally proven too much.

The European Motorcyclists Forum

The European Motorcyclists Forum
2 - 3 February 2015, Brussels, Belgium

"Safer Motorcycling in Europe now!" - that is the aim of the European Motorcyclists' Forum, and with the mission of "How to tackle motorcycle safety challenges for the next decade?" the EU co-financed RIDERSCAN project is organising its final pit stop of a tour that has resulted in one of the longest and most comprehensive research projects that the motorcycle community has ever undertaken.

Described as a "European Scanning Tour for Motorcycle Safety", the project has been "taking a magnifying glass to look at [several] countries’ expertise, experience and knowledge of motorcycling safety, access to powered two-wheelers, traffic and road environment issues, efficient safety campaigns and PTW safety strategies".

The end result will be to make recommendations for how EU intervention in safety issues that affect motorcyclists can be best devised and finessed to accommodate the very particular requirements of rider safety.

The project is now organising its last public event, at which it will present and discuss the results of the RIDERSCAN data collection process with motorcycling and road safety experts.

The event will consist of a full day workshop at the CEN-CENELEC meeting centre premises in Brussels; CEN (the European Committee for Standardisation) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation) are two of the three officially recognised European Standardisation Organisations.

That will be followed by a half day debate session in the European Parliament. Hosted by MEPs Inés Ayalá-Sender (S&D), Wim van de Camp (EPP), and the Transport Committee Vice-Chairman Dominique Riquet (ALDE), the forum will include the participation of Mr. Szabolcz Schmidt, who is Head of the EU Road Safety Unit and other speakers, to discuss the RIDERSCAN project outcomes in the context of the Commission's mid-term evaluation of road safety policy objectives and planning for 2011-2020. 

The event is being supported by the EU, FEMA and ACEM amongst others; for full details and to register visit:

+32 (0)2 280 42 72


Kawasaki motorcycle sales income - 1.9 percent for its second quarter


Kawasaki announced net sales of  ¥137.7 Bn for the second quarter (ending  September 30th 2014) of its current financial year (ending March 31st 2015).

That puts sales at -1.9 percent compared to the same 2014 financial year accounting period, and leaves the company still forecasting net sales of  ¥320 Bn for the full current financial year.

Kawasaki will be hoping that the huge hype generated by the launch of the Ninja H2 will translate into increased demand throughout their range

In motorcycle ATV, UTV and PWC unit terms, Kawasaki say they sold 21,000 units to Europe in their second quarter, with 36,000 sold to North America, 9,000 units in Japan and 201,000 of the 267,000 quarterly total sold to emerging and "other" markets.



Touratech suspension ESA and Cartridge Kit Extreme

IT is already ten years since BMW introduced what was then (2004) the first electronically adjustable suspension (ESA), allowing finger-tip damping control from the handlebar. That was followed by ESA II in 2009 - giving riders push-button road and load control over spring rates.

ESA turned out to be a first step, a first step in a logical progression leading to the development of the current dynamic ESA semi-active suspension system – an "intelligent" system that uses sensors to monitor the status of the motorcycle and terrain characteristics, optimising the suspension in milliseconds while riding.

With many BMW F 800 GS and R 1200 GS bikes equipped with their original ESA systems, even with the latest dynamic ESA, Touratech is now bringing out its own ESA version for these models.

Developed in partnership with Dutch specialists Tractive, Touratech's system is said to be an easy-install "Plug & Travel" ESA - one that is fully serviceable and tuneable to the customer's request. Tractive Suspension specialise in electronic suspension,  founded by the former WP Suspension core development team when KTM relocated the WP Suspension business to Austria. The white colour of the springs is a reference to this heritage. The team at Tractive previously invented ESA1 and ESA2 and is now actively involved in dynamic suspension development worldwide. The company says that "even for the newest models with dynamic ESA, Touratech is worldwide the only real replacement aftermarket supplier".

The company states that every aspect of this system is geared to long-distance touring, with lots of luggage, on almost any type of road surface, and that "Plug and Travel" means no modifications are required and components can be easily swapped out.

"As far as operation goes, customers can adjust the suspension in the usual way," says suspension product manager Jo Glaser. "We use the original BMW controls, but we have completely redesigned the shock absorber set-up.

"Our ESA suspension system will interest anyone who wants to take their F 800 GS or R 1200 GS touring. Riders who fit the Touratech Suspension ESA system not only get spring elements with a special set-up for touring, but the components – like all shock absorbers from Touratech Suspension - are fully serviceable.

"Riders whose motorbikes aren't equipped with an electronic suspension system can install our ACE system - a self-contained system that uses its own sensors developed by Touratech Suspension", said Jo Glaser.

"This means that even motorcycles which previously used conventional shocks can be fitted with an electronic suspension system. Currently the ACE suspension system is available for the BMW R 1200 GS (front/rear shock absorber), the Yamaha Super Ténéré up to 2013 (rear shock absorber), the Triumph Tiger Explorer (rear shock absorber) and BMW R 1150 GS/Adventure (front/rear shock absorber)".

Also available, the fully serviceable Touratech Suspension Cartridge Kit Extreme is a fully adjustable damping cartridge for the original fork that is designed to withstand the exceptionally tough conditions of enduro touring.

This "shock absorber for the fork" is said to deliver a "noticeably more sensitive response with high stability and the greatest possible resilience".

The company says that unlike open types, which use the same oil for both damping and lubrication, theirs is a closed system developed for the extreme stresses endured by sportsbike forks.

