Friday, 8 May 2015


Honda powersports unit sales stable at +0.7 percent

Honda has announced that Group unit sales for the financial year ended March 31st 2015 saw the company sell 17.765m motorcycles and other powersports industry vehicles (ATVs etc).

That is +0.7 percent over 2013/2014, and within 50,000 units of forecast for the year. For the final quarter of their financial year, the first quarter of 2015, they sold 4.615m units (+0.115 percent over the first three months of 2014).
In overall corporate terms Honda's fortunes continue to respond to treatment, but there is still quite some way to improve before the impacts of the downturn are fully behind them.
Consolidated operating income for the fiscal fourth quarter (January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015) amounted to 111.9 billion yen, a decrease of -32.3% compared to the same period last year. Honda say their performance in the past year has been impacted by increases in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) costs, including quality-related costs, and a decline in automobile unit sales in Japan. 

These impacts have been greater than the benefits received from profit-increasing factors such as strong sales in Asia and favourable currency effects associated with depreciation of the Japanese yen.
For the fiscal year (April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015) consolidated operating income amounted to 651.6 billion yen, a decrease of -13.1% compared to the previous fiscal year; with consolidated net income for the year -8.9 percent at 522.7 billion yen.
Honda is leaving its quarterly dividend for the fiscal fourth quarter unchanged at 22 yen per share - the same amount as for the same period last year. Total cash dividends to be paid for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 are planned to be 88 yen per share, an increase of 6 yen per share from the previous fiscal year.

Paris Show - Salon de la Moto, Scooter, Quad & Equipments

'Paris Show', December 2015

This year sees a return for the biennial 'Paris Show', under the direction of a new executive manager, Etienne Cochet.
Salon de la Moto, Scooter, Quad & Equipments (to give the show its full name) will be held at the futuristically remodelled Paris Expo Centre at Port de Versailles from December 1st to 6th 2015.
Tracing its origins back to the first 'Cycle' exhibition at the historic Grand Palais in 1901, the Mondial du deux Roues was attracting over 400,000 visitors until the recession forced its cancellation in 2009.

Returning in 2011 and 2013 as Salon de la Moto, the expo is now shorter, at 6 days (a decision welcomed by the exhibitor community) and recent attendance figures are said to have seen the event still manage to attract over 200,000 visitors.
Many important manufacturer and accessory exhibitors are already confirmed for this year (Harley-Davidson and Bihr for example); Monday November 30th and Tuesday December 1st (up to 4:00pm) are trade/press preview attendance days.
The show is organised by Paris based AMC promotions - visit the website for exhibitor booth and trade attendance information and contacts:


Yamaha open Pakistan factory

Yamaha has announced that the construction of the Yamaha Motor Pakistan factory, that it started in April 2014, is now complete

Yamaha's wholly owned subsidiary in Pakistan is targeted to be producing and
selling between 300,000 and 400,000 units by 2010

The new factory, with a total floor area of 17,000 m2, was built on a 20,000 m2 site at the Bin Qasim industrial park in Karachi City, has commenced operation with approximately 200 employees. In 2015, the first year of production, the new factory is expected to produce 30,000 units. Yamaha are targeting production of between 300,000 to 400,000 units by 2020.

Yamaha formed a joint manufacturing and sales venture in Pakistan with Dawood in 1975; this venture came to a close in 2008, with Dawood continuing to manufacture and sell Yamaha-branded motorcycles until June 2012.
Pakistan has a population of 180 million; the motorcycle market there is reported as reaching 1.65 million units in 2014, and is expected to exceed 3 million units by 2020.


Low Profile BIKE (DIN) plug for BMW, Triumph & 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


Core EXP auto clutch for KTM/Husqvarna 85/105

REKLUSE has released a version of its innovative Core EXP auto-clutch product for KTM and Husqvarna 85 and 105 super minibike models.

The Rekluse auto-clutch is said to prevent stalling and offer faster starts, while improving traction and low-speed manoeuvrability. It has easy external adjustment and retains the stock lever feel for normal clutch modulation.

In addition to the Core EXP auto-clutch, Rekluse has also released a high performance clutch basket for greater durability and smoother clutch modulation over stock.
Karl Jensen, Rekluse’s Development Engineer, said: "This is the first step of introducing our Core EXP technology to the super mini market. We have applied what we have learned over the years to develop worldclass clutches into the much smaller package of 85 and 105 models."

Boise, Idaho, USA
Tel: +1 208 426 0659

K-Tech Suspension

Suspension upgrades for Kawasaki EX250 and 300 Ninja

BRITISH suspension specialist K-Tech is now offering a range of suspension upgrades for the Kawasaki EX250 and 300 Ninja. 

For the front of the bike the options include IDS fork cartridges. The cartridges feature adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping, and have hard anodised cartridge tubes and chrome piston rods to prevent wear and contamination in the damping system. For the cartridges to be used they need to be employed alongside K-Tech’s fork springs. K-Tech is offering the springs in rates from 6.0N to 10.0N.

K-Tech’s rear shock option for the EX300 Ninja is the Razor-R, which has compression and rebound damping adjustment, length adjustment and spring preload adjustment. The shock features a 35mm piston and 14mm piston rod to provide a maximum displacement for optimum damping control.

Moira, Derbyshire, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1283 559000

Bonamici Racing

Engine protectors for CBR 1000 RR

BONAMICI Racing has protectors available for the engine cases on Honda’s CBR 1000 RR ’08-’14, which join the comprehensive range of protection parts from the Italian company. 

CNC machined from 7075 aluminum billet and finished in black anodising, the Bonamici Racing engine cover protectors are claimed to be robust and effective at protecting the engine in the event of a fall.

Magliano Sabina (RI), ITALY
Tel: +39 0744 919939


Akrapovič extends Ducati range

AKRAPOVIČ has increased its range of exhausts for Ducati models with the addition of slip-on mufflers and Evolution full systems for the ‘14–‘15 Monster 821, 1200 and 1200S, the ‘13–‘15 Hypermotard, and the Hyperstrada ‘13–‘15. Said to add power, increase torque and reduce weight compared to the standard system due to the use of titanium in the construction, the slip-ons are "plug-and-play", with no remapping or other parts needed.

The Evolution systems require one of two additional mandatory link pipes (with or without a catalytic converter) to fit the specific motorcycle. A carbon fibre heat shield is also available as an optional extra to replace the stock version.
All Akrapovič slip-ons can be upgraded to Evolution full systems with the addition of an optional in-house designed header manufactured using high-grade titanium for increased power and decreased weight.

Ivancna Gorica, SLOVENIA
Tel: +386 (0)1787 8404