Friday, 20 February 2015

The European Motorcyclists’ Forum 2015

European Motorcyclists’ Forum will add to motorcycle road safety

The European Motorcyclists’ Forum 2015, organised in February in Brussels by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) has been judged a success, and ended in the European Parliament with a panel discussion of the outcomes of the RIDERSCAN project.
Co-funded by the European Commission, the RIDERSCAN project gathers existing information on motorcycle safety in Europe, identifies needs for action and creates a cross-border knowledge-based network.


The forum also conducted a mid-tern evaluation of the European Commission Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020, from Szabolcs Schmidt (Head of the Road Safety Unit, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission), members of the European parliament Inés Ayalá-Sender and Wim van de Camp, FIM CAP Director Jesper Christenson and FEMA General Secretary Dolf Willigers; with Pierre van Elslande, Chairman of the ITF Working Group presenteing some of the outcomes of the OECD/ITF Motorcycle safety report.
It has became clear that the huge amount of information that the RIDERSCAN project has generated will be very useful for the European Commission, and on behalf of the EU Mr. Schmidt expressed his gratitude for this, saying that the outcomes of the project would certainly be taken into account in the mid-tern evaluation of the European Commission Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020.
Mr. Van de Camp and Ms. Ayalá-Sender say the EU must improve Road Safety Policy still further, and emphasised the need to use the RIDERSCAN information for this. They also foresaw a growing role for powered two wheelers (PTWs) in future mobility.
Mr. Van de Camp invited the motorcycle community to give him input for the mid-tern evaluation of the European Commission Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020 in the European Parliament.

Mr. Christensen emphasized the need for better training and licensing; he drew attention to the fact that the present Driving License Directive has discriminatory effects on women and smaller men and asked that this issue be addressed. He also asked for better rider-friendly infrastructure and standards for barriers.
Mr. Willigers stated, that the use of powered two wheelers was part of the solution for present and future congestion problems and therefore using a PTW should made safer. He expressed the hope that the outcomes of the RIDERSCAN project and the willingness of the European Commission to use them would contribute to this.
Mr. Van Elslande referred in his presentation to a growing role of PTWs in global mobility, a disproportional number of casualties of riders and the need to take action on this. The OECD/ITF report will contain recommendations to enhance motorcycle road safety.

The Marketplace Events

Marketplace Events Announces Consumer Motorcycle Show Series Launch for 2016

The Marketplace Events (MPE) Motorcycle Group, producers of the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) at Orlando in October each year, has announced that it plans today to produce a new series of events directed at motorcycle and powersports consumers. 

The shows will be timed to promote 2016 model year products, and "will focus on experimental elements and attracting new riders" according to the company, with locations and dates to be announced "soon".
“Since our earliest research on the viability of the AIMExpo launch (a combined trade/consumer platform new to North America), we’ve been continually asked by key industry players when we would produce a series of consumer-only events,” said Mike Webster, President of MPE’s Motorcycle Group.
“Their message has been clear and consistent: the market is underserved from a consumer show perspective. Industry marketeers are looking for a more responsive and engaging platform – something welcoming to traditionalists and attractive to new riders. We have no doubt the experimental elements we’re planning will excite all members of our community.”
“In a way, our name (Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group) tells a great tale as we move into the consumer-only arena,” said Larry Little, VP and General Manager of the Motorcycle Group. “Marketplace Events is the largest producer of high-end consumer home and garden shows in North America. The company is deep with experience in consumer event marketing and production – so much so that it has posted double-digit growth since 2009, despite the recession.

"The Motorcycle Group is deep with experience in the motorcycle and powersports industry. In fact, Mike Webster was a key member of the team who 30+ years ago launched the Great American Motorcycle Shows that pioneered the idea of a nationally promoted series of regional consumer motorcycle shows.”
Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events stated, “In addition to the new energy our company will bring to the consumer motorcycle series, we’re prepared to put a motorcycling-friendly message before our 1.5 million annual visitors at over 40 other MPE shows. We’re serious about getting new eyeballs exposed to both the recreational and transportation benefits of motorcycling. It was always our intention with the creation of the Motorcycle Group to bring new products to this market.”



INABIKE, the ASEAN's largest international bike, parts and accessories exhibition, will be taking place at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia, from 18 to 25 March, 2015.
Co-staged with the INAP auto/tyre industry trade show, INABIKE is a dedicated international trade exhibition focusing on bikes (motorcycles and bicycles), parts and accessories and that targets potential buyers from Indonesia and surrounding regions. 

The show usually attracts some 50,000 visitors, 50,000 sq m of booth space and some 1,100 exhibitors from markets such as Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.

Indonesia has a population of over 250 million (40 percent of the ASEAN block's population) and it has become one of the largest and fastest growing economies in Asia. It is the world’s third largest bike producer and consumer, despite the ratio of bikes to population being low compared with other countries in the region. The motorcycle/PTS market there was worth 7.14 million units in 2012 and is expected to rise to 10 million units by 2020.

Jakarta Barat, INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 5435 8118


Bike and Business award winners

AT the annual Dealer Day staged by German trade magazine Bike and Business in November, suspension company Wilbers were announced as winners of the IDN prize for International Export Excellence. 