With this design the damping oil is located in a closed cartridge, leading to very exact damping control, similar to that of a shock absorber. The cartridge uses an internal piston of 35mm (which the company says is the largest in the market!), which allows for stable and precise damping setting. A special Motorex oil formulation is used for filling the fork legs to lubricate the fork.

Riders receive a completely filled cartridge fitted with the appropriate spring; only the original outer tubes are retained. Touratech Suspension closed cartridges are said to handle "even extreme damping frequencies on rough off-road rides. They are supplied with the unique Touratech touring set-up for the respective motorcycle. For individual settings – e.g. different loading conditions or for a completely personalised suspension set-up – it is possible to adjust the spring preload as well as the damping on compression and rebound strokes".

A built-in "hydraulic end stop" prevents the fork mechanically bottoming out when the bike is ridden hard. "This cartridge system provides hugely improved ride safety coupled with maximum ride dynamics", says Product Manager Jo Glaser.

Touratech say their Cartridge Kit Extreme is the ideal solution for all motorbikes that do not come with factory-fitted adjustable forks. It is available now for all BMW F 800 GS models, and the Triumph Tiger 800 XC and Tiger Explorer. Lowering kits of approx. 25-50mm for the forks, and a suitably adapted Touratech Suspension shock absorber, are expected soon.

Niedereschach, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)7728 92790


Keis expands heated clothing range for 2015

KEIS, a leading UK-based heated clothing specialist, has expanded its product line with additions that include remote controllers that allow the wearer to adjust the temperature wirelessly.

The controller has three settings with LED confirmation display and is supplied with a handlebar or panel-mounted transmitter. It can be used on all existing and previous Keis garments, except those with an integral controller.


The X2i heated under-trousers are an updated version of the existing Keis X2 design, but with an integral controller, so the heat can be controlled independent of any other Keis garments. The under-trousers feature a breathable, soft shell fabric front with lightweight rear panels, elasticated waist and strategically positioned heat panels that utilise micro alloy fibre technology to provide uniform heating.

There are also two new additions to the ‘Dual Power Range’, which can be powered either from the motorcycle's battery or a portable rechargeable Li-ion power pack. The X900 Dual Power outer glove replaces the old X800 design, now featuring a leather palm with breathable textile upper, a breathable waterproof lining and integral, three-level heat controller.

Another new Keis Dual Power piece is the ladies’ X30 bodywarmer, designed to provide a more flattering fit than the unisex X10. Made from breathable, lightweight soft shell fabric, it has a tailored fit and dedicated zipped pockets for the optional cables and controller.

Odiham, Hampshire, UK
Tel: +44 1256 704909


Brembo's new Bybre combined brake system

BYBRE, Brembo's brand developed specifically for brake systems on small and medium displacement scooters and motorcycles, has developed a new combined braking system.
Said to allow the optimum use of brakes and reduce safe stopping distances, the new system consists of a floating front caliper with three 24mm diameter pistons.


The central piston is actuated by a 14mm diameter rear master cylinder with integrated tank, while the two outside pistons are driven by a 12mm diameter handlebar-mounted front master cylinder.
A special valve positioned between the rear master cylinder and the front caliper determines the pressure distribution between the front and rear calipers.
Brembo claims that it ensures that when the brake pedal is operated, the rear wheel will always lock up before the front, providing better performance than a standard brake system. This type of system will become mandatory on all scooters and bikes up to 125cc under new EU regulations that come into effect in 2016.
In other Brembo news, the company says that it has been awarded TÜV certification for their race-bred Supersport and T-drive brake discs - which ensures compatibility with the latest ABS-equipped models.
Meanwhile, the M50 monoblock break caliper that uses process technology introduced for 500cc racing in 1994, and seen in 2011 on the 1199 Panigale, has been chosen by Ducati for its two newest and most powerful superbikes - the 1299 Panigale and the Multistrada 1200S.

Employing sophisticated "topology optimisation" programmes in which "iterative procedure allow design engineers to remove material from areas of the caliper where it is not needed, achieving maximum stiffness and minimal weight".
Other Brembo components on the two new Ducati models include a fixed rear brake caliper on the 1299 Panigale and a floating one on the Multistrada 1200S, front and rear brake discs, the PR16/21 radial master cylinder and PR 15/19 clutch master cylinder.
Brembo also supplies the forged wheels for the S version of the 1299 Panigale and a 265mm rear brake disc with the 2x28 floating caliper on the Multistrada 1200S.
Ducati has also used Brembo brakes on its new Scrambler model - a single 330mm flat-bell floating disc with a four piston caliper at the front and a 245mm disc with single piston caliper at the rear.
Brembo is also supplying the brakes for Kawasaki's track-only supercharged 300hp 2015 Ninja H2R and the street legal Ninja H2.
Brembo components and systems also feature on Suzuki's supercharged 588cc Recursion concept bike.

Curno (BG), ITALY
Tel: +39 035 605 1111


Richa Winter jackets

RICHA has released a line of winter riding jackets. The Touareg features a high-density polyamide / polyester outer shell, removable thermal lining, removable waterproof membrane. a removable internal D30 back protector as standard and D30 CE approved armour at the shoulders and elbows. 


Additional features include detachable waterproof chest pockets to allow maximum ventilation in warmer weather.


Described as being suitable for all seasons, the Infinity has a removable thermo lining and waterproof Ex-tex membrane. Like the Touareg, it is fitted with D30 CE approved armour on the shoulders and elbows, an internal D30 back protector also features reflective piping.


Richa’s Phantom jacket has a tailored design with a fixed membrane to guarantee waterproofing and removable thermo lining. The jacket comes with D30 protection as standard, armour on the elbows and shoulders, and a back protector.

Tel: +32 (0)55 423435