Thursday, 4 June 2015

EU motorcycle registrations

EU motorcycle registrations + 4.9 percent for first four months

The latest data released by ACEM, the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association, says that motorcycle registrations grew by +4.9% during the first four months of 2015 on a year-on-year basis. A total of 295,760 motorcycles were registered between January and April 2015, against 281,950 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in key European markets including Spain (36,025 units, +17.4%), the UK (33,690 units, +13.8%), Germany (62,210 units, +3.8%) and Italy (57,425 units, +1.3%). Registrations were down in France (52,265 units, -2.7%).
Total Powered Two-Wheeler (PTW) registrations were up by +0.2 percent for the first four months of the year (January - April 2015).

A total of 388,000 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first four months of 2015 in the EU.
Registrations were up in Spain (40,380 units, +16.8%) and the UK (36,425 units, +11.7%), but down in Germany (73,220, -0.6%), Italy (64,660 units, -1.2%) and France (75,490 units, -5.6%). 

A total of 92,250 mopeds were registered during the first four months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 105,130 mopeds had been registered during the same period of 2014, representing a decrease of -12.2%.
Registrations increased in Spain (4,360, + 12%), although they decreased in the UK (2,735 units, -9.6%), France (23,225 units, -11.5 %), Italy (7,230 units, -17.8%) and Germany (11,010 units, -19.8%).


Suzuki Financial Results for FY2014/2015

For their financial year from April 2014 to March 31st 2015, net sales in Suzuki's motorcycle business decreased by ¥16.1 billion (6.0%) to ¥250.5 billion - mainly due to reduced sales in Asia, according to the company.

Motorcycle operating income of ¥0.1 billion in the previous fiscal year became an operating loss of ¥0.7 billion.
Suzuki's total worldwide production of motorcycles and ATVs was down by -11.2 percent at 1,799,000 units (from 2,033,000 in 2013/2014). Domestic Japanese production was 154,000 units (-14.7 percent) with exports of those machines -17.6 percent at 105,000 units from 127,000 in 2013/2014.
Total unit sales (including 22,000 ATVs) are reported -12.8 percent for 2014/2015 at 1,763,000 from 2,022,000 in 2013/2014.

Sales in Europe were 45,000 units, -5.3 percent; but up by +0.9 percent for the first quarter of 2015. In North America sales were - 3.9 percent for the year at 43,000 units; but up by +19 percent for the first three months of 2015. Domestic sales in Suzuki's home market were down -9.5 percent at 67,000 units for the year, with sales there for the first quarter of 2015 year down a massive -23.6 percent.
Addressing its clear need for what Suzuki itself is calling a "reconstruction" of its motorcycle business, the company says that it intends to "review its omni-directional business strategy and take aggressive steps such as selecting and concentrating the region, product and technology, strengthening its marketing capability, shortening its development period, introducing its products in a timely manner and challenging to implement state-of-the-art technology and design, among others, thereby offering value that exceeds customers’ expectations".
The company went on to say that by doing so they will be "aiming at recovering its presence in the motorcycle market".

Gas Gas

Gas Gas in bankruptcy filing

Spanish trials bike manufacturer Gas Gas has filed for insolvency in the Spanish courts.

As reported by MotoWEEK and International Dealer News in February, the company had hit financial trouble and suspended production, but expected that it would be able to raise the necessary investment to enable it to continue trading.
However, although there are still said to be parties in negotiations to acquire the business as a "going concern", to date no investor has agreed a deal, and with a deal with the shareholders falling through at the last minute, a May 18th bankruptcy filing could result in a court appointed trustee taking control of the company in the coming weeks.
If no deal can be agreed, then the company will be sold. Gas Gas is thought to have debts of some €30 million. In January Gas Gas Motos Chairman Yariv Gilat said the company had been working on a restructuring plan that included new shareholder investment to support the company's growth, but that the banks had "delayed their answer" and forced the company to "start some legal actions in order to protect the company and push the process forward".

