Friday, 9 January 2015

GB Motorcycle Trade Expo

Advance ticket applications +20 percent for GB Motorcycle Trade Expo

January 18th - 20th, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, UK

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in two weeks, it looks like being a great year for exhibitors at this year's annual GB Trade Expo.
Organised by the publishers of British Dealer News, one of Europe's leading motorcycle industry dealer magazines, some 150 exhibitors will benefit from a post-recession growth in attendance that started some three years ago, and sees advance ticket applications currently running at 20 percent up on the same time last year.
Now being staged at a favourite former venue for the event (Stoneleigh Park near Coventry), the GB Trade Expo is both Europe's largest and longest established motorcycle trade-only event, and is bound to benefit this year from the strong growth now being seen in the UK new motorcycle registrations data released by the MCIA - the UK's motorcycle industry trade association..New registrations were up by +16.8 percent in November (5,020 units) and +8.8 percent for October (6,477 units), representing the ninth consecutive month of UK market growth. For the period January to November 2014 UK motorcycle registrations were +11.7 percent at 86,689 units, compared to +0.5 percent (77,629 units) at the same stage of 2013.

In total PTW registration terms, November was +14.5 percent (at 5,795 units), while October was +6.5 percent (7,445 units). This sees an increase of +10.2 percent for the first eleven months of the year (96,723 units).
With Suzuki among those added to the exhibitor line-up recently Andy Mayo, Sales Director, said: “we are delighted to welcome Suzuki on board in our 20th anniversary year. To attract a Japanese manufacturer back to Expo is a real coup and gives Expo a further dimension in attracting the Suzuki dealer network and prospective new dealers looking to complement or add to their 2015 line-ups. "More than 20 motorcycle and scooter brands will be represented at Stoneleigh Park, as well as new models and new opportunities for dealers to add to their bottom line".

See the full exhibitor list and find details of how to register to attend and travel to the venue see full details at:


Ducati to increase capacity as Scrambler enters production

While the focus at Ducati has been on new model launches and further increases in sales and revenues, other news emerging from the company in recent weeks and months has included what is being described as an "historic investment and development" agreement between Ducati and their Workers in Bologna.
The "landmark agreement, reached thanks to the positive contribution of all the unions" will see Ducati investing 11.5 million euro in the next five years in the establishment of technologically advanced facilities for the production of stronger camshafts and crankshafts, consolidating the plant "as a world center of reference for machining excellence".
The agreement also includes Sunday working as part of an increase from 15 to 21 shifts per week.
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati said that "this agreement sets the stage for a major increase in productivity that makes for a more profitable investment and opens the way for new jobs".
Much of that extra production capacity will be taken up by the Ducati Scrambler. Some 40 years after the last Ducati Scrambler rolled off the production line back in the 1970s, December saw production of the first of the new Scramblers being completed six months after it was first shown to employees - the 'Icon' version of the new Scrambler will start to hit dealerships at the end of January.

Meanwhile, December also saw another landmark reached - with the one millionth Ducati to come off the production line at the historic Borgo Panigale factory. The custom edition Monster 1200 S was presented to 47 year old Ernesto Passoni, from near Milan, by Claudio Domenicali and Audi Group senior management at special ceremony in Milan on December 12th.

“Between 1946 and today we have designed, built and delivered one million dreams that have become reality to Ducatisti”, stated Claudio Domenicali. “Our strength is in the exceptional work that all of the Ducati employees carry out so efficiently on a daily basis, contributing to making our bikes beautiful, unique and desirable. To deliver the millionth bike produced directly into the hands of a passionate Ducatista is an incredible feeling and an incentive to continue along our growth path”.

Dutch market

Dutch market +12.1 percent in 2014

According to final figures released by RAI, BOVAG and RDC | CBS Mobility, sales of new motorcycles were up by + 12.1 percent in The Netherlands in 2014, with scooters also seeing an increase in popularity.
In 2014 10,354 new motorcycles were sold in The Netherlands (compared to 9239 units in 2013), with the trade association that represents the Dutch motorcycle industry saying that "the increase is partly due to the cautious recovery of consumer confidence, which saw many motorcyclists last year investing in a number of new models that were successfully launched onto the Dutch market, and the better weather (compared to many recent spring seasons in particular) which clarly also had a favorable effect on the propensity to buy".

Nearly one in seven of the new models sold last year was a scooter model (1,369 units, 3.5 percent more than in 2013). In addition another 445 three-wheel motor scooters were registered - such as the Piaggio MP3 and Peugeot Metropolis (compared to 233 new ones in 2013).
The top 3 best selling motorcycle brands in The Netherlands were the BMW (1863 units, 17.9% market share), Yamaha (1336 units, 12.9%) and Honda (1300 units, 12.5%).


Vertex Street pistons range 2015

Amongst the news presented at EICMA by Italian piston specialist Vertex, a brand new range of Street pistons are literally 'race-bred', having been developed in co-operation with Team Gresini in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships.

The Street pistons range includes 15 dedicated models in "Replica" or "High Compression" versions, for Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW and Ducati with 600 and 1000 cc motors (for track use only).
These pistons feature a minimum weight limit for their category, an increased compression ratio and Vertex say that they deliver "a great performance increase without any loss of reliability".
Noted for the technical support they give to European and National championship Superbike and Supersport teams, Vertex say that "whether looking for weight savings on stock replacements or for increased compression, our new Street pistons range are sure to be top sellers in 2015".


