Thursday, 9 July 2015

BMW Motorrad

BMW sales +10.5 percent for first six months

BMW Motorrad has seen sales set a new record for the first six months of the year with 78,418 motorcycles and maxi scooters supplied worldwide (70,978 units in the first six months of 2014). This represents an increase of 10.5 percent over 2014.

BMW say that all their S series models with 1-litre 4-cylinder engines are seeing very high levels of demand, with the recently launched S 1000 XR completing the three model line-up. BMW say that with 5,654 and 4,134 units respectively in the first half of the year, the S 1000 RR and the S 1000 R "have developed into volume models" and that launch reaction to the XR suggests that it too could exceed expectations

BMW also set a new record in the month of June 2015 with sales up by + 31.0 percent to 15,490 vehicles (11,827 units in June 2014).

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad's Head of Sales and Marketing, said that "never before have we supplied this many vehicles to our customers. With a plus of 10.5 percent as of the first six months, we are well on track to set a new sales record at the end of this year".

BMW say they have seen strong growth in Italy, France, the UK, Spain and Germany, with their home market continuing to be their largest, and are market share leader in their 500cc+ class in Germany and Spain.

The company says that it has also seen demand for its products "rising steadily" in Asian markets, with China in particular "showing considerable growth potential with a dynamic increase in sales".

Faust went on to say that "our powerful model portfolio and the reputation of the BMW Motorrad brand provide the basis for our increasing market success. The new generation of water-cooled Boxer models, our custom roadster and the family of sporty S models are creating a veritable surge in demand".

The front-runner in the BMW Motorrad sales ranking remains the water-cooled R 1200 GS, with 14,099 units supplied to date this year. This is followed in second and third place by the two Boxer models, R 1200 GS Adventure and R 1200 RT, with 10,429 and 6,471 units respectively, with more than 40 percent of Boxer GS motorcycles ordered of the Adventure type.

In fourth place is the R nine T custom style roadster, with 5,868 units sold in the first half of the year, exceeding BMW’s expectations again in this, its second year on the market.


Ducati reports record first half year 2015

DUCATI has announced that it sold 32,600 bikes in the first six months of 2015, a 22 percent increase over the excellent results it recorded in the first six months of 2014.
Among the motorcycles sold this year, the company says it sold 9,000 Ducati Scramblers worldwide from January through June, "highlighting the extraordinary success of the new Ducati brand".

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, with, left to right, the popular new Scrambler, the 1299 Panigale and the Multistrada 1200

Ducati say they have seen growth in all the major markets it sells to, with the United States again confirmed as their largest market with sales there up by some +10 percent for the first half of the year.
Their biggest percentage increase came in Italy, where they were up by +51 percent, followed by Spain +38%, the UK +36%, Germany +24% and France +23%.
The results for June set a new monthly record for the company overall (the previous best was April 2015), with bike sales topping 7,400, an increase of 60 percent over June 2014; June also saw record sales in North America, where more than 1,900 bikes were sold and Japan where the company sold over 500 bikes in the single month.
In addition to the runaway success of the Scrambler, the first half of the year saw Ducati sell 4,700 Multistrada 1200s, 3,700 Monster 821s and over 3,000 Panigale models, "not to mention good sales figures for the Diavel, 899 Panigale, Hypermotard and Monster 1200".
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, said that “this record-breaking performance by Ducati in the first half of 2015 stems from the incredible efforts made over the last two years. Products like the Scrambler, Multistrada and 1299 Panigale reflect the extraordinary talent of workers who, day after day, dedicate themselves to making customers’ dreams come true.
"This exceptional growth is the result of teamwork, an ability to handle the complexity of selling in over 90 countries and running 11 branches and 3 production plants. That makes me incredibly proud. A big helping hand has, of course, come from the Ducati Corse racing division, of which our customers are the biggest fans”.
In 2014 Ducati delivered 45,100 motorcycles to customers, an all-time company record - although sales are inevitably concentrated in the first half of the year, and Ducati's performance so far puts them on-track for another record year in 2015.

Spanish registrations

Spain - 750cc+ motorcycles grow +14 percent in first half of year

The latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Spain (ANESDOR) shows new registrations in June at +34.2 percent compared to June 2014 (at 15,167 units for the month) and +21.54 percent for the six months of this year so far (at 64,117 units compared to 52,755 by this time last year).

