Thursday, 15 January 2015


KTM sets new production record

KTM say that annual unit production at their Mattighofen, Austria based factory exceeded 100,000 for the first time in 2014.

KTM say the successful launch of their 1290 SuperDuke has been crucial to their current achievments
At 9 a.m. on December 17th, a 2015 model year KTM 1190 Adventure rolled off the assembly line to become the 100,000th motorcycle produced there in the calendar year, taking total production to more that 1.2 million vehicles since the facility started production in 1999.
In November the company had announced that it had sold 115,731 bikes (+29.1 percent) at an increase in revenue to €644.8 m EUR (+20.4 percent) with EBIT of +34 percent at €61.3 m. for the first three quarters of their financial year - the highest nine month sales and revenue performance in the company’s history.

KTM say this gave them an 8.4 percent market share in Europe for the period, with the "the successful launch of the new 1290 SuperDuke and the sales start of
the new Husqvarna model range among the factors that were crucial to our success".


Yamaha to establish a joint venture factory in Nigeria

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. has announced a new joint agreement to establish a motorcycle manufacturing and sales company in Nigeria. Factory operations are scheduled to commence in summer 2015.

The new company, called CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd. (CYMNG), is a joint venture between Yamaha Motor and CFAO - a French company, specialised in distribution of major international brands in Africa and part of the Toyota Tsusho Group.
The two companies will make equal investment contributions towards a start-up capital of one million dollars. The factory is to cover an area of 2,790 m2, and will be constructed on a site owned by CFAO in Lagos, the former capital and Nigeria's biggest city. The factory is expected to employ 200 people and produce 70,000 motorcycles by 2018.
In 1980, Yamaha Motor established a motorcycle factory in Nigeria that carried out manufacture and sale of motorcycles; however, in 2005 Yamaha pulled out of production at the factory due to a decline in the market, and have since been selling motorcycles imported from Japan or India through local dealerships. This joint venture represents Yamaha Motor’s second foray into the Nigerian market.
The population of Nigeria is currently 170 million, and explosive growth in the population and economy have contributed to growth of the motorcycle market to reach 1.3 million units in 2013. Moreover, the market is anticipated to grow in scale to 1.8 million units by 2020 as individual demand increases to supplement use of taxis, which currently accounts for 70% of demand. Nigeria is Africa's largest motorcycle market.

GB Motorcycle Trade Expo

GB Expo set to be year's largest trade show
January 18th - 20th, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, UK

With advance ticket applications up by +20 percent, the 20th annual GB Motorcycle Trade Expo looks set to again be the largest dealer event of the year in Europe.

Organised by the publishers of British Dealer News, one of Europe's leading national motorcycle industry dealer magazines, some 150 exhibitors will see the show returning to a favourite former venue - the Stoneleigh Park exhibition near Coventry, UK.
Among those exhibitors Italian apparel specialist Alpinestars will be unveiling their new Spring Technical Collection and newly launched 'Oscar' Collection of heritage-inspired clothing and its 'Nucleon' back protector range.
Leading British apparel and accessories vendor Oxford Products will be giving a debut to its Oxford 'Tracker', a portable battery powered GPS tracking system. Operated by smartphone, tablet or computer, the company claims it is the "simplest and most cost-effective way to fit GPS to any vehicle".

These are just two of the many hundreds of new-for-2015 products and product range updates that will be on show at Europe's largest and longest established motorcycle trade-only event.
Andy Mayo, Sales Director, told IDN: “In addition to the world-class display of internationally recognised aftermarket brand products, more than 20 motorcycle and scooter brands will be shown at Stoneleigh Park - representing an impressive line-up of new models and new business opportunities for dealers."
See the full exhibitor list and find details of how to register for your free tickets and travel to the venue at:


Shad comfort seats with heating system

NAD S.L., the Spanish company that makes the Shad brand of seats and top cases, has just celebrated its 40th anniversary with news about a new programme of "comfort seats" with an integral heating system.

The company say that only the best materials have been used to resist weather conditions and staining. The heating system has two operating options, via the battery or the battery and the key, providing a uniform, thermic heat distribution and quick heating in two positions at 36 and 42 degrees.

The advanced design includes waterproof, sealed seams , a pressure relief tunnel, air outlet, an impact resistant base, 3D mesh and a polyurethane cushion and foam. More comfort is provided by pressure redistribution through increasing the contact surface.


Barcelona, SPAIN

Tel. +34 935 795 860

Gianni Falco

Trek all-rounder motorcycle high-top shoe

THE Trek high-top shoe from Falco is said to offer optimal safety and support without compromising aesthetics.

