Thursday, 14 May 2015


Ducati sees record sales in April 2015

Italian manufacturer Ducati has said it delivered 7,309 bikes to customers in April 2015 , which is up by +29 percent on April 2014 and makes it a record sales month for the Bologna based Audi subsidiary - beating the previous monthly record 6,500 bikes in May 2012.

Indeed the company says it has grown by 10 percent in total for the first four months of the year (17,881 units). April saw record growth for Ducati in Italy (+ 69%), with the Ducati Scrambler not only its top-seller there.
The company says that the launch of new products "that enhance the 2015 Ducati model range, including Scrambler, 1299 Panigale and new Multistrada 1200, contributed to achieve such positive results. With their innovative styles, technologies and performance they have truly won over the Ducatisti, together with new customers all over the world."
In April 2015 Ducati sales registered steady growth in Europe as a whole compared to April 2014 with Germany +52 percent, +54 percent in Spain, +50 percent in the UK and +13 percent in France, which, compared to April 2014, shows an increase by 52% in Germany, by 54% in Spain, by 50% in the UK, and by 13% in France.

Italian motorcycle registrations

Italian motorcycle registrations +10 percent for year-to-date

The latest data to be released by the Italian motorcycle industry trade association (ANCMA) shows the motorcycle market there up by +15.7 percent in April (8,665 units) and +9.9 percent at 25,031 unites for the year-to-date.

In total PTW terms Italy was up by +5.9 percent in April (21,498 units - the best April since 2012) and is +0.9 percent for the year-to-date at 57,236 units - also the best since the 72,280 total PTW units sold in the first four months of 2012.
Of those 57,236 units, 32,205 of them are described as scooters, and that figure is down by - 5 percent over the first four months of 2014, with the share of the market being taken by motorcycles (25,031 units) up by +9.9 percent.
Unsurprisingly, now it is fully in production and in Italian showrooms, the Ducati Scrambler is reported as being the best selling motorcycle, followed by BMW’s R 1200 GS and Yamaha's MT-09 Tracer.
Three out of the top-ten best-selling scooters are Hondas (their SH 125 is the best seller in Italy), with four out of the top-ten sellers being Piaggio models (their Beverley 300 is the second best seller); the Yamaha TMAX 500 is the third best seller.
'Naked' style bikes are the most popular motorcycles in Italy, and grew by 29.8 percent in first three months of the year, with Enduro style models the next strongest. Traditionally always an important sportbikes market, only 1,677 such models are reported as having being sold in Italy in the first quarter of 2015, which is less than the 2,538 custom-style bikes and 2,175 Tourers sold in the first three months.

BMW Motorrad

BMW - "the most successful month ever"

After achieving record sales during the first quarter of 2015, BMW Motorrad says it supplied 16,554 motorcycles and maxi scooters to customers worldwide during April 2015.
This is said to be +1.3 percent up on April 2014 and "the most successful month ever in the history of the company". For the first four months of the year BMW says it has seen an increase of +6.3 % (47,924 units compared to 45,063).
Demand for the BMW R 1200 R is especially strong

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing, said that "in April 2014 we already achieved an exceptionally good sales result with 16,344 units. So the yardstick for April 2015 was set very high.  With a 1.3 % increase in sales we were able to surpass last year's record. This makes April 2015 the best month of all time for BMW Motorrad. Our sales lie continuously above the previous year's in the first four months.
"This solid sales growth is due to the new models of the R and S series. The demand for the new S 1000 RR supersports bike and the flat-twin Roadster R 1200 R is especially strong. Boxer models such as the classic Roadster R nine T, the R 1200 GS Adventure travel enduro or the R 1200 RT travel tourer are high up in the popularity rankings.
"We are pleased to see the market recovering in Europe. Above all Spain is showing strong signs of a rebound. Demand for our vehicles is on the rise in Asia, too. On 16 May, the R 1200 RS sports tourer will be launched. In addition we are currently presenting the S 1000 XR to the international media - a completely new vehicle concept for BMW Motorrad.  The model, which has received a positive response from the press, will be on sale from 13 June".


European Commission to set up expert group on sustainable transport

ACEM, the Brussels based motorcycle industry trade association, has announced that following the adoption of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, the European Commission has announced the creation of the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF).
The STF will "bring together Member States and alternative fuels industry stakeholders".
The aim is to "enable a structured dialogue and exchange of best practices". The group will "provide advice and technical expertise to the Commission on the development and implementation of legislation, policies, projects and programmes in the field of alternative transport fuels".

It will also "deliver opinions and submit reports to the Commission on any matter of relevance to the promotion of alternative transport fuels in Europe".
Business representatives, associations and other bodies are invited to apply to this group. The EU has issued a formal call for applications to join the STF, which must  be sent by 18th May 2015.
Links to the application site and to more information on the STF can be found in ACEM's news release at

Swiss motorcycle registrations

Swiss motorcycle registrations + 14 percent in first quarter

It may come as a surprise to many people to realise that Switzerland, population just over 8 million people, is Europe's sixth largest motorcycle market.
Leaving aside 'motocyclettes' (of which there are some 171,000 in ownership in Switzerland), the most recent available data (2013) says that those 8 million people own and use 274,000 scooters and a massive 413,920 motorcycles; that’s 687,990 motorcycles and scooters combined.