In 2014 the Catalan government agreed to provide Gas Gas with €2 million to fund the plan, including acquisition of new technology to improve their two and four stroke engine production. That decision followed a €4 million investment by an international consortium in 2013.
Last year it was announced that Gas Gas would merge with Ossa and re-launch that brand, having previously agreed to share production facilities and personnel. Ossa was re-launched in 2009, three decades after its closure, and were believed to be producing around 800 trials motorbikes.
Gas Gas itself was founded in 1985, so was hoping to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. It is estimated that the company was producing some 9,000 bikes per year as recently as 2012/13, of which 95% were exported, 37 percent outside Europe. It is said that the company was providing jobs for 500 direct and indirect workers.
Early last year Gas Gas reached an agreement with Moto Italia s.r.l., the former Husqvarna Motorcycles s.r.l, to acquire their two and four stroke engine technology, a deal that had the approval of the Austrian KTM group, who acquired the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand in early 2013.


Yamaha European unit sales up by + 32 percent in first quarter

For the first quarter of its new (January - December 2015) financial year, Yamaha's global net sales income from motorcycles was up by +8 percent (243.5 billion yen, up 18.0 billion yen) compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year; operating income was 10 billion yen, an increase of 6.2 billion yen (+164.2%).

Yamaha's total global unit sales for the first quarter of 2015 were actually down by nearly -14 percent (193,000 units) at 1,196,000 from 1,389,000 in the first quarter of 2014.
However, in Europe unit sales we up by +32 percent/14,000 units at 57,000 units from 43,000 in the year-ago quarter, and up by +26 percent/5,000 in North America at 24,000 units from 19,000 last year.
Unit sales were down in Asia at -16 percent/187,000 (966,000 units, from 1,153,000 in the first quarter of 2014); in Japan their unit sales were down - 29 percent/11,000 (27,000 units from 38,000 last year).
The company says that unit sales increased in "developed" markets such as the U.S., where demand continues to recover, and Europe where the MT-09 TRACER continues to do well. The unit sales decreases seen in Asia and Central and South America resulted in overall unit sales being down in global terms.

Yamaha say the MT-09 continues to drive sales growth in Europe

Net sales income is said to have "surged significantly" thanks to increased sales of products in the higher price range in developed markets such as Europe and North America. Emerging markets also generated increased income with the introduction of new products, even though unit numbers were down.

Operating income also increased in both developed and emerging markets. Yamaha say that the factors generating increased income include sales increases driven by introduction of new products, cost reductions, and yen depreciation absorbing negative factors such as increases in administrative expenses, development costs and currency depreciation in emerging markets.
Net sales for the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. consolidated accounting period in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015 were 386.2 billion yen, (an increase of 27.5 billion yen or 7.7% compared with the same quarter of the previous fiscal year). Operating income for the same period was 34.9 billion yen (an increase of 12.8 billion yen/58.0%).

Developed markets showed increases in both sales and income thanks to several factors, including increased sales in the motorcycle business segment driven by the introduction of new models, increased sales of large models in the marine business, and the effects of yen depreciation.
In emerging markets, sales and operating income remained at a level equivalent to the previous fiscal year, with decreases in unit sales in Indonesia and other countries offset by positive results produced with the introduction of platform models.
Ordinary income was 36.1 billion yen (an increase of 13.2 billion yen/57.4 percent on the same period of the previous fiscal year), and net income for the period was 25.8 billion yen (an increase of 11.1 billion yen/75.5 percent).
For the first quarter consolidated accounting period, the U.S. dollar traded at 119 yen (a depreciation of 16 yen from the same period of the previous fiscal year), and the euro at 134 yen (an appreciation of 7 yen).
For the 2015 financial year (January - December 2015) Yamaha have made no changes to the forecasts that were presented in the previous fiscal year report on February 12; namely 1.7 trillion yen in net sales, 120.0 billion yen in operating income, 123.0 billion yen in ordinary income and 76.0 billion yen in net income for the fiscal year.
Their forward forecasts are based on the assumption that the U.S. dollar will trade at 115 yen during the period (a depreciation of 9 yen based on the ratio seen in fiscal 2014), and the euro at 130 yen (an appreciation of 10 yen based on 2014 figures).