The shoe has the appearance of a fashionable all-rounder, but underneath the design it features toe and heel reinforcements as well as foam-backed ankle cups. For all weather conditions, the full grain leather upper and High-Tex inner liner membrane give support for the foot, maximising water repellence and breathability. The oil-proof total-grip vulcanised Vibram rubber sole helps to maintain optimal control of the bike, says Mattia Foscarini, Sales Manager for Gianni Falco.

To ensure night-time visibility, the Trek also features a rear reflective piping insert. A removable gear-pad kit is included for free. Available in matt black, camel brown or in dark brown full grain oil-treated leather, the boot is CE certified and available in various sizes.

Caselle di Altivole (TV), ITALY

Tel. +39 0423 915272


Siebenrock VarioShock

DEVELOPED together with suspension specialist Hubert Hofmann from HH Race-Tech, this is a new line of high quality shock absorbers exclusively developed for Siebenrock and made in Germany. All of the new Siebenrock VarioShock shock absorbers are adjustable in length by +/- 10mm.

Therefore the chassis can be adjusted easily and quickly to individual needs without having to change the shock for those either seeking a steeper rake angle, or a shorter shock for sound road holding and better reach for smaller riders.

The shock absorbers are available for all BMW G/S and GS models, as well as for the road models with Monolever and Paralever.


Wendlingen, GERMANY

Tel. +49 (0)7024 468840

Sprint Filter

Sprint Filter introduces Factory air filter kits

SPRINT Filter says that its Factory air filter kits are the result of three years of research and development working with teams MotoGP, WSBK, WSS, WSTK and Moto3 Championships. The result is air filter kits that are specifically designed and engineered for race use, only utilising the new P16 advanced filtering material, which has been used for the last two years in the 600 and 1000 Supersport bike classes, and featuring exclusive air ducts. 

The engineered air ducts are the result of developments made by Sprint Filter working closely with some of the most influential race teams in the world, and are hand-made in fiberglass or carbon fibre.
Kits are available to fit Aprilia RSV4 (all models), BMW S1000RR ‘09-‘14 (all models), Ducati 899 - 1199 Panigale (all models), Ducati 899 - 1199 Panigale (full carbon kit – two pieces), Honda CBR 600RR ’13, Honda CBR 1000RR ’12, Kawasaki ZX-6R ’13, Kawasaki ZX-10R ’11, MV Agusta F3 675 – 800, Suzuki GSX-R 600 ’11, Suzuki GSX-R 1000 ’09, Yamaha YZF-R6 ’08 and Yamaha YZF-R1 ‘12. 

Arluno (MI), ITALY
Tel: +39 02 90377518

Forma Boots

Terra adventure and Sahara OutDry Cooling Boots

THE Sahara OutDry, developed for the 2015 Forma boots xcollection in cooperation with Inuteq, incorporates its patented Cooling Boot system, which Forma say is the first motorcycle boot which cools itself simply by using water.

The company says this revolutionary system keeps feet cool and dry with the utmost performance and comfort level ensured. Temperature regulation is based on the process of evaporation, which is activated by adding a limited amount of water (max. 20ml) to the tank at the rear of the boot. The higher the external temperature and the airflow intake, and the lower the humidity level, the greater the overall effect for a cooling capacity that ranges from 5deg C to 15deg C, and lasts from 8 to 72 hours. The boot has front and rear vented material inserts, with ceramic finish.

The Sahara OutDry has all the classic characteristics of the Forma Touring OutDry range. The new and innovative OutDry system includes the use of a waterproof membrane, breathable and 3D laminated directly to the upper to avoid rain or snow penetrating the boot. The boot also features a full grain leather upper and personalised Forma double-density rubber sole with a the rear reflective insert.

Overall comfort and fit are assured due to front and back inserts, which also give added comfort to the shin and calf areas, the Velcro and zip closure, as well as padded memory foam. For safety the boot features externally vented plastic ankle protection, gear pad protection in polyurethane, and internal shin and ankle TPU moulded plastic protections.

The new Terra Adventure/Enduro/Quad/ATV riding boot has a personalised sole designed, engineered and developed for Adventure and Enduro riding, made from an extra grip rubber and stitched like traditional motorcycle boots.

Externally there is injection-moulded protective plastics in critical areas like the gear change, ankle and heel areas. Inside the boot, ankles and shins are further protected by TPU moulded plastic and memory foam padding. The upper is full grain oil treated leather, which has a rear reflective insert for increased visibility and a practical adjustable Velcro closure in the calf area. The boot is equipped with Forma Drytex tubular lining that guarantees waterproofness and breathability.

Both boots feature Dual Flex midsole (stiff at the rear and flexible at the front), are in TPU and covered with anti-shock material. Both also have anti-bacterial and replaceable footbeds with APS (Air Pump System). Channels at the centre of the insole expel air uniformly, cushioning and absorbing body weight.

They are both CE approved, designed and developed in Italy and made in the EU.


Altivole (TV), ITALY

Tel. +39 0423 915335