This is the best year-to-date market performance in Spain for the first half of the year since 2011 and the best June since 2010.
In total PTW terms June was +33.78 percent at 17,057 units in total (+20.33 percent at 71,630 units for the year-to-date) and the number of mopeds sold (1,890/+30.52 percent) was the highest monthly and highest first half year total in Spain since 2012.
In percentage terms the encouraging news for motorcycle dealers in Spain is that the largest growth sector has been in the large displacement market, with 750cc+ units up by 47.5 percent in June on the largest volume of the year so far (2,021 units); for the year to date the top-end sector is +14 percent (8,808 units).
Small displacement "light motorcycles" still dominate in volume terms, accounting for 61.4 percent of units in June, with scooters taking 68.1 percent of the "motorcycle" market in Spain in June.
Jose Maria Riano, the General Secretary of ANESDOR, said "we closed out the first half of the year with very positive results. The hopes we had for market improvement in January have been met."

Bonamici Racing

Reduced friction adjustable rearsets

BONAMICI has created new rearsets for Yamaha's 2015 version of the YZF R1. CNC machined from 7075 billet aluminium, the rearsets are fully adjustable, and using bearings to eliminate the friction in the levers, they feature spring assisted return of the rear brake lever.

Carbon heel plates are included and seen here black anodised, they are available in a range of finishes.

Also seen here for the new R1 is a set of 7075 aluminium protective engine covers that are available to colour-match the rearsets and other universal-fit accessories that Bonamici has available, and further YZF R1 model-specific designs that will be introduced. 

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

CGM Italia

Updated light-weight Modular helmet

CGM Italia has released a new version of their popular Singapore 505A modular helmet, in a range of 'exotic' finishes, including black or cast-iron style 'rubberised' finish, and silver, white and black 'metal' finish versions.

Said to be re-designed and more compact, combining comfort with light-weight, technical updates include chin visor lift by internal button, exterior scratch-proof finish, long anti-scratch visor, tinted internal visor operated by a side lever, Air Stream System ventilation with upper and chin  air intakes, extractor fans at the rear, and anti-bacterial anti-allergenic removable cheek pads.

Gricignano di Aversa (CE), ITALY
Tel. +39 081 813 3120


New Scooter brake pad compound

GALFER has launched a new line of brake pads specifically for use on scooters (and motorcycles up to 125cc) that use the company’s new semi-metallic G1050 compound.

The new compound is said to offer progressive and adjustable braking, maximum fade resistance, better wet braking efficiency, great performance at lower temperatures, a lower wear rate and minimum noise.

Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel: +34 93 5689 090

Gilles Tooling

S 1000 RR options

GILLES Tooling has introduced an extensive range of parts for the latest BMW – the S 1000 RR, starting with a version of their Variobar GT2 clip-ons which raise the rider’s hands and offer an adjustable range of angles for the bars. 

The replacement ‘bars can be combined with Gilles Tooling’s Factor-X levers, which can also be fitted to the stock handlebars. The adjustable controls use phosphate bearings and are available in a range of anodized finishes, with optimal matching ACMA top yoke.


Gillles' FXR BM03 rearsets are second generation race inspired Factor-X rearsets that are multi-adjustable using ball bearings and supporting quick shifter in standard and GP shifting patterns.

Crash protection devices include front and rear GTA axle protectors which can be combined with Gilles TCA chain adjusters and paddock stand bobbins. The rear wheel fitting also include the option of a titanium ACM safety nut. 

Gilles also offer a line of IP.GT frame sliders, which feature internal dampers.

Tel: +352 267 893 1

HP Corse

'Evoxtreme' silencers

APRILIA’S RSV4 and the matching naked model, the Tuono V4 R, are the latest models added to the silencer application line-up offered by HP Corse.

Manufactured using HP Corse’s 'Evoxtreme' techniques that allow for extreme profile changes without welding, they are street legal when used with the removable Db killer. Offered in brushed stainless steel or black stainless finish, the silencer features a carbon fibre end cap which is described as having "a solid three-dimensional profile with 'slash' (cut)" where it meets the metal body.

Budrio (BO), ITALY
Tel: +39 051 802334

Sidi Sport

MAG-1 track boot

THE upper of Sidi's MAG-1 track boot is constructed from Technomicro microfiber and is lined with Air Teflon mesh and Cambrelle. 

Technical features include a replaceable shin plate, an elastic textile and asymmetric and shock absorbing heel cup, injection moulded TPU bands, and a TPU and sewn shift pad.
The company’s Tecno 3 magnetic closure system means there are no zips on the boots. The calf area is adjustable and a slider with alloy insert and air ventilation system is integrated into the boot. 

Maser (TV), ITALY
Tel: +39 0423 9241