Full Top Speed 4t range now JASO MA2 certified

MOTOREX’S entire range of Top Speed 4T synthetic oils in all viscosities is now certified as fulfilling the strictest requirements of motorcycle manufacturers regarding suitability for four-stroke engines with wet clutches. 

Last year, Motorex obtained MA2 certification from the Japanese Automotive Standards Organisation (JASO) for its newly developed Top Speed 4T SAE 5W/40 oil. Now, this certification has been additionally implemented for all other viscosities of Top Speed 4T oils.
Top Speed 4T is a high performance, synthetic engine oil specially developed by Motorex for use in large displacement, high powered, wet clutch motorcycles whose manufacturers do not specifically require fully synthetic oils. 

Top quality base oils are chemically refined and raised to very high performance levels by using the molecular converted. Offered in SAE 5W/40, 10W/30, 10W/40 and 15W/50 viscosities, the oil is said to have thermal and shear stability as well as an especially low Noack volatility.

Tel: +41 (0)62 9197 575


Easy-mount LED lights

GIVI's S320 auxiliary lights for Adventure Touring and Sport Touring motorcycles are adaptable for all two-wheel vehicles equipped with tubular engine guards.

Sold in pairs, powered by LED technology and made from high-grade aluminium, they can be mounted onto 21-25 mm diameter tubular engine guards, are safety compliant and conform with existing EU street safety regulations.

The kit comprises a pair of S320 fog lights, wiring cable and mounts.


Flero (BS), ITALY

Tel. +39 030 358 1253


New Gore fabric based glove designs

RUKKA has created a selection of three new glove designs that use Gore fabrics in their construction to create a range with solutions for all adverse weather conditions.

Ceres X-Trafit has been designed for sportsbike riders; the X-Trafit technology denotes a three-layer laminate, consisting of the upper material, a windproof, waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex climate membrane and a liner. The glove also features leather and integrated carbon detailing on the knuckles and the heels of the hands for passive safety, a visor wiper on the left thumb and touch-screen friendly material on the thumb and index finger tips.
Rukka also uses X-Trafit construction for the Utoo gloves, which have abrasion-resistant leather applied to the palms and Cordura fabric on the back of the hand and the fingers to ensure breathability. 

X-Trafit technology is also used in the third glove in the range, the Virium. This particular glove is made from abrasion-resistant Cordura with integrated detailing for knuckles, scaphoid and fingers for increased safety. Along with touchscreen fingertips for thumbs and index fingers on both hands, the gloves feature a coating on the palms for improved grip and a left-hand index finger visor wipe.

Tel: +358 (0)3 822 111

Draggin Jeans

Waterproof 'Hydro' range

DRAGGIN Jeans new waterproof Hydro jacket and jeans are lined with Draggin’s own Roomoto protective fabric with a claimed over 5 seconds of abrasion resistance.

The Hydro jacket is styled on Draggin’s existing Classic Rider jacket; similarly the Hydro trousers are the same cut as the company’s Classic jeans. The two pieces can be combined by using the connecting belt (provided) and zip.

Two hand pockets and two front pockets feature waterproof zippers. The jacket’s sleeves include a thumbhole cuff so the wearer’s gloves can sit neatly underneath the adjustable cuff. There is also an adjustable Velcro waistband. The jacket has an internal pocket along with a breathable mesh liner and DFFUSE CE armour at the back, shoulders and elbows.
Features on the Hydro jeans include a waterproof front zipper, a waterproof boot cuff to stop water going up the wearer’s leg, four waterproof pockets, a breathable mesh lining and DFFUSE CE knee and hip armour.

Port Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 (0)3 9646 0377