Thursday, 30 April 2015

EU motorcycle registrations

ACEM - EU motorcycle registrations +4 % for 1st quarter

According to the latest data released by ACEM, the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association, a total of 250,080 powered two- and three-wheelers were registered in the EU during the first three months of 2015.
Registrations were up in Spain (27,920 units, +18.1%), the UK (25,394 units, +11.8%), and Germany (47,590 units, +0.2%), however, they were down in Italy (40,660 units, -4.6%) and France (49,260 units, -6.2%).
This represents a minor decrease (0.2%) compared to the 250,460 units registered during the same period of 2014.
Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 4% during the first three months of 2015 on a year-on-year basis. A total of 189,570 motorcycles were registered in January, February and March 2015, against 182,270 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in key European markets including Spain (24,700 units, +19.1%), the UK (23,465 units, +14.3%) and Germany (40,050 units, +3.8%).  Registrations decreased in Italy (35,810 units, -1.5%) and France (33,475 units, -3.6%).
A total of 60,510 mopeds were registered in the EU during the first three months of 2015, whilst 68,180 mopeds had been registered during the same period of 2014, representing a decrease of 11.3%.
Registrations increased in Spain (3,220, + 11.4%), although they decreased in France (15,790 units, -11.1 %), UK (1,930 units, -11.9%), Germany (7,540 units, -15.5%) and Italy (4,850 units, -22.4%).

Japanese motorcycle exports

Japanese motorcycle manufacturer exports "soft"

The latest data released by the Japanese motorcycle industry trade association (JAMA) shows 'Big Four' exports of all machines over 250cc to Europe up by just under +2 percent for the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first three months last year (54,389 units).
For March exports to Europe were also around +2 percent (19,556 units) compared to March 2014.
The picture is a little better for overall PTW exports to Europe from Japan when shipments of smaller displacement machines are included (March +3.3 percent/20,205 units; YTD +3.1 percent/57,000 units), but overall the message now emerging for 2015 is a clear one.

Compared to the significant growth seen last year (+20.7 percent/157,462 250+cc units for the full year compared to 2013) the Japanese manufacturers and their dealers in Europe are not set for a repeat of last year's rebound from the 11.48 percent decline they endured in 2013, -5.63 percent decline in 2012, and -22.66 percent decline seen in 2011.
Not unless there is a large scale and rapid increase in shipments, and not unless their dealers are able to find buyers rather than see unsold inventory build up. Taken with the uncertainty surrounding overall European motorcycle market demand so far this year, and the at-best levelling out of the "Stage Three" macro economic dip seen in the past nine months, some industry observers are now saying that they are yet to be convinced that the recovery seen in the 18 months to December 2014 is "robust" or "sustainable".
The picture is worse for Japanese brand motorcycle dealers in the United States. Imports of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki units there (250cc+) were down by -31 percent in January, -13 percent in February, and a massive agenda-shaping -35 percent in March (a mere 7,505 units for the biggest sales month of the year).
For the year-to-date in the United States imports of Japanese made motorcycles of +250cc are nearly -25 percent at 28,754 units (38,204 for the first quarter of 2013, 37,327 for Q1 2013, 38,095 for Q1 2012).
In terms of the past decade, first quarter Japanese exports to the United States peaked at 128,116 units in 2007; at 147,053 units in Europe in 2007.

Energica Motor Company

Energica Ego gets NHTSA green light

The Italian electric sportsbike manufacturer Energica Motor Company has received final official accreditation from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and certification  from the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

This means that Energica Ego is a fully homologated electric sportsbike ready to be sold legally in the United States.
Energica say that the first batch of production is "almost fully booked", with deliveries planned for Q3 of 2015, with a further production run slated for Q4 delivery.


Harley Q1 sales down -1.3 percent

Harley-Davidson has reported that their first quarter 2015 worldwide retail sales of new motorcycles decreased -1.3 percent compared to last year's first quarter. Dealers worldwide are reported to have sold 56,661 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in  first quarter of 2015, compared to 57,415 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter; with shipments down to 79,589 motorcycles worldwide from 80,682 in the year-ago quarter.