That means that better than one in every 8 Swiss of riding age owns a motorcycle - only Italy has a higher rate of PTW ownership per head of population in Europe, and compare that to an equivalent estimate of less than one in 12 French citizens, less than one in 15 Germans, less than one in 20 Spaniards, and less than one in 30 Britons.
It is no wonder that Zurich's annual Swiss Moto is such a well attended event, and one that carries such a strong reputation among the international parts and accessory as well as motorcycle exhibitor community.
Last year more than 47,000 new motorcycles were sold in Switzerland. So far this year the latest data available from the Swiss motorcycle industry association (motosuisse) puts total new motorcycle and scooter registrations as up by +3.4 percent at 10,349 units.
Of those 6,459 were motorcycles, which is +14.68 over the 5,632 motorcycles sold in the fist quarter of 2014; of those a massive 5,394 units, over 80 percent of the motorcycles sold in Switzerland in the first three months of the year, were over 500cc. Switzerland is a large displacement market, which is why Harley-Davidson has done so well there historically.
Yamaha are market leaders in Switzerland, selling 2,398 motorcycles and scooters in the first quarter, with Honda second (1,441 units), BMW third (940 units), Kawasaki fourth (756 units) and Harley-Davidson fifth (674 units).

Parts Europe

Buy Tyres - ride Route 66

MICHELIN and Parts Europe have teamed up for a dealer promotion where the prize is an expenses paid trip to ride America's iconic Route 66.

Registered Parts Europe dealers receive a free lottery ticket to win a tour along America's iconic Route 66 every time they buy a set of Michelin Commander II tyres up to June 30th 2015

All Parts Europe registered dealers who buy a set of Michelin Commander II tyres before June 30th 2015 will be automatically entered into the free prize-drawing, with every purchase being a lottery raffle ... so buy lots of tyres and have lots of chances to win!
The prize includes return flight, 11 nights hotel accommodation, motorcycle rental (a Harley Big Twin), insurance and DOT approved helmets.

Full details from your Parts Europe Sales Executive.
Tel: +49 (0) 6501 9695-2000
Fax: +49 (0) 6501 9695-2650

Braking Sunstar

Works Triplestar sprockets and BATFLY S3 rotors

NEW sprocket applications from Japanese manufacturer Sunstar include high strength, wear resistant, lightweight hard anodised coated 7075 T6 heat-treated 'Ergal' aluminium alloy 'Works Triplestar' designs that are said to provide 24 percent greater chain contact area than the stock sprockets they replace.
Sunstar say that this is due to their exclusive 'tooth-valley' technology, which increases power transfer efficiency and reliability; this is one of many proprietary design and manufacturing techniques the company has developed since it started making sprockets for OE motorcycle manufacturers as far back as 1946.
They are available in polished metal, and a range of Japanese, European and American motorcycle manufacturer OE-match anodised colours, including black and KTM orange.


The company is the world’s largest sprocket manufacturer, and they say that these are the "longest lasting aluminium rear sprockets on today's market".
Also seen here the S3 off-road and Enduro brake disc with directional 'Wave' profile is the latest addition to the Italian made BATFLY range first introduced by Braking in 2002.
The three-piece semi-floating design of the outer braking track is said to allow for improved heat dissipation and improve feel (and therefore control) under braking, and reduced weight compared to the OE item.

The BATFLY grooves on the disc's surface is said to create a self-ventilating mechanism for improved cooling. Other advantages are that mud and dirt are easily cleaned from the pad surface and outer braking track and the outside and inside disc's diameter have a round design, which allows a better radial expansion of the disc in extreme heat conditions.
The carrier is part of the brake band, but in three points where the two parts are connected with stainless steel rivets. This is said to give the best compromise between the prompt response of a fixed disc while providing the performance and improved heat dissipation typical of floating discs.

Limbiate  (MB), ITALY
Tel: +39 02 9707 5699


Self-tinting AGVisor

AGV has launched its 'AGVisor' self-tinting visor as an accessory for its Pista GP, Corsa and GT-Veloce helmets. 

The AGVisor is an LCD helmet visor that changes from clear to dark in one second at the touch of a button. It is powered by a small, built-in, rechargeable battery, and can be operated while riding, even when wearing gloves.

The LCD technology used in the new option adheres to the visor, also performing an anti-fog function, and a reduced-edge design ensures that visibility is not impaired.
The AGVisor can be fully charged in two hours, and when fully charged can be used in dark mode for 12 hours, and for situations when the battery’s charge has been depleted, an innovative Fail Safe system allows the visor to return to clear mode.