Friday, 6 March 2015


Yamaha unit sales +17.9 percent in Europe in 2014

Yamaha's annual results (for its January to December 2014 full financial year) show that its global net sales of motorcycle products were ¥977.6 bn (an increase of ¥49.4 billion/5.3 percent)  compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year, with a 174 percent (¥14.6 bn) increase in operating income.

However, its global net motorcycle sales in unit terms actually went down in 2014,  by -3.4 percent from 5.65 million bikes in 2013 to 5.39 million in 2014.
In developed markets such as North America and Europe unit sales were up by 13 percent overall to 414,000 (from 370,000 in 2013). The higher price and margin in the northern hemisphere compensated for a drop in the income generated by unit sales in less well developed, emerging markets.
In Europe unit sales were up from 162,000 in 2013 to 191,000 in 2014 (+17.9 percent) and up 3,000 units in the United States at 79,000 in 2014.
While sales in some emerging markets, such as India were up (+23 percent), Yamaha sales in the ASEAN region fell (-9%) due to a decrease in overall demand and a drop in product strength.

Yamaha's MT series contributed to their massive increase in sales in Europe - to 191,000 units in 2014, nearly 18 percent up on 2013

Yamaha say that major new product releases such as the MT-09 and MT-07 boosted 2014 sales in Europe. They expect to see sales start to grow again in the ASEAN markets in 2015 with new models such as the Nozza Grande, Grande Filano, and Mio125 commuters (featuring their next-generation 'Blue Core' air-cooled engine platform).
Yamaha say that income also increased as they benefitted from effect of cost reductions and yen depreciation, which outweighed the effects of currency depreciation in emerging countries and increases in research and development expenditure.

Corporately Yamaha reports net profit of ¥68.5 bn in 2014, up from ¥44.1 bn in 2013. The company is forecasting sales of 6.28m units in total worldwide in 2015, and exceeding ¥1 trillion in worldwide net sales income. Some 25 percent of this income will be generated by the approx 8 percent (500,000) of unit sales that are expected in developed markets.


EICMA: one week later in 2015

THIS year's "Milan show" this year (EICMA) is being staged one week later than usual (November 19-22) because Milan is staging Expo 2015 from May 1st to October 31st - the latest International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) sanctioned "Universal Exhibition" (aka World Trade Fair).  

The last such 'Expo' was held at Shanghai in 2010; after Milan in 2015 the next city to host it will be Dubai in 2020.

Expo 2015 will use the full 200 acre site of the 10 year old award-winning Massimiliano Fuskas designed Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre, where EICMA is staged. Some 140 plus countries are set to exhibit, and over 20m visitors are expected during the 6 months the event is open to the public.


Strong international growth boosts Harley

IN line with its lowered forecasts for the second half of last year, Harley-Davidson's full-year motorcycle sales were up, but only by a disappointing 1.3 percent in the United States in 2014 - which translates into 171,079 motorcycles sold (63.8 percent of total production), an increase of just 2,216 additional bikes.

Dealers worldwide sold 47,149 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 2.8 percent compared to 45,875 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. In the U.S., dealers sold 26,957 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, down 1.6 percent compared to sales of 27,387 motorcycles in the year-ago period.
Overall, Harley's worldwide motorcycle sales are up by +2.7 percent, but the good news, in motorcycles sales terms (as opposed to shipments, and as opposed to the corporation's financial performance), comes from their international sales, which dramatically improves their overall performance picture.

H-D President and COO Matt Levatich is stepping up to replace outgoing
corporate CEO and Chairman Keith Wandell

Total international sales are now a massive 96,920 motorcycles, up by 9.2 percent and accounting for 36.2 percent of total production. Harley's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region leads the way with 45,323 motorcycles sold (+6.4 percent), 38,491 of which were sold in Europe itself (+6.7 percent). 