In the U.S., dealers sold 35,488 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, down 0.7 percent compared to sales of 35,730 motorcycles in the year-ago period. The company believes increased, aggressive competitive motorcycle discounting was among the factors adversely affecting first-quarter U.S. retail Harley-Davidson sales.
As a result the company is lowering its estimated growth rate for full-year motorcycle shipments in order to "manage supply in line with demand and protect the premium nature of our brand".
The company says it now expects motorcycle shipments to grow approximately 2 percent to 4 percent in 2015 (276,000 to 281,000 motorcycles), down from the previous 4 percent to 6 percent shipment growth forecast (282,000 to 287,000).

Matt Levatich (Harley's former MV Agusta President) took over from Keith Wandell as Harley CEO last month and faces immediate challenges

In international markets, dealers sold 21,173 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the quarter compared to 21,685 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with unit sales down 1.1 percent in the Asia Pacific region and 5.6 percent in the EMEA region and up 0.3 percent in the Latin America region and 5.7 percent in Canada.
Revenue from sales of motorcycles to dealers and distributors was $1.26 billion, compared to revenue of $1.31 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue from motorcycle parts and accessories was $183.9 million during the quarter compared to $198.1 million in the year-ago period. Revenue from general merchandise, which includes MotorClothes apparel and accessories, was $66.4 million compared to $64.1 million in the year-ago period.


KTM reports +26.9 percent unit sales growth for first quarter

KTM have seen sales grow by a massive +26.9 percent in the first three months of 2015, to 41,858 units; that growth is compared to a first quarter of 2014 which was itself the best the Austrian manufacturer had ever recorded.

Revenue EUR 249.5 million compared to EUR 196.9 million in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of +26.7 percent. The company recorded an increase in EBIT to EUR 21.7 million, which is up by +46.4 percent over the first quarter of 2014, and represents an EBIT margin of 8.7 percent.

Polaris Industries Inc.

Polaris reports record first quarter 2015 results

Polaris Industries Inc., the parent company of both Victory and Indian Motorcycles and Slingshot trikes, has reported record first quarter sales totaling $1,033.3 million, up +16 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $888.3 million.

“I am pleased to report record sales and earnings for our 2015 first quarter. In addition to the +16 percent growth in sales, operating income was up +19 percent and net income up nine percent, our 22nd consecutive quarter of record earnings performance,” said Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and CEO.
“We out-performed the market again in most of our businesses in spite of increased competitive promotional pressures, weakening global markets and the corresponding negative effect from currencies. While we are justifiably proud of these accomplishments, we remain focused on seizing the numerous opportunities we missed to perform better.
"From factory inventory being too high to ongoing production inefficiencies, particularly in motorcycles, we did not perform to our capabilities or our expectations. However, we are making great strides towards addressing these issues, and I am confident those efforts will allow us to continue outperforming our markets."
Wine went on to say that “product innovation remains a significant growth driver. During the quarter, we added to our stable of innovative motorcycles with the introduction of the Indian Chief Dark Horse, the Victory Magnum X-1, and a limited edition Slingshot SL."
Motorcycle sales increased +74 percent in the 2015 first quarter to $137.4 million. All three brands, Victory, Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot, increased sales in the first quarter. 

Polaris CEO Scott Wine said that "we out-performed the market again in most of our businesses"
Consumer retail demand for Victory and Indian Motorcycles during the 2015 first quarter, was up nearly +40 percent over last year’s first quarter, driven primarily by strong Indian Motorcycle retail sales; first quarter North American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales were up low-single digits percent from 2014.
Polaris says that Slingshot retail sales were ahead of expectations, and that all three brands added to their product portfolios during the quarter with Indian Motorcycle introducing the Indian Chief Dark Horse, (built on the successful Indian Chief platform), Victory showcasing the new Magnum X-1 (a new "bagger") and Slingshot adding a limited edition model.
Sales of Polaris motorcycles outside of North America decreased -12 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to a year ago due to the currency impact of a strengthening U.S. dollar.