Previous winners of the prestigious IDN prize include internationally respected vendors such as LSL Motorradtechnik (2010), Wunderlich (2011), SW-Motech (2012) and Remus (2013). The prize received by Wilbers for its win is six free 1/2-page advertisements in International Dealer News Magazine and a free 'advertorial' page in Bike and Business.
At the same event Finkl's Erlebnis Motorrad from Koenigsbrunn near Augsburg was named German Dealer of the Year. Swiss Dealer of the Year was Arrigoni Sport from Adiswil near Zurich.

This was the 10th annual Bike and Business Dealer of the Year awards, with the 12 best dealers chosen from 191 nominated participants in categories such as motorcycles, scooters, quad/ATV/trikes and independent garages.


Waterproof bags from Amphibious

EXTENDING their range of motorcycle soft side bags, the Motobag II line is a compact and colourful range of bags, offering an alternative to the more capacious Motobag range of products.

The Motobag II bags are said to be robust and suitable for all road and off-road motorcycle models, as well as scooters, and are sold in pairs. They have an expandable individual volume ranging from 8 to 20 litres, and the size at maximum volume is 32 cm high, 33 cm long and 20 cm wide. An air valve allows reducing the volume, depending on the content. Colourways are black, orange and fluorescent yellow.

The first two models are made of PVC HD+ 1000 D, while the fluorescent version is made of more sturdy PVC HD++ 1000 D. The bottom of the bag has a heat-resistant treatment, and the weight of each bag is about 1,245g. They also have a wide opening for easier stowing of large items, zipped inner pockets and can easily be cleaned internally.
Other features include a modular Quick Proof closure system with Velcro for reliable waterproofing, and a double safety block (High Lock), three reflective bands (one on the front and two on the sides) for high visibility even in poor light conditions and a practical and comfortable carrying handle with a fully adjustable and removable padded shoulder strap.

Lesmo (MB), ITALY
Tel. +39 039 6065879

SKA-P helmets

SKA-P helmets from CGMItalia

CGMITALIA, based in the south of Italy in the province of Campania, has for a number of years made helmets and accessories for motorcycles and scooters, designing in Italy and manufacturing in the Far East under the supervision of Italian staff.

The 1NI Slim Italia is one of the helmets in CGMItalia's SKA-P range, offering the younger scooter riding community demi-jet helmets with innovative designs, which nonetheless possess all the necessary requisites in terms of safety and quality.

The helmet has a thermoplastic cover with anti-scratch treatment. Features include an extra dark internal retractable visor and an anti-allergenic and anti-bacterial lining, plus removable and washable cheek pads.
The helmet has a micrometric closure and comes in sizes XS to XL and weighs 1,000g +/-50g.

Gricignano di Aversa (CE), ITALY
Tel.+39 081 8131743

Premier helmets

Vintage open face helmet from Premier

THE Vintage model is an open face fashionable helmet with classic graphics, but also fulfilling many safety requirements and available in two versions: Vintage and Vintage Classic.

There is also a Carbon version, covered only in transparent foil, and the Carbon Star BM and Carbon Kevlar models also include aramidic fibre and are adorned with a graphic and have a matt transparent cover.
All the other versions are made from DCA, which is a tri-composite mix of Dyneema, Carbon and aramidic fibres. The Classic version has three buttons on the front of the helmet to which a peak can be attached (supplied with the helmet), or a long visor, which is sold as an accessory. The internal shell is in EPS, moulded with different densities to offer the best shock absorption in case of an impact.
The Jet Vintage has an easy-to-use internal sun visor, which is placed between the internal and external shell. The inner liners are made with anti-allergenic sanitised fabric, completely removable and washable, however, on the Classic Vintage only the cheek pads can be removed, and the borders are in fake leather.
The chin strap has a micrometric quick release buckle and, as all other Premier helmets, the Vintage is homologated to ECE 22-05, and sizes are from XS to XL. Shown here the Vintage Mali, SKM18 and Star Carbon.

Lucca, ITALY
Tel. +39 0583 730310


Wunderlich Daytona fairing for R nine T

WUNDERLICH has taken the styling of the fairings fitted to BMW’s R90S and R100CS models in the late 1970s and used it as inspiration for its new Daytona fairing for the R nine T. 

The fairing is intended to emphasize the Café Racer credentials of the new BMW, while at the same time providing protection from wind and weather on longer journeys.
Like Wunderlich’s other products, the Daytona fairing was developed in-house using the latest 3-D prototyping printers, laser scanning for precision and accuracy, and is manufactured in Germany.  

The Daytona fairing is finished in Blackstorm metallic with white pin-striping to match the R nine T's colour scheme, is fully TÜV approved and can be fitted without modifying or removing the original indicators. All parts needed to fit the fairing are supplied.
Wunderlich is fully certified to DIN/EN/ISO 9001:2000 German Federal Motor Transport Authority standards for quality assurance, and its products are tested and approved to the TÜV standard.

Tel: +49 (0)2642 97980