Yamaha global unit sales +14 percent for first 9 months of 2014

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced that its consolidated business results for the first nine months of their 2014 fiscal year (January to September 2014) saw net sales of 1,124.6 billion yen – an increase of 76.7 billion yen (+7.3%) compared with the same period the previous fiscal year, with increases across all business segments.

Yamaha say that their motorcycle business income improvement in developed markets was driven by new product launches, with increases also reported in emerging markets.
Global net sales of motorcycle products were 723.9 billion yen - an increase of 28.4 billion yen/4.1% compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year. Operating income was 17.7 billion yen (an increase of 11.5 billion yen/188.4%).
Unit sales (and market share) in developed markets increased from the same period in the previous year by +14% thanks to the effects of new product launches such as the MT-09 and the MT-07; in addition, sales of TRICITY commenced in Europe and Japan.
Regarding unit sales in emerging markets, such as the ASEAN zone, despite the increase in Indonesia, sales decreased due in part to the decline in overall demand in Thailand and Vietnam. The Company says it will revamp its brand image and product competitiveness by introducing models with the next-generation platform engine (BLUE CORE) as well as global models, with the rollout to various countries taking place from fourth quarter onwards. 

Unit sales in the Indian market have increased from the same period in the previous year (+28%) thanks to the effects of new product launches. Sales in the Brazilian market have also increased thanks to the effects of new products.
As a result, net sales have increased overall thanks to aspects such as sales increases in developed markets as well as the model mix in emerging markets. Operating income has increased as net sales increases, cost reductions and model mix measures have led to improvements in income that outweigh the increase in procurement and development costs due to weak currencies in emerging markets.
As a result of these figures Yamaha made no change to the net sales forecast for the fiscal year that was presented with the second quarter report on August 5, 2014.


Puig products for V-STROM 1000

PUIG has launched a range of products for the ’14 –’15 Suzuki V-Strom 1000. The line-up of products begins with tubular engine guards. Made from 25mm tubing and finished in black, the components used in the guards’ construction are laser cut to ensure correct fit of the finished parts. 

The bell pan made by Puig for the V-Strom 1000 is compatible with the company’s engine guards. It is made from ABS plastic and is supplied complete with a sticker kit to allow personalisation. Designed to protect the lower parts of the bike from road debris, the pan is available in the choice of carbon look and matt black.

To protect the rear of the bike, Puig offers a hugger. Like the belly pan it is made from ABS plastic, and can be fitted without any modification to the bike. Finnish options are carbon look or matt black.

Emphasising the adventure styling of the V-Strom 1000, Puig has billet aluminium footpegs kits for the bike. The grips include rubber inserts for improved comfort and grip, are available for rider and passenger, and can be ordered in black, silver, red, blue, or gold.

Granollers, Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel: +34 938 490 633

Airoh Helmet

ST701 composite fibre full-face helmet

THE new ST701 composite fibre full-face helmet from Airoh has been designed for sport and touring use, has an outer shell made from carbon Kevlar and is made using a multi-axial system, which gives it a weight of only 1,350g, making it one of the lightest helmets in the Super Tourism range.
The inner EPS shell has been redesigned and now uses four different densities, ensuring the highest safety standards. Evolved aerodynamics, including a powerful ventilation system, an extra wide visor with integrated sunscreen, anti-fog Pinlock lens and Airoh's 'Emergency Fast Remove' system are some of the technical specifications included in the ST701.
It is available in various graphics, and shown here in the carbon fibre version with neon stripe.

Almenno San Bartolomeo (BG), ITALY
+39 035 553093


Rizoma BMW R nineT accessory line

RIZOMA has developed a large selection of parts and accessories to transform the BMW R nineT into a café racer.
The products include an aluminium handlebar top clamp set developed to fit the handlebar risers, which can be combined with either Rizoma’s ‘Drag Bar’ or the OEM handlebar. The Drag Bar when fitted is said to give a much more sporty riding position.
To create more of a café racer feel, there is the choice of Rizoma clip-on bars. The body of the clip-on’s fork tube clamps are internally lightened and the bars can be replaced in case of damage. 

Café racer options continue with the headlight fairing. Moulded from a sheet of aluminium, the Rizoma fairing is said to improve the aerodynamics of the R nineT.
Aluminium is also used for the replacement front fender, which gets a brushed and anodised finish. The same finish is used on the rear fender, which mounts under the seat. It can be combined with Rizoma’s undertail cover, which allows users to remove the rear light and the OEM license plate support.
Options for the bike’s engine include a front engine cover in anodised aluminium, aluminium intake tips and cylinder head covers. The head covers are machined from blocks of aluminium to create 3D details and then finished in two-tone anodising.
Rizoma’s rearsets for the R nine T are supplied with TÜV approval and have adjustable shift and brake levers along with six different peg placement options. Matching passenger pegs are available too, which are also TÜV approved. 

For the rear of the R nine T, Rizoma has a selection of license plate supports. The Side Arm license support plate has been designed to comply with European standards for road use. The kit consists of the plate holder and the Rizoma underseat cover, which replaces the OEM component. 

There is also the option of the Outside license plate support kit, comprised of a number plate holder and a new rear license plate, which replaces the OE parts.
The final choice is the Fox license plate support kit, which is available with or without a taillight. Shorter than the stock license support plate, the Fox is compliant with European standards for road use and includes the new Rizoma underseat cover.

Ferno (VA), ITALY
Tel: +39 0331 242 020