International sales to customers outside of North America totaled $153.1 million for the 2015 first quarter, down seven percent from the same period in 2014.
Gross profit increased 14 percent to $293.7 million in the 2015 first quarter compared to $258.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. As a percentage of sales, gross profit margin declined to 28.4 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2015, compared to 29.1 percent of sales for the same period last year.
Equity in loss of affiliates was $1.6 million for the first quarter 2015 compared to $0.9 million last year, which represents the Company’s portion of the start-up costs related to the Polaris/Eicher joint venture in India established in 2012.
The Company increased its quarterly dividend payment for the 20th consecutive year by ten percent to $0.53 per share and paid a total of$35.1 million in dividends to shareholders, and repurchased 571,000 shares for $86.3 million during the 2015 first quarter. The Company’s debt-to-total capital ratio was 28 percent at March 31, 2015, compared to 35 percent a year ago. Cash and cash equivalents were $111.0 million at March 31, 2015, compared to $101.8 million for the same period in 2014.
Net income was $88.6 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, an increase of nine percent from the 2014 first quarter net income of $80.9 million, or $1.19 per diluted share.


Low Profile BIKE (DIN) plug for Victory sockets

No accessory manufacturer can change how motorcycle companies decide where to put their 12V sockets, but TecMate has been working on ways to guarantee that Victory, BMW and Triumph riders can use their motorcycle’s 12V power without fear of dislodging or breaking a plug located in a vulnerable position.

TecMate has designed a low profile BIKE (DIN) plug that is fully sealed during the molding process - their BIKE90°. OptiMate also offers cables with the low profile plug, such as theO-19 SAE to BIKE adapter, the O-29 SAE to BIKE plug-adapter extender, and the O-39 DC2.5mm to BIKE plug adapter-extender.
Also available, the OptiMate USB O-104 2100m - a weatherproof 'adventure-ready' charger with BIKE90° plug for on and off highway riding, that will recharge the latest power hungry smart phones and tablets.

Tel: +32 (0)16 805440

BMW and Alpinestars

BMW and Alpinestars in apparel airbag technology deal

BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars have announced that they are starting "an exclusive cooperation in innovative motorcycle safety clothing systems".

The first product to be launched under this cooperation will be a BMW jacket jointly developed by BMW and Alpinestars, combined with an airbag waistcoat developed using Alpinestars’ apparel airbag technology. Being co-branded by both manufacturers, it will be available in both male and female versions with a public debut planned for later this year.
Based on the Tech-Air airbag system, which is described by Alpinestars as the "world’s first self-contained street airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike", eliminating the need for the rider to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system.
This means that the airbag waistcoat offers the freedom to ride any bike on any surface at any time - there is no requirement for setting up electronic pairing between rider and/or passenger and motorcycle. 

This BMW/Alpinestars jacket and airbag waistcoat is said to "offer comprehensive upper body protection including shoulders, back and frontal torso. By incorporating its sensors close to the rider’s body the airbag system activates without the need for a triggering wireless signal to be sent from the bike".


Chariklo and Charikla jackets with Fuel trousers

 by Rukka

Rukka's latest pair of jackets (named after an asteroid discovered in 1997) offer plenty of protection with a tear and abrasion resistant Cordura 500 outer shell, and CE certified Rukka D3O elbow and lower arm protectors.

Both jackets have detachable safety colour panels in high-vis yellow. The men's Chariklo jacket can be combined with Fuel or any other Rukka trousers for men by a long connective zip.

Tailored to the female anatomy, the women's Charikla jacket is a great match for the Fuel Lady trousers. Both jackets feature a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Z-liner and removable thermal lining.

The Fuel trousers, with sophisticated details and casual cut, also have CE-certified Rukka D3O protectors at the knees and hips, breathable waterproof Gore-Tex Z-liner and a removable 60g thermal lining.



Tel. +358 (0)3 822111

Arrow Special Parts

Exhausts for Monster 821/1200

ARROW has responded to Ducati’s introduction of the new 821 engine to the Monster range by adapting the options it has for the 1200 model to suit. 

The Arrow Race-Tech exhausts for the both Monster models are offered with the choice of silencers in titanium, carbon fibre, aluminium, or black anodised aluminium with all the options being street legal and having a carbon end cap. In addition, Arrow also has a stainless steel mid-pipe available to fit its silencers and OE headers, and a street legal catalytic converter kit.

San Giustino (PG), ITALY
Tel: +39 0758 61811