Outgoing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell was nonetheless upbeat in his investor community briefings, preferring to point instead to balance sheet and demographic improvements, while acknowledging the Company's international strength. "We continued to broaden our customer base and expand the reach of our brand through unrivaled products and experiences. In international markets, our dealers in Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America posted their highest new motorcycle sales on record for each region, delivering on our expectation for international sales to grow at a faster rate than U.S. sales. And in the U.S., for the third straight year, sales to our outreach customers grew at more than twice the rate of sales to core customers."
Full-year revenue from motorcycles was $4.39 billion compared to $4.07 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue from parts and accessories was $875.0 million compared to $873.1 million in 2013.


Riot from Airoh

THE new Riot is Airoh's answer to the vintage and Cafe Racer style helmets that are now popular with urban riders.

The fibre shell with a weight of only 900g gives riders safety, but also reduces strain on the shoulders and neck. The helmet has its own sun screen visor, which is 50% tinted, and comes with some spare parts including a long visor and a removable three-snap peak.
The inner liner is removable and washable, and closure is by micrometric retention system.

Almenno San Bartolomeo (BG), ITALY
Tel. +39 035 553101


Top case V47

THIS high visibility top case from Givi adopts the Monokey mounting system and has an internal space of 47 litres, can carry luggage up to a maximum weight of 10kg, is fitted with dedicated gaskets that offer a high degree of impermeability and closes and opens with a simple push and can be locked with a Security Lock.

Features include a big band that runs rear and laterally and on the main cover of the lid, painted in fluorescent yellow, a shaped central cover in PP with carbon effect plot and the Givi logo in silver satin, plus two rows of smoke-grey rear reflectors.
Intended for scooters, road bikes, touring and maxi enduros, able to hold two modular helmets.

Flero (BS), ITALY
Tel. +39 030 3580518


Bosch launches connectivity control units for two-wheelers

THE new Connectivity Control Unit (CCU) from Bosch acts as a communications centre that collects operating data, sends information to rescue workers and call them to the scene of an accident with pinpoint accuracy using an emergency call system.
The automatic emergency is triggered by critical driving manoeuvre sensor information from the vehicle and rider, evaluated by a ‘crash algorithm’. 

In October last year ACEM, the Brussels based motorcycle industry trade association, announced that motorcycle manufacturers had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and to have at least one of their models available with ITS fitted by 2020.
In the event of a technical vehicle breakdown, the rider can send a breakdown call (bCall) to inform a service centre. Thanks to integrated GPS and GSM modules, the CCU delivers initial information on the scene of the breakdown and on the technical status as well as on any entries in the vehicle’s error memory.
The Bosch CCU features a back-up battery offers a ‘Stolen Vehicle Tracking Service’ and is V2V ready for future Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication, systems and safety features.

Gerlingen-Schillerhöhe, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)7 11 8 11 0


Ducabike Ducati parts

DUCABIKE, an Italian business that specialises in aftermarket parts and accessories for Ducati models, has billet aluminium clutch covers for all Ducati engines with wet clutches. The cover has a clear panel that allows the clutch to be seen. The outer trim ring on the cover is available anodised silver, black, red or gold. 

Designed specifically for the Panigale1199 and 899, Ducabike has an adjustable rear link and transmission rod for the bike’s swingarm/shock mount. It is machined from aluminium billet and features three mounting options for the transmission rod, which is adjustable in millimetre increments to vary the height of the rear of the bike. 

The adjustable levers from Ducabike are for both brake and clutch applications. The five position adjustable levers are machined from aluminium and anodised, and feature a pivot point to prevent the levers from snapping in the event of the bike falling.

Bologna, ITALY
Tel: +39 051 328462 

Gianni Falco

Avantour dual use boot

"Tech and Style" is the mantra for Italian boot maker Gianni Falco. Their boot range for 2015 includes the Avantour dual use certified on-road/off-road boot, featuring hydrophobic-treated full grain leather upper with "High-Tex" membrane liner.

Maximum support to the movement of the foot is provided by the "Eso-Motion 2" rear-hinge articulation system combined with D3O shock-absorbing ankle cups. Closure "Black-Alu" buckles are micro-adjustable and completely replaceable. The Enduro threaded rubber sole is reinforced with classic Goodyear stitching for longer wear-out resistance.

Caselle di Altivole (TV), ITALY