Thursday, 25 June 2015


Kawasaki unit sales up over 7 percent in Europe

The Motorcycle & Engine division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries has released financial data for its full financial year (the 12 months from April 1st 2014 to March 31st 2014) revealing worldwide sales of 581,000 motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and PWCs.

This is down from the 590,000 units sold in its 2013/2014 financial year, but net sales revenue is up (at 282.4 Bn Yen, from 278.2 Bn) due to the value of increased sales of higher value products (especially UTVs in North America) relative to the decrease in motorcycle unit sales seen in Latin America and Thailand.

However motorcycle and related product sales were up in Europe by 7.55 percent at 57,000 units (worth 50.1 Bn Yen). The company is forecasting growth to around 60,000 units in 2015/2016.

While UTV sales (in particular) were up for Kawasaki in North America, motorcycle units were down to 49,000 from 51,000 in the prior year. Motorcycle and related product sales were also down in their domestic Japanese market at 15,000 units from 19,000.

Swiss motorcycle registrations

Swiss motorcycle registrations +14 percent year-to-date

ACCORDING to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Switzerland the motorcycle market there was up at 3,730 units compared to 3,422 in May 2014, and is up by +14.36 percent for the year-to-date at 15,339 units.

In total PTW terms the market was down slightly in May (-70 units), but is running at +4.39 percent for the year-to-date at 24,599 units.

Yamaha are on top spot in total PTW market share terms, followed by Honda BMW, Harley-Davidson and BMW; Yamaha are also taking the largest market share of motorcycle sales, followed by BMW, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Honda.

The top-selling motorcycles are Yamaha's MT-07, their MT-09 second, BMWs R 1200 GS third, the MT-09 Tracer fourth, with the Ducati Scrambler fifth. Some 51.3 percent of all motorcycle sales in Switzerland are over 500cc.


Goodridge expansion in Spain


GOODRIDGE has announced the opening of new larger premises in Valencia, Spain. The brand new facility will provide the company with almost three times the capacity of the previous location, and include new offices, and new modern manufacturing facilities allowing for "efficient and high quality production of one-off and quantity special products tailored to customer specifications".

The new operation, with over 400sqm and a slick mezzanine overlooking the buzzing factory floor, is one of 11 sites operated worldwide by Goodridge.

Premier Helmets

'Le Petit' and 'Touran'

ANOTHER new 2015 design from Premier, the 'Le Petit' open face helmet is said to be one of the smallest ECE 22-05 homologated helmets on the market.

Initially available in two sizes, four graphics and two mono colour versions, the shell is made from a tri-composite fibre mix (Dyneema, carbon and aramidic fibres), that is a technology "developed during many years of research that we use for all our fibre helmets", according to the company.
The Classic version has three forehead buttons for secure attachment of the supplied peak or an optional "bubble" long visor that can be bought as an accessory. The chinstrap has a micro-metric quick release buckle.

Also seen here, the Touran tri-composite full-face is said to combine lightweight protection and aerodynamics.

In addition to moulded DCA (Dyneema, Carbon and Aramidic fibers), a pure Carbon version is also available. The shape of the shell is said to guarantee "great comfort, aerodynamic performance, quietness and perfect balance".
The inner shell is in EPS, moulded in two sizes and densities for "maximum shock absorption capacity".
The 2.2mm polycarbonate visor has an anti-scratch treatment and is Pinlock anti-fog system prepared. The helmet is supplied with a free Pinlock lens.

Lucca, ITALY
Tel. +39 0583 730310

Free Spirits

Triumph conversion parts

ITALIAN Triumph parts specialist Free Spirits is now offering a black coated belt guard for its own belt drive conversion for Thruxton, Scrambler and Bonneville models.

This black coated belt guard is compatible with Free Spirits' Thruxton, Scrambler and Bonneville belt drive conversions

Also seen here is a dual disc front hub for twin front brake conversions. CNC machined, it can be used with the bike’s original spokes and hub and uses 25mm Speed Triple axle compatible bearings. Free Spirits owner and chief engineer Marcello Fontana suggests the use of ’05 or later Speed Triple USD forks, or Speed Master forks, to provide suitable brake caliper mounts to complete the conversion.

Front wheel hub for dual disc conversions on Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler models with spoke wheels

Marcello says the hub is ideal for use on Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler models with spoke wheels.

Carrè (VI), ITALY
Tel: +39 0445 390437

Draggin Jeans

Draggin Jeans are Back in Black

THE latest option from Draggin Jeans is the BLKGEN, made from stretch denim, with a straight leg, mid-rise waistband and a sports liner that is said to draw away moisture in summer and keep the wearer warm in winter.

Made with Draggin’s own abrasion-resistant Roomoto fabric, which is claimed to offer unrivalled safety and climate control, heat and sweat are drawn away from the skin while an anti-bacterial treatment keeps them fresh.
Draggin is the world’s first Preferred Licensee for motorcycle garments built with DuPont Kevlar fibre, and it was this partnership that created Roomoto for abrasion resistance and day-long comfort.
CE approved armour is also available and can be fitted to the knees and hips for additional impact protection, if required.
Also, as a Preferred Licensee, Draggin Jeans has been invited to attend this year's C-Games at Austin, Texas, where Managing Director and former skate champion Grant Mackintosh will be showcasing the use of Kevlar in his designs on the DuPont booth.

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

BC Battery Controller

BC Lithium Booster K1200

BC Booster K1200 is the smallest jump starter in the BC Lithium Booster range, suitable for all low and medium-powered motorcycle requirements.

Product safety is said to be guaranteed by lithium-iron-phosphate technology (LiFePO4) and the LED bar on the jump starter shows the state of charge. 

The K1200 is equipped with an emergency LE lamp with SOS and stroboscopic lights and it also includes a 5v USB port to charge tablets, smartphones, GPS and other electronic devices.

Cisliano (MI), ITALY
Tel: +39 02 90385059

Giannelli Silencers

Slip-ons for RC 125/390

GIANNELLI’s range of slip-on exhausts now covers the KTM RC 125 and 390. The range includes their latest GX-One and X-Pro silencers. Among the options available are titanium silencers and a choice of carbon or stainless steel end caps. All of the exhausts are street legal, with removable baffles.

Selci (PG), ITALY
Tel: +39 